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Serious budget debate begins

March 2, 2015 With the very positive state budget forecast on Friday, which predicts a $1.86 billion surplus over the next budget period, state legislators will begin serious debate on the next state budget. more »»

Override Obama’s veto on Keystone

March 1, 2015 President Barack Obama can provide no scientifically based specific reason for vetoing a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline — but he has killed the measure anyway. more »»

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February 28, 2015 Bigger surplus THUMBS UP: The State of Minnesota got even better financial news on Friday. The latest ecnomic forecast shows the state budget surplus growing to $. more »»

Compromise is a two-way street

February 27, 2015 President Barack Obama blames Republicans for gridlock in government. They just won’t compromise, he claims. more »»

We can earn friends in other nations

February 26, 2015 President Barack Obama has made it clear he believes the route to peace in our time leads through a campaign of making people in other nations like Americans. more »»

Terrorism by threat

February 25, 2015 The Somalian terror group al-Shabab showed this week how to launch a terror attack using only the Internet. more »»

Give more aid to the enemies of IS

February 24, 2015 Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq — with several dozen American volunteers fighting alongside them — have scored notable successes against Islamic State terrorists. more »»

Military spending for individual protection

February 23, 2015 When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, they went in with the most sophisticated technology available. Helicopters, jet fighters, tanks, “smart” bombs, etc. more »»

Obama wrong about terrorists

February 22, 2015 Jobs for Jihadists? Will that be President Barack Obama's new strategy for battling Islamic terrorists? It is a real possibility, in view of Obama's thinking. more »»

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February 21, 2015 Spelling bee whiz THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Alex Hillesheim, the Cathedral High School 8th grader who finished in second place this week in the Regional Spelling Bee in Mankato. more »»

Keep war authority in place

February 20, 2015 After Islamic terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, members of Congress wasted no time in giving then-President George W. more »»

MNsure audit

February 19, 2015 We really didn’t need the Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s report to tell us the rollout last year of MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange, was a debacle. more »»

Terrorists’ spread a warning sign

February 18, 2015 Neither Iraq nor Syria was the site of Islamic State terrorists' most recent atrocity. It was in Libya that they kidnapped and beheaded nearly two dozen Egyptian Christians. more »»

Let common sense control drone rules

February 17, 2015 The federal government is proposing some good, common sense rules for the use of drones, those small remote-controlled aircraft that have so much potential for good — and for ill — in today’s world. more »»

A good problem for district to have

February 16, 2015 District 88 school board members heard this week that Jefferson Elementary School could be facing a space shortage problem this fall. more »»

Obamacare’s latest hit to the pocketbook

February 15, 2015 Millions of Americans already have learned that?Obamacare is hazardous to their financial health. more »»

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February 14, 2015 Fasching, Bock Fest THUMBS UP: Now in the discontent of our winter (apologies to the Bard) is the perfect time for some special celebration. more »»

Don’t tie military’s hands vs. IS

February 13, 2015 The more territory they capture, the more recruits they get and the more money they accumulate in their war chest, the more likely Islamic State terrorists are to launch an attack on the U.S. more »»

Use of force strategy should be realistic

February 12, 2015 Debate over a critical issue of U.S. policy — defeating Islamic terrorists — appears to have taken on an impressive bipartisan tone. more »»

Process should guide gov’t raises

February 11, 2015 Republican legislators are outraged at Gov. Mark Dayton’s action to give state commissioners and agency heads a raise of $800,000. more »»

Lawsuit may do what legislators would not

February 10, 2015 A major class action lawsuit being argued this week could change the way the Minnesota predatory sex offender program operates. more »»



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