Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby xandrex » November 12th, 2019, 11:42 am

The 2021 Minneapolis city council race will be for a two-year term (and then in 2023 become decoupled from the mayoral race) without changes to Minnesota law: https://www.minnpost.com/state-governme ... s-in-2021/

Don't think I remember this bit from Phyllis Kahn.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby twincitizen » November 12th, 2019, 9:02 pm

This definitely went under the radar at the time, but it is 100% needed. Not using the new ward boundaries (based on the 2020 Census) until the 2025 election is really bad and undemocratic. Especially in a time of massive (but also massively unequal) population growth across the city in 2010-2020, it is super important to use those boundaries in the soonest possible election. Unfortunately, it isn't possible for the new boundaries to be drawn up in time for the 2021 election - that would be everyone's preference and there would be no reason for Kahn's law to exist. The only flaw in Kahn's law is that it doesn't include a provision for back-to-back 2 year terms, in order to keep Council and Mayor synced up in 2025 and beyond. The article calls this the "double up" solution. Essentially a 2-2-4-4-4-4 pattern every 20 years. I think that's the right move if people think it's important to keep Mayor and Council synced up on the same election years.

Without a change from the legislature, it will just be the single 2-year term in 2021-23, then a 4-year Council term in 2023-27. But the mayor will be elected to a 4-year term in 2021, and would next show up on the 2025 ballot alone, with no Council election that year (basically, St. Paul style). This out-of-sync pattern would continue until two censuses later, when Kahn's law would again call for a 2-year Council term. So from here on out, we could have a 20-year batch of "St. Paul style" city elections in Minneapolis, then reverting to "Minneapolis style" city elections for the next 20 years. This doesn't seem like a huge/bad deal to me, but clearly a number of the current council are against the idea of getting out of sync with the mayoral election, and they want to implement a version of the article's "double up" solution. Currently I'd have to side with Mayor Frey's position over Lisa Bender's, based on the information given in the article. She doesn't make a strong enough case for why the Mayor ought to be included on the 2023 ballot, when the Mayor will have won a 4-year term in 2021 - districts don't matter citywide. If the "double up" change is approved, the Council would be alone on a ballot just once every 20 years, syncing back up with the Mayor the following election. That really doesn't seem like a big enough deal to warrant making the mayor run for a pair of 2-year terms - stability of 4-year terms for the mayor is more important than whatever Bender thinks would be gained by forcing the mayor to compete in 2023 as well.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby EOst » November 14th, 2019, 8:13 am

I would argue whether it's necessary or not, but either way, this is 100% not something that the Legislature should be micromanaging for only certain types of home rule cities. If the people of Minneapolis feel this is a problem, it is a problem that should be addressed in the city charter, not at a legislative level. Statutes like this completely defeat the purpose and intention of home rule, especially for a question that is so fundamentally about the structure of a local government. It's not fair to the people of Minneapolis--or Saint Paul, for that matter--to impose this on them without recourse.

The logic behind this statute is not fundamentally different from any of the preemption bills that people in the Legislature have proposed to block local minimum wages, sick & safe time ordinances, etc. It's just something that a different side of the aisle feels somewhat sympathetic to. The problems of good government are the same in both.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby LakeCharles » March 30th, 2020, 2:20 pm

Abdi Warsame resigns to take role as leader of Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. The earliest an election would be held for his replacement would be Aug 21.

https://www.startribune.com/warsame-res ... 569223952/

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby twincitizen » April 7th, 2020, 11:51 am

AK Hassan (current park board commissioner) is running for the recently vacated Ward 6 Council seat: https://www.startribune.com/park-commis ... 569440252/

"The period to file for candidacy for the Sixth Ward seat runs from May 19 to June 2. The special election [ranked choice] will be held Aug. 11."

