Emmer adds little to already quiet candidate group


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I wonder what he’s thinking

Just great.

Taking politics completely out of this, I am now stuck having to cover the three gubernatorial candidates who have said the least about higher education this campaign, at least judging from the gaping holes in their Web sites.

Just before the primary I talked to Hamline’s David Schultz about the lack of higher-ed proposals among the DFL and Independence Party. They’ve had nothing to say about how to deal with the program cuts, layoffs or choice of leaders for the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Victors in the primary were the DFL’s Mark Dayton and the Independence Party’s Tom Horner. Dayton said on his site only that he’d “work to cut back tuition increases at our state colleges and universities,” and Horner had basically nothing on his site.

Now I come to Republican Tom Emmer. He also has nothing on his site about higher ed. Like the others, It’s all K-12. (If you find something, please tell me.)

Of course, there’s more out there. I just wanted to start with the basics. Now it’s time to dig into other sources.

  • Milliniumman

    Honestly, Emmer and Horner come from the extensively anti-higher ed fringes. If they think any differently then they HAVE TO come out and say so, with specific action items they propose to do, otherwise it can be reasonably and safely assumed that they are again higher ed, that they are in fact an enemy of it, like so much of their fellow fringe. Dayton should say something beyond what he has, but just his core base is going to be pro-higher ed, so he's not coming in with a significant credibility gap on the issue.

  • Kim

    Working on an article for Minn. college newspaper, and can find NOTHING on these candidates' opinions on Higher Ed, tuition, or anything that would affect college students. Very frustrating. At least Dayton has some quotes.