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Mike Worcester

Cokato, Minnesota
Commenter for
2 years 14 weeks

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Posted on 12/08/14 at 01:11 pm in response to GOP leader says State High School League needs legislative oversight

Can the legislature demand oversight if the MSHSL does not receive any direct legislatively-approved funding?

Even then, what would be the nature of this "oversight"? Would it simply be in the form of an annual report? Would a legislative panel have some sort of veto authority over league decisions? (A recipe for chaos if there ever was one!)

As it stands now, the member schools of the league provide oversight through their election of the board of directors which makes...

Posted on 12/08/14 at 01:29 pm in response to GOP leader says State High School League needs legislative oversight

Should have done my diligence.

State Statute 128C.20 requires the Department of Education provide a report to the legislature on the MSHSL.

Here is the link to the 2012 report

Is what that is. Utterly and completely embarrassing......

Posted on 11/21/14 at 11:09 am in response to Minnesota not even close to meeting state emission goals

How about a condemnation from Rep.-elect Jeff Backer, whose district (12A) includes Big Stone County also?

The vast majority of Americans are woefully ignorant of history and take very little of it into account when casting their ballots. If the 2014 election showed anything, it's that even recent history -- does anyone even *remember* that we had a federal government shutdown in the fall of 2013? -- plays little into the deliberations of a goodly number of voters.

History is fun for the political-geeks and history perusers, but for most folks? Meh, that's the past....who cares.....

Posted on 11/07/14 at 03:46 pm in response to What if we gave an election and nobody came?

Is it possible that the constant barrage of advertising (no matter what its tone) is a contributory factor?

All I have is anecdotal evidence, but wow were people of all partisan stripes put off by the constant drumbeat. When I reminded a couple of them that we should be thankful we were not in states that had really contested races, they recoiled at the thought of even *more* of the [crap] being broadcast, called, and mailed.

Disillusionment in the electorate can have many...

Posted on 11/06/14 at 11:30 am in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

During the last biennium the DFL:

Repaid the funds owed to our public schools, which had disproportionately impacted rural districts.

Boosted LGA funding, which had a tremendous positive impact on rural communities with lower tax bases.

Expanded Medicaid eligibility, which greatly aided the numbers of those in rural Minnesota who did not have insurance or access to basic preventative care.

Increased funding for transportation construction, which helped boost...

Posted on 11/06/14 at 11:42 am in response to House Republicans to the Twin Cities: It's not about you

And yet Rep, Daudt is already issuing veiled threats against the "metro" area (define that please someone?).

Roads don't stop at the lines which separate rural and urban parts of the state. Education does not stop at those same lines. Commerce is not restricted by those same lines either.

I am a resident of rural Minnesota yet I benefit from both segments of the state, its offerings and amenities. That's how it should be.

Divide and conquer does serves no useful...

Posted on 11/04/14 at 11:51 am in response to 5 More Questions: Doug Rossinow on our era's intense partisanship

we have gone from our political spectrum being a bell curve -- sharp partisans on either end with a big mass of folks in between -- to the exact opposite, lots of partisans on either end and precious few left in between. Is it any wonder then that our current political climate fosters so little opportunity for working together and finding even tepid compromise?

Posted on 10/30/14 at 11:06 am in response to What if McFadden wins and Republicans take the Senate?

In 1995, when Republicans took over control of both chambers, they promised to focus on issues vital to the American family and consumer. Instead we got a failed vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment and impeachment.

In 2011 when Republicans captured control of the U.S. House, Speaker Boehner promised to focus on the economy and "jobs, jobs, jobs!" Instead we got vote after pointless vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and social issues legislation.

What's to think that 2015...