Friday, November 30, 2018

The right move

This would seem to be a logical move, but this is the National Football League we're talking about.

The Chiefs have released star running back Kareem Hunt, a decision that came after video surfaced earlier Friday that showed him shoving a woman earlier this year.

The team announced the move Friday night, just after the NFL had announced that Hunt had been placed on the commissioner's exempt list.

A similar situation occurred 4+ years ago when video footage surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancee, literally knocking her out. Before that, the allegations of physical violence was known but the Ravens chose to retain Rice. But as also with Hunt, Rice was released once video evidence was made public.

In the Rice situation, the Ravens weren't exactly taking a bold stance. Despite a solid first five years of his career, Rice's production took a nosedive in season six, which ended just months before the incident with his fiancee. The organization obviously felt it wasn't worth enduring the public relations backlash to keep a talented player but one who looked to be regressing. However, as a rookie in 2017, Hunt was the NFL's leading rusher. This season he was on pace for over 1,700 yards from scrimmage before being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. Despite that, the Chiefs organization felt that Hunt's lack of candor was a bridge too far.

"Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt," the Chiefs said in the statement. "At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue. As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."

I imagine if Hunt fulfilled whatever legal sentence may have been handed down, thus resulting in the possibility of Commissioner Goodell removing him from the exempt list, he may have had a chance to resurrect his career. And he still might, but it won't be with Kansas City.

As with most anything in life, a lie about (or attempted cover-up of) a crime results in more severe consequences than the crime itself.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018


The last U.S. Senate race of the 2018 cycle was decided Tuesday evening as Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Dem Mike Espy. This GOP victory now gives the party a 53-47 majority in the Senate, up two seats from the previous Congressional session.

Upon Hyde-Smith's victory, many media headlines made allusions to "racial controversies," specifically a reference she made to a public hanging. While Hyde-Smith apologized for the remark which she insists was said in jest, invoking such an event was doubly inappropriate given the state's history of racial strife as well as her opponent being a black male. As such, Hyde-Smith's win isn't celebrated as the first woman to be elected a U.S. Senator in the state but rather as Mississippi "returning to the 1950s" or something.

However, if she were a Muslim Democrat while being a raging anti-semite? Such a victory would be lauded as historic......while completely glossing over the anti-Israeli sentiments of course.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXVI

- Conservative commentator Jesse Kelly warned a few months ago that Twitter's banning of Alex Jones set a dangerous precedent. I wonder if he had any inkling at the time that his presence on that social media platform was in peril.

Twitter did not explain what rules Kelly violated, or if there was a specific tweet in question.

Kelly’s account was initially suspended from Twitter on Sunday with no notice or explanation from Twitter.

It's been pretty obvious that Twitter is selective in its enforcement over which accounts should be suspended on grounds of "content violation." And hey, that's not necessarily a bad thing. If a business venture is hostile towards conservatism and thus wants less of it in its platform, I prefer to be told right up front as opposed to all the obfuscation.

As such, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has some 'splainin to do regarding his vehement denials under oath that his company considers political affiliation when enforcing policy violations.

- As of today, President Trump is a vulnerable incumbent entering the 2020 election cycle. However, never underestimate the Dems to blow this by putting up as their nominee someone in the motif of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or going all Weekend at Bernie's by trotting out Hillary Clinton again.

But if someone like, say, an Amy Klobuchar is the Dem nominee??? Let's just say the party could do orders of magnitude worse.

- The left and mainstream media (pardon the redundancy) continued their knee-jerk contrarian ways when President Trump, prior to the midterms, was sounding proverbial alarm bells over the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico. Not only do leftists oppose Trump on pretty much everything he says/does, they convey their opposition in a hyperbolic manner.

As we now know, Trump appears to be vindicated in echoing concerns that the caravan looked to storm the U.S.-Mexico border. And once again, the left's hyperbole resulted in all sorts of rhetorical self-inflicted wounds.

The latest once again puts the left’s radicalism on display. It’s not just that Immigration and Customs Enforcement should be abolished, the liberal thinking goes; border agents shouldn’t be permitted to defend themselves from an aggressive rabble.

