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The first thing I’d like to say to my friends and followers who faithfully read LFR is a simple Thank You. The thought that I’m having a positive impact on the conservative and TEA Party movements is inspiring and humbling to me. Nine years ago today, I created the original LFR via Blogspot. Back then, I chose Common Sense Conservative as the name of the blog.
When the Orange Revolution erupted in the Ukraine, I left a comment on a Ukrainian blog in which I said that “The revolution will be blogged.” I wish I could remember the name of the blog but it escapes me now. I remember that King frequently visited the blog so perhaps he remembers. Minutes after leaving that comment, I decided to change the name of my blog to “Let Freedom Ring Throughout the World”, partially because of the great liberation movement that was afoot at the time, partially because I’m partial to revolutions as a direct result of my being born on the 4th of July.
Speaking of which, I met King as a direct result of the Orange Revolution. Thank God for that. King has been a friend, a mentor in ways he possibly didn’t notice at the time and a fantastic political ally.
King was my first friend in the MOB. Shortly after that, I met Mitch Berg at a MOB event here in St. Cloud. I’m proud to still call Mitch a willing co-conspirator in plotting the restoration of the free world and a true friend.
It wasn’t until that spring that I met Leo Pusateri. The GOP and DFL were doing their end-of-session flyarounds that day. King introduced me to Leo. Minutes later, we decided to form the SCBA, aka the St. Cloud Bloggers Association. Somehow, we lost a member of that elite group along the way.
Throughout the years, LFR has helped the conservative movement by promoting a positive agenda for conservatives to be for. That isn’t to say I haven’t criticized wrong-headed policies. It’s impossible to develop a positive, pro-growth, solutions-oriented agenda until you’ve identified what needs fixing.
I must’ve threatened the progressive powers-that-be because a hacker took LFR down from 2/22/12 through 3/9/12. At the time, I was calling out ABM, the League of Women Voters and Common Cause for their attempt to hijack the redistricting process.
Lately, I’ve written extensively about the corruption, financial mismanagement and enrollment declines at St. Cloud State. In that time, I’ve broken more stories about St. Cloud State than all other news agencies combined. That isn’t bad for a guy who was recently called a “gossip columnist” by a member of the St. Cloud Times. The Times, BTW, is the official stenographer of the Potter administration.
President Potter’s on-campus apologists have called me “an arch-conservative who doesn’t have St. Cloud State’s best interests at heart.” I’ve never hidden my conservatism but I’m a bit confused about the difference between a conservative and an arch-conservative. I’m guessing that arch-conservative sounds more threatening. Oh well.
Be that as it may, much of the information that I’ve written about SCSU is information given to me by a liberal professor who simply got tired of President Potter’s financial mismanagement. President Potter won’t like this but his troubles are far from over.
Another thing I’ve focused on is MnSure, the DFL-created health insurance exchange. Minnesotans should be proud to have the first website that gets weekends and holidays off. With such a target-rich environment surrounding me, there’s little wonder why I write as many posts as I do.
I’ve occasionally stayed up until 6:00 am transcribing testimony from the legislature or reading bills. That’s why I was the first blogger to predict the e-tabs funding mechanism for the Vikings stadium would fail miserably.
Possibly my proudest moment was predicting Chip Cravaack’s victory over Jim Oberstar in 2010, which I did 17 days before the election.
As I enter my 10th year of blogging, I promise to make LFR more prominent, informative and influential than ever before. I hope to do that by doing more first-hand reporting on local and statewide issues. If you see something that doesn’t feel right, feel free to contact me. I’ll gladly help if I’m able.
It’s been a privilege to keep conservatives informed. I’ve covered St. Cloud State, the legislature and the Haditha Marines, almost all of whom were first accused of committing war crimes by Jack Murtha but who eventually had their charges dropped. I’ve been an active participant in the Freedom Movement, starting with the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, then moving onto the Purple Finger Revolution in Iraq, then moving immediately to the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon. Later, I was at the tip of the spear for the start of the TEA Party revolution that led to the biggest landslide in the past century.
What lies ahead is beyond my best guess. I’ll just promise that I’ll continue to make LFR the most informative blog it can be.
Finally, thanks for your support. It’s been a blast.
