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Is Resolution 54 vote a victory?

There’s been lots of celebrating on the Range after Resolution 54 got defeated Saturday. This article said that Jason Metsa thinks that the vote is “a clear indication of where the party is at.” Then Metsa admitted that “the issue will be coming up again.” First, the Range DFL survived Saturday, partially because all parts […]

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Examining the Iron Range’s ‘victory’

Now that Resolution 54 has been defeated and labor leaders are experiencing a mini-Kumbaya moment, it’s time to examine what the Iron Range won yesterday. I’ll return to that in a bit but it’s important to set this up properly. Rick Nolan apparently gave a speech that set the mood for the vote, saying “Nobody […]

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DFL’s showdown Saturday?

When I wrote this post, titled The DFL’s blue collar civil war, I focused my attention on tomorrow morning’s DFL State Central meeting and something titled Resolution 54. The language for Resolution 54 states “Oppose sulfide ore mining, which is significantly different from taconite mining, poses unacceptable environmental risks, threatens multiple watersheds (Lake Superior, BWCA/VNP, […]

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DFL’s showdown Saturday?

When I wrote this post, titled The DFL’s blue collar civil war, I focused my attention on tomorrow morning’s DFL State Central meeting and something titled Resolution 54. The language for Resolution 54 states “Oppose sulfide ore mining, which is significantly different from taconite mining, poses unacceptable environmental risks, threatens multiple watersheds (Lake Superior, BWCA/VNP, […]

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The DFL’s blue collar civil war

John Gunyou’s op-ed should get the DFL’s attention. The question is whether the DFL will hear it or whether they’ll pretend it wasn’t written. With delegates to this weekend’s DFL Central Committee meeting set to debate (or table?) Resolution 54, it’s time that the DFL made a decision. Gunyou lays it out perfectly, saying “Accordingly, […]

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Stewart Mills vs. Rick Nolan

The man that wrote this LTE, Brian Marsh, gives idiots a bad reputation. It’s stunning to think that Democrats think people are that stupid. Marsh started his LTE by saying “Stewart Mills III, in talking about the Second Amendment, was quoted in the Dispatch as proclaiming: ‘It is an inalienable right given to us by […]

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Duluth News Tribune endorses Farnsworth

It’s amazing that the Duluth News Tribune, aka the DNT, endorsed Republican Rob Farnsworth to replace Carly Melin to represent the people of Nashwauk, Keewatin, Chisholm and Buhl in the Minnesota House of Representatives. DNT’s endorsement wasn’t tepid, either, stating “he’s also the best bet for effective, strong leadership in St. Paul. Far from an […]

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Steelworkers praise Nolan?

If there’s something that’s mind-boggling, it’s how steelworkers still praise the man who isn’t consistently fighting for them. What’s important to understand is that this isn’t about mining. It’s about the liberal agenda, at least with the union leadership. Picture the union president saying “Because of his unabashed and outspoken support for our members, we […]

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Voting for their livelihoods?

While I wrote this post, I couldn’t stop thinking that the Iron Range would benefit if DFL activists from the Range started thinking like the Democrats who filed into Lee Supply’s training room in Charleroi, PA, which is in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Democrats in southwestern Pennsylvania that filed into that training room entered as Democrats […]

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Kenneth Toole speaks the truth

This LTE is one of the most hard-hitting, most DFL-exposing, most honest LTEs I’ve read about the DFL’s disgust with mining. It was written by Kenneth Toole, who has apparently figured out Rick Nolan. (Here’s hoping that there are thousands of Kenneth Toole voters this November.) Mr. Toole started his LTE by saying “Last weekend […]

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DFL, Martin, hates all mining

Thanks to a tip from a loyal reader of LFR, I now have proof that the DFL hates all mining. This article provides that proof in the form of the wording for “Resolution 54”. Specifically, Resolution 54 says “Oppose sulfide ore mining, which is significantly different from taconite mining, poses unacceptable environmental risks, threatens multiple […]

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Twin Cities DFL shafts Iron Range

Once again, the Twin Cities DFL shows its indifference towards the Iron Range’s blue collar workers. This post is the latest thumb in the Iron Range’s eye. ABM’s first paragraph starts by saying “Minnesota has seen many victories for working families this year. On August 1, the minimum wage increase that Governor Dayton and Democratic […]

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Miners vs. environmental activists

For years, Iron Range DFLers have fought the environmental activist wing of the DFL over mining. Simply put, the environmental activist wing has pretty much cleaned the Iron Range’s clock on mining issues, at least at state conventions. This year wasn’t any different in that the Iron Range is still treated like second-class citizens by […]

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Let’s identify the St. Paul problem

Patrick Condon’s article reads like it was written by Paul Thissen. It opens by saying “Minnesota Republicans, who seized control of the House two years ago on promises to cut taxes and boost road and bridge spending across the state, now could go zero for two on those priorities because of bad blood with DFL […]

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Sweeping changes to the IRRRB

This article isn’t good news for the IRRRB porkmeisters, aka the IRRRB Board of Executives. According to the article, “Makeup of the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board would change dramatically if Republican-sponsored legislation is approved.” That’s understatement. HF3925, which was chief-authored by Chairman Tom Hackbarth, creates the “Legislative-Citizen Commission on Iron Range resources and […]

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Dayton dodges RAMS

Suffice it to say that Gov. Dayton’s trip to Ely last week was controversial. While visiting the Range, Gov. Dayton met with RAMS, aka the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools. RAMS peppered Gov. Dayton with questions and opinions. Steve Giorgi, RAMS executive director, asked the most pointed, pertinent, question, asking “Why would a company […]

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Rick Nolan, sellout edition

There wasn’t much doubt about whether Rick Nolan would sell out the Eighth District on environmental issues. If there was any doubt about whether Rick Nolan was a sellout to the Eighth District, that doubt disappeared when he announced he’s supporting Bernie Sanders for president. There’s a Bible verse that’s forever true. It says that […]

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Mills vs. Nolan, the rematch

Based on what his campaign manager just said, Rick Nolan isn’t living in northern Minnesota. Based on Joe Radinovich’s statement, it’s more likely that Nolan’s current neighbors include the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and some unicorns. After the Tarrance Group released its first poll of the campaign, Radinovich said “The real takeaway from this […]

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Will IRRRB lean from this?

This past week, the IRRRB faced a ton of well-deserved scrutiny. The question going forward is whether the IRRRB will learn from its past mistakes. Prior to this week, I was more than a bit skeptical that the IRRRB would learn from its mistakes. After reading this article, I’m confident that the IRRRB won’t learn […]

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Ripping the IRRRB’s mask off

Anyone who’s read LFR knows that I’m not a fan of the IRRRB. Likewise, if you’ve read my Examiner article knows that I’ve pulled lots of information together that verifies that the IRRRB has failed. This afternoon, a loyal reader of LFR sent me this article about the IRRRB’s outright corruption. Saying that this friend […]

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