ECM Editorial Board

If Minnesotans in 2009 were expecting Al Franken to arrive in Washington, D.C., as a bombastic elected official wanting to turn the U.S. Senate into a comedy hall, they were clearly mistaken. Instead, Sen. Al Franken became a low-key, out-of-the-limelight senator who quietly went about his business of serving Minnesota. With the narrowest of victories [...]

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If one could wave a magic wand and reduce the number of tobacco smokers by more than 10 percent, the percentage of adult alcoholics by 12 percent, the percentage of those suffering from chronic depression by more than half, most people would do so. Although no magic wand exists, finally society is getting a grip [...]

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Last November, 35 candidates ran for mayor of Minneapolis under a ranked-choice voting system. It took 33 rounds of vote counting before a winner was declared. One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners. That never happened, and ranked-choice voting is [...]

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Tanner James Pap, of Lino Lakes, was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore, of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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It’s hard not to be impressed by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. She’s smart. She’s subtle. She is a careful listener. And almost always, she seems to be right on the mark when it comes to doing what is best for Minnesotans. We heartily endorse the first-term Democrat in her race against Republican challenger Kurt Bills on [...]

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There’s something definitely different waiting for Sixth District voters when they enter polling places Nov. 6. This election cycle, there’s no independent candidate on the ballot with the potential to skew the final result. That’s one of the challenges facing U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, three-term incumbent, as she squares off against Jim Graves, an independently [...]

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