It can be difficult to follow the action at the state capitol, so we’re going to wade through all of the mess on #mnleg and take you through a week of action in only five tweets. Some of them serious, some silly and usually nerdy. Here we go:
#5 First Day Of A New Legislature Means Adorable Family Pictures.
KARE-11 Reporter John Croman snagged the cutest of the cute family back-to-school-styled pictures of Senator Foung Hawj and family.
Great 1st day image — Senator Foung Hawj of St. Paul posing with extended family after swearing-in ceremony #mnleg twitter.com/JohnCroman/sta…
— John Croman (@JohnCroman) January 8, 2013
#4 Paul Thissen Named 2012 Legislator of the Year
The Minority Leader turned Speaker goes over well with the award-giving crowd. I cheated a little bit here, technically this came at the very end of last week, but we’re just getting started here so cut me a break.
@politicsmn names Rep. @paulthissen the 2012 Legislator of the Year: bit.ly/Rx6pRh #BoldLeadership #mnleg
— Zach Rodvold (@zrodvold) January 4, 2013
#3 Quist Rides Again!
Noted dinosaur enthusiast Allen Quist–recently defeated in his race against Rep. Tim Walz in CD1–won the Republican endorsement for the special election in HD19A. There was much rejoicing:
Those Minnesota Republicans sure like their dragons. Quist endorsed in 19A! mankatofreepress.com/local/x1303515…
— Eric Fought (@ericfought) January 11, 2013
#2 Pay Kerfuffle
Cuts to GOP Senate staffers’ pay–in part to save up to pay for GOP scandal lawsuit costs–caused quite the stir at the capitol this week. Irony was also involved:
Anyone else see the irony of MN GOP arguing that state workers need higher pay or they will leave #mnleg? theuptake.org/mn-senate-chan…
— mmcintee (@mmcintee) January 10, 2013
#1 Now That We’re In Session, Keep Taco Salad Costs Down
The key to every week at the legislature is the perfect taco salad.
Taco Salad TipsIn the spirit of Rachel E. Stassen-Berger’s #tipsforCapitolnewbies here is my… kevinwatterson.tumblr.com/post/396736616…
— Kevin Watterson (@kwatt) January 4, 2013