Greg Boe: stripping away the moderate mask

A couple of weeks before the 2018 election, I made this remark about GOP House District 47B candidate (and eventual election winner) Greg Boe, who won his Republican primary and based his general election pitch on being a “moderate” choice: Greg has always seemed like a pretty moderate guy — some may not know that […]

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Breaking points: Jim Bach and ROAR

To say it was a challenging year in our Eastern Carver County School District would be a major understatement. A spate of racial incidents – most at Chaska High School — has alienated many minority students and their parents and left them feeling unsafe. For the past six months — since December — those parents […]

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A Chaska Continuity Crisis? Not so much.

At the December 17 Chaska City Council meeting, the city said its formal farewells to departing Councilors Chris Schulz, Greg Boe, and Paula Geisler, for it was the last meeting for all three.  Jay Rohe, who resigned from the Council in October, was also there to mark the occasion. There was much discussion at the […]

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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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Insulin makers should fund program

As someone with close relatives and friends who are insulin-dependent diabetics, the most disappointing outcome of this year’s legislative session was the failure of Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act to be enacted into law. Even more disappointing was the fact that our state senator Dr. Scott Jensen – who was a co-author on the bill – […]

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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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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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