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  •  Great Rundown (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm most interested in my hometown of Minneapolis -- but I've got to say none of the candidates (even though like half the city seems to be running) really come close to impressing me as much as RT Rybak -- but we'll see.  One of them has to get the job!

    •  Someone else could jump in (1+ / 0-)
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      I think the odds are very good at least one major candidate will enter the race; could be more.  This one's probably the most unpredictable of all these races.

      Thanks for the praise!  I'm hoping to revisit this one after the filing deadline.

      23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-01 (college).

      by Jeff Singer on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 03:22:32 PM PDT

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    •  I'm most interested in Cleveland (1+ / 0-)
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      Darth Jeff

      which isn't on the list. So I had to check "other." Dayton could be interesting too. Not sure if there's a race in Toledo but if there is I hope they kick Kasich-loving corporate stooge Michael Bell out on his ass. Columbus isn't up until 2015, and Mayor Coleman is popular there.

      Oh lookie — some good news from Toledo:

      I hope the unions unite around someone and kick Bell's SB 5-loving ass out of office.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 05:10:29 PM PDT

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    •  Schiff in mpls (1+ / 0-)
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      My gut reaction is that Schiff is probably the best of the Minneapolis bunch and I would guess the most electable.

      Cherryhomes lost her city council seat in 2009, and disappeared. I lived in Minneapolis for 15 years and never heard one positive thing about her.

      I've seen Schiff around town and he's always smiling and energetic, reminds me of RT in that way. He has a activist, progressive reputation, and that plays well in mpls.  

      Hodges seems ok, but she's more invisible.  My wife saw her in a council session and came out of it with a bad impression of her.

       Samuels is a genuinely weird guy who has said "I’ve said burn North High School down!" as well as referring to himself as a part of a proud tradition of "big house" slaves that were less ignorant than the field slaves which he implicitly compared to his neighbors.

      "I say all the time that my great grandfather on both sides were mulatto men," says Samuels. "They were descended from the last slave in the family. Mulatto slaves. And the reason my family got a leg up on the people in our village in Jamaica is that we were in the big house. We saw homework done. They saw books read. They saw the piano lessons. That's why my wife and I say, our house is the big house on our block. And we're going to open it up to every kid on the block."
      Samuels is considered a Rybak ally. Rybak has always been very popular, so maybe that could help him if Rybak makes an endorsement. Still, I doubt it.

      I've never heard of the Mark Andrew guy.

      •  Thanks for the info! (0+ / 0-)

        Andrews has been out of office so long I'm not surprised he's unknown.  Maybe money will change that.  Still, it's fairly rare for someone to win office so long after being gone, at least without being pretty well known.

        23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-01 (college).

        by Jeff Singer on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 10:05:25 PM PDT

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        •  Andrew (1+ / 0-)
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          When I first heard he was running, my response was "who?". But it seems like he is still known by a lot of people and quite liked. I have a friend working a city council race for Betsy Hodges seat, which is also where Andrew is from, and I've heard that a lot of people there are more excited about him than Hodges. Also worth noting about Mark Andrew is that he used to be the chair of the DFL, so he still has connections there.

          I'd say Andrew, Schiff, and Hodges are the three frontrunners, though I doubt anyone gets the endorsement. The "big" name that gets thrown around as a possible candidate is Tina Smith, Governor Dayton's chief of staff. From what I've heard there is some money out there that wants her to run and would support her with independent expenditures. But at the same time, she doesn't want to run nearly as much as others want her to run. Aside from the potential money, I think she's a little overblown as a "big" name, as the average voter has no idea who she is (even though she used to be Rybak's chief of staff).

      •  MN Progressive Project covering the Mpls2013 (1+ / 0-)
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        Darth Jeff

        My blog, MN Progressive Project is covering the Minneapolis Mayoral race. We're a community blog and several of our contributors are pretty well connected DFLers (MN version of Dems).

        Anyone interested in the inside baseball of Minneapolis Mayoral and City Council races can find it all here:

    •  I dont like any of the candidates either (1+ / 0-)
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      I loved Gary Schiff until it became clear the new Vikings Stadium bill would pass the City Council and he basically turned into the whiniest bitch that's ever graced American politics.  Some people should just not be on Facebook.

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