Minnesota

Cluelessness Runs Deep

Featured image Here in Minnesota, the GOP had a very good, and nearly a great, election. Hillary Clinton carried the state by a mere 1.5%, lending credence to the view that Minnesota will go Republican in 2020. Two Republican Congressional challengers fell short by heartbreakingly small margins, in the 1st and 8th districts, and in District 7, old-time DFLer Collin Peterson could muster only 53% of the vote against an unknown challenger. »

From Ellison to Obama and back

Featured image Today’s New York Times reports that prospective Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer backs Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison for Democratic Party Chairman. (Minnesota’s Fifth District covers Minneapolis and its inner-ring suburbs.) In the wake of Clinton’s loss, the Democratic Party seems poised to move directly to the Axis of Sanders/Warren. I have previously argued here that Ellison was a forerunner of President Obama. I’d like to revisit the argument »

Keith Ellison to head DNC?

Featured image In a delicious coda to the defeat of Lady Clinton in the election on Tuesday, Minneapolis Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison has emerged as a leading contender to take the helm of the Democratic National Committee. He hasn’t yet announced his bid, but he has won the support of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (from the Senate’s Marxist subcaucus, no surprise) as well as prospective Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer »

Ilhan Omar prevails

Featured image In a sidebar to the election of Donald Trump and the Republican takeover of Minnesota’s house and senate, Ilhan Omar was elected the first Somali American legislator in the Minneapolis district that includes the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood known as Little Mogadishu. Following Omar’s defeat of 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn in the DFL primary this past summer, I raised the question whether Omar had married her brother for dishonest purposes. On August »

Minnesota Up For Grabs? Trump and Pence Are Coming

Featured image I wrote here about the possibility that the presidential race in Minnesota may be closer than anyone expected, based in part on the fact that both candidates had started running television ads here. Still, I expressed skepticism that Trump could actually win. But it looks like Trump wasn’t kidding: in the campaign’s last days, he is coming to Minnesota: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has said in recent days »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men”

Featured image Nine “Minnesota men” have pleaded guilty (six) or been convicted (three) in the big ISIS conspiracy case that was originally filed in Minnesota last year. “Minnesota men” is the preferred media descriptor of the Somali defendants in the case. The case was assigned to Judge Michael Davis, before whom the case was tried over three weeks this past May. I attended the trial and wrote about it every day on »

“Minnesota man” on 60 minutes

Featured image Abdirizak Warsame was the elected leader of the group of “Minnesota men” who sought to join ISIS until the FBI interrupted their plans in 2015. The government charged Warsame and others with conspiracy to support a foreign terrorist organization and with conspiracy to commit murder overseas. When the FBI showed Warsame the mountain of evidence it had compiled against him and his friends, he agreed to plead guilty and cooperate »

MS. found on a VW

Featured image Obamacare premium rate hikes have hit big time in Minnesota, which has gone all in on Obamacare courtesy of Governor Mark Dayton. Governor Dayton professes himself shocked that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable.” Thanks, guy. Gee, who could have seen it coming? Dayton is trying to create some distance between Democrats standing for election to the legislature and the unfolding catastrophe of Obamacare. He must think we’re »

Meet Ilhan Omar, Daily Beast style

Featured image At the Daily Beast, Dean Obeidallah celebrates the impending election of Ilhan Omar to the Minnesota legislature as he introduces her to a national audience: “Omar, running as a Democrat in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, is expected to make history as the first Muslim refugee elected to political office.” According to Obeidallah, she’s not running as a Muslim: “Rather, she is running a campaign grounded in a progressive agenda.” Obeidallah »

Tuberculosis comes to Minnesota

Featured image Whatever happened to tuberculosis? I remember being tested for it in grade school in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I remember reading about it in The Magic Mountain in college. It’s been a long time since I worried about it. The CDC reviews trends in tuberculosis in this fact sheet. Doing the work that the Star Tribune won’t do, Michael Patrick Leahy reviews the Minnesota Department of Health study »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is moving on…from Minnesota, as she announces in THE BOOKCASE. She writes: The other day a moving van arrived with some leftover furniture from our Minnesota house. We are fixin’ to sell that house by Spring and just maintain the one residence in the great state of Arizona. Hot in the summer? Oh, yeah. Also the Spring and Fall. We’ll manage. Governor Crazy-Eyes McTrustfund of Minnesota more or »

A Nobel for Bob Dylan

Featured image Today the Nobel Committee announced that it is awarding this year’s Prize in Literature to Minnesota native son Bob Dylan (“for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”). When we celebrated Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday on Power Line this past May, I observed that he is first and foremost an astounding songwriter. He somehow absorbed the folk, rock, country and blues traditions as a precocious young »

Will she have to talk?

Featured image Anthony Trollope titled the first of his series of Palliser novels Can You Forgive Her? In Minneapolis “The curious case of Ilhan Omar” raises a similar question. Will she have to talk? Early voting in Minnesota has been underway since September 23. Yet our local media have done roughly nothing to answer the question whether the young lady about to be elected the first state representative from Minnesota’s Somali community »

The terror in St. Cloud

Featured image The authorities in St. Cloud have been sparing in their release of information regarding the stabbing rampage perpetrated by Somali refugee Dahir Adan at the Crossroads Center mall on the evening of September 17. Since the joint press conference held by the mayor, the chief of police and the FBI in the immediate aftermath of the incident the following day, the authorities have remained mum. I wrote about what we »

Minnesota Is Turning Purple

Featured image The United States has been, in general, trending Republican in recent years. At the state and local levels, the party is doing better than ever, and Democrats are in many places becoming an endangered species. Minnesota is one state that has been perceived as bucking that trend and remaining staunchly blue. Beneath the surface, though, the Minnesota Star Tribune reports that the state is moving toward the Republican column: The »

Comey on the stabbing rampage

Featured image FBI Director James Comey appeared on Capitol Hill for an oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee today. GOP members focused their questions primarily on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Comey’s ultimate decision not to recommend charges against the former secretary of state. The C-SPAN video of the hearing is posted here. I found the questioning by Reps. Sensenbrenner, Jordan, Gowdy, Franks, Ratcliffe, Trott »

What about Burhan Mohumed?

Featured image When the New York Times comes through town to check in with Minnesota’s Somali community, a variation of the genre World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit is at hand. Times reporter Jack Healy, for example, arrived this past June just in time for the verdicts in the terrorism case involving Minnesota’s ISIS wannabes. Healy’s article on the verdicts (written with freelancer Matt Furber) sought to convey the impression that »