Election 2022: US House 04 and 05

I’m just going to put these in one post. I think these are the last contested races I hadn’t written about? (Note: I only write about races that appear on the ballots in Minneapolis and St. Paul, so if you’re trying to find information on the congressional races in 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, or 8, you won’t find details here other than “obviously you should VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT.” I also don’t write about uncontested races.) If I’ve forgotten a race, you can leave a comment and I’ll try to get to it. In the meantime — I’m going to try to do some doorknocking this weekend and would strongly encourage my fellow DFL voters to find a way to volunteer, whether that’s doorknocking, text-banking, phone-banking, or GOTV catfishing (look, I’m not going to judge).

In Minneapolis/congressional district 5, we have:

Ilhan Omar (DFL)
Cicely Davis (Republican)

Ilhan Omar is hardworking, fiery, and a member of “the Squad.” Cicely David has a website that manages to be both frequently illegible and mostly content-free, and she spends a lot of time trying to present herself as super moderate while ignoring all questions about her position on abortion. Vote for Ilhan Omar.

In St. Paul/congressional district 4, we have:

Betty McCollum (DFL)
May Lor Xiong (Republican)

Betty McCollum is hardworking, reliable, and from what Paul Wellstone used to call “the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.” May Lor Xiong scaremongers on her website about “open borders.” Per a comment to MPR, she apparently thinks the Mexican border should be closed to immigrants. She’s also opposed to the Green New Deal and the ACA and has scrupulously avoided all public comment on abortion but she’s endorsed by the MCCL. May Lor Xiong is not even doing a very good job at the “pretending not to be a right-wing extremist” thing, and I am absolutely voting for Betty McCollum.

So a week or two back, it looked like WordPress had deleted most of my subscribers? But now it’s back to saying I have 10,143 instead of 473. But if you rely on e-mail to notify you I’ve posted, and this is the first post you’ve seen this year, you should know I’ve posted a bunch of other posts! Also, if you’re not a subscriber, plugging in your e-mail in the subscriber box (you may have to do this on desktop rather than phone) will get you an e-mail every time I post. That might not sound appealing, but if it does, now you know.

If you’d like to make a donation to encourage me to keep working on these, I am highlighting a science teacher at Sullivan STEAM magnet who needs some better computers so his students can actually program the cool robots they got. Or, you can donate to the Movement Voter fundraiser I created; I explained back in May why I’m fundraising for the Movement Voter PAC and the fundraiser is still active. You could also get out this weekend and do some GOTV volunteering. Drop me a comment if you do and want to tell me.

In addition to writing political commentary, I write science fiction and fantasy. My book that came out in April 2021, Chaos on CatNet, takes place in a future Minneapolis. It’s a sequel to Catfishing on CatNet and signed copies of both books are usually available from Dreamhaven and the NOW REOPENED Uncle Hugo’s (it’s at 2716 E 31st St in Minneapolis, in the former Glass Endeavors.)