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  • Will your employer abandon health coverage under new law?

    07/16/2012 6:42:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-15-12 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Under the law, employers with more than 50 workers will need to either offer coverage or pay a penalty -- a decision routinely described as "pay or play." Peyton is philosophically drawn to sticking with her "play" decision. But she wonders whether the "pay" option could make more sense for her business and her employees. Some workers might find better coverage through state health exchanges, which are being created by the health law and will offer subsidies to many health insurance shoppers. At the same time, the law brings changes to group policies that could make employer-sponsored plans more expensive...
  • Health care law's affect on Minnesota individuals: Hard to predict

    07/16/2012 6:31:52 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-16-12 | Christopher Snowbeck
    People who want health insurance but don't get it from their job or the government must buy coverage on what's called the individual insurance market. Unfortunately, it can be an unhappy place for consumers. "A lot of people who have never tried to get their own insurance really have no idea how challenging it can be," said Kris Lang, 47, of Minneapolis. In Minnesota and most states, insurance companies can deny policies to individuals because of an applicant's health status or risk factors. But that will change in 2014 when the federal health law requires insurers to offer policies to...
  • Knowing Unlicensed Possession of a Gun in Public Required for Punishment Under Minnesota Law

    07/12/2012 4:03:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    So holds yesterday’s State v. Ndikum (Minn. July 11, 2012). It’s a statutory construction case, akin to Staples v. United States (1994), and not a constitutional case. But because the decision whether to read a required mental state into a statute — here, the decision whether a ban on “possess[ing] a pistol … in a public place … without … a permit to carry” applies only to knowing possession — often turns on a judgment about whether the underlying conduct is the sort of unusual and especially dangerous activity that the legislature can be presumed to have criminalized on a...
  • SUV Update: "Killed by SUV"

    07/12/2012 3:24:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush ^ | July 12, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut. We are gonna go back to the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites. Ladies and gentlemen, the SUV has reentered, at least in a part of this country, and we have one of our favorite all time updates. (playing of SUV update theme song) RUSH: They drove with pride out there. (continued playing of song) RUSH: That's white comedian Paul Shanklin channeling Elvis Presley's In the Ghetto. One of our all-time update favorite themes, In a Yugo. Now, this goes back to the mid-nineties. Sierra Club issued their first report on the SUV as a...
  • Ritchie meddles to help own agenda on marriage, voter ID

    07/12/2012 6:57:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-11-12 | joe soucheray
    Minnesota's secretary of state, Mark Ritchie, a Democrat, acting in concert with the state's attorney general, Lori Swanson, a Democrat, intends to change the titles of the constitutional amendments regarding marriage and voter photo ID. Ritchie believes, apparently nudged by Swanson, that he has found state law under which the secretary of state shall provide an appropriate title for ballot questions. Legislative attorneys believe that Ritchie's perceived authority would only come into play when the lawmakers do not provide a title. Well, let's see. Did the Legislature offer titles? For the so-called marriage amendment, the language passed by the Legislature...
  • Land of 100,000 gun carriers(MN)(barf alert)

    07/08/2012 4:53:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies ^ | 8 July, 2012 | LARRY OAKES
    One in 40 Minnesota adults now has a permit to carry a handgun, and there's no consensus on whether we're safer. It's become another thing Pat Cannon makes sure he has on him each morning before heading out the door of his south Minneapolis bungalow. Wallet? Check. Keys? Check. Handgun? "Actually, the gun usually goes on with the pants," said Cannon, who tucks his loaded Ruger .357 Magnum revolver into a holster he conceals inside his waistband. He positions it far enough forward on his right hip so that he can drive comfortably, but far enough back so that the...
  • MN Reacts: State's Democrats praise Supreme Court ruling; Republicans call for law repeal

    06/28/2012 3:36:05 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-12 | Bill Salisbury
    After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama's health-care reform law on Wednesday, June 28, Minnesota Republicans renewed their pledge to try to repeal the legislation while Democrats vowed to defend it. Here's a sampling of their reactions.
  • General Mills boycott urged over marriage amendment stance

    06/27/2012 5:15:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-27-12 | julie forster
    Earlier this month General Mills came out in opposition to Minnesota's marriage amendment ballot measure. Now supporters of the proposed amendment have launched a boycott of General Mills, imploring consumers to dump their Cheerios, Yoplait, and the myriad other products the Golden Valley manufacturer makes and markets. The National Organization for Marriage said Tuesday, June 26, that it is initiating a protest of General Mills and has launched a website with an online petition in response to General Mills taking a public position on the amendment, which seeks to preserve Minnesota law that defines marriage as the union of a...
  • Two Big-Name Evangelical Pastors Do Not Endorse Minnesota Marriage Amendment

    06/23/2012 9:23:12 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | 6-23-12 | gary demar
    Minister, theologian, speaker, and author John Piper “came out against gay marriage during a sermon Sunday but did not explicitly urge members of his Minneapolis church to vote for the amendment. Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals and who served as senior pastor of Wooddale Church, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from 1977 to 2011 “also said this week he does not plan to take a public side on the amendment, which would change the state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.” Religious observers say the lack of formal backing from...
  • (Mark)Dayton to march in Twin Cities gay pride parade

    06/23/2012 8:59:21 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies ^ | 6/23/12 | AP
    Gov. Mark Dayton will walk in the annual Twin Cities Pride parade in Minneapolis. The Sunday morning parade is the main event of the city's 40th annual gay pride celebration. Dayton marched last year as governor, and has regularly participated in pride events going back to 1981.
  • Minnesota marriage amendment foes outraise supporters

