In Kriesel's wake, a frenzied contest in Cottage Grove

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2012 - 10:12 PM

First-time candidates for statewide office have a tough act to follow.

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wedidntknowOct. 30, 1210:46 PM

I respect Kriesel for his service and for his opinion. I can listen to his argument even though I don't agree, but the VoterID proposal is a different situation and I cannot understand why anyone would oppose that unless there is an alternative motive which I think any intelligent person understands. I don't agree with every issue he supports, but I admire him. I'm a republican, and I challenge any democrat to support my views.

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Jakein08Oct. 31, 12 7:35 AM

wedidntknow: " but the VoterID proposal is a different situation and I cannot understand why anyone would oppose that " Obviously, you have not been paying attention to the debate of this issue. There are many reasons to oppose the voter ID ammendment. It will be expensive with the cost passed on to the local governments. (property taxes) It does not solve anything but it does make it harder for certain people to vote. It is a voter restriction bill, a solution in search of a problem. i am an independant and voting NO on both ammendments and also voting against those who put them on the ballot!

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privateeyeOct. 31, 12 8:35 AM

Hmmmm, who to vote for, the guy who acknowledges he is agressive and argumentative or the guy who prefers to be calm and negotiate to an end result? Civility and thoughtful thinker or the bull in the china shop who argues for the sake af argument?

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edma0012Oct. 31, 12 9:45 PM

Hmmm, who to vote for, the guy that has experience working with people to advocate for them in government, or the guy who's only "negotiation" skills come from unspecified hostage crisis negotiations. Ending a hostage standoff is probably as far from the skill set needed to be a successful legislator as you can get. My way or Jail (but really Jail either way) isn't a negotiation skill set we want. We want naysayers, just like Kriesel was- hope voters there feel the same way.

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jimmyjames76Nov. 1, 12 8:28 AM

Kriesel is one of the few politicians that actually cared about the state. Whether you agree with his views or not, it was obvious that he was guided by what he thought was best for the state, unlike so many others from both sides of the aisle.

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