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Cong. Kline: About That Special Ed Funding? Talk Is Cheap
by Dave Mindeman

Congressman John Kline has been talking about the importance of Special Education funding for years.

In February of 2013, a few months after Sandy Hook, Kline talked to some education leaders in Minnesota....

When Kline asked the educators about whether they would prefer to see increased special education funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Act or more funding for new school security measures, all agreed on special education.

"Wow," Kline said. "OK."

Kline was impressed.

In late April of this year, Kline complained to Sec. of Education Arne Duncan about . . .
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Health Care Providers Union YES
by Dave Mindeman

Republicans don't like unions.

Rep. Tara Mack, (R) Apple Valley seems especially upset about the home health care providers union that was just formed via a positive union vote....

"I strongly believe in the right to free association, but the government should not use its power to make private, independent care providers into employees of the state," said Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley. "The law passed by Minnesota Democrats in 2013 gives government greater power to decide how a mother provides care for her disabled child. There are significant concerns about . . .
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MN Senate Office Bldg - A Buttery Issue But A Little Rancid
by Dave Mindeman

When you can't find an issue to run on, you look for something that, on the surface, looks like an unnecessary expenditure, distort the facts and beat it to death to whomever will listen.

That is the GOP message for 2014 and the issue they want to "beat to death" is the new Senate office building.


It started out a little extravagant which was a mistake by DFL Senate leadership, but the more practical MN House scaled it back and made it more utilitarian. Then they added . . .
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McFadden And Polymet: Short Term, Fast Buck Thinking For MN
by Dave Mindeman

When he isn't talking about Chinese steel, Mike McFadden promotes the premise that our over regulated economy is being held back by government restrictions. And he loudly states that Polymet in Minnesota is a prime example.

If the government would lighten up, McFadden argues, the economy would take off.

Well, we don't have to look very far to see why his premise is incorrect. In fact, we can use his favorite steel manufacturer, China, as a prime example of how loosening regulations can be detrimental.

The state run Chinese government . . .
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Partisan Politics Has NO Place In The Judiciary
by Dave Mindeman

The visual optics of a MN GOP confrontation at the Fair Booth with one of their own endorsed candidates for the Supreme Court had to be a little awkward. Especially when it gets picked up by some national media outlets.

But the whole concept of endorsing judicial candidates is just plain wrong in the first place. Republican Greg Wersel was the guy who pushed judicial endorsements - he pushed it all the way to the 8th US Circuit court of appeals. He won and the GOP dipped into the waters . . .
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