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Congressman John Kline is kind of a lonely man these days. During most of his 3 year odyssey to dismantle and restructure No Child Left Behind legislation, he has ignored Democrats and their contributions. As he moves into the 2015 session, he not only has lost Democrats, but now he seems to be losing his Republican colleagues as well.
During this ever winding road trip into education, Kline has managed to alienate the Club For Growth, the Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation and some conservative education bloggers.
OK - here are some quick comments on Minnesota policy by the House GOP.
1. The Soccer subsidy seems reasonable. Since I am so used to the greed of sports franchise owners, the sales tax exemption and property tax breaks that the MN United franchise is asking for seem incredibly reasonable. However, given the austerity budget that the House Republicans are proposing, I am skeptical that any subsidy really fits in. If the House allows anything for soccer, then their hypocrisy is exposed.
House Republicans released details Thursday of their spending plan for health and human services programs, which as expected would terminate MinnesotaCare, a public health insurance program that provides coverage for some 90,000 people.
For nearly 2 years, the House Republicans have been using MNSure as their punching bag - yet, when the budget axe falls, they decide to eliminate the health care program that works.
Rep. Tara Mack, who chairs the committee that gives us this budgetary piece of work, explains:
Whatever you think about Hillary Clinton's candidacy or on what scale her progressive tendencies lie....we should all take notice regarding a policy statement she made yesterday.
In outlining her "four big fights" for the 2016 campaign, this one has been getting particular attention:
Third: "And we need to fix the dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment," she said, breaking some policy ground for her.
That is a big deal. I don't know if some wonky . . .