Minnesota

From the Belly of the Beast – Politics Article

(John Hinderaker) The Daily Signal is a popular web site operated by the Heritage Foundation, and it publishes a daily email, that includes a podcast that is also very popular. I know a lot of people listen to the podcast because when I was on it on Friday, a number of people told me they had heard it. Minneapolis is ground zero for the anti-police movement, and the interviewer, Virginia Allen, wanted to know what is going on in Minneapolis,…

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Who killed George Floyd? | Power Line – Politics Article

In the court of public opinion, Derek Chauvin and the three other Minneapolis police officers who detained George Floyd have already been found guilty of murder. Indeed, jury foreman Tim Walz has delivered the verdict several times over. Former state and federal prosecutor George Parry nevertheless disputes the verdict in his American Spectator column “Who killed George Floyd?” Mr. Parry has also just published the column at Knowledge Is Good with an introduction that makes two additional observations. In his…

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The Star Tribune speaks | Power Line – Politics Article

The editors of the Star Tribune have spoken up to endorse challenger Antone Melton-Meaux over incumbent Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar in next Tuesday’s DFL primary. The Star Tribune’s endorsement comes in today’s editorial “Melton-Meaux, for integrity and progress.” Challenger’s desire to find common ground sets him apart from incumbent Omar. Understand that the Star Tribune sits squarely in Omar’s district. As she has become an intergalactic superstar, the Star Tribune has served mostly as her media adjunct. The exception…

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Minnesota in 30 seconds | Power Line – Politics Article

Now that Minneapolis is the eye of the Democrats’ hurricane of destruction, the ad below deserves a national audience. Titled Democrat politicians ruined Minneapolis, the 30- second video gives a short course in Minnesota’s kakistocracy. Starting with Governor Tim Walz and our two United States Senators, it’s Democrats all the way down. A narrow Republican majority in the state senate has saved us from the full catastrophe. The video has gone viral on social media. I saw it for the…

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Walz versus Frey | Power Line – Politics Article

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey are engaged in a blame-shifting war in which each points to the other the cause of the destruction that befell the Twin Cities in the riots that followed George Floyd’s death. The Star Tribune forms one front of the war in the article “Mayor Frey: Gov. Walz hesitated to deploy National Guard during Minneapolis riots.” Subhead: “E-mails and texts show urgency; state says requests were vague.” Reading the story, I was…

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The “Abject Failure” Strikes Back – Politics Article

(John Hinderaker) Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz is utterly incompetent. For the details, read the just-released issue of Thinking Minnesota, which drives political debate in my state. During the days of rioting, looting and arson in Minneapolis that followed the death of George Floyd, it became obvious that the situation was a disaster. Walz tried to distance himself from the debacle by saying in a press conference that fellow Democrat Jacob Frey, the Boy Mayor of Minneapolis, had been an “abject…

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A footnote on the Fifth District race – Politics Article

I offered my notes on Minnesota’s Fifth District primary race here over the weekend. This is a footnote to my notes. The nonfeasance of the local media in the case of incumbent Rep. Ilhan Omar has become an eternal verity. On the national scene, only FOX News presents an exception. The nonfeasance of the local media continues in the pitiful coverage of the DFL primary pitting newcomer and challenger Antone Melton-Meaux against Omar in next week’s primary. CBS Minnesota reporter…

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Can Minneapolis Recover? [Updated] | Power Line – Politics Article

Some months ago, I saw a shocking video: someone rode a bicycle down a sidewalk in Los Angeles, filming as he went, for something like a half hour. The entire time, he passed tent encampments or cities on both sides of the sidewalk. They seemed to go on forever and had an appearance of permanence. Yesterday a friend sent me a similar video, on a smaller scale, which was filmed by a resident of South Minneapolis. It shows Minnehaha Park,…

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Waiting for the Umbrella Man or someone like him – Politics Article

Who can take a city, burn it to the ground? The Umbrella Man can, at least according to the search warrant affidavit filed by Minneapolis police officer Erika Christensen last week. The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany told me he came across Christensen’s affidavit in a routine review of new court filings. He reported on the allegations of Christensen’s affidavit in “Minneapolis police say ‘Umbrella Man’ was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting.” The story has made waves…

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An epidemic of obfuscation | Power Line – Politics Article

The Star Tribune site highlights Pulitzer Prize-winning health care reporter Jeremy Olson’s long explainer on the COVID-19 death rate: “Months into pandemic, Minnesota’s COVID-19 death rate still elusive.” The story seems to me an exercise in obfuscation at best, a contribution to the media’s panic porn at worst. Olson buries this key point: Risk varies by age and with underlying health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. People 70 or older have suffered 10% of the known COVID-19 cases…

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Coronavirus in one state (77) – Politics Article

(Scott Johnson) Governor Walz’s mask mandate is effective today. Walz’s team of hacks has helpfully drafted messages for “validators” subject to his jurisdiction to express their support of the mandate. Indeed, Walz’s Department of Employment and Economic Development forwarded the draft messages to the department’s business “partners” by email yesterday. One of the draft messages is to be directed to Governor Walz and “light-skinned Native woman” Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Walz and Flanagan will be encouraged by the heartfelt expressions…

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Coronavirus in one state (76) – Politics Article

Apart from the executive orders, the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic were virtually indetectable in Minnesota yesterday. The authorities reported only four new deaths. Three of the four occurred among residents of long-term care facilities. Although the data included 507 new cases, hospitalizations continue at a relatively low level. They tell us that deaths and hospitalizations nevertheless represent lagging indicators and that additional measures must be taken to suppress the spread of the disease. They also told us that we…

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Blois Olson: The line on CD 5 – Politics Article

After I wrote this morning about this morning’s lame DFL press conference yesterday afternoon I received Blois Olson’s “morning take” on the race as set set forth in his emailed Fluence Media tip sheet (you can sign up for it here). I thought readers might find it of interest. I am quoting it at length below with Blois’s kind permission: CD5: The DFL primary in the Fifth District could be getting close. Signs that the Rep. Ilhan Omar’s campaign and…

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Omar meets the press | Power Line – Politics Article

Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar is on the ballot of the August 11 DFL primary. Her chief primary opponent has made news by substantially outraising Omar in the second quarter. Given that Omar’s current husband is also her fundraiser, that ought to make for fun conversations over the dinner table. With the primary impending, Omar turned up for an interview of sorts with Esme Murphy yesterday morning on WCCO CBS Minnesota. You’d never know from Murphy’s interview that the…

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Trump To Stop Him From Arresting Antifa Rioters In Portland, Oregon – Politics Article

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) just filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Marshals Service after they sent in federal agents to stop Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. The lawsuit aims to stop federal law enforcement from dispersing, arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force against journalists or legal observers, according to The Hill. The ACLU has pledged that this is only one of many lawsuits the group will be filing for “unconstitutional attacks” on…

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The panic in Powderhorn Park, cont’d – Politics Article

Yesterday in “The panic in Powderhorn Park” I noted that the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board was to take up a proposed resolution limiting the number of parks with encampments to 20, the number of tents per encampment to 25, and establishing a new temporary encampment permit that can be issued to an individual volunteer, volunteers, non-profit corporation, legal entity, government or non-governmental partner or agency who agrees to be responsible for the day-to-day oversight and regulation of an encampment.…

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