Minn Legislature scrutinizing surveillance about you

The Legislature within several of its committees and soon on the floor are discussing proposals that will allow law enforcement to gather in mass hundreds of thousands, if not millions of license plate scans/reads on innocent people using automated license plate readers. (ALPR)  What these scans collect on people as they drive around the streets are license plate number, time, data, and GPS location, but also photos like these:  (License-plate reader images. Courtesy of Mike Katz-Lacabe)  Read the rest at Open Secrets Blog

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Remove the Tax on Social Security benefits in Minnesota!

In all the wrangling this session over “what to do” with the surplus, the laser-like focus of all fiscal conservatives should be a commitment to using this opportunity to cut taxes, especially taxes that other states don’t have or don’t tax as much.    Among these opportunities to reduce the tax burden on Minnesotans there are bills in the House and the Senate, which would reduce and eventually remove Minnesota taxes on Social Security payments.   Currently only 7 states tax Social Security benefits. Iowa recently completed a phase out of taxes on social security benefits and now joints those state that don’t tax it.  Some of the bills now before the house resemble the Iowa model.  

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Don’t Let the Government Take Over the Internet

The Obama administration is proposing a federal takeover of the internet. The details are murky since the administration’s proposed regulations weigh in at over 300 pages, but the idea is for the federal government to assert comprehensive regulatory control over the internet, as though it were a utility. Given how the Obama administration has distorted the mission of one federal agency after another to make the agencies tools of the Democratic Party, it is hard to see why anyone–other than a diehard Dem, perhaps–would want to see a federal takeover of the internet. Steve wrote here about a group called Protect Internet Freedom, and posted one of that group’s videos on the “net neutrality” issue. Here is a second video from Protect Internet Freedom, titled “Department of the Internet Helpline.” Like the first one, it is funny and and does a good job of highlighting, in an entertaining way, the perils of government […]

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Shenanigans never quits at Minnesota Capitol

Some rascality on transparency came into the legislative committee process today.  Before the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, HF 181 (Outdoor heritage fund money appropriated, outdoor heritage fund money requirements modified, previous appropriation modified, and appropriating money) bill was heard.  This is the bill that deals with the money for the various Legacy projects related to “outdoors” and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.  Among the amendments put on the bill was this one. Read the Rest at Open Secrets Blog

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The First-Ever Power Line Show: Election Post-Mortem With Michael Barone

For our first-ever Power Line show, we managed to assemble the whole crew to talk about the midterm election, how the Republicans did it and where they should go from here. For our inaugural guest, we recruited the dean of American political analysts, Michael Barone. You have probably never heard Michael as you hear him here. Our plan is to make the first couple of episodes of the show available to everyone, and then make the program exclusive to Power Line VIP members, although occasional notable interviews will still probably be public. Here it is, Episode 1 of the Power Line show.

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