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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 Limbaugh.com ^ | 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
    startribune.com ^ | 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
    StarTribune.com ^ | 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
    startribune.com ^ | 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....
  • Somali Workers Walk Off Southern MN Job in Dress Code Dispute

    06/06/2012 7:40:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/6/12 | Leslie Rolander/AP
    A new dress code at a southern Minnesota company prompted some Somali workers to walk off the job because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. SNIP The company's new owner, Mike Knowles, says there was an incident recently in which a woman's long dress got caught in a footwear washer.
  • Percentage of Minn. teachers taking leave on rise

    06/04/2012 2:48:02 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-3-12 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota teachers have been taking medical leaves more often in recent years, and while there could be many factors for the increase, some teachers say they are using the leaves to get a break from mounting pressures and high expectations being placed on them. A Minnesota School Boards Association survey of 85 school districts found a 27 percent increase in days that educators spent on various types of leave in 2008 compared with two years earlier. The association also said it has been receiving more questions about medical leaves, while districts have seen a spike in mental-health-related leave...
  • Drunken Zamboni driver pleads guilty, gets probation

    06/02/2012 6:09:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-2-12 | Maricella Miranda
    Witnesses called police Jan. 30 to report Bruss driving the Zamboni erratically at Hayes Arena, 14452 Hayes Road, according to a criminal complaint. When police arrived, Bruss had gotten the Zamboni stuck half on and half off the ice. He eventually got the machine free, the charges said. Bruss told police he drove to work in his personal vehicle. Bruss' speech was slurred and hard to understand, and he couldn't keep his balance, police said. He was arrested and submitted to a urine test, which later revealed that he had a 0.32 blood-alcohol concentration. The legal limit to drive in...
  • Bomb squad removes unexploded firework from accident victim's chest

    05/30/2012 4:53:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-29-12 | sarah horner
    A Linwood Township man is in critical condition after the St. Paul Bomb Squad removed an unexploded firework from his chest over the holiday weekend. The 31-year-old apparently was shooting off illegal fireworks in the 6800 block of 225th Lane in Linwood Township about 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26, when a firework intended for the sky penetrated his chest, according to Cmdr. Paul Sommer, spokesman for the Anoka County sheriff's office. He had placed two rounds in a mortar tube and was holding the tube when the first round shot up and exploded in the air as intended. The other...
  • Vikings stadium: Senate passes bill financing new team home

    05/10/2012 12:31:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    Pioneer PRess ^ | 5-10-12 | Doug Belden
    The Minnesota Senate has approved a financing plan for a new Vikings stadium. By a 36-30 vote the afternoon of Thursday, May 10, senators passed the bill to fund a new $975 million stadium. The bill now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. Dayton has been a ardent support of the bill. The Senate vote came hours after the Minnesota House gave its support to the plan. The deal is a compromise bill after a conference committee ironed out differences between earlier versions. A key change was requiring the team to pay an additional $50 million than first...
  • Vikings stadium bill differences in House, Senate

    05/09/2012 4:35:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-9-12 | doug belden
    After seven hours of debate Tuesday, May 8, here are the key differences between the Senate bill and what the House passed the night before. Debate in the Senate began about 1 p.m. Tuesday and was hitting its stride by 8 p.m. when this list was compiled. A number of amendments to the Senate version were still pending.
  • After months of lobbying, the Vikings stadium bill makes its way to the House floor

    05/07/2012 4:51:40 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-7-12 | doug belden
    WHAT'S AT STAKE? Minnesota Vikings' lease at the Metrodome is up. Team says it won't sign a new one without a deal for a new stadium. Los Angeles waits in the wings. Team has been here more than 50 years. WHAT'S IN THE BILL? Public funding for $975 million stadium: $150 million from Minneapolis taxes and $398 million from taxes on revenues of new electronic charitable gambling. Read bill at http://bit.ly/Vikingsbill. WHAT'S THE PROCESS? Minnesota House will take up the bill Monday, May 7. If it passes, it will go to the Senate. Numerous amendments are expected to be offered,...
  • The end of the line for Minnesota's coal plants?

