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Transit: The House GOP Is Standing In The Way Of Our Future
by Dave Mindeman

We are going to look back on this period...this legislative period...and wonder what the hell we were thinking?

We have infrastructure problems, maintenance problems, carbon emission problems...problems, problems, problems.

And we are not addressing them.

This is a representative democracy which means we count on those we elect to take care of the day to day needs of how the state operates. We do not elect them to do what we wish them to do, we elect them to do what we need them to do.

That is why this transportation conundrum . . .
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The MN House Republican Bonding Hypocrisy Game
by Dave Mindeman

This 2016 legislative session is kind of a mess. None of the big issues are close to being resolved.

And the usual item which is regularly done during the election year session, namely the bonding bill, is caught up in more of that partisan wrangling we have gotten so used to when the MN GOP controls a branch of government.

But here is what is so hypocritical about the bonding process.

The House GOP gives us their "fiscal restraint" talk...

But that's not how House Republicans see things. Many of them . . .
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Climate: If We Want More Than Incremental Change, How?
by Dave Mindeman

There is something that I always view as a frustrating conundrum when it comes to renewable energy and climate change.

How can we act fast?

Bernie Sanders criticizes Hillary Clinton on her "incremental approach" to climate change, saying that it is an immediate crisis and needs immediate attention.

Which is true.

But at the same time, he wants a moratorium on nuclear power plants and an end to fracking. Yes, I can agree, that we, in the progressive community, are uncomfortable with those sources.

But climate change may already be . . .
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Rep. Knoblach Ends His Phantom Money Rail Project
by Dave Mindeman

Came across this blurb in the news....

Rep. Jim Knoblach says he's suspending his push to extend Northstar to St. Cloud this session. Knoblach said he's halting his effort to pass his bill to extend the commuter rail line because of the negative response from Gov. Mark Dayton's administration.

My question is, what exactly were you expecting, Rep. Knoblach?

It is hard to take a proposal that has no funding and no structure to it and have any response at all.

Even the description is preposterous...

Knoblach, a Republican . . .
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"Historic" Drug Compromise Guidelines Oddly Penalizes Weed
by Dave Mindeman

A crime legislation compromise proposal is being classified as "historic" in terms of changes made to the sentencing structure of drug related offenses.

After weeks of closed-door wrangling between law enforcement, defense attorneys and lawmakers, a compromise has been reached on an effort at the Capitol to lighten criminal penalties for drug offenders statewide.

I am not sure why this had to be a "closed door" negotiation, but that is how this came to be. And there are some good things here:

1. In general "sentencing guidelines" -- the amount of prison time . . .
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