U.S. Representatives Hagedorn and Fischbach for their vote January 6, 2021, to disenfranchise voters in other states, do you support our democratic republic?

Representatives Steve Drazkowski, Jeremy Munson, Tim Miller, Cal Bahr, Eric Lucero, Mary Franson, Glenn Gruenhagen and Shane Mekeland, and Senators Mary Kiffmeyer, Mike Goggin, Andrew Mathews, Mark Koran, Bill Weber, John Jasinski, and Rich Draheim, who wrote to Texas A.G. asking that Minnesota be included in the Supreme Court challenge, and addition that would be asking to disenfranchise Minnesota voters, do you support our democratic republic? (click on name for contact info)

SHAME on MN Legislators wanting MN added to TX suit

U.S. Representatives Hagedorn and Fischbach both persisted in their attempts to disenfranchise voters in their objections to certifying the election results. This wasn’t about Minnesota voters, which is good, but how dare they work to disenfranchise ANY voters, and how dare they stick their nose into any other state’s voting process. HOW DARE THEY!

Rep. Michelle Fischbach (202) 225-2165

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (202) 225-2472

Statement from the Minnesota Bar Association:

Here’s the list of all of those objecting to certification of state election results:

SENATE

Cindy Hyde-Smith, Miss.

Cynthia Lummis, Wyo.

John Kennedy, La.

Josh Hawley, Mo.

Rick Scott, Fla.

Roger Marshall, Kan.

Ted Cruz, Texas

Tommy Tuberville, Ala.

And the HOUSE:

Adrian Smith, Neb.

Alexander X. Mooney, W.Va.

Andrew Clyde, Ga.

Andy Biggs, Ariz.

Andy Harris, Md.

August Pfluger, Texas

Barry Loudermilk, Ga.

Barry Moore, Ala.

Ben Cline, Va.

Beth Van Duyne, Texas

Bill Johnson, Ohio

Bill Posey, Fla.

Billy Long, Mo.

Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mo.

Bob Gibbs, Ohio

Bob Good, Va.

Brian Babin, Texas

Brian Mast, Fla.

Burgess Owens, Utah

Byron Donalds, Fla.

Carlos Gimenez, Fla.

Carol Miller, W.Va.

Chris Jacobs, N.Y.

Chris Stewart, Utah

Chuck Fleischmann, Tenn.

Clay Higgins, La.

Cliff Bentz, Ore.

Dan Bishop, N.C.

Daniel Meuser, Pa.

Daniel Webster, Fla.

Darrell Issa, Calif.

David Kustoff, Tenn.

David Rouzer, N.C.

David Schweikert, Ariz.

Debbie Lesko, Ariz.

Devin Nunes, Calif.

Diana Harshbarger, Tenn.

Doug LaMalfa, Calif.

Doug Lamborn, Colo.

Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Ga.

Elise M. Stefanik, N.Y.

Frank Lucas, Okla.

Fred Keller, Pa.

Garret Graves, La.

Gary Palmer, Ala.

Glenn Thompson, Pa.

Greg Pence, Ind.

Greg Steube, Fla.

Gregory F. Murphy, N.C.

Guy Reschenthaler, Pa.

Harold Rogers, Ky.

Jack Bergman, Mich.

Jackie Walorski, Ind.

Jacob LaTurner, Kan.

Jason Smith, Mo.

Jay Obernolte, Calif.

Jeff Duncan, S.C.

Jeff Van Drew, N.J.

Jerry Carl, Ala.

Jim Baird, Ind.

Jim Banks, Ind.

Jim Hagedorn, Minn.

Jim Jordan, Ohio

Jodey Arrington, Texas

Jody Hice, Ga.

Joe Wilson, S.C.

John Joyce, Pa.

John R. Carter, Texas

John Rose, Tenn.

John Rutherford, Fla.

Kat Cammack, Fla.

Ken Calvert, Calif.

Kevin Hern, Okla.

Kevin McCarthy, Calif.

Lance Gooden, Texas

Lauren Boebert, Colo.

Lee Zeldin, N.Y.

Lisa McClain, Mich.

Lloyd Smucker, Pa.

Louie Gohmert, Texas

Madison Cawthorn, N.C.

Mario Diaz-Balart, Fla.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ga.

Mark E. Green, Tenn.

Markwayne Mullin, Okla.

Mary Miller, Ill.

Matt Gaetz, Fla.

Matt Rosendale, Mont.

Michael C. Burgess, Texas

Michael Cloud, Texas

Michael Guest, Miss.

Michelle Fischbach, Minn.

Mike Bost, Ill.

Mike Garcia, Calif.

Mike Johnson, La.

Mike Kelly, Pa.

Mike Rogers, Ala.

Mo Brooks, Ala.

Morgan Griffith, Va.

Neal Dunn, Fla.

Nicole Malliotakis, N.Y.

Pat Fallon, Texas

Paul Gosar, Ariz.

Pete Sessions, Texas

Ralph Norman, S.C.

Randy Weber, Texas

Richard Hudson, N.C.

Rick Allen, Ga.

Rick Crawford, Ark.

Robert B. Aderholt, Ala.

Robert J. Wittman, Va.

