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The US Senate must abolish their tradition of giving blue slips to senators in a judicial nominee’s home state. It must happen ASAP, too. This article illustrates how this quaint tradition is getting abused.

According to the article, “Scott Cottington lives and has been working in Minnesota as a political consultant for several years. When I asked for his opinion, as an observer of politics and Minnesotan he told me on the phone, ‘This is partisanship pure and simple. If you look at what Franken did to Gorsuch, between Gorsuch and Stras, he’s being intellectually so dishonest and he’s doing it for partisan posturing purposes.'”

Let’s be honest. Al Franken is a political hatchet man. He isn’t a man of integrity. Back when he hosted a radio talk show, he got embroiled in a most unsavory scandal. According to the article, “A month ago Al Franken claimed ignorance of the transfers. ‘I didn’t know anything about this until late last week,’ he told Air America listeners on Aug. 8. The network’s brass echoed this: Air America CEO Danny Goldberg told the New York Sun this week that the ‘on-air talent’ has ‘never had any responsibility for this loan.’ This seemed plausible at the time, since no one expects the talent to be arranging finances, so in our Aug. 3 editorial on the subject, we gave Mr. Franken a pass. Regrettably, it appears we shouldn’t have. In light of documents that surfaced last week, it looks to be the case that as of November 2004, and possibly earlier, Mr. Franken knew the amount of money, the money’s origins and the dates the transfers occurred. This came to light after a settlement agreement between former and current owners of Air America, a document which details the Gloria Wise transfers, was leaked to Michelle Malkin and Brian Maloney, who promptly posted the document on their Web sites. The document shows that Mr. Franken signed off on the settlement, and did so in the presence of a notary public, no less.”

This is the man that’s holding up a confirmation hearing of Justice David Stras? It’s frightening enough that he’s a US senator. It’s disgusting that he essentially holds a one-man veto power over a highly qualified jurist. It’s time for the Senate to rethink some of its traditions.

What’s the value of consulting senators from a judicial nominee’s home state? What information can they provide that isn’t already known by the Judiciary Committee? Another important question is whether blue slips are being used too frequently for purely partisan purposes. In this instance, it’s clearly being used for purely partisan purposes. This video illustrates how dishonest and mean-spirited Sen. Franken is:

At one point, Sen. Franken, the man who lied about knowing about a loan he signed off on, accuses a judicial nominee of lying. At another point, he accused the judicial nominee of letting her religious faith direct her judicial rulings:

This is why Senator Al Franken, (D-MN), asked Barrett about speaking honorariums she received from the religious-liberty nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, comparing the group to the late Cambodian leader Pol Pot. (The group was recently smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group for pursuing religious-freedom cases in court.) “I question your judgment,” the former star of Stuart Saves His Family lectured the ‘mother of seven.

It’s disgusting that a liar would question a person’s judgment. Personally, I’ve questioned Sen. Franken’s character for years. It’s been proven that he’s lied about loans he’s signed off on. He’s an admitted cokehead:

He then he says that in his book, he writes “pretty frankly” about the fact that drugs were a regular part of life on the show, at least in those early years. Franken reveals how he did acid at Grateful Dead concerts and smoked dope and snorted cocaine.

But with regard to his own drug use, including of cocaine, Franken explained that he was careful to never abuse it, unlike cast mates such as Belushi, who died in 1982 of a drug overdose.

But I digress. Asking questions about a person’s religious beliefs is prohibited by the Constitution:

Since Durbin inquired in the form of a question, we can only assume that Barrett’s answer was pertinent to the confirmation. That is problematic, considering that the Constitution explicitly states that no religion, not even a belief in orthodox liberalism, should be a prerequisite for holding a federal office.

It’s apparent that the Constitution is just a set of suggestions to DC Democrats. It’s time to drain the swamp.

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During Amy Coney-Barrett’s confirmation, Dianne Feinstein and Al Franken did something offensive. They questioned Prof. Barrett’s faith. Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber sent a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Committee.

First, a little background is required. During her questioning, Sen. Feinstein stated “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country.” Sen. Feinstein’s mention of dogma refers to Prof. Barrett’s Catholic faith.

