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Brian Simon

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 41 weeks

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Posted on 06/10/11 at 11:17 am in response to Minneapolis ranked one of the worst markets for renters

"having a small spread between rental and owner-occupied housing usually is a sign that the housing market is sane and not overheating"

Seems like it might also indicate the housing market is bottoming out.

Posted on 06/09/11 at 02:29 pm in response to Cravaack's $1,000-a-month car among Congress' costliest

"As reported by the Duluth paper, and pointed out by Ron (#19), all other U.S. Representatives from MN had greater expenses than Rep. Cravaak in the first quarter of 2011.

Let's go cherry picking, and report who spent the most on office supplies. That's news too."

Keep in mind that Rep Cravaak started his service in Jan 2011, while the other Reps were all incumbents. I imagine Rep Cravaak was still hiring staff & opening offices in Q1 2011, while other Reps had already...

Posted on 06/09/11 at 02:38 pm in response to Cravaack's $1,000-a-month car among Congress' costliest

I couldn't find the Tribune's study of expenditures, but did find this article from today, in which they reference their study:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/201250/

"The spending records show that through the first three months of 2011 no member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation has spent less on total expenses...

Posted on 06/13/11 at 08:58 am in response to Cravaack's $1,000-a-month car among Congress' costliest

Steve Rose writes
"This article states "That $1,700 figure included a series of lease start-up fees". That was in March, which is a first quarter month. You see, it is less expensive to continue operations, than it is to start operations. Cravaak started operations, and still had the lowest expenses among U.S. Reps from MN in Q1 of 2011."

I suggest we might revisit this topic when future quarters' numbers are released. Those will allow apples-to-apples comparisons, when all the...

Posted on 06/10/11 at 11:09 am in response to Wisconsin Repubs are recruiting fake Dems to run in the recall elections

A commenter at the Washington Post blog 'Plumline' has noted that some of the WI Repubs facing recall actually don't want this 'help' from the party. One result of the tactic is the 'real' Dem will have an additional month of campaigning and building name recognition - making them a more formidable challenger to the incumbent.

It's also possible that, since the party strategy has become public, voters will be that much more motivated to vote the incumbents out.

Posted on 06/06/11 at 12:24 pm in response to Poll: Klobuchar holds wide lead over potential 2012 field

I assume the more serious Repub candidates for US Senate are waiting for 2014, when Sen Franken is up for reelection. They will present Sen Klobuchar with a sacrificial lamb next year.

Posted on 06/03/11 at 11:19 am in response to GOP on mediation idea: 'No'

"‘It is our time to step up and to lead and to do the job that we were elected to do’, said House Speaker Kurt Zellers."

Um, no. That time has passed. Now it is time to wake up to the fact that divided government will require compromise from all parties involved.

Posted on 06/02/11 at 12:13 pm in response to If state constitution is enforced, this shutdown could be horrible

I understand the Gov's office has sent letters to state employees - including troopers & prison guards - indicating they may be subject to furlough during a shutdown. Is Gov Dayton taking the hard line on 'shutdown means shutdown' or is he feinting to throw the lege off balance?

Posted on 05/26/11 at 01:29 pm in response to On truth tour, Pawlenty won't commit on Ryan budget

Dennis Tester writes
"the people who criticize Ryan's ideas for how seniors will get their health care are the same people who supported Obama's plan to cut $500 billion from it to help pay for Obamacare"

As I understand it, the cuts to Medicare contained within the Affordable Care Act involve cuts to Medicare Advantage, a voucher program that is more expensive than 'normal' Medicare, but with inferior results. The Ryan plan is similar to Medicare Advantage, where the gov't...

Posted on 05/19/11 at 10:58 am in response to How to solve the Vikings stadium issue: a timeout and a public huddle

As is typical, Weiner writes from the perspective that the only option is to build a publicly funded stadium for the Vikings. Yet each time the public is asked if they want to pay, the answer is: no. Both proposals, as I understand them, would, like the sweetheart Twins deal, actually skip the 'public huddle' of asking whether the public actually wants to pay for a stadium, instead sticking us with the bill for a building we have specifically, repeatedly stated that we don't want.