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  • St. Paul superintendent apologizes for Ferguson tweet

    11/25/2014 3:30:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-25-14 | josh verges
    The St. Paul Public Schools superintendent apologized Tuesday for a Twitter comment on the Ferguson, Mo. shooting that sparked a flurry of reaction, most of it negative. Authorities announced Monday that a grand jury decided against indicting white police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Soon after the announcement, Superintendent Valeria Silva tweeted, "No indictment for officer Wilson! Very sad day in America. How do I explain this to my black students?" Silva later deleted the tweet and clarified her intent. But her remark offended many, including some who agreed with the grand...
  • Ice to close upper Mississippi from November 20, earliest on record

    11/24/2014 3:00:24 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Rueters ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | Michael Hirtzer
    The shipping season on the upper Mississippi River will end on Thursday as ice surrounding locks and dams near Minnesota's Twin Cities forced the earliest winter closure on records that date back to 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
  • House Dems reject vet for top VA committee spot, pick rarely-seen Corrine Brown

    11/22/2014 11:02:17 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Democrats scrambled Wednesday to tamp down anger among veterans groups who objected to the party’s choice of Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida as ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Compounding the anger was the Democratic leadership’s treatment of the sole veteran among the panel’s Democrats, who was briefly ousted from the committee on a technicality and thus made ineligible to seek to become ranking member. As a result, Rep. Brown was the only Democrat seeking to serve as party leader on the committee that has been a watchdog for the Veterans Affairs Department’s wait-time scandal and the implementation...
  • Bachmann: Obama Wants ‘Illiterate’ Immigrants as New Dem Voters

    11/20/2014 1:42:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Outgoing Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told reporters Wednesday that President Barack Obama was seeking to grant legal protection to millions of “illiterate” immigrants who would then become Democratic voters by 2016. “The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language,” Bachmann said. “The president has a very single-minded vision. He’s looking at new voters for 2016.” Bachmann told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa that “illiterate” wasn’t her word: “I’ve been down to the border. The reason why I would say that...
  • Archdiocese reports roughly $9 million deficit; considering bankruptcy

    11/21/2014 5:18:34 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-20-14 | Staff
    The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reported a $9.1 million operating deficit for fiscal year 2014 and reiterated Thursday that it's considering filing for bankruptcy because of the potential for more lawsuits by victims of clergy sexual abuse. The archdiocese released its financial information in its newspaper, the Catholic Spirit, more than a week after it said it was cutting its central office budget by 20 percent, including 11 jobs. Archbishop John Nienstedt called the situation "disheartening" but wrote that the chancery's finances won't directly affect parishes, schools or other Catholic institutions. "I am determined to see that the...
  • Obama's immigration action divides Minn. delegation

    11/20/2014 6:34:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    mprnews.org ^ | November 20, 2014 | Brett Neely
    President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight to announce an executive action that could allow 5 million unauthorized immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation. In doing so, he will set in motion a bruising Congressional battle that has been two years in the making, one that will draw Minnesota's delegation into the fray. Although the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration overhaul in the spring of 2013, one that Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken helped craft in the Judiciary Committee, immigration hardliners in the House blocked all efforts to pass a bill. Efforts by departing...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Keith Ellison: No mandate for GOP; electorate ‘has a lot of complicated things that it thinks’

    11/20/2014 12:58:09 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, said Tuesday that Republicans don’t have a mandate after a midterm election cycle in which they took back control of the Senate and picked up about a dozen seats in the House — pointing to low voter turnout and successful ballot initiatives on raising the minimum wage as evidence of a nuanced electorate. Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Mr. Ellison was responding to comments from Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, that the American people have spoken and President Obama can listen to them on issues like immigration. “Well, you know, we had a 72-year low...
  • Reports: More than 90,000 illegal immigrants in MN

    11/19/2014 8:46:19 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 11-19-14 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Estimates from two Washington, D.C., nonprofit organizations say there are more than 90,000 illegal immigrants living in Minnesota. The Pew Research Center's study says illegal immigrants make up 1.8 percent of Minnesota's population and 2.5 percent of its workforce. While Pew estimates the illegal immigrant count at 95,000, the Migration Policy Institute puts the number at 91,000.
  • Ted Cruz fires back at Al Franken

