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  • Man alleges assault by Trump protesters in St. Paul

    11/10/2016 4:22:00 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies ^ | 11/10/16 | Tad Vezner
    Police are investigating a report of a man being assaulted by a group of people protesting President-elect Donald Trump in St. Paul on Wednesday night. Police were called to Regions Hospital about 10:30 p.m. after a man checked in with facial injuries. The 42-year-old man told police he had just gotten off the Green Line light rail’s Dale Street stop and was walking on the University Avenue sidewalk near Marion Avenue when he was approached by four people, whom he estimated to be in their late teens. The man said the four accused him of voting for Trump, and the...
  • Dem candidate for Minn. House ends campaign following ISIS tweet [not necessarily evil]

    11/15/2015 12:05:57 PM PST · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/15/15 | Daniel Chaitin
    A Democratic candidate for Minnesota state representative is ending his campaign because of backlash to a post he made on social media about the Islamic State. Dan Kimmel, a software developer and self-described "business process expert" from Burnsville, Minn., posted a tweet Saturday night that said "ISIS isn't necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though." His tweet came a day after attacks in Paris left 128 dead and at least 350 injured. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. Kimmel has since deleted the statement and...
  • DFLer (RAT) abruptly quits race after saying 'ISIS isn't necessarily evil'

    11/15/2015 5:38:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/15/15 | Paul Walsh
    A Burnsville DFLer's campaign for the state House abruptly ended Sunday morning within hours of him posting on social media that ISIS "isn't necessarily evil" and is "made up of people doing what they think is best for their community." The Twitter posting Saturday by Dan Kimmel, coming as the world's emotions remain raw from Friday's terror attacks in Paris, brought swift rebuke from others on Twitter. House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, called for Kimmel to give up his campaign. "I'm folding up the campaign tent," Kimmel told the Star Tribune. He later issued a written apology and called...
  • US Attorney: Minnesota Has Terror Recruiting Problem

    04/20/2015 6:39:02 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    KSTP ^ | 4-20-15 | Dave Aeikens
    "They never stopped plotting another way to get to Syria. These men are focused men who were intent on joining a terrorist organization by any means possible," Luger said. Luger said the six men are not part of an organized recruiting group but were friends who worked to recruit and help each other get to Syria to support ISIL. There is not one master ISIL recruiting organizer in Minnesota, Luger said; that makes it more difficult to stop. "I will work and help anyone who in good faith wants to break the cycle of terror recruiting in Minnesota," Luger said....
  • FBI, IRS investigating Community Action of Minneapolis

    03/07/2015 5:59:23 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 7 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 7, 2015 | Alejandea Matos
    The FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are investigating Community Action of Minneapolis, a defunct nonprofit organization whose leaders allegedly misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.The investigations were disclosed for the first time Thursday in a new court filing by the organization’s court-appointed receiver, Michael Knight. He was hired by the state to assess the full scope of the organization’s finances after a state audit revealed the agency’s board and its chief executive, Bill Davis, used taxpayer money for a celebrity cruise, tropical vacations, a personal car loan and other questionable expenses.The new documents, first obtained by...
  • Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    10/21/2014 5:13:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-20-14 | Eric Roper
    Most members of the Metropolitan Council rarely use the public transportation system they are in charge of overseeing, based on transit pass usage and a Star Tribune survey of the 17-member body. Met Council members receive a free transit pass as part of their appointments to the board. Information obtained through an open records request shows that 10 of those passes were never used in the past year. Five council members swiped their cards between 10 and 21 times, while just two registered more than 70 rides. By comparison, a full year of two-way weekday commutes would rack up closer...
  • Vote probe aimed at 419 Cedar Avenue S. in Minneapolis (DFL voter fraud)

    07/01/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | July 1, 2014 | Eric Roper and Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Hennepin County attorney’s office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters. State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008. No one lives at the address, which is a Somali-dominated commercial building housing several small businesses and a popular mail center. Several dozen apartments upstairs use a different building number. Records also show that more than 90 of the registrants at that address have voted in previous elections, although it’s unclear...
  • Allegations of Voter Fraud in MN DFL Primary

