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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 6/28

Pitfalls of ranked-choice voting, Nolan fires up CD8 campaign, enough about Brodkorb already, truly public officials, and the Leaning Tree of Tower Place.

Gary Schiff learns about ranked-choice voting

from LeftMN by Tony Petrangelo

This is one of the critiques I have with Ranked-Choice Voting as well. By eliminating the primary, the system is actually makes it more difficult for upstart candidates of the major parties (in Minneapolis there is really just one party) to win.

MN-08: Nolan launches first strike of 2014 campaign

from Iron Country Free Press by Shelly Mategko

8th District Congressman Rick Nolan of Crosby does not yet have an official challenger in 2014, but that hasn’t stopped him from going on the offensive. In a recent fundraising email sent to supporters and lobbyists in Washington DC, Nolan attacked a potential opponent for being a Tea Party extremist aligned to 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

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Enough about Michael Brodkorb

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

Personally, I wish this whole matter would just go away. Number one, it is costing the State of Minnesota far more than it is worth – $200,000 and counting, and Number two, it has become irrelevant in any other way outside its cost.

Too many forget about the ‘public’ in public official

from Thoughts–PoliMobile by Curt Prins

Senator Al Franken is one of those rare exceptions. Whether you voted for him or otherwise, he’s never shied away from connecting on a human level.

The leaning tree of tower place

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

…you are viewing an ash tree that, if growing straight and tall, would make your world appear off kilter.

This tree, a block from my house on Tower Place in Faribault, worries me. The laws of gravity and the forces of nature tell me this ash is destined to topple right onto the street.

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