    11/18/2014 10:02:25 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/17/14 03:30 PM EST | Julian Hattem
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) are squaring off over whether new net neutrality rules would hinder or help the growth of the Internet.After Cruz last week called net neutrality “ObamaCare for the Internet,” Franken over the weekend said that the Texas Republican had the issue “completely wrong.” ADVERTISEMENT The Texas senator “just doesn't understand what this issue is,” Franken said.On Monday, Cruz’s office fired back with YouTube videos and Vine clips that it said explains how tough Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules would “calcify” the Internet and prevent people from using it as a platform for innovation.Cruz...
  • APNewsBreak: Vascular Solutions subsidy scrapped (Minnesota)

    11/19/2014 11:56:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 1:56 PM EST | Brian Bakst
    A medical-device company lost out on a hefty Minnesota subsidy on Wednesday after the firm and its leader were criminally charged. The Department of Employment and Economic Development scrapped a potential $800,000 package tied to an expansion and hiring proposal put forth by Vascular Solutions. The decision came Wednesday, a day after The Associated Press reported the deal was cast into doubt by last week’s federal indictment. A hearing to consider approval of the Minnesota Job Creation Fund award had been set for Friday. […] Vascular Solutions and CEO Howard Root were federally indicted last week on charges of conspiring...
  • Controversial economist Jonathan Gruber had role in setting up MNsure

    11/19/2014 4:11:53 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Doug Belden
    Minnesota was one of the states where Jonathan Gruber, an economist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was involved in the creation of the federal Affordable Care Act, helped to set up a local health insurance exchange. Gruber has come under fire for comments he made a year ago about how the federal law was passed. Video that surfaced this month showed him saying that a "lack of transparency" and "the stupidity of the American voter" were key to getting the federal law passed. He was paid $330,000 for his work in Minnesota. What did he produce? Gruber, who...
  • Study: Minnesota's population of illegal immigrants stayed relatively flat in recent years

    11/18/2014 9:47:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | November 18, 2014 | by: MILA KOUMPILOVA
    The number of illegal immigrants in Minnesota has remained stable in recent years as the national numbers dipped in the aftermath of the recession. That’s according to a new study from the Pew Research Center that placed the state’s population of illegal residents at 95,000. The estimate is up 5,000 residents since 2009, but the study has a range of error of plus or minus 10,000 people. Minnesotans who lack legal immigration status make up 2.5 percent of the state’s workforce. Nationally, an estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants account for 5.1 percent of the workforce, the study says. In Minnesota,...
  • NFL suspends Vikings’ Adrian Peterson for at least remainder of season

    11/18/2014 6:20:00 AM PST · by John W · 34 replies
    Reuters via The Globe and Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | Steve Ginsburg
    WASHINGTON — Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of 2014 season, the National Football League said on Tuesday. Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, the league said in statement, for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an “incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his 4-year-old son.”
  • INSIDER THREAT: Side-by-side with a future terrorist at MSP Airport

    11/18/2014 4:57:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    KTVU ^ | 11-16-14 | Tom Lyden
    The Fox 9 Investigators learned that of three men recruited from Minnesota to fight for either ISIS or al-Shabaab all once held jobs at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and each hold security clearances that gave them access to parts of the airport a traveler will never see. When exactly these men were radicalized is unclear. The good news: It doesn't appear the airport was ever their intended target. The bad news: Experts fear that scenario may be just a matter of time. Side-by-side with a future terrorist It's like a small city that never really sleeps. It's in constant...
  • Here’s why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 7:00:38 PM PST · by george76 · 158 replies
    Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs ^ | November 17, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    They are going there to get subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers to take to another state. Refugee resettlement is a euphemism for importing whole Muslim communities, importing jihad. I have long documented the targeting of gateway cities (smaller cities) overwhelmed with Muslim refugee immigration from countries like Somalia — cities like Emporia, Kansas, Nashville, Greeley and Fort Morgan, Colorado, Lewiston, Maine et al. The over-saturation and drain on city resources has driven these immigrants northward to settle in Wyoming, according to these reports. Organizations like Lutheran Family Services profit enormously from the Federal government handling these refugees. The sharia compliant...
  • Minnesota National Guard troops to deploy to Liberia for Ebola response

    11/17/2014 5:03:46 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-16-14 | Katie Kather
    Close to 700 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard will be deployed to West Africa this spring to help with the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The soldiers will be from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, according to a statement from the Minnesota National Guard. The Red Bulls will not treat Ebola patients, but will work with operations, logistics, personnel and resources in assistance to U.S. military forces that are supporting the United States Agency for International Development's response. The troops will receive medical training to ensure they are protected from exposure to the virus.
  • Jonathan Gruber Made Over $4 Million Pimping Obamacare & Lying to “Stupid” Americans

