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TruthToTell Mon Oct 11 @9AM: RANKED CHOICE VOTING: Another Plurality Governor - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/Online @KFAI.org

Stand by for another minority governor.  Short of a landslide for one of the three major-party candidates for governor, the winner will take office in January having been elected by a minority – or a plurality – of those voting in the November 2nd election. This will be third governor in a row taking office with a majority of  ballots cast for someone else. Hardly a mandate to govern, and yet, with the unusual level of power vested in Minnesota’s governorJesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty wielded the authority only a majority of voters should have elected.

This year, three parties square off again and almost assuredly, Minnesota will have yet another minority governor. Mark Dayton(DFL)Tom Emmer (GOP) and Tom Horner (IP) are vying for the office and all the polls thus far point to a winner garnering less than a majority of the vote.

ELIZABETH GLIDDEN - Minneapolis City Councilmember, Ward 8

TIM PENNY - 2002 Independence Party Candidate for Governor; former 1st District DFL Congressman; President/CEO, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

WY SPANO - Director, Master of Advocacy and Political LeadershipUniversity of Minnesota Duluth

JEANNE MASSEY - President, FairVote/Minnesota

ANDY CILEK - President, Minnesota Voters Alliance

(More details HERE)

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LAST WEEK'S SHOW IS HERE. CHECK THE PODCAST:

GUESTS:

REP. SANDRA PETERSON (DFL-45A [NEW HOPE]) - Member, Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division

DARRELL YOUNG - CDF Young Advocates Leadership Trainee

NICOLE HERNANDEZ - Youth Programs Director, Children's Defense Fund

KARA ARZAMENDIA - Research DirectorChildren's Defense Fund

LAURA LaCROIX-DALLUHN - Exeecutive Director, Youth Community Connections

TruthToTell Oct 11: RANKED CHOICE VOTING: Another Plurality Governor - Podcast Below Now

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

Stand by for another minority governor.  Short of a landslide for one of the three major-party candidates for governor, the winner will take office in January having been elected by a minority – or a plurality – of those voting in the November 2nd election. This will be third governor in a row taking office with a majority of  ballots cast for someone else. Hardly a mandate to govern, and yet, with the unusual level of power vested in Minnesota’s governorJesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty wielded the authority only a majority of voters should have elected.

This year, three parties square off again and almost assuredly, Minnesota will have yet another minority governor. Mark Dayton(DFL)Tom Emmer (GOP) and Tom Horner (IP) are vying for the office and all the polls thus far point to a winner garnering less than a majority of the vote.

Does this mean we should do away with third (or fourth or fifth) parties? Certainly not. Multi-party elections are far more reflective of the electorate than trying to squeeze all others into narrow definitions of two parties. Horner’s competitive position proves this.

Perhaps predictably, the one entity just about unanimously opposed to such a change is the party most recently the beneficiary of the current plurality system – the Republicans. But DFLersIndependence Party members and Greens, among others, support ranked choice voting for statewide and local partisan elections.

This week, TruthToTell talks to prominent supporters and a detractor of RCV to lay out the pros and cons. Your humble servant has never concealed his support for the RCV remedy to achieve a majority victor in all races, so we don’t pretend to be entirely objective in Monday’s presentation of the issue. Still, the state’s most prominent opponent of RCV will join us by telephone.

Join TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN for this important conversation less than a month before the November election.

GUESTS:

ELIZABETH GLIDDEN - Minneapolis City Councilmember, Ward 8

TIM PENNY - 2002 Independence Party Candidate for Governor; former 1st District DFL Congressman; President/CEO, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

WY SPANO - Director, Master of Advocacy and Political LeadershipUniversity of Minnesota Duluth

JEANNE MASSEY - President, FairVote/Minnesota

ANDY CILEK - President, Minnesota Voters Alliance


59:34 minutes (27.27 MB)