“We just legalized a new definition of marriage and now they have to normalize it. How are they going to normalize it when those of us who have religion …. and are teaching our kids to follow a natural, normal order of things, how are they going to normalize it? They are going to have to normalize it through the school system. That same-sex marriage bill was just the precursor for what they really want. These students will be using a curriculum that is sexually explicit, morally offensive and physically unsafe.”—
Minnesota Child Protection League program director Mimi Anderson in her opposition to the bullying bill stalled in the state Senate
“They misrepresent their accreditations. They misrepresent their transferability of credits – they say they transfer when they don’t. They misrepresent job placement rates – they inflate them; they say that they’re much higher than they actually are, and they do the same thing with regard to starting salaries.”—
Attorney Scott Carlson, referring to for-profit colleges that have come under fire.
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“But this is a failure of stewardship writ large, in neon lights, at the national level. This is all about short-term tactics in the face of some of the most serious long-term issues we’ve ever faced as a nation. It was the heights of irresponsibility.”—
John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management, great-grandson of President William Howard Taft and grandson of Sen. Robert Taft
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’”—Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin
Archdiocese's priest pension-fund policy gives some abusers bigger checks than typical clerical retirees
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, however, has some special complications with its pension plan, sparked by recent sex abuse scandals and controversy over its handling of continuing “disability payments” to priests.
Among the recent revelations: The woefully underfunded priests’ pension plan has been stretched even thinner by the church hierarchy’s decision to classify some priests accused of abuse as disabled and grant them early retirement.
“The film really only depicts these kids as criminals, going after money, it doesn’t mention about the background of piracy. How did this happen? It didn’t happen overnight. The piracy was the reaction to a toxic-wasting, illegal fishing of corporations in that part of the world. So the movie completely ignores that part of the story. It’s the story told through the eyes of Captain Phillips; the movie is a very good movie, but the community is concerned about the lack of the background of the pirates of the story. That’s our immediate concern.”—
Omar Jamal, charge d’ affaires of the Somali Mission to the United Nations
Minnesota’s Tea Partiers, with their philosophy of free markets and limited government, are mainly Republicans, like [Jack] Rogers. Although he said there are parts of the state GOP platform the Tea Party doesn’t like, “I think the three strongest policies we support together are the right to work, voter identification and protection of human life.” [Jake] Dusenberg disagrees a little with Rogers, saying that the Tea Party avoids social issues like abortion and gay marriage.
Rogers is the president of the newly formed Tea Party Alliance in Minnesota. Dusenberg is its Executive Director.
According to a legislative scorecard distributed at a recent Tea Party meeting in Plymouth, the party opposes an increase in the minimum wage, “common core” curriculum in schools, unionization of day-care providers and, of course, MNsure and tax increases. The list of policies Tea Partiers support is shorter: construction of nuclear power plants and liquor sales on Sunday.
Officials say membership is growing, but Minnesota Tea Partiers are far less active than their national counterparts. The Minnesota Tea Party does not endorse candidates in Minnesota, doesn’t field candidates in state races and, despite claims by supporters, appears to have had little influence in state elections.