Mud-flinging Meister Karl Rove is stooping to new lows, demonstrating once again the insecurities that shiver through the Republican Party as the 2016 presidential election draws closer. Rove, long-time Republican political strategist and fundraiser, was a senior advisor to President George W. Bush. He is now a contributor to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek magazine. Rove’s despicable
by Judge Frank Kundrat “What do you do as a judge?” I’ve been asked that question many times. The answer is “many different things.” I serve as a district-court judge. My position is also commonly referred to as a “trial-court judge.” My fellow Minnesota district judges and I are based in the various county courthouses. District judges preside over cases
Everyone dreads these words: “It’s too late.” Those words are dreadful when it comes to cancer diagnoses, blasted chances for plans and, last but not least, scientific warnings. Someday, that winter vacation to Florida will become impossible unless you and the family want to go scuba diving in a place where Florida used to be. Someday, Manhattan will be a
Last Sunday afternoon, when I boarded a Northstar railroad car in Minneapolis, I thought for a split second I’d entered a railroad time machine from The Twilight Zone. As I walked down the aisle of the nearly empty car, there in front of me sat a man reading a newspaper with a big front-page headline about Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, as a veteran, I am enraged. I am enraged 40 veterans have died waiting for treatment at a VA facility in Phoenix and we are now hearing there may be more, many more. I am enraged some 400,000 veterans are waiting for their promised benefits. As an American citizen I am enraged by the callous and sometimes lethal disregard
The trial in Little Falls of Byron Smith in late April was very disturbing, but there are lessons to be learned from it. Smith was convicted of shooting to death two teenagers (male and female cousins) who were in the process of burglarizing his home just north of Little Falls. The jury took only three hours to make up its
A rope that was too long led to the abolition of the death penalty in Minnesota. A convicted man, 28-year-old William Williams of St. Paul, had shot to death a 16-year-old boy with whom he’d reportedly had a two-year sexual relationship. He then also killed the boy’s mother. Williams and the boy had met in St. Paul when both were
Despite terrible crimes like the slaughter of children at a school in Connecticut, nothing gets done about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. At the very least, an iron-clad law addressing criminal background checks could have been passed, but because of enormous lobbying efforts by gun-manufacturing interests it was not. Currently, some members of the U.S. Congress are