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House speaker, Senate minority leader help rally local Republicans at fundraiser

McLeod and Sibley county Republicans talked a bit about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at a rally at the Crow River Winery Wednesday, Nov. 4, but mostly focused on how to regain the majority in the Minnesota Senate, as well as capture the governorship.
And the local Republicans had some high-ranking compatriots from whom to draw inspiration — Senate Minority Leader David Hann and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt. Also speaking were local legislators, state Reps. Glenn Gruenhagen and Dean Urdahl, and state Sen. Scott Newman.
Daudt said that the DFL is opening the way to a Republican sweep in 2016. Daudt asserted that Republicans are better grounded in the issues facing Minnesota today.
“On the issues, we win,” said Daudt.
And, he said, the DFL in Minnesota is becoming more and more divided against itself. In particular, he said, Democrats clashed on the governor’s unilateral decision to give his commissioners raises.
“Frankly, I expected them to team up and roll over us,” said Daudt.
That didn’t happen. Instead, Democrats became divided among themselves.
“I never in a million years would have thought they would be so divided, and so early (in the session),” said Daudt.
That division — primarily between outstate and metro-area Democrats — gave the Republicans a chance to shine.
“It gave us the opportunity to step up and show leadership.”
Despite the fact in the recent session the Republicans “only had one leg of the three legs on the stool, we accomplished way more than we should have,” Daudt said, referring to the fact that the Republicans were only the majority in the House, while the DFL controlled the Senate and governorship.

For more, see the Nov. 11 print edition of The Chronicle.