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Short takes for March 11

March 11, 2011
Marshall Independent

Let others do the redistricting

THUMBS UP: A new approach to redistricting, which was proposed earlier this week, might not be a bad idea. In fact, it might be an ideal solution. Former Vice President Walter Mondale and other politicians are asking Minnesota lawmakers to give up their power to redraw political boundaries and let retired judges do it instead. State legislators and members of Congress will run in newly drawn districts next year. The proposal is getting little interest in the Republican-run Legislature this year. No surprise there. What lawmaker would want to give up that kind of power, even if it is to an independent commission? But in the spirit of bipartisanship this could be the way to go, at least on an experimental basis.

SMSU forensics team

THUMBS UP: The Southwest State University forensics team deserves a shout-out for placing second in the Limited Entry Team Sweepstakes division at the recent Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship Tournament. The team that took part at the event in Mankato was made up of five members, including senior Veronica Fischer, who qualified for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament next month.

Did WWCO try to 'bury' Dayton?

THUMBS DOWN: Former Govs. Tim Pawlenty and Jesse Ventura both had radio shows air on WCCO when they were in office. Both programs started at 9 a.m. Both aired on Fridays. Now the station comes back and presents Gov. Mark Dayton with a 7 a.m. time slot on Saturdays? Dayton called the offer "insulting" and he's right. Why not give him the exact same time slot as his predecessors? Is this a political thing on WCCO's part? Dayton might not be the most polished speaker, but he at least deserves the same slot Pawlenty and Ventura had.



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