Governor Arne Carlson: When Did We Hand Over the Keys to Voting to Kiffmeyer?

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Minnesota’s 37th Governor had some harsh words for supporters of the Voter Photo ID Amendment during Capitol Conversations with Marty Owings.

“We’re the party of Lincoln, we’re the party of Eisenhower. We welcome people in,” said Carlson during an interview after the show. He wonders, “When did we hand over the keys to voting to (Voter Photo ID amendment author Representative Mary) Kiffmeyer?”

Those weren’t the only reprimands for his Republican colleagues heading up the Minnesota Legislature, ” This is essentially a poll tax. It’s a direct assault on Democracy,” he added.

During Capitol Conversations, Carlson also called out the current GOP for what he says is their lack of leadership and their failure to pass a bonding bill. See the whole video here

Carlson is no stranger sharp criticisms of his own party and the DFL and his words here prove it. Carlson makes the case that voter photo ID would essentially reduce the voting block of the opposition-the DFL-and will lead to retribution years down the road on the part of the DFL.

“This is a stain on Minnesota. We should be working to include people. Not leave them out,” says Carlson.

He has vowed to campaign against this amendment, hoping to convince the American public it’s the wrong direction to take.

Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera, originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif.,  studied media and Spanish at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she earned her bachelor s. Since moving to the Twin Cities, she has been a news producer for KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio, communications coordinator for Twin Cities Public Television's arts series MN Original, and producer for the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radios Stations for the series MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

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