Technorati: Cedar Revolution, Orange Revolution, King Banaian, TEA Party, Leo Pusateri, St. Cloud State, Corruption, St. Cloud Times, Reporting, Chip Cravaack, Jim Oberstar, Haditha Marines, Jack Murtha
Last night on the O’Reilly Factor, Juan Williams made some foolish statements. This video offers proof that he’s become unhinged:
Here’s the partial transcript that shows Mr. Williams has a gigantic partisan blind spot:
WILLIAMS: This is the No Spin Zone. I don’t think you’re part of this right wing horde that’s doing everything, shutting down government, anything to undermine Obamacare so let me give you a straight answer, which is to say that, yes, if you had a plan before March, 2010, which is when the law went into effect, you’re supposed to be able to keep it…
URGENT BULLETIN TO JUAN WILLIAMS: Republicans have used legislative tools to prevent people from being negatively affected by the disaster known as the Affordable Care Act. HealthCare.gov isn’t functioning and likely won’t be anytime soon. People are getting cancellation notices from their insurance companies because Secretary Sebelius wrote a regulation that virtually guaranteed that grandfathered-in policies would be a thing of the past by the end of 2013. People with excellent coverage are getting their cancellation notices. People’s health insurance premiums are skyrocketing. The middle class and young healthy adults are getting hurt the worst.
Thanks to tens of thousands of people signing up for expanded Medicaid, federal deficits will return to Obama’s first term deficit levels. Those were the bad old days during which the only trillion dollar deficits in our nation’s history happened.
What’s worst is that the Affordable Care Act has endangered the life of Edie Littlefield-Sundby, a survivor of Stage IV gall bladder cancer. She isn’t alone in worrying about getting separated from the doctors that’ve saved her life thus far.
Mr. Williams, shame on you for being utterly gullible. Shame on you for not realizing that the Democrats’ spin is nothing more than outright lies. People promising better health insurance prices with better coverages shouldn’t be trusted. If anything, people should run away from them as fast as their feet can take them.
Mr. Williams, would you believe a car salesman if they told you that they could sell you a new, plushed out Cadillac Escalade at a cheaper price than a new Chevy Malibu? Of course you wouldn’t. You’d laugh at the salesman as you ran from that showroom. You’d run because you know that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
That’s especially true when the sales pitch comes from a politician.
Mary Katherine Ham put Williams in his place with this response:
MKH: The rule is, first, do no harm. You’re familiar with that in the medical community. Obamacare is doing harm. Right now, people are losing insurance. They’re not able to sign up for new insurance. They’re not able to afford the new insurance plans they’re being offered and they’re not able to get on the website to get the subsidies that Obamacare promised them to be able to afford these unnecessary plans when they liked their plans before.
That’s a lengthy list of substantive criticisms of the Affordable Care Act. First, people are getting kicked off the insurance they liked because the Obama administration thinks they know what’s best for families. That’s extreme arrogance. Next, HealthCare.gov is a disaster. Several IT experts are predicting it won’t be fully operational for another 4-6 months. Third, thanks to HealthCare.gov’s dysfunctionality, people can’t find out if they qualify for a subsidy.
Those are the things that Mary Katherine mentioned in the segment. She didn’t mention that data security is iffy at best. She didn’t mention that HealthCare.gov is sending inaccurate information to insurance companies. She likely didn’t mention those things because of time constraints and because there’s a ton of things that aren’t functioning properly.
It’s sad to think that a journalist is too unhinged to notice basic facts like the list Mary Katherine listed. A journalist’s job is to notice things, then report them to his/her readers. At this point, Williams’ ability to notice things that don’t fit with his ideology is questionable.
Last night, Williams made a fool of himself. We deserve better than that.
Technorati: Juan Williams, Affordable Care Act, HealthCare.gov, Cadillac Health Insurance, Liberalism, Mary Katherine Ham, Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly+Factor, No Spin Zone, Insurance Cancellations, Insurance Premium Increases, GOP
I’ve enjoyed Jim Hoft’s blogging for years. Without question, he’s one of the best bloggers in the nation. That’s why it’s been difficult the last month or so. Jim’s been dealing with a series of serious health issues, which he writes about in this post.
My first thought in reading Jim’s post was ‘Thank God for big miracles.’ While I visited his blog frequently because I love the content, I especially looked forward to updates on Jim’s health. The last couple of updates from his friends said that he’s healing and on the right path. That brought a smile to my face.
