Sunday, November 04, 2012

Fray the strings, throw the shapes, hold your breath, listen!

Today will mark the final broadcast of The Closer before Election Day 2012. I think you know what topics we'll delve into on this day.

Of course I'll look at the Presidential race and how it's being called a statistical dead heat. Also, is it really possible the GOP Presidential candidate could take Minnesota for the first time since 1972? Well, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is coming to Minneapolis this afternoon for a rally. Hmmm.

At 1:15, Stacey Stout will be checking in. Stacey is a first time political candidate and will be running in House District 43A, which includes Mahtomedi, Birchwood Village, Willernie, part of North St. Paul southern White Bear Lake and the northwest portion of Maplewood. I'll talk to Stacey about her background in law, specifically her stint in the US Department of Justice. I'll also broach the subject of the Minneapolis Star Tribune endorsing Stacey in the 43A race.

Then at 1:30, April King will be checking from the campaign trail. April is running for State Senate in SD 42, which is comprised of all or parts of Shoreview, Mounds View, Arden Hills, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, Little Canada, and Roseville. Despite earning a reputation as one of the hardest working candidates in the state of Minnesota, April is still in a very tough race, as she is opposed by long time DFL MN House member Bev Scalze.

As I write this, I have reached out to a number of other local GOP candidates who are in races considered "toss ups", and thus have offered a forum to make a last minute campaign pitch. With that in mind, there may well be additional candidates calling in from the trail.

If there was anything which could usurp campaign news in a given week, it would be Superstorm Sandy, which throttled the New York/New Jersey area this past week. We'll look back on a few items surrounding the storm and its aftermath as well as talk to West Freehold, NJ resident (and long time friend of mine) Jonathan Thacker. JT will be calling in at 2:00 to give us a first hand account of how he and fellow residents of the Garden State endured the storm and the long term prospects for the state's recovery.

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Until then.....


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