Huge sums tossed at ballot questions in '12

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2013 - 10:18 PM

Spending by groups for and against constitutional questions totaled nearly $23 million.

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dtmonkeyboyFeb. 1, 1310:28 PM

What a waste. I've vote republican numerous times in the past, but no more. They are the party of control. The party of war. The party of discrimination. These amendments did not need to happen. It was a choice...and republicans deserve to pay the price.

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kd5757Feb. 1, 1311:11 PM

"About 53 percent of Minnesotans voted against the marriage amendment in November, making the state the first to reject a ban on same-sex marriage."......We can be proud of the fact that the practice of codifying discrimination into state constitutions was stopped at Minnesota's doorstep. Let's finish the job and be the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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kkjerFeb. 1, 1311:15 PM

dtmonkeyboy: I am with you. No more GOP votes from this guy either.

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donm251Feb. 1, 1311:37 PM

Same sex marriage is not a priority in this legislative session. SCOTUS will decide this issue.

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comment229Feb. 2, 13 3:40 AM

You know, I really don't care either way on this issue. However, I voted against it because one thing I knew for sure, I did not want it as an amendment that would be tough to over turn later. A law can be dispatched easy enough. I suspect quite a few people voted no to both amendment proposals on principles, rather than on issues.

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paulskiFeb. 2, 13 7:15 AM

dtmonkeyboy, I'm also with you. Back in the day Arne got my vote. But this current group, no way.

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orpheus90Feb. 2, 13 7:46 AM

From the Article: Schubert said the group's fundraising was hurt because marriage-related campaigns were running in three other states. "We were on defense and we couldn't rally the rest of the country to come to Minnesota's defense," .... On defense? Well, excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor; as I recall, it was pro-amendment forces who arrogantly pushed the marriage amendment onto the ballot in the first place, virtually assured of their victory. That Schubert now tries to spin their loss by implying the pro-amendment side was the underdog in the race is beyond hubris! Pure revisionist posturing driven by the same arrogance that's characterized their attitude from the start.

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purlieuFeb. 2, 13 8:26 AM

This is another example of the waste of money and time by a Republican majority. Rather than working to make the state better educated, helping to create more and better jobs and spending tax dollars wisely, Republicans chose divisive issues to aid their divide and conquer campaign. I'm so thankful for our Democratic governor and legislature and to the majority of Minnesotans who rejected the Republican agenda.

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zyxwvuFeb. 2, 13 9:31 AM

Minnesota for Marriage spent about $5.7 million to back the amendment. Schubert said the group's fundraising was hurt because marriage-related campaigns were running in three other states. "We were on defense and we couldn't rally the rest of the country to come to Minnesota's defense," Schubert said......................................ah, you can stay in california and let minnesotans "defend" themselves. fund raising obviously reflected folks rejection of that sort of bigotry.

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avejoeconFeb. 2, 13 9:33 AM

dtmonkeyboy: I am with you. No more GOP votes from this guy either.---------Yeah, like either of you ever voted for the GOP candidate!

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