Friday, May 10, 2013
The community had 79 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2012 election.
Burnsville had a high voter turnout in the 2012 election for a state that is itself already well above the national average. Minnesota fell to third in the country—behind only Mississippi and Wisconsin, according to data the U.S. Census Bureau made public Wednesday evening. Although it had the highest levels in the country of voter turnout in the 2008 election, the 73.2 percent of citizens who voted here in 2012 is still comfortably above the national average of 61.8. (The Census Bureau’s rates are different from those from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, which lists a 76.11 percent voter turnout rate. The Census Bureau’s rate for Minnesota is listed as having a margin of error of ± 2.1 percent.) The Census Bureau didn’t provide…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Hint: More than a nice Swiss watch, less than a full year as a residential undergraduate at the University of Minnesota.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Anyone thinking about challenging Mayor Elizabeth Kautz in 2016, take note: Better have enough money to fill a small armored car if you want to make a successful bid. During the 2012 election cycle, the mayor garnered a whopping $20,000 in contributions in her successful quest for a seventh term, many from members of the business community, other elected officials on school board and at least one sitting city council member. Kautz drew in as much or more than Burnsville candidates running for state offices: Incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Hall took in $21,371 cash, as of the last filing, and GOP Rep. Pam Myrha raised $18,237.04 It almost goes without saying that …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
S.F. No. 26 would require additional reporting of lobbyist "scholarships" to legislators, and discourage the dissemination of model legislation.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us Just a week into the legislative session, some legislators are giving ALEC and other lobbying groups a run for their money. Burnsville-Eagan Jim Carlson (51, DFL) is listed as a co-author of S.F. No. 26, which requires reporting of "scholarships" from lobbyists (money given to legislators to attend lobbyist events). The bill also seeks to cut down on "model legislation." During the last session many legislators were suspected of using paint-by-numbers bills written by lobbyists from national concerns, which had been distributed to lawmakers all over the country, resulting in eerily similar bills from Florida to Washington state. Read the full text of…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
As predicted by poll workers, Burnsville's voter turnout bested 2008 by 3.5 points.
Burnsville polls did brisk business on Election Day 2012. Nov. 6 will be remembered as one of the city's busiest, with 6,734 election day registrations and 33,980 votes cast. The 2012 Election gave Burnsville a voter turnout rate of 79.5 percent. This election's electoral attendance bests even 2008, previously a high-water mark for Burnsville, when the 33,112 voters came out to the polls (76 percent turnout). With less than an hour left on the clock, election day activity was still brisk at Burnhaven Library, Burnsville City Hall and Eden Baptist Church. Officials there estimated that about 80 percent of the registered voters came out to the polls. "It's way up. When you look at that versus last time—which was about 71 percent— it's a …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
In other news from around the region, Eagan's Nicholas Mrozinski advanced to the top 12 on NBC's "The Voice" and Dems ruled the day on Nov. 6 in eastern Dakota.
You can't be in front of your computer 24 hours a day, so each weekend, Patch reviews the top stories from the past seven days. Here's a look at the stories, which first appeared on this site or those of our neighbors, that might interest you or affect your life. To read the full stories, click on the headline links. Apple Valley-Rosemount General Election Results 2012 In city council races, it was a good night for incumbents. Eastview Boys Kick To Their First State Class 2A Soccer Crown Senior Jacob Opheim scored two goals, including the game-winner in the second half, and Eastview dropped Blaine 3-2 Thursday for its first state soccer championship. How Did Apple Valley, Rosemount Vote on Voter ID, Marriage Amendments? Check out our …
We're hearing reports of long-time friendships being cut off, especially on Facebook, during the bitterly contested campaign. Did it happen to you?
The arguing is over, and so is the election. But has it hurt your relationships? Have you unfriended someone on Facebook—or been on the other end of it yourself? Admittedly, arguing over politics never really ends in the United States; that's part of the price we pay for living in a constitutional republic, in which the big decisions are made by a majority of the citizens. But at least, with the question of "who's going to be president the next four years?" settled, the arguing can settle back down to the ordinary background noise of bickering, as opposed to the daily shoutfests in which so many seemed to be engaged during the campaign. Or can it? We're hearing lots of reports about long-time relationships being cut off in recent months, …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Check out the campaign finance reports for local candidates.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us Election season has come to a close. Want to see which of Burnsville's candidates won the fundraising race? Check out the most recent finance reports recorded by the state's Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Some candidates have raised tens of thousands of dollars during the election cycle. Here's a look at the pre-election totals through Oct. 22 for candidates for Senate District 51, House Districts 51A, Senate District 56, House District 56A and 56B. To view the full campaign finance reports, click on the candidate's name. Special notes: *—Denotes incumbent candidate $2,420
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 on a whole (52.47 percent). Support for the amendment in places covered by Patch ranged from 14.51 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 54.23 …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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
The story: A night of crushing defeats, solid victories and some real squeakers—told through photos.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us RELATED CONTENT • To see other local results, click here: Burnsville-Savage General Election Results 2012 • To see the results from races around the county, click here: Dakota County Election Results: Commissioners, Legislature, Judges • To see state and federal results, click here: MINNESOTA ELECTION RESULTS: President, U.S. Senate, Congress and the Amendments