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Frank Phelan

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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This statement will be true once the middle class is extinct. So, about ten years from now.

A lot of business do very well financially be preying on the poor. Want to bet which ZIP codes contain the most check cashing outfits? Do you think there was a lot of equity-stripping of home owners in Wayzata?

Posted on 04/16/14 at 04:18 pm in response to Minneapolis cabbies Uber-mad about regulation reform

Are you sure it's a zero sum game? Is it possible that people that use Lyft would never use a cab? I have no way of knowing, but it's possible that if some never takes cabs and starts using Lyft, that at some point they start using traditional cabs as well.

Changing one variable doesn't meant that other variables won't change. Starbucks didn't mind when McDonalds started selling gourmet coffee. They knew that some people who had never stepped into a Starbucks would try McDonald's new...

Posted on 04/01/14 at 04:06 pm in response to Most job vacancies in nine years

Any word on how many of those pay more than $12/hour with good benefits?

Posted on 03/28/14 at 04:13 pm in response to DFL senators want the public to vote on minimum-wage inflation factor

The new Senate office building should be put on the ballot, not the minimum wage. It just amazes me that they can't find the votes to pass the most popular issue in the country (raising the minimum wage) but they'll got to the mat over the glitzy office building. We haven't seen such boneheaded-ness since Karl Rove's fall 2006 prediction of a GOP landslide that November.

They'll risk the House turning over to the GOP fall over the office building. Instead, they could give DFL-leaning...

Posted on 03/27/14 at 05:14 pm in response to Ramsey County asks St. Paul to re-open Nienstedt and Wehrmeyer cases

Was seen in Los Angele recently.

That's all the proof I need that the practice facility will be built.

This reminds of the Will rogers quote, "I'm not a member of an organized political party. I'm a Democrat."

After the GOP swept into majority rule in several states after the 2010 elections, they didn't have these problems. they knew what their goals were, and they moved quickly to enact them. Often they hadn't been fully forthcoming with voters, and most of what the wanted was to take it to the middle class and constituencies that rarely vote for them. But their actions were swift and...

This provides a good contrast between the two parties. GOPers are far more likely to march in lockstep and sing from the same hymnal. Note how they rammed through Scott Walker's union busting and budget bills in Wisconsin. Behind the scenes, wealthy conservative forces enforced discipline on Michigan legislators and the governor to ram through a right-to-work-for-less law.

Now compare that to Bakk and the Senate. Supposedly, last year they were too afraid of their own shadows to bump...

Posted on 03/11/14 at 07:26 am in response to Republican Dennis Nguyen withdraws from secretary of state race

He was running under the banner of the self proclaimed party of family and biblical values. Paying money to see nude women he is not married to is very relevant. Have we forgotten who put the marriage amendment on the ballot?

Posted on 03/10/14 at 11:57 am in response to Osmo Vänskä's fate: Minnesota Orchestra board facing intense pressure

Not only does Henson not sell any tickets, he may in fact depress sales.