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Mike Worcester

Cokato, Minnesota
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2 years 6 weeks

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Posted on 10/22/14 at 03:43 pm in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

This might get me in some trouble on here; today's Strib lte's featured a nice, succinct, and easy to understand list of what the state DFL could tout as accomplishments.

• A balanced budget and all money borrowed from the education fund repaid.

• $150 million transferred to the state budget reserve, increasing the reserve for the first time in 13 years and bringing it to its highest level in state history ($811 million).

• Fully funded all-day kindergarten.

• $54...

Posted on 10/14/14 at 12:36 am in response to Our odd primary system — and its odd results

For sake of argument, let's ponder this:

In some respects we already do have a national I.D. system -- the Social Security number. Or as pals of mine on both sides of the spectrum like to call it, the National Government Tracking Number.

If a photo component was added to that number, could that be considered a national i.d., which could be used no matter where one traveled? Of course, one would have to have the photo updated periodically. After all, for example, I really do...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 11:53 am in response to Dayton uses debate to propose increasing gas tax

1. Folks are driving less.
2. They are also driving more fuel efficient vehicles. (Two years ago I upgraded to one that gets on average 10 mpg better than its predecessor.).
3. Construction / maintenance costs keep going up.
This is the reality faced by those who try to maintain our transportation infrastructure

A five year time frame where the gas tax/user fee goes up 2 pennies per annum would help and likely not even be noticed by drivers who face near daily...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 08:23 am in response to When MnSCU sneezes, the campuses catch cold

As someone who was a student during the so-called discussion about creating this merger, it was obvious from the start that those who wanted this to happen would do all they could to make it happen. It did not matter the protestations of those who would be impacted, our voices were never heard.

For all the good former state senator Roger Moe did for Minnesota, I would submit this was not one of them.

Posted on 10/02/14 at 12:02 pm in response to Tame Dayton-Johnson debate focuses on small-bore issues

"Newcomer Nicollet, a former software developer, has not been invited to join the next four debates."

Why is that? The Independence Party is listed as a major party under state election rules. In 2010 their candidate received 12% of the vote.

If we are going to confer major status on a political party, why then exclude them from being a part of the educational process that will allow voters to make an informed choice?

Seems a bit unfair.

Posted on 10/02/14 at 12:10 pm in response to McFadden gets early endorsement from Forum newspaper chain

The same Strib that in 2008 endorsed Norm Coleman for U.S. Senator over Al Franken? Matter of fact, nearly all of the papers in Minnesota that do endorsements chose Coleman over Franken.

The article linked in the right side of this page has the complete run-down.

Franken's showbiz background was discussed at great length, especially during his endorsement race, where some of his SNL writing were used against him by his opponents. (Remember the whole "rape is funny" debate?) In the general there was certainly an attempt, but it had little effect.

Posted on 09/02/14 at 11:21 am in response to Manufacturers find their niche, in the smallest of places

If you are looking for businesses to profile, I would recommend Cowgirl Tuff, in Cokato. They started in a farm out-building, and now have a state-of-the art manufacturing facility and sell their jeans and outerwear all over the country.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 11:23 am in response to What it meant to be 'progressive' in turn-of-the-century Minnesota

Those interested in learning more about the Progressive era in Minnesota would be well served to read two books by the late Carl Chrislock:
Progressive Era in Minnesota 1899-1918


Watchdog of Loyalty: The Minnesota Commission of Public Safety During World War I.

The latter shows how the Commission was more than just a vehicle to "manage the war effort". Its purpose was to squelch dissent, enforce a strict code of pro-Americanism, and root out those it...

Posted on 07/31/14 at 12:35 pm in response to Style wars: it's not policy differences defining GOP governor candidates

Identifying Rep. Seifert as a "populist" seems a stretch. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is often called that. So is author/commentator Pat Buchannan. Are those three all of the same political and economic mindset? I think not.

John Emerson penned a terrific article in last November's Counter Punch magazine about the history of populism, showing that it's true definition is slippery at best and depended on what time period we are referencing and whom we are identifying as such....