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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 »

The Ellison deflection

Featured image The rise of Keith Ellison to his seat representing Minnesota’s Fifth District has been a national story since day one. Minneapolis’s Star Tribune has chosen to serve as Ellison’s handmaiden over the past 10 years. As Ellison’s humble servant, the Star Tribune has forsaken journalism and left the history of Ellison’s long involvement with the Nation of Islam right where Ellison wants it, on the cutting room floor. That is »

The trouble with Keith Ellison

Featured image Weekly Standard online editor Michael Warren invited me to draw on my experience writing about Keith Ellison over the past 10 years to speak up about him for Standard readers now that he has emerged as a leading contender to chair the national Democratic Party. Using a few links, I condense much of what I have to say in “The trouble with Keith Ellison.” Here is a chunk of it: »

From the Ellison file (2)

Featured image It can’t be a good thing if Democrats elect Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to lead the Democratic Party. It would be bad for the country. To borrow a term, Ellison is a bad hombre. When he was on the make in Minneapolis as a local leader and activist on behalf of the Nation of Islam, Ellison had the following to say about his main man (i.e., Louis Farrakhan) »

From the Ellison file

Featured image The ascent of Keith Ellison to the possible leadership of the Democratic Party is a fateful event. Here is a man who was an active local leader of the racist and anti-Semitic cult known as the Nation of Islam until some time past his first attempt at political office as a Democrat, yet who has never acknowledged, accounted or apologized for his activities and expressed beliefs on behalf of the »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (4)

Featured image This post continues “Sentencing the ‘Minnesota men'” (3). In these two posts I offer my observations and impressions of the nine sentencing hearings in the case of the Somali Minnesotans who have pleaded guilty to, or have been convicted of, conspiracy to support ISIS among other related charges. The nine men sought to leave Minnesota to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria. The Weekly Standard has just published my condensed »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (3)

Featured image I attended the nine sentencing hearings in the ISIS conspiracy case brought in April 2015 against the “Minnesota men” (as the Somali Minnesotans are usually described in the headlines). Six of the defendants pleaded guilty; two of the six cooperated with the government by assisting the investigation and testifying against the three who contested the charges and went to trial this past May. On June 3 a Minnesota jury returned »

Ten years on the Ellison case

Featured image I talked about Keith Ellison with Seth Leibsohn and Chris Buskirk on the aptly named Seth & Chris Show for two segments this afternoon. Seth has kindly forwarded the audio hot off the air (posted here and enbedded below). I’m celebrating ten years on Ellison’s case, trying to warn Democrats off the guy. It turns out I must be Ellison’s good luck charm. If past experience is a guide to »

The Ellison angle

Featured image Democrats and their media adjunct are stirring the pot about the alleged bigotry of prospective Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon, yet they are poised to name a long-time advocate of one of the leading racist and anti-Semitic organizations in the United States as chairman of their party. I’m referring of course to Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison and his long involvement with the Nation of Islam. Yesterday Ellison »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (2)

Featured image Judge Davis has presided over the convictions of nine “Minnesota men” (Somali Minnesotans) who conspired to support ISIS and will now sentence then individually at hearings to be conducted today through Wednesday. He has scheduled three hearings a day in an ascending order of difficulty: three defendants who cooperated with the prosecution today, three who pleaded guilty with no cooperation tomorrow and three who contested the charges at trial on »

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 »