Mille Lacs - It's Not Working and That's Not Okay!

Every lakeshore owner, resort operator, angler, hunter and tribal member wants to better understand how Mille Lacs Lake is evolving to ensure a thriving fishery and local economy. But that’s not happening! The state and tribal community’s co-management of Mille Lacs is not working and is, in fact, getting worse.

Leaderless co-management, minimal public involvement and zero accountability have resulted in ambiguous management goals that ignore the local economy and have put our Mille Lacs resources at risk.

It’s time that we focus on enhancing the biological, social and economic factors in and around Mille Lacs and end the uncertainty and short-sightedness of the current management arrangement.

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Why I won't sign any new gun restrictions as Governor

As it is for many Minnesotans, the debate about violence, guns and school safety in our society is very personal for me. We have two sons in school - one at a large university and one at a large high school - the sorts of places we see horrific shootings like that in Parkland, Florida earlier this year.

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Success isn't defined by how long you went to school

My youngest son is a junior in highschool and is in the midst of that difficult decision about what happens after he graduates next year.  He has many great options before him, but there is clearly an assumption amongst most of those at his school and many of the people we know: If he wants to be successful, he needs to choose the path of a four-year college degree.

That assumption - so common in Minnesota today - is simply wrong

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On Tim Pawlenty

I will always be frank and straightforward as your governor and as your candidate and will not duck tough conversations when they arise, so I want you to know where I stand on the current media obsession with Tim Pawlenty’s potential candidacy for governor.

There has been speculation about this for a year, but recently Tim announced he was retiring from his D.C. lobbying job and moving back to Minnesota and met Monday with large donors to make a decision about running.

I don’t know whether Tim will run for Governor or not, but I’ll welcome him into the race if he seeks and abides by the GOP endorsement. Competition sharpens us all.  If he seeks to ignore the endorsement and tries to essentially buy a primary victory, however, it probably won’t end well and it will significantly hurt Republicans’ chances in November.

I’ve been a conservative leader in this state for two decades and a candidate for governor for over nine months. This is what I know...

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It's Time to Pause Refugee Resettlement in Minnesota

There is no more complicated or divisive issue in Minnesota right now than immigration and refugee settlement. Much of that complexity arises because the issue is not just about immigration. It’s also about transparency and accountability, the power of the federal government over Minnesota, state government spending and whether Minnesotans have a voice in their own government’s decisions. And contrary to what many would have you believe - it is not partisan.

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THE MEDIA: Fighting Back

 

THIS IS IMPORTANT: We know that many in the Minnesota media lean strongly left and often ally with Democrats, but Republicans in this state seldom fight back for fear of even worse coverage. I will not let the media set the narrative in this campaign and I will not sit back and ignore biased coverage--we will always call the media out and set the record straight.

Recently in an exchange I had with the Star Tribune, a reporter used a partisan tweet from a national liberal tracking organization to both falsely cast a factual statement I made as denigrating Twin Cities residents AND imply that I somehow believe people in the Cities are all on welfare or engage in "drug-fueled orgies." It's easy to laugh this stuff off, but we can't just let it go unanswered. Here is what happened:

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Single Payer? Not in Minnesota

The DFL candidates for Governor all want to bring single payer healthcare to Minnesota—and it's up to us to stop it. Take three minutes to see why this would be disastrous for every single Minnesotan.

 

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Lake Calhoun

The Hennepin County Board will be voting soon on whether to rename Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to Bde Maka Ska, Dakota words meaning Lake White Earth.

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Campus Free Speech In Minnesota

I’m old enough to remember when colleges prided themselves on exposing young people to different and conflicting viewpoints and encouraging a vigorous debate. Unfortunately, a lot has changed on campus in the past couple decades - and not for the better.

A recent study by the Brookings Institute, revealed a chilling new trend of hostility towards free speech on college campuses. The study found that 19% of college students deemed it acceptable to use physical violence to silence a controversial speaker. Additionally, 50% of students said that it’s acceptable to shout down a speaker they find “offensive or hurtful” who comes to speak at a college campus.

And it’s not just hypothetical; conservative speakers are being shut down or attacked on a regular basis on our campuses. 

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Drain The Minnesota Swamp

Donald Trump became America’s 45th President for many reasons.  Among them was a message that Americans sent loud and clear that should be welcome to the ears of those on the left and right alike: We’ve had enough of the cronyism and financial payoffs to political pals that have been so prevalent in national politics for the past couple of decades.

Trump called it "draining the swamp." Put simply, Americans are fed up with elected officials who pay off their political supporters with taxpayer money. 

The swamp exists in Minnesota, too. The most recent example here was the U.S. Bank Stadium board providing taxpayer-funded suites and food to family and DFL friends. But that was only one example of a culture that has made such behavior acceptable in St. Paul.

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