We Call Shenanigans


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Cities are pretty much known for raising your taxes every year. They incrementally spend a little more and a little more. They may throw in some bonding for big projects, franchise fees, permits, and a general assessment, and it’s all meant to keep your property taxes low by hiding these taxes somewhere else. Other cities just go for it. Some cities are so bad, that they continually get used as an example by surrounding cities to say “at least we’re not that bad”. New Hope is one such city. They have set their initial property tax levy at for 18.99% 2019! Why do they do it? Because no one will stand up and challenge them. No one runs for office to challenge the incumbents. Listen to how bad it gets when no one cares enough to challenge the status quo. You may say it’s not a big deal because the economy is good. What happens when the economy tanks and your city is double digit million of dollars in debt. Don’t let this happen to your city.

We also discuss the charges against Keith Ellison, and what that means to his run at Minnesota Attorney General. While we agree that everyone deserves to face their accuser and be considered innocent until proven guilty, we were surprised at the lengths the Star Tribune went to cover for Rep. Ellison instead of do any investigative journalism to uncover the facts to get down to the truth.

In related news, Rep. Ilhan Omar has a laundry list of traffic/moving violations over the past few years, plus an ongoing investigation of violations of House rules and state law. We believe that due to the sheer number, that it exposes a more troubling trend. She obviously has no regard for our laws, yet we will most certainly send her to Washington to make them. We called her campaign for more information, and they refused to answer our questions. Do you think that she will protect the constitution that protects us?

How do you think this ends for us? The socialist “tear it down” crowd is getting stronger, and we need to stand now, more than ever. Where are our George Washingtons and Thomas Jeffersons? We need you, and we need you now. Please contact us.

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Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

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September 12, 2018 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

What’s Going On With Our Counties?


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Today, we welcome a friend of the show, and candidate for Sherburne County Commissioner District 2, Paul Seefeld. He comes by the show to talk about his ongoing campaign against the sitting mayor of Big Lake. He discusses his time on the Big Lake Comprehensive Plan task force, and the city’s attempt to lead the task force into predetermined results. We talk transparency, debt, taxes, transportation, and Big Lake’s plans to annex parts of Big Lake Township into the city limits (and increased taxes). He also lays out some distinct differences between him and his opponent. Definitely listen in before you fill in the bubble on November 6th. Even if you don’t reside in Sherburne County, it will help you to identify issues in your county and ask the right questions of those that are seeking your vote (or have already been voted into office).

In the Local Lowdown, New Hope appoints a new city council member to take over for Eric Lammle, who’s departure has the appearance of manipulating the state statute to avoid a special election. It is shameful how cities do this, just to avoid the people electing a dissenting voice to their club… but it happens all the time.

Also, Crystal takes another step in civic leadership with fresh new ideas as they begin to look at getting rid of most of their pet licenses.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

September 5, 2018 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

You Can’t Fight City Hall


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You can’t fight city hall. It’s a saying, it must be a thing… right? Not so fast. We don’t have luck turning the tide of bad policy because we insert ourselves too late into the process. We tell you stories of how we learned this lesson, from mistakes we made to how we began to win. You can’t show up once the government has already decided what they want to do and have much hope of changing their mind. So how is it done? We spill the blueprint and how you can get involved today to begin to make your voice heard and make some serious change in your community.

Also, Andrew owns up to some previous terrible primary predictions, and we break down some of the local-level races of note.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

August 30, 2018 at 11:55 pm

Vision Zero or Zero Vision?


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Chances are you haven’t heard of the Vision Zero Network yet, but a whole mess of cities across the United States are implementing their policies into their future planning and ordinances. What is it? Their stated goal is “to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.” Of course Minneapolis has jumped on board and included it in their new 2040 comprehensive plan. Minneapolis is already completely unnavigable.  It is a virtual obstacle course driving on their streets. That’s exactly what we need, narrower lanes, choke points at intersections, lower speed limits, speed bumps, roundabouts… sounds like a recipe for road rage. You need to be aware of this program, because now that Minneapolis has adopted it, it can easily make it into St Paul, St Louis Park, Edina, Golden Valley, and then down to the your suburb. I mean who doesn’t want to eliminate accidents? We all do, but that doesn’t mean that this is the way to do it. We shine some light on this extremely expensive and restrictive program.

