Insight News

May 25th


Most crimes include drugs

America has been fighting the infamous “War on Drugs” for over forty years. With illegal drug use running rampant in urban, suburban and rural centers alike, and drug-related violence escalating in countries known for manufacturing drugs that are shipped to the U.S., it is clear that our strategy for this war has not been a good one. It’s time for a new tactic, one that decreases drug use.  By lowering the demand for drugs, we reduce drug-related crimes and play a part in curtailing the violent drug wars raging in the Caribbean and South America.

Minnesotans deserve leaders with courage

My first term as your State Representative ended on May 18.  My colleagues who have served in the Legislature longer and most political observers called this the most difficult session they’ve seen.  A “perfect storm” that included the worst recession in recent history, an escalating housing crisis and state unemployment levels at near-record highs complicated the task of addressing an unprecedented $6.4 billion budget shortfall.

Members of Congress are cowards on Health Care reform

Health care reform, especially with the rising number of Americans losing their jobs and health benefits, is one of the more pressing public policy issues of the day. Yet, to borrow a phrase from Attorney General Eric Holder, too many Democrats and Republicans are cowards when it comes to taking on the powerful insurance and health care lobby.

Questions about Sonia Sotomayor

For President Dwight D. Eisenhower, it was Earl Warren. In Richard M. Nixon’s case, it was Harry Blackmun and Lewis Powell. And for George H.W. Bush, it was David Souter. In those instances, justices appointed to the Supreme Court voted contrary to the way those appointing them had expected.

Fighting against ethnic disparities in subprime lending

One of the most important milestones in anyone’s life is the purchase of their own home. Throughout history, homeownership has served as the defining symbol of prosperity and accomplishment—yet it is a symbol that has not always been equally accessible for all those seeking it.

Supporting Sotomayor

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is qualified to be a justice on the Supreme Court.  If the Senate chooses to confirm her she will be only the third woman, and also the first Latina justice to be confirmed. 
But will they confirm her? Already we are hearing rumblings that a woman spunky enough to assert that a wise Latina might differ from a white man in her interpretation of the law is “race conscious”. And those who are sitting in a race neutral fog are loaded for bear.


High schoolers left behind

Signed amid controversy in 2001, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law shook up the nation’s public education system. This legislation made schools accountable for student achievement; if students continually failed to meet minimum test scores, schools were placed on probation.  Classroom instruction methods were changed, too, with increased focus placed on ‘teaching to the test’, taking away from more in-depth instruction.  Several years have now gone by, giving analysts enough time to assess how the law, if at all, impacts student performance.  According to the Civil Rights Project, NCLB isn’t working.
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