Starting Thursday, August 21, fairgoers are invited to meet and greet legislators and weigh in on hot political topics during their visit to the House of Representatives booth at the state fair. See schedule below.
Take a “selfie,” a “twofie” or a formal portrait to post on social media as you grab the gavel and stand behind a replica of the House speaker’s desk. Complete with flags and the Abraham Lincoln portrait, the display gives you a feel for what it is like to stand in this position of power. Be sure to find out the fascinating history behind the portrait.
The annual House opinion poll draws the attention of around 10,000 participants and will, once again, be available. Fairgoers can let their opinions be known on a number of issues such as public subsidies to the NFL for hosting the Super Bowl, legalizing marijuana for recreational use, requiring swimming lessons for all K-12 students and increasing the gas tax.
Poll results should be available on the House website September 2, the day after the fair.
The House of Representatives exhibit is located in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street, just north of Dan Patch Avenue.
This is a great opportunity for MSBA MEMBERS to ADVOCATE on behalf of public education. Stop by the booth and introduce yourself AND take the State Fair Survey AND write a personal note to your state representative and senator reminding them of the constitutional requirement to fund our public schools.
Also, take a photo of yourself with your local legislator and either send it to MSBA (@mnmsba) via Twitter at www.twitter.com/mnmsba … or e-mail it to MSBA’s Bruce Lombard at firstname.lastname@example.org for us to retweet or post.
The following is a list of representatives planning to attend (as of 9 a.m. August 20) including dates, times and the district they represent. (The schedule is subject to daily change. Like the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services Facebook page at Facebook.com/MNHouseInfo or follow their Twitter feed at Twitter.com/MNHouseInfo for the most up-to-date-changes.)
Thursday, Aug. 21
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Mike Freiberg (45B), Rep. Rick Hansen (52A)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Rick Hansen (52A)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Rep. Mike Sundin (11A)
Friday, Aug. 22
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Clark Johnson (19A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Tim Faust (11B)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Rep. Joe Mullery (59A), Rep. John Persell (5A)
Saturday, Aug. 23
4 p.m. to 6 pm.: Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (18B); House Speaker Paul Thissen (61B)
Sunday, Aug. 24
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Jerry Newton (37A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Jason Isaacson (42B)
Monday, Aug. 25
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Tom Hackbarth (31B)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Rep. Tom Hackbarth (31B)
Tuesday, Aug. 26
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Barb Yarusso (42A), Rep. Dan Schoen (54A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. Duane Quam (25A)
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Phyllis Kahn (60B), Rep. Diane Loeffler (60A)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Duane Quam (25A)
Thursday, Aug. 28
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Joe Atkins (52B), Rep. Leon Lillie (43B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. JoAnn Ward (53A)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rep. John Petersburg (24A)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Rep. Jason Isaacson (42B)
Friday, Aug. 29
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Raymond Dehn (59B), Rep. Laurie Halverson (51B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Paul Torkelson (16B)
Saturday, Aug. 30
10 a.m. to noon: Rep. Roger Erickson (2A), Rep. Ron Kresha (9B)
Noon to 2 p.m.: Rep. Phyllis Kahn (60B)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Rep. David Bly (20B)