It’s increasingly clear that the Agenda Media, aka the MSM, is intent on creating an artificial constitutional crisis. I offer Doyle McManus’ column as proof of this affliction.

In writing, you’re told to not bury the lede. Mr. McManus certainly didn’t do that. The opening paragraph of Mr. McManus’ column says “President Trump has openly declared war on Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Russian saga. The president clearly wishes he could fire Mueller; his associates say he’s mused about that for weeks. Now, by stepping up the pressure, he’s moving toward a showdown, and a possible constitutional crisis.”

First, the president can fire Mueller without triggering a constitutional crisis. It wouldn’t be the smartest move politically but it wouldn’t trigger a constitutional crisis. The next paragraph is just as hyperbolic, saying “There’s plenty of other craziness billowing from the White House: lawyers considering whether the president can pardon himself, the president publicly denouncing his attorney general for failing to protect him. But the clearest portent of a crisis is the president’s increasingly evident desire to be rid of the meddlesome prosecutor, who appears to be doing his job too well.”

If conflation were an Olympic event, Mr. McManus would be the gold medalist. Yes, it wasn’t bright for President Trump to publicly criticize Jeff Sessions. Still, jumping from that to saying “the meddlesome prosecutor” “appears to be doing his job too well” is a mighty leap.

At this point, Mueller looks more like the establishment’s hit man than an honest man seeking the truth. Roger Simon’s article highlights Mueller’s potential pitfalls, saying “significant portion of the American public, myself admittedly among them, will be convinced he has been railroaded in a partisan hatchet job. The voters who elected the president are going to feel, at the very least, undermined, more likely betrayed, & by their own government and public officials. Many are going to feel this has nothing to do whatsoever with justice and will act accordingly.”

After months of searching for a crime, Mueller still hasn’t found one. Adam Schiff, who specializes in running for Dianne Feinstein’s U.S. Senate seat, still hasn’t found a crime. He’s great at making accusations but he’s terrible at offering proof for his accusations.

The MSM is disgracing itself. This is a perfect example:

If Trump had business relationships with Russians who could be acting on behalf of Vladimir Putin, that would seem quite relevant.

Then there’s this stupidity:

The nightmare haunting Trump, of course, is the history of past counsels — especially Kenneth Starr, who took an inquest into Bill Clinton’s family finances and turned it into an investigation of sex and perjury.

The key difference between the Starr investigation and the Mueller fishing expedition is that Starr’s investigation expanded because judges expanded the investigation. Another important difference is that the statute that Ken Starr operated under expired.

Perhaps, at one time, Mueller was a man of integrity. Expanding his fishing expedition this far afield, though, appears intent on creating a legacy rather than seeking justice. Similarly, at one time, the MSM attempted to look semi-impartial. Those days seem like ancient history.

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Yesterday, Janeé Harteau resigned as Minneapolis’s police chief. Embattled Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has picked Medaria Arradondo to replace Harteau. The next question is whether Arradondo is the right pick to succeed Harteau. According to this MPR article, Chief Harteau was “the first woman, first Native American and first openly gay person to serve as chief in Minneapolis.”

R.T. Rybak was the mayor that picked Harteau to be his police chief. Now that Hodges is picking Harteau’s successor, it’s fair to ask whether she’s picking the right person for the job. This article suggests that she’s picking the wrong person. It says “Linea Palmisano, a city councilwoman who represents the ward where the shooting happened, told The Associated Press on Saturday that she’s known Arradondo for some time, relying on him to explain police initiatives and working with him during community meetings such as one introducing ‘implicit bias training’ for officers a few years ago.”

The fact that the Minneapolis Police Department has “implicit bias training” tells me that politicians are interfering too much. The National Initiative for Building Community Trust & Justice explains that implicit bias “can distort one’s perception and subsequent treatment either in favor of or against a given person or group. In policing, this has resulted in widespread practices that focus undeserved suspicion on some groups and presume other groups innocent.”

It’s important that Minneapolis gets this decision right. They’ve had problems for quite some time. Focusing on politically correct training isn’t wise. Apparently, that’s what Minneapolis has focus on. If you want the right results, you have to have the right training.