According to Princeton University President Eisgruber’s statement, that’s off-limits. In his letter, President Eisgruber said “I write, as a university president and a constitutional scholar with expertise on religious freedom and judicial appointments, to express concern about questions addressed to Professor Amy Barrett during her confirmation hearings and to urge that the Committee on the Judiciary refrain from interrogating nominees about the religious or spiritual foundations of their jurisprudential views. Article VI of the United States Constitution provides explicitly that ‘no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.'”

Sen. Feinstein has been a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for years. There’s no reason for her not to know that part of the Constitution. In fact, I’d be surprised if Sen. Feinstein didn’t just ignore Article VI. It isn’t an accident that our institutions aren’t functioning properly. When politicians like Sen. Franken and Sen. Feinstein ignore constitutional protections to drive their obstructionist agenda, everyone suffers.

Sen. Feinstein essentially said that she’s skeptical that devout Christians are capable of serving in government. That is a religious test, which the Constitution prohibits. In principle, that isn’t any different than Republicans disqualifying people who don’t take their faith seriously.

Feinstein and Franken are ignoring the Constitution that they swore to uphold. That makes them unfit for the offices they hold.

Al Franken’s anti-religious bigotry is getting more disgusting by the day. Last week, Franken criticized Amy Coney-Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, for being associated with a civil rights law firm that the Southern Poverty Law Center, aka SPLC, has designated as a hate group.

First, the name of the civil rights group is the Alliance for the Defense of Freedom, aka ADF. ADF represented Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, MO in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer in the Supreme Court. According to that ruling, the Trinity Lutheran Church Child Learning Center ran a “preschool and daycare center.” The Center applied to “replace a large portion of the pea gravel with a pour-in-place rubber surface by participating in Missouri’s Scrap Tire Program.” ADF not only won the case. They won by a 7-2 margin, meaning it was a pretty clear-cut case.

After Ms. Barrett’s confirmation hearing, “ADF president, CEO and general counsel Michael Farris” issued this statement. The statement said “It is deeply regrettable that Sen. Franken is misinformed about our work on behalf of religious freedom, something so ‘extreme’ that even seven justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with our position three months ago in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. There is a real danger of conflating genuine hate groups, like the Ku Klux Klan, with mainstream religious beliefs that are shared by millions of Americans and people from all walks of life across the world. As a member of Congress, Sen. Franken needs to fact-check before parroting discredited attacks by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a once-proud civil rights organization that is now a left-wing smear machine known to incite violence. Alliance Defending Freedom is the largest religious liberty legal advocacy organization in the world and advocates for the freedom of all people—including Sen. Franken’s constituents—to peacefully live, speak, and work consistently with their convictions without fear of government punishment.”

Greg Gutfeld summed up the SPLC perfectly in this segment:

This week, Sen. Franken’s credibility as a legislator took a major hit. You wouldn’t know that by the Twin Cities media but it’s there. Franken is still pouring through the handful of Minnesota Supreme Court rulings that Justice David Stras participated in but the SPLC has gotten a total pass by Franken. Sen. Franken accepts the SPLC’s hateful statements as though they were carved on stone tablets without examining their principles but he criticizes organizations he knows nothing about because they don’t share his warped ideology.

Sen. Franken is a shill and ideologue. He isn’t a serious legislator. His accomplishments are virtually nonexistent. He reflexively rejects opinions held by people he ideologically disagrees with. This is consistent with the alt-left’s practices. Sen. Franken and the alt-left don’t believe in compromise, discussion or coming together based on principle. This is the end result:

Based on Sen. Franken’s affiliation with Antifa’s thugs, it’s fair to ask if we have more to fear from Sen. Franken and Antifa than we have to fear from Prof. Coney-Barrett and ADF.

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It isn’t surprising that Sen. Al Franken criticized a Trump judicial nominee. What’s surprising is that his criticism is based on information supplied by the Southern Poverty Law Center, aka SPLC. According to the article, Sen. Franken “tried to tie one of President Trump’s judicial nominees to a “hate group” Wednesday, saying the woman’s decision to speak at an event sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious liberty law firm, makes her unfit to sit on a federal appeals court.”

