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The Party of Lincoln?

I read an editorial that still referred to the Republican Party as The Party of Lincoln. That term is a little hard to swallow these days. I doubt that Lincoln would recognize today’s version of that Grand Old Party. Lincoln’s absolute focus was on keeping the Union together.  He was even willing to compromise on […]

Kline on Earth Day

by Dave Mindeman Back in July of 2009, Congressman Kline penned an op-ed piece about the proposed Cap and Trade legislation. There are couple of things about that piece that are relevant as we celebrate Earth Day on this April 22nd. First, a minor point but goes to relevancy, (as my lawyer wife might say): […]

Kline’s Principle

by Dave Mindeman I have talked extensively about how John Kline’s stand on not making any district requests (or requesting earmarks in his vernacular) is a detriment to the district. In response to a guest blog post which talked about the same thing, a commenter said this: If you don’t like Congress spending Minnesotans’ money […]

Basic Questions – #1 Gay Rights?

OK – Let’s forget all the rhetoric. Stop all the back and forth. Set aside the talking points. Let’s ask some very, very basic societal questions and begin again. You can bring in the Constitution, your religious philosophies, and your political principles in answering them, but first, let’s just ask the basic questions.  Let’s start […]

Is John Kline’s Ambition Increasing?

MinnPost ran a curious article in its DC Dispatches about Congressman Kline. Here is what was said: Rep. John Kline is leading behind-the-scenes outreach efforts for Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Capitol Hill, as the prospective presidential candidate attempts to better introduce himself to members of Congress in advance for a possible 2012 run. Although these  […]

The Roundtable Is UP and Running….

Hello everybody… Today we are making it official. The MN Political Roundtable is officially launched. We are a group of bloggers who wish to aggregate our thoughts on this one site. We will be talking about many issues. Our thoughts will be our own on an individual basis. Sometimes you will see discussions develop via […]

Kline and Government Takeovers

by Dave Mindeman Congressman John Kline likes to use the word “government takeover” a lot.  In fact, anything the government proposes to fix or change is seen by Kline as a takeover of something. In the recently passed Federeal Health Care bill, there is a fix involving a taxpayer funded program involving student loans.   In […]