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Mark Heuring

New Brighton, MN
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4 years 21 weeks

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Posted on 11/16/14 at 10:47 am in response to A conservative’s argument against net neutrality

Glad you all enjoyed, or didn't enjoy, what was intended as an observation, not a full-blown argument, concerning net neutrality. A couple of points:

I have no dog in this fight, nor any great love for Comcast. I rather dislike them, actually -- hence the "mild profanity."

The point I'm making about New Brighton politicians is that they do have a voice in granting franchises. There's a pretty good chance that we will have a new cable provider/ISP serving our area soon, because...

Posted on 11/16/14 at 07:32 pm in response to A conservative’s argument against net neutrality

No, I don't feel banged around at all. I do understand that it wasn't personal.

To clarify -- I don't believe that New Brighton is going to regulate telecom. They can, in coordination with the other communities in the area, award the cable television franchise to a different provider. That the cable provider and the ISP provider for many people in my area is the same company makes a difference. And it is certain that Comcast's behavior merits scrutiny on multiple levels.


Posted on 04/21/14 at 11:57 am in response to Minimum wage and the price of a sandwich

DM suggests,

The idea that McDonalds can't absorb a wage increase is a favorite of conservative thought - but McDonalds is more concerned about the price of beef, fish and chicken than they are about paying workers.

Of course, but the purveyors of these ingredients will also have their labor costs go up as well. Might they pass along the costs, too?

No one takes one for the team. We aren't able to vote ourselves rich; if we could, we'd have done it long ago.


Posted on 12/10/12 at 03:55 pm in response to The Supremes take up gay marriage

My son attends a metro-area high school. He's learned this in middle school and high school. My daughter is learning the same thing.

It's not an accusation. It's just reality.

Posted on 12/11/12 at 05:11 am in response to The Supremes take up gay marriage

The original judge in the case was Vaughn Walker, not Reinhardt. He wrote the original opinion. And his ruling, not the 3-judge panel's ruling, will be what the Supreme Court will take up.

There are a lot of "larger points" involved in what happened in California.

Posted on 12/11/12 at 11:11 pm in response to The Supremes take up gay marriage

Technically you are correct, but the 9th was affirming the original decision of the district court, which is part of the 9th Circuit. And Walker's original decision, and the reasoning behind it, will certainly be an issue when the case gets to the Supreme Court.

Posted on 11/29/12 at 07:48 pm in response to Pundits think Franken is in good shape for Senate re-election

Bachmann won't run against Franken. Erik Paulsen or John Kline? Maybe. Either would be a pretty formidable challenger.

Posted on 08/28/12 at 06:22 pm in response to Supreme Court amendments rulings — What we've learned

Yes, I am a partisan. And I've never pretended otherwise. Thanks for reading, Lyn and Rachel.

Posted on 08/21/12 at 05:56 am in response to Practically everyone tells Rep. Gauthier: 'Leave'

Did he just say the Democrats are responsible for Todd Akin?

He did and he has a point. Missouri has an open primary and a lot of Democrats voted for Akin, because they rightly saw him as a weaker candidate than the other candidates in the race. In fact, Democratic operatives actually ran pro-Akin ads during the campaign. And if you've noticed the coverage, about the only person who hasn't rushed to condemn Akin is Claire McCaskill.

Yes, a lot of Republicans would have had to...

Posted on 06/25/12 at 07:30 pm in response to Supreme conservatives decline to reconsider Citizens United

General Mills is a corporation. Should they be allowed to express their views on the Marriage Amendment?