Governor Dayton Killing Energy In Minnesota

September 12, 2014 
Contact: Brittni Palke 

Governor Dayton Killing Energy In Minnesota
The Public Utilities Commission votes to delay the approval of the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline.

Minneapolis, Minn. – Governor Dayton and his administration are effectively killing the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline in Minnesota and energy production in Minnesota. On Thursday the Public Utilities Commission led by Dayton appointees further delayed the approval of the Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline across Northern Minnesota. Governor Dayton claims he’s for creating jobs and solving the rail car issue facing Minnesota farmers as they try to get their grain to market, but all Mark Dayton is doing is bowing to environmental extremists.

“Instead of trusting Minnesotans, empowering problem solvers and encouraging job growth, Mark Dayton is bowing to environmental extremists who are bent on never moving ahead with the Enbridge pipeline project just because there is oil in it,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “Oil will continue to come out of the Bakken oil fields and our farmers still need to get their grain to market.  This decision hurts Minnesota farmers, and Minnesotans who desperately need a job. Mark Dayton’s campaign is the only one benefiting from this decision as the liberal extremists come forward to thank him and line his campaign coffers. Mark Dayton should be ashamed of his administration and demand that this project move forward for the benefit of all Minnesotans.”


Mark Dayton is killing jobs in Minnesota and hurting farmers. “Minnesota regulators on Thursday ordered a broader search for the best pathway to build a major new crude oil pipeline across the state. The 3-2 decision by the state Public Utilities Commission was a setback for Enbridge Energy, which wants to build the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline through northern Minnesota to carry North Dakota oil to a terminal in Superior, Wis., that feeds refineries across the Midwest.”
(David Shaffer, Minnesota regulators want broader look at pipeline route, Star Tribune, September 11, 2014)

“Minnesota rail delays costing farmers – $100M and counting” “The study — by Edward Usset of the U’s Center for Farm Financial Management — estimated the rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million in lower prices from March to May, an average loss of 30 cents per bushel. He put the revenue losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers, or 40.5 cents per bushel, and $8.5 million for wheat growers, or 41 cents per bushel.”
(Steve Karnowski, Minnesota rail delays costing farmers – $100M and counting, Pioneer Press, July 10, 2014)

“If approved in Minnesota and built, Sandpiper will provide a stable, reliable source of North Dakota crude oil to refineries in the Upper Midwest and beyond. Additionally, Sandpiper will have a significant positive impact for Minnesotans. As recently reported, the agriculture industry alone is losing hundreds of millions of dollars because of a stretched rail system. If more oil can move by pipeline — which is safer and more efficient — rail and trucks will have more capacity for other goods.”
(Brad Shamla, Counterpoint: Pipelines move oil safely and efficiently, Star Tribune, September 10, 2014)

Enbridge would create 1,500 jobs in Minnesota. “The $2.6 billion project is designed to bring North Dakota crude oil to Enbridge’s terminals at Clearbrook, Minn., and Superior, Wis., and promises more than 1,500 temporary construction jobs and the potential to reduce the amount of oil moving on trains.”
(David Shaffer, Door open for new Enbridge Energy pipeline route in northern Minnesota, Star Tribune, August 7, 2014)

Broad support from numerous stakeholders including Kevin Pranis of the Minnesota/North Dakota Laborers’ Union who told the Star Tribune that using existing rail lines to continue transporting North Dakota crude oil through Minnesota poses “significantly greater risks,” than the pipeline. “The standards in place for rail lines, even the new ones being put in place for tank cars, are nowhere near the standards in place for pipelines.”
(David Shaffer, Door open for new Enbridge Energy pipeline route in northern Minnesota, Star Tribune, August 7, 2014)

Minnesota Farmers are losing millions because of rail car shortages. “A study that shows Minnesota grain farmers lost $109 million in revenue from March through May proves that the state’s major rail carriers are not sufficiently addressing agricultural shipping problems, Gov. Mark Dayton has told federal transportation officials.”
(David Shaffer, “Dayton wants more answers from railroads on ag shipping problems,” Star Tribune, August 27, 2014)

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Democrat Politician Says, “All My Heroes Were America’s Enemies”

by Steven Ahle on September 18, 2014 in

Charles Barron, a democrat,  is about to be elected to the state assembly, and told the New York Observer that, “All my heroes were America’s enemies.”  Barron is all excited about Robert Mugabe, the dictator of  Zimbabwe, who had tens of thousands put to death in order to take over their land and to do away with his opposition.  Barron hosted Mugabe the last time he came to theUnited States in 2002.

