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U of M Political Pundit Rips Sanders in National Media

Bernie Sanders may be a socialist at heart. But questions swirling around the candidate's abrupt shutdown of his family's foundation indicate he has a ways to go in practice. Local Bernie supporters will be dismayed to see the Associated Press featured a Minnesota political pundit as the chief critic of the Vermont senator in a story making headlines nationally recently. The lack of transparency and the family ties have drawn criticism from good-government advocates. “For a politician who runs on fairness and socialist principles, this looks like the old political games,” said Lawrence R. Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of...

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DFL Bill Disenfranchises Voters on Expiring School Referendums

When it comes to voting on school district referendums, the deck is already largely stacked against local taxpayers. "Vote Yes" committees operate increasingly sophisticated and expensive campaigns with insider help. While districts cannot directly ask voters for support, schools lay the groundwork with informational newsletters and emails to parents.  School board members and district staff are free to campaign on their personal time, while teachers unions promote passage of ballot questions, according to the Minnesota School Boards Association website. No wonder school districts won 69 percent of the 90 bond and capital project levy referendum ballot questions up in 2018, according to MSBA. But...

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The Community Virtues of Voting in Person

This post appeared at MinnPost on February 13, 2019. There has been no shortage of books over the last decade about how Americans are in centrifugal flight from one other. Journalist Bill Bishop, for instance, in 2009, addressed “why the clustering of like-minded America is tearing us apart,” in The Big Sort. The title of Charles Murray’s Coming Apart, in 2012, needs no embellishment. Robert Putnam’s Our Kids, in 2015, is often viewed as the left-of-center counterweight to Murray’s right-of-center analysis. A year later, in 2016, Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic, aimed at “renewing america’s social sontract in the age of individualism.” And most recently, Nebraska Sen....

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Elections Should Be Held One Week After Tax Day

DFL State Senators have introduced legislation that would make voter registration automatic, and on Tuesday, newly-elected Congressman Dean Phillips (DFL) from Minnesota's 3rd Congressional district introduced legislation that would make voting day a holiday. I don't spend an awful lot of time thinking about elections and voting patterns, but I do think it's practically a crime that most elections are held in November, when taxes are due in April. A 2007 article from Kristina Rasmussen at the National Taxpayer's Union agrees: “Time heals all wounds” is usually offered as soothing advice to heart-broken lovers, but many spendthrift politicians have also embraced this axiom as...

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Hundreds of DFL Voters Disenfranchised in Senate District 11 Primary

What if the very system so-called voting rights activists instituted to take the inconvenience out of voting in person at the polls in fact ended up disenfranchising hundreds of voters instead? That's one potential take-away from the fiasco that resulted in the disenfranchisement of hundreds of voters who mailed in ballots in the recent DFL special Senate primary, only to discover their votes didn't count. The ballots arrived too late to be included in the tally, according to the Duluth News Tribune. More than 400 mail-in ballots went uncounted in the special election primary in Senate District 11 earlier this month. The...

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Campaign Complaint Rocks Minnetrista

The issue of the influence of political contributions and the cost of campaigns typically surfaces in the context of federal elections. But a campaign finance controversy unfolding in the Twin Cities suburb of Minnetrista serves to remind that "big money" in politics can be relative--$600 contribution limits in this case. You won't find the candidates or contributors involved in the action now before the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) listed on Open Secrets or Follow The Money. But an administrative law judge has ordered an unusual Fair Campaign Practices Act complaint filed by current Minnetrista City Councilor Shannon Bruce against sitting Minnetrista Mayor...

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Democratic Senators Move to Disenfranchise Minnesotans

Two Democratic Senators, Charles Wiger and John Marty, have introduced S.F.34, a bill that would enlist Minnesota in the national effort to do away with the Electoral College and decide the presidency on the basis of the "national popular vote," a journalistic construct with no constitutional significance. The proposed legislation is called the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. States that subscribe to it pledge to choose their electors not according to the wishes of that state's voters, but rather in obedience to the "national popular vote." The Agreement goes into effect when it...

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Becoming an American: how our Elite has Cheapened Citizenship

My friend from Egypt came to our country many years ago in hopes of being a citizen. He loves America, loves the West and all it stands for: freedom and prosperity. He thinks our lax approach to immigration betrays a terrible naiveté and a dangerous lack of care for preserving American culture, the culture that attracted him to move here. He did not come all the way from Egypt to live in a chaotic, socialist nation. He could have gone many places around the globe, or just stayed in Egypt, for that. ...

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What’s Urban Conservatism and How Might It Help?

Coming out of Election Day two weeks ago, much has been said and written about how conservatives and Republicans generally did lousy in suburbs across the country, and how they did absolutely lousy in any American city of any size.  Not that such electoral results or lamentations and commentaries are at all new.  Vote totals had been disappointing, and critiques pointed, for years when American Experiment published, in January 2008, one of our most imaginative and important symposia, What Does It Mean to be an Urban Conservative?  It’s no less on-target now than it was a decade ago. ...

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