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First Amendment Rights: Health Care? Muslim Food?
by Dave Mindeman

Let me postulate something. First take a look at this:

An Islamic women's 'advocacy group' is DEMANDING a county in Minnesota change its food stamp policies to require a low-price, halal food shelf. The Isuroon Project says there is a 'desperate need' for a culturally specific halal food shelf in the metro area which would cost taxpayers more than $150,000! So far government leaders haven't budged on this issue.

This story was on a conservative site and of course the rhetoric got intense:

In the private market, the food of your . . .
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Daudt's Nursing Home Spin For Greater MN Falls Flat
by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt is continuing to try and spin this legislative session as a "fulfilled" promise to Greater Minnesota. Unfortunately, most Greater Minnesota advocates don't see it that way.

Here's an overview from a Minnpost article:

Roads and bridges: While a broader transportation funding package didn't pass, there was $12 million in one-time money included in a "lights on" transportation bill that will help cities with populations of less than 5,000 people fix their roads and bridges. Groups initially wanted $28 million in ongoing funding for that program.

Broadband: Greater Minnesota groups . . .
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CD2: Mary Lawrence And Her Personal Campaign Contributions
by Dave Mindeman

I got a message recently, from a local DFL activist, upset about this discovery while searching OpenSecrets.....

http://www.mnpact.org/sblog/upload/Lawrence%20contribution.jpg

Here is a Congressional District 2 candidate who had given money to Mitt Romney during his first Presidential run. I have to admit that it puzzled me as well. So, I had to do some digging.

I did try to contact the Lawrence campaign as I thought there might be a very simple explanation. I left a message - got a brief e-mail from the campaign manager, told . . .
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Otto Suspects Political Motives - Some Of Us No Longer "Suspect"
by Dave Mindeman

State Auditor Rebecca Otto got blindsided in her reelection bid last year when Matt Entenza decided to challenge her in the primary. He blindsided DFLers as a whole with that one and Otto won that primary going away with 80% of the vote. She went on to handily defeat her GOP opponent 55-38%.

But being blindsided is becoming an ongoing thing for Rebecca Otto's political career because the Senate agreed to a House proposal to privatize much of what the State Auditor does - which means Rebecca Otto, again, gets hit from . . .
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Bakk's Personal Architectural Project
by Dave Mindeman

The ongoing revelations of what is coming out of these budget bills and the other bills that came up short of passage is getting ridiculous.

This one is over the top...

"In the final minutes of the legislative session Monday, the Senate feverishly passed a bonding bill that included a priority of Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook: $7.2 million for an underground parking garage at the State Capitol that would provide a grand total of 30 vehicle spaces."

C'mon Bakk. What the hell is going on? . . .
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