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz wondered on Twitter if the use of tear gas violated the Chemical Weapons Conventions (the answer is an emphatic “no,” and he deleted the tweet). Rep. Barbara Lee of California described the gassing of “women and children” as an atrocity and called for United Nations inspectors. Progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the migrants to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.

All of this rending of garments came despite the fact that the tear gas was directed at the adult males who led the charge. Never mind, too, that similar crowd-control tactics were used at the border during the Obama administration, and cops use tear gas during disturbances involving US citizens all the time.

Trump has been wrong to portray the migrants as inherently threatening; the overwhelming majority just want a better life. But Americans have the sovereign right to decide who does and doesn’t come to this country, and it’s legitimate to demand an orderly, lawful process.

If any significant portion of the caravan gains entry, it will send a message that large-scale movements of people are better than small groups. This could lead to even more pressure at the border — no matter how much it will be dismissed by the same people who insisted the caravan would never arrive at the border.

So if indeed there are larger groups storming the border in the future, the leftist narrative will pivot seamlessly from "the caravan has no intention to cross into the U.S. illegally" to "ZOMG, WHY ARE YOU WING NUTS DENYING FAMILIES A BETTER LIFE?!?!?!"


Monday, November 26, 2018

Minnesota sports rarity

A University of Minnesota Gophers football victory over the Wisconsin Badgers has been pretty rare over the past 25 years. But to prevail in the same week as a Vikings win over their Wisconsin counterparts? Has that ever happened?

Well, I did some research and it turns out that such an occurrence took place the same season of the last Gophs win in Camp Randall (before this past Saturday of course). It was 1994 when the Vikes beat the Packers on a Thursday night game on October 20, 1994 at the Metrodome. Two days later, the Gophers defeated Bucky on the road.

So Minnesota football fans witnessed something this past Saturday & Sunday which hadn't occurred in nearly a quarter century. Not a bad way to cap off a holiday weekend!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Axe is back!

I would look back at my previous blog posts to see how I commemorated the last time the Minnesota Gophers football team defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, but this blog is only 14 years old.

Yes the Paul Bunyan axe, which is the traveling trophy between the two rivals, is returning to the U of M campus thanks to a 37-15 Gophs win in Madison. In addition to snapping a 14-game losing streak to Bucky, the Gophers also won at Camp Randall for the first time since 1994. 

How inexplicable is this win? Just three weeks ago the Gophers surrendered 646 yards and 55 points to a pitiful Illinois team. I literally have zero explanation for this turnaround over the past few weeks, so I'm just going to savor this win. 


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Gunter gleiben glauchen globen

My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg are pulling the old switcheroo this weekend as I will be broadcasting on the 1280 this afternoon. The 2-hour extravaganza gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

No guests scheduled today, so we'll be rehashing a lot of local and national political news from this past week, including elections finally being called in Florida and Georgia. On the local scene, Gov. Mark Dayton was away from St. Paul for almost six weeks yet the local media expressed little curiosity.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #NARNShow or "Like" our Facebook page.

Until then.....


Thursday, November 22, 2018


If the Rodgers family ever got together for a Thanksgiving meal, this would make for one of those obligatory tense gatherings.

Jordan has vented his frustrations before about how bro Aaron has blown off the family. However, I'm not sure how Jordan blasting this to millions via Twitter is going to expedite any kind of reconciliation.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Kap capped

With a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Alex Smith, the Washington Redskins football club signed Mark Sanchez to backup now starting QB Colt McCoy. Sanchez, age 32, has not played in more than two years and put together (to be charitable) pedestrian numbers when he was a full time starter with the New York Jets (2009-2012).

When a free agent QB signing has occurred over the past two seasons due to injuries/ineffectiveness of an NFL team's current signal caller, the knee-jerk reaction by many sports scribes and SJWs is to perpetuate the outrage over Colin Kaepernick's unemployment. And while I am typically ambivalent over Kaepernick remaining unsigned, I must admit that the Sanchez move is a head-scratcher. Not only has Kap seen action in an NFL game more recently than Sanchez, he is also a year younger. In addition, Kaepernick has flat out said that he is willing to accept a backup role. Naturally, we can all ascertain as to why he's still out of a job.

