Primary endangers voter privacy, participation

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With the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses finally counted, the 2020 presidential primary season is in full swing. The Democratic front-runners look to be Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Following closely behind is our state’s own Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden trail farther behind. Donald Trump, with no major

An inaccurate census could put Minnesota’s representation at risk

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Every 10 years, we get a chance to count how many people live in the United States. In addition to the basic count, we learn where people live and basic demographic information such as age, gender, race and ethnicity.   Governments use that data to fund and plan a variety of social, educational and public safety expenses. Most importantly, the count

Senators deliver crown: All hail, King Donald!

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Like fawning courtiers, U.S. Senators just handed over a crown: All hail, King Donald! That impeachment nontrial was a very dark day for America. The jaw-dropping moment of the farce came when Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz flailed his arms like a wind-up toy in his pretzel logic, which goes like this: In the Ukraine scheme, Trump was merely trying

An open letter to chief justice, senators

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Leona Wieland, Sartell The statement needed for decorum in the Senate Chambers was noted.  How about holding responsible those who tell lies? Repeating the lie about WMD got us into war with Iraq in 2003. The costs in money and lives are reprehensible: $1.1 trillion, 4,000 American and 200,000 civilian lives. Do not allow lies to continue today. Specifically, I

Stearns board should vote yes on refugee resettlement

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The Stearns County Commission perhaps thinks it avoided making a politically charged decision about resettling refugees when it tabled the issue at a Jan. 7 meeting. The commissioners plan to take up the issue again on Jan. 28. In September, Donald Trump issued an Executive Order that local governments had to agree in writing to allow refugees to be placed within