The Media And The Screamingly Obvious

On Monday, 68 year old Raymond Kmetz walked into the New Hope City Hall with a shotgun, shooting and wounding two police before other police killed him.

And the Pioneer Press, in relating official Minnesota’s confusion as to how Mr. Kmetz got his gun, revealed a number of truths about the gun issue (for the multi-millionth time) that, for some, could be a teaching moment, if they’re smart enough to be taught.

The man who brought a pistol-grip shotgun to New Hope City Hall on Monday night and started firing at police officers before being gunned down was not legally allowed to have a firearm, authorities said Wednesday.

Wait – so now the media is telling us that people who aren’t supposed to have guns…can get them?

Someone with a long history of mental illness, who had been incarcerated twice for making terroristic threats, subject to numerous restraining orders, and whose possession of a shotgun was a federal felony, was able to find a gun?

The next thing you know, they’ll be telling us that people with felony records can get them!

What next?  Juveniles with gang affiliations?

The answer, obviously, is to disarm the sane and the law-abiding.

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Meh: 2014 Q4 GDP rises 2.6%

Economic growth in the US slowed considerably from its pace in the middle of 2014, according to the advance estimate released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Fourth quarter GDP rose only 2.6% on an annualized basis, a falloff of almost half of Q3′s final GDP:

Real gross domestic product — the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes — increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 5.0 percent.

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Are e-cigs and tobacco taxes driving MN’s abrupt decline in smoking?

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Put this in your electronic cigarette and vape it:  A comprehensive  survey found the lowest smoking rate ever recorded among adult Minnesotans.

Nearly half of former smokers — 45 percent — who kicked the habit used e-cigarettes at some point in the process, according to the survey, which the state paid $850,000 to conduct.

Read more at Watchdog.org Minnesota Bureau

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Surprise: Red states getting deeper cuts in federal grants

Not just by a little bit, either. According to an extensive Reuters analysis of the first five budgets in the Obama presidency, federal grants have dropped significantly across the board — but much more so in states that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. Those states saw federal grants, controlled by the executive branch, drop by an average of 40%, while blue states only saw about half of that cut:

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Shenanigans never quits at Minnesota Capitol

Some rascality on transparency came into the legislative committee process today.  Before the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, HF 181 (Outdoor heritage fund money appropriated, outdoor heritage fund money requirements modified, previous appropriation modified, and appropriating money) bill was heard.  This is the bill that deals with the money for the various Legacy projects related to "outdoors" and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.  Among the amendments put on the bill was this one.

Read the Rest at Open Secrets Blog

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There Aren’t Enough Republicans In MN That We Can Pick & Choose

I announced last night at the MNCD6 Republican meeting that I am seeking reelection as CD6 Treasurer and State Vice Chair. Being Treasurer is a thankless job no sane person should want. But I do enjoy it. I know, I’m an odd duck. Being on the State Executive Committee for the State Party is an honor. I’ve been working with so many great people and I hope to keep doing that.

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Kill It Dead

Representative Mary Franson, GOP from Alexandria, is making the first move toward repealing the forced unionization of childcare and homecare providers:

… Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria), a former childcare provider, introduced legislation – known as the “Hands Off Child Care Act” – that would repeal the childcare unionization law of 2013.

“The vast majority of childcare providers do not want be forced into a union,” said Franson. “Given the high costs of childcare in Minnesota, this legislation will help alleviate costs that unionization would bring providers, moms, and dads.”

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Obama caved on 529 taxes because … it hit too many Democrats?

The hasty retreat on Barack Obama’s plan to pay for “free” community college looked clumsy even for a president who routinely floats proposals without performing due diligence. The community college proposal was a major policy announcement from the White House, an attempt to connect with younger voters again who have been drifting away from the Democratic Party (although not necessarily toward the GOP) during the Hopenchange Era. Obama made a dozen references to college in his State of the Union speech, and spent a significant amount of time arguing for both the subsidy and the 529 tax to pay for it.

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CBO: 10 million will lose employer-based coverage under ObamaCare by 2021

The new CBO projection on ObamaCare’s impact has a couple of counter-narrative epiphanies, and the impact on employer-based insurance is just one of them. When Democrats pushed the ACA through Congress on a party-line vote and with plenty of legislative chicanery — remember “reconciliation”? — they insisted that ObamaCare would do three things:

  1. It would not force any changes to individual-market plans already in place, nor to choices of providers.
  2. It would not reduce employer-based health insurance at all, and would slightly improve it.
  3. It would be deficit neutral for the first decade, starting in 2011.

The first became known as Politifact’s 2013 Lie of the Year. Not only did ObamaCare force millions of people out of their plans in the first year of enrollment, it’s doing the same thing in the second year with its recalculation of subsidies and the premium shocks that creates. Investors Business Daily points out that the CBO demolishes the second argument too:

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Dayton/DFL infighting exposed

ne of the worst-kept political secrets is that the DFL is fighting with itself. That isn’t secret anymore because Gov. Dayton announced that he’s cutting the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s budget:


Dayton was nothing if not transparent about the move. The budget materials given to reporters before the late-morning briefing stated that the total of $3.77 million in reductions to the Park Board over the two-year budget period was due to “the Board’s continuing efforts to obstruct progress on the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.”

Of the total, $1.26 million would have come out of the state general fund and $2.51 million out of the natural resources fund, money intended to help the Met Council and 10 local park agencies develop and maintain parks that are regional destinations (think Minnehaha Falls). The money that would be lost by the Minneapolis board goes toward annual operating costs.

When asked about it, Dayton said it was possible he would support restoring the money, if the Park Board ended it opposition. “In my view, if they have all this money to hire consultants, they don’t need all the state money that’s been allocated to them.” Dayton said. He described the board’s actions so far as “very irresponsible.”

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Coming at Kline from all sides

A certain Republican in Minnesota's Second Congressional District is starting to get the vibe of being a perpetual candidate.

Republican activist David Gerson announced Monday during a press conference he will run against U.S. Rep. John Kline next year.Kline represents the second congressional district, which covers the south Twin Cities metro area and contains all of Scott, Dakota, Goodhue, and Wabasha counties. It also covers northern and eastern Rice County including the city of Northfield, and southern Washington County including the city of Cottage Grove.Gerson unsuccessfully ran against Kline last year.

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