Natalie Weiner at SB Nation provided multiple quotes from NFL owners, GMs and coaches citing how they believe Kaepernick should be playing and indeed still has something to offer on the field. However, such sentiments ring hollow given he hasn't even been granted a workout since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2016 season.

Let me emphasize that I absolutely do not believe teams should be compelled to sign Kaepernick. But the fact he isn't even getting a look would seem to indicate that Kap's playing ability (which, again, many with influence over personnel decisions are lauding) remains a distant second to the uneasiness surrounding his activism.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The rest, as they say, is history

This tweet was posted seven (?!) years ago today.

Aside from a 2-1/2 year stint (December 2015 thru June 2018) where I was on 2-3 PM, I have been the sole owner of that Sunday time slot on the 1280 ever since. It's been a fun and interesting ride, yet there's no stop sign in front of me as yet.

Here's to seven more!!


Monday, November 19, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXV

- This had to happen.

Florida's most embattled election official is resigning, effective January.

After drawing more criticism than anyone in the state during the -- at times -- messy recount that unfolded in Florida following Election Day, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Scott.

"Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch," Snipes wrote to Scott. She asked for her resignation to be effective Jan. 4, 2019.

Upon witnessing the stunning incompetence unfold in real time just days after Election Day, even the left-of-center editorial board at the Sun Sentinel conceded that Ms. Snipes had long overstayed her welcome.

Now that the outcomes are settled, Florida looks incredibly desirable for more than just retirees. I tell ya, if I wasn't so damn averse to insufferable humidity......

- It's been announced that the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, which occurs every April, will not be having a comedian perform at the 2019 gala.

Many would argue that there wasn't a comedian present at the 2018 affair either.

- Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas): The hero America needs but probably doesn't deserve.

Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.), one of three Democrats facing off with Crenshaw, argued on "Face the Nation" that Trump is "literally" attacking the press with his inflammatory rhetoric.

“I would argue that our president is consistently disruptive…and I would argue that he treats [the press] with disrespect,” she said.

Crenshaw (R-Texas), a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye in a 2012 IED attack, quickly refuted Houlahan's remark.

"I've literally been attacked. Let's chose our words carefully," Crenshaw replied.

This appearance comes a week after he showed a tremendous amount of grace and dignity when accepting the apology of Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, who mocked Crenshaw's physical deformity a week prior.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

I know what you're doing, I see it all too clear.....

Another Sunday where the Vikings do *not* have a Noon start, so I expect huuuuuge numbers of folks tuning in live to the Northern Alliance Radio Network today. The 2-hour bonanza of The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

In the first hour I'll be looking back at some of the bigger national news stories, including how the Dems may have pulled of a blue wave after all. Also, we'll look back at how the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seemed to take issue with the Trump administration strengthening....uh....civil liberties. 

In the 2:00 hour I will be joined by Rob Doar, political director of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. We'll discuss how the DFL-controlled MN House is making "gun control" its top legislative priority and how 2nd Amendment advocates can best push back. Also, Rob is not happy with the Republican Party of Minnesota aiding and abetting the push for "gun control" prior to Election Day.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #NARNShow or "Like" our Facebook page.

Until then.....


Thursday, November 15, 2018

I'm not crying, you're crying


What might have been, indeed.

I often wonder if leftists, knowing what they know now, would be OK with Barack Obama losing reelection in 2012 to Mitt Romney if it meant no President Trump. I betcha Bill Maher would take that deal if he could.

Here's what Maher said just prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Regardless, I still pray fervently for this country.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018


In an open race for the Arizona Senate seat formerly occupied by Republican Jeff Flake, a winner has officially been declared. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema emerged victorious over GOP candidate Martha McSally by just less than 2%.

After that result became official, Flake reacted via a tweet.

Keep in mind that Flake was one of a few Republican senators who openly feuded with President Trump. And since McSally was viewed (rightly or wrongly) as someone who would rubber stamp Trump's agenda, I suspect Flake's accolades for Sinema are in part a trolling of POTUS.

