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PODCAST HERE: TTT MON. Aug 2: PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: Primary Contenders for Ramsey County District Judge

On-air date: 
Mon, 08/02/2010

TTT airs at 9:00 AM Mondays on KFAI FM 90.3 Minneapolis (and Westend St. Paul) or 106.7, St. Paul. Stream us online atwww.KFAI.org (or click on the banner to your right). Podcasts will be up as soon as we can mount them following the show.


On August 2nd, another large group of candidates seeking that rare open judicial seat that, absent a governor’s appointment to fill the vacancy, will actually elect a new judge to succeed retiring Ramsey County District Court Judge Michael Monahan. We will hear from several of those candidates. Of the nine candidates appearing on the ballot, two will emerge as top vote-getters to move on to the November 2nd General Election.

The following week, August 9th - the day before the Primary, most of the candidates vying for two at-large seats on the Minneapolis School Board will be in the studio to answer some heavy questions about the future of that city's education system.

Last week, the candidates vying to represent the DFL in the race for Senate District 67 and House District 65A appeared  (Listen Here). Lack of mainstream media coverage leaves voters with little information from the horses' mouths about the qualifications and positions of those seeking to hold those offices. Appearances on radio and television, in particular, are almost nil. Except here, of course.

 


57:30 minutes (26.32 MB)

PODCAST Posted Below: PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: DFL Primary Contenders for Senate District 67 #2 and House District 65A

On-air date: 
Mon, 07/26/2010

We return this week to the tightly contested races for seats in the wake of surprise resignations by the only two Hmong officeholders in the State Legislature. Two weeks ago, we interviewed four of the nine DFLers seeking to replace State Senator Mee Moua who departed her District 67 seat on the last day of session this past Spring. Coming so late in the election season as it did, and with a real plethora of candidates surfacing overnight, the District 67 DFL declined to endorse. This means that one of the nine primary candidates for the nomination could emerge the winner with as little as 20% of the total vote - a vote that, because of the ridiculous recasting of the primary election in August - the 10th - will itself be even lower than 20% of the eligible electors, most of whom will be lollygagging at the beach or up north at their cabins or in Europe.

A better margin if not a better voter turnout will come with the primary shakeout for House District 65A, left vacant by departing Representative Cy Thao. In this case, just two candidates are squaring off, and one of them IS DFL-endorsed. But Jeremiah Ellis faces a formidable challenge from a story of homelessness rising to activism in the person of Rena Moran. The race may be close, but the turnout may, again, be too low to be truly representative of all the people in these districts, 65A being no exception.


57:53 minutes (26.5 MB)

TTT July 26: PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: DFL Primary Contenders for Senate District 67 #2 and House District 65A

We return this week to the tightly contested races for seats in the wake of surprise resignations by the only two Hmong officeholders in the State Legislature. Two weeks ago, we interviewed four of the nine DFLers seeking to replace State Senator Mee Moua who departed her District 67 seat on the last day of session this past Spring. Coming so late in the election season as it did, and with a real plethora of candidates surfacing overnight, the District 67 DFL declined to endorse. This means that one of the nine primary candidates for the nomination could emerge the winner with as little as 20% of the total vote - a vote that, because of the ridiculous recasting of the primary election in August - the 10th - will itself be even lower than 20% of the eligible electors, most of whom will be lollygagging at the beach or up north at their cabins or in Europe.

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A better margin if not a better voter turnout will come with the primary shakeout for House District 65A, left vacant by departing Representative Cy Thao. In this case, just two candidates are squaring off, and one of them IS DFL-endorsed. But Jeremiah Ellis faces a formidable challenge from a story of homelessness rising to activism in the person of Rena Moran. The race may be close, but the turnout may, again, be too low to be truly representative of all the people in these districts, 65A being no exception.

TruthToTell This Week: Mon, July 19, 9AM-KFAI: PRIMARY FOCUS 2010: Ramsey County Attorney Candidates

While not the most invisible of the less visible offices, Ramsey County Attorney campaigns are rarely, if ever, covered by the so-called mainstream media, despite the important nature of this office toward ensuring justice for Ramsey County residents (and that includes the City of St. Paul as well as its near-ring suburbs). The Ramsey County Attorney is chief prosecutor of felonies committed around the county (misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors are prosecuted by the cities) - as well as representing the county in civil litigation. Most important, the County Attorney is the watchdog agency for enforcing orders for and collecting delinquent child support and for ensuring child protection throughout the county.

Join us Monday, July 19 when TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL hosts a conversation among the three county attorney candidates hoping to help voters in Ramsey County decide whom to support.