Talk Turns to Gridlock as Legislative Control Leans to GOP

Gov. Mark Dayton prepares to face a Republican-controlled Legislature

Governor Mark Dayton is bracing for a legislative gridlock as he makes preparations to face a Republican-controlled Legislature.

House Republicans expanded their majority by defeating several incumbent Democrats, and the senate was poised to flip Republican, but that now hinges on a pair of automatic recounts in Plymouth and St. Cloud. Republican candidates held narrow leads in both those districts.

The dynamic parallels 2011, when Dayton and a majority Republican Legislature deadlocked and a 20-day government shutdown resulted.

Dayton said Wednesday he’s willing to compromise but also criticized GOP lawmakers as extremists that year. Republicans lost power in both chambers int he 2012 election.

The Democratic governor says divided government is a consequence of Minnesota’s divided electorate.

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