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  • Police made on-the-spot decision not to arrest protesters

    12/10/2014 10:20:32 AM PST · by PeteePie · 29 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | December 10, 2014 | ERIN GOLDEN
    Rather than make arrests, Minneapolis police and State Patrol officials said they made on-the-spot decisions to keep demonstrators safe from traffic... As the group moved onto the freeway, officers told leaders to stop but didn’t intervene when the crowd ignored the orders.... None of the protesters was arrested or cited... Grimm and McDowell (community organizers) said the group plans more demonstrations.
  • [Howie] Carr: Drumbeats for Liz

    12/21/2014 2:16:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 21, 2014 | Howie Carr
    Elizabeth Warren for what? Granted, the American electorate has been significantly dumbed down over the past few decades — think Barack Obama and Deval Patrick. But is the country really so far gone that it would turn to a plagiarizing fake Indian who thinks western Mass. has a seacoast and that Jeanne Shaheen is from Vermont? Er, yes. So by now you know about this boomlet for the former one-32nd Native American who now claims to be Okie down to her toes. Hundreds of Obama aides (enough said) are swooning over her. Some of the moonbat groups have posted Internet...
  • Bloomington Police Say 25 Arrested at MOA Protest

    12/20/2014 8:21:36 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    kstp ^ | 12-20-14 | Megan Stewart
    Demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest of police brutality that caused at least part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shoppers. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Official attendance figures weren't immediately available, but organizer Mica Grimm says she believes about 3,000 took part. Bloomington police said 25 people were arrested. The Mall of America increased security, and police in riot gear were present. Stores were closed for a short...
  • Minneapolis Principals Not Allowed to Suspend Black Students, Only White Ones

    12/20/2014 7:27:25 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 57 replies
    The Trumpet ^ | December 18, 2014 | Robert Morley
    The Minneapolis, Minnesota, school system has a big problem. According to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and the Justice Department, the vast majority of its 2,300 teachers are racists. To solve this problem, Johnson says the district must implement racism against white and Asian students. It is part of President Barack Obama and the Justice Department’s new protocols to combat racism. But does it really make sense to try to solve a perceived racism problem in teachers by institutionalizing racism against innocent students? Does using racism to solve any kind of problem make sense? Here’s what is happening: Black students in Minneapolis...
  • Protesters Shut Down America's Largest Mall

    12/20/2014 6:22:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hundreds of protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, a community group member said. Demonstrators at the Mall of America shouted "Hands up, don't shoot!", referring to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri, and "Black people can't breathe, while we're on our shopping sprees," referring to the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York. Police made 12 arrests in the demonstration on private property at the Mall...
  • Mall of America Officials: Approx. 12 Arrested During Protest

    12/20/2014 4:09:59 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/21/14 | Megan Stewart/AP
    Demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," converged in the Mall of America rotunda Saturday as part of a protest of police brutality that caused at least part of the mall to shut down on a busy day for holiday shoppers. The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis had more than 3,000 people confirm on Facebook that they would attend. Official attendance figures weren't immediately available, but organizer Mica Grimm says she believes about 3,000 took part.
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Islamic center to operate in St. Anthony Village [Obama's DOJ sues city]

    12/17/2014 1:44:40 PM PST · by Gideon7 · 11 replies
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/16/2014 | Katie Kather
    A settlement agreement announced Tuesday calls for St. Anthony Village to allow an Islamic group to use a portion of a building the group owns for worship and other religious activities. The U.S. government reached the settlement with the city over its 2012 rejection of a proposed Islamic center. Since the Islamic center bought the St. Anthony Business Center in 2011, its leaders have wanted to maintain office space for the current tenants and to hold its religious gatherings in the building's basement level. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced the results of settlement negotiations agreed upon Dec. 11 at a...
  • Franken tells TV network: 'I'm ready for Hillary' to be president

