10 Things I’d Like to See in 2019 Minnesota

Legalize Marijuana – Legalizing marijuana serves several real life purposes. First, it reduces the unnecessary incarceration of people for a comparatively minor offense. Second, it reduces some of the African-American disparities in those incarceration rates. Third, it gives people with chronic pain a reasonable alternative to opioids. Fourth, it provides an economic boost for agriculture.  […]

The cost to our conscience : Trump, Lee, and Enzi ignore Blue Water Vets pleas (while Blumenthal vows to carry on regardless of Trump Shutdown)

The MN Political Roundtable has written many commentaries advocating for veterans health care as they, and their families, confront the impacts of Agent Orange … and with President Trump mantra — “I don’t think anybody’s been more with the military than I” — and a Republican-controlled Congress, this was the 115th Congress that would provide […]

Will Congress Forego Bonus Payments During Trump Shutdown ?

President Donald J. Trump has promised to “take the mantle” and be “proud” for funding lapses during the latest government shutdown. And that funding lapse has caused some “image” concern in the political class. And as in the past, some Members are already alerting their constituents that they are requesting that their pay be withheld. […]

The Wall

The rhetoric that seems to follow this convoluted wall discussion gets crazier by the day.  And now the entire functioning of government is being held hostage for wall funding. Let’s remember how we got here. Candidate Trump insisted throughout the campaign in 2016 that he would build a wall and GUARANTEED us that Mexico would […]

Suicide : Emmer’s Hype and Trump’s Failure

You’ve heard his words before … As a candidate for President, I promised to make reforming the VA one of my absolute highest priorities. In every generation there have been heroes like them, patriots who answer the call to serve, who do whatever it takes, wherever and whenever we need them to defend America.  They […]

Sometimes ‘I Don’t Know’ Is Just A Right Answer

I don’t know. Sometimes that is the correct and proper answer to some questions. We always want to know what we can, but to substitute what you want to be the answer, as the real one, is often divisive and foolish. Take abortion for example. Some religious people are certain they are correct – that […]

Taxpayer Money or Erik Paulsen Christmas Gifts ?

For over a decade, there was a constant refrain from Minnesota’s Third District Congressman, Erik Paulsen … the need to restoring Fiscal Discipline to Washington You deserve a government that spends its money as wisely as you do. Washington needs accountability, transparency, and more leadership to get our country’s fiscal house in order. For too […]

C’mon Mueller – Indict Already

It hasn’t been two years yet and already I am suffering from Trump fatigue. The constant stupid tweets. The incessant trade wars. The drone of insults for everybody. Each and every day there is something new. And I suspect Robert Mueller has been overwhelmed with the crimes and conspiracies. But where will it end? How […]

Legalizing Weed

In regards to legalizing marijuana, I would like to discuss this statement from Majority Leader Paul Gazelka…. “It’s important to consider the many negative consequences that come with legalizing recreational marijuana,” Gazelka told the Dispatch in a statement. “Car accidents and addiction rates have increased in states that have legalized it, health care costs are […]

Khashoggi, Refugees, Guest Chaplain Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff and Trump

Guest Chaplain, Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Retired Chaplain, U.S. Navy, Washington, DC opened Tuesday’s House session with the following observance : Almighty God, we pray, reflect, meditate in different ways, but unite in condemnation when hatred rears its ugly head. On this date in 1945 we helped convene a court in Nuremberg, proclaiming some actions […]