ecm editorial board

Minnesotans traditionally vote in large numbers during midterm elections. Will the Tuesday, Nov. 4, elections once again place Minnesota among national leaders in turnout? If past history is repeated, the state will again be a leader, much as it was four years ago when the state led the nation in voter turnout with nearly 56 percent of registered voters casting ballots. That’s good, but far below the 71 percent of registered voters who turned out for the 2012 presidential election.

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If Minnesotans in 2009 were expecting Al Franken to arrive in Washington, D.C., as a bombastic elected official wanting to turn the U.S. Senate into a comedy hall, they were clearly mistaken. Instead, Sen. Al Franken became a low-key, out-of-the-limelight senator who quietly went about his business of serving Minnesota.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4 Minnesotans will decide if they should keep Mark Dayton as their governor for the next four years. Dayton told ECM’s Editorial Board that under his leadership and policies, he has placed the state on the right moderate course with a balanced approach on spending and raising revenues. The board agrees that [...]

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The 3rd Congressional District offered new and more diverse boundaries in 2012 when 58 percent of voters elected Erik Paulsen (R). Although the district is considered one of the most affluent in Minnesota because of its inclusion of Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove and Wayzata, it also offers a blue collar work ethic from cities like Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids and Bloomington, and a more rural perspective from places like Minnetrista, Maple Plain and Victoria.

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There is a time when experience must come into play as voters decide how their ballots will be cast. In the 6th Congressional District contest on Tuesday, Nov. 4, we believe that Republican Tom Emmer of Delano is the candidate best prepared to serve in Washington, D.C.

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Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits and vegetables, specified calorie levels for each age grouping, and low fat milk. Federal funding of the free and reduced lunches for school districts is dependent on compliance.

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.”

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