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Sarah Magnuson

Lindstrom, MN
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3 years 24 weeks

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Posted on 02/06/14 at 08:28 pm in response to Precinct caucus analysis — what happened?

As a recovering Republican, it was tempting to attend my local caucus with the hopes that perhaps I could be a slight force to drag some back to moderation. The Republican Senator representing my district is being sued by the Federal Government for non-payment of a SBA loan of over half a start a free online summer camp referral service. His mantra is that personal fiscal responsibility is paramount and that Minnesota lawmakers should get "government out of the way and provide...

Posted on 02/01/14 at 11:30 am in response to In giving Minnesota a D, Students First hurt its own credibility

What is up with the Chamber of Commerce?! This report certainly damages Rhees credibility (which was negligible up to this point); it also damages the credibility of the Chamber of Commerce. I understand wanting new and even controversial ideas being think another thought. But Rhees conclusion to this article is so myopic that I would think even the Chamber would realize the absolute credulity of having this "expert" speak at their gathering.

According to the Associated Press, Mark Shields is incorrect.

Posted on 06/07/13 at 02:30 pm in response to Michele Bachmann’s legacy: What did she accomplish?

Michelle Bachmann is criticized not for "speaking out", but for making untrue and outrageous claims about a myriad of things without verifying their truthfulness. And even when it was discovered that she, shall we say, "mis-spoke", did not have the character to own up to being mistaken.

As a conservative voter I have cringed virtually every time Bachmann made the news, because it has mainly been for a controversial statement that was not well thought out. There are many female...

Posted on 02/13/13 at 07:15 pm in response to Obama tells Republicans: I’m tired of begging for cooperation

Republicans who chose to put their eggs in one basket. Instead of sitting at the table and contributing to Obamacare, they chose to dig in their heels and put all their efforts into making sure it didn't pass. When it did pass, they then decided to make it their mission to be sure Obama was a one-term President. Up until that election, I had voted exclusively republican. I was (and am) furious at my representatives for their churlish behavior...they were invited to the table and refused...

The "surplus" claim advertised by my Republican House Representative made me laugh out loud every time I saw it on glossy postcards, newspaper ads, and pop ups on my computer. Unless you are a far-right conservative who reads exclusively the GOP schmooze mail and updates from the local and state Republican party without thinking, it is the only rational response to the surplus claim. My representative has an accounting background so it was beyond disingenuous.

Posted on 11/28/12 at 08:19 am in response to State kids failing graduation test, so drop math requirement?

The current test has not been around or required for nearly 15 years.

One of the reasons so many want-to-be high school graduates are failing this test is because it became more strenuous in 2005-2006. A student who entered Grade 8 in 2005-2006 or later now takes the GRAD test. Prior to this, the math portion was a Basics Skills test, equivalent to 8th grade math. The current math portion of the GRAD test, when passed, is equivalent to receiving an 1150 on the math portion of the...

Posted on 12/04/12 at 11:49 am in response to State kids failing graduation test, so drop math requirement?

Just want to reiterate that this current test was changed in 2005. It used to be a Basic Math Skills Test that needed to be passed, which was the equivalent knowledge of very basic Algebra. Those who were in 8th grade in 2005 or later now have to pass a test that is much more stringent, equivalent to scoring a 22 on the ACT test or 1050 on the SAT (math portions). In my opinion, this is an unreasonable standard for high school graduation. As Pat commented, what appropriate math literacy...

Posted on 07/05/12 at 07:40 pm in response to Analyzing the Obamacare tax increases

Kudos to you Tim for compensating your employees well, both with wages and benefits. Based on your statements, it appears that you value your employees and understand that the excellent benefits they receive appear to be correlated with longevity and perhaps even efficiency at your plant because of lower turnover.

Because of that, I am confused by your rational of options you have. You state that you could reduce the scope of the healthcare plan and avoid what the tax/fee would be,...

Posted on 06/19/12 at 10:10 am in response to DFL begins throwing government shutdown back at GOP

As a former "republican" voter turned independent, I have a very vivid memory of the state shutdown, and while both sides are culpable, the voters in our household (all four of us) hold the "my way or the highway" Republicans more responsible. My republican house representative will not be getting my vote this fall. Perhaps I am an aberration, but as Tim says, we shall find out in November.