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Conservative Speaker Ben Shapiro Not Welcome on Concordia Moorhead Campus

Concerns over the left's attacks on free speech, particularly on college campuses, made the front page above the fold this week in the Star Tribune. American Experiment's John Hinderaker, who was quoted by the paper, blogged here on the security surrounding what not so long ago would have been an ordinary night out featuring conservative speaker Charlie Kirk at the University of Minnesota. When we approached Anderson Hall, the site of Charlie Kirk’s speech, traffic barricades had been erected and the entrance was being guarded by at least a half dozen armed officers, both from the University of Minnesota campus police...

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Free Speech Is Under Attack On Minnesota’s Campuses

Today's Star Tribune has a front-page story on the assault on free speech at the University of Minnesota, in which I am quoted: The barricades were in place outside Anderson Hall, and a half-dozen police officers stood guard inside long before the guest speaker arrived. Charlie Kirk, a 24-year-old conservative firebrand, was bringing his pro-capitalism, small-government message to the University of Minnesota on Dec. 5. And he clearly was expecting some blowback. “Tonight I will be smashing socialism at the University of Minnesota!” Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, tweeted that morning. “Protests expected from the intolerant campus left. Will be fun!” As...

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Center of the American Experiment Joins Amicus Brief in Forced Union Fees Case Before U.S. Supreme Court, Unions Push Back

The Janus case is expected to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in January of 2018 so stay tuned. The case is first and foremost a defense of Free Speech and Liberty, which if successful, will begin to restore some sanity to our country. Why should public employees have to support the political speech of a union in order to keep their jobs? And what price have we paid for monopoly funding to government unions for the last 50 years? How has our electoral and legislative process been warped? ...

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Do mandatory fees trap students into supporting groups they don’t agree with?

Mandatory student fees to support campus groups are a common practice at many colleges and universities. But lawmakers in Wisconsin and Minnesota want to give students the right to “opt out of required fees that go to clubs and causes with which they disagree,” as reported by the Washington Post. They [lawmakers] say their proposals would give students the right to vote their consciences when choosing how their money is divided up—and would slow the growth of student fees. [caption id="attachment_8291" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Source: Minnesota Daily[/caption] University of Minnesota Twin Cities students pay $436.60 in Student Service Fees per semester if they are registered...

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Parental Choice is Working: Why are the teachers’ union and Hollywood attacking charter schools?

Charter schools are the “polite cousins of segregation,” in the words of Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Last year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for a moratorium on charters. Film festivals are screening “Backpack Full of Cash,” a pro-union documentary narrated by Matt Damon that portrays charters as separate and unequal institutions....

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Do teachers oppose or support forced union dues?

I have no doubt that most teachers are dedicated professionals who just want to teach—and like the mean girls we all knew in school, that it is a small minority of teachers bullying and enforcing a trade union mentality that is making teachers miserable and creating a hostile environment for the free exchange of ideas. Let’s win that basic freedom back for teachers and our schools. ...

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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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It is pledge time at MPR: Why I am not a member of NPR/MPR (again this year)

Why are taxpayers forced to pay for government radio? Here is one example, of many, why taxpayer funding should be declared unconstitutional. This exchange about Obamacare was not reporting; it was commentary parading as reporting. And the pampered intelligentsia at NPR are so convinced of their righteousness, so lost in the beltway, that they could not hide their hysteria or breathless opposition to any rollback of Obamacare. ...

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WSJ Reader reacts to Education Minnesota: It’s all about the money (and the power)

Numbers to explain why the teachers' union Education Minnesota wants to make it next-to-impossible for state teachers to avoid paying union dues: Total compensation of Education Minnesota President Denise Specht (2015): $194,745; Number of Education Minnesota employees with total compensation of $100,000+ (2015): 68 ...

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Employee Freedom Update: Who are Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs?

Who are Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs? And why did I write about them in The Wall Street Journal today? If the Supreme Court rules in Janus’ favor, every government employee across the country will have the right to choose for himself or herself whether to give money to a union. This is equivalent to Minnesota passing a right-to-work constitutional amendment-- only better because it will be the law of land. ...

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