consultants are sandburs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MPP weekend reading.

Grace Kelly, here. Eric Ferguson, here.

As to Kelly's post; originality, Cucking Stool and Norwegianity and Dump Bachmann lamentably are gone. Blue Man in a Red District.

For posterity, one Cucking Stool timeslice. Nobody could agitate about Katherine Kerstin's limitations the way that blog did. Norwegianity archives were taken offline, with only a reverberation or two remaining alive on the web. Bachmann's retirement - to whatever besides MICHELEpac money scrounging - moots to a degree the survival of Dump Bachmann, but it went offline prior to the name Sorenson in connection to plea bargaining being news to us or Mitch McConnell.

Sam Smith writes a good one at Crooks and Liars.

This link.

Politico posts an excellent online item about Litigeous Larry Klayman and NSA dragnet style wretched excesses. His federal suit is to be argued on appeal, Nov. 4, D.C. Circuit. Serious people who are skilled wish to intervene as amici, and Larry bristles and belittles any stealing of his thunder. Like a cross between Brietbart and Geraldo Rivera, with a pinch of Michele Bachmann and Bradlee Dean mixed in, Litigeous Larrry persevers in marching to his own ill-tempered drummer.

This link. No excerpt. The part in there about citizens perhaps taking it to the streets if the courts go inattentive to his pleas; Larry's been spectacularly unsuccessful in fomenting riot; but trading on discontent appears to have yielded Larry a comfortable lifestyle of relative luxury. He seem satisfied with himself although others might find fault. Rachel Maddow and her media lawyers ate his and Bradlee Dean's lunch. But he's Eveready Bunny still going.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

RAMSEY - Sept. 13, and again now, overnight, campaign sign vandalization. Wayne Buchholz signs were targeted. It is not anything but totally deplorable. It should stop.

How widespread it may be is unclear, but Wayne Buchholz signs are shown as vandalized on his Facebook campaign page,

 https://www.facebook.com/wayneforcouncil

It appears four signs were ruined. In one instance adjacent Whelan signs remained intact. It was specific targeting.

Vote however you like, think what you like, say what you like, but leave the signs alone.

People take time to put up signs and others should respect that and let them be. Agree or disagree with a candidate, that's a right, but let it not reach to vandalism.

Rollerblades. We want rollerblades. This must be an imposter. An ill-chosen double.

Notice the cheering crowd.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The lyrics chronicle the feelings of lost love through the days of week, starting on Monday: "They call it stormy Monday, but Tuesday's just as bad". The mood improves by Friday, when "the eagle flies", a metaphor for payday, which allows for carousing on Saturday. The lyrics end with Sunday, "when the blues and spirituals converged [in] a continuation of a trend used by earlier Mississippi Delta blues singers" and conclude with a prayer asking for the Lord's help [...]

Yes, T-Bone Walker's "Call it Stormy Monday" has a Wikipedia page.

And the eagle flies on Friday - getting paid for doing the work. So, the eagle, bird of our nation, stern, unforgiving, regal. The eagle in one of the colors of our flag, those colors, below in three images -

eagle eye - exceptional color vision

Eric Lucero buys nationwide market-rate campaign signs

$275 campaign sign price - lukewarm pricing? Who's to judge?

______________UPDATE________________
One interesting aspect of Lucero's reporting, listing rebar apparently at cost, as his own contribution in kind. In reporting I have seen, which is in no way a full spectrum, almost nobody reports rebar. And, if rebar is lent by somebody to someone else's campaign, the proper thing likely is to guess at a fmv [fair market value] for one time use of reusable rebar for campaign sign posting. Lucero is the first I have seen reporting that way.

In Ramsey, so far, neither Buchholz nor Williams have reported any in kind loan of rebar expense line item. Curious. I'd like to know the in kind source of Buchholz's one-time use of rebar, who provided it to him. Buchholz declined in reporting to identify his sign printer, stating only the $275 price accorded him w/o vendor specificity. One wonders whether as a retiree he was pressed for time and omitted that data, or felt it irrelevant to due and proper campaign disclosure to give vendor identification. It seems for voters to judge disclosure vendor identification is a key factor, and should be reported in good faith. I could send an email asking, but Buchholz already declined to respond to a fair question about tee shirt color.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

RAMSEY - Budget and tax matters reported by ABC Newspapers.

This link. I find some of the report confusing, e.g.,

Finance Director Diana Lund is estimating the city’s tax rate could decrease from 44.24 percent to 42.67 percent, but a $200,000 home that paid $2,224 in city taxes in 2014 could be paying $390 more for a total of $2,614 in 2015.

Without having attempted any detailed study of the agenda charts and tables, many, many of them, I wonder if that paragraph could be further fleshed out by such a step. Reader comments are welcome.

It seems to say peoples' Ramsey share of property taxes will be going up $400 or more. I can understand that. The tax rate part of the quoted sentence is what confuses me.

In any event, the general revenue levy tax total for Ramsey may increase but there will be no franchise fee imposition. That appears to me to be the tradeoff the council reached.

"Dying in America." It sucks. Blame it sucking on rapaciousness of the doctors and hospitals, other providers, and good luck getting them to admit it. There's no easy way out.

Just as you'd expect, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has the full report behind an online subscription wall. The executive summary is online free, pdf or html. Are you ready, to contemplate this? From the opening summary - interleaved with commentary - most of what's there on that short linguistically challenged puff-summary presentation:

For the millions of Americans who work in or with the health care sector—including clinicians, clergy, caregivers, and support staff—providing high-quality care for people who are nearing the end of life is a matter of professional commitment and responsibility. Health system managers, payers, and policy makers, likewise, have a responsibility to ensure that end-of-life care is compassionate, affordable, sustainable, and of the best quality possible.

A substantial body of evidence shows that broad improvements to end-of-life care are within reach. In Dying in America, a consensus report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a committee of experts finds that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system.

Not knowing what others think, it seems what's wanted is making the passing, when it's time, quick, painfree, and well managed vs. mangled at great cost. No crap. Cash out the chips when the chip holder says to, and don't screw out one more fee, several more, because that's obscene. And, did I say quick, painfree? Yeah. Social services, back seat, quick and painless, front and center. The executive summary continues:

The Pressing Need to Improve End-of-Life Care
A number of factors make the IOM study particularly timely, including the rapidly increasing number of older Americans with some combination of frailty, physical and cognitive disabilities, chronic illness, and functional limitations. The U.S. population also is quickly becoming more culturally diverse, heightening the need for responsive, patient-centered care. In addition, the nation’s health care system is increasingly burdened by factors that hamper delivery of high-quality care near the end of life, including

-- barriers in access to care that disadvantage certain groups;
-- a mismatch between the services patients and families need and the services they can obtain; [... fluff omitted]
-- inadequate numbers of palliative care specialists and too little palliative care knowledge among other clinicians who care for individuals with serious advanced illness; and
-- a fragmented care delivery system, spurred by perverse financial incentives, that contributes to the lack of service coordination across programs and unsustainable growth in costs.

