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Beth-Ann Bloom

Woodbury, MN
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5 years 16 weeks

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Posted on 10/17/14 at 12:59 pm in response to Promises, promises: revisiting Mark Dayton's 2010 campaign pledges

Impressive and atypical record of accomplishment. Thank you Governor Dayton for keeping your word!

All the more reason to support Steve Simon for Secretary of State. Minnesota will be well-served by a smart-principled man well-schooled in the complexity of election law and committing to make voting available to all as it should be in our democracy.

I like my Secretaries of State smart which is why I support Steve Simon

Please re-label this as a personal opinion piece rather than give it the semblance of news or commentary.

I am disappointed by the text accompanying this data. It is far more slanted than the numbers and MinnPost would usually call for.

Take for example, this paragraph from the intro:
The stakes are high — Republicans are in the minority in both legislative chambers and hold no major statewide office. Winning the House would give them a say in how policy and budgets are shaped over the next two years.
It could have been written like this:

The stakes are high —Democrats...

If elected, Mr McFadden couldn't sell off Mississippi or lay off non-productive older citizens or disabled children to save money and improve achievement scores. The business model is not directly applicable to the complexities of government. On the other hand he CAN park a boat so that might come in handy when reviewing the Navy budget or legislating priorities for the Corps of Engineers or improving maritime policy.

Posted on 09/08/14 at 02:46 pm in response to Former candidate Tom Horner likely to join Johnson campaign for governor

Wasn't Horner a Republican before he was an Independent?

Posted on 09/03/14 at 11:13 am in response to Survey finds Republicans' biggest concern is not what you think it is

Important to realize that many of the voters used these as code words. Many opposed to rights for LGBT people now phrase it as a privacy and constitutional rights issue. Similar language has been used to oppose immunization,pasteurized milk, teaching science and sex education in schools, opposing the census etc. No news here.

Posted on 08/29/14 at 04:51 pm in response to The magic of Karner Blue

It's lovely and should function as a laboratory for effective strategies that can be transferred to neighborhood schools. Children in special education are guaranteed placement in the Least Restrictive Environment. They will for the rest of their lives live in neighborhoods so it is essential that they learn in those settings with their typical peers as role models.

Posted on 08/14/14 at 11:12 am in response to Minnesota’s primary problem: It’s time for a change (or two)

Moving the primary to June puts the primary season into the legislative session. Since the session is polarized enough, I don't think it would be prudent to add active electioneering to the session, especially to those most contentious final days.

Perhaps the lackluster primary turnout is less of a scheduling issue and more of a response (or lack thereof) to the offered choices.

There may be alternate fixes available besides moving the primary again.