Notes from all over

by GDA gda@accessmn.com

10-30-2014

Hold your breath believe it or not, the end is near. Yes, the end of this political season will be next Tuesday, Nov. 4. Some of the citizens will actually go to the polls to vote for Minnesota's governor, senator, representatives and more. Hopefully, the turnout will be high, but don't be surprised if it is under 33 percent. We love our freedoms, but we seem to take them for granted; especially the freedom to vote-in our representatives.
This election is a weird one. I saw a picture of the two candidates for U.S. Representative. Rep. Jim Oberstar owned this District for years and before that it was Blatnik. Then Chip Cravaack pulled a big upset and sent Oberstar home. Republican Cravaack lasted one term and Rick Nolan moved into the District to take it for the Democrats.
Anyway, the picture showed this old politician and this young, long-haired politician. You knew the old guy must be a Republican and the long-haired, hippy-type one was a Democrat, but the opposite is true. Nolan is a political hack from years gone by, while Stewart Mills is the boss at the Mills stores. Mills actually has had to work for a living, while Nolan has played the political game. The polls, which are much better closer to elections, show Mills with a nice lead and he should upset Nolan who doesn't seem to be in sync with the Eighth District. Of course, the Democrats complain about Mills, saying he is trying to buy the election.
Then we have the race for governor. Mark Dayton is the incumbent and has shown that if you have money, you can buy elections. He was the attorney general for Minnesota, then spent tons of his own money to buy a U.S. senatorship where he was rated the poorest senator. Jeff Johnson has worked most of his life from the early teen days. He is a very knowledgeable candidate. Dayton has lived off the family money for years. This election is close, but money usually wins. The Democrats don't question Dayton having all the money, though.
The race for Minnesota Representative from District 3A looks to be a race. David Dill is the incumbent from the DFL party and has had this job for 12 years. His opponent, Eric Johnson, is energetic, but faces an uphill battle since he is running as a Republican in this traditionally DFL district. The race will be closer than any in the past when the Republicans just put up a token candidate.
The race for District 4 County
Commissioner is between well-known, former state representative Tommy Rukavina and newcoming Christina Hujanen. This one looks like a shoo-in for Rukavina as many dyed-in-the-wool Republicans have said they will vote for Rukavina, who is a Democrat, in this race that doesn't list parties. Hujanen is running for the second time and faces a tough race against the charismatic Rukavina. If Rukavina does get in, the county board should be an interesting news beat to cover.
Of course, County Attorney Mark Rubin is running unopposed. He has done a very good job and residents should be proud of him. County Sheriff Ross Litman is also running unopposed. He is a shoo-in, too.
The race for State Auditor is between Rebecca Otto of the DFL and Randy Gilbert of the Republican party. This is an important race that few who don't follow politics realize. Otto hasn't made much of an impact, while Gilbert seems to be more with the people.
Of course, we also have U.S. Senator Al Franken running for re-election. His first election was a farce with ballots appearing like magic for him. They were found in basements and in trucks. His opponent, Mike McFadden, is another of those darn business people who actually created jobs and worked for a living. Steve Carlson is running as an Independent Party candidate, and Heather Johnson is a candidate for the Libertarian Party.
There are many other races to fill the ballot. The back of your ballot has judge candidates. Make sure you turn it over.
Now, make sure you get out and vote. We should have over 90 percent turnout or more since Minnesota's laws on signing up to vote are quite lax, so we could have votes from out-of-staters.
Just VOTE!
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When it comes to voting for federal offices, you should know that the federal tax bill for Minnesotans is $86 billion. Minnesota's federal tax bill is the second highest in the country. How about that? If we try hard, our representatives and senators could make us No. One.
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Have a great week. This has been a fantastic fall.
Good luck to the North Woods Grizzlies in their Section 7A game with Northome-Kelliher this Friday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. in Esko. The winner goes on to state. North Woods has the top seed and Northome-Kelliher is seeded third after beating the second seed, Ely. North Woods beat Ely 36-8. Go Grizzlies


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