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RB Holbrook

Minneapolis, MN
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We can expect to see at least some Republicans supporting this one. It is a clear attempt to pander to rural interests.

Whose property value benefits most from easy access to transportation? I'm not an expert, but I'm guessing roads are a more important variable in the value of urban or suburban property than in rural property. Consider especially that property located close to mass transit tends to go up in value.

So this would just be another way for outstate to stick it...

Posted on 01/27/15 at 09:41 am in response to Minnesota needs to attract outsiders to offset population loss

Saying that some Muslims are following Sharia law is not even close to making Perkins's claim "half right." It would be like saying that many Jewish people follow Talmudic law, so it's "half right" to say that law is being imposed.

Posted on 01/27/15 at 10:54 am in response to Minnesota needs to attract outsiders to offset population loss

Perkins--a known hatemonger and purveyor of disinformation--said that there are "no go" zones in Minneapolis where "the authorities" have allowed Shariah law to be imposed. How can that conceivably be based on the fact that many Somali Muslims follow cultural practices regarding dispute resolution?

Posted on 01/27/15 at 02:59 pm in response to Minnesota needs to attract outsiders to offset population loss

Happy now?

I don't see that the Somali practice is dictated by Sharia, but feel free to cite anything credible (sorry, but that's a requirement) to the contrary. It seems to be more a hold-over from local custom in Somalia.

Posted on 01/23/15 at 10:59 am in response to Number of young smokers continues to drop

Mainstream America knows that, despite the criminal convictions entered against BP (most of which were based on its pleas of guilty), it's not a "criminal corporation."

Posted on 01/22/15 at 05:09 pm in response to The visionary challenges of rethinking the strip mall

In theory, Minn. Stat. 117.012 limits eminent domain to takings for a public use or purpose. "Public use or purpose" means ownership or occupancy by the public, a public service corporation, or blight remediation. Putting up a shiny new big box store isn't part of the game anymore.

In theory.

Posted on 01/26/15 at 11:42 am in response to The visionary challenges of rethinking the strip mall

Minnesota's current eminent domain law was part of the anti-Kelo backlash. Before the new law went into effect, cities were largely free to condemn property because they wanted something shinier in its place.

"Blight" is an easy cop-out in a lot of states (I recall reading that the New Jersey definition of the term was so broad that the Governor's Mansion could be condemned as "blighted"). In Minnesota, blight is defined pretty narrowly. Individual buildings cannot be condemned as...

Posted on 01/22/15 at 11:34 am in response to Kline opposes Obama's idea for free community college

How? I don't think the President has proposed lower the academic or admission standards of community colleges (which are, as I understand it, largely open admissions now).

Posted on 01/22/15 at 04:37 pm in response to Northfield pub owner feels backlash over free speech

I don't understand your objection. It doesn't take away anyone's "freedom of speech," whether that right is guaranteed by the First Amendment or not, to refuse to listen to what someone says, or to refuse to patronize a business that sponsors speech one finds offensive. A person can say what he likes, but no one is forced to listen.

Posted on 01/21/15 at 10:56 am in response to Minnesota is (tied for) the best state in the country

Taxes in medieval England were based on income and property, so Robin Hood--if he existed--was redistributing wealth downwards.

The tax revenue was also largely for military purposes. You approve of this?