    05/06/2012 6:39:52 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-6-12 | Leslie-Brooks Suzukamo
    Sherburne County Generating Station, better known as Sherco, is a power-producing workhorse. But even good workhorses head to the glue factory eventually. The 2,400 megawatt coal-fired plant in Becker, 45 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, has generated the bulk of Xcel Energy's electricity for Minnesota for more than three decades.
  • Women flash breasts at man leaving St. Paul bar, lure and rob him, charges say

    05/05/2012 12:05:26 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 67 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-5-12 | Mara H. Gottfried
    As a 50-year-old man walked out of a downtown St. Paul bar, two women flashed their breasts and asked him to go somewhere with them. They walked with him into an alley, where two men allegedly showed up and hit him over the head with a blunt object. As he lay on the ground, the men and women kicked and punched him, and stole his wallet and cellphone. The Ramsey County attorney's office said that's what happened Wednesday, May 2, and on Thursday, Janet Elizabeth Hall, 30, Debra Ann McCoy, 45, Andre Lamont Peterson, 44, and David Allen Reynolds, 43,...
  • Vikings Players Hit Capitol As Stadium Votes Near

    04/25/2012 4:55:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ap ^ | April 25, 2012 3:40 PM
    Their goal finally in sight, the Minnesota Vikings summoned star power Wednesday to put extra pressure on state lawmakers nearing decisive votes on public financing for a new pro football stadium. Running back Adrian Peterson, linebacker Chad Greenway and center John Sullivan lent aid to a franchise lobbying team of nine, which is counting heads for an expected House vote as soon as Thursday and guiding the bid for a nearly $1 billion stadium through its final Senate committees. In a barely 30-minute visit, the players chatted with legislators and posed for pictures with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. “It’s a...
  • Minnesota GOP gets eviction notice, after being behind in rent since August

    04/24/2012 12:24:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-25-12 | Bill Salisbury
    Adding insult to the Minnesota Republican Party's financial injuries, the party now faces possible eviction from its headquarters near the state Capitol after failing to pay its rent since August. The party's landlord filed an eviction notice last week in Ramsey County District Court alleging the GOP owes $111,192 in back rent. An eviction hearing has been scheduled for next week. But state Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge said in a statement Monday, April 23: "The MNGOP is not being 'kicked out' of its offices."
  • Duluth resident reportedly fires at home invaders(MN)

    04/10/2012 11:26:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    duluthnewstribune.com ^ | 9 April, 2012 | Mark Stodghill
    Duluth police and firefighters were called to a home on the 500 block of East Eighth Street just before noon today after a resident shot at one of two men who broke into his house. According to police, the 48-year-old male homeowner said he fired one round from his handgun at one of the suspects after seeing something in the intruder’s hand. The resident was unsure if he hit the suspect. The suspects fled the home and police didn’t know if either suspect was hit by gunfire, or whether they were armed. The resident’s wife called 911. Several officers responded...
  • Republican House approves game and fish bill(MN)

    04/09/2012 7:17:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ABC Newspapers ^ | 9 April, 2012 | ABC Newspapers
    The Republican House Tuesday passed its omnibus game and fish bill, but not before lengthy debate on shooting ranges, venison donation and gray wolves. One provision in Rep. Tom Hackbarth’s (R-Cedar) bill stipulates that publicly funded shooting ranges must be available four times a year for use by youths enrolled in firearm safety training — gun ranges at prisons were excluded and range operators under the bill could charge fees. But a number of lawmakers, including a Republican, criticized the provision. “It just creates another problem for our cities,” said Rep. John Benson, DFL-Minnetonka. A Rochester Democrat explained that one...
  • Judge rejects Dayton's effort to hold vote on child care unionization

    04/09/2012 5:52:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-6-12 | emily gurnon
    In a blow to Gov. Mark Dayton and union supporters, a Ramsey County judge has permanently blocked a unionization vote by Minnesota child care workers. District Judge Dale Lindman wrote in an eight-page order filed Friday, April 6, that the governor "exceeded his authority" when he called for the union election. The proper way to deal with the issue would be at the Legislature, the judge wrote.
  • Minnesota DNR Holding Auction in Zimmerman(confiscated guns and bows)

    04/08/2012 9:00:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    patch.com ^ | 7 April, 2012 | Mike Schoemer
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold an auction of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 10 a.m. The auction items are from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game violations. The public auction will be held at Hiller Auction Service, 10785 261st Ave., Zimmerman, MN. Items offered for sale include, but are not limited to: firearms, bows, tree stands, fishing rods and reels, tip-ups, traps, trail camera, depth finders, spotlights, scopes, spears and hand ice augers. There are 309 firearms, 72 bows, 236 other items, and 37 firearms being sold...
  • Deadly force bill missed target (MN barf alert)

