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Let's connect a new prison by rail to North Minneapolis

During last night's marathon debate over the state transportation bill, Democrats tried to fund a study looking at extending the North Star Commuter rail line to St. Cloud, like it was originally intended. Rep. Jim Newberger is not a fan of the rail line, so he grabbed the mic to rain truth bombs all over the Democrat's proposal to connect two major cities via mass transit: "If you're going to connect a large metro area to a prison there are going to be some concerns, and I would be lying if I said there wasn't."

What exactly, would those concerns be? How would that be any different than building a prison near a highway? It was Newberger's racist Freudian slip that took his logical fallacy up a notch: "Boy, wouldn't that be convenient, to have that rail line going from the prison to North Minneapolis."

If you watch closely, you can pinpoint the exact moment when he realizes he shouldn't have said that. "Or uhhh, to any other section of our state," he says, followed by a smattering of boos.

Source: City Pages on 2018 Minnesota Senate race , Apr 22, 2015

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