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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

City Council Races/ Carter wins over incumbent Montgomery. All other incumbents hold their seats!

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Blogger Bob said...

Well folks, I got half my city council wishes.

I wanted Carter to win because he was the ONLY candidate to show concern over gentrification. And he WON!

I wished like HELL Helgen would lose! I really didn't care if Haas got in there or not. I just wanted Helgen to lose! Well we will have Helgen around for the BIG BARBECUE over the Racketeering lawsuits.:-)

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not true Bob. You told me you were supporting Thune and he had one of his biggest victories ever!

Chuck Repke

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberal DFLers solidify control of St. Paul City Council
Pioneer Press
Article Last Updated: 11/06/2007 11:52:21 PM CST

Liberal Democrats strengthened their grip on the St. Paul's city government today, knocking off the most conservative incumbent in this year's election, Debbie Montgomery.

Her loss in polls in the Summit-University, Frogtown and Lex-Ham neighborhoods will put Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member Melvin Carter in the Ward 1 seat in January and give the liberal bloc five of the council's seven seats, a veto-proof majority for the next term.

It's unlikely to come to that, with the dominant DFL party winning back the mayor's seat behind center-leaning Chris Coleman in 2005. But the election marks a final retreat of the conservative political forces that held sway in City Hall for nearly a decade on either side of the turn of the century.

The addition of newcomer Carter in Ward 1 also marks a generational shift on the body: long dominated by "baby boomers," four of the seven council members to be sworn in next January are members of the younger "Generation X" population cohort.

The polling also tested the limits of campaign spending in St. Paul, as the financial frontrunners fell short in the polls. Montgomery had shattered the previous fundraising record and Ward 5 challenger David Haas outraised incumbent Lee Helgen even after the incumbent posted a 27-point victory in the September primary. Both Haas and Montgomery repeated losses in 2003 and 2005 for the best-financed candidates in city elections.

"Elections aren't about money," said Montgomery, as



she consoled supporters at Fabulous Ferns, a Summit Hill restaurant. "People can show they're committed to the direction you're taking the city, but it doesn't get people to the polls." The precincts she won feature some of the historically lowest turnout in St. Paul.
Helgen, who rallied supporters on Rice Street at Lonetti's - literally next door to the Haas campaign's gathering - called his win "the politics of people versus the politics of special interests," noting unprecedented independent expenditures by his detractors.

Elsewhere in the city, two of the most seasoned incumbents on the council turned back surprisingly stiff opposition.

Four-termer and former council president Dave Thune, known for some close political calls, turned back a brisk challenge by Bill Hosko, a downtown gallery owner who, with challenger Fran Zamb, had kept Thune from winning an outright majority in the Sept. 11 primary - the only incumbent to do so. Thune battled back, though, with a surge of campaign literature and electioneering in late October.

In the city's northeast corner, Ward 6 incumbent Dan Bostrom had run unopposed for the last three elections, but drew a challenge from liberal activist Pakou Hang this year. She denied Bostrom the DFL endorsement, but couldn't carry that to the ballot box.

Two other incumbents faced token opposition this year and easily won re-election.

In Highland Park and the southern edge of Macalester-Groveland, two-term incumbent Pat Harris drew an opponent in name only: graphic artist Gerald Mischke filed to run, put up a handful of lawn signs and then halted his campaign Aug. 24. Harris, a financial consultant, had this year added a DFL endorsement to his campaign, despite running against the party in 1999.

Across town, council president Kathy Lantry easily bested newcomer Janine Kelley, a program manager with UnitedHealthcare. Kelley reported raising only $170 for her bid to unseat the council's second-most senior incumbent from the Highwood, Dayton's Bluff, Battle Creek and Conway neighborhoods from Ward 7 on the East Side.

One newcomer, Russ Stark, battled union organizer Bernie Hesse and activist Randy Schubring for the DFL endorsement in Ward 4 this spring, largely settling the race by April 14. The incumbent, Jay Benanav, is retiring after three terms on the council and unsuccessful runs for mayor in 2001 and Ramsey County District Court Judge last year.

His successor is director of the Midway Transportation Organization, an arm of the University United community development group. Stark easily outpaced printer Greg Groettum and printing broker Terry Bushard - both newcomers to St. Paul politics - in the primary. Stark coasted to an easy victory.

