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CAE Joins In On The Fear Of Trains
by Dave Mindeman

This Republican war on trains is drastically misplaced. Our future does not lie in more asphalt, more cars, and longer commutes. Modern mass transit is our future and Minnesota Republicans, as well as Congressional Republicans are not causing a credit card problem, but a credibility problem.

An Op-Ed from Kim Crockett, (Center for the American Experiment) in MinnPost is just another biased treatise in my opinion. Her essay is a little short on the facts and on what is needed.

First she does what all good Republicans do - she asserts that the . . .
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Health Care:"Across State Lines"? Nobody Wants It
by Dave Mindeman

OK - can we debunk this once and for all? I'm talking about this Republican fantasy that selling insurance across state lines is some kind of competitive fairy tale that will solve the health care crisis.

Politico finally put together an in depth article about it....

Trump's Next Big Idea On Health Care

It goes into some of the problems I have talked about before, plus some other things I didn't know.

Here is the biggest problem....

"The president clearly is committed to the state-line policy. If he wants a . . .
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When "Purifying" Democratic Candidates: Pick The Right Battle
by Dave Mindeman

To all the Hillary bashers....past and present.

Complaint: Hillary took a lot of money from Goldman Sachs. Too close to Wall Street.

After election: Goldman Sachs runs the Treasury Department. The 1% are heading nearly every cabinet position.

Complaint: Hillary did not emphasize climate change enough.

After election: A climate denier is head of EPA. Climate cannot even be talked about in the government. And oil, gas, and coal get seats at the policy table.

Complaint: HRC ties to Clinton Foundation looked like "pay for play".

After election: Trump is . . .
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Jon Ossoff Is Proof The Resistance Is Working
by Dave Mindeman

Outside of the hyped up messages coming out of Georgia, what did we really learn.

First, the Democrat Ossoff had the overwhelming majority of votes. Keep in mind that this district was won by Tom Price, just 6 months ago, by 23 points. That is no small feat and Democrats have concentrated on NOT getting to the 50% threshold...acting as if it was a defeat. Expectations were way, way too high.

Yes, Ossoff will have a more difficult time in a one on one election, but it will be competitive and that, by itself, . . .
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Gen Kelly, Head of DHS, Gets It on Marijuana
by Dave Mindeman

I found this somewhat interesting....

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that marijuana is "not a factor" in the war on drugs and that solving the nation's drug problem does not involve "arresting a lot of users."

I have been convinced for some time now that marijuana is less of an abuse problem than alcohol and not a so-called gateway drug. At least Kelly seems to be moving in that direction.

We spend so much time and energy with marijuana law enforcement, its trafficking, and the incarceration of users . . .
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