MPR’s Laura McCallum moderated a forum for legislative candidates in three districts in the western suburbs last night. DFL Senator Terri Bonoff and Republican Judy Johnson in district 43, Republican Bill Cullen and DFL Representative Maria Ruud in 42A and DFLer John Benson and Republican Dave Johnson in 43B talked about education issues. Not surprisingly, all of them say education is their top priority. But perhaps more surprising, McCallum says, is no one supports Gov. Pawlenty’s push for a requirement that schools spend 70 percent of education funding in the classroom. They thought it was a bad idea, and an unnecessary mandate from the state. We’ll put audio of the forum on the Web shortly.
About the firstname.lastname@example.org • @tomscheck • 651-291-1035
Tom Scheck has covered politics and state government for more than ten years for MPR News. He’s covered several gubernatorial campaigns, two statewide recounts, the presidential bids of Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, U.S. Senate races, close Congressional contests and the Minnesota Legislature. He lives in Falcon Heights with his wife, son and dog. He can sometimes be found chasing a white ball on a golf course. It isn’t a straight walk. Tips are welcome at email@example.com