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Ed Felien

Minneapolis, MN
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7 years 8 weeks

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Posted on 04/11/14 at 09:41 am in response to Republicans claim near-total power to cancel minimum-wage raises

"These procedures in the minimum wage statues are pretty specific." and concrete.

Posted on 08/23/13 at 12:05 pm in response to Seven questions about the Vikings stadium deal that need answers

For those of you still living under a rock, there is very real possibility that the voters of Minneapolis will get an opportunity to vote on whether they want to contribute $600 to $900 million to the construction of a monument to head injuries and gladiatorial combat to benefit a New Jersey developer who was just found to be guilty of swindling a partner out of $21 million.

Judge Phillip Bush took the matter under advisement and will issue a ruling sometime early next week. He asked...

Posted on 03/14/13 at 11:42 am in response to 10 years after Iraq War: What do we have to show for it?

After the war

Americans feel pretty good about the ending of the Afghan war. Obama says he will withdraw 34,000 troops (more than half the total U.S. troops in Afghanistan) by the end of 2013 and turn all responsibility for military operations over to the Afghan government. In his State of the Union Address, he said, “[W]e can say with confidence that America will complete its mission in Afghanistan, and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaeda.”...

Posted on 02/19/13 at 11:36 am in response to Did GOP gerrymander its way to controlling U.S. House?

The huge DFL majorities in the 4th and 5th Districts don't represent "packing?" Doesn't that make it easier for Paulsen, Bachmann and Kline?

Why doesn't Obama just take reducing spending seriously and start closing military bases in red states?

Posted on 01/08/13 at 12:40 pm in response to It is time to repeal the Second Amendment

from Southside Pride:
The supreme legal authority that guides the passing and enforcement of laws at all levels is the U.S. Constitution, and the guiding principles that inform all legislation and administration is the Bill of Rights. That is the basis for our understanding of our political system. You cannot operate without it, and you cannot talk about guns and the right to bear arms without talking about the Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security...

Posted on 01/07/13 at 11:32 am in response to Ranked choice voting is achievable and effective

It's an incumbent protection program. It has been shown to be cumbersome and much more expensive than an open primary and general election. It makes voting more complicated, and it forecloses public debate between challengers.

Posted on 11/21/12 at 12:42 pm in response to Big test of the filibuster rule may be coming in January

My understanding is that the rules of the Senate are established on the first day of business by majority vote (not 67). Here is what I wrote in the November editions of Southside Pride: Congratulations! Now what?
Forward over the financial cliff?


Obama’s victory is a victory for women’s rights, for the rights of immigrants to dignity and a path to citizenship, a victory for African-Americans in their continuing struggle against racism and a...

Posted on 01/10/12 at 12:06 pm in response to Climate B.S. of the Year Awards: And the winners are...

Last month we published my Open Letter to Attorney General Lori Swanson:
An open letter to MN Attorney General Lori Swanson

Dear Attorney General Lori Swanson, If it was possible for the State of Minnesota to sue the tobacco industry for the damage they knowingly perpetrated on Minnesota citizens and recover monies to compensate for those damages, then why is it not possible to sue the five major oil companies and Koch Brothers Refinery for the...

Mr. Cooney is lying and he knows it. Dayton wanted to tax the rich, the top 1 to 2%, not "to increase taxes among all income levels."