- I have been quite remiss in talking about the state house races, especially the local battle in 50B. Russ Bertsch is an excellent candidate and a very good guy to boot. Russ and his wife are raising a family in the district and is a successful businessman with a strong financial services background. Russ is a Cincinnatus-type candidate who has seen a problem and is now setting out to do something about it. He is a hard-working, resourceful man who has run his own business and he understands that we must have fiscal discipline in the next two years. He would do a great job representing our district, unlike the incumbent, Kate Knuth, who has accomplished nothing in her two terms in the state legislature. He really deserves your support and I'd strongly encourage you to visit his website.
- We are continually assured that Mark Dayton is going to win the governor's chair in Minnesota and that the lead is at least 7 points right now, at least according to the always-silly Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. It's possible that Dayton is ahead, but he's not up by 7 points. If things were in the bag for Dayton, his henchmen wouldn't be re-running the incredibly scurrilous DWI ads against Emmer again. Which reminds me of something that needs to be said. Remember -- Emmer was arrested for DWI 20 years ago. Mark Dayton was in rehab for alcoholism within the last four years, by his own admission and has a long, well-documented history of mental illness. Who's more likely to have a problem dealing with the pressures of the governor's office?
- Watch what happens on Thursday. I predict that Dayton's Alliance for a Better Minnesota button men will hit Emmer with something even more scurrilous than the ads they've run thus far.
- I gave Rae Hart Anderson a well-deserved swat the other day. My friend Steve Taylor has posted a lot more information about Anderson that District 50 voters need to know over on the Enlighten New Brighton website.
- And before I forget, my friend Angie Schottmuller is running for the North Oaks City Council. You would think that a place as prosperous and bucolic as North Oaks could run on auto-pilot. You'd be wrong. There's a lot that can be done to improve local governance and Angie has the active intelligence and leadership skills to make things happen.