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Embarrassed Duluth City Council Considers Crack Down

There may be hope for the Duluth City Council after all. Days after council members impotently stood by while a mob of masked and screaming protesters shut down a meeting over protective riot gear for cops, the city's leaders appear to have come to the realization it's their duty to take charge of public meetings and to maintain order. But first city leaders want to dust off the rules book on how to conduct oneself in public places, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Council President Noah Hobbs said he is working with the city attorney's office to propose some changes to the...

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Dayton Administration Data Breach Exposes Minnesota’s Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft

Minnesota’s most vulnerable population has been exposed to a data breach at the state agency that is supposed to guard their privacy and well-being. According to a letter mailed to Medicaid recipients on October 9th, the Department of Human Services (DHS) was hacked twice last summer. Sensitive, private information may have been compromised including name, birthdate, Social Security number, home address, telephone number, medical information, educational records, employment records, and/or financial information. ...

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Unruly Mob Takes Over Duluth City Council Meeting

Anyone who doubts mob rule increasingly defines many leftists' politics needs to see the video of last night's Duluth City Council meeting. The News Tribune's written account does not do justice to the video the paper posted online of the chaos that ensues as city council members allow the crowd to take over and shut down their meeting. Protesters temporarily shut down the Duluth City Council Monday night, shouting: “No Line 3. No riot gear for the DPD.”  About 10 minutes into their meeting, councilors recessed and waited to see if the meeting could more peacefully resume. The protest actions resulted merely...

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St. Paul Residents Resist Mandated Garbage Collection

The more St. Paul residents find out about the city's newly mandated organized garbage collection program, the less they like about it. City Hall not only took away their citizens' right to choose a hauler, but forced all property owners to sign up for the service, whether they needed it or not. But there's a mounting rebellion underway in response to the city's heavy-handed tactics, according to the Star Tribune. Last week, opponents delivered petitions with more than 6,000 signatures demanding a public vote they hope will end the garbage service forever. The main objection is the $20 to $34 monthly cost, and no...

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Minneapolis FBI Agent Gets 4 Years in Prison for Media Leaks

The rogue ex-FBI agent from the Minneapolis field office whose personal gripes with the system outweighed his concern for national security will have four years behind bars to reevaluate his "act of conscience." Terry Albury leaked secret documents to a media outlet because of perceived mistreatment of minorities and racism at the agency. But the judge laid down the law, according to the Star Tribune. In arriving at his sentence, U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright said she considered Albury's sterling record with the FBI, as well as his "sincere" belief that he was righting injustices. But, she said that even though there...

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Residents’ Opposition Puts a Lid on Edina Pols’ Pet Project

Edina citizens finally got the city not to put a lid on it. But apparently it took the potential threat to job security that comes on November 6 to convince the Edina City Council to kill an exorbitant, unpopular development project called "the lid." The project's obituary was written up in the Star Tribune. The Edina City Council wants to make one thing clear: Construction of a proposed massive land bridge over Hwy. 100 near City Hall will not be happening anytime soon. At a Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) meeting last week, council members agreed to stop spending money on the Grandview...

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Milton Friedman: Capitalism or socialism, which is more humane?

Collectivist, Big Government policies are being increasingly openly espoused by mainstream politicians. Socialism, that discredited relic of the 20th century, is having 'a moment'. These idea are frequently presented as being more 'fair' or 'humane' than free market capitalism. But are they? In this video below, from 1978, the economist Milton Friedman explains the relative humanity of capitalism and socialism. ...

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Is Minneapolis Park Board’s Toxic Image Hurting Superintendent Search?

It's taking longer than expected for Minneapolis to fill what used to be one of the most highly sought after jobs in the field--superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. But board members have decided to go full speed ahead on another pressing issue before them. The new commissioners who took over the board last year on a platform for change have made it a priority to give themselves a pay raise--possibly more than double their predecessors' compensation of $12,400 and benefits in what's traditionally been viewed as a public service job. An independent "blue ribbon advisory panel" announced by MPRB...

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Milton Friedman: Judge public policies by their results, not their intentions

According to Milton Friedman, one of the great economists of the 20th century, "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results". Just because something is called a 'Jobs bill' or an 'Affordable Care Act' does not mean that more jobs or affordable care will be the result. When assessing these policies, we should not look at the good intentions that produced and named them, but at their actual effects on jobs or the affordability of care. In this Newsweek column from October 1982, Friedman lists a number of examples where government...

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