Commentary

Brady is a constitutional imperative — here’s how to fix it in Minnesota

BY: and - August 12, 2022

Anyone who watches crime shows regularly or is an occasional student of constitutional history is aware of the Warren Court’s landmark decisions in Gideon v. Wainwright and Miranda v. Arizona, guaranteeing every accused the right to counsel and the right to be advised of constitutional rights at the time of arrest. Without Brady v. Maryland, […]

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) July 23 2019

Primary results: What it all means

BY: - August 10, 2022

This is ripped from Daily Reformer. Sign up to get it in your in-box every day — free!  Good morning.  U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar got the scare of her political life Tuesday with a narrow victory over Don Samuels in the DFL primary.   The note I wrote to myself as the returns were coming in:  […]

Daily Reformer: GOP unease about Doug Wardlow

BY: - August 9, 2022

This is ripped from this morning’s Daily Reformer. Subscribe to our daily newsletter here.  Happy primary election day!  Our story from Michelle Griffith and Deena Winter is a handy guide to how to find your polling station and what races to watch.  We’ll have full team coverage tonight. For ye political junkies, some primary thoughts:  […]

Your plane landed safely — thank the bureaucrats at the FAA

BY: - August 5, 2022

A faddish phrase on the right is something called “the administrative state,” which refers to the federal workforce deputized by Congress to craft and enforce rules over the environment, banking, health care, product safety, mass communications, the power grid, etc.  A recent profile of the Claremont Institute — which has the unenviable task of stitching […]

Where’s that Supreme Court leaker? Or are we just gonna nevermind that one?

BY: - August 3, 2022

To paraphrase an old saying: You can’t teach an old court new tricks. The modified aphorism refers to the U. S. Supreme Court and its search for the culprit(s) who leaked a draft of the tribunal’s anti-abortion opinion six weeks before it was officially promulgated. The justices responded with verbal aggression and extraordinary bellicosity in […]

We’ve fought monopoly power before — we can do it again

BY: - August 2, 2022

This is the first in an occasional series of commentaries on the new threat of monopoly power on America’s economy and political system.  While billionaires get wealthier and corporate profits set new records, the rest of us are left with inflation, shortages, stagnant wages, hollowed out communities and a society increasingly driven by extremism and […]

Where’s the meat? Solving a bottleneck in the meat supply chain vital to farmers’ profitability

BY: - July 29, 2022

COVID-19 brought a lot of hard lessons, one of which is that it’s not a good bet to put all of our meat processing needs into the hands of just a few large processing plants. When COVID infections soared, many large processors in our region had to shut down for a few weeks or more, […]

Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 27, 2022

Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]

Robert Reich: How Amazon, Starbucks and other companies fight unions

BY: - July 26, 2022

You as a worker have a legal right to join a union, but there are many ways big corporations are skirting the law to stop you from getting your fair share. You could be working for a union-buster and not even know it. Here are four of the biggest union-busting tricks to look out for: […]

A close read of the Minnesota statute on police use of deadly force

BY: - July 25, 2022

As of this writing, we are still awaiting completion of the investigation into the shooting of Tekle Sundberg, including its most critical details. Body camera footage recently released notwithstanding. In the absence of information, some have been quick to defend the shooting based on the trauma experienced by neighbors, who hours earlier had found their […]

The sacking of Birk won’t last forever, so Walz needs to be bold

BY: - July 22, 2022

The drip-drip-drip of the Harvard grade inflation scandal continues, as Harvard College graduate Matt Birk, the likely GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, continues his tour through Minnesota politics. In case you missed it, Birk made a speech to the National Right to Life group on the same day Roe v. Wade was overturned, and he […]

US child welfare system is falling short because of persistent child poverty

BY: and - July 19, 2022

Although government spending on the child welfare system totaled $33 billion in 2018, the most recent year for which an estimate is available, it’s still failing to meet all children’s needs because of overwhelming demand. Abuse and neglect investigations, foster care and the other activities and services that comprise the child welfare system can harm […]