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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 09/09/14 at 06:11 am in response to Former candidate Tom Horner likely to join Johnson campaign for governor

One of the most striking things about Republicans and Democrats is that while both parties often share the same goals, it's the Democratic Party who believe in and supports actually achieving them. Rarely is there a more vivid demonstration of this than in this interview with Tom Horner. How does he see the governor's job? He thinks the governor should ask questions, to engage in some continuing quest for a better or even best solution. Well folks, the best is the mortal enemy of the good,...

Posted on 09/03/14 at 06:15 am in response to Minneapolis Public Schools: The system needs a reboot

The problem with law school professors is that they are much better in compiling lists of questions than providing answers to them. In this case, the focus of questions, in particular the complaints about slow graduation, are a bit off the point. Graduation, after all, is something that can be provided with a stroke of a pen, or a computer keyboard, perhaps; it isn't in itself, sufficient evidence that we are teaching effectively.

And that's the issue isn't it? Are we teaching...

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...