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Sorry Rural Minnesota - You Got Duped By The MN House GOP
by Dave Mindeman

The Star Tribune finally put some newspaper words that talks about what has been percolating under the surface at the Capitol all session.... the GOP's supposed "emphasis" on rural Minnesota.

The House Republicans, in their cutting zeal, have forgotten that greater Minnesota actually has policies that they want which require investment.

It looks like rural Minnesota is discovering the same tired old MN GOP:

...the centerpiece of the GOP agenda is a $2 billion tax cut plan that has left few resources for those rural-geared initiatives.

And it is not . . .
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Gun Culture Wins Another One
by Dave Mindeman

Despite Democratic control in the MN Senate, there are elements of the Senate that should worry progressives.

In another indication that there is a NRA type majority in the MN Senate, that body tacked an amendment onto a bill that would remove the ban on gun silencers.

The amendment puts this policy change along side a change that would give felons who have served their sentences, the right to vote once more. It was that part of the total bill that caused most of the GOP minority to vote against the bill.
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Sen. Al Franken: Just Getting The Job Done
by Dave Mindeman

I went to MinnRoast last night - and if you have never gone to this annual event, get there next time - it is a great evening of fun....but like I say, I went to MinnRoast and got to hear from a lot of Minnesota Democrats plus a little Tom Emmer.

Al Franken was the finale speaker and I expected to hear some much deserved chest thumping about the announcement yesterday that Comcast was cancelling its proposed merger with Time Warner.

But in his usual self-deprecating way, Franken just gave a one sentence mention . . .
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Norm Gets It Wrong On Somali Recruitment
by Dave Mindeman

I am more than a little troubled about Norm Coleman's Op-Ed in the Star Tribune, regarding the recruitment of young men in Minneapolis for the terror networks of ISIS and Al-Shabab.

I say troubling because I am a little leary of exactly what Norm Coleman would want us to do about this.

He focuses on what US Attorney Andy Luger said recently after some terror arrests:

"To be clear," he (Luger) said, "we have a terror-recruitment problem in Minnesota. ... This case demonstrates how difficult it is to put an end to recruiting . . .
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On This Earth Day, A Whole Lot Of Education Needed
by Dave Mindeman

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It is Earth Day. Let's hope we can still be celebrating this well into the future. But if any changes are going to occur, I think this country is going to need a shift in educational perceptions.

A Yale Climate Opinion study in 2014 gave us a little more nuanced look into the way Americans view climate change -- and they broke it down by state.

The interactive map can be viewed here....

A number of things were disappointing in the survey.

While . . .
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