The point is that picking the right PC isn’t as important as putting the officers through the right training. At this point, the training emphasis needs to improve.

Betsy Hodges’ public humiliation quite likely signals the end of Hodges’ political career. While attempting to announce her pick to be Minneapolis’s police chief, Mayor Hodges was drowned out by protesters attending the press conference.

One protester interrupted Hodges, saying “We ask you for your prompt resignation. We don’t want you as our mayor of Minneapolis anymore. We are asking you that you take your staff with you. We don’t want you to appoint anybody anymore. Your leadership has been very ineffective, and if you don’t remove yourself, we’re going to put somebody in place to remove you. Your police force has terrorized the city enough. Your press conference is ineffective because you won’t let the people in. And you didn’t want to hear us, so you hear me now. We do not want you as our mayor of Minneapolis, and we’re asking you to resign.”

The protesters were there because a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an Australian woman named Justine Damond:

On Saturday, Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman living in Minneapolis called 911 to report a possible rape occurring outside of her building in an alley. When officers responded, their body cameras were turned off. When Damond approached the officers’ squad car, one of the officers fired one shot at Damond, fatally wounding her.

This video shows how out-of-control things got:

What’s more is that this isn’t the first controversy Janeé Harteau has been involved in as Minneapolis’s police chief:

Levy-Pounds was among the prominent early supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement in Minneapolis and spoke out against Jamar Clark’s death, pushing for charges against the officers involved. But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman declined to charge the officers involved in Clark’s death, saying the deadly force was justified. Police Chief Janeé Harteau also found that the officers’ actions were warranted.

The Jamar Clark shooting triggered a city-wide revolt in Minneapolis. It will be difficult to get things under control anytime soon.

If ever there was a sign that Tim Walz’s seat was in play, this article provides proof that Rep. Walz’s seat is in danger of flipping into Republicans’ hands.

The paragraph that’s killing the DFL says “That’s still better than any of Hagedorn’s potential DFL opponents. Former state lawmaker Vicki Jensen raised just $17,000. Four other Democrats have filed as candidates but none reported raising any money by Saturday’s deadline.”

When the DFL fundraising leader for the First District has raised $17,000, that’s a terrible sign. What’s worse is that Sen. Jensen lost that race by a 58.5%-41.5% margin. What’s worst for the DFL is that the other 4 candidates haven’t raised any money yet. That’s the definition of a weak DFL field.

There’s more than just that, though. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, Tim Walz, the incumbent in 2016, defeated Jim Hagedorn by a 50.3%-49.6% margin. Now Walz is running for governor, most likely because he thought he’d lose the rematch against Hagedorn.

If Vicki Jensen is the DFL-endorsed candidate to replace Walz, they’ll be fighting an uphill fight. At this point, though, I don’t think we know who the DFL-endorsed candidate will be because none of the candidates have raised much money. Hint: there are legislative candidates that’ve raised as much money as Jensen has.

According to this article, Minnesota’s AFL-CIO is putting partisanship ahead of the Constitution. The proof comes when they wrote “Working Minnesotans applaud Governor Dayton’s move to appeal today’s court decision. The Republican budget is a bonanza of tax giveaways to corporate CEOs coupled with toxic policies that weaken teacher standards and demonize immigrants.”

Apparently, the Minnesota AFL-CIO hasn’t figured it out that Gov. Dayton signed those bills into law without a gun pointed at his head. Gov. Dayton wasn’t coerced into signing the budget bills. He didn’t like signing the bill that changed teacher licensure. Gov. Dayton certainly tried forcing Republicans into passing a Real ID law that could be given to illegal aliens. Unlike a handful of DC Republicans, Minnesota Republicans stood up to Gov. Dayton. They told him what they weren’t willing to include in bills, then kept their promise.

The Minnesota AFL-CIO is acting like an obedient subsidiary of the DFL. They’re acting like the DFL’s obedient prison bitch. By saying “Republicans can avoid further wasting taxpayer dollars by returning to the table with Governor Dayton to negotiate a budget that is fair to working people and reflects Minnesota values”, they’re simply repeating Gov. Dayton’s words.

