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Brian Simon

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 08/22/11 at 11:23 am in response to Who's tracking state HMOs' cash?

Re: klobuchar should 'do something that matters'.

Yes, she should. Given the nature of the Senate, she's probably accomplished more than most freshman. A Rand Paul is on TV more, nut I wouldn't necessarily describe that as being more productive.

Posted on 08/05/11 at 02:27 pm in response to Minnesota's county highway funding system supports roads to nowhere

"You don't have to drive on every roadway to benefit from it"

Sure. Just like you don't have to ride on the light rail to benefit from it, as Rachel Kahler describes, above.

From the article, this paragraph stood out, for me:
"The suburban counties frequently have complained they are expected to accommodate nearly three-fourths of the metro area's projected growth — much of it outside of the Interstate 494-694 beltway — but they are not being given adequate...

Posted on 08/01/11 at 11:17 am in response to Cravaack takes heat from all sides

"2) Anyone with just a little intelligence can see that Obama is the one who really wants to tax and spend. Look what he has done since taking office; and 3) you suggest in you last paragraph, the way to solve debt problem is to borrow more on the debt. I don't think thats the way to pay off a credit card."

2) actually, Obama has cut taxes & has added less to the debt than his predecessor.

3) absent other factors, paying off a credit card ASAP is often the best plan of...

I agree with Robert Freeman. Cravaack's move mooted his ability to attack Clark as a carpetbagger, but she can't afford to bring it up either. Is it too naive to suggest they talk about the issues instead?

Posted on 08/01/11 at 11:41 am in response to Why The Current's ratings are soaring

Building on Mac's point, tangentially; there was another station here a while back that filled a similar cultural niche. Some of the Current staff worked there, I seem to recall - the Current is tapping into a vein that's always been there. As sad as the premise behind the antics of a 'morning show' are, I suspect the hypothesis about the new duo helping build the audience is correct.

Posted on 07/18/11 at 12:15 pm in response to Cravaack's wife, children moving to New Hampshire

Hm. Sounds like if Clark is the DFL nominee to go against Cravaak the 'carpetbagger' attack is now mooted.

Posted on 07/13/11 at 02:10 pm in response to Crisis time! Minnesota's bars are running out of beer!

"MillerCoors got caught with its kegs down"

Might be the best thing that could happen to local brewers.

"Sorry, we can't get Dirty Water In A Can right now - why don't you try a Summit / Surly / Schell's, or something else brewed locally & with flavor."

Posted on 07/07/11 at 12:39 pm in response to From a state that works to shutdown: What changed in Minnesota politics?

Wasn't Gov Carlson a Republican outlier, even while serving as Gov? I didn't live here at the time, but what I've learned over the years is that he won the nomination over the endorsed candidate in his first election - and wasn't endorsed by the party for reelection. Meanwhile, as the suburbs grew, legislators like Tim Pawlenty in the newly expanding suburbs were being elected to the MN House & Senate. Is it coincidence or cause & effect that MN Republicans moved right as the...

Posted on 07/07/11 at 12:27 pm in response to Molnau says T-Paw wouldn't keep aides who criticized him

Weber's comment wasn't offense so much to the Bachmann campaign as the Pawlenty campaign for pointing out their candidate's utter lack of sex appeal. Run along now Timmy, I think Wally & the Beev are playing in the vacant lot.

Posted on 06/30/11 at 11:04 am in response to Tim Pawlenty's ties to 'Swift Boat' funder Bob J. Perry

"[Pawlenty] does have one very important thing for a presidential candidate: a hand in the pocket of Texas billionaire Bob J. Perry. ... Perry, a homebuilding tycoon with a $600 million fortune, is a high roller among Republican donors."

I realize this is drifting off-topic, but shouldn't it take a billion dollar fortune to earn the billionaire label? Or does millionaire just not have enough cachet to catch the eye anymore?