Posted at 5:47 PM on October 16, 2006
by Tom Scheck
Peter Hutchinson, the I-P candidate for Governor, received the endorsement of La Prensa de Minnesota (the state's oldest, largest and most recognized Latino publication). Here's part of the release:
The La Prensa de Minnesota cited Hutchinson's support for the Dream Act and his opposition to placing expiration dates in driver's licenses thereby converting the licenses to immigration documents as reasons for the Latino community to support him for governor. The council noted Hutchinson's position that immigration reform ought to include a path to citizenship and a means of reducing uncontrolled flow and exploitation of the undocumented.
The council said Tim Pawlenty has "...proposed some of the most anti- immigrant legislation that we have seen in a long time." Of Mike Hatch, the council said "...he didn't know enough about the Dream Act to give an opinion of it. If he doesn't know what the Dream Act is by now, he will never know." They noted that Pawlenty and Hatch agree that local law enforcement officers should act as immigration officers.
Hutchinson is also being targeted by a DFL leaning group. The Alliance for a Better Minnesota has scheduled a Tuesday news conference to criticize Hutchinson and Pawlenty on school funding. Here's part of that release:
St. Paul--Dave Foster, chair of the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, will hold a press conference at the Capitol Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. along with several parents of Minneapolis School District students and alumni. The press conference, which is co-sponsored by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota and ACORN, is to address the decreased vital funding for Minnesota schools under Governor Pawlenty and Peter Hutchinson’s watch.
“These parents are not happy with the ways in which Governor Pawlenty and Peter Hutchinson have short-changed their children, and they want to make sure Minnesota voters know about it,” said Foster.
Foster said that parents from all around the Twin Cities have told him and ACORN about the problems their under-funded schools have been facing, including larger class sizes, outdated textbooks and technology, and a growing achievement gap between white and black students. He said that Pawlenty and Hutchinson have failed to do their jobs to improve these conditions; on the contrary, they have worsened.
I don't have a problem with people questioning Hutchinson and Pawlenty, however; let's not pretend like Hatch will be our savior. He has a bad habit of presenting ideas (some good, some bad) but never presenting any plans for funding or implementation. So I challenge the Alliance for a Better Minnesota to call for Hatch to release his education plan.
...does anyone else hear the crickets?...