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Federal Court Strikes Down Minneapolis and St. Paul Voter Registration Requirement for Landlords

Apparently the Minnesota Voters Alliance hasn't grown tired of all the winning yet. The MVA has compiled an impressive list of legal victories in its mission of insuring the integrity of Minnesota elections--and just added another notch to its holster in federal court. In 2018 a case brought by the MVA resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court overturning a state law regulating political apparel at the polls. In addition, MVA has prevailed at the district and appeals court levels in a case Secretary of State Steve Simon has appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in a desperate attempt to prevent release...

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MN Secretary of State Links to Pro-Warren Website for Super Tuesday Poll Finder

Minnesota Secretary Steve Simon regularly lectures legislators over the online vulnerability of Minnesota's election system, but it turns out the only threat so far has come from Simon himself. In the first key test of the system in the 2020 presidential year  election cycle, the poll finder on the Secretary of State's home page apparently imploded "due to heavy demand" this morning with requests from Minnesotans looking for their polling place. Then to make matters worse, someone in Simon's office linked the state website to a pro-Elizabeth Warren website that provides polling place information. The Star Tribune and other media pounced...

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Resurfaced: Bloomberg’s past comments compare civil liberties, teachers’ union to NRA

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has not been shy about his mission to take on the National Rifle Association, but remarks he made in 2013 comparing the organization to two Democratic-aligned groups may complicate some of his key liberal relationships....

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Ex-Senator Enjoys Good Life with Leftover Campaign Funds

Former Democratic US Senator Heidi Heitkamp was soundly booted from office by her North  Dakota constituents back in 2018.  But she still has some $4.5 million in campaign contributions left on the table most likely largely from out-of-state liberal big-spenders, whose dream of regaining Democratic control of the Senate died with Heitkamp's defeat by Republican Kevin Cramer. Fargo Forum political columnist and blogger Rob Port blasted the expensive tastes revealed in Heitkamp's most recent required federal election commission  report. How has Heitkamp been spending her campaign money over the last year? Booze, fine dining, and luxury travel make up a big chunk...

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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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