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Theo Kozel

Minneapolis, MN
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5 years 27 weeks

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When a non-partisan organization comes up with evidence of voter fraud, we can talk.

Otherwise the case is closed regarding whether voter fraud is a legitimate issue- all evidence resoundingly shows it is not. People who genuinely care about the Constitution and the American way of democracy would not drum up false allegations to weaken this core instution.

You're reaching, Mr, Swift, and grasping nothing but straws. It remains unarguably true that eroding faith in the vote when you have no solid evidence to justify your position is un-American in the truest sense of the term: it attacks a central, fundamental plank of our democracy that has been in place since our nation was founded.

Actually, pretty much all developed countries do not require a photo ID-

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/post/voter-id-proponents-...

Unfortunately you don't understand the statistics you are citing, Mr. Swift.

That #11 does not mean 11th MOST underemployed, it means 11th LEAST underemployed, as corroborated by this table from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which breaks all unemployment measures down by state-

http://www.bls.gov/lau/stalt.htm

1) North Dakota 5.5%
2) South Dakota 6.9%
3) Nebraska...

Posted on 09/24/14 at 10:41 am in response to St. Paul and the troubles of redeveloping awkward buildings

I'm curious if someone can speak about a few questions that linger in my mind after reading this article: Roughly how much did the Port Authority expect the demolition costs to be? Why are the costs so much greater than they anticipated? I agree that it's best for the city to have control over such a central location, St. Paul doesn't need its own Block E (nor does Minneapolis, for that matter).

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...