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When Harry Became Sally: The Left’s Assault on Reality

In October, 2015, Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul, one of the top charter schools in the nation at the time, was torn apart trying to accommodate a “transgender” five-year-old who only stayed four months before his activist parents pulled him out and filed a complaint with the Human Rights Department.  The tragic story, chronicled by Katherine Kersten in First Things, along with a detailed discussion of how to best help those suffering from gender dysphoria, is available here. Now, on the same subject, I commend to you Nation Review’s compelling review of Ryan Anderson’s compelling book, When Harry Became Sally:...

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Children Are Being Used to Call for Gun Control Wednesday: Keep Your Children Home (In Protest) #KeepYourKidHome

School aged children will be walking out of classrooms tomorrow morning all over Minnesota and the nation to “protest” in favor of new gun-control laws. My suggestion if your school is participating? Keep your children home from school. The districts will lose the per diem funding from the state for the whole day. It is the only thing that will get them to sit up and take notice from Minnesotans who do not think this is proper. #KeepYourKidHome...

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Celebrating the Anniversary of a Victory Against Fake Unionization: Child Care Provider Freedom

Congratulations! It has been two years since child care providers around the state did something truly remarkable: they defeated a prolonged and well-financed attempt to convert their homes and businesses into union workplaces. These amazing women got organized to defeat AFSCME, and are still working hard to protect their businesses from unreasonable regulations and interference from the state. ...

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Happy Valentine’s Day. Now Go Get Married.

Marriage isn't a purely private concern. It impacts you, your kids, and society. America needs to get better at it. This article, based on Lawrence Mead's recent Center paper, "Restoring a Marriage Norm," originally appeared in The Weekly Standard. Happy Valentine’s Day. Before you celebrate by heading out and swiping right, let’s have a talk about marriage. For decades, the United States has tolerated the decline of marriage because it seemed to be what a modern society demanded. But it turns out that “liberation” isn’t free and the costs of subverting the marriage culture have become prohibitive. Today, only about 60 percent of marriages...

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Educational advance for parent choice: 529 accounts available for K-12 public, private and religious schools

The new tax bill will not only encourage schools to offer the best educational opportunities, it will also bring new schools into the marketplace and strengthen the private and religious schools in Minnesota. Parents will still “pay twice” by paying taxes for the public school and tuition for the school of their choice but at least Congress, as you will read below, has expanded 529 accounts for all K-12 schools. ...

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Dayton sacrifices children on the altar of government unions, again

Dayton has tanked Opportunity Scholarships and from what I hear this morning, is threatening to veto a very, very generous spending package for K-12 schools because the bill did not fund his signature pilot program that adds a new grade for four-year-olds. I had hoped all that spending could be ransom money to save our kids. ...

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Yesterday’s Love Stories: The Gray Divorce Phenomenon

Originally posted on the Institute for Family Studies website. It was a dark and stormy night. The rain came down in torrents, beating against my windshield, slowing my drive. I arrived at the community center later than intended, but still in time to visit with the young mothers who had gathered to hear me speak. Despite the weather, their mood was jovial, in anticipation, I suspect, of my message about sex and intimacy. Their unrestrained chatter revealed a desire to hear immediate and magical solutions—not unlike most couples with whom I speak, who want to build or restore a lasting marriage. This wasn’t...

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DHS says all-day Kindergarten has reduced pre-school options for parents

I was on the Department of Human Services (DHS) website today looking for some information about refugees in Minnesota. We had hoped to release our paper on the impact of the refugee program on the state budget at the end of the year but hit a data wall. Neither the feds nor the state keeps good data. And much of the data that is available is massaged to hide the costs, the facts. So we are building a model to give you a good estimate of the cost impact of this federal program on the state budget. (Spoiler alert: the feds...

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What Wasn’t Said about Mobility in this Year’s Elections?

Editor’s Note: One of the most important themes in last month’s elections had to do with the many millions of Americans who believe they are stuck in place occupationally and in just about every other way.  Two years ago American Experiment Founder Mitch Pearlstein wrote a book in which a key chapter was, in fact, titled “Stuck in Place?”  It argued that massive family fragmentation (also known as “family breakdown”) had a significant, albeit certainly not exclusive, amount to do with constricted economic and social mobility, along with its resulting frustration and anger.  Jumping ahead to this year, one would...

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