GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson: A primer

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After a crowded but largely uneventful primary season, Gov. Mark Dayton finally found out who his general election challenger will be late Tuesday night. Jeff Johnson, the former Hennepin County commissioner and GOP-endorsed candidate, snagged the nomination with 30 percent of the vote, beating out former Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers by about seven points.

Now the race is down to Dayton and the GOP-endorsed Johnson, with a few third-party candidates as well. But after debates that largely featured the GOP candidates arguing over who was the most conservative, what can we expect from Johnson's policies in the general election?

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We decided to lay out where Johnson stands on a number of issues. We'll just highlight a few, but you'll see pretty quickly that Johnson and Dayton differ quite a bit:

Taxes:

When Mark Dayton first ran for office in 2010, his message on taxes was relatively simple: "Tax the rich." What he ended up doing, however, was more complicated. He did follow through on that campaign promise, mostly through the income tax and estate tax. But he and the legislature also passed more than half a billion dollars in tax cuts last session that should last through much of 2015.

Johnson's decidedly more conservative. He insists he won't raise taxes at all if elected, saying in a statement back in July that "I've never voted for a tax increase.... As governor, my philosophy will not change."

Despite his statement, which seems to put an end to the issue, conservative groups have actually hit him hard for not being conservative enough. The anti-tax group Americans For Tax Reform blasted Johnson last Tuesday for not signing its Taxpayer Protection Pledge -- basically, a piece of paper saying he won't raise taxes at all, no matter what. The group calls this Johnson's "Read My Lips" moment -- that while he may be talking the talk right now, it needs to see a signature before it believes him.

Business:

For Johnson, improving business in the state largely means changing the tax code, which he says will help manufacturers and farmers in the state who need it. When asked by MinnPost last year about how he would increase employment, he pointed to two policies: making the permitting process easier for businesses, and reforming the entire tax system, including lower sales and business taxes.

"I think we should be looking at the corporate tax rate so that at least it is competitive with the states that surround us," he told MinnPost.

Overall, though, Minnesota is doing pretty well right now. The state's unemployment rate is sitting at 4.5 percent as of June, significantly better than the country as a whole. And for the Twin Cities metro, the number's the same. That obviously doesn't tell the full story, but it's something Dayton will certainly try to use to his advantage as we get closer to November.

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Alirox
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I know at least 9-17 people named 'Jeff Johnson': all of them are deviant scoundrels and savages.

MicheleBachmann
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Well this is an easy decision.  We already elected a guy like Jeff Johnson, his name was Tim Pawlenty.  Pawlenty refused to raise taxes just like Johnson and watched as the economy collapsed and a bridge fell into the Mississippi due to inadequate funding of our roads and general incompetence.  Minnesotans are too smart to make that mistake again.   Why are Republicans so stupid they refuse to change their discredited ideas?  


Mark Dayton has improved the economy and has a long list of progressive accomplishments.  Vote for Dayton and the DFL so we can continue to outperform not only Wisconsin but the rest of the USA.  

MicheIeBachmann
MicheIeBachmann

@MicheleBachmann Really? Vote for Dayton and DFL? Yes, let's keep this guy who made a rich family even richer with a terribly negotiated new stadium deal, and who has already sold out to police unions.Yep, we need more dead dogs, and further abuse of minorities. Making rich people richer and supporting a drug war that targets minorities...That's your idea of progressive?? We all thought you were smarter than that.

DonJon
DonJon

@MicheleBachmann My God, do you honestly believe all of the putrid sludge you troll out on a daily basis? You are nothing more than a partisan hack for the ass-backwards DFL.

MicheleBachmann
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@MicheIeBachmann Why do you fucking assholes keep stealing my name.  Fucking asshole troll fuckface idiot.  Go fuck yourself you fucking asshole.   Seriously you fucking asshole go fucking die.   I posted a civil comment so you steal my name to fucking troll me?   Fuck your stupid mother right in her ugly fat face.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@DonJon See, I list these things called facts.  If you wanted to prove me wrong you'd list all the differences between Jeff Johnson's economic ideas and Tim Pawlenty's.    There are none so you just insult me like the stupid bleating doofus you are.  

MicheleBachmann
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@MicheIeBachmann You stole my name to you can pretend to be me and discredit me.  You think I'm going to be civil to you you fuckding nitwit?  Go fucking die you cowardly sack of shit. 

MicheIeBachmann
MicheIeBachmann

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