It’s Time for a Special Election, Chaska

Chaska Ward 2 City Council Member Greg Boe eked out a narrow 117-vote win in the race for State House District 47B on Election Day, meaning he will be forced to vacate his position for the final two years of his City Council term. This comes after Ward 4 Council Member Jay Rohe’s resignation in […]

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Endorsements: Stone, Wetterlin, and Laube for District 112 School Board

As a parent, I have struggled with the district’s rollout of standards-based grading and Empower. I wondered if I was alone, so I talked to some other parents, and discovered I wasn’t. Together, we started a group called Even Better Eastern Carver County Schools, devoted to making out schools, well, even better than they are […]

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Endorsement: Jon Grau for Chaska City Council, Ward 1

I’ve served with Jon Grau for the last eight years on the city’s Parks & Recreation Board. Jon has been the chair since 2016. Jon’s actions as a member and as the chairperson of that board have been in alignment with the four values he lists on his campaign page: Honesty, Transparency, Respect, and Service. […]

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Endorsement: Donzel Leggett for State House 47B

There are a lot of critical elections on the ballot in 2018. While the statewide races are getting all of the attention, there are extremely important local races as well. So, after a five-plus year hiatus, I’m dusting off the old blog to comment on some of these races. The first race is the race […]

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Fixing the problem of NSA spying

OK, so now that we’re all mad about the NSA spying, what do we do to fix it when a majority of politicians in both parties don’t have a problem with it?

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Watching the Watchmen: the bipartisan failure on privacy

The revelations about the NSA spying program have set off a firestorm of partisan finger-pointing (such as this from late last week). The reality, though, isn’t terribly complex. Both parties are responsible for selling your privacy down the river with these sorts of programs.

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Ortman back from War College: firing wildly and with shiny tap-dance shoes

Julianne Ortman comes back from the National Security Seminar ready to fire away at Al Franken and tap dance around the tough questions sent her way.

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Congress, take back the wheel: NSA collection of phone numbers isn’t new

The NSA has been collecting your phone data since 2006. It’s time for Congress to re-assert itself and start drawing some reasonable lines that balance the government’s need for data with your right to privacy.

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Get to the appoint: Chaska Ward 1 looking for a new councilor and other news

Do you live in Chaska Ward 1 and want to be on the City Council? Now’s your chance! Plus news about State. Sen. Julianne Ortman and the wild week in the Sixth Congressional District.

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A balancing act for District 112?

Should the unbalanced enrollment and demographics of Chaska High School and Chanhassen High School be balanced, and if so, how?

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Ortman faces uphill climb in potential race against Franken

The first detailed poll of the 2014 U.S. Senate race shows that potential Republican candidates — including Chanhassen’s Julianne Ortman — face an uphill battle against Al Franken.

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Carver County House Vote Tracker – 2013

See how Ernie Leidiger, Joe Hoppe, and Cindy Pugh voted on the critical issues this session.

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