Thursday, September 08, 2005

Did GOP Chair endorse Kennedy?

What about Harold Shudlick?

From KvM’s interview with Ron Carey, Chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party:

I said, even though we may not win the City of Minneapolis, we need to do better. Like we took around 26% for the President in the 5th District, in Minneapolis in the last election. I said we’re maybe not going to get a majority, whether it be for [Governor] Tim Pawlenty or [Senate candidate] Mark Kennedy in 2006. Let’s set a goal to go up from 26% to 33%.

It should be interesting to see what the activists say at this weekend’s annual state convention. Hopefully they don’t. There is no other legitimate Republican vying for the endorsement, so why not get everyone behind the right horse.


At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

Heh. When the interview was over, Ron expressed some befuddlement about the blog rumors regarding him trying to get someone to run against Mark Kennedy. I blamed Gary.

At 4:26 AM, Blogger lloydletta said...

I'd like to see someone like Vin Weber run against Kennedy.

Kennedy will do miserably in Minneapolis. Much worse than Coleman, and worse than Grams.

Kennedy is an original sponsor of the Federal Bachmann amendment - and that is not popular in Minneapolis.

Pawlenty has to quit with his screw Minneapolis attitude when it comes to bonding goals if he wants to increase his vote in the city. Many city taxpayers know who the real deadbeats are with state taxes - Minneapolis pays more into the state treasury than we take out. It's the rural areas that are the takers.

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

That's a great idea! Let's focus all of our efforts on the key swing area of Minneapolis.

You aren't follwoing anyone Eva. Everyone knows you aren't really a Republican. You try to say you are so you can be a martyr for your cause.

At 7:13 AM, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

I live in Minneapolis and I grew up in the country. There can be absolutley no comparison saying that rural areas are the takers. Look around the fricking city, all you see are bus stops, parks, bike trails, subsidized housing, govt. run social centers, TIF operations.

I hear people wonder outloud why the folks in greater Minnesota hold such a resentment toward Minneapolis. Posts like the one from lloydletta are why. Minneapolis acts like it is the only thing keeping this state from falling into the wastelands. The arrogance is think, and it mostly comes from folks who haven't left the city in 30 years.

As someone who loves urban life and rural life, the attitudes of some people in Minneapolis make me sick.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Thank you party opposite!

At 8:32 AM, Blogger lloydletta said...

RM - I'm not saying you should focus all your efforts on Minneapolis. However, you need to get to the point where Minneapolis people aren't motivated to work against Republicans.

I live in Minneapolis - and would like to see more credible Minneapolis candidates run.

In 2004 we had an excellent School Board candidate - David Dayhoff - running as a Republican. What did the state party do - they left him off the sample ballot. That's appalling.

I agree with you about TIF totally.

Like it or not, Minneapolis is a major economic engine of the state. So is the University of Minnesota.

What torks me off big time is the effort to stick Minneapolis with a sales tax increase to pay for the Twins Stadium. If it's a statewide amenity, then make that sales tax increase state wide. I was glad to hear the governor clearly state he wanted to see a referendum on this. He needs to asked to state publically he will veto a bill that doesn't include a referendum (otherwise he can just say he supports a referendum, but tell the legislature he really wants no referendum).

I'd assume the State Fair polling of people has put a damper on the stadium session idea.

At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was never much steam behind a stadium session anyway. Steve Sviggum is pretty much the only one who wants it and Dean Johnson is just fine with letting Sviggum keep pushing for it and taking the negative heat from the public. (Just another disgutsing Johnson political move since Johnson himself strongly supports the stadium.)

The only way we'll have a special session is if the governor overrules the advice of his staff and calls the legislature in October. The only way he will do this is if he thinks McLaughlin will win the mayor's race in Minneapolis and hence the plan looses his vote on the county board.

Make no mistake, the stadium debate hinges around the mayor's race in Minneapolis. If Rybak wins you'll see the Twins back off and it will get dealt with next spring. But if it looks like Rybak will loose, you'll see the special session called very quickly.

And just to clarify a previous post, the sales tax for the stadium would be all of Hennepin County, not just the City of Minneapolis. The reason for this is that while the Twins are a statewide asset, the economic benefit is almost entirely felt by Minneapolis and the surrounding area (ie - Mall of America). Plus, the only way a tax increase waiver will pass is if the rural folks don't get hit by it, which they won't, which is why this will pass if it ever gets to a vote in the House and Senate.


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