Liberal NYC ♡s Amazon

A few months back I was in a professional class setting and I was asked about my views on Amazon. On one hand, I wanted to be critical of the deal in much in the same way I’ve been historically critical of major city mayors subsidizing sports stadiums for billionaires. But the more pragmatic hand (the side of the brain that remembers this December Quinnipiac poll showing New Yorkers approval of the Amazon move to Long Island City at 60 percent compared to just 26 percent disapproval from local community activists), I didn’t think this was a good hill to die on.

Thanks Joe, and Yes — You’re a Hall of Famer

Full disclosure. I did not fully appreciate Joe Mauer while he played for the Twins for 15 years. He was never my favorite player, or even my favorite Twin. I’m not alone. For a variety of reasons that I won’t go into in detail here, many Twins fans were quite critical of their hometown star…

In Order to Win the Future — We Must Rediscover the Past

Full disclosure, I’m an amateur historian. But I’ve always read and loved history. Much of my private, personal (not academic or campaign experience) political education has been learned and read through a historical lens. I’ll do my best, but I’m no pro. Agreeing Loudly dot com introduces you to two new historical series; one that…

Corruption, Overreaction, and Fact-Free Politics at the New York State Senate

by Troy M. Olson In our great country, there are three main regions: New York City, Los Angeles, and the Midwest. Politically speaking, if you value vaguely responsive, effective, and non-corrupt governance, you’ll want to be somewhere in the Midwest, or as the “Agreeing Loudly” podcast now calls it—Central Earth. I grew up in the Midwest,…

2016 Preview – Resolutions and Predictions

by Troy M. Olson 2016 Resolutions: The “Agreeing Loudly” Podcast will continue on a weekly basis with some breaks for the holidays with your co-hosts: Jered Weber, Pat Meacham, and Bill Nentl, with the occasional fill-in host, guest, or contributor. There may also be the occasional one-off special podcast that goes more in-depth on a specific…

September 11th Retrospective.

by Troy Olson Never Forget (#NeverForget) was trending on Twitter today and that is appropriate. The tragedy of that day cannot be captured with words, and the number of lives that not only were directly impacted or began to go in another direction as a result number in the millions. There are a few days that I…