To put in modern political warfare terms, Flake is lauding a person who called their home state of Arizona a "meth lab of democracy" to own the POTUS.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018


It's always a blast being part of the Up and at Em' podcast with Jack Tomczak and Benjamin Kruse and Soon2BeCatLady Leanne Sandusky.

While I've been a "third wheel" on this show myriad occasions, Tuesday morning was the first opportunity I've had to be in this role with the revised cast.

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Anyhow, we covered a variety of topics, so feel free to indulge in the latest episode entitled Mayor for Whozeefritz, Minnesota (just tune in by clicking here).


Monday, November 12, 2018

Joey Baseball calls it a career

In an emotional Monday morning press conference, Minnesota Twins legend Joe Mauer called it a career after 15 seasons with his hometown team. I believe Mauer will wind up in the baseball Hall of Fame one day, it's just a question of whether he'll be a first ballot HOFer.

If you grew up in St. Paul (like I did), you likely weren't more than a few degrees separation from a Mauer (In fact, Joe's great-uncle Ken Mauer, Sr. was my English teacher when I was in 10th grade). With Joe being among the third or fourth generation of Mauers to dominate the St. Paul sports scene, he took it to another level. Not only was he the #1 overall pick by the Twins in the 2001 baseball draft, he also had a full ride scholarship offer to play quarterback at Florida State University.

I'm not certain I can put in to words what Mauer meant to me as a Twins fan. All I know is he was the best pure hitter I ever saw don a Twins uniform. Is he the best player in Twins history? I dunno about that, but baseball wonk Aaron Gleeman laid it out last month as to why Mauer is, minimum, in the top five of all-time Twins greats.

I had an opportunity to catch most of Joe's farewell speech, including the entire Q&A session with media members. A lot of talk occurred about highlights of Joe's career, specifically being the only catcher in American League history to win a batting title (he won three from 2006 to 2009), as well as his MVP season of 2009, his six All-Star Game appearances, the fact he was able to become a gold glove caliber first baseman after a 2013 concussion derailed his ability to play catcher, 2,000+ career hits, etc.

Yet when asked what he's most proud of in this storied career, Mauer said it was his grandparents only missing about a dozen of his home games in 15 years. That right there tells you everything you need to know about Mauer the person.

To say he'll be missed is an understatement.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

There is so much at stake, seems our freedom's up against the ropes....

With the Vikings on a bye this week, it's a perfect day to settle in and listen to this post-midterm election edition of The Closer. The 2-hour blitz starts at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll spend much of the first hour discussing the election results at a national level, including how the state of Florida is once again at the epicenter of recount controversies. 

Then in the 2:00 hour I will welcome local political observers Preya Samsundar and Jeff Kolb to discuss the GOP getting shellacked in Minnesota. 

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #NARNShow or "Like" our Facebook page.

Until then.....


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Putting things in proper perspective

It was the summer of 2009 when Jennifer and I met a gal named Karlys. It was after a political rally at the MN State Capitol when a number of us gathered at a St Paul pub to decompress and talk about how to navigate through this new Barack Obama presidency. We met a lot of new people that day but happened to be sitting at the same table as Karlys, who was in town from Rochester. We had an extended chat with her and found her to be quite delightful. Jen and I ended up becoming friends with her on Facebook where we were able to remain in touch.

Over the next several years, we maybe saw Karlys in person a handful of occasions but always had a lot to talk about given she too was a believer in Jesus Christ. Then it was about 2014 when I noticed she started going by the name "Kari" on Facebook. I was curious about the name change, so I figured I would ask next time we saw her.

When the 2014 Republican Party of MN convention was taking place in Rochester, Kari noticed on FB that Jennifer and I would be attending. She reached out via text message asking if we would like to meet her for dinner upon arriving in town. We pinned down a venue and ended up have a lovely 2-3 hour visit just catching up on life, etc. I then asked Karlys why she was now choosing to go by the name "Kari." She simply stated that, while being a professing Christian, she didn't feel as though she was giving all of herself to Jesus. As such, the new name "Kari" represented her renewed commitment to Christ. I thought it was incredibly heartwarming that she thought enough of her relationship with her Creator that she would take such a step to ensure others would also inquire of the change. Definitely an effective witnessing method.

