Senate: Rummel; House: Gardner, McFar...

Senate: Rummel; House: Gardner, McFarlane

There are 16 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 19, 2010, titled Senate: Rummel; House: Gardner, McFarlane. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Minnesota State Senate District 53; Minnesota House of Representatives Districts 53A and 53B.

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Big Red

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Oct 20, 2010
You have got to be kidding me! Is the Pioneer Press another "incumbent protection program?" Every endorsement has been for the incumbent even the ones that dont deserve reelection.

Sandy Rummel votes with her party at least 95% of the time and will do more to increase the partisan divide. Shes a big part of the problem and needs to go.

I recently cast my absentee ballot for Roger Chamberlain because he's the candidate for state senate that has the most common sense. It also doesnt hurt that he also has a keen sense of humor. Voters would do well to ignore the Pioneer Press endorsement in the state senate race and go with Chamberlain. He'll at least help fix the budget problem instead of making it greater.
Bird

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Oct 20, 2010
I like Carol and Sandy, I'm voting for both.
Gardner Snake

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Oct 20, 2010
I wouldn't even vote for me.
Sail

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Oct 20, 2010
Really wrote:
Democratic rag pioneer press continues endorse democrats. Yes those who continue to vote to increase spending and are beholden to unions.be responsible press do some work on researching on their votes and the public appetite for taxes
Let's see give my money to a union or rich guys. Heck of a choice.
Yes

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Oct 20, 2010
Good job, Pioneer Press. I think that all three candidates you endorsed are the strongest in their respective races.

Despite what the Republicans will tell you, Gardner and Rummel are both moderates who look at both sides of each problem. It's unfortunate that the GOP was hijacked this year by the far right wing and that they nominated such extreme candidates. Runbeck and Chamberlain are not interested in reasonable compromise; they just want to tear government to pieces.
Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Oct 20, 2010
Yes wrote:
Despite what the Republicans will tell you, Gardner and Rummel are both moderates who look at both sides of each problem.
I agree. I have had the opportunity to speak with both and find them to be motivated by the needs of constituents. Gardner, in particular, is very responsive. Several times I've sent emails to him and received personal responses within an hour.
Time for Change

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Oct 22, 2010
Totally disagree with Carol McFarlane endorsement. Sure she's been around here forever - that is the problem. Always favoring old friends and buddies who put her in office. Chris Knopf is an articulate thinking person, as stated, and our area desparately needs a representative who is not going to always side with their old school chums, but rather someone with the scope to tackle big problems inteligently.Hope you will do more investigation into these candidates before heading to the polls. Take a closer look at Knopf.
Cybear

Hugo, MN

#9 Oct 23, 2010
Gardner and Rummel are MODERATES??? Are you nuts? I sometimes wonder whether either of them realize that they represent suburban districts instead of Saint Paul.
Cybear

Hugo, MN

#10 Oct 23, 2010
Time for Change: McFarlane has been in the legislature "forever"??? She was first elected in the same year as both Gardner and Rummel, 2006. Your point is downright silly. As for Knopf, he is nothing more than a rich liberal lawyer transplant.
Cybear

Hugo, MN

#11 Oct 23, 2010
Yes: Chamberlain and Runbeck are 'extreme' only if you are an Obamatron Leftist.
Green-Gold4Life

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Oct 25, 2010
I agree with Cybear. Chamberlain and Runbeck are 'extreme' only if you are an Obamatron Leftist. They represent suburban districts with working class families. Their views are very much in-line with the people they will be representing.

If anyone is an extremist it's Knopf. He's all over the map on issues. I don't even know if he knows what he's for!
Hard For You To Hear

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Oct 25, 2010
It's very interesting reading the comments here.

The posters who support Rummel, Gardner and McFarlane have thoughtful, totally normal comments and give valid reasons for their support.

Those supporting Chamberlain and Runbeck use terms like "Snake", "Democratic rag" and "Obamatron Leftist". How embarrassing.

Rummel and Gardner are the clear choice.
Blueneck

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Oct 26, 2010
I realize that newspapers have been endorsing candidates for years. Newspapers staffs believing that they “know” the public, believing they are “holders” of public knowledge, believing they have the responsibility to “report” objectively and further believing they need to serve up an opinion. With articles such as this, it really ruins the creditability of being objective based on “their” superior knowledge and “their” insight. The question that I have – with newspapers readership at historical lows, why would newspapers be willing to alienate part of their reader base? Why are they willing to sacrifice part of their business to gain something else in their business?(and I do plan now to drop my subscription.) I believe, as usual, it has to do with survival – which candidates can help preserve their newspaper business environment? Every one of us are asking this question: what can I do to survive? What can my company do to survive the economic realities? What conditions will cultivate healthy business environments for all of us and let the market control the good and services that we are willing to buy? I believe the first answer is vote for candidates who are willing to create health environments for all of us, equally, and without prejudice to government or newspaper direction and control. Lastly, we should inform newspapers and governments that it is not business as usual!
Blueneck

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Nov 1, 2010
Bird wrote:
I like Carol and Sandy, I'm voting for both.
Why vote for Carol and Sandy? As Sandy says... "Voters can't be counted upon..." [ In other words - Democracy doesn't work?]


Based on your "likening" someone or have feelings, doesn't necessarily make you a viable voter. Democracy demands reason.

So... heres an idea: just stay home and let socialism work. If Sandy does get back in, she most likely will be institution-zing Socialism health care anyhow.
School District Citizen

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Nov 1, 2010
On Gardner: "Superior knowledge of the district"? endorsement. I dont have the superior view that the newspaper has on all of the issues? But on the issue of school systems funding, Paul has had no focus on providing more equality between the schools systems in the state. When asked about this specifically, quoting from his blog response:I [Paul] kind of told him [the citizen] to stick it in a nice way...that this was an excuse to for not supporting education. So much for government reform through Paul. It appears that he supports the other districts more than the ones he represents.
Cybear

Hugo, MN

#17 Nov 26, 2010
Hard For You To Hear wrote:
It's very interesting reading the comments here.
The posters who support Rummel, Gardner and McFarlane have thoughtful, totally normal comments and give valid reasons for their support.
Those supporting Chamberlain and Runbeck use terms like "Snake", "Democratic rag" and "Obamatron Leftist". How embarrassing.
Rummel and Gardner are the clear choice.
Look at who won.... lol.

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