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Lincoln Chafee: So Quiet He's A Whisper
by Dave Mindeman

Lincoln Chafee has been almost an after thought for the 2016 nomination. He is a wonky policy guy. He has little charisma. His oratory is quiet and often bland. And there isn't much evidence that his campaign has a lot of structure or ground game.

I think he is mainly a candidate so that he has a chance to contribute to ideas and policy. And maybe raise his profile a tad. I doubt he has much confidence that his candidacy will catch fire - but he does want to . . .
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Part of the Press For A Couple Of Days
by Dave Mindeman

I have spent the last couple of days at the DNC Meeting in Minneapolis. They gave me some press credentials so I had the opportunity to see how the life of a reporter works. It was an education.

A little bit about logistics. On Thursday credentials and access were a bit looser than they would be on Friday. So I got to wander around to most of the meetings -- most of which were open. And for the most part, it was pretty boring stuff.

The DNC . . .
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Erik Paulsen: He Makes It Worse
by Dave Mindeman

When Republicans talk about tax relief and debt, there are usually two types of approaches. And although I don't particularly like either one, there is one approach I can respect, the other I can't. One approach just cuts taxes with a subsequent increase in debt....while the other offsets a tax cut with spending cuts. I respect the latter...the former is just hypocritical.

That's why this puffy piece about Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnpost leaves me disappointed with the lack of depth.

I have talked about Paulsen's determination to satisfy his . . .
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A Simple Message, Mr. Trump
by Alan Anderson

As the presidential parade moves forward, Mr. Trump tells us he is really rich and wants to make American great again. Well, here's some news, Mr. Trump.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are really, really rich...much richer than you. And they spend their money trying to rid the world of polio and other diseases that affect poor children around the world. They spend their money trying to improve educational programming in the US and in other countries. They spend their money on humanitarian efforts to improve the lives of poor people. . . .
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Polymet: More Troubling Data
by Dave Mindeman

Polymet and their supporters have complained about the length of time it takes to get approval for their operation. But some of the problems that lead to those delay can be attributed to Polymet itself.

According to a report published in the Timberjay on August 19....

For more than a decade, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have informed the public that potential contaminants from PolyMet's proposed NorthMet mine, near Hoyt Lakes, would flow south into the St. Louis River watershed.
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