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Hal Davis

Minneapolis, MN
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4 years 48 weeks

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"...while those heavily DFL districts might make for easy re-election campaigns, they also pile up a lot of votes that don't do much for the ability of the DFL to win control of the House."

As Ed Black has pointed out in his recent series, this is a consequence of the first-past-the-post electoral system. Winning many districts by a few votes gives you control of the legislature.

Posted on 11/08/14 at 08:30 pm in response to KSTP savaged for Mayor Hodges 'gang sign' story

Bob Collins' blog post began:

From the “Department of Are You Serious?” comes this from KSTP...

Posted on 11/05/14 at 11:30 am in response to How psychology helps canonize the 'Mona Lisa' and other artwork

This sentence may have a typographical error: "The painting was not considered all that special until 1922, when it was stolen..."

The usual date for the theft is Aug. 21, 1911. Here's one account:

Posted on 10/14/14 at 11:51 am in response to Jeff Johnson complicates a cup of coffee

I would hate to decide a candidate's suitability based on his buyng a cuppa to support a coffee shop, then tossing the cup undrunk.

Case in point: I like live music, Live music is often played in bars and clubs Some bars and clubs have a one-drink minimum. If they don't, I'll get a drink to support the club, and leave it unsipped.

But Johnson certainly could get a hot chocolate or apple cider. Mebbe his failure to do so should indeed imperil his candidacy.

Posted on 10/13/14 at 10:44 am in response to Our odd primary system — and its odd results

Eric Black writes, "An observer from another democracy would likely find it strange that a politician holding such a high-ranking position of the majority party in the House and a likely future speaker could be removed from politics by so few people of no special public or party rank."

Mebbe, but the parliamentary system of the United Kingdom and Canada could lead to this outcome. The majority party's leaders, no matter how high their position, each represent a single district (called...

Posted on 09/18/14 at 01:29 pm in response to Adrian Peterson case brings corporal punishment back into the spotlight

It's unclear that "spare the rod and spoil the child" is from a Bible verse.

This is from

The coiner of the version that we use in everyday speech was Samuel Butler, in Hudibras, the satirical poem on the factions involved in the English Civil War, which was first published in 1662:

Love is a Boy,

Posted on 09/17/14 at 11:35 am in response to The Notorious R.B.G. (that's Ruth Bader Ginsburg) comes to town

I noted this description of Justice Ginsburg: "(Ginsburg is 5'1, slight and frail)."

That was after I followed the link to "The Notorious R.B.G." tumblr account, where this was the first entry:

For more than a decade, Ginsburg has worked with a trainer in the Supreme Court’s small ground-level exercise room. Recently, Breyer used a machine that Ginsburg had been using; she set it at six, while he could handle only five. Kagan uses the same trainer as Ginsburg, and when the...

Posted on 09/11/14 at 01:13 pm in response to St. Paul Police release two surveillance videos of skyway incident

The St. Paul city attorney's office dismissed the case "in the interest of justice" when the case was in Ramsey County District Court on July 31.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 09:50 am in response to MinnPost named a finalist for national journalism award

"MinnPost is a finalist in the small division of the general excellence category, which recognizes standout publications with staffs of fewer than 50 employees. The other finalists in the category are The Texas Tribune and The Center for Public Integrity."

Congratulations. Your site is a daily must-read.

Posted on 08/21/14 at 03:03 pm in response to Restaurant group reverses course on minimum wage charges

Patronize the restaurant, tip your server in cash. Enjoy the food, spread the wealth equitably.