Thursday, November 8, 2012
Ted Bearth will be sworn in on Jan. 8, 2012; Bill Pulkrabek plans for the future.
After 13 years, there will be a new county commissioner representing District 2 of Washington County. Longtime Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek was defeated by challenger Ted Bearth—the results came in early Wednesday morning, with Bearth taking 52 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Pulkrabek. Pulkrabek, 42, has served as a county commissioner since 1999. Before that he was the mayor of Oakdale from 1995 to 1998, a title he received in his mid-20s. Bearth said he has been encouraged to run for the Washington County Board since he first retired from the city council in 2004, but he often dismissed the idea and opted for retirement instead. "It finally got to the point where I was unhappy with what we got so I decided I …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
With 80 percent of the precincts in the Fourth Congressional District McCollum has been projected the winner over GOP candidate Tony Hernandez.
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL) has been elected to her seventh term as representative of the Fourth Congressional District, various news outlets are reporting. Stillwater and Woodbury are newcomers to the Fourth Congressional District, which has been represented by a Democrat since the 1940s. McCollum faced GOP challenger Tony Hernandez. Check back for updates on this post.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Despite support from the Minnesota GOP, Patch's panel thinks the amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman will fall short.
Twin Cities Republicans aren't confident the so-called Marriage Amendment will make its way into the constitution after Tuesday's general election. In a flash poll issued Friday to Patch's panel of Republican politicians and activists, the majority believed the amendment, which requires a "yes" vote to be added to the constitution by voters, would fall short. About 57 percent of the 33 survey responders said the amendment would fall short. Our Republican panel also felt Barack Obama, running to remain president, had conducted a better campaign in Minnesota, a state he's favored to win in Tuesday night's election. "It's going to be exceedingly close, on the Presidential race and on both amendment questions," one pundit said. The …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Looking energetic and sounding "presidential," Mitt Romney turned back President Barack Obama in the first of three debates between the two men vying for the top office in the country. Our panel of local politicos weighed in late last night.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney looked less like a "frontrunner" and more like a man on the attack Wednesday night, emerging as the winner of the first presidential debate, according to participants in the area's "Red Twin Cities" and "Blue Twin Cities" surveys, conducted by Patches around the Minneapolis and St. Paul suburbs and exurbs. The "flash" style polls were conducted just hours after the debate from Denver came to close. Obama "missed his opporunity," according to one Democractic member of our panels. Another called him "rusty" in his first debate since winning two of the three presidential debates back in 2008. Demcocrats were defensive of the president, not surprisingly. However, more than half of our pollsters said Mitt Romney won …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
With chants, masks and signs, protesters made their presence felt during the Republican frontrunner's visit to Minnesota.
As presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney prepared to descend on the Lake Minnetonka area Thursday evening, an estimated 50 to 75 protesters began to assemble at one of the prime spots for his visit, Lake Minnetonka's prestigious Lafayette Club. With Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan still a questionable arrival, demonstrators made sure his presence was known with cardboard masks. St. Louis Park resident Ilo Madden attended the protest rally because she's "worried about democracy." She said she's saved $300 so far under the new health care plan. "I love 'Obamacare.' I don't like Bush tax cuts," she said. Her personal slogan, she said, is "keep your 'mitts' off my healthcare." Most of the people in expensive vehicles driving by …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Craig Westover of Afton will be among the 32 “Liberty Republicans” dominating the Minnesota delegation in support of Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign at next week's Republican National Convention.
Craig Westover of Afton will be among the “Liberty Republicans” dominating the Minnesota delegation in support of Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. Westover, 62, a former contributing columnist to the St. Paul Pioneer Press is among the 80-person delegation (40 delegates and 40 alternates) that will represent Minnesota at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Aug 27-30. Of Minnesota’s 40 national delegates, 32 are Liberty Republicans. “The most important movement in American politics today is occurring within the Republican Party,” Westover said. “Ron Paul and Liberty Republicans are driving the Republican Party back to its small “r” republican roots of constitutional, limited government and individual liberty. I …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Anderson is the incumbent candidate for the Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court seat 1 in the 2012 election.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Name : Barry Anderson Also known as : Barry Age : 57 Place of residence : Apple Valley, MN Attended college : Yes College : Gustavus Adolphus College Degree : B.A. double major in History and Political Science Year of graduation : 1976 University : University of Minnesota Law School Area of research : Law Year of graduation : 1979 Job titles held : Partner Employers : Arnold, Anderson & Dove, PLLP Party affiliation : Other Party affiliation : Non-Partisan Running for a: State office Running for position: Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court Chamber/district: State wide Incumbent: Yes First elected: 07 November 2006 Previous elective offices : Minnesota Court of Appeals Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Website : www.…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
While many conservatives hail Romney's choice of the Wisconsin representative, others say it's an indication of just how desperate the presumptive GOP nominee is to win the affection of people in his own party.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has been passed over again as the GOP's vice presidential nominee—this time by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, named this morning by Mitt Romney as his running mate. Pundits are already speculating about the impact that Ryan, the chief architect of the Republican Party’s plan for tax and spending cuts, will have on Romney's campaign. The New York Times says that the choice of Ryan, an advocate of reshaping the Medicare program of health insurance for retirees, means the Obama campaign can portray its opponents as "two men who would strip health coverage for retirees and favor the wealthy." Some party conservatives, however, had been lobbying for Romney to choose Ryan; according to the Times, …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Tim Tingelstad is a candidate for Associate Justice Seat Four on the Minnesota Supreme Court in the 2012 primary election.
Name : Tim Tingelstad Age : 52 Place of residence : Bemdji, Minnesota Attended college : Yes College : Concordia College Degree : Business Administration Year of graduation : 1982 University : UND Law School Area of research : Law Year of graduation : 1985 Job titles held : Magistrate Employers : 9th Judicial District Party affiliation : Other Party affiliation : Non-partisan Running for a: State office Running for position: MN Supreme Court Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA URLs Website : HighestHill.com As a MN Supreme Court Justice, I will always submit my will to the will of the people as expressed through the original intent of the Constitution.
David R. Stras is the incumbent candidate for the Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court seat four in the 2012 primary election.
Name : Mr. David R Stras Age : 38 Place of residence : Wayzata Attended college : Yes College : University of Kansas Degree : B.A. (Political Science and Economics), J.D. Year of graduation : 1995, 1999 University : University of Kansas Degree : Masters of Business Administration Year of graduation : 1999 Job titles held : Professor of Law, Of Counsel, Law Clerk, Associate Employers : University of Minnesota, Faegre & Benson LLP, Supreme Court of the United States, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP Party affiliation : Other Party affiliation : Nonpartisan Running for a: State office Running for position: Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court Chamber/district: Associate Justice Seat 4 Incumbent: Yes Previous elective offices : None …