ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Many people who visit Alaska see it only on cruise ships, or they fly in to Anchorage and get out to the “real” Alaska as soon as they can, to the more scenic grandeur of the wilderness or the prime fishing and camping spots, where they typically rub elbows with a mostly affluent and mostly white crowd of fellow travelers and tourist industry employees and entrepreneurs. That’s what... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT As a St. Paul City Hall newspaper reporter in the early 1980s, I chronicled a stiff resistance by a virtually all-white and all-male fire department against reforms that would allow women and more non-white applicants to have some of those jobs. Like most mainstream journalists, I tried to give equal space and fair coverage to both sides, on that issue and others. My editors and I strived always to provide... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Watching the takeover of the once diverse and progressive Minnesota Republican Party by libertarian Ron Paul zealots reminds me of the war stories about our state’s politics in the 1940s. That’s when communists and extreme leftists in the fledgling Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party were on the rise but were chased out by DFL founders such as Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey. Under the national ... Read More
STAR TRIBUNE The new bogeyman in our national policy debate is "entitlement.'' Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and a well-orchestrated antigovernment chorus is framing a stark alternative for voters in November -- a choice between a glorious "opportunity society'' ruled by business or a ruinous "entitlement society'' run by government. Democrats tend not to ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT ‘Get out of our way,’ ‘Leave us alone,’ ‘Burning the boats,’ ‘Slashing the beast’-Gov. Pawlenty has always liked sounding fierce All this slashing and burning and budget-cutting talk at the Capitol evokes the vivid imagery that brand new Gov. Tim Pawlenty employed exactly seven years ago, in announcing that he was leading Minnesota on a new and swashbuckling... Read More
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