    06/20/2012 5:28:04 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-19-12 | doug belden
    Opponents to a proposed marriage amendment to Minnesota's constitution have raised more than three times the amount of its supporters. Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group lining up opposition to the amendment, raised $3.1 million in the first half of 2012, according to a report released Tuesday, June 19. That brings the total raised since the start of the campaign in 2011 to $4.6 million. The group said it has taken in contributions from more than 19,000 individual donors over the entire campaign and that 85 percent of the money raised has come from within the state. Total...
  • Longstanding Court Precedent Clearly Supports Putting Voter ID on the Ballot

    06/19/2012 7:55:00 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Center for the American Experiment ^ | 6-18-12 | Peter J. Nelson
    In their petition challenging the Voter ID ballot question, the petitioners make three main arguments, which are all easily overcome. First, they argue that “[t]he ballot question is unconstitutionally misleading because it states the amendment would require photo identification from ‘all voters,’ when the amendment actually states photo identification is required from those who vote ‘in person.’”[11] There is nothing misleading about “all voters.” Based on the text of the amendment, “all voters voting in person” will need to present photographic identification and those not voting in person will, at the very least, “be subject to a substantially equivalent identity”...
  • Lutheran Missouri Synod's Minnesota southern district supports marriage amendment

    06/19/2012 8:58:04 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    The Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod voted at its convention in St. Paul late last week to support the state's proposed marriage amendment. The district includes 245 congregations in the Twin Cities and southern half of Minnesota. Clergy and lay representatives approved a resolution affirming marriage as the union of a man and woman and were encouraged to support the proposed amendment on Nov. 6 that would add that definition to the state's constitution, according to a news release from church officials. The Minnesota North District approved a similar resolution in April. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is...
  • Minneapolis cop charged in Andover bar fight; self-defense claimed; victim improves

    06/19/2012 5:37:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-19-12 | Sarah Horner and David Hanners
    Vander Lee was sitting with his brother and wife on the patio of Tanners Station in Andover about 7 p.m. Saturday when Clifford punched him once in the head, authorities said. The 43-year-old fell to the ground and struck his head on the concrete patio. Clifford, executive officer of the Minneapolis Police Department's SWAT unit, then left the bar, authorities said. According to the criminal complaint, Clifford said he was with his wife and acquaintances when he heard Brian Vander Lee using offensive language at a nearby table. He said he asked Vander Lee to stop, which he reportedly did...
  • Newlywed Minnesota Marine killed in Afghanistan

    06/15/2012 5:38:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-15-12 | Sarah Horner and Elizabeth Mohr
    Three months after Taylor J. Baune married his high school sweetheart, the 21-year-old Marine corporal from Andover has been killed in Afghanistan. "I am trying to hang in there," his wife, Colleen Baune, said Thursday, June 14, from her home in San Diego after learning of his death. "I think everyone is still in shock." The military said Baune was killed Wednesday during a combat operation in Helmand province. His wife, 20, said he died in a roadside bomb explosion while on foot patrol. Her husband became the 2,000th American to die in the U.S. war against the Taliban in...
  • General Mills opposes Minnesota amendment to ban same-sex marriage

    06/14/2012 12:02:25 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-14-12 | Tom Webb
    General Mills is opposing a Minnesota amendment to ban same-sex marriage, taking a public stand on a contentious issue that most companies have tried to avoid. "We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy -- and as a Minnesota-based company we oppose it," the foodmaker said in a statement. Golden Valley-based General Mills has consistently ranked atop lists of the best corporate workplaces, including its welcoming policy toward gay and lesbian employees. But like most corporations, it has historically steered clear of controversial issues like the marriage amendment,...
  • Projections upped for Ely mine's 'monster deposit'

    06/14/2012 11:14:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    biz journals ^ | 6-14-12 | Katharine Grayson
    Officials from Duluth Metals Ltd. say the site of a proposed mine near Ely has more metal deposits than it expected, the Associated Press reports. Duluth Metals CEO and Chairman Christopher Dundas called the area a "monster deposit" and said metals there could be worth more than $100 billion. Duluth, a Toronto company that has its U.S. headquarters in St. Paul, plans to invest $2 billion in the mine and create hundreds of jobs through its subsidiary Twin Metals Minnesota LLC. However, mining likely won't kick off for several years.
  • Minn. DNR to test if rifle practice has a place in state parks

    06/14/2012 9:26:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 14 June, 2012 | LAURIE BLAKE
    State officials are considering holding firearms safety training in state parks -- normally off-limits to hunting and target shooting -- to accommodate a growing demand for classes. To try the idea, for the first time this fall they will let students shoot .22-caliber rifles in classes at a state recreation area and a wildlife management area. If these trials go well, the firearms training, limited to a few hours on a handful of days, may be offered in the future at Fort Snelling State Park, William O'Brien State Park near Stillwater and other large state parks. Officials stress that any...
  • Did Timothy Poe Lie About Being Injured in Afghanistan

    06/08/2012 7:16:12 AM PDT · by HollyB · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 8, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Timothy Michael Poe won over the crowd and the judges of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” even before he began to sing, with his moving story of blocking a grenade blast in 2009 to save his buddies in Afghanistan – an act of heroism he said broke his back and left him with a brain injury.
  • Minnesota: Muslims walk off job in protest of new dress code, call Hamas-linked CAIR

    06/08/2012 5:08:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6-8-12
    The new skirt length policy was instituted for safety reasons, but as far as these Muslim employees are concerned, safety be damned. It is all about forcing accommodation, in line with the principle that wherever Islamic law and practice conflict with American law and practice, American law and practice must give way. "New skirt length policy prompts Muslim walk-out at Minn. business," from KMSP TV, June 6 (thanks to all who sent this in): LE CENTER, Minn. (KMSP) - More than 30 Somali employees walked out in protest of dress code changes at a privately-owned business in Le Center, Minn....