This morning’s post, though, was dramatically different. There it was. Something posted by Jim. Just the thought that Jim will recover is great news. This paragraph, though, is inspiring even though Jim talks about a dark time:
Much of late August through September was blurry for me. I was very, very sick. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed, but was not sure if I was going to make it. It was such a dark, lonely place. But in the end, prayer won.
In the end, prayer wins indeed. That type of inspiration puts me in a better place fast. Thanks, Jim, for that inspiration. It couldn’t have happened at a better time.
To Jim, I have a simple wish. Continue letting go and letting God. You’ve already done a bunch of that. This isn’t the time to stop. Know that you continue to be in my prayers.
Finally, welcome back. As you note, the fight continues. The good guys, us, need Jim Hoft back in whatver amount you’re physically able to handle. It’s great to have you back.
When I published this post by Silence Dogood, I did it because a) the St. Cloud Times hasn’t written about SCSU’s collapsing enrollment and b) President Potter is using every opportunity to spin St. Cloud State’s declining enrollment.
I wrote last week that President Potter insisted at the first Meet & Confer meeting that enrollment would be down 5% this year compared with last year’s Fall Semester 30-day enrollment report. I knew that wasn’t accurate because I’d written that the Sept. 4th report showed SCSU’s enrollment down by 12%.
If you aren’t Southwest State, which has lots of late enrollees each year, enrollment won’t drop 7 points in a week. It simply doesn’t happen.
A loyal reader of LFR called me last night to talk about enrollment. Specifically, this LFR reader said that he’d spoken with a member of the St. Cloud State University Foundation Board of Trustees. This trustee said that President Potter told him enrollment would be down 3% this year. That’s outright fiction.
It’s possible that the administration could just be off when it says enrollment will be down 5% from last year. If they made a calculation mistake, it’s possible to come up with 5% instead of 8%. It isn’t likely but it’s possible. It isn’t possible to make a calculation mistake and get to a 3% drop in enrollment.
Whether you call that myth or spin, the reality is that a 3% drop in SCSU’s enrollment from last year isn’t possible. To get to that figure, SCSU’s retention of students enrolled at the University would have to be nearly 100%. That’s because incoming freshmen are down 13% and incoming transfers are down 6.35%.
Last year’s enrollment dropped significantly so there weren’t as many students to retain. Subtract a large graduating class and it’s apparent that President Potter’s math is exceptionally fuzzy.
The reason few people beyond the SCSU campus know about SCSU’s plummeting enrollment is because a) they haven’t read this blog or b) the St. Cloud Times hasn’t run any articles about their enrollment. Considering the fact that this will be SCSU’s third straight sharp enrollment drop, shouldn’t the Times have paid attention to this? In this post, I quoted from John Bodette’s article about Gannett’s policy on social media. Among the things he cites are “Seeking and reporting the truth in a truthful way” and “serving the public interest.”
While that’s part of the Times’ policy on social media postings, it’s difficult to picture those things not being part of their code of conduct for reporters.
Back at the start of the year, Times readers were told that they’d read more investigative reporting. That hasn’t materialized. Time’s running out for them to stay faithful to that commitment. (Had they hired me to investigate SCSU, they would’ve already surpassed expectations but that’s another story.)
The truth is that the Times hasn’t been curious about St. Cloud State’s turmoils. They’ve accepted President Potter’s take on things on most issues. They haven’t challenged his statements. The Times’ indifference towards asking tough questions of the administration is the biggest reason why few people know that St. Cloud State’s budget is likely to get cut dramatically next year.
In short, it’s a mystery that needn’t be a mystery.
Technorati: St. Cloud State, Earl Potter, Enrollment Management, St. Cloud State University Foundation, Budget Cuts, St. Cloud Times, Social Media, John Bodette, Citizen Journalists, Investigative Reporting
Last week’s fiscal cliff deal brought reality crashing down on some unsuspecting people’s heads, according to this delightful, tongue-in-cheek column by Joseph Curl.
Using quotes from a comment thread on DemocratUnderground, Curl’s article shows how uninformed some Democrats were about President Obama’s tax increase. This is a perfect illustration of how uninformed they were:
Some in the thread argued that the new tax, or the end of the “holiday,” which makes it a new tax, wouldn’t really amount to much. One calculated it would cost about $86 a month for most people. “Honeycombe8,” though, said that amount is nothing to sneeze at.
