Thursday, October 30, 2008

North Minneapolis Ballot Requirements

Not sure how to vote next Tuesday? I've got you covered. For the record, it is very legal to bring a cheat sheet to the voting booth. You don't have to memorize this stuff. If you are interested, I would be more than happy to scan and e-mail a sample ballot.

STATEWIDE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – John McCain

McCain is smarter, tougher and better qualified than Barack Obama. If this were any other election year, it would be a landslide. Get off your ass and vote for him.

SENATE - Norm Coleman

Norm is a lousy ideologue, but an excellent politician. That may sound like I am damning with faint praise, but there is something to be said for a person who picks his battles and articulates his case. Sen. Coleman isn’t as wishy-washy as his detractors make him out to be. He is a party-convert from a moderate state, and is the best choice for Senate.

Besides, Al Franken is a mess.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – NO

I am among those conservatives who believe that Minnesota should invest in our parks and waterways. But in a down economy, but the portentously-named Clean Water, Wildlife, Cultural Heritage and Natural Areas is as bloated as it sounds. It is a transparent attempt to do an end run around the legislative process.

I cannot abide by a bloated referendum that will cost the average Minnesotan $60 per year in a down economy. Particularly offensive is the attempt to shoehorn funding for the arts into an amendment that leads with Clean Water. Even the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press have weighed in against the amendment. Don’t be fooled.

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 5 – Barb Davis White

Who better to take on a Jew-hating lowlife like Keith Ellison than a black woman whose grandparents fled Nazi Germany? She is absolutely the right woman for the job, and has absolutely no chance of winning.


MINNEAPOLIS


STATE REP. – DISTRICT 58A – Grant Cermak

By all accounts, a first-rate political mind, Grant has actually earned the endorsement of Ron Paul, if you’re into that sort of thing. The incumbent, Joe Mullery, is the prototypical Democrat from a low-income district. Extremely far-left, lives in the nice part of town, depressingly soft on crime, and (I kid you not) pro-Cuba.


SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOT 1 – NO

Minneapolis schools are asking homeowners to pay an additional $1,200 per pupil, or $60 million overall, per year, to support our failed public schools. While proponents of the bill tout the promise of smaller class sizes, the initiative in question will actually reduce the percentage of funds levied for this purpose. The rest will be spent on the usual fluff. Modernization (e.g. flat screen TVs), increased pay for wealthy administrators, cultural awareness programs, and the like.

The initiative will scale the $60 million to inflation, meaning that property taxes will increase even as housing values drop. The average household will pay approximate $2,500 over the next ten years. Teaching our kids to read and write is hard, but it should not be this expensive. Until Minneapolis Public Schools can demonstrate a track record of serious reform, they do not deserve the support of the taxpayers.

SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOT 2 – YES

This is a common sense initiative to divide the school board into districts, ensuring fair representation for each neighborhood. It will further provide for increased accountability, as neighborhood representatives will be forced to make their case to their own communities. Anything that keeps our school board from becoming a fiefdom of incumbency has my support, and this initiative will do just that.

JUDGES

Please, vote on judges! Our state’s industrial complex of left-wing, political motivated adjudicators has created a serious crime problem in our city centers, not to mention a host of painfully unconstitutional decisions. Now sure who do vote for? TPWK is here to help.

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE 3 – Tim Tingelstad

Incumbent Paul Anderson voted to constitutionally mandate funding for abortion. While I would prefer that Tingelstad didn’t have a prayer clock on his website, his understanding of the constitution within the context of biblical principle is accurate, even if the pro-family agenda isn’t your cup of tea.

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE 4 – Lorie Skjerven Gildea

A Tim Pawlenty appointee, Gildea has earned overwhelming bi-partisan praise. Let’s keep her on board.

COURT OF APPEALS (JUDGE 16) – Dan Griffith

As his website makes clear, Griffith’s approach to the law is wise and well-reasoned. Left-wing groups are endeavoring to out him as a Christian, but this is not a reason to deny his candidacy. The trial lawyers support his opponent, so there’s that.

4th DISTRICT JUDGES

JUDGE 9 – Eugene Link

Not much can be said for Link’s candidacy, other than that he is running against Philip D. Bush, a Unitarian who cites “creativity” as one of his judicial accomplishments. His creativity extends to Bush’s sentencing, which dispenses with inside-the-box methods such as punishing criminals.

JUDGE 53 – David L. Piper

Piper is endorsed by Rich Stanek. His opponent, Jane Ranum, is endorsed by R.T. Rybak. What more do you need to know? Ranum is a Democratic state senator who cites innovation as the most important qualification for a judge. No thanks.

JUDGE 58 – James T. Swenson

Apparently, he is the district chief. That said, his judicial philosophy is indistinguishable from that of his opponent, but he has achieved some administrative accomplishments which have saved money. A nominal recommendation here.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Rypick said...

Where did you find info on the judges?
I've looked around a little, and I am having trouble finding what my options will be for judges.
Also, referendum type stuff, other than the Clean Water, etc., etc., etc., etc. amendment. I'm sure there will be school district questions. There always are...

Thanks.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous metro conservative said...

Here's a great op-ed piece by Annette Meeks of the conservative Freedom Foundation of Minnesota taking on the Minneapolis Public Schools referendum:
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentary/33608154.html?elr=KArksUUUU

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin Sawyer for President!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Ryan,

Ramsey County should have a sample ballot you can download.

Judges are tough in that the worst ones provide the least information about themselves. A search of their name will provide their campaign sites.

The most lenient judges talk about their creativity and innovation. You can also tell a lot by their community activites. A Google News search might clue you in on a particularly egregious sentence.

Hope that helps. With Chris Coleman running the show in St. Paul, you'll need all the help you can get against criminals.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Rypick said...

Thank you, sir.
I'll redirect my search and see what I can come up with.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Rypick said...

Okay, I found my sample ballot.
It took some time though, because I'm stupid, and I looked up Ramsey county, because that's what you said to do. I live in South St. Paul, which is in Dakota county.
On the plus side, that means that Chris Coleman is not my Mayor. And luckily, criminals don't cross borders. :)

9:22 AM  
Blogger Ariah said...

Hey, we agreed on Gildea!

4:06 PM  
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