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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 2/14

Charting and mapping campaign contributions; hostile takeover of the MNGOP; the right message for health care reform; and more.

Graphing contributions to Minnesota Senate, CD8 candidates

from LeftMN by Tony Petrangelo

Who doesn’t love themselves some graphs. And some maps. Some graphs and some maps. But not just that. Some graphs and some maps of money!

The hostile takeover of the MN Republican Party

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

The Minnesota Republican Party is doing an about face in 2104. The party that revered its endorsement — the party that expected its candidates to tow the party endorsement line as sacred — now looks upon its endorsement process as a mere “option.”

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SD Senate challenger shows how Obama should have led on health care reform

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

President Obama and his supporters have struggled mightily to market the byzantine Affordable Care Act (ACA) reforms to the public.  But by uttering three simple words – “Medicare for all” –  U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland in neighboring South Dakota is showing President Obama how it should have been done way back in 2008.

NRCC should pull down fraudulent website targeting Peterson

from by Michael Brodkorb

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), has purchased the domain names of at least 15 Democratic candidates running for Congress and has set-up fake campaign sites for each of the candidates. Aside from delivering a political message against the Democratic candidates, the websites also solicit donations for the NRCC. The news of the NRCC’s political deception was first reported by CNN and later by Bluestem Prairie and then the Star Tribune, as Congressman Collin Peterson (MN-7) has been targeted by the NRCC with a fraudulent “Collin Peterson for Congress” website.

New sales ban on ivory — antiques and the gun industry

from Zingy Skyway Lunch by Erik Petersen

Yesterday the Obama administration banned the sale of elephant ivory within the United States.  There are a few hard to qualify for exceptions. 

The legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald lives on

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Around 7:15 p.m. on November 10, The Edmund Fitzgerald disappeared. The wreckage was later discovered 17 miles northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan, and has been the focus of many dives and investigations since.

All about ice dams

from the Structure Tech Home Inspection Blog by Reuben Saltzman

I’ve been seeing ice dams all over the Twin Cities, and I’ve heard from a number of homeowners who are having problems with ice dams right now.  I’ve written about ice dams extensively on this blog, so I’m putting together links to my three main blog posts on ice dams in one place.  The topics are how to prevent ice dams the right way, how to prevent ice dams from the outside if you can’t prevent them the right way, and how to get rid of ice dams.  I also have few more ice dam observations; file these under “advanced ice dam prevention.”

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