Speaking of Gov. Dayton, he’s still pretending that he’s got some leverage:

It is unfortunate that Republican legislative leaders are using this ruling to avoid completing their work.

The legislature’s work is finished, thanks in large part to Gov. Dayton negotiating this year’s budget, then signing those budget bills. If Gov. Dayton wants some bills changed, he’ll have to sweeten the pot. At this point, that isn’t likely to happen.

Briana Bierschbach’s article is instructive in what it gets wrong:

Another key question of the case was whether eliminating funding for the Legislature is the same thing as effectively abolishing it. That’s what the Legislature argued, and in the ruling, Guthmann unequivocally agreed.

The argument isn’t that Gov. Dayton’s line-item veto effectively abolished the legislature. It’s whether Gov. Dayton’s line-item veto forces legislators to perform essential responsibilities without getting paid. Does Gov. Dayton have the constitutional right to tell legislators that they must continue performing constituent services without compensation? The DFL should think twice before answering that question. Should Republicans have the right to appropriate no money for Gov. Dayton’s commissioners’ salaries?

Legislators have an affirmative responsibility to perform constituent services. Gov. Dayton shouldn’t have the authority to tell legislators they have to work for nothing.

Dayton wasn’t actually opposed to the level of funding passed for the Legislature’s operations, but Sam Hanson, Dayton’s attorney, said that didn’t matter. The state constitution gives the governor the power to line-item veto budget provisions for whatever reason he chooses, he argued, and the wisdom of those decisions cannot be questioned by the other branches of government.

That’s what arrogance sounds like.

According to Potomac Watch columnist Kimberly Strassel’s column, it’s time to strip a handful of GOP senators of their cover for repealing the ACA.

Strassel’s column starts by saying “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at this point has busted pretty much every move in his effort to rally 50 votes for an Obama Care replacement. He’s listened. He’s negotiated. He’s encouraged. He’s cajoled. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Months later, still lacking a majority, the time has come for the Kentucky Republican to execute the final, clarifying move. It’s time for Mr. McConnell to make this all about his self-interested members. Up to now, this exercise has been about trying to improve health care and the federal fisc. The House bill isn’t perfect—no bill ever is—but it amounts to the biggest entitlement reform in history. It repeals crushing taxes. It dramatically cuts spending. And it begins the process of stabilizing the individual health-care market and expanding consumer freedom.”

In other words, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for “Ohio’s Rob Portman, Nevada’s Dean Heller and West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito”, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, Utah’s Mike Lee, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, “South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy.”

Ms. Strassel is right in saying “any Republican who votes against moving forward, ‘motion to proceed, ‘will forever be known as the Republican who saved ObamaCare. The Republican who voted to throw billions more taxpayer dollars at failing entitlement programs and collapsing insurance markets. The Republican who abandoned struggling American families. The Republican who voted against a tax cut and spending reductions. The Republican who made Chuck Schumer’s year.”

It’s time to play hardball. It’s time to tell these senators that they have to either stand for conservative principles or get primaried. It’s time they were told that it isn’t enough to talk a good game. It’s time that they walked the walk, not just talked the talk.

Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to lay out his course of action:

The time for playing pretend is over. The time for making life better for Americans is now. The time for demanding the perfect is over. The time for rejecting major improvements is proof of foolishness.

After reading a frightening quote from this article, it’s fair to question whether Gov. Dayton is partially dishonest or mostly dishonest.

The article quotes Gov. Dayton as saying “It is unfortunate that Republican legislative leaders are using this ruling to avoid completing their work.” Apparently, Gov. Dayton’s staff hasn’t made sure that he’s taking his medication. Apparently, Gov. Dayton hasn’t noticed that he signed all of the budget bills. Apparently, Gov. Dayton is pretending that his veto eliminating the Legislative Branch is constitutional even though a judge has said it isn’t.

In his ruling, Judge Guthmann said “The court concludes that the Governor’s vetoes violated the Separation of Powers clause of the Minnesota Constitution because they both nullified a branch of government and refashioned the line-item veto as a tool to secure the repeal or modification of policy legislation unrelated to the vetoed appropriation.”

