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TruthToTell, Sept 9: Minneapolis Mayor’s Race- Can Rank Choice Voting Meet the Test?

This year, Minneapolis' recently adopted ranked choice voting system will be put to the test with 35 candidates vying for the mayor’s office.

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In 2009 Minneapolis became one of the nation’s largest cities to implement Ranked Choice Voting. Led by the citizen’s organization, Fair Vote Minnesota, proponents argued that RCV offered voters greater choice.  Just four years later, Minneapolis voters do indeed have greater choice—in fact thirty five candidates for mayor as well as a variety of highly contested city council races. 

Some critics of Ranked Choice Voting expect an election mash-up Supporters are confident that the city—and the system—are equal to the challenge.

What can Minneapolis voters expect when they enter the voting booth?  Does having so many candidates enhance democratic choice or are there negative consequences? Looking forward, what changes –if any- should be made in Minneapolis’s election system? 

Our guests this week are perfectly situated to shed light on these and other questions as we look forward to what will be a truly historic election in Minneapolis.  Join TruthToTell’s Michelle Alimoradi and Tom O’Connell for this conversation Monday morning, September 8 at 9am. 

On-air guests: 

Dr.  Matthew Filner - Associate Professor of Political Science at Metropolitan State University, specialist in Minneapolis municipal politics

Cam Gordon - Green Party, Minneapolis’s 2nd Ward City Councilmember, Chair of City Council Elections Committee.

Jeanne Massey - director of Fair Vote Minnesota, one of the nation’s biggest advocates for Ranked Choice Voting. 

Casey Carl-Minneapolis City Clerk, responsible for maintaining the efficiency and integrity of the city’s election process. 

TruthToTell, Sept 9: Minneapolis Mayor’s Race- Can Rank Choice Voting Meet the Test? - Audio Here - Video Coming

On-air date: 
Mon, 09/09/2013
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In 2009 Minneapolis became one of the nation’s largest cities to implement Ranked Choice Voting. Led by the citizen’s organization, Fair Vote Minnesota, proponents argued that RCV offered voters greater choice.  Just four years later, Minneapolis voters do indeed have greater choice—in fact thirty five candidates for mayor as well as a variety of highly contested city council races. 

Some critics of Ranked Choice Voting expect an election mash-up Supporters are confident that the city—and the system—are equal to the challenge.

What can Minneapolis voters expect when they enter the voting booth?  Does having so many candidates enhance democratic choice or are there negative consequences? Looking forward, what changes –if any- should be made in Minneapolis’s election system? 

Our guests this week are perfectly situated to shed light on these and other questions as we look forward to what will be a truly historic election in Minneapolis.  Join TruthToTell’s Michelle Alimoradi and Tom O’Connell for this conversation Monday morning, September 8 at 9am. 

 Guests: 

Dr.  Matthew Filner - Associate Professor of Political Science at Metropolitan State University, specialist in Minneapolis municipal politics

Cam Gordon - Green Party, Minneapolis’s 2nd Ward City Councilmember, Chair of City Council Elections Committee.

Jeanne Massey - director of Fair Vote Minnesota, one of the nation’s biggest advocates for Ranked Choice Voting. 

Casey Carl- Minneapolis City Clerk, responsible for maintaining the efficiency and integrity of the city’s election process. 


SPECIAL TONIGHT-9:00PM: ELECTION COVERAGE with ANDY DRISCOLL & MICHELLE ALIMORADI-KFAI FM 90.3/106.7 & Streaming LIVE KFAI.org

ELECTION DAY IN ST. PAUL!!! You have until 8:00PM to cast your ballot as responsible citizens of the city. In addition to having a bit of fun with the new Ranked Choice Voting system for City Council, you have a chance to step to the plate to pick your legislative leadership and school officials for the next four years.

THEN - LISTEN IN TONIGHT!

