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Paul Landskroener

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 3 weeks

Recent Comments

Rather than setting an arbitrary retirement age (which would require a constitutional amendment), amend the constitution to provide for long -- but not lifetime -- appointments. One plan I've read is to appoint justices for 20 year terms, and to implement it so that two terms expire during each presidential term. (This rule could apply to district and circuit court judges, too.) This would provide for continuity but also for change; would continue to insulate justices from the political...

Posted on 12/19/13 at 09:51 am in response to Why DFL is (somewhat secretly) divided over ranked-choice voting

Thank you for this story; it has gone largely untold. Ranked Choice Voting is much more than a way to cast and count ballots; it requires an entirely new way of thinking about campaigning and political parties. It will take a few election cycles for us to figure out how to operate in this new world, but I believe it's well worth the uncertainty. Despite the circus of having 35 candidates, and only about five or six credible ones, the expected benefits of a positive campaign and increased...

Posted on 12/09/13 at 03:52 pm in response to Jason Lewis: Majority rule is undemocratic

The Senate's covenant that provided the minority the opportunity to delay a hasty vote also has an unwritten component, namely that the minority must not use that power irresponsibly or capriciously, and to reserve it only for the most critical, most important issues. The Republican minority in the Senate violated this rule over and over and over again. They used it to delay votes on judicial confirmations, for example, even though there was no opposition to the underlying appointment....

What are the current proposals for revising the low filing threshhold for running for mayor?

My son suggested that there be a substantial but not prohibitive filing fee -- say $500 or $1000 -- and that each dollar of the fee can be "paid" for by a valid signature on a petition. So an underfunded candidate who can mobilize 500 or 1000 signatures can run, but the frivolous vanity candidate would have to make a more significant investment to feed his or her ego.

God may move the heart of a king, but apparently not Warren Limmer. Sigh.

Posted on 04/23/13 at 08:37 am in response to Why it’s increasingly likely Michele Bachmann will retire

You write: "Bachmann spent more than any other House candidate in the country and barely survived." On what?, I wonder.

Posted on 04/16/13 at 09:02 am in response to Local talk-radio jock Davis tells Newtown families, 'Go to hell'

I feel compelled to remind readers that Bob Davis' radio partner is Tom Emmer, the blowhard who came within 9000 votes of becoming Minnesota's governor. Unless he responded promptly and critically to Bob's rant, he shares responsibility for his partner's crass statements.

Posted on 11/19/12 at 12:30 pm in response to Why should the unelected Supreme Court get the final say about our laws?

Lincoln has it about right, I think. The Court's decision has to be the last decision in the particular case, but that does not by itself foreclose dissent in the nation as to whether the Court correctly interpreted or applied the Constitution. (Robert Jackson said it best when he said about the Supreme Court, "We are not final because we are infallible; we are infallible because we are final.")

That is, while the Court has to be the final word in particular cases, and its opinions...

Posted on 11/17/12 at 09:29 am in response to Bikes mean better business

A friend of mine is a market researcher for a large New York firm. As many as seven or more years ago, he was engaged by a consortium of Japanese auto firms to predict the US automobile market. Their extensive research was summarized in one provocative statement: Driving is the new smoking.

They found that among young people in particular, driving is becoming a socially negative activity, a necessary evil perhaps, but an evil nonetheless. I think they're onto something.

Posted on 11/27/12 at 02:30 pm in response to Put legalizing same-sex marriage on the fast track

I stand with the do it now crowd.

But if that's not to be, the DFL should at least take steps in the right direction.

First, repeal the part of the Minnesota DOMA that prohibits recognition of valid same sex marriages concluded in another state. Second, recognize same sex domestic partners in all public employee benefit plans. Third, pass a robust civil union law providing all benefits and obligations to registered same we couples, including protection for adoptive parents...