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Pose Your Question to Ellison and Fields

Patch wants to get you involved in the District 5 race.

So often, election seasons feature candidates repeating the same talking points over and over, and media members asking the same questions over and over.

Patch wants to switch things up a bit with this year's 5th Congressional District race.

We're asking you, the Patch user, to pose a question to incumbent Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and/or Republican challenger Chris Fields.

To pose a question, simply post it as a comment below. Make sure to make it clear who the question is for (just Keith, just Chris or both candidates).

Patch editors will then use select questions during upcoming interviews with both candidates.

Will Bildsten July 26, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Keith's progressive intentions are not the problem; the problem is he is unwilling to pay for them and demand fiscal responsibility among government agencies. The fact that he didn't audit the fed proves he has little concern over the national debt. I have a liberal cousin who believes money isn't real, which is his justification for un-controlled government spending.
Will Bildsten July 26, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Mitch, I agree that religious expression is a right. However, I don't think it is a teacher's place to be political. Teachers should always be apolitical, no matter what. Also, it is not against religious expression to repeal DOMA. Many Americans support DOMA, while many others do not. Many view it as a social issue not related to religion. Federal marriage policy has nothing to do with religious expression.
Will Bildsten July 26, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Relieving people of debts they agreed to is against American values of personal responsibility and fairness. When an individual takes out a loan, it is his or her responsibility to pay it. Theft is theft, no matter how much money the person/company being stolen from has. If people are not going to follow the rules concerning bankruptcy and debt, they shouldn't get loans.
Eric July 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Question For Ellison: Since Muslims call for the destruction of the United States and replacement of the Constitution with sharia law, how have you been doing your part as a Muslim to accomplish these goals?
Eric July 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
There is too much evidence against Ellison and the rest of the Islamists that their allegiance is to the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore that they are traitors to the United States. It is anathema that he is holding the position of congressman. For freedom he must be replaced with an American.
Donna Moss July 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
For both candidates: Congress recently voted to keep the interest rates of federal subsidized Stafford loans frozen at 3.4% for the next year--at which point rates will return to their original 6.8% unless further action is taken. Congressman Ellison, you've frequently emphasized the importance of making higher education more affordable. What is your next step? Mr. Fields, given your professed interest in "improving the quality of education at all levels," (as your website states) and in narrowing the achievement gap, how would you propose to make higher education more accessible to middle- and lower-class students?
Lauren July 26, 2012 at 06:04 PM
To Both: Do you plan to vote yes or no on the voter ID amendment? Why or why not? How do you feel about the fact that 70% of students at the U of M Twin Cities alone would be impacted by this amendment?
Seth Engman July 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
To both - is it ever appropriate to characterize your opponent or those that disagree with you as "anti-american" ?
Eric July 26, 2012 at 06:30 PM
If they are, yes it is. "anti-" means against, and "American" here refers to a set of moral values, political principles, and cultural norms. In the case of Ellison, it is a duty to call him and his ilk what they are, which is anti-American. This election is about a choice, America or the dark vision of oppression and slavery that Ellison's office portends.
Abigail Smith July 26, 2012 at 07:36 PM
To both: What are your thoughts on the approaching "fiscal cliff" in January, when current temporary tax cuts are set to expire? Would you support a bill that would allow tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans (those making $250,000 a year or more) to expire while preserving tax cuts for the middle class?
Mike Thompson July 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I second Seth's question. Eric, did your mommy let you on the computer today? Because you did a really awesome job explaining to everyone what the word "anti" and "American" meant. Why don't you take your tin foil hat off and come to realize the sky isn't going to fall and nuclear war isn't going to start because Keith Ellison is in congress. And no, people are not going to become "slaves" because of Ellison. This has to be one of the sorriest comments I have ever read on any webpage, pure scare tactics and utter nonsense.
Eric July 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Mike Thompson, Every man is responsible for what he does and chooses not to do, for what he says and chooses not to say, and all the consequences that he could forsee from those choices.
Eric July 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Dwight, thanks for posting the document. Those who care about America should read it.
Mike Thompson July 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Eric, I know that choices have consequences, but please explain to everyone how Keith Ellison is anti-American and how he is oppressive and leading Americans into slavery? These are quite serious charges, and unless you have something to back them up with, then I would seriously encourage you to quit the Bachmannesque crazy talk.
