Drain The Swamp On Mille Lacs?

The 2016 election played out again on the water at Mille Lacs Lake last weekend. From the Star Tribune: Gov. Mark Dayton canceled a meeting with business owners around Lake Mille Lacs Saturday after about 75 protesters in boats encircled him on the lake to protest a temporary ban on walleye fishing. Dayton was with…
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Urbanites Campaigning Up North: What Does It Mean?

It’s not even July yet and already I’ve interviewed two candidates in the 2018 election for governor as they campaigned through Brainerd. So far, it’s been two Democrats — Erin Murphy and Paul Thissen — zero Republicans. I’m kind of surprised the two came at all, because electioneering these days is less and less about…
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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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