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  1. James Rittenour in Minnesota House 15A

    Odd thing to fixate on. Or have you been chewed out by a judge, like in My Cousin Vinnie?

  2. Otto Vote Had No Sulfide Mining Effect

    Your points are valid. I didn’t mean to suggest no mining effect, just that it was far, far short of what pro-mining forces and their media allies clearly hoped for.

  3. Otto Vote Had No Sulfide Mining Effect

    I saw Brodkorb’s remarks, too. Of course he still has a major beef with a good deal of the MN GOP’s leadership. But I hope he’s right. That will be hugely demoralizing for Minnesota Republicans, if they win nothing this cycle.

  4. Otto Vote Had No Sulfide Mining Effect

    This was shared on social media by Aaron Klemz:

    How did Rebecca Otto do last night in CD8 and on the Range? After all, the conventional wisdom was that her no vote on state copper-nickel exploration leases and reasonable concerns about financial assurance for copper-nickel mining was political death in NE Minnesota, right?

    - Otto won 75% of the vote in CD8, same as in CD1
    – 80% of Duluth and 84% of Two Harbors voted for her
    – 93% of Finland/Crystal Bay, the epicenter of the leasing issue, voted for Otto
    - 66% of Hibbing, a town that was literally moved to make way for an iron mine voted for her
    – 66% of Silver Bay, an iron mining company town with the “Rocky Taconite” statue voted for her
    – Even in the heart of supposed “Dump Otto” territory, she came within 20 votes of winning a majority in Ely and the surrounding townships (Fall Lake, Eagles Nest, Stony River, and Morse)
    – And she won majorities in Virginia (home of the Mesabi Daily News that endorsed Entenza), Mountain Iron (home to the largest taconite pelletizing operation in the U.S.), and Eveleth.

  5. Minnesota primary election liveblog

    May have to do with low turnout and the favorites not seeing the need to campaign very hard at all. I don’t recall getting any Simon mailers.

  6. Minnesota primary election liveblog

    You don’t agree with my suggestion, or you agree that the mining crowd isn’t as powerful as some think?

  7. Minnesota primary election liveblog

    That is perplexing. I have no hypothesis. Dick Franson getting 25%?

  8. Minnesota primary election liveblog

    I had no idea that “some little fellow” means Ruki.

    http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/Results/CountyRaces/19?districtid=69

  9. Honour stakes claim to being most conservative candidate

    I’m not a fan of crossover voting. Don’t do unto others, etc., you know. That being said, I think Seifert would have the best chance of putting up some kind of fight in the general, based on his name recognition throughout the state. So, any of the other three.

    All that is is my gut feeling. Absolutely open to rebuttal.

  10. Republican Seifert Back to Stealing Reserves

    No, they don’t. Because that would involve, among other things, growing up and admitting that they’re wrong and “the liberals” are right. The very tortures of the Inquisition would be more welcome than that.

  11. Minneapolis School Board primary election, Part 3 - Update

  12. Minneapolis school board primary election, Part 2 - Update

    I pulled what I used above from convenient sources. It’s possible the other candidates provide heartier fare in other places.

  13. Minneapolis school board primary election, Part 1

    I couldn’t find out, online. This looks innocuous.

    http://www.noorforhouse.org/opportunity_gap

    I doubt that he’s a hard-core, teacher-bashing corporate sellout. Probably somewhere in the middle of the continuum, on schools.

  14. MN Gov: Jeff Johnson wants to go Scott Walker on Minnesota

    Thank you.

  15. Stewart Mills and Mitt Romney 47 degrees of separation

    Apparently, earlier this month, the Mills campaign denied that he said what he says in the video.

    http://www.dccc.org/newsroom/entry/caught_on_video_stewart_mills_iii_denies_his_own_comments_on_ultra-wealthy_/

  16. Cantor - A Lesson of Primary Voters Staying Home

    I agree with this:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/11/1306241/-Immigration-Democrats-redistricting-None-of-those-caused-Eric-Cantor-s-loss?detail=hide

    As a voter in MN-08, I’m likely influenced by having seen how the “DC insider who’s lost touch with his district” charge worked vs. Oberstar in 2010. It would seem that Kline and Paulsen, especially Kline, should be vulnerable on that.

  17. Short n' Sweet - the Cantor Crunch and Munch

    A lot of web commenters are suggesting that this was mostly about immigration, but this claims otherwise, and makes a decent case if you ask me. It doesn’t mention crossover voting, either.

    http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2014/06/10/3447419/eric-cantor-david-brat-immigration/

  18. I do not support the proposed DFL pro-mining resolution - Update

    I just might do that. Thank you for commenting.

  19. I do not support the proposed DFL pro-mining resolution - Update

    Making some entity put up cold, hard cash might cut into the size of Tony Hayward’s compensation package.

  20. MN-02: DFL endorses Obermueller

    From Wikipedia: “Taylor was a Republican Minnesota State Senator from 1981 to 1990, serving as assistant minority leader from 1983 to 1985 and Minority Leader from 1985 to 1988.”

    I’ve read elsewhere that politically, Taylor was particularly noted for virulent hatred of labor unions.

    I’ve seen a range of opinion, on how much difference Glen’s Strib ownership will really make. I think a significant indicator may be whether Jon Tevlin is kept on board, in his current capacity.

  21. Minnesota medical marijuana supporters keep going

    I don’t think it’s just the forfeiture money. Plenty of cops are rednecks that hate weed, and the hippie degenerates that smoke it, like they hate sin.

  22. Who's running for Minnesota Attorney General?

    Brodkorb (politics.mn) blogged about the GOP changing its convention schedule. It’s for real.

  23. What the Ryan Budget would mean for Minnesota

    I got another copy of this same graphic in an email just now, except with the silver lettering changed to white. Much better. So someone over there must have figured it out.

  24. President will wait, again, to decide on Keystone XL

    Well, it could be that he’s waiting until after the election because he really is considering crushing it, despite overall public opinion. Or, he may be waiting to approve it, while avoiding causing environmentalists to sit this one out. Or neither. I don’t know.

  25. What the Ryan Budget would mean for Minnesota

    That’s what showed up in my inbox. I would imagine they’ve had plenty of feedback similar to your comment.