For a competitive Minnesota, Tom Horn...

For a competitive Minnesota, Tom Horner for governor

There are 17 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 23, 2010, titled For a competitive Minnesota, Tom Horner for governor. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

We vote for a competitive Minnesota. We vote for a state that gets up each day, goes to work or school and tries hard to get better - to work harder, to learn more, each among us to follow his or her vision of the American dream.

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Robin

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Oct 24, 2010
While I truly appreciate the endorsement of Tom Horner, this editorial took a tortured path to get there and has a major innaccuracy - that requires correction.
It's unfortunate that after a decade of major party status for the Independence Party - it is necessary to correct the perception of the state's major media like this. There are three major party candidates for governor - not two - as stated in the editorial. SIGH.
Right in the middle

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Oct 24, 2010
Tom Horner's policy is what sells most folks. The efficiency benefits of consumption-oriented taxes especially those focused on negative externalities such as tobacco and alcohol are good policy. I also agree with Horner's plan to include broad-based taxes and meaningful budget cuts as part of a budget balancing process. The State Economist Tom Stinson has stated that adding revenue and implementing meaningful budget cuts is the responsible way to deal with the long-term solution to the state deficit. And budget cuts will make for many politically difficult decisions. Which Mr. Horner is well positioned to do. Personally, I think it's silly to put up with a decade of unnecessary pain and suffering before we finally bite the bullet and do what has to be done to stabilize our public finances. And I don't see any other path that will get us there.
Tommy Johnson

Eden Prairie, MN

#4 Oct 24, 2010
From the PiPress Editorial:

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"In a more recent interview, he told us he did not see himself as a one-sided partisan in the House and that he will "always be willing to listen'' as governor. "
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Over a year ago, Emmer told the Marshall Indpendent newspaper:

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"I do not believe you can be a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat."
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Will the real Tom Emmer please step forward?

I'm guessing it's the guy that told the Marshall Independent newspaper that Democrats aren't patriotic; it's that guy that "took the state Republican convention by storm this summer."

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#6 Oct 25, 2010
Right Wing paper endorses a Republi-thug in Horner. Gee, really? I am shocked!
griddy

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Oct 25, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Right Wing paper endorses a Republi-thug in Horner. Gee, really? I am shocked!
You need to crank up the juice for your next jolt - your still talkin' stupid.
East Sider

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Oct 25, 2010
It is unfortunate that the editorial board is either forgetting or ignoring the very policies that created our great recession. They are endorsing the failed, trickle down economics that have brought us to the brink.

If you think the state is going in the wrong direction, why would you endorse two people that want to continue that same direction?

Minnesota has not had democratic leadership in over a generation. We've tried independent and Republican. If you think the state needs to go in a new direction, then don't vote for the parties that have led us to the brink.
joe doakes

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Oct 25, 2010
I hope Horner expands the sales tax to include parking your car on front lawns by the state fair, private school uniforms and selling pumpkins from roadside stands.

And also paper, ink and home delivery services such as paperboys.

Too long, those scoff-laws have evaded paying their rightful share.
Commonsense

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Oct 25, 2010
If smokes and beer are bad for you than so are potatoe chips, soda pop and a boat load of other unhealthy munchies - I say tax them as they aren't necessities. Although I'm not a dayton fan as he's a career politician and doesn't have a clue what the middle class is faced with and Emmer comes across as a take no prisoner type guy - which doesn't bode well for working with both parties and Horner can only point out what the other two candidates said previously that was different than this time - although he has some interesting ideas on how to balance the budget.
annoymous

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Oct 25, 2010
Here is an excerpt from the Pioneer Press editorial endorsement to Tom Horner:

"We are betting that Tom Horner, whose background is in business, would make it his job to speed up Minnesota's competitive metabolism and keep the pressure on to limit the rising costs of government."

Now I have a few questions to the folks at the local paper.

Question 1: Since when Tom Horner was a businessman, given the fact that he was only a PR wonk for corporate insiders and GOP professions?

Question 2: How would Tom Horner's so-called business experience is going to help the state's budget by provoking a mediocre tax policy and keeping the rich, known as the top two percent, on a continuous free ride for the last three decades at least? Got Reaganomics?

Question 3: When did newspapers decided to dictate an election by endorsing someone like Tom Horner, who is not well like by the public majority?
dept bicycle paths

Houston, TX

#13 Oct 25, 2010
none of the candidated even mentioned the most important issue that faces this state and even the nation. we need more bicycle paths. so i wiil vote for write in candidate for the rent is too daamn high party

Since: Apr 08

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#14 Oct 26, 2010
You got it wrong PP, try again and get that egg off your editorial face.

Horner is already a has been and Dayton would be a income killer.
Bill

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Oct 26, 2010
griddy wrote:
<quoted text>You need to crank up the juice for your next jolt - your still talkin' stupid.
YOU'RE still talkin' stupid.
HG Wells

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Oct 27, 2010
What a g-d cop put. If you want to endorse someone, endorse them.
griddy

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Oct 27, 2010
Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
YOU'RE still talkin' stupid.
na na nah boo boo. Grow up, punk.
L Knudsen

Glencoe, MN

#18 Oct 27, 2010
Just noticed the "sub title" on this peice. "But of the 2 major-party candidates, Tom Emmer, for fiscal reasons." The Independenece Party is a major party in Minnesota and has been since 1994 just two years after its creation. Which is remarkable considering they don't take special intrets money which challenges their abilty to compete in the money raising and spending games of Dems and Reps. I understand your need to perhaps "qualify" your endoesemrnt, although I think it is really wimpy, perhaps a better discription would be " of the two National Parties."
Walter

Eden Prairie, MN

#19 Oct 27, 2010
A.K.A.- "We want Dayton as Governor".
Madame Defarge

Mankato, MN

#20 Oct 27, 2010
Liberal papers like the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune, along with RINO Pukes like Durenberger, Bishop, Quie, and Carlson coming out to endorese Horner, is the kiss of death for Horner as far as I am concerned.

I'll take an honest liberal Democrat like Dayton over a counterfeit like Horner any day.

But I am voting for Tom Emmer. He won the debate and closed the deal last night.

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