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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 10/25

GOP straw ballot predictions, a millenial’s case for MNsure, a SWLRT solution and more.

Predictions for the Republican Party of Minnesota’s straw ballot

from by Michael Brodkorb

While it’s still early in the campaign season, the statewide candidates participating in the straw ballot can be divided into two groups: the candidates which need to have a strong showing and those candidates with no expectation on how they perform. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson MUST win the straw ballot for governor and State Senator Julianne Ortman MUST win the straw ball for U.S. Senate. After the official vote on Saturday, please visit for analysis on the results.

One Millennial’s case for MNsure and Obamacare

from Growth & Justice Blog by Alfred Eze

The people who are dumping on MnSure and threatening to de-fund the Affordable Care Act really need to listen to us struggling Millennials.

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A simple/complicated solution to the Southwest Corridor situation

from by Nick Magrino

So maybe this could be an option #3. Put all the money in a pot, and build in a cut-and-cover tunnel under Nicollet Mall, and then in a tunnel (probably not cut-and-cover) under one of the main arteries in South Minneapolis (probably Hennepin or Lyndale) and link up with the existing rail corridor west of Uptown. There are many options. All are better than what is proposed. There are obvious issues with funding–the approval we got from the legislature for the streetcar funding plan is specific to streetcars, and the federal portion of the funding is similarly complex. But clearly we need to think about this more–and considering the feds changed the funding formulas to favor legitimate urban transportation projects shortly after we decided to build an immensely expensive iteration of the Northstar Line, we may even do better.

Fix the debt

from Barataria by Erik Hare

But that’s the thing with the debt – we’ve been in a situation like this before. At the end of WWII the total debt was 120% of GDP. How did we get through that? Debt is something that is best handled by balancing the budget (not adding to debt) and then positioning the nation to grow our way out of it, as we did in the 1950s. Everything looks better in a growing economy, and the 2020s will be no different if we do it right.

Thoughts on ‘making it’

from Stubble by Matt Theisen

All this is not to say that a traditional one-track or one-company career path is undesirable. It is simply to say that having as complete information as possible can only help you to make that decision. I am tempted to believe that a great deal of discontent and disappointment that people have with their place in life is not due mostly to the absolute drudgery or injustice they endure, but with how their path has not matched up with what they expected it to be. To get the best information possible about yourself and the life you want, it can only help to have spent time doing things you know are not what you want, before eventually making up your mind—and ‘making it’.

Philosophy and theology are like an old married couple, and they’re not getting divorced

from Theoblogy by Tony Jones

A few years ago, I was talking with a friend of mine who’s the chair of the philosophy department at a prominent Christian college. He’s a highly respected philosopher in his own right, and he’s taught at this school for many years. He told me that recently he’d been called into the president’s office where the president, provost, and dean had gathered. And they asked him, “Why do so many philosophy majors lose their faith at our college? What are you doing wrong, and how can you fix it?”

11 years ago today

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

Eleven years ago. Over a decade. I still remember standing at my work station and hearing the special bulletin on the radio. I was stunned. Paul Wellstone’s plane was missing. 

Locavore’s footprint

from My Minnesota by John Harrington

We’ve been trying, for the past several years, to eat more local, healthy food. 

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