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby twincitizen » April 14th, 2020, 7:49 pm

Due to projected revenue drops, City of Minneapolis is in "dire financial position": https://www.southwestjournal.com/news/c ... -position/

Minneapolis, perhaps more than any other city in the state besides St. Paul, gets a sizable percentage of its revenue from sales taxes, hotel taxes, liquor taxes, event/ticket taxes and other city-level fees. The drop in economic activity, most acute in hotels & events, is blowing a big hole in those revenue streams. Every city budget in the state will be impacted by COVID-19 in some way, but none as dramatically as the handful of cities with lots of empty hotel rooms and big events being canceled.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby alexschief » April 15th, 2020, 8:52 am

Horrifyingly, Minneapolis is probably in a much better position than other big cites.

Losing that sales tax revenue is a huge hit, but it's even worse when you take a plurality or more of your budget from sales taxes. Minneapolis' forecasted shortfall of 7-15% is rough, but it could be worse.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby twincitizen » April 21st, 2020, 12:34 pm

AK Hassan (current park board commissioner) is running for the recently vacated Ward 6 Council seat: https://www.startribune.com/park-commis ... 569440252/

"The period to file for candidacy for the Sixth Ward seat runs from May 19 to June 2. The special election [ranked choice] will be held Aug. 11."
3 more challengers have joined, with a month to go before filling even begins: https://m.startribune.com/candidates-li ... fresh=true

Seems like this is AK Hassan’s race to lose, as many in the ward have already voted for him as Park commissioner

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby Blaisdell Greenway » December 27th, 2020, 10:08 am

For those not aware, David Brauer is keeping a list of all 2021 Minneapolis Municipal candidates here: tinyurl.com/minneapolis21

Great way to keep track since there will be 25 offices up for election in 2021.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby Silophant » December 27th, 2020, 11:03 am

Interesting that Ward 10 is shaping up to be the clown car race of 2021, instead of the more traditional mayor's race.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby EOst » December 27th, 2020, 4:21 pm

Especially since Ward 10 is definitely one of the city's most overpopulated wards, and whoever gets elected in 2021 will be running in a very different district in 2023.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby alexschief » December 27th, 2020, 8:37 pm

The lack of a challenger in Ward 1 is the oddest thing about 2021 to me. In 2017, Reich survived by a smaller margin than any incumbent. Maybe someone has been preparing a challenge to him and will announce, but it's certainly strange to me that they haven't done so yet. I figured that seat would be another grind.

The number of candidates in Ward 10 isn't surprising to me, but what is surprising is how quickly they emerged. Maybe Bender's intention to not run again was more commonly known than I thought, or maybe people just moved quickly. I doubt people were lining up to challenge her, at least from the left, before she made her announcement.

As far as I can tell, in Ward 10 there are two serious candidates running in the "moderate" lane (Parsons and Wheeler), two running in the "progressive" lane (Jones and Chughtai), and one (Gibson) running what looks to me like a totally incoherent platform of happy talk without substance.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby amiller92 » December 29th, 2020, 10:57 am

Vetaw announced in Ward 4 in the "listen and put to residents' voices first" lane.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby Blaisdell Greenway » March 3rd, 2021, 9:04 am

Local party chair checking in. You've probably heard/assumed the endorsements will be online this year. Details on the 2021 process are live at www.minneapolisdfl.org. Pretty easy - sign up in April, vote for delegates in mid-May, participate in the conventions early June if you're elected a delegate. Only date to remember is you have the whole month of April to sign up. Ballots and links to everything else will come to your email inbox.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby twincitizen » March 14th, 2021, 3:54 pm

Since you're here, can I ask why the Minneapolis DFL insists on giving endorsement to just a single candidate in each race? In a basically one-party town, with ranked-choice elections, I'd very much prefer a system where the Mpls DFL endorses all candidates that agree to a platform or central tenets and meet a certain threshold of support. I'll wait and see how this year's online process goes, but I'm not ever planning on attending another ward convention or citywide convention that sticks to the terrible practice of multiple rounds of balloting, wasting an entire day of people's time with a confusing and unwelcoming process, which more often than not leads to "no endorsement". Literally no one enjoys or defends that endorsement process, yet it endures...and it's really hard to understand why. If you don't agree with allowing endorsement of multiple candidates, then we need to move to a single-round, ranked-choice endorsement contest.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby EOst » March 15th, 2021, 8:28 am

