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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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Gov. Dayton, the DFL & cronyism

It’s indisputable that Gov. Dayton fights harder for golden parachutes for his political appointees than he’s fought for tax relief for farmers, veterans, students with student loan debt and small business owners. In fact, it’s indisputable that Gov. Dayton and the DFL have fought hard to increase commissioners’ pay. Think about this: Gov. Dayton and […]

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Gov. Dayton, the DFL & cronyism

It’s indisputable that Gov. Dayton fights harder for golden parachutes for his political appointees than he’s fought for tax relief for farmers, veterans, students with student loan debt and small business owners. In fact, it’s indisputable that Gov. Dayton and the DFL have fought hard to increase commissioners’ pay. Think about this: Gov. Dayton and […]

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Thissen’s big dollar tax mistake

Rep. Thissen just posted this tweet in an attempt to criticize Republicans to distract attention away from Gov. Dayton vetoing a series of middle class tax cuts. In his tweet, he said “I bet those Republican House members wish they’d voted w/ us for 24 hrs. to review bills. That’s how you avoid $100 million […]

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Highlighting the Senate DFL’s priorities

Ann Rest’s amendment has sparked a great controversy at the Capitol. This article highlights how the DFL is filled with vitriol. It also highlights the fact that they’re still feeling a little sensitive about appropriating money to build the Senate Office Building. Brian Bakst and Tim Pugmire reported that tensions “rose in the Senate when […]

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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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Thissen throws Bakk under DFL bus

Last night, Almanac did a segment previewing the Minnesota Legislature’s agenda. Included in that segment was video of a fight between Speaker Daudt and Rep. Thissen. It wasn’t a fair fight, which is why Rep. Thissen got his butt handed to him. Rep. Thissen said that “tons of controversial stuff were thrown into big bills […]

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St. Cloud Times’ bias exposed

Proving that they’re most interested in pumping up the DFL, the St. Cloud Times didn’t even bother interviewing Jim Knoblach, the GOP-endorsed candidate for HD-14B. Meanwhile, they positively gushed about “impressive DFL challenger Emily Jensen.” Ms. Jensen is still a student at St. Ben’s while running for Jeff Howe’s seat. Saying that the Times lack […]

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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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What Jeff Johnson’s victory means

Now that Jeff Johnson has won the GOP primary, it’s time to look ahead to his general election message. Late Tuesday night, I received this email from the Johnson for Governor campaign: In his victory speech he thanked his supporters and the other candidates, and laid out his vision for a Minnesota where everybody has […]

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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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Dorholt’s ‘accomplishments’

Greg Riegstad’s LTE is short because he accepted the task of explaining why Zach Dorholt deserves re-election: Zach Dorholt deserves re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. After years of gridlock in our state government, this last session made real progress. The Legislature made a real commitment to education, reduced taxes for the middle class, […]

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Highlighting the DFL’s misplaced priorities

Tim Pugmire’s article on the Senate Office Building highlights the DFL’s misplaced priorities and the DFL’s campaign year spin: A recent KSTP poll found the public disapproval of the building at 68 percent. The four Republicans trying to unseat Dayton are making it a campaign issue, and so are their allies. The group Americans for […]

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Minnesota Supreme Court rules against citizens

If Patrick Condon’s article highlights anything, it’s that the courts really aren’t accessible to average citizens. With their ruling, the Minnesota Supreme Court essentially said that the judiciary is only for deep-pocketed people: The state’s high court ruled that former Republican Rep. Jim Knoblach would have to post an $11 million surety bond if he […]

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The DFL’s ill-advised priorities

The last thing that the DFL wants to hear right now is that fixing Minnesota’s bridges and filling Minnesota’s potholes is a higher priority for Minnesotans than their giant-sized bonding bill. Whether the DFL wants to admit it or not, the reality is that fixing Minnesota’s potholes is at the top of most Minnesotans’ priorities. […]

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Where’s Gov. Dayton, Part II?

I just published this post where I criticized Gov. Dayton for not establishing the proper urgency on fixing Minnesot’a potholes. Gov. Dayton and the DFL legislature spent its time debating various less-than-important issues. These issues include medical marijuana, whether the Capitol needed new procedures for guns, whether we needed to spend $1,700,000,000 on the Southwest […]

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Chamberlain-Dean bill getting attention

This morning, Rep. Matt Dean and Sen. Roger Chamberlain submitted a bill that would strip funding for Sen. Bakk’s Office Building: Republican legislators are pushing a bill that would block construction of the much-maligned new Senate office building complex. Already a source of criticism from many conservatives, the building is now the subject of legislation […]

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Dayton, DFL now bragging about shrinking tax increase

This article sickens me because it’s intellectually dishonest. Baird Helgeson is intent on portraying the DFL as heroic tax cutters. That’s BS. The DFL is the party that taxes first, then waits to see if there’s a backlash. If there’s a backlash, they pass a Tax Repair Bill like they did Friday. “This is a […]

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Will Erin Murphy call Tom Bakk’s bluff?

Thursday, I wrote this post about how Sen. Bakk is playing hardball over the Senate Office Building, which I’ve affectionately renamed Bakk’s Palace for Politicians. In that post, I included Erin Murphy’s quote about the SOB: “We’re doing our due diligence,” said Murphy of her plans for the bill. Since the House Rules Committee hasn’t […]

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Bakk playing hardball on Senate Office Building

Earlier this week, I spoke with a suburban legislator about whether the House Rules Committee would vote to prevent the building of the Senate Office Building. This legislator said that there’s virtually no chance the Rules Committee will vote to stop construction of Sen. Bakk’s Palace for Politicians, adding that Sen. Bakk is playing hardball […]

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