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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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3 years 36 weeks

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Posted on 11/18/14 at 12:47 pm in response to UCare pulls advertising from KSTP over Pointergate

“…Station owner Stanley Hubbard called UCare's decision ‘unbelievable.’"

Even more unbelievable is Mr. Hubbard's inability to admit responsibility for the hysterical silliness his station has promoted. Close behind is the myopia abundantly displayed by Mr. Delmonico.

Posted on 11/17/14 at 01:01 pm in response to Has the Lino Lakes City Council jumped the shark?

…bodies like the Met Council were created in the first place. In every community, there are some people who should never – ever – be given any meaningful power beyond their own individual ballot. Amen to Todd Hintz.

Posted on 11/17/14 at 11:32 am in response to In defense of the Met Council

I’m not bothered by Steve Dornfeld’s bias. Any “insider” is going to have biases when reporting the goings-on of a public agency, so a reader merely has to view the article through that lens. Keeping in mind that I’m a relative newbie to metro-area politics, I’m inclined to agree with Jeff Klein’s criticisms. That said, however, and having worked around the fringes of DRCOG in Denver as a suburban planning commissioner, I’m also inclined to agree with Dornfeld and a few of the critics quoted...

Posted on 11/14/14 at 12:57 pm in response to Breaking down Minnesota's judiciary

I'd be interested in a comparison of Minnesota with a couple of other states to which it's often compared, or at least *can* be compared, in terms of population – say, Colorado, Washington, Wisconsin, and maybe even Missouri, all of which are reasonably close to Minnesota in terms of population.

Indeed, if it takes $90,000 to run a supposedly nonpartisan judicial campaign, money probably rules out *anyone* whose career has largely been as a public defender, not to mention most women...

Posted on 11/14/14 at 03:51 pm in response to Going deep on Minneapolis schools' suspension crisis

…with Ms. Kohls. What we're talking about is suspension. It's my understanding – and was the practice in my Missouri school district – that teachers don't have the requisite authority to suspend a student. Those decisions are made by administrators, typically building principals, who recommend (or not) suspension to the school board. The board, at least in my district, had the final authority, though in practice, the principal could send someone home for a couple days – I think 3 was the...

…a no-brainer. Republicans and others who call themselves "conservative" aren't the least bit shy about touting their values, beliefs and opinions. Meanwhile, Democrats have – far, far too often – remained silent so as not to offend, I suppose, some mythical group of voters who might support them if only they hadn't said they thought policy 'x' was actually a good idea. If you're going to govern effectively – something you can only do if you actually win the election and take office – you...

I can’t agree with Mr. DeFor this time.

While I saw and read lots of *discussion* among Republicans after the 2012 election, the conclusions reached basically amounted to “It wasn’t our fault,” and I've seen no substantial change in the Republican approach to governance or finance at either the national or state level

Soul-searching in a political context, at least in my book, might involve some serious consideration of the notion that perhaps the party’s candidates left much...

Posted on 11/12/14 at 06:59 pm in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

…"I don't care. I don't care. I don't care."

Of course, he's a Brit, so he doesn't have any skin in the game directly, though his wife is American (and served a tour in Iraq as a medic). He did seem convinced that, whoever the nominees turned out to be, they'd be ripe targets for ridicule. Based on the past couple of decades, I think he's probably correct, regardless of the candidate's party affiliation or gender.

And, for a change, I agree with Mr. Tester, sort of. I might be...

…to RB Holbrook.

My own experience was that many – not all, by any means, but many – of those doing the disruption in class are coming from homes where “decorum” barely exists, if it exists at all, and that are largely defined by poverty. Demanding that the parents of those disruptive children pay a fine is a losing strategy from the get-go – if they had the money to pay the fine, the electric bill would have been paid last month, or there’d be better food on the table.

As a letter-writer to the ‘...