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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 4/12

MN politics constructive criticism, Sona Mehring interview, ‘Lean In’ and more.

To the woodshed we go

from Brick City Blog by Sean Olsen

Sometimes, it’s not just the weather that makes you cranky.  Sometimes, it’s the politicians that drive you nuts.  Let’s take some folks out to the woodshed for some well-deserved constructive criticism.

Sanford CEO needs to look in the mirror

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

In the blink of an eye, the Fairview-Sanford merger talks started and ended.  In case you missed it, here is a fast-forward screenplay of how the Fairview-Sanford merger talks played out.

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Interview with Sona Mehring — CD2

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

My overall impression of Ms. Mehring is that she is in the early phase of formulating policy opinions and in the very earliest of phases in putting a strategy together. 

I guess what I can say for now is that I would reserve judgment – it is probably not fair to draw any conclusions.

Senate tax priorities start to come into view

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Nan Madden

Some of the Minnesota Senate’s tax priorities came into clearer focus yesterday when the Senate Tax Reform Division released its draft division report, authored by the committee’s chair, Senator Ann Rest. More tax provisions will be revealed when the omnibus tax bill is released later this month.

Stay the course: Why Sandberg’s “Lean In” is its own worst enemy

from Girl Meets Geek by Kate-Madonna Hindes

If you’re like me, I spent a majority of the past few weeks, skipping over any status updates or tweets with the words, “Lean In” anywhere in the sentence. I couldn’t believe that such a complex problem had such a relatively-easy solution. No more battling a glass ceiling! No more playing against those MEN and frankly, no more excuses. Sandberg, “nailed it,” everyone said.

The New Critics vindicated

from Macaroni by John Toren

While waiting for Hilary to finish breakfast the other day, I slipped into the “office” to read an article about “Core Knowledge” education, little suspecting that I’d be returning to the land of New Criticism I left behind decades ago. The author, E.D. Hirsch, Jr., is a retired professor of humanities at the University of Virginia and founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation. At the age of 85, he thought it might be instructive for him to share one or two youthful moments that set him on the part of educational reform. Indeed it is.