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Bloomington Makes Big Commitment To World's Fair - Will MN GOP?

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 09/21/17 00:06, Edited: 09/21/17 00:13

by Dave Mindeman

Minnesota is one of the finalists to host the World's Fair in 2023.

You can debate the value of that - but there is little question that it would be a economic boost with lots of construction jobs.

Bloomington made a significant purchase in preparation...

During a joint meeting Tuesday of the Bloomington City Council and the city's Port Authority, officials voted to buy the Kelley farm property, also known as the Spruce Shadows Farm, for $32.3 million as a possible Expo site.

In addition to the Mall of America and the Minnesota River Valley, the Kelley farm is close to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the light-rail Blue Line and thousands of hotel rooms. "That was one of the largest pieces of property available near light rail," said Mark Ritchie, president and CEO of Minnesota's World's Fair Bid Committee.


Notice the reference to the Blue line light rail. Locations next to transit are necessary in hosting big events. You need to move people and in a location friendly way.

Republicans continue to block light rail development. Will they continue to do that if the World's Fair comes here? Will we be able to show off a complete transit system for those visitors or will they be navigating the piecemeal infrastructure we have been relegated to?

The city of Bloomington seems to be all in. Mark Ritchie has made a strong bid to get Minnesota as one of host finalists. Mark Dayton has done what he can.

Will the legislature? That Republican legislature that keeps telling us they are bringing jobs to Minnesota?

If they want to attract these major events, we need a modern and efficient transportation system.

So far, their efforts in that regard are a big disappointment.
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The "Fiscally Responsible" Kurt Daudt

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/20/17 16:30

by Dave Mindeman

The GOP rails about fiscal responsibility without any evidence that they know what that means.

Tax cuts for the wealthy does not lower the national debt. Sorry, it's math. And Trump officials use charter planes for state visits. Why?

But here in Minnesota is the dorkiest of all. Kurt Daudt made a big deal of withholding pay raises from the House - even after we had a state referendum that authorized a commission to do so. Just couldn't allow the thousands involved in that salary hike to well deserved legislators.

Then when Dayton line item vetos the legislature funding in an attempt to renegotiate some details without shutting down the government, Daudt turns around and sues the executive branch.

So both sides of the legislative divide - governor and legislature - have to hire expensive lawyers to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

And what's the remedy?

Mandatory mediation (which essentially means talking to each other) which ends up costing the state a paltry sum of $1,000 per hour.

Thanks Daudt. Well thought out.

Maybe if you are litigation happy it should come out of your own pocket.
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Angie Craig Has The Path To Winning In 2018 For CD2

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 09/20/17 13:45

by Dave Mindeman

I spent some time with Angie Craig on Tuesday morning. We had a great discussion - we talked policy for over an hour and a half.

With all the concerns over health care, I can't imagine that Angie Craig would not be the best person imaginable to evaluate that policy as the next Congress tackles how to fix it.

Although I, personally, favor a single payer plan - we both had to agree that it isn't quite as simple as one would hope. If single payer gets sidetracked or cannot be made to work (it failed badly in Vermont), then Angie has a clear path to fix the ACA.

The three musts are:

1 - Public Option
2- Restore re-insurance that Republicans eliminated
3- Lowering Medicare eligibility or allow buy in

Whatever the next health care phase (if we get by this Republican obsession with ruining it), we need people in Congress who really understand how it works. Craig brings her experience in the health care industry with Medtronic; she brings her personal experience of growing up without or virtually without health care coverage; and she brings the experience of running a race where Republican distortions on health care were front and center.

2016 was a very strange year. Angie Craig should be in Congress right now. Tim Walz talked to her after the election and he was shocked as well. He felt he was in a comfortable position and actually helped Rick Nolan in the 8th because they thought that would be close and he thought Angie was going to win. In the end, Rick Nolan won comfortably, Angie lost, and Tim Walz barely squeaked out a win. Everything was turned upside down.

But voters who voted for the radical change may be having second thoughts. I can't believe that this is the result they intended.

The DCCC has done some preliminary polling. Generic Democratic congressional support is up 6 points since the election.

This race can be won - but 2016 will always be the caveat against over confidence. We need to back Angie Craig for another try. We need her experience, here expertise, and her passion to find what works for us.

I am convinced that this is the path to 2018. Let's get it done.
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