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MN Blog Cabin Roundup 5/20

Clinton should settle on a single anti-Trump message; “local interference” laws interfere with local government; Americans with Disabilities Act at 25; and more.

Hillary needs a singular Trump critique, not dozens

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

One of the problems with running against an historically bizarre opponent like Donald Trump is that there are so many different juicy ways to run against him.  Most activists and pundits think of that as an opportunity, but it also poses a very real problem – focus.

Because Trump is such an outrageous cartoon character of a candidate, Secretary Clinton could be tempted to use her campaign platform and resources to frame up Mr. Trump in a myriad of different ways.  But that would be the biggest mistake she could make.

Local interference restricts local governments’ ability to meet needs of their residents

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Clark Biegler

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Recently, “local interference” laws, which prevent local governments from setting higher standards than state law, have popped up in a number of states. These have ranged from a law in Alabama that bars a higher minimum wage than the state’s, to a very harmful law in North Carolina that bans local governments from implementing protections for discrimination because of “race, religion, color, national origin, or biological sex” that differ from state law.

Essentially, local interference policies undermine the ability of local governments, like cities or counties, to meet the needs of their constituents, and they take away this authority from the very leaders who are most familiar with their communities.

ADA at 25 — Assessing the dream in real time, real lives

from Poking Around with Mary by Mary Treacy

As an unreconstructed advocate for advocacy I cheer when elected officials “see the light”, when they muddle through the logistics, when they listen to the people, when they rise above personal gain to work for legal justice. And so I rejoice this year as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of passage of the monumental Americans with Disabilities Act. Experience tells us that well begun is just half done – and so we embrace the next challenge.

Inside Sleepy Eye stained glass, Mike’s passion

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

FROM THE EXTERIOR, the brick building along Sleepy Eye’s main drag, US Highway 14, doesn’t make much of an impression. Weathered windows need replacing. Facade needs updating. Vines creep tendrils into a corner of the structure. And over the front door, a simple sign marks this as the home of Sleepy Eye Stained Glass.

Mark Ritchie on Expo 2023, Thursday evening, June 9, 2016, The Woman’s Club, Minneapolis MN

from Thoughts Towards a Better World by Dick Bernard

“Wellness And Well Being For All: Healthy People, Healthy Planet”: that is the working theme for the proposed Expo 2023 in Minnesota. Former Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has been having conversations about the idea since 2014 and a look at the projects website gives much interesting information.

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