The results will likely be made official at today's City Council meeting. The winners will be sworn in at City Hall on Jan. 2.

Brady Silver, Michael Marchio and Laura Yuen contributed to this story. Tim Nelson can be reached at or 651-228-5489

6:09 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

It's true, I said I would rather see Dave re-elected versus having a gun ho Hosko in there aiming the bureaucracy of city hall at home owners.

I pray the Lord touches all who sit on the council with a good dose of compassion for others.

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carter's father impressed me in the past. But the housing problem has its roots in ultraliberalism - remember Dawkins.

It is unlikely that Carter will be able to stand up to the extreme sleaze in the city government.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous henry said...

Too bad, so sad. It will be interesting though when the Federal Marshalls come in and drag some of their corrupt butts to jail.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too late for the leadership to correct the course of the Good Ship Titanic (City of St Paul).

The I-C-E-B-E-R-G is approaching.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Bill Dahn said...

I think we all are glad to see that most of the hogs in city hall will still be at the troff, so when the law suits pull the money from the tax payers they will be accountable for their deeds.

Did anyone see the Leslie Davis Show?.

Bill Dahn

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't about the Leslie Davis show ytou stupic prick. Stop trying to steal the show.......again!

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've been laughing about your comment all day.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Sharon Anderson said...

Elections come and go Bobby would you start another post WHO IS THE REAL BOB JOHNSON You at found also on Cable at and or the Anoka Co. Attorney Bob Johnson handling the Murder-Grand Jury of Aaron Foster, and or Bob Beale aka Bob Johnson Who I know, still have the greatest respect for ie Taxes:
Thanks Sharons newest blog Veterans Day Mon 12Nov07 also my daughters 48 birthday, THUNES daughter may have helped "Silver Sneakers" at the downtown YMCA Some positives came from this Election?

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you go to City Hall Scoop you can see all of the write in votes. The funniest is that Bill, you wrote your name so poorly that they listed the vote for you as "Bill Hahn" instead of Bill Dahn.

Maybe you can sue.


Chuck Repke

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was probaly beneficial to Bill Dahn.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Dahn.......the "Insulation" candidate!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or Bill Dahn the "insult" candidate!

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused ... many of the people here had predicted wholesale changes in this election. Yet very little has changed.

Seems to me it's a case of wishful thinking rather than accurate predictions.

So why would we then think that the predictions of a victorious Racketeering suit would be any more valid?

1:36 AM  
Anonymous Nhad Llib and Nosredna norahs said...

I am so glad that Bill and Sharon are willing to tell us their opinion. I enjoy a spirited conversation with the insane

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in The suits and am glad that the city council has kept their seats. They are the people who destroyed my business so they should be the ones that have to pay. Judgemnent day will now come on their watches.

Bob this sites informative and Chuck you will learn the real truths of American(FEDERAL)Justice real soon.

This is the first time I've written on this site and the last until something is decided on the cases.

I've been watching like many others from both sides.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two things - first 9:30 I do think and have said on this site over and over again for there to be a successful RICO case someone has to have benefitted. Someone has to lose something and someone has to gain. If you are correct that you lost something, who got something? Other than the suggestion that Magner stole some plywood, I haven't seen where anyone has been able to say who got something.

On the election results, I do think when all four contested races were within 6 points that says that there is some under current of displeasure. It may have been different things in each ward, but all challengers were talking about vacant buildings and blaming the council for it. Whether they were on the left or the right, they were making it an issue.

Most were saying that the current council was to easy on landlords and need to get tougher on enforsement. So, we will see what changes come.


Chuck Repke

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as what the racketeers gain, Chuck:

I think they target people many times for political reasons. The gains they seek are actually losses to the people of St. Paul.

We have city council people and bureaucrats who have been in power too long, and have gotten arrogant and greedy for power. The old system of accountability is relentless in getting people like this to be in compliance with human values.

Using the dirty approach, the racketeers get ego gratification, and they are able to keep a large number of unproductive people in their jobs. They then build bureaucratic monuments to themselves, by selling the people of St. Paul down the river.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:06 - that is the problem with the suit. In order for the plaintiffs to win somebody has to get something more than personal satisfaction out of hurting someone.

You can't argue that Mayor Kelly was a sadist and that he got pleasure out of torturing landlords and that is why he sent to code people on us. That isn't a Federal Case. He or somebody has to benefit from this.

