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Will Minnesota be a right to work state by next June?

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court did something courts often do: instead of doing its job and ruling on the law, the Court split the baby, acting like a legislative body instead of a court. It crafted a law for the whole country that has warped our electoral and legislative process beyond recognition. Congress does not get off the hook here. It long ago could have—and still should-- force government unions to be fully transparent with how they spend union dues. But Congress is too afraid of the unions. Will the Court clean up its own mess?...

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Supreme Court agrees to hear First Amendment Case: A Victory would end Public Employee Unions’ Monopoly Power

If Janus wins, unionized public employees in non-right-to-work states like Illinois and Minnesota will be able to keep their jobs, even if they do not join or financially support the union. The result could be a significant decrease in public employee union membership, millions of dollars less revenue from dues and fees and further erosion of organized labor’s political clout at the state and national level. ...

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Prominent DFL Donor, Key Figure in Corruption Scandal Commits Suicide in L.A.

A prominent DFL donor and key witness in an unfolding Indonesian corruption scandal committed suicide last month after a nine-hour standoff with a SWAT team in Los Angeles. Johannes Marliem, a 32-year-old Minnesota businessman and philanthropist, shot himself in the early morning hours of August 10 in his rented home in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. Marliem rose to prominence in Minnesota in 2013 with political donations to the Democratic Party and DFL causes that ultimately totaled more than $500,000. A native Indonesian, Marliem studied at the University of Minnesota, founding a Minneapolis marketing firm associated with an Indonesian biometric technology...

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Hodges Blames Late Budget on Public Safety Tragedies

Minneapolis taxpayers will just have to wait and see how much Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges plans to jack up their property taxes next year. Hodges' explanation for not releasing a detailed 2018 budget by August 15 as required by law? The tragic shooting of Justine Rusz­czyk Damond and the fatal explosion at Minnehaha Academy put too much of a burden on City Hall to meet the deadline, according to the Star Tribune's account. But a courageous member of a key city board isn't buying Her Honor's excuse for meeting perhaps the most basic requirement in her job description. A member of the...

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Hugh Hewitt’s spot on advice to the President: Be combative, but not cruel

Hugh Hewitt delivers some excellent advice to Mr. Trump in the wake of his Morning Joe tweet fiasco in today’s Washington Post: Combative, but not cruel, Mr. President.  He argues that most of Trumps tweets and media domination may have the effect of creating valuable space for the agencies to move forward with conservative reforms “without much organized opposition, as the left seems incapable or organizing anything except marches against the president.” Hewitt gives special praise to “domestic policy stars” Tom Price (HHS) and Scott Pruitt (EPA), and Jim Mattis (Defense), John Kelly (Homeland Security), and Mike Pompeo (CIA).  But (back...

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Hodges’ Mayoral Re-election Campaign Focuses on Trump: Why?

A speech delivered Monday night by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges proved once again her re-election campaign is focused on President Donald Trump. She mentioned his name 58 times in her “special mayoral address.” According to a Star Tribune article, the speech titled “One Minneapolis in the Time of Trump” is another effort by Mayor Hodges to “position herself as the city’s chief Trump resister.” But Trump isn’t running for mayor. And Hodges’ actual opponents called her out for focusing more on him than the issues plaguing Minneapolis residents. Perhaps this obsessive focus on Trump is a distraction. A way to...

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VP Candidate Kaine’s Son Busted at Anti-Trump Rally in St. Paul

The aftermath of Hillary Clinton's crushing loss just got more personal for Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton's former running mate.  It turns out Linwood Kaine, one of the Virginia senator's sons, was among those busted by the cops at a pro-Trump rally at the Minnesota State Capitol last Saturday. The 24 year old Kaine was among several dozen counter-protesters who tried to break up the rally with bull horns and a smoke bomb. The former vice-presidential candidate's son was one of five arrested, but not yet charged, on suspicion of second-degree riot. Speeches had been going on for about a half-hour inside the newly renovated...

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Voter Fraud in Central Minnesota

The question of whether voter fraud exists remains a controversial issue that surfaces every election cycle with little resolution.  Common sense suggests that some of the 500,000 Minnesotans who take advantage of  Minnesota's same day registration law in presidential election cycles may not be eligible. For many conservatives it's not a question of whether fraud exists but to what extent. Liberals on the other hand tend to dismiss the issue by pointing to the lack of prosecutions. But Willmar media report that three convicted felons were charged recently with voting in the 2016 general election despite being ineligible to cast a ballot. Bret Joseph...

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Bill proposes provisional ballots to help guarantee certain voters are truly eligible to vote

The omnibus elections bill to be heard tonight in the Minnesota Senate Committee on State Government Finance and Policy and Elections includes a number of important provisions to strengthen the integrity of the voting process. Election law must balance the interest in making the vote accessible to all eligible voters versus guaranteeing only eligible voters vote. Minnesota law errs far too heavily on making the vote accessible.  For instance, the state allows same-day registration and, on Election Day, allows people to vouch for another person registering. The state also has a very weak process in place to guarantee people don’t vote when they...

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Millennials Voted On the Economy

This Millennial Impact Report survey is interesting, but beware--the sample size is only 350. Still, the findings are fascinating: The organization found that millennials had considered education to be the most important topic during the election through each of three waves of surveying. However, this changed when respondents were surveyed between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14. The survey showed employment and wages were the primary concern for millennial voters. Which means they wised up! The country's slow growth during the liberal Obama years didn't do much damage to middle-aged Americans who already had jobs, and quantitative easing improved their bank accounts. But these...

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