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Luke Ferguson

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
5 years 23 weeks

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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?

Posted on 08/05/14 at 02:37 pm in response to Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

Did you read the article?

Governor Carlson takes a much more subtle approach than I would in pointing out that our priorities are backasswards in funding a stadium while there are those in Minnesota homeless, without access to healthcare, and without adequate food. Those would be my main 3 before Zygi gets a dime, much less billions of dimes.

But, Governor Carlson clearly made the point that he's NOT saying we must fund all "good" things before we fund entertainment/quality of...

From the AP:
"The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling."

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Posted on 07/07/14 at 01:44 pm in response to How does the Supreme Court nullify thee? Let us count the ways

"Because if you were forced to work there, then and only then, would you have an argument."

So...the owners of Hobby Lobby are being forced to continue to own and run their business?

Your logic works the other way just the same, no one is forcing them to retain ownership or keep the store open. If the regulatory environment in the form of required healthcare is too onerous for the owners, no one is forcing them to keep running the business. Maybe they'd like Canada better, no...

Posted on 06/19/14 at 02:34 pm in response to Revisiting 'The Amazing Race:' LRT versus car

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 traffic for half an hour. This comment section is a great example of why we need multi-modal transit and...

Posted on 06/17/14 at 11:48 am in response to What if we made transportation systems regulated public utilities?

Marlys! I hope you find a way to keep writing about transit and transportation. I've enjoyed your contributions here immensely. Best of luck with whatever's next for you.