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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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4 years 15 weeks

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Mr. Magrino is in favor of compelling Met Council members to use the Met Transit at least once during their term. I'd second that and suggest a friendly amendment that one route be taking a non-express route from downtown Minneapolis to St. Paul or vice-versa.

I wonder how many Met. Council members there are who have ever been aware that the Met. Council has approved a number of comprehensive land use plans like the 1978 Woodbury Comprehensive Plan, assumed 85% of the transportation...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 09:07 am in response to The dirty secret behind attack ads

I've heard from many people over the years that politicians use negative campaign advertising because "it works", don't ya know. As if it were a something everybody knows. Now we know from this article that this slimy campaign strategy is purposeful and actually has a slimy purpose. My only question is: has there been any independent survey that it actually does work as intended? Because negative campaign ads might be seen also as a way of morale building for a candidate's supporters.

Posted on 10/18/14 at 09:59 am in response to GOP targets Met Council as campaign issue

Mr. Schoch has well summed up my thoughts as well.

One more thing though: the Met Council retains legal and fiscal control over local municipal land use planning through approval of comprehensive plans and sewer and water extensions. The law has never tied these things to expansion of public transit, especially light rail. The suburbs today were specifically designed around automobile ownership and "automobility" . Virtually no consideration was given to walking, biking or bus use,...

Posted on 10/08/14 at 01:54 pm in response to Nolan and Mills tangle in Duluth debate

That would be John Stuart Mill. Probably not an ancestor to someone named Mills but you never know.

Posted on 10/06/14 at 09:20 am in response to As Met Council changes transit priorities, suburbs say: not so fast

I completely agree with Mr. Negstad's position in this article about subsidizing white flihght and urban sprwawl. But is it any surprise that suburban metropolitan towns which were planned and built on the premise of "transportation=roads and highways" would be clamoring for more of the same fix that got there in the first place?

The Met Council was created as I understand to plan development in the seven county area and among other things balance the demand for transportation (...

Posted on 10/03/14 at 09:23 am in response to Caveat investor! Now they want a bite of your mutual fund

I'm not quite sure what to make of this article. The Federal Reserve's (read Alan Greenspan's) complete bungling of its regulatory role after that repeal bears a huge responsibility for the bubble that burst in 2008 and the financial calamity that resulted. But the SEC was also a cop on the beat. The author was a member of the 5 member SEC from 2002-2008. With blameworthy targets like the too big to fail banks and Alan Greenspan, the SEC managed to escape much public criticism over its...

the Eighth Circuit's decision will be appealed and reversed by the Supreme Court. I cannot conceive of how the Court could have thought that lying or deception could be protected by the First Amendment but then again I still can't see how imposing limits on campaign contributions or contributions to PACs is "free speech" or why the interest in preventing corruption is not compelling enough to justify such limits.

I might have more to say if I could read the Eight Circuit decision...

I agree with you that politician's lie because the public lets them get away with it.

But what about lies in a campaign? If we can agree that the evidence will show it, do you disagree that there should be a legal procedure for challenging and proving a politician's lies in a campaign?. You cite Politifact which suggests you think it is a reliable checker of the facts. I'm not sure about that, but if Politifact can be trusted for calling out and proving lies made in a political...

Thanks for fixing the link.

This decision discussed by professor Schultz is troubling at many levels, not least of which is its endorsement of what can only be described as a "First Amendment right to lie." The judges seems to be caught up in the idea that the law itself creates the possibility of lying and thereby interfering with the First Amendment and the electoral process.

But a lot of this decision is also about the problem of "standing" and whether this group is really...

If people are going to discuss the Posse Comitatus Act, it might as well be at least somewhat informed. Wikipedia is not necessarily the most authoritative source but at least it does have some sources which are linked to actual pieces of legislation and historical discussions.

It's interesting to note how the...