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  • 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...
  • Bachmann under 24/7 guard after ISIS threat

    10/21/2014 12:46:36 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 10-20-14 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – The danger posed by ISIS to Americans has come to the homeland for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a national publication may be making the ominous threat even worse. Politico has reported federal officials are taking an online threat to the congresswoman so seriously she in now under 24-hour protection by a security detail. However, Politico may be adding fuel to the fire by incorrectly reporting that the congresswoman had called on President Obama to declare war on Islam. “Bachmann has been publicly critical of not only ISIL, but also Islam, calling on President Obama to declare war...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 October 2014

    10/19/2014 4:26:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 147 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 October 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 19th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., head of the Democratic National Committee; Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Fauci; Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association; Dr. Robert...
  • Coulter To GOP: Stop ‘Constantly Sucking Up’ To Hispanic Voters

    10/18/2014 6:36:41 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    In an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” Friday night, conservative columnist Ann Coulter was critical of the GOP for appealing to known Democratic voting blocs, specifically Hispanics, rather than simply appealing to base voters. “Instead of constantly sucking up to a group of people who will never vote for you,” said Coulter, hitting specifically against GOPers for immigration reform, “how about appealing to the other voters who are just gonna go home and say ‘Screw you.’”
  • 7 Minneapolis TSA agents treated after fumes reported at airport

    10/17/2014 7:33:09 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 10/17/14 | JOHN REINAN , Star Tribune
    Seven agents of the Transportation Security Administration were briefly hospitalized Friday after reported exposure to fumes at an airport checkpoint, but officials said no cause was discovered. All seven were examined at Hennepin County Medical Center and released by 2 p.m.
  • KSTP/SurveyUSA POLL: Upset Brewing in 8th District?

    10/17/2014 10:53:33 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 12 replies
    wdio.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Tom Hauser
    Millions of dollars have been spent by the candidates and outside political groups in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District and now we know why. In our exclusive new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Republican challenger Stewart Mills leads incumbent Democrat Congressman Rick Nolan 47 percent to 39 percent. Another four percent support Green Party candidate Ray Sandman and 11 percent are undecided. "This is a shocking poll and may suggest we have Oberstar all over again," said University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs, referring to longtime Democratic incumbent Jim Oberstar's loss to Chip Cravaack in 2010. "Clearly Mills is benefiting from a fundamental...
  • In search of change, sex offenders at Moose Lake run for office

    10/17/2014 5:23:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-16-14 | CHRIS SERRES and GLENN HOWATT
    Sex offenders at a treatment center in northern Minnesota, fed up with political gridlock over their controversial program, are taking matters into their own hands: They are running for elected office. For the last three months, a group of sex offenders has quietly run a voter-registration drive up and down the hallways of the prisonlike treatment center in Moose Lake, where about 460 convicted rapists, pedophiles and other offenders are locked away indefinitely behind razor wire. Some 155 are now registered to vote — amounting to nearly 20 percent of all voters registered in Moose Lake. Their goal is to...
  • New Cure for Racial Violence in Minneapolis: Crack down on the victims.

    10/17/2014 12:00:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2014 | Colin Flaherty
    Police in Minneapolis have discovered a new way to fight the wave of black violence and mayhem that is now an every day fact of life in their city: Blame the white victims for drinking too much. Why not: Nothing else has worked. First, Minneapolis police tried ignoring the problem. But dozens of victims, videos, witnesses, police reports and 911 calls made that impossible. Then they tried denying it: A spokesman for Minneapolis police department told me that race has nothing to do with anything involving crime and anyone who thinks differently is a bad person. That lasted about as...
  • PreferredOne premiums will jump

