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The Met Council: The least safe light rail operator of its peers. Do we really want LRT to co-locate with freight?

In light of the most recent developments, legislators and others are asking, is the Met Council even qualified to safely operate both freight and passenger light rail trains adjacent to each other? The data suggest the answer is no. What more evidence do we need to #StoptheRunawayTrain? ...

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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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Crockett speech on Janus blown away by nor’easter in Philadelphia: Communing with the Framers, Meeting Prof. Amy Wax

Philadelphia has been shut down by a nor'easter. (We call them blizzards). Tomorrow morning, I am going to pop into Independence Hall. Then, assuming this town re-opens, I am going to Penn Law to meet an amazing law professor named Amy Wax. She is a bold, politically incorrect talent on the law faculty that the school and Black Lives Matter mob is trying to gag. ...

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Janus Union Fee Case Already Having a Good Effect, Except @ AFT

"The internal AFT slideshow predicts that if the Supreme Court rules to undercut agency fees, the increased time spent on “member maintenance” will detract from the organization’s “other more progressive union activities,” which are unspecified in the document. Some unions, it also warns, won’t be able to stay afloat."...

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Should Minnesota Restrict What We Wear to the Polls? The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide.

Andy Cilek and other Minnesotans are at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning to defend their right to wear “political clothing” when they vote. Minnesota bans t-shirts or hats that suggest support for a world view, candidate or political party. It is a broad restriction on speech. With the able assistance of our friends at the Pacific Legal Foundation, and the support of the ACLU, this case will finally be heard....

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Here’s an issue we can all agree on: End ridiculous, anti-competitive occupational licensing

Reforming excessive state-based occupational licensing requirement is the issue that has a U of M labor professor sounding like a disciple of Milton Friedman and expressing strong support for legislation supported by the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress. Work to fix this anti-competitive abuse begun under the Obama Administration but progress has been difficult since all this regulation takes place at the state level.  But now a recent court case has opened the door to action by Congress that could spur reform at the state level. Even so, it was a joy to read in today’s Star Tribune the brilliant op-ed...

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Workplace Democracy for Minnesota’s Teachers is a Myth: Time to Update the Law

Teachers in the classroom today are being represented by an heirloom union that was selected by teachers a generation or more ago. Anyone old enough to watch the news back it the 1970’s will remember the Minneapolis teachers’ strike in 1970 –yes, we got our news from watching TV. Along with the latest on the Vietnam war, I would catch the news in the kitchen with my Mom when we were making dinner. ...

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Met Council Attempts to Explain Away OLA Audit Findings: Will the FTA Care?

For all I know, the FTA’s New Starts grant program tells applicants, “Lie to me, tell me what I want to hear so I can give you the billions in funds appropriated by Congress. Oh, and I am not going to require you to put away funds to replace the system when it wears out.” That would explain why the nation's transit system operates in the red, fails to relieve congestion and does not have the ridership it projected. How else did we get LRT in Minnesota?...

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Star Tribune Expose Omits Late Minnesotan’s DFL Connections

American Experiment posted this headline on September 12: Prominent DFL Donor, Key Figure in Corruption Scandal Commits Suicide in L.A. The piece focused on the abrupt rise and fall of Johannes Marliem, a mysterious young Indonesian millionaire who made Minnesota his home, even as authorities closed in on him in a widening political corruption probe in Jakarta. The Star Tribune picked up on the story in an expose that quickly became the most read story on the paper’s website Friday afternoon. Johannes Marliem, a young globe-trotting executive with a house on Lake Minnetonka, wasn’t shy about cutting big checks. In 2014, he gave the...

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