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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Richard Thaler criticizes Mitt Romney’s obsession with upper-end tax cuts by pointing out the factors which actually serve to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship: Romney wants to cut top rates by 20 percent, maintain the favorable treatment given to capital gains and dividends, and completely eliminate the estate . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: #yqrvotes Endorsements

As promised, I’ll close off my posting about the municipal elections with a quick round of endorsements.

I won’t try to cover all of the wards and races, nor will I suggest that any of the candidates share all of my personal views as to how our city should be run. Instead, but I’ll focus . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #yqrvotes Endorsements

Accidental Deliberations: On upcoming decisions

Others have rightly taken umbrage at the use of this weekend’s Saskatchewan Roughriders game to try to push a new stadium on Regina voters. But while I’ll agree the ‘Riders’ move was unseemly, it’s at least arguably within the mandate of a privately-controlled organization which stands to get what amounts to a massive subsidy to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On upcoming decisions

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Friday reading.

– In writing recently about employer efforts to intimidate workers into backing corporate-friendly candidates, I figured that the best examples we’d see would come from individual corporate magnates – as the candidates themselves would surely be smart enough not to state publicly that they support having employers dictate their . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, following up on this blog post as to how we should expect a huge increase in Regina’s municipal election turnout both for the sake of good governance, and for the sake of the City’s legitimacy.

Again, Simon Schuster’s report on the regional vote in Novgorod is here. And Vanessa Brown’s report on Regina voter . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: On telling signs

Time reports on how voter turnout was affected by news that Russian elections are purely stage-managed affairs in which the governing party chooses which opponents it sees fit to allow to run: There was, however, a downside to choosing the uncompetitive scenario. The voter turnout was low in Novgorod — a dismal 36% — because . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On telling signs

Accidental Deliberations: On end goals

Since the Regina Chamber of Commerce apparently isn’t too fond of having its own words pointed out publicly, I’ll offer a quick refresher as to how its statements about its desire to shut down workers’ political activity compare to its sad claim to free speech.

Again, here are two separate questions and answers from the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On end goals

Accidental Deliberations: #withoutanewstadium

I’ve written plenty about Regina’s municipal election over the past few days. But I’ll take some time to encourage readers to join the conversation as early voting approaches.

With the City having released a stadium design concept at the start of the election campaign, it’s been far too easy to fall into the trap of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: #withoutanewstadium

Accidental Deliberations: The litmus test

Regina’s municipal election is fast approaching – with advance voting set to begin this week. Unfortunately, the sheer volume of candidates (which, to be clear, I take to be a positive sign as to public interest in the election) will limit my ability to write about all of the options individually. But I’ll take some . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: The litmus test

Accidental Deliberations: Free speech for me, but not for thee

Needless to say, the Regina Chamber of Commerce’s attempts to paint concerns about its purporting to speak on behalf of the City as having anything to do with free speech generally have no basis in reality.

But if we want to look for somebody who’s making a concerted effort to silence key voices on the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Free speech for me, but not for thee

Accidental Deliberations: On blurred lines

In today’s Leader-Post, John Hopkins responds to this week’s column. But while he tries to point some fingers away from the Regina Chamber of Commerce, he only raises larger issues as to the relationship between the Chamber and the City.

In effect, Hopkins argues that it wasn’t the Chamber that copied the City’s “Regina Votes” . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On blurred lines

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Regina Chamber of Commerce is taking election misdirection to new lows in this fall’s municipal campaign.

For further reading…– Vanda Schmokel pointed out the same issue earlier this week.– The Chamber’s Regina Votes site is here. The City of Regina’s official site with the same theme is here. The City’s rules . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I’m pretty sure the monorail salesmen concerned business interests spending so much money equating “keeping Regina growing” with “sticking Regina with the tab for a new stadium” will start showing their evidence linking the two any day now. Yesiree, any day now…

Accidental Deliberations: On single issues

Apparently today is Stadium Cheerleading Day in the Leader-Post. But in correctly noting that this fall’s election will be decisive in determining whether a stadium goes ahead, Bruce Johnstone seems to me to give away the real choice voters face: Of course, this doesn’t mean that the stadium is the only issue in the coming . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On single issues

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Andrew Jackson thoroughly demolishes the argument that after three decades of wage stagnation and soaring corporate profits, Canada’s economy somehow needs to see workers suffer even more: The reality is that the pay of most workers has stagnated in real terms over the past thirty years as the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Evening Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Robyn Allan notes that there’s plenty of weakness in Christy Clark’s position on the Gateway pipeline. But Barbara Yaffe writes that Clark has little choice but to stick to at least the requests she’s made so far – and Vaughn Palmer points out that those alone may . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Evening Links

Accidental Deliberations: On rubber stamps

There’s been plenty of coverage from last night’s Regina City Council meeting, with more surely to come. But aside from the complete refusal of any current Council member to respond to the concerns of the delegations who suggested giving citizens some say in a stadium proposal, perhaps the most striking comment is this one: Audience . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On rubber stamps

Accidental Deliberations: On known unknowns

Others have already weighed in on City Council’s rush to lock in a stadium plan before anybody has a chance to ask serious questions about it. But let’s take a closer look at what looks to be the most important additional question beyond the ones I already identified here.

Bruce Johnstone’s defence of the agreement . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On known unknowns