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craig furguson

Minneapolis, MN
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4 years 8 weeks

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Posted on 08/29/12 at 11:04 am in response to Chris Christie’s GOP convention speech: 20 truths make a lie

It always does irritate me and make me a little suspicious when some has to tell me they are "telling the truth" before making a statement. It's like they know they don't always tell the truth and have to clue me in when they are doing it.

Posted on 08/02/12 at 02:21 pm in response to Important health-care milestone begins to roll out

In Freakenomics, Donohue-Levitt hypothesize that Roe v. Wade reduced crime by reducing the number of unwanted babies, who tend not to grow up in pro-social environments and are more prone to commit crime. There has been much discussion the last few years also about the impact of anti-lead initiatives on crime. So I wonder if crime will be further reduced if women have more control over when and if they are having kids?

Posted on 07/26/12 at 11:24 am in response to Voices event seeks to mobilize conservative women to run for office

When your best choice to head a conservative event is Amy Koch. What's the lawsuit cost for taxpayers to date, $85k?

Posted on 07/27/12 at 09:59 am in response to Voices event seeks to mobilize conservative women to run for office

So liberal women aren't married, have no children, are not paying a mortgage, not in charge of the family finances, have no kids to put through school, don't own their own business, are not co-owners in the family business, or work in the private sector where people are held accountable? and liberal women don't pay taxes.

I think not.

Posted on 07/26/12 at 11:34 am in response to Minnesota's financial woes match those of other states

Minnesota should go back to including inflation on the expenditure side as well as the revenue side of the budget forecast.

Posted on 07/17/12 at 01:26 pm in response to Twin Cities housing market shows signs of healing

Locked in at 3.5% on a 30 year mortgage today.

Posted on 07/13/12 at 10:10 am in response to Could Minnesota safely cut prison sentences and save money?

While our average sentences for violent and property offenders are less than the national averages, our drug sentencing is equal to the national average. The average sentences for drugs are up 100% since 1990. Community treatment is an option. The DOC does not come close to giving treatment to all of it's offenders who need it, so what's the sense of having all those drug offenders sit in prison for a couple of years at taxpayers expense just to get released to the community in the same...

Posted on 07/13/12 at 10:21 am in response to Could Minnesota safely cut prison sentences and save money?

Cost of incarceration and length of sentence are important to look at in this budgetary climate. VERA recently did a Price of Prison Report where they estimated the annual cost of incarceration per prisoner in MN in 2010 at $41,364. This included underfunded pensions and retiree cost, administrative overhead and capital costs. While MN has one of the lowest incarceration rates, it had the 10th highest annual cost. The average national cost of the 40 states surveyed was $31,307
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Posted on 07/13/12 at 02:17 pm in response to Could Minnesota safely cut prison sentences and save money?

Even Grover Norquist questions the lock em up strategy and ask his fellow conservatives to "reconsider the “tough on crime” approach so that we can cost-effectively increase public" safety.www.nationalreview.com/articles/259263/conservative-principles-and-prison-grover-norquist?pg=2

Posted on 05/31/12 at 09:40 am in response to Scott Walker recall proponents focusing on Tuesday’s voter turnout

Is Wisconsin going to have a Wellstone moment? It could happen if the Dems can mobilize the voters.