Minnesota’s transportation hustle

The DFL’s full court press for “transportation” is nothing more than the DFL’s attempt to increase spending on transit projects. There’s no question whether the DFL wants another middle class tax increase. This articlehighlights how the DFL’s transportation activists push for transit funding:

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Betty McCollum’s hatchet job

President Obama has no fiercer defender than Rep. Betty McCollum, the Democrat representing Minnesota’s 4th District. That doesn’t mean she’s accomplished much. It just means she’s represented a district that’s as competitive of a district as Nancy Pelosi’s. Rep. McCollum’s op-ed reads like something approved by President Obama himself and possibly written by Susan Rice with the assistance of Ben Rhodes.

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The DFL’s immoral pay increases

If I were writing the title for my LTE on Gov. Dayton’s pay increases to his commissioners, I’d title it ‘The immoral Bakk-Dayton pay increase’ because that’s the perspective they should be viewed through. Here’s my conclusion to the LTE: Meanwhile, nobody is talking about how the DFL commissioners are overpaid. Myron Frans got a $35,347 raise after telling the Legislature electronic pull tabs would bring in $35 million of tax revenue per year for the Vikings’ stadium. Last year, it generated $1.7 million. Frans was just off by 95 percent. In the private sector, Frans would’ve gotten fired. In the Dayton administration, he got a 40 percent pay increase. Last week on Almanac, Mary Lahammer interviewed a gentleman who studies salaries. This gentleman, whose name I’ve forgotten, insisted that people with that many employees and that many responsibilities in the private sector would be “presidents, vice presidents or CEOs” and that […]

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Bakk, Dayton both showboating

There’s little doubt that the feud between Tom Bakk and Mark Dayton is personal. When Gov. Dayton picked Tina Smith as his running mate, he essentially told Sen. Bakk that he was picking her to be the next governor. That’s a job Tom Bakk has coveted for years. He’d checked all the boxes. He’s been loyal to Gov. Dayton. That loyalty and water-carrying apparently didn’t mean much to Gov. Dayton of the Metrocrat Party. When pushing turned into shoving, Gov. Dayton shoved the Iron Range aside and picked Smith.

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Al Franken vs. Tom Emmer

According to this article, freshman Rep. Tom Emmer will attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress: “With the Iranian nuclear deal approaching, U.S. allied Yemen falling to terrorists, the horrific violence by ISIL threatening regional security and Israeli and US interests, it’s absolutely necessary for Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on the dire situation in the Middle East. It is imperative for Members of Congress to have open ears and an open mind for us to properly address these threats and their global impact. We must be able to listen to a world leader address the grave circumstances facing an ally in such trying times, regardless of political differences.” A quick visit to newly re-elected US Sen. Al Franken’s website tells a totally detached view of the world. For instance, here’s Sen. Franken’s view of Iraq:

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