That June 2014 evening was the last time we saw Kari in person. I would text her every October over the next few years to send birthday greetings to which she always replied with gratitude. For some reason, I missed her birthday last month.

As I was perusing Facbook last week, I noticed some mutual friends were sharing a CaringBridge site regarding an automobile accident involving Kari. On the morning of Friday, November 2, Kari was walking within a crosswalk near the Mayo Clinic (where she was an employee) when she was struck by a car traveling approximately 40 MPH. Kari was thrown 20 feet, resulting in severe injuries from which she would never recover. The following Monday, Kari's family made perhaps the most difficult decision imaginable by choosing to remove her from artificial means of breathing.

Perhaps the most poignant moment of Kari's saga was shared via video from her brother Kendall. It was footage of Mayo personnel wheeling Kari to the operating room one last time so she could donate her organs.

Words can’t really describe what taking this walk was like - after we had a chance to pray, share memories, and let everyone know the one thing my sister would want everyone to know - that she is with her creator joyfully in awe of Him - we walked with her to the elevator to say goodbyes. When the doors closed, she went into the operating room to give generously all she had left.

The line of all the co-workers the entire way singing Amazing Grace completely caught us by surprise and totally blessed us! It’s that amazing grace we’ve been given through Jesus that strengthens us so we can offer grace to others.

In one last show of grace, the family also conveyed a message to the driver of the car which struck and killed Kari.

“We would want the driver to know that we understand that Friday was the worst day of her life, as well, and we can't imagine what she's going through and just the guilt and weight that's on her shoulders. We would like her to know that we love her, and that God's grace is offered to her just as it's offered to us, and that we forgive her."

Upon witnessing the incredible grace and dignity shown by Kari's family, despite their emotional anguish, it really tempered any disappointment I may have felt over my preferred political party getting shellacked in my home state last Tuesday. I will be forever grateful for God's perpetual grace by allowing us to achieve peace and comfort which transcends all understanding.


Friday, November 09, 2018

Can't win in the arena of ideas, so.......

In the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election (specifically the debacle in Florida), Hugh Hewitt wrote a book entitled If It's Not Close, They (meaning Dems - ed.) Can't Cheat. 

As of Tuesday evening, GOP statewide candidates Ron DeSantis (governor) and Rick Scott (US Senate) both had leads of less than 0.5%. As such, it feels like 2000 all over again given the shenanigans afoot in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

NRO Editor Charles C.W. Cooke (himself a Florida resident) is on the case.

I keep seeing national journalists insisting that Florida must “count every vote!” And, frankly, I’m completely perplexed as to why, given that nobody is suggesting that the vote-counting should be halted. On the contrary: Rick Scott is suing Broward and Palm Beach counties not because he wants them to start trashing good ballots, but because they are failing to release the information that they are obliged to release under Florida law. Scott’s demand is for transparency, not for closure, and, in the case of Broward, it’s being made against a county that is notoriously incompetent and a commissioner who has already been found in violation of state and federal law, who has a habit of destroying ballots, and who is already under state supervision. The Washington Post says that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Aren’t we all supposed to agree?

Florida election law requires that:

(b) The canvassing board shall report all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results to the Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close. Thereafter, the canvassing board shall report, with the exception of provisional ballot results, updated precinct election results to the department at least every 45 minutes until all results are completely reported. The supervisor of elections shall notify the department immediately of any circumstances that do not permit periodic updates as required. Results shall be submitted in a format prescribed by the department

Neither Palm Beach County nor Broward County has followed these rules, which has led to widespread confusion and mistrust as the vote totals continue to be updated without anyone knowing the context, sources, or scope. That is the problem here — not some imaginary injunction to stop counting votes.

Unlike 2000, Republicans are more mobilized this time around to combat this behavior.

I don't know about you, but I have absolutely zero interest in re-living that nightmare from 18 years ago. What's worse is the revisionist historians are now out in full force regarding what happened in Bush v. Gore. God help us all.


Wednesday, November 07, 2018

MN battle lines drawn?

I don't have much to add to the Election Day 2018 post mortems. However, it's becoming apparent here in Minnesota that first ring suburban Republicans are becoming about as rare as their urban counterparts.

