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MN Blog Cabin Roundup: 6/15

Liberals helping conservatives make their case, voter ID, St. Anthony Islamic center, ad-sponsored drinking water and more.

How liberal wonks are inadvertently making the conservatives’ case

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

What we are seeing is the MSNBC-ification of the left.  Liberal propeller-headed policy wonks adore having easy access to policy data on MSNBC and the blogosphere, so we now blurt out this data Turrets-style, even though much of the blurting effectively makes it appear as if we agree that the positions the conservatives are advocating are actually desirable.

The curious incident of the State of Rhode Island

from Tim Droogsma’s Blog by Tim Droogsma

The black and Hispanic members of the Legislature were among the most enthusiastic supporters of the bill, including Rep. Anastasia Williams, an African-American. She saw the need for Voter ID when she showed up at her polling place in 2006 with her daughter and both of them were told they had already voted. Four years later, she testified, she watched another man vote under one name, go to the parking lot, change clothes and return to vote under another name.

MN Majority’s McGrath: Challenging voting system & making us pay

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

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Polls in Minnesota show this amendment to have a high degree of favorability. And who doesn’t want to have the assurance of voter integrity. But McGrath only gives out the facts he wants us to hear. There is much, much more to this story and the actual effects of this amendment are still not known.

The unpleasant effects of total corporate power

from MN Publius by Jeff Rosenberg

[The Roberts court has] made great strides toward reshaping our society as conservatives would prefer to see it. Their ideal society is one where the rich and powerful are given more power, which they can use to further enrich themselves and purchase even more power. If they step on a few of the little folks along the way, that’s too bad.

Suing your way into St. Anthony

from Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood by Mark Heuring

Should you hold the St. Anthony government responsible for disparaging remarks made in a public forum? I don’t think so. I also dislike the notion that Islam, or any religion, cannot be criticized. As a Catholic, I hear my faith criticized quite often.

What is Google?

from Barataria by Erik Hare

My hunch is that William Randolph Hearst would be impressed, but should anyone else?  Not given the threat by mobile devices spurred in part by google itself.  Google’s biz – curation for profit – has one really big enemy to deal with, and that is google.

Ad supported free drinking water?

from The Deets by Ed Kohler

A company in West Virginia is taking an interesting stab at the drinking water market by offering ad supported drinking water kiosks on college campuses.

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