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Tuesday's District 59 DFL primary is a race chock-full of powerful interests.
Electeds who leave office before their terms are up so that a special election must be called (specials favor those who got the early heads up from the outgoing candidate) strike me as having little respect for the electorate and the *real* democratic process. These manipulated special elections are just another way of clinging to power in the hands of the few, the anointed, rather than respecting the right of the electorate to a *real* campaign and *real* representation. Outgoing electeds use *early retirement* unfairly.
The city wasn't fighting with the police and fire unions over the pension issue. I can say for certain that the fire union has been fighting Rybak (Wagenius) and Ostrow for their total lack of regard for firefighter safety. The pension issue was fought between the city and the boards of the police and fire pensions. Also, to have Wagenius actually say that he had a hand in saving firefighter jobs is absurd on its face. Rybak caused the firefighter job losses when, faced with a loss of LGA, he chose his priorities and cut firefighter staffing in favor of corporate welfare. Truly progressive indeed.
For those of us northeast residents who did not want to see our rescue truck close down you can thank Wagenius and Ostrow. They were responsible.
The name is Jacob Frey (not Jason).
Yes voting Democrats in year after year has done nothing for the district but increase the taxes and reduce opportunities. It's time for a real change. Vote for the (R). That's true diversity.
Count me as a voter in District 59 who is unhappy with the extent to which the DFL machine controls this district. Note there is no Green party candidate on the ballot. Now that would be a real race.
But to suggest that the answer is to elect more Republicans is hilarious. Just look at the clowns that now control the Legislature. What was their priority this year? Scapegoating a minority (anti-gay marriage amendment), and ensuring that the rich don't have to pay any more taxes.
The residents of District 59 may not be the brightest bulbs, but they're not stupid enough to vote for the reactionary idiocy of the Republican party.
The two-party system is broken. Simply switching from one to the other doesn't solve any long-term problems.
I believe that any thriving community should enjoy citizen activism, not just on the eve of an especially interesting election, but all year long. However, as an Independent, I do like to see a little more cross-party (as well as within party) freshness and vitality of interests and viewpoints. This is what keeps America great for future generations.
Lori just reinforces why I am a conservative. Liberals view of Senate's "firsts" are all about identifying and separating people into separate groups solely because of skin pigment color (other demographic factors). Instead of something so external like pigment, how bout relying on values, wisdom, experience, and decision making for judging our legislators?
There is a reason why DFL politicians keeps Somalis segregated from the society so can easily manipulate. The gave millions of tax $$ to Sherman Associates, a private developer that own Riverside Plaza to make sure Somalis are confined in that open air prison.
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