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SD48 ARCHIVES
The DFL pay raise
Amy Klobuchar voting record on taxes
The 2011 Dayton Shutdown
Maria Ruud: How Liberal Is She?
Global Warming
Are Minnesotans undertaxed?
Eden Prairie Budget
DFL Silly Laws
DFL vs. Health Care
Twins Stadium Deal
Vikings Stadium Deal
Gang of 200
TakeAction Minnesota
Defense of Marriage

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004)
SD48 Tribute to Reagan.
 
HOT TOPICS
MN GOP CONVENTION ENDORSEMENTS -- It's Johnson for Governor and McFadden for Senate.
A CHALLENGER IN 48B -- Sheila Kihne has filed for candidacy in the House District 48B race against incumbent Rep. Jenifer Loon. At the SD48 convention in March, neither candidate received enough votes for endorsement. You can view Sheila's website here: Sheila Kihne
Twitter Feed from SD48 GOP
EP COUNCIL: Please vote "NO" on SWLRT.
CHANGE -- US economy shrank by one percent in the first quarter. It was the first contraction since 2011.
CHANGE -- 47 percent of unemployed have "completely given up" looking for a job.
CHANGE -- A record 10,996,447 are on disability.
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY -- Hear Donna Azarian and Sheila Kihne on the Sue Jeffers Show talking about Southwest Light Rail and the new $21 million Eden Prairie Aquatic Center.
BE THANKFUL, PEASANTS! -- Minnesota Democrats raised taxes by $3.2 billion. Now they are giving back 17 percent of that tax increase back ... and they want you to be grateful!
2014 Rank 2013 Rank State
12 15 North Dakota
14 17 Wisconsin
15 18 South Dakota
19 23 Iowa
34 30 Minnesota
45 44 Michigan
Source: Chief Executive Magazine
2014 BEST AND WORST STATES FOR BUSINESS -- Minnesota -- with a DFL governor and DFL legislature -- drops from #30 to #34. Neighboring Wisconsin -- with a Republican governor and Republican legislature -- has jumped to #14.
LETTER OF THE DAY -- Eden Prairie's Dan Kitrell calls out massive city spending without voter approval.
PANTS ON FIRE -- Glenn Kessler: Four Pinocchios for Obama's claim that Republicans have 'filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation' ... “On just about every level, this claim is ridiculous.” Obama has gotten so used to the media kissing his butt, he believes he can lie without consequence. And why wouldn't he?
CHANGE -- 92,594,000 Americans not working: A brand new record. The workforce participation rate is the lowest since 1978.
ONE-TENTH OF ONE PERCENT -- The American economy has ground to a halt. If it wasn't for Obamacare, Q1 GDP Would Be Negative.
2014 GOP FREEDOM BANQUET A HUGE SUCCESS -- Over 70 people came together to help local Republican candidates.
THE DOCTOR WON'T SEE YOU NOW -- “The drafters of the ACA presumably had noble intentions, but the law is failing in all of its intended goals. Unless the ACA is redrafted to provide insurance coverage that most physicians and hospitals will accept, many patients will find that when they need medical care, the doctor is not in.