    04/05/2012 4:50:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    dl-online.com ^ | 4 April, 2012 | NA
    Gov. Mark Dayton was right to veto the so-called Castle Doctrine bill, but he did it for the wrong reason. The bill, co-authored by Minnesota Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas, would have gone further than the Florida “shoot first” law now being invoked in the controversial shooting death of a black teenager. The proposed Minnesota law would not have endangered police officers, and would not have resulted in a rash of shootings. But it would have made it easier to shoot and kill someone, and the vaguely-worded bill would have made it very difficult to prosecute anyone who used deadly...
  • DEM REP: NAZIS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR (Muzzie Ellison)

    03/21/2012 1:49:29 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 57 replies · 4+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | March 21, 2012 | Fox News / Breitbart TV
    Video at the link: O’REILLY: Congressman, the reason we like you as a guest is because you’re an honest man, But I will point to history. I will point to history. The same mindset was taken when dealing with Nazi Germany. We’re not going to go in aggressive action. We don’t believe they’re going to do this. We don’t believe they’re going to do that. And they absolutely did everything. So I think you’ve got to learn from history. ELLISON: Let me tell you in World War II, in World War II they attacked Pearl Harbor. That would be enough....
  • Camera Catches Would-Be Armed Robber Hitting Girl(MN)

    03/15/2012 2:47:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    myfoxtwincities.com ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Jody Ambroz
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - A camera inside a store on St. Paul’s East Side captured images of a would-be armed robber who hit a young girl at the counter during his failed attempt at holding up the business. Now, police are hoping to find him before he strikes again. Owner Ying Thao takes pride in caring for his customers at the Corner Express, and Thao wanted to protect them when a robber walked in with a gun. Thao recalled, “He said, 'All I need is your money. Give me your money before I blow you up.'” Surveillance video from inside...
  • Dayton vetoes "castle doctrine" self-defense bill(MN)

    03/05/2012 5:53:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies · 1+ views
    startribune.com ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Jim Ragsdale
    Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the so-called "castle doctrine" self-defense bill on Monday. The proposal, supported by the gun-rights groups and opposed by Minnesota's law-enforcement organizations, would have expanded the legal justification for citizens who use deadly force in threatening situations. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, was the top priority of the National Rifle Association and drew some DFL votes in addition to near-unanimous Republican support. The measure passed by votes of 40-23 in the Senate and 85-47 in the House. It would have changed the legal definitions of self-defense for someone...
  • Tell Minnesota Governor Dayton To Sign The Stand Your Ground Bill

    02/29/2012 6:45:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 3+ views
    Ammoland ^ | 27 February, 2012 | GOCRA
    If you do only one thing for gun rights this year, this is it! Minnesota --(Ammoland.com)- The Stand Your Ground bill passed the Minnesota House last year. It overwhelmingly passed the Senate last week. Now the bill is headed to Governor Dayton. TODAY! Call Governor Dayton’s office and ask him to sign HR1467, the Stand Your Ground bill. * Metro: 651-201-3400 * Toll Free: 800-657-3717 Write a real letter, on paper. These are incredibly effective in convincing a politician of how seriously we take an issue. Governor Mark Dayton 130 State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd....
  • New Minn. Bill Expands Rights of Self-Defense

    02/27/2012 5:36:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies · 1+ views
    kstp.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Jay Kolls
    A new Minnesota Senate bill would give you more power to use self-defense outside your home. Right now, Minnesota law allows you to protect yourself in your home if you are threatened or believe you are in imminent danger. The law also allows for the use of deadly force. But, under that same law, if you are in public and threatened, you are technically supposed to try and leave the scene or diffuse the situation if possible. If you cannot "retreat" from the threat, you then can use deadly force in self-defense. This new Senate bill, which passed 40-23, not...
  • Minnesota Legislature News: Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in Senate

    02/25/2012 6:42:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views
    piercecountyherald.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Danielle Nordine
    ST. PAUL – A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate. The Personal Protection Act – known by many opponents as the “shoot first” bill – extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said. “This bill isn’t just about guns,” it is about allowing any use of deadly force if necessary to guard against imminent danger, Hoffman said. The bill, approved by the House last year, also would require Minnesota to...
  • Despite opposition, Hoffman sticks to her guns(MN)

    02/14/2012 1:42:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    fergusfallsjournal.com ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Ryan Howard
    Senator Gretchen Hoffman isn’t letting police union opposition to a gun bill she sponsored get to her. Instead, she’s focused on the voices of support she’s received on a piece of legislation she’s dubbed the “Stand Your Ground” bill. The bill (SF 1357) expands gun owners’ self-defense rights. Currently, the use of deadly force is authorized when a person believes they are in danger of bodily harm or death, but the new bill presumes that threat may be posed by a home invader. It also eliminates residents’ “duty to retreat” from a threat if possible, instead allowing deadly force. The...
  • Minnesota gun and self-defense laws could see major changes

