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Straw Poll and mnpACT! Survey

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 03/10/06 16:17

by Dave Mindeman

Back in November, mnpACT! did a survey on the contested DFL races.. just to get a sampling of what was going on. After viewing the straw poll numbers, the mnpACT survey turned out to be a pretty good predictor.

In the Senate race, the survey included Patty Wetterling because she was still involved.

mnpACT! Survey (November 2005)
Klobuchar 57%
Ford Bell 16%
Wetterling 14%

DFL Straw Poll (March 2006)
Klobuchar 77%
Ford Bell 15.7%

Bell's percentages held and Wetterlings support moved to Klobuchar.

In the Governor's race, the numbers are reasonably close, too:

mnpACT! Survey (November 2005)
Hatch 33%
Kelley 29%
Lourey 23%
Doran 10%

DFL Straw Poll (March 2006)
Hatch 38%
Lourey 23%
Kelley 22%
Doran 6.6%

The only part of the survey that was way off the mark involved the Secretary of State candidates. As we mentioned at the time, Christian Sande had just spoken at a mnpACT meeting and had slightly more familiarity then Mark Ritchie, at the time.
Ritchie spoke to mnpACT a couple months later. In a race where both candidates are working for name recognition, some volatility is certainly expected. Sande won our survey and Ritchie won the DFL straw poll. There is still a large undecided vote, so we'll see how it plays out.

Incidently, some general unofficial counts at local caucuses:

Senate District 38 (Eagan/Burnsville) 385
Senate District 37 (AV/Rosemount/Burnsville) 320
Senate District 35 (Savage/Scott County) 204

If anybody want to add any numbers they are aware of for their local districts, feel free to add to the comments. It will probably be awhile before official numbers are out there.
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More on the Minnesota Caucuses

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 03/10/06 15:36

by PDW58

Checks and balances has a nice breakdown of the straw poll results giving more info on the governor's race.

Hatch won every Congressional district except for District 8 (the Iron Range), where Becky Lourey won by a full 10 points. Kelley ran strongest in the 3rd and 5th districts, finishing a very close second to Hatch there. Doran's best area was the 1st (Kiscaden's area), but even there he only managed 16.6%.. a distant second place finish to Hatch's 46%. Doran actually won Olmsted County but that was thanks to his selection of Kiscaden as his running mate.

Although Lourey won District 8, she could only manage one second place finish -- District 4. In fact, District 8 was the only place that she finished better than 25%.

Steve Kelley lost to Hatch by only 1/2 point in District 3 and by only 1 1/2 points in District 5. Kelley had respectable numbers in the Metro but he disappeared outstate.... and not even a factor in the Iron Range.

Doran's outstate strategy is not working for the endorsement process. We will have to see if it reaches the primary electorate.

Although Hatch solidified his frontrunner status, this is still far from over.

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Rx: A Matter of Conscience???

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 03/09/06 16:15

by Dave Mindeman

I'm a pharmacist. I have my own values. I don't impose them on anyone else. Which makes it seem a little overzealous for the legislature to declare that my job now entails such a decision to fill a prescription.

Maybe I have a simplistic viewpoint, but to me any moral decision making to be done regarding a prescription has already occurred before it is presented to me. My job is simply to fulfill the directions written on that legal prescription document. "Moral dilemmas" are attended to by the patient and the doctor. Nowhere in a pharmacists job description does it say, "fill according to conscience".

I don't belong to the Minnesota Pharmacists Association and quite frankly, if I did, I would now be handing in my resignation. They are backing this bill that allows this stupidity. Oh, there are other parts of the bill that probably have some merit -- but to include a provision about judgments on "moral grounds" ...well, I have a moral objection to it.

I, personally, don't know of a pharmacist who has ever felt uncomfortable with this dilemma. The number of pharmacists who would favor such a provision are extremely small.

Pharmacists are a hard working group of individuals who are truly the last check in the proper utilization of medication. Our jobs are often overlooked... except by the Bush administration, which uses our profession for cost cutting purposes. Our reimbursement rates on federal programs goes down every cycle. We are not paid for our advice or recommendations and the HMO's are constantly tying our hands on product selection and quantities allowed.

We are the "squeezed" profession... an easy target for lopping off costs. Take a look around and see if you see any family own pharmacies anymore. There just aren't any. It is all corporate owned conglomerates that only look at the "moral dilemma" of not pleasing the stockholders.

A presciption is not a moral statement. It is given to promote the health of the individual for whom it is written.

So again, the GOP answer to every problem is to give someone else a say in our personal decisions. That answer, is simply, morally wrong.
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