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David Fehlan

Minneapolis
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1 year 40 weeks

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Posted on 07/03/14 at 01:08 pm in response to 16,000 MNsure applicants left in 'limbo'

...and so are the facts.

Medical Assistance (aka Medicaid) is no-cost to the recipient. It's welfare, so let's stop calling it insurance. For that matter, 60-70% of the enrollment in MN-Sure is subsidized or free, so it's not as though we've transformed the healthcare marketplace here or across the country. So far, we've simply expanded the welfare state, and done so in a very inefficient manner (the billions spent for all the crappy exchanges).

Now, over time, maybe more...

Posted on 02/19/14 at 04:54 pm in response to Rep. Phyllis Kahn faces critical test at reconvened caucus

I don't know what the 'equivalent of a death threat' is, but her dismissive comment about a punch (which apparently caused a concussion) seems to be part of a pattern of doing or saying just about anything she pleases, and if she's caught, she apologizes and everything is supposed to be OK.

In addition to the conviction for stealing campaign literature several years ago, she also said someone at City Hall "should be executed" for long lines at a polling place (election 2012).

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One of the reasons she got canned is the extremely poor timing of a long vacation. Now look at the MnSure "Holiday Party" flyer in the background of one of the photos above. They knew reporters were going to be camped outside of the office and yet nobody pulled the flyer.

Posted on 11/11/13 at 06:00 pm in response to Wisconsin health care plans much more expensive than Minnesota's

It seems that the Glean's entire raison d'être is snark, very often uncivil, directed at anything Wisconsin, Michele Bachmann or Republican X, even when those subjects are far from the headlines and/or have little impact on its readership.

By the way "an abundance of frac sand" has kept the price down, not slack demand. That's some sloppy reporting by MPR and the various "news" organizations that repackaged the story.

Posted on 08/23/13 at 03:22 pm in response to Seven questions about the Vikings stadium deal that need answers

Will the Minnesota politicians who voted YES for the stadium return the $74,000 they received as 'thank-yous" from the Wilfs in 2012?

The list is here: http://oi41.tinypic.com/2eeyfkx.jpg

The names in scarlet should be extra ashamed because they're already wealthy and can self-fund any campaign (Dayton, Rosen) or they're the party "leaders" who shoved through a terrible deal in the...

Posted on 08/19/13 at 09:08 am in response to Rep. Keith Ellison: 'Cut off aid to Egypt'

Someone needs to give the phone numbers of T. Boone Pickens and Clean Energy Fuel Corp to the Fargo city manager.

Posted on 05/15/13 at 01:57 pm in response to Target is latest snag in stadium financing

Target, like any other large corporation, has very sophisticated information management systems. They know where their products are distributed and it would be easy for them to pay the special tax solely on sports trinkets sold in-state. They just don't want to.

It's quite routine for the MN Dept of Revenue to accept - and to verify via audits - various types of corporate self-assessment, especially in the sales and use tax category. Lawmakers and their staffers must know this and if...

Posted on 04/05/13 at 11:49 am in response to GOP's Nienow urges delaying Vikes stadium groundbreaking

RHINO legislators who led the charge: Senjem, Rosen, Manning, Zellers. (I know Zellers voted NO but he was a closet supporter and could have forced a doubtful vote on a Friday. Instead, he gave Dayton a golden opportunity to rally the mob at the M.O.A. over a weekend)

Mpls area DFL legislators who supported the Wilfare/Union shakedown: Higgins, Kelash, Champion, Thissen. Also, Bakk, though not from Mpls, was a vocal supporter who crowed about this being a 'free' stadium for...

Posted on 03/27/13 at 02:41 pm in response to AG Lori Swanson to Sanford takeover of Fairview: Not so fast

Swenson might want to look at the website of "non-profits" like the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic while she's at it and before the MN leg hands out another $500 million in corporate welfare to the Mayo.

The Mayo has locations in Florida and Arizona and the Cleveland Clinic has locations in Florida, Canada, Nevada and Abu Dhabi.

It seems like these institutions will use their reputations to sell services to anyone, anywhere and that's fine if they were tax-paying...

Posted on 02/26/13 at 01:54 pm in response to Lawsuits: N. Dakota tribes were cheated out of $1 billion

Before railing on the petroleum industry, it might help to read the Pro Publica story. Much of the blame is cast on various tribal members/councils that appear to have screwed their own people out of the money, and the federal government that let the contracts go through.