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It’s Decision Time. Why Me?

On Tuesday, (for those who have yet to vote) you’ll make the decision as to who should represent you in the Minnesota State Senate for the next four years. It won’t surprise you that I believe I’m the best candidate, and worthy of your vote. But why? That’s a... read more

Ethics That Go Beyond Rule 56

Rule 56 of the Permanent Rules of the Minnesota Senate outlines the standards of ethical conduct members are to follow. In the first section, 56.1, it reads as follows: “Members shall adhere to the highest standard of ethical conduct as embodied in the Minnesota... read more

The Heartbeat of our Communities

If you drive through Northfield, New Prague, Le Center, Le Sueur, Belle Plaine, Elko-New Market or any of the other small towns that make up Senate District 20, you’ll quickly see what makes up the economic heartbeat of Minnesota. Small business owners. Whether a... read more

It’s Not a Suggestion

The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights. It reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall... read more

Safe Roads and Bridges

The Minnesota Constitution spells out our rights, liberties, and how government is to be organized. Very few sections of the constitution outline how money is to be spent. Transportation is one of those sections, so we have a constitutional obligation to get it right.... read more

Lowering Health Care Costs

We all know the problems. Health insurance costs continue to skyrocket, making health care unaffordable for families, farmers and small business owners. Here in Minnesota, the state’s MNsure program has been plagued by huge cost overruns, delays, computer glitches,... read more

It’s back to school time!

Issue #3 – Keeping the Quality in Minnesota’s Education System Rich Draheim grew up in a family of educators. His grandmother was a teacher in a one room school house in southern Minnesota, his mom a teacher in Mankato, his uncle taught in Owatonna, his aunt in... read more

Nice place, Nice people u4ic brewery!

Rich Draheim running for the State Senate had a tour and a great visit with Jeff and Bonnie Hartman Luskey from u4ic Brewery near Belle Plaine. This small business struggled with over invasive government regulations to get their business off the ground. We wish the... read more