Barely eight hours after adjourning in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, 27 bleary-eyed members of the House were back at it during a committee meeting in which they were trying to move a pair of budget bills to the House floor.
As Ways and Means Committee members Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, traded accusations that each other had "butchered " their statements, committee chair Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, pointed out to them, "most of us in the room had very little sleep and that makes some of us very cranky."
They got the message. As the meeting wound down, Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, told Holberg, "you don't look cranky at all."
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."