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More Horner endorsements: this time, ECM newspapers

Will Mark Dayton or Tom Emmer get any newspaper endorsements this year? Tom Horner has racked up another one, this time from the suburban-focused and rural-focused ECM chain:

When it comes to the budget, Horner favors a balanced approach. He supports tax reduction for businesses to allow Minnesota’s companies to invest in research and development, setting up the building blocks for future success. And he favors lowering the sales tax one percent but expanding the tax base to include more items such as clothing. We agree with this plan supporting an expert-endorsed stable revenue tax rather than a system that relies increasingly on a regressive property tax with declining property values.

ECM was founded by moderate Republican Gov. Elmer L. Andersen, so it’s not a shock they would endorse a candidate closest to their patriarch’s roots. Like Horner, Andersen drifted away from the party, endorsing Democrat John Kerry for President in 2004.

The chain’s papers include the Anoka County ABC Newspapers, Caledonia Argus, ECM Post Review, Forest Lake Times, Isanti County News, Mille Lacs County Times, Morrison County Record, Princeton Union-Eagle, and Dakota County Tribune (on the web under the ThisWeekLive banner).

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by John Hakes on 10/20/2010 - 10:45 am.

    That the Horner candidacy is garnering the editorial endorsements of organizations large and small, Democrat and Republican, from both greater and metro Minnesota, is a major testament to the quality of the Horner message.

    Like the role of newspapers generally, the Horner effort places principle above party connection by being willing to take on the toughest, smartest things for the common good.

  2. Submitted by Brian Simon on 10/20/2010 - 12:00 pm.

    “ECM was founded by moderate Republican Gov. Elmer L. Anderson, so it’s not a shock they would endorse a candidate closest to their patriarch’s roots. Like Horner, Anderson drifted away from the party…”

    I wonder how many voters, statewide, that description applies to. The Reblican party leadership are fooling themselves if they think the number is small.

  3. Submitted by Bruce Anderson on 10/20/2010 - 01:06 pm.

    No, I doubt Emmer/Dayton will get any newspaper endorsements. They are just as fed up as the rest of us. The buzz is in full swing!

  4. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 10/20/2010 - 01:34 pm.

    No one ever won an election with newspaper endorsements alone. Horner has no party, no money, just a easy-to-digest and flawed plan for a serious problem.

    Editors are not geniuses. Far from it.

  5. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/20/2010 - 08:03 pm.

    I think moderate will be the new liberal.

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