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Are rural lawmakers getting stifled?

Elimination of House ag finance committee could hasten loss of influence that rural policy has

January 10, 2013

MARSHALL — Rural lawmakers concerned about their voice and influence in the policy-making process in St....

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Jan-10-13 7:06 PM

I stick by my other comments. The GOP needs the farm vote and uses conservative beliefs (religion, abortion,etc)to get it, but in the end they are about big business. Dahms and Swede have to toe the party line to get funding for their campaigns and they have sold their soul to the Palins of the world.

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Jan-10-13 4:38 PM

No Pirate, I'm feeling optimistic because of the players we have. Senator Dahms will do what's right for us. He'll work across party lines and work towards results. Our Sophomore Representative is in trouble. He may have some drive, but his only experience is working in a House his party controlled...with no incentive to develop the needed political persuasion a successful operator needs. Dahms is old school and comes with developed humility that will allow him to play the best he can with the hand he's dealt.

This is political theater, and the editor nor Swede need to work on any award acceptance speeches yet.

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Jan-10-13 2:57 PM

Get used to it country mouse. Your LiBros in the city could care less about you. No conservative slap down here, they eliminated Ago from a top level priority at the state level along with the country Dem to head it up. They even got those like Prod buying into the feel good appointments.

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Jan-10-13 10:10 AM

Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, was named as lead GOP member to the Housing Finance and Policy Committee and will also serve on the Agriculture Policy Committee and the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee.

So, if we sort the wheat from the chafe here, there is representation of the region's interests. Not just entirely by the party the editor favors. The recent power switch will handicap our sophomore representative. He chose his affiliations, and must live by the consequences.

The MN GOP has fence mending to do. Once they show ongoing strenuous effort in that effort, they'll regain some power. The effort will need to come first though.

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Jan-10-13 10:01 AM

Well, maybe the crafting of the article lends itself to some misleading conclusions....

Rep. Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock was named as vice chairman of the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee and was also placed on the Energy Policy Committee, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee and Government Operations Committee.

Could the fact he is a DFL elected Representative be cause not to mention he is there, "representing" the Ag constituency? Hm?

Rep.-elect Jay McNamer, D-Elbow Lake, will serve on the committee for Agriculture Policy. He's as rural as a chicken coop, a retired teacher and mayor of Elbow Lake. I have more confidence people like him will represent "us country folk" more so than the Republicans that sold us out to ALEC.

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Jan-10-13 9:40 AM

Very sad to say this, but maybe time to take the "F" out of "DFL" after seeing this. Not a good way to start the session with a Minneapolis person in charge of the agriculture budget. It looks like the vote would have transferred jurisdiction to another DFLer, but from rural Minnesota. Other than partisanship, it's hard to understand why this is going on.

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Jan-10-13 8:24 AM

This seems to be part of our society and its growing lack of understanding of agriculture and food production.

I've recently read that a large part of our nation's youth have no idea where food comes or the whole supply chain concept of food production. This group must also extend to our Minnesota legislature too?

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