Notes From Norm

Notes from Norm: It Makes A Difference

Notes from Norm: It Makes A Difference   “…Hillary Clinton’s campaign said the former secretary of State will deliver a major counterterrorism address in Minnesota next week — a state known as one of the nation’s biggest hotbeds of domestic terrorism recruitment.” Minneapolis Star Tribune   In reading the paragraph above one should be struck by Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Apologize For Being A Senator

This past week at EMILY’s List, an organization formed to advance Democrats and unrestricted abortion rights in the county and that raises and spends untold millions of dollars to elect liberal Democratic women to public office, Minnesota’s United States Senator Al Franken apologized. “First of all, I apologize for being a guy,” began Franken as Read more here…

Note From Norm – A Failing House Of Cards

Minnesota DFLers, when confronted with Minnesota having one of the best health care systems in America, were stymied. The President of their party had successfully gotten one-party adoption of his signature health care plan, ObamaCare, shoved through Congress without a single Republican vote, signed it into law and was rapidly creating a vast government infrastructure Read more here…

Note from Norm – No Taxpayer Heroes

High drama is unfolding at the Minnesota State Capitol. DFL State Senator Tom Bakk, the architect of a $90 million swanky office building paid for with taxpayer dollars and DFL Governor Mark Dayton the architect of billions more in new taxes and state spending are fighting with one another. The issue isn’t over how to Read more here…

Notes from Norm: Step One- Oversight

News that House Republicans in Minnesota have created a subcommittee to provide oversight of the Metropolitan Council is a great step in the right direction. According to the Star Tribune, “The new Subcommittee on Metropolitan Council Accountability and Transparency will be chaired by Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines. Last October, Runbeck called the council an Read more here…

Notes from Norm – A Minneapolis Tax Revolt

The catalyst for my successful campaign for Mayor in 1993 was predicated on a singular event which took place at a “Truth in Taxation” hearing in which more than 1,000 St. Paul residents turned out to object to double-digit property tax increases. The people of Minnesota’s Capitol City weren’t opposed to paying their fair share Read more here…

Notes From Norm – The Cost And Effectiveness Of Government

From FY 2004 through FY 2014 the price of state and local revenues as a percentage of Minnesotans personal income fluctuated from a low of 14.7% in FY 2009 to a high of 16.2% in 2006. For FY 2015 through FY 2017 that percentage of personal income going to government will range from 15% to Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Build On Success With A Vision

The results of the 2014 election cycle was very, very good for Republicans throughout the country. In Minnesota, not so much. In 1984 Democrats sought refuge in Minnesota as their last remaining stalwart state. In 2014 Minnesota remained the outlier in national politics by re-electing Al Franken and Mark Dayton with healthy margins on Election Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Control Matters

Election Day is less than two weeks and while much of the focus has been on a U.S. Senate and Governor’s race in Minnesota, there is an equally important race taking place for control of the Minnesota House. Today, the DFL Party holds control of every single constitutional office in Minnesota. In addition, they hold Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Demand The Truth

On a warm summer day in July, Governor Mark Dayton said this when refusing to release the exchange rates for MNsure until after the November Election:  “I think they are going to be so badly distorted for political purposes that I don’t think they will shed any light for consumers.”   The very next day, Read more here…