I don’t think allowing Sunday liquor store sales in Minnesota is the biggest issue facing the state, but it’s never a bad time to kill off Minnesota’s ridiculous blue laws. So, when MN Beer Activists sent out an alert that they were making a push on allowing Sunday sale, I was willing spend a minute filling out an online plea to MN’s elected officials.

Since then, it’s been interesting to watch the replies roll it. It turns out that the email went to ALL state level elected officials and not just the ones who represent me, so I’ve been receiving emails from state senators and reps who’ve found time to respond to non-constituents about this issue.

2/3 of the responses I’ve received have been from DFL legislators, and 100% of responses have been from people who support changing the law to allow Sunday sales.

Of the responses I’ve received, by far the best has come from Sarah Anderson. While politically divisive, she at least offers some decent advice on who to talk to if this issue is important to you:

Dear Sunday Liquor Sales Supporter,

Thank you for supporting my efforts to allow for the sale of liquor on Sundays. I voted FOR Sunday Liquor Sales, along with 21 of my colleagues.

Currently, the House, Senate, and Governor’s office are controlled by Democrats. Key Democrat leaders who OPPOSED Sunday Liquor Sales include: Joe Atkins, Paul Thissen, and Erin Murphy. Joe Atkins (Democrat – Mendota Heights) is the Chair of the Commerce Committee. Legislation on Sunday Liquor Sales needs to go through his committee. Paul Thissen (Democrat – Minneapolis) is the Speaker of the House. Speaker Thissen controls what bills are heard on the House Floor. Erin Murphy (Democrat – St. Paul) is the Majority Leader of the House. She advises Speaker Thissen on what bills should be heard on the House Floor.

For Sunday Liquor Sales to pass, the dynamic at the Legislature needs to change. I encourage you to contact your legislator and express your views.

Thanks again for your support!

Sincerely,

Sarah Anderson
State Representative

That’s a solid letter. She states where she stands and points to who’s worth talking to for people who’d like to see this issue get resolved and put behind us. If all response letters from elected officials were this good, I think we’d have a far more informed and engaged public.

That said, it makes me wonder what type of letter Rep. Anderson wrote to people opposed to the Vikings stadium corporate welfare bill. She voted against that bill, which was great. But, at the time, did she write back to people opposed to the bill with letters like this?

Currently, the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans. Kurt Zellers (Republican – Maple Grove) is the Speaker of the House. Speaker Zellers controls what bills are heard on the House Floor. Matt Dean (Republican – Dellwood) is the Majority Leader of the House. He advises Speaker Zellers on what bills should be heard on the House Floor.

For the Vikings stadium corporate welfare baill to not pass, the dynamic at the Legislature needs to change. I encourage you to contact your legislator and express your views.

It would be great if she had, but I doubt it. Perhaps it’s possible to be powerless while in the minority and majority?