When the angel of death is wanted to come by the house, with the needle of end juice, don't put jack in the way, if that's what's wanted, and don't get the wrong address.

Opportunities for Improvement
Although the systems that support people at the end of life face increasing challenges and strain, there are new and encouraging opportunities for improvement. For example, there is growing knowledge within medical and social care communities about how to better engage patients and families in advance care planning and shared decision making, including seriously ill children and adolescents who may be able to participate in their own end-of-life care decisions. Other promising opportunities to improve care include utilization of new communications technologies, growing recognition and support for family caregivers, and the development of quality measures to increase accountability. Finally, according to the IOM committee, the greatest potential for positive change may lie in health care system reforms that affect the organization and financing of health services.

Amen.

The committee makes recommendations in the areas of care delivery, clinician–patient communication and advance care planning, professional education and development, payment systems and policies [got that one, eh] , and public engagement and education.

Delivery of Person-Centered, Family-Oriented End-of-Life Care

Ideally, health care should harmonize with social, psychological, and spiritual support to achieve the highest possible quality of life for people of all ages with serious illnesses or injuries. Toward this end, the IOM committee recommends that integrated, person-centered, family-oriented, and consistently accessible care near the end of life be provided by health care delivery organizations and covered by government and private health insurers.

[emphasis added] Mainly BS until getting to the nitty-gritty, don't get stiffed by the stiff.

The committee finds that a palliative approach typically affords patients and families the highest quality of life for the most time possible. For the purposes of the report, the committee defines palliative care as that which provides relief from pain and other symptoms, supports quality of life, and is focused on patients with serious advanced illness and their families. Palliative care may begin early in the course of treatment for a serious condition. Hospice is an important approach to addressing the palliative care needs of patients with limited life expectancy and their families. For people with a terminal illness or at high risk of dying in the near future, hospice is a comprehensive, socially supportive, pain-reducing, and comforting alternative to technologically elaborate, medically centered interventions. It therefore has many features in common with palliative care.

Although palliative care is well established in most large hospitals and professional education programs, the committee identifies the need for greater understanding of the role of palliative care—by both the public and care professionals—as one of the greatest remaining challenges in the delivery of high-quality end-of-life care.

This far, and no mention yet of Hemlock Society. Who are these people? Why the indirection and such? When people are suffering last illness extreme pain, they may want it to end quickly? Big surprise? To whom?

Clinician–Patient Communication and Advance Care Planning
Many people nearing the end of life may not be physically or mentally capable of making their own care decisions. In addition, family members and clinicians may not be able to accurately guess what a person’s care preferences may be. Therefore, advance care planning is critically important to ensure that patients’ goals and needs are met. Although advance directive documents can be useful, they should allow health care agents and care providers to make informed decisions in certain circumstances and should not take the place of open, continuous communication. According to the IOM committee, the advance care planning process can begin at any age or state of health and should center on frequent conversations with family members and care providers. Electronic storage of advance directives, statements of wishes, or other relevant materials holds promise for improving access to and effectiveness of these materials. Professional societies and other organizations that establish quality standards should develop standards for clinician–patient communication and advance care planning. Payers and health care delivery organizations should adopt these standards as a necessary component of high-quality care for individuals with advanced serious illness and their families and enable them to seek these services from their physicians and providers.

Professional Education and Development
The education of health professionals who provide care to patients at the end of life has substantially improved in recent decades. Hospice and palliative care is now an established medical specialty, and palliative care has a strong presence in clinical education, professional organizations, and research communities. However, the IOM committee finds that important deficiencies persist. First, recent knowledge gains have not necessarily translated to improved patient care. Second, the supply of palliative care and hospice specialists is small, meaning that many patients must rely on other clinicians who provide care for individuals with serious advanced illness but who may lack training and experience necessary to meet their patients’ palliative care needs. The committee recommends that educational institutions, professional societies, accrediting organizations, certifying bodies, health care delivery organizations, and medical centers take measures to both increase the number of palliative care specialists and expand the knowledge base for all clinicians.

Nitty gritty to the "provider community," and rocking that boat a little, coming up:

Policies and Payment Systems to Support High-Quality End-of-Life Care
Sustainable improvements in the organization and financing of end-of-life care must take into account the need to stabilize health care costs over time. The IOM committee finds that reform is needed in how resources for care provided near the end of life are organized. Current financial incentives encourage a reliance on acute care settings that often are costly and poorly suited to the needs, goals, and preferences of patients and their families. The committee recommends a major reorientation of payment systems to incentivize the integration of medical and social services, the coordination of care across multiple care settings, and the use of advance care planning and shared decision making to better align the services patients receive with their care goals and preferences. This reorientation will improve access to services that better respond to the needs of patients and their loved ones and may also help stabilize health care costs.

That soak them and the estate for all they're worth then cash them out uncerimoniously, the fleecing on the way out stuff, gently said, is indecent but too prevalent, and there should be "reorientation of payment systems." That last one's a mouthful. Call it "acute care," "intervention," and other euphemisms, but it's leaching off dying folk. Or can be. And likely too frequently is.

Again, this link.

Representative coverage of the situation, per the report, e.g., Strib's carry of an AP item, and also: here, here, and here. That last listed item is noteworthy, e.g., this mid-item quote:

The report reflects the growing concern over the dizzying array of high-tech interventions to emerge in recent years that prolong futile suffering, often at great emotional, physical and financial cost. Those interventions were the subject of this newspaper's yearlong series "Cost of Dying." To correct the current, misguided course, Medicare should boost coverage for home health services, not just high-tech hospital care, the report urges. And more doctors must be trained and licensed in end-of-life care, through changes in universities, state medical boards and accrediting agencies, it adds.

If that is not sufficient telling it like it is, or you are a reader wanting more; this link, source of this screen capture:

Reporting on Michelle MacDonald's DUI trial.

This link. The report is sufficient so that no web search for other coverage was attempted.

Accusations of assignations. On the floor of the house.

No, not on the floor of the House. Little "h" house. Assuming the furniture was gone. This KSTP online link, this excerpt:

Those emails between [endorsed GOP State Auditor candidate Randy] Gilbert and a woman who is a real estate agent have rubbed other Republican candidates the wrong way.