    11/14/2014 3:33:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-14-14 | Jim Hoft
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber made $4 million pimping Obamacare. ** $400,000 from Health and Human Services ** $1.6 MM from other states, and that’s just four of them. ** Another $2 milion from HHS for other work. It was a nice gig. The dude made millions because of his central role in lying to get health care passed. Video surfaced this week of Jonathan Gruber admitting the Obama administration lied to “stupid” Americans in order to get Obamacare passed. Jonathan Gruber made $400,000 from HHS. He also made an additional $3.6 million for consulting with states. Glenn Kessler at The...
  • Seasonal Workers on Wheels: A Growing, Graying Wave of Employees

    11/13/2014 8:35:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    KSTP ^ | 11-13-14 | Beth McDonough
    Every day, 170 Minnesotans turn 65. It's supposed to be the beginning of retirement. But for many, 65 is just another birthday. Although they're old enough to retire, they can't afford to. So every year in the fall, thousands come to work in Minnesota. For them, the sugar beet harvest is a lifesaver. Although it's seasonal and short-term work, it's a paycheck. The sugar beet harvest starts at the end of September and runs for a few weeks. The work involves a lot of heavy lifting and the pay is pretty good. The starting wage is $12 an hour. The...
  • Activist Groups Sue over Enbridge Border Pipeline

    11/13/2014 9:06:43 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    WDIO ^ | 11-13-14 | WDIO/AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Tribal and environmental groups are suing the U.S. State Department for approving a temporary plan by a Canadian pipeline company to increase the flow of crude oil from Alberta into Minnesota. The Sierra Club and other groups filed the federal lawsuit. The suit contends the State Department approved a plan by Enbridge Energy to construct and operate a pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Canada border without first reviewing environmental impacts. Enbridge won Minnesota regulatory approval to complete a $200 million upgrade of its 1,000-mile Alberta Clipper pipeline, boosting its flow by adding pumping stations
  • Lax system let ineligible people get public health care aid

    11/13/2014 4:40:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    MPR ^ | 11-12-14 | MPR News Staff
    Minnesota human services officials didn't verify that low income people enrolling in health plans through MNsure were eligible for benefits they got, the state legislative auditor said Wednesday. The state Department of Human Services did not check key eligibility criteria, such as Social Security numbers, citizenship, income, and household sizes for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program), MinnesotaCare, and Children's Health Insurance Program recipients. That screening breakdown "resulted in ineligible persons receiving public health care benefits," the auditor said in its report. "They're not getting it right," Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said. "We design these systems to make complex eligibility determinations....
  • Audit found ineligible people on state's public-health rolls

    11/13/2014 4:37:24 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    MinnPost ^ | Brian Lambert
    The AP story says, “Minnesota's legislative auditor says the state Department of Human Services has failed to adequately verify the eligibility of people who enroll in public health care programs through the state's health insurance exchange MNsure. In a report released Wednesday, the Office of the Legislative Auditor says it found many instances where department paid for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare benefits for people who weren't eligible because their incomes were too high or didn't qualify for other reasons. It says the department also charged incorrect MinnesotaCare premium rates.” It’s hard to put into words how shocked I am. The...
  • Separate And Unequal: Minnesota School District To Review All Suspensions Of ‘Black And Brown

    11/10/2014 9:26:28 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/10/2014 | Derek Hunter
    Minneapolis Public Schools are implementing a new policy aimed at eliminating the gap between the races when it comes to suspensions. Nothing will change for white students, they will still be suspended at the discretion of each school’s principal. But for minority students, specifically black, Hispanic and Native American students, the Minneapolis Schools Superintendent’s office will personally review each case. ... The ethnic make-up of Minneapolis schools is majority minority. According to data for the 2014-2015 school year, 33.8 percent of students are white, while 37.2 percent are black, 19.3 percent are Hispanic, and 3.8 percent are Native American. Asians...
  • Minneapolis School District Now Needs 'Permission' to Suspend Any Black, Hispanic Student

    11/10/2014 2:17:18 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 11-10-14 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Minneapolis public school system announced a major new district-wide policy for disciplining students: any suspension of a non-white student requires the district superintendent's approval. The MPS has been stung by reports that students of color are 10 times more likely to receive a suspension than white students. The Minneapolis school system has an enrollment of over 32,000 students. Seventy percent are non-white. School superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, a black woman, maintains that she wants to "disrupt" the current suspension trends. Superintendent Johnson says that her new policy is aimed at forcing local school administrators to deeply "probe" the reasons for...
  • Minneapolis now requires superintendents to approve any suspension of 'minority' students