When the democrat was asked about Mugabe’s more extreme policies like killing up to twenty thousand people, Barron said,“No one’s perfect.  I see him as a freedomfighter.”  So other than murdering 20,000 people and enslaving an entire country, Mugabe is a peach of a man.  Other comments made by democrat Barron about Mugabe include:

“I would love for him to come to Albany. I would love for him to come anywhere in theUnited States, really.  I think he’s a shining example of an African leader on the African continent.”

“He was one of the few African leaders who had the courage to take the land back from the settlers.”

Mugabe is not the only murdering dictator Barron has loved.  He also worshiped Fidel Castro in Cuba and  Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya.

Barron was just term limited out of his job on the New York City Council.  His wife, also a democrat,  did not run for reelection to the state assembly to allow her husband to run for the office, while she runs for his council seat.

In Zimbabwe, homosexuals are arrested on sight.  Mugabe has described homosexuals as “worse than dogs and pigs”.

Editor’s Thoughts: Rick Nolan is a Terrible Person

That might sound like a harsh thing to say, but Rick Nolan and his Democratic allies are absolutely despicable in their attacks against Stewart Mills. The most laughable is Nolan’s insistence on calling Mills, Stewart Mills III. Mr. Nolan, my dad is a 3rd, sharing his name with my grandfather and great-grandfather. Would you insist on using the number on the end of their name to attack their character? I doubt it. The only reason for this is a cheep liberal cut; trying to make Stewart out to be some sort of Scrooge McDuck. The sad fact is that, one minute with Stewart is enough to see that he is the exact opposite. He is a family guy who is involved in his community and who helps run a business that is deeply ingrained in our Minnesota way of life. Rick Nolan has so little to show us that he is forced to make obscenely untruthful attacks against Stewart while knowing that he has taken unpopular positions on Obamacare, late term abortions and higher regulations on jobs our community needs. Enough, Rep. Nolan. It’s time for change.

McFadden: Franken’s Deciding Vote On Obamacare Catastrophic For Minnesotans

by Sarah Oliver | Sep 16, 2014 | 

Eagan, Minn. – After Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance announced that they will not be participating in the MNsure health insurance exchange again in 2015, U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden (R-MN) released the following statement on the failure of Obamacare to address our nation’s health care problems. McFadden is challenging Senator Franken (D-MN).

“This is a catastrophic failure of Senator Franken and President Obama’s health care law; fifty-nine percent of individual exchange enrollees were enrolled in PreferredOne plans. 140,000 Minnesotans already lost their health insurance, and now more are losing their insurance just a year into Obamacare, which Senator Franken cast the deciding vote for in the Senate.” said McFadden. “This is yet another example of Senator Franken failing to serve Minnesotans by following in lockstep with the President.”

Today KSTP reported that PreferredOne, which offered the lowest individual market rates on MNsure, made a “business decision” to no longer offer health insurance on the exchange in 2015. PreferredOne cited that offering insurance on MNsure is “not administratively and financially sustainable going forward.”

“My heart goes out to Minnesotans who will lose their coverage or subsidies because of PreferredOne’s decision to stop offering insurance on MNsure in 2015,” McFadden said. “We have a health care problem in this country, but this shows that Obamacare is not the right solution. Minnesotans continue to lose coverage and will likely face higher rates because of the failure of this program. Senator Franken built this program. I will work tirelessly to build a health care system that actually works.”

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For Conservative Activists: Are The Poorest States Really Republican?

By Mark Hendrickson


6/07/2012 @ 12:04PM |120,461 views

Are the 10 Poorest U.S. States Really Republican?

“Most of the 10 poorest states are Republican” is a quote of CNN’s Jack Cafferty. It appeared in his “Cafferty File” blog last September 22, and was accompanied by the opinion, this is “something the GOP can’t be too comfortable with.” Indeed, in an election year, you can bet that Democrats will try to make hay with those data.

My previous column made the case that Democratic Party policies have induced the impoverishment of America’s poorest cities. Turnabout is fair play. If Republican policies have led to the economic stagnation of entire states, whereas Democrats are only responsible for ruining cities, then the Dems might have the stronger campaign talking point. Let’s examine the 10 poorest states to see if Republicans are to blame for their relative economic standing.

