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In the 8th District: Even If You Vote Trump - Nolan's Your Guy
by Dave Mindeman

The KSTP poll for the 8th District has Stewart Mills III in the lead 45-41. And with Trump up double digits over Clinton in that area.

The 8th District has had plenty of rumblings about the Democrats. And apparently they would like to see Trump tearing up those trade deals.

But be careful what you wish for.

Let's take Trump first. There is no indication that Trump has any real understanding of trade policy. I contend that he thinks a trade deficit with another country is a monetized deficit. He thinks that a . . .
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"Time is short. Families are waiting. Republicans are ready"
by Dave Mindeman

On October 13th, Kurt Daudt put out a statement on how we had a health care crisis and that we had to act.

Time is short. Families are waiting. Republicans are ready.

It is now October 23nd. Dayton has called for the legislative leaders to get together and come up with a plan to fix this - and if they did he would call a special session.

The Senate made its proposals.

The Republicans have talked a lot in the media but have not answered.

Time is short. Families are waiting. . . .
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by Dave Mindeman

In the heat of this campaign...with all the ads floating around....it is time to do a little MYTHBUSTING:

1. Income Tax

Myth: Democrats in the Minnesota legislature raised your income tax! (So say the billionaires at Americans for Prosperity - That's the Koch brothers!)

Truth: 98% of us are paying the same or less!
If your taxable household income is more than $250,000 - that's the top 2% of Minnesotans - your taxes on income are 2% higher... but the rest of us PAY THE SAME OR LESS!

2. Senate Office . . .
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The MN GOP Does Not Deserve A Seat At The Table
by Dave Mindeman

Minnesota seems to have been saddled with a do nothing political party. The Minnesota GOP is a disgrace.

Their history is replete with hypocrisy, gimmicks, and a willingness to do anything for political advantage.

But the most vile part of how the MN GOP operates is the constant obstruction in finding solutions to everyday problems.

Let's take Minority Leader Sen. David Hann. On Almanac tonight he was almost gleeful talking about the Minnesotans who are facing spiking premiums in their health insurance. Even though, as Sen. Lourey pointed out, this problem is limited . . .
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MN House GOP Healthcare Ideas Do Not Address The Problem
by Dave Mindeman

Speaker Kurt Daudt listed his ideas for solving the individual market problem. Let's take a closer look


Reduce the MNsure tax by half, saving families $22 million over the next three years

I fail to see how families get any savings here. The MNSure tax is paid by the insurance carriers and it is anybody's guess as to whether they would bother to pass that savings along to the consumer.

Use $35 million in leftover MCHA funds for direct premium relief

That can certainly be done, but it is . . .
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