Minnesota

What we’ve got here is failure to kommunicate

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has issued her statement on President Trump’s nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit. There is a quality of unintentional self-parody to Senator Klobuchar’s statement. The statement reads like it might have been written by a staffer satirizing Senator Klobuchar’s public persona. This is the statement in its entirety: Justice Stras has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court for seven years. »

Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (7)

Featured image When we checked in last week on the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican-majority legislative bodies, the Minnesota Supreme Court had ordered the parties to mediation and the parties had filed memoranda on the Court’s authority to order continued funding. Governor Dayton has vetoed the legislature’s appropriation of operational funding in order to induce it to renegotiate the terms of the tax bill he himself »

Montemayor’s mysteries

Featured image Stephen Montemayor covers the courts for the Star Tribune. As the local courts reporter, for example, Steve has covered the several cases of the “Minnesota men” yearning to take up the jihad to smite nonbelievers and extend the sphere of Islam. That’s not the way Steve sees it, of course. If I may borrow from the diagnostics of former blind sheikh prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, what we have here is a »

Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (6)

Featured image I have been following the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota’s majority-Republican House and Senate in this series. At the end of this year’s slightly extended legislative session Dayton signed all tax and budget bills. He could have vetoed any of them. Even though he professed extreme unhappiness with certain items, he signed the bills The package of budget, tax and state government bills that »

Ellison spokesman: Current or former?

Featured image In the adjacent post I took a look at the hateful Twitter stylings of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison’s press secretary Isaiah Breen. Breen describes himself on his Twitter profile as Ellison’s former press secretary. Corresponding with Breen in an exchange subsequently posted on Twitter, the Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo confirmed that Breen “had not been fired for sending the series of sarcastic Tweets.” Calling Ellison’s office early this »

Ellison spokesman speaks

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison is no longer just a backbencher in the House of Representatives and he is no longer just a Minnesota story, if he ever was. As the first Muslim elected to Congress, his ascent to the House of Representatives was covered around the world in 2006. Now he is also the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee. I believe that Ellison is a leading »

The Franken factor

Featured image With his his descent to crude and dishonest attacks on judicial nominees in the Judiciary Committee, or in his capacity as a nominee’s home state Senator, Al Franken degrades the Senate and the high office he holds. First among Franken’s intended victims at the moment is Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras. In withholding his blue slip to prevent the Senate’s consideration of Justice Stras to the Eighth Circuit, Senator »

The gutless Mr. Franken (2)

Featured image President Trump has nominated Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Barrett to the Seventh Circuit and Professor Barrett once gave a speech to the legal rights organization Alliance Defending Freedom. The ADF has recently been designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the absurdly misnamed hate cult known as the Southern Poverty Law Center. Drawing on the SPLC’s assault on the ADF and Professor Barrett’s appearance to speak before the group once »

The gutless Mr. Franken

Featured image The Alliance Defending Freedom is a Christian legal rights group devoted to the cause of religious freedom. My friend Jordan Lorence is one of the many fine ADF attorneys representing clients in important cases around the country. To take one outstanding example, ADF attorneys represented the Missouri church with a preschool and daycare center that was excluded from a state program providing grants to purchase rubberized surface material for children’s »

St. Louis Park family loses son to ISIS

Featured image Stephen Montemayor covers the courts for the Star Tribune. If you’ve been following the saga of the “Minnesota men” — young Minnesota Somali Muslims who have conspired to lend a hand to ISIS over the past several years — you will want to take a look at Montemayor’s Star Tribune story on six open cases involving support for ISIS in Minnesota. St. Louis Park is the Minneapolis suburb that was »

Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (5)

Featured image I have been following the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota’s majority-Republican House and Senate in this series. It’s an interesting story that deserves national attention as a sign of the political times. Forgive me for repeating the necessary background. At the end of this year’s slightly extended legislative session Dayton signed all tax and budget bills. He could have vetoed any of them. Even »

On the cover of Time Magazine

Featured image I think Ilhan Omar is the first state legislator to have taken out a marriage certificate naming her brother as her husband. She is probably also the first state legislator to have taken out a marriage certificate naming her brother as her husband who also has a “cultural” husband as the father of her children. When I sent Omar’s campaign a question or two about her marital arrangements last year, »

The many moods of Amy Klobuchar

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has been negotiating with the Trump White House over appointments to four federal vacancies in Minnesota (US Marshal, US Attorney and two federal district court judgeships) in exchange for the return of her blue slip blocking consideration of Eighth Circuit nominee David Stras. Stras has received bipartisan support from Minnesota lawyers, judges and former colleagues at the University of Minnesota Law School. It is impossible to »

Franken opposes, Klobuchar disposes

Featured image This past Thursday the SEIU, the NEA, the NAACP and other left-wing interest groups promulgated a joint letter opposing the nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras by President Trump to fill a seat on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. I read the joint letter as an echo of Franken’s comments on the nomination as well as a cue to Franken to oppose Stras. Today Senator Franken duly »

A Day at the Fair

Featured image Yesterday I wrote about my annual visit to the Minnesota State Fair, focusing on the humorously over-the-top leftism of that obscure genre known as seed art. But I wouldn’t want readers to think that the Fair is anything less than one of the world’s great spectacles. So here is a more balanced look at a day at the Fair. It actually covers only a thin slice of the Fair. I »

Al Franken then and now

Featured image President Trump nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals four months ago. Justice Stras’s nomination has not been take up by the Senate because it has been blocked so far by Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. They have withheld their blue slips to prevent the Senate Judiciary Committee from holding a hearing. I have done my best to bring to light »

Waiting for Al Franken, or someone like him (2)

Featured image I have been friends with the nonconservative attorney I quoted yesterday in “Waiting for Al Franken” since our senior year in high school. His name is Michael Frost. Mike attended Harvard College and University of Virginia Law School. He practices in the area of trusts and estates. I’m still trying to learn from him. I asked him if the ignorance displayed by the five attorney signatories to the Star Tribune »