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Students at Gustavus: White Lab Rats?

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Provocative posters were put up by a student group at Gustavus Adolphus College on Tuesday in “an effort to start a dialogue about diversity and immigration.” Except students didn’t know the posters, and their reactions to the posters, were part of a “social experiment.” And that didn't go over well. The signs said: “A notice to all white Americans. It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They are criminals. America is a white nation.”...

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St. Olaf Hate Threatens Conservative Students: At Least Two Leave School

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Anti-Trump hysteria has swept over St. Olaf College.  According to an article in Manitou Messenger, the student newspaper, many conservatives face a hostile environment and report they have been violently threatened because of their beliefs.  Consequently, these students “keep their heads down” in class, hid their political beliefs, and at least two are leaving the school because of such an ugly atmosphere on campus.  Drudge even picked up a story on the situation written by higher education news website The College Fix. In the Classroom “I’m fine being political with a one-on-one discussion,” Larson said, “but when everyone else is liberal in...

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A city-country mice divide in Minnesota? We don’t see it that way

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Less government, more freedom is good for rural and urban Minnesota. This op-ed appeared in the Star Tribune March 20, 2017. In “Bridging our city mouse/country mouse divide” (March 5), Dane Smith and Vernae Hasbargen of the liberal policy group Growth & Justice write that they “have witnessed far too much warfare between metro and rural mice. We are worried that it’s getting worse.” Smith and Hasbargen see a cultural divide between urban and rural Minnesotans. They diagnose “metro condescension” in the cities and “rural resentment” in Greater Minnesota. Some metropolitan progressives think “rural people are gullible hayseeds,” while some rural voters have...

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Charles Murray and High-End Collegiate Know-Nothings

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You likely have read reports in newspapers – or even better, seen video on television or the internet – of students at Middlebury College rioting recently because they didn’t want Charles Murray, one of the nation’s most brilliant and vital social scientists, to speak on their Vermont campus.  More than a routine collegiate slurring of the First Amendment, students (and whoever else) came very close to physically assaulting him, and did in fact send his faculty host to the hospital. I’m proud to say Charles is a friend.  I’m also proud to say that he’s not the only speaker at American...

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Taxpayer-Funded Library Networks Promote Anti-Trump “Resistance”

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Many of us get nostalgic feelings reminiscing about the libraries of our formative years. But the libraries of today are not necessarily the libraries of our youth. The reality is, as organized entities, they have been largely taken over by the radical left, represented by groups like the American Library Association. The public may still view librarians as sources of information and intellectual enlightenment. But American Library Association President Julie Todaro sees the role of librarians as largely political, particularly in regard to the new administration. To drive home the point, Todaro issued a news release headlined "ALA Opposes New Administration Policies That...

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Abdi Warsame’s False Claim on Extremist Violence

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Minneapolis City Council Abdi Warsame was dishonest in his Star Tribune op-ed yesterday that called for all community organizations to not cooperate with the Countering Violent Extremism program when he claimed that “more American’s have been killed by right-wing extremists than by those claiming to act in the name of Islam.” He didn’t cite his source but it most likely came from a New America study of extremists from over a year ago that found that since 2002 right-wing murders were slightly ahead of Islamists murders 48-45.  What is especially dishonest is that he didn’t include the Orlando attack on a...

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Mayor Hodges: No Comment on Campaign Dirty Trick

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DFL factional in-fighting has reached a new low in the Minneapolis mayoral campaign with the revelation of a dirty trick by Mayor Betsy Hodges' team against her leading rival for the job. The discovery of a fake job posting aimed at council member Jacob Frey led back to the mayor's campaign operation. But Mayor Hodges has declined to discuss the embarrassing incident or apparently hold anyone in her campaign publicly accountable thus far. The listing showed up on a left-leaning job board Wednesday — a group calling itself “Draft Jacob Frey for Congress” said it was hiring a staffer. Frey, who is...

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Protesters’ Latest Road Shutdown Demonstrates Need for New Law

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Protesters took over another major Twin Cities roadway during rush hour on Friday afternoon to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. Presumably they were motivated by the new administration's decision earlier this week to green light the North Dakota pipeline project for completion. But what the protesters demonstrated more than anything else is the need to fast track the proposed legislation at the State Capitol to significantly increase fines and jail time for protesters that block highways and jeopardize public safety. A Dakota Access pipeline protest halted vehicle traffic on a Mississippi River bridge between St. Paul and Minneapolis during rush hour Friday...

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DHS says all-day Kindergarten has reduced pre-school options for parents

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I was on the Department of Human Services (DHS) website today looking for some information about refugees in Minnesota. We had hoped to release our paper on the impact of the refugee program on the state budget at the end of the year but hit a data wall. Neither the feds nor the state keeps good data. And much of the data that is available is massaged to hide the costs, the facts. So we are building a model to give you a good estimate of the cost impact of this federal program on the state budget. (Spoiler alert: the feds...

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Protesters’ Stadium Stunt Raises Super Bowl Security Concerns

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The game day stunt pulled by anti-pipeline protesters at last week's Vikings -Bears game may not make the team's highlight reel, but it's become one of the most scrutinized plays of a lackluster season. Yet the fallout holds  more implications for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and NFL than the Dakota Access pipeline that inspired the hooliganism. The incident clearly poses security questions as Minnesota begins preparing for the biggest sporting event of the year that's set to be played at U.S. Bank Stadium next February: Super Bowl 52. Minneapolis police, stadium management company SMG and the NFL face pressure to answer...

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