    10/15/2014 5:31:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-14-14 | CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK
    The insurer pulled out of the MNsure exchange and foresees a 63 percent average premium increase. Sticker shock could be on the horizon for thousands with coverage from PreferredOne, the top-selling health plan in the first year of the MNsure exchange. The Golden Valley-based insurer said Wednesday that its individual market subscribers will see an average premium increase next year of 63 percent. The company plans to send letters at the end of October telling individuals exactly what to expect, since the average represents a blending of higher and lower rates for individuals that vary by age, geography and smoking...
  • Minneapolis Looks to Ban ‘Redskins’ Name from City

    10/15/2014 10:59:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 15, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Opponents of the Washington Redskins’ name in Minneapolis are pulling out all the stops to bar the team from using its controversial name during its November game against the Minnesota Vikings. Now, a city attorney will explore whether the Mill City has the legal authority to ban the name entirely. The decision to look into taking legal action was part of two resolutions recently passed by the Minneapolis city council. The first resolution, which passed unanimously last week, officially condemned “the racist, offensive name of the Washington, D.C. football franchise.” One councilmember said the name is an affront to “a...
  • St. Paul man fired gun in Lake Como parking lot, charges say

    10/15/2014 5:25:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-14-14 | Emily Gurnon
    One minute he was watching the ducks at Lake Como with his wife. The next, he was firing bullets in a public parking lot after he said he saw a woman steal his wife's purse out of their car. That was the allegation in a complaint filed Tuesday against Matrix Richard Lee, 50, of St. Paul. Prosecutors charged him with dangerous discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm, both felonies. Lee and his wife had parked their Toyota 4Runner in the parking lot by the Black Bear Crossings cafe early Monday afternoon. They were watching ducks from...
  • Dayton, senators seek federal action on railroad delays

    10/14/2014 5:19:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-13-14 | Don Davis
    DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota's leaders want federal help to ease railroad delays. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday sent a letter to the head of the Surface Transportation Board saying that rail delays are hurting many parts of the economy. "As we watch winter come to the state of Minnesota, we have become increasingly alarmed by the service failures of several railroads that serve critical industries in our state," the three Democrats wrote to board Chairman Daniel Elliott. And on Tuesday, Dayton holds what is expected to be the last of a series...
  • Citing 'devastating consequences,' Minnesota lobbies for Ebola screening at MSP

    10/13/2014 9:15:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | October 13, 2014 | PAUL WALSH
    In order to prevent “devastating consequences,” Minnesota’s leading elected officials on Monday asked U.S. officials to reconsider their decision not to conduct Ebola virus screenings at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In order to prevent “devastating consequences,” Minnesota’s leading elected officials on Monday requested that the Twin Cities’ airport be added to the short federal list of airports in the United States that are required to conduct screenings for the deadly Ebola virus. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken sent a letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that asks...
  • Braced for Voter Fraud in Colorado

    10/13/2014 4:01:11 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | October 12, 2014 | John Fund
    Perhaps the most hard-fought Senate race this year will be ColoradoÂ’s showdown between Democratic senator Mark Udall and Republican congressman Cory Gardner. The RealClearPolitics average of polls in the race shows Gardner holding a lead of 1.3 percentage points. The outcome may determine control of the U.S. Senate, and the margin of victory could be less than the 11,000-vote margin by which Democratic senator Michael Bennet was reelected in Colorado in 2010. But there is a significant difference in this yearÂ’s Senate race. In 2013, a new Democratic state legislature rammed through a sweeping and highly controversial election law and...
  • SurveyUSA poll shows Minnesota slipping away from GOP … again: Al Franken and Mark Dayton ahead

    10/11/2014 11:57:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In almost every electoral cycle, Republicans feel they have a winning hand in Minnesota to turn the state red. And in almost every electoral cycle, their hopes get dashed. The GOP has not won a statewide electoral contest in Minnesota since Tim Pawlenty’s narrow re-election victory in 2006, and according to Survey USA’s latest poll, 2014 won’t break the pattern: In Minnesota, one month to Election Day, incumbent Democrats Mark Dayton and Al Franken appear well positioned for re-election, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St Paul. The victories do not reflect any larger love for...
  • Minnesota job vacancies hit 13-year high in second quarter

