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Aaron Klemz

Columbia Heights, MN
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6 years 37 weeks

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Thanks for the question, Pat. Issuing a federal mineral lease for an area is an action that requires environmental review under current law. Twin Metals has purchased two leases originally issued in 1966 to American Copper Nickel Company, before the passage of modern environmental laws. This means that there has never been a review of the appropriateness of this site for copper-nickel sulfide mining. There should be. This site is on the edge of Birch Lake and near the Boundary Waters...

Posted on 03/21/12 at 07:59 am in response to Sen. Geoff Michel to get ethics hearing ... soon

turn her attention to the multi-million dollar CEO's of for-profit colleges after she's done giving the U of M the wire brush treatment. It's hard to bash public universities for mirroring the corporate compensation model when that's EXACTLY what Republicans are demanding.

Posted on 12/14/11 at 08:24 am in response to Walz's STOCK Act used as payroll tax cut pawn

Should be Majority Leader Cantor, not Minority Leader. Well, maybe not on this issue, but whatever.

Posted on 08/09/11 at 05:53 pm in response to Getting lawmakers on the record about ALEC

Paul Scott: If you want to pursue Drazkowski's connection to ALEC, here's a place to start. HF1563 (Drazkowski, Zellers,...

I love Rep. Hilty's presence on the Environment Committee especially. It's refreshing to watch a legislator who knows what his values are and acts on them consistently.

Posted on 12/09/10 at 08:42 am in response to Future uncertain for the heads of both DFL and Republican parties

Is Sutton really "going out on top?" Every statewide office was a loss, including a Governor's seat that the GOP had held since 1990. Neither party chair can declare victory in this election cycle (though it's certainly true that Melendez can hardly claim credit for Dayton's election). For Sutton, it might be worse since this was a wave election for Republicans yet they failed to win a statewide election.

From the article:

If we reassign the votes to the second choice of those whose first choice was Horner or other, and throw out the votes of those who didn't give a second choice (which is what would happen under RCV), the horserace looks like this:

Dayton: 46
Emmer: 39

Posted on 09/23/10 at 03:37 pm in response to Ranked Choice Voting would help rid political campaigns of negative ads

A good argument by Wy, but we can also look at RCV in practice to extrapolate what might happen in a statewide election.

I studied one example of an RCV election in the last Mpls Park Board race, and what I saw made me a little more reticent to embrace the "RCV/IRV will end negative campaigning" argument. In this three way race, the winning strategy was for one of the front runners to align with the presumed 3rd place candidate on issues and pound the other frontrunner with negative...

"A chicken in every pot" was Herbert Hoover's 1928 Presidential campaign slogan, Mr. Swift. Sure you want to go there?

Posted on 07/12/10 at 04:32 pm in response to Bachmann taking heat over 'nation of slaves' comments

Fix fifth graf from "Bachmann" to "Clark"