Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 10:15 CST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
All incumbents in county commissioner races defended challenges from opponents touting their fiscally conservative credentials.
Welcome to Patch's Hennepin County hub for all things Election 2012. This page will offer some historical perspective of recent voting in Hennepin County, along with up-to-the-moment election results for county races. It will also have links to Patch's coverage of local, state and federal races. *** With five of the seven county commissioners up for re-election this fall, the Hennepin County Board could’ve seen a major shake-up from this election. But Hennepin County voters seem to prefer for county government to continue on its current course—choosing steady-as-she-goes incumbents over the fiscally conservative challengers who criticized the County Board for runaway spending. Incumbents Mike Opat, Randy Johnson, Jan Callison and Jeff …
Editors from across Minnesota will be at the polls and in the community on Election Day. Check back here throughout the day for regular updates and photos.
The 2012 Election isn’t just a political event; it’s a community event. Patch editors embedded in their communities are perfectly situated to capture all the local flavor that goes along with Election Day—from polling place activity to “I voted” stickers. Throughout the day, these editors will be bringing you photos and updates from Patch sites across Minnesota. Check back regularly to see just what the 2012 Election means for your neighbors.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Republican challenger for Minnesota’s 5th District is asking supporters for money to counter Ellison’s comments.
GOP challenger Chris Fields has been quick to try to capitalize on a debate with 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison that devolved to name-calling and personal attacks. In a fundraising e-mail the day after Thursday’s debate, Fields reminded supporters that Ellison called him a “low-life scumbag” and a “gutter dweller.” “Throughout this campaign, Ellison has also referred to me as a ‘liar’ and ‘stupid’, and even went as far as to refer to the entire GOP base as a ‘bigoted party,’” he wrote. “Friends, I urgently need your help to fight back against these abhorrent attacks. Will you help us take new TV and radio ads live immediately by making an emergency contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more right away?” The dispute began when Ellison disputed…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Listen to the name-calling and judge for yourself who was wrong.
The conversation between 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and GOP challenger Chris Fields got dirty during a heated debate on KFAI Radio Thursday morning. Both men got defensive when the other brought up sensitive subjects—namely references to one another's families and personal lives. Listen to the low points in the audio above or visit KFAI-FM to hear the full debate. Patch sites in the Fifth Congressional District (see below) hosted a CoverItLive liveblog and chat. Patch users submitted questions via Twitter (#MN5debate) and through local Patch Facebook pages: Look for more stories about the debate later at these Patch sites. *** Other related stories:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Rep. Keith Ellison and GOP challenger Chris Fields clashed over key issues.
Rep. (D-MN) Keith Ellison and GOP challenger Chris Fields went head-to-head Thursday during a meaty half-hour debate hosted by WCCO News Radio 830. The debate had spirited moments and heated back-and-forth exchanges. “That is a lie. You are a liar, sir. That is not true. You ought to be ashamed of saying something like that,” Ellison said after what he felt was a mischaracterization of a Congressional Black Caucus walkout. But amid the drama, listeners could learn a lot about the candidates. Here are some of the key items voters learned. *** The candidates have two very different perspectives on the economic climate. There aren’t just big disagreements on economic policy; there are big disagreements over how the country is doing. Ellison…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Chris Fields says bringing up a temporary restraining order from 2006—that he never knew about—is an example of dirty politics.
U.S. Fifth District GOP candidate Chris Fields said the recent disclosure of a temporary restraining order his ex-wife filed against him in 2006 is a further example of dirty tactics that are turning people off politics. City Pages published the article Thursday, Oct. 4. “This is the politics of personal destruction,” Fields told Patch on Wednesday. Fields released a statement (see the PDF with this story) and contacted Patch after he said City Pages interviewed him about the restraining order. City Pages did not specify where it got the information—but it did publish Fields’ full release, which includes accusations. Patch will update this story when it receives responses from people Fields mentions in his news release. Fields said he was …
Gunyou is one of two candidates running for the position.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Editor’s Note: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Joy Rikala, retired Minnetonka police chief. I have just finished my Saturday morning long run around Medicine Lake, through French Lake Park and the Three Rivers trails. I was pleased to see bikers, roller bladers, kayakers, sailors, walkers, and participants in a 5k Lupus walk all enjoying this beautiful park so early on a sunny September morning. It served as a unceasing reminder of how blessed we are to have the resources of the Three Rivers Parks to enjoy, and the need to continue their maintenance and enhancement in the forward years. For this reason, I am supporting John Gunyou as Three River’s Park District Board 4 Commissioner. I was fortunate to serve …
Gunyou is one of two candidates running for the position.
Editor’s Note: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Minnetonka City Councilman Dick Allendorf. I wholeheartedly endorse John Gunyou for Three Rivers Park Commissioner. I have first hand knowledge of John’s forward thinking, financially responsible leadership when he was City Manager in Minnetonka. John foresaw the financial crisis which was bearing down on all of us well before the crisis began. He devised and implemented a plan to realign department functions within the City, share expenses with other government entities where appropriate, and bring expenses in line with projected revenues. It is due to his foresight that our citizens weren’t faced with either reduced City services or inordinately large tax increases …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
While the first presidential debate was happening, viewers kept up on Patch with their feelings on how it was unfolding.
Patch held a live chat session during the first presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 3. See what they had to say by replaying the chat in the window above. ***Original Text*** At 8 p.m. Oct. 3, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will square off at the University of Denver for the first presidential debate of the election season. Domestic policy is the topic of the evening. Moderator Jim Lehrer, executive director of PBS News Hour, will oversee six 15-minute segments—the first three segments focusing on the economy and the last three focusing on health care, the role of government and governing. Throughout the debate, Patch will be moderating a live blog where users can share their thoughts in real time, participate in polls and post …