The poorest states, based on per capita income, are, from first to last: Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, and North Carolina. Of these, exactly half—Arkansas, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, and West Virginia—have Democratic governors and three have Democratic majorities in the lower house of their legislature, so these state governments can hardly be classified as completely Republican. On the other hand, only North Carolina voted for Obama in 2008, so in that sense, these states may be leaning Republican.

A common analytical error is the “post hoc ergo propter hoc” fallacy—“after this, therefore because of this.” For example, chronic federal deficits became chronic in the 1960s. What changed in America at that time? Alaska and Hawaii were added to the union in 1959 and 1960, respectively; therefore, the erroneous assertion to follow is that we need only expel those two states from the Union to solve our deficit spending problem. Absurd, right? Similarly, we can’t facilely assume that the lower per capita incomes in the 10 poorest states were caused by Republican policies.

Looking at the list of the 10 poorest states, all except Montana are east of (or border on) the Mississippi River. That means they are older states. Those nine also happen to be concentrated in the South. This is significant: They were all slaveholding states. They focused on producing commodities, whereas the northern states produced more value-added goods, more manufactured goods, more capital-intensive goods. Combined with national policies that conferred economic advantages on the relatively industrialized, higher capitalized North—policies that created some of the friction that led to the Civil War—the South’s economic development lagged.

As is common in societies based on producing raw commodities, the Old South had an elite that owned the land and employed a poorly educated workforce to plant, tend, and harvest the crops. Historically, then, education was of less importance, and therefore emphasized less, in the South than in the North—a trend that contributed ongoing economic advantages to the North.

After the Civil War, Republican carpetbaggers from the North kicked around the defeated South, further widening the economic gap between the two regions. One political consequence was that the Deep South was monolithically Democratic for the next century. Only in the last generation, when the secular counterculture took over the Democratic Party, did many Southerners finally bury the distant past and register as Republicans.

In short, those nine erstwhile slaveholding states have been lagging behind the northern states economically for two centuries. Just because one generation of leaning Republican has not eliminated a disparity that was entrenched for centuries, it is not an indictment of Republicans.

As for Montana, whose people elect Democrats and Republicans to statewide office with almost equal frequency, its economic status has a geographical cause. Montana is remote and its climate is harsh; consequently, it has never attracted enough people to achieve an economic “critical mass” to advance much beyond the commodity-related businesses of farming, ranching, and mining. That is why it has lagged economically—not because of anything Republicans have done.

Another common mistake in economic analysis, seen often, for example, in the (irrational) rationale that liberals use when resisting cuts in marginal tax rates, is to adopt a static rather than dynamic view—to see life and economic conditions in terms of snapshots rather than as a motion picture. In the politically motivated attempt to blame Republicans for the lower incomes in the 10 poorest states, CNN’s Cafferty and Democrats have taken one snapshot—of the census’ income statistics—and combined it with another snapshot—of current political leanings—to create the impression that Republican policies make America poorer.

The more important factor is not the economic ranking of states at a point in time, but the overall trends. An importantarticle by John Merline compared the economic performance of blue states and red states during the presidency of Barack Obama. The trend of economic indicators clearly favors Republican states. Democratic states have experienced lower growth in both jobs and income in the last few years. Home prices have fallen further in blue states, and their unemployment rates are higher. In other words, a dynamic economic analysis of the states casts a far more favorable light on Republican states than static analysis. Since real life is dynamic, not static, Republicans can make the stronger case about which party is best suited to lead the way to greater prosperity.

The most fundamental difference between the data that conservatives prefer—that the 10 poorest cities are longtime Democratic strongholds—and the data that liberals will be more inclined to cite—that the 10 poorest states are predominantly Republican, is thatconservatives can point to actual policies that Democrats implemented that contributed to the impoverishment of the cities, while the liberals cannot point to specific GOP policies that have caused the poorer states to lag behind.

The Democratic case is illusory and circumstantial; the Republican case is solid and substantial. However, in a country where so many people are economically and historically illiterate, combined with the human proclivity whereby “a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest” (Paul Simon, “The Boxer”), the Democrats may be able to score some points with a hollow argument. The Republicans, though, have the facts on their side.

— Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

McFadden: Franken Claimed Obamacare Will Make Healthcare Cheaper, He Lied

by Sarah Oliver | Sep 18, 2014 |

Eagan, Minn. – In the days following the devastating news for Minnesota’s Obamacare, MNsure, U.S. Senate Candidate Mike McFadden took Senator Franken to task on his role in helping this failure of a law to be enacted.

