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  1. About the Janus ruling

    I myself am not entirely sure about the spike in desire to join a union, noted in the second blockquote. The scientific approach is that something that purportedly sudden and sharp needs confirmation, like other surveys to the same effect, before you buy it 100%. But, as with abortion rights, normally support for unions does rise when they are perceived as being threatened.

  2. Maybe we should just let Trump take credit for Korea

    Some years ago I read a good book, published in 2009, called ‘Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.’ It got somewhat into the issue of Korean reunification, and mentioned that many South Koreans balked at the potential cost.

    I don’t remember what that book noted as a likely potential cost, but a search this morning had numbers all over the place, with perhaps US $1T or more seeming plausible. Also, from Wikipedia:

    Support for reunification in South Korea has been falling, especially among the younger generations. In the 1990s, the percent of people in government polls who regarded reunification as essential was over 80%. By 2011 that number had dropped to 56%.[15][20]

    According to a December 2017 survey released by the Korea Institute for National Unification, 72.1% of South Koreans in their 20s believe reunification is unnecessary,[21] with younger South Koreans saying they are more worried about issues related to economy, employment, and living costs.[21]

    Polls show a majority of South Koreans, even those in age groups traditionally seen as being more eager to reunify the peninsula, are not willing to see their living condition suffer in order to accommodate the North.[21] Moreover, about 50% of men in their 20s see North Korea as an outright enemy that they want nothing to do with.

    Based on this North Korean men in their twenties do not have, and have not had, wonderful lives, and bitter suspicion is understandable.

  3. Keith Ellison for DNC chair looks serious

    I suspect that Keith could multitask just fine, especially since he doesn’t have to worry about having to fundraise megabucks for his own reelection.

    I consider your other concern legitimate. But I suspect that Sen. Warren knows of it as well, and as she still considers Rep. Ellison a “wonderful” candidate (I’m pretty sure that’s the word I saw her quoted as using) I’ll trust her judgment.

  4. Why would anyone vote for Donald Trump?

    Dude. It happens to be extremely relevant to our lives right now, like it or not.

  5. MN-08: More embarrassment for Mills

    Aaron Brown recently suggested that Nolan’s success on steel dumping will be big.

  6. DFL state convention live blog

    I see the Strib this morning has a front-page article all-but-openly longing for controversy, clashes, and chaos, that they can headline tomorrow. Uh, hopefully they’ll be disappointed.

  7. Minnesota legislative elections news 4/10/16

    I just learned, on April 16, that the DFL does have a candidate in 31B, Sue Larson. I will post a link to a website or whatever when that’s available.

  8. Beating down the education deformers, Part 4

    TFA has actually been in something of a decline, the past couple of years. It remains a problem, though.

  9. Tara Mack needs help with healthcare policy

    So Mack must be planning on running again, despite her very well-publicized and embarrassing “incident,” or is angling for a job with some right-wing propaganda mill. Perhaps both.

  10. Lifting the oil export ban was a terrible thing to do

    I saw it. cf. Sen. Reid furious rooftop solar got screwed in Nevada thanks to Kochs.

  11. Supreme court considers new form of disenfranchisement

    I have to share this effective bit of satire: “Scalia Better Off In ‘Less Advanced’ Court.”

    American government, including SCOTUS, has always been disproportionately conservative. Addressing that is extremely challenging (though always worth pursuing anyway, in any way possible), because it’s so much easier to block lasting, positive change than it is to make it happen. The chances of constitutional amendments (much less a constitutional convention) to, for example, term-limit SCOTUS justices (the best argument I’ve seen is for 16 years), or change the composition of the grossly anti-democratic U.S. Senate (say, one per state, the other fifty apportioned by total population), unfortunately appear to be infinitesimal for another decade at the very, very least.

    I’m not too worried about partisans costing us the White House by sitting out in a snit if they don’t get their man or woman on the ballot. You may recall that the purity crowd was going to teach us all a lesson by not voting Obama in 2012, as he had strayed from the perfect path far too often, and it didn’t make a damn bit of difference.

  12. Open Secrets: Wall Street Money is Hillary's Stinky Albatross

    I have no intrinsic problem with fact-based stuff like this. Just pointing out, this polling came out today:

    “On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton leads with 59% to 26% for Bernie Sanders and 7% for Martin O’Malley. Our last national poll without Joe Biden in it was in July and at that time we found Clinton leading Sanders by 35 points at 57/22. These numbers suggest not a whole lot has changed in terms of the overall contours of the race since that time…

    Bernie Sanders does on average 6 points worse than Clinton in comparable general election match ups.”

    The Hillary-bashing that has come to dominate #FeelTheBern online clearly is not extending his support. It might be time to shift tactics.

  13. Keystone "suspends" pipeline permit application

    Trudeau supports Keystone XL, but will presumably not be as fervent about it as his predecessor was.

  14. MNPP Exclusive: Trump Reveals How He Plans to Get Mexico to Pay for the Wall

    It’s satire. Pretty good, if you ask me.

  15. The most polarized metro area in the most polarized state

    Commenting hasn’t worked properly here for a long time. They do show up as pending, and we upload them manually, as additions to the texts of the posts. What with us being volunteers, not full-time bloggers, it can be a while before that happens.