“$86 a month is a lot. That would pay for … Groceries for a week, as someone said. More than what I pay for parking every month, after my employer’s contribution to that. A new computer after a year. A new quality pair of shoes … every month. Months of my copay for my hormones. A new thick coat (on sale or at discount place). It would pay for what I spend on my dogs every month … food, vitamins, treats.”
I’d like to welcome these fools to the Democrats’ middle class squeeze tax increases. This tax increase isn’t likely to change Honeycombe8′s voting habits. I’d be stunned if it did. Still, the Democrats, starting with President Obama and including Sen. Reid and Nancy Pelosi, can’t fight their tax increase fever. With that trio of ideologues, it’s always about ideology, It isn’t about what’s best for America.
Here’s another dose of reality for the left:
The Twittersphere was even funnier.
“Really, how am I ever supposed to pay off my student loans if my already small paycheck keeps getting smaller? Help a sister out, Obama,” wrote “Meet Virginia.” “Nancy Thongkham” was much more furious. “F***ing Obama! F*** you! This taking out more taxes s*** better f***ing help me out!! Very upset to see my paycheck less today!”
Though the Democrats’ anger is sky-high, that hasn’t led to clear thinking:
Of course, dozens of posters on DemocraticUnderground sought to blame it all (as usual) on President George W. Bush. “Your taxes went up because the leaders need to dig us out of this criminal deficit hole we are in which has been caused because taxes were too low during the Bush years. Everyone has to help by spreading the wealth around a little. Power to the correct people!” posted “Orinoco.”
This is typical Democratic stupidity. Spending has skyrocketed during the Obama administration. Economic growth has lagged, thanks directly to President Obama’s policies. Revenues have dropped because he’s attacked industry after industry.
Let’s repeat this fact: these deficits are the direct result of President Obama’s policies. The ACA is killing jobs by giving small businesses who employ fewer than 50 people an incentive to not hire additional workers. The EPA is killing jobs, too. Last year’s regulations have led to 98 coal-fired power plants to either close their doors or to announce their shutting.
There’s just one thing to say to people who were foolish enough to vote for President who now are upset that he’s raised their taxes: You bought it. Now you’re paying for it. You’re getting what you deserve.
Mitch Berg’s attempt to educate Dave Mindeman about economics is a hopeless situation, though it is fun watching. Mitch tried explaining that Mindeman’s “Blizzard of facts” didn’t put things in context. Here’s part of Mr. Mindeman’s argument that the economy does better under Democrats’ leadership than under the GOP:
And just in case Mr. Berg wants to highlight Obama’s tenure….
A. Corporate profits have surged an average of 51.8% under Obama, the best out of any stretch of party control since 1933, S&P said.
Mitch was right in highlighting this:
Except it’s not because business is banging along on eight cylinders. It’s because businesses are sitting on their cash. They’re laying off workers and outsourcing jobs. They are not investing in new plants, new products and new hires.
Mitch’s observation is important because it highlights the fact that businesses aren’t expanding because President Obama’s regulatory policies (Dodd-Frank, the PPACA) discourage long-term economic growth. Rather than admitting that Mitch has a legitimate point, Mr. Mindeman threw this hissy fit:
So these are the “job creators”? They would rather sit on their wealth and tank the economy than move the country forward?
Glad the Republicans take advice from these characters.
The insinuation is that business is waiting for a better “business climate”. And what is that exactly? Is there a need for more workers? Unemployment says no. Better tax rates? If they have all this cash, why would they need tax cuts?
That’s proof that Mr. Mindeman isn’t an expert in connecting economic dots. That’s why I’m putting this post together. In the spirit of bipartisanship, I’ll answer Mindeman’s questions:
The insinuation is that business is waiting for a better “business climate”. And what is that exactly?
The best explanation I have for what constitutes a pro-growth business climate is a period in time when entrepreneurs know that regulations will be relatively stable, that labor costs will be reasonable and the opportunity to make profits is good. Right now, entrepreneurs know that President Obama’s administration is a regulation-making nightmare.
Entrepreneurs have said forthrightly that they don’t know if they’ll be complying with regulations today but might be out of compliance a week from now. Why would a business hire additional people if he isn’t certain about what regulations he has to comply with?
Better tax rates? If they have all this cash, why would they need tax cuts?
