Choices on Crime and Justice by Malcolm Gladwell, Council on Crime and Justice SCHIP override fails by Jeff Fecke, Minnesota Monitor The House of Representatives narrowly failed to override President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. Minnesota’s delegation strongly supported the override, but the vote failed, 273-156. The vote required 286 votes, or 2/3 of the total, to pass. Lucky Dube Shot Dead! by Edwin Okong’o, Mshale Media reports from South Africa indicate that reggae icon, Lucky Dube, who less than two months ago performed at Afrifest in Minneapolis, was gunned down in a carjacking in Johannesburg. He was 43. NEW IN BLOGS Homeland Security swipes Death Cab guitarist’s hard-drive by Paul Schmelzer, Eyeteeth
NEW IN VOICES My Minnesota: What the heck are you doing to MY Minnesota? by Myles Spicer, Minneapolis Labor Review Well, the bittersweet news is out. Minnesota is no longer in the “Top 10” of tax burdened states. But, I urge you to hold your applause. As the old saying goes: “be careful what you ask for…it might come true.” And that’s what has me uptight. As a proud third generation Minnesotan, I am alarmed, resentful, and concerned about the agenda drawn by these low tax/no tax folks. Why? Quite simply, they are stealing MY state. OUR state. The one we have grown to love and respect. And, I deeply resent it. Nor, will I let them do it without a fight.