Bluestem has the live feed for WCCO 830 AM up, eager to listen to the "Greater Minnesota" gubernatorial debate sponsored by the radio station, Minnesota AgriGrowth and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
An earlier press-releasey article in the Austin Daily Herald, Johnson, Walz to participate in ‘Greater Minnesota Debate,’ reported these details about the forum:
Minnesota AgriGrowth, in partnership with WCCO Radio and the Minnesota Corn Growers, will host the “Greater Minnesota Debate” between Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and Congressman Tim Walz. The event will take place live at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
“AgriGrowth is proud of our long standing tradition of public policy engagement and advocacy on behalf of the ag and food production sectors in Minnesota,” said Gene Hugoson, interim Executive Director for AgriGrowth. “Co-sponsoring this debate for our members and the voters of Greater Minnesota was a natural partnership we gladly accepted and look forward to participating in with topic and question selection.”
AgriGrowth and it’s members cover the range of agriculture and food production from growers at the farm level, to international food manufacturing and distributing companies, and all of the supporting businesses along the production chain.
“We believe it is critically important for the voters of Greater Minnesota, along with all Minnesota voters, to have the opportunity to ask our next governor the key questions on agriculture practices, tax policy, water, regulation relief, workforce shortages as well as a number of other concerns,” Hugoson said. “This debate is meant to get to the kernel of those questions from the candidates and with as little chaff as possible.”
The laundry list of concerns reminded us of the Food and Farm MN special interest group whose latest iteration of "A Greater Minnesota" pledge we reviewed back in our summer post, Ag special interest group asks candidates to pledge unconstitutional raid on Clean Water Fund.
When we look at the gubernatorial candidates, we find that only the Republican candidate, Jeff Johnson, has returned the questionnaire. Perhaps some Republicans will be tempted to say this means DFL contender Tim Walz doesn't care about Greater Minnesota.
Unfortunately for that line of argument, there's a lot of non-compliance on this one. Bluestem queried the responses by members of our favorite Republican caucus-the Republican Farmer Labor Caucus--only to learn that half of its board of directors failed to return the questionnaire.
Whatever you can say about these folks, they're definitely on the top of their game when it comes to owning libs and DFLers about caring for rural Minnesota.
A screengrab of Jeff Backer's no-return graces the top of this post; those of Jeremy Munson and Jason Rarick are below. Note the date and timestamp in the right hand corner.
Screengrabs: Self evident.
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