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Criminal Justice: A new option for felons seeking redemption

Early mentoring — and a job prospect — can help offenders re-enter society. This op-ed originally appeared in the Star Tribune on February 24, 2020.  [Photo by Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press.] When well-educated and often well-heeled political players, under investigation for one reason or another, are cleared of possible criminal charges (or released from prison if they’ve already been there) chances are pretty good they will find ways of earning a decent living again. If they’re attorneys and haven’t been disbarred, they can practice law. If they have been disbarred, or if they are not lawyers to begin with, it’s easy to see...

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The State of Electric Cars?

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020 Issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. Are Minnesotans eager to embrace a future that includes large numbers of electric vehicles, mandated by a state government rule? That is the subject of the cover story in this issue of Thinking Minnesota. When we asked Minnesota voters, we found very little support for that initiative. The Thinking Minnesota Poll was conducted by Meeting Street Research. Interviews were completed December 12-15, 2019 among 500 registered voters with a mix of cell phone...

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Riders React to Rep. McCollum’s Views on Green Line Violence

To be sure Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum recognizes "every transit rider deserves a positive experience." Still she insists "we must address the social issues that contribute to challenges," according to the  St. Paul congresswoman's recent Star Tribune column on the increasing public safety threat to passengers on the Green Line. But McCollum's default to Democratic boilerplate rhetoric on the root causes of violence didn't sit well with many veteran transit riders of either political party. In fact, self-identified Minneapolis liberal Michael Brennan wrote a scathing counterpoint in the paper calling out McCollum's "troubling" views based on his first-hand experience on the...

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Video: Trump rally protesters turn violent

While protestors outside of Trump's Minneapolis rally were peaceful most of the day, there were multiple reports of vandalism, violence, and clashes with the police after the rally ended. Here's the coverage you might have missed: WCCO Minneapolis: Fox News: Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Fox 9 Minneapolis: KARE 11 Minneapolis: Sign that reads “Blue Lives Don’t F@$king Matter” Absolutely pathetic. #tcnt https://t.co/WJ7nfneRFi — Nick Zerwas (@NickZerwas) October 11, 2019 Breaking: outside Minneapolis Trump rally. Protestors lighting Maga hats on fire. Rushing police. Calling them pigs, etc. Escalating scene. pic.twitter.com/HxUFzs8OWF — Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) October 11, 2019 More video from outside Trump rally in Minneapolis. We saw protestors throw stuff...

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Ex-Legislator to Minneapolis PD on Crime: “Please Help Us”

Rampant lawlessness and violent crime in downtown Minneapolis have made national news. But there's also increasing concern over the well-being of residents in supposedly safer areas of the city. The latest safety concerns came up in an open letter to Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arrandondo from longtime DFL insider and former state legislator Wes Skoglund in the Star Tribune. A resident of the city's third precinct, Skoglund noted the need to divert more cops to secure downtown inevitably leaves other neighborhoods like his more vulnerable. We in lower crime parts of town know and reluctantly accept that the MPD has to focus staffing...

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The Lesson of Prohibition

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. The cover of the March 29, 1926 edition of Time featured Andrew Volstead, a humble lawyer from rural Granite Falls, Minnesota. Until 1922, he had been the Representative for Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, rising during his term to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. And, in that capacity, he gave his name to one of the most notorious pieces of legislation in American history. The Volstead Act—formally known as the National Prohibition Act—passed...

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