From Central MN Political- Kresha, Gazelka, Poston gift insurance companies

State Representatives John Poston and Ron Kresha, along with Senator Paul Gazelka, voted last legislative session to give the gift of tax payer money to non-profit Health Maintenance Organizations licensed to sell medical insurance in Minnesota.
Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Health, called the action reckless. Since the Republican bill was enacted in 2017, Medica, one of Minnesota’s medical insurance non-profits, has begun the process of transferring $90 million of taxpayer money out of Minnesota.

Todd County DFL precinct caucus 2/6/2018

Todd County DFL precinct caucus

The Todd County DFL wishes to remind everyone that in 2018 we will be electing selected legislature positions at both the state and federal levels. The process of choosing candidates begins with the precinct caucuses. This year our caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 6 2018. Registration will start at 6:30 PM and the meeting will be called to order at 7 PM.

No other educational activities, classes or other public meetings can take place on the evening. It is reserved for grassroots democracy at the precinct level.

What happens at the caucus? Citizens assemble to discuss and select candidates to run for state and federal offices for the 2018 elections. They also elect delegates to represent the precinct at Todd County DFL and Congressional District 7 conventions. Caucus attendees also write resolutions about issues they would like the DFL party platform to support or oppose.

There will be seven meeting locations for the Democrat Party’s caucuses in Todd County this year. Please note that each location supports multiple cities and townships and you will need to attend the caucus meeting that represents your residential location.

The 2018 caucus meetings will be held at the following locations:

 

  • Bertha-Hewitt High School Cafeteria, 310 Central Ave. S – Cites of Bertha and Hewitt; Townships of Bartlett, Bertha, Germania and Stowe Prairie.

 

  • Eagle Bend Hilltop Kitchen meeting room, 405 Main St. W (NEW SITE)– Cities of Eagle Bend and Clarissa; Townships of Burleene, Eagle Valley & Wykeham.

 

  • Browerville High School Elementary Library, 620 Park Ave. N – City of Browerville; Townships of Hartford, Iona, Little Elk, Turtle Creek & Ward.

 

  • Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Middle School (old High School by courthouse – Door E-2, handicap Door E-1) – City of Long Prairie; Townships of Bruce, Long Paririe & Reynolds.

 

  • Staples-Motley High School Cafeteria, 401 Centennial Lane – City of Staples; Townships of Fawn Lake, Moran, Staples & Villard.

 

  • Osakis High School New Cafeteria, 500 First Ave. E – City of Osakis (Todd Co.) and West Union; Townships of Gordon, Kandota, Leslie, Little Sauk & West Union.

 

  • Grey Eagle Housing Assn., 303 Cedar St. N – Cities of Burtrum and Grey Eagle; Townships of Birchdale, Burnhamville, Grey Eagle & Round Prairie.

 

 

 

 

John King on voting for people who say what they think

History doesn’t repeat itself, but a look back is useful when one is disoriented by the insanity of the present political moment.

George Wallace, former governor of Alabama, ran for president in every election from 1964 to 1972. His 1968 campaign was his most threatening attempt to become president. Wallace ran as an unreconstructed segregationist representing a southern social system that forced blacks to the back of the bus, imposed restrictive poll taxes and tests that kept blacks from voting and forced black children into segregated schools where they received substandard educations. Wallace, the race baiter, famously said on the campaign trail, “Nobody is gonna out Niggah me!”. When called a bigot he said, “I love black people, I love white people, I love yellow people.”

I started voting in 1968 and I remember actual people saying they voted for him “because he says what he thinks!” And what he thought could make your head spin: “If any demonstrator ever lies down in front of my car, it’ll be the last car he’ll ever lie down in front of.”

The familiarity of that violence filled rhetoric jerks us back to the present. Trump, at a rally in Cedar Rapids the day before the Iowa caucuses, said:

“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”

At a Las Vegas rally later that month, he said security guards were too gentle with a protester. “He’s walking out with big high-fives, smiling, laughing,” Trump said. “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”

Actual people voted for him in November because, “He says what he thinks!” Becoming president gave Trump an opportunity to say “some very fine people” were there at the August rally in Charlottesville where neo-Nazis and Klu Klux Klan supporters marched arm in arm. In a haunting fulfillment of Wallace’s threat, a neo-Nazi marcher drove his car into a group of protesters killing one of them.

Well, yes. He says what he thinks. Isn’t that the problem? In doing so he feeds a sometimes violent and widening political division. And he reveals to the world the toxic nitwit that he is.

John King
Long Prairie, MN

A Letter from Pat Carlson

Ho, Ho, Ho, the Republican tax bill passed and what a doozie! The most wealthy people will get the biggest break from the tax bill, as if they need it. Thoses people use our tax money for their pet project all the time.

If I had a small business, this tax bill would not help me.

The Republicans consider people who make less than $75,000 per year not worthy of any tax break, which is 99% of the people I know. The low income people will suffer the most and probably loose their health care, too.

Talk about Christmas spirit—Where do the Republicans show their Christmas spirit? Bah, humbug.

—Pat Carlson