    12/16/2014 11:24:17 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 48 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/16/14 | Paul Walsh
    Sen. Al Franken has told MSNBC that he’s enthused about the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president, a comment which the network reported as being an endorsement of her potential candidacy. “I think that Hillary would make a great president,” the Minnesota senator said in an interview on the MSNBC cable network with Ari Melber, scheduled for telecast Tuesday at 2 p.m. CST on “The Cycle.”
  • The East-Sider fell in the Battle of the Bulge. His daughter now knows his fate

    12/16/2014 7:23:19 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-13-14 | Richard Chin
    Nearly 70 years ago, Gordon Russ died fighting for his country and was buried in a foreign field. The St. Paul man left behind a wife, two little daughters, his parents and sisters. But in the seven decades since Russ fell during a critical and bloody battle in World War II, none of them has been to his grave. "I would have liked to have my dad's body back here, to go visit him," said Russ' daughter, Judith Doyle, now 75. "I wish I could get out and see his grave. If I could just walk up and touch the...
  • Minnesota Taxpayers Forced to Fund 65,000 Abortions Since 1995

    12/15/2014 2:50:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/15/14 | Paul Stark
    More than 65,000 unborn babies have been killed in Minnesota with taxpayer funds since a Dec. 15, 1995, Minnesota Supreme Court ruling required taxpayers to fund abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS). The Doe v. Gomez ruling established the most extreme abortion-on-demand state policy in the nation. “The Doe v. Gomez decision by a handful of activist judges has been disastrous for Minnesota women and their unborn babies,” said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). “On this 19th anniversary of the decision, Minnesotans continue to believe it is not the mission...
  • Branstad wants to keep GOP event, end straw vote

    12/15/2014 3:06:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 12/14/2014 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad says he would support a statewide Republican fundraising event in Ames next summer where GOP presidential hopefuls are invited to speak as long as no vote is taken as had been the practice during past straw polls that have been the focus of controversy. Branstad added that he did not want to see Iowa face possible sanctions that could cost delegates to the 2016 Republican national convention for conducting a poll in advance of the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses that could run afoul of new party rules. “I’m willing to agree to a statewide meeting...
  • Is This the End of Michele Bachmann?

    12/14/2014 12:36:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/14/2014 | By MELINDA HENNEBERGER
    hould anyone have been surprised that Michele Bachmann would go out with a bang, a big bang? On Tuesday, in what the retiring congresswoman from Minnesota figured would be her last White House holiday party, Bachmann used the grip-and-grin moment when she got her picture taken with President Obama to raise a reliably grin-killing topic. “The U.S. needs to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities today,” she informed him. His response? “A condescending smile and laugh,” she tells Politico, making a little pat-on-the-head gesture. “‘Michele, it isn’t that easy, but that’s OK,’” she remembers him telling her. To which the gentlelady...
  • RON PAUL LOSING ME, AGAIN

    12/20/2011 7:47:27 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 26 replies
    Special Guests inc. ^ | 12/19/2011 | Staff
    Joseph opened by saying, "I was just beginning to soften up to Ron Paul, largely because of his boldness in wanting to cut $1 trillion out of the federal government's budget immediately. Then came his insulting and untrue statement on "The Tonight Show" about Michele Bachmann, who is in my opinion the very best candidate seeking the Republican presidential nomination. "She doesn't like Muslims," Ron Paul said. "She hates Muslims." It's also just simply a naïve statement for Paul to make. She simply has a realistic view of Islam that holds women, Jews and Christians to something significantly less than...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • Uninsured motorists task force formed

    12/11/2014 8:53:53 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Mankato Press ^ | 12-10-14 | AP
    ST. PAUL — (AP) State legislators are working on ways to better identify Minnesota residents who drive without auto insurance. Motorists don't have to show proof of insurance when renewing a vehicle's registration. People who drive without insurance can lose their licenses and be fined about $300. The state has a law mandating insurance but doesn't have a meaningful verification system, said Sen. Susan Kent, who heads the uninsured motorist task force that is expected to come up with recommendations by Feb. 1. The committee has explored options ranging from increasing fines to seizing license plates of uninsured drivers. "There's...
  • Moderate Dems call for longer deadlines in EPA climate rule

