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Feb 21, 2011
To a fair amount of attention, a well-conceived bill to require photo IDs for voting was introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this session. This would be an important and long-overdue election reform, but one that has been stymied by DFL leadership, more so than by rank-and-file DFL lawmakers; 10 DFL House members voted for it in the last legislative session.
Dec 30, 2010
There's one thing that the 2010 election and the recent recount in the governor's race made clear: It's time to stop arguing about whether we should institute photo ID for voting and time to start discussing how best to implement it.
Nov 26, 2010
There is no question that the new DNR commissioner should not be learning about mining on the job. He or she needs to understand that the economic impact domestically, and the environmental impact globally, of mining critical nonferrous metals in Minnesota would be very positive.
Nov 1, 2010
The beginning of a new administration presents an opportunity for re-evaluation and change in many policy areas. Because natural resources are such an important topic to so many Minnesotans, we believe this is a good time to review the state’s natural resource management objectives and practices and to make recommendations for reform and improvement.
Apr 22, 2010
Last fall, Center of the American Experiment issued a report recommending 15 reforms of our state's election system, informed largely by experiences from the 2008 U.S. Senate election recount.
Mar 29, 2010
When the topic of election integrity arises, people often think about voter fraud and ways to prevent it, and rightly so. Yet election integrity is about more than just abuse of the election system; it is also about being able to prove the accuracy of the system.
Jan 26, 2010
In a recent commentary, Betsy Daub of Friends of the Boundary Waters suggested that the movie "Avatar" was being played out in the narrative of new mining operations proposed for northeastern Minnesota. But Daub had in mind the wrong part of the narrative from that movie.
Nov 3, 2009
President Obama recently signed a law mandating that states give military voters a window of at least 45 days before an election in which to submit absentee ballots. It looks as if this measure will force the Minnesota Legislature finally to move the state primary to an earlier date.
Oct 19, 2009
The recount that followed the 2008 U.S. Senate election in Minnesota brought to light several weaknesses in the state’s election systems. Many observers have suggested that improvements are needed, but few have proposed anything more than small refinements. Based on observations and experiences of many experts from not only Minnesota but also from across the nation, we believe that some significant changes are needed.