    10/10/2014 5:30:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-9-14 | Tom Webb
    Minnesota job vacancies hit a 13-year high in the second quarter, with employers reporting nearly 84,700 job openings, state officials said Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) said about 56 percent of those job openings were in the seven-county Twin Cities area, with 44 percent in Greater Minnesota. Over the past year, outstate areas posted the strongest job growth. DEED said the most common job vacancies were in the fields of health care and social assistance (19 percent of the total), retail (15 percent), accommodation and food service (12 percent), manufacturing (8 percent) and educational services...
  • Federal Funding for Honor Guards at Minnesota Veterans' Funerals Cut

    10/09/2014 10:51:59 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 10/9/14 | Megan Matthews
    Federal funding for honor guards at military funerals in Minnesota has been cut. KSTP sister station WDIO-TV reports instead of supporting 5,000 military funerals each year, only 3,000 funerals will be supported. Funerals held at Camp Ripley, Fort Snelling and a new veterans cemetery in Preston will get priority. John Marshall, captain of the Duluth Honor Guard, says that means some veterans in the Duluth area will likely miss out on having the two active duty military personnel at their funeral. “The federal government reneged on its promise to supplement two active military soldiers at all military funerals,” Marshall told...
  • Insurance Industry calls Dayton's MNsure Rate Increase ("only 4.5%")Average 'Misleading'

    10/08/2014 5:08:44 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    KSTP ^ | 10-7-14 | Jay Kolls
    The Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU) has a strong message for Gov. Mark Dayton and MNsure, the state's health insurance marketplace. The association, which represents insurance agents told Dayton MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce that the new MNsure average rate increase, set at 4.5 percent, is misleading consumers and making it more difficult for them to shop for better health insurance coverage. MAHU wants the Governor, MNsure and Commerce to tell MNsure clients the average rate increase, for most shopping through the exchange, will be considerably higher than 4.5 percent. MAHU Board Chair Alycia Riedl tells 5...
  • Minnesota Muslim leaders spread the word that ISIL is not Islam

    10/04/2014 7:56:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 66 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 10/4/14 | JEAN HOPFENSPERGER
    Muslims across Minnesota gathered this weekend for one of Islam’s major religious holidays, one rooted in prayer, charity, sacrifice to community — and nothing to do with beheadings or violence. “This is Islam,” said Makram El-Amin, the imam at Masjid An-Nur mosque in north Minneapolis, where families gathered Saturday for a morning of prayer and socializing. “All Muslims across the world are observing this at the same time. It’s the opposite of a minute group in Syria and Iraq perpetrating crimes in the name of Islam.” Horrified that Islam is being linked to fanatics, Muslims in Minnesota and across the...
  • Minnesota Senate: Franken (D) 49%, McFadden (R) 41%

    10/04/2014 11:07:52 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 70 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 2, 2014
    Live from Minnesota, it’s Democratic Senator Al Franken’s bid for reelection, and he’s got an eight-point lead over Republican challenger Mike McFadden.
  • Rail congestion 'crisis' related to Bakken oil likely to be long-term problem

    10/02/2014 7:03:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    MinnPost ^ | 10/01/14 | Brian Lambert
    The rate of North Dakota oil trains crossing Minnesota got another working over yesterday. At KMSP-TV, Tim Blotz says, “Bakken oil now rolls through Minnesota at a rate of more than 15 trains a day, but on a rail system that has limited space, other critical freight — including grain, Taconite, and propane — is often left off track. Rep. Joe Atkins, of Inver Grove Heights, described the issue as ‘a growing crisis’ at a packed legislative hearing. Even so, it's not a simple blame game. … The troubles for Amtrak aren't just the delays, but the length of them....
  • MNsure says 2015 premiums going up but will remain nation's lowest

