Safeguarding rights to privacy behind proposed MN commission

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Minnesota, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

PRIVACY AND PERSONAL DATA RIGHTS AND WRONGS:  Copyright MN House of Representatives. Photo by Paul Battaglia.

To see why a commission to safeguard Minnesotans’ rights to privacy and access to public data may be a slam dunk at the Capitol, check out the complex questions posed to state officials at Open Secrets MN.

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Border battle: ND refuses to pay millions in MN renewable energy bills

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Energy, Environment, Environmental, Global warming/climate change, Minnesota, News, North Dakota, Regulatory Reform  /  No Comments

NO (RENEWABLE) ELECTRIFICATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION:  North Dakota ratepayers will save nearly $6 million in charges for costly MN renewable energy costs under new agreement with MN-based utility.
MN DEED photo.

Call it “no (renewable) electrification without representation.”

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Federal lawsuit challenges MN campaign donor limits

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  campaign fundraising, Elections, Minnesota, News, Personal liberty, State Elections  /  No Comments

FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED RIGHTS? Group of MN candidates and donors file federal lawsuit over state campaign finance law in case that could affect this election cycle. Photo Institute for Justice.

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on campaign donations in federal elections, two candidates and two individuals filed a federal lawsuit to get rid of a Minnesota campaign finance law.

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Minimum wage increase means higher costs for MN small businesses

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Economy, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments

DairyQueen

By Eric Boehm | Minnesota Watchdog
MINNEAPOLIS — At Minnesota’s oldest Dairy Queen, owner Troy DeLeon frets about what a higher minimum wage would do to his business, where he has been serving customers for more than 20 years.
DeLeon sells small cones for $1.50 out of the front window of one of the few remaining old-style Dairy [...]

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Consumer beware: Regulators ‘on steroids’

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  California, Congress, Federal Government, Federal Reserve, Minnesota, National, New Jersey, News, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

RIPPING REGULATORS: Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, says Dodd-Frank and its regulators are the problem, not the solution.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Financial regulations imposed after the 2008 Wall Street crash are backfiring on consumers and pose a “compliance nightmare” for lenders.

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