Local election season is upon us in my home state of Wisconsin. A handful of Wisconsinites – myself included – will head to the polls tomorrow (Tuesday, April 4, 2017) to elect candidates to our school boards, municipal governments, county governments, and judicial positions, and some of us will vote on local referendum questions. We will exercise political liberty to choose how we will be governed at local levels. We will enjoy local control.

And that sounds nice, right? Local control is one of those loosely defined ideas that pretty much everybody agrees with on its face – because, well, who the heck would argue against it? Despite our foolish 21st century habit of offloading local problems to national government, the concept of self-governance remains well-ingrained in our American psyche – so local control intuitively makes sense to us. But have you ever really thought about local control? Do you know why local control is one of the most practical ideas ever?

The answer is simple. Just consider what went down last week in Woodruff, South Carolina or Finney County, Kansas. Or think about the challenges facing Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon right now. Or recall the way that Bridgewater, Vermont Selectboard Member Mary Oldenburg voted on that one issue the other week.

No idea what I’m talking about? Let me explain…

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