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Reader's View: Rarick's rhetoric can take a seat

Negative campaigning is distasteful, but negative governing is even worse. Newly elected state Sen. Jason Rarick, a Pine City Republican, took the latter to a new level after defeating his DFL opponent in a special election in Senate District 11 ...

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Denfeld’s 1947 boys basketball team is the only Denfeld basketball team to win a state title. The team’s head coach was Lloyd Holm. Team members were Rudy Monson, Larry Tessier, Paul Nace, Kenneth Sunnarborg, Eugene Norlander, Howard Tucker, Tony Skull, Jerry Walczak, Bruce Budge, Keith Stolen and student manager Bob Scott.

Negative campaigning is distasteful, but negative governing is even worse. Newly elected state Sen. Jason Rarick, a Pine City Republican, took the latter to a new level after defeating his DFL opponent in a special election in Senate District 11 south of Duluth.

Rarick's election boosted the GOP majority in the Minnesota Senate from two to three. In his victory lap, the winner, an incumbent member of the Republican minority in the state House of Representatives, vowed that he was "going to do great things in the Senate." To achieve that goal, he explained, his party was "going to stop everything they (the DFL majority) are pushing through the House." His view no doubt was welcomed by his party's leadership at the Legislature.

It seems, again, the GOP's recipe for making Minnesota "great" is to do nothing and oppose everything.

Striving to stop everything is a good strategy for a hockey goalie but a poor way to govern a state. Sen. Rarick's rhetoric deserves to be put in the penalty box as "Capitol" punishment.

Marshall Tanick

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