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Beth-Ann Bloom

Woodbury, MN
Commenter for
5 years 4 weeks

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Important to look at Ms MacDonald's entire career especially in the courtroom.

Posted on 07/15/14 at 10:14 am in response to Senate candidate Mike McFadden's 'groin gate' ad named best of summer

The pictures in an ad show where the candidate's focus lies. Mr McFadden is demonstrating his commitment to healthy, white boys from prosperous families in this ad. Who else can afford off-season practices in sparkling white uniforms?

Minnesota needs leaders who know our world is more complicated and that government has primary obligations to the underserved among us.

Posted on 07/14/14 at 01:39 pm in response to Whatever happened to the gay-marriage backlash?

"The backlash" was a threat used to intimidate rural legislators and others in swing districts from voting their consciences. Luckily Minnesotans are aware that the freedom to marry resulted in no unfortunate consequences making the "backlash" just another lie told by opponents.

MSP airport, as the gateway to our state, should be a safe and welcoming place to all travelers but most especially to passengers with disabilities or older folks who require attention. A stable, well-trained workforce at the airport is key to providing appropriate services for all. Appropriate compensation is needed to ensure that staff is available to meet the needs of Minnesota's visitors.

I applaud the actions of the legislators who are willing to step forward on behalf of the...

Steve Simon is smart with an unerring moral compass. What a perfect combination for our next Secretary of State.

Posted on 05/27/14 at 12:42 pm in response to Kicked out of school: Disparities are a looming crisis for all districts

It is important to remember that students classified as disabled have legally protected rights to education. Just as children in wheelchairs are guaranteed access to their education every day in spite of their disabilities; children with emotional and behavioral disabilities are entitled access to their education every day in spite of their disabilities.

Suspending a child with a disability does not absolve the school district from its obligation to educate the child and provide the...

Nicely played!

Minnesota is fortunate to have legislators as talented as Senator Dibble, Representative Murphy, and Representative Melin who can so carefully craft legislation and guide into law on an issue that inflames passion from so many sides. It is well worth remembering how many times this issue was declared dead only to be revived by legislators who could work constructively with advocates, policymakers , and the governor for the benefit of sick and suffering Minnesotans.

Minnesota is fortunate to have talented, hard-working legislators like Senator Dibble and Representative Melin. They have been able to craft bills where earlier in the year nobody saw any hope for passage. Wishing them the best as they work to meld the strongly vetted provisions of the Senate bill with the governor's embrace of the House bill. They and their colleagues should be applauded for trying to meet the medical needs of a specific population of children and adults in an environment...

Nods should also go to the House DFL leaders who provide the framework and support that allow the "star" legislators to shine. All the background work plus putting the tough bills in the right hands make a huge difference.

Respect was also earned by Rep Jim Davnie who not only maneuvered the bullying bill through a contentious House but got most of it through in spite of multiple hearings and 12 hours of floor debate. His grace and good humor under fire were impressive.