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St. Paul, MN

MN Senate Passes Controversial Voter ID Bill

We have to present a photo ID to buy alcohol, guns, board an airplane among other reasons. Does having to show an ID prevent under age drinking? Does presenting an ID stop the wrong people from getting guns and killing people. Did ID's prevent Al Qaeda from hijacking airliners on 9/11? Presenting photo ID's is not going to stop voter fraud. All it will do is give some people some peace of mind that you're doing all you can to stop someone from voting illegally. That's nice and all. But given the minute percentage of actual votes that turn out illegal. This is really a waste of time and money. During the '09 election, out of 665,000 votes cast in Hennepin County, the DA had only enough evidence to prosecute two voters who cast illegally out of the hundred or so that MN Majority presented. A hundred years ago we didn't need ID's to buy guns, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. In a few generations will probably be required to present ID's to march in a protest, or to write an editorial critical of a politician in a newspaper. Why on earth are so many Americans trying to limit our freedoms? We're going down a slippery slope.  (Apr 14, 2012 | post #2)

Minneapolis, MN

Zygi to Ramsey County: Bend Over!

http://blogs.twinc ities.com/cityhall scoop/ Read for yourself. They will need to gather ~15,000 signatures to force a referendum. Easily done I think.  (Oct 16, 2011 | post #21)

Minneapolis, MN

Zygi to Ramsey County: Bend Over!

The voters in Ramsey County will get the signatures necessary to force a voter referendum. The MN Voters Alliance has already stated they are preparing for it. All is not lost.  (Oct 16, 2011 | post #16)

Minneapolis, MN

Cravaack's $1000 per month car lease getting noticed

Republican members are spending big bucks too. There is no reason for any congressman or woman to be spending federal dollars on their cars. Senators and congresspersons make $174,000 a year. They can afford their own darn cars! And kudos to "...Represent ative Jared Polis (D-CO) doesnÂ’t lease a car. He went to the House floor this week calling on his colleagues to give up their cars." Read more: http://www.myfoxdc .com/dpp/news/inve stigative/fox-5-in vestigates-congres s-cars-080111#ixzz 1UHn0FcqY  (Aug 6, 2011 | post #18)

Minneapolis, MN

To register, or not to register?

I'm thinking of removing my bookmark to this forum. It's just awful now. So many posts are just downright offensive and appalling. Its a waste of my intelligence and time to read most of the garbage on topix these days. Some of the most active threads have thousands of posts after 2-3 years and are just running in circles. I really enjoyed topix, particularly discussing PP articles on downtown St Paul (my neighborhood). But now its just right/left wing volatile rhetoric spewed all over the place. No thank you.  (Aug 4, 2011 | post #23)

Minneapolis, MN

Central Corridor to close downtown parking lot

The U of M dropped its lawsuit back in September 2010. MPR's isn't a showstopper. They are pro-light rail. Their argument is about what type of "floating slab" to use along the street in front of their building in downtown. MPR wants a steel-spring version. MetCouncil wants to use a cheaper rubber pad underlayment. I don't know what design they're going with at this point. Given that the construction bids have come well under budget, I think the MetCouncil will go with the more expensive version.  (Jun 11, 2011 | post #19)

Minneapolis, MN

Facebook commenting on twincities.com

People are less apt to spew out hateful inflammatory comments with their real name. While the majority on topix can be fairly respectful, we've all seen some pretty horrendous comments posted over the years. PP is trying to clean up their comments section. Unfortunately the wackos have ruined it for everyone.  (Jun 5, 2011 | post #3)

Minneapolis, MN

Facebook article commenting: How-to and questions

While the number of comments on twincities.com is way down. The civility is way up. We've all read far too many inflammatory comments on PP articles. I'm disappointed, but it was inevitable. Topix hasn't gone away, but its visibility has. You reap what you sow. Seems to me the PP is just trying to clean up its image. You can't blame em.  (Jun 5, 2011 | post #136)

Minneapolis, MN

Join facebook to post a comment: a bad idea!

I'm a bit torn. On the one hand it's nice to not see so many negative hate filled comments posted. But I liked being able to anonymously post opinions or comments about the news of the day.  (Jun 3, 2011 | post #14)

St. Paul, MN

Resurfacing will narrow I-94 between Nicollet and Cretin

The last time this highway was repaved was about 15 years ago. They've been patching it in places for years. It's long overdue.  (May 27, 2011 | post #3)

TwinCities.com

City of St. Paul OKs controversial financing plan for Cos...

Here are some quotes from Jane McClure's article from the Highland Villager (May 25-June 7), Of the amendment requiring 75% of the full time employees that must earn at least a living wage, "Cossetta's attorney, Robyn Hansen, said she was "flummoxed " by the amendment. She and Cossetta did not see the 75% requirement in writing until just before the May 18 City Council meeting. Cossetta will make his best effort to pay a living wage, but according to her, that was never intended to be a condition of the financing package. "This is not a guarantee Dave Cossetta is willing to make" Hansen said. After the hearing Cossetta said "Our talking days are done." ...so I'm wondering if everything was worked out. Did Dave Cossetta cave in? Will he accept the 75% requirement?  (May 26, 2011 | post #25)

TwinCities.com

City of St. Paul OKs controversial financing plan for Cos...

The Highland Villager just had an article about this project in their paper. This bill went to the council last week. Apparently Dave Cossetta strong objected to the amendment that he guarantee 75% of his employees earn the living wage. From the article it sounded like he didn't want the requirement in writing and if it went ahead he'd cancel the project. I wish we had more details....  (May 26, 2011 | post #7)

TwinCities.com

Coleman unveils plan to keep Vikings in Minneapolis and b...

Why should Ramsey County residents pay the majority of the public's contribution for a Vikings Stadium? I'd much rather see a statewide liquor tax than a county wide sales tax. The Vikings have fans throughout the state after all.  (May 25, 2011 | post #47)

TwinCities.com

Coleman unveils plan to keep Vikings in Minneapolis and b...

The Arden Hills site is much more expensive than the Dome site. Plus a lot of the financial burden is going to fall on Ramsey County. It's not a fair deal. I'll be interested to see the Vikes reaction. They seem pretty set on AH. Lots of tailgating and redevelopment rights.  (May 25, 2011 | post #31)

TwinCities.com

Coleman unveils plan to keep Vikings in Minneapolis and b...

I think many in Minneapolis wouldn't mind losing the T-wolves. They don't pay rent at Target Center. The revenue from Target Center can't even cover its debt service obligations. I'm sure some in Minneapolis would love to see it redeveloped. If the Wolves were to come to the X, they better pay rent like the Wild do.  (May 25, 2011 | post #20)