Censored* Voting

Today the polls are open but empty. Presidential elections are exciting of course, but local election outcomes can sometimes affect your daily life even more than national ones. (Think if you really want even MORE taxes).

The ‘big’ election today is for Mayor. The incumbent RT Rybak is taking on many contenders, although he’s largely refused to show up to any debates and is probably planning on running for Governor as well.
The two endorsed by the major parties are Rybak and Papa John Kolstad.

This paraphrase, from MPR News yesterday, made me laugh.
Q: What are the major issues:
Rybak: Public safety and job creation.
Kolstad: Increasing business, and the cost of a special election if Rybak runs for governor.

There’s also seems to be a weird quirk with party listings this year. One candidate’s party listing is “Moderate Progressive CENSORED” since the city blocked his original listing, “Moderate Progressive Republican.” Why would they censor something like that when they allowed another fool to list his party on the ballot as “Awesome”?

3 Comments so far

  1. Donavon (brash) on November 4th, 2009 @ 4:56 am

    I’m afraid I must disagree with you. The only fool in the Mayor’s race was Bob Carney Jr, the man whose party name was censored. See, you get to list your party or your political principle. But not both. Plus, you aren’t allowed to requisition a political party’s name if you are not a member. This guy is trying to say two things: a) that the name “Progressive Moderate Republican” is a political principle – that he means the word ‘republican’ in the sense that he likes republics, and b) that he’s a member of the Republican party, so it’s okay that he’s using their name.

    I totally call shenanigans on that shit. He wants to have his cake and eat it too. What’s more, the name itself is disingenuous – the whole point of having the name ‘progressive moderate republican’ is so that he can attract people from the left, right, and center. Well, morons from the left, right, and center who didn’t realize that he was endorsed by nobody and was a crazy person. I mean, shit man, why PICK a political affiliation if you can just fucking pick them all? Then EVERYONE would have to vote for you!

    Yeah, sorry, no. I think I prefer the guy whose political affiliation is “Is Awesome.” Or the National Edgertonite Party candidate, who believes in seceding from the union and worshiping Laura Ingles Wilder.

  2. ashley on November 4th, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    “the whole point of having the name ‘progressive moderate republican’ is so that he can attract people from the left, right, and center.”

    I definitely see your point here… good insight.

  3. kwatt (unregistered) on November 4th, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    Brash basically just made the case against Voting for Babies, er I mean IRV.

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