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May 27, 2010



There are some comments at the MPR Polinaut post that question whether Emmer is a social conservative. Mitch Berg gets into one of his shrill and insulting fits at the very idea that Emmer is about social policy, while some guy named Wesley is apparently from a universe where there are no newspapers and demands a "bibliography" of references about my statements on Emmer's record. I have tried twice to post the factual references to Emmer's record, but for some reason (maybe too many links?) it's not going up. For what it's worth, here's the post:

Tried to post this over the weekend, but something went wrong. Emmer's record on "social issues" (i.e., the civil rights of women and gays) is best appreciated by his own record in the legislature. For the benefit of Wesley - and Mitch, whose facts are all too often demonstrated only by linking to his own posts - here we go:

Castration of certain sex offenders:

Cutting funding for MN Aids Project because he didn't like an organization dealing with a sexually transmitted disease talking about sex:

Bragging about 100% MCCL rating for his support of whatever unconstitutional limitations on women's health care MCCL proposes:

His full throated support of pharmacists who get to choose which properly prescribed medication you can actually get:

The role call on the vote on the Final Wishes legislation this session, SF 0341:

Roll call on the anti-bullying legislation last session, SF 0971:

Emmer is an extreme social conservative, has been since he arrived in the legislature, and has been more than willing to use elected office to push his social agenda. His attempts to recast himself as only about taxes and spending are ridiculous, and there is nothing that would suggest that he won't use the Governor's office as a platform to continue to push his social agenda.

I don't know if he "hates" gay people or not. The record, however, shows that not only does he vote against their interests whenever he has an opportunity, but that he seeks out chances to work against their interests.

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