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MNdible
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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby MNdible » April 28th, 2021, 9:36 am

We do have general elections. They're not perfect, but they're so much better than caucuses.

In a city where it's a foregone conclusion that the winner of any election will be some flavor of DFLer, why not just let the electorate-at-large sort it out?

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby amiller92 » April 28th, 2021, 3:51 pm

Please don't let the DFL Senior Caucus pick the direction of Minneapolis for the next 4 years.
Yes, this.

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Re: Minneapolis City Politics General Discussion

Postby twincitizen » April 29th, 2021, 8:50 am

We do have general elections. They're not perfect, but they're so much better than caucuses.

In a city where it's a foregone conclusion that the winner of any election will be some flavor of DFLer, why not just let the electorate-at-large sort it out?
Yes, this.


Sidebar: I kinda miss the primary for its ability to narrow down the candidates to the two front-runners. The 2013 mayoral election was nuts, with dozens of unserious fringe candidates getting media coverage they didn't deserve, though it was pretty clear by mid-summer that the race was between Hodges and Mark Andrew. 2017 was arguably worse - despite the lack of dozens of nobodies like 2013, we had 5 candidates running well-funded campaigns and capturing >15k first-choice votes (Frey, Dehn, Hodges, Hoch, Levy-Pounds). Instead of doing a DFL endorsement, could we instead combine that with a ranked-choice primary election in the summer? Then the top two mayoral candidates can continue on to the November "runoff" ballot, and the two most popular candidates can more clearly articulate their positions/differences to voters.


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