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An Opportunity to Do What is Both Right and Fiscally Sound

In politics, as in much of life, it is common to have to decide between what is right and what is easy. Usually the just and morally preferable option is also the difficult and expensive one, and the unjust and damaging option is cheap and easy.

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Statelessness and the repeal of the 14th Amendment

The other day while discussing the latest racist proposals out of the Republican party, I pointed out that repeal of the 14th Amendment would create an increase in stateless persons. My dad did not believe this, so here is a list of situations that, to the best of my knowledge after a night's Googling, would result in a stateless person within the United States if the parents were immigrants to the US from the named countries (legally or not) and the child was born here:

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5 Reasons Why Obama is the Strongest on National Security

Today more than ever before the people of the United States agree that national security is of great concern, and with the prospect and opportunity of electing a new president looming, many are looking very closely at how the candidates compare on that particular issue. With that in mind, here are five key reasons why Barack Obama is the strongest candidate in the race when it comes to protecting our national security.

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Open format caucus resolution

So I attended my party's local caucus for the first time tonight, and in addition to concluding that our process is highly wacky and inefficient (and not making nearly enough use of electronic resources). However, in addition to that made use of the form provided on the back of our agendas for the purpose of submitting resolutions. I drafted one supporting the mandation of open standards for the file formats of government documents, such as is already law in Massachussetts, which was passed by my precinct (Minnesota's SD54P3).

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The plight of cyclists in the US

I was dismayed to see on Digg today an article entitled US Transportation Secretary Doesn't Consider Bikes a Form of Transportation. Surely this isn't quite true, I thought. Well, upon further investigation, it seems I was almost hopefully right. Turns out she merely doesn't think the surfaces used by bikes are remotely related to transportation...somehow I'm not feeling much better. In the context of the article, and for anyone who's been living in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) area recently, with portions of highways 36, 694, 35E, 94, and 35W out of commission this year, you'd think that the government would be doing everything they can to recognize and encourage the use of bicycles as an alternative to cars. It would seem that at least Mary Peters has yet to figure this out - sad for any official, a truly mind-boggling incompetency for a Secretary of Transportation. I guess all that can be said here is, "that explains a lot".

The guilty interview (PBS)

The Digg article again

My comment on such

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