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Kelly O'Brien

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 20 weeks

Recent Comments

We could start our electoral process in August with a primary that very few participate in, and then three months later we find out the winner. Or we could save ourselves more than $200,000/election by using ranked choice voting once, in November (when more voters participate), and get our results mostly within 24 - 48 hours.

RCV is better democracy. More voters, majority winners.

Posted on 07/18/13 at 10:44 pm in response to Union seeks 40 more Minneapolis firefighters

Of 37,000 calls in 2012, only 1,382 were fires. Before hiring more firefighters, maybe we need to deploy them more wisely and not send them to medical emergencies that the ambulances are already covering.

Thanks for the further motivation to keep my ca. 1905 gravity furnace going. And don't forget that if you still have a landline with a phone that plugs into an outlet, that will go down in an outage too. So I keep a '60s-era desk phone in the house just in case. (Yeah, I know we all have cell phones, but in a real crisis the grid tends to fail for those too.)

Posted on 08/29/12 at 10:19 pm in response to Beware of unnecessary health screenings at the State Fair

Reminds me of the handwriting analysis I used to get for $2 at the Fair. Put your signature on a card, submit, and a few minutes later out comes a detailed personality analysis. Probably just as accurate as the heel scan.

Posted on 10/17/11 at 11:41 am in response to St. Paul ready to give Ranked Voting its first try

I'm a Minneapolis voter and I can tell you that Ranked Choice Voting is easy. Don't over think it when you vote in St. Paul--just vote your heart's desire, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

My dream is that after Minneapolis and St. Paul show the rest of the state that RCV works, we can adopt it statewide and stop electing governors with less than 50% voter support.

Posted on 12/09/10 at 10:41 pm in response to Future uncertain for the heads of both DFL and Republican parties

I find it hard to believe that Mark Dayton has supported the DFL for his entire career. Hasn't he always run against the party's endorsed candidate? How is that supporting the party?

We spend more time in DST than in standard time, and I think it's silly. If one needs more sunlight to be happier, then get up an hour earlier. I'm in favor of reducing DST back to the length we had before the expansion in 2007, if not even further. And I'll never believe that we are saving energy by extending DST--I'm just turning on more lights in the morning rather than the evening.

Posted on 09/23/10 at 12:03 pm in response to Ranked Choice Voting would help rid political campaigns of negative ads

Excellent commentary. To add to your argument, I believe that people can easily make choices about ranking their candidates--we make ranking decisions every day. If my favorite cereal is out of stock at the grocery store, I choose my second favorite, for example.

I have watched 9-year-olds rank ballots of their favorite desserts, and they don't think twice. Granted, desserts are less fraught with consequences than elected officials. But the point those kids demonstrate so well is that...

Posted on 08/20/10 at 01:12 pm in response to My last post -- and one last plea: Donate. Join. Advertise.

I have appreciated seeing thoughtful writing about higher education issues, and I certainly hope MinnPost will maintain the Next Degree blog. I will miss Casey, though, regardless of who takes over.
Good luck and congratulations, Casey!

Posted on 08/18/10 at 09:27 am in response to Remember IRV?

As a Minneapolis voter, I found RCV very easy to use in our last municipal election. We need this state-wide. It's time we stop electing governors with only 37%, 42% or 46% of the vote.