Tom West

So the Minnesota Republican Party issues a press release announcing how offended it is that Sen. Al Franken recently held two road cones to his chest as if they were female breasts. Really. Is that the biggest issue they can come up with? Does anybody realize that the race between Franken and Republican challenger Mike […]

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Seventh District Judge Steven Cahill survived a primary election challenge by three attorneys. No surprise there. The three challengers split a majority of the votes. Kenneth Kohler got the nod to run against Cahill in November. It wasn’t surprising because in Minnesota election of judges is designed to all but guarantee the re-election of incumbents. […]

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As gardeners go, the Secretary of Agriculture at our house and I are nothing close to Master Gardeners. She has a small plot, about 10 feet by 30 feet, of which half of the acreage is taken up by raspberries. She does about 99 percent of the work, since my outdoor job is to keep […]

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In nine days, voters will cut the number of Morrison County sheriff candidates in half. Other contests are on the primary ballot ranging from the county auditor-treasurer to the Republican governor and senator and the DFL auditor races. However, as former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local,” and […]

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Major League Baseball’s All-Star game was played in Minneapolis 12 days ago. I watched because it is the only professional all-star game that is truly competitive. Pitchers and hitters don’t want to embarrass themselves. It isn’t like that in other sports, where all-stars suddenly forget defense when the elite get together. As your enterprising investigator, […]

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Later this month, I will be joining my siblings at the family plot in a southern Minnesota cemetery to bury my dad’s ashes. He died two years ago, gave his body to medical research, and we have recently received the ashes back. It will be a quiet, little ceremony in which we will also honor […]

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On Friday, we will be celebrating the 238th anniversary of the United States’ experiment in self-government. It was an experiment then, and it remains so today, perhaps even more so. In many ways, we are testing the rule of law and the limits of self-government. When an increasing number of citizens decide to shoot up […]

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Last week, the political world was rocked by the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. In spite of outspending his Tea Party opponent Dave Brat 40 times over, Cantor lost to the political newcomer. The spin doctors said that the major issue in the race was immigration, and that Cantor was in […]

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Minnesota’s Republicans and Democrats decided to confab simultaneously last weekend, the Republicans in Rochester and the DFL in Duluth. As near as one could tell, neither side shot itself in the proverbial foot. Republicans had the greater opportunity to do so, being the party out of power. All the DFL had to do was re-nominate […]

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