Friday, November 16, 2012
The most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments from around the west metro between Nov. 9 and Nov. 15.
Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, Shakopee, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation. (The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.) *** Cover Your Butts? Leggings and Yoga Pants Debate in Minnetonka Continues Online It's become a nationwide topic: What are people saying about the Minnetonka High School principal asking for modesty? Melanie Lundheim explained the situation in simple …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
While proponents were saying the race was still too early to call, the Associated Press called the race shortly before 2 a.m. The vote means the state constitution will not define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The Minnesota Marriage Amendment has been rejected. The campaign to amend the Minnesota state constitution to limit the definition of marriage to strictly between heterosexual couples was defeated Tuesday by more than 51 percent of a statewide vote. With 92 percent of state precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday that Amendment 1—informally known as the Minnesota Marriage Amendment—had failed: "Vote No" won. Speaking to a cheering crowd of hundreds at St Paul's River Centre, Richard Carlbom, the campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, told audiences that Minnesota was the first state in the nation to reject a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage at the ballot …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Video from various spots around the metro, including Republican Party headquarters in Bloomington and the DFL Party's gathering in Minneapolis.
Red. Blue. Downtown or Southtown, we will have it covered tonight as election results come in around the Twin Cities. Twin Cities Patch sites are teaming up with our friends at TheUptake to bring video coverage from various sites tonight as we wrap up this historic election. The embedded player allows you to change feeds, or "channels," to check out the coverage and interviews you want to see. Thanks for "tuning in," and enjoy a whole new way to take in the Election Night.
Minnesota voters young and old used Twitter to talk about their Minnesota Election decisions, particularly on the proposed Marriage Amendment.
We followed a few common topics around the Twin Cities, including both sides of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment vote, and found what people were talking about on social media this Election Day. A reminder, though, that Tweeting a photo of your ballot, filled out, is stongly discouraged by the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office. Take a look.
The large sign was last seen by the owner Sunday.
A large sign held up by stakes reading "Minnesota for Marriage" and "Vote Yes" that once stood outside Marksman Metals Co. in St. Michael has been stolen from the property. "It's gone — we didn't take it down," said Flori Scharber, whose husband owns Marksman Metals. The "vote yes" message was one of many prominently displayed around the St. Michael and Albertville area, in support of the state's marriage amendment question on ballots today. An informal sampling by St. Michael Patch showed "Yes" signs out-numbering "No" by a 5-to-1 margin. The sign faced Highway 241, and without it, three stakes that used to hold up the sign still sit in the ground. The stakes are surrounded by other signs supporting GOP candidates. A smaller "vote yes on…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Despite support from the Minnesota GOP, Patch's panel thinks the amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman will fall short.
Twin Cities Republicans aren't confident the so-called Marriage Amendment will make its way into the constitution after Tuesday's general election. In a flash poll issued Friday to Patch's panel of Republican politicians and activists, the majority believed the amendment, which requires a "yes" vote to be added to the constitution by voters, would fall short. About 57 percent of the 33 survey responders said the amendment would fall short. Our Republican panel also felt Barack Obama, running to remain president, had conducted a better campaign in Minnesota, a state he's favored to win in Tuesday night's election. "It's going to be exceedingly close, on the Presidential race and on both amendment questions," one pundit said. The …
Twin Cities resident Bonnie Gasper advocates the amendment, stating a definition for marriage is needed on the state's high document.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Our family visited the "Vote NO" booth at the MN State Fair in August and spoke with a self identified attorney volunteering for the cause. I asked him what the logical outcome of what constitutes 'marriage' will be if they are successful in redefining the meaning of marriage. He said that concern was a "separate issue." So, I asked him if marriage is indeed a 'right', then how can he deny that 'right' to others who desire polygamous, polyamorous, even incestuous relationships as deeply as people of the same sex? Again, he said it was a "separate issue." It isn't a separate issue, because it reveals the uncomfortable truth that if marriage is regarded as merely a 'right' and not an historical institution defined by God, understood and …
St. Michael DFL advocate Susan Rego writes about her reasoning behind voting against the so-called marriage amendment.
Monday, November 5, 2012
“Liberty and justice for all” is a great American ideal, and it’s why I’m voting NO on the marriage restriction amendment. If we take the Pledge of Allegiance seriously, it follows that all Americans deserve equal rights and responsibilities, including same-sex couples and their families. When the Supreme Court struck down state laws forbidding interracial marriage in 1967, nearly three-fourths of the public opposed the change. If marriage rights had been put to a vote, interracial marriage would have remained illegal until 1991, when popular opinion finally swung to majority support. That’s why putting equal rights to a vote isn’t always fair. Two wolves and a sheep can vote on what to eat for dinner, but it’s not exactly justice for the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
St. Michael area voters will be part of a pair of high-profile amendment issues. Patch asks: How are you planning to vote on these issues?
Minnesota voters will head to the polls next Tuesday to vote on a pair of amendments that could, if approved, be added to the state's constitution. The first is a question that will ask voters to decide if the state's constitution should define marriage as a man/woman union. The question reads: The second question would require all voters at Minnesota polls to provide a state-issued form of identification. The question reads: Which way are you voting?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Former Senate spokesperson Michael Brodkrob reportedly claims the measure was put on the November ballot to draw conservatives to the polls.
Editor's note: The article was updated 4:15 p.m. Oct. 17 to reflect information added from a story by WCCO. Former Republican spokesperson Michael Brodkorb “claims Republicans put the marriage amendment on the ballot to get conservatives to the polls in November,” according to a report onMinnesota Public Radio. Brodkorb was reportedly fired last year after a relationship with Amy Koch, who was the Senate majority leader, became public. Senator Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) responded to the claim, according to various media reports. "Being the chief author of the amendment, I was a central figure to every discussion in our caucus and I don't remember any discussion regarding a motive to turn out people to the polls," Limmer said, as …