Our history, and theirs: A word from John Lundstrom

Featured image Reader John Lundstrom writes to add a related note to John Hinderaker’s post “Our history, andi theirs.” He writes: I’ve been a devoted reader of Power line for years and was most interested in your post. I was gratified to see your reference to the glorious First Minnesota and your citing of Wayne Jorgenson’s excellent Every Man Did His Duty. Knowing of your association with Minnesota, I take the liberty »

The morning after

Featured image As a natural pessimist I am rarely disappointed. I am nevertheless having a hard time absorbing President Obama’s reelection last night. Given Obama’s record, Obama’s reelection is a remarkable achievement. I thought that the Republican field from which Mitt Romney emerged was a weak one and that our strength remained on the bench this time around. Even so, I can’t imagine what Republican could have prevailed against Obama yesterday. The »

A word to Minnesota voters (bumped)

Featured image Three Minnesota Supreme Court justices are up for election or reelection on Tuesday: Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, Associate Justice Barry Anderson and Associate Justice David Stras. All three are Pawlenty appointees and in my view excellent, indeed model, judges. All three have challengers — the St. Paul Pioneer Press has notes on each of the races — but the races should be no contest. The incumbent justices deserve election or »

From Keith Ellison to Barack Obama

Featured image Tom Friedman calls his column on going home to St. Louis Park “Minnesota mirror.” John ably dissected Friedman’s canned history of Minnesota politics here last night. Perhaps predictably, Friedman sees the higher wisdom of Tom Friedman reflected in the mirror. I want to add no more than a footnote regarding Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison, whose district includes St. Louis Park and whom Friedman salutes as “an African-American Muslim »

Regulators Gone Wild

Featured image I’m not always a fan of the Libertarian Party, but this poster nails it about the frivolousness of the populist, Occupy Wall Street Left: Which brings me to today’s tales of regulatory stupidity and perverse results.  Liberals everywhere love regulation to protect consumers from harm, right?  But slow-learning liberals (with a few notable exceptions) never seem to notice how regulations often become anti-competitive barriers to new competition, protecting lazy incumbent »

Live from Minneapolis with Mary Kiffmeyer

Featured image I caught up with former Minnesota Secretary of State and current state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer before the Federalist Society debate featuring National Review columnist John Fund and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. I mentioned Rep. Kiffmeyer yesterday in “Photo ID: Women, minorities hardest hit.” She was the sole voice of reason quoted in Jim Ragsdale’s pathetic Sunday Star Tribune story on the proposed Minnesota photo identification constitutional amendment. Rep. Kiffmeyer »

Live from Minneapolis with John Fund

Featured image After his lunch appearance that John Hinderaker writes about in the adjacent post, National Review columnist John Fund debated Hennenpin County Attorney Mike Freeman on the subject of voter fraud and the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that I have been writing about in the “Ritchie ratchet” series of posts. When I caught up with him a few minutes before the event got started, John Fund graciously asked me: “Aren’t you »

Photo ID: Women, minorities hardest hit

Featured image Today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune features a page-one story by Jim Ragsdale opposing the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment requiring photo identification for voting. The story’s genre is a familiar one. It’s the genre mocked by the parodic New York Times headline: “World to end tomorrow: Women, minorities hardest hit.” The story is illustrative of the Star Tribune’s pathetic coverage of the photo identification amendment. The Star Tribune has served as the »

The Ritchie ratchet, part 4

Featured image Thanks to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota voters will be allowed to vote on two proposed Minnesota constitutional amendments when they go to the polls in November. Despite the best efforts of the League of Women Voters and Democratic officials, proposed amendments protecting traditional marriage and requiring photo identification for voting will be on the ballot as the Legislature directed. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — forgive me for »

The Ritchie ratchet, part 3

Featured image Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — the Man from SOROS — has done himself and his office no honor with his high-handed attempt to undermine the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage and requiring photo identification for voting. Ritchie sought to undermine the proposed amendments’ chances of passage by toying with the ballot titles prescribed by the legislature. Today the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that, in doing so, »

The Ritchie ratchet, part 2

Featured image Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — the Man from SOROS — opposes the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that would require photo identification for voting. Ritchie gave a stemwinder of a speech (“in his personal capacity,” of course) opposing the amendment at the state Democratic convention this summer. I posted the video in “The Ritchie ratchet.” I think the amendment is a great idea, as do most Minnesotans. The opportunities »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image We went to see local jazz singer Connie Evingson perform songs from her recording Sweet Happy Life this past Sunday at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. The recording is a tribute to the songs of Norman Gimbel, and it is terrific. We are crazy about Connie, but we really loved this show with its emphasis on Gimbel’s contribution to the popularization of bossa nova. Who, you »

The Ritchie ratchet

Featured image I’ve written here and here about the proposed amendments to the Minnesota Constitution that are to appear on the ballot in November. Proposed by the (Republican) legislature, (Democratic) Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — the man from SOROS — has given new titles to the amendments through which he seeks to undermine their adoption by the voters. One of the two proposed amendments would enshrine the definition of marriage as »

Bachmann at the RJC

Featured image Minnesota Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann has been under fire lately for her letters to the Inspectors General raising concerns about the possible involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood in activities of the United States government. Our small local chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition convened a get-together last night to rally around Michele. As chapter chairman Mark Miller figures, this was Rep. Bachmann’s fifth appearance before our chapter. No one »

Mark Ritchie strikes again

Featured image Two constitutional amendments are set to be on the ballot in Minnesota this November. One is to recognize marriage as the union of a man and woman. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — the man from SOROS — has rewritten the title of that amendment to mitigate its appeal, as I noted here. It is now to carry the title imposed by Ritchie: “Limiting the status of marriage to »

Dreams from Carlos Viveros-Colorado

Featured image When 16-year-old Clarisse Grime was run over by an out-of-control Ford Expedition outside Harding High School in St. Paul this past Thursday, the Star Tribune originally portrayed the accident as an issue of traffic control: Moore, 52, ran with her daughter and other neighbors across Hazelwood, only to see the teen take her last breaths, Moore said. Her daughter, Ashley Moore, 23, said the girl’s boyfriend was crying and pleading, »

Ritchie rich

Featured image I’m not rethinking gay marriage, and I intend to vote “yes” on the proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in Minnesota this November (along with the proposed voter id. law that I wrote about here). The amendment would define marriage in the Minnesota Constitution as between one man and one woman. According to Ballotpedia, the amendment is intended to protect marriage from “rethinking” by the judiciary. Readers »