The emails obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS suggest Gilbert and the agent had many romantic meetings, without the owners' consent, inside private homes she was either selling or showing.

High-level Republican sources tell KSTP that Senate GOP nominee Mike McFadden is upset about the issue and wants Gilbert to either talk publicly about the emails or quit the race. Those same sources say State Republican Chairman Keith Downey thinks he was misled by Gilbert about the contents of the emails and, even though he has publicly supported Gilbert, is not happy with the recent revelations about the email contents.

[...] When our story broke, Gilbert skipped a fundraiser and was hard to find on the campaign trail for several days.

Hard to find on the campaign trail, but did they go looking for homes with for sale signs, keyboxes? Anyway, McFadden should nose out of other peoples' campaigns -- not his business really to be the town scold. Unless that were to be the office he seeks.

Elect McFadden - Town Scold.

Actually, it has a cadence to it where he should have signs and lapel badges printed. What color? Be careful there.

___________UPDATE__________
Reporting is enlightening. Gilbert releases a statement intended as his exonerating explanation to the GOP base. Nobody's business but his own; acts of a disgruntled ex-husband; press irresponsibility; the relationship was after she'd filed for divorce, and it was active two years ago - before the present candidacy. His point seems to challenge whether the indiscretion of leaving an email trail impacts or defines likelihoods of job performance quality if elected Auditor. There seems lacking in his released statement any explanation why voters should not simply reelect Becky Otto.

ANOKA - HIGHWAY 1O COALITION PROPOSAL - Townwise, are the ghosts of past grudges at play; or is a $45,000 budget item really a stumbling block? Or is the town exploring freeriding on other's pocketbooks? Would that be a first? But, then I read the article, see "Elwyn Tinklenberg," and agree with Anoka. Not worth it. Plus, now there's federal money ...

This ABC Newspapers link. Read it. Think things over. I find the Tinklenberg family's support of Alexandra House laudable. I do not care much for revolving door lobbyists. I am with Anoka, 100%. Possibly for different reasons.

ABC Newspapers also reports:

Klobuchar, Franken announce $10 million for Highway 10 improvements
By ABC Newspapers - September 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm


U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken Thursday announced $10 million to upgrade infrastructure and improve safety at the Highway 10 and Armstrong Boulevard intersection.

The funding will be used to construct an interchange, build an overpass over railway tracks, widen the corridor and construct a pedestrian walkway. Construction of the interchange and overpass will improve traffic operations and eliminate delays to train blockage of crossings. The proposed project will also provide a pedestrian walkway so that pedestrians will no longer need to walk across the highway. Since 2003, 12 pedestrians have died trying to cross Highway 10 between the cities of Anoka and Ramsey.

[...] Klobuchar has consistently urged the department of transportation to support this critical project. She spoke with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in June about the importance of Highway 10 at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing. [...]

Last year, Franken hosted a roundtable discussion in Ramsey with local business owners and law enforcement officers to build support for this interchange. He has repeatedly urged the department of transportation to award funding for this project, and specifically wrote a letter of support for this grant application.

No mention of CD6 retiring rep Bachmann being helpful in any way whatsoever. Probably tied up reminiscing of how Klobuchar helped her Stillwater Bridge desires; thinking of Sorenson in Iowa, his mishaps.

RAMSEY - Big bonus offer. Local Ramsey sign printer prints plethora of signs for $275 - merchantable, ostensibly per an in kind discount from regular pricing, ostensibly over a purported coloring error. Go figure.

Rhonda Sivarajah and Robyn West give money to the Buchholz Ramsey council campaign.

What's Matt Look given? After all, he's one of the three on the county board who, as Randy Backous has pointed out, lives and has a home-based business in Ramsey. He prints political signs. What do you suppose he gave?

The crux of concern is this screen capture from a campaign financial disclosure filed with the City:

click the image to enlarge and read

Yup. $275 reported for the Buchholz campaign signs. Only that. A low-ball cost, for certain. Something inspiring normal curiosity as to detail, begging for an answer or answers.

SO - This is a tale told well by email. Parallel threads:
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Email between Eric Zaetsch and Wayne Buchholz.

Z to WB: Wayne/Maria Buchholz:

Before posting anything where there might be a simple explanation, it is fair to ask if there is one.

See attached. Only $275 reported for signage.

The number/size of signs around town suggests more was paid or the sign printer gave a contribution in kind, either way, not reported.

If the campaign itself started before the filing window, with signs printed in anticipation of running, it's a campaign expense, and the reporting window should reflect the actual time the campaign was in operation.

Or if you believe that wrong, please let me know in detail, why.

Otherwise, I see reporting of $275, many, many signs, and the $275 appears to be largely the cost of adding the stars. [...]

WB to Z: The reason my signs cost is what it is, there was an error in the printing. If you remember the last time I ran my signs were orange the printer printed my new signs red. Instead of reprinting he sold them to me at cost. The stars won't show up until my next report which is due 10 days before the elections.

But maybe you should be asking Ms Williams why she has not reported any cost for signs, when she had her large signs up long before her first report was due! They all read that she paid for them.

Z to WB: Thanks. But you paid for the orange signs? Or not? Was that cost forgiven? Should you investigate whether an in kind contribution should be reported if the sign printer gave you a discount, concession, whatever?

WB to Z: There is no in kind, the printer screwed up. That's on him, I could of been an ass and made him redo the whole order in orange, but I let it go and accepted the color. But you still didn't answer me about Kristine, did Santa Claus pay for all her signs both large and small?

[follow-up email from Z] Ms. Williams

I inquired about sign costs of the Buchholz campaign. Below is the reply.

I address this question to you for the reason I have not reviewed your campaign disclosure filings, but the implications of the Buchholz response to me is that you have not reported ANY sign expenses. Would you confirm whether or not this is so, and if so, would you explain the situation in a reply email?

[follow-up email reply to Z from Williams] I have reported expenses for small yard signs in my last filing. We did not receive the invoice for the large signs until late last month and the invoice was only recently paid. That is why the expenses for large signs have not yet been reported.

Thank you for reaching out to me for more explanation.

Z to WB: Kris Williams. I do not know. I sent her an email. I await a reply.

Matt, isn't he usually error-free?

WB to Z: Eric, I don't have time to be playing your games, I answered your question, and everyone makes errors including you. I will be waiting for your reply on Ms. Williams. I don't read your blog, so I hope you spelled my name correctly and include Ms Williams missing reports.

Z to WB: Yeah. Sure. If you don't read it somebody can tell you about it. Or not. The spelling is Wayne, with an "e" right?

