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Dean Barkley on Education

Independent Senate challenger


Tax credits for college is just pandering; we're broke

Franken called for a $5,000 tax credit to help people pay for college.

"Why not a $10,000 tax credit? Why not $20,000?" asked Barkley. "Who's going to pay for this? We're broke. I'm not going to pander to people."

Franken responded that the money spent would be equal to just a few weeks of the Iraq war and could be financed by reducing tax breaks for millionaires.

Source: 2008 MN Senate Debate reported in Star Tribune Oct 17, 2008

Parents choose schools via vouchers

Q: Do you support the statement, "Parents choose schools via vouchers"?

A: Support. I support vouchers for public schools, not private or religious based schools.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 13, 2008

No amendment for school prayer; don't legislate morality

Q: Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?

A: No.

Q: What would you do about the decline of morals and ethics in America?

A: Morality can never be legislated. It comes from a strong family with beliefs in a higher power and strong spiritual beliefs. They will not be learned from Washington D.C.. It is the job of parents to teach these values to their children.

Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

Supports charter schools & vouchers for public schools

Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

Other candidates on Education: Dean Barkley on other issues:
MN Gubernatorial:
Tim Pawlenty
MN Senatorial:
Al Franken
Amy Klobuchar
James Niemackl
Jesse Ventura
Michael Cavlan
Norm Coleman


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
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DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
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MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
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MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
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NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
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