Tag Archives: politics

Your Morning Toffee

MinnPost: Y2K prep saves St. Cloud newspaper … 11 years later.

MNpublius: Why does MNGOP hate the middle class?

PiPress: St. Paul poet wins 2011 Kay Sexton award.

LOL/OMG: Communist Daughter + Grey’s Anatomy =/= Socialized medicine.

Strib: The Hecker Files. Real-life is infinitely more entertaining than a Hollywood script.

You fix the Minnesota deficit!

Want to try your hand at fixing our projected whopping gap of $6.2 billion for FY 2012-2013? MinnPost built a calculator that allows you to select specific proposals by government officials to see if you can balance the budget. Will your solutions be realistic? Tell us how you did.

State of the State Open Thread

Today at noon, Gov. Dayton delivers his first State of the State address, sans teleprompter. What do you think he will say? What should he say? Is there anything left to say?

Your Morning Masbout

MinnPost: Gov. Dayton accepts bids for a radio “office.” A couple of surprises among the usual suspects.

MPR: Outsmarting a river with a mind of its own. Moorhead residents again prepare for yet another 100-year flood.

Gov.  Arne Carlson: Cautious optimism. (Check out his curriculum vitae. Arne to T-Paw: “Burn!“)

MNpublius: Shhhhh! If we’re really, really quiet, maybe they won’t notice and they’ll go away.

MetroMag: The Silicon Tundra is home, too, to the creative world of type design.

Downtown Journal: Rollerdoming returns but the Dome collapse has had a ripple effect downtown.


Your Morning Coffee

A history-challenged Congresswoman who is more rogue and mavericky than Miss Maverick herself? A former governor re-imaging himself from bridesmaid into movie action hero? Was Jesse Ventura just a warm-up act?

Both Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are positioning themselves now in the early run-up to the 2012 Republican National Convention, garnering more than a little bit of national attention so doing.  People around the country (or, well, at least some of my non-Minnesotan Facebook peeps) are beginning to ask “Did you guys run out of liberals or something?” Oh, for gosh sakes! Minnesota has always had its share of odd duckies, liberal AND conservative — a fact that did not escape the attention of the New York Times in 2009 after Al Franken was declared the winner of a long, sometimes torturous, and widely-watched election recount.

But the (butt-out!™) NYT missed one often-forgotten Minnesotan: an early 20th-century Progressive- cum-Republican legislator who, for the better part of three decades, railed at state and national levels against special interests, big government, the moneyed oligarchy, and, yes, even socialists-communists-fascists.  Sound familiar? Meet the Blind Senator from Minnesota: Thomas D. Schall.

Welcome to our newest Health and Human Services Committee member!

Andy Birkey at MN Indy gives us a bit of background on the newest member of the Health and Human Services Committee, and it’s more than a little bit American Voices from The Onion.  Rep. Glen Gruenhagen, who now sits on the committee that deals with our government run welfare programs once said this about government run welfare programs:

“Government run welfare programs are little more than a government subsidized prostitution program paying extra money to women who have children out of wedlock,” he wrote. “This has contributed to over a 70% out of wedlock birth rate for Americans with an African heritage. Also, welfare provides financial support to able bodied men instead of incentives for an honest days [sic] work.”