WB to Z: - no reply -

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next sequence - Z to Matt Look: There was some confusion because Nathan L. wore the one red tee shirt with the God judges text on the back, and then Wayne used red tee shirts in campaigning. Was he originally intending to use orange tee shirts?

ML to Z - two items: 1- "Ask him" 2- "I think he switched to red after we printed the wrong color for his signs....he'd have to confirm"

Z to ML: Thanks Matt.The shirts were done after the signs then. If it ever came to having to check your records I am sure timing would be there. That color thing, that's not a frequent error for you is it? It's not careful.

Too many irons in the fire at the time?

ML to Z: I work with up to 75 campaigns a year. Mistakes happen more than I like

Z to ML: I guess add in County business, it's a very full plate. The County stuff you do not want mistakes there. For sure.

ML to Z: Yes full plate....county being a part time job. We have excellent staff at the county and a great board. Everything is vetted well for sure

Z to ML: And keeping up with facebook, events.

ML to Z: - no reply -

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Z follow-up to WB: What's the story on the tee shirts? Orange wanted there too? Willing to take red?

Matt emailed I should ask you.

WB to Z: - no reply -

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So, a screw-up, purportedly so; ostensibly leading to a massive discount, i.e., whereas Abigale Whelan paid Look $1700 for signs - yard signs - Wayne paying only $275 for as many or more - yard size and larger - which is a fifteen hundred dollar difference.

That big a discount, and the claim is there was no in kind contribution, Look discounting, in kind, to the Buchholz campaign, via such a massive price differential despite wholly merchantable signs were delivered and used; $1500 being attributed, ostensibly, to red/orange stuff.

That's the story; with no real answer as to tee shirts.
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A reader thought experiment. Find fifteen hundred dollars difference:

Constants: Holding the same roll of what, lapel stickers? Same flag tablecloth (which some might deem tacky in taste). Same Rhonda mood.

Where's fifteen hundred dollars worth of difference?

It's there.

The emails say so.

Gotta trust the emails.



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(We don't have an answer from Buchholz as to tee shirts.)

In general, politicians should stay out of each other's election contests. That is the seemly thing to do. And when comingling, scrupulous record keeping is necessary especially as to in kind easily lost disclosure/reporting facts.

And if that massive discount on fully merchantable signs is not an in kind contribution, Look on the County Board to the Buchholz municipal campaign, pigs can fly.

__________UPDATE___________
In fairness, I requested copies of Kris Williams' disclosure filings with the city, from the city clerk, who emailed a four page pdf doc response. What I see there as listed expenses; campaign kickoff fund raiser, and Hello neighbor mailing. If there was any sign reporting in the four pages sent me from the city, I missed it. If signs are being funded separately by an entity per Citizens United independent of Ms. Williams, that would be in a separate reported item, from such a committee/entity independent of the Williams campaign - one with which she - her campaign - properly should not be coordinating things. People not running for office can participate in posting signs as best as I understand campaign law, being neither a lawyer in Minnesota nor having particularized knowledge of campaign requirements. "All they're saying is hooray for our side," etc. I expect Ms. Williams in email may have casually "misspoke" in writing "we" in her email if signs were being posted and reported by an independent entity of some kind. All that is for Wayne's World to unravel, if he and Maria and campaign volunteer Nathan care. First thing, he or somebody should look at the disclosure footer on Williams signs, to see who states "Paid for ..." info there.Then he should assure himself of having copies of any/all disclosure filings with the city. Nathan can run the errands.

Independent expenditure without limits might not appeal to some readers, but blame the system nationwide, the two party stranglehold on politics, and the ever-present lobbyists mucking around for that. Do not blame any local campaign, Wayne's or Kris's. Indeed, blame the framers of the Constitution. They added ten original amendments [and that's ten Amendments NOT commandments, something that has to be noted for some who are confused]. The first of the original amendments includes rights of political speech. Campaign finance disclosure is subordinate to First Amendment rights of those independently aiming to influence political matters as persons/entities apart from candidate campaigns. Legislation can require such independent outlet speech to report and disclose if their speech is election related, but it cannot constitutionally close off the right.

___________FURTHER UPDATE__________
Do you suppose Wayne's got available iron-on stars, for the tee shirts?

___________FURTHER UPDATE___________
I contacted Kris Williams by email, and she responded:

The "we" I was referring to was me and my campaign treasurer whom I have entrusted to understand the ins and outs of the finance report filing process. I mistakenly failed to consult with him before responding to your email and assumed the sign expenses were reported in the last filing. I have since confirmed the yard-sign invoice was not available prior to the last filing date and both invoices for sign expenses will be included in the next finance report. I am not aware of any signs that were paid for by an independent entity.

That seems to pretty much wrap up the Buchholz concerns. Invoices available were reported. Await the next filing. There is no independent effort on her behalf known to Williams.

I see no problems unless she got her signs all for $275 or less. That would be a hoot. Dueling discounts.

Don't expect it. My guess is she paid a full and fair price - the going rate - invoiced and paid. Presumably Buchholz will be monitoring Williams reporting. I won't. If he sees something he does not like he can write a comment.

P.S. Williams -- Color her signs green. And I bet that's what she wanted from the start. No obfuscating from the Williams camp, presumably, and the invoices shall be reported for what they are. So ends the story told in email.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Palin wants career politicians in the "penalty box."

Read of it here. Schmalz. And for who?

Thomas Earl "Tom" Emmer II

Yes. Him.

In the legislature for a decade.

Wants a career boost to higher office.

Second try for it - this year. Last try? Last cycle.

If that's not a "career politician" to Palin, is it one to you?

Plus talk radio. But, ... Palin ... go shoot a moose.

Col. Kline. Time for a change.

MPP posts, Cairns writing, here; Ferguson writing, here.

With entertaining and informative video, to boot.

Bonus time: Besides Kline, also at MPP, Burns writing about DFL HD 37B candidate Susan Witt.

Readers, are you thinking about the ending question of the previous post. Do consider it.

This previous Ramsey-&-Anoka County politics post.

Wholly merchantable signs. Expensive as always?

Or a eyebrow raising token charge?

And, should it be a question "colored" possibly, possibly now, by who's posting on who else's facebook page? About signs? Giving don't embarrass the Corps by caving in advice. Stand your ground advice.

Vendor advice to purchaser. A factor? Should it be? Really?

Pose a hypothetical:

If it's, say, red. And the purchaser says, "I wanted orange."

Think of the little kid getting an orange fire truck for Christmas.

Disappointed? Okay.

Extrapolate from that. To adults. In a business transaction.

One wanting to be elected to a responsible public service opening.