Judge Guthmann continued, saying “Absent emergency court funding, the effective abolition will exist as long as the Governor decides to veto legislative funding bills submitted to him, which the Governor’s counsel conceded could occur through the remainder of the Governor’s term. The Governor argues that the vetoes abolished or defunded the legislature. However emergency funding is at most a temporary measure to preserve the constitutional rights of the people while the Executive and Legislative Branches resolve their differences. Emergency funding is not a remedy for arguably unconstitutional actions by one branch of government against another.”

Gov. Dayton, is your appeal based on the belief that you stacked the Minnesota Supreme Court with DFL ideologues who will rule with you no matter what? (Actually, I’m fairly confident the Minnesota Supreme Court will get this right because I can’t imagine how they’d argue that the Legislative Branch isn’t an essential part of the government.) If Gov. Dayton’s justices rule that the legislature isn’t essential, they’ll be instant laughingstocks.

Gov. Dayton and Rebecca Otto are both appealing their lawsuits to the Supreme Court. Gov. Dayton is virtually assured of losing while Otto is likely to lose. Side note: Whatever the rulings in the Dayton and Otto lawsuits are, they’re frivolous and extreme wastes of taxpayers’ money. It’s more proof that the DFL doesn’t care about other people’s money.

Anyone who’s watched Amy Walters on Special Report’s All-Star Panel knows that she’s a lefty. Wednesday night, Walters’ leftism came out in a surprising way. The topic of discussion was President Trump’s ‘secret’ second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. CNN’s and MSNBC’s hosts were scandalized by Trump’s and Putin’s second meeting. While she didn’t show it, Ms. Walters said that any meeting between Trump and Putin wouldn’t go well for Trump because Russia interfered in our election.

By admitting that, Ms. Walters essentially said that this event wouldn’t be judged fairly because the media is pushing a hateful, anti-Trump narrative. Apparently, Ms. Walters either doesn’t notice that she isn’t impartial or she’s admitting that she isn’t interested in being impartial. Personally, I’m betting on the latter. She’s already admitted that the MSM’s narrative isn’t fair. Next, Ms. Walters essentially says that the MSM’s partiality is something that the GOP will just have to deal with.

In 2004, Evan Thomas infamously said “There’s one other base here, the media. Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win and I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox. They’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and there’s going to be this glow about them, collective glow, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.”

Since then, the MSM, aka the Agenda Media, has gotten more anti-Republican each election cycle. After talkin about how unfair media coverage is on Trump/Russia, Ms. Walters compared Trump/Russia with FNC’s coverage of Hillary/Benghazi as though they were equal. Seriously?

With Trump/Russia, there’s speculation that Trump colluded with Putin in rigging the election. With Hillary/Benghazi, there’s indisputable proof that Hillary’s decisions got the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three others killed. Thanks to Hillary’s congressional testimony, we also have proof that she lied about a video causing the attack:

Ms. Walters’ comparison isn’t just intellectually dishonest. It’s incoherent.

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Wednesday afternoon, Judge John Guthmann ruled that Gov. Dayton’s veto of funding for the legislature was unconstitutional. In his ruling, Judge Guthmann said “The court concludes that the Governor’s vetoes violated the Separation of Powers clause of the Minnesota Constitution because they both nullified a branch of government and refashioned the line-item veto as a tool to secure the repeal or modification of policy legislation unrelated to the vetoed appropriation.”

Judge Guthmann continued, saying “Absent emergency court funding, the effective abolition will exist as long as the Governor decides to veto legislative funding bills submitted to him, which the Governor’s counsel conceded could occur through the remainder of the Governor’s term. The Governor argues that the vetoes abolished or defunded the legislature. However emergency funding is at most a temporary measure to preserve the constitutional rights of the people while the Executive and Legislative Branches resolve their differences. Emergency funding is not a remedy for arguably unconstitutional actions by one branch of government against another.”

