Minneapolis mayor's race many candidates are serious

  • Article by: Mayoral candidates
  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Many candidates, but not a clown car. Your vote shouldn’t be limited.

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alansonAug. 23, 13 8:08 PM

An inevitable outcome of the incentives created by ranked choice voting. But it's a "Progressive" sacred cow in which ideological commitment overcomes common sense.

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elmore1Aug. 24, 13 6:15 AM

Are any of the candidates focusing on educational reform and fiscal management? These are the real needs in Mpls.

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borisbadenovAug. 24, 13 7:21 AM

End homelessness, stop foreclosures and create jobs. Same old dog and pony show. I'm surprised they didn't say they want to raise the minimum wage higher and tax the wealthy to the point they flee the city.

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swmnguyAug. 24, 13 7:50 AM

Anyone who lives in Minneapolis knows the problem with local politics here. It's that we only have one party, and it has historically been controlled by one faction. If you want to know what wealthy, corporate-friendly Democrats want, just look at Minneapolis over the past 40 years.

Before anyone accepts the false dichotomy handed to us by the corporate media, the Republicans have had all the influence they have earned in city politics, which is to say, none. The Republican Party platform has no relevance to the issues facing a modern city, and Minneapolis voters have quite sensibly rejected that smorgasbord of reactionary pandering.

The trouble is, the Establishment Democrats have kept out all unapproved, corporate-sanitized ideas. When the occasional dissenter gets onto the City Council, mysterious things happen very quickly, as when Natalie Johnson Lee defeated Jackie Cherryhomes and was immediately redistricted out, or when Dean Zimmerman won and was immediately set up by a sting operation using a Republican developer, with the connivance of the Establishment Democratic US Attorney's office. Blatant put-up jobs, both of them.

Now that a new immigrant group is organizing themselves and getting into politics, the Establishment DFL is shying away from its own endorsement process. Remember, these are the same Democrats who did the most damage to their own candidate in the Al Franken-Norm Coleman election. It was Democrats who dragged up the decades-old jokes Franken decided not to use at Saturday Night Live; not Coleman.

So I say if it helps to break the stranglehold one faction of one party's insiders have had on Minneapolis politics the whole time I've lived here, I'm in favor of it. Call the grassroots candidates clowns if you want. I'm tired of hearing rationalizations for giveaways to the Wilfs, and other similar fiascos, and that's what the DFL Elites have been giving us.

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monkeyplanetAug. 24, 13 8:20 AM

@swmnguy: Amen, amen, amen. As someone who didn't vote for Jesse Ventura but wishes he had, I find the false dichotomy of Democrat/Republican so tedious. Until people start to realize that the hierarchies of both parties serve only themselves, we'll never improve anything. It's just Coke v. Pepsi. Democracy isn't supposed to be tidy. But watch and see: if anyone other than the insiders gets elected this fall, the marginalization and demonization campaign will begin in earnest. If we're lucky, we'll get someone who is both independent and smart. Then it will be up to the voters to decide if they want better politics, or just more of the machine they've been conditioned to believe they need.

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mplsjimAug. 24, 13 9:55 AM

I would rather have a choice between coke and pepsi than clown one and clown two.

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garagewineAug. 24, 1310:13 AM

@swmnguy Sting operations don't work unless the target is actually committing a crime. It wasn't a set up. Zimmerman was a crook and he got caught red-handed. He got what he deserved.

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furguson11Aug. 24, 1311:19 AM

A moderate conservative could actually have a chance in this race. They would be the outside the box choice.

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sevnofnynAug. 24, 1312:37 PM

Unfortunately, it appears more issues got edited out. What got printed is a selection of 4 issues, this article represents 10 of the 35 candidates so not all candidates views are represented here. For example, Troy Benjegerdes is running on a local food and energy platform. His goal is that we can make the energy our city needs locally through renewable resources, and local food should be be grown by urban farmers who can actually own the land they a growing on. Many times, urban farmers are having to lease lands with the worry that one day the land they worked hard to restore to grow crops will be sold to a developer. Anyway, I know that some commenters have questions about what was not said in this op Ed piece so I thought I would chime in that maybe the best way to learn about the candidates is to visit their websites. That way you can see who is advocating for educational or fiscal reform or whatever other topics are important to you. Ranked Choice Voting is an opportunity for more voices to be heard and not just the usual tweedle dee and tweedle dum.

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newpaperAug. 24, 13 5:37 PM

Actually, this article undermines their point about them being serious candidates. They have their one axe to grind, but do they have a full understanding of the myriad of complicated issues facing the city? But certainly, we should take very seriously the candidacy of a person who has legally changed his name to that of a fictional film character.

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