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Davids seeks eighth term in House


Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Editorís note: The Journalís Al Mathison sat down with Republican candidate Greg Davids to discuss his campaign for the District 31B House seat. This interview took place prior to the ruling by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on October 15.

Journal: What are your qualifications to be elected by the people of District 31B?Davids: I served on the Preston city council as a council person. I was elected 3 times as mayor of Preston. Iíve been elected 7 times to the Minnesota. State legislature.Iíve chaired the commerce committee. Served on the ag committee. I think that my experience will continue to serve me well in the house.

Journal: Do you consider that this election will be a referendum on Heartland?Davids: Weíre not going to go into Heartland questions.

Journal: Why not?Davids: That is in the courts and the agencies and it would be inappropriate for anyone to interfere with that.

Journal: You mean we canít even talk about it?Davids: We can talk about it. I donít think it will be an issue because there are many more issues than that. The only issue my opponent talks about is Heartland. I want to talk about roads and bridges and schools and affordable health care. There are many more issues and this one of Heartland has to be decided by the courts and agencies and we should let that process go forward.

Journal: The Hanson campaign has raised issues concerning campaign finances, specifically that your ďidea adsĒ in the local papers are in fact campaign related and not constituent expenses?Davids: Itís clearly the sign of a desperate campaign. Iíve had all those ads approved by Board staff for probably 14 years. Itís just another cheap political attack.

Journal: Over the next ten years it is predicted that there will be a 16% decrease in high school age youth in Fillmore County. How is that going to affect K-12 public schools?Davids: The current education bill for 04 or 05 is the largest school funding bill in state history. In fact the previous bill for 02 and 03 was 8.75 billion dollars and the current one is 11.9 billion dollars. Thatís a 35% increase. I want to continue to work for rural schools. There will be consolidations in some areas. Iíve never been a supporter of forced consolidation but sometime .....
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Commentary: Change is needed on the political landscape

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
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Editorís note: The Journal invited former PBS Almanac co-host Jan Smaby to comment on the upcoming election.  I have been in and around the world of politics for over 50 years. During this time I have found political heroes, ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Air quality upgrades to cost $3.6 million

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

At its regular meeting on October 18, the R-P school board received a couple of unwelcome surprises. First, Superintendent Brad Miller reported that to bring the districtís ventilation systems up to code will cost a whopping 3.6 million dollars.[Read the Rest]

County EDA takes a hard look at Heartland subsidy

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC passed the first hurdle in, what could be, a very long process to get authorization from Fillmore County for a JOBZ business subsidy.

Heartland is seeking a Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ) s ..... 
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Campaign board finds Davids inadvertently misclassified ads

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has ruled that Rep. Greg Davids has inadvertently misclassified over $5,000 in campaign expenditures.

The complaint was brought by Davidsí opponent in the upcoming ele ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council requests EIS for Heartland

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Lanesboro City Council approved a letter requesting an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Heartland Energy and Recycling Proposal in Preston at their regular meeting October 18th. With the deadline for public comments approaching on October ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Hoffman presents options for retaining walls

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The business was low key Monday evening at the Preston City Council Meeting. Jerry Scheevel served as Mayor Pro-tem in the absence of Mayor Pechulis.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman, at the bidding of the council last meeting, ch ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission:Commission limits subdivisions to blacktop roads

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission voted on Thursday to recommend to the Fillmore County Board that the development of subdivisions be restricted to blacktop or concrete roads. The measure passed following a public hearing.
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Postcard from Venezuela

Fri, Oct 15th, 2004
Posted in Features

Although I have been in Venezuela for a little over a month now, I feel it is only appropriate to begin with how I ended up here. As a student studying Spanish and Political Science at the University of Minnesota, a study abroad experience is strongl ..... 
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