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  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 22, Winter 2021

    Eibensteiner: Minneapolis is too important to leave in hands of own elected officials | Orr: The benefits mining can bring to Minnesota | 2021 Legislature: Focus on spending, not taxes | Mail Bag | Orr: Xcel’s costly new deal | Wigfall: COVID-Era Education: Parents should have alternatives to public education | Where’s the Civility?: Political leaders being harassed at their homes | Phelan: Minnesota should abolish its estate tax that costs us revenue and a lot more | Njolomole: Higher taxes on cigaretts encourage smuggling | Border Battles: Telecommuting making it easier to flee high tax states | Great Jobs: Many in demand jobs right now don’t require a 4-year degree | Phelan: Paul Krugman’s new book shows why he is one of the most consistently uninsightful pundits in America | Kersten: Minnesota School Revolution: In the name of ending white supremacy and systemic racism, schools are indoctrinating students with a radical new vision of American society | Cover: The 2020 Golden Turkey Award: How the government is wasting our money | Hinderaker interviews Laura Ingraham, Center’s 2021 Annual Dinner speaker | Thinking Minnesota Poll: Minnesotan’s reject higher taxes | CAE 2021 Legislative Agenda | Orr: Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum is Fake | Njolomole: Minnesota’s licensing boards are legal cartels that have created unchecked bureaucracies that limit competition | Kendall Qualls: Congressional candidate tells what he learned about how influencing black communities doesn’t necessarily have to come from an office in the U.S. Capitol | Hinderaker: Taxpayers will get efficient government only to the extent that they demand it at the ballot box

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 21, Fall 2020

    Eibensteiner: The failure of Twin Cities corporate leadership after the George Floyd riots | Mail Bag: Police billboards & Heather Mac Donald | Minnesotans protest Gov. Walz’s attempt to impose California car mandates | Isaac Orr: Xcel-onomics: How Xcel makes money by using your electric bill to help liberal rich guys buy Teslas | Wigfall: Rethinking Education: Minority students deserve better | Orr: Lost Neighborhoods: Property values fall in low-income and minority communities because violence has escalated | Wigfall: School Safety: Unions support removing police protection despite members pleas | Phelan: St. Paul Mayor cutting cops in 2021 | Wigfall Note to Teachers: Here’s why you don’t need the union | Kersten Star Tribune Op-Ed: New racial justice religion claims inclusivity but is deeply intolerant | CAE Virtual Gala with Sarah Sanders highlights year of extraordinary accomplishments despite COVID-19 | Phelan: The Coming Tsunami of Big Government: Higher Taxes are Not the Answer | Martha Njolomole: The Case Against Re-Regulation after COVID-19. | The ‘Minneapolis Effect:’ A Conversation with Heather Mac Donald | Phelan Note to the City Council: Post-George Floyd surges in crime disproportionately hurt the Black community, which widely rejects proposals to hobble police | Thinking Minnesota Poll: Minnesotans report unprecedented concerns over personal safety in their post-riot communities | Phelan: Border Battles: The real impact of Minnesot’s economic policies on border counties | Orr: The Future of Energy: Wind and solar are the energy past, not the energy future | Wigfall: How collective bargaining agreements shield wayward public employees from punishments they deserve | Phelan: Midwest flyover land, costal elites, and the works of Sinclair Lewis and F. Scott Fitzgerald | Hinderaker: Media ignors a grotesquely vile speech by a DFL house candidate

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 20, Summer 2020

    Eibensteiner: Recent months have given Minnesotans a front-row seat to the shortcomings of liberal governance | Oops, Ryan Winkler offends again | Mail Bag | Kersten: Met Council policies will increase the risks of the next pandemic | Orr: Another MCPA maneuver; another Line 3 delay | Phelan: Politics & Science in the coronavirus debate | Martha Njolomole: Several factors affect the levels of police brutality | Wigfall: Legislative proposal would keep friendly arbitrators from reversing public employee reprimands | Wigfall: Emergency Education Savings Accounts would help families and school districts through COVID | American Experiment finds substantial audience for original online policy discussions | Orr: Minnesota is slow to quit coal despite surging prices for electricity | SPECIAL REPORT: How Minneapolis voluntarily relinquished its streets to a mob of vandals, thieves and arsonists | SPECIAL REPORT POLL: In the midst of the overheated political responses to the Twin Cities riots, Minnesotans steadily support their cops but overwhelmingly expect reform | SPECIAL REPORT: Using a preposterously flawed scientific model, Gov. Tim Walz waged a campaign of fear to shut down Minnesota’s economy | Kersten: How Macalester College indoctrinates its students into a militant new secular faith | Njolomole: The high cost of childcare in Minnesota — caused chiefly by government regulation — strains families and our economy, especially in Greater Minnesota | Phelan: History of abolitionism in Minnesota | Hinderaker: Police did nothing to stop vandals from tearing down a statue of Christopher Columbus

