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  • PCAs ask Governor Dayton for a new election today

    Today is the day that MNPCA is required under Minnesota law to demonstrate that 30 percent of the SEIU bargaining unit wants a new election. It will deliver thousands of cards from personal care attendants (PCAs) all over the state asking Governor Dayton to listen to them. MNPCA is confident that more than 30 percent of PCAs would not only ask for a new election but vote overwhelmingly against being represented by a labor union. Remember that only 13 percent of PCAs voted in favor of the union in 2014. That is why the Dayton administration, which fought so hard...

  • Will Trump treat liberals kinder than liberals have treated conservatives? Columnist dishes liberals a pretty good polemic.

    In the wake of the Trump election, First Things columnist Pete Spiliakos gives some well-deserved pushback to fear-stricken left-wing college students and social-liberal activists.  After listing a few of his “legitimate” concerns about Trump, he delivers a well written polemic claiming “fear of Trump is fear that what they would have done with power now will be done unto them.”  In any case, after the past eight years and this turbulent election, here’s a few paragraphs that conservatives are sure to enjoy: On many of the social issues, Trump is the best that social liberals can reasonably hope for from the...

  • Legislative Auditor Investigating Stadium Perks for Political Insiders

    No matter what you think about the financing deal for U.S. Bank Stadium (not much), we can all agree that public infrastructure projects should not be turned into partisan slush funds for political insiders. Yet that’s apparently what’s happened on Gov. Mark Dayton’s watch as Jon Tevlin points out in a column headlined “Some Suites for DFL Party Big Shots.” Now I know why Gov. Dayton said the U.S. Bank stadium would be known as “the people’s stadium.” It’s because the big-shot DFLers who have been given access to some of the best seats in two exclusive suites in the...

  • VA Spends 300K to Study Defunct St. Cloud Wind Turbine

    The Veterans Administration has been trying to get a wind energy project up and running at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center since 2007.  Almost a decade later, the 245 foot high wind turbine originally hyped as a national model by the White House is up but not running since 2012. The most notable results generated to date by the 93 ton renewable energy installation are a nearly $2 million loss for taxpayers and a black eye for the Obama Administration’s green energy agenda. Yet instead of mothballing the project and cutting taxpayers’ losses, the federal agency recently doubled down...

  • Climate Change 5: The Basic Structural Problem with Climate Change Research

    Climate scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger’s terrific new book exposes the “pseudoscience” that the “the debate is over” crowd relies on for their alarmist dictates.  That crowd is big and powerful, but nowhere near 97% of climate scientists (or anybody else) endorse the impoverishing policies that will change our climate in ways that won’t even be measurable 75 years from now. The book, Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, acknowledges that climate change is real and partially man-made, but shows that the mild, gradual warming we are experiencing doesn’t come close to the catastrophic levels predicted by...