    12/11/2014 7:02:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Timothy Cama
    Six moderate Democratic senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give states more time to comply with its climate rule for power plants. The moderate Democrats said that states should be responsible for developing their own “glide paths” toward the 2030 goal. The senators signing the letter were Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.).
  • Father sought in death of Brooklyn Park baby boy

    12/11/2014 5:47:28 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-12-14 | BRANDON STAHL and KAREN ZAMORA
    A fugitive suspected of killing his 1-year-old child was reported at least three times to Hennepin County child protection for abusing the boy and his sibling, public records show. Brooklyn Park police were called Tuesday night to the 2100 block of 74th Court N. on a report of the child not breathing, authorities said Wednesday. First responders and paramedics administered CPR at the residence, then rushed the boy to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died. Witnesses told police the child’s death was due to an assault. The boy’s father, Reggie Delanie Harper, 23, fled the residence before...
  • Bachmann, King in Texas Border Town Devastated by Illegal Immigration: Looks Like World War II

    11/23/2014 1:50:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    ROMA, Texas — Standing on a cliff looking over the Rio Grande river in this border town, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) notes the buildings behind us on the American side—largely abandoned, run-down houses and a seemingly abandoned local chamber of commerce outpost—look like they’ve been ravaged by war. “This looks like it’s post-World War II, like after a bombing,” Bachmann said while Breitbart News and CNN accompanied her and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to an outpost on the border where illegal immigration and drug cartel crime runs rampant. “We don’t see people living here, but they told us these are...
  • Super Bowl documents suggest what NFL will seek from Legislature

    12/09/2014 12:28:18 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-9-14 | doug belden
    As they're sorting through requests for more funding from programs and agencies next legislative session, state lawmakers are likely to be asked to help out a huge New York City-based nonprofit: the National Football League. 2015 is the year when any additional tax exemptions for the league related to the 2018 Super Bowl would likely be passed, and stadium officials have confirmed they will be making requests. The question of what exactly Minnesota taxpayers would be giving the NFL as part of hosting the game has been in limbo since Minneapolis' bid was accepted by league owners in May. As...
  • Keith Ellison on Keystone XL Pipeline: Send it through Vancouver if it’s so great

    11/21/2014 7:06:35 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | November 19, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    One Democratic congressman is so opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline that he wouldn’t vote for it even if his party got a minimum-wage bump from Republicans in exchange. “I wouldn’t make that trade,” Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” of a hypothetical raise to $9.50 per hour. Senate Democrats late Tuesday filibustered a measure to green-light the contentious oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, potentially dooming the chances of party colleague Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and underscoring the power of the pro-environment caucus. Republicans vowed to put President Obama’s veto pen to the...
  • Money cut, but disparity study will continue in Minneapolis

    12/08/2014 5:03:33 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    star tribune ^ | 12-2-14 | Eric Golden
    The Minneapolis City Council’s decision to cut money for a $300,000 disparity study from Mayor Betsy Hodges’ budget won’t prevent officials from launching the project, the city’s civil rights director said Tuesday. The planned study, which will look at the success of minority and women-owned firms in winning contracts, was part of a package of cuts tentatively approved Monday by the council. The 7-6 vote, which also targeted spending on the convention center, home ownership and clean energy programs, would allow the city to reduce a proposed tax levy increase from 2.4 percent to 2.2 percent. The budget for the...
  • When hero bouncer saw gunman enter St. Paul bar, 'I didn't have time to get excited' (March 2014)

