Minnesota sees record spending on ballot issues

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 31, 2012 - 7:33 AM

Marriage and ID amendment fights draw $18M, making those ballot fights the most expensive the state has ever seen.

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kd5757Oct. 30, 1210:13 PM

The stakes are high not just for our GLBT citizens but for all of us who value equality and look down upon any attempt to relegate our loved ones, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to second-class status. We cannot let fear and/or ignorance win the day. Vote NO on this discriminatory and inhumane amendment.

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musicmommyOct. 30, 1211:03 PM

The voter ID amendment cost millions to put on the ballot. If it passes, it will cost millions to be probably struck down by the courts, as it is more poorly worded and vaguer than amendments that have been struck down in other states. If it does pass and IS upheld, it will cost millions of dollars of state taxpayer money to implement, when we already have understaffed precincts. Perhaps if it were anything other than a fear mongering campaign with no evidence, dreamed up by people who would like to restrict the voting of the poor and who don't mind restricting the voting of the elderly while they're at it, it might be worth the many millions of dollars. Boondoggle.

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asmithe2Oct. 30, 1211:35 PM

I don't care which side you are on. When your proposed amendment got on the ballot without a single bipartisan vote, has a spokesperson who calls his organization Minnesota Majority despite having no known members, and has nearly 90 percent of its funding coming from one person, it doesn't belong on the ballot. But it's there. So vote NO on VoterID if you believe in the democratic process.

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nuguy72Oct. 30, 1211:41 PM

All because the Republican controlled Senate and House decided to bypass the Governor. They knew he would veto the bills and they could NOT overide the vetos. Both bills are partisan and misguided. They should all be voted out of Office for not doing their jobs. Did the Democrats ever push their agenda and bypass Pawlenty? NO!

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commonsense7Oct. 31, 1212:45 AM

Some people liken the marriage amendment to the Civil Rights movement, but to quote civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law." Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963. I am voting yes to the Amendment.

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commonsense7Oct. 31, 12 1:25 AM

Has anyone noticed that 31 other states have already voted yes for the marriage amendment? This is not just a fringe right wing idea. Why should we fly in the face of thousands of years of tradition to try this new social experiment? Just like no one thought that easy no fault divorce would affect children adversely, we have only to look around to see that that is not the case. Children need a mother and a father to meet their physical and emotional needs. Vote “Yes.”

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erikj3Oct. 31, 12 5:10 AM

What a waste of money. All for things that are illegal and practically non-existent. Get a clue, people. And a grip.

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rickbmnOct. 31, 12 7:25 AM

Vote YES then vote YES again. Feels good to do the right thing. Nothing inhumane about it.

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cheiron55402Oct. 31, 12 7:39 AM

commonsense7Oct. 31, 12 1:25 AM Has anyone noticed that 31 other states have already voted yes for the marriage amendment? This is not just a fringe right wing idea. Why should we fly in the face of thousands of years of tradition to try this new social experiment? Just like no one thought that easy no fault divorce would affect children adversely, we have only to look around to see that that is not the case. Children need a mother and a father to meet their physical and emotional needs. Vote “Yes.”-----------Why don't you people go work on other issues, like men who impregnate women and then abandon them. Or issues of divorce? Get your own house in order before telling me what to do with mine.

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editor29Oct. 31, 12 7:51 AM

After reading this article about our human follies, George Carlin's words come to mind: "When you're born in this world you're given a ticket to the freak show. If you're born in America you get a front row seat."

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