10 thoughts on “Tequila Timeout

  1. chuck says:

    agree with this. i worked briefly in mn legislature in the 1970s, and that was a time when many legislators of both political stripes would end up in the bar at the st paul hotel. many compromises were struck there.

  2. Joe Loveland says:

    Well intentioned policies often have unintended consequences, and an unintended consequence of gift ban legislation is that it stopped a lot of bipartisan socializing that was conducive to compromise and productivity.

    Pre-gift ban, a steady stream of special interest receptions would convene lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. The special interest part wasn’t so great, but the bringing together part was.

    1. PM says:

      Good luck trying to explain that to John Marty…

      Frankly, I think that the real impediment to bipartisanship are the prigs on both sides–holier than thou types (who are not religious lefties like Marty as well as the religious nut cases on the right) who are convinced that they are ‘right” and so there is no need for compromise.

      Of course, these are the very types who would never deign to attend such a gathering or party (i promise you that Rukavina would be one of the first ones in when the doors open!)

  3. Momkat says:

    I worked for the State House a few years ago. in a committee meeting Rukavina prefaced a question to a Ford official with “you and I have something in common: my constituents and your employees make Rangers in the State of Minnesota.”

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