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John Kline: Bad Representation Part 3 - Torture
by Dave Mindeman

Congressman John Kline decided that it was safe to talk to reporters after the mid-term elections. But did he really say anything?


He called last week's release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report that alleging torture against alleged terrorists "purely partisan."

"This is created by Senate Democrat staffers to criticize the CIA and previous administration," Kline said. "There may be things that are true concerning torture, and maybe not, but I don't like a one-party report. There's not one Republican drop of ink in that report."

Torture, he said, . . .
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Voting. Just Do It.
by Dave Mindeman

Michael Brodkorb used this as his "quote of the day" at his politics.mn webside:

"Speculation is a really low turnout - all are apathetic, we are hoping that it favors our races." Source: Republican Party of Minnesota State Executive Committee notes, October 30, 2014

Isn't there something inherently wrong with a political party "hoping" that voter turnout is low? It is kind of pathetic when the modern day Republican Party has apparently decided that they cannot win if people get out and exercise their democratic rights and vote.

And, having decided that . . .
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First Test of MN House GOP's Greater MN Priorities
by Dave Mindeman

The new Minnesota House Republican majority will have its first test about the needs of greater Minnesota. And it involves marijuana.

We have 8 sites for distribution of medical marijuana. Four of them are in the Twin City metro - St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eagan, and Maple Grove. That should cover the seven county area - a little inconvenient for some but certainly reasonable coverage for the area.

In greater Minnesota there are just four other outlets. Hibbing, Moorhead, St. Cloud, and Rochester. Does that sound like full coverage?
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John Kline - Bad Representation, Part II: Pension Benefits
by Dave Mindeman

In a major disappointment, the US House managed to pass that ugly budget bill that hands the big banks a repeat of deregulation that puts taxpayers at risk once again and also includes John Kline's pension benefits whack job.

Business as usual I guess.

Hopefully, Elizabeth Warren can "fix" the banking giveaway in the Senate, but she faces an uphill battle. But Kline's pension gouge is likely to survive.

I am always amazed at how the pension problem blame seems to get placed on the pension beneficiaries - as if they are . . .
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House GOP Rural Emphasis Still A Mystery
by Dave Mindeman

The "new" House GOP majority seems to be comfortable with divisive politics. In fact, they seek it out and exploit it at every opportunity.

This new metro vs rural meme is going to be the new normal at the state capitol, but as yet, it is hard to understand what it means.

Rural issues lean heavily on transportation funding, but Republicans have never been serious champions of meeting that need. The only way that the House GOP can meet the present reality is to extract it from suburban support of light . . .
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