The other holding an office where fairness, sagacity, and highest levels of rectitude should be expected. Demanded. As part of the job description. All the time. In every way. Beyond reproach. Beyond question. How it should be.

Not kid stuff, not really orange fire truck stuff.

How's that to be resolved? Fairly. Sensibly. No cuteness.

Absolutely fit for the intended purpose (stars added), what's reasonable?

Think it over.

___________UPDATE____________
Think of the George Carlin monologue. Altered. It's just two big clubs, and you're not in either.

Would you want to be?

___________FURTHER UPDATE____________
To assist along the process of hypothetical thinking, readers getting a sense of the scale of things, Ms. Abigale Whelan, theo-GOP for HD 35A, reporting to the CFB per this screen capture:

click the image to enlarge and read

That stuff costs real money. To run for an office. At least most of the time. Regular practice: Whelan stung seventeen hundred bucks. For signs. Matt Look printed them, invoiced them. And you can still wonder, did Whelan get off easy on the signs? Wrong shade of blue, or some such? (Whatever the invoicing practices of chosen vendors might if looked at in aggregate prove to be, we poor voting citizens only know what they tell us.)

Incidentally, for those who might care about birds of a feather: On 3/24/14 Whelan got two hundred fifty bucks from incumbent politician John Pederson of St. Cloud, (an Amcon Block employee); and another two hundred fifty bucks on 05/31/14 (end of filing quarter - boost the numbers) from Eric Lucero, (self employed),a co-theo-GOP legislative wannabe, of anti-gay agitation notoriety. Of a feather. Flocking Together. A FitzSimmons under the bus contribution. Reported as accepted by Whelan, not turned down. All that.

Oh, also, that Whelan seventeen hundred, it says "lawn signs." Not the bigger more expensive highway hummers, apparently. (If they were included you'd expect the disclosure to be "campaign signs," or the equivalent.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Real estate. Flaherty refinances. Location, location.

Multi-housing news, online:

Sep. 16, 2014 - TODAY’S DEALS:
Allianz Provides Permanent Financing for Class A Cincinnati Asset

Cincinnati—HFF has arranged permanent financing for The Boulevard at Oakley Station, a 302-unit, Class A community located in Cincinnati. The borrower, an affiliate of Flaherty & Collins Properties, secured a 10-year, 4.14 percent fixed-rate loan through Allianz Real Estate of America Inc. Proceeds were used to retire an existing construction loan.

“Early this year, while Boulevard at Oakley was just beginning its lease-up, Flaherty & Collins decided that they would like to hedge their interest rate risk,” says Dave Keller, senior managing director at HFF. “Allianz recognized the quality of the asset and location, and offered a competitive and compelling forward-rate lock loan structure. Flaherty & Collins did the rest by conducting a very successful lease-up campaign.”

The apartment community is located within Oakley Station, a 74-acre mixed-use development that features a planned 225,000 square feet of retail, including the nation’s largest Kroger grocery store, as well as 350,000 square feet of office space and a 14-screen Cinemark movie. Built in 2013, amenities at the property include a heated saltwater pool, billiards room, grilling area, fire pit, bocce ball court, clubhouse, gaming lounge, tanning bed, fitness center with yoga studio and a screening lounge.

Flaherty has not arranged permanant financing like that to take the City of Ramsey off the hook at Town Center. Or has it? Reader help on that question would be appreciated. They re-fi some stuff, not all? Some are second class?

I suppose the long-term financing market varies location to location.

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Same online site, "Dec. 2, 2011 -- 6 Things to Consider Before Purchasing Non-Performing Notes." An interesting article. Presumably Flaherty's note, whatever its terms, with the first secured position on the Ramsey rental thing is not non-performing. However, that does not negate a possible note purchase, say by a local deep pocket player, banking either on being paid off if the note is purchased and it performs, or having foreclosure rights against the City, on its credit terms with Flaherty, and regarding other junior position holders.

As the cited item indicates, a note purchaser might want to buy a note to be able to run the show, or at least have a voice to be heard, which would be the case of one holding the main creditor position. That would be true anywhere.

Not that it has happened, or will or might happen, in Ramsey or anywhere else impacting Flaherty business. There is no indication I know of that way. Just an interesting theoretical thought. If there were such a local buyer, and if the note is performing and hence not discounted, the six point checklist still makes sense and the performance status of the debtor would affect cost, but other risk would still need attention.

It just is an interesting hypothetical. People always able to negotiate with a bank as long as the debt has no restrictions on assignability. All it takes is money enough to play in that league. Who in Ramsey has that?

RAMSEY - Wayne Buchholz financial disclosure with the city - listed contributors. [UPDATED]

Reviewing two Buchholz disclosure forms, it appears that two individual contributors (giving $100 or more) are listed in addition to Charles Delaney, a regular Ramsey campaign contributor to multiple candidates. It's valuable to having informed voters to publish names even more than amounts, as so far seen:

Robyn West -- $100
Rhonda Sivarajah -- $250


Republicans each. Officeholders each. Theo-Republicans too?

There are no in kind contributions of value over $100 stated for goods, or services, or as discounts from normal charges on such, on the Buchholz disclosure document copies I have seen.

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Having looked at Buchholz, I requested copies of Williams' filings from the city clerk:


Recall the '60s - '70s song that began, "Battle Lines Being Drawn: Nobody's Right if Everybody's Wrong, ...”

We live in a nice town where everyone knows everyone else.

A town with few surprises. A town where signs cost what they cost, whoever is buying, or discounting. Tomorrow's story, or the day after. Just as a hypothetical, in your mind reader, what's a commercially reasonable discount if signs are produced fully to spec, promptly but at a different warm color than ostensibly requested? Fully merchantable signs for the purpose intended, i.e., campaigning via yard and highway signs? Think it over.

Monday, September 15, 2014

FOR BETTER OR WORSE, POLLING IS UPON US. Strib reports neither Dayton nor Franken, as incumbents, show a poll majority. Yet each has a double digit lead over his GOP opponent.

Franken - McFadden, here.

Dayton - Johnson, here.

Please note that this poll and reporting comes to us even before absentee voting is allowed. As important, it is before the soon to be suffered media blitz telling us pros and cons of each party's offerings.

The smart already know their choice, and will vote absentee ASAP; and will tune all the PR propaganda out for what it is - pure flak from paid, professional flak spinners.

We don't need that. We should not want that. But we get that. Politics in the US of A. Where the big league judges tell us corporations are people like we are. Fantasyland.

And if you dislike these poll results take comfort that the next polls and the ones following that will be coming more and more fequently, each saying what it will. If you miss one bus you can wait for the next. The next bus might not be as crowded; might carry a better class of people; or might in its onboard advertising tell you what you want to be told.

