Recent content from D.J. Tice
The charter amendment doesn't defund police, supporters say. But defunding is about the only thing the current charter prevents.
I've been reading the 168-page PDF of Minnesota's proposed new standards (and you can, too). Here's how I interpret them in context.
Cops' critics — as well as cops — face more scrutiny. And politics is as bogus as ever.
The views of the Supreme Court's conservative justices appear to break into two camps, and the views of Democratic politicians appear to be ... changeable.
A central fact of our political era is that America's overheated electorate can't make up its mind.
Research shows both the benefits and the costs of policing fall especially on Black communities.
The Peace Officer Grievance Arbitration Roster is up and running.
We must strive to respect the rule of law, even though our politicians don't.
So did its subject.
Even, as puzzling as it may be, when it's a lousy law.
Actually, a comparison from the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence tells a more complicated tale than what we usually hear.
With the stimulus bill, it's Democrats' turn to perform without a net.
The presumption of innocence is strained amid public passions and pronouncements.
It doesn't make a one-size-fits-all adjustment comfortable.
Taxes incentivize people and businesses to change their behaviors, which is important when we consider who will pay in the end.
They've been a 'public nuisance' since the republic's founding.
Our cumbersome system did its job under pressure, but it's now clear that the veneer of civilization is thin.
Record-smashing dollars flowed into this year's election, but it seems that it does less than expected to sway the minds of voters.
America needed to jettison this president, but happily it did it without empowering the leftist fanaticism threatening to stampede.
Court packing evasion shows that the Democratic nominee is more weak than woke.
In his talks at the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Elmo, the Rev. Ed Sthokal sparked many thoughts. But there was one in particular.
Some justices just aren't malleable. What's more, they endure.
A string of politically charged 5-2 rulings suggest a state court separating into ideological blocs, a bit like a certain court in Washington.
America's culture war rages on.
The second-guessing labor arbitration system makes it hard to discipline or fire problem officers, and it's been this way for decades.
A school of thought worth attention considers what state governments spend compared with what they can afford.
Both Second Amendment and gun-control purists want more from a U.S. Supreme Court that has given them only the middle ground.
It's past time for a cost-benefit test on our current plan.
It's reawakened Democrats to the value of democratic process.
Aspects of the Trump resistance begin to look just as troubling.
The magic of the market, in a chain reaction.
The trouble with putting courts in charge of schools is the effect on courts.
Even in democracy there can be too much of a good thing.
A prolonged impasse might offer the best way for us to move on.
Today it's tweets, but once we were moved by tight phrases built to last.
Rebirth of "partisan press"may make political, business sense, but hurt U.S.
Lessons for a wealth tax, and a related lesson for Minnesota.
We can't be sure. But plainer language will aid clear thinking.
Those overseeing the field have a high-minded approach to relatively low ambitions.
It's one way among several that our country has normalized instability.
The latest Kavanaugh kerfuffle further demonstrates blurred lines and loosened standards.
With wedding video case, this state contributes to the process.
The Democrats find grist in the Ferguson story, but not the whole story.
History and a new study show the trade-offs, but politicos can't resist the allure of big promises.
Now-detested policies were a response, people seem to forget.
Useful context from the Congressional Budget Office.
Nearly half of fired cops are reinstated. That's not alarming?
What a repair suggests about health care, education costs.
There is a busman’s holiday quality in George F. Will’s scholarly new reflection on American conservatism. Perhaps the most distinguished political commentator of his generation,…
David Pence, a Mankato physician and teacher, was a tireless voice for Truth as he knew it — and he reckoned with a truth of his own.
Not every occupation needs a license, the state is realizing.
With Twins on top, I recall my (nonconcurrent) glory on the mound and at Met Stadium.
When the left thinks (or not) about impacts on businesses and consumers, tariff-taxes terrible. Tax-taxes totally cool.
The questions of the past aren't as simple as our era assumes.
Amid heartbreaking evidence in the Mohamed Noor trial, that remains the key question.
It's that entrusting government to investigate itself isn't a good idea. We need openness.
Stung by two recent elections, Democrats favor that path. But that's not what the Founders favored, with sound reasoning.
His work, under great pressures, shows we are indeed a nation devoted to the rule of law.
Here are some national benchmarks for Minnesota to ponder at budget-making time.
Legislators have become emblems of factions that are transforming American politics.
Each solution has a catch, so for now the roulette game goes on.
An aging population is the force behind many policy pressures.
That seems to the view of the Minnesota Supreme Court, public interests aside.
Finland gave it a test run. The results were "disappointing."
Make that direct democracy, where undisciplined factions make compromise solutions difficult to reach.
Chronic users are likely to bear the brunt of the costs, and be most vulnerable to potential problems.
A marvelous event 50 years ago, in days of high anxiety, offers a reminder.
Maybe the rich-poor gap is not as yawning as thought. So much depends on inputs and definitions.
How best-laid solutions on border security, family leave and drug-abuse prevention all backfired.
Disdain for unhelpful judges is positively ... presidential, and politically trendy, to boot.
A retreat at which we pondered riddles of faith shows the staying power of spirituality.
Study finds a higher minimum is helping in Seattle after all — but there are complications.
Overturning Citizens United would be a cure worse than the disease.
Can consistent principles explain inconsistent verdicts?
Traveling west, I found our eclectic country rich with common ground.