Youth, diversity win big in Minneapolis election

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 6, 2013 - 11:32 PM

DFL machine that long dominated city politics took a hit.

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quinnerooNov. 7, 13 8:45 AM

"Politicians who opposed city financing for a new home for the Minnesota Vikings will now be charged with making the best of that deal." .................And stuck in the bottom of the editorial is this back handed comment. The election was ALL ABOUT the stadium. I see it as a referendum that the residents didn't have when the Charter was negated allowing this ripoff. Just because you have some land to sell and writers that cover pro sports doesn't mean you have the right to disregard the general population that you are supposed to be serving Star Tribune.

gopher68Nov. 7, 1310:13 AM

Stadium's the least of my worries . . . that's just a small increase in sales tax that I can choose to pay or not, depending on where I make my purchases. The more pressing question I have is what additional services have I received from having my property taxes increased 9 out of the past 10 years and more than doubling over that time? Sure isn't better roads, that's for sure. Meanwhile, while our property taxes go through the roof and our roads crumble, our new mayor is getting to work on the new streetcar line that's going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Great.

jdlellis1Nov. 7, 1312:03 PM

Three key elements are "required" for any municipality to be successful. 1-Safety/Security. 2-Solid Education. 3-A strong small, medium and large business climate (to pay for musts not wants). In the hands of the the DFL for decades, the city is sub-par in safety/security, failing miserably in education (<50% graduation rate) and remains unfriendly to maintaining and attracting businesses to generate a tax base to pay for its rate of spend. Youth and diversity may make the masses "feel good" but are irrelevant unless Safety/Security, Education and the business climate in Minneapolis do not improve and are not the priorities of the new mayor and council members.

garagewineNov. 7, 1312:07 PM

The DFL machine took a hit? Weren't all of the people who got elected DFLers? Meet the new boss...

davehougNov. 7, 1312:13 PM

SOOO is Ranked Choice Voting now irrelevant??? I mean so what if the bottom two or three candidates get their votes re-allocated. Even in a presidential race with 3 major candidates, there are many other minor candidates that will have those puny votes re-done, leaving the one who got the most votes the winner .....again and again.

davehougNov. 7, 1312:17 PM

If I am from the party of Dave and I don't want either Tom, Dick or Harry to win.....all I have to do is get 3 nobodies on the ballot so those puny votes will get re-allocated and I then can run my normal campaign to get more votes than Tom or Dick or Harry. RCV solves nothing as this last mayor's race shows.

shushyn78Nov. 7, 13 1:06 PM

The DFL worships at the altar of Diversity---except when it comes to political affiliation. Most conservatives left the city long ago, except those few that stayed behind to actually help the poor and downtrodden with boots on the street and not just rhetoric. Minneapolis, city of empty suits.

rlundl02Nov. 7, 13 2:55 PM

With apologies to Bob Dylan: "Diversity, is spoke the word, as if a wedding vow/But I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."

whittierresNov. 8, 13 2:08 PM

As a senior volunteer I worked for Lisa Bender's remarkable campaign. If I count correctly, seven newly elected members of the City Council constitute a majority. It is evident by those they defeated that they have just been handed a mandate to clean house and to thoughtfully address issues of housing, education, transportation, diversity, environment, crime and police brutality. Maybe the newly elected majority will make it a top priority to re-visit the funding package of the Viking stadium. May the political neophytes rule wisely!!

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