In a few posts this year, I've referred to Minnesota's current election cycle as a bit of a sleeper. My description was based on an election season without a vibrant debate about issues and an overall lack of enthusiasm in Minnesota politics.
I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking this election cycle has been one that has not been driven by one or two main issues. As highlighted in Blake's post, "it's hard to name one issue that has the staying power to be the dominant issue -- or even a dominant one -- in the 2014 election." I agree.
A lifelong resident of Minnesota, Michael Brodkorb is an experienced communications, social media, public affairs & research consultant and is an observer of all things political. He also blogs at politics.mn. He lives in Eagan with his family.
In a relentlessly antagonistic debate, Clinton denounced Trump for keeping his business dealings secret and peddling a "racist lie" about Obama. He cast her as a "typical politician" as he sought to capitalize on Americans' frustration with Washington.
The Vikings sacked Cam Newton, the quarterback who is built like a defensive end and runs as fast as many wide receivers, eight times, and Linval Joseph’s second-quarter takedown knocked the reigning league MVP out of the game temporarily.
The Vikings defense rank first in sacks (15), first in takeaways (nine), third in scoring defense (13.3 points per game), and sixth in total yards allowed (295.0). They are in the top 10 against both the run and pass, too.
THE ISSUE: More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That's nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits.
At a No Labels event we saw the extent of face-to-fact political contact with candidates in New Hampshire. This led me to reflect upon Minnesota's chance to have a first in the nation primary, and how our state passed on this opportunity.