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 19, Spring 2020

    Eibensteiner: Remember Pep’s Bake Shop | MailBag | Orr: 3 Things Excel Energy doesn’t want you to know about its massive proposed increase in energy prices | Phelan: How American pop culture helped accelerate the fall of Communism | Steward: Court rules that Bloomington group disenfranchised over mandated trash collection | Phelan Report: The Cost of High Taxes | Wigfall: St. Olaf requires student teachers to join union’s organization | Guest Column by Minnesota Voters Alliance director Andrew Cilek: Minnesota liberals are determined to undermine First Amendment Rights | Steward: Minneapolis Park Board Chaos | Steward: Victoria mayor exposes radical “equity” training | Orr: Xcel pays triple the cost of solar energy | Phelan: Minnesota’s Migration Problem | Wigfall: Truth about St. Paul teacher’s pay | Kersten: The futility of the proposed Page-Kashkari educational amendment | Wigfall: Allergic to Accountability: Despite no proven correlation between spending and student achievement, Big Education relentlessly demands – and gets – more money | Poll: Grade Inflation? Performance is slipping bur Minnesotans still ove their schools | Cover by Jeff Johnson: How the Met Council and local governments deny affordable housing to the working poor | Orr: How environmentalists’ call to shutter the Boswell Energy Center would devastate the Iron Range economy, with no measurable impact on future global temperatures | Amity Shlaes Interview: Why the Great Society Wasn’t | Hinderaker: American Experiment’s work continues, albeit from home.

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 18, Winter 2020

    Eibensteiner: Time to recognize the value of entrepreneurial businesses & the people who use their success to make us all prosper | Mail Bag | Orr: Faulty Energy Math: Gov. Walz’s 2050 energy plan would increase household electricity costs to more than $15,000 per year | Orr: Unintended Consequences: Are liberal Minnesota energy policies making pollution worse? | Steward: NLX Boondoggle: Taxpayers would spend $17M a year to subsidize Duluth train | Steward: Local Swamp: Rochester officials more than double their own salaries | Steward: Unmasked: The catalogue of state government’s costly ineptitude continues to grow | Phelan: Despite Police Chief’s plea for more cops, St. Paul’s Mayor proposes cutting future positions | Phelan: A Brit’s Perspective: Brexit exemplifies what happens when electorates vote in ways the elite don’t like | Great Jobs: Wigfall discusses workforce development with Red Lake tribal council | Phelan: Property taxes illustrate the problem with ‘wealth taxes’ | American Experiment wins prestigious awards for research and advocacy with nationwide impact | Center adds Malawi-born economist Martha Njolomole and Melissa Wolf joins communications team | Cover: The War on Cars: Will Minnesota become a cold California? | Prosperity Agenda: Center’s proposals for a positive & productive legislative session | Thinking Minnesota Poll: What Minnesotan’s think about electric cars, the surplus, estate tax, taxes, education, welfare, and crime | Kersten: The Truth Exactly Backwords: Kathy’s blockbuster rebuttal to the New York Times’ “1619 Project” | Phelan: Why Employment Matters: What we can do to alleviate the looming weaknesses in the state’s workforce | Hinderaker interviews Andrew McCarthy about his book, Ball of Collusion, and the slippery slope of presidential investigations | Phelan: The Tragedy of Hubert Humphrey: Why the ‘Happy Warrior’ would find no perch among today’s progressives | Hinderaker: Electronic communication is a wonderful thing, but mass communication has never been a substitute for personal contact

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 17, Fall 2019

    Eibensteiner: How can we help young people become independent, analytical thinkers? | Mail Bag | Orr: Why do the MN Conservative Energy Forum and Fresh Energy have the same liberal funders? | The huge, hidden costs of Xcel’s plans to shutter its coal plants | Third grade parent Jill McColley’s chaotic year at Ramsey Elementary | Aaron Benner gets $525,000 settlement from St. Paul Schools | MN student performance continues to drop | Isaac Orr challenges Rep. Jamie Long to renewable energy debate | CAE at Farmfest and other events in Greater MN | CAE joins effort to limit power of labor unions | Zeller: Creating value doesn’t hurt the poor, it makes everyone richer | MN schools spent $1.5 million in government money to lobby for more government money | Upper Midwest Law Center seeks info on Bloomberg buying attorneys in AG Ellison’s office | Cover: The Masquerade of Good Government: A decade of inept decison-making in St. Paul has produces a pile of scandals and epic policy disasters | Phelan: Will progressives learn the lesson of Prohibition? | Poll: Minnesotans aren’t particularly disburbed by how badly their state functions | Kersten: Minnesota’s Left wants to replace our traditional self-understanding as the land of freedom and opportunity with a vision of America as an illegitimate nation that advanced by trampling on victim groups | Wigfall: Public employee unions hide behind bureaucratic minutiae to prevent dissatisfied ‘members’ from leaving | Hinderaker interview with WSJ columnist Kim Strassel on how the Left is undermining America’s standards, norms and values | Hinderaker: The Washington Post’s gratuitous smear of Katherine Kersten

