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How Politics Has Changed


By Lee Hamilton

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

When two senators recently got into a spat over whether the Boston Marathon bombings were being politicized, the news was everywhere within minutes. Reams of commentary quickly followed. In the maneuvering over gun-control legislation, every twist and turn was instantly reported and then endlessly debated. As the effects of the federal sequester start to make themselves felt, outlets in every medium -- print, television, online -- are carrying both the news and the inevitable partisan sniping over its meaning.

This is political reality today, and when people ask me how politics has changed since I first ran for Congress in 1964, it’s the first thing that comes to mind. Back then, when you spoke to the Rotary in a small town, you were speaking to a few members of the Rotary. Today, you might well be speaking to the world. A debate on Capitol Hill back then might or might not have made the news, but even if it did, days could go by before the rest of the country reacted. Today, the response is instantaneous, often hot-blooded, and almost inconceivably far-reaching.

It’s not just the sheer proliferation and aggressiveness of the media that have ratcheted up the intensity of political life. Almost every facet of politics is more complicated and hard-edged. Voters want instant results. Consultants are everywhere. Lobbyists have multiplied and become immeasurably sophisticated at finding ways to get what they want. Well-funded, highly organized interest groups enrich the DC region’s economy, while in the rest of the country grassroots organizations try to influence policy on every cause under the sun. All of this, in turn, has created an unending flood of money. Politics is now big business.

Perhaps because of the scrutiny that political decisions now get -- and the speed with which organizations turn those decisions into fundraising opportunities -- it is much harder to do the basic work of politics: finding common ground. I don’t think I’m being overly rosy in saying that a generation ago, when politicians of differing views met to hammer out their differences, they actually hammered out their differences. It was not easy, but they believed that as elected officials they had a responsibility to find their way out of difficult problems together. They understood that this usually meant accepting a solution that was less than perfect.

Today, the first words out of a politician’s mouth when prese .....
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Murdering ourselves

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

John Adams once said that “democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide”. In a book first published in 1942 economist Joseph Schumpeter asks the question, ..... 
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Impacting our communities

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Commentary

By Tim Penny, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Recently, our Foundation (Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation) held its annual community luncheon in Spring Valley. Each year, we do this type of community visit to celebrate our accomplis ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Taking a break for some sunshine

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Probably one of the greatest things about raising our two children is that their busy lives force my wife and I to ta ..... 
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Baby Steps Toward Full Equality

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Karen Reisner Spring is a time of new beginnings, new life, and growth. Finally, winter is leaving us, kicking and screaming as it exits. Social and cultural changes move at a snail’s pace and years of seasons come and go before evidence ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Are we ready for change?

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com While attending the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) event on April 18th at Four Daughters Winery and ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn. Economic impact Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says ther ..... 
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Tired of Budget Shenanigans?

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

With the formal release of President Obama’s budget, the pieces are finally in place for a reprise of the Washington drama we’ve all come to know. There will be high-stakes negotiations, lines in the sand, and enough intrigue to keep Beltway ins ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Minnesota’s gambling problem

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com Well, well, well. It looks like the Minnesota Vikings e-pulltabs funding projection miscalculation trumps what I tho ..... 
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