Unfortunately, Gov. Dayton immediately announced that he was appealing the ruling within minutes of hearing the ruling:

“Today’s District Court ruling is only a preliminary step in this case’s judicial process. The Stipulation, which the House, Senate, and I filed with the District Court Judge in June, states, ‘The parties agree to jointly seek accelerated review by the Minnesota Supreme Court of the District Court’s order or judgment.’ Accordingly, I have asked Sam Hanson, my legal counsel, to appeal this decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court.”

It isn’t required that Gov. Dayton appeal Judge Guthmann’s ruling. Gov. Dayton could simply announce that he isn’t appealing the ruling. Instead, Gov. Dayton has chosen to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a lawsuit he doesn’t have a chance of winning.

Speaker Daudt weighed in:

What’s particularly hurtful to Gov. Dayton was his attorney admitting that this “could occur through the remainder of the Governor’s term.” To be fair, Hanson was put in a difficult, near-impossible situation. That’s what happens when your client is a jackass. Hanson’s argument was weak, though, too:

But Dayton’s attorney says the governor has broad authority to veto appropriations.

I can’t deny that governors have “broad authority to veto appropriations.” That isn’t what Gov. Dayton did in this instance. When he line-item vetoed the legislature’s operating budget, he didn’t just veto an ordinary appropriation. Gov. Dayton also vetoed funding for an entire branch of government. That type of chutzpah can’t be tolerated.

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One of the things that stuck out like a sore thumb at Monday night’s St. Cloud City Council’s Study Session was Mayor Dave Kleis’s evasiveness. Let’s start by saying the study session focused lots of time on a study on the future viability of St. Cloud Airport, the building of a regional airport authority and whether it’s necessary for there to be council representation on the airport task force. Mayor Kleis explained that the City Council was “the conduit” for the study. Mayor Kleis explained that the St. Cloud area county commissioners will read the study, then decide whether they’d want to form a regional airport authority.

Initially, Councilman Hontos questioned whether the City Council would be represented on the task force that conducts the study. The airport task force must get it right when it comes to hiring a specialized airport consultant. When Des Moines become a regional airport authority, they hired Don Smithey.

At this point, St. Cloud doesn’t have a plan, much less a set of goals it wants to achieve. Certainly, St. Cloud wants daily air service to Chicago but that’s pretty much its only goal. It’s indisputable that airports can have a significant economic impact. It’s equally indisputable that, at this point, the economic impact runs in the red for the St. Cloud taxpayers. It’s questionable whether Mayor Kleis has provided specific details as to how a regional airport authority will impact St. Cloud’s economy. At this point, I don’t know that this task force has developed a detailed business plan for the airport.

Until this task force receives that type of input and until the business community and the counties start working together, there’s ample reason to question whether another study will produce better results. It’s difficult to know whether the City of St. Cloud, the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, the County Commissioners, the educational community (SCSU) and our legislative delegation have started working together.

What’s disturbing is that almost $75,000,000 worth of local, state and federal monies have gone for improvements to the St. Cloud airport. In addition to that, St. Cloud has frequently gotten grants to conduct studies to get daily air service to St. Cloud.

It’s more than disappointing that, in over 10 years, St. Cloud hasn’t put together a solid business plan that’s attractive to airlines. That leads me to question St. Cloud’s viability or whether they haven’t put the right personnel in the right positions.

Mayor Kleis’s argument that St. Cloud shouldn’t have to shoulder the cost of putting a regional airport authority together is accurate but it isn’t persuasive. What incentive do other mayors and county commissioners have in sharing those costs? St. Cloud essentially volunteered to pay for putting the airport association together. Further, the city hasn’t put a viable business plan together for their airport. Why shouldn’t the other cities let him foot the bill?

The first 75 minutes of this video are sickening:

Of particular note is Mayor Kleis’s evasiveness on the issue of representation on the board. Is that because Kleis knows this study doesn’t have much of a chance of producing different results than previous studies have produced? Mayor Kleis has used taxpayer-funded grants for other studies. Thus far, the studies have been portraits in futility.

I’d love to see St. Cloud develop its airport. At this point, though, I don’t have much confidence in that happening.