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 16, Summer 2019

    Eibensteiner: Is Canada our future? | CAE Annual Dinner: Candace Owens wows over 900 | Phelan: Fewer Minnesota teens are working | Win for home health workers: Trump ends medicaid dues skimming | Mail Bag: Edina schools piece feedback | Steward: Amtrak line to Duluth is a gravy train | Orr: Will Affordable Clean Energy rule help Minnesota? | CAE Great Jobs project releasing new videos | Phelan: Energy industry should focus on producing energy, not jobs | CAE 2019 Legislative Recap | Steward: Minnesota’s pollution agency throws cold water on summer amusements | CAE Fall Briefing Oct. 7 with Kim Strassel | How St. Paul Schools attacked a black teacher in the name of racial equity | Cover: The War on Greater Minnesota | Thinking Minnesota Poll: the view from Greater Minnesota | Catrin Wigfall: Tyranny of the 10 year olds | Heather Mac Donald Interview: The Diversity Delusion | Phelan: The Righteous Losers: How liberals blame everyone but themselves | Hinderaker: CAE’s impressive impact on the 2019 legislative session

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 15, Spring 2019

    Eibensteiner: We need real-world teaching tools to combat easy-answer policy solutions | Mail Bag | Education Roads Less Traveled: Pearlstein’s latest book attacks the root causes of America’s skills gap | Crockett: The state of employee freedom in Minnesota | Crockett: Child care welfare fraud | Steward: The high cost of free money for Silver Bay’s airport | Thorman: Where do teachers’ union dues go? | Center adds four new staff | Crockett: Achievement gap is not a rationale for universal pre-K | Interview with Rochester conservative activist Fran Bradley | Kersten: Can Edina’s schools be saved? | Cover: A Tale of Two Tims: It did not take long for Gov. Walz to lurch left from the policies endorsed by Candidate Walz | Phelan: Why Nigel Farage deserves your attention | Thinking Minnesota Poll: Few Minnesotans have an appetitie for the Walz agenda | Orr: How a 50% renewable energy mandate would cost Minnesota $80 billion | Kersten: False Feminism: How we got from sexual liberation to #MeToo | Hinderaker: Capitol Watch: New Center newsletter calls out politicians who waste the Legislature’s time and taxpayers money

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 14, Winter 2019

    Eibensteiner: Center’s Greater Minnesota Advisory Board & New Minnesota Law Center | Mail Bag | Minnesota doesn’t need higher gas taxes | Anti-mining group wrong about Minnesota’s mineral wealth | Jacob Frey’s tent city policy must be judged on results, not its intentions | Dayton’s economic policies were abysmal | Failed plan to deliver internet to rural Minnesota cost taxpayers | Manufactures seek long-term solutions to growing skills gap | Wisconsin wind farm decommissioned after just 20 years | The coming ‘transit apocalypse’ | Minnesota roads score D+ | Jeremy Tedesco: Freedom, diversity on the line in filmmakers’ case before court | Science teacher Linda Hoekman told to address her unconscious white bias | Andrew Cilek: Minnesota officials undermine election integrity | Thinking Minnesota Poll: The politics of beer | Court greenlights plan to sort metro-area students on basis of skin color | Interview with pollster Scott Rasmussen | Beneath the surface, Minnesota’s economy shows inherent weaknesses | Cover: How deregulation and tax cuts enabled craft brewers to thrive | Hinderaker: Neutralizing the scourge of identity politics

  • Thinking Minnesota: Issue 13, Fall 2018

    Eibernsteiner: Center builds long-term defense against silliness | Mail Bag | Hinderaker testifies to Congress on benefits of tax cut | Phelan: Minnesota losing the economic border battle with Wisconsin | Thorman: Minneapolis’s delusional thinking on bike lanes | Center’s Minnesota mining campaign features TV commercial with Kevin McHale | Crockett: What teachers must do to get refund from Education Minnesota | Rebekah Hagstrom: An educator’s response to violence in our schools | Interview with Shannon Full of TwinWest Chamber | Unions try to disrupt Center employee freedom event | 7 Ideas that will transform Minnesota’s economy | Thinking Minnesota Poll results | Kersten: Minnesota’s Dept. of Human Rights forcing race-based discipline quotas statewide | Hinderaker interview with Alan Dershowitz | Crockett: New affirmative consent ruling will help end forced unionism | Hinderaker: Our new poll shows Minnesotans aren’t as liberal as many think