St Paul DFL City Convention Countdown: Day Five

We have received a mixed response to our posting yesterday because we actively sent out the article to St Paul DFL City Convention delegates and alternates. Some were appreciative and thankful and others, bitchy and questioning of the motivation behind the message. We have never been concerned with the opinions of the mealy-mouthed people over at the Spot Bar. It even started a conversation on Facebook, which unsubstantiated allegations were made by a party, which was later retracted and deleted. The main point we are expressing is this convention does not belong to the candidates, nor to the paid staff people, it is a voluntary enterprise, which shows the value of our democracy and the quality of the people who volunteer their time to participate.

Our Convention Countdown even started a conversation on Facebook, which unsubstantiated allegations were made by a party, which was later retracted and deleted. The main point we are expressing is this convention does not belong to the candidates, nor to the paid staff people, it is a voluntary enterprise, which shows the value of our democracy and the quality of the people who volunteer their time to participate.

Because of this investment made by people who truly care about their city, it is with the complete and total respect we are standing up for an open and honest endorsement process. Hat Tip to all the delegates and alternates for their dedication to St Paul.

Also if you would like to know an answer about anything or have a question just email mn.editor@checksandbalances.com

Tips & Tricks

  1. When you survey the hospitality, rooms figure out which one has the best cold drinks. If it is hot inside the building, though I have heard the air conditioning will be on grab two of your favorite beverages and bring them to the floor. It is important to hydrate.
  2. Identify the floor leaders for each campaign they are usually easy to spot. They likely have a t-shirt of the campaign on and may even have a headset on.
  3. Volunteer to be a teller. If you really want to know what happens on each vote then help count the votes. If you happen to see someone from Check & Balances let them know and then also tell them the vote totals on the various races. You will be well appreciated.

What is the St Paul DFL’s Purpose in an Area of Ranked Choice Voting?

We have two different contests happening on the same floor of the Washington Magnet School, a mayoral endorsement, and a school board endorsement. Each will have a different process. For mayor, you will vote for one person, but for school board, you can for vote up to three people. If you vote for only one it is called bullet balloting and this is a strategic move to concentration your one vote to a single candidate to heighten the impact of your vote and not increase the totals for the other candidates at the same time.

The only true value of the DFL endorsement appears to be for the school board candidates because with the DFL endorsement comes name recognition, placement on the sample ballot, access to DFL resources and financial support from organizations that help finance the St Paul DFL. If you support a school board candidate you will clearly see the difference come this Fall on the specific campaigns with or without the party endorsement.

Of course, whoever win the mayor’s race in 2017 will seek the DFL endorsement in 2021. But is endorsing an incumbent as important as endorsing a candidate for an open seat, of course, it is not, and the proposed Rules will bring about a no endorsement reality.

Come 2019 when the Ward endorsements occur; will the DFL endorsement matter if there still exists Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)? Well, there hasn’t been an endorsement in Ward 5 since the system has existed. Are you wondering why St Paul City Council members Rebecca Noecker Ward 2) and Amy Brendmoen (Ward 5) are not auto-delegates to the convention? It’s because they were not DFL endorsed in 2015.

Now, we contend the value of the St DFL endorsement is in a death spiral due to RCV in November, and if there is a benevolent God then there will be a revote on the ballot right after the mayoral election. Because there is little incentive for candidates to drop out of the race the election will be based on who can raise the most money and not creating an equalizer for a less financed like Paul Wellstone or Keith Ellison to improve their odds. Because everyone is in the boat in November the forecast is gloomy.

Tomorrow

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