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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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A Constitutional Right to Kneel? No, Actually

With Thursday Night Football kicking off shortly, the prospect of NFL players refusing to stand for the National Anthem is again in the news. When the issue is debated, it is common for observers on both sides to say that the players have a constitutional right, under the First Amendment, to kneel, sit down, or whatever. This actually is not correct. Under the First Amendment, players have a right not to be punished by the government for kneeling. Professor Teresa Stanton Collett of St. Thomas Law School makes the point: I don't watch football. I don't care about football. But I...

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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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Is Minnesota Nice? Not If You Are a Conservative

To my knowledge, this story has gotten no local attention. But it ought to be of concern to all Minnesotans, especially given that it involves the flagship Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. A national outlet, the Daily Beast, found it newsworthy: "A Campus Conservative’s Year Facing Anger, Doxing and Intimidation." Madison Faupel...

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Dairy Queen “Politically Incorrect” Sign Stirs Up a Blizzard

A “politically incorrect” sign posted by an owner of a Dairy Queen franchise in Kewaskum, Wisconsin has generated a blizzard of attention on social media after an out-of-town customer complained it was offensive. The sign, which has been posted on the restaurant’s front door for four years, notifies incoming customers the business has been known to say things like “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Easter,” and “God Bless America.” If this sign causes you to melt, the franchise owner welcomes you to contact him and "arrange a designated 'snowflake safe space.'"...

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Victory: PCA Access to Union List Upheld by Court

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling is a significant win for MNPCA and the 8,500 PCAs in Minnesota who have signed a card to authorize a new election. It is the Center’s position that a new election is the only equitable solution for PCAs. Even better? Have the 2014 election tossed out for fraud. ...

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VP Candidate Kaine’s Son Charged in St. Paul Anti-Trump Protest

It took awhile, but Ramsey County and St. Paul city authorities finally got around to charging the son of Hillary Clinton's running mate and 7 others in connection with the disruption of a pro-Trump rally at the State Capitol in March. Linwood Kaine, 24 year old son of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), allegedly fled the scene, but authorities eventually caught up with him. The Pioneer Press lays out the charges. The chaos that some counter-protesters brought into the Minnesota Capitol in March during a rally in support of President Donald Trump included smoke bombs, Mace in people’s faces and fireworks, prosecutors...

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Trump Threatens Press Freedom? Ridiculous

The Star Tribune editorial board wrote on Tuesday: "Trump administration continues to threaten a free press." Did I miss the news about President Trump vowing to shut down CNN or the New York Times? Of course, that didn't happen. So what is the editorial board talking about? [A]t a campaign-rally style event on Saturday, Trump used the bully pulpit to try to bully the news media, which he said included some “very dishonest people.” So what? A free press is not a press that is immune from criticism. On the contrary, disagreement is the corollary of freedom. And we all know that...

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