Monday, December 24, 2012
DFLer David Bly beat Republican Brian Wermerskirchen 57 percent to 43 percent in the House District 20B race. DFLer Kevin Dahle narrowly defeated Republican Mike Dudley.
As the end of the year approaches, Patch recaps the biggest stories of 2012—both in terms of pageviews and impact on the Northfield community. The following article was posted Nov. 6, 2012. Editor's note: The race between DFLer Kevin Dahle and Republican Mike Dudley went to a recount, which Dahle won. Northfield's David Bly and Kevin Dahle are heading back to St. Paul. Bly (DFL), who lost a re-election bid to the Minnesota House in 2010 by 37 votes, beat Republican Brian Wermerskirchen 57 percent to 43 percent on Tuesday in the House District 20B race. Dahle's race was much closer, besting Republican Mike Dudley by 82 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's preliminary results, which were updated at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
On election day, students from visiting assistant professor Henriet Hendriks' St. Olaf College political science class conducted exit polling throughout the Second Congressional District.
Though it may not feel like it, we're only six weeks removed from the 2012 election. It's OK, you can check the calendar. On election day, students from visiting assistant professor Henriet Hendriks' St. Olaf College political science class conducted exit polling throughout the Second Congressional District, which contains all of Rice, Carver, Scott, Goodhue and Le Sueur counties, as well as most of Dakota and Washington counties. This week, Hendricks' class finished analyzing the more than 500 responses from Rice, Dakota and Scott counties, which asked respondents how they voted for the presidential race, the Second Congressional District 2 race and the proposed constitutional amendments on marriage and voter ID. There were also several …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Rep. Pat Garofalo, who serves the Dakota County precinct of Northfield, shares his latest newsletter.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
THE INSIDE SCOOP from Representative Pat Garofalo—12/5/2012 - UPDATED BUDGET FORECAST SHOWS FULL BUDGET RESERVES, SURPLUS NOW...BUT DEFICIT LATER - WHAT ELECTIONS MEAN FOR OUR AREA - HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON UPDATED BUDGET The updated budget information is a case of good news, bad news. The good news is the budget reserves for our state our full and there is a 1.3 billion dollar surplus for the current budget ended June 30, 2013. This surplus will automatically go towards paying back money borrowed from schools. This will reduce the money owed to schools to their lowest level since 2008. The not so good news is that there is a projected 1.1 billion dollar deficit projected for the next budget. However, considering that two years …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Senate District 20 recount is expected to finish on Friday. Kevin Dahle (D) unofficially has a 78-vote count lead over Mike Dudley (R).
Friday, November 9, 2012
Voters in the mostly suburban cities Patch covers were more opposed to the proposed gay-marriage ban than Minnesota voters generally.
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the ballot measure that would have added a definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman to the state Constitution. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to exceed the 50 percent level of support it needed in the Nov. 6, 2012 general election. It got 47.53 percent, according to unofficial results from all but two of Minnesota's 4,102 precincts' results. Taken together, people in cities served by Patch—mostly in the Twin Cities suburbs—rejected the marriage amendment in greater proportion (61.21 percent) than Minnesotans taken as a whole (52.47 percent). Support for the amendment in places covered by Patch ranged from 14.51 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 54.…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
As of Thursday morning, the Minnesota Secretary of State is reporting that Dudley is 78 votes behind DFLer Kevin Dahle, who was unofficially named the winner of the race.
One day after telling Northfield Patch that he was weighing all his options after being narrowly defeated in the Senate District 20 race, Republican candidate Mike Dudley on Thursday said he'll let the procedure move forward according to state statute. Because the vote totals from Tuesday's election are within one-half of 1 percent of each other (50.03 percent for DFLer Kevin Dahle and 49.84 percent for Dudley), an automatic recount is triggered, according to Minnesota statute. However, according to statute, a losing candidate may waive a recount by filing a written notice of waiver with the canvassing board. As of Thursday morning, the Minnesota Secretary of State is reporting that Dudley is 78 votes behind Dahle, who was unofficially …
Northfield was far from being one of those cities.
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the proposed Voter ID amendment to the state Constitution, which would have required photo ID at polling places. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to pass the 50 percent level of support it needed (46.34 percent with all but three Minnesota precincts' results). But if citizens in 14 of these 36 Patch communities had their way, the state Constitution would have a new amendment. Support for the amendment in these cities covered by Patch ranged from 19.30 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 61.23 percent in St. Michael. (Lake Minnetonka Patch covers several cities, including Minnetrista, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, Mound, Shorewood, Orono, Spring Park, Deephaven, Long Lake and …
Incumbent Republican John Kline defeated Democrat Mike Obermueller by more than 8 points to keep his seat in congress.
Rep. John Kline (R-Lakeville) is going back to Washington, D.C. Kline defeated Democratic challenger Mike Obermueller by more than 8 points on Nov. 6. With each of the 291 precincts reporting, Kline received 193,587 votes, or 54.01 percent of the total votes cast. Obermueller received 164,335, or 45.85 percent. Patch will have more on this race in the coming days.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
It's not a secret that Northfield has a reputation that favors Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates.
It's not a secret that Northfield has a reputation that favors Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates. In the 2008 presidential election, then-DFL candidate Barack Obama won each of Northfield's nine precincts by a large margin. Overall, he collected 71.8 percent of the 10,860 votes cast in his race against Republican candidate John McCain. In 2010, DFLers Kevin Dahle and David Bly easily carried Northfield but lost their re-election bid for the Minnesota Senate and House, respectively, to their Republican counterparts. It'll be no surprised that the DFL momentum continued in Northfield for this year's election. No DFL candidate on the ballot received fewer than 65 percent of the vote. For the 2012 election, we've broken down how Northfield's …
With the Senate District 20 race separated by a mere 82 votes and an automatic recount in sight, here's a look at the 46-precinct breakdown in the race between the DFL's Kevin Dahle and Republican Mike Dudley.
With the Senate District 20 race separated by a mere 82 votes and an automatic recount in sight, here's a look at the 46-precinct breakdown in the race between the DFL's Kevin Dahle and Republican Mike Dudley. The second table shows the 25-precinct breakdown between DFLer David Bly and Republican Brian Wermerskirchen in the House District 20B race. All results are unofficial until verified by a canvassing board. You can also visit other pages on Northfield Patch to see: Follow Northfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter (As of Nov. 7, 2012) All results were obtained from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.