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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
Commenter for
6 years 48 weeks

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Why not just boycott the game, TCF, and the advertisers on the TV broadcast?

Posted on 10/22/14 at 12:46 pm in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

"I hear that the DFL is using a cookie-cutter approach to running a state legislative campaign. They are using the same messaging, GOTV, and tactics in all of their campaigns. Such an approach is a recipe for failure, ignoring the special issues and needs of different districts."

From where I sit in a knock on wood, fairly safe DFL district, a statewide DFL legislative campaign doesn't exist at all. There is no DFL money. There is no DFL message support. There is little participation...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 10:56 am in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

The wonder of a checks and balances system is something we all pay an extraordinary amount of lip service to, but less frequently commented upon on the specific problems such a system of government raises. We have constructed ourselves, for reasons that I am certain were persuasive to 18th century minds, a government, the parts of which, don't share interests, and which often enough, have interests which are conflicting and even contradictory, and which in addition is without a mechanism for...

Posted on 10/13/14 at 03:21 pm in response to A geek's guide to political polling

I am known in my little circle at least as a poll skeptic. My most fundamental problem with most polls is that they can't be checked against anything, and therefore, it can't be determined whether they are accurate. How do you know a July poll is accurate when there won't be an election until November? The professor makes an issue of "confidence level" but the fact is, a bad result or an unknowable result isn't made better because you have confidence in it. How do we even know what the...

Posted on 10/14/14 at 05:39 am in response to A geek's guide to political polling

Given that the polls were inaccurate in 2010, why are we paying attention to them in 2014? No matter how much self interested confidence the pollsters had in them?

Posted on 10/14/14 at 10:46 am in response to Our odd primary system — and its odd results

The founding fathers, I have been told, had a distaste for parties. The result was a constitution that while it didn't rule out the existence of parties, did make it more difficult for them to operate effectively.

'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."


Posted on 10/08/14 at 10:33 am in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

I do a lot of doorknocking and when people tell me they aren't voting, that's usually the end of the discussion. I literally don't have time to waste on people who are throwing away their right to vote. And for the most part, people don't tell me whether they plan to vote. But I would suggest that if you want to know why people don't vote it might make sense to go door to door and ask them.

Posted on 10/08/14 at 01:32 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

I have read that one of the reason the senate was created was to provide a place in which the passions of the electorate would be cooled. That sort of prompts me, at least, what sense does it make for me to participate in a political system deliberately designed to thwart the will of voters?

Posted on 10/03/14 at 06:16 am in response to With 4.5% average increase, MNsure rates to remain lowest in nation

I am all for that Single Payer who is going to pay my health insurance.

The same entity who is paying for it now.

Maybe the reason is that in a consensus based system such as ours, there is very little reason to vote. Your vote just doesn't make a difference.