You can get into the action on opening day


The first day of the Minnesota Legislature’s session is mostly for show, but sometimes it does set a certain tone for the rest of the days that follow.

With that in mind, the Office for Social Justice is trying to see if they can make a big enough splash on that first day to get reporters’ attention and win the messaging wars for the first day of session. 

More from CAPITOL REPORT: Pulling back the curtain on the legislature to “share what I know and give people a somewhat insider’s view of how decisions are actually made inside that building and how normal citizens can have the best chance of influencing those decisions.”

They’ve scheduled a rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol to save General Assistance Medical Care, the low-income safety net public health insurance program that Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut in his unallotment maneuvering to end last year’s budget stalemate.

Unless the Legislature reverses Pawlenty’s move, an estimated 35,000 Minnesotans will be out of insurance this spring, according to their estimates.

So if you want to send a message to lawmakers at the beginning of the session and you agree with their agenda, this rally is one way to do it. Click the link above for more information.

If you’re in more of a fact-gathering mode, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is sponsoring a free 2010 Session Line Up from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday. Click the link to find out how to register in advance (required) and how to take in a working tour of the Capitol afterward that lets you know how, when and where to go to lobby lawmakers on the issues that matter to you.