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To all Kossacks:  Please take note that these Congressional District Information Diaries are not meant to evaluate whether or not the districts are beatable.  They are meant for Kossacks and others to share information on any knowledge they have on the districts.  

There have been recent Congressional District Information diaries where Kos user comments are talking about "how this person will never be beaten," or "even a scandal wouldn't change anyone's minds."  To be frank, we're not looking for this kind of feedback.  We want real, inside information about the Congressional Districts we cover in our diaries.

We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District for information.  Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.  

This isn't going to be much of a diary.  You can add anything you want about Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.  Keep in mind this diary is just for information purposes.  Let's not get too carried away with whether or not any of these Knowledge Democrats information gathering diaries mean the Congressional districts in questions are winnable by Democrats or not.  Were here to assess districts across the country, no matter how "deep reed" or "red" or Republican-occupied they are.

What issues directly affect people in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District?  My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 6th congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level.  We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway.  It helps for long-term planning.

We also know that the current representative of the district is well, you know, the wicket witch of the west.

Actually, I'm referring to Congressman Michelle Bachmann.



And we know 2012 Democratic challenger to Michelle Bachmann, Jim Graves, ended up nearly defeating her for re-election:


U.S. House, Minnesota, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party    Candidate                                            Vote %    Votes
        Republican    Michele Bachmann Incumbent    50.5%    179,240
        Democratic     Jim Graves                            49.3%    174,944
        NA     Write-in                                      0.3%    969

Total Votes:  355,153

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/...

Also, taking politics out of the equation, let others know if you've been to Minnesota's 6th Congressional District and can point out some good restaurants, venues and places to spend time in there.

So far, we only have the basic information.  What issues should be documented? What important links / articles / information should be added to the wiki page?  Has the Congressman/Congresswoman been a good or bad representative?

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What would you like to see happen to Michelle Bachmann?

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  •  Typos Michele Bachmann (1+ / 0-)
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    Azazello

    One l in Michele.

  •  My contribution (5+ / 0-)

    to getting Rep. Bachman defeated:

    Feel free to use as often as you wish:

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    We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

    by Patriot4peace on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 06:40:36 PM PDT

  •  Bachmann's district (4+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, tlo, flycaster, ER Doc

    I'm not from her district, but I've been to it plenty of times.  

    There are definitely enough fundies there in the counties beyond the inner suburbs.  Some of them are the low-income, long-beard and minivan without hubcaps fundies, but more of them are rich, McMansion fundies of the worst kind who are completely clueless about why "those people in the Twin Cities behave the way they do".

    In the suburbs, there are lots of "great outdoorsmen".  They're heavily pro-gun, subtly racist but very defensive about it, high-income, towing expensive boats and other toys to the popular lakes up north every weekend, they HATE Obama, they are EXTREMELY entitled, and they fancy themselves as backwoods rednecks even though they live among strip malls and they drive to Cabelas in $45,000 trucks and SUVs.  They completely lack the ability to empathize with anyone they don't know.  

    Also, the farm areas of her district are littered with numbskull foilhat teabaggers who fly the black and yellow and display dumbshit anti-UN crap on handpainted billboards in their yards.  

    If you think Bachmann is disgusting, try meeting one of her voters.  I have.....blegggghhhh!  

    There is also a really great progressive base there.  They are pretty much a completely different species than the vile, tick-eating monkeys that keep re-electing Bachmann.  They are profoundly embarrassed about living in MN-06 and are mortified every time Bachmann speaks.  They have no explanation for why her district does what it does and they are way more polite about it than I could be.  They deserve so much better representation.

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:05:14 PM PDT

  •  I understand the Evangelical Conservatives (1+ / 0-)
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    are more substantial here than in any other MN CD. That seems to be the life jacket keeping Bachman afloat. I would like to hear if that population is continuing to grow in this district or shrink compared to other groups. In other words is Bachman getting in more competitive races because local demographics are changing or is she becoming so noticeably disturbed that the Evangelical values voters are starting to actually abandon her?

    •  I don't have any numbers, but it's my impression (0+ / 0-)

      that the Evangelicals are still with her and are maybe even growing in number, but that many of the "economic" Republicans (the "I've got mine, so screw you!" folks) are embarassed by her and are turning away. The "fearful" voters, who vote Republican because they are afraid of all the brown people and afraid of change, seem to be the real declining demographic. There's a large conservative Catholic bloc on the west end of the 6th, in and around St Cloud, which has long been voting Republican over the abortion issue, which also seems to be shrinking. The Evangelicals remain her base.

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:40:51 AM PDT

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  •  flight (3+ / 0-)
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    A Citizen, flycaster, ER Doc

    I'm from rural Minnesota...and I have observed, over the years, that if it wasn't for white flight in the 60s and early 70s, there wouldn't even be a 6th district because it would still be farm land.
    Left a long time ago, can't fight racist authoritarian snake handlers all by myself.
    Ironically ended up in Texas...

