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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 5/31

Justice Paul Anderson’s retirement, MN campaign finance law changes, future of the Legacy money and more.

Justice Paul Anderson – He saw tomorrow’s America

from Governor Arne Carlson’s Blog

Paul Anderson’s legal career was exemplified by his commitment to his favorite phrase “majesty of law”.  He saw the application of law beyond the normalcy of process.  Rather, majesty implied the greatness and dignity of law.

Campaign finance law: Little things mean a lot

from LeftMN by Steve Timmer 

Among the many sadly overlooked bills passed by the legislature and signed by the governor of late is SF661, the campaign finance bill. (The link is to the conference bill that was passed by the House and the Senate and signed by Governor Dayton, according to news reports.) The bill ran some thirty pages plus as introduced and has a lot of things in it, but I will mention only one for now. Well, actually three, but they’re related.

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Rep. Kahn and Lessard-Sams: A cooperative future?

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

The Lessard-Sams Council is sincere in meeting the needs of the state from an outdoor perspective. But everyone needs to move forward in a cooperative way. Maybe the Governor’s vetoes are a message for all legislators and beneficiaries to get on the same page. If that be the case, then I hope everyone takes it to heart.

What if Obamacare works?

from Barataria by Erik Hare

…what if Obamacare actually works?  That’s not an idle question, either, because there is considerable evidence that it will work – for very conservative, Republican reasons.  And at least one key Republican has admitted as much.

All the best U.S. cycle tracks are street level

from by Reuben Collins

Curb-height cycle tracks introduce a level of complexity to the design of intersections that is unnecessary. I am not aware of a US city that has successfully translated the elegance of dutch cycle track design into a US context with half-curbs and biscuit islands or a full curb-height design that navigated ADA requirements. Meanwhile, cities all across the US have implemented street-level cycle tracks separated from motorized traffic with medians or parking. In many agencies, it is safe to say that the engineers are not champing at the bit to design cycle tracks at all, let alone a facility that requires them to fundamentally re-imagine all of the curb ramps, which are already tricky enough as it is. I am not suggesting that we settle for less-than-stellar facilities. The word I am hearing from cities like New York and Washington DC is that they are having phenomenal success with their street-level facilities.

Good books, bad books, Rachel reviews books

from Stubble by Tom Johnson

“I review everything from anyone. Right now I’m only servicing for the big six – Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster. When you’re a blogger and don’t have connections with the big six you start with independent authors. When you get big – have thousands of followers – publishers send you tons of ARCs (advance reading copies) to review and read before they’re actually sold in book stores.”

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