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Frank Phelan

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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To consider retiring:

At a certain point, you're only working for a few bucks an hour. The numbers vary for everyone, but if you're annual wage is $85K, and your pensions, etc, would be worth $65K, you're only working for $10/hour.

Of course other factors come into play, but its not so easy to head out before sunrise on a January morning when you're pocketing minimum wage pay. Having a second cup of coffee, then leaving later for a few hours of volunteer work may be more...

Posted on 10/26/14 at 09:40 pm in response to Is big business sitting out the governor's race?

That Colorado interferes in the "magic of the free marketplace" better than other states? That we need to socialize losses better than other states?

I thought we wanted smaller government, and that it should "get out of the way"? So we should just open the public treasury to let business feed at the trough and then get out of the way?

How about if all states just end the biggest welfare program of all, Aid For Dependent Corporations. SNAP is dirt cheap by comparison.

Posted on 10/23/14 at 07:17 am in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

Mr. Yankovic, don't you just hate the way GOP power is "unchecked" in the states of Wisconsin and Michigan? I'll bet that drives you nuts too.

Badger state voters should elect Mary Burke to check the power of the GOP legislature! Right Mr. Yankovic?

Posted on 10/17/14 at 01:53 pm in response to Coleman group to spend against Peterson

Norm Coleman ran for US Senate to bridge the partisan divide.

I guess he's chosen to become part of the problem.

Minnesota GOP candidates have mentioned the evils of one party control at the capitol.

1) Do think one party control in Wisconsin has been bad for that state?

2) Do they think one party control is bad if it's GOP dominated?

What's sauce for the goose...

Posted on 10/13/14 at 11:22 am in response to A geek's guide to political polling

My recollection is that in 2010, most polls through the fall shod Dayton and Emmer very close. there was a KSTP/Survey USA Poll about a week or so before the election that showed Dayton with a 12 point lead. Even at the time, it was viewed as an outlier. Annette Meeks also referenced that poll on Almanac this past weekend.

I'm not sure how this false narrative has become accepted, but I expect better of David Schultz.

The actual vote totals showed that the majority of polls was...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 08:00 pm in response to Virginia Piper kidnapping gets a new look in 'Stolen From the Garden'

I was a bit too young to remember the actual kidnapping. But when I was about 12, I was a newspaper carrier for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and the Dispatch. The Dispatch was the afternoon paper, and as I walked my route, I read details of the trial. It was captivating.

Virginia Piper was left bound to a tree in Jay Cooke State Park. The trial centered on whether or not the accused kidnappers venture into Wisconsin, which would have made it a federal case. The state statute of...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 08:49 pm in response to Minnesota officials argue for lower levees along the Red River

I went to the original Who farewell tour in 1982.

I want my money back.

Just like Pawlenty owed his last four years to Peter Hutchenson.

I guess it all depends on whose ox is being gored.

Posted on 10/08/14 at 03:02 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

SCOTUS is so activist, they've even put Presidents into the White House, and declared legal fictions to be real persons.

We gotta get those guys outta there.