9:00PM-ON KFAI , Michelle Alimoradi and Andy Driscoll will be co-anchoring ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE - featuring guests:

JOE MANSKY - Director, Ramsey County Elections Bureau

YUSEF MGENI,Ward One activist and former St. Paul Schools Minority Education Director 

KAZOUA KONG-THAO -Retiring School Board Member

 

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ANNE WHITE - Union Park Community Council Board Member and its Land Use Chair, as well as President of the Central Corridor group - District Councils Collaborative of St. Paul & Minneapolis.

TUNE IN at 9:00 - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7 or Streaming LIVE at www.KFAI.org

SPECIAL: ELECTION COVERAGE with ANDY DRISCOLL & MICHELLE ALIMORADI-AUDIO BELOW

On-air date: 
Tue, 11/08/2011

ELECTION DAY IN ST. PAUL!!! HEAR IT INSIDE!

It tested - successfully thus far - the new Ranked Choice Voting system for electing the City Council, and one race will go to a second choice count - Ward 2 - where incumbent Dave Thune was being challenged by two active campaigners - Green Party-endorsed Jim Ivey and artist and picture framing independent Bill Hosko. Cynthia Schanno and Sharon Anderson will be dropped from contention following their low vote totals.

Other highlights: Two first-round victories in multi-candidate races: Ward 1 incumbent Melvin Carter III won more decisively than some thought he might - with 62% of the vote over closest challenger Johnny Howard. In Ward 3, DFL-endorsed Chris Tolbert eked out a 51% majority to defeat his closest rival, independent John Mannillo.

In a very tight two-way race, challenger Amy Brendmoen barely defeated incumbent two-term Ward 5 councilmember Lee Helgen.

Other races were slam-dunks for incumbents: Ward 4 incumbent Russ Stark marched through with 77% of the vote over Curtis Stock; Ward 6 incumbent Dan Bostrom was chllenged more closely by Green Party-endorsed Bee Kevin Xiong and Ward 7's Kathy Lantry ran unopposed.

Of the ten candidates in the School Board race, all four DFL-endorsed contenders walked into office, including incumbents Anne Carroll and Keith Hardy and newcomers Louise Seeba and Mary Doran. 

TTT's Michelle Alimoradi and Andy Driscoll co-anchored Tuesday evening's coverage, which featured guests:

KAZOUA KONG-THAO - Retiring School Board Member

ANNE WHITE - Union Park Community Council Board Member and its Land Use Chair, as well as Past President of the Central Corridor group, District Councils Collaborative of St. Paul & Minneapolis.

YUSEF MGENI - Ward One activist; retired St. Paul Schools Director of Education Equity; former Executive Director of The Urban Coalition


62:24 minutes (114.26 MB)

TruthToTell, Mon.,Nov 7@9AM: DAVID COBB-MOVE TO AMEND/ST PAUL'S RCV - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org

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 A reminder for St. Paul Voters: Tuesday is Election Day, when all seven City Council seats and four of seven School Boardseats are up for election under the city’s new Ranked Choice Voting system, allowing you to cast your first-choice, second-choice and, if present, third and fourth-choices for City Council candidates in your ward. We’ve aired discussions among each of five of the contested races for Council over the last four weeks, and those are available by click on the Archives tab above and scrolling down to your particular race. Three of those four shows are also in video under the Archives tab. Our First Segment this week will cover some of the pitfalls of the new system, if you’re not careful. There was no Primary, so all candidates who filed for these offices are on your ballot. The tope four vote-getters among ten School Board candidates will win. 

RCV does not apply to the School Board race.

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GIVE TO THE MAX IS BACK - for 2011: PLEASE CLICK ON THE APPLICABLE BUTTON IN THE BOX AND HELP US HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. DONATE TODAY!! And Thank You!

Remember – call and join the conversation – 612-341-0980 – or Tweet us @TTTAndyDriscoll or post on TruthToTell’s Facebook page.