    10/01/2014 7:50:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-1-14 | Nick Woltman
    Premiums on the state's MNsure health insurance exchange will rise in 2015, but they will still likely be the lowest in the nation. The Minnesota Department of Commerce said Wednesday that the rates offered by the four insurers still participating in the exchange will increase an average of 4.5 percent over their 2014 levels. "Not only is the average rate increase low for companies returning to the exchange, but Minnesotans living in each area of the state will have more product choices available this year to fit their individual health insurance needs," Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said in a statement....
  • Somalis say: Show us the money

    09/30/2014 1:53:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9-30-14 | Scott Johnson
    We’ve got a problem in the Twin Cities that is based in our large and still growing population of Somali immigrants. Somalis have been immigrating to Minnesota for more than twenty years now. They have taken advantage of all the services that our state and local institutions offer. They have been welcomed with open arms, in Minnesota’s characteristic style. Yet Minnesota’s Somali community — a/k/a “Minnesotans” — is the most fertile ground in the United States for the recruitment of terrorists by foreign terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. We are concerned that they may choose to return...
  • Members of Minnesota's Somali community condemn recruitment of youth by terrorist groups [taqiyya]

    09/29/2014 2:36:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Members of Minnesota's large Somali community gathered Sunday to condemn the recruitment of youth by terrorist groups and urge collaboration to find solutions to address the problem. About 100 people attended a town hall meeting to denounce groups such as the Islamic State and al-Shabab, which together have recruited more than two dozen fighters from Minnesota since 2007. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger told the crowd he's working hard to bring more resources to the community to address the root causes of the problem. "I have two children and if somebody was recruiting my children to go overseas and die, I...
  • Red-seat Dems fight for survival

    09/28/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | September 28, 2014 | Tarini Parti
    For years, three House Democrats — West Virginia’s Nick Rahall, Georgia’s John Barrow and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson — have been survivors, defying political calculus to win term after term in solidly red Republican districts. They paddled through the 2010 GOP wave. They even overcame the flood of Mitt Romney’s double-digit margins of victory in each district in 2012. But 2014 could be their ultimate survival test. In an era of increasing polarization, Rahall, Peterson and Barrow are the three Democrats running for reelection who represent the most Republican districts in Congress. They’ve managed to hang on to their seats, even...
  • Judge orders Sheriff Stanek to reinstate Iraq war vet's gun permit (MN)

    09/26/2014 8:36:19 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 9/26/14 | MARK BRUNSWICK
    Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek overstepped his authority in revoking the gun permit of an Iraq war veteran who police say represented a possible danger to himself or others, a judge ruled Friday. The judge ordered Stanek to reinstate the vet’s permit to carry a gun. The case could have broad implications about how veterans in crisis are treated by law enforcement and about how much authority a sheriff may have in revoking permits to carry weapons. At one point, Bloomington police became so concerned about the man, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005,...
  • Report: Man who left Minneapolis killed in airstrike on ISIS targets in Syria

    09/25/2014 7:19:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 43 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Fox 9 staff
    A 20-year-old man who spent time with family in both Canada and Minneapolis was killed in an airstrike on ISIS targets in Syria, a lawyer representing the family of Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud told the CBC. Hamilton, Ontario attorney Hussein Hamdani identified the first-year college student in a photo that was being circulated on pro al-Shabaab websites of a Canadian-Somali man who had been killed in Syria.
  • Minn. VA paperwork shows Marine rescheduled appointment — from the grave

    09/25/2014 5:43:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/23/14 | Douglas Ernst
    The family of a deceased Marine is looking for answers after records from the Department of Veterans Affairs showed that he rescheduled an appointment after his death. Cpl. Jordan Buisman, a former Marine videographer, was medically discharged after developing epilepsy. In June 2012 he saw a neurologist at a Minnesota VA, who instructed him to seek an appointment if there were any changes in his condition. After Cpl. Buisman had a seizure in September, he scheduled an appointment with the VA on Oct. 12, and was confirmed for an appointment Dec. 20, a local NBC affiliate reported.
  • Somali leaders make case for more youth programs