My friend Rob Doar provided visual evidence in the aftermath of the DFL seizing control of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Now, is this indeed the beginning of a long-term trend or are some of these House seats merely "swing districts?" I know President Trump's approval ratings are tanking in the upper Midwest, so this election cycle could merely be a reaction to that.

Regardless, eternal vigilance is required if Republicans are ever going to snap their statewide losing streak (12 years and counting).


Take heed, Minnesota

I believe former NYC mayor Ed Koch said it best: "The people have spoken.....and they will be punished." 


Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Election Night broadcast

Be sure to tune in to AM 1280 The Patriot's election night coverage, beginning at 8:00 PM Central Time tonight.

Mitch Berg & I will be poring over and analyzing all the returns from local & national races. And it's pretty much a certainty we'll be joined throughout the night by myriad candidates, politicos, etc.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis")

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #NARNShow or "Like" our Facebook page.

Until then.....


Election 2018 prediction

The 2018 midterms are upon us!

Will there indeed be a "blue wave" or will team red hold firm? You know where my heart resides but I will do my best to share predictions based on what I believe (not hope) will happen.

Minnesota Governor:  This is the second go-round for GOP candidate Jeff Johnson as he looks to win this open race against CD1 Congressman Tim Walz. I believe Johnson would be a fantastic governor but, unfortunately, his campaigning has once again left us wanting. Meanwhile, the fraudulent Walz is getting cover from a friendly MN media for essentially admitting he tamped down his "progressive" chops to continue to be reelected in a swing district like CD1.

I underestimated Johnson in the primary, as he scored a resounding double digit victory over the well-funded Tim Pawlenty. Can he pull of a similar upset in the general? My gut tells me it'll be about a 4-point Walz victory but I'd be far less shocked if Johnson pulls this off than I was when Donald Trump was elected President in 2016.

US Senator from MN: Incumbent Amy Klobuchar has been overwhelmingly elected to two terms. While GOP opponent Jim Newberger is a solid candidate, his woeful lack of money prevented him from reaching the masses with his message. That, and Klobee has the reputation of being able to work across the aisle despite her voting record saying something completely different. Klobuchar reelected to a third term by about 15-20.

US Senator from MN (special election): This is an open race thanks to the resignation of Sen. Al Franken last year. My friend Karin Housley has run a tireless campaign against interim senator Tina Smith. While I would love to see Karin prevail, she's never held a lead in this race though she's been within striking distance at times. I would absolutely love to be wrong here but I say Smith ekes out a 3-5 point win.

Secretary of State: Steve Simon will defeat Republican challenger John Howe.

Auditor: This is an open race featuring Republican Pam Myhra and DFLer Julie Blaha. Myhra has the advantage here in that she's a CPA, a former state legislator and previously a Lt Gov candidate (she was Marty Seifert's running mate in the 2014 GOP primary). She even earned the endorsement of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a rare feat for a statewide GOP candidate. This is one race where Republicans have a chance to break their 12-year statewide losing streak. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it'll happen with a Myhra victory!

Attorney General: A Republican has not been elected MN AG since 1966 (Douglas Head, who only served one term). Thanks to the Dems trotting out the deplorable Keith Ellison (not even the Strib would endorse him) to be their candidate, this office also has a legit shot to break the GOP doldrums statewide. I say Doug Wardlow gets it done with a narrow win!

MN House: The Republicans currently hold a 77-57 majority, their largest in over a decade. I believe the GOP advantage will shrink somewhat, but not by any more than 5 seats.

MN Senate: The GOP has held a scant 34-33 majority the past two legislative sessions. However, Republican senator Michelle Fischbach resigned her seat earlier this year, so a special election is taking place in Senate District 13 given the full Senate is not up again until 2020.

Jeff Howe has represented 13A in the MN House for six years. DFLer Joe Perske dubs himself a "zealous moderate" who is pro-gun and pro-life.

At the end of the day, whomever wins this race determines which party has the majority in the Senate and on its committees. While Perske may be the equivalent of an urban Republican, is there any doubt whom he'd support to be Senate Majority Leader if having to choose between Tom Bakk and Paul Gazleka? Howe has won his House race by an average of 24 points in each of his three contests. He's a known commodity in what is a solid red senate district, so he should prevail by 10-15 points.

