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Andrew Kearney

Stillwater, MN
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Posted on 11/20/14 at 12:03 pm in response to Are the Twin Cities' suburban swing districts now firmly DFL territory?

Briana, it's not just Republicans who think "And where some Republicans attribute gains in deep rural districts as a backlash to Democrats’ move to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota." I'm a strong DFL-er active in politics and I can say with a degree of evidence based certainty that the House gains in the 11 rural seats was due almost exclusively to gay marriage backlash with some but not much anti-metro and considerable DFL drop off in these areas.

It's an under-reported story-...

Posted on 11/20/14 at 10:56 am in response to Met Council Chair Sue Haigh announces resignation

Many thanks to Sue Haigh for her energetic leadership and her commitment to housing and transit for all the people.

Posted on 11/11/14 at 03:18 pm in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

Other areas of the nation would during a presidential election love the (approx) 68% that District 11-B had in this off year election. In 2012 turn-out in this low SES district was 91%-who says the poor don't vote. So yes to some degree the voters were older and more conservative and the DFL'ers of 2012 didn't show up. But this year's election result was 90% gay marriage. I am amused how both parties and most media commentators are trying very hard to avoid this factual appect of this...

Posted on 11/12/14 at 12:14 pm in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

don't think much of either party
thought what the DFL and Dayton did the last two years was just fine except for the gay marriage vote
don't like bickering and campaigns
turned out at a higher percentage than the state as a whole and most other states
think that other DFL consitituencies are getting a free ride at their expense
Know they are getting screwed by Wall Street republicans
were swamped with negative mailers which reinforced in the most general...

Posted on 11/12/14 at 06:06 pm in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

The people of 11-B are fully human-wonderful, warm, practical and they sometimes shoot themselves in the foot as they did this year and have done before (four years ago they elected a sheriff who as a deputy had been fired and then sued their own board and a county commissioner whose wife had been let go when the county version of LGA forced budget cuts. Both chose not to run for re-election.)

This year they had a $2 million drop in property taxes under the DFL and other benefits...

Posted on 11/13/14 at 01:47 pm in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

We have to be careful not to generalize all people in a geographic area-I have done this, I know to be illustrative or descriptive of a prevailing culture. There are folks in the core cities that are opposed to marriage equality and folks in the rural areas very much for it.

Matt, I don't think your idea of "pushing our legislators to [punish rural voters]" is wise. The metro and suburban DFL'ers can not form a majority to get control of government and that is the whole point of...

Posted on 11/07/14 at 02:14 pm in response to The seven biggest takeaways from Minnesota's 2014 election

There is no doubt that the marriage equality vote flipped the House. Those losing were in rural areas and the anger about those legislators' marriage vote was kept and sustained for over a year. DFL drop off was also an issue. Rick Nolan did more poorly than Al Franken due to Second Amendment sentiment.

Posted on 11/07/14 at 09:36 pm in response to The seven biggest takeaways from Minnesota's 2014 election

Don't think that the marriage equal vote only involved the fringiest and turn out and marraige equal vote were factors. Here's some data/proof-consider the Faust/Rarick race in 11-B (Pine-Kanabec counties.)

1. Turn out in these areas was almost double the national average and 16-18 points above the MN turnout (Pine County 68%; Kanabec 66%).

2. But this was down from the impressive 91% turnout in Pine County (one of the poorest in the state/poor people do vote when the voting...

Posted on 11/05/14 at 12:01 pm in response to With big assist from rural voters, GOP retakes Minnesota House

Briana is somewhat tentative but there is absolutely no doubt that SSM is what defeated the DFL and as Briana noted it was in the rural areas. As an example, I was able to compare the precincts in 11-B where Tim Faust lost to the last 6 elections and to the results of other DFL'ers this year. He did worse this year than in the national R wave of 2010. Rural Democrats did not show up but the main fault lies in the socially conservative bent among those who are open to cross party voting in...

Posted on 09/11/14 at 03:39 pm in response to Schools clear the decks to try step-by-step approach to teaching reading

I agree with everything Greg said up to the point of "our previous governor." I wasn't a fan of the guy but he did two (and only two) things right-reading reform and children's mental health. He signed the Minnesota RtI law (251A.56 which is a plan to insure reading proficiency) and funded a Minnesota Reading Center but the MDE has worked hard to bury it.

Children in Mpls and St. P will never as a group meet Reading standards until the effects of poverty are mitigated. That being...