- John is a former state legislator and litigation attorney. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for eight years from the Northfield area, beginning in 1994. Elected as a Republican, John was known for his independent thinking and ability to work across party lines. He is well-known in Minnesota state government circles.
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I am off to a brand-new adventure, thanks in no small part to the wonderful people at Conservation Minnesota. This Wednesday I was privileged to receive the honor of an appointment to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from Governor Mark Dayton.
Dayton surprised many by announcing he would ask the legislature to improve on the laws protecting Minnesota’s streams and ditches against erosion and chemical runoff by establishing a minimum 50 foot buffer strip.
We at Conservation Minnesota will work to keep you informed on the critical issues dealing with our great outdoors so that you can have a meaningful impact on our state environmental policy.
No doubt Republicans need to stand for mining jobs, but they should not be so foolish as to leave the taxpayers at risk for cleaning up the mess – a mess that could permanently destroy other important economic drivers in the region such as tourism.
As a Republican, my hope is that my party leaders will seek out a mining position that will lead them into the mainstream of Minnesota politics for the long-term.
Supporting sulfide mining didn’t results in the outcome Republican’s were hoping for.
John Tuma explores a historical look at mining and the Republican party and discusses his belief that there are strong positions Republicans can take that fit squarely within their core values of protecting property rights and taxpayers.
It would seem that negative politics is also taking its toll on electoral participation.
On election night keep your eye on the 8th — it is the battle to watch.
“I have no object and no interests which are not inseparably bound up with the welfare of the state.” ~ Henry Hastings Sibley, Minnesota’s first governor – 1858 inaugural address Few know that Minnesota’s first governor was a Democrat who … Continue reading