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When a liberal got a tax demand

Carl Solberg's excellent biography of Hubert Humphrey - the liberal Mayor of Minneapolis, Senator for Minnesota, and vice president to Lyndon Johnson - contains the following story. Until he became vice president in 1964, Humphrey was perennially short of cash. When the candidates released statements of their wealth in 1964, Humphrey was the only one to have to pad his to make him look richer than he was. He topped up his salary with speaking fees, but these dried up during his unsuccessful run for the presidency in 1960. Then, as Solberg tells it, he was hit with an "unbelievable" $225 [$1,950 in...

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Video: Trump rally protesters turn violent

While protestors outside of Trump's Minneapolis rally were peaceful most of the day, there were multiple reports of vandalism, violence, and clashes with the police after the rally ended. Here's the coverage you might have missed: WCCO Minneapolis: Fox News: Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Fox 9 Minneapolis: KARE 11 Minneapolis: Sign that reads “Blue Lives Don’t F@$king Matter” Absolutely pathetic. #tcnt https://t.co/WJ7nfneRFi — Nick Zerwas (@NickZerwas) October 11, 2019 Breaking: outside Minneapolis Trump rally. Protestors lighting Maga hats on fire. Rushing police. Calling them pigs, etc. Escalating scene. pic.twitter.com/HxUFzs8OWF — Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) October 11, 2019 More video from outside Trump rally in Minneapolis. We saw protestors throw stuff...

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Why Is Minnesota Making War On the Little Sisters of the Poor?

The Little Sisters of the Poor is an international organization of Catholic nuns. Founded in the 19th Century, its mission is to care for the impoverished elderly. Its nuns take vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and hospitality. The Little Sisters were swept up in constitutional litigation when the federal government tried to force the Little Sisters to provide week-after pills and other contraceptive devices as part of the Sisters' health care plan, in violation of the Sisters' religious beliefs. The government tried to collect $70 million from the order to punish it for refusing to succumb to government bullying. Happily, in...

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Minneapolis cancels “sacred” race-segregated staff meetings; Pearlstein calls out Identity Politics

Why is Minneapolis, engaged in this conversation? How does this get any pot holes filled or make the city a safer, better place to live? Just as importantly, how does this advance the “equity” ball? Is this what “Equity Coordinators” do? If so, I have a suggestion for staff cuts that could result in immediate savings to the city’s bottom line....

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A Tale of Two Tims

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the time Minnesotans elected Tim Walz, who seemed like the likeable, flannel wearing dad next door, whose “One Minnesota” campaign slogan conveyed a left-leaning, but moderate, message that although disagreements would be inevitable, the new governor would listen to all sides of the debate and look for ways to bridge the divide with a fair compromise. Minnesotans were justified in believing this...

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Bde Maka Ska is now just Lake Calhoun. And Cofffman Union will remain Coffman Union.

It has been a puzzle to me that Lake Calhoun was named after John C. Calhoun. After all, Minnesota was a hard-core abolitionist state. Besides, the guy looks way too intense, perhaps a bit mad, not very Minnesotan. You cannot imagine him enjoying a stroll around any lake, even one named after him. ...

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The Trouble With Solar

The Democrats' Green New Socialism proposes blanketing the U.S. with solar panels and wind turbines so as to replace all reliable forms of power generation with unreliable, intermittent sources. Everyone knows that solar panels don't produce electricity at night, but there is another problem: they don't produce electricity when it snows, either. A friend took this photo and wrote: I was up in Ramsey [Minnesota] picking up my camper, and next door is this fantastic $30,000,000 brand-new solar installation. Doesn’t look like they’re making much electricity today, but it sure is going to make for good union jobs clearing the snow off...

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In The Tank (ep177) – Green New Deal Insanity, Panera Cares Fail, Stadium Subsidies

Hello! This week's episode of In the Tank deals with the green new deal insanity, the abject failure of Panera Cares, and stadium subsidies (hint, it's not great for MN). https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep177-green-new-deal-insanity-panera-cares-fail-stadium-subsidies...

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