In the Local Lowdown, the city of Victoria was slapped with 38 open meeting law violations in 2016. The law is very clear about when and how a quorum of elected officials can communicate with each other. All of the council members that were indicted have been removed from office… right? Right? You will have to listen in to find out. Also, Andrew makes some bold and very wrong primary predictions (Jason, however, inadvertently nails the governor’s race).

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

August 22, 2018 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Money For Absolutely Nothing


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There is a movement out there to make sure that the government provides income to people for… well, we’re not sure. Some cities are toying with the concept of Universal Basic Income, where a small subset of seemingly random residents get some small stipend of money, for… well, there seems to be no criteria at all. Cities like Seattle, Stockton, and Chicago are pushing for it, but it’s not a new idea either. It seems like it’s been around for a long time, but the push in America started in the Progressive Era.  The strange thing about it? There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to how it is distributed, and the amount given seems to be little more than a nod to the plight of the poor, rather than a solution to it. Is it part of what we can expect under a new set of American values? How do the socialists, being small in number, drive our national policy? Get to know more about it before your city decides to try it on in the name of equity.

In the Local Lowdown, Eric Lammle is finally stepping down in New Hope, leaving a legacy of… yeah, we don’t know either. We make an appeal for people to get involved.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

 

 

August 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

Join the Club


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What comes to your mind when you hear “The Club of Rome“? Chances are that if you’ve even heard of them, you think of conspiracy-laden rumors of shadowy figures huddled in an underground room or locked away in some swanky hotel or boardroom. That’s what they’d like you to think. The thing is, it’s a very real group that gathers together and discuss policies that should be focused on. “The Club” focuses on decarbonization, global governance, and a circular economy (reduce, reuse, recycle). They also have a U.S. chapter. It is groups like these that design policies that would never pass federal or state legislatures and implement them at the local level through groups like the National League of Cities, The American Planning Association, or the U.S. Conference of Mayors. What are these ideas and policies? What do they plan to do about these issues?

In the Local Lowdown, Elk River just approved a $35 million dollar park project, using the local sales tax option, which will create a general election ballot referendum question. We break down how the local sales tax option works. Find out exactly what they are proposing to do inside.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

August 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

Brains and Braun


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When we are talking about non-partisan races, we usually think about city councils, county commissions, and school boards. We often forget about the offices of sheriff, county attorney, and soil and water conservation boards. These seats are also important, because they wield great power. Yet, as little attention as we give city, county, and school elections, these races get even less. In this episode we interview Stacy Braun, who is running for Wright County Sheriff. We discuss what all is involved in running a sheriff’s department (you may be surprised), and what are the biggest issues for the sheriff’s department in Wright County. Most cities in Wright County don’t have local police departments, so the sheriff’s department is all that more vital. He talks about personal responsibility, and being innocent until proven guilty. The primary is on August 14th, 2018. Make sure you do your due diligence and vote all the way down the ticket. These races are no less important.

In the Local Lowdown, we discuss Golden Valley’s attempts to to create a city-wide gun safety program. They want to follow in the footsteps of St. Louis Park and Excelsior. They would like to authorize putting their Human Rights commission on this (that’s why it’s imperative for you to get on local advisory commissions, including the human rights commission), but not everyone on the council agrees. It’s currently 3-2, and Mayor Shep Harris is using the power of the local press to put pressure on bringing the rest of his city council into line. Things are getting a little heated down in Golden Valley. You can hear the council clips here:

6/12/18- about 1hour 02 minutes in

7/10/18- about 1 hour and 53 minutes in

7/17/18- at 1:45:30

Also in the Local Lowdown, Democrat candidates like Keith Ellison (running for MN Attorney General) and Margaret Anderson Kelliher (Congressional District 5) are busy gathering a lot of endorsements. The strange thing is the number of local office holders that are stepping up and putting their name on that list. I thought that that city, county, and school board offices were “nonpartisan”? Yeah… not so much. Unfortunately, many democrats at the local level tend to put party first.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

August 1, 2018 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

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