Nobody’s talking about tax cuts at this point. What’s been proposed is eliminating corporate welfare, broadening the tax base in exchange for lower rates and tax simplification.
So these are the “job creators”? They would rather sit on their wealth and tank the economy than move the country forward?
First, entrepreneurs can’t wait to create jobs and wealth. With this administration’s strangling load of new regulations and the threat of massive tax increases in the immediate future, these entrepreneurs would be foolish to put their capital at risk.
Second, this administration’s treatment of capitalists like villains isn’t conducive to job, wealth and prosperity creation. Telling businesses to put their money at risk so the government can confiscate it through outrageous tax rates is the best way to guarantee miniscule job growth, which is what we have.
But let’s look at Berg’s “bonus” questions…..
Why is Paul Krugman’s wet-dream state California floating toward the surface, its belly slowly rotating toward the sky, with a private sector that is leaving the state as fast as moving trucks can be secured?
California was the victim of the Republican “wet dream”, Proposition 13….which has shackled California legislation for decades. And the idea that super majorities are required to pass tax legislation (another GOP “wet dream”.) Now that California has formed Democratic super majorities, we shall see how the state can work.
This fight’s outcome has been determined. California will be a mess for the forseeable future. Prop 13 wasn’t the problem. After Prop 13 passed, economic growth in California continued.
What’s crippling California is their pension system and their cultish adherance to insane environmental policies. Environmental policies have crippled the agriculture economof California’s Central Valley. A different part of California’s environmental policies are preventing the state from tapping into vast energy resources lying just beneath the surface.
Rather than investing in job-creating fossil fuel project that would create wealth and prosperity, California took the opposite approach. They’re investing heavily in failed green energy economies. The only jobs the green industry has created are being filled with bankruptcy lawyers.
No amount of tax increases will fix California’s economy if they continue to ‘invest in’ failing green energy projects while not tapping into fossil fuel reserves. No amount of Mindeman’s arguments will put that in better context.
It was 8 years ago today that I started blogging. Rathergate caught my attention but it was the freedom movement that inspired me. The first big subject that I wrote about was the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine. That’s how I first learned of a certain economics professor at St. Cloud State. I’ve been privileged to call King Banaian my friend since then.
I wrote about the massive protests that gathered in Independance Square, the Purple Thumb elections in Iraq, followed by Hezbollah’s assassination of Rafiq Harriri in Lebanon. Harriri’s assassination triggered the Cedar Revolution.
It’s been fun writing about the TEA Party movement. I’ve even helped put a couple of them together with the help of Leo Pusateri, another important conservative ally in the fight against progressives. As helpful as Leo has been in the fight for conservative principles, I appreciate his friendship the most.
I’ve learned from some outstanding bloggers along the way. Captain Ed’s (that’s what he was called in his pre-HotAir days) posts from CQ were awesome reads. When Ed published his lengthy posts, the thing that stood out for me was the depth and detail of his research.
Mitch Berg’s literary skills still continue to amaze me. Mitch isn’t just a talented writer, either. He’s a topnotch reporter, too.
Early in my blogging career, I learned about the Minnesota Organization of Bloggers. Today, many MOBsters are friends of mine. If you aren’t a MOBster, you should join ASAP. The comradery is great.
Finally, I’d like to thank the people who faithfully read my blog. Over the years, I’ve been amazed at who reads my blog. Sitemeter statistics have shown lots of state legislators read LFR. That’s why I’m proud to say LFR has had a serious impact on the policy debates in St. Paul.
With the DFL now in control, temporarily, of the Legislature and with a DFL governor, I pledge to step up my reporting.
This past week, it’s been almost impossible to access my Sitemeter statistics on how many people have visited LFR. At first, I thought it might be something on my end. After clicking on a number of other websites’ Sitemeter icons, all of which I’ve been able to view before, it’s apparent that Sitemeter is the problem.
If anyone knows why Sitemeter’s having these extensive difficulties, please post a comment with what’s happening.
If Sitemeter fixes their issues, I’ll be a happy camper. It they can’t fix their issues, then it’s time for the marketplace to work. It’s time for someone to build a better website visit tracker.
This is just a heads-up that I’ll be liveblogging tonight’s final presidential debate. I’ll also be periodically posting thoughts on Twitter.