Roger Williams, Texas

Ron Estes, Kan.

Ron Wright, Texas

Ronny Jackson, Texas

Russ Fulcher, Idaho

Sam Graves, Mo.

Scott DesJarlais, Tenn.

Scott Fitzgerald, Wis.

Scott Franklin, Fla.

Scott Perry, Pa.

Stephanie Bice, Okla.

Steve Chabot, Ohio

Steve Scalise, La.

Steven Palazzo, Miss.

Ted Budd, N.C.

Tim Burchett, Tenn.

Tim Walberg, Mich.

Tom Cole, Okla.

Tom Rice, S.C.

Tom Tiffany, Wis.

Tracey Mann, Kan.

Trent Kelly, Miss.

Troy Nehls, Texas

Vicky Hartzler, Mo.

Virginia Foxx, N.C.

Warren Davidson, Ohio

William Timmons, S.C.

Yvette Herrell, N.M.

Coup ATTEMPT… FAIL

January 6th, 2021

tRump is Toast — resign or you’ll be removed:

MOB STORMS CAPITOL, INFLAMED BY ANGRY TRUMP SPEECH

And C-SPAN Live via ALT-immigration

And Reddit, smashing equipment of media:

TRUMP HAS GOT TO GO — NOW!

We have got to bear down and keep at it, get to work.

PPSA Annual Hearing Report

December 30th, 2020

It’s out, the Administrative Law Judge’s report on this year’s Power Plant Siting Act Annual Hearing. The hearing this year was particularly frustrating, horrible turnout, and I’ve got a part in that, because I didn’t spend the massive amounts of time getting notice out to people, drumming up interest, so there is that…

Here’s the Report:

Here are a couple of documents to check out that I included with a written comment:

The story of utility personal property tax goes way back in Red Wing, in Goodhue County. When the latest round of tax notices, the 2021 Proposed Tax, were received, people were whining and crying, and when I asked them what they’d do different, NOT A SINGLE SUBSTANTIVE RESPONSE (“cut spending” is not a response, “VETO” is not a response. Let’s get specific here folks, what would you do different??). It also seems that people do not understand the impact of Xcel Energy’s tax cuts and how their cuts are heaped on US regular property owners!

While putting up some articles today that dropped from the heavens into this Legalectric repository, I ran across some old editorials that are a needed history lesson as people in Red Wing discuss property taxes. Red Wing Budget 2021 page! Here in Red Wing, we’re having to make up for the loss of the utility personal property taxes that our “good neighbor” Xcel has weaseled out of over the years. 20+ years ago, starting in 1995 just after NSP succeeded in its fierce lobbying effort to keep the plant open, they pulled the rug out from under Minnesota’s host communities, slashing utility personal property taxes in every way possible. The most recent episode of Xcel Energy cuts was 2018, done in secret at Dept. of Revenue, they gave Goodhue County, Red Wing, and the school district the finger once again.

Here, in chronological order, are those OLD editorials I found in this computer (click on them for a larger view). History matters.

This first one is particularly obnoxious, as Micheletti’s statement (he was then an NSP lobbyist) that utility personal property tax makes our rates higher is outright lie — our electric rates at that time were far lower than almost everywhere in the country!

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(he hates this, so gotta post it!)

And my take on it, after seeing Micheletti’s push, written because people seem to avoid identifying the root of the problem — Xcel screwing us over — was written just a week later, because Xcel is changing the host deal after the fact. They built the nuclear plant in this host community with an agreement to pay these taxes. Now they pull out of that agreement? I mean really, what are they going to do, take their nuclear plant and go? In 1994, they rallied the troops of Red Wing, Goodhue County, and all other host communities to storm the legislature by the busload “to preserve the tax base” and then starting in 1995, they focus their bigger than ever lobbying presence on eliminating that very same tax base. Yup, that’s how they rewarded their host communities. What a good neighbor. Here’s my response to (then) NSP:

And in the Red Wing Republican Eagle, a heads up to the community, long after NSP/Xcel had started, after the post 1994 taxes were slashed, cut, after NSP/Xcel eliminated so much of the utility personal property tax — and we residents had to take up the difference:

It’s hard to stomach anything from Tom Micheletti, who got his and Julie Jorgensen’s Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project and tens of millions of dollars (DNT Investigation – Excelsior Lobbying Cash Questioned) as a perk in the 2003 Prairie Island bill – Chapter 11, Special Session), with cash flow from state coffers for his bogus idea built into law:

We had to fight that IGCC (coal gasification) Mesaba Project bondoggle for over FOUR YEARS before the Public Utilities Commission finally said NO! Meanwhile, Tom Micheletti and Julie Jorgensen financed by millions from the state’s “Renewable Development Fund,” millions from the Iron Range Resources coffers (Iron Range Resources & IGCC take their lumps), and millions from Department of Energy Grants and Loans, giving him enough to retire in style. Boondoggle” is too nice a word for that scam.

Ten years and $41 million later, ‘clean coal’ plant still vapor

Is it any wonder I’d holler seeing Julie Jorgensen, Dennis Egan, and Mark Andrews teaming up trying to get a solar project going in Red Wing? AAACK!

Three Musketeers? Three Stooges?

History is important… facts matter!