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Dave Broden

Orono, Minnesota
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6 years 22 weeks

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Posted on 08/21/14 at 11:43 am in response to As McFadden courts votes on the Range, DFL raises Chinese steel comments

For several election cycles we have seen candidates express messages and idea that do not match to what real Minnesotan's think, how they live, and what they have as a vision. Candidates seem to be in some mode of a "handler telling them what to say" and then speaking. As we approach 2014 elections it would be interesting if the candidates would ask the simple question or state the question such as " how can I best serve your interests to make MN better and benefit from the strengths of...

Posted on 08/18/14 at 03:47 pm in response to Why boosting primary turnout in Minnesota would require big changes

All the talk about primary structure and dates is nonsense. People vote if there are real make a difference candidates in the mix. The primary system must be such that it will attract candidates who are standouts in the list of office seekers-- I know many who said this year that the chocies made no difference so why bother. We need to change the incentive for who runs and make poltics a true place to serve not just a position for someone for a few years.
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The article provides sound data which can be supported by MN legacy as the high quality/highly educated workforce state. This evolved due to both GOP and DFl interest in good government first -- then politics-- now the GOP seeks to cut and reduce spending- a good topic but only if lnked to improving the services and quality of life in Minnestoa. What are the GOP in 2014 For? vs. Against everything>If I were running for governor or the US senate I would have a vision for MN that speaks to...

Posted on 07/25/14 at 11:52 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Mega events are great and are appreciated by MN citizens and guests. However as well look at the effort to address all of these do we consider the "What If" of what would be the impact of we put the same MN team together to work with business/industry to maintain and grow the economy of MN through retention, growth of existing business and starting new businesses. While we all know that the economics of business and types of business evolve --some start, some maintain and some fade away we...

Posted on 07/25/14 at 03:47 pm in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

This is my second entry in this discussion. To make it simple the question all of MN needs to ask is; Which is more important to the state; A) Attracting,keeping,and expanding business;/industry jobs through a highly educated workforce that is adaptable to the changing economy or B) promoting mega show events over jobs. How about someone expressing some thoughts regarding these alternatives?? Is there really any choice to be made-- the rationale answer is obviously the action may be just the...

The value of endorsements for political candidates is always viewed as significant by candidates and by those endorsing the candidate-- the real question to ask is does endorsement catch the attention of voters or is the endorsement only a way for the candidate to gain internal support if the candidate is elected?? Certainly the value of endorsement has evolved and changed and varies with each election- and particularly what the issues are and how the candidate sees the endorsement...

Politics has no place in the selection of Judges at any level. The impartial Selection process evolved by a group of thoughtful individuals who have served the state over a number of years and in multiple positions offers MN the opportunity to be a leader in the quality of judicial selections. Opening the process to political ideology and process does not meet the objective standards in any way regardless of anyone's political views. Citizens from all of MN should be outraged that a...

Posted on 07/15/14 at 02:41 pm in response to Poll: 68 percent of Republicans say Obama should be impeached

A opinion poll that suggest GOP high percentage for impeachment is in itself worth a challenge. This poll outcome once again confirms a basic point that there are two types of polls-- 1) those polls in which the questions are defined to ask the answer and 2) those that are objective and rigorous in questions and statistical significance. Having done polling in both political and basic opinon situations I have seen both and only will do the objective type 2 poll. Today candidates and...

Posted on 05/22/14 at 11:00 am in response to Interpreting the hidden messages in Franken’s new TV ad

The first Franken add is a total misrepresentation of the facts. MnScue system has addressed and is addressing matching votech and state college education programs to link directly with business/industry job needs. This redesign of education focus is providing the links and feed of workers that industry needs and has a very rapid response of education resouces being adapted to the specific needs. This is done entirely within the state and does not rely on more federal programs. While job...

Posted on 05/22/14 at 07:38 pm in response to Interpreting the hidden messages in Franken’s new TV ad

The MnSCU 2014 and beyond vision is to enable links to current and emerging businesses across Mn. MnSCU has multiple examples of how this has and is being done- and businesses to endorse and commend the work of MnSCU in responding to urgent workforce needs. I and others who have met with the MnSCu staff and leadership have seem these results and they are real in place and expanding. This is work of the citizens of Mn not federal complex programs. Before criticizing the results I have cited...