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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » February 10th, 2016, 7:39 am

Lake Elmo employees forming a union because of council turmoil.

http://www.twincities.com/2016/02/09/la ... 1455064400

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » February 23rd, 2016, 2:28 pm

Doug Grow tackles the special strain of crazy in Lake Elmo.

https://www.minnpost.com/politics-polic ... nt-america

Does this level of elected insane affect property values?

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » May 1st, 2016, 1:43 pm

New Brighton rebukes council member and removes her from positions.

http://www.startribune.com/metro-briefs ... 377702071/

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » June 11th, 2016, 5:03 pm

New Brighton's censured council person situation is raising tension to Lake Elmo levels.

http://www.startribune.com/tensions-run ... 382554641/

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » June 27th, 2016, 12:05 pm

Lake Elmo fires their $200/hr parliamentarian.

http://www.twincities.com/2016/06/26/ou ... mentarian/

Failed experiment to keep the council from being a total train wreck? What would it take for the city's rates to go up?

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Postby grant1simons2 » September 12th, 2016, 10:26 am

But a campaign at City Hall to encourage more engagement in civic affairs has turned into an episode akin to “The Jerry Springer Show.”

http://www.startribune.com/roseville-s- ... 393003131/

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » October 5th, 2016, 7:59 am

Orono descends into Lake Elmo incivility?

http://m.startribune.com/city-leaders-c ... 395918171/

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby twincitizen » October 19th, 2016, 7:55 pm

Lake Elmo's election: a referendum on civility? http://startribune.com/lake-elmo-s-elec ... tion=local

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » November 26th, 2016, 8:49 pm

New Brighton continuing with airing of grievances.

http://www.startribune.com/after-electi ... 403150926/

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Postby Anondson » January 4th, 2017, 7:50 pm

New mayor and some on the city council seemed to desire a new city manager, so the current city manager resigned.

http://www.startribune.com/west-st-paul ... 409710635/

I'd like to hear about the history that brought such a conflict. The news report says the city manager had conflict with the Coon Rapids city council in the past. Any West St. Paul peeps have insight to share?

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » January 10th, 2017, 8:42 pm

It's going to cost the city $115K to dismiss the city manager.

http://www.startribune.com/ouster-of-we ... 410322025/

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby FISHMANPET » March 5th, 2017, 10:46 pm

Can anyone who lives in a city without a DFL city committee, so any city other than Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Maplewood, Minneapolis, or St Paul, explain how party endorsements work for city races (if there are any even)?

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Tiller » March 6th, 2017, 1:14 am

FISHMANPET wrote:
March 5th, 2017, 10:46 pm
Can anyone who lives in a city without a DFL city committee...
Additional question: what is a DFL city committee?

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby twincitizen » March 6th, 2017, 10:14 am

A city-level organization of the DFL party. Political parties in MN are mainly organized by State Senate districts, or sometimes by county in rural MN. For example, I live in SD63, so that is the organizing unit for party endorsements for all state and federal elections.

However, we also have county, city, and school board races which don't follow senate/house district lines, so there are separate organizing units of the DFL for those races. There's a "Minneapolis DFL" and a "Hennepin County DFL". Most suburbs do not have city-level DFL organizations. I think for most suburbs there just wouldn't be enough people to organize and operate a party structure. You'd probably have the same dozen people participating in everything. That would be bad. Also, municipal races are officially nonpartisan elections, and I think in most purple-ish suburbs, many candidates would actually want to avoid being stuck with a party label.

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby sdho » March 6th, 2017, 10:55 am

FISHMANPET wrote:
March 5th, 2017, 10:46 pm
Can anyone who lives in a city without a DFL city committee, so any city other than Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Maplewood, Minneapolis, or St Paul, explain how party endorsements work for city races (if there are any even)?
In Richfield, I'm not aware of official endorsements for City offices -- although anybody involved in City politics knows who the DFL-aligned candidates are. (Of the current Council: Garcia and Howard especially, Regan Gonzalez more loosely.) When door-knocking for various candidates, I was never sure how to answer questions of if they were a Democrat or a Republican -- they were Democrats, but not in their capacity in this race.

I'm not a fan of party endorsements for non-partisan races -- so, an endorsement at a party convention, but no actual primary. This happens for County Commissioner races.

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby Anondson » April 27th, 2017, 7:53 am

Saint Louis Park considering dumping primary elections and going to ranked choice elections.

http://sailor.mnsun.com/2017/04/26/prim ... ouis-park/

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby twincitizen » April 27th, 2017, 8:08 am

I am a supporter of ranked choice (particularly for partisan legislative/congressional/executive elections), but wouldn't support that here. Nonpartisan "Top 2" primary elections are fairly ideal. What cities in MN ought to do to save money (instead of ranked choice) is to simply not hold the general election if a candidate reaches 50% in the primary, much like the elections in Georgia and Louisiana.

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby mattaudio » April 27th, 2017, 8:29 am

What's the harm in ranked choice elections? Maybe require a small petition to get on the ballot to ensure you don't get flaky candidates (I'm sure there are plenty of people who would pay $50 to file for office but are too lazy or disengaged to get 50 residents to sign a petition for the same thing).

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Re: Suburban City Councils, shenanigans

Postby MNdible » April 27th, 2017, 10:54 am

I'm also a strong supporter of RCV, but I do feel that things break down when you have more than, say, four legitimate candidates. (See the last MPLS mayoral contest, where you'd typically have seven candidates at most debates, and therefore never had time for more in depth discussions because you had to give everybody enough time.)


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