Friday, September 7, 2012
The most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments from around the west metro between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6.
Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, Shakopee, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation. (The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.) *** Patch Readers Weigh In on DNC's First Night The Democratic National Convention kicked-off Tuesday in Charlotte, NC with a variety of speakers including Minnesota's own R.T. Rybak, the mayor of Minneapolis, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Richfield Patch asked …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
First Lady's speech highlights how, in a 50-50 nation, the narrative that wins this fight may win the White House.
- John Ness
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, NC — President Obama "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care,” First Lady Michelle Obama said during her Tuesday speech to the Democratic National Convention. "That's what my husband stands for." It was a continuation of a consistent message from women at all levels the Democratic party: This election is about the government’s right to control your body. Earlier that day, just a few blocks away from where Mrs. Obama spoke, Gov. Nikki Haley made the Republican pitch. “Let me tell you about women. Women are extremely smart,” the first female governor of South Carolina said. “They care about a lot more than contraception.” Those two arguments—that the 2012 …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
R.T. Rybak's Sept. 4, 2012, address is the first by a sitting mayor of Minneapolis at a Democratic National Convention since Hubert Humphrey in 1948.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, Sept. 4, alongside a number of Democratic Party heavyweights at the 2012 Democratic National Convention Tuesday. See the DNC's full Tuesday schedule below. Rybak tweeted Tuesday his remarks would come between 6:35–7:10 p.m. Central, while the posted DNC schedule has him starting off the 7 p.m. hour. That means there is a chance of at least some of his speech being carried live on national news broadcasts, most of which start at 7 p.m. Central. Rybak—an early backer of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential candidacy and one of several mayors with speaking at the DNC— has big historical shoes to fill. The last sitting Minneapolis mayor to deliver an address at a Democratic National …
The two 5th District candidates also sparred over a James Brown-related Tweet.
Republican challenger Chris Fields and Rep. Keith Ellison (D) faced off at the Minnesota State Fair last week, during their first public debate over who should represent Minnesota's 5th District in the U.S. House. "It looks like a contest between two men. But it really is a contest between two different ways of viewing the world," Ellison told Patch after Wednesday’s Minnesota Public Radio debate at the State Fair. Fields pressed Ellison on what he called "failed policies" during a free-ranging debate that covered issues such as tax policy, job creation, healthcare and even favorite economists. He argued that the incumbent wanted to expand government and raise taxes and hadn’t adequately looked out for North Minneapolis, minorities and …