    12/07/2014 10:44:33 AM PST · by beaversmom · 20 replies
    Twin Cities ^ | 03/10/2014 | Mara H. Gottfried
    When a man with a gun walked into the St. Paul bar where Eric Wasson was working as a security guard, it flashed through Wasson's mind that his mother shouldn't lose a second son. Wasson's brother was fatally shot in 2009. "If I got killed out here, if I got hurt, what about my mama?" Wasson said. "When it boils down, my mama don't deserve that." Wasson took action. When talking to the gunman didn't work, the former high school and college football player rushed him. The gun went off twice as they struggled and Wasson disarmed him. No one...
  • BREAKING: Fraud Rolling Stones Reporter Blamed Rep. Bachmann For Teen Suicide In Another Fake Story

    12/07/2014 12:42:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    GotNews via Fox News ^ | December 6, 2014 | Charles C. Johnson
    Rolling Stones journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely has written yet another problematic story, GotNews.com has learned. Erdely may be in the news these days for a botched story on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia but writing thinly sourced problematic stories isn’t a new occurrence for her. One of Erdely’s most celebrated works of journalism, also for Rolling Stone, is full of unsubstantiated claims and tentative connections written in a ham-handed attempt to politicize a series of personal tragedies. The story, published in 2012 and titled “School of Hate,” tries to drag then-Congresswoman Michele Bachmann into complicity in...
  • In Top 10 States With Most Abortions, 60% of Babies Killed Were Black or Hispanic

    12/05/2014 2:32:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life news ^ | 12/5/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    As LifeNews previously reported, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its national abortion report last month and the new statistics show the number of abortions in the United States have declined to a historic low. However, unfortunately, a new analysis reveals that out of the ten states where the most abortions occurred, 60.48% of the babies killed were African American and Hispanic. blackbaby6According to the Census Bureau, Blacks and Hispanics comprise only 13.2% and 17.1% of the population respectively; however they get 37.3% and 22% of all abortions. Additionally, while it definitely isn’t news that Planned Parenthood targets minority...
  • Anti-Gay Bigot Torii Hunter Calls Reporter "P****" Four Times

    12/04/2014 11:48:42 AM PST · by equaviator · 43 replies
    Torii Hunter is an anti-gay bigot. This is something he has proven with his own words on multiple occasions. Yesterday, at the press conference to announce the one-year, $10.5 million deal he signed to return to the Minnesota Twins, beat writer Mike Berardino of the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press asked him about those beliefs—specifically, in the context of how Hunter thought supporting Arkansas Republican Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson in his recent election had affected his free agency. Torii Hunter Says Homosexuality Is "Not Right" (Then Claims He Was Misquoted) Hunter's response: You got some people who are just messy, you know? So,...
  • Demonstrators Block Traffic on I-35W Northbound in Minneapolis

    12/04/2014 11:39:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    KSTP ^ | 12-4-14 | kstp
    35W N and Lake street blocked by DUmmies and DFLrs "Die in" in the freeway...
  • Con: [MN] Transgender policy defies common sense

    12/04/2014 3:19:30 AM PST · by rhema · 27 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 12/3/14 | JOHN D. HAGEN JR.
    It’s a matter of common sense that putting boys in a girls’ locker room would create confusion, anxiety and discomfort. It’s a matter of common sense that boys, with their greater muscle mass, should not be allowed to compete on girls’ athletic teams. Those norms are self-evident to an overwhelming majority of the public. On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) will vote on abolishing those norms of common sense. A pending policy would end the traditional rule of dividing athletes by biological gender. Instead, it would grant boys with a “deeply felt internal sense” of being female...
  • St. Paul: Woman, 20, stole passport to join Islamic State, charges say

    12/03/2014 5:16:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-02-14 | Elizabeth Mohr
    The U.S. attorney's office on Tuesday charged a 20-year-old St. Paul woman with misusing a passport, ostensibly for travel to join an international terrorist organization in Syria. According to the criminal complaint, Yusra Ismail stole a friend's passport on Aug. 18 and, three days later, took a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Amsterdam and then Oslo, Norway. On Aug. 24, Ismail reportedly contacted her family and said that she was in "Sham," which is a term commonly used to describe the area within Syria and Iraq where Islamic State militants are attempting to establish a caliphate, according to a statement...
  • Minnesota Plans To Eliminate Gender Distinctions For High School Sports