    02/14/2012 8:22:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    wday.com ^ | 13 February, 2012 | Bill Schammert
    Minnesota gun and self-defense laws could be set for some major changes if Bill 1467 is signed into law. It's an attempt to enhance the rights of homeowners during an intrusion, and broaden permit-to-carry law. Supporters say the bill only reaffirms and guarantees people rights they should already have under the Second Amendment - the right to bear arms. Opponents disagree, saying it puts people in more danger, most notably law enforcement officials. Bill Bergquist – Clay County Sheriff: “Shoot and ask questions later is what it looks like, so there's some concerns about that.” It's commonly known as the...
  • Rep. Tony Cornish pushes for another constitutional amendment on ballot(MN RKBA)

    02/10/2012 7:13:44 AM PST · by marktwain
    minnpost.com ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Cyndy Brucato
    Republican legislators are pressing forward with efforts to bring constitutional amendments to the November ballot. The most recent proposal, filed Wednesday and authored by Rep. Tony Cornish of Lake Crystal, reaffirms the right of individuals to "acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms." The legislation adds that any restriction must be subjected to "strict scrutiny." "It's a more strict interpretation" of the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution, said Cornish. Cornish is a veteran in this area, having authored previous gun-rights legislation, including a bill this session that allows county attorneys to carry firearms. He's confident of the...
  • BREAKING VIDEO: Tim Tebow and Tom Brady Register to Vote in Minnesota

    02/07/2012 1:08:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 7, 2012 | Roger L. Simon
    Registering Tim Tebow and Tom Brady to Vote in Minnesota On the day of the Minnesota caucus, shocking video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas – broken here first at PJ Media – shows how easy it is to register NFL stars Tim Tebow, Tom Brady and practically anybody else to vote in that state.No identification of any sort is needed, just a name! In fact, you can take 20 application forms home, fill them in, check the “no ID” slot and batch register people in absentia. Even local election officials are dismayed with the complete lack of authentication of any...
  • Voter ID constitutional amendment introduced in Senate (MN)

    01/27/2012 6:32:18 AM PST · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    Politics in Minnesota ^ | January 26, 2012 | Jake Grovum
    A host of Republican Senators, including Judiciary Chairman Warren Limmer, member of leadership Ted Lillie and Environment Chairman Bill Ingebrigtsen, have introduced a bill to implement a Voter ID requirement by way of constitutional amendment. A total of 10 senators have signed on to two versions of the bill, SF 1577 and SF 1578, that would bypass Gov. Mark Dayton’s threatened veto and instead put the controversial elections reform measure before voters this fall. The bills will be formally introduced Thursday in the Senate. The Senate bill’s chief author, Sen. Scott Newman, said Thursday that his bill would simply amend...
  • Report: Obama To Speed Up Pace Of American Aid To Muslim Brotherhood-Led Egypt…

    01/26/2012 8:00:05 AM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 1/25/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Disgusting misuse of our tax dollars. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama plans to accelerate the pace of American aid to Egypt, a top State Department official said on Wednesday, as the most populous Arab nation reaches a critical stage in its uncertain transition away from autocratic rule. Undersecretary of State Robert Hormats, part of a U.S. delegation that held unprecedented talks last week with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, said Washington wanted to provide “more immediate benefits” to Egyptians, who earlier this month conducted their first democratic elections in decades. “During this period, we want to be as supportive as we...
  • MN Entrepreneur Challenges Requirement That All Funeral Homes Must Have an Embalming Room

    01/22/2012 10:16:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    Institute for Justice ^ | 1-19-12 | Shira Rawlinson
    Arlington, Va.—May the government force entrepreneurs to do useless things, like build extra rooms in their stores that they do not need and will never use, just to prove they are serious about their business? That issue is at the center of a major lawsuit filed today, January 19, 2012, in Minnesota State District Court by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of Verlin Stoll, the 27-year-old owner of Crescent Tide Funeral Home in Saint Paul.
  • Minn. child care providers file suit challenging compulsory unionization

    01/21/2012 2:02:31 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 12 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 1-20-12 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    A group of Minnesota home-based child care providers have filed a federal lawsuit to halt an order forcing them to unionize. Jennifer Parrish from Rochester filed the suit Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation Legal Defense Foundation. Gov. Mark Dayton's executive order would designate the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Service Employees International Union officials as the collective...