PACER hardly keeping pace.

This link.

PACER, which charges 10 cents per page, has long been criticized as a deeply dated system that already does too little and charges too much for online access to things like judicial orders and court briefs.

But wait. There's more. (Actually for now there's less.) Read the item.

Sorensen at Bluestem Prairie posts of Jeff Johnson, and a proposal that smacks of welfare for auditors, a bit of that, but more of putting a wet finger up to test political winds.

Sorensen's post, here. Read it. It is about something I read of in Strib and found conceptually strange. Johnson is proposing to spend public money for private sector auditors [none named by Johnson] to comb over [presumably at a nice houry rate] the files and records of state agencies. What Johnson expects from that, besides fees generated, is unclear.

To me it appears that Johnson has seen Ron Paul's "Audit the Fed" campaign, and thought to himself, well, Minnesota does not print money, so what can I suggest auditing?

Sort of a how to make it a me too.

Then, in terms of positions and political expediency, there's Johnson's flip-flop on Kingfish, once Snowden came onto the pubic stage. A man of convictions? Or a man of expedient hobby horse postures? Spying's fine, except when it's not, when it has fallen a bit out of vogue? That's disquieting if wanting a public servant whose positions you can bank on.

this link - get the picture?
Coincidentally, Kingfish detail online can be found here. (Kingfish swims with Stingray. Both are products of Harris Corp.) Law enforcement agencies "contract" with Harris re nondisclosure, presumably in light of FOIA and other transparency things both Harris and law enforcement might like at times to frustrate. See also this link, with links you can follow, e.g., this.

A troublesome situation? And on this kind of stuff Johnson was willingly onboard, until he tested the winds, and jumped ship?

UPDATE: Apologies for segueing from Johnson, man of convictions, to whether you need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows; and, curiously, might it help disarm "conspiracy theory" dismissive attempts at telling you move on - nothing to see here, to have a Supreme Court Justice weather forecasting:

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says that without proper privacy safeguards, the advancement of technology could lead to a world like the one portrayed in "1984" by George Orwell.

Speaking to Oklahoma City University faculty and students, the justice said Thursday that technology has allowed devices to "listen to your conversations from miles away and through your walls." She added: "We are in that brave new world, and we are capable of being in that Orwellian world, too."

[...] The justice's remarks about drones comes as California is close to joining 10 other states requiring the police to get a court warrant to surveil with a drone. Those states include Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. California's bill is pending, awaiting action from Gov. Jerry Brown.

"If the police send a drone to surveil communities, they should get a warrant to do that," Rebecca Farmer, an American Civil Liberties Union spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview Friday.

These laws, however, have exemptions that allow the authorities to fly drones for a variety of uses. As Slate put it, "California’s drone bill is not draconian. It includes exceptions for emergency situations, search-and-rescue efforts, traffic first responders, and inspection of wildfires. It allows other public agencies to use drones for other purposes—just not law enforcement."

Sotomayor, meanwhile, sits on the nation's highest court that in June unanimously ruled in favor of the public's mobile phone privacy. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court ruled that the authorities generally may not search the mobile phones of those they arrest unless they have a court warrant.

[links omitted] Notice how Roberts will join a majority he might not fully agree with, in order to claim seniority rights to author the majority opinion. To craft it to his ways of thinking as much as feasible, pinching here, letting a touch of vagueness there. He's not the first Chief Justice to notice and use that power.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

“I know what you’re thinking: You never heard of John Kline,” said Maher, who added Kline is “one of those silent threats you never see coming … He’s not funny. He’s just wrong about everything.”

The headline, which pretty much sums up the good Col., is from here. Unfortunately, we in Minnesota know the Col. and welcome his gaining national attention. Some Minnesotans are unsurprised at but exasperated by a video showing the Minnesota-nice understanding indicative of Col. Kline. The Col. while disrespectful toward female colleagues while on the floor of Congress, shows who he embraces and respects, dual oil slicks and all.

Nice suit, Norm. Did Nasser buy it for you?

UPDATE: Representing the district, the nation - full speed, all the time, all distraction set aside in order to serve the public will and needs. Kline appears happier, nose to the grindstone that way, than when schmoozing with Norm in St. Paul.

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photo source, here

A story of politics at its worse, money trumping other money, in of all things, liquor profits, taxes -and- sales.

This link for full story, this headline/excerpt:

First published Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Costco execs turn tables on state Senate Democrats

After being stiff-armed by Democrats on a liquor-tax dispute, Costco execs have shifted their loyalties to Republicans in this year’s state Senate races.

By Jim Brunner - Seattle Times political reporter


[...] Brent Ludeman, executive director of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, said while he did not want to comment on the reasons behind specific donations, “The Majority Coalition Caucus has been very successful at reaching across the aisle and showing it can promote solid business policies that support local companies like Costco.”

The legislation Costco has sought from state lawmakers over the past two years would get rid of the 17 percent “retail license fee” that retailers must charge on liquor they sell to restaurants and bars. Liquor-distribution wholesalers pay a 5 percent fee on sales to restaurants and bars.

Costco and its allies in the grocery and restaurant industries say they’re trying to reverse an unfair decision by the state Liquor Control Board, which applied that fee despite some early indications it would not be charged on such sales. The added expense makes it unfeasible for restaurants to buy from Costco or other retailers if they run out of booze between deliveries, they argue.

“Costco is not trying to steal anything from anybody. They’re just trying to compete on a level playing field,” said Bruce Beckett, government affairs director for the Washington Restaurant Association.

Senate Bill 6220, which would have eliminated that fee, passed the state Senate this year, with support of Republicans and opposition from most Democrats. But the proposal was stalled in the state House.

Opponents accuse Costco of cynically trying to rewrite the rules in its favor — after already having spent $22 million on its successful initiative to privatize liquor sales in 2011.

“They wrote the initiative. It’s kind of offensive to me,” said John Guadnola, executive director of the Association of Washington Spirits and Wine Distributors. He said Costco’s goal is to compete with distributors without paying its fair share of fees.

Interested in maintaining the status quo, the distributors group has also made plenty of political donations ahead of this year’s elections — giving more than $180,000 to Democratic legislative candidates and committees, and $25,000 to Republicans, according to PDC filings.

The proposal also was opposed by unions including the Teamsters, which feared job losses for its truck drivers if distributors lost sales to Costco or other grocers. Critics also pointed to the potential loss of state revenue, estimated at $1.2 million a year, according to an estimate by nonpartisan legislative staff.

Municipal policing, with a mind at the top. And less than that, in an instance, on the streets.

This link.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time for a politically correct post, in light of the Adrian Peterson grand jury indictment.

