Minnesota

Snowstorms Are Fun!

Featured image A few days ago the Minneapolis Star Tribune dutifully hyped a story to the effect that Minnesota is the number one state in the country to retire to. The story was based on a study that assumed the biggest retirement factor is the number of government-sponsored nursing homes, or something like that. In reality, of course, when people retire they tend to move South. How many people do you know »

Transforming America, One State At a Time

Featured image As regular readers know, I retired from the practice of law at the end of 2015 and, on January 1, 2016, became President of the Center of the American Experiment, a Minnesota-based think tank. Both Scott and I have long been associated with the Center. We wrote some of our early papers for the Center and its founder and long-time President, Mitch Pearlstein. Both of us have served on the »

The confirmation of Wilhelmina Wright

Featured image The Senate confirmed Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina (Mimi) Wright as a Minnesota federal district court judge on Tuesday. Heritage Action announced that it opposed her confirmation and that it was important enough that it was scoring the vote on her confirmation as a key vote. Several conservative outlets more or less protested her pending confirmation in advance of the vote. Most Republican Senators voted against her confirmation. If I »

In which Vance Opperman tells a tale

Featured image Vance Opperman is an extraordinarily wealthy Minneapolis businessman and former practicing attorney. He’s also an active Democrat whose financial contributions would be more than sufficient to secure him an ambassadorship to the country of his choice, though he pleads that he “will trade lutefisk for ambassadorship.” (Humor isn’t his strong point.) City Pages reports that in 2014 he was Minnesota’s top Super PAC donor, contributing $260,000 to the WIN Minnesota »

How Liberal Policies Hurt the Middle Class, Low Wage Earners and Minorities

Featured image In my new capacity as President of the Center of the American Experiment, I have instituted a program of quarterly lunch events. The theme of the programs this year–and maybe for years to come–is how liberal policies hurt the middle class, low wage earners and minorities. Our first event will be on February 18, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Our speaker will be Jason Riley of the Wall »

Bud Grant wins

Featured image Former Vikings coach Bud Grant is a man’s man and a class act. Having grown up in Minnesota as a Vikings fan from their first season, I have thought a lot about Bud as showboating has become an art form among NFL players. Grant coached many great players in his years with the Vikings, but showboating was not in their repertoire. Grant’s stoicism and self-possession set the standard of behavior. »

Are You a Minnesota Sports Fan? No? Congratulations!

Featured image No doubt you are aware of today’s playoff game between the heavily-favored Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. The temperature in Minneapolis at kickoff was six degrees below zero, one of the coldest NFL games ever played. The Vikings came out strong and mostly dominated play. But a fluke play that started with a bad snap, together with a Vikings fumble, gave the Seahawks a 10-9 lead. Then the Vikings »

Minnesota Can Do Better

Featured image As you know if you are a regular reader, I have recently become President of the Center of the American Experiment, a 25-year-old Minnesota-based think tank. In that capacity, I intend to take our free-market case directly to the people. The 30-second video below is our first step in that direction. Most Minnesotans believe that the state’s economy is doing well. This has become a talking point on the left, »

My New Job

Featured image As Scott was kind enough to preview, I have retired from the practice of law and have embarked on a second career as the President of the Center of the American Experiment, a think tank based in Minnesota. I have been associated with the Center for a long time. Scott and I wrote research papers under its auspices in the 1990s, before we started Power Line. In 1995, the Center »

Analyze this

Featured image Democrats have sought to incorporate American Muslims into their coalition of interest groups. They share some common interests, and maybe the common interests predominate, but there are at least a few tensions if not internal contradictions among them. Minnesota Fifth District Rep Keith Ellison is of course the first Muslim elected to Congress and Somali Muslims form a key part of his constituency. Ellison embodies the alliance between American Muslims »

A personal look back

Featured image This past December brought to mind some of the happiest parts of my life. John Hinderaker’s retirement party accounted for a good share. Working with John turned into a friendship that has changed my life for the better. The party took me back to our professional relationship. We started writing columns and articles together on the side of our law practice at the end of 1991. In his usual style, »

“Islamophobia” in one state (4)

Featured image I greatly enjoyed talking about “Minnesota men” with John Hinderaker as he sat in for Laura Ingraham yesterday morning and with our buddy Seth Leibsohn on Phoenix KKNT/960 The Patriot’s Seth Leibsohn Show yesterday afternoon. Seth was interested in my Star Tribune column “Islam and Minnesota: Can we hear some straight talk for a change?” Below is the audio clip that Seth has posted. I also got a kick out »

Cano: Can, can’t or cant?

Featured image The Star Tribune raps Minneapolis City Council member Alondra Cano on the knuckles for doxing her constituents who expressed disapproval of her participation in the Black Lives Matter action against the Mall of America and the Lindbergh/Humphrey terminals at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Star Tribune editorial nevertheless asserts a point I also made in passing on Cano’s behavior: In resending Dent’s and others’ contact information, Cano didn’t break »

Ms. Cano Explains

Featured image Scott wrote here and here about Minneapolis City Councilwoman Alondra Cano who disregarded a judge’s order to participate in a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America. That action drew critical emails from several of Cano’s constituents. Cano responded by tweeting the names and home addresses of the citizens who expressed their disagreement. This is known as “doxing.” This local television report does a good, and brief, job »

“Islamophobia” in one state (3)

Featured image The Star Tribune continues with another round of letters to the editor taking issue with my column “Islam in Minnesota: Can we have some straight talk for a change?” Here are today’s letters: ISLAMOPHOBIA Why should ‘straight talk’ be all Muslim, all the time? To the commentary writer asking if he was crazy for wanting some straight talk about Islam and Minnesota, I would say no, not crazy, but certainly »

“Minnesota men,” airport edition, cont’d

Featured image A reader writes to comment on my pieces here and elsewhere regarding the threat from “Minnesota men.” Citing this Daily Mail article dating from September 2014, he writes: Thank you for your reporting on the security issues at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and how that relates to Islamic terror. You might recall this is not the first time MSP and Islamic terror have intersected. In 2014 it was reported »

From the mixed-up files of Mr. Abdirizak M. Warsame

Featured image This past October, in the course of researching the article that became “The threat from ‘Minnesota men,'” I learned of an unnamed former airport employee and terrorist suspect who had been working “on the tarmac” in Minneapolis in 2014. I was advised by a source at one remove from the information that the suspect had luckily been discovered by a member of Minnesota’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (disclaimer: I still »