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Disappointed In Democrats
by Dave Mindeman

I have not seen a lot of courage in Democrats these days. I see a lot of hedging and fudging and apologizing and blank stares when confronted. It is incredible to me that a Democratic candidate can stammer around when asked the question, "Do you think Hillary is honest and trustworthy?"

For those that are scratching their head, the answer is "Yes she is." End of sentence.

Democrats stand for something...at least they used to...and Hillary embodies those values. She has worked hard for women's rights. She believes in science and that we need . . .
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The Utah Oddity
by Dave Mindeman

Public Policy Polling (a Democratic leaning poll) did a Presidential poll in Utah over the last week. Here are the results:


Now Utah is a deep red state, so it is not surprising that the Republican, Trump, has a substantial lead. However, it is worth noting that Evan McMullin received 9% in his introduction to the Utah poll. McMullin is a Mormon and is a Romney type conservative. Going forward his numbers are bound to grow - at least here in Utah.

The question remains, will he help . . .
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Transit Suffers From Territorial Thinking
by Dave Mindeman

It is frustrating when elected officials refuse to look at the bigger picture on transit. A comprehensive system has the greatest benefit for everybody, but too often representatives and commissioners get hyperfocused on their own particular piece.

Dakota County is having such a problem. The Dakota county commissioners recently voted to withdraw from the CTIB (Counties Transit Improvement Board) and stop the Dakota portion of the tax base. That has created a problem for several projects in the works, including the Orange Line BRT running from Burnsville into the Metro area. The remaining CTIB members . . .
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Transportation As An Election Issue
by Dave Mindeman

Fritz Knaak is a former Republican State Senator...a long time ago. But he is still sought out by local media, especially the Almanac couch, to have him gauge the state of Republican opinion. He dutifully complies.

He interjected his opinion in the Star Tribune yesterday with a Counterpoint opinion on transportation and the legislature.

Essentially, he is telling us how petulant Metro representatives are being in regards to their support for light rail as part of transporatation....

The Star Tribune's implicit threat to Republicans and others that if Minneapolis does not get . . .
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Urban Vs. Rural Is The MN House GOP Strategy
by Dave Mindeman

The special session is dead and that means that this year's legislative work will not get done. That's too bad. But we are already into the general election and politics is hard to avoid.

The Republicans are gambling that they can make the DFL insistence on light rail inclusion for the special session the reason it did not happen. They have decided on yet another political division....Metro vs Rural.

It seems the GOP in Minnesota doesn't know how to operate a political campaign without some kind of "us vs them" scenario. For years, they . . .
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