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John Kline - The Student Loan Watchdog Enigma
by Dave Mindeman

John Kline is a busy guy. He is out there fighting for students. "Helping out" on student loans. Making things better for Native American education.

The increase in funding ($60 million) for Indian schools is interesting to note. It is certainly needed....

Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School on the Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe Reservation in northwestern Minnesota... is emblematic of problems in Indian schools across the nation. The school's list of grievances include a rodent infestation and a roof that caves during heavy snowfalls.

It is worth noting . . .
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by Dave Mindeman

Minnesota is going to have an MLS Soccer franchise. That's great. But look out people, we are about to get hit with another public subsidy stadium.

Major League Soccer has committed to Minnesota, awarding an expansion franchise to start playing in 2018 with the expectation an outdoor stadium will be built before then.

What is particularly galling about this one is that the franchise owner is Bill McGuire, the former CEO of United Health. Here is an interesting tidbit about Mr. McGuire....

William McGuire, who served as UnitedHealth's CEO from . . .
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MNSure Critic And Non-Supporter, Rep. Mack Says She Will Fix It?
by Dave Mindeman

Rep. Tara Mack voted against the creation of a health care exchange. She worked to delay its implementation. When the state hurried its way into making an exchange, she offered no suggestions or help. When MNSure had its rollout problems, she was quick to criticize but offered no solutions. When the exchange successfully enrolled 183,000 Minnesotans, she focused on the software issues and glitches. When studies showed that Minnesota's uninsured rate declined by 40%, she said nothing.

But now we are supposed to believe that Rep. Tary Mack is going . . .
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Myth Of America Part II - Voting Rights
by Dave Mindeman

Oregon has moved the bar on voting...

Under the new law, every adult citizen in Oregon who has interacted with the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division since 2013 but hasn't registered to vote will receive a ballot in the mail at least 20 days before the next statewide election.

Since everyone over 18 years of age is an eligible voter, this seems like a pretty natural move toward more voter participation.

But nearly every news story that talked about this move by Oregon brought up Minnesota.....

Minnesota nearly implemented automatic . . .
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Road Trip
by Dave Mindeman

I just got back from a road trip. I always kind of regretted not embarking on a "see America" type car driving road trip right after college. Back then, I did the "proper" thing and went right to work. So, I guess I can now officially check this off my bucket list.

11 states, 8 days, 4200 miles.

Its different to be on the road, chalking off each mile...in a car, listening to CDs of your favorite groups, and eating road food. Flying is much more efficient, quicker, and frankly, . . .
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