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Luke Ferguson

Minneapolis, MN
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5 years 29 weeks

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Posted on 10/02/14 at 04:20 pm in response to A slow and sarcastic first McFadden-Franken debate

Can you please give me some examples of Senator Franken being anything but a "sophisticated and studied legislator"?

Here, I've even done the first part for you: http://www.c-span.org/person/?alfranken

Everything I've seen from Senator Franken since his election he has come across as well informed and incredibly compassionate person who works hard on the issues that matter to...

Posted on 09/29/14 at 11:05 am in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

I'm glad to hear someone else mention proportional representation, Eric. I really like the concept.

One of the biggest problems I see is that people do not vote in their own economic best interest and the best interest of people like them. Is that their right? Sure, but I don't believe most people would vote against their interests if they realized that's what they were doing.

Our system prioritizes candidates over issues. If you like a candidate, you might vote for him without...

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10688421/Pope-say...

Posted on 09/16/14 at 10:29 am in response to Yes, ditching the car for your commute to work improves well-being

Asked and answered:

Health Benefits
SUBMITTED BY LUKE FERGUSON ON JUNE 19, 2014 - 2:34PM.
Wonder if anyone's done a study on the health benefits of not having to fight rush hour morning traffic. I can't be the only one whose blood pressure seems a few points higher from having to fight the daily deluge of dumb drivers.

I myself, am of course a perfect and courteous driver at all times.

But seriously, I show up to work in a much worse mood after dealing with...

Posted on 09/16/14 at 02:43 pm in response to Minnesota's tax system rated 7th 'fairest' among the states

I always eagerly await your columns, Eric.

Asking questions and expecting fact based answers is a dying art.

Professional sports contracts almost always include extensive codes of conduct that go way above and beyond just saying you can't do illegal stuff.

The NFL and all of professional athletics is just a series of very valuable brands. They need to maintain that brand, so those who wear the logo need to be above reproach.

I think we're starting to see underpinnings behind that branding come crashing down around their ears, if these sort of behaviors continue.

Posted on 09/12/14 at 04:32 pm in response to Is the party over for the Independence Party?

Why does a candidate need a party?

To keep them (and apparently their family members, Mr. Helland number two) from making fools of themselves in public forums on the internet.

And for organization, and fundraising, messaging, and developing detailed party platforms vetted and voted on in BPOUs and conventions across the state.

Maybe the IP would do well to start with asking Minnesotans what they want the IP to be, instead of making the IP whatever its candidates decide...

Posted on 09/11/14 at 02:00 pm in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

I'm actually sitting here with my mouth wide open because I'm so shocked by how reasonable Rand Paul's comments are.

Posted on 09/11/14 at 01:46 pm in response to Why workers are coming together

McDonalds had profits of $5.5 billion in 2012. That's 20% profit on $27.5 billion in revenues.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald's

I'm convinced they can afford to pay their workers more.

And let's not forget the indirect government subsidies McDonalds gets by inordinate numbers of their workers being forced to also rely on government assistance to feed their families and keep a roof over their head.

Posted on 09/10/14 at 09:22 am in response to Peterson and Nolan are targets in fresh round of Republican ads

Somehow to you farm bill = nothing?