Lori Sturdevant: Reform bill is getting sawed in half

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 21, 2012 - 7:09 PM

The MAGIC act, a streamlining effort, may be up against the dark art of partisanship.

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mgmckeApr. 21, 1211:20 PM

Carol is a very nice lady who projects a very reasonable outlook on issues. The problem is, she votes with her Republican caucus 99% of the time. She may work behind the scenes in a bipartisanship way, but when it's time to vote she is straight party line. What good are reasonable words if the vote is always for the extreme? The district is better off with Dean running. At least the people will be able to decide if they want the Republican view of reality since Dean does not hide his extreme views.

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owatonnabillApr. 22, 12 8:28 AM

MAGIC could be a good start but in many respects it is a double-edged sword. Any time you start tampering with long-cherished ways of government doing business you're going to threaten the status of some very fat cats. I've often thought that the main driving force of government isn't motivation but inertia. "We're going to keep doing it this way simply because we've ALWAYS done it this way" is comfortable for a lot of people.

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dbweeksApr. 22, 12 8:36 AM

This opinion piece from Ms. Sturdevant is a rehash of what has become very predictable format. A Republican that reaches across the isle in a bipartisan way, only to be done wrong by the ideologs. Quite the recipe,just change the names,the issues, and poof out comes a column. Did I miss the column putting Dem Rep. John Harrington's service in question?

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kingtutskyApr. 22, 1212:19 PM

We need to look for ways to streamline state government, there is much opportunity. I wish Ms Sturdevant gave us more info on why the effort stalled. I am very wary of enabling Democrats to work around statutes and regulations though. Sounds like a recipe for shenanigans.

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dakmarknetApr. 22, 12 5:42 PM

This is a surprise? Republicans blocking a reasonable bill in the attempt to prove a point - Work with the opposition and you will pay. Reminds me of the 5 republicans that went against Pawlenty and supported the gise in gas tax in MN. The it is true that Republicans like to eat their own.

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md2201Apr. 26, 1212:10 AM

Rep McFarlane deserves to have the MAGIC Bill passed in the MN House. It is her legacy and Matt Dean told the 3/31/2012 endorsing convention "I will do everything I can to help Carol...." It is time that Matt Dean fulfill his promise to Rep Carol McFarlane by passing the MAGIC Bill this session!

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