THANKS DFL! -- MINNESOTA NOW SECOND WORST FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Small Business Tax Index 2014
Rank State Rank State
2 South Dakota 34 Illinois
12 Michigan 46 Iowa
14 North Dakota 49 Minnesota
37 Wisconsin 50 California
Source: Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
ILLINOIS TAXPAYERS OWE $56 BILLION IN UNFUNDED RETIREE HEALTH CARE COSTS -- Look for the union label.
WHY THE LEFT'S DREAM IS THE TWIN CITIES' NIGHTMARE -- Katherine Kersten reminds us that the Twin Cities already has a very low rate of business formation and, in recent years, taxes as well as labor, property and energy costs have escalated substantially. The Met Council's plans seem designed, almost diabolically, to exacerbate these trends and render them irreversible.
DEMOCRATS PUSH THROUGH BULLY BILL -- Joe Soucheray: “The new anti-bullying bill seems more like an anti-hurt feeling bill.
A DRIVE THROUGH EDEN PRAIRIE'S SOUTHWEST LRT ROUTE -- Watch this short video and see how Light Rail adds to congestion, threatens wetlands, and puts lives in danger.
UNREAL -- The head of Obama's $26 million advocacy group laments Republican money in poilitics.
NOT BUYING IT -- Forbes: “How much does Obamacare rip off young adults? We ran the numbers. Here are the results.
MINNESOTANS ARE ON THE MOVE -- “For Rebecca and Quentin Irey, the election was the catalyst for making a big decision. The Ireys, who are classic hard-working entrepreneurs, chose to relocate their family to Texas.”
SILENCING THE OPPOSITION -- Federalist: "Why liberals attempt to silence honest debate." Because shut up. And Koch brothers.
A COSTLY FAILED EXPERIMENT -- WSJ: Obamacare's treatment of people is arbitrary and unfair. Its economic impact is only going to get worse.
A DRIVE THROUGH EDEN PRAIRIE'S SOUTHWEST LRT ROUTE -- Watch this short video and see how Light Rail adds to congestion, threatens wetlands, and puts lives in danger.
UNREAL -- The head of Obama's $26 million advocacy group laments Republican money in poilitics.
NOT BUYING IT -- Forbes: “How much does Obamacare rip off young adults? We ran the numbers. Here are the results.
MINNESOTANS ARE ON THE MOVE -- “For Rebecca and Quentin Irey, the election was the catalyst for making a big decision. The Ireys, who are classic hard-working entrepreneurs, chose to relocate their family to Texas.”
LIGHT RAIL IS UGLY, NOISY, SLOW ... AND EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE -- Brad Aho: “While we need to improve our multi-modal transportation infrastructure, there are too many unanswered questions to proceed with LRT.”
SILENCING THE OPPOSITION -- Federalist: "Why liberals attempt to silence honest debate." Because shut up. And Koch brothers.
GIVE IT BACK -- Senator David Hann: “Our plan would fully repeal the harmful business to business taxes and the gift tax. It also includes an update to the state tax code that would allow Minnesotans to claim federal deductions such as the marriage, mortgage insurance, adoption assistance and student loan interest deductions that were lost due to the Legislature's failure to act in the 2013 session.”
A COSTLY FAILED EXPERIMENT -- WSJ: Obamacare's treatment of people is arbitrary and unfair. Its economic impact is only going to get worse.
WHEN IS A DEADLINE NOT A DEADLINE? -- Answer: When it is Obamacare.
WHAT WAS THE POINT OF OBAMACARE? -- The Federalist: “So if ObamaCare doesn't offer affordable insurance, doesn't insure the uninsured, doesn't allow us to keep our existing plans, and doesn't even ensure high-quality care—then what are its defenders counting on?
NO ENDORSEMENT IN THE 48B RACE -- The SD48 convention had some unusual excitement as local activist Sheila Kihne challenged incumbent representative Jenifer Loon for the 48B house seat. Neither candidate was able to get enough votes to get endorsed. But if you think the 48B race was rough, try living in a place where politicians don't have to grovel for your votes.
STAR TRIBUNE: Oops --Sorry about all of those unexpected property tax hikes!
WHAT HAPPENS TO GUARANTED GOVERNMENT PENSIONS WHEN THE MONEY RUNS OUT? -- It's a trick question. They are no longer guaranteed.
TRAIN WRECK UPDATE -- Obamacare cuts home healthcare for millions of seniors.
METAPHOR ALERT: Minnesota light rail train runs off tracks after Obama lauds it in visit.
POOR PLANNING FOR SWLRT -- “St. Louis Park residents were angry and made it clear to the Met Council that they do not want a re-route through their city.
PEGGY NOONAN: AMERICA AND THE AGRESSIVE LEFT -- Half the country feels—and is—beset by government. That's not progress.
HOW IS THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” WORKING FOR YA? -- “Putin asks Russian parliament for approval to use military force in Ukraine.” -- To quote Charles Krauthammer: Can anybody name a single achievement Hillary Clinton has chalked up as Secretary of State?
ELITIST -- Florida Democrat laments: “Without immigration reform, where will we get our landscapers and our maids?
HOW ABOUT A REFERENDUM ON THE EP SWIMMING POOL? -- Eden Prairie Schools will likely pursue a voter-approved referendum later this year which will give residents a voice in setting priorities. Will the Eden Prairie City Council provide voters with the same opportunity to vote on a pool?
I'M QUITTING MY JOB -- “Thanks Obamacare!
TRAIN WRECK UPDATE -- Obama Administration admits: Health law's new rules will increase costs for most small businesses.
YUCK-YUCK . . . DEMS LAUGH WHEN ASKED WHY OBAMACARE DOESN'T SAVE FAMILIES MONEY (VIDEO) -- Minnesota Democrats think it's a big joke that Obamacare doesn't save working families any money. Nineteen times Barack Obama promised to lower insurance premiums by $2,500 with Obamacare.
PEGGY NOONAN: Our decadent elites.
WHY DO DEMOCRATS HATE JOBS? -- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concludes that a minimum wage hike will result in worker shortages and lost jobs. Another report concludes that Obamacare will result in the loss of 2.5 million jobs.
WHY KERRY IS WRONG ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING -- “The climate-change consensus is not endangering lives, but the way it imperils economic growth and warps government policy making has made the future considerably bleaker.
UNEMPLOYMENT FOR ALL -- The Federalist: "5 Devastating Obamacare Facts From CBO's Latest Economic Report."
Rank State
1 New York
2 New Jersey
3 California
4 Minnesota
5 Rhode Island
TOP 10 STATES FOR TAXES -- Minnesota jumps from #6 to #4.
PEGGY NOONAN: MEANWHILE BACK IN AMERICA . . . -- “Washington sees the disaffection. They read the polls, they know. They call it rage. But it feels more like grief. Like the loss of something you never thought you'd lose, your sense of your country and your place in it, your rights in it.
MINNESOTA OBAMACARE EXCHANGES ARE FAILING -- The MNsure policies are expensive, with most people getting forced into policies with expensive deductibles and higher premiums. Next, they're getting into policies that include coverages that they don't need or want but that a government “expert” says is required. An independent panel recommends scrapping the entire MNSure program.
SICK KIDS LOSE ACCESS TO SPECIALTY HEALTH CARE -- “Now Seattle Children's Hospital is reporting that patients are being denied specialty treatments due to Obamacare regulations. Patients at Children's — that means that sick kids are not allowed the medical care that their doctors feel is best for them.”
COSTS MOUNT FOR SOUTHWEST LRT -- As the SWLRT project continues to drain money from Minnesota families, DFLers are proposing another tax increase.
HOLDING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE -- State Senator Dave Osmek responds to an audit that revealed secret payments to David Lillehaug from the Dayton administration.
DOWN IN THE DUMPS -- Target pushes workers into Obamacare. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan ....”
HOLDING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE -- State Senator Dave Osmek responds to an audit that revealed secret payments to David Lillehaug from the Dayton administration.
WHAT RECOVERY? -- Sears and J.C. Penney are dying.
THANKS FOR ALL THE CASH, KIDS! -- Jimmy Kimmel explains how Obamacare hoses young adults.
BECAUSE OF RACISM -- Why doesn't criticism of Obama get any traction?

