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  • The GOP’s Current Obamacare Bill, Coherently Explained

    Pretty much all conservatives have been frustrated by the House’s inability to pass Obamacare repeal and replacement. Something that seemed simple on the campaign trail has turned out not to be simple in practice. House Republicans now have produced a second version of the bill, which has been improved so as to draw support from the Freedom Caucus. But what exactly is going on? What would the new House bill do? Can the Senate improve it, and if so, how? And, should conservatives support the current House proposal? By far the most coherent discussion of these questions that I have...

  • MN Medicaid Fraud Case Worth $12 Million, Feds Seize $2 Million

    Another alleged case of Medicaid fraud in Minnesota is currently being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s office. The Star Tribune reports: In a highly unusual move, federal prosecutors have seized $2 million from a former Twin Cities mental-health agency accused of submitting fraudulent bills for home services involving hundreds of Minnesota children and adults. Medicaid-funded care services are a hot-spot for health care abuse. And without major changes to the scam-ridden system, Medicaid rip-offs will continue at the expense of both recipients and taxpayers.

  • Trapshooting Team Banned From School Yearbook [Updated]

    Big Lake High School has a trapshooting team, which isn’t surprising since trapshooting is the fastest-growing sport in Minnesota. Currently, around 11,000 students in 343 Minnesota high schools participate in the sport. From the photo below, it looks as though trapshooting is popular in Big Lake. Over 50 students apparently are participating: That’s a nice photo, but it won’t be appearing in the Big Lake High School yearbook. The Star Tribune reports that the photo has been banned because the trapshooters are holding firearms: Big Lake High School trapshooting coach Rhonda Eckerdt says she learned Wednesday from the athletic director...


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  • Government on Government Lobbying Cost MN Taxpayers Millions in 2016

    Taxpayers get it coming and going in a new report issued by the Office of the State Auditor. The figures show $9.1 million in property taxes was spent by local governments in 2016 to lobby the Minnesota Legislature, often to increase spending. Some 105 Minnesota cities, counties, school districts, townships and special districts spent public funds on lobbying legislators, four more than in 2015. It added up to an increase of $183,353 (2 percent) in local government lobbying over the previous legislative session. But in reality the total tops $10 million. That’s if you count–the report does not–local government spending on...

  • How Much Weight Does MN’s “Best State” Ranking Hold?

    When it comes to making “Best of” lists, Minnesota is quick to proclaim its superiority. But a MinnPost article questions whether the state is really among the best or just among the best at getting good grades, and it shows how subjective these rankings tend to be. Sound policies, not subjective rankings, will make Minnesota one of the "best." And right now there's still work to be done before the state has full bragging rights.

  • Congress Set to Rein in Met Council With Help From American Experiment

    Congressman Jason Lewis’s bill reining in the Met Council has already passed the U.S. Senate and is up in the House this week. We are expecting to hear that the bill landed on the President’s desk for signature sometime next week.

  • Off-Duty Cop Who Stopped St. Cloud Jihadist Named Officer of Year

    Avon police officer Jason Falconer might have been off-duty last September 17 but he was in the right place at the right time.  When Dahir Adan, a Somali refugee and student, went on a stabbing rampage at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Falconer, a firearms training instructor and cop, knew what to do. This week Jason Falconer was recognized by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association as the officer of the year for his bravery in ending a terrorist attack that received international attention. The highest honor bestowed by the association is given annually to an officer who has demonstrated...