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David LaPorte

Roseville, MN
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3 years 7 weeks

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The reason that the TeaPublicans seldom have public disagreements (or private ones, from what I can tell) is that the Tea Party purges any member that's not singing from their hymnal. Moderate Republicans like Carlson and Durrenberger were labeled RINO's and shown the door.

As Will Rogers once said, "I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat." When you have a big tent, you have to expect disagreements. But that's part of a healthy democratic (small "d") process....

The people who attend the party conventions are the party activists. They're not representatives of the constituents. And therein lies the problem. Activists tend to be zealots and those are the people who are choosing the candidates.

It makes little difference whether FitzSimmons' constituents were happy with him. The activists were not. And that's why the Republican party continues to move to the extreme right.

Not that the Democrats don't drift to the left for the same...

Posted on 01/08/14 at 10:06 pm in response to 1964 Surgeon General’s report on smoking was 'a landmark moment'

In 1964, when I was 13, my parents put me on an airplane from Chicago to New York, to visit my grandmother. They still served meals on "airplane trays" in those days. Every tray, including mine, had a box with three cigarettes in them. I asked the stewardess what I should do with them and she suggested giving them to one of the adults in my aisle.

Smoking was not only allowed in airplanes, it was encouraged. We've come such a very long way.

Posted on 01/03/14 at 02:28 pm in response to Dayton blames tech vendor IBM Curam for many of MNsure's problems

It would be simplistic for Dayton to take all of the responsibility for the rollout problems. There were many politicians, state employees and vendors who share in that responsibility. If Dayton took all the blame, it would be purely symbolic and do little to address the problems. As the chief executive, he has to take ultimate responsibility, but, to the best of my knowledge, he's not an IT professional.

Posted on 12/14/13 at 09:48 am in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

The NRA's arguments are fundamentally illogical. They are essentially the lobbying arm for firearms manufacturers and will oppose any legislation that will reduce the income of their bosses. But they can't reveal their true motivations because then no one would take them seriously.

If you think that the NRA is a membership organization that represents the views of their membership, think again. The Washington Post reported that 74% of NRA members supported instant background checks...

I'm not sure why the legislature is so timid. Saint Paul City Hall, right across I-94, has full security, complete with metal detectors and X-ray machines. Surely, the State Capitol would be a more tempting target for a terrorist.

I visited Saint Paul City Hall a couple of weeks ago. I'm a bicycle commuter, so I rode there, locked my bike to a rack and brought my messenger bag in with me. They scanned by bag as I walked through the metal detector and took my bicycle pump. I'm not...

Posted on 02/02/13 at 11:17 am in response to Minnesota GOP insiders wonder where they go from here

The GOP considers itself to be inclusive because it’s full of extremists who are fighting about which far right agenda is the most important. Is it banning abortion, suppression of immigration, opposing taxes on the wealthy, a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (which is already illegal), expanding gun rights or any of a multitude of other issues? This is not inclusiveness. It’s factionalized extremism.

The concept of Tom Horner as a liberal is laughable. If Horner was...

Eric:

Could you use the word "compromise" rather than "cave-in" or "limited/partial/temporary surrender"?

One of the problems that the political parties face in working together is the perception that compromise is a form of losing. I think that the conservatives should be applauded, not mocked, for their new-found flexibility. If we humiliate them, they're less likely to compromise in the future.

If we make this about winners and losers, the true losers will be the...

Posted on 01/08/13 at 07:28 pm in response to How cycling can be dangerous to your health

I find it ironic that an article about bicycle safety uses a photo of a cyclist without a helmet as an illustration. I'm a year-round bicycle commuter and never ride without one.

Posted on 11/29/12 at 02:25 pm in response to Klobuchar, Franken cheer potential filibuster reform

I support the filibuster, since it makes it harder for the majority party to steamroll those in the minority. But I also think that it's much to easy to implement. If the threshold was higher, it would only be used on really important issues.

I like Franken's requirement of an affirmative vote to continue the filibuster. If the minority party can't get 41 senators into the chamber to vote to extend the filibuster, then it must not be all that important to them.

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