    09/24/2014 7:42:00 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 9/24/14 | MILA KOUMPILOVA
    Hani Haybe recently faced the skeptical mother of a player on her coed soccer team. The mother had just heard that several young Somali-American women left the Twin Cities to help the militant group ISIL’s fight in Syria and Iraq. Was this soccer team really just about soccer? “Your daughter will be safe,” Haybe, the coach, told the mother during a half-hour of grilling. “We’re not recruiting kids to go overseas.” In fact, some Somali community leaders are arguing that programs such as Haybe’s are a key line of defense against attempts to recruit young people locally. They have seized...
  • Nolan blasted for “unsafe and dangerous” handling of firearm

    09/24/2014 5:51:08 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Politics Minnesota ^ | 9-24-14 | Michael Brodkorb
    The Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee strongly criticized Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN8) today after a picture was tweeted of Nolan committing a “significant firearms safety violation.” Bryan Strawser, the executive director of Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee, said in a press release: A picture[1] posted this morning on Twitter showed Mr. Nolan holding an AR-15 rifle with his finger on the trigger while in close proximity to others…The basic rules of firearms safety, taught to students as young as 12 in MN DNR hunter safety classes, state clearly that one’s finger should be kept off the trigger until...
  • Minneapolis: VA to investigate alleged cover-up involving patient's death

    09/24/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9-23-14 | ap
    The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it will investigate allegations that the appointment records of a retired Marine who died after having seizures were falsified to cover up delays in patient care at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Cathy Gromek, spokeswoman for the VA's inspector general's office in Washington, told the Associated Press she wasn't sure when the investigation would be finished. "We're working it and when we can report out, we'll report out," Gromek said. The announcement followed calls from Minnesota's congressional delegation for an investigation, one day after KARE-TV reported that VA records showed that a...
  • Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil

    09/23/2014 2:16:10 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Ron Nixon
    The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills. [] reports the railroads filed with the federal government show that for the week that ended Aug. 22, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway — North Dakota’s largest railroad, owned by the billionaire Warren E. Buffett — had a backlog of 1,336 rail cars waiting to ship grain and other products....
  • Amazon to collect Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

    09/23/2014 2:13:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | KAVITA KUMAR
    Amazon.com Inc. will begin collecting sales taxes from Minnesota customers next week, ending a cost advantage it’s enjoyed over brick-and-mortar retailers in the state. The news also triggered a mystery. Online-only retailers don’t need to charge sales tax in Minnesota unless they have physical presence or affiliated business here. Monday’s revelation led to speculation that Amazon may open a warehouse, data center or some other operation in the state or buy an existing firm. The company was vague about what prompted the change, though it said it “will be required” to do so starting Oct. 1. “We’re considering various opportunities...
  • Global summit on climate change slated for Minneapolis

    09/23/2014 9:03:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-14 | MAURA LERNER ,
    Dozens of former world leaders are expected to converge on Minneapolis in October 2015 for an international summit on climate change and democracy, organizers announced Monday. The conference, called “Minnesota 2015: Democracy for a Sustainable Future,” is designed to draw people from around the globe to explore ways that democratic nations can reduce greenhouse emissions. “It takes it beyond ‘here’s the challenge, here’s the problem,’ ” said Orlyn Kringstad, executive director of the U.S. branch of Partnership for Change, one of the cosponsors. “It’s [about] what needs to be done and how governments around the world can support those efforts.” The...
  • His name is Jeff Johnson. He wants to be governor.

