Minnesota

Some of the best of 2016

Featured image I wish I had thought to keep a list of best columns and articles of the past year, but I didn’t. I do have a few tabs I kept open to revisit. I can guarantee that these columns and articles are worth your time. Here they are in alphabetical order by author: James Ceaser, “What’s next for the left?,” Weekly Standard (February 8, 2016). Matthew Continetti, “The return of street »

An Ellison footnote

Featured image RealClearPolitics executive editor Carl Cannon comes to the defense of DNC chairman wannabe Keith Ellison in an Orange County Register column in which he finds Ellison the victim of “the character assassination that’s now a permanent feature of our politics.” Cannon has an arguable point to make about the necessity of civility and good faith in our politics. Although the point is arguable, it is misapplied to the case of »

Mr. Ellison regrets

Featured image Minnesota’s own Keith Ellison is the DNC chairman wannabe with a past. He’s a past and long-time local advocate of the Nation of Islam who claims not to have picked up on the doctrines of the hate cult until well into his tenure. Since he abandoned the Nation of Islam and turned or returned to Islam, Ellison has been a friend of CAIR and other radical Islamist front groups such »

Keith Ellison for dummies revisited

Featured image I wrote the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman” and posted the companion Power Line post “Keith Ellison for dummies” in October 2006, when Ellison was on the verge of election to Congress representing Minnesota’s Fifth District. The latter piece includes some of the basic documents supporting my narrative of Ellison’s long association with the Nation of Islam. I was provoked to write these pieces by the poor job »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Frank Loesser prospered writing songs for the movies, for the war and for Broadway. As John Bush writes in his Allmusic profile of Loesser, “it appears that Frank Loesser had several careers packed into his one life.” Loesser wrote “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” in April 1942. It was only the second song for which he had written both the words and the music; the first had preceded »

What happened in Minnesota: A coda

Featured image Donald Trump narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in the contest at the top of the ticket in Minnesota this year, but in other respects Republicans had an astoundingly good year. They amplified their majority in the Minnesota House to an unprecedented number in a presidential election cycle, when the turnout advantage usually accrues to Democrats, and took the majority in the Minnesota Senate. Republicans haven’t held a majority in the »

Curiouser and curiouser

Featured image Minnesota state rep.-elect Ilhan Omar made news last week when she announced on Facebook that she had been subjected to bigoted threats by a D.C. taxi driver. Omar was in Washington to attend a conference for Democratic state legislators seeking to steer the country further to the left as well as two briefing sessions at the White House. Valerie Jarrett was on hand at the briefing sessions to lend her »

With Ellison inside the Nation of Islam

Featured image Working from public documents and my own interviews in 2006, I constructed a picture of Keith Ellison as a serious long-time advocate of the Nation of Islam. This is the picture I drew of Ellison in “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman” and in the companion Power Line post “Keith Ellison for dummies” just before his election to Congress in 2006. Ellison’s past and his continuing deceptions about it have emerged anew »

Ellison seeks full-time work

Featured image Speaking at a gathering of Democrats in Denver last week, Keith Ellison argued that he could both represent Minnesota’s Fifth District in the House and lead the Democratic National Committee if elected its chairman. “All there is to do is to vote ‘no,’” Ellison explained, vowing that he would spend “every other moment” working for the party. No comment was sought from Ellison’s Democratic colleagues in the Minnesota congressional delegation. »

On Ellison, pass the popcorn

Featured image Alan Dershowitz thinks that Keith Ellison is just the man to lead the Democratic Party — if you want to bury the Democrats. On that point, he agrees with many Power Line readers on Ellison’s candidacy to to chair the DNC. In the video below, Professor Dershowitz expounds on what he sees as Ellison’s — what’s the word? — “weaknesses” as a prospective party leader. Professor Dershowitz argued his case »

Ellison remembers to forget (again)

Featured image As Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison seeks to take on the leadership of the Democratic National Committee, the Washington Post has published Ellison’s column whitewashing his past in the Nation of Islam as part of its Acts of Faith series bearing on religion. There is a certain logic in this. To enjoy Ellison’s column, you must suspend your disbelief and ignore the evidence that starkly contradicts it. You must »

Ellisonian gleanings

Featured image Keith Ellison is trying to plug the leaks that have sprung in his nascent campaign to head the Democratic National Committee. Ellison seeks to plug the leaks with lies and he’s lying as fast as he can talk. Let’s tune on him in action. Last week the Investigative Project on Terrorism released audio of Ellison speaking during a 2010 political fundraiser, criticizing what he saw as the inappropriate and disproportionate »

A not ready for prime time player [With Comment by John]

Featured image For the past 10 years the Star Tribune has shielded Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison from serious scrutiny. The Star Tribune has reported the apologetics of Ellison and his devoutly liberal Jewish supporters as facts. They are not. Ellison’s success in misleading the hometown crowd has deluded him into thinking he is ready for prime time as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is not. Allison Sherry’s pathetic piece »

Dayton’s stormy Tuesday

Featured image In 1994 or so one of my daughters was in school with one of Mark Dayton’s sons. Dayton was serving his last year as state auditor. At a silent auction to raise funds for the school, Dayton contributed Power Lunch for 2 with Mark Dayton at the Minneapolis Club. As the auction was winding down, I noticed that not a single person had entered a bid on it. So I »

What happened in Minnesota (3)

Featured image In “What happened in Minnesota” I took a look at the most potent issue behind the remarkable results favoring Republicans in the state legislative races, which I noted as to the House races in part 2. I included a powerful ad that ran on the subject of Obamacare, Minnesota style, brought to us courtesy of Governor Mark Dayton. In the brief interview below with WCCO’s Esme Murphy on November 6, »

What happened in Minnesota (2)

Featured image I wrote about the remarkable results in Minnesota legislative races in “What happened in Minnesota.” The results were most remarkable in Minnesota state House races. In a presidential election year, when turnout traditionally favors Democrats, the GOP amplified its majority in the House, winning 77 seats to the Democrats’ 57. Remember, this is Minnesota we’re talking about. House Speaker Kurt Daudt will return as such in the upcoming session. Much »

What happened in Minnesota

Featured image Although Donald Trump narrowly lost the state of Minnesota to Hillary Clinton, Minnesota Republicans achieved remarkable results in legislative races. Republicans amplified their majority to an unprecedented number for a presidential-year election in the state House of Representatives and captured a one-vote majority in the state Senate (again, in a presidential election year when the turnout advantage usually accrues to Democrats). The results in the state Senate were striking as »