Watch us from Studio 5! TruthToTell is now seen live on Livestream and later on Blip.tv or in iTunes or under Archives tab above!

HELP US BRING YOU THESE IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST – PLEASE DONATE HERE!

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A reminder for St. Paul Voters: Tuesday is Election Day, when all seven City Council seats and four of seven School Boardseats are up for election under the city’s new Ranked Choice Voting system, allowing you to cast your first-choice, second-choice and, if present, third and fourth-choices for City Council candidates in your ward. We’ve aired discussions among each of five of the contested races for Council over the last four weeks, and those are available by click on the Archives tab above and scrolling down to your particular race. Three of those four shows are also in video under the Archives tab. Our First Segment this week will cover some of the pitfalls of the new system, if you’re not careful. There was no Primary, so all candidates who filed for these offices are on your ballot. The tope four vote-getters among ten School Board candidates will win. RCV does not apply to the School Board race.
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What do we mean by corporate personhood – and why is this not a good thing?

Some history:

In 1819, the Supreme Court, in Dartmouth College v. Woodward, recognized corporations as having the same rights as natural persons for the purpose of entering into contracts and enforcing those contracts. Later, in 1886, the Court’s Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad decision (118 U.S. 394 [1886]) recognized corporations as persons for the purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment (states must provide equal protection under the law to all people within their jurisdiction).

Those two rulings have thus provided the century-old underpinnings for a number of subsequent decisions equating corporations with real people, two of the most recent being Buckley v. Valeo, which equates campaign finance with free speech – a true precedent in its own right – followed by last year’s 5-4 Citizens United (Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission) ruling, yanking all restrictions on corporate (and union) campaign monies and allowing unlimited dollars to flow directly to support or defeat candidates, just not to the campaigns themselves.

The 2010 elections demonstrated starkly the fallout from all of these rulings on the make-up of Congress, especially the reversal of the Democratic House majority to Republicans, and of several governorships and state legislative bodies. The best examples of the latter are Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Florida, and the passage of truly onerous, anti-worker, anti-teacher legislation. Corporate personhood gave life and power to the Koch brothers’ wealth as the primary financing tool of both the Tea Party entities and specific electoral contests in those states.

Presidents and early political figures – including Lincoln, Cleveland [1888], Eisenhower [1958] and the original Progressive, Wisconsin’s Robert LaFollette [in 1897] – plus legal scholars –  have condemned the role of corporations in American political life and in every aspect our economy, many of those luminaries saying that uncontrolled corporations represent serious threats to our nation’s political and economic stability – and still they persist through their economic and political control, mergers, acquisitions, let alone their refusal to heed employee and consumer rights, to push for more.

Now comes an overt movement to reverse all of those rulings by means of a Constitutional amendment and calling itself Move to Amend. The amendment would add language that says Congress and the states can regulate campaign contributions and expenditures, rather than directly address the legal finding that election law denied corporations their right to free speech. Minnesota has its own chapter or branch and we’ll hear more about all of this as Move to Amend becomes one of the siren songs of theOccupy phenomenon.
TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI engage local and national advocates on the role of corporations and Move to Amend – after we highlight the practical pitfalls of Ranked Choice Voting in St. Paul tomorrow with our Resident Expert.

GUESTS:

Segment 1:

JEANNE MASSEY – President, FairVote/Minnesota, Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Advocates

Segment 2:

DAVID COBB – former Presidential Candidate for the US Green Party, National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited and official spokesperson for MOVE to AMEND

MARK HALVORSON – Board Member, fmr Director, Center for Election Integrity; Local Organizer, MOVE to AMEND

NATHAN JOHN NESS – Local Organizer, MOVE to AMEND 

TruthToTell, Nov 7: DAVID COBB-MOVE TO AMEND/ST PAUL'S RCV - Audio BELOW

On-air date: 
Mon, 11/07/2011
GIVE TO THE MAX IS BACK - for 2011: PLEASE CLICK ON THE APPLICABLE BUTTON IN THE BOX AND HELP US HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. DONATE TODAY!! And Thank You!

