The editors of the New Ulm Journal are happy with Short campaigns:
It is a truncated schedule, to be sure, but it is interesting to see that a campaign and election can be held in a much shorter time than regular campaigns typically consume. It sometimes seems like the campaign season begins the day after the regular election. . . .
Congressional campaigns, especially House campaigns, are practically non-stop. The political potshots sent out by the Republican and Democratic National Congressional Committees against office holders of the opposing party have only slowed since the election, but we get several e-mails a week asking whether Rep. Tim Walz, for instance, is going to give Barack Obama a Platinum No-Limit Credit Card on the debt limit.
We think there should be a mandated limit on campaigning, somewhere between the six weeks of the 19A special election and the never-ending campaign of most national and state elections. It would save a lot of time and aggravation.
The Mankato Free Press reports in District 19A campaigns are heating up that while radio were broadcast yesterday for Karl Johnson, who lost the DFL endorsement on the fourth ballot on Saturday, endorsed candidate Clark Johnson has been assured that the North Mankato pork producer is working to pull them off the air.And there's going to be a least one candidate forum:
Voters in House District 19A, which is dominated by Nicollet County but also includes western and northern parts of Mankato and far southwestern Le Sueur County, will get at least one chance to assess all three candidates at a single event.
A forum, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Treaty Site History Center on Highway 169 North, is being sponsored by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce, Greater Mankato Growth and the St. Peter League of Women Voters.
People are invited to submit questions in advance by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater Mankato Growth is also asking candidates to respond to a questionnaire that will be posted at greatermankatoelections.com.
For now, the Clark campaign has organized a couple of Open Houses for the DFL campaign (via Facebook:)
Saturday, January 26
North Mankato Community Room 1001 Belgrade Ave. N. Mankato, MN
River Rock Coffee 301 S. Minnesota Ave. St. Peter, MN
We'll update today if we find public events for the Republican and IP candidates.
Photo: Clark Johnson supporters (above); DFL endorsed candidate Clark Johnson (below).
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