Don Samuels, Mayoral Candidate in Minneapolis: “Burn Down the Schools.”

Dec 28

Don Samuels, Mayoral Candidate in Minneapolis: “Burn Down the Schools.”

FOR THE RECORD: Don Samuels has announced that he (among a plethora of others) is considering a run for mayor of Minneapolis now that R.T. Rybak has decided not to seek a fourth term. It is important that people have a chance to remember that Mr. Samuels (and his political ally, Mayor Rybak) launched a highly inflammatory — and inaccurate — attack on...

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Wipeout: Minnesota GOP Outsmarts Itself

Nov 07

Wipeout: Minnesota GOP Outsmarts Itself

(Note: This post is also being published by The Uptake at www.theuptake.org) Brilliant political maneuvers sometimes are too clever by half. That proved to be the case Tuesday with the election strategy of the Minnesota Republican Party, which suffered the biggest political thrashing Minnesota has seen in a generation. Not even the Gophers football team gets kicked...

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Newspapers Without a Compass

Oct 31

Newspapers Without a Compass

Few people take newspaper endorsements seriously anymore. It is obvious that editorial stamps of approval have virtually no impact on the outcomes of elections and that they are often nothing more than thinly disguised attempts to rationalize the choices that a newspaper believes will serve its economic interests best, prettied up with a bunch of cynical blather...

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Black Friday for the STRIB

Nov 28

Black Friday for the STRIB

The rightward tilt of the StarTribune over the past few years has been most noticeable on the paper’s Op-Ed Page, which has twisted itself in pretzel knots trying to assure the wealthiest — and the rightiest — Minnesotans that the newspaper is on their side, even if on (increasingly rare) occasion, the scruffy staff still turns out a news story...

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Minneapolis “Game Changer”: Dems Push Wilfare for the Wealthy

May 10

Minneapolis “Game Changer”: Dems Push Wilfare for the Wealthy

The $1-billion bail-out for Zygi Wilf and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled by Mayor R.T. Rybak and other Minneapolis officials at the Capitol Monday is going to lower taxes for Minneapolis taxpayers. You bet it is. And the Pixie of Prosperity will drop gold coins down your chimney. I am tempted to cut Rybak some slack: His odious proposal to add another sales tax on...

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