On the local scene: Pay attention to substance!

October 26, 2010 by barbara

Guest post by Alan Anderson

One week. Then we have an essential job to do. We will go to the polls to choose important legislators and leaders.

It’s a particularly ugly election climate this year with outside groups spending four times more than they did in 2006. Much of the money goes to TV ads and flyers. And most of the messages are nasty and filled with untruths or hyperbole, i.e., inflated claims.

This is the truth:

- The economy is coming back, despite Republicans claims.

- The Dow is at 11,200 points—its highest level since spring. It was at 6,500 early in the Obama administration.

- Profits for most companies are up, with Minnesota companies Read more.

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What are YOU voting for? : Part IV

October 25, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

For nearly all of my adult life (and believe me, that's a long, long time!), I have hoped for a health care system that is worthy of America and serves all of our people well. I have seen what happens to folks who don't have health care insurance.

In spite of Republicans who reflexively vote "NO!" on anything that could possibly be viewed as a Democratic success (even when the majority of Americans favor it), we got the first real run at real health care that is comprehensive and just.

Republicans are clear that if they control the legislature, one of their first crusades will be to take down the health care program just because....well, because they can.

I am voting to keep health care momentum going, and to cement the gains we've finally, finally made.

How about you?

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What are YOU voting for? : Part III

October 24, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

If we continue to devalue and fail to support public education, Minnesota will lose more economic ground, ergo more jobs, ergo our significant technology and medical device industry advantage. Education, as you know, is key to Minnesota's future success.

I'm voting for Democrats because they get it.

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What are YOU voting for?? : Part II

October 22, 2010 by barbara

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I'm voting for jobs and thanking the universe that my Democratic colleagues are working hard on this, compared to Tea Baggers shrieking in the streets and Republican legislators voting no on everything that matters because....well, because they can and they seem to think it's cute. It's not.

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What are YOU voting for? : Part 1

October 21, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

Counting today, there are just thirteen (13) days until the November 02 election.

In the Minnesota governor race, we have one genuine Democrat (mild-mannered Mark Dayton), a faux Republican (brash Tom Emmer, who makes Tim Pawlenty look conservative), and dapper Tom Horner, a lifelong Republican masquerading as an Independent. Read more.

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