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Bad candidates = bad results

This article highlights the fact that money isn’t everything in politics. According to statistics reported by Minnesota’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Board, “party groups and political action committees supporting DFL candidates outspent their Republican opponents in 2016, according to end-of-year finance statements that were due Tuesday with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board from […]

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Premium relief bill passed

Republicans and the DFL found a way to compromise this week. Republicans accepted Gov. Dayton’s plan to provide premium relief for people buying health insurance on the individual market but made too much to qualify for federal premium support. Gov. Dayton accepted the Republicans’ reforms. In the end, neither side got everything they wanted, which […]

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Ken Martin vs. Jason Lewis

In this article, DFL State Party Chair Ken Martin says that “Democrats will focus more on policy as they try to hold Lewis to just one term. ‘It certainly will be a huge target for national Democrats and, of course, for us here at the DFL. It’s still on paper a 50-50 district.’” That’s a […]

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Hillary’s Wisconsin decision

It isn’t a secret that Hillary Clinton made a mistake by not campaigning in Wisconsin. People of all political persuasions have criticized her. IMO, those criticisms are justified … to a point. Let’s first stipulate that Hillary campaigning there would’ve helped. The question remaining is how much it would’ve helped. After spending this past weekend […]

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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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Resolution 54’s impact on the DFL

Resolution 54, which is an amendment offered to the DFL state party platform, has already had a significant impact on the DFL. In 2016, the DFL sent the signal to outstate Minnesota that they cared most about the urban and suburban parts of the state. While most people who voted for Donald Trump and GOP […]

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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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DFL’s environmentalist dilemma

Briana Bierschbach’s article exposes the DFL’s electoral dilemma going forward. She quotes Ken Martin, the DFL State Party Chairman, as saying “Clearly there were a lot of white, non-college-educated, working-class voters who were frustrated and anxious about their future and they wanted change. We have to figure out how to speak to white, working-class voters […]

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Trump’s Minnesota visit

Despite the fact that Twin Cities pundits have written Minnesota off for him, Donald Trump still stopped in Minnesota for a campaign rally. According to this article, “a mixture of longtime Republicans, independents and people who don’t usually care about politics” showed up for the event. Predictably, DFL legislators criticized Trump’s visit. Sen. Kari Dziedzic […]

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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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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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Today’s DFL activists: thugs

Let’s be clear about something from the start. Today’s DFL activists are thugs without character. They’re people who should be locked up for years. Last week, there was a fundraiser in Minneapolis for GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. DFL protesters didn’t bother trying to act like decent human beings. They acted like thugs. In […]

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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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‘ISIS candidate’ still running

Dan Kimmel made just one mistake as a candidate. As a result, he’s essentially a dead man walking. Kimmel is running the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 56A, which is Burnsville. He’s running against Rep. Drew Christensen. Here’s Kimmel’s mistake: That’s breathtakingly foolish. What person says “ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. People doing what they […]

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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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ABM’s dishonesty continues

ABM’s latest dishonest statement is really a beauty. Notice the slipperiness in the wording. ABM’s statement starts by saying “This morning, Speaker Daudt (R-Crown/Stanford Township/Zimmerman), the highest ranking Republican in the state, said that Donald Trump is great for the Minnesota Republican Party.” That isn’t what Speaker Daudt said. What Speaker Daudt did say is […]

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Still in session, spin begins

I knew that the DFL and ABM would start spinning things after they created a mess but this is ridiculous. While the legislature was still in session, Susie Merthans started spinning things. She quoted Paul Thissen as saying “Modest victories are due to Gov Dayton & DFL Senate dragging GOP kicking and screaming across the […]

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