    Absentee voting started Friday, six weeks ahead of primary elections. Already there are strong allegations of voter fraud. The attorney for Phyllis Kahn says he got word Thursday night; there might be hundreds of people who are registering and voting using an address that's not their home. Absentee voting kicked-off Friday morning in a hotly contested democratic primary race for the state house between incumbent Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor. Brian Rice, attorney for the Phyllis Kahn Volunteer Committee, claims there's voter fraud. "I think there is a coordinated effort to use this address to bring voters into the DFL...
  • Lawmakers reach deal to hike minimum wage to $9.50

    04/08/2014 4:29:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-7-14 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota's minimum wage would rise to $9.50 per hour within a few years and continue going up unless a governor's administration applied the brakes, according to terms of an agreement announced Monday. The outline described by leaders of the House and Senate resolves one of the biggest remaining standoffs in a session on course for an early adjournment. The wage legislation could move through both Democratic-led chambers this week; it was scheduled for a Senate vote on Wednesday. Gov. Mark Dayton said he would sign the bill.
  • [MN] Antibullying bill raises troubling questions

    02/27/2014 3:37:51 AM PST · by rhema · 31 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 2/26/14 | Katherine Kersten
    This top-down, statewide measure stems from political correctness — not protection. “Antibullying” legislation is a top priority for DFL leaders at the Capitol this year. In the last session, their bill got hung up in the Senate, and they appear determined to muscle it through this time around. Bullying is wrong. No child should have to put up with it. But a glance at the bill raises troubling questions. Why doesn’t it protect all children equally, instead of singling out for favored treatment children of “protected classes,” such as race, sexual orientation, and “gender identity and expression”? Why are traditional...
  • Breaking News: Fight Breaks Out at Democratic Party Caucus in Minneapolis

    02/04/2014 7:26:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Power Line ^ | 2/4/14 | John Hinderaker
    Party caucuses are going on tonight in precincts across Minnesota. Caucuses are an old-fashioned civic tradition, more noted for boredom and long nights than anything else, but tonight there was some excitement at a DFL caucus in Minneapolis. A fight broke out: A very tense night at a caucus site in Minneapolis where DFLer Mohamud Noor is challenging longtime DFL state Rep. Phyllis Kahn. The heat in one Minneapolis location resulted in police being called out. With 300 people at the Byan [sic] Coyle Center, a fight broke out and people rushed the stage. After the melee, the Minneapolis police
  • What Minnesota's one-party rule has wrought

    08/18/2013 5:40:53 PM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 8/18/13 | Bob Barrett
    This is the year hardworking taxpayers found out what one-party control of Minnesota government looks like. It isn’t Shangri-La. More like Detroit. A recent report titled “The Fiscal Survey of States: Spring 2013,” produced by the National Governors Association (Gov. Mark Dayton serves on the group’s Executive Committee) makes very clear that Minnesota’s tax increases this year were extreme compared to the rest of the country. Our sales tax increases were the fourth-highest in America. Our income tax increases were second-highest. Our corporate tax increases were the very highest, as were our tobacco tax increases (by a mile). Considering the...
  • Minnesota gift tax kicks in Monday

    07/01/2013 5:27:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-13 | nick woltman
    While states such as Indiana and Tennessee recently have eliminated wealth-transfer taxes, Minnesota is doubling down. A state gift tax, scheduled to take effect Monday, makes Minnesota only the second state in the country to tax large gifts between residents. But large means $1 million or more over a lifetime, meaning most Minnesotans won't be affected by it. Those who are affected will find themselves charged for giving relatives such gifts as lake homes, boats and family businesses. The tax was part of the omnibus tax bill the Legislature approved this year.
  • Keith Downey: Taking issue with Minnesota Democrats' insult machine

    06/28/2013 6:13:15 PM PDT · by rhema · 7 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/27/13 | Keith Downey
    Demonizing personal insults flow far too easily from Minnesota Democrats these days. The latest: Rep. Ryan Winkler calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas "Uncle Thomas." Offensive enough on its own, worse, Winkler's attack is but a symptom. DFL Party Chair Ken Martin and Alliance for a Better Minnesota's Executive Director Carrie Lucking have perfected a systematic program in Minnesota that takes political name calling to a new level. This strategy is straight out of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." Alinsky's Rule #5 states: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." Rule #12 says: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and...

