Notes From Norm

Notes From Norm – MNsure’s Worst Is Yet To Come

MNsure, the junior high equivalent of ObamaCare, has been pronounced a success by Governor Mark Dayton and nervous DFLers up for re-election this fall. One can understand why they hope Minnesota voters will pay closer attention to their words than the facts. In an Editorial from the Pioneer Press, some of the truth about challenges Read more here…

Notes From Norm – A Seriously Bad Senator For Minnesota

There are 60 good reasons why Al Franken is bad for Minnesota. In the interest of time, though, here are just a few. Since he has been in the U.S. Senate the size of the U.S. debt increased from $11.9 trillion to nearly $18 trillion today. That means my share of the federal debt (and Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Context

DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk defended the building and pointed out what he considers a flaw in the poll. “The SurveyUSA question fails to provide context to respondents,” – Tom Hauser, KSTP The context that Bakk refers to is a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll that shows 68 percent of Minnesotans disapprove of a taxpayer funded $89 Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Giving Back What We Took from You

When Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL Senate and House raised taxes on Minnesotans by $2.1 billion in 2013, to fix a $600 million dollar shortfall they radically proclaimed they had secured a mandate from Minnesota voters to spend money. It should come as no surprise that, upon learning they had landed upon a $1.2  Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Memorial Day still matters

I know that may sound like an obvious sentiment but as we enter the Memorial Day weekend, with our official celebration of the national holiday on Monday, I thought it worth reminding all of us Memorial Day still matters. It has to still matter. It has to matter that more than a million American men Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Defining Tough Decisions

The Star Tribune reported the DFL controlled Senate rolled out a $1.116 billion construction bill that focuses “…new money for higher education and economic development initiatives.” DFL Senator LeRoy Stumpf who serves as Chairman of the Senate Capital Investment Committee which made the recommendations said,  “We had to make some tough decisions on a number Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Tax Freedom Day Is Election Day

Tax Day is like a long overdue trip to the dentist.  You know you need to go in but you’re dreading it every single step of the way until the day of your appointment. Unlike the dentist, though, paying your taxes – especially in Minnesota – doesn’t exactly leave you with a feeling of relief Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Plugging Your Ears With Government

If you want to know whether or not the Minneapolis City Council has truly lost its mind, then take a look at the Nanny State mentality that’s bound to make it even harder for business to create jobs. An article from the Star Tribune with this headline, Ordinance requiring free earplugs moves forward in Minneapolis, Read more here…

Notes From Norm – 90 Million Ways To Support Girls In Minnesota

As a proud Dad of an adult daughter I am often reminded of the challenges that girls and young women still face in a male-dominated society.  Nowhere is this more obvious than in the area of education, specifically in areas such as technology. I read with interest a story that was reprinted in the Pioneer Read more here…

Notes From Norm – Fitzsimmons

Last week I had the distinct honor and privilege to introduce Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at the recent Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Minneapolis.  Jindal is a solid conservative who understands that we must appeal to a broad spectrum of Republican ideas and opinions if we are to be a majority party in the future. In my Read more here…