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Sally Jo Sorensen
Sally Sorensen, an independent blogger, lives and works in rural Minnesota.
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In last week's post, Anatomy of a smear: Jihad Watch blasts MN01 hopeful Nelson for economic development bill, Bluestem examined how a nation anti-Muslim activist stepped into the First Congressional race, slamming Rochester-area Republican Carla Nelson for being the "likely driver" for a straight-to-no-committee-hearing bill Somali community development bill authored by Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, in the Senate. Nelson was the last of five state senators to sign on; senate rules allow only five authors for any bill. File numbers for bills in both chambers are SF1722 and HF1946. Shrill anti-Muslim national blogger Pam Geller also credited Nelson as the leader.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bluestem Prairie
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A friend passed along a copy of the Blue Earth Soil and Water Conservation District's Buffer Report, dated January 11, 2018, which we embed below. The source noted that under the leadership of two Republican county commissioners, Blue Earth County had chosen to observe the statutes on the books even before Dayton and the legislature sought to put some teeth into enforcement--and that this effort had not been traumatic for area farmers. The source and his wife are farm property owners in Blue Earth County. The source--a voter in House District 23B --noted that the success documented in the report... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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For our readers' late night reading, we offer a report about neonicotinoid use and corn dust research. We'll be saying more about this over the weekend. Bee Culture reports in CATCH THE BUZZ – Nonprofits, Industry, Universities Join Together in Recommendations to Keep Honey Bees Safe during Corn Planting: The Corn Dust Research Consortium (CRDC) announced recommendations based on over three years of targeted research designed to keep honey bees safe during corn planting. The CDRC effort, managed by the non-profit, Pollinator Partnership (P2), engaged stakeholders from beekeeping, agriculture, manufacturing, research, and regulatory agencies to facilitate research designed to provide... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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Session Daily distributed this helpful guide by staff writer Jonathan Mohr: With opening day of the 2018 legislative session fast approaching, here’s how you can stay in touch with what’s happening at the State Capitol. Stay Informed To find our nonpartisan Session Daily coverage: http://www.house.mn/sessiondaily/ Find and track bills: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis Schedules of standing committees and upcoming meetings: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/schedules/ House TV webcast schedule: http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp Broadcast schedule of upcoming House meetings and events: http://www.house.mn/htv/htv.asp Audio and/or video of current or past meetings: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/multimedia For a list of legislative publications: http://www.leg.mn/leg/publicat Summaries of bills and issue areas from the nonpartisan House Research Department:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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UPDATE: Commenting on this post on Facebook, Minnesota Farmers Union government affairs director Thom Petersen remarked, "Osmek basically removed farm equipment out in Committee last month." Lovely. The change has yet to appear in the versions list online. [end update] An article in Motherboard, Tractor-Hacking Farmers Are Leading a Revolt Against Big Tech's Repair Monopolies, outlines a problem. Bipartisan legislation introduced last year in the Minnesota Senate and House provides the solution. Motherboard's Jason Koebler reports: Kyle Schwarting is a farmer by trade, and a hacker by necessity. His farm, about 20 minutes outside the city limits of Lincoln, Nebraska,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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Our friends at The Uptake are livestreaming is the first one since the precinct caucuses and the departures of Chris Coleman and Paul Thissen from the race. Candidates for MN governor answer questions about labor issues. Candidates confirmed to attend are Tina Liebling, Erin Murphy, Rebecca Otto and Tim Walz. Moderator for the forum is progressive policy leader Marcia Avner. Click on the video to watch the livestream: Photo: A still from the forum. If you appreciate our posts and original analysis, you can mail contributions (payable to Sally Jo Sorensen, 600 Maple Street, Summit SD 57266) or use the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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Earlier this month, Bluestem reported about federal corporate PAC money gathered by the Senate Victory PAC (a federal level PAC), in Don't drink the water: 3M PAC cash in the MN Future (& anti-Bigham) IE money stream in SD54. In the spirit of fairness, we turn our gaze now to the federal House Republican Campaign Committee year-end filing. Like the federal Senate Victory PAC, the House Republican's federal committee received $5000 from the 3M Company PAC and $5000 from the tobacco industry AltriaPAC. Other shared contributors? Those nice guys at Koch Industries Political Action ($2500 each); AT&T Federal Federal PAC... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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Corinne Braun, the Minnesota Republican activist who was a national organizer of March 4 Trump rallies in 2017 posted on Facebook yesterday that she thought the school shooting in Parkland Florida was a "false flag." Here's a screengrab a source sent Bluestem Prairie: Wikipedia defines the phrase "false flag" used in this manner under Conspiracy theories: Conspiracy theorists frequently claim attacks such as the Orlando nightclub shooting and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are false flag operations staged by conspirators, usually government or corporate forces, in order to achieve some goal such as justifying increased government surveillance, disarmament of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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The agenda was clear on the Minnesota Senate website: "Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders attend a media forum, moderated by Forum News Service's Don Davis, to preview the 2018 legislative session." The headlines and copy generated by the event seem to document a peaceable kingdom that erased partisan lines. At the Pioneer Press Christopher Magan reports Minnesota’s top political leaders pose for selfie, promise to get along. Will they?. In the Duluth News Tribune:Dayton, legislative leaders: We get along just fine, thanks. At least the Strib reports Lawsuits loom over next week's start of legislative session. Here's the video... