Lawmakers push anti-bullying legislation

Making bullying an issue
Making bullying an issue

DFL lawmakers are trying again to pass a law against homophobic school bullying, and they've found a high-profile platform: When the Legislature meets in a special session to approve emergency flood aid next week.

The legislation comes on the heels of a rash of suicides in Minnesota and across the country. Dan Savage's "It gets better" campaign has helped keep the issue on the national agenda.

Minnesota already has an anti-bullying law, but it doesn't protect against bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity. When a bill to add those categories came up last spring, conservative Republicans objected and Gov. Pawlenty vetoed it.

Minnesota Democrats may not want to admit it, but there's more to their effort to revive the anti-bullying legislation in the special session than just protecting kids: GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer has opposed expanding bullying protections before. By pushing the issue now, before the election, they surely want to remind voters that Emmer kind of seems like a bully himself a lot of the time. From picking on waiters to his history of lawsuits, the dude has a track-record.

And, of course, there's the fact that Emmer appears to have raised a bully. Last month we published a Facebook shot of Emmer's bro-tastic son Tripp striking a Lynndie England pose in front of a passed-out girl with cocks drawn all over her in permanent marker.

Here's video of yesterday's press conference announcing the legislation:

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