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Video: 99 Percent of Plastic in Oceans Comes from Other Countries

Bans on plastic have become all the rage. Minneapolis wanted to ban plastic bags last year, and cities on the Left Coast are banning plastic straws. Despite the inconvenience and added cost these bans will impose on consumers, they will have a net negative impact on the environment. See the video below for more information. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/Reason.Magazine/videos/10155893253224117/?t=8[/embed]...

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Economy Hums and Mining Rebounds Up North

According to a post in the Duluth News Tribune, iron mining firms have rebounded from the slump they experienced a few years ago and the economy in Minnesota is humming along. Just think what the economy would look like up there if Minnesota were to capitalize its vast copper, nickel, platinum group element, and titanium deposits, which would add $3.7 billion in annual economic activity, create more than 1,900 mining jobs and support 6,566 indirect and induced jobs, with total wages of $635 million, and generate nearly $198 million in tax dollars for state and local governments. Story from the Tribune is below. Iron...

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Supreme Court Rules Public Employees Are Not Required to Fund Unions in Big Win for First Amendment Rights

Decision affects thousands of Minnesota teachers, state and local government employees In a landmark decision for First Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that public employees cannot be compelled to pay union fees as a condition of employment. The 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME restores the First Amendment rights of freedom of association and free speech to more than five million government employees nationwide. The decision is likely to decrease the funding and political clout of powerful public employee unions in Minnesota and 21 other non-right-to-work states. Weighing a case brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois child support specialist,...

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Good News: Assaulted Para-Teacher Will Recover. Bad News: Schools are Really Dangerous for Teachers

Where is the teachers’ union? Teachers are being assaulted. At work. Where is their union? Is it calling for tough discipline, or throwing kids out of school who hurt and maim teachers? Is it demanding that police reports are filed? ...

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Summer Movie Night: The Fight of Our Lives. Defeating the Ideological War Against the West.

In light of the revelations this week that Minnesota's welfare system is being leveraged to fund corruption at home and terror abroad, I want to extend an early invitation to join us for the screening of the movie "The Fight of our Lives" on Wednesday, June 13th at the Hopkins Cinema, This is an opportunity for you to discuss the sobering reality of where we find ourselves in 2018, and what to do about it. ...

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My productive visit to St. Cloud to talk about the refugee resettlement program

Our treatment by Congress and presidents back to George H. W. Bush has been downright shabby. The refugee resettlement program is a federal program; it was supposed to be paid for by federal tax dollars. Instead, the bulk of the funds and hard work come from state and local funds, with the burden on communities like St. Cloud. It sets people up for conflict with refugees rather than success. We must insist that Congress do its job and revisit this program....

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