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Saturday, May 27, 2006

YER OUT! Candidates needed

My state senator and state rep both voted for the new stadium, even though there are higher priorities like education, health care, property taxes, transportation and the environment that need the money more. Are we going to let them get away with this? I’m calling on ordinary citizens from all over the state to step up to the plate and eject these bums from the political ballgame.

Unfortunately, they're making it harder for minor parties to get on the ballot. You need 500 signatures for state house and 1000 for state senate, they need to list their legislative district, and there's something like a two-week window to collect them all. Your map has to be very detailed so they can be certain they live in the district. You might be better off going house to house, twice: Once to find out who is willing to sign, and once to get the actual signatures.

The good news is I bet you could get a lot of mileage out of the stadium issue. Just keep hammering the stadium issue over and over and over again. I bet you could even say you agree with the incumbent on all other issues! I'm a state employee so I can't run this year, but I will be eternally grateful to anyone who does.

4 Comments:

At Sat May 27, 07:35:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ted Wong said...

Well duh... Most major league political reps are like major league sports teams. They cater to the big money and what they see as potential cash cows . . . for themselves. The corporate interests have their claws in the politicians. I liked it when Jesse told the Twins and the Vikings to take a hike when they came calling for a new stadium. If they want it , let them pay for it. I can see why he didn't run for reelection, too much big business getting in the way of policy making.

 
At Sun May 28, 09:20:00 AM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Jesse was right about the corporate media, but for a wrestler he was a little thin-skinned. He was against stadiums and for a rail line to St. Cloud, which was good, but he spent too much time on foreign trade trips and personal financial gain. I think he missed a big opportunity to show what third parties can do. For starters, he could have appointed more Greens, especially to environmental posts.

If Greens controlled the legislature, the stadium bill would have never even gotten out of committee.

 
At Fri Jun 02, 05:35:00 PM CDT, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Pawlenty should be so good to MTC drivers and passengers.

 
At Sun Jun 04, 07:45:00 PM CDT, Blogger Sheryl said...

1000 signatures is not really that many. Go show what you are made of and get those signatures, Tom. You can do it!!!

 

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