In at least one of the cases it is argued that the benefactor is PHA. That the City's desired effect is to make more tennents available to PHA or give them better tennents or something. I am waiting in wonder to see how that works, but to this point that has been the only thread that they have to hold on to.

That and a piece of plywood.


Chuck Repke

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the inspections/city council personnel are doing is wrong.

Some people certainly gained financially. While Magner deserves prison, he was given a pay raise by the city council. Others get promotions. This is because of an odd glitch in the law that makes them unaccountable for their actions.

The racketeering charge is being decided in the courts. The bureaucrats believe they have found a legal racket.

I am grateful for the plaintiffs taking on this mess. Woe be to St. Paul if the plaintiffs have not met the extreme requirements due tosome the legal anomaly.

I am not close enough to the cases to guess how they are going, and don't get excited about the possibility the city has found a loophole.

It is still wrong.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the lawsuit cases go to trial Chuck, then I believe you'll see the list of who benifeted. Meanwhile, those lawsuits are about a whole lot more than just racketeering and someone who benifets. I think you'll be quite suprised when all the evidence comes out and all of the witnesses come foreward to testify. I know one of the people in the lawsuits, and believe me they haven't even begun to talk about the real evidence and what they know least not here as far as I know and have been a regular reader for some time now.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love watching the city dig their hole deeper and deeper! And I'm not talking about those city workers that stand along side the road holding shovels either because they aren't even digging!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Sharon Anderson said...


9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck hopefully what you believe is what the city council and Daves telling you.Because if so they are going to get their ass spanked real good.You don't even know whats coming.

10:21 AM  
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10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Join Leslie and Bob Johnson on the Leslie Davis Show.
They will the talking about the crime in St.Paul's Government

Check Time and Channels in your area.

ENTIRE 7-County Twin Cities Area
Cable Ch. 6 - Tues. 6am

St. Paul
Cable Ch. 15 - Tues. 7pm - Wed. 2am, 12noon

Cable Ch. 16 - Tues. 7pm - Wed. 7am

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mr Davis could have Chuck Repke on his show to tell all the good people in the community how clean and wholesome the government is in St Paul and also how there's no corruption going on with respect to the housing inspections department. How about it Chuck?

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter what happens in the landlords' suits, the people of St. Paul lose, at least in the short term.

If the landlords win, the people have to bite the bullet and pay, although it makes future hopes possible.

If the landlords lose, there will be a wave of arroganse engulfing the city.

Expect the crap to hit the fan.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leslie Davis should have Chuck Repke on his show.
The city mayor and city council allows it employees to use such mental treatment on people to victimize them with their code compliance on their homes.
Scare the property owner to such high cost repair on the home and it makes the elderly people in the community to sells their home and go into apartment living so they never have to put up with the mental stress from the city government again.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look I have been at City Council meetings where problem property owners have denied what you could see on the video tapes of the clean up of their properties.

They'd say there was no problem, you would see the house, the junk, the clean up and they would still deny that it happened.

What would you have me do sit there on the show with no data while Bob and Leslie repeat one sided stories?

That would make good TV.


Chuck Repke

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Bill Dahn said...

Chuck Repke is a friend of the people and to Dave Thune.
Why when you seen my home you and
your co-conspirator thugs at city hall cover up for a government sponsored agency?
You all pick on the landlord and say whatever about them and their proprieties.

Indians say about people like you and your gang of thugs,
You Speak With Fork Tongue.


8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You will have to admit that the city's tricks of inflicting maximum stress are killing some people, and causing stress-related problems in others.

That would cause lively discussion on the show. All you would have to do is convince people that is OK.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Leslie's book is about the cover ups that are going on in our government.
Its time to look for a "new" person to run for governor, then
Susan Geartner.
Susan helped cover the fact that Jesse Ventura and Dean-O Barkley bribed their way to the Minnesota's State Capital.
Jesse became Governor and "look"
what Dean-O became after Paul Wellstone died?
Minnesota's US Senator.
Democratic Party might look good for president, but not for Minnesota Governor.

Let Thune and Repke run for Governor and Lt. Governor?


9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A closed mouth gathers no feet.
The original saying was "a rolling stone gathers no moss".

Instead of bragging about bragging one should say nothing
and listen.

8:17 AM  

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