    12/02/2014 9:07:58 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 32 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/2/2014 | Stella Morabito
    Minnesotans are currently facing a fast and furious onslaught by the transgender lobby, which seems to be dictating policy to the Minnesota State High School League. The MSHSL decides policy for all extracurricular activities in public, private, religious, and home schools. It’s currently in the process of outlawing all sex distinctions in high-school sports. On December 4, it plans to install an athletic policy granting transgender students the choice to play on either boys’ or girls’ teams. In this scheme, there would be no accounting for sex differences in high school sports on the field or in locker rooms, bathrooms,...
  • Minnesota Plans To Eliminate Gender Distinctions For High School Sports

    12/01/2014 6:46:58 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | Stella Morabito
    Minnesotans are currently facing a fast and furious onslaught by the transgender lobby, which seems to be dictating policy to the Minnesota State High School League. The MSHSL decides policy for all extracurricular activities in public, private, religious, and home schools. It’s currently in the process of outlawing all sex distinctions in high-school sports. On December 4, it plans to install an athletic policy granting transgender students the choice to play on either boys’ or girls’ teams. In this scheme, there would be no accounting for sex differences in high school sports on the field or in locker rooms, bathrooms,...
  • St. Paul superintendent apologizes for Ferguson tweet

    11/25/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-25-14 | josh verges
    The St. Paul Public Schools superintendent apologized Tuesday for a Twitter comment on the Ferguson, Mo. shooting that sparked a flurry of reaction, most of it negative. Authorities announced Monday that a grand jury decided against indicting white police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Soon after the announcement, Superintendent Valeria Silva tweeted, "No indictment for officer Wilson! Very sad day in America. How do I explain this to my black students?" Silva later deleted the tweet and clarified her intent. But her remark offended many, including some who agreed with the grand...
  • Ice to close upper Mississippi from November 20, earliest on record

    11/24/2014 3:00:24 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Rueters ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | Michael Hirtzer
    The shipping season on the upper Mississippi River will end on Thursday as ice surrounding locks and dams near Minnesota's Twin Cities forced the earliest winter closure on records that date back to 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
  • House Dems reject vet for top VA committee spot, pick rarely-seen Corrine Brown

    11/22/2014 11:02:17 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Democrats scrambled Wednesday to tamp down anger among veterans groups who objected to the party’s choice of Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida as ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Compounding the anger was the Democratic leadership’s treatment of the sole veteran among the panel’s Democrats, who was briefly ousted from the committee on a technicality and thus made ineligible to seek to become ranking member. As a result, Rep. Brown was the only Democrat seeking to serve as party leader on the committee that has been a watchdog for the Veterans Affairs Department’s wait-time scandal and the implementation...
  • Bachmann: Obama Wants ‘Illiterate’ Immigrants as New Dem Voters

    11/20/2014 1:42:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Outgoing Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told reporters Wednesday that President Barack Obama was seeking to grant legal protection to millions of “illiterate” immigrants who would then become Democratic voters by 2016. “The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language,” Bachmann said. “The president has a very single-minded vision. He’s looking at new voters for 2016.” Bachmann told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa that “illiterate” wasn’t her word: “I’ve been down to the border. The reason why I would say that...
  • Archdiocese reports roughly $9 million deficit; considering bankruptcy

    11/21/2014 5:18:34 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-20-14 | Staff
    The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reported a $9.1 million operating deficit for fiscal year 2014 and reiterated Thursday that it's considering filing for bankruptcy because of the potential for more lawsuits by victims of clergy sexual abuse. The archdiocese released its financial information in its newspaper, the Catholic Spirit, more than a week after it said it was cutting its central office budget by 20 percent, including 11 jobs. Archbishop John Nienstedt called the situation "disheartening" but wrote that the chancery's finances won't directly affect parishes, schools or other Catholic institutions. "I am determined to see that the...
  • Obama's immigration action divides Minn. delegation