    I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

    by old mule on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:29:56 PM PDT

    •  There's a lot of fear out there. (1+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc

      A lot of people moved to the outer suburbs due to white flight. Then their children began to move back. Those that were afraid were more inclined to stay, those that we not afraid were more inclined to move. This distill the fear.

      I grew up in a small town up north, a town of around 500 people. They were very intimidated by Minneapolis. When I visit my home town, they are amazed that anyone would actually WANT to live there. I admit I sort of worked my way into the city, I moved to the suburbs after I got out of the Air Force, and then moved into the city.

      A lot of small town people feel an affinity for the suburbs, thinking that suburbs are less alien to them than the city. But the small town and the city have a lot in common. In both the small town and the city, you can eat, shop and go to church right in your neighborhood without having to get in the car. Not so much in the suburbs - especially the outer suburbs.

      It's an anecdote, but one of my classmates moved to a second-tier suburb after college. She thought it was scary. Coon Rapids and scary don't go together too well. So she moved way out to the exoburbs, in Elk River. She found that scary too. Unless you think Children of the Corn was real, and think He Who Walks Behind the Rows will come and get you, Elk River isn't scary. You wind up taking your fear with you.

      It's not true of all people in the outer suburbs, of course, but there are a lot of people there who are afraid of the city, yet need to be where the jobs are. They live as far out as possible and still commute. They are afraid of the city, yet they need it.

      The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

      by A Citizen on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 05:11:05 AM PDT

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      •  fear brought along (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, indeed, and Bachmann plays on those fears like no other...

        I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

        by old mule on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:05:03 AM PDT

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      •  My kids grew up in Monticello, part of exurbia in (0+ / 0-)

        the 6th District. The population of the school district was about 4-5 times the population of Monticello itself, due to all the housing developments that filled the countryside. I worked locally, but we were in Minneapolis constantly for shopping, sporting events, and shows. My kids were driving in Minneapolis traffic on their learner's permits. At the same time, some of their classmates were rarely in the Metro area, because their parents were afraid to drive on the Metro freeways or in the city traffic any more than they absolutely had to to get to their jobs. Walking from a restaurant to a show on Hennepin Avenue in the center of Minneapolis was a frightening thing for many of them because "The Cities" were just so scary.

        -7.25, -6.26

        We are men of action; lies do not become us.

        by ER Doc on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:26:25 AM PDT

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    •  So frying pan to fire huh? (1+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc

      At least you have a brown surge going on in Tejas so that it might actually flip in your lifetime...MN not so much....

      Give blood. Play hockey.

      by flycaster on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 05:15:44 AM PDT

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  •  Corn Dogs, no question. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz

         This one is all about the Corn Dogs.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:12:52 PM PDT

  •  Grew up in the MN 4th next door to the 6th. (1+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc

    Had Vento and then Betty for Reps. Could never understand what was going on in the 6th. There are a lot of really solid dems out there an they are growing. No one likes to be made a fool of and Michelle really managed to make them look astoundingly stupid for electing her. Now she is dirty too. Stupid and criminal is a sure ticket out of office even in Tinfoil hat country Minnesota, because if you actually ,you know , voted for her that would make you by association, a stupid criminal, or at the very least profoundly stupid. Yes the various Factions that the Rs use to weld into a bloc exist, but they are shrinking and being thinned out by natural death, and ironically the recession. Most of those with the money and the big trucks were independent contractors for the housing sector and guess what tanked? Can't make no money framin' if there ain't nobody buildin'.  Suddenly these people are with out the income they are used to getting and never learned to save money for lean times. Suddenly no truck, no boat, no cabin, no trips, and no house. That is a huge crash back to reality. Scrambling for a 10$/hour job is both humiliating to do, and very painful when you don't get it.
    Granted that there is a lot of old Money out there, granted that the Hubbard clan is out there and they own a major bloc of mainstream media and are VERY republican. I would have to say that the old money is split 60-40 leaning republican. Those with the money out there that lean dem are very aware of the environment and the St. Croix River and its tributaries in particular. They are also very pro green energy.
    This is a very winable district and should stay in play for atleast the next 10 years before it becomes firmly democratic.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 05:44:17 AM PDT

    •  grew up... (1+ / 0-)
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      flycaster

      That's a good bunch of points. I was born in St Cloud, raised in a little town near there back when a Lutheran boy had to sneak around to date a Catholic girl...still was some German spoke out there, and some of my school mates parents didn't speak much English.
      Opus Dei out in the St Cloud area too.
      I still maintain an interest in the politics up there, so thanks for posting this diary.

      I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

      by old mule on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:20:26 AM PDT

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      •  Opus Dei is still strong around (0+ / 0-)

        St. Cloud but the influence is fading a bit. The whole Catholic church thing is fading a bit. Too many scandals. Too many cover ups. Too much interference in matters "temporal" and not enough attention to the details of matters spiritual and criminal. St. Cloud State is another mitigating influence. Critical thinking does not mix well with faith based guidance. Too many people are asking too many questions and the Rs don't have any good answers. It started with the senate and the house flipping to democratic. I think what we are seeing is the start of the avalanche.

        Give blood. Play hockey.

        by flycaster on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:02:02 AM PDT

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