ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Watching the takeover of the once diverse and progressive Minnesota Republican Party by libertarian Ron Paul zealots reminds me of the war stories about our state’s politics in the 1940s. That’s when communists and extreme leftists in the fledgling Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party were on the rise but were chased out by DFL founders such as Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey. Under the national ... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE The new bogeyman in our national policy debate is "entitlement.'' Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and a well-orchestrated antigovernment chorus is framing a stark alternative for voters in November -- a choice between a glorious "opportunity society'' ruled by business or a ruinous "entitlement society'' run by government. Democrats tend not to ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Regardless of how much damage the U.S. Supreme Court does to the federal Affordable Care Act, Minnesota as far as we can see in the future will continue to be squeezed by unsustainable health care inflation, uninsured and underinsured families, and growing inequality in health care access and outcomes based on race and income. We simply must find a better way, and chart our own state’s path to improv... Read More
The case for universal care at the state level STAR TRIBUNE Nothing is quite as awe-inspiring as welcoming a newborn into the world. As a nurse and midwife, I've been privileged to comfort thousands of laboring women and welcome more than 550 Minnesota babies into my waiting hands. Whether arriving with a robust cry or stunned silence, each is imbued with human dignity and promise. I worked knowing that each mother and baby deserved my f... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The dear hearts and gentle people of our own small towns in Chisago County were in the national spotlight recently, targets of a New York Times Sunday blockbuster (Feb. 12) headlined, “Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It.” The article, complete with an interactive map showing “The Geography of Government Benefits,” displayed the percentage of income from entitlement... Read More
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