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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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The State of Government Union Leaders? Overreaching and Overpaid.

  After the 2016 election, on which the SEIU spent lavish sums on very partisan, far-left candidates and issue-advocacy, Mary Kay Henry, the national president of the SEIU, put her $300 million national operation on notice. According to a memo that Bloomberg got a copy of, the SEIU will immediately cut 10 percent of its budget, and plan for a 30% reduction by the start of 2018. Henry said the union must prepare for the 2018 midterm elections in addition to the 2020 cycle, arguing that it must “focus our resources and energy on the fights that position us to retake power...

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Minnesota Elector Refuses to Vote for Clinton

Liberals have been twisting arms all over the country in an unprecedented effort to undermine the outcome of the 2016 election favoring Donald Trump in the Electoral College. But when the votes were counted today in Minnesota, it was Hillary Clinton who lost electoral support at least momentarily. A crowd of about 100 protesters were on hand to greet the ten members of Minnesota’s Electoral College Assembly who were bound to cast their electoral votes for Clinton. Or were they? The electors met to give Clinton the state’s votes after she won the popular vote in Minnesota by 44,765 votes. Muhammad Abdurrahman, one of...

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The Real Story is not “Fake News” or the Russians. It’s Labor Union Spending.

Federal filings by labor unions are in for the years 2012-2015. The good folks at Union Facts have combed through the data, finding that labor unions spent $530 million almost exclusively on left-wing candidates and issues aligned with the Democratic Party, including plenty here in Minnesota. Union Facts noted, “Yet roughly 40 percent of union households vote Republican in any given election cycle. (In 2016, the number was 43 percent.) The disturbing discrepancy points to the gradual evolution of labor unions from worker advocacy organizations to Democratic Party subsidiaries that are increasingly beholden to Democratic elites instead of blue-collar employees.” That means that almost half of union members...

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