A small group of rural Republican members of the Minnesota House want to remind Democrats that the DFL does not own farmers or labor.
They are calling themselves the RFL, or the Republican-Farmer-Labor caucus, which member Tim Miller of Prinsburg says is a take-off of the Democrat-Farmer-Labor party.
Miller says the group recently got a cease and desist order from an attorney for the DFL because their logo closely matched the DFL logo. Miller said they tweaked it a little but that’s as far as they’ll go.
He says they didn’t form for the purpose of opposing any legislation or to be obstructionist, but rather to get the message out that Republicans have the concerns of farmers and laborers in mind. Representative Dave Baker of Willmar isn’t a member of the RFL caucus but supports what they are doing.
Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City also is not a member of the RFL, but says their counterparts in the DFL seem to have forgotten rural Minnesota and push for legislation that is more metro-centric. The current members of the RFL are Miller, and fellow Republican Representatives Jeff Backer of Browns Valley, Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal, Jason Rarick of Pine City and Deb Kiel of Crookston.
(JP Cola, KWLM)