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Connie Sullivan

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
2 years 45 weeks

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Posted on 08/30/14 at 10:48 am in response to Minneapolis City Council approves Southwest LRT

What confounds the public is how a City Council can fairly unanimously speak against a measure, and yet pass it. All the doubts, all the hesitations, all the questions unanswered, all the negative facts, and still ten of the thirteen bow to pressures to "act now, or time will pass us by."

Bring on the law suits!

It would be nice if this contest had some real issues to focus on. It's very interesting that most of the current sheriff's deputies want someone else to be sheriff. But, what about the job's actual tasks and policy issues? What would this Minneapolis assistant chief bring to the job, and what kinds of things would he prioritize inn the day-to-day?

One gets so tired of "let's cut [personnel; bureaucracy; administration; whatever]," as if the only thing that counts is how much of our...

Posted on 08/28/14 at 04:38 pm in response to Franken details education views and defends net neutrality

People who would prefer to consign Senator Franken to his former days as a writer of satiric comedy are frustrated when they come face to face with the depth of his knowledge on national issues that are, and will continue to expand as, important issues for the 21st century. Like net neutrality. He's considered a Senate expert on it, folks, and there's no way his Minnesota opponent can even hold a candle to that knowledge.

It's not just a Microsoft-ish, or software, problem. It's the...

We need our Senators to be able to understand the nitty-gritty of the bills they pass, or consider. Al Franken has shown, over and over again, that he knows and he cares about the details of progressive legislation that will help people. He has carefully thought-out solutions. He works well with others.

He also has more intricate details than our columnist can digest--the shame of this article is that Black cut it off before getting to what really distinguishes Franken from the empty...

Posted on 08/25/14 at 02:37 pm in response to GOP Supreme Court candidate vows to stay in race

The scary thing is to realize that--given the opacity of judicial "races" i Minnesota and the general ignorance of the voting public of who the candidates really are, this nut-job could easily get elected. Especially in some outstate districts.

Posted on 08/23/14 at 11:10 am in response to SMG chosen to run Vikings stadium

Let's keep in mind that the Vikings' extra money for the stadium, as of this week, mostly involves a contingency fund that was set up from the beginning for cost overruns and such. A prediction? There will come a moment in stadium construction and placement in use when the Vikings or the pro sports authority will demand more public money for it.

Maybe to clean up all the dead bird bodies that fall outside the big glass walls they refuse to change.

You communicate the thrill of this quite well! Thanks for sharing that enthusiasm for new specific data.

We all hope that this initiative succeeds. But also, that people hold Minnesota Next leaders' feet to the fire on the issue of whether their model--which from Monday's report on it seems to require millions of dollars and hundreds of volunteers, annually--can be translatable to our public school system, and sustained. if it's a one-off deal, then what do we do?

What I see is that they're "throwing money at [the gap]." Fine. But let's not be hypocritical and claim that money won't...

Posted on 08/13/14 at 11:42 am in response to House District 60B: Kahn survives Noor challenge

My impression is the same. Phyllis Kahn knows how to campaign. But she also is one helluva good progressive legislator, and her constituents know and appreciate that. She keeps winning our support because of that.

As someone who lives in legislative District 60B, where the Kahn-Noor primary contest occurred, it seems a bit misleading simply to imply that Phyllis Kahn's successful campaign was due to her incumbency.

This was a hard-fought contest, and on the Kahn side accompanied by full-bore campaign strategies that she and her people have honed over the years: door-knocking conversations, get-out-the-vote work on the days prior to and of the primary election. And lots of emphasis on issues,...