Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match

The CD8 DFL had a very long convention on Saturday, After ten ballots, everyone promised to go to the primary. Nothing especially unusual htere. The unusual thing? The DFL trucked a bunch of Latino activists from the Twin Cities to canvass for the Metro DFL’s chosen candidate. CD8 is […] Click here to view original post mrdilettante.blogspot.com

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Who’s up for a little defenestration?

It’s a tried and true method of dispatching your enemies : A prominent regional journalist investigating crime, politics and the war in Syria has died following a fall from a window of his fourth-floor apartment in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city. Maxim Borodin, 32, was found by neighbours on the […] Click here to view original post mrdilettante.blogspot.com

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The Illinois Train Wreck

You’d have to be nuts to. . .

move to Illinois. You would : You’d be mistaken to think Harvey, Illinois has a unique pension crisis. It may be the first, and its problems may be the most severe, but the reality is the mess is everywhere, from East St. Louis to Rockford and from Quincy to […] Click here to view original post mrdilettante.blogspot.com

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Dawn breaks, maybe a bit

There’s an old maxim in marketing: people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Likewise, no reader will take advice from a pundit who despises them. Right. And even David Brooks is starting to figure it out : Part of the problem is […] Click here to view original post mrdilettante.blogspot.com

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Ryan's Hope

Brain dump

Random thoughts as we prepare for the 5th or 6th Snowmageddon of this endless winter: Paul Ryan is leaving. He meant well, but he was never suited for the job of Speaker of the House. I’m guessing we’re not done with him, though. As mentioned, the forecast maps for […] Click here to view original post mrdilettante.blogspot.com

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Mellow out or you will pay

Mellow out or you will pay

More prescient by the day: You think they were kidding? Consider this : If you were a political strategist looking to make California a model of how America could change for the better, what would you do? First, the Republican party and the conservative movement that captured it essentially […] Click here to view original post mrdilettante.blogspot.com

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Three-peat

Three-peat

As regular readers of this feature know, I grew up in Wisconsin and experienced the majority of my childhood in the 1970s. As a result of that timeline, I didn’t get to see too many winning performances or experience too many championship seasons. I have vague memories of the […] Click here to view original post mrdilettante.blogspot.com

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