During Wednesday night’s show of The Five, Greg Gutfeld demolished the SPLC, saying “You ever heard the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)? They’re a hard left outfit that loves to label people as extremists. Their ever-growing list seems to defame everyone. Ben Carson, he’s an extremist. Rand Paul. They called Maajid Nawaz an anti-Muslim extremist and get this, he’s a moderate Muslim battling religious extremism. It makes no sense. There’s [Ayaan] Hirsi Ali, a black feminist who protests against genital mutilation. SPLC placed her name and a guy to anti-Muslim extremists. So that’s extreme, to be against genital mutilation?”

Later, Gutfeld said this:

But that’s not the funny part. It’s the money. This poverty center has loads of it. A $320 million endowment and chucks almost 20% of it into offshore equities. Cayman Island stuff. I don’t understand it. So this poverty group sits on a pile of offshore dough. That’s like a personal trainer with a gut. Or a priest with a harem. The Center paid out $20 million in salaries in 2015 but provided just 61 grants in legal assistance. So the Southern Poverty Law Center appears to have no poverty and do virtually no law.

Actually, I’d argue that the SPLC is just another Democrat front group that’s used to criticize people that Democrats disagree with. Then there’s this:

Michael Farris, president of ADF, bristled at the charge, and said seven of the Supreme Court’s justices agreed with ADF’s position in a case earlier this year about state funds used for a church playground. “As a member of Congress, Sen. Franken needs to fact-check before parroting discredited attacks by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a once-proud civil rights organization that is now a left-wing smear machine known to incite violence,” said Mr. Farris.

It’s rich to hear Sen. Franken citing the SPLC as though they were an upstanding, ethical organization. They’re nothing of the sort. Sen. Franken is an ill-informed hyperpartisan bombthrower. What he isn’t is a man that’s intellectually capable of a committee assignment on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Anyone that’d cite the SPLC as an impartial arbiter of justice isn’t the brightest bulb in a chandelier.

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It’s pretty much impossible for me to think that Sen. Franken is intelligent. After reading his statement about DACA, it’s impossible for me to think that he isn’t owned by special interest organizations like the ACLU and La Raza.

In his statement, Sen. Franken said “The men and women protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—commonly known as DACA—are American in every single way except immigration status. Often called Dreamers, these are students, innovators, and entrepreneurs who were brought here as children and grew up in the United States. They’re our friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and they make enormous contributions to the economies of Minnesota and the entire country. The decision by President Trump to end DACA is a disgrace to our moral values and principles. It’s not who we are or should be as a nation. Let me be clear: I promise that I will fight to protect the Dreamers who live in Minnesota and across the country.”

Saying that DREAMers are “American in every single way except immigration status” is like saying that a criminal is trustworthy in every way except that he’s committed a felony. The point is that that’s a pretty significant exception. Sen. Franken’s foolishness didn’t stop there. Instead, Sen. Franken appeared on Hardball:

During the interview, Sen. Franken tried spinning DACA, suggesting that President Obama hadn’t done anything unusual. As usual, Sen. Franken wasn’t being honest. President Obama’s EO entitled DACA recipients to federal benefits:

But DACA allows recipients to apply for social security numbers, which are required to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a major tax benefit for lower-income earners. The program allows recipients to participate in Social Security and Medicare as well, but they generally cannot receive benefits until retirement age.

None of President Bush’s EOs conferred new benefits to people. That’s because the legislative branch is the only branch of government that can write legislation. The executive branch can suggest legislation but they can’t unilaterally enact legislation. If a president want DREAMers to get specific benefits, then that president must work with Congress to pass legislation.

That isn’t some quaint theory, either. That’s been how the government has done things for 240 years. If Sen. Franken wants to protect DREAMers, there’s a solution. It’s time for Sen. Franken and other Democrats to decide whether they want to protect DREAMers or whether they just want to pick ideological fights with Republicans. If Democrats want what’s best for DREAMers, they can vote for building President Trump’s wall.

I know they don’t want to vote for President Trump’s wall That’s tough. Sometimes, you don’t get everything you want. Democrats, including Sen. Franken, have a decision to make. Will they abandon DREAMers? Will they do NCLR’s dirty work? Finally, will they do what’s right for America?