Literally no one enjoys or defends that endorsement process, yet it endures...and it's really hard to understand why.
Plenty of people enjoy it. It's an interesting game for a day.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby MNdible » March 15th, 2021, 10:59 am

It's truly the worst.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby twincitizen » March 15th, 2021, 6:41 pm

Plenty of people enjoy it. It's an interesting game for a day.
Basically the same couple hundred nerds playing kingmaker every 4 years. Out of a couple hundred thousand voters. Indefensible anti-democratic system.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby fehler » March 16th, 2021, 7:49 am

Willy Lee for 12th Ward: https://twitter.com/WillyFor12th

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby Blaisdell Greenway » March 16th, 2021, 2:19 pm

Since you're here, can I ask why the Minneapolis DFL insists on giving endorsement to just a single candidate in each race? In a basically one-party town, with ranked-choice elections, I'd very much prefer a system where the Mpls DFL endorses all candidates that agree to a platform or central tenets and meet a certain threshold of support. I'll wait and see how this year's online process goes, but I'm not ever planning on attending another ward convention or citywide convention that sticks to the terrible practice of multiple rounds of balloting, wasting an entire day of people's time with a confusing and unwelcoming process, which more often than not leads to "no endorsement". Literally no one enjoys or defends that endorsement process, yet it endures...and it's really hard to understand why. If you don't agree with allowing endorsement of multiple candidates, then we need to move to a single-round, ranked-choice endorsement contest.
Short answer to your question is Minneapolis process follows the state party process which follows the national party process. While I prefer more flexibility myself, "that's the way it's always been" is the rule we have to follow or we don't exist as a party unit. For example, this year we developed and proposed a one-step process of approval voting for candidates. It was legit really awesome and pretty much everyone in Minneapolis I spoke with was into the idea/had already been asking for it like you just did. The state party said no, you gotta elect delegates at the precinct level. So we started over.

As for wasting people's time, well, that's what it's like when everyone else runs it. I've been chair for 3 years and still have not had an opportunity to put on an in-person convention and disprove that conventions must be shitty and on "random" days. We spent 2019 setting and advertising the dates for 2020-2021-2022. School Board endorsements are during even years and in 2020 we planned to have MPS students do performances during downtime, ask the candidate questions, and so on. For 2021 we planned to have a "seated" convention with people at tables instead of the auditorium. We intended to spend 5 figures on electronic balloting that would cut the whole thing in half, if not more. We still intend to do this in 2022, plus have a DJ and emcee. A lot has to do with getting the right convention chairs, and I'm pleased to say a number of younger people are now qualified to run a beast like a Minneapolis City Convention.

Part of it is also setting expectations. When the letter you get on caucus night says "Registration at 10 am, convening at 11 am" and the candidates don't speak until 1 pm and first vote is at 3 pm, people are rightfully angry. So be realistic about the timeline, and telegraph to people they can wait until after it "starts" before showing up, plus all the other things I mentioned to cut down time.

Caucuses are another story. There are 134 precincts in Minneapolis and therefore 134 caucuses. A Minneapolis precinct needs 4-5 volunteers in order to run smoothly. We are lucky to get 1 volunteer in some precincts. By nature, this is guaranteed to give an uneven experience throughout the city. We've identified ~10 precincts that are always wonky and plan to target them with investments (sound systems, translators, extra volunteers). But, we need volunteers. Many people show up, have a shitty experience, and vow to never participate again. Can't blame them but then you're left with the same volunteers year after year. Hoping this year will re-set people's faith in "the process."


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