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Brian Simon

Minneapolis, MN
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6 years 49 weeks

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Posted on 07/18/11 at 01:15 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 03:10 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 01:39 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 01:27 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 12:04 pm 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?

Richard Pecar asks
"does this action mean the judicial branch "created new money"? Just like the Federal Reserve System? It's my understanding the reason the court acted in this fashion is because there is no money to pay for the programs the court is continuing?"

No. Neither the state of MN nor the judicial branch of the government of the state of MN has the power to print money. The problem being solved is not a lack of money, but a lack of a law directing how money is to...

"Will anybody who goes up to the bar for a beer really notice if they pay an extra nickel?" Howes wondered.

Why do the teetotalers and those who prefer wine and cocktails deserving of a free ride?

"They can lead us back to prosperity by holding true to the commitment they made to the people last fall or they can slide back into the political easy chair in the name of 'compromise.'"

Then there's the political easy chair that people like Tom Emmer and I enjoy: not holding public office.


Posted on 06/27/11 at 12:42 pm in response to The tale of what Bachmann says she heard Obama mutter

If we accept that Rep Bachmann might have been paraphrasing the President, rather than quoting him, her version of the story has a grain of plausibility.

The Affordable Care Act has provisions that are designed to 'bend the cost curve,' (the President's phrasing). i.e. if Congress does its job, the cost of Medicare will be lower than projected (i.e. the growth rate will slow) and the date of going into the red is pushed out. I could imagine the President making some comment to...

Posted on 06/27/11 at 12:30 pm in response to 'Marathon' budget discussions break off 'abruptly' on Day 3

"T-Paw needs to be more regular."

Would more tea help?

Scratch that.

I'm thinking of coffee.