STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Election Notebook: Voter ID amendment takes spotlight
Debate about a proposed constitutional amendment requiring Minnesota voters to show photographic identification intensified Wednesday.
Among the disputes, the two sides of the question appearing on t... Posted on 10/24/12 at 4:42 PM
Let’s just look at one segment, Asian-Americans. Many of these people are leading the lives Republicans celebrate. They are, disproportionately, entrepreneurial, industrious and family-oriented. But on Tuesday, Asian-Americans rejected the Republican Party by 3 to 1. They don’t relate to the Republican equation that more government equals less work.
The state House and Senate Republican caucuses today are dominated by the tea party and libertarian followers of Ron Paul.
But here’s what’s telling. These GOP hard-liners, while able to win their more conservative “exurbia” and rural districts, are not doing well when it comes to overall state politics.
The best way to win a seat for your party is to fully support the parties’ endorsed candidates. If Republicans had done that two years ago, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., would have been defeated, and the U.S. Senate would be controlled by Republicans.
Since winning House and Senate majorities in the 2010 elections, Republicans shut down government, passed a budget resulting in higher property taxes, starved our schools through irresponsible borrowing, and brought divisive national politics to our front doors.
And that represents only a partial list of damage done.
The party that always is talking about fiscal responsibility and wants to tell us how to deal with our state and national financial crises — and also, of course, is prone to telling me how to run my personal life — can't even run its own house.
Chris Tiedeman, who grew up in Crookston and has been a leading Republican consultant in Minnesota, and his wife, Sara, are in the intensive care unit of Hennepin County Medical Center after a car accident Saturday in the Twin Cities, according to their site on Caringbridge.com.
These objections don’t mean that if Santorum is the GOP nominee, he’d lose against President Barack Obama. But they’re huge obstacles in his path; and if Santorum wants to broaden his appeal beyond the Republican base, he ought to dismantle them one by one.
If I was contributing my money to any candidate in this process, I would want the people of the entire state to decide who they wanted for office, not the small minority of the people attending a party’s nominating convention.
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