Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Today the 2nd District Commissioner-elect will be sworn-in on the Hennepin County Board.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Second District Commissioner-elect Linda Higgins will be sworn in at 9 a.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the 24th Floor Board Room of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. Sixth St. in downtown Minneapolis. Commissioners who were reelected will be sworn in on Jan. 8, but Higgins is being sworn in immediately to fill the vacancy created in June when former Commissioner Mark Stenglein left to become president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. Higgins will be sworn in by Hennepin County 4th Judicial District Court Judge Tanya M. Bransford. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Metro Cable Network/Channel 6 and streamed live on the Hennepin County website.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Golden Valley city staff will review options, including a possible special election, to fill Councilmember Freiberg's seat.
Now that Golden Valley City Councilmember Mike Freiberg will serve as State Representative in District 45B, the council it left to figure out how to fill the vacant seat. In their meeting on Nov. 13, staff will discuss the pros and cons of hosting a special election for City Council. According to meeting documents, a special election would be costly to the city. "The City would have to bare the entire cost if programming election cards for the acceptance of ballots and printing ballots for the election," City Finance Director Sue Vernig said in documents. "If the Council were to hold a special election, costs would be higher than the normal city election." The city could also appoint someone to the vacant seat, which hasn't been done since…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
How did Golden Valley vote in the general election?
We knew early on in the evening on Nov. 6 that President Barak Obama would declare a victory and extend his role as president for four more years. But unofficial results for some local races didn't solidify until the until the wee hours of the morning. By about midnight, though only 90 percent of the votes were in at that time, we knew that Sherry Tyrrell, Helen Bassett and John Vento would be named to the ISD 281 school board. Rep. Keith Ellison held a steady lead on challenger Chris Fields for the Fifth Congressional District, despite vicious debates leading up to election day. Sen. Ann Rest led the race for State Senate District 45. In total, she beat former Golden Valley Mayor Blaire Tremere by 13,572 votes. Paul Scofield fell to Ron …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
How did Golden Valley vote on the constitutional amendment to require photo ID to vote?
Here's how residents in Golden Valley, and throughout the metro, 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 13 of these 35 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 60.54 percent in Minnetrista. (Lake Minnetonka Patch covers several cities, including Minnetrista, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, Mound, Shorewood, Orono, Spring Park, Deephaven, Long Lake …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Newcomer John Vento is excited to begin work with the school board. Incumbents Helen Bassett and Sherry Tyrrell were re-elected.
Voters in 43 precincts took to the polls Tuesday to elect three members to the ISD 281 school board. School board candidates included Sherry Tyrrell, Ron Stoffel, Helen Bassett, John Vento and Peter Vasseur. By 9:30 p.m., the Minnesota Secretary of State website reported that Bassett, Tyrrell and Vento were leading the race. In the end, Tyrrell secured 25.48 percent of the votes, Basset got 24.88 percent of the votes and Vento closely followed with 22.74 percent. Vento, a Golden Valley resident and parent of two children in the district, is excited to be a voice for the many parents that he spoke with during his campaign. "I’m very honored and humbled by the citizens of 281 who voted for me," Vento said Tuesday night. "I'm excited to get …
Minnesota's polls are open until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close two hours earlier.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Minnesota and Wisconsin voters have, including those in Golden Valley, until 8 p.m. to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key states ends as much as two hours before then, and exit polling could provide an early indication of whether President Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House. The earliest key state to watch for is Virginia, where polls close at 6 p.m. Minnesota time. Voting ends 30 minutes later in swing states Ohio and North Carolina. At 7 p.m. swing states Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls. Nevada and Iowa, which could be pivotal swing states, close voting at 9 p.m. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
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Armstrong's Social Studies Department Chair said that a mock election helps students see how easy voting is, and encourages them to vote when they're old enough.
The morning of Nov. 6 was busy for Golden Valley's eight polling locations. But Plymouth's Robbinsdale Armstrong High School was also bustling with activity. Beginning at 7:30 the mock polls opened up in the high school's resource center and students streamed in to cast their vote. In total, social studies staff hopes to see 90 percent of Armstrong's student population vote in the pretend election today. While students are not required to vote, all high schoolers spent part of their social studies class period voting. "A mock election really fosters civic engagement at a young age," Social Studies Department Chair Erica Gullickson said. "It simulates the actual voting experience and shows the students that voting is easy and not cumbersome…
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Golden Valley residents came out in drones early this morning to vote in the 2012 general election. From City Hall to Meadowbrook Elementary School, early risers made a point to hit the polls before work. Do you have a photo of you, or someone you know, with an "I Voted" sticker? Proudly share it with your community here. Just click the Upload Photos button.
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