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What Education Minnesota’s resolutions reveal about its 2020 priorities

I find it odd that these are the union’s priorities, but I probably shouldn’t be so surprised. I guess I hoped Education Minnesota would set aside its one-sided political agenda and focus on, oh I don’t know, a handful of other non-political areas that teachers have asked for support in....

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Ball of Collusion

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. You have been writing for several years about the Russian collusion story and related matters. Your new book, Ball of Collusion, brings it all together. Tell us how that book came to be and its key messages.  While I have concluded that there really was collusion in connection with the election, it did not involve Trump being in cahoots with Kremlin to undermine the election. The most sinister collusion came from the incumbent administration...

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The Tragedy of Hubert Humphrey

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. Hubert Humphrey was no conservative. His biographer, Carl Solberg, wrote that Humphrey learned two lessons growing up in Huron, South Dakota in the 1920s and 1930s that remained with him for the rest of his life: “The first was that individuals, far from being masters of their own fate, could become powerless victims of catastrophes—droughts, dust storms, bankruptcy, foreclosures. The second was that government could help people—specifically the Humphrey family in their drugstore, through federal farm relief and...

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L.A. teachers’ union claims endorsement process is ‘democratic,’ only pushes one candidate

The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union decided to “explore” an endorsement process for Bernie Sanders back in September and is now working to “engage” members on this process before it votes on backing Sanders next week. The union is claiming this is “the most open and democratic process that UTLA has ever engaged in for an endorsement." However, no other candidates will be considered. ...

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The Righteous Losers

This article originally appeared in the Summer 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. Another shocking election result. Another roomful of sobbing activists. It could have been the headquarters of the “Remain” campaign the night Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. It could have been the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center the night Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 presidential election. But this time it was Melbourne the night of the Labor Party’s (ALP) shocking defeat in Australia’s May 2019 general...

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Want to predict the future political pulse of American voters? Look at Canada.

Among the obligations of being married to a politically-astute former Canadian is to stay informed about the political trends of our neighbors to the north. While I normally resist the temptation to share my Canadian punditry (you’re welcome!), there is a startling movement in the Great White North that deserves our attention. Let’s start with Alberta. Before its 2015 provincial election, Alberta’s voters showed a partisan orientation that was reliably conservative and pro-growth. They had elected center-right majority governments for eight straight decades. But in 2015, the liberal New Democrats, led by Rachel Notley, exploited a rift between conservative factions to...

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Widespread Campaign Finance Violations in Suburb of Minnetrista

Campaign finance laws serve to regulate the amount of donations flowing to political candidates for office from groups and individuals. Media attention usually  focuses on the horse race for contributions between candidates for higher office. But campaign finance limits also apply to candidates running for city council and mayor in local elections. Yet you'd never know it from numerous violations recently uncovered in the Twin Cities suburb of Minnetrista, where three of the five current city council members were found to have violated Minnesota's Fair Campaign Practices Act. A panel of Office of Administrative Law judges has ruled against the city's mayor,...

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