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Carbon taxes: A plan to finance GOP and Trump’s spending addiction

A whistle-blower and former senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has accused the agency of faking its global warming data in order to force the United States into signing-on to the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement…

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Trump border wall: Funded by taxes on Americans, not Mexico

Throughout his campaign for president, Donald Trump repeatedly emphasized his promise to build a big, beautiful, technologically advanced wall on the border between the United States and Mexico. Not only did he promise to build it, he promised that Mexico…

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Gov. Dayton’s tax ‘relief’

Anders Koskinen’s article on Gov. Dayton’s tax ‘relief’ bill is enlightening in that it proves that Gov. Dayton still hasn’t learned that sending money to cities and counties doesn’t shrink families’ tax burdens. It just adds to those cities’ and counties’ spending. The key part of Koskinen’s article is where he writes “the proposal ends […]

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Red Wisconsin — Is Minnesota next?

Salena Zito’s article about Wisconsin becoming a red state is must reading for Minnesota conservatives. That’s because it provides the blueprint for turning Minnesota red. Salena’s article starts by saying “Eight years ago, Wisconsin Democrats were in the catbird seat; they held the Governor’s office, the majority in both chambers of the state legislature, two […]

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GOP establishment blocks effort to impeach Koskinen

Despite the best efforts of outgoing Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), House Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP establishment successfully blocked the effort to impeach the corrupt IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen. Koskinen has gotten away…

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Examining Trump’s Carrier deal

This article about President-Elect Trump’s deal with Carrier includes the obligatory ‘this sets a dangerous precedent’ quote. In this article, Steve Weitzner of Silverlode Consulting is quoted as saying “It’s a potentially dangerous policy where you reward a company that threatens to leave. It’s a dangerous precedent. Why wouldn’t every other company make the exact […]

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Biased media, DFL, getting it wrong

This Our View editorial in the Mankato Free Press gets it wrong. That isn’t surprising. It’s predictable. Let’s look at what the MFP got wrong. MFP’s headline is simple: “Our View: Legislature: Make divided government work.” Let’s be clear about something. Republicans gained seats in the House during a presidential election. While they were expected […]

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Big night for Republicans (National)

The big story from Tuesday night was that Republicans pretty much had their way with Democrats once the urban votes were counted. Donald Trump was on the verge of victory seemingly for hours. Minutes ago, he won Pennsylvania, officially giving him 278 electoral votes. That’s without adding Arizona’s 11 electoral votes (Trump leads there 49.7%-45.4%) […]

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Effective ads vs. ineffective ads

Michael Brodkorb’s MinnPost article highlights what goes into an effective mailer. Mr. Brodkorb’s article highlights a mailer paid for by the Minnesota Action Network, a political action committee chaired by former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman. In his article, Mr. Brodkorb says that the mailer is effective because the “mail from Coleman’s group targets numerous DFL […]

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Vote-changing facts about Apollo

The constant drumbeat from the St. Cloud Times and the ISD 742 School Board is that a) Tech is ancient and falling apart and b) we have to build a new Tech HS at the cost of $104,500,000. What they don’t want voters to know is that Apollo a) currently houses the district offices and […]

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Rejecting the referendum, Part III

Thus far in this series, I’ve highlighted the fact that the ISD742 School Board hasn’t talked about St. Cloud’s high school enrollment forecasts for the short-, medium- and long-term. They didn’t tell voters that they’ve already purchased the land for a new Tech HS. That wasn’t announced on the District’s website. It was announced this […]

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Rejecting the referendum, Part II

In Part I of this series, I highlighted the fact that the ISD742 School Board still hasn’t told voters these important things: what the district’s high school enrollment is, whether the district’s high school enrollment is declining or increasing and whether that’s likely to continue into the future. Another thing that hasn’t happened is that […]

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Rejecting the referendum, Part I

The ISD742 School Board is trying to ram a $143,000,000 bonding referendum down its residents’ throats because they started with a predetermined destination, then put together a plan to reach that destination. In the Board’s arrogance, they’ve decided they didn’t need to listen to their constituents. That decision was the worst decision they’ve collectively ever […]

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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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Trump can’t earn women’s vote, so he’ll buy it!

When he was the Democrat candidate for president, Bill Clinton promised a boatload of benefits in order to buy your vote. One of his campaign promises was the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to provide up to twelve…

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GOP won’t address IRS scandal because . . . election season

Yesterday I wrote about the frustration many Conservatives are having with the GOP establishment due to the willingness of these gutless wonders to surrender their principles whenever it suits their selfish political ambitions. In that piece, I called out Marco…

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Let’s spend $11,000,000 foolishly

The next time that the budget is being put together, I hope Republicans will tell airheaded liberals like Betsy Hodges and Chris Coleman to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine when they ask for their LGA increases. I wrote this post to highlight the fact that Chris Coleman was upset that he’d have to […]

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St. Cloud Joint Cities forum notes

Saying that the questions asked at the St. Cloud Area Joint Cities Forum had a leftward tilt to them is understatement. For instance, the first question was “While the legislature accomplished its most basic responsibility of passing a state budget, the last biennium, it does seem that the last 2 years are marked with significant […]

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Dayton-Duininck SWLRT bombshells

Just like Speaker Daudt predicted, the Met Council has announced that they’ll “come up with the final piece of the state and local funding” for the SWLRT project. That’s the mini-bombshell about the SWLRT project. The major bombshell this week happened “when House Speaker Kurt Daudt revealed the existence of an email from Met Council […]

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Chris Coleman’s property tax hike explained

St. Paul Chris Coleman is asking for another major property tax increase. This is likely the first in a lengthy list of mayoral sob stories set to be published. Mayor Coleman, it seems, expected a “$3 million boost in state aid” that isn’t coming. The sob story will sound something like this: We passed a […]

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