Eric July 27, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Mike Thompson: Start at the beginning: Does Islam, and hence do Muslims, entail oppression, murder, slavery (dhimmitude), humiliation, and bigotry?
Mike Thompson July 27, 2012 at 02:58 AM
No Eric, Islam is a peaceful religion. There are extremists in every religion that do silly and violent things, and I don't support any of them. As you should be aware, the First Amendment of the Constitution safeguards religious freedoms. Which like it or not, some American's are Muslims. Also, how did Lynne Torgerson's anti-Muslim strategy workout for her last time? What else do you have?
Eric July 27, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Mike Thompson: Good. You have revealed your ostensible premise, which is most dreadfully incorrect, and from which all of your nonsense derives.
Mike Thompson July 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Eric, you're a very sick person. A man once defined hell as a place where there is no reason, and you just dragged me into hell.
Chris Steller (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I deleted a comment by "chrisf" that was also signed "Chris Fields" Under Patch's Terms of Use (http://fridley.patch.com/terms), Patch encourages but does not require that the user name you provide be your real name. Still, users agree not to post content that "is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way." Don't post under someone else's name.
Christian U July 28, 2012 at 04:44 PM
This question is for both Chris Fields and Congressman Keith Ellison. We are voting on two important Constitutional amendments, can you tell us how you plan to vote and why you are voting that way on the issue of the Marriage and the Voter ID Amendments?
Stevenrt July 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The congressional budget office announced not to long ago the affordable care act actually cuts the deficit, and repeal would be costly and contribute to the deficit, what is Mr. Fields response to these findings? Why don't we strengthen the act rather then just wipe it way, it is at less a start, correct?
Aaron Rosenthal July 28, 2012 at 05:55 PM
A question for both candidates: what are your feelings about the budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan?
Kevin Parks July 28, 2012 at 06:32 PM
To Rep. Fields, It has been reported that after the Colorado shooting, you may propose that a limit be put on ammunition purchased over the internest, as well as that protective (AKA Kevlar) style clothing should only be in possesion of Law enforcement or military. My question is, why do you believe defensive style body armor should not be held by anyone other than those parties, and why now and not months ago?
Kevin Parks July 28, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I apologize, the above question was for Rep. Ellison and not for Mr. Fields.
Eric Ferguson July 30, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Question for both: what can we do to help the participants in the Arab Spring protests?
Ezra Pound August 03, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Chris Fields you mentioned on your WCCO interview that if elected to Congress you would support any good idea regardless from what party introduced it or supported it. Do you see yourself as a follower who only supports others's ideas or do you see yourself as a leader who creates the ideas and other follows? Assuming you choose the latter, then I would like to hear your idea(s) and how you would get support from either party. Congressmen Keith Ellison how did you respond to Chris Fields' request to join him for a sandwich, during Ramadan, at Chick-Fil-A?
Eric August 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Ellison is a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, like all Muslims. The Muslim Brotherhood is the ideological origin of all Islamic groups, including Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, The Muslim SS that operated in the Balkans in WW II, Abu Sayaf, Hamas, etc. The Muslim Brotherhood's aim in the USA is to destroy our government by infiltration by Muslims like Ellison; apply a mixture of physical intimidation, political pressure, lawfare, and propaganda to impose Sharia law. Sharia law is the system of Muslim enslavement, oppression, and murder of non-Muslims. It is a Muslim supremacist system in which non-Muslims are inferior and subject to physical violence and death for violating its strictures. This, conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims, is the basis of the Muslims' belief system and the guide of their actions. Defeat the Muslim Ellison.
Chris Steller (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Eric (plain Eric, not Eric Ferguson): You lost me at "like all Muslims." In Jan. 2011, the Pew Research Center estimated there were 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. A glance at the news suggests they don't all agree on who to support.
Jesse Lykken August 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
To Rep. Ellison: Why have you not helped organize an anti-war march in Minneapolis? Your supporters say that there is little you can get done legislatively as a rookie, but it seems to me that you have not made very good use of your Bully Pulpit. Please don't bring up some little items to prove me wrong. Please show us how you have shouted from the Capital dome day after day that war is wrong.
Raj Pillai August 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Mr. Ellison, How can you truly believe and look in the face of the Minnesota people and tell them that the last 4 years have been great for the middle class? By raising taxes of the rich, you are not going to add any thing for the middle class...You are just curbing their progress. This is not a zero-sum game here !!!

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