MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 8/22

Partisan politics has NO place in the judiciary

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

But political endorsement in the judiciary is just a bad idea period. Democrats and Republicans should steer clear of such things altogether. We need an independent judiciary and we barely have it now. I tire of the constant reminders when any court decision is handed down that lists the yeas and nays with the name of the President or Governor that appointed those particular jurists. It taints the decision making process and the public loses confidence in what the court renders.

Franken-McFadden ad waars: credibility v. likeability

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

CEO McFadden has crafted his ads to remake his public image from Millionaire Mike into a jocular, lovable common man, a sort of Clark Griswold Goes To Washington.  Meanwhile, recovering comedian Franken has crafted his ads to remake his public image from shock jock Al into a earnest, wonky, propeller-headed legislator, a sort of congressional Mr. Fixit.

All of this raises an old political messaging argument:  How important is likeability in politics? Is it more important for a candidate to be liked or respected?

A transit adventure from Big Lake to Apple Valley

from streets.mn by Nick Magrino

In the spirit of adventure, on Monday, August 18th, I took off of work to ride the transit rails and tires across the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area from Big Lake to Apple Valley. Luckily, a moderate fog set the mood throughout the morning.

Restored Tilt-A-Whirl car unveiled in Faribault

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thanks to two Faribault women, a group of enthusiastic supporters and a television show, one of America’s most iconic amusement rides, the Tilt-A-Whirl, will now be showcased in downtown Faribault.

Charles, churches and culture-part 1

from Saint Paul by Bike by Wolfie Browender

Houses of worship flourish in Saint Paul. My rides have taken me past large, traditional church buildings with cross-topped spires, small storefront houses of worship with handwritten signs and nearly everything between. Today’s trip featured views of many of them.

Fifteen’s 5k: What happens when you least expect it

from RedCurrent by Alisha Perkins

Running is a funny thing because they say we were made to do it, but that doesn’t mean it comes easy….not even for those of us who do it all the time…but each and every one of you pushing your limits and breaking down barriers on Sunday reminded me why we all need to be active. Thank you for reminding me why we do this. Thank you for giving part of yourselves for something bigger.

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