    06/25/2013 11:40:44 AM PDT · by RightBlackChick · 15 replies
    Tea Party News Network ( ^ | 06/25/2013 | Jennifer Burke
    I have contended for quite some time that the left’s love of black people ends when that black person does not walk in lockstep with the Democrat line. If they DARE to be a conservative, then not only are they fair game, but they are then open to ridicule, condemnation, and attack from the left. These attacks will just roll off their tongue with such ease that it is disturbing. In the case of MN State Rep. Ryan Winkler, a Democrat, the racist attack rolled from his fingers to the internet via his computer......
  • Minneapolis urged to study city-owned utilities, replacing Xcel and CenterPoint

    06/22/2013 6:31:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-22-13 | david hanners
    It is a simple question without a simple answer: Should Minneapolis be its own power company? Delegates at last weekend's Minneapolis DFL convention passed a resolution supporting an initiative to study whether Minnesota's largest city has anything to gain by going into the utility business. The passage provided momentum to the proposal, borne of a coalition of green-energy groups. Their goal: compel Xcel Energy to step up efforts to provide clean, affordable electricity -- and CenterPoint Energy to provide more affordable natural gas -- or get the city to provide it. "Our campaign is not saying we should kick Xcel...
  • N.D. billboard campaign touts business climate, raises hackles in Minnesota

    05/17/2013 5:36:28 PM PDT · by rhema · 43 replies
    FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota is promoting its business climate at Minnesota's expense, and some politicians east of the Red River are not happy about it. The Greater North Dakota Chamber has started a campaign that mocks proposals in the Minnesota Legislature, including bills that would raise certain taxes. A chamber release said Minnesota politicians are "making a strong case for business to come across the border to North Dakota." The first billboard went up Thursday along Interstate 94 in Moorhead, Minn., which borders Fargo. It reads "North Dakota" on the top line and "Open for Business" on the bottom....
  • Joe Soucheray: Do kids really need to be monitored like hothouse orchids to prevent bullying?

    05/09/2013 4:11:53 AM PDT · by rhema · 41 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 5/7/13 | Joe Soucheray
    What the young learners have in store for them in the future is anybody's guess. Legislators wish to create something called a "school climate center," which sounds meteorological, but would be, instead, a command center to fight bullying. Fight bullying? It sounds like no fighting in the war room, from "Dr. Strangelove." Bullying is a bad thing, and I imagine teachers and administrators and even the kids know it when they see it. But that isn't enough. It is apparently painful to DFLers -- all of whom passed the new anti-bullying measure in the House -- that Minnesota's anti-bullying law...
  • Former politician's view: DFL doing all it can to drive job creators from Minnesota

    05/04/2013 4:09:21 PM PDT · by rhema · 24 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 5/2/13 | Phil Krinkie
    Four months ago when the legislative session began no one knew what to expect. It would be the first time in more than 20 years that the Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate as well as the Governor’s office. Now with just three weeks before the scheduled adjournment of the 2013 legislative session the intent of the DFL lawmakers actions are clear. They are doing everything imaginable in their power to drive entrepreneurs and job creators out of Minnesota. Just like a bunch of young cowboys driving a herd of cattle, the message these cowboys are sending to...
  • DFL spending will cost Minnesota

    05/04/2013 3:49:27 PM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 5/4/13 | Katherine Kersten
    Recent events at the Capitol make clear that we ­Minnesotans are on track for one of the biggest tax increases in recent state history. But suppose you could wave a magic wand and erase our budget deficit, pay off the $801 million left from the school shift, actually have a surplus — and do it all without raising taxes. There’d be dancing in the streets, right? Well, our legislators could do precisely that right now. They would simply need to freeze spending for the next biennium at current levels — about $35 billion — and we wouldn’t need a dime...
  • Minnesota House passes tax bill, raises taxes on biggest earners

    04/25/2013 5:29:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-25-13 | Billy Salisbury
    House DFLers are going after "The One Percent" in a big way. Make that the 1.1 percent of Minnesotans who earn the highest incomes. The DFL-controlled House passed a tax bill -- 69-64 with all Republicans voting "no" -- Wednesday, April 24, that creates a new, fourth income tax bracket with an 8.49 percent rate -- up from the current 7.85 percent rate -- for the top-earning 1.1 percent of Minnesotans -- couples with taxable incomes over $400,000. On top of that, the bill would impose a temporary 4 percent income tax surcharge on the 0.5 percent of taxpayers making...
  • Come to Florida to stay, Minnesota snowbirds

