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MN GOP Once Again Fails Greater Minnesota
by Dave Mindeman

Huh. The MN GOP House Republicans, the champions of greater Minnesota, are again showing their true colors.

Governor Dayton is looking out for the resort owners at Lake Mille Lacs. He hears their concerns about the potentially shortened walleye season. And Dayton understands how tourism in the lakes area is a vital part of the outstate economy. He is willing to go to a special session to help them get relief.

But the "champions" of greater Minnesota are, once again, the roadblock....

And even though most legislators agree that . . .
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The Bakk Problem Has Not Improved
by Dave Mindeman

I don't mean to belabor the point, but I think this is still going to be a problem going into the next legislative session. And this needs to be addressed.

Sen. Tom Bakk announced some Senate staffer pay raises to the media yesterday and that is a good thing. Everybody in Minnesota government is really underpaid.

But that is not what bothers me about Senator Bakk.

Bakk, in a wide-ranging news conference after the committee meeting, said he had a call scheduled Tuesday with Gov. Mark Dayton to talk about . . .
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If Recruiters Get Armed-Then Include Tougher Background Checks
by Dave Mindeman

Minnesota Republicans in the legislature want to propose another gun law....

Some Republicans in the Legislature say they want to allow active military personnel in the state to carry firearms. The move would allow people in uniform to protect themselves if there is an attack on a military base or recruiting station, said Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa.

I will probably get myself into trouble with my liberal friends on this, but I tend to think of this proposal as a "reasonable" type gun law. After all, it has been made . . .
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The Staggering Failure Of The House GOP On Rural Broadband
by Dave Mindeman

After the MN GOP House Republicans won back the House majority with a stunning turnover in rural Minnesota districts, the House leadership boasted about how this change would produce a new rural emphasis in the legislature.

So how is it that this new leadership failed so miserably in moving forward on the #1 issue for rural households and businesses in the state?


In 2014, the state of Minnesota handed out $20 million in grants for the spread of broadband access across the state.....So popular was the program that advocates returned to . . .
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Walker's Union Busting Will Not Make Him President
by Dave Mindeman

There is this narrative that persists with Scott Walker. He has made a career of denigrating the trade unions. It has endeared him to the conservative base and gets the attention of the richest 1% who dislike the unions even more.

But Walker's crusade against unions has a deceptive tone to it. When he initially pushed his legislation that limited collective bargaining through a Republican dominated state legislature, he craftily managed to make side deals with government employee unions. The police and firefighters were exempted from the early legislation, neutralizing these . . .
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