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  •  Issues (0+ / 0-)

    Alternative Energy
    Farm Bill Reform
    Food Safety
    Health Care

    Those are the issues I've made a point of seeking out on other blogs as a cure for Pie Fatigue here on DKos.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:42:38 AM PDT

  •  For me, like always: "It's the economy, stupid" (4+ / 0-)

    I have to say that  economic issues are much more important to me than social / foreign policy / fiscal issues. I think the long term plan for Democrats to be successful in the future is selling our economic plan. Compare and contrast. I think Minnesota and Wisconsin are good case studies in this. Comparing the economies/politics of otherwise similar states shows that we are then party of prosperity.

    I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat

    by OGGoldy on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:53:42 AM PDT

    •  But for < .5% Minnesota would be Wisconsin (2+ / 0-)
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      OGGoldy, fearlessfred14

      If Dayton loses in 2010, Republicans push through their entire agenda and gerrymander the hell out of the legislature. I honestly think for day to day life state and local elections matter more the Federal ones.

      BTW I also vote primarily on economic issues. I may disagree with the Democratic party on some social and environmental  issues but I am much closer to the Dems on economic issues so they have my vote.

      A SSP guy in a DKE world.

      by Minnesota Mike on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:18:34 PM PDT

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  •  Since it's UN general assembly week (0+ / 0-)

    I'm interested in how things work out with potentially, a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

    Obama said in his speech today he would direct Kerry to work on a potential deal, regarding Iran's nuclear program.

    Still pretty questionable whether a deal could be agreed to.

    But if it was, I wonder what the political reaction would be, especially in the context of 2016.

  •  Hoping Pelosi's latest tactic on immigration (0+ / 0-)

    reform works. That bill desperately needs to pass and Boehner's useless so that leaves Pelosi's tactic.

    Also, interested to see where the Iran-U.S. talks go with John Kerry and if the middle east peace talks go anywhere.

    My wish list is that Cuba sees the thawing of Iran-U.S. relationship as a good sign to start moving on U.S.-Cuba talks again. Obama admin is making some progress but it is slow going.

    President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

    by askew on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 09:31:27 AM PDT

  •   Any bigger waste of time in politics... (1+ / 0-)
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    Stephen Wolf

    ... than the talking filibusterer? I don't care if it's Cruz, Davis, Paul or  Mr Smith, taking the floor a talking for hours is the height of narcissism and rarely accomplishes a thing. Hell of a way to run a country.

    A SSP guy in a DKE world.

    by Minnesota Mike on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:06:00 PM PDT

  •  Perfect illustration of why you have gridlock (0+ / 0-)

    From the latest Bloomberg national poll.

    "Which of the following best reflects your view of why the economy hasn’t fully recovered from the recession that ended in June of 2009"

    President Obama has pursued the wrong policies - 32%

    Republicans have blocked Obama’s proposals to speed up recovery - 29%

    The recession was so severe that the government had only limited ability to influence the recovery - 30%

    Not sure - 9%

    "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

    by conspiracy on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 04:29:03 AM PDT

  •  a while ago I was talking about counties (0+ / 0-)

    no longer being able to pay for public safety and unwilling to raise taxes in Southern Oregon, and now it looks like they won't be in such dire straits because they're getting their federal subsidies back. Not enough, though.

    They've traditionally gotten these subsidies because the feds have a lot of land in these counties and logging on those lands used to generate a lot of revenue for the counties. Now it does not, and so they have trouble paying their bills. And those vast federal lands sit there not providing property taxes, which the counties live on.

    I'm not sure that its entirely fair for them to get subsidized, but I'm not sure its fair to not do so either.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 07:49:37 AM PDT

  •  Economy (0+ / 0-)

    I would be particularly interested to see sacman's take on this. Are they screwing up the seasonal adjustment again? This summer was the best June thru August of any year of the recovery yet it seems to be coupled with a decline in how people view the state of the economy.

    "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

    by conspiracy on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 12:47:22 PM PDT

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