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Brian Simon

Minneapolis, MN
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6 years 45 weeks

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I didn't think he had the stones to do it, but it sure seems like Gov Dayton is ready to call the GOP bluff. That being: if you believe so little in gov't that you're willing to shut it down in lieu of raising taxes slightly on the wealthy, let's find out just what it is that gov't does for us each and every day. Shut 'er down!

"Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, head of the House Ways and Means Committee who Thursday filled in for House Speaker Kurt Zeller at the commission meeting, said, "At most, the governor has moved 25 per cent of the way." "

Well, Rep Holberg, how about you move 25% as well & put the ball back in Gov Dayton's court. Quibbling over whether the Gov has moved 25 or 50 percent, when you haven't moved at all, is a losing message.

She generally makes a compelling argument. Though I find the 'Wild & Scenic Rivers' defense a bit disingenuous, given, as she notes, the proposed bridge is only 6 miles from the Hwy 94 bridge.

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:

"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.