  16. This guy wants to be president: Walker gone but still important

    I think a really fundamental matter is often not being noted. (That could be because I’m wrong about it, but I’m going for it anyway.) Anyone can look at Walker for about five seconds, or listen to him for maybe thirty, and tell what a corrupt, despicable little sleaze he is. It’s so obvious that I suspect even conservatives pick up on it at some level. (Except, unfortunately, in Wisconsin. Too drunk, I suppose.)

    The other big humiliation bomb here was dropped on Villager corporate media. Every cycle its pundits get all worked up about what great candidates conservative GOP governors of blue/purple midewestern states supposedly are. When’s the last time one even came within a light-year of the nomination? Has it ever happened? (Of course most of those pundits are paid to spew nonsense. But I figure in many cases it comes naturally.)

  17. No, black income didn't plunge 14% in the last year

    My own thought when I saw this is that there probably was a spike in blacks moving to MN, from elsewhere in the U.S. and from abroad, who are not yet employed. The claim that African-Americans in Minnesota are worse off than in Mississippi, which the Strib put right near the top as I recall, is what spiked my skepticism meter. That wouldn’t happen all of a sudden, and it would have become plenty evident before now.

  18. State reps deny charge of lewd behavior in a public park

    They’ve backed off on filing complaints, and will pay the fines. Which I think a lot of people will take as pretty much an unspoken admission that the Sixth Commandment was indeed being violated.

  19. This guy wants to be president: who should we still pay attention to?

    Quinnipiac has a long and inglorious history as the most erratic of the major pollsters. Just all over the place, cycle after cycle, and of late they’ve been exhibiting a considerable skew in favor of the righties.

    That being said, maybe Ohioans do love Kasich. As far as I know the Koch machine doesn’t, for his pro-Medicaid expansion stance among other things, and they could go into Ohio if they wanted and knock that approval rating way down in a hurry. We know how that works.

  20. The GOP debates and candidate mental health

    Mac, the following mini-rant is absolutely not directed at you, or at the majority of Bernie supporters who I know to be cool and righteous. I just find myself ruminating along these lines too often, and I have just GOT to get it off my chest.

    The poll showing Sanders ahead in New Hampshire is very, very iffy, commissioned by a right-wing outlet and done by an organization affiliated with an institution run by Andrew Card.

    Which brings us to my huge problem with much of Bernie’s online support. Gleefully passing along every hit piece they see, responding with extreme sensitivity to even the mildest criticism or effort at correction, trolling everywhere they can…basically, they’re acting like Tea Partiers. That is, making it about their own obsessive, embittered, petty narcissism, rather than directing their energies in constructive and worthwhile ways on behalf of Bernie’s candidacy, or for that matter anyone or anything else.

    Is Hillary my dream candidate? Of course not. Not in a thousand years. But she’s very likely going to be the next president, and I would like to see Dems get behind her and aim for a big wave election, top to bottom, on that basis. Thankfully, there will be plenty of time to get that together, when Bernie and the others drop out and endorse Hillary next March, after getting crushed on Super Tuesday.

    I am open to being convinced that Bernie can win the general, and becoming a supporter on that basis. But it’s going to take a lot of convincing. Does the guy look presidential? Sadly, that matters. More than just about anything else, in fact.

    The sad reality, and I don’t like it a damn bit better than any other progressive does, is that barring a literally miraculous change in the voting habits of young people we’re at least – at the very, very least – ten long years away from any kind of progressive takeover of federal governance. Left activists would do well to be aware of that, and steel themselves accordingly. Enjoy the wins we do get, which we deserve, and be aware that really better days are going to take a while, yet. That’s just the way it is.

  21. This guy wants to be president: first GOP debate live blog

    You deserve a lot more than “brownie points” for watching that. I couldn’t do it unless unless I was generously paid. That that miserable drivel is considered worthy socio-political discourse by much of the populace, in contemporary America, both infuriates and saddens me.

  22. There are Democrats running for president, really

    “Probably a toss-up?” I assume you’re concerned about overconfidence. That’s valid.

  23. Congress to take up NCLB renewal

    Presumably you noticed whose mug adorns the top of the Think Progress article. It notes that Kline is expected to whip against A+, which probably isn’t going to pass anyway, though some version of more state control likely will.

    Kline’s purpose in the House is to block things in his committee. When the real players get together to try to actually do something, he’s dross.

  24. Stewart Mills seems to want another go at Rick Nolan and CD8

    I’m waiting to see, if he does run again, whether a high and tight, boot-camp haircut will be part of the new mix.

  25. Dayton vetoes multiple right-wing bills

    That was part of the state government finance bill, which Dayton signed, while noting he would nonetheless work to have the part of it that targets Rebecca Otto’s office removed during the special session. I couldn’t find any indication that he plans to go after the anti-PCR crap as well. I suspect the longer term plan is to reinstitute it in 2017, when we’ll likely have majorities across the board in state government again. May have to deal with another roadblock, though, in DFL legislative leadership, if you know what I’m saying.