Theoretically, the supporters of taking health care away from 22 million Americans — as the Congressional Budget Office predicts the U.S. Senate health insurance bill will — shouldn’t be too bothered by today’s full-page ads in the Star Tribune that warn a dispute between an insurer and Children’s Hospital threatens health care for kids. Read more →
Every time there is a major event in the Twin Cities — the Republican National Convention, for example — we are told that it will also be accompanied by a large increase in prostitution. It’s that way in other cities, too, particularly when the Super Bowl comes to town, as it will in Minneapolis next winter. Read more →
Researchers at the University of Washington studied Seattle’s phased-in increases — first from $9.47 to $11 per hour in 2015 and to $13 per hour in 2016 — and found the second wage increased reduced work hours in low-wage jobs by 9 percent while wages increased only 3 percent.
They concluded that the reduction in hours cost the average employee $179 per month, while the wage increase added only $54. Read more →
Only Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor sided with a state law
— similarly to one in 39 states — that explicitly bars state funds from going directly or indirectly to any religious sect or denomination. Read more →
County boards are faced with a choice: Provide the leadership on transportation issues that state leaders are unable or unwilling to provide, or wait for someone to somehow change the reality that Minnesota state government does not work. Read more →
When Philando Castile was shot to death last July, many people expected the National Rifle Association to leap to the defense of Castile, who had a permit to carry the gun he was carrying. It’s what the NRA does, of course.
In the event you thought politicians are able to view the world through anything but the lens of political strategy, we give you Brad Carver, chairman of a political party in a Georgia congressional district, near where a special election will be held this week to replace Tom Price. Read more →
Is there a language that’s too strong to use when condemning white supremacy?
The Southern Baptists thought so this week until yesterday when they formally condemned ‘”every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as of the devil.’ Read more →