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The Will Of The People On Guns Is Thwarted By MN GOP
by Dave Mindeman

The Star Tribune poll looked into the issue of gun laws and came up with two opposing ideas....

1) Regulations will be a tough sell. "Legislators and lobbyists said neither those nor other gun control laws are likely to progress this year in St. Paul, with Republican legislative leaders showing no willingness to take them up."

Notice it is Republican legislative leaders that are the obstacle.

Secondly, is the opposite view.

2) Overwhelming public support. "Asked whether criminal background checks should be mandatory on all gun sales -- current . . .
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Earth Day Thoughts On Polymet And Oil Transport
by Dave Mindeman

It's Earth Day and a good time to talk about Minnesota's environmental concerns.

Number one on that list is Polymet Mining. The controversy in the 8th district centers around the Polymet proposal to open up a copper/nickel sulfide mine. This is a highly risky venture because the waste products are hazardous to the environment. The Boundary Waters will be at risk.

Granted, this will create a few jobs - I believe the number is around 300. But can we balance that with any risk analysis that is in play here? I'm not sure we . . .
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Erik Paulsen Congratulates You On Your 401K - But Hold On...
by Dave Mindeman

A tweet from Erik Paulsen:


@RepErikPaulsen

Have a 401(k)? #TaxReform is working for you. Learn how stock buybacks are good news for the more than 50% of American households that own stock:


Then he linked this site: Buybacks are Great for Working Americans

The reasoning....

Workers benefit when stock values rise. Stock buybacks increase the value of retirement accounts and personal equity holdings. If investors continue holding stock instead of selling it back to the company in a buyback, its value will increase because there are fewer . . .
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"Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home"
by Dave Mindeman

Mitch McConnell is noted for a political axiom...."Winners make policy, losers go home."

Ignoring the arrogance of the statement, it unfortunately is true. And the Democratic Party always takes up that loser mantle for some reason.

It has been on display again this year. It is like we didn't punish ourselves enough in 2016, we seem to need to do it again.

What do I mean? I mean this constant internal attack on Democrats that makes unity nearly impossible.

Somehow the money in politics (which is disgusting) has been hung around the . . .
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DFL Congressional Campaigns Minnesota
by Dave Mindeman

Three of the Congressional endorsing conventions happened yesterday. In the snowstorm. And let me just commend the dedicated DFLers who managed to get there under difficult circumstances. There is definitely a strong motivation with Democrats this year. We are woke...as they say.

CD2 endorsed Angie Craig on the first ballot yesterday. Jeff Erdmann ran strong for a first time candidate, but Angie Craig upped her game as well and has built a pretty formidable organization. I believe she will do well against Jason Lewis with a great chance to flip this district.

CD3 endorsed . . .
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