And the Golden Turkey Goes To…

Featured image Remember the good old days, when the most obvious difference between conservatives and liberals was that conservatives objected to wasteful government spending? Now we live in a world where wastefulness is one of liberals’ better qualities. Still, it should make us angry. More than ever, government at all levels is cavalier with taxpayers’ money, viewing it not only as their own, but primarily as a means of buying votes. Moreover, »

When the Ship Comes In

Featured image Bob Dylan seems to have written “When the Ship Comes In” after a hotel clerk insulted him for his shabby attire. So Joan Baez told Anthony Scaduto for his influential Bob Dylan: An Intimate Biography (1972). Last year the University of Minnesota Press published transcripts of Scaduto’s interviews for the bio in The Dylan Tapes: Friends, Players, and Lovers Talkin’ Early Bob Dylan (2021). Most recently, Clinton Heylin refers to »

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 »

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 »

Off the top turnbuckle

Featured image Former professional grappler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has jumped in off the top turnbuckle to endorse Governor Tim Walz for reelection. I have no confidence in my sense of the race between Walz and Dr. Scott Jensen, but Walz must think he needs help with independent voters. The Ventura endorsement is a wild card. Elected as an independent in 1998, Ventura stood down for reelection after one turbulent term »

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 »

Trafalgar revisits Minnesota

Featured image Alpha News (on whose board I sit) commissioned Robert Cahaly’s Trafalgar Group to conduct a second poll of likely Minnesota voters. We knew that other Minnesota polls would be released around this time. We thought that it might be helpful to hear at the same time from the pollster with Trafalgar’s impressive record of accuracy. When Blois Olson reported Trafalgar’s Minnesota results in his Morning Take newsletter this past Friday »

Speaking of disinformation

Featured image The explosion of crime in the Twin Cities is a problem for Democrats running for public office in Minnesota this year. Many of us think they are responsible and should be held to account. Indeed, we are living with the consequences of their nonfeasance in the George Floyd riots. When Kamala Harris came to town yesterday Esme Murphy took the opportunity to let Kamala dissemble about her promotion of the »

Kamala makes a house kall

Featured image Kamala kame to town yesterday to shore up support for sagging DFL candidates. In Minnesota, abortion remains a right protected by our state constitution. In case you hadn’t heard, however, Democrats believe in abortion. It is something of a positive good. Kamala came to town to talk up abortion. What else? The White House has posted the transcript of Kamala’s konversation at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul under the »

The Costs of Covid Shutdowns

Featured image It was obvious early in the covid epidemic that the benefits of lockdowns were speculative and hypothetical, while the costs were large and undeniable. Now that the dust has settled, those costs can be quantified. My staff has produced two new papers on the costs of the covid shutdowns in Minnesota. While their analyses are state-specific, it is reasonable to assume that their findings would be reflected in other states, »

Red Tide In a Blue State

Featured image Recent polling shows the tide flowing to the GOP across the country. I have been saying for quite a while that this will be a better year for Republicans than almost anyone has predicted. We are seeing it now in the polls, and I think we will see it in spades on November 8. Kari Lake is going to win, Herschel Walker is going to win, Dr. Oz is going »

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 »

In search of Umbrella Man

Featured image Who can take a city, burn it to the ground? Umbrella Man can, at least according to the search warrant application/affidavit filed by Minneapolis police officer Erika Christensen in the summer of 2020. Former Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany told me he came across Christensen’s affidavit in a routine review of court filings. (Libor has moved on to the Los Angeles Times.) Libor reported on the allegations of Christensen’s affidavit »

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 »