    09/22/2014 5:26:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9-21-14 | Bill Salisbury
    Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner and former state legislator, also is trailing in the polls. In four statewide surveys taken since the Aug. 12 primary, Dayton led Johnson by an average of 9 points -- 48 percent to 39 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.com. A recent poll in the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune newspaper showed about one third of registered voters didn't recognize Johnson's name and 40 percent had not formed an opinion about him. The polls do not alarm the GOP candidate. Four years ago, he said, Republican Tom Emmer trailed Dayton by 18 points in early September and lost the...
  • Audit scolds Community Action of Minneapolis for misspending hundreds of thousands of dollars

    09/22/2014 5:04:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 9-20-14 | ALEJANDRA MATOS
    Leaders of a Minneapolis nonprofit that serves low-income residents used taxpayer money to pay for a celebrity cruise and trips to Palm Beach and the Bahamas, according to a recently completed state audit. Along with the trips, the audit by the state Department of Human Services found that the nonprofit’s leaders spent public money on bonuses, golf, spa treatments, furniture, alcohol and even a personal car loan. The audit concluded that the organization’s longtime chief executive, Bill Davis, misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars from 2011 to 2013. “It was deeply concerning how the dollars are being used,” Chuck Johnson,...
  • Candidate in court after sawing garage in half

    09/21/2014 12:41:04 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 34 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Sep 21, 2014 | John Myers
    The Republican candidate for Minnesota House District 6A on the Iron Range faces a civil trial in Itasca County this week after sawing his neighbor’s garage in half. Roger Weber of rural Nashwauk is being sued by Mark Besemann of Iron after Weber used a power saw to bisect the building. Weber then removed half of the garage he insists was built, decades ago, on property that he now owns. Besemann is suing Weber for $20,000 in damage to the garage and $20,000 in punitive damages. Besemann also is seeking a small portion of Weber’s land adjacent to the garage...
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/20/2014 2:59:46 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 21 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without...
  • Could ISIS Hurt Franken's Chance for Reelection?

    09/19/2014 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    While incumbent Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D) has a comfortable lead in opinion polls, some are wondering if his relatively muted response to ISIS actively recruiting soldiers from Minnesota will come back to haunt him in November.Minnesota has been a hotbed for ISIS recruitment, with over a dozen residents of the Twin Cities traveling to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. Two have been killed. Mike McFadden, the Republican candidate for Franken's seat, has jumped on the issue of ISIS in Minneapolis by portraying Franken as ineffectively combating the terror threat.More from ABC: Hours after the release...
  • Is Obamacare Collapsing In Minnesota?

    09/17/2014 6:54:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9/17/2014 | John Hinderaker
    Obamacare in Minnesota is called MNSure. The state had the usual problems (worse, I believe, than in most states) getting its system and its web site up and running. Once the enrollment period got underway, the dominant insurer turned out to be PreferredOne. Reportedly offering the lowest premiums in the nation, PreferredOne signed up nearly 60% of all MNSure participants. So it was a bombshell when PreferredOne announced earlier this week that it will no longer participate in the state’s exchange, saying that “continuing to provide this coverage through MNsure is not sustainable.”It seems a foregone conclusion that this will...
  • Lowest-Cost Insurer Drops From Minnesota Exchange

    09/16/2014 3:11:22 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 10 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | 9/16/2014
    The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials Tuesday that it’s pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches. The decision by Golden Valley-based PreferredOne may mean higher rates and again puts the troubled exchange front-and-center in Minnesota’s governor and House elections. PreferredOne had 59 percent of the private-plan market for MNsure enrollees as of early August. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota had 23 percent, HealthPartners 12, Medica 5 percent and UCare 1.
  • Big Minnesota insurer leaves Obamacare site

    09/16/2014 3:09:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    yahoo ^ | 9-16-14 | Dan Mangan
    Minnesota Obamacare is calling it quits. PreferredOne, the insurer that sold nearly 60 percent of all private health plans on Minnesota's Obamacare exchange, on Tuesday said it would leave that marketplace. PreferredOne's plans were the lowest-cost options on that exchange, known as MNSure. PreferredOne cited the costs of doing business on MNSure as the reason for its surprising decision, saying that selling plans is "not administratively and financially sustainable going forward," according to KSTP.com, the website of that Minnesota TV News network.
  • Insurance Company with Lowest Rates, Most Customers Pulls Out of MNsure