    11/10/2014 8:28:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    <p>Racialists across America complain that minority students (chiefly blacks, not so much Chinese, for instance) are suspended for misbehavior at higher rates than whites. Questions of subculture and behavior are secondary to the quota mentality.</p> <p>The Minneapolis public school system announced a major new district-wide policy for disciplining students: any suspension of a non-white student requires the district superintendent's approval.</p>
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • What if They Made it Illegal to Rent Your House?

    11/09/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by Twotone · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | Nov. 8, 2014 | Tom Steward
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota cities have circled the wagons in a controversial property rights case that pits municipal authorities against homeowners who are challenging the constitutionality of Winona’s rental ban before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
  • Mpls. Mayor Flashes Gang Sign with Convicted Felon; Law Enforcement Outraged

    11/07/2014 6:37:07 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ^ | 11/07/2014 | Jay Kolls
    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges posing with a convicted felon while flashing a known gang sign. The man in the photo is a twice-convicted felon for drug selling and possession and illegal possession of a firearm. He is currently sentenced to five years at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, with the prison term stayed for three years while he is under supervised probation until 2016. If he violates terms of his probation during that time, he will serve the five years behind bars. ... Retired Minneapolis police officer Michael Quinn, who also managed the department's Internal Affairs Unit, says the photo...
  • A Blip: Bill Maher Blown Out as Kline Doubles Victory Margin (EPIC FAIL !!!)

    11/07/2014 3:40:37 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | 11/06/2014 | Tom Steward
    ---SNIP-- In “real time” terms, Maher’s flip-a-district gimmick flopped as Kline coasted to his seventh term in the US House of Representatives. True, Maher wasn’t on the ballot in Kline’s race, but then neither was President Obama. Just the same, Kline doubled his victory margin over challenger Mike Obermueller in a rematch of the 2012 race—an 18 percent win compared to 8 percent last time.
  • ABC News Declares Franken the Winner in U.S. Senate Race

    11/04/2014 6:44:48 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 49 replies
    KSTP ^ | 11-4-14 | Megan Stewart
    ABC News has declared Democratic Sen. Al Franken beat out Republican Mike McFadden for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Franken's big advantages in money and name recognition made him the favorite against McFadden. The former "Saturday Night Live" star was seen as a big target for Republicans after he won in 2008 by recount, but this cycle's race never appeared close and Republican-aligned groups invested their millions elsewhere.
  • What To Expect As Voters Hit The Polls For Election Day

    11/04/2014 9:37:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | November 4, 2014 | by Jennifer Lewerenz
    Minnesota is one of the few states in the nation with same-day voter registration. If you are a first-time voter or have not voted in the last four years, you’ll need to bring a photo ID as well as a current utility bill, bank statement or credit card statement. If you are already registered to vote and have voted at least once within the last four years, you don’t need to bring anything with you. A new state law goes into effect Tuesday as well. All transit, including buses and trains, are free.
  • Franken: Ebola Victim's Widow to Get Benefits

    11/03/2014 3:17:10 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 45 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 11/3/14 | AP
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken says the widow of the first American to die from Ebola will get survivor benefits. Franken says the Social Security Administration notified him Monday that the benefits were approved for Decontee Sawyer of Coon Rapids.
  • Joe Soucheray: Rich Democrats want us to abhor rich Republicans

    11/03/2014 3:41:15 AM PST · by rhema · 11 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 11/1/14 | Joe Soucheray
    Money certainly has been the villainous elephant in the room during another midterm bombardment of horrifically childish political advertising. Democrats have used every trick in the book to paint their Republican opponents as blue blazer-wearing Chatsworth Osborne Juniors, with the Rick Nolan campaign, for example, smugly referring to Stewart Mills as Stewart Mills the Third, apparently because thirds, in a "Great Gatsby" kind of way, have all the dough. Nolan might be running the dumbest campaign in the history of campaigns. He is trying to tell the people of northern Minnesota, who might very well be employed at a Mills...
  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS INVESTIGATES: Felony Gun Convictions Often End With No Prison Time

