Editorial: Stout in District 43A, Selcer in District 48A

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 1, 2012 - 8:06 AM

In these legislative endorsements, the Star Tribune Editorial Board placed a premium on lawmaking experience.

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aarghmebuckoOct. 31, 12 8:05 PM

My mother lives in Erhardt's district. Judging by lawn signs alone, I think he is going to win. What I find interesting is that here is a guy who was a Republican, got kicked out because he had the audacity to vote his mind, not the party line, and now he's going back as a democrat. There are a lot of moderates like Erhardt running as Democrats these days, which is fine by me - I really dislike how the republican party has been taken over by super right wing religious zealots.

jimmywestoneOct. 31, 12 9:25 PM

Erhardt deserves the win because he actually knows how to compromise unlike the entire republican party.

Douglind33Oct. 31, 1210:24 PM

We're lifetime residents of the Hopkins school district. Yvonne Selcer's ability to guide, listen and lead are exemplary. She will be an outstanding voice for Eden Prairie and Minnetonka. As you have noted, our mailbox has been filled with insulting, phony claims about her track record and integrity. All this junk mail has been funded by PACs. I'm sure the voters will see through this bilge and will send Yvonne to St. Paul as our represenative.

SeaSharkNov. 1, 12 2:06 AM

STACEY STOUT editorial endorsement is bizarre. Did the Strib's editorial board ask Stout her positions on the marriage amendment, voter ID amendment, and MnGOP's punitive party platform abortion plank--what were her answers? The abortion question is particularly relevant, given her former tenure as a valued staff advisor to U.S. Senator Don Nickels, a notorious right wing zealot who has championed remarkably harsh and predatory anti-abortion legislation. Did the board ask her if she will vote for state Sen. Dave Thompson's distasteful and counterproductive "right to work" proposed constitutional amendment bill and if she's signed Grover Norquist's inefficient and nonsensical "no new taxes" pledge--what were her answers? The editorial admits that Peter Fischer "is better steeped in today's issues" than Stout and his private sector and public service "...experiences have given Fischer admirable policy depth and personal skills" but still, incredibly, endorses Stout. This might be the most fanciful and regrettable endorsement since Joel Maturi gave Tim Brewster a vote of confidence.

KayHatlestadNov. 1, 1210:19 PM

My first introduction to Ms Stout was the negative advertisements in my mail box. I've never received such a barrage of negative ads! It was a week before I was finally able to figure out who was behind this. I'm not sure where the money comes from (although garbage haulers and tea party fanatics are a good bet), but I do NOT want to be represented by someone who supports these tactics. I want people who actually practice working both sides of the aisle - not just those who use the buzz words when a busy reporter calls.

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