EXPENSIVE ... AND SLOWER TOO?
Compare travel time for a one-way trip from Eden Prairie to Downtown Minneapolis....

• Southwest Transit (non-stop):
20 minutes (source: Southwest Transit daily schedule)

• Southwest LRT (17 stops):
38 minutes (90 percent longer commute!) (source: Southwest LRT website)

LRT SUPPORTERS ARE NOT THINKING OF THE RIDERS -- Eden Prairie commuter laments: When LRT takes over in Eden Prairie, our clean, comfortable busses will go away.
A $63 MILLION BUILDING? FOR 44 SENATORS? -- Joe Soucheray highlights the latest DFL spending boondoggle.
July 15 (Tuesday):
    MLB All-Star Game,
    Target Field, Minneapolis
July 18-26:
    Minneapolis Aquatennial

July 25 (Friday):
   
Cost of Government Day

July 29 (Tuesday):
   
Filing period for
    municipal elections begins

August 5 (Tuesday):
    National Night Out
August 12 (Tuesday):
    Filing period for
    municipal elections ends
August 12 (Tuesday):
    State primary election
August 21 - Labor Day:
    Minnesota State Fair
September 1 (Monday):
    Labor Day
September 11 (Thursday):
    911 Rememberance
September 25 (Thursday):
    Rosh Hashana
October 4 (Saturday):
    Yom Kippur
October 13 (Monday):
    Columbus Day
October 31 (Friday):
    Halloween
November 2 (Sunday):
    Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 4 (Tuesday):
2014 General Election
Vote for State Legislature and Eden Prairie City Council. Polls open until 8:00 PM. To find out where you vote, click here.
November 11 (Tuesday):
    Veterans Day
November 27 (Thursday):
    Thanksgiving
December 1 (Monday):
    First Day of Advent
December 7 (Sunday):
    Pearl Harbor Remembrance
December 17 (Wednesday):
    Hanukkah
December 24 (Wednesday):
    Christmas Eve
December 25 (Thursday):
    Christmas Day
December 31 (Wednesday):
    New Year's Eve
January 1, 2015 (Thursday):
    New Year's Day
January 19 (Monday):
    MLK Day
January 22 (Thursday):
    41st anniversary of
    Roe vs Wade decision
February 1 (Sunday):
    Super Bowl, Phoenix, AZ
February 2 (Monday):
    Groundhog Day
February 6 (Friday):
    Ronald Reagan's Birthday

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