The Rest of the Rest

Time to finish up my series on ballot measures before the election happens in just a few days. There are three ballot measures to approve medical marijuana in Missouri this year, that’s right, three. The only difference in the proposals is in how much the income from medical marijuana will be taxed and what the…

2018, South Central Minnesota Studio Art Tour

Artist take a variety of approaches to displaying their creations at the annual South Central Minnesota Studio Art Tour. Some find a corner of an art gallery, some open their home-based studios for people to come and view their work and some throw a party compete with live music, a food truck and free beer.…

Border Walls and Congressional District Boundaries

We hear a lot about the wall that President Trump wants to build along the border between Mexico and the United States. Another major issue that regularly comes up is drawing up the border boundaries for congressional districts. Voters in five state will be voting on various ballot measures related to how the congressional district…

The Unlimited Flow of Gambling Revenue

I am always stunned when I read about how much money Americans spend on gambling. In Maryland, for example, it is estimated that the annual earnings from the state’s six casinos is over $500 million. That’s just the earnings so what is actually spent on gambling in Maryland is easily in the billions and that’s…

Maine’s Bold Home-Care Initiative

I had always thought the when I retired I would go move to be closer to my kids so they could take care of me when I can no longer do so myself. If Question One passes in Maine in November I may have to reconsider my retirement living plan. Question One will decide whether…

November Ballot Measures, A Snapshot

Here is a summary of the ballot measures that voters across the country will address in November. Elections policy: – 20 measures in 19 states concerning redistricting, voting requirements, ballot access, campaign finance, and ethics Marijuana: – seven measures in five states concerning legalization of medical or recreational marijuana Restrictions on taxes: – eight measures…