Watch us from Studio 5! TruthToTell is now seen live on Livestream and later on Blip.tv or in iTunes or under Archives tab above!

HELP US BRING YOU THESE IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST – PLEASE DONATE HERE!

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A reminder for St. Paul Voters: Tuesday is Election Day, when all seven City Council seats and four of seven School Boardseats are up for election under the city’s new Ranked Choice Voting system, allowing you to cast your first-choice, second-choice and, if present, third and fourth-choices for City Council candidates in your ward. We’ve aired discussions among each of five of the contested races for Council over the last four weeks, and those are available by click on the Archives tab above and scrolling down to your particular race. Three of those four shows are also in video under the Archives tab. Our First Segment this week will cover some of the pitfalls of the new system, if you’re not careful. There was no Primary, so all candidates who filed for these offices are on your ballot. The tope four vote-getters among ten School Board candidates will win. RCV does not apply to the School Board race.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What do we mean by corporate personhood – and why is this not a good thing?

Some history:

In 1819, the Supreme Court, in Dartmouth College v. Woodward, recognized corporations as having the same rights as natural persons for the purpose of entering into contracts and enforcing those contracts. Later, in 1886, the Court’s Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad decision (118 U.S. 394 [1886]) recognized corporations as persons for the purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment (states must provide equal protection under the law to all people within their jurisdiction).

Those two rulings have thus provided the century-old underpinnings for a number of subsequent decisions equating corporations with real people, two of the most recent being Buckley v. Valeo, which equates campaign finance with free speech – a true precedent in its own right – followed by last year’s 5-4 Citizens United (Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission) ruling, yanking all restrictions on corporate (and union) campaign monies and allowing unlimited dollars to flow directly to support or defeat candidates, just not to the campaigns themselves.

The 2010 elections demonstrated starkly the fallout from all of these rulings on the make-up of Congress, especially the reversal of the Democratic House majority to Republicans, and of several governorships and state legislative bodies. The best examples of the latter are Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Florida, and the passage of truly onerous, anti-worker, anti-teacher legislation. Corporate personhood gave life and power to the Koch brothers’ wealth as the primary financing tool of both the Tea Party entities and specific electoral contests in those states.

Presidents and early political figures – including Lincoln, Cleveland [1888], Eisenhower [1958] and the original Progressive, Wisconsin’s Robert LaFollette [in 1897] – plus legal scholars –  have condemned the role of corporations in American political life and in every aspect our economy, many of those luminaries saying that uncontrolled corporations represent serious threats to our nation’s political and economic stability – and still they persist through their economic and political control, mergers, acquisitions, let alone their refusal to heed employee and consumer rights, to push for more.

Now comes an overt movement to reverse all of those rulings by means of a Constitutional amendment and calling itself Move to Amend. The amendment would add language that says Congress and the states can regulate campaign contributions and expenditures, rather than directly address the legal finding that election law denied corporations their right to free speech. Minnesota has its own chapter or branch and we’ll hear more about all of this as Move to Amend becomes one of the siren songs of the Occupy phenomenon. 

David Cobb is National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited. He is a lawyer, political activist, and engaged citizen. He has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign from four local chapters to twenty-six. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI engage local and national advocates on the role of corporations and Move to Amend – after we highlight the practical pitfalls of Ranked Choice Voting in St. Paul tomorrow with our Resident Expert.

GUESTS:

Segment 1:

JEANNE MASSEY – President, FairVote/Minnesota, Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Advocates

Segment 2:

DAVID COBB – former Presidential Candidate for the US Green Party, National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited and official spokesperson for MOVE to AMEND

NATHAN JOHN NESS – Minnesota Organizer, MOVE to AMEND


58:53 minutes (53.92 MB)