Where The Sidewalk (Or Furor-Inducing Unpaved Trail) Ends

It’s been a quiet week in St. Paul, which is not my hometown. The fireworks that were promised at the beginning of the Legislative session early this year mostly did not come to pass. By means of several sleepless nights working on bills, legislators have likely averted a government shutdown. Barring some massive reversal by…
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With Every Bitter Comment, A #Mnleg Shutdown Becomes More Likely

Two press events in the past two weeks have made the odds of a functional 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature seem… not good. Not good at all. An open special session negotiation last Friday, and the Forum News Service-sponsored pre-legislative session briefing Monday, have shed more light on a disturbing trend. Mark Dayton and Kurt…
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A Fact Check Of Stewart Mills’ New Campaign Ad On Syrian Refugees

Stewart Mills released a new TV ad Monday, and it’s all about Syrian refugees. The ad, entitled “Syrians,” makes sure to say “ISIS” three times in the first ten seconds. “ISIS wants to to infiltrate America – and they’re using Syrians to do it,” the ad’s voiceover says. “But Rick Nolan supports bringing 100,000 unvetted Syrians to…
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The War Of The Five Twitter Handles

Perhaps a portent of things to come in the race for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, one reporter’s criticism of a poll last week  sparked a tweetstorm that continued to rage, even today, almost a full week after the first shot was fired. So far, it’s involved the managers for both Democrat Rick Nolan and Republican…
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Daudt And Dayton Might Have Trouble Using Their Words, But All Is Not Lost For Spring Session

Recent events make it easy to be pessimistic about the prospect of much (of) anything getting accomplished during the regular session of the Minnesota Legislature that starts next month. First, you have the acrimony and screaming that ended last year’s regular session, as lawmakers were forced in the small hours of the morning to vote on…
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