OLA Report on PUC

July 27th, 2020

Hot off the press from the Office of the Legislative Auditor, its report:

In short:

And it’s in the STrib:

Minnesota’s state watchdog agency dings utilities commission on dealings with public

What’s new in Portland? Federal court issued temporary restraining order late yesterday:

This has gone around for another TRO (or is it TKO?) first against the City of Portland police, and TRO was granted, then ACLU came back after the feds appeared and were also targeting journalists and legal observers. The hearing was day before yesterday, and yesterday late the TRO was granted:

The feds argued that they didn’t have standing for this suit, that they had other options for relief than a restraining order, that they had no direct evidence of retaliation against press, and other absurd notions, but the court blew those arguments out of the water.

This Order outlined the importance of press access, an essential 1st Amendment right, noting the importance of press “[w]hen wrongdoing is underway…”

“[I]ts real motive may be to prevent the gathering of information about government abuses or incompetence.” Well, DOH! Shades of tRump’s outrageous treatment of the press in D.C., but here extended to physical violence, arrest, bodily harm, directed at people wearing “PRESS” in bold letters, wearing vests and ID clearly labeled “PRESS,” visibly separate from protesters, doing their work, at times even directly and specifically attacked while filming!

Bottom line:

Minnesota Mask Mandate

July 22nd, 2020



PUC Freeborn Mtg 2-6-2020

July 21st, 2020

Here’s the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission “deliberating” and deciding to DENY our Petition for Environmental Assessment Worksheet. What a concept, environmental review of a wind project. It’s never happened in Minnesota, and 2,500+ MW of wind sited, sans wind specific criteria and rules. DOH!! PUC has actual and constructive notice that there are noise problems with wind. Another DOH!

REUTERS/Nathan Howard

The full text of the Senate NDAA amendment is available here.

The bill itself is labeled as “NDAA Crowd Control” on the pdf:

Who to call to get support for this?

Contacts – U.S. Senators

Contacts – U.S. Representatives

And contact your state’s Attorney General to join with Oregon in its suit against the feds. Mayor of Portland, and Oregon’s Governor and entire Congressional delegation tell them GO HOME! Friday, Oregon’s Attorney General sued (GOOD!).

Now we hear they’re headed to Chicago too! Milwaukee… Oakland… WHAT?!?!

The White House Comment line is CLOSED: (202) 456-1414 So call the switchboard (202) 456-1111.

Contact Attorneys General to join in and support Oregon, to keep them out of Illinois, and to keep them out of other states. Gotta stop this now.

CLICK HERE – Contact Minnesota’s Attorney General – Keith Ellison or use this web contact form!

CLICK HERE – Contact Illinois Attorney General

CLICK HERE – let Oregon’s Attorney General know you support Oregon’s standing up for states’ rights!

Where do you live? Contact your state’s Attorney General, ask A.G. to join in Oregon’s lawsuit and request for Temporary Restraining Order.

Just do it. Get on the horn… exercise your fingers! Whining and posting about does nothing — THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!