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Bill Kahn

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 years 34 weeks

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I remember the cartoon portrayals of Dick Cheney as Darth Vader and thinking what a disservice to the character this was. Vader was redeemed at the end, but there is nothing redeemable in Cheney as he personifies what is hated about America around the world.

The new Congress and their battles and compromises with President Obama will show the world who we are; like Cheney, we will not come off all that well.

2016 will bring us revolution instead of status quo in government....

Posted on 11/21/14 at 05:32 pm in response to Tom Mann on the 'crocodile tears' of the Republicans

2014 will seem a squandered victory for Republicans come 2016 given their nonsense now; they have two years to try and prove that they are not the problem and they are blowing it big time even before the new Congress is seated.

Posted on 11/18/14 at 11:13 am in response to Park board to hire firm to re-examine tunnel option for Southwest LRT

They are long dead planners and builders of our parks, Mr. Wallek, and that is why our park system is largely a historic resource and legacy that the Metropolitan Council cannot run roughshod over; it is a good thing.

Park boards of the last few decades have done their jobs better or worse than some, but I think the present one is preserving the legacy far better than most.

You should broach your specific weed complaints with your district board member, but I think the grass...

Posted on 11/18/14 at 11:47 am in response to Park board to hire firm to re-examine tunnel option for Southwest LRT

How many times a day have those trains been crossing "for 100s," Mr. Udstrand? Certainly not every 10-20 minutes, 24-7.

I think a property tax assessment is not out of line; they are gaining a relatively impact free amenity that will increase their property values with a tunnel and many of the homes already are valuable because of the proximity of parks and lakes. Making the tunnel contingent on such an assessment, even if only a modest one, would be a good idea. Those who would...

Posted on 11/19/14 at 11:06 am in response to Park board to hire firm to re-examine tunnel option for Southwest LRT

They should be taken and perhaps the problems with the alignment would largely go away without a tunnel, but they won't be. Doesn't the Queen of England have a house on this alignment? It is ripe for redevelopment if you ask me, a classic example of blight (too many rich people). Knock'em down and put up supportive housing for folks who could really use some time on the Chain of Lakes.

Personally, I don't care where it goes and never did, but I am disgusted by the process and...

Posted on 11/17/14 at 12:42 pm in response to In defense of the Met Council

Thanks for this piece.

Studying planning in California in the early Nineties, where COGs pretended to rule the roost in metropolitan areas as local governments continued to screw one another out of one thing or another as they always had, students usually marveled over the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council seemed like the wave of the future in regional planning and it certainly still has the potential to work as it had in it's first few decades of guiding the infrastructure needed...

Posted on 11/17/14 at 02:45 pm in response to In defense of the Met Council

Transportation problems perceived as the Council's are pretty much a problem with federal funding requirements. If states were reimbursed based on how effectively a transportation system worked rather than how well they jumped through hoops, you would see more support for regional solutions like our abysmally slow and stupid start on light rail and the circus each line presents from start to finish.

I don't see partisan politics in municipalities and unincorporated areas of the Metro...

The Strib editorial folks could feel that–this is my general impression in talking to folks from around the state since I moved here–their endorsement is the kiss of death in certain circles.

Many folks just scan the headlines and read what interests them, pay scant attention to the editorial pages and they really don't need pesky facts to back up a headline and lead in or, perhaps, a slant. They think what they think before, during and after they see, scan or ignore some prose...

Posted on 10/30/14 at 01:24 pm in response to What if McFadden wins and Republicans take the Senate?

That would certainly set up President Obama to use the bully pulpit of the White House for change in the 2016 elections.

We are certainly used to Congress, in fact our whole government from the local to the federal, rendered useless, but as long as we cannot get things done, we can at least hope for explanations of why this is so: a Capitol with Republicans and Tea Partiers in it.

I certainly hope the NYTimes is wrong; they have been wrong before, so there is hope that the...

Posted on 07/17/14 at 12:04 pm in response to 2014 Campaign Finance Dashboard

Too bad there is little possible to track the PAC money, aside from MayDayPAC money of course.

Ad buys? Canvasing, push polls, etc. How does one do follow the money? I see very little reporting on money that is not tied to parties and candidates and how it compares to what has to be reported by the same.