This link.

UPDATE: Granddad and Riley understand it as "homesick" while Strib reports of it in terms of

intergenerational transmission.


So felony assault, or learning by the school of hard knocks? Whatever else, if there is a Peterson trial there will be jury empaneling lawyer jockeying both ways, if Granddad draws jury duty. ("Integenerational transmission" has to be a term invented by a political consultant. Or a professor of social science. Peterson did not use a "switch," he used an, "intergenerationally applied tree twig, willfully and with transmissional intent?" Yeah, that is what it was. Conflicting cultures. If he hadn't raised welts would it have reached a grand jury?)

I kid you not, there is this online, this excerpt:

What does it look like to spank in a way that obeys Scripture, modifies attitudes and behavior, and actually strengthens the bond between parent and child?

Seven Steps

[...]

The seventh step is resting? Or do we look to Revelations and seals? Is this where the Peterson prosecutor is heading? It is Texas. A scriptural standard of care, judicially imposed? A hideous and at one time outrageous thought, but then there was Hobby Lobby ...

Line adding to that red tee shirt, right after "LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS," put "OVERZEALOUS SPANKERS?" As a bet, Peterson shall heed the league's judgment more than the Lord's.

FURTHER UPDATE: Wikipedia; and here. Also: Reader help requested, where can I buy one of these ruler holders?

RAMSEY - Some things need to be exhaustively hammered through thick heads, and there might be hurt feelings, but when there is a need ... [UPDATED]

This post is a follow-up primarily to the comments and post, here.

A particular anonymous [big surprise, eh] comment drew attention, and relates to the "thick heads" part of the headline, the commenter stating:

We wouldn't have all the empty space if stupid Strommen and her other idiots wouldn't have voted for the fancy City Hall we would have all the road repairs and improments done with money to spare right now. And you are also an idiot because you voted for her in 2012.

I posted my immediate thoughts in response, while not noting until now the non sequitur nature of saying that spending on the city hall led to the empty space; implying all would be fully built out but for spending on the city hall. That view of things is not merely unintuitive, it is plain stupid. There simply would have been more empty space, since the city hall building takes up space there which, if absent, would add more. And causation of present "empty space" had multiple dimensions apart from whether the city hall was or was not built, when proposed, when finished; e.g., reporting here. Something needing reemphasis only for the thick headed, but it's written, now, so moving on ...

Randy Baucous took offense at the initial comment and yesterday posted a proposed comment which is instead set out here:

Randy Backous

2:20 PM (20 hours ago)

to me
Randy Backous has left a new comment on your post "RAMSEY: City Hall office rental space is available...":
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Anonymous is probably the same guy (or one of his supporters) who voted for a Landform contract that just required us to pay Landform $163,000 and $47,000 for projects that somebody else brought to us. http://156.142.212.178:8080/agenda_publish.cfm?id=0&mt=ALL&get_month=9&get_year=2014&dsp=agm&seq=4580&rev=0&ag=964&ln=11379&nseq=4656&nrev=0&pseq=4687&prev=0#

They keep bitching about city hall, but at least that decision was made in a booming economy. Ramsey, Look, McGlone and Wise hired a guy to manipulate the free market during a severe recession and agreed to pay him $15,000 a month, plus expenses, plus exclusive rights to all engineering work within The COR - and who knows how much we overpaid for that work - plus 2% of the capitalized cost of anything built in The COR up to FIVE YEARS after the termination of the contract. We reduced that to 15 months instead of terminating his contract when it was up for renewal. (I voted to term the contract immediately, of course rather than renegotiate.) I don't blame Landform for this of course. They were doing what they should – looking out for their business. But the four council members who voted for this were either in over their heads or were not being fiscally responsible. Here is the actual contract. Read it and weep. http://156.142.212.178:8080/docs/2014/HRAReg/20140811_953/4580_Development%20Service%20Agreement.pdf

People don't realize that this contract requires us to pay 2% on the value of the land, building and all of the infrastructure and other improvements. That means that if a $15,000,000 building is put up, Landform gets 2% of that, or $300,000 in addition to everything else. Of course, all we ever got from the supporters of this contract was, "that's a better deal than hiring somebody." Not even close.

All we ever got from Landform was, "it's a bad economy," or "Ramsey has a bad reputation." I asked, "if there are hurdles you can't overcome, why are you here?" In the end, Landform brought us nothing other than his own business partner and even that deal had to be heavily subsidized in order to work. Our Economic Development Manager made way more incentive compensation for Landform than Landform made for Landform. I'm losing track because he's bringing in so much but I can get the numbers for you.

Not once did the “marine combat veteran” step up to the podium to complain about any of this. Not once. Why? Because he is getting all of his information and marching orders from them, which explains why I saw Wayne at Jeff Wise's house the night I was elected along with Matt Look, Bob Ramsey, Colin McGlone, Jeff Wise and yes, DARREN LAZAN. I suppose they thought I would buy in which is why they invited me, but I left quickly. I reported it to the League of Minnesota Cities but they told me they are allowed to meet in social situations as long as they don't discuss city business. It still stinks to high heavens to me. These are the same people supporting the "marine combat veteran" and the same ones whose signs he he hung his signs from. They are one big happy family and I had to laugh and hold my nose at the same time when they cried about “good ole boys clubs” during the last election. Be careful who you vote for.

After contacting Backous to confirm the comment as his and intended for publication we discussed a number of things off record, but on record and in response to inquiry, and Backous can correct me if I misrecall the discussion, he indicated JUNGBAUER was not at the meeting he describes, TOSSEY was not there although elected at the same time as Backous, DAVE ELVIG was there but left early, and JOHN DEHEN and DAVE JEFFREY as other serving council members were not there. Backous also noted he still recalls surprise at seeing Wayne and Maria Buchholz there, being guests invited to the event along with the already named individuals.

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More recently, there are indications of Matt Look paying specific attention to details of the Wayne Buchholz candidacy, with the left side image capture having been taken July 3, 2014, from Facebook, Maria Buchholz' page and not Wayne's campaign page (and with Look-related content believed to possibly have since been edited/scrubbed away).

It appears as if Look is/was inciting Buchholz to ignore federal law; but those seeing Buchholz signs around with stars replacing the anchor-globe-eagle Dept. of Defense trademarked badge, will know the candidate did not follow the stand-your-ground-and-don't-give-up-the-fight advice.

This is Matt Look, the officeholder who took an oath of office to uphold the Constitution and laws of the land, saying, some you like and obey, but big guy, when you don't ... they're "stupid rules/laws" ... so march to your own drummer, which hopefully is a viewpoint which does not carry over as thinking in mind during discharge of official county duties and services, on behalf of County Board District 1, and indeed, on behalf of all citizens of the entire county.

