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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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KSTP polls, when we don't like them, are generally dismissed as the product of the right wing Hubbard family. When we do like them, any discussion of them is prefaced by "Even the KSTP poll shows...".

I don't like media paid for polls, actually, for a variety of reasons. For one thing, they are a form of checkbook journalism, where a media source pays for news that wouldn't otherwise exist. Also, I think they interfere with journalistic independence. KSTP reporters are obliged to...

Posted on 08/18/14 at 10:06 am in response to Why boosting primary turnout in Minnesota would require big changes

Voting is a complicated thing, and every system will have good things and bad things about it. One of the real problems in any attempt to reform any electoral system, is that it is very difficult to distinguish between objectively positive reforms, and reforms with subjectively support the reformers own political views. Ranked choice voting, for example, is supposed to discourage negative campaigning. But the notion that negative campaigning is to be discouraged is a subjective value...

Posted on 08/18/14 at 11:39 am in response to Why boosting primary turnout in Minnesota would require big changes

As a political activist, I am far more concerned with people who do vote, or who may vote than I am with people who don't. Some folks, lots of folks in fact, have just made the choice to opt out of the system. Who am I to question their decision?

When can we expect the English translation?

Posted on 07/25/14 at 10:35 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

I do believe the Indianapolis Super Bowl study claimed to take into account the three factors mentioned by Mr. Johnson. For myself, I don't really doubt that bringing events to the Twin Cities, whether they are high visibility like Super Bowls or low visibility events like Shriners conventions maybe are good for local businesses. The real problem is the one Mr. Johnson goes on to address, the fact that high visibility events like Super Bowls are also high cost events. As with any business...

Posted on 07/25/14 at 01:04 pm in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

It certainly makes sense that those who benefit directly from having these events here should bear the cost. Millions of Minnesotans will not be attending the Super Bowl in 2018. Millions of Minnesotans will not benefit in any tangible or intangible way from the game being held here. Those folks shouldn't have to pay for it. But that goes to the specifics of how the deal is made, and what we need to do is make sure those who make the deal don't make promises that others have to pay to keep....

Posted on 07/26/14 at 08:59 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Promotional opportunities are one thing we got in exchange for the 477 million dollars we invested in the Vikings. For a week or so, there will be attention focused on Minneapolis from the sports media four years from now. Lots of local logos will be visible. Sanford's name will probably appear on a visible nearby building. Of course, we will be promoting Minnesota in the depths of winter, something of a mixed blessing, I suppose.

There was some promotion of Minnesota during the All...

Posted on 07/27/14 at 09:49 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

It never seems to occur to us to apply the arguments we make about large scale deals to small scale promotions, despite the fact that they are just as applicable. We have campaigns that encourage tourism in Minnesota. We make efforts to attract new businesses to our communities. Lately, I have been involved with some suburban city council races. It's pretty much a given across the board that our town should open ourselves up for development. It's just the exact nature of that development...

Posted on 07/28/14 at 06:22 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

think we'd realize an extremely high value in such a development - and that value would be spread throughout the populace - which would pay and pay and pay not just for years, but for decades. It would be unique in America, I believe.

The problem is that such a development would be hugely expensive, and in strictly economic terms, it would be hard to see any that there would be any positive return.

I don't think we will make money from the Vikings Stadium. It's just too...

Posted on 07/28/14 at 09:35 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

It's always a question one can ask, but rarely one that is answered usefully. There is always a better investment out there, a better expenditure of funds. ThereT is just about always a worse investment of funds too. Comparison shopping is fine, but at some point you have to make a decision to buy or not to buy.

I couldn't disagree more that the resources are the government's to spend. The government has no resources at all. It's our money that's being spent, and the government is...