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Jun 16, 2011
This essay focuses on how free market conservatives should address the problem Gov. Mitch Daniels has identified as the “new Red Menace” during the present period of divided government.
Jun 5, 2011
Recently, Minnesotans have been getting a story line about our state's budget impasse that runs like this: Mean-spirited, extremist Republicans in the Legislature are taking a cleaver to the budget. They're chopping vital services and callously shrugging off the needs of Minnesotans.
May 24, 2011
While all sides have less-than-ecumenical clergy (I seem to recall the president's former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright), as someone who leads a conservative organization, my responsibility for speaking out when supposed conservatives say vile things is greater than when others do so.
May 21, 2011
In recent weeks, the issue of who gets to define marriage -- Minnesota citizens or a handful of judges or legislators -- has been on the front burner. The debate has generated lots of heat but not much light. Now that the Legislature has endeavored to let the people vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage, I suggest a few ground rules to ensure a fair and open exchange of views.
May 13, 2011
Doug Grow did his best on Wednesday to add some spice to an otherwise bland, but very important policy debate taking place at the Legislature. The headline to his article reads: "Surprise amendment stuns Senate during debate over health care costs."
May 5, 2011
The ability to read is a fundamental life skill, and is vital for success in today’s information economy. We must make basic literacy for all students an urgent priority, if Minnesota is to have the well-informed, self-sufficient citizenry a democracy requires. There is a better way, and we can look to the state of Florida to learn about it.
May 4, 2011
About a decade ago, a recording studio owner, Rod, responded to a request for proposals from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, which needed video-production services. Rod was confident he’d land the job. In the end, Rod lost to another bidder named Candy. Rod was surprised and disappointed.
May 2, 2011
Minnesota law, with few exceptions, bans Minnesota utilities from adding new coal-fired power to their generation mix. This ban creates substantial economic, environmental, and legal problems. Upon review, it’s clear that lawmakers should repeal the ban on new coal-fired power.
Apr 24, 2011
Today is Easter, the holiest day in the Christian calendar. The feast commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Christianity's founding event. Easter's date is linked with that of Passover, which marks a central moment in the life of the Jewish people -- their liberation from slavery in Egypt.
Apr 21, 2011
Editor’s note: The following column by my old friend Fred Smith is a friendly amendment to a column of mine that appeared in MinnPost on April 5. My piece centered on President Dwight Eisenhower’s famous Farewell Address warning, in 1961, about an emerging “military-industrial complex,” and argued that his admonition takes on a significantly different meaning when read in the context of what he said immediately before and immediately after. (In short, the former Five-Star General said we really needed the weaponry as the Soviet Union really was a threat.) Fred got in touch right afterwards and correctly noted that there was another critically important warning in Ike’s speech, albeit one which has received far less attention over the last half-century. I asked him to write about it, which he has done here with great insight.