MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 5/9

Six months to the 2014 elections in the United States

from Thoughts Towards a Better World by Dick Bernard

My succinct opinion in all of this is that everyone of us who are eligible to vote (whether we vote or not makes no difference) deserve exactly who and what we get in all of the many offices we elect this November.

This is an uncomfortable truth.

Republicans can’t use the ‘kitchen sink’ strategy against Franken

from politics.mn by Michael Brodkorb

The question remains as to what role the Republican Party of Minnesota will have in messaging in the upcoming U.S. Senate race. If they continue with their current communications strategy, they may end up being more of a distraction than a help to Republicans hoping to win the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.

Al Franken: He’s good enough, he’s smart enough, and doggone it, people… are a little bored with him

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

To paraphrase  Franken’s Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley, Senator Franken has proven to Minnesotans that he’s “good enough” and “smart enough.”   But when it comes to likability, sometimes it’s difficult for Minnesotans to warm up to Franken, simply because they don’t see his less serious side very often.

Building social capital from diversity in Austin, for student success

from Growth & Justice Blog by Dane Smith and Maureen Ramirez

It started with platters and bowls heaped with tasty fresh-cooked food — a taco bar and a build-your-own-casserole table. Before long, as comfort levels rose, people began to hold each other’s babies, toddlers from South Sudan played with pre-schoolers from Central America, and grandmothers from continents apart began to share stories about their grandchildren.

The answer won’t be found further on down the road

from streets.mn by Sam Newberg

All choices have tradeoffs, and sure, you may have to give up a larger yard, among other things, in exchange for benefits of city life. I respect Mr. Greene and Mr. Turnquist’s decisions to live where they do – I can sincerely say I understand the positives. I also want them to understand, that by virtue of where they live and the land use and transportation options available, options are limited, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Choose to live in the city and your transportation options improve in terms of safety, sanity and finances. My relatives understand, through my lower bill for gas, just how valuable that choice is. It is also safer (for me and my kids) to drive less, and my well-being is greater because I get a little more exercise and don’t sit in traffic on highways as much. If Mr. Greene or Mr. Turnquist ever want to visit my neighborhood, I’ll be glad to show them around, by bike, of course!

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