The future of Social Security, a son's tribute to his child-protector mom, Music Man Murray, life and the human-powered airplane, and Tim Pawlenty season is underway.
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The latest Aurora forecast says there might be more Northern Lights visible low on the horizon tonight.(1 Comments)
Today's report showing month-to-month home resale values declining again in the Twin Cities and the country at large has led to a startling analysis by the guy that designed the monthly study.
"We don't have any real story that could lead to another boom like we had earlier in the century," said Robert Shiller, who co-founded the Case-Shiller survey.
In an interview with the Wall St. Journal today, Shiller sounded little but despair.
"Psychology matters," he said. "I don't know if home prices will go up anytime soon."
On CNBC, another analyst said there "really are no bright spots" here.(3 Comments)
With a thin 68-to-63 vote, the Minnesota House of Representatives this afternoon approved a bill preventing public employees and governments from extending a union contract beyond the point at which it expires.
Under the legislation, which I described here when the Senate approved a similar measure last week, the contract terms could not be extended if it would provide a wage increase to an employee, or an increase in the state's insurance contributions.
The bill is aimed at Minnesota state workers who have worked without a contract for more than 10 months.
Some Republicans have claimed the state labor unions are slowing negotiations, hoping for a more labor-friendly House and Senate in November's elections.
"This is a situation where the unions have the advantage in the negotiations," said Rep. Steve Drazkowki, R-Wabasha, the bill's author. "In our public employee contracts, we have automatic reauthorization of the contract terms going forward, coupled with step and line increases and COLAs of the old contract. If the old contract had salary reductions or health insurance reductions in it, it'd be the unions coming to us to ask for this provision."
But another Republican, Rep. King Banaian, R- St. Cloud, says some state workers -- he cited faculty unions at St. Cloud State University -- will be punished for a situation not of their making. Banaian, a professor at the university, said one colleague told him he fears he won't get a raise he's waited six years to get.
"For members of smaller unions, we have to wait for our contracts to get settled, until the bigger ones get settled. We don't necessarily have a lot of control over when we get to settle. We have to wait 'our turn.' We've been working without a contract for nine months. We're still waiting. This person has earned the promotion, and even if all of us sign that, this person -- six years of work -- will not be recognized unless other people decide to settle their contracts before us."
"You're going to see more strikes... that will take years to heal," Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Lake, said. "Think of your small rural communities... and ask yourself, 'is it good policy to have residents of my community to have less income or more income with which to purchase goods and services from local businesses?'"
But Drazkowski said since the last state worker contract expired, extension of contract provisions has cost the state $140 million in "unnegotiated increases."
Gov. Mark Dayton is not expected to sign the legislation, and the closeness of this afternoon's vote shows there aren't enough votes to override a veto.
The trial of Amy Senser, charged with running down a motorist on an I-94 ramp and then driving away, is already shaping up to be a minefield for the journalists covering it.
Today, prosecutors showed photographs of Anousone Phanthavong's body at the scene of the crash.
The Star Tribune story, some readers insist, played it from the angle of Senser as victim.
The newspaper isn't allowing comments on its Senser stories. If it had, they might well mirror those on Facebook...
"Money. Power. The 'drama' of a poor rich white woman on trial. Even the media can't help but enjoy playing into it. Gross," local journalist Molly Priesmeyer said on her Facebook page.
How should it be played? Straight.
Based on the Star Tribune's story, either of these would work:
Other drivers easily saw flashers of hit-and-run victim's car
911 call: "I'm pretty sure they're dead"
Witnesses in Senser trial say they didn't see how accident happened..
Maybe those don't capture the "color" of the moment. But in a case packed with this much emotion, they don't have to.