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Strib Endorses Kline With Convoluted Reasoning
by Dave Mindeman

The Star Tribune endorsed Kline again - like they did last year. Their reasoning included convoluted statements like these....

It's that expertise, and a strong record of getting serious legislation enacted, that has earned Kline a return trip to Congress despite a reputation that has been tarnished by his coziness with for-profit colleges.

Voters would be shortsighted to dismiss a candidate with Kline's clout. The silver-haired representative deserves their support, with the caveat that he needs to more aggressively hold disreputable for-profit colleges accountable.


As for that serious legislation that . . .
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About Those MNSure Weighted Rate Increases
by Dave Mindeman

Republicans have latched onto this idea of MNSure rates being calculated by a "weighted average".

Let's examine that.

The weighted average assumes that the same people will renew the same policy they chose last year. If Policy A is chosen by 10 times more people than Policy B, then the increase in Policy A is more relevant.

Here is the problem with that.

The MNSure exchange is a market place. If the policy holder thinks that the increase in premium is unwarranted, they can shop for a new policy at . . .
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Reps. Wills And Mack - They Want To Take Away Your Health Care
by Dave Mindeman

Our local weekly newspaper, The Sun-Current, puts out a questionnaire that the local legislative candidates get to answer. They get it about 10 days ahead, so they can take some time to think about it.

Rep. Anna Wills, R -Rosemount, Apple Valley, is running against DFLer Denise Packard. Wills answered the following question:

Health care: MNsure, the state's health care exchange, has come under heavy criticism since its creation. Is it serving its purpose? Do you advocate any changes, or should it remain as is?

And here was her response....
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Fearmongering In America - Making Us Wimps?
by Dave Mindeman

Republicans must think that US citizens are all wimps.

I mean they seem to think that we are scared of everything. Ebola, ISIS, the IRS, Taxes, our shadow....

I find it a little insulting that the Republicans in the US House of Representatives think that I cannot understand scientific explanations of how the Ebola virus works and the protocols that can prevent it. They tell me that I should want to shutdown air travel....and not trust the CDC to give me proper information.

I should be scared - and that means . . .
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Polymet: "We Only Have To Endure It Another 11 Days"
by Dave Mindeman

GOP Governor candidate Jeff Johnson continues to make unforced errors in his campaign. Here's another one regarding an ad the Johnson campaign is using in the Iron Range in regards to Polymet. Polymet, themselves, responded:

We have been informed that the Jeff Johnson Campaign for Governor has launched a TV ad in the Duluth/Range market which includes a statement that if Governor Dayton wins, the PolyMet project is dead...While it's difficult to determine what, if any impact the ad may have on the company, this assertion is simply not true.

It's unfortunate . . .
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