In Sunday's Star Tribune, reporter Chris Serres took a tough look at a law sponsored by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, that requires some welfare recipients to take random drug tests on pain of losing their benefits.SEE ALSO: Pine County Sheriff's refusal to enforce new gun regulations has Draz's ... More >>
We planned to take a least a 24-hour break from posting about Michele Bachmann... but then we saw video of remarks she made on the House floor today on the third anniversary of Obamacare's passage.SEE ALSO: Bachmann: Contraception mandate step toward one-child policy [VIDEO]It's no secret Michele ha ... More >>
North Dakota is establishing itself as the most anti-abortion state in the nation with "personhood" bills that are working their way through the GOP-dominated Legislature.SEE ALSO: North Dakota Capitol reporters repeatedly warned about wearing revealing clothing If either of the measures are ultimat ... More >>
This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare's so-called individual mandate is constitutional. Perhaps the big surprise was that Chief Justice John Roberts unexpectedly sided with the court's liberals.You probably already know that, but the information may co ... More >>
Chipotle boss says immigration system "is really messed up."Chipotle boss Monty Moran wants comprehensive immigration reform after immigration raids cost the company hundreds of jobs in Minnesota. Chipotle began a mass-firing of Minnesota employees last December after immigration authorities ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney, thus guaranteeing... probably nothing.Tim Pawlenty waited only a month after dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination before endorsing another candidate. This morning, Pawlenty made his announcement on Fox News, choosing to throw his s ... More >>
Watch out Mr. Romney.It's on! Tim Pawlenty, seizing the rhetorical moment by the throat, is getting down to some gutter level insults ahead of tonight's Republican debate in New Hampshire. He's summoned up all his courage and coined a devastating soundbite. "Obmaneycare."
Unlike Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann can answer the question of why she's running for president with one made-up word: Obamacare.In an interview with CNN, America's Craziest Congresswoman called Obama's healthcare program "the crown jewel of socialism" and said that anyone who is running for pre ... More >>
When we hear the words "PolitiFact" and "Minnesota" in the same sentence, it's usually because Michele Bachmann has scored another "Pants On Fire" award for spouting more unbelievable crap about Barack Obama. Today is different. Even though he's getting tepid reviews for his debate with the ... More >>
Matt VisionquestBravepaw tweets his feelings on Obamacare.Tim Pawlenty just excitedly tweeted that we should all check out his statement on the "1 yr anniversary of Obamacare."For such a momentous twitterduction, the statement is decidely brief--just about three tweets worth of text. In it, Pawle ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
T-Paw says he'll decide on a presidential bid by early next year.As his final term as Minnesota's governor winds down, Tim Pawlenty is upping the anti-Obama rhetoric. In an interview on CNN yesterday, Pawlenty bashed 'Obamacare' by bragging about how he commanded Minnesota to pass on federal ... More >>
Part of the Amongst Us series
Up for re-election in November, congresswoman Michele Bachmann must figure it's time to haul out the scare tactics again. Two weeks ago the White House was fomenting socialism and One World Government. Now, we're back to Obama creating death panels with health care reform and opening a politi ... More >>
Here's the issue: Democratic U.S Rep. Collin Peterson, who represents the 7th congressional district, voted against the health care reform bill. Later, he said that since it had become the law of the land, he would work with it. To Republicans who have made "repeal and replace" their new batt ... More >>
The public option in the Democrat's health care reform package, known to Michele Bachmann as a communist conspiracy, looks like it may have risen from the dead.
This is not news: Both sides of the abortion debate are dug in tighter than a stubborn mule. Here's a perfect example.
Governor T-Paw backs off constitutional threat
Republicans and some Democrats spoke out this weekend against the plan, citing lack of details or unease with the public option.
Great... Now Pawlenty is a borderline deather.
Americans United for Change released a new ad attempting to turn the tables on the much-debunked Republican claim that President Obama's health care reform plan would create death panels.
Gov. Pawlenty has announced his (sort of) new proposal to address illegal immigration in Minnesota. Will there be any takers?
The agent who ordered the arrest of "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui joins a law firm known for its aggressive defense of immigrant rights
Minnesota's welfare-to-work program draws increasing fire
Today's Washington Post carries a longish analysis of the controversies surrounding DFL candidate Keith Ellison, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by Martin Sabo.
KSTP targets a U of M instructor in the name of protecting America's borders
A little-noticed movement led to a law that bans abortion in South Dakota. How it will play out nationally?
The Governor's proposal to require local school districts to spend 70 percent of their budgets on "classroom expenses" sounds wonderful. But the devil is in the details, and the definitions. One way for districts to improve their compliance would be to go buy a few hundred power saws and have the vo ... More >>
Was the education budget the "big winner" at the Capitol? The truth is in the numbers.
In a piece printed on Wednesday's op-ed page of the Star Tribune, Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) fulminated with a forked tongue. The premise of Buesgens' diatribe was that it was indeed better to shut down state government than cave in to the budgetary priorities of "former governors and other burea ... More >>
The White House's new anti-poverty program: Shotgun weddings
Keep a close eye on my left hand...
The education commissioner changes her tune
Pawlenty's welfare reforms are modeled on ideas that have already failed in the state next door
Dr. Mildred Hanson is one of the few Minnesota physicians who hasn't been bullied out of performing abortions. At 77, she's more afraid of what will happen when she retires.
County officials such as job developer Dana Woods offer businesses "packaged and presentable" workers--with subsidies attached.
Managers at the Twin Cities' first 24-hour day-care center, set to open in September, are betting that with welfare reform propelling more low-skill workers into graveyard-shift jobs, it will fill up fast.
The outlook for Minnesota
Poverty pimps, like nature, abhor a vacuum.
Calculating the real impact of the welfare bill for Minnesota.