    03/01/2013 5:04:09 AM PST · by rhema · 45 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 2/28/13 | Trey Radel
    Editor's note: Reacting to a proposed tax affecting Minnesota "snowbirds," U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, a Fort Myers, Fla., Republican, sent this letter to Gov. Mark Dayton. It was published recently in the Naples Daily News.Dear Gov. Mark Dayton, I'm writing today to thank you. As a Floridian, I am overjoyed to hear about your plan to raise taxes on Minnesotans, most especially the so-called "snowbirds." Your proposal gives us a chance to shine here in the Sunshine State. We love to share southwest Florida with snowbirds from all over the country. We are proud to host or be home to...
  • Minnesota's Snowbird Tax {Governor Mark "Class Envy" Dayton strikes again]

    02/01/2013 3:39:49 PM PST · by rhema · 42 replies
    Spend most of the year in St. Pete, pay the government in St. Paul. You may have heard it can get cold in Minnesota in January, or for that matter in April. Last week the temperature dropped to seven below zero in the Twin Cities, which is one reason many Midwesterners head to Florida or Arizona for the winter. But now Governor Mark Dayton wants to tax the snowbirds even if they are no longer legally state residents. "There is a snowbird tax—absolutely," the Democratic Governor told reporters the other day. . . . Details are sketchy, but the idea...
  • Minnesota first state to defeat gay marriage amendment

    11/07/2012 3:39:48 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-7-12 | Dung Belden
    With a majority of the state's precincts reporting early Wednesday, Nov. 7, a proposed constitutional amendment to write man-woman marriage into the constitution has apparently lost. The defeat is historic, making Minnesota the first state to turn back an attempt to write man-woman marriage into a state constitution. The Associated Press said around 1:45 a.m. that the marriage amendment was defeated. But Chuck Darrell of Minnesota for Marriage, the lead group supporting the amendment, wasn't giving up. "No, we're not conceding. There's just too many counties out there," he said. Meanwhile, Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United for All...
  • Democratic lawmaker called on to resign for having oral sex with boy, 17 (War on Boys)

    Democratic lawmaker called on to resign for having oral sex with boy, 17, in bushes at public rest stop after meeting him on Craigslist Read more:
  • (MN) DFL leaders want (perv) Gauthier to quit race

    08/20/2012 7:03:25 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies ^ | 8/20/12 | Baird Helgeson
    State Democratic leaders are increasing pressure on a DFL legislator not to seek re-election after authorities said he had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop in Duluth. "I am deeply disappointed with Rep. Kerry Gauthier's conduct," said House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis. "The conduct was wrong and ... I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election." Last week, the St. Louis County attorney's office decided not to pursue charges against Gauthier, a first-term legislator from Duluth, for allegedly engaging in oral sex with a 17-year-old boy in a wooded area behind the...
  • In new ad, Bills likens underdog Senate bid to Wellstone's

    08/10/2012 7:29:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-10-12 | staff
    Kurt Bills' campaign released an online ad Monday, July 30, that mimics nearly shot for shot the landmark 1990 campaign ad entitled "Fast Paced Paul." That offbeat ad introduced Wellstone, then a virtually unknown college professor, to Minnesota voters. Initially seen as a sure loser, Wellstone upset incumbent Republican Rudy Boschwitz that year. Bills -- a high school economics teacher also largely unknown to state voters -- is encouraging a comparison as he challenges the popular and well-funded Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar. The version from Bills, "Quick Kurt," can only be viewed online.
  • Mark Ritchie is abusing his office [MN Secy. of State works against marriage, voter ID amendments]

    07/31/2012 5:15:51 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 7/28/12 | Katherine Kersten
    Minnesota's secretary of state is our state's chief elections official. His duty to impartially administer elections requires him -- more than any other constitutional officer --to remain above the fray of partisan politics. Yet on the proposed voter ID amendment, which he opposes, Mark Ritchie has replaced the Legislature's straightforward title with a fog of bureaucratic gobbledygook. . . . Ritchie pulled a similar stunt on the marriage amendment, substituting a title that polling shows will likely push the vote toward his favored result. ... Ritchie knows partisan politics is strictly off-limits in his job. He acknowledged this in a...
  • Confirm the eligibility of all voters -- before they vote

    05/28/2012 5:34:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 20 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 05/26/2012 | Andy Cilek
    Let us bury, once and for all, the unsupported assertions that Minnesota's election system is the best in the nation and there is no evidence of ineligible voting. Consider that on Election Day in 2008, more than 500,000 people walked into polling places, filled out pieces of paper called Voter Registration Applications, and then voted. The state treated these individuals differently from those of you who registered prior to the election. Specifically, your registration information was compared to the Department of Public Safety records indicating you are a citizen and are not a felon with unrestored voting rights. Additionally, your...

