Minneapolis could see younger, more diverse City Council

  • Article by: Eric Roper and Maya Rao , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 3, 2013 - 2:45 PM

Many eyes will be on the candidates vying to succeed outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak, but all 13 council seats are also up for grabs this year in the city's first major test of ranked-choice voting.

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mcleanmMar. 2, 13 8:08 PM

Great chance to clear out this council and get somepeople who will actually do some good for the city....

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jtriceMar. 2, 13 9:01 PM

Any council member who voted for this Vikings stadium boondoggle should be tossed out. We need candidates who will represent the greater population of Minneapolis.

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twincitizen1Mar. 2, 1310:05 PM

Non-DFLers won't like to hear this, and I can't say I agree with it, but the real elections will be held on Tuesday April 16 (precinct caucus) and Saturday April 27 (city wide DFL convention), not in November. Unless of course the DFL fails to endorse a candidate, which will happen in some of the races. If a candidate does take home the DFL endorsement in April, they can pretty much count on an easy victory in November. It's not pretty, but it is the truth.

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turgidMar. 2, 1310:24 PM

Jtrice has it right. I don't understand how anyone could support a city council member who voted to extend the hospitality and other city taxes for an extra 30 years to benefit a billion dollar business that needed help from no one. It was a cowardly move to bail themselves out of their Target Center problems, and saddled our citizens with an enormous fiscal responsibity that will last decades. The worst part of it is that the citizens of Minneapolis are also on the hook for ongoing upkeep and maintenance - which, unbelievably, is up to the NFL to define. The "yes" votes by the Minneapolis city council revealed a profound disregard for it's own citizens, and every council member that voted for it should be tossed ASAP.

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quinnerooMar. 3, 13 8:14 AM

The stadium will be the downfall of any candidate that supported it. The only one that might slither through is Samuels because of apathy and his patronization of his constituents. Hopefully, the deal gets held up by financing or legal challenges before the new Council is seated. Shame on the members that voted for it, and good riddance!!

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dtmonkeyboyMar. 3, 13 8:16 AM

But the fact is almost all of the Viking tax is paid by visitors, so voters don't care. Had the Vikings not gotten the tax revenue, the tax would have expired and Minneapolis would neither have the revenue nor the stadium. Individual voters will ultimately decide if this was right or wrong for Minneapolis.

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sharkysharkMar. 3, 13 8:22 AM

How can there be diversity if they're all Democrats?

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quinnerooMar. 3, 13 9:00 AM

"Individual voters will ultimately decide if this was right or wrong for Minneapolis."................That chance was taken from them by the denial of a referendum on a City charter item, which would have failed miserably as even proponents believed. The underhanded tactics, from this to paid demonstrators and failing revenue streams shows how far we have fallen. Told you so!

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minn12Mar. 3, 13 1:11 PM

It simply doesn't matter. Minneapolis is hopelessly liberal. Regardless of who gets elected, you can bet they will continue with the vision of turning Minneapolis into a western European-style 'utopia'. Look for more green roofs, fountains, silly bike lanes, and an economic policy that punishes businesses with high taxes, and discourages automobiles. Add a policy that thinks downtown can survive with everyone living and working downtown, riding bikes, and shopping at the co-op, and the rapid decline of our city into another Detroit will continue. Unless you put people into office who understand fiscal policy and would actually ENCOURAGE and support businesses with low taxes and few regulations, you will only get more deficts and higher taxes. Good luck. You're going to need it.

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cks1950Mar. 3, 13 3:22 PM

That sounds like two ingredients resulting in even bigger budgets & higher taxes. Sure glad I left 25 years ago.

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