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Reigning in the Met Council


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There are 408 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) in the United States. Only one, our own Metropolitan Council, is made up entirely of appointed individuals. Representative Jason Lewis (R- CD2), is trying to pass an amendment to make the Met Council conform to the other 407 MPO’s, by electing at least some of their members. This sounds like a great opportunity, and conservatives everywhere seem to be hailing this as the most amazing thing since Jell-o Pudding Pops. We don’t want to let anyone have powers of taxation without representation. We argue that while the intent of this amendment is good, that it might hurt the cause of limiting or eliminating the Met Council. We cannot take our eye off the ball here. We discuss why.

Also, we talk about Minnetonka’s new master plan for the Ridgedale area in this week’s Local Lowdown (Ridgedale: A Vision for 2035). It’s complete with high-density housing, mixed use development, managed access points with roundabouts, biking, walking, greenways, etc. It’s a city planner’s utopia. We discuss the project, the plan, and the propaganda being used to sell it to the public.

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 just 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!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

A Case Study in Party Over People


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It’s nothing new. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times, local races are supposed to be nonpartisan, because the issues are so close to the people, that there is no room for allegiance to a party platform. The community should always come first. Parties, however, always demand allegiance. Nowhere do we see this blind fealty any more than in St. Louis Park, MN. Now if you’re in the other 852 cities in Minnesota… this is not your cue to tune out. St. Louis Park is leading the way with a ton of bad legislation that you need to be able to recognize before it comes your way. They have implemented Tobacco 21, warrantless rental inspections, bike lanes galore, planned housing, mixed use development, MN Green Step, etc. They are also making plans around racial equity, facilitating the Southwest Rail line, landlord-funded relocation fees, and Ranked Choice Voting.

That leads us to the second reason you need to care: Mayor Jake Spano is not only the mayor of St. Louis Park. He is also the deputy Secretary of State, involved with the National League of Cities, League of MN Cities, and other groups that will take these policies they are implementing and push them on your city’s staff and elected officials. This city is an important Democratic stronghold in this state, both as a testing ground for local ordinances and for selling them to the rest of the unsuspecting state.

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 just 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!

May 9, 2018 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

Phillip Parrish Interview


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We had a chance to sit down for an interview with Minnesota Governor candidate, Phillip Parrish. Phillip is the third out of four candidates left in the race that we’ve had the opportunity to get on the podcast. Phillip is a former teacher, principal, and Naval Intelligence Officer. He talks to us about how he came to get into the governor’s race, some of the threats we face, and how we’ve strayed from the U.S. constitution. We also discuss ways in which the state government interacts with local government and how groups like the Met Council have challenged local control.

Also in the Local Lowdown, we discuss the most recent Eden Prairie city council meeting, where they discuss banning assault weapons across the city. They are following the lead of cities like Deerfield, Illinois and Highland Park, Illinois in waging a campaign against residents’ right of self protection. The preemption battle is only beginning to heat up at the local level. We’re going to see a lot of fights over this in the upcoming years surrounding things like gun control, minimum wage, minimum tobacco age, local sales taxes, climate change legislation, etc, etc… The time to get involved is now, not after these changes are made.

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 just 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!

May 2, 2018 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Initiative and Referendum


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In this episode, we discuss the local initiative and referendum process. We’ve seen two extremes occur where local city councils have nullified petitions in dubious ways to stifle the voice of it’s residents. Then there are cases like California that seem to have an endless number of referendums on the ballot every election. So, when is it good to employ and when is it not? Is there a healthy way to employ this strategy to keep the government close to the people without overthrowing the representative republic we’ve been gifted with? We try to tackle that question on this podcast.

We also do a Local Lowdown segment on our new (least) favorite city government, St. Louis Park. They have done a lot of things that we disagree with. They have used questionable methods to pass controversial ordinances. They have violated their charter, or at least the spirit of it. Now they have passed the first reading of an ordinance to implement Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). We discuss how they got here, where the city council stands, and how we anticipate this going down if you don’t stand up and confront them.

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 just 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!

April 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

Mind the Achievement Gap


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In this episode, Jason and Andrew address the “mysterious” achievement gap in our public school system. Is the achievement gap real, perceived, or manufactured? How can it best be measured? Is every child created the same? It is the go-to issue that our schools claim is holding back minorities and children raised in poverty. Is our current system of educating best serving our children or the public appearance of the school districts that claim to serve them? How much is actually aimed at helping our students verses some sort of territoriality to keep alternate forms of education in the shadows? For a group of folks that say they hate monopolies, their monopoly is among the most fierce. So what do we do? How do we better equip our kids to succeed, because the system most of them are in now is failing them. It’s antiquated and has no real answers other than raising more money, of which untold amounts go into facilities, pensions, and programs that don’t seem to provide any results. There has to be a better way. Join the conversation, and let’s give them a solution to make the future as bright as possible for our children.

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 just 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!

April 18, 2018 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Home Sweet Home


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In this week’s episode, Jason and Andrew interview Tom Slupske from RE/MAX Results and Kim Edwards from CorTrust Bank. We’ve long contended that Crystal is one of the best cities in the metro to live in. It’s current city council has made life in the city more enjoyable for its residents, removed unnecessary regulations, and become more business friendly. Our guests have taken a liking to it as well. That is why they are hosting the inaugural Home, Life, and Family Expo in Crystal, MN on April 28th at the Crystal Community Center from 9am to 3pm. Why does this podcast apply to you? Well, the most obvious reasons are that you might be looking or know someone that is looking to buy an affordable home, close to the city, but with a small town/suburban feel. Another reason is that you’ve thought about purchasing a home, but don’t know where to start. Or… you don’t know how the MN Housing Finance Agency might be able to help you. These guys have some ambitious goals, and this expo is just the first step. So listen in. The information alone is well worth it.

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 just 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!

April 11, 2018 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Local or State Control?


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This week Jason and Andrew discuss some of the issues that both local and state government seem to be fighting over lately. In some instances, its a race to the bottom, and in other cases the state oversteps its bounds in putting regulations upon local entities. We talk about gun-free zones, school suspension/expulsion policies, Tobacco 21, and the looming omnibus bonding bill that funds a ton of local and regional projects that have no statewide implications.

Should these issues come from the state or be decided locally?  How much local control is gladly ceded for grant money, or being able to push the blame of failure on someone else?

Have you checked out our new 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 just 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!

April 4, 2018 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

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