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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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“The International Public Management Association for Human Resources found the kind of pensions that come with government jobs offer ‘a distinguishing positive benefit’ in the battle with private-sector employers.”

It might well be the *only* positive benefit, but that one benefit could end up trumping some others.

The $85K that Frank Phelan mentions is more than twice the highest salary I ever earned while teaching in Missouri, and I can only dream about a retirement benefit...

Posted on 10/30/14 at 01:36 pm in response to What if McFadden wins and Republicans take the Senate?

We would do well, should the prospect of a Republican Senate become reality, to pay attention to Mitch McConnell's publicly-stated agenda, which isn't hard to find on the web. A couple other items, not specifically quotes by McConnell, should give us a clue:

“‘A Republican Senate would shut the door on confirmations, and they're going to do so on executive as well as judicial ones,’ said Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar with the American Enterprise Institute.”


Mr. Lerner, wealthy enough to purchase a historic building AND new windows, replaced 36 windows without getting either building permit or at least asking the preservation commission about it?

He deserves only minimal sympathy.

Finding out about the building's historic designation should have been part of his "due diligence" in making the purchase. If he knew about the building's historic designation and just decided to replace the windows on his own anyway, the hole he now...

Some of us…ahem… have never liked licorice, even in childhood.

Posted on 10/30/14 at 08:41 am in response to The Met Council problem: regionalism

"Local control" can be political heroin, and Ms. Crockett is obviously an addict.

Bill Lindeke's example from L.A. is very much to-the-point. So is St. Louis County, Missouri – with 96 municipalities – and so is the Colorado Front Range, where 80% of the state's population lives within 25 miles of I-25, but has political divisions and philosophies that are worlds apart.

If the Met Council has little or no credibility with local officials, it says more about the parochialism of...

I do, too, Hiram. I also think the chances of such proposals being adopted are approximately equal to the chances that I'm going to grow wings and learn to fly.

Along those same lines, there's this: “…The group sought national resources, he said, 'but the decisions about what candidate to back and what strategy to use were made entirely at the local level without national influence.'”

This statement strikes me in much the same way as rejecting outside help altogether: getting "...

I disagree.

A relative newbie to the MSD and its board races, what I read and heard from candidates suggests that there are four sincere candidates for the pair of at-large seats, two of them relative insiders, with either prior board experience or plenty of experience with city issues, and two of them relative outsiders, both with engaging personal stories.

Like every other Minneapolis resident, I have a personal stake in this election that's strictly selfish – I want my...

Posted on 10/29/14 at 01:40 pm in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

…of the piece is, “…Of course if she really wants to demonstrate authenticity, she might have found time to mention that she is the communications director of the Alaska AFL-CIO, an organization that is supporting Begich.” Nicely done, Mr. Black!

Peder DeFor’s point is well-taken, and an obvious plus for our admittedly inefficient system over the more efficient, but less forgiving, parliamentary system. That said, RB Holbrook also makes a valid point, I think – at least in the context...

Posted on 10/28/14 at 01:54 pm in response to In (weak) defense of political ads

Unless/until we reach the point where election ballots feature both names *and* photos of candidates, it's not face-recognition that's usually required at the ballot box. It's name recognition that candidates and campaigns typically strive for.

“…I'm just not sure how much of a triumph for democracy this [recognition of faces] represents.”

Little or none, would be my guess…

Posted on 10/28/14 at 11:32 am in response to What education issues are influencing voters? Not all-day-K, poll finds


I went to all-day kindergarten 65 years ago, as did my siblings in years after that, so it doesn't seem all that revolutionary to me, and from the standpoint of educational policy, it's as close to a "no-brainer" as we're likely to get. That said, apparently, a lot of people *do* believe that things are generally "above average" in Minnesota.

The disconnect between actual achievement rates and what's assumed by poll respondents is a combination of creepy and fascinating....