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"... when his budgets left many activists dissatisfied by the reduced levels of funding for neighborhood programs." -- Only in Mpls is R.T. not liberal enough. Hold on to your wallets Mpls taxpayers, it will only get worse.
Good riddance Mr. Rybak. Maybe Minneapolis will come to its sense's - but probably not. The residents will continue to complain about high taxes and crime. You get what you vote for.
So this guy has committed the city to huge payments for the stadium, but he doesnt want to stay around for the hard choices that will need to be made on what to cut to afford those payments. So very typical
MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR R.T. RYBAK should consider challenging Rep. Erik Paulsen in the 2014 Election for Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives. The 2008 DFL convention foolishly gift wrapped the seat for Paulsen by endorsing GOP turncoat newbie Ashwin Madia instead of the distinguished state legislator from Plymouth, Teri Bonoff. Paulsen is a disappointing conservative departure from the district's previous representatives, DFLer Don Fraser and moderate Republicans Bill Frenzel and Jim Ramstad. Rybak is a creative skillful mayor with a record of measurable achievement, and would be a dynamic, progressive, productive Congressman.
I no longer vote Rybak and Meg Tuthill taught me that even if over 70% of voters wanted a voice in the Viking stadium decision it was easy to ignore them. Vote if you want but you will only elect another mayor who will ignore you and represent the wealthy.
Pretty likely that president Blame/divisive has a job lined up for him in Washington destroying the freedoms of his fellow Americans.
And so one more stadium pusher decides that, contrary to his promises earlier this year that the voters would pass judgment on his stadium decisions, he'd rather not face the voters and explain why he fought to strip of their voting rights. How very mouselike of him.
How about 3rd district US House of Representatives? We need a representative for the people not corporate America! Anybody who brings a pig to a parade during the Swine Flu outbreak is not for the people of his district.
don't let the door hit you on the way out
I watch in perverse joy and sorrow for you voters in Minneapolis. The 12 year legacy of Mayor Rybak is not something that I would go trumpeting loud and far. He and the city council deceptively manuevered around parts of the city charter to help Zygi Wilf, Inc. get his new multi million dollar football stadium; the northside of Minneapolis remains a poor, business lacking, crime riddled and gang infested sore; Block E is, well, Block Empty and the list goes on and on. Now, the early list of potential successors to his seat are either woefully short on experience and also cut from the same neighborhood activist cloth that Rybak came from or they are former city council members who have hung on as lobbyists and can't seem to move on with the next chapter in their lives. Either way, expect more of the same extreme agenda where hiking up property taxes to pay for budgetary shortfalls and an ever expanding city government footprint to "help" every possible disadvantaged and disaffected group out there and that's Minneapolis in a nutshell!
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