MN Congressional District 1: Is the third time the charm for Republican Jim Hagedorn? He lost to incumbent Tim Walz by less than 1% in 2016, so it would appear the R-leaning district is ripe for a pickup now that Walz is gone. Dem Dan Feehan has closed the gap of late making this race a "toss up." I say Hagedorn squeaks by with a narrow win.

MN Congressional District 2: It's a rematch of 2016 with Republican Jason Lewis being opposed by Dem Angie Craig. Lewis prevailed by a shade less than 2% two years ago, but one could argue that was in part due to Paul Paula Overby siphoning off close to 8% of the vote. Craig is re-litigating the 2016 campaign by taking Lewis's radio show comments out of context and using them as attack ads while doing little to tout her own credentials. She has also decried exorbitant money in politics while shamelessly accepting huge donations from the likes of Bloomberg-affiliated gun grabber organizations. While this race is being projected as "Leans Dem" I have faith that CD2 voters will see through Craig's cynical ploy and look at Lewis's accomplishments. I say Lewis barely wins reelection.

MN Congressional District 3: Five-term incumbent Erik Paulsen is in jeopardy here since he's used this campaign to distance himself from President Trump as well tout his "common sense" "gun control" proposals. The former will not earn him the love he desires from proggies and moderate Dems in what is becoming an increasingly blue CD. The latter has alienated perhaps one of the more dedicated and effective political demographics in the state (i.e. MN shooters).

Dem challenger Dean Phillips may be an empty suit but it's an expensive one. As such, he may have purchased himself a House seat here with the tremendous amount of personal wealth he's infused into his otherwise vapid campaign. Sadly, I see this seat as a Dem flip.

MN Congressional District 4: God bless Republican Greg Ryan as he makes his second run at the shrill and unaccomplished Betty McCollum. Unfortunately, Betty still wins by 20-plus. 

MN Congressional District 5: Current MN House member Ilhan Omar is the Democrat in this race being opposed by Republican Jen Zielinski.

Omar loathes Israel, has used campaign funds from her MN House account for personal reasons and has left more questions than answers regarding allegations she once married her brother in an effort to commit immigration fraud.

But if you're a Dem in CD5, you're pretty much bulletproof. Omar wins comfortably.  

MN Congressional District 6: The reddest district in the state sees Republican Tom Emmer easily reelected to his third term in the U.S. House.

MN Congressional District 7: This CD is nearly on par with the Sixth in terms of being a strong Republican area. Despite that, 14-term incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson continues to be reelected. Republican challenger Dave Hughes got within 5 points of Peterson in 2016, so he decided almost immediately to take another crack at this. Recently the web site Real Clear Politics change this race from "Leans Dem" to "Toss Up."

I believe Hughes has momentum on his side, so I'm going to call this a GOP flip!

MN Congressional District 8: The DCCC pulled out of this race a couple of weeks ago to intensify its efforts in holding on to CD1 and flipping CD2. They too must be convinced Republican Pete Stauber will defeat Dem Joe Radinovich in what is an open race. That means this would be only the second time in seventy years that a Republican wins CD8. Stauber prevails by about six.

US Senate: Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage and are defending only 9 of 35 seats up for election.

In North Dakota, incumbent Dem Heidi Heitkamp has been dead woman walking for some time now. A Kevin Cramer victory puts the GOP advantage at 52-48. That means the only way Dems take control is if they flip three Republican held seats. The one path they have to do so is win open races in Tennessee and Arizona as well as oust incumbent Dean Heller in Nevada. But I believe they only get one of those, which would put the Republican majority back at 51-49.

Democrat incumbents are also very vulnerable in Missouri (Claire McCaskill), Florida (Bill Nelson) and Indiana (Joe Donnelly). Montana's Jon Tester and West Virginia's Joe Manchin have also seen their reelection prospects receive a serious challenge. I'll say the GOP takes 2 of those 5, putting them at 53-47.

