Monday 100% Increase In Protest Size
Things were quiet as usual on the Senate side with just a few lobbyists around. Matt was on one side of the stairs, me on the other. Senator Mua came up all smiles and said, "It's about time you got somebody else to join you!" She's great. The two gay senators, Scott Dibble and Paul Koering came up the stairs together today. That was nice to see. I'm not sure why. Keith, the opposition lobbyist was there with about a ten year old boy. Maybe a grandkid he was showing around.
After lunch, we arrived at the House to a scene of dozens of strangers with protest signs, some of them in MY SPOT. They were there for the transportation bill veto override. We found a vacant piece of real estate across the hall from where I usually stand and "unfurled." Once the Teamsters who were around us saw what we were selling, "SAME SEX SAME RIGHTS" and "MAKE MY FAMILY LEGAL," there was suddenly more room for us to spread out. The television stations were there and a Star Tribune photog took down our names for a picture he had taken of us. I hope I wasn't picking my nose. Maybe we'll be in tomorrow.
The protesters rushed over to the entrance the Republicans use and just stood silently in the hall, waving their signs as the Repugs filed by but when the DFL came in they began shouting slogans as the Dems snaked through the gauntlet of angry transportation advocates. Wasn't it the Republicans who were standing in the way of the bill?
The House got started a half hour or so late and my meter ran out, but the excitement was worth hanging around for.