It’s time Democrats admitted that they aren’t entitled to getting everything they want.

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Scott Johnson’s latest post on Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar blocking the confirmation of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals is informative in that it show how dishonest Franken and Klobuchar are. It also highlights how corrupt the Twin Cities media is.

Speaking to the latter, Scott writes “I have done my best to bring to light the machinations involved in the blocking of the Stras nomination. Wheels are in spin. The story is of interest to many Minnesota citizens of different stripes, yet it has received virtually no coverage in the Star Tribune or the Minnesota media. The story is also of interest to a national audience following the Minnesota senators, each of whom has big plans for the future. From the perspective of their aspirations, Justice Stras is a bit player.”

It isn’t a secret that both Klobuchar and Franken see themselves as part of a national ticket in the next couple of elections. That they see themselves that way is why the Twin Cities media is doing their best to protect them from being called obstructionists.

To the former, Scott writes “Senator Klobuchar has carved a niche projecting an aura of bipartisan good feelings that conceals pure partisan hackery. As I think our coverage has demonstrated, the Stras nomination presents a powerful case in point, several times over.”

This weekend, I saw a liberal pundit address the Stras nomination on At Issue. This pundit tried justifying the Stras nomination obstructionism by saying (I’m paraphrasing this) Republicans blocked a Supreme Court nominee from even getting a hearing. This pundit was talking about Merrick Garland’s nomination. I’d just argue that Republicans didn’t attempt to hide their strategy.

They announced that they weren’t going to give him a hearing and they said why they were employing this strategy. Compare that with the secrecy that St. Amy of Hennepin County and Sen. Stuart Smalley, my nicknames for Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Franken, have operated under while obstructing Stras’s nomination.

Simply put, Franken is a political hatchetman who’s part of the Resistance Movement that’s done everything to obstruct everything that President Trump has tried doing to fix the mess that the Obama administration dumped into his lap.

Franken hasn’t done anything to pretend that he’s got Minnesota’s or the nation’s best interest at heart. Klobuchar is a political hack, too, though she has more political talent than Franken. They, along with Gov. Dayton, have gotten elected because people still think today’s DFL is like the party of Humphrey, Mondale and Wellstone.

The truth is that party disappeared years ago. Today’s DFL doesn’t represent farmers or laborers, the F and L in DFL. Farmers have abandoned the DFL in recent years, as evidenced by the fact that rural Minnesota is what’s helped Republicans regain the majority in both houses of the Minnesota legislature. Further, Hillary Clinton got buried in northern Minnesota, losing the Eighth District to President Trump by almost 60,000 votes.

It’s time for the Twin Cities media to prove that they’re professionals, not DFL activists. Thus far, I’ve seen little proof that they aren’t DFL activists.

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It’s indisputable that the Democratic Party is the party of identity politics. Scott Johnson’s post highlights the Democrats’ moral depravity by highlighting Sen. Franken’s and Sen. Klobuchar’s silent ‘filibuster’ of Justice David Stras.

In his post, Johnson wrote “On Thursday left-wing interest groups released a deeply dishonest 7-page letter opposing the confirmation of Justice Stras. The statement of these left-wing groups — Alliance for Justice, Courage Campaign, Every Voice, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Main Street Alliance, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Association of Social Workers, National Council of Jewish Women, National Education Association, People For the American Way, Service Employees International Union and Voting Rights Forward — lacks any individual signatory.” Whether it’s Sen. Franken or Sen. Klobuchar or other Democrats, they’re too sensitive to these special interests’ wish lists to pay attention to doing what’s best for their constituents. The last time Democrats did what their constituents wanted is years ago.

I remember writing something about PFAW, aka the People for the American Way, years ago. PFAW was instrumental in borking Judge Robert Bork. They were also instrumental in the “high tech lynching” that Justice Clarence Thomas spoke of. This exchange is still what PFAW is remembered for:

One of the things that Scott wrote about is the Twin Cities media. Saying that he’s disappointed with their performance is understatement. Here’s a portion of what Scott wrote:

Earlier this week I quoted Minnesota Senator Al Franken on his obstruction of the Senate consideration of the nomination of Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit: “I think we’re going to have a decision very soon.” That is a somewhat cryptic statement. What is he waiting for? If we had a free press operating in Minnesota, the obvious follow-up question would have been asked. Coverage of the blocking of the Stras nomination by Senators Franken and Klobuchar would be deep and continuing. As it is, nada.

