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Lora Jones

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
5 years 19 weeks

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Let's see, a Harvard educated policy wonk versus a vulture capitalist whose idea of humor revolves around groin hits . . . no, not a tough choice at all. I'll vote for Franken

Posted on 09/08/14 at 03:50 pm in response to Former candidate Tom Horner likely to join Johnson campaign for governor

There never WAS an independence party -- it was always just a large subset of Republicans who weren't gaining traction in the caucuses and a smattering of Conservadems to give it the façade of moderation.

Posted on 08/28/14 at 11:03 am in response to Forget about biking to the State Fair

looks to me as if that's a better alternative, even if you do need to walk yourself in, at least you're not doubling back or rounding about . . .

Here, here!

Posted on 08/11/14 at 02:55 pm in response to Primary offers critical test for GOP endorsement process

what may have been the very moment when the MNGOP hopped aboard the crazy train that is the national party. Arne saved them from themselves after Grunseth's teenaged pool party scandal in 1990, and again in 1994. Normie and T-Paw's ability to talk out of both sides of their mouths (and Jesse's "gift" of three-way gubernatorial races)created the illusion that the MNGOP had hesitated in its lurch to the right. Enter Emmer, and not so much.

Just another reason to be thankful that I...

the one and only time they called me, I was appalled at the phrasing and sequencing of the questions, and told the interviewer as much. Surprise, surprise, they never called ME again.

Also, a look at the cross-tabs show a population weighted significantly towards landlines, people over 65 or between 50 and 64 and White. You ask the Republican base such questions, and you get results like Raygun being the bestest president ever. Interestingly, most respondents still felt that Obama...

Posted on 06/23/14 at 01:15 pm in response to Don't cross the pollinators: Starting July 1, they're protected by law

walking my dogs past a field-full of clover. Five years ago, the thing would have been buzzing with them on a day such as this past Saturday.

Posted on 06/09/14 at 01:25 pm in response to Party without power: How the Minnesota GOP plans to take over the House

I see a good number of races that remind me of Romney's final days -- throwing good money after bad in Wisconsin, and at the end, trumpeting the win-ability of Minnesota. It stretches credulity to believe that candidates who won by 10+ points 2 years ago are extremely vulnerable, no matter who carried the presidential race. Same goes for the DFL.

I also find it interesting that 5 of the 10 GOP challengers in the 10 races where the margin was under 10 percentage points are going...

Posted on 06/09/14 at 10:03 am in response to Minnesota's GOP Senate caucus already targeting 2016 races

and it's a pretty big "if," tea party influence is held in check and they find a reasonably sane and socially moderate candidate. Judging by this year's rush to the right, after the "2012 Autopsy" and the abjurations of everyone from Bobby Jindahl to Carl Rove, there're a lot of light bulbs that'll have to go off in the meantime.

Wow. Before the Tea Party (and Mitt giving carte blanche to Clint) it was the GOP whose conventions more closely resembled stage shows than political events, locally and nationally. Kudos to you for making lemonade out of lemons! But rather ironic when it was only 4 years ago that the DFL was purportedly "doomed" and "in chaos" because of similar internecine battles!