Tom Horner, a public relations executive and former Republican contributor to MPR, officially kicked off his campaign for governor today as a member of the Independence Party. I can win those two groups. On the issues, Horner said his approach to the budget would be to cut the corporate income tax rate and the capital gains tax but also increase cigarette taxes. Paul May 4, — The battle of the two Republicans continues this week as longtime GOP spokesman Tom Horner officially kicks off his gubernatorial campaign.
Is same-sex marriage just over the horizon in Minnesota? Many say yes. A suit to legalize it has been filed in Hennepin County, and a slew of bills on the subject were introduced in the last legislative session. All the Democratic candidates for governor -- along with Independent Tom Horner -- endorse gay marriage. At the national level, a federal judge in Massachusetts recently ruled unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act. Any day now, a federal judge in California is expected to strike down Proposition 8, which was endorsed in by California voters and defined marriage as a male-female institution in the state's constitution. Same-sex marriage supporters assure us that redefining marriage is no big deal.
Minnesota's Tom Horner, Once an Independent, Endorses GOP Candidate for Governor
Four weeks before voters head to the polls, Catholic bishops in Minnesota have raised an issue that has largely taken a backseat to the economy and jobs this election season, renewing calls for a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. While such advocacy by religious groups is not uncommon, never before has the message come in the form of a DVD mailed to all Catholic households in the state. And, some say, never before has such a campaign appeared so political. Because one candidate in the state's three-way race for governor , Republican Tom Emmer , opposes same-sex marriage, the church's message and its timing amount to an unambiguous endorsement, critics say. The anonymous donation to the archdiocese that funded the production of more than , DVDs has also stoked questions about the proper role of religious institutions in the political process.
We vote for a competitive Minnesota. We vote for a state that gets up each day, goes to work or school and tries hard to get better — to work harder, to learn more, each among us to follow his or her vision of the American dream. It is in that spirit that we consider three strong candidates to replace Gov.