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Dahle-Jensen transportation op-ed

This op-ed, co-authored by DFL Sen. Kevin Dahle and DFL Rep. Vicki Jensen, is mostly fiction. It’s totally in keeping with the DFL’s transportation chanting points. Mostly, though, it’s a thinly-veiled attempt at a major middle class tax increase that isn’t needed. Dahle and Jensen start with a false premise, stating it “is well reported […]

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Paul Thissen, unrepentant spinner

I used to think that the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, aka ABM, was the most dishonest collection of progressives in Minnesota. I’m rethinking that, not because I think ABM suddenly became an integrity-filled organization but because Rep. Paul Thissen is a disgustingly dishonest person. I’m writing this because Rep. Thissen is dishonest and deceptive. […]

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Exposing Jane Conrad’s dishonesty

Jane Conrad’s LTE is an exercise in partisan dishonesty. In Ms. Conrad’s opening paragraph, she said “In 2014, state politicians like Reps. Jim Knoblach, Tama Theis, Jeff Howe and Tim O’Driscoll ran and were elected on a promise to improve the quality of lives for citizens in Greater Minnesota. We were promised that our roads […]

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Next Chamber transportation sellout

This article suggests that the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is preparing to sell out the Republican Party on transportation … again. It’s telling that the reporter says that the “GOP’s traditional allies in the business community are joining DFLers in the push to include transit in a transportation funding package.” It’s as if the Chamber […]

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Uppity peasant vs. Rep. Thissen

A little over a week ago, the St. Cloud Times published my LTE in which I talked about how Speaker Daudt challenged Rep. Thissen. Specifically, I wrote that Thissen accused Republicans of throwing “controversial provisions into big bills right at the end” of session. Unwilling to let Rep. Thissen’s spin go unchallenged, Speaker Daudt asked […]

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Move MN’s predictability

Harlan Madsen’s op-ed for Move MN in Monday morning’s St. Cloud Times fits Move MN’s habits perfectly. I first wrote about Move MN’s deceptions in this post. This is content from Move MN’s website: We are calling on the Minnesota Legislature to pass a comprehensive transportation funding solution in 2015 that requires additional transparency and […]

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Another DFL tax increase, Part II

When I wrote this post, I forgot something that needs highlighting. Last fall, the DFL constantly reminded us that they’d paid off the school shifts and that they’d increased funding for education. Apparently, the Princeton School Board didn’t get the memo. That’s odd because the DFL budget went into effect July 1…of 2013. If the […]

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DCCC’s anti-Millls smears continue

According to MPR’s article, the DCCC’s latest ad attacking Stewart Mills doesn’t get much right: The closest the DCCC ad comes to correct is in its claims about Mills personal wealth. After that, the DCCC gets its facts wrong. Mills said he opposed the Cash for Clunkers program, but that has nothing to do with […]

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Dorholt vs. Knoblach is key matchup

According to this article by MPR’s Tom Scheck, the Jim Knoblach vs. Zach Dorholt race is one of the targeted races that might decide who has control of the Minnesota House of representatives: For the most part, House Democrats have tried to build a firewall around 15 DFL seats they’re in jeopardy of losing in […]

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David Strom’s strong op-ed

David Strom’s op-ed highlights the fact that Minnesota’s economy isn’t as strong as Gov. Dayton and the Alliance for a Better Minnesota have said it is: Just a few years ago, more than 75 percent of adults in Minnesota were in the workforce. Now that number is 70.1 percent—yet that 5 percentage-point difference isn’t actually […]

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Dorholt’s dishonest statement

Zach Dorholt’s statement in Mark Sommerhauser’s article is utterly laughable: Dorholt is abiding by the public subsidy. He decried Knoblach’s decision not to as a case of campaign cash run amok. “Who out there isn’t going to say they’re sick and tired of more money in politics?” Dorholt said. “This is just another example, I […]

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Drop in Minnesota’s uninsured explained

Ted Plombon’s editorial in the St. Cloud Times is the best explanation I’ve heard on why the number of uninsured people has dropped in Minnesota. Here’s Mr. Plombon’s explanation, complete with statistics: Let’s take a look to see where those previously uninsured people are getting their coverage. Some of this information is taken from the […]

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The next MNsure bailout

Towards the end of the 2014 legislative session, the DFL quietly passed a $400,000,000 bailout of MNsure. Technically, the bailout was for MinnCare but MNsure caused MinnCare’s insolvency. Based on the information in this Pi-Press article, that bailout was just the tip of an iceberg. Here’s what I’m talking about: Most of those enrolled through […]

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Making sense of climate change debate

Thanks to George Will’s response to Chris Wallace’s question about climate change, we have clarity on the issue: Here’s a partial transcript of Brother Will’s response: GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: …I’m one of those who are called deniers. And the implication is that I deny climate change. It’s impossible to state with clearer precision the […]

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The DFL’s middle class tax increases

For months, we’ve heard the DFL, from Gov. Dayton and Speaker Thissen to DFL legislators, talk about taxing the rich because they hadn’t paid “their fair share” to support the DFL’s warped vision of government. Thanks to information included in Rep. Zach Dorholt’s e-letter update, we’ve got verification that the DFL just passed a massive […] . . . → Read More: The DFL’s middle class tax increases . . . → Read More: The DFL’s middle class tax increases

Numerically-challenged DFL blames GOP for tax bill defeat

Sen. Bakk and other numerically-challenged DFL senators are attempting to blame Republicans for the initial defeat of the tax bill: KMSP-TV Sen. Bakk should be embarassed by Monday’s initial vote. His whip team couldn’t count straight. When Sen. Rest said that she was busy counting votes and forgot to vote, red flags went off. That’s […] . . . → Read More: Numerically-challenged DFL blames GOP for tax bill defeat . . . → Read More: Numerically-challenged DFL blames GOP for tax bill defeat

The Tribune blows the whistle on Dayton/DFL tax increases

This Tribune op-ed highlights the tax increases being imposed on Minnesotans. Here’s a glimpse: The tax plans and budget proposals that’ll be debated and hammered together in St. Paul in the coming weeks do include healthy tax hikes on wealthy Minnesotans. But they also include taxes and fees every one of us will pay, no […] . . . → Read More: The Tribune blows the whistle on Dayton/DFL tax increases . . . → Read More: The Tribune blows the whistle on Dayton/DFL tax increases

Keystone Cops, Senate de-Bakk-le edition

In March of 2011, Sen. Bakk hinted that Republicans didn’t have the sufficient experience to run the Senate. Yesterday, the DFL-controlled Senate laid the biggest egg in Minnesota legislative history: There were a few hiccups along the way but the Minnesota Senate voted for a tax bill that raises income taxes on top earners, increases […] . . . → Read More: Keystone Cops, Senate de-Bakk-le edition . . . → Read More: Keystone Cops, Senate de-Bakk-le edition

MAPE, AFSCME know about deceptive and misleading ads

This statement on Workday Minnesota’s website is spin. Take this statement: MAPE, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, and AFSCME Council 5 denounced the corporate-backed “United for Jobs” initiative as a misleading and deceptive paid advertising campaign. The ads target Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal to raise more revenue for public services by raising taxes on […] . . . → Read More: MAPE, AFSCME know about deceptive and misleading ads . . . → Read More: MAPE, AFSCME know about deceptive and misleading ads