    07/09/2011 7:02:48 AM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    Minnesota Democrats Exposed ^ | 7/8/11 | Andy Post
    Dedicated readers of Minnesota Democrats Exposed began notifying us of robo-calls being sent out of a Washington, D.C. call center into the districts of GOP lawmakers over the last several weeks. The calls, paid for by the AFL-CIO union organizing machine, ask union members to stay on the line while they directly connect the caller to the phone number of their state representative, where they are encouraged to leave messages about how they strongly support tax increases to protect union jobs. Many callers, however, used the connection to their legislator as a chance to say “thanks” for standing up to...
  • If other governors can be responsible, why can't ours?

    07/05/2011 7:51:07 PM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | July 5, 2011 | ANNETTE MEEKS
    Last Thursday, California's liberal Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a balanced budget that doesn't raise income taxes. Imagine that -- on the same day that Minnesota's governor insisted on implementing a significant income tax increase, California -- a state that faced a budget deficit five times larger than Minnesota's -- did the right thing. It is living within its means. Fact is, we're the only state in the nation without a budget. That is because Gov. Mark Dayton is unable to shake the urge to fall back on the failed tax-and-spend politics of the 1960s. It's hard to imagine...
  • Taxing 'the rich' isn't enough. We need longer vision [Dayton spending 'unsustainable']

    07/03/2011 3:51:33 AM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    What we have here is a failure to compromise. Much of the state budget could have been passed, but the governor chose not to get those parts of the deal done. At midnight the lights went out unnecessarily on lots of state workers and government functions tied to parts of the budget that could have been passed. At the 11th hour legislators proposed a lights-on measure that would have kept the government running for a few more days. The governor dismissed it as a gimmick. In other words, bring on the pain - an unnecessary infliction of pain. But, as...
  • Maybe this [Minnesota government shutdown] is what Dayton, DFL planned

    07/02/2011 5:54:03 PM PDT · by rhema · 49 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 7/2/11 | Katherine Kersten
    How did Minnesota careen off the cliff to a government shutdown? Looking back, we could have predicted on Jan. 3, 2011 -- the day Gov. Mark Dayton took office -- that we'd face a shutdown "crisis" in June. Dayton is the old-fashioned version of a tax-and-spend liberal. He yearns, with almost religious fervor, to increase government spending and to hike taxes on "the wealthy." In 2010, he squeaked into office by a mere 9,000 votes, in a political climate that swept fiscally conservative Republicans into power across the nation and in the Minnesota Legislature. Dayton's election was something of a...
  • Zellers, Koch: GOP gave up tax cuts, Gov. Dayton should give up tax increase

    06/19/2011 3:46:34 AM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/19/11 | Kurt Zellers and Amy Koch
    During the gubernatorial campaign, Mark Dayton said he would not shut down government. In his State of the State address, Gov. Dayton said: "It should not happen; it need not happen - not as long as we are willing to work together and to compromise our individual views for the common good." We couldn't agree more. As Republican leaders in the Minnesota Legislature, we have no interest in shutting down government. We want to get down to brass tacks and resolve the state's budget before the June 30 deadline. But we are currently the only party to this negotiation. Despite...
  • Joe Soucheray: Soak the rich? That's Dayton's trust fund talking

    06/19/2011 3:40:23 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 06/19/2011 | Joe Soucheray
    Repeated again the other day in a letter to the editor by Ron Schally of Stacy, Minn., was the contention that Gov. Mark Dayton's family trust sits in South Dakota, avoiding much of his " 'tax the wealthy' pitch." I sympathize with Mr. Schally, although I can't quite nail down the location of Dayton's trust, how much it is worth and what exactly it means for the trust to be sitting in South Dakota. I called the guy who does my taxes, but being a smart fellow, he was out enjoying the few days of summer we might get this...
  • Dayton's cynical shutdown

    06/18/2011 5:54:32 PM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 6/18/11 | Jonathan Blake
    < snip > Dayton's plan is appalling -- not only for the services it deems "critical" but, more important, for those it does not. For example, the governor plans to stop all aid payments to schools. Additionally, health care providers who serve Minnesotans on medical assistance will also go without payment. And at a legislative hearing this week, an administration official acknowledged that bridge assessments also did not make Dayton's list, apparently failing to meet the governor's "critical service" standard. < snip > Dayton is hiding behind the state's courts and Constitution to justify a cynical and draconian plan motivated...
  • Dayton asks commissioners to skip budget panel meeting

