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Dorholt’s ‘accomplishments’

Greg Riegstad’s LTE is short because he accepted the task of explaining why Zach Dorholt deserves re-election: Zach Dorholt deserves re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. After years of gridlock in our state government, this last session made real progress. The Legislature made a real commitment to education, reduced taxes for the middle class, […]

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MNsure’s next disaster

There’s no question that MNsure will be a liability for the DFL this fall. The only question is whether the damage will be disastrous or fatal. This article tips the needle more towards fatal: About 16,000 Minnesotans who applied for Medical Assistance through MNsure are still without health insurance, some caught in limbo for as […]

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Gov. Dayton: Medtronic leaving is a good deal

It’s stunning what Gov. Dayton said about Medtronic moving their headquarters to Ireland: Gov. Mark Dayton sees good news in Medtronic’s $43 billion deal to buy Irish medical device maker, Covidien. “As I look at the project as governor of Minnesota, this is a good deal for the people of our state,” the governor said […]

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Medtronic fleeing high federal, state taxes

According to this article, medical device manufacturer Medtronic is leaving Minnesota’s high state taxes. In fact, it’s leaving the federal government’s high corporate rates, too: Medtronic Inc. (MDT), the globe-spanning medical device maker founded in a Minneapolis garage in 1949, is poised to become the biggest company yet to escape the U.S. tax system by […]

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Tom Bakk’s end of session spin, Part II

I wrote this post to highlight part of Sen. Bakk’s end-of-session spin. I wouldn’t be telling the entire story if I didn’t write about something Sen. Bakk said at the end of his interview. Here’s what he said on the subject of medical marijuana: SEN. BAKK: I think when this session started, there were probably […]

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Tom Bakk’s end of session spin

If Minnesota voters need proof that the DFL is either delusional or exceptionally skilled liars, this video provides that proof: Starting at the 2:30 mark, Sen. Bakk made this incredible statement: BAKK: It’s been a remarkable 2 year run in this biennium and I think what we showed, as Democrats in control of the governor’s […]

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