    11/20/2014 6:34:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    mprnews.org ^ | November 20, 2014 | Brett Neely
    President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight to announce an executive action that could allow 5 million unauthorized immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation. In doing so, he will set in motion a bruising Congressional battle that has been two years in the making, one that will draw Minnesota's delegation into the fray. Although the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration overhaul in the spring of 2013, one that Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken helped craft in the Judiciary Committee, immigration hardliners in the House blocked all efforts to pass a bill. Efforts by departing...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Keith Ellison: No mandate for GOP; electorate ‘has a lot of complicated things that it thinks’

    11/20/2014 12:58:09 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, said Tuesday that Republicans don’t have a mandate after a midterm election cycle in which they took back control of the Senate and picked up about a dozen seats in the House — pointing to low voter turnout and successful ballot initiatives on raising the minimum wage as evidence of a nuanced electorate. Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Mr. Ellison was responding to comments from Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, that the American people have spoken and President Obama can listen to them on issues like immigration. “Well, you know, we had a 72-year low...
  • Reports: More than 90,000 illegal immigrants in MN

    11/19/2014 8:46:19 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 11-19-14 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Estimates from two Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations say there are more than 90,000 illegal immigrants living in Minnesota. The Pew Research Center's study says illegal immigrants make up 1.8 percent of Minnesota's population and 2.5 percent of its workforce. While Pew estimates the illegal immigrant count at 95,000, the Migration Policy Institute puts the number at 91,000.
  • Ted Cruz fires back at Al Franken

    11/18/2014 10:02:25 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/17/14 03:30 PM EST | Julian Hattem
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) are squaring off over whether new net neutrality rules would hinder or help the growth of the Internet.After Cruz last week called net neutrality “ObamaCare for the Internet,” Franken over the weekend said that the Texas Republican had the issue “completely wrong.” ADVERTISEMENT The Texas senator “just doesn't understand what this issue is,” Franken said.On Monday, Cruz’s office fired back with YouTube videos and Vine clips that it said explains how tough Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules would “calcify” the Internet and prevent people from using it as a platform for innovation.Cruz...
  • APNewsBreak: Vascular Solutions subsidy scrapped (Minnesota)

    11/19/2014 11:56:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 1:56 PM EST | Brian Bakst
    A medical-device company lost out on a hefty Minnesota subsidy on Wednesday after the firm and its leader were criminally charged. The Department of Employment and Economic Development scrapped a potential $800,000 package tied to an expansion and hiring proposal put forth by Vascular Solutions. The decision came Wednesday, a day after The Associated Press reported the deal was cast into doubt by last week’s federal indictment. A hearing to consider approval of the Minnesota Job Creation Fund award had been set for Friday. […] Vascular Solutions and CEO Howard Root were federally indicted last week on charges of conspiring...
  • Controversial economist Jonathan Gruber had role in setting up MNsure

    11/19/2014 4:11:53 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Doug Belden
    Minnesota was one of the states where Jonathan Gruber, an economist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was involved in the creation of the federal Affordable Care Act, helped to set up a local health insurance exchange. Gruber has come under fire for comments he made a year ago about how the federal law was passed. Video that surfaced this month showed him saying that a "lack of transparency" and "the stupidity of the American voter" were key to getting the federal law passed. He was paid $330,000 for his work in Minnesota. What did he produce? Gruber, who...
  • Study: Minnesota's population of illegal immigrants stayed relatively flat in recent years

