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Bruce Johnson

Walnut Grove, MN
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Posted on 10/01/14 at 10:01 pm in response to McFadden goes at Franken's record in first debate

Listening to the radio re-broadcast now. A few comments:
1) the gulf in the candidates' demeanor, as remarked, is striking. Sen. Franken seemed in his first race, against Norm Coleman, to be a reluctant campaigner, and it reads that way in today's debate. He would much rather be deep into policy work, to his credit. But if you're running for office you owe it to the public to campaign as if you want the job.

McFadden sounds borderline unhinged in his voice as he makes his...

Posted on 09/11/14 at 02:43 pm in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

On MPR this morning Rep. Kline also ripped the "ISIL is not Islamic" statement from Obama's speech. This is a pretty basic concept to master but it seems to be a condition of employment for Republicans to pretend otherwise.

Albert Lea has 170K hotel rooms?

I drove all the way to the State Fair from SW MN, and back yesterday on a different route, and I still missed seeing the red lights. I bet it was that detour on 169 N of St. Peter that caused me to miss out.

Do you have a citation for the "villain" and "punish" assertions? If not, why did you write this?

Posted on 07/23/14 at 06:35 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

Franken's website, search 'Medicare', from about the 4th result on 1st page of 10 or more, a 15 minute video of a Senate floor speech in late 2012. Extending age of eligibility at 11:40.

"This is exactly the kind of bad idea that explains why our health care costs twice as much as (elsewhere) and in most...

Posted on 07/23/14 at 10:26 am in response to Bachmann considering 2016 presidential run

Tha Bachmann announcement is just part of her gifting enterprise, and that she had to do it herself isn't a good sign for her. There is too much of this among "prominent" Republicans, holding or seeking public office as part of a broader strategy of permanent political celebrity.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 01:44 pm in response to Bachmann considering 2016 presidential run

I definitely meant grifting but spellcheck was having none of it.

Posted on 07/22/14 at 01:43 pm in response to Is the Tea Party changing its tune on Mike McFadden?

I agree.

Posted on 07/16/14 at 04:41 pm in response to Minnesota resorting to 'nickel and dime' gimmicks to fund road work

Rod Dreher's quote about the unfolding scandal in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Archdiocese are as solid as most other outraged comments in the past few days.
Two things struck me as odd. One, his self-reference as a "non-Catholic." He is, having renounced his 13-years' long Catholicism in 2006. It seems former Catholic would be a better description.
Second, Dreher's use of this topic to complain that blowback from it will hurt his fake "religious liberty" arguments is disgusting.