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  •  You couldn't fit a curly one between them (5+ / 0-)

    They are both very liberal white Democrats from then south side of Minneapolis. Schiff is the only one I didn't want to be mayor, simply because of how much a thorn in the side of Rybak he has been. Hodges was anti-stadium, like Schiff., but that ship has sailed. Rybak's baby was the stadium, and it is under construction now, so it isn't like Hodges or Andrew will stop it now. Personally I think neither one of them will even be a shadow of the quality of mayor Rybak has been, but whatever. Andrew or Hodges will be a standard run of the mill liberal Democratic mayor, but not be the gadfly Schiff would have been.

    I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat

    by OGGoldy on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 08:12:51 AM PDT

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    •  So in other words ... (2+ / 0-)
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      OGGoldy, Minnesota Mike

      .... either is fine, neither is great, so take your pick!

    •  i've thought hodges & andrew were the leaders (0+ / 0-)

      all along.  city mayor elections tend to be more of an argument about who is "pro-downtown development" vs "pro-neighborhood."  It's kind of BS and most candidates want to be seen as both.

      interestingly rybak originally ran as the neighborhood candidate (against stadiums and airport noise) vs mayor sayles-belton who he characterized as pro-developer and deaf to the concerns of neighbors.  in the end he won because he was more charismatic.  ironically he is now associated with the stadium he worked so hard for.

      andrew can be seen as more on the "development" side and hodges as more on the "neighborhood" side.

      i tend to see andrew as the more charismatic, polished candidate with more rounded union support, but hodges is a woman and that's certainly in her favor.

      •  Rybak (1+ / 0-)
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        I never thought of him as "pro-neighborhood" as you describe it. And really downtown and the surrounding area was in shambles and really scuzzy 12 years ago. Since Rybak took over, a LOT of good has happened. The warehouse district isn't rape and murder central, the Twins Stadium made that side of downtown quite the hotspot, actually. Block E is no longer gang turf, although it needs some more tenants. He pushed hard for the rail lines that now connect downtown with the airport and itself. Rybak did an alarming amount of good for that part of the city, but not at the expense of the residents.

        I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat

        by OGGoldy on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 03:26:32 PM PDT

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    •  Minneapolis Mayor (0+ / 0-)

      To say there is no difference between Mark Andrew and Betsy Hodges is to miss some key issues.  Mark Andrew help create the downtown garbage burner which sends deadly pollution to North and Northeast Minneapolis and adds to the high asthma rates in these poor areas.  He wants to bring in more garbage to be burnt and more pollution.  Betsy opposes the burner and bringing more garbage to burn.  
            Mark is bed with the building trades union and has no problem with corporate welfare.  He is your classic DFL bourgeois liberal- great on social issues, not so great on economic issues.   Betsy, while not perfect, would be a true progressive looking for the huge working class and poor majority of the city.  

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