    11/18/2014 9:47:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | November 18, 2014 | by: MILA KOUMPILOVA
    The number of illegal immigrants in Minnesota has remained stable in recent years as the national numbers dipped in the aftermath of the recession. That’s according to a new study from the Pew Research Center that placed the state’s population of illegal residents at 95,000. The estimate is up 5,000 residents since 2009, but the study has a range of error of plus or minus 10,000 people. Minnesotans who lack legal immigration status make up 2.5 percent of the state’s workforce. Nationally, an estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants account for 5.1 percent of the workforce, the study says. In Minnesota,...
  • NFL suspends Vikings’ Adrian Peterson for at least remainder of season

    11/18/2014 6:20:00 AM PST · by John W · 34 replies
    Reuters via The Globe and Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | Steve Ginsburg
    WASHINGTON — Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of 2014 season, the National Football League said on Tuesday. Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, the league said in statement, for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an “incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his 4-year-old son.”
  • INSIDER THREAT: Side-by-side with a future terrorist at MSP Airport

    11/18/2014 4:57:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    KTVU ^ | 11-16-14 | Tom Lyden
    The Fox 9 Investigators learned that of three men recruited from Minnesota to fight for either ISIS or al-Shabaab all once held jobs at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and each hold security clearances that gave them access to parts of the airport a traveler will never see. When exactly these men were radicalized is unclear. The good news: It doesn't appear the airport was ever their intended target. The bad news: Experts fear that scenario may be just a matter of time. Side-by-side with a future terrorist It's like a small city that never really sleeps. It's in constant...
  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 7:00:38 PM PST · by george76 · 159 replies
    Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs ^ | November 17, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    They are going there to get subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers to take to another state. Refugee resettlement is a euphemism for importing whole Muslim communities, importing jihad. I have long documented the targeting of gateway cities (smaller cities) overwhelmed with Muslim refugee immigration from countries like Somalia — cities like Emporia, Kansas, Nashville, Greeley and Fort Morgan, Colorado, Lewiston, Maine et al. The over-saturation and drain on city resources has driven these immigrants northward to settle in Wyoming, according to these reports. Organizations like Lutheran Family Services profit enormously from the Federal government handling these refugees. The sharia compliant...
  • Minnesota National Guard troops to deploy to Liberia for Ebola response

    11/17/2014 5:03:46 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-16-14 | Katie Kather
    Close to 700 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard will be deployed to West Africa this spring to help with the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The soldiers will be from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, according to a statement from the Minnesota National Guard. The Red Bulls will not treat Ebola patients, but will work with operations, logistics, personnel and resources in assistance to U.S. military forces that are supporting the United States Agency for International Development's response. The troops will receive medical training to ensure they are protected from exposure to the virus.
  • Jonathan Gruber Made Over $4 Million Pimping Obamacare & Lying to “Stupid” Americans

    11/14/2014 3:33:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-14-14 | Jim Hoft
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber made $4 million pimping Obamacare. ** $400,000 from Health and Human Services ** $1.6 MM from other states, and that’s just four of them. ** Another $2 milion from HHS for other work. It was a nice gig. The dude made millions because of his central role in lying to get health care passed. Video surfaced this week of Jonathan Gruber admitting the Obama administration lied to “stupid” Americans in order to get Obamacare passed. Jonathan Gruber made $400,000 from HHS. He also made an additional $3.6 million for consulting with states. Glenn Kessler at The...
  • Seasonal Workers on Wheels: A Growing, Graying Wave of Employees

    11/13/2014 8:35:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    KSTP ^ | 11-13-14 | Beth McDonough
    Every day, 170 Minnesotans turn 65. It's supposed to be the beginning of retirement. But for many, 65 is just another birthday. Although they're old enough to retire, they can't afford to. So every year in the fall, thousands come to work in Minnesota. For them, the sugar beet harvest is a lifesaver. Although it's seasonal and short-term work, it's a paycheck. The sugar beet harvest starts at the end of September and runs for a few weeks. The work involves a lot of heavy lifting and the pay is pretty good. The starting wage is $12 an hour. The...