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A change at the top and other ramblings

Posted at 9:54 AM on April 25, 2007 by Bob Collins (7 Comments)

With the Senate in high-gear, passing legislation great and small, and the House working primarily on omnibus bills, the Gold League's Bemidji Beavers, a House-heavy squad (the only senator is a Republican), could only hold out so long against the onslaught of the Sine Die Sadists. These two teams have been slugging it out like the Yankees and Red Sox for the last few months, their legislative dance indicative of the to-and-fro nature of seasonal MFL scoring.

This one's going down to the wire.

Other ramblings: I'm late -- wayyyy late -- getting MPR's Campaign 2008 site up and running. I was hoping to do a bunch of stuff that's really different this year, but, alas, resources and time being what they are, it looks like I'm relegated to pulling the old beast off the shelf and gussying it up a bit. I should've had it done by now, but I've had a hard time working up enthusiasm for the campaign, I probably would have that problem even if there were likely to be a significant investment in online coverage.

Until I come to legislative races. I usually find these to be the most interesting, but we're pretty powerless to cover 201 races in anything but the most cursory way. But one thing I think I want to do this year is pull in blogger content into the C2008 section via RSS feeds etc. I'm really not interested in giving any exposure to the "you stink! No you stink," nature of political blogs, but I know there are a few out there with intelligent conversation.

I'm interested in hearing your opinion on which ones they are. Keep in mind, I'm interested in partnering with blogs and bloggers who are going to focus on legislative races (and maybe some congressional ones). I guess they don't have to be bipartisan -- what are the odds of that? -- but the collection of ideas has to span the political spectrum.

Use the comments section for your suggestions.


Comments (7)


It's a marathon and not a sprint in the MFL. Sine Die may have Abeler to give the team free back adjustments to keep them loose and limber but I don't think it will be enough to keep up with All-American wrestler Dettmer, the old sled-dogger Frank Moe and of course Steve Simon who has the build of a Kenyan and will exhibit a strong kick down the stretch. BTW, the slowness of proceedings in the House is painful. But I would bet a cool frosty that if a Democrat were to offer a bill on the House Floor stating that the sun rises in the East, the House Republicans would offer a dozen amendments arguing the point.

Posted by mike simpkins | April 25, 2007 5:46 PM


It most certainly IS a marathon. A marathon that I thought I had lost several weeks ago when the Beaver margin jumped to nearly quadruple digits. I was close to giving up hope. But then one of my senators pulled me aside, and promised good things in the weeks to come. And boy was she right.

And, in a closed circuit message to Mike, I will be hosting a happy hour at the U-Bar in lovely Bemidji this Friday night. I should hit town around 4 and be there until 9 or 10. If you stop in, the first drink is on me.

Posted by Nate Dybvig | April 25, 2007 8:29 PM


Let the record show the Sine Die Sadists have exactly one female senator.

Posted by Bob Collins | April 25, 2007 8:34 PM


Well, I don't have a Senator whispering in my ear, nor talk to any legislator regularly, but let's not count the Redress out yet. We're still working the free agent list, and may find that combination to put us over the top.

Posted by gml4 | April 25, 2007 8:38 PM


Did I say "she"? I meant to say "they" (or have two female Senators, I can't decide which line to go with here).

Oops...

Posted by Nate Dybvig | April 25, 2007 9:22 PM


While we're on the subject of female legislators the Pi Press has a nice piece today on one of mine, Rep. Ann Lenczewski (and our Commissioner should award a bonus Palooza point to any other team manager who can pronounce that without reading the piece first). She don't whisper in my ear but I do get the occasional e-mail. Interesting commentary that "one of the most bipartisan consensus builders in the Legislature" is currently a Maroon Leage free agent with something less than 900 points.

Go Carriers!

Posted by Doug Gray | April 26, 2007 12:41 PM


Note to Nate Dybvig: I look forward to getting together with you tomorrow night at the U Bar, problem is that I have no idea what you look like. Should I just look for a good looking guy holding court at the bar pontificating about his success in the MFL? Seriously, I'm looking forward to meeting you. This may end up being the Northern version of "Drinking Liberally"!

Posted by mike simpkins | April 26, 2007 9:26 PM