    06/04/2011 12:01:36 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 1 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-3-11 | denny lien
    Republican legislative leaders said today they are disappointed that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton pulled two of his key budget commissioners out of a legislative budget session today. Calling the action counterproductive, they said it's important to get a better understanding of what types of budget cuts Dayton wants to prioritize as the two sides try to resolve a projected $5 billion deficit. They also rejected Dayton's recommendation that a professional mediator help them bridge their differences. "We were elected to lead,'' House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said. The Republican response came two hours after Dayton announced he had asked...
  • Jason Lewis: Deadlock at the state Capitol [DFL calls proposed 10% spending increase a 'cut']

    05/29/2011 6:04:46 AM PDT · by rhema · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 5/29/11 | Jason Lewis
    The disconnect between the way government and private enterprise conduct business is never more evident than during hard times. Private-sector employees see their wages and benefits frozen, or in some cases permanently cut. Doing similar things in the public sector brings howls of protest to state capitols everywhere. So in Minnesota, we merely "delay" payments promised to all the beneficiaries of state spending. Now the empire is striking back, demanding reimbursement for deferred monies. Which explains why our state budget is $5 billion in the red even though revenues for the next biennium are going up. That's right: If we...
  • Who's the governor calling 'extreme'? And on what grounds? [Dayton's hyperbolic demagoguery exposed]

    05/27/2011 2:40:55 PM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 5/27/11 | Andrea Kieffer, Dan Fabian, Rich Murray and Carolyn McElfatrick
    From every corner of Minnesota and all walks of life, our freshman class of Republican legislators came to the Capitol with a simple goal: bring responsibility back to government and job growth back to our communities. The four of us represent different areas and diverse backgrounds, but what unites us is our belief in the people and that with a sustainable, accountable government we can set Minnesota on track for a stronger future. Earlier this week Gov. Dayton vetoed our balanced-budget plan that increases state spending 6 percent, utilizing revenue growth under existing tax levels. It would raise education funding...
  • Former Lawmaker(Mn) Looks to Fire up Dems at 'Tax the Rich Forum'

    03/03/2011 12:24:54 PM PST · by Son House · 21 replies
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | Mar 03, 2011 | By Heather J. Carlson
    A former DFL state lawmaker is sponsoring a "Tax the Rich Forum" this weekend aimed at firing up Democrats as the budget debate intensifies at the state Capitol. "It's a forum for Democrats I put together to try and get out of the malaise of last fall's election and to try and focus on what is certainly going to be a tug of war at the Capitol to solve the budget crisis," said former state Rep. Ken Tschumper of La Crescent, who served one term in the Legislature. Tschumper invited Democrats from Houston, Fillmore and Winona counties to the event,...
  • Michele Bachmann and the politics of Minnesota

    02/20/2011 3:32:01 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 19, 2011 | JAMES LILEKS
    Minnesota is confused. Minnesota confuses everyone, if they bother to look. One year it’s a governor who would sooner saw off the arm he uses to cast a fishing rod than raise taxes; the next it’s Al Franken, who would raise taxes to subsidize auto-amputations. (Your body, your choice.) The state that elected Paul Wellstone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. In 2010, the House and Senate of the local legislature flipped to the GOP; the people also elected a Democrat governor, Mark Dayton, who promptly proposed taxes on the “rich.” He understands what it’s like to struggle, having sold off...
  • Mark Dayton becomes(became) Minnesota's 40th governor at noon today

    01/03/2011 12:11:12 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    ECM ^ | 01-03-2011 | ECM staff
    Minnesota's 39th governor, Tim Pawlenty, at noon today (Monday, Jan. 3) will hand over the reins of the governorship to the 40th state governor, Mark Dayton. The swearing in ceremonies take place at St. Paul's Landmark Center. Doors opened at 10:30 a.m. with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Katherine Kersten: Whining DFL needs to look in the mirror

