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George Beck

George Beck

George Beck is a former chair of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board and retired administrative law judge.

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To stop democratic backsliding, vote this November | Opinion

By: - May 11, 2022

The 2022 election in Minnesota will be very consequential for democracy. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party controls the House of Representatives and the governor’s office at present, and the Republicans control the state Senate.  The legislative margins are small in both chambers. Many are predicting the possibility of a conservative trifecta, or control of both chambers and […]

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Here’s the democracy agenda the Legislature needs to take up | Opinion

By: - February 18, 2021

Minnesota has an enviable, squeaky clean political elections system, right? Not quite. What we do have is the highest voter participation in the nation. But we have not ensured truly democratic elections in our state.  Minnesota, in fact, lags behind other progressive states — like Maine, Arizona, Washington, and California — in election reform. Let’s […]