“I am disappointed that as a result of Senator Franken’s Obamacare failure, hard working Minnesotans will have less money in their pockets,” said McFadden. “I am a businessman, and from a business perspective, this is catastrophic. When someone who accounts for nearly 60 percent of a market pulls out, that market is in for a world of trouble. In this case, PreferredOne not only provided 59 percent of the market, but they were also the insurer with the lowest costs, so unfortunately, Minnesotans are bound to see rather significant increases in their premiums.”

“Senator Franken claimed that Obamacare would give Americans access to ‘cheaper’ and ‘affordable’ health care, and that is a lie,” said McFadden. “Over the summer, Minnesotans were informed that rates could increase by up to 12 percent. With this recent news of the PreferredOne dropping out of Minnesota’s Obamacare, it is even more likely that rates will go up, and go up drastically. Now Minnesotans just have to sit and wait to see how much more they will have to pay. Senator Franken should be ashamed of casting the deciding vote for this disastrous law.”

Minnesotans Rates Will Increase. “Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which is the professional association for the HMOs that offer health coverage through MNsure. Brunner recently told a University of Minnesota symposium that she would “not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent.” (Jay Kolls, MNsure Monthly Premiums Likely to Increase Significantly, KSTP, July 10, 2014)

Minnesota’s largest MNsure Insurer Drops Out. “It’s a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange – the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015. The decision is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governor’s race.” (Jennie Olson, Politicans Weigh In as MNsure’s Largest Insurer Drops out, KSTP, September 17, 2014)

140,000 Minnesotans Will Lose Their Plans. “At least 140,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own are being notified that their plans will no longer be available under the new federal health care law, adding to the national furor over canceled policies that has overtaken the health care debate.”(Kevin Diaz, At least 140,000 Minnesotans Will Lose Current Health Policies, Star Tribune, October 31, 2013) 

Franken: Minnesotans Will Have Access To Affordable Healthcare. “The health reform law does exactly what is necessary to give the American people what they want-access to affordable, quality care.  And when the exchanges are up and running in 2014, that’s exactly what they will see.” (Senator Franken’s Floor Statement On Healthcare, Franken Release, February 16, 2011)

Franken: Obamacare Will Rein In Costs. “I’m particularly proud to say that a provision I fought successfully to include in the law is already reining in health care costs for working families.” (Sen. Franken’s statement on One-Year Anniversary of Health Care Reform, Franken Release, March 22, 2011) 

Franken: Obamacare Has Made Healthcare Cheaper. “In its first year, the Affordable Care Act has made it easier and cheaper for people all over the country to get quality health care.” (Senator Franken’s Floor Statement On Healthcare, Franken Release, February 16, 2011)

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Stewart Mills: “Rick Nolan Doesn’t Want You to Keep Your Plan.”


There’s a lot of gridlock and disagreement in Washington these days, but one thing we can agree on across the aisle is that the rollout of Obamacare has been a disaster. It’s been pretty bad in Minnesota too – it’s expected that health insurance premiums will go up by about 47% in our state, and that could be even higher in some 8th District counties.

But Rick Nolan loves Obamacare. In fact, he thinks it’s a great first step to a government-run, single payer health system. A government takeover of that size means there’s no more competition to drive costs down. It means higher premiums, higher deductibles, higher co-pays and less access to the health care services we need.

It’s pretty simple. Socialism doesn’t work. Consumerism does.

Rick Nolan is so set on his government run health plan that he won’t do anything to help Minnesotans back home who are being hurt right now by Obamacare. Do you remember – “If you like your plan you can keep it”? That was the PolitiFact 2013 Lie of the Year as millions of Americans found out that they actually couldn’t keep the health care plans they liked.

And just last week, Rick Nolan voted against a bill that would allow Americans to keep their healthcare plans. He’d rather his constituents lose the plans they like and get forced into more expensive plans on MNsure, the Minnesota health insurance marketplace set up through Obamacare.

But some news from yesterday makes Rick Nolan’s vote from last week even more troubling.

Preferred One, the insurance company with the lowest rates and most customers, said Tuesday that they’re no longer going to be offering plans through MNsure. And because of that, insurance premiums could drastically go up even higher for everyone else who is now forced to get a plan through MNsure. 

A more honest line for Democrats to say would have been: “If you like your plan, you’ll have to get rid of it and get a much more expensive one you don’t like or want instead.” The point of health care reform should be to lower costs and increase access to health care services for all Americans. Instead, Obamacare just keeps reducing access and increasing costs across the board. We need to repeal, and replace this law with free-market based solutions that will get us back on track toward real health care reform.

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