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Ed Kohler

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Minneapolis, MN
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@Dennis, I think your brush is a bit too wide when painting generalizations about the left on this issue. There are DFL members who also oppose the bill on moral and religious grounds. And, as the article clearly states, the bill itself is carried by a DFL senator.

Posted on 04/16/14 at 06:59 am in response to They took our beers! Teamsters fight Sunday growler sales

I find it impressive that the Teamsters' clients have managed to get the Teamsters to fight their battles for them. It reminds me of the Building Trades lobbying for tax subsidies for our local NFL team owned by a family in NJ.

Posted on 12/23/13 at 07:58 am in response to Lawsuits begin to fly over Target's data security breach

Enjoy the holidays. Enjoy the cost savings of having cards cancelled while you take a deep breath or radon. If you hear of any more Minnesota Militia issues, Our Favorite Congresswoman may have time to help in her new role of Our Favorite ex-Congresswoman.

@Rob, it's all relative.

By the way, I'm the son of the Ed Kohler quoted in this piece.

It's a stretch to say that the Vikings will be "heavily subsidizing" the operating costs. Amateur sports in the stadium, like college baseball practices or runners, don't use the seats, concessions, press boxes, scoreboards, speakers, or game day entrances. They use the roof, the turf, and a single entrance.

It is shocking to consider how popular the Vikings supposedly while simultaneously considering how little money fans were willing to contribute to help fund the stadium so taxpayers wouldn't be stuck with the bill. In the end, Vikings fans offered nothing.

Posted on 09/05/13 at 03:04 pm in response to Why does the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome have a label?

@Elsa, the buildings are often referred to by their tenant's name, but it's not clear to people looking at Minneapolis' skyline which businesses are in those buildings outside of the Mall of America, which is located inside of the HHH Metrodome, apparently.

Great article. One possible correction. I don't believe this line is accurate: "Schiff finished third, down 4 from the first ballot and was required by convention rules to drop from the race."

As I understood things, the cutoff for dropping candidates was 20% in that round, so Schiff could have stayed in for another ballot but chose to drop rather than drag things out. That made his request to address the floor different from the previous request from Thomas, who had already been...

Posted on 05/24/13 at 11:09 am in response to An insider’s view of how the Vikings stadium design came together

The stadium was sold based on how many events it can host. Will it continue to be able to host running and rollerblading like the Metrodome has done for decades?

Posted on 05/23/13 at 01:50 pm in response to Amazon sales tax is imminent

@Keith, my primary focus was on whether this change will change people's buying behavior. Whether it's constitutional or not is a different question, and not one I'd qualified to answer.

I get the impression that states find Use Taxes nearly unenforceable so are looking to other approaches to capture sales transaction revenues.

As someone who's does some business as an affiliate marketer, I think the PMA's "2,000 businesses left the state" figure highly inflated, but would be...