Coming at Kline from all sides

A certain Republican in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District is starting to get the vibe of being a perpetual candidate. Republican activist David Gerson announced Monday during a press conference he will run against U.S. Rep. John Kline next year.Kline represents the second congressional district, which covers the south Twin Cities metro area and contains all of Scott, Dakota, Goodhue, and Wabasha counties. It also covers northern and eastern Rice County including the city of Northfield, and southern Washington County including the city of Cottage Grove.Gerson unsuccessfully ran against Kline last year.

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The NARN Closer – 01/25/2015

For the first time in about 4-1/2 months there will be no NFL games starting at Noon today. With that in mind, I have removed all excuses for you to not tune in to The Closer this afternoon. Per usual, I will be on the air from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

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Can’t get out of their own way

It has been assumed that much of the substantive legislation (i.e. Keystone XL pipeline, tougher sanctions on Iran, etc.) passed by the GOP-controlled Congress this session will likely be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Nevertheless, it behooves Congressional Republicans to pass such legislation that resonates with the electorate and then call out the President for his resistance to sign off. After all, Obama often expressed frustration with “gridlock” during the previously divided Congress and thus pledged to use his pen and phone to make or ignore laws as he sees fit. Now he’s the one who can be painted as an obstructionist.

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That didn’t take long

Whenever negotiations over legislation begin between opposing parties, each throws out its own initial proposal to get the proverbial ball rolling. Neither party is delusional enough to believe the other side will fully acquiesce to the very first suggestion, so there are likely counter proposals in reserve. I guess that’s what makes so baffling the reaction of Governor Mark Dayton upon the Republican majority in the Minnesota House presenting its initial transportation packagethe first week of the legislative session.

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