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MNsure good news, bad news

The good news for Minnesotans is that the MNsure website is working again. The bad news for Minnesotans is that MNsure prices are still completely unaffordable. Despite Rep. Thissen’s statements that people’s premiums aren’t going up if they get the tax credits, the truth is that Minnesotans are faced with a multi-faceted health care crisis […]

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Gov. Dayton’s guest column, Part III

The real reason behind Gov. Dayton’s guest column doesn’t get mentioned until deep in his article. That’s when Gov. Dayton starts pining for ‘the good old days’ of all-DFL rule. That’s when Gov. Dayton and the DFL destroyed Minnesota’s health care system. That’s when Gov. Dayton and the DFL raised taxes on small businesses and […]

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Dayton kills special session

DFL senators killed the House bonding bill in mid-May by insisting that the bill include funding for the Southwest Light Rail project. In June, Gov. Dayton killed middle class tax relief with a pocket veto. In July, Gov. Dayton refused to call a special session in House Republicans didn’t include funding for the Southwest Light […]

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Dayton shafts farmers, rewards cronies

In mid-June, Gov. Dayton pocket vetoed a tax relief bill that would’ve provided tax relief to lots of middle-class people, which I wrote about here. The editorial I quoted got it right when it said “when Gov. Mark Dayton pocket vetoed HF 848 which would’ve provided significant tax relief to the citizens of Minnesota, it […]

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Dayton-DFL indoctrination

I just received an indoctrination email from Gov. Dayton’s office. The opening paragraphs of the email state “ST. PAUL, MN – Standing beside the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fish Pond at the Minnesota State Fair, Governor Mark Dayton this week announced a “Year of Water Action” Stewardship Pledge, which will last throughout the […]

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Questioning the special session

According to this article, Sen. Bakk, Speaker Daudt and Gov. Dayton are close to an agreement on a special session. I question the accuracy of that statement. The article opens by saying “A special Minnesota legislative session to approve tax cuts, transportation projects and public works construction could happen in a month, but the governor […]

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Is the indoctrination complete?

After reading this LTE, I’m left wondering whether everyone in the DFL is utterly gullible or if it’s just a majority of them that are gullible. I started questioning the premise when I read “Even though I haven’t been politically involved, I have done a fair amount of reading. The Minnesota Republican Party seems to […]

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SC Times sides with Gov. Dayton

The SC Times Editorial Board isn’t as unflinchingly liberal as the Strib’s Editorial Board but it’s a close second in Minnesota. This editorial isn’t the worst that they’ve published but it’s still a cheerleading editorial. For instance, this editorial says “Earlier, the Times Editorial Board gave this advice to Gov. Mark Dayton: Don’t call a […]

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GOP winning special session fight?

When this year’s legislative session ended, the CW was that the DFL held the upper hand in the PR/campaign fight. Whether that was true or not at the time isn’t relevant anymore. What’s relevant is who’s fought the smartest fight to this point. This statement hammers home some important points. In total, it says “House […]

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DFL losing the outstate PR battle

Saying that this editorial doesn’t have a pro-DFL tone to it is understatement. Let’s start with where the editorialist says “when Gov. Mark Dayton pocket vetoed HF 848 which would’ve provided significant tax relief to the citizens of Minnesota, it sort of felt like something major was lost.” I don’t think Gov. Dayton realizes that […]

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Bonding bill basics, blather

Yesterday, negotiators from the Minnesota House and Senate theoretically met in the hopes of hammering out a bonding bill agreement. That wasn’t the DFL’s goal. DFL senators, led by Jeff Hayden, blamed Republicans for not getting the bonding bill passed. The DFL used the same misleading arguments they’ve been using since the DFL Senate sabotaged […]

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Gov. Dayton’s pocket veto a reality

On Monday, I wrote this post to highlight Paul Thissen’s hypocrisy on a tax bill that got strong overwhelming bipartisan support in the Minnesota legislature. Monday night, Matt Swenson confirmed that Gov. Dayton won’t sign this year’s tax relief bill, saying Dayton “will not sign a tax bill that includes a $101 million error.” That’s […]

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Environmentalists hurt farmers, miners

While this article doesn’t directly blame environmental activists for the construction delay of the Sandpiper pipeline, it certainly hints that direction: The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is taking longer than expected to approve possible routes for the pipeline that need to be thoroughly studied for environmental and social impacts. The company hoped to limit those […]

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David Schultz’s indictment

The thing that came through when KARE11 interviewed David Schultz about the just-concluded Franken-McFadden debate was how disinterested Prof. Schultz seemed in the right policies. That’s perhaps a bit harsh but that’s what I took from the interview. Here’s what Prof. Schultz said that got me thinking: In many ways, the debate went about exactly […]

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Democrats caused the railcar shortage

The highest profile pipeline project in the nation is the Keystone XL Pipeline project. While Republicans have fought for the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, that isn’t the only pipeline project being delayed by environmental activists. This article highlights the impact the anti-pipelines activists are having in outstate Minnesota: Railroads will be the key […]

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Environmentalists kill another pipeline project

This article shows how the environmental left uses the regulation process to kill good-paying construction jobs: “We don’t see where anyone’s actually said, ‘yes, you have the need to go forward. We want you to go forward, and now let’s find a place to go forward,’” said attorney Frank Bibeau, representing Honor the Earth. Bibeau […]

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DFL pundit: We screwed up

During the Political Analysis segment of At Issue With Tom Hauser, former DFL State Senator Don Betzold admitted that some tax hikes were put into the bill late in the session that Gov. Dayton didn’t know were in the bill he signed. He then talked about how hectic the last weekend of the session is. […] . . . → Read More: DFL pundit: We screwed up . . . → Read More: DFL pundit: We screwed up

Sarah Anderson speaks out against tax increases

Rep. Sarah Anderson issued this statement about the DFL’s tax increases: Dear Neighbors, As a kid, you dreaded hearing the phrase, “other figures sold separately,” at the end of a toy commercial. It meant you weren’t really getting what you were seeing on the TV. That’s kind of how I feel about the upcoming special […] . . . → Read More: Sarah Anderson speaks out against tax increases . . . → Read More: Sarah Anderson speaks out against tax increases

Political pandering 101

When Mark Dayton worked in Washington, he was pretty much worthless. Even he gave himself a failing grade. Minnesotans agreed, which is why Republicans were salivating at the thought of running against him in 2006. One thing he was good at, though, was pandering, especially when it came to the Democrats’ “groups.” This week, there […] . . . → Read More: Political pandering 101 . . . → Read More: Political pandering 101