MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 2/7

Vulnerable MN House Republicans may not be so vulnerable

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

Anyway, aside from all of that, it looks like these “vulnerable” Republican House incumbents have a pretty good head start on keeping their seats. The money is already flowing and the Democrats should take notice and plan accordingly.

A visit with Sen. Coleman

from politics.mn by Michael Brodkorb

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with and interview former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman. It had been years since I had seen Coleman and many things had changed for the young staffer who had worked on his gubernatorial campaign in 1998. Many things had changed for Senator Coleman. I’ll admit that I was nervous to see Senator Coleman, for the reasons you all know.

Conservation districts can be a tool for smart growth

from streets.mn by Robin Garwood

Here’s one way to tell that the frame is wrong: many of the people who most strongly support the conservation district concept are also very strong supporters of smart growth.  I work for Council Member Cam Gordon, who authored the proposed conservation district ordinance.  I support additional density in Minneapolis for many reasons, but the most important to me is that growth in the urban core, on transit lines and high-quality bikeways, will help reduce the number of single-occupant auto trips, which will in turn fight climate change.

Amboy: A thriving community in rural Minnesota

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

FOLKS IN AMBOY understand the importance of building their community’s future, of distinguishing their town as a destination in rural Minnesota.

I wish I didn’t have to see advertisements like this

from Girl Meets Geek by Kate-Madonna Hindes

“I wish I had Cervical Cancer.” This ad, had me torn up on the inside. I was angry and hurt and stunned that someone would utilize theirmarketing budget to throw cervical cancer, or any other type of cancer, under the proverbial bus because a sensational headline, will grab the media and illicit reaction. I fell into the trap, but I couldn’t stay silent. My cancer is unlike anyone else’s cancer. It’s my experience, my loss and my own grief. It’s also my struggle and brilliant journey. But it’s mine and it looks different than my survivor sisters, or the women we’ve lost.

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