Civil disobedience was fine for Ghandi, but Ghandi did not seek office and a comfortable public paycheck while advocating it. But few of us are Ghandis. Ditto, Martin Luther King, but few of us are Kings.

As to the Landform/Lazan contract, the pattern which I call original sin, an initial contract valued at twenty-three thousand dollars - for professional services under fifty thousand hence not having to be put out for competitive bid, morphing into the form Backous has written about, a pattern can be followed from back in 2009, by readers - I hope these links work well - here, here, here, here and in the extended material here, especially at subsequent pages here and most especially, here et seq. to here.

With, early in the process in mid-2009, there being a Ramsey Town Center Steering Committee on which Kris Williams served, and with the committee working then in harmony with Lazan/Landform, a hope for voters is that candidate Williams will flesh out her current view of harmony or disharmony with the course of events Lazan/Landform contracting took from summer and autum of 2009 times. (2009 is from before Backous and Tossey were elected and serving on council and during the gap in Strommen's service terms.)

QUICK UPDATE: The initiating comment to which Backous responded should be thought of in context of what really is Ramsey's economic development page reflecting about how current Ramsey officials are approaching things, including utilizing on a commission only basis a clearly competent, licensed real estate broker, a professional where professional skills are needed. And delivered, as any reader can verify.

This is not an effort at marketing real estate by any person/entity lacking a brokerage license. CBRE is for real. As is their brokerage license.

FURTHER UPDATE: Blogger, the Google engine behind this and other ...blogspot.com blogs has a comment defect, i.e., not preserving paragraphing a comment author submits, and truncating comments. However, with comments moderated the service emails the full comment for review on whether to publish or not. Crude insults and name calling irrelevant to a post is screened out, and it was my cause to shift to moderating comments. That said, Randy Backous submitted a follow-up statement, set out next:

Your posting of my comments is accurate and my eyes have never been opened more quickly and clearly as when I walked into that party and saw all of these people together. I was a na├»ve fool before that night. That night defined my purpose during my whole term and opened my eyes to the hypocrisy of some of the local “fiscal conservatives” calling for transparency and limited government – neither of which they provided themselves. I called them on it; all of them and staff as well for pandering to them.

They were surprised by my behavior. I was treated as an outcast because I crossed the party. I’m still a Republican and always will be but after witnessing some of the intelligent individuals I formerly admired turn a blind eye for the sake of the party to what was clearly happening under their noses, I know I still have a lot of work to do.

Wayne never complained about the Landform deal. He has never complained about the hundreds of thousands of dollars still bleeding out to Landform to this day. Why? His Principals mean more to him than his principles perhaps?

I’m tired of these “patriots” waving their flag over there so you don’t notice what they’re doing over here. I’m tired of them complaining about the nickels and dimes in order to distract you from the millions they are wasting. Somehow I’ve got to get people to open their eyes and see what happened right here in little old Ramsey. I promise you I will. If it can happen here, what the hell is going on in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York?

Cronyism and corruption crosses party lines so we have to start looking into the mirrors and being honest with ourselves and calling people onto the carpet even if they’re on “our side.” We have to start valuing principles over Principals.

In a like sense, I have been critical of Obama for his healthcare alterations being insufficient and too intentionally accommodating to the health insurance/health industry mega-powers; and I have criticized Dayton for not taxing the rich beyond a token step, despite his promise. Incrementalism, than saying "Well we addressed that last term" is the key human condition standing in the way of a fuller response by government to needs. The incremental minimum wage situation now at play, preelection, is another example where Democrat officials need to be called out. Private sector effort for fair wages has put into a stark contrast the feeble official responses where there are any to the erosion of citizen buying power nationwide, with movement by aware workers such as the $15 in '15 effort in Seattle, which now has support across Lake Washington to expand within that entire metro area, and as being advanced by fast food wage increase effort presently active.

We do not now have single payer healthcare nationally and we do not now have the rich more fairly taxed in Minnesota (nor nationally) and we are about to be sucked into more Middle East warfare because the Saudis will not fight when they can induce surrogates to put lives at risks for their purposes and policies.

And that last thing is bipartisan. Oil industry having its hand in things. Adopting a "We the people" slogan might assuage dissatisfaction some feel. But sloganing such as that, or "Occupy," will not by itself get sound change, and some may see it being co-opted by politicians not attuned to it - popular sovereignty - being a real goal, but rather viewing it as a tool of rhetoric to set or entrench a position in officialdom pecking orders. All that fits with Randy's points.

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CBRE is not Landform, that point was made previously. Curious readers might enjoy knowing who Flaherty's firm picked back in 2011 to broker in the nationwide commercial retail market their flagship Indianapolis property development, "Cosmopolitan on the Canal."

This image. I think the approach was a solicitation of offers for buying an equity participation share in the site, (presuming an offer to buy the whole thing would have worked if someone made an offer Flaherty could not refuse). Something like that, rather than a plain vanilla listing at a set asking price. Compare CBRE online items from Q2-2011 ["unpriced"] with Q3-2011 "UNDER CONTRACT" for the Cosmopolitan on the Canal rental housing thing.

[updated] Web search yielded detail, Indianapolis Business Journal, in June 2011 reporting:

The owner of downtown's Cosmopolitan on the Canal has put the property up for sale, calling it "unequivocally the city’s finest residential asset."

Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties finished the high-end, 218-unit apartment community in 2010, and it is already 98-percent occupied.

The local office of CB Richard Ellis is marketing the property to investors without an asking price, seeking either to sell it outright or to bring in an equity partner. The project, which is bordered by the Central Canal, Senate Avenue, Michigan Street and North Street, cost more than $33 million to build.

Also on the block: An adjacent, triangle-shaped parcel bordered by Michigan Street and Senate and Indiana avenues. The property could accommodate a second Cosmopolitan phase with 162 additional apartment units and 5,365 square feet of commercial space at a cost of about $24 million.

Flaherty & Collins' preference is to retain an ownership interest in the property and bring in an equity partner, said CEO David M. Flaherty. The company has several deals in the works and would like to free up some capital.

The Cosmopolitan should command a premium valuation and could attract a new-to-market buyer, Flaherty said.

"There is no more trophy property on the multifamily side than this, and multifamily is the preferred property type today," Flaherty said. "From a desirability perspective, it would be way up there."

Whatever else is to be said, Flaherty chose CBRE, and Flaherty is no dummy, witness how he got City of Ramsey to put more skin at risk in the game than he did, in building his Ramsey rental by the rails.

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