editorial

A record number of Minnesota voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6 sent a strong message to their legislators – end the gridlock, compromise and do what’s best for the state, not for the political party. They had in mind those days when inability to reach a compromise on a budget actually shut down the state government. [...]

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Over the past several weeks, the ECM Editorial Board has shared its voting recommendations for key elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We do not make these decisions lightly and do so only after hundreds of hours of work by a number of editorial board panels and the full board that interviewed numerous candidates and researched [...]

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Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All Families, looks at his parents and sees their marriage as a testimony to love, commitment and responsibility. Their marriage, he says, is also a sign that the married couple will be in each other’s lives forever. Carlbom, a gay man originally from North Branch, wonders why [...]

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Your city clerk is busy creating a long and detailed ballot for you. We all know Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are running, but who are all those other candidates for President? Our 2012 ballots will include candidates for city council, school board and the ubiquitous soil and water conservation district. Your ballot will probably [...]

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When someone doesn’t tell the full story, you need to call them out. Even when it is your local newspaper. ECM Newspapers missed the boat with its early August editorial, attacking the recent purse enhancement agreement between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. It is important that people understand the facts behind this [...]

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Job creation is a major presidential campaign issue. While the national unemployment rate hovers around 8.2 percent, Minnesota’s jobless rate in May was 5.6 percent. The state unemployment rate for June remained the same, but some Minnesota employers were hiring, adding 7,200 jobs last month, according to figures released on July 19 by the Minnesota [...]

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In Minnesota there is a state safety net for an estimated 800,000 disabled, elderly, and families with children who need help paying for their health care. During fiscal year 2010 and 2011, the Minnesota Department of Human Services spent $7.5 billion for health care with Medical Assistance (Medicaid) funds Of that $7.5 billion, the federal [...]

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