    09/16/2014 9:35:35 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennie Olson
    It’s a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange – the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015. The decision is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governor’s race. Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance just notified MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce of their decision through a letter. Sources tell KSTP’s Tom Hauser that MNsure CEO Scott Leitz was notified by phone Tuesday morning. PreferredOne Spokesman Steve Peterson tells Hauser this is “purely a business decision.” He says the...
  • Islamic State attracts female jihadis from U.S. heartland

    09/15/2014 3:43:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/15/14 | Alistair Bell
    MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement is investigating a new phenomenon of women from the American heartland joining Islamic State as President Barack Obama vows to cut off the militants' recruiting at home. At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have female relatives who have gone missing in the past six weeks and may have tried to join Islamic State, said community leader Abdirizak Bihi. He said that while the reasons for their disappearance were unclear, he had told the families to contact police. In a separate case, a 19-year-old American Somali woman from St. Paul snuck...
  • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act taking out more than fat

    09/15/2014 2:17:37 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    [Elk River, MN] Star News ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jim Boyle
    College scholarships will be some of the newest victims of the calorie-shaving, sodium-lowering Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the federal legislation that authorizes funding and sets policy for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s core child nutrition programs. It also speaks to the drinks and snacks available to students during the school day more than ever before. Effective July 1, 2014, the only snacks school districts may sell to students during the school day – including food and beverages sold in school stores, vending machines and through fundraisers – will be...
  • Ellison tells White House to work with local communities to curb radicalization

    09/14/2014 7:58:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 9/14/14 | ALLISON SHERRY
    Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents a sizable Muslim community in his Minneapolis district, has a message for Obama administration officials: Work with the locals during this time of unrest in the Middle East. “The most important thing to understand about the Islamic community in Minnesota is it sees itself as part of Minnesota,” said Ellison, who was the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. “We need to work with the local community and build trust with the local community … so it’s important to monitor web traffic and also to engage with the local community in countering violent...
  • Who is recruiting Minnesotans for ISIS?

    09/14/2014 7:31:29 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 36 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 9/14/14 | Ton Lyden
    A big part of the fight against the terror group known as ISIS and ISIL is taking place on American soil in places where young people are leaving the country to go join their cause, even fight and die overseas. Perhaps the biggest question of all is: Who is recruiting? It's a question no one seems to be able to answer definitively in Minnesota, but a lot of fingers are pointing at Amir Meshal, a former al Qaeda suspect who lived on a quiet cul de sac in Eden Prairie, Minn., until recently. Yet, some believe he may actually be...
  • Bachmann: FBI Told Me Americans Who Joined ISIS Would Be Allowed To Return To US

    09/14/2014 8:15:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    cbs ^ | 9-11-14 | cbs
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Rep. Michele Bachmann says she was told by the FBI that Americans who joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the Middle East would be allowed to return to the U.S. Speaking to Newsmax, the Minnesota Republican detailed a private meeting she had with the federal agency earlier this summer when she asked them if any Minnesotans had joined ISIS. “The FBI told me … that there were two Minnesotans that had joined up with the Islamic State. I asked the FBI, ‘If they choose to return to Minnesota, will they be allowed to?’ The...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Nolan, Mills battle in hot, pricey 8th District race

    09/12/2014 9:51:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    startribune.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | ALLISON SHERRY
    BRAINERD, MINN. Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan’s impassioned speech at a darkened bar here was a decided departure from those given by dozens of vulnerable Democrats across the country. “Of course we support the Affordable Care Act for all the good things it’s done for so many people, but that doesn’t mean we’re done. We’re not going to be done until we have a single payer system!” Nolan said, his hoarse voice rising above the friendly crowd sipping pitchers of light beer and sitting among peanut shells. “Let’s get back to returning the House of Representatives to the people’s chamber …...