According to a statement issued by Stephen Imholte, raising taxes is what Minnesotans want from their next governor. You’ll forgive me if I’m just a little skeptical of Stephen Imholte’s opinion.

The Minnesota Republican Party is in full desperation mode. Their candidate is sinking, and instead of acknowledging their blunder in selecting an extremist candidate, they choose to go on the attack.

Minnesotans want more from their candidates this year. They want candidates who are addressing the issues of jobs, education and Minnesota’s budget deficit. The survey is available to the Minnesota Republican Party. Perhaps they should use it to understand their candidate’s shortcomings in the eyes of Minnesotans.

If raising taxes is so popular, which is Tom Horner’s prescription to the budget deficit, why didn’t the DFL get their way in budget negotiations this year? After all, their prescription is strikingly similar to Horner’s prescription.

MEMO TO HORNER, DFL CAMPAIGNS: Minnesotans are tired of worrying if their taxes will get raised. They’re tired of government not setting priorities in tune with their priorities.

Capital is leaving Minnesota for other states because Minnesota’s government is hostile to businesses, whether it’s in the form of overregulation, overtaxation or just simply making it difficult to start a business. The obstructionists in the DFL, especially those in the Senate, have prevented many GOP initiatives that would’ve improved government by restructuring government.

As for who’s listening to the people, I’d just remind people of the DFL’s cherrypicked testimony tour and the Horner campaign’s touting an outlier poll as proof that their agenda is Minnesota’s agenda. It doesn’t sound like the Horner campaign or the DFL is listening to everyone. It sounds more like they’re doing selective listening, which is why their agendas are similar in that they’re both out of touch.

Here’s more proof that Horner isn’t about listening to people:

By 53 percent to 42 percent, a majority said they are starting to believe “the problem is not with one political party, but it is with all incumbents.” Based on those responses, Morris said, “People are fed up with partisan gridlock, and they’re looking for alternatives.”

Tom Horner isn’t an alternative to the DFL. He’s just another Arne Carlson liberal who masqueraded as a Republican while it suited him. Morris saying that people are looking for alternatives is partially right in that people are looking for an alternative to the DFL’s agenda of endless tax increases.

In that respect, Horner doesn’t represent an alternative. For all practical purposes, there isn’t much of a difference between Horner and the DFL trio.

As for Tom Emmer and his supposed drop in the polls, I’d suggest that this poll isn’t proof of anything because it didn’t screen for likely voters. The only polls that screened for likely voters show Tom leading.

Meanwhile, an obscure polling company that I’ve never heard of (that’s saying alot because I read tons of polls) says that on obscure politician is getting 17-19 percent of the vote and only trails the GOP-endorsed candidate by 8 points.

Mr. Morris’ polling says, in essence, that the great show of unity at the Republican convention is a mirage, that the Republican Party of Minnesota is hopelessly fractured and that a significant number of Republicans have abandoned Tom Emmer for Tom Horner.

Mr. Morris’ polling would also have me forget the great unifying gesture by Marty Seifert, that Marty’s gesture hasn’t had an effect, that the great displays of unity I’ve seen at other events, like the St. Cloud flyaround visit, were mirages, too.

Sorry, Mr. Morris, but I’ll trust my lying eyes over your polling any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

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3 Responses to “Raising Taxes Is In Tune With Minnesota Voters?”

  • Mike says:

    I assume Emmer will be releasing his internals soon?

  • walter hanson says:


    I wonder if a real polling firm will ever ask a question like this,

    “The state of California has raised their income tax rate to over 10% and has regulated businesses to death. The result being that they have a $26 billion dollar budget deficit and unemployment of 13%. Do you want to vote for a politican who embraces those policies?”

    Than lets see if people support so called tax increases and no spending cuts.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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