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Young voters turned out in big numbers and voted 'no.'
The Republicans led by Joyce Pepin the author of the constitutional amendment to define marriage put the amendment to rally the base. It ended up rallying the young and liberals and the result was that the Republicans lost both the house and senate. Unfortunately Joyce won her seat like Michelle Bachman. Hopefully these right wing extremists will lose to more moderate Minnesotans next election.
Republican focus on social issues like gay marriage, voter ID, abortion, immigration etc., motivated young people to get out and vote. The majority did not vote republican.
Brodkorb stated the obvious, these amendments were designed to motivate conservatives. Voter ID had nothing to do with the fears of voter impersonation, it couldn't possibly mask it's real purpose of voter suppression of the old, young, handicapped or infirm, minorities and others. Just once, would the conservatives use logic, honesty and morality to figure in their politics. Thier insistance at jeapordizing the rights of women, minorities, gays and all those that would have been impacted by Voter ID is becoming more than offensive to the growing majority of non-white male voters. Thier insistance to not only maintain low tax rates on the rich but to cut them even further while the rest of us bear the burden of the Great Recession is not only a failure but is morally obscene. Minnesota state republicans that I've heard still don't have a clue as to how demographics are changing and how little their politics resonate in Minnesota.
The youth vote also said "yes" to assuming responsibility for the national debt. Thanks, young folks, for picking up the tab.
The democrats have always owned the young and the clueless votes.
That same "youth vote" will be nowhere to be found come the midterm elections. The DFL should plan accordingly.
True the youth deserve credit for re-electing President Obama, but also lets not forget large cities with their diverse populations. They deserve even more credit due to our larger numbers. If you look at political maps, the whole country is mostly red except for cities.
Dearest Republicans, I respect that you're trying to enshrine your values in the constitution, but they are not mine. They do not reflect my generation and they do even begin to answer why you wasted your time pushing for discrimination when you should have been pushing for jobs. Just a little FYI, don't bother to try it again. We have to live with that constitution long after you're gone and we don't agree with it.
Well, what do you know. We conservatives were trying to promote a more fiscally sound budget in this election, foolishly thinking that we were doing so to protect future generations from the consequences of massive deficits and huge tax increases, not to mention fiscal insolvency and economic crisis. But the youth have told us in no uncertain terms that, along with more liberal social policies noted in the article, they also want bigger government and more spending, and the the trillions of new borrowing that comes along with it, according to Obama's own forecasts. What the heck, since they'll be the ones bearing the burden - and apparently willingly so - I say let's go for it. Silly Republicans!
Don't try to convince the young voters in this state that MN republicans are more responsible regarding the deficit and budget. They have proven over and over that they aren't. I think the young voters in this country saved this country in this last election. They deserve our respect. I congratulate them and thank them. I also want to thank the African-American community and the Latino community for doing the same. Too bad the baby boomer generation, who have taken so much from our society and failed to give enough, supported the Fox News, Rove sponsored Mitt Romney who wanted to hand over America to the corporations. Thank God that didn't happen.
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