Minnesota

The Minneapolis non-effect

Featured image The Washington Post notes that, although “taxes, for decades, have been redistributed from wealthy suburbs to poorer communities [in Minneapolis] to combat inequality. . .the prosperity fueled by the region’s Fortune 500 companies and progressive policies has not translated into economic equality.” On the contrary, “the wealth gap between Minneapolis’s largely white population and the city’s black residents has deepened, producing some of the nation’s widest racial disparities in income, »

Coronavirus in one state (67)

Featured image The authorities attributed a grand total of four new deaths to COVID-19 yesterday. All four deaths occurred among residents of long-terms care facilities and all four decedents were in their 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s. The total of all deaths attributed to the epidemic to date is 1,445. Long-term care decedents make up 1,135 of the total. Hospitalizations attributed to the epidemic are low, low, low. Yet we remain under the »

Science and “Science”

Featured image Politicians love to say that they are “following the science.” To hear them talk, you would think they spend hours poring over data and they go where the numbers drive them. If only. The COVID epidemic has brought out politicians’ faux reliance on “science” in spades. As good an example as any is my state, Minnesota, where our governor, Tim Walz, has offered one tribute after another to “science” as »

Security for me (Tucker Carlson edition)

Featured image Tucker Carlson beat the Star Tribune to the story of the three Minneapolis City Council members who want to ashcan the police but have retained private security to protect themselves at taxpayers’ expense. He invited me on his show to talk about it last night. Unfortunately for me, he covered it thoroughly in his introduction. I have taken the liberty of embedding the video below. As one thing led to »

Security for me — but not for thee

Featured image Over the weekend Minneapolis’s FOX 9 broke Tom Lyden’s story of the three Minneapolis city council members who have private security officers protecting them at city expense. Tom’s story is posted here. The video is below. The three council members are vocal proponents of substituting a Department of Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows for the Minneapolis Police Department. They all voted in favor of the ordinance advancing such a proposal last »

Coronavirus in one state (66)

Featured image Governor Walz conducted yesterday’s press briefing on COVID-19 with a supporting cast that included Dr. Tim Schacker of the University of Minnesota Medical School and Dr. Bill Morice of Mayo Clinic Laboratories. He announced the attainment of the goal to reach capacity for 20,000 tests a day. He calls it the Minnesota Moonshot. A good time was had by all. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm was on hand to review the »

Who ya gonna call?

Featured image The city of Minneapolis is deep into the cultural revolution driving the Democratic Party ever further to the left. The city is run entirely by Democrats. Boy mayor Jacob Frey is a Democrat, as are 11 of 12 current members of the city council. The twelfth — Cam Gordon, Ward 2 — is a member of the Green Party. That’s diversity, Minneapolis style. The current council lineup is displayed here. »

Media access in one state: Judge Frank rules

Featured image I have brought a section 1983 lawsuit against Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and MDH press officer Michael Schommer for excluding me from the daily MDH press briefings on and after April 27. I allege that they have excluded me on political grounds in violation of the First Amendment. They moved to dismiss the lawsuit on the ground that I failed to state a claim upon which relief can be »

Coronavirus in one state (65)

Featured image The Minnesota authorities attributed five new deaths to COVID-19 yesterday — all five among residents of long-term care facilities. That brings the respective totals to 1,411 and 1,112. LTC deaths constitute 79.3 percent of total deaths attributed to the epidemic. Four of the five decedents were in their 80’s and 90’s. One was in his 60’s. Deaths and hospitalizations have declined while new cases have increased over the past three »

A word from the Public Engagement Department

Featured image I submitted the first of two Data Practices Act requests to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz via his online contact form. On Wednesday I received this touching message: Dear Mr. Johnson, Thank you for taking the time to contact our office. In the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis, and the events surrounding George Floyd’s murder, we have received high volumes of messages from Minnesotans and people from across the »

Coronavirus in one state (64)

Featured image Yesterday the Minnesota authorities attributed five new deaths to COVID-19. Two of the five new deaths occurred among residents of long-term care facilities. For the first time since mid-April, we have had deaths in the single digits over the past four days. The total of deaths attributed to the epidemic is now 1,397. Of these, 1,102 occurred among LTC residents. LTC deaths now make up 79 percent of the total. »

Coronavirus in one state: Special edition exclusive (2)

Featured image Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued his first significant COVID-19 shutdown order on March 16. The order was subsequently continued and extended on March 25 with the ensuing loss of some 795,00 jobs. I wondered if Walz took any account of the economic devastation he was causing before he promulgated his shutdown orders. On April 23 I submitted a Minnesota Data Practices Act request to Governor Walz seeking “all economic data »

Coronavirus in one state (63)

Featured image New COVID-19 cases have moved slightly up and down over the past few days, but no significant uptick has shown up in the data following the mass protests. Star Tribune reporter Jeremy Olson covers this angle here. Hospitalizations due to the epidemic continue to fall. Moreover, new deaths have decreased drastically. Yesterday, for example, the authorities attributed only four new deaths to COVID-19, bringing the total to 1,384. Two of »

Coronavirus in one state: Special edition exclusive

Featured image Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued his first significant COVID-19 shutdown order on March 16. The order was subsequently continued and extended on March 25 with the ensuing loss of some 795,00 jobs. I wondered if Walz took any account of the economic devastation he was causing before he promulgated his shutdown orders. On April 23 I submitted a Minnesota Data Practices Act request to Governor Walz seeking “all economic data »

Media access in one state: Notes (5)

Featured image The Minnesota Department of Health originally included me in its daily press briefings upon my request from April 11 to April 27. They sent me notices with the conference call call-in information, they took my questions by email, and they provided written responses. My questions focused on the nursing home crisis implicit in the data. I wondered why Governor Walz had instituted a statewide shutdown when the crisis involved a »

Color Him Father

Featured image I wrote this on Father’s Day several years ago. It is a post that struck a chord with at least a few readers. I have amplified it this year and am taking the liberty of reposting these reflections in honor of the day. My father was a thoughtful man in his own way. In the last years of his life he recited for me the things for which he was »

Is It Minneapolis Or Is It Oakland?

Featured image When I moved to Minneapolis in 1974, it was considered a model city. Prosperous, clean, progressive, low-crime. It has been declining ever since. After four decades of monopoly Democratic Party rule, Minneapolis has deteriorated beyond recognition. The George Floyd incident and nearly a week of rioting, looting and arson, which did around $500 million in damages–no one has any plan to rebuild the destruction–has brought Minneapolis’s decline to public attention. »