    10/31/2014 8:16:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    KSTP ^ | 10-30-14 | Stephen Tellier
    EYEWITNESS NEWS spent weeks analyzing more than 1,800 cases across Minnesota - murders, robberies, burglaries, and assaults, all involving firearms, as well as many cases of previously convicted felons being caught with guns. In more than half of such cases, the convicted felon received less than the minimum sentence. And whether they spent any time in prison varied greatly from judge to judge and courtroom to courtroom. Daylight was beginning to dwindle. Leaves were beginning to litter the landscape. Fall was beginning to descend on Folwell Park. "This is where kids come. This is their sanctuary," said John Joyce, who...
  • Government sues Honeywell over employee wellness program

    10/29/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-29-14 | Dee Depass
    Federal officials are challenging new benefit rules at Honeywell Inc. that create monetary penalties unless employees and spouses take medical tests. A lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to complaints from two Minnesota employees sets up a potential court case over how far employers can go to shift health costs and influence worker behavior. The agency said in the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, that new health screening and penalties at Honeywell violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. “Employees will be penalized if they or their...
  • Oh My: Study Reveals Significant Number of Non-Citizens Vote in US Elections

    10/28/2014 9:14:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 27, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Electoral cheating is not the "myth" the Left pretends it is ... More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. ... Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities...
  • Minn. African restaurant owner forced to change sign over Ebola fears

    10/27/2014 10:20:26 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27 Oct 14 | Fox News Staff
    Concern over Ebola has forced a Minnesota restaurant owner who serves African food to cover up part of her sign and reconsider her Liberian-themed menu. Kellita Whisnant has owned Mama Ti's African Kitchen in Brooklyn Park, Minn. for three years. Now that confirmed cases of Ebola have reached U.S. soil, she says business is down by about 50 percent. “This African name that brought people in before, is now hurting me," Whisnant told Minneapolis-St.Paul's KMSP Fox9 . "We get the jokes, the ridicule." Amid declining sales—and a customer flat out asking her if the restaurant had Ebola—Whisnant covered up the...
  • Moderator Calls Out Franken For Not Answering Ebola Question

    10/27/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 27, 2014
    On Sunday, Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) avoided questions on travel bans and quarantines to limit the spread of Ebola in the United States. After being prodded to answer, a moderator asked Franken, “I mean, which is it, do you support a travel ban or not?”
  • Report: Non-Citizens' Votes Could Affect Senate Race

    10/26/2014 6:12:48 AM PDT · by cutty · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 Oct 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Many non-citizens don't register or vote, but so many do that it could change the outcome of some of the neck-and-neck Senate races as Republicans and Democrats fight to gain control over it ... with non-citizens favoring Democrats, resident Barack Obama took more than 80 percent of the non-citizen vote in the CCES 2008 sample ... Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., won his 2008 election by just 312 votes, and that the votes cast by 0.65 percent of his state's non-citizens may account for that win
  • My State is Dead Last in Job Growth -- No MY State is Dead Last in Job Growth

    10/24/2014 7:12:05 PM PDT · by sgtyork · 24 replies
    Vanity ^ | Vanity
    I live in Wisconsin, which according to Mary Burke Democrat candidate for governor is dead last in the Midwest for job growth. ((Its a flat out lie, Walker has really turned job growth around and says Wisconsin is 4th in the Midwest for job growth. I work a lot in Illinois which according to Illinois Policy and the Illinois GOP is dead last in the country for job growth. This is also advertised on political radio ads. http://www.rebootillinois.com/2014/01/23/uncategorized/brendanbond/illinois-predicted-dead-last-job-growth-2014/5012/ But when I binged it, the GOP Minnesota gubernatorial candidate also says Minnesota is dead last in job growth. http://johnsonforgovernor.org/jeff-johnson-issues-statement-minnesota-dead-last-midwest-private-sector-job-creation/#.VEsGgcai1g2 I thought...
  • Muslim Woman Attacks Muslims For Demanding Halal Food At Minnesota Food Banks

    10/24/2014 2:46:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    ... “I’m about to put a smack down on my brothers and sisters,” Dedic wrote in her Facebook post on Oct 20. “Why on earth [do] they think it is okay to look into the eyes of the already generous US taxpayer and say your charity is not good enough for me. I demand special treatment.” ...
  • Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds

