The McFadden Kerfuffle, Part Deux

My first blog post was about U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s reluctance to talk about social issues when he came here to Bemidji, which the DFL subsequently pounced on. I got the idea for asking McFadden about the recent Hobby Lobby decision from reading an (excellent) series of pieces from MinnPost blogger Eric Black. Black…
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[Insert Pun About Tax Bases/baseball Here]

OK, here’s that blog post I promised on Monday’s City Council meeting, finally. I got a little side-tracked because Torrey Westrom came to the Pioneer offices yesterday for an interview. But I really wanted to talk about what the city’s lobbyist said during a report to the council: our tax base is actually kind of…
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The Fightin’ Eighth

Tons of stuff to write about today, but I’ll lead off with the most pertinent: I read in politics.mn (Michael Brodkorb’s blog) about a GOP vs. GOP fight with the Eighth Congressional District right at the center of it.The basic gist is, party officers from the 8th have reportedly been the subject of harsh treatment…
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You Say “career Politician” Like It’s A Bad Thing

I had an interview yesterday with Karin Housley, Scott Honour’s running mate and first-term state senator from St. Mary’s Point. The interview itself was pretty standard but what struck me was at the end when she asked if she could take a selfie with me (She didn’t say “selfie” specifically but she asked if she could get a…
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Expect More Rows About Rows (of Parked Cars)

Monday’s City Council work session lasted for more than two hours but I was surprised at how short it turned out to be, considering the agenda: it included the downtown overnight parking ban, one of the issues which has garnered some of the most public comment/involvement out of all the topics the city has handled…
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