Voter ID advances while alternative considered, state budget a drag on Moorhead

Voter ID

Minn. Senate committee passes photo ID for voting

AP: “A state Senate committee has approved a constitutional amendment asking Minnesotans to decide whether voting should require a photo ID despite objections from Secretary of State Mark Ritchie that it will be difficult to implement and increase federal government oversight of the state’s elections.”

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie offers Voter ID alternative: electronic poll books

MinnPost: “Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has proposed an alternative to the Voter ID plan now being considered by Republicans in the Legislature.”

Wisconsin man refuses to vote after finding veteran’s ID no good at polls

Journal Times: “A local man wasn’t allowed to use his veteran’s card to vote in Tuesday’s primary and he’s pretty steamed about it.”

Editorial: A voting solution in search of a problem

Star Tribune: “Don’t enshrine major election change in state Constitution.”

Op-Ed: Voter ID opponents try, try again

Jeff Davis: “At almost every turn their objections have been disproved, yet they persist.”

The Rochester Post Bulletin hedges in its editorial on Voter ID.

League of Women Voters releases a documentary on Voter ID.


KAALTV: Winona State holds Voter ID forum

Redistricting and Election 2012

Court map more competitive than partisan maps

MinnPost: “Incumbents will have to fight to save dozens of legislative seats. Mike Dean, executive director of Common Cause Minnesota, calculates that the new district boundaries set the scene for competitive races in at least 51 House seats and 26 seats on the Senate side.”

Martin announces for House District 10A seat

Brainerd Dispatch: “Hours after new political lines were drawn, Kurt Martin, the 54-year-old owner of a Brainerd technology company, announced his candidacy for the House District 10A seat which would represent much of western Crow Wing County. He’ll seek the endorsement of House District 10A Republicans.”

Also on MN Today

MN Today contributor Don Reeder writes: “Residents worry the state’s budget deficits would eventually have a negative impact on local school funding and taxes.”

Moorhead council aims to attract more residents to city

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “We’re a better town. I believe that. I’m not going to back down from Fargo. We’re the best town in the metro,” Councilman Mark Altenburg said Tuesday. “We’ve got better schools, we’ve got better community, and we’re 20 years ahead in terms of flood protection.”

Minnesota teachers must prove they can do the math

Star Tribune: “Dayton signs bill requiring instructors to pass a basic skills test to get licenses.”

Duluth peace activists urge public to ignore white supremacy group’s planned rally

Duluth News Tribune: “Local peace activists are urging the public to completely ignore next week’s visit by the Supreme White Alliance.”

Report affirms lifesaving role of colonoscopy

New York Times: “This study puts that argument to rest,” said Dr. David A. Rothenberger, a professor and deputy chairman of surgery at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. He was not part of the study.”

Twin Cities banks getting better, Fed says

Pioneer Press: “Minnesota’s community banks are in significantly better shape than they were a year ago but they still have a long way to go to get back to the profitability they saw in the last decade, the Minneapolis Fed’s Ron Feldman said Wednesday at a media briefing.”

T-Mobile urges U.S. to block Verizon’s spectrum purchase

New York Times: “These joint-marketing agreements will turn these rival companies into partners, rather than competitors,” Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, wrote in a letter to the commission this month. “I fear this will ultimately mean less competition, less choice, and higher prices for consumers.”

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