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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 10/4

Rep. Ellison’s ultimatum: Single payer or government shutdown

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

Saint Paul, Minn. –U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)  announced today that he is leading a progressive effort to shut down the federal government until a single payer health insurance system replaces the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010, further complicating the federal budget impasse.

(Satire alert.)

Learning from Congress — Can we renegotiate anything?

from Old and In the Way by Gary Sankary

I would suggest that we cancel the deal with the team, tell old Zygi Wilf to get out here and renegotiate a deal that makes sense to Minnesota and which doesn’t look quite so much like a blatant deep dive into the public tough. Or take your team elsewhere. Where? No clue, cities aren’t exactly lining up to take on new NFL franchises, even LA, the second biggest market in the country.

Dear Republican friends

from Barataria by Erik Hare

I’m really worried about you – as a party.  I think that this nation works best when there are two engaged, committed, fearless, and honest parties mixin’ it up – but also gettin’ ‘er done.  And …. well, rather than just get mad and blame you all for the very public way your party is ripping apart I thought I’d offer my support and encouragement for you to get better soon.  Really, anything I can do to help.  But let me tell you why this is so important to me.

TCJewfolk covers the J Street conference in Washington, DC

TCJewfolk editor Bradley Machov spent much of the week in the nation’s capitol covering the annual conference of J Street, a lobbying organization focused on promoting a two-state solution in Israel. 

More Minneapolis mayoral candidate interviews from Stubble

Stubble editor Tom Johnson continues his efforts at interviewing the declared candidates for mayor of Minneapolis.

Ideology in the college setting

from the PoliticOle by Joel Jaeger

While part of me cheers that professors are teaching from a perspective that I agree with, the other part of me wants to get fired up at a professor who I completely disagree with. If you want to truly understand what your own opinions are, you must have them challenged from another point of view. In defending your beliefs, you’ll realize where you’re willing to compromise and where you’ll relent. Plus, it’s easier to refute the opposing side’s reasons when you understand them on more than just the basic level.

Northern Natural Gas advertisement (Minneapolis), late 1950s

from MN70s by Dave Kenney

I just wanted to share this. It’s a reminder that the Minnesota Orchestra (then known as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra) has long been one of Minneapolis’s most effective calling cards. 

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