7:10 PM CT — Before tonight’s debate, it’s probably wise to comment on what President Obama & Gov. Romney need to talk about. While the subject is the same for both, each man’s goals are distinctly different. President Obama needs a great night. He needs to stop Mitt Romney’s momentum. If he doesn’t stop Mitt Romney’s momentum, the topics of tonight’s debate are irrelevant.
Mitt Romney simply needs to show he’s capable of handling the responsibilities of Commander-in-Chief.
7:30 — Gen. Wesley Clark was just on O’Reilly. First, he tried filibustering. Next, he tried rewriting history about the Democrats not attempting to take partisan advantage over 9/11. Finally, he didn’t answer O’Reilly when O’Reilly asked him about why the American people can’t get a straight answer from this administration on Benghazi. Question: Will President Obama follow the same strategy tonight? If that’s what President Obama attempts to do, this election will quickly slide away from him.
8:02 — President Obama & Gov. Romney are introduced.
8:03 — First question is on Libya. Gov. Romney up first.
8:04 — Congratulates Obama on killing bin Laden, then talks about comprehensive strategy on terrorism.
8:07 — Obama: al-Qa’ida’s core has been decimated. Then he says Romney’s foreign policy “has been all over the place.”
8:12 — Romney: Mr. President, attacking me isn’t an agenda. Then he says he “certainly won’t say that I’ll have more flexibility after the election.”
8:16 — Did I hear right? Did Obama say that Libya stands with us?
8:23 — Obama: I think it’s important that America stands with democracy.
8:25 — Romney: I wish we would’ve done more to promote principles of freedom.
8:30 — Romney: It was an enormous mistake when President Obama didn’t stand with the Green Revolution.
8:31 — Obama: We have unprecedented relationship with Israel as a result of Obama’s leadership. Now he’s talking about cutting spending. Seriously? Now he’s playing the blame Bush card.
8:33 — Romney: we need to focus on trade. Good topic for Romney, bad for Obama.
8:36 — Obama: Going on & on & on about education & raising taxes.
8:37 — Romney: I’ve put in place education policies that work. Great shot.
8:42 — Obama: This isn’t a game of Battleship.
8:45 — Obama: If Israel is attacked, we will stand with Israel. Why not prevent attacks?
8:50 — Romney: Ships that carry Iranian oil can’t come into our ports.
8:55 — Romney: talks about apology tour. Then talks about how President Obama skipped stopping in Israel when on his apology tour.
9:00 — Romney: Russia said that they’re “no longer going to abide by Nunn-Lugar.” Great shot on President Obama.
9:01 — Obama’s back to Romney being erratic.
9:13 — Obama talking about always standing on the side of democracy. Tell that to the families of the Iranian protesters who died while rioting.
9:23 — Romney to Obama when Obama interrupts: Saying that I want to decimate Detroit is the height of silliness.
9:25 — Obama now equating tax simplification with tax breaks for the rich. That’s scary.
It isn’t surprising that the DFL is resorting to the nastiest negative campaigning in recent history. In fact, it’s utterly predictable. This post offers an example of what the DFL is willing to say about Republican candidates:
Banaian is an economics prof. at SCSU, noted for Milton Friedman market fundamentalist rants on the radio and as a blogger. In other words, he’s an ultra-pretentious intellectual featherweight.
First, it’s indicative of the writer’s vitriol when they start with the name-calling that’s in this post. Second, it’s apparent that the writer isn’t a capitalist. It’s one thing to argue with parts of Milton Friedman’s economic philosophy. It’s another to talke about Friedman with this level of disdain.
That isn’t what capitalists do. It’s what collectivists do.
Third, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to take people seriously when they question King’s intellectual heft. That comes across as childish behavior. It doesn’t leave a positive first impression of the writer.
Most importantly, since arriving in St. Paul, King’s focused on solving Minnesota’s biggest problems, starting with budget reform. His first legislation, HF2, created the Sunset Advisory Commission. That was signed into law as part of the final budget agreement. He even got Phyllis Kahn and several other prominent Democrats to vote for the bill. That’s substantial proof that King is capable of working across the aisle without compromising his free market principles.
I wrote here that King authored legislation that Gov. Dayton signed into law that will reduce the cost of textbooks for MNSCU students.
In his brief time in the legislature, King has built an impressive record of writing legislation that produced solutions that made life better for college students and taxpayers.
That isn’t what “ultra-pretentious intellectual featherweights” do. It’s what men of gravitas do.