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RB Holbrook

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 10/01/14 at 02:46 pm in response to McFadden goes at Franken's record in first debate

As Bob Dylan might have put it:

He's got a head full of ideas
That are driving him insane.

While the education section of MinnPost debates campaign financing, I see that the Political Agenda has noted national awards for excellence given to eight Minnesota (public, non-charter) schools.

Am I missing something? Or does that strike anyone else as backwards? While numbers are being thrown about regarding contributions to political campaigns, the real stories about educating children are being missed. Instead of hearing about what goes on in schools, we are treated to...

Posted on 09/30/14 at 12:27 pm in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

You are correct about point 5. Although there is plenty of coverage of local elections, the average person pays no attention to it because it isn't coming from one of the mass media outlets. TV stations in most markets are not going to cover local city council elections except in larger cities (and, based on the coverage of Minneapolis and St. Paul city halls by local stations, what coverage there is stinks).

I don't know that it's an interest in smaller government that keeps voters...

Posted on 09/30/14 at 04:24 pm in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

What would the purpose of taking a "citizenship test" be? We are citizens either by birth or by naturalization. Once citizenship is attained, it cannot be taken away involuntarily, so flunking the renewal test would mean--what, exactly?

What about the people who don't want to be involved, or aware? Are we going to force political engagement on, say, Jehovah's Witnesses?

I must have missed something: is WCCO broadcasting news again? They have moved past lifestyle directions, shopping tips, and mind-numbing banter?

Who knew?

Posted on 09/26/14 at 01:54 pm in response to Democrats target Mills' wealth — will it work?

The "negative ads" are not being sponsored by the DFL, but (at least in the case of the ads against Mills) by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Two groups, in case you had trouble keeping track.

The attacks on Citizens United are not for the fact that they are "outside" money, but that they are corporate money. The Koch brothers are attacked because of their insidious policies.

Incidentally, can you explain why it is an "attack" ad to characterize a candidate's...

Posted on 09/26/14 at 02:55 pm in response to Democrats target Mills' wealth — will it work?

And here the global liberal conspiracy was hoping you would never find out about that! What are we to do?!

All that is let is to point out that the issue is not the wealth, but the crafting of policy choices that amplify that wealth to the detriment of the rest of society! It's a good thing there still are voters who can appreciate that distinction.

Posted on 09/26/14 at 03:15 pm in response to Democrats target Mills' wealth — will it work?

He could pull a Walker and sell his soul (or what's left of it) to the Koch brothers.

Incidentally, would you even know what a Renoir is without resorting to Wikipedia?

Posted on 09/28/14 at 12:03 pm in response to Democrats target Mills' wealth — will it work?

I'm sure Mr. Mills could afford a Renoir, if not a Lautrec. He may think it pointless to sell his tchotchkies when the Koch brothers are more than happy to pump money into his campaign. All he has to do is promise his undying fealty (which should be no problem).

And to think that I was going to edit out that last crack as a regretted personal snub.

Posted on 09/28/14 at 12:05 pm in response to Democrats target Mills' wealth — will it work?

That remark is not fair. You are leaving out contemporary luminaries like Karl Rove. You also are unjustly neglecting the shrieking contributions of the right-wing media to the permanent campaign.