Thanks to blogs like Powerline and commentaries like Harold Hamilton’s weekly commentaries, Minnesota conservatives are finding out what’s happening. They’re finding out what the Twin Cities media refuses to tell them.

It isn’t a stretch to think that the Twin Cities media won’t drive the coverage much longer. That’s bad news for dishonest politicians like Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar. They do best when their activities are kept in the shadows.

BTW, another name for identity politics is special interest politics. If Democrats continue catering to the special interests, they’ll continue losing, even in Minnesota, which used to be a blue state not that long ago.

During Congress’s August recess, congresscritters and senators take the time to catch up with what’s happening with their constituents. In this month’s email newsletter, Sen. Franken wrote about his travels through “Northern Minnesota and the Iron Range.” He talked about stopping at Tobies’ Restaurant in Hinckley for a caramel roll. He talked with Native Americans in Grand Portage and small business owners in Grand Marais, too.

The part that I found interesting is when he wrote “I also met with Iron Range steelworkers in Eveleth during my trip to the Northland. These are the men and women who helped build this country and bring us into the 21st century, and I’m fighting to protect their jobs and keep their local economies vibrant.” With all due respect to Sen. Franken, Iron Range economies aren’t vibrant. They haven’t been in a generation. That’s just the myth that Sen. Franken and the DFL continue peddling.

According to the latest census data, Virginia, aka the heart of the Iron Range, families have a median household income of $34,075. A staggering 23.7% of the people live below the Federal Poverty Level, aka FPL. That’s compared with the statewide averages of $61,492 for median household income and 10.2% living below the FPL.

It’s impossible for thoughtful, honest people to say that people making $27,500 less than the average Minnesota family lives where the economy is vibrant? How can a U.S. senator say that people live where the economy is vibrant when one-fourth of them live in poverty?

Either Sen. Franken is exceptionally dishonest or he’s exceptionally out of touch. Another possibility exists but it won’t flatter Sen. Franken. Perhaps he’s satisfied with that information. Perhaps, he isn’t upset when one-fourth of the people of Virginia live in poverty.

Later in his newsletter, Sen. Franken wrote this:

I want to make sure our unions stay strong and that we’re cracking down on the foreign trade cheats that suppress our domestic steel production and steal jobs in Iron Range communities.

Here’s a question for Sen. Franken: why do you crack down on “foreign trade cheats that suppress … domestic steel production and steal jobs in Iron Range communities” but you haven’t criticized members of your own party for filing one lawsuit after another with the goal of preventing the creation of hundreds of high-paying middle class jobs? If high-paying middle class jobs are the goal, who cares who’s standing in the way of creating those jobs? Shouldn’t those jobs and those people come first?

Sen. Franken, why won’t you fight for those people?

Scott Johnson’s post on Al Franken’s obstructionist tactics might get Sen. Franken in trouble. It seems that Sen. Franken’s explanation on why he’s obstructing David Stras from getting a hearing doesn’t add up. Put differently, Sen. Franken might be lying.

According to Scott’s post, Sen. Franken’s standard reply to why Justice Stras hasn’t received a hearing is “Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Justice David Stras to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. I appreciate hearing from you.

On May 8, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to fill a vacancy on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. As senator and a member of the Judiciary Committee, I have the responsibility to vet and vote on judicial nominees, and this is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I believe the record, experience, and philosophy of all nominees should be carefully scrutinized in order to fully evaluate them.

Justice David Stras is a committed public servant whose tenure as a professor at the University of Minnesota underscores how much he cares about the law. I am concerned, however, by the fact that Judge Stras’ nomination is the product of a process that relied heavily on guidance from far-right Washington, DC-based special interest groups–rather than through a committee made up of a cross-section of Minnesota’s legal community. As President Trump’s nominee to the Eighth Circuit, I am taking a close look at his record and his writings to better understand how he thinks about the important matters before our federal courts today.”

