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Maher Gets Media - How Much Is That Worth?
by Dave Mindeman

Bill Maher is going to be in Northfield next Tuesday. The media has been talking about it somewhat, but Maher seems to be more of a curiousity to them than an actual story.

The Brainerd Dispatch had an article picked up from MPR's Bret Neely (which is interesting in itself because Brainerd isn't in the 2nd District) which gave a general overview about Maher's anti-Kline campaign.

There was a curious quote from Steve Schier - a political scientist at Carleton in Northfield, and a frequent visitor to the Almanac couch - that went . . .
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Mike McFadden Is NOT Good For Minnesota
by Dave Mindeman

Mike McFadden has been trying to raise his profile ahead of his debates with Al Franken. And judging by what he is putting out there, Mike McFadden is either the most naive politician Minnesota has ever had or simply unable to understand the facts.

His OP-ED, which I caught in the Duluth paper is concerning in regards to his ability to represent us in the US Senate. It is statements like these that cause that concern....

No one party is to blame for what's happening in Washington. Republicans and Democrats seem . . .
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Repeal Obamacare And Go Back To What?
by Dave Mindeman

It irritates me when Republicans call for the repeal of Obamacare, as if we need to go back to that "great" system of healthcare we had before.

Let me relate two stories.

About 3 or 4 years ago we had a problem that developed with our insurance. We kept getting a bill from our provider, over and over again, which our insurance carrier INSISTED had been paid. My wife called back and forth between the two for weeks - each claiming that the other was wrong, but never actually talking to each . . .
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"It's Boring"
by Dave Mindeman

Here is a Michele Bachmann quote at the Value Voters Summit....

"It's not an issue," before walking off and adding, "In fact, it's boring."

And what was she referring to?

Gay Marriage.

You know, I feel like I was duped by the "moralists" who repeatedly stated that same sex marriage would be the end of civilization as we know it. The endless fights and threats and constitutional amendments....all of that for what is now a "boring" topic.

Michele Bachmann was a leader in those fights. She was at the . . .
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The Mike McFadden "Solution" To Health Care
by Dave Mindeman

Did you see Mike McFadden's health care "ideas"? A magical 6 pages (which you could fit onto one if you wanted to) of health care fixes. Oh why did we not do this before?

Truth is....we have tried all of this before....and it doesn't work.

Where do I begin.

He begins with a cost critique of Obamacare. His sources for the data come from the Manhattan Institute and the Freedom Foundation...both are right wing think tanks with slanted data.

He criticizes quality and lack of access by citing the . . .
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