Keith Ellison

The Santos clause & an addendum

Featured image I detect Seth Lipsky’s characteristic prose and train of thought in the New York Sun editorial “Yes, Virginia–There Is a Santos Clause.” Seth’s hand in the editorial makes sense: he is the editor of the Sun. The subject of the editorial is the post-election discovery that Rep.-elect George Santos is not who he said he was. The subhead summarizes the gist of the editorial: “All the falsehoods George Santos is »

Tea leaf of the day

Featured image David Schultz is professor of political science at Hamline University in St. Paul and writes at Schultz’s Take. I first met Professor Schultz at a taping of the local public television show Face To Face some time around 2000 with my then boss Bill Cooper. Bill was chairman and chief executive officer of TCF Financial Corporation as well as chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party. Face To Face was a »

Keith Ellison: The missing context

Featured image If Keith Ellison wins his race for reelection as Minnesota Attorney General it will be a sad day indeed. If he loses, he will be back. His lust for office is insatiable. Win or lose, history must be told. Ellison must be the single most unfit officeholder in the United States. The competition is intense, the contenders are many, but Ellison’s unfitness reigns supreme. That was the point of my »

Cloak and Dagger In the Free Food Scandal

Featured image Earlier this week, an anonymously-mailed package arrived at the American Experiment office. It was addressed to Bill Glahn, an American Experiment employee who has probably done more than anyone else to delve into the intricacies of the Feeding Our Future scandal. Regular Power Line readers may recall that more than $250 million was stolen brazenly by fraudsters operating under the umbrella of the nonprofit Feeding Our Future and two other »

How Keith Ellison fed our fraud

Featured image The nonfeasance of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison led to the losses taxpayers sustained in the $250 million Feeding Our Future fraud, according to the Star Tribune story “Could Minnesota officials have stopped Feeding our Future fraud sooner?” The story by reporters Jeffrey Meitrodt and Ryan Faircloth essentially answers the headline question in the affirmative. The headline question should have been reformulated as a declarative sentence: Attorney General Keith Ellison »

Ellison remembers to forget (again)

Featured image I’ve banged my head against the wall on the matter of Keith Ellison for 16 years. He is unfit for any public office. He is most unfit for a public office with responsibility for law enforcement. One such office is the position of Minnesota Attorney General. Unfortunately, that is the position he currently holds. His run for the position in 2018 prompted my column “Can Keith Ellison turn lawman?” Ellison’s »

Fact-checking Esme Murphy: With Jon Justice

Featured image Jon Justice invited me into the studio this morning to fact-check Esme Murphy’s fact-check on the Republican Attorneys General ad opposing the demonstrably unfit Keith Ellison for office. I got a little worked up as the discussion continued over three segments of his Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130 show. Former Esme Murphy colleague Liz Collin called in to provide a little background. Liz now reports for Alpha News and »

Fact-checking Esme Murphy: Prof. Jacobs responds

Featured image CBS Minnesota anchor/reporter turned to the University of Minnesota Humphrey School’s Lawrence Jacobs to assess the Republican Attorneys General Association ad that she subjected to examination earlier this week. A video of the 30-second ad is posted at Fire AG Ellison. I originally noted RAGA’s production of the ad and million-dollar commitment to airing it in Minnesota last month in my comments on Trafalgar’s Minnesota poll. I believe it is »

Fact-checking Esme Murphy

Featured image Jon Justice has invited me to join him in the studio tomorrow morning for two segments at about 7:00 a.m. on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130. The show is available via live stream here. We will be fact-checking CBS Minnesota reporter/anchor Esme Murphy’s fact-check of the Republican Attorneys General Association ad on Keith Ellison that I wrote about in “Dear Esme Murphy: Fact-check this.” I will supply the missing »

Dear Esme Murphy: Fact-check this

Featured image I spoke with Pete Bisbee a month ago and noted my conversation here on Power Line. Bisbee is executive director of the Republican Attorneys General Association. His mission is to expand the ranks of Republican attorneys general. Although Minnesota has not elected a Republican attorney general since 1966, he told me they saw an opportunity in Jim Schultz’s race against incumbent Keith Ellison this year. Following our conversation I sent »

Memorial Day weekend with Omar & Ellison

Featured image The category of vile Democrats is a large one and the competition for most vile is stiff. As a Minnesotan, I would nominate Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar and Attorney General Keith Ellison for the honor. I have been writing about them for about as long as they have been running for office — since 2016 in Omar’s case, since 2006 in Ellison’s case (running for Congress, Ellison was a »

Kim Potter Convicted

Featured image Earlier today, to my disappointment, a Hennepin County jury convicted former police officer Kim Potter of both first degree and second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of hard-core criminal Daunte Wright. The facts of the case were never in dispute: police officers tried to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant for a weapons charge, and he attempted to flee in his vehicle. As Wright was starting to get away, »

Ellison lends Omar a hand

Featured image Yesterday I noted that Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar is on the DFL primary ballot next month and that her principal opponent substantially outraised her in the second quarter. Does Omar feel some heat or think she needs help? She has held a multimillion dollar war chest deriving almost entirely from out of state donors over the past two years. She has to be a huge favorite in the »

Ellison enters stage left

Featured image It has been my mission since June 2006 to id. Keith Ellison for what he is. A/k/a Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, he first rose to prominence in Minneapolis as a local leader of the Nation of Islam and supporter of the Vice Lords gangbangers who murdered Minneapolis Police Department Officer Jerry Haaf with a shot in the back in 1992. “The Vice Lords wanted to kill a cop. »

Twin Cities Situation Deteriorating as Keith Ellison Fans the Flames

Featured image Twin Cities rioters and leftists are spreading a conspiracy theory: they claim that an agent provocateur, an undercover police officer, was the first to vandalize property in Minneapolis, and therefore the police are “really” responsible for the arson, looting, and so on now taking place. This is absurd, of course. But now Attorney General Keith Ellison, the state’s chief law enforcement officer, has signed on with the far-left kooks: This »

Ordeal of the Star Tribune

Featured image The Star Tribune has published Katie Walsh’s syndicated review of The Way Back, the new Ben Affleck flick that opened in town yesterday. The film is long on clichés and short on the Affleck character’s redemption from alcoholism that the title seems to promise. Reading the review, I see that the Star Tribune’s third most-read Variety story is the December 2018 announcement “From the editors: Star Tribune film critic resigns »

The Bloomberg-Ellison Corruption Connection

Featured image It came to light last year that a handful of rich left-wing donors led by Michael Bloomberg have collaborated with New York University Law School to recruit, place and pay for lawyers in attorney generals’ offices around the United States. These lawyers, compensated outside the executive structure of state government, are embedded in state governments to pursue lawsuits that fit Bloomberg’s liberal agenda. In particular, they are directed to bring »