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Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 01/14/15 at 10:54 pm in response to Why Minnesota’s judicial selection system needs a fix

The issue is a fascist solution in search of a problem. It reminds me of Groucho Marx in "Horsefeathers" addressing students: "You want to abolish wage slavery? I know how: abolish wages!"

The judiciary is the second most anti-republican branch of government, next to the executive. As precedents in the past forty years giving police and military greater leeway and freedom from accountability under the law, the judiciary condones executive arrogation of power, just as priests...

Posted on 01/15/15 at 01:02 pm in response to Why Minnesota’s judicial selection system needs a fix

Straight and to the point. Thank you.

The Sinatra Sessions beats the Bing Shift hands down.

Prairie Home Companion made Axis Radio's list.

Posted on 06/17/14 at 10:25 am in response to What if we made transportation systems regulated public utilities?

Hear, hear on a Bank of North Dakota for Minnesota! 1/3 to 1/2 of all public works projects' costs go to interest on loans. With a public bank, MN will collect interest on loans, not pay interest out to private lenders.

The successors to the Socialists, the Non-Partisan League, created the Bank of North Dakota in 1919. Its biggest proponent today is U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND). He served as president of the bank in the 1990s, then served two terms as Governor of ND, and left...

Posted on 06/17/14 at 10:40 am in response to What if we made transportation systems regulated public utilities?

Hear, hear!

Interest payments swallow 1/3 to 1/2 of the bill for public works projects. The Bank will reduce that to nothing, or next to nothing, with the state lending itself the money.

The biggest promoter of the Bank of North Dakota (BND) is Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), retired Governor with a departing 87% approval rating en route to the Senate and President of BND in the 1990s.

Even Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank, whose predatory predecessors gave the impetus for BND in...

Posted on 05/16/14 at 10:39 am in response to Tracking Supreme Court justices' rulings: principles of law or politics?

Cute, but the joke has been recycled so much I saw it in a "waste receptacle" in a Minneapolis park.

That also does not explain the fact that living appellate judges can foul up the scene very quickly, too.

Look at Bush v. Gore and death penalty cases that cost innocent people their lives.

And for millions of people in every country in the world -- not just Iraq, Afghanistan, and the U.S., who lost their lives between 9/11/2001 and the present, Bush v. Gore might count...

Posted on 05/16/14 at 10:27 am in response to Abortion foes kill 'corporations aren't people' legislative push

Paul Brandon almost answered his own question.

The question is not an absence of sense. The issues are the absences of intellectual integrity and moral courage to open a Constitutional Convention.

A Constitutional Convention could actually get reproductive freedom right, and leave the matter in the bedroom. But that would take intellectual integrity and moral courage.

Roe v. Wade shows the burden of Justice Blackmun's past experience as the general counsel for the Mayo...

Posted on 01/17/14 at 11:47 am in response to California bullet train? How Jerry Brown is at war with himself

California can afford a bullet train if it creates a state bank in the fashion of the Bank of North Dakota. The cost will go down because the state will essentially loan the money to itself. The saved interest could reach 1/3 of the present projected costs of $68 to $100 billion.

See Ellen Brown, " the Public Bank Solution" and her candidacy for California State Teasurer.

Posted on 12/19/13 at 11:24 am in response to Why DFL is (somewhat secretly) divided over ranked-choice voting

Mr. Black has a question over the secret DFL establishment division over RCV? Do not play your readers for fools.

The DFL establishement secretly and passively-aggressively opposes RCV because it puts power into the hands of individuals without mediation of party leaders or gatekeepers. By placement of a premium on positive campaigning to attract voters who may cast a second or third place ballot for a candidate, RCV mitigates the harsh effects of concentrated money, which benefits...

Posted on 08/19/13 at 09:37 am in response to Confused about ranked-choice voting? Let’s sort it out


I appreciate your article on Ranked-Choice Voting. Please allow me to share observations that add to your story.

I also prefer IRV (instant runoff voting). The variant for multiple-winner races, MIRV (multiple instant runoff voting) gives us, as you observed, two men's names, IRV and MIRV.

An English gentleman named Thomas Hare developed MIRV, and thus IRV, in 1859, before the gentleman from Massachusetts in 1871.

Hopkins, MN had MIRV for its City Council...