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Mapping The Swamp of the Administrative State

It's impossible to get your arms around the reach and cost of the federal bureaucracy in our lives and pocketbooks. But a new analysis by a government oversight group provides confirmation it's even more massive than many of us think. The Daily Signal breaks down the distressing findings of the report, appropriately titled "Mapping The Swamp: A Study of the Administrative State." Looking at 78 large agencies, the nonprofit organization OpenTheBooks.com found that the average salary of a federal employee exceeds $100,000 and that roughly 1 in 5 of those on the government payroll has a six-figure salary. Almost 30,000 rank-and-file government...

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“Resist Trump” Racial Equity Program Pockets 275k From MN Taxpayers

Minnesota cities, counties and state agencies have spent more than $275,000 in taxpayer funds on a provocative racial equity program led by a national leftwing advocacy group that urges local governments to “resist Trump” and bases its training for public employees on the premise that government institutions and workers are inherently racist, whether they realize it or not. “The Alliance leads with race, with the recognition that the creation and perpetuation of racial inequities has been baked into government,” according to the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) website. “From the inception of our country, government at the local, regional,...

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Why Would Congress Punish Colleges That Decline Federal Funds? A Hillsdale Mom Makes the Case for That ‘Hillsdale Exemption’

I checked with experts on the Hill this morning: the tax bill could be amended in conference to add new provisions like the 'Hillsdale Exemption' (it's called "air dropping"). But since the Senate is using the reconciliation process to pass the bill, it could get hung up under the Bird Rule as "too prescriptive" and force another vote on the bill. That is a risk too great to take. Corrections should be made later. College-bound scholarship students are counting on Congress to take that vote. ...

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State Hires Private Company in Panic Over Drivers Licenses

The heat's on at Driver and Vehicle Services. Not only over the botched roll-out of the new and not-so-improved high-tech MNLARS vehicle registration system that continues to cause chaos at registrar offices statewide. Now it's dawned on the Department of Public Safety that the same thing could happen next fall when the technical wizzards at MNIT and DPS debut a new drivers license system that includes federal REAL ID requirements. But the Dayton administration just blinked, effectively firing MNIT and DPS by hiring a private company at a cost of $26 million to tackle the job, according to the Star Tribune. Following the...

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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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Can New Management Salvage Disastrous New Vehicle Licensing System?

Tens of thousands of Minnesotans have been traumatized by a close encounter with the state's new dysfunctional vehicle licensing system. It's so bad that Gov. Dayton recently apologized for the beyond embarrassing debut of a system that was tens of millions of dollars over budget and years late in development. The rocky roll-out appears to be giving the legendary meltdown of the MNsure website in 2013 a run for the taxpayers' money. It was obvious long before the system went live last summer that the state's MNIT unit designing the system needed to go back to the drawing board. Or better...

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The Real Al Franken Revealed: Will it Break the Log-Jam on Judges?

Our Constitution gives the president of United States, whether you like him or not, the power to nominate federal judges. The Senate has the power to advise and consent, which is not the same as block and tackle. Traditionally, if a nominee was qualified, the president got his nominee confirmed. Each party understood that when it was their party’s turn at bat, they would benefit from that same deference. But the game has changed, and so must the rules....

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Vanity Plates Latest Problem With Troubled Vehicle Registration System

The state's new online vehicle registration system was tens of millions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. But the Department of Public Safety rolled out the first phase of the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) with fanfare anyway in July. MNLARS will replace the core functionality for DVS operations. When finished, it will be an efficient, secure Web-based system for driver's license, identification card and vehicle registration and ownership transactions. But weeks later, technical issues still plague the system. The latest victims? Vehicle owners with vanity license plates, according to the Pioneer Press. Minnesota’s troubled new vehicle registration system won’t let motorists...

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Former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber Drawn Into Mueller’s Russia Probe

Yesterday's Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Robert Mueller's ever-widening investigation has ensnared Vin Weber, the former Minnesota Congressman and veteran Washington lobbyist: Special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former Minnesota GOP congressman for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. Mueller's operation is leaking on a more or less daily basis. Isn't that illegal? Aren't grand jury proceedings supposed to be secret? Maybe the Attorney General should appoint a special counsel to look into possible crimes...

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