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Minneapolis mayoral candidate questionnaire

For the first time in 20 years, no incumbent will be on the ballot for Minneapolis mayor. To help voters rank their three choices, MinnPost asked eight of the highest-profile candidates their views on a range of urban policy issues. Star (★) an answer to tally which candidate responses resonate with you — the totals will appear in the left-hand sidebar.

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Cam Winton on Ideological Solutions

"Shutting out particular approaches because of ideological bias or rank self-interest is morally indefensible — and as mayor, I won’t tolerate it," Cam says in the question about surprises and yet his plan in the gap question basically boils down to, numbered point by numbered point:

1. Cut regulations/taxes
2. Vague support of "family values"
3. Increase law enforcement funding
4. Pick a fight with the Teacher's Union
5. Push school costs off on other groups (i.e. philanthropists who fund charters and the Federal government funding Teach for America)

Isn't this the main-line ideology of the Republican Party? Anti-regulation, anti-tax, family-based solution to social problems, increasing the security state, taking all chances to fight the union and have philanthropy pick up the slack from cutting funding to government-run services sounds pretty ideological to me ...

All of these candidates are awful choices.

Pity you couldn't talk to the other 27 candidates while you were at it. I guess you were worried you might run out of Internet or something?

Re: Cam Winton

Andrew - You're simplifying Cam's positions to try and paint him as a Republican. There's a reason he doesn't have the endorsement.

If you just simplify responses, we can do that with any position. For example, Don Samuels wants to use "objective data" in education -- You mean testing?!?!? Isn't that a republican idea?!?!? Says the orchestra needs to negotiate a deal on its own and without government funding? Certainly republican to me!!

Is Cam more of a political centrist than others? Considering it's a field of democrats, then yes. Yes, he is. But that's different than being the republican caricature you're trying to paint him as.

Caricature

What does Cam mean by reducing red tape to help businesses create jobs besides removing existing regulations? It's fairly unambiguous that he's talking about regulations in point one. The second point is more just rhetoric. Unless we're talking about implementing some way of tying government benefits to a measure of stepping up as fathers, he's supporting just the idea that fathers are important for education. It is a vague endorsement of family values and it doesn't translate to anything specific policy-wise.

The third point clearly is stating that he would increase funding or staffing or something constituting "resources" but I don't think he's talking about providing them with more pens. Increasing resources for police means making them in some way more powerful. His fourth point breaks down into four sub-points, the first three all are directly referring to union issues. I disagree with you that standardized testing is a specifically Republican policy, but you may want to note that the fourth point very clearly endorses having more, (hopefully shorter) tests to provide the data to "guide instruction."

There is likewise no doubt that the fifth point, referencing charters and Teach for America, is about pulling in personnel from the private sector and from the Federal government (Teach for America). Since Winton considers himself a fiscal conservative, I figured his point is that this is a win-win because of the presumed inherent positives of charters and TFA and also the fiscal advantages this entails.

Sure I added a few rhetorical flairs of my own, and no these are not Sarah Palin Tea Party right-wing suggestions but they ARE driven by a fundamentally conservative ideology (corresponding fairly precisely with what is usually called "moderate Republican" these days) as are the rest of his responses, and not a "centrist" ideology (and yes, Centrism is ideological). And I agree, there's a reason he doesn't have the endorsement, which is that the state GOP is pretty strapped for cash, I understand it, and funding a candidate in an election where a Democrat is likely to win is just kind of a bad investment. Besides that, the common logic is that you have a better shot at winning this race without an R next to your name.

The Mayoral Candidates

Most of their answers are replays of their campaign literature so we have learned nothing new. From the beginning I have asked "do any of the candidates have a vision for the City's future?" I feel all of their answers are 'yesterdays answers' to 'todays questions,' so it seems none of the candidates measure up to the City's future tasks. So my task will be to vote for the candidate who might do the least damage. My other job is to cast my choices in a manner to keep my ballot in the threshold calculation in hopes of denying 'majority.'