The Minnesota Grizzly Bear

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Late Friday News

Polls:

Few Want Members of Congress Re-Elected, Poll Finds – They needed a poll to figure this one out?

North Dakota House: Pomeroy (D) At Risk? – See above comment.

North Dakota Senate: Hoeven By A Mile At This Point

International:

Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists and leakers – My dear Iceland hits the news again, this time for something more positive than massive debt obligations.  Score!

In Europe, Time for Tea

MN/ND Politics:

Minn. mayors: State aid cuts mean fewer services

Emmer on Seifert and his own campaign for governor

Rally by ND GOP, conservative groups draws 900

Education:

The Schools are Doing a Wonderful job!

Pawlenty wants mayors to manage St. Paul, Mpls. schools

Opinion:

It’s You, Not Me: Liberals and libertarians finally break up.

Have it good,

-Mike

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February 13, 2010 Posted by | Education, Minnesota, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday Roundup, 2/11

I dutifully apologize for my lack of insight and commentary on these important state and national stories.  Too many pressing demands on my time.  :0(

Polls:

Support for Gays in the Military Depends on the Question

Poll: Obama, Economy Doubts Boost GOP

Global Perceptions of U.S. Leadership Improve in 2009 

MN Politics:

Gov. Pawlenty delivers his final State of the State address

Economics:

Larry Summers: Almost All Economists Believe More Taxes Fuels Job Growth

Education:

After Getting Nearly 40% Budget Increase, North Dakota Higher Education Still Raising Tuition Prices

Zero Tolerance for Charter Schools report

Minnesota’s deficit is forcing school cuts

Legal:

The Government Can Monitor Your Location All Day Every Day Without Implicating Your Fourth Amendment Rights

Opinions:

Noemie Emery: Democrats inflicting themselves with wedge issues

Slobs and the American Civilization

Doug Wilder: Obama needs a staff shakeup

The Bubble and Rahm

Have it good,

-Mike

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Economics, Education, Minnesota, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans, Surveillance | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday roundup – 2/5

Here’s a few good stories in the news today, and several relate to the new Minnesota legislative session that began this week. 

Local/Minnesota Politics:

Both of my State Legislators are in the news today, check it out:

Lanning under pressure in bonding bill debate – State Representative Morrie Lanning (R-9A) is apparently being courted by the DFL as potential vote to support the massive bonding bill introduced at the beginning of this legislative session.

Job creation is top priority as Senate unveils capital investment package  – This is State Senator Keith Langseth’s (DFL-09) press release promoting the specifics of the “capital investment package.”  $999.9 million, really?  Just throw in the extra penny and make it a billion, haha.

 

Education News:

Beings that I have been a student for such a large period of my life, education reform has slowly elbowed through the other important issues that I try to keep up to speed on regularly.  As a soon-to-be college graduate entering a recession-sickened job market with a heavy debtload, I’m more than a bit irritated at the current workings of the “education-industrial complex.” 

It’s these concerns that have led me to bone up on and devote a number of posts on a regular basis to K-12, undergraduate and graduate school issues.  Here’s the first few links:

Donations to colleges down 11.9% in 2009 – Well at least Minnesota made the list. 

Outlook bleak for state-funded college financial aid – Maybe the above story will help out us college students given this bleak outlook.  Here’s hoping, heh.

Rulings Leave Online Student Speech Rights Unresolved – Do students have free speech?  Where?  Courts aren’t too sure.

Woodbury’s going back to school – in August – Deals with shifting the duration of the school year, and not necessarily lengthening it.

 

Opinions:

Of big tents and tugs of war – Excellent piece on the direction of the Republican party in 2010

 

And finally, here’s your humor for the day – “How not to design a campaign website

Have it good,

-Mike

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Law, Minnesota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

the issue of school choice

I’m doing some research for next week’s College Republican discussion on the topic of School Choice/Vouchers and found a few links from Cato that illustrate how the issue is both mainstreaming as well as going bipartisan in some states, gaining the support of Democrats as well as Republicans.  Needless to say, this revelation surprised me and blew away my conception of the issue as bitterly partisan.  Hm.  Interesting.

School Choice Going, Going, Gone Bipartisan (In Some States)

Bipartisan Support for Choice Grows Every Year

Support for Private School Choice Officially “Mainstream”

As The Dems Turn (To School Choice)

I’m definitely going to bring this article up to the group, on the subject of tax credits instead of vouchers.  I agree with Adam Schaeffer when he says

 “[T]here never was a voucher movement to begin with. It has always been movement for educational freedom, and it is still going strong.”

Tax Credits, Not Vouchers, Are Keeping School Choice a Viable Option

More on this issue as I understand it!

Have it good,

-M

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment