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Brad Lundell

St. Paul, MN
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Posted on 08/18/14 at 01:38 pm in response to Why boosting primary turnout in Minnesota would require big changes

I don't have the numbers handy, but it seems that turnout has dropped since we moved the primary to 'August from September. I can't remember all the reasons for the move other than it gives the final candidates an extra month squaring off against each other and giving voters a better clue as to what each candidate stands for, but it seems that August is just a bad month for a primary in Minnesota.

Posted on 07/20/13 at 08:29 am in response to Reviewing the Twins' first half: Hitters

The first half looks like pretty much more of the same slop they've been serving up and I for one am getting tired of the "Twins' Way" mantra/excuse that gets bandied about. The team will rally late to win 75 games, justifying keeping things the way they are in terms of leadership and approach, and we'll see the same thing next year.

It will take Hicks and Arcia some time, but there's no reason that Arcia should be on the big league/AAA yo-yo. I agree that Hicks should have probably...

Posted on 02/18/13 at 03:29 pm in response to Regulating cremations' mercury emissions proves as hard as pulling teeth

Did somebody get burned or something?

Posted on 07/30/12 at 11:11 am in response to Are Liriano trade results the best the Twins could do?

I would guess that most scouts who viewed Liriano coming up saw that his arm action was an accident waiting to happen and he's never been the same pitcher since his second surgery. He just can't tighten up his delivery, hence the inconsistency. I frankly don't know if Escobar and Hernandez are going to be long-time Twins, but if Escobar can do the job defensively at shortstop, he will get a long look in September and next spring.

Posted on 01/06/12 at 11:48 am in response to Iowa recap: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Yogi Berra

Eric, Can't believe an "in the know" guy like you is surprised by Santorum's performance. I don't watch this nearly as close as I used to but several of the national political e-newsletters I get daily were sensing a surge by Santorum.

Posted on 01/02/12 at 06:55 pm in response to The top 15 film adaptations of 2011

Audra, what about "Hugo" based on the Brian Selznick's novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret?"

Posted on 12/06/11 at 08:18 pm in response to Matt Capps re-signing a baffling move for Twins on several fronts

Agree Aaron. I don't understand this move at all. Only caveat would be that the Twins have had--in my estimation--a comparatively strong "closer-centric" approach to the bullpen in that they don't often seem to leave that to the spring training audition process.

Posted on 12/06/11 at 02:17 pm in response to After Tony Sutton, where will Minnesota GOP turn for leadership?

Two things:

(1) It's a shift when a party has to move into governing mode and Sutton's role was more of an outsider. He was very good at that, but his hammering on his own majorities probably didn't make him many friends.

(2) "Citizens United" probably has a more adverse affect on Rs than Dems, as more money will be diverted from party machinery to specific causes/candidates.

Posted on 08/09/11 at 10:36 am in response to Parents United collection catalogs influence of secretive ALEC

ALEC is not new to the scene. I think it is under the spotlight now because their long-standing positions are becoming more accepted by a wider swath of the Republican Party than they had been previously.

For those of you who are interested in augmenting what you've read here from Beth, The Nation ran a series of articles on ALEC in their August 1/8, 2011, issue.

Posted on 07/07/11 at 04:42 pm in response to From a state that works to shutdown: What changed in Minnesota politics?

I've watched the change up close and while Eric doesn't miss much here (he rarely does), I would say there are two additional points I would add.

(1) The nationalization of the political culture and the resulting conversation. Used to be that a Republican from Minnesota looked a lot different than a Republican from a Republican from Texas. You sidle up to this Eric, but I'd be curious to know if you believe Minnesota is the "chicken" or the "egg." Clearly, there's been a change in...