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Let’s Talk Janus on MPR Tuesday with Kerri Miller: Public Employee Union Case

Kim Crockett will join Kerri Miller on MPR tomorrow, Tuesday June 19th for an hour at 9:00 AM (91.1 FM) to discuss the public employee union fee case, Janus v Afscme. They will be joined by Jon Shelton, who studies the history of unions at UW-Green Bay. The High Court will rule by the end of June. Please join the conversation by calling 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828....

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Save the Minneapolis Art Institute (MIA) from itself: Join and Speak Up

I went to see the “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). I recommend that you go to see the art now that the exhibit is thankfully closed. I knew I was in trouble when the exhibit began by touting the "designer's" Hollywood credentials and friends like Brad Pitt. I thought, “uh-oh.” And got more nervous when we were ushered into a 5-minute “meditation” in a very dark room with one vase glowing on the wall. ...

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Star Tribune Touts Higher Taxes–Except for Newspapers

A full-page ad warning readers their "access to local news just got more expensive" has popped up again in the Star Tribune. Higher U.S. tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration on Canadian newsprint used by most U.S. publishers threaten the industry's bottom line, including the Star Tribune's. A trade group called the News Media Alliance takes responsibility for the ad's ominous tone imploring news junkies  to "protect your right to read." The notice even implores readers to urge their representatives in Congress to kill the tax. The U.S. government just imposed a new tax on newsprint, increasing the cost of the paper you are...

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Change of Guard? Peter McLaughlin does not get endorsed for Hennepin County

The article, written with no sense of apology for its blunt focus on race, age and sexual preference, with little reference to policy positions, went on the describe other changes or potential changes in the guard in Minneapolis city and county positions. Nothing on addressing street crime, congestion or fixing pot holes, for example. Let’s just say it helps to get elected in Minneapolis if you are not an old, white, straight male. Sorry, Peter. ...

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Thank you Star Tribune for urging Gov. Dayton to ‘keep the greater good in mind’ and sign the ‘protest’ bill

The Star Tribune should be commended (again!) for their May 19 editorial urging Gov. Dayton to sign the bill enhancing penalties for protesters who block highways or airports.  I say “again” because the Star Tribune previously editorialized in support of this cause 15 months ago, and I thanked them here.  [Star Tribune photo.] Saturday’s newspaper editorial was titled, “Protesters go too far in blocking highways,” but the online headline was much stronger and to the point: “Protesters endanger themselves and others when blocking highways: Dayton should sign bill that would increase penalties.”  I hope Gov. Dayton and his advisers see the...

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If it bleeds, it leads but is that good?

On the way into work today, or maybe on the way home last night, I was listening to the radio. The news broke in with a story about many people, mostly children, trapped in a mall during a fire. The exits were blocked, the children were with their parents at a petting zoo, so many people died a horrible death. In Minnesota? No in Siberia. I have to ask why I needed to know about it. And hear about it over and over again? How does that elevate the good?...

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Newsweek Fraud Investigation Has Minnesota Roots

Due diligence by a Minnetonka bank affiliated with TCF Financial has apparently played a pivotal role in the meltdown underway at what used to be one of America's best known media brands--Newsweek. But you'd likely never know about it, except for an obscure story in the Wall Street Journal. Two years ago, a loan application from the parent company of Newsweek raised the suspicions of an employee at a small Minnesota bank. The bank staffer’s misgivings helped trigger what has become a wide-ranging fraud probe by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, people familiar with the matter say. The investigation has touched off an...

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One-Sided Star Tribune Coverage of Anti-Janus Rally Reveals Deep Bias

Everyone agrees the Janus case going before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday is a big deal. Observers on both sides believe the high court will likely end mandatory “agency” or “fair-share” fees as a condition of employment, opening the door for big labor to lose thousands of members and fair-share participants in addition to tens of millions of dollars. That's why AFSCME, Education Minnesota and MAPE  held a Working People's Day of Action rally at the State Capitol on Saturday to highlight their concerns over the consequential case. It's also why American Experiment gave the Twin Cities media a heads-up...

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Another Mass Shooting: the Left Uses Tragedy and Students to Ignore a Culture of Death

National Public Radio (NPR) is reporting that “students” in Florida are organizing big, national events to demand more gun control. Wouldn’t it be more honest to report who is actually planning these events? Say, for example, Democratic party operatives and their vast network of social organizers and disrupters who are using these students and this tragedy for political gain? ...

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Media Fails to Disclose U of M Professor’s Role with Anti-Trump Group in Dozens of Interviews

Cable news junkies will recognize the name of Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota faculty member who’s blossomed into a go-to source for leftwing cable channels and the networks on ethical issues in politics. In that role, the esteemed S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law has appeared dozens of times on CNN, MSNBC and Headline News in the last three months alone. One of the Trump administration’s most toxic critics, Painter gets beaucoup airtime due to his credentials as George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer for a couple years. But now a conservative watchdog is asking whether Painter’s prolific media...

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