On today's Fightin Words podcast: Audio from a breakout session at the first MN Tea Party Alliance quarterly event covering the bullying bill making its way through the state legislature.
I mentioned it on the air last Saturday – because that’s when I’m on the air! – but today, March 6, is the actual tenth anniversary of the first Northern Alliance Radio Network broadcast.
I think it was John Hinderaker who predicted the show would probably go about three weeks before AM1280 kicked us off the air. By the end of that first day, I think everyone was amazed at how fast that first three hours had gone.
Yesterday, I introducedthe group Minnesotans United PAC, a political action committee that believes it’s on the right side of history but thinks it doesn’t need to follow the state’s campaign finance disclosure rules. In this Part 2, I dig deeper into what the group promises, and what it delivers.
It debuted with a splash in May 2013, vowing to protect those state legislators who had just legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported back on May 15thof last year,
On today's Fightin Words podcast: Ukraine. Red lines. Credibility.
On today's Fightin Words podcast: National popular vote is back in the news in Minnesota as the state legislature takes up the issue. Is this an end-run around the Constitution? Meh, not really.
Don’t be fooled, the DFL’s minimum wage hike is not just a huge union kickback, but its also a tax hike on employers.
Last spring, Zach Dorholt willingly voted for the DFL’s tax increase bill. This year, Rep. Dorholt is trying to wiggle out of that vote with a little spin:
For local Republicans, the DFLer in the crosshairs on this issue is St. Cloud Rep. Zachary Dorholt. He’s among the DFLers who voted for last year’s broad-ranging tax measure that included the business-to-business taxes.
The 2012 success of the political group Minnesotans United for All Families should be studied by political scientists for years to come.
Dear Sen. [insert name]: I strongly urge you to vote against H.F. 826, the so-called “Anti-Bullying Bill,” and to urge your colleagues to do likewise. It is absolutely unnecessary, unfair, and probably unworkable, with many unintended consequences.
It is not necessary because every parent, teacher, school, community and society in general has rules and expectations of behavior for our children, and common-sense means of teaching against and correcting childish missteps. There is already a state law requiring schools to have an anti-bullying policy, in addition to the obligations schools have always had to teach common values like respect and trustworthiness. The new law is unnecessary because this status quo is succeeding. We do not need more law.
If there’s a “broken record” phrase in all of Minnesota conservative alt-media, it’s “the Star Tribune is carrying the water for the DFL”.
It’s like saying “Boy, isn’t Lady Gaga weird”. It’s the baseline. It hardly needs to be said.
As Strib observers and critics go, I’m more jaded and cynical than most, which is another way of saying “almost cynical enough”.
The move toward a $9.50-an-hour wage floor marks a significant victory for advocates who have been campaigning for months to get the DFL-controlled Legislature to back a major jump in the minimum wage.On Monday, Senate negotiators said they now support finding a compromise to raise the minimum to $9.50. Last year, the Senate backed only a more modest increase, while the House and Gov. Mark Dayton supported the higher level.“This is the crux of the bill,” said Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, a veteran legislator and Senate negotiator on the issue.
Alas, there's discord:
Please spread the word - the so-called "anti-bullying" (falsely named the "Safe & Supportive MN Schools Act) bill will be heard this Thursday.
This bill paves the way for parents to lose control of their children. While picking on anyone is definitely a NO, establishing a protected class is NOT the answer. This bill will allow for false accusations and possibly no defense for the accused. According to one representative, if passed, this will become the law of the USA. We cannot have this happen and we must stop it. Details below. MN Child Protection League has examined this bill - their concerns are documented here