Unforced errors

As I was perusing Twitter Saturday, I was surprised to learn of the developments at the convention for MN State House District 48B, located in Eden Prairie. Representative Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), who serves as the Deputy Minority Leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives, was denied the endorsement of the Republican Party of Minnesota in House District 48B. In 2013, Loon was one of four Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives who voted for legislation which legalized same-sex marriage. Sheila Kihne, a Republican activist & author from Eden Prairie challenged Loon for the endorsement. Kihne has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage in Minnesota.After numerous ballots, the convention decided not to endorse a candidate. Neither Loon, nor Kihne have announced if the plan on running in the Republican primary election in HD 48B. Three of the four Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives that voted for […]

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The NARN Closer – 3/9/2014

Given that it was “spring forward” early this morning, I’m running on one less hour of sleep. Nevertheless, I’ll be ready to commenceThe Closer with the help of a gallon or two of Diet Coke. As always, I’ll be on from 1:00 pm until 3:00 Central Time. 

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Didn’t see this coming

As I mentioned this morning, there was a GOP endorsement battle for the MN House seat being vacated by my current Republican representative Jim Abeler. After only one ballot, 26-year old Abigail Whelan defeated Don Huizenga by securing 64% of the voting delegates. Even though I supported Whelan, I admit that I was shocked by that result. Truth be told, I predicted this race would go “no endorsement”, thus heading to a primary contest this summer.

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1062 is 86’d

I can’t say I’m shocked by this given the enormous pressure, scrutiny and flat out misrepresentation of Arizona Senate Bill 1062.   Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she has vetoed SB 1062, the controversial bill that has been criticized as discriminatory towards gays and lesbians, saying the measure, “has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.” “Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer told reporters during a press conference Wednesday evening. “The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.” After the press conference, Brewer tweeted a photo of herself vetoing the bill. The Republican governor has faced intense scrutiny since the controversial measure that would allow business owners to deny services for religious reasons to gay and lesbian customers landed on her desk Monday. Brewer said that both […]

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Hanging curveball

Senator Al Franken hasn’t spoken up on….well….much of anything in his tenure as the junior senator from my state. But on Thursday, Sen. Fart Joke Franken emerged from the bunker to express his dismay with the possibility of cable giant Comcast acquiring Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. “There’s not enough competition, we need more competition, not less. This is going exactly in the wrong direction,” Franken said in an interview with CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.””Consumers are – I am very concerned – are going to pay higher bills, they are going to get even worse service and less choice,” said Franken. Emphasis mine.Do those drawbacks remind you of any other product being jammed down the proverbial throats offered to consumers? You misspelled Obamacare. MT @alfranken I’m concerned #ComcastTWC merger could mean less choice, higher cost, & worse service for consumers.— Brad Carlson (@Brad_Carlson) February 14, 2014 The […]

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Sure mucked up

April Todd-Malmlov, the Chief Executive of Minnesota’s state health marketplace MNSure, resigned her position yesterday in light of the exchange’s difficult rollout and questions regarding an ill-timed vacation.A few thoughts:

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