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Senate GOP takes action on Child Care Fraud: Calls for DHS Inspector General Ham to Step Down

In response to the legislative audit revealing wide-spread welfare fraud and other illegal activity connected to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) summarized here, the Senate GOP Leadership sent out this news release last night: Senate Republicans heard legislation yesterday to address the shocking revelations of the Legislative Auditor’s report on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).  Four bills in the Human Services Reform Committee focused on increasing oversight and maintaining the integrity of the funding. Senator John Jasinski (R- Faribault) presented two bills to address CCAP fraud. “When the man in charge of investigating CCAP says that fraud could be at least 50% of the entire...

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A Note on Illegal Immigration and Crime

President Trump in his State of the Union last night, once again, spoke about violent crime committed by undocumented immigrants.  And once again, skeptics afterwards were quick to point out, citing Cato Institute data in at least one instance, that they commit violent crimes at lower overall rates than the rest of the population. Let’s assume this is true, and I have no evidence to say it isn’t.  But comparing broad crime rates between undocumented immigrants and other people in the United States is only one way of grasping the issue.  Also true is that the family members of the people...

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Title IX: What was it meant to do and the nightmare it has become

Can Title IX statutory language be interpreted to empower colleges and universities to essentially act like police, investigators, judges and juries? Congress should revisit Title IX to pull these corrupting police power from our colleges and universities. Federal dollars should u[lift and protect our students and faculty not subject them to nightmarish prosecutions. ...

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Memo to Congress: Be the Wall, Stop the Invading “Caravan”

These are mostly young, strong and able men. They are not carrying the American Flag yearning to become productive members of our country. They are carrying the flags of Honduras and Guatemala, mocking our country and the pathetic state of the Rule of Law in American today. Are we going to defend ourselves? Yes, troops are going to the border. ...

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Minneapolis FBI Agent Gets 4 Years in Prison for Media Leaks

The rogue ex-FBI agent from the Minneapolis field office whose personal gripes with the system outweighed his concern for national security will have four years behind bars to reevaluate his "act of conscience." Terry Albury leaked secret documents to a media outlet because of perceived mistreatment of minorities and racism at the agency. But the judge laid down the law, according to the Star Tribune. In arriving at his sentence, U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright said she considered Albury's sterling record with the FBI, as well as his "sincere" belief that he was righting injustices. But, she said that even though there...

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Weekend Shootings Last Straw for Minneapolis Craft Brewer

The wild west-style shootouts in north Minneapolis over the weekend killed four and wounded six more. But there's another side to the violence that doesn't appear on the police blotter. Residents so scared and fed up they're moving out before they become a statistic, including a business owner featured on WCCO radio. The Friday night shooting left 42-year-old Steven Fields of Richfield dead on a sidewalk and wounded three others. Another causality of the shooting - Boom Island Brewing Company - whose owner says they‘re tired of the crime and it’s time to pack up and leave. The shooting happened just a...

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Legalized Marijuana is Putting a Generation of Kids at Risk.  Will Minnesota Follow Colorado?

Admittedly I may not be the best person to write about this topic as my personal experience in this area is limited to two thinly-related events in my life.  As a seven-year-old I took one of my grandma’s smokes into the car but couldn’t figure out how to make the non-flame cigarette lighter light the cigarette.  I ended up producing a flame by lighting a Wrigley’s silver gum wrapper and only succeeded in burning my fingers.  In middle school when classmates were starting to chew tobacco, I tried to demonstrate a better, safer way toward full flavor by bringing a...

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