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Old 10-14-2010, 06:33 AM
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I'm very conservative and live in Southwest Minneapolis. No problem. Love it here and never want to leave. But, I do find it refreshing when I find someone that shares my political viewpoints.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:29 AM
Location: 44.9800 N, 93.2636 W
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yeah thats another thing....Minnesotans are by nature not outwardly hostile creatures.

If you put an Emmer sign in your yard, no ones going to deface it. Your neighbors may disagree with your beliefs....but they'll just discuss the weather or something else with you and leave it at that. I lean to the left, but I definetly have right wing friends. My parents neighbors are very conservative, but it certainly hasnt stopped them from being friends with each other. Sometimes its really refreshing to get a completely different perspective on politics...so I do enjoy being able to discuss it and get sort of a 'loyal opposition' viewpoint.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:38 AM
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Same here, I have both liberal and conservative friends dispersed throughout the metro area. Also, contrary to the consensus of the area, I have both conservative friends in Minneapolis and very liberal friends living in outer suburbs such as Lakeville and Blaine which are known for being more conservative areas. From my experiences this doesn't appear to create too much conflict either. Most people in the Twin Cities seem to be very respectful towards the political beliefs of their neighbors.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by DeeDubb View Post
Yes...we welcome all conservatives who wish to move to MN. I am a life-long resident here also, and I believe if you could carve Minneapolis/St Paul and Duluth out of Minnesota it could be considered one of the more conservative states (but with a Norwegian twist). People outside MN probably only hear about and read things coming from those three large cities and think the whole state is like that. Not so! And I think this next election will show just how conservative and ticked off most Minnesotans are with the current condition of the government at all levels..
Yeah, if you could just carve out more than 20% of the state's population, we'd be a red state! Obama won Minnesota by more than 10 points. Take a look at this map:

Minnesota - Election Results 2008 - The New York Times

There are plenty of blue counties outside MSP/Duluth, including the arrowhead, north central, much of the western border, and most of the southeast, not to mention the cities of Mankato and Rochester. Pretty much the only red county outside the metro with any kind of population is Stearns County.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Slig View Post
Most people in the Twin Cities seem to be very respectful towards the political beliefs of their neighbors.
Right, because you don't want to be enemies with the guy who lives next to you, even over politics. That's not a Minnesota thing.
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:16 AM
Location: Carver County, MN
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Two words, Michelle Bachman!
Other than that, Minnesota is pretty much a live and let live state. I live in one of the more conservative areas of the state, and sure people often go to church every sunday but its more of a fiscal conservative, not the bible thumping, down your throught kind of conservative. I lean more liberal and get along just fine down here. Minnesota as a whole is a pretty accepting state. Many of my friends in the Twin Cities are more liberal but again they dont feel the need to force their views on anyone (many married couples I know, the wife is very liberal and the husband conservative). So you dont find to many crazy people on either side lol. If you are conservative, I couldnt care less as long as you are not a biggot and don't feel the need to force your views on me or tell me my views are dumb.
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:14 AM
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I think a conservative can get along just fine here. I've met some pretty far right people and as far as I know they don't have any more problems than the far left. While Minnesota may lean blue it's getting to be more of a purple. Of course where you live here makes a difference but nowhere will you be alone. I've been surprised at in my inner suburban area at how many more signs I see for the Repulican Governor than I do the Democratic.
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:45 PM
Location: Tennessee
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I do not believe one can use the 2008 election as a gauge on any state. It was, and will be proven to be, an election anomaly. There are investigations underway into serious and widespread election fraud (prisoners voting, overseas ballots being rejected with no reason by the Sec of State, fraudulent registrations by the thousands submitted by groups such as ACORN, etc)....so do not hang your hat on the "voter" turnout in the last election. There will not be a repeat of that fraud again. And like I said before... in Minnesota, get outside the major big cities and you will have no problem finding people with conservative views.

As for the comparison of one person liking one color and another person liking another color...give me a break. What color a person likes or dislikes has no comparison to the liberal versus conservative struggle. On the liberal side of the political spectrum you have people who believe they should vote people into power who will use that power to control the lives of other people. That is totally different than disagreeing with someone's choice of color. I do not want people using politics and their political buddies to take away my freedom. Historically that has been worth fighting for, and someday it may end up that way again.

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Old 10-15-2010, 06:50 PM
Location: Twin Cities
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Originally Posted by audadvnc View Post
but there are local public policies you want to influence, i.e. Change, because you hate them (gays/labor/taxes/etc). Why not stay in the smoky south where the policies are what you already agree with, and not what you hate? Again, why should you care how we live our lives here, so much you want to change them and dictate your preferences to everybody else?

I was amused that ss tarred me as a "liberal" based on my argument that, in modern civilization, tolerance for others is a virtue. Besides - and here's a free lesson for you: In minnesota, "liberal" is not considered a cuss word.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:03 PM
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