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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An article posted Sunday by Robert Spencer on the anti-Muslim site Jihad Watch targets Rochester state senator Carla Nelson for SF1722, a straight-to-committee bill introduced last March. Minnesota State Senators want to spend $18,000,000 of taxpayer money on “Somali community development” is an Islamphobic fabulist construction that fails to note HF1946, the House companion bill or press coverage of the effort, going straight to the notion that the bill is an anti-terrorism effort and that Nelson, who is seeking the Republican endorsement for the open seat in Minnesota Congressional District 1, is the chief mover of the legislation. Utter balderdash.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bluestem Prairie
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There's another letter in the New Ulm Journal about well-testing, this one from Mark Berle, a corn and bean farmer who grows crops in nearby Nicollet and Sibley Counties. Berle suggests that "political farm organizations should quit playing defense on water quality issues and put that energy toward offensive, proactive clean water solutions." Pretty radical-. Here's Berle's letter, Well water testing: I thought everyone would support free well water testing, especially in Brown County where sound science has shown and continues to reveal areas where groundwater aquifers are rapidly recharged and at high risk of contamination. Testing is even more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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Got a beef with corn-fed beef or lean finely textured beef? Got a bee in your bonnet over neonicotinoid pesticide drift? Minnesotans may have to up their passive aggressive nice game if HF2880, an agricultural food disparagement law introduced by state representative Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, and Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, becomes law. The language of HF2880 is nearly identical to that of South Dakota's 20-10A-1, under which Beef Products Inc sued ABC News in a lawsuit filed in 2012 after ABC News broadcast a segment that referred to lean finely textured beef as "pink slime." ABC News settled with Beef Products... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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Republicans in Breckenridge, a border city in Wilkin County, didn't flock to their precinct caucus, according to the local newspaper, but those who did sure want to slam the door shut on new arrivals. At the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Daily News, Carrie McDermott reports in Wilkin County precinct caucuses bring forth variety of resolutions: . . .Since 2018 is not a presidential election year, caucus numbers tended to be down for both parties. In Wilkin County, 18 DFLers caucused at Breckenridge Library for three precincts, while the county’s Republican party had 10 voters in those precincts at Breckenridge High School. . .... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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We've been looking a lot at anti-Muslim sentiment in Minnesota partisan politics, but the effort by nearby Watertown SD state senator and Republican congressional candidate Neal Tapio surpasses any of the nonsense peddled by Chanhassen Republican state Rep. Cindy Pugh. KELOLand blog Greg Belfrage posted in State Senator Neal Tapio heats up his flamethrower: If they handed out awards for hyperbole in politics, Neal Tapio would be the state's uncontested champion. Tapio, who says he's running for U.S. House, sent out a news release yesterday asking state lawmakers to approve Senate Concurrent Resolution #13... "Recognizing the root cause of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the metro rich guys buying club known as the Freedom Club PAC admires Melissa Wagner, the DFL-endorsed candidate in the Minnesota House District 23B. Back in mid-January, the Melissa Wagner campaign sent out this postcard with a handwritten message on one side: According to the district voter who sent us the image, "The cards from her were all hand written by volunteers. There were two groups working on it. One group did 2500 cards." That strategy must have impressed the pros up at the Freedom Club State PAC, for our correspondent received... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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The anti-Muslim resolutions written by Republican activist Jeff Baumann were embraced by some MNGOP precinct caucuses last night, and state representative Cindy Pugh, R-Chanhassen, is overjoyed. As the screenshot above illustrates the west metro suburban lawmaker shared her glee on the personal Facebook page of Minnesota Act! for America organizer Debra Anderson. Read about the group's anti-Muslim fear-mongering in ACT for America | Southern Poverty Law Center. Pugh comments: Cindy Pugh Debbie - GOOD NEWS! All four, rock-solid resolutions introduced in my precinct caucus passed ‘with flying colors’! ... almost unanimous. Caucus attendees were SO supportive & appreciative of these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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Update: Ms. Sina wasn't alone in sharing the suggested resolution, according to a Facebook post by gun rights activist and Republican Rob Doar < [end update] It never ends. Candy Sina, wife of CD4 Republican chair Dave Sina, and a candidate for State Senate (CFB data here), urged Republican caucus goers to adopt an anti-Muslim resolution. Screenshot above. Senate District 42 is represented by Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview, who beat Ms. Sina in a 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent vote in 2016. Ms. Sina's committee remains active, according to CFB records. The screenshot is from Minnesota gun rights advocate and Republican... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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Jeff Baumann, Senate District 36 Republican activist and donor, is circulating a resolution for Tuesday night's precinct caucuses that would resolve: That no Islamic leader, religious or otherwise, shall ever be allowed to deliver the invocation at any Republican convention or event. That affirmative and ongoing actions be taken to minimize and eliminate the influence of Islam within the Minnesota Republican Party or its subunits. That legislation, policies, and educational programs be implemented to increase awareness of these facts so as to evermore minimize and eliminate the influence of Islam within Minnesota, including Minnesota schools. Here's the draft copy of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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When we last looked at the mixed-up files of state representative Tim Miller, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board had just declared that its members had been unable to decide whether his committee, the Renville County GOP and the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Co-operative's state level PAC had violated state law and rules against earmarking funds. Now it looks as if Miller's committee--or the conservative business people's Freedom Club State PAC is confused about contributions to Miller. Here's a look at Miller's reported campaign contributions from political committees: Here's the page of contributions to candidates from the report... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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While the Minneapolis Star Tribune's editorial board isn't taking the threat of the state's fringe anti-vaccination movement lightly, over in the news section, the movement is being mollycoddled by reporter Jeremy Olson to the point of distortion. And it's not the first time Olson has handled the fringe movement with kid gloves. Saturday evening, the newspaper posted Olson's article, Minnesota vaccination activists now are seeking political allies, in which Olson includes such copy as: A severe measles outbreak sickened dozens of Minnesotans last year and threw a harsh light on activists with vaccination concerns, but now they are back, believing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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Bluestem's been looking at the anti-vaccination movement's organizing among and contributions to Minnesota Republicans in posts like (in reverse chronological order) Anti-vaxxer moneypot Jennifer Larson is Republican Party of Minnesota finance chair, State representative Cindy Pugh carrying anti-vaxxers' bills, according to anti-vaxxers, and MN23B special: Anti-vax Canary Party's Jennifer Larson contributed $1000 to Jeremy Munson: Larson is also a co-founder of the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota, which is gearing up for the Minnesota legislative session, according to its Facebook page. It's holding a briefing for legislators only on February 7: Minnesota citizens, we need YOUR help! We are hosting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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One can hardly call Rep. Pat Garofalo's latest offensive tweet news. After all, the Farmington Republican simply behaves this way. Witness our 2014 post, A troll too far: Minnesota ALEC co-chair Rep. Pat Garofalo berated for viral racist sports tweet,written after he equated National Basketball Association talent with street thugs. Lovely. Up now? This deleted tweet, shared with the world by the Matt McNeil Show: So @mngop Rep. @PatGarofalo deleted this message. Thank Goodness I have a screenshot! @Marla58b @atrupar @sallyjos @Huffington @JohnFugelsang @StephMillerShow @HumaneSociety @shijundu @thedailybeast @cliffschecter @RawStory @RenaKARE11 @TomButlerFOX9 @StarTribune @GovMarkDayton pic.twitter.com/wgD8rYvSHe — The Matt McNeil Show (@MattMcNeilShow)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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One of the core beliefs of the anti-vaccination movement appears to be linking vaccines (like that for MMR) with autism. This alleged link is widely discredited. We can sympathize with parents seeking a cause or practice to blame. Their children deserve our patience, understanding and where appropriate, funding so that the kids can flourish. We've been posting recently about the influx of anti-vaxxers into the Republican Party of Minnesota and their favored legislation being carried by Cindy Pugh. The chord of linking vaccination with autism is one that Jennifer Larson sounds. Thus, Bluestem was astonished to read this copy in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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Back in October, Bluestem posted Minneapolis Works! launders corporate cash via group that doesn't much like Minneapolis, concerning the news that the Minnesota Jobs Coalition would be the funnel for corporate contributions to independently influence that fair metropolis's city council election. We also noted the irony of a group calling itself "Minneapolis Works!" getting its political junk mail printed at a Glen Taylor-owned print shop far south of the Mill City in our post Bridging urban-rural divide, Minneapolis Works! sends flood of printing work to Byron, Minnesota. In Thursday's Minnpost, Peter Callaghan reports in Pro-business Minnesota Jobs Coalition dumped $140,000... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie
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We've been waiting to see where 3M's money has seeped into the groundwater of campaign fundraising in the Minnesota Senate District 54 special election. The release today of yearly campaign finance reports reveals where that corporate money got dumped: according to a disclosure statement posted at the reports and data tab at the Minnesota's Future PAC, $5000 of 3M Company PAC (a federal PAC) money was given to the Senate Victory PAC (a federal level PAC), along with an equal amount of tobacco PAC money and Safelite auto glass money. We include a screenshot at the top of this post,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Bluestem Prairie