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Dean Carlson

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 16 weeks

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Posted on 04/11/14 at 11:04 am in response to Semifinal semi-riot in Dinkytown

First, the word riot was first rate hyperbole. The kids were taking more selfies with the cops than doing any property damage... but nothing screams "I'm an old man" like complaining how college kids want to celebrate their team winning.

Who cares if college kids want to outwardly celebrate (as long as no property damage). It was an exciting, tense game with an amazing finish against a hated rival; everyone's been cooped up inside for 5 months dealing with a winter from hell, and...

Posted on 02/13/14 at 01:22 pm in response to Marty Seifert: ‘Minnesota government costs too much’

Mr Seifert,

Many of the policies you support have been tried in Wisconsin under Governor Walker -- who was elected the same time as Governor Dayton. Yet Minnesota' economy is stronger, more jobs have been created, unemployment is lower, and the state budget is in better condition. Are you trying to take us down to the level of Wisconsin?

Posted on 02/05/14 at 01:19 pm in response to Edina caucuses start GOP's efforts to reclaim suburban House seats

I think it's quite telling that all the picture of the GOP caucuses (here and other media) show only white people over the age of 45. At least there appears to be some women attending these GOP events. #nofutre

Posted on 12/19/13 at 10:55 am in response to Why DFL is (somewhat secretly) divided over ranked-choice voting

Good analysis and I agree with Paul above. I definitely think your first point that the DFL Establishment knows how to win under the old system and still trying to figure out how to win under RCV is the reason for the RCV cold feet.

It's more than Mark Andrew asking for people's 2nd choice, it's about building coalitions. Cherryhomes and Fine supporters were probably closest aligned to Andrew. Although it may not have been enough to beat Hodges, for the life of me I don't...

Posted on 11/18/13 at 01:08 pm in response to Controversial GOP posts prompt party to draft social-media guidelines

Don’t be obnoxious, petty, juvenile, demeaning.

Does this mean that the Republicans won't be able to post their party platform?

I agree being elected to the School Board would mean he's one of 9 voices whereas as Mayor at least he'd have a bully pulpit. But the fact is that's all he'd have. The Mayor has no control over the school budget nor it's policies. While at the same time the Mayor needs to spend his/her time on crime, streets, economic development, etc.

I think Jim Thomas should run for school board, win, and then work to elect other liked minded people to the school board, that's how we could be...

Posted on 04/08/13 at 10:23 am in response to GOP hopes Keith Downey will stabilize shaky state party

It doesn't matter if Downey found the one Republican Hispanic and African-American to nominate him. Voters see through this tokenism, especially the minorities for whom this is trying to appeal to. Once Republicans stop vilifying blacks and Hispanics, stop trying to make it harder for them to vote (this goes for young voters too), and start espousing policies that actually speak to their issues will Republicans make inroads into these voting blocs. Given the oldish, white crowd shown the...

Look all the candidates running and who will be interviewed by MinnPost (which is great btw, thanks!) are qualified to be Mayor, heck maybe some of them will do a great job. Personally I worry about the temperament of Schiff and Cherryhomes but that's just me.

Would Mark Andrew do a good job as mayor? Probably. But I am just bored by this candidacy. If you want the same old cast and crew running the City as has been the past 35 years, then Mark's your guy. He'll have the same...

Posted on 03/13/13 at 09:43 am in response to Marriage bill advances after emotional day of hearings

My catholic priest won't even marry hetero couples that are living together (and I would argue that generally we're a pretty liberal Parish -- not Joan of Arc liberal of course).

Catholic Priests can chose who they want to marry and can even refuse to marry a couple he thinks they are incompatible. Nothing about the state allowing gays to marry will change that.

Posted on 02/07/13 at 03:25 pm in response to Amy Koch media saga: Who did what and when

Can you repeat the part of the stuff where you said all about the things?