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Theo Kozel

Minneapolis, MN
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5 years 23 weeks

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Pavel's is 100% false, according to libertarian-leaning think-tanks The MacIver Institute and the National Center for Policy Analysis.

The MacIver Institute is "The Free Market Voice for Wisconsin", and the NCPA is "a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. Our goal is to develop and promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive,...

Posted on 07/22/14 at 05:48 pm in response to Dismissing the cost of doing business in Minnesota will be at our peril

Ms Kadoun and I agree on quite a lot. For example, we both believe Minnesota's economy is doing quite well. "It’s true that Minnesota has done better than Michigan, but much of that is likely due to our more diverse economy"

We also agree that relatively recent economic policy changes can only be tentatively judged by current economic performance. "In addition, remember that the 2013-14 legislative sessions put Minnesota’s spending and taxes on steroids with double-digit increases...

Posted on 06/04/14 at 01:06 pm in response to New GOP finance chair Pete Hegseth comes out swinging on VA management

If the VA had been run the way the Minnesota GOP has run its finances over the past decade things would be much, much better. Please don't check up on that history- it would make Pete and I look so very foolish.

Posted on 04/30/14 at 11:47 am in response to Chef Russell Klein of Brasserie Zentral talks food and Judaism

First of all, this topic is very near and dear to my heart so thanks for the article. Anything that reflects an interest in brasseries and kneipen from Mitteleuropa makes my ears perk up.

However, I would very much have LOVED to hear more of Chef Klein's thoughts regarding "”France is where most people think about it, but really they’re in Germany, Austria, Hungary, all that.”" I'm assuming the 'they're' he is referring to is 'brasseries'. What does he mean by this? What fits the...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 09:36 am in response to Urban development: mixed use, mixed results?

"But when I drive around town, I see a whole lot of mixed-use buildings with unused retail space." As an assessment of the success or failure of an approach to urban development, anecdotes are meaningless. Perhaps the writer's questions would be better answered through some basic research- for example, comparing the success rates of mixed developments against similar businesses not in mixed developments. Sorry, even as a devil's advocate type article, this is just plain lazy and poorly...

Posted on 03/20/14 at 08:44 am in response to A no-good very bad Senate election cycle for Democrats?

...fortunately the election is in November.

Furthermore, the same kinds of factors that make 2014 look difficult for Team Blue indicate that this is nothing but a swan song for Team Red. The electoral map, continued (but slow) demographic changes, the GOP lack of a platform, voting patterns of millenials, etc. look as bad for the GOP long term as other factors look for the Democrats short term. If I had to choose between which hand I had to play, I'd choose the Democratic one....

Posted on 02/13/14 at 11:07 am in response to Marty Seifert: ‘Minnesota government costs too much’

"The Met Council is going way above and beyond what it should be doing, particularly in the area of urban planning and zoning that is better left to local units of government that are held accountable with election certificates.

I look at the Met Council as a duplicative layer of government, over the top of local government that should be doing these things. Frankly, there are a lot of local government units that could be consolidating and performing joint services."

In other...

Posted on 01/30/14 at 11:32 am in response to In giving Minnesota a D, Students First hurt its own credibility

That the two best performing states according to this report card are Louisiana and Florida and the worst include our own Minnesota as well as Iowa and Wisconsin is enough to dismiss Students First. It is not outcomes they are concerned with - measurable metrics of success - but what ideological prescriptions were applied. Students First as a name is a mockery. It should be Students Be Damned - We Have an Ideology!

Posted on 11/26/13 at 03:35 pm in response to Leaf-bagging under scrutiny as a wasteful expense and pointless chore

Global Warming does not translate into "every part of the earth will be warmer all the time", so a late, cold spring followed by an early winter in Minnesota is not a counter to 'global warming'. What would be a counter to is if the thousands of temperature readings taken around the globe did not show a historical aggregate warming trend. Unfortunately they do.

It is interesting that a climate change denier would cite NOAA statistics on this hurricane season when the NOAA itself...

Posted on 11/27/13 at 09:50 am in response to Leaf-bagging under scrutiny as a wasteful expense and pointless chore

As I and at least one other commenter here have explained, local short term weather conditions are not valid indicators or counter-indicators of global warming. To present them as such is to spread misinformation. If you want to understand the scientific view on the matter, you could do much worse than read the NOAA website information I linked to.