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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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…is precisely to ban political advertising from television.

I think it would be great if PBS (for national offices) and TPT (for campaigns related to in-state offices) offered hour-long programming during a particular campaign season, possibly multiple hour-long programs, which would allow each party and/or its candidates to state their case. As in some of the countries Eric mentioned, regulate the content to the extent that candidates/parties would not be allowed to focus on “here...

Posted on 10/17/14 at 02:55 pm in response to Promises, promises: revisiting Mark Dayton's 2010 campaign pledges

I believe the appropriate cliche is "It ain't bragging if you can do it." 'Twould appear that, while the article is certainly one-sided, it doesn't pretend to be otherwise.

The point of the piece is *not* to provide an answer to the question, "Is Mark Dayton a 'good' Governor?" The point of the piece is to address a very different question: "Did Dayton follow through on his campaign promises? The answer to that second question seems to be: For the most part, yes, but not entirely....

Posted on 10/17/14 at 04:14 pm in response to GOP targets Met Council as campaign issue

Peggy Scott is surely correct that the automobile remains the primary means of getting to work for most people, including those with low incomes. “Primary,” however, does *not* mean “best for the region,” or even “best for the individual.” Encouraging automobile travel will merely trap those dependent upon their cars when the inevitable fuel crisis arrives, leaving them with no viable alternative.

It should be pointed out that encouraging increased automobile ownership and usage is...

Posted on 10/16/14 at 11:38 am in response to Can the Met Council be tamed?

When I was a planning commissioner, I had multiple opportunities to work around the fringes of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG, or “Doctor Cog”). I thought it was pretty easy to see the limitations of councils of regional governments that didn’t have a strong regional direction based in legislation, and I still think so. The counterargument, however, is not without merit. Though people who are appointed rarely do so, the possibility *does* exist that they can adopt policies...

Posted on 10/16/14 at 12:50 pm in response to Everything you always wanted to know about bus stops (and more)

I’ve ridden both light rail and buses in the Metro Transit system, as well as the North Star Line – my preferred mode to reach Target Field. The vehicles themselves, whether heavy rail, light rail, or bus, have been just fine. Clean, comfortable, dependable, etc. I have no complaints there.

The system itself, however, leaves much to be desired.

From the standpoint of transit, it’s unfortunate that I don’t live in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. I don't live close enough to...

…prohibition didn't – and doesn't – work. *That* would be an effective policy if only the offhand comment by the buddy of Todd Hintz wasn't so true. I'd support prohibition of alcohol *and* other drugs if I thought it had any chance of working. It doesn't.

Alcohol has the same kinds of effects, on individuals who consume it, on family members, on the society at large, as do other drugs like cocaine and heroin. Liquor stores are drug emporiums in the most negative sense of the word,...

…wafting from the MSP board's meeting room is beginning to take on the characteristics of a genuine stench. Saying you "will participate fully in any investigation ordered by an appropriate authority pertaining to this contract…" is not an explanation, it's part excuse, part delaying tactic.

As for “…bourgeoisie black elite,” you know *something* has hit the fan when your own people are calling you names that are less-than-complimentary.

I expect there will be further...

Posted on 10/15/14 at 01:24 pm in response to Do we have too much democracy?

It's hard to read this series without recommending William Borden's novel, "Superstoe," which hit the market in, I believe, 1968. Seemingly very much a product of its times, over the years I've found myself thinking of it more and more often – to the point where I'd say it's as relevant today as any political novel written in the past 5 years, and certainly relevant in the context of Eric's series here on MinnPost. There's media hysteria, rigged elections, the public voting directly on every...

Neither Mr. Severson nor Mr. Swift have any credibility regarding the allegation of voter fraud.

As was laid out in exhaustive detail here on MinnPost when voter I.D. was a statewide issue in the last election cycle, there simply isn't any meaningful voter fraud in Minnesota, nor has there been. To "prove" his allegations, Mr. Swift was quoting (and directing readers to) a right-wing website that was filled with lots of innuendo, but was, to phrase it delicately, fact-free. The...

1) "American exceptionalism" obviously does not extend to the biological realm. Wealth can insulate us to some degree, but only to some degree;

2) No further reminder ought to be necessary that human beings, despite occasional delusions to the contrary, are animals, and subject to the same kinds of biologically-inspired traumas as are other creatures with whom we share the planet.