    10/21/2014 5:13:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-20-14 | Eric Roper
    Most members of the Metropolitan Council rarely use the public transportation system they are in charge of overseeing, based on transit pass usage and a Star Tribune survey of the 17-member body. Met Council members receive a free transit pass as part of their appointments to the board. Information obtained through an open records request shows that 10 of those passes were never used in the past year. Five council members swiped their cards between 10 and 21 times, while just two registered more than 70 rides. By comparison, a full year of two-way weekday commutes would rack up closer...
  • Bachmann under 24/7 guard after ISIS threat

    10/21/2014 12:46:36 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 10-20-14 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – The danger posed by ISIS to Americans has come to the homeland for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a national publication may be making the ominous threat even worse. Politico has reported federal officials are taking an online threat to the congresswoman so seriously she in now under 24-hour protection by a security detail. However, Politico may be adding fuel to the fire by incorrectly reporting that the congresswoman had called on President Obama to declare war on Islam. “Bachmann has been publicly critical of not only ISIL, but also Islam, calling on President Obama to declare war...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 October 2014

    10/19/2014 4:26:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 147 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 October 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows October 19th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health; Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman; Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., head of the Democratic National Committee; Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Fauci; Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Fauci; Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association; Dr. Robert...
  • Coulter To GOP: Stop ‘Constantly Sucking Up’ To Hispanic Voters

    10/18/2014 6:36:41 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    In an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” Friday night, conservative columnist Ann Coulter was critical of the GOP for appealing to known Democratic voting blocs, specifically Hispanics, rather than simply appealing to base voters. “Instead of constantly sucking up to a group of people who will never vote for you,” said Coulter, hitting specifically against GOPers for immigration reform, “how about appealing to the other voters who are just gonna go home and say ‘Screw you.’”
  • 7 Minneapolis TSA agents treated after fumes reported at airport

    10/17/2014 7:33:09 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 10/17/14 | JOHN REINAN , Star Tribune
    Seven agents of the Transportation Security Administration were briefly hospitalized Friday after reported exposure to fumes at an airport checkpoint, but officials said no cause was discovered. All seven were examined at Hennepin County Medical Center and released by 2 p.m.
  • KSTP/SurveyUSA POLL: Upset Brewing in 8th District?

    10/17/2014 10:53:33 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 12 replies
    wdio.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Tom Hauser
    Millions of dollars have been spent by the candidates and outside political groups in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District and now we know why. In our exclusive new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Republican challenger Stewart Mills leads incumbent Democrat Congressman Rick Nolan 47 percent to 39 percent. Another four percent support Green Party candidate Ray Sandman and 11 percent are undecided. "This is a shocking poll and may suggest we have Oberstar all over again," said University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs, referring to longtime Democratic incumbent Jim Oberstar's loss to Chip Cravaack in 2010. "Clearly Mills is benefiting from a fundamental...
  • In search of change, sex offenders at Moose Lake run for office

    10/17/2014 5:23:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-16-14 | CHRIS SERRES and GLENN HOWATT
    Sex offenders at a treatment center in northern Minnesota, fed up with political gridlock over their controversial program, are taking matters into their own hands: They are running for elected office. For the last three months, a group of sex offenders has quietly run a voter-registration drive up and down the hallways of the prisonlike treatment center in Moose Lake, where about 460 convicted rapists, pedophiles and other offenders are locked away indefinitely behind razor wire. Some 155 are now registered to vote — amounting to nearly 20 percent of all voters registered in Moose Lake. Their goal is to...
  • New Cure for Racial Violence in Minneapolis: Crack down on the victims.

    10/17/2014 12:00:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2014 | Colin Flaherty
    Police in Minneapolis have discovered a new way to fight the wave of black violence and mayhem that is now an every day fact of life in their city: Blame the white victims for drinking too much. Why not: Nothing else has worked. First, Minneapolis police tried ignoring the problem. But dozens of victims, videos, witnesses, police reports and 911 calls made that impossible. Then they tried denying it: A spokesman for Minneapolis police department told me that race has nothing to do with anything involving crime and anyone who thinks differently is a bad person. That lasted about as...
  • PreferredOne premiums will jump

    10/15/2014 5:31:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-14-14 | CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK
    The insurer pulled out of the MNsure exchange and foresees a 63 percent average premium increase. Sticker shock could be on the horizon for thousands with coverage from PreferredOne, the top-selling health plan in the first year of the MNsure exchange. The Golden Valley-based insurer said Wednesday that its individual market subscribers will see an average premium increase next year of 63 percent. The company plans to send letters at the end of October telling individuals exactly what to expect, since the average represents a blending of higher and lower rates for individuals that vary by age, geography and smoking...