There's also been talk of surprise Republican wins in what are typically Democrat strongholds of Michigan, Minnesota(!) and New Jersey. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the GOP snags one of those.

Final prediction: Republicans achieve a net gain of three seats, putting their majority at 54-46.

US House: With Republicans currently holding 235 seats (plus 5 vacancies previously held by the GOP), the Dems need to flip 23 in order to attain a majority. According to Real Clear Politics, there are 15 GOP held seats in either the "Likely Dem" or "Leans Dem" category (Whereas there are only two Dem seats in Leans/Likely GOP). And of the 33 "toss up" races, 28 are held by Republicans. Unfortunately, the math just isn't in the GOP's favor.

I'm going to say Democrats wrest control of the House with a 25-30 seat gain.

As always, happy voting!


Monday, November 05, 2018

Sending an arsonist to put out fires

The Democrat party is in the worst shape it's been in nearly a century when it comes to volume of elected officials. The decimation largely occurred over the time frame of when a certain community organizer from Chicago was occupying the White House.

In 2009, President Obama’s party controlled both chambers of 27 state legislatures. Eight years later, Democrats control both chambers in only 13 states. Among the states that slipped from Democratic control are Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa and West Virginia; states key to the victory of President-elect Donald Trump (in November 2016). According to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Democratic Party has lost a net total of 13 Governorships and 816 state legislative seats since President Obama entered office, the most of any president since Dwight Eisenhower.

The Dems' solution? Send out said community organizer to stump for candidates in key Senate and gubernatorial races, all the while coming off as a bitter demagogue.

That oughta reverse the party's fortunes, eh?


Sunday, November 04, 2018

I said to my reflection "Let's get out of this place".........

It's the final Northern Alliance Radio Network broadcast before the 2018 midterm elections, so we're making it count on today's edition of The Closer. Today's 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

We are honored to be joined by the following:

1:00 - MN Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow.

1:30 - Legal analyst Hans A. von Spakovsky, who will be on to discuss the debate over birthright citizenship being codified in the 14th Amendment.

2:00 - Pam Myhra, candidate for MN Auditor.

2:15 - Congressman Jason Lewis, who is seeking reelection in Minnesota's Second Congressional District.

2:30 - Dave Hughes, GOP candidate in Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

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Until then.....


Saturday, November 03, 2018

Leftists: petulant children

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Democrats cannot be civil with Republicans until Dems regain power.

Proggie actor James Cromwell warns of "blood in the streets" if Dems don't attain a majority in the U.S. House this election cycle.

San Fran Nan Pelosi has said the toning down of heated rhetoric will only occur if Democrats prevail.

There are many more examples, but this much is certain. Leftists have all but promised that unless they get their way, their abhorrent behavior will continue and in some cases be escalated. Aren't kids put in "timeout" using that kind of rationale?


Friday, November 02, 2018

None of the above

The Minneapolis Star Tribune's editorial board has made its decision on whom they believe should be Minnesota's next Attorney General.

The Star Tribune Editorial Board cannot recommend either Republican Doug Wardlow or DFLer Keith Ellison, both of whom are too partisan to hold a statewide office wielding immense power and in which the public’s trust is so vital to its mission.

Well, kudos to the Strib for recognizing that Ellison is too partisan for the office. This is obviously no secret given that he vowed to maintain his position as deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as use the AG's office as an extension of the "resistance" against President Donald Trump. But Wardlow is too partisan? Really? I mean, we know he has very conservative views given his one term in the MN House nearly a decade ago. But he is an active attorney with a strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution, so I guess I can see how leftists may interpret that as "too partisan."

At the end of the day, this non-endorsement is much more damaging to Ellison, especially since during his 12 years in the U.S. House the Strib was willing to look the other way regarding domestic abuse allegations against him, ties to the nutty Louis Farrakhan, etc. But a single seat in Congress isn't nearly as impactful as a statewide Constitutional office, so the stakes are much higher here. Either that, or the Strib editorial board didn't want to be tied to someone who could very likely be the first Democrat to lose a statewide election in Minnesota since 2006.

Regardless, I would guess the Wardlow camp believes the Strib non-endorsement is in and of itself a positive nod to their campaign.