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Random ramblings - Wednesday

Posted at 6:41 AM on February 21, 2007 by Bob Collins (1 Comments)

Gov. Pawlenty signed HF110 in Duluth yesterday. It's the bill known as the Great Lakes Contract, which regulates the use of water from the Great Lakes. So you want have to worry about Arizona running a garden house through your property. That bill nets big points for about 18 lawmakers.

It also has made for an interesting "race" in the individual Power Rankings with Rep. Frank Moe opening up just a one-point lead over Rep. Jim Abeler.

In other action, the Senate has picked up the pace in recent days, and we should be seeing more floor votes on bills this week. Sens. Yvonne Prettner Solon and Sen. Ann Rest have ducked in an out of the top 10 in the last few weeks and they should be moving in to stay as their bills advance. I would also expect to see Sen. Linda Berglin entering the top 10 soon.

We have added two fine new managers (actually three since one team is dual-managed) and that's great. I got a note from Mark Davey of the Breezy Badgers that he didn't even know the league had started and he's making his team available to anyone who wants it. The initial e-mail announcing the Web site etc., got picked off, I suspect, by spam blockers as this is something I've heard from several people this week. Mark's team, unfortunately is in last place.

But last place teams can be turned around. Take the State of the Union from Minnesota Democrats Exposed boss Michael Brodkorb. Michael wasn't doing much adjusting to his team until a left blogger -- Norwegianity -- called him out for being in last place. The next week, Brodkorb dumped a Republican or two and now he's in 4th place, knocking on the door of victory, and nobody's laughing now.

So if you're interested in the team, drop me a line and tell me why. Lefty bloggers -- OK righty ones too -- who have pontificated about how useless the MFL is are eligible, although we doubt you'd be able to turn the team around.

I'm in Boston -- or heading there today -- for the Integrated Media Association -- conference. It sounds high-fallutin' but it's actually a bunch of online folks who work for core media who sit around and grouse about not having enough staff. I'm on a couple of panels: one on covering elections (I started Polinaut so I imagine we'll talk about that) and one on "gaming the news," whatever that means. I'm ready for the Q & A session where somebody says, "but you can do that, you're MPR." My answer: "Don't do it and be irrelevant if that's what you want."

Gorgeous sunrise this morning, eh?


Comments (1)


Go get them Bob, let those for profit media folks have it.

Let them know from an advertiser I don't care who put up Polinaut, I would have advertised with them. And I had never thought to advertise with MPR beforeā€¦.

Posted by brian hanf | February 21, 2007 3:19 PM