    11/21/2010 10:38:57 AM PST · by rhema · 13 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | November 20, 2010 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    Since Nov. 2, we've heard lots of grumbling from Minnesota Democrats. In a year of unprecedented GOP gains across America, they're not satisfied that their candidates won every statewide office in our state (subject to a recount in the governor's race). DFLers, it seems, are sore that they didn't win the Minnesota House and Senate as well -- completing their sweep. They don't seem to grasp that the tide that washed through the Minnesota Legislature was a nationwide phenomenon, as voters shouted "enough" to a Democrat-led glut of taxes, spending and deficits. Today, Republicans hold more legislative seats across the...
  • A stunner: State GOP wins both House and Senate

    11/03/2010 5:42:21 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies
    For the first time in more than a generation the GOP swept to control of both houses of the Minnesota Legislature. In a stunning victory, Republicans swept into the majority in the Minnesota Senate for the first time in more than a generation and by early Wednesday had followed that by also taking control of the House. The dual victories left many of the state's top DFLers speechless, and erased months of optimistic projections that the party would buck a nationwide trend toward Republicans. Even Republicans, who gained confidence with each passing hour as key races broke their way, said...
  • Union Accused of Voter Fraud Involving Mentally Handicapped

    11/02/2010 8:17:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/2/10 | Staff
    Authorities in Crow Wing County are investigating possible voter fraud involving people with mental disabilities. An affidavit, filed Monday by Brainerd resident Montgomery Jensen, claims a large group of mentally handicapped people were told whom to vote for by mental health staff members and that staff filled out the ballots themselves without the disabled voters close by. Jensen said he came to the Crow Wing County Auditor's Office in Brainerd at approximately 4:40 p.m. Friday to fill out an absentee ballot, because he wouldn't have time to vote there on Nov. 2.
  • Voter Fraud Alleged In Crow Wing County (MN)

    11/02/2010 11:24:28 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies ^ | 11/2/10 | AP
    Crow Wing County authorities are investigating an allegation of voter fraud in which the ballots of two mentally ill voters were filled out by their minders. The Brainerd Dispatch reports that 29-year-old Monty Jensen of Crow Wing Township filed a formal complaint on Monday about what he saw at the courthouse on Friday. Jensen says he saw what appeared to be staff members of a mental health facility fill out a client's ballot and tell another client who to vote for during absentee balloting.
  • The worst tax proposal in Minnesota

    10/28/2010 1:00:29 PM PDT · by rhema · 17 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 10/27/2010 | John Spry
    Tax the poor some more. That is exactly what one of Mark Dayton's tax hike proposals will do. He proposes a 30 percent surtax on consumer loans that carry an interest rate in excess of 15 percent annually. Minnesota would become a national outlier as the only state with a surtax on loans. The Minnesota Legislature passed this surtax on consumer loans in 2009 and it was vetoed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The authors of this surtax said they wanted to tax predatory credit card companies instead of taxing their constituents. Some lawmakers were concerned that this surtax would hurt...
  • Minnesota Democratic Party Say Catholics Don't Care About Poor

    10/25/2010 6:11:27 PM PDT · by 0beron · 13 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/24/2010 | Tancred
    The Democrats are proud of their generosity to the poor, and owing perhaps due to some unclear thinking aren't aware that charitable acts must be of free will, and there's no merit in being generous with other people's money. Hat tip to Ray at Stella Borealis for this item. But with them it's always the same, high crime and higher and higher taxes. Now there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said: Why was this waste of the ointment made? [5] For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and given to the...
  • Classy: Bachmann opponent spot uses bleeped curse word

    10/05/2010 2:49:01 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 04, 2010 | Ed MORRISSEY
    Tarryl Clark appears to have run out of ideas in her race against Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th CD — and also reached the end of her vocabulary. In an effort to paint Bachmann as disconnected from her constituents, Clark runs through a variety of issues in which Bachmann’s vote actually seems closer to the consensus of the electorate, including on ObamaCare, to which Clark euphemistically refers as “reform.” At the end, though, Clark just skips the euphemisms altogether to use a bleeped-out scatalogical curse word (via Cubachi and Liberty Pundits):

    08/11/2010 9:48:50 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-11-10 | Bill Salisbury
    Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton appears to narrowly have won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination for Minnesota governor early today. Dayton came from behind to apparently defeat state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the DFL endorsed candidate who had led in early returns. The Associated Press declared Dayton the winner at 12:25 a.m. But Kelliher refused to concede defeat. "We're going to make sure every vote counts," she said. Dayton said he wouldn't declare victory until the results are final and he hears from Kelliher. "I totally respect Speaker Kelliher's preogative to wait until every vote is counted," he said.