It’s time for Sen. Franken to tell the truth about this. According to this post, Stras has been a justice since 2010. President Trump nominated Justice Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in early May, which means Justice Stras has, at most, 5-6 years worth of rulings to go through. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, it shouldn’t take 4 months to read through Justice Stras’s rulings and form an opinion on those rulings.

Reading between the lines of Sen. Franken’s stock reply, it sounds more like Sen. Franken is holding this nomination up on purely ideological grounds. I’m betting that he isn’t willing to admit that in public. The line that tips this off is when Sen. Franken said “I am concerned, however, by the fact that Judge Stras’ nomination is the product of a process that relied heavily on guidance from far-right Washington, DC-based special interest groups.”

That’s BS. As Scott mentioned in his post, Stras is supported isn’t limited to conservatives. Stras is supported by people from across Minnesota’s political spectrum.

Sen. Franken is being a weasel. Here’s hoping Minnesota voters remember this when he’s up for re-election in 2020.

It’s official. Jim Newberger made it official by announcing his candidacy for the US Senate seat currently held by Amy Klobuchar. There’s no doubt that the media wing of the DFL, aka the Twin Cities Media, will do their best to a) ignore Rep. Newberger and b)promote Sen. Klobuchar’s ‘bipartisan’ accomplishments.

I’ll cut to the chase on this. Sen. Klobuchar’s bipartisan accomplishments are virtually non-existent in terms of major legislation. When it comes to major legislation, Ms. Klobuchar is as partisan as Sen. Franken. Not that she’ll answer this question but I’ll ask it anyway. What has Sen. Klobuchar done to create new, high-paying mining jobs? Here’s another question: Has Sen. Klobuchar fought to increase Minnesota’s pipeline capacity?

The point behind these questions is that Sen. Klobuchar is typical cookie-cutter Metrocrat. She’s never disagreed with Twin Cities environmental activists. The other point behind this is that she’ll never do anything substantive to create lots of high-paying jobs.

Since the start of the Trump administration, she’s voted with Chuck Schumer 100% of the time. She’s voted against every pro-growth economic policy that Republicans have proposed. Before Harry Reid retired, she voted with him 95+ % of the time on major legislation. When Sen. Reid took to the Senate floor to lie about Mitt Romney, a flawed candidate but a thoroughly decent man, Sen. Klobuchar didn’t do a thing to hold Sen. Reid accountable.

Isn’t it interesting that Sen. Klobuchar brags about holding big businesses accountable but she won’t utter a peep when the biggest hitters in her own party lie while disparaging others? There’s no doubt that the Twin Cities Media will protect Sen. Klobuchar from these charges. The question is whether the people will pretend not to notice that Sen. Klobuchar isn’t the moderate she claims to be.

The good news for Minnesotans is that Jim Newberger is a serious legislator that isn’t afraid to tackle the biggest issues. When the North Star Sierra Club announced it would attempt to shut down the Sherco power plants, Jim Newberger didn’t just complain about the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s decision to shut those power plants without a plan to replace them. Jim Newberger got a bill signed into law. Newberger “partnered with Democrats and Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration to give legislative permission for Xcel Energy to convert a coal plant in Sherburne County into a natural gas and renewable energy plant. Dayton, a Democrat, signed the measure into law this year.”

The Sierra Club wanted to shut the Sherco power plants down, which would’ve crippled energy production for Minnesota. Jim Newberger went to work to find a substantive solution. Meanwhile, Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Franken won the Sierra Club’s support:

Sierra Club has launched a statewide advertising campaign in Minnesota thanking Senators Franken and Klobuchar for sponsoring the “American Energy Innovation Act,” a bill which makes ambitious yet achievable reductions in carbon pollution, repeals centuries-old oil subsidies, and begins to level the playing field for renewable sources of energy. Senators Franken and Klobuchar were key sponsors of the bill, and were joined by many of their Independent and Democratic colleagues in championing the legislation.

In short, Jim Newberger fought for his constituents and energy independence. Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Franken fought for their special interest contributors.

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