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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 11/13/14 at 09:39 am in response to Minnesota's soon-to-be Rep. Emmer hits Washington

Well, at least he isn't in the legislature anymore, where he was in a position to affect policy and do damage. Congress is a great place for the Tom Emmers of the world.

One of the difficulties with moving forward is that it's hard to do that unless we know where we are. During the campaign, there was a substantial amount of concern, even paranoia about the role of A Better Minnesota. From where I sat, I thought the money spent by ABM was largely wasted, that it was the pet action group of Mark Dayton, fighting a race that had already been won, while neglecting and even harming the DFL candidates who were at risk. ABM was unable to do what Republican groups...

Posted on 11/13/14 at 09:11 am in response to After #pointergate, where do we go from here?

I just think this is another example of Jonathon Gruber's point. Americans are stupid.

Posted on 11/11/14 at 10:36 am in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

I don't know of a single DFL activist who got involved in this year's campaign because he or she thought senators needed a new office building.

Posted on 11/11/14 at 12:13 pm in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

For me, the biggest puzzle is the success of the senate office building strategy.

The DFL strategy was basically to not respond on the issue, hoping that it would be ineffective or go away. That's our approach to a lot of issues. Sometimes it works, as apparently happened in the governor's race, sometimes it doesn't seem to work as seemed to be the case in the house races.

The senate office building issue itself was as pure a distillation of hypocrisy as can be found in...

Posted on 11/12/14 at 08:11 am in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

In my conversations with DFL legislators, what I hear is that there isn't a greater Minnesota agenda out there that isn't going unaddressed. Greater Minnesota just doesn't have an unfulfilled wish list at the state capitol. Now, the legislators I talk to aren't themselves from out state, and maybe there are dog whistles they couldn't hear, but let's consider the evidence from the Republicans own campaign. What the GOP talked about wasn't specific needs and solutions for rural Minnesota, they...

Posted on 11/17/14 at 08:40 am in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

In chatting with various DFLer's, one issue frequently mentioned is the failure to run DFL candidates in what was it, 8 races? Republicans rather pride themselves on running candidates in every district across the state, and this time I think they only missed Kim Norton's race in Rochester. While it is true, as with lotteries, if you don't enter you can't win, I tend to discount that factor myself. For one thing, just because Republicans enter virtually every election, it's far from the case...

Posted on 11/08/14 at 06:35 am in response to What if we gave an election and nobody came?

A lot went wrong in the last election season. I circulated Professor Schulz's previous article to a lot of my DFL friends, and there was a lot of aggravation with how some of the terms were loaded, much less aggravation with many of it's basic ideas. To a great extent the professor was describing problems we were already aware of, and had been struggling with. It turns out the professor was right, and now we are dealing with the aftermath.

Professor Schulz complains that the DFL that...

Posted on 11/08/14 at 08:07 am in response to What if we gave an election and nobody came?

Here is part of the problem. I have asked some DFLer's involved in elections and have asked them, why aren't we running well in greater Minnesota? Are there issues we are neglecting? And the answer I am getting back is no, there aren't a lot of issues where there is a lot of dissatisfaction from outstate legislators. Their agenda is doing just fine at the state capitol. Greater Minnesota does have it's problems, but they are systemic and it's not as if either party has or even pretends to...

Posted on 11/09/14 at 07:53 am in response to What if we gave an election and nobody came?

That's an interesting issue. What kind of issue burns? What does it mean for an issue to burn? Obamacare, whatever you think of it, is the most important domestic political initiative since Medicare, and it will continue to highly controversial. Yet by election time, it was mostly an afterthought. What Republicans talked a lot was the Senate Office building, an issue that burns hot but with no real substance.

By the way, if I were in the Republican majority in the House, the first...