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Kevin DaVore
DeVore Comments on Tom Petters “Post-Plea Bargain”
By Rob Lawson
December 17, 2013

Tom Petters Appeals his sentence for a multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme, alleging that he was never informed of a plea bargain offer.

(PRWEB) December 11, 2013

Convicted fraudster Tom Petters entered an unusual plea at an appeal hearing last month. Petters allegedly claims his original defense team never informed him of a plea bargain he was offered, but defense lawyer Kevin DeVore says the argument has little chance of succeeding.

Petters was busted in 2008 for masterminding a vast $3. FULL STORY

Reverse Racism: Definitions, Beliefs, Attitudes
October 17, 2013

CONTENT SUBMITTED BY LUKE EXCEL, PROSAIC MINDS LLC Just another typical Tuesday, I found myself scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. Between the complaint memes of the new "Miley Cyrus Movement," and of course, the daily diaries exposing the horrors of preteen love stories, I came to find the ... FULL STORY

Video Log: 5 years ago - What has changed?
By Rob Lawson
March 16, 2013

I have spent a number of years now covering politics and street level protest and now focusing on online dissent as well. This video was shot during the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the State Capital of Minnesota. Videos posted by Anonymous reveal how things have gotten worse ove... FULL STORY

Rich People Get Big Welfare Checks
By Rob Lawson
July 8, 2012

Here is what I want to know - and this question goes out specifically to those so called "right wingers": Why is it okay for rich people to collect welfare, but not okay for the poor and middle class? I think at this point, we all know that the government is bloated beyond control, with entit... FULL STORY

From The Editor
By Rob Lawson
June 27, 2012

Old Folks Need to Act Their Age. I'm nearly 28 years old, and for a long time I've wanted to talk about this, but I wanted to wait until I had properly formed my argument in a sensitive way. I have found no such way to do this. So screw it, here goes. I'm getting sick and tired of people betwe... FULL STORY

Drug Offense Penalities Do Not Fit Crime
By Rob Lawson
June 9, 2012

Remember that old adage, "the punishment should fit the crime"? I've been a pretty staunch critic of the drug war for several years now, and recent cases in Minnesota have illustrated that the government continues to follow misguided policies on drug use and distribution. Take for instance that t... FULL STORY

Community Needs to Support Each Other
By Rob Lawson
November 3, 2011

It is so obvious how the Occupy movement has spread so quickly. It gives people the feeling of empowerment through their despair to feel part of something, in this case something big -- the 99 percent. The 99 percent feel screwed over. Betrayed, abandoned and used, then tossed aside to be more pr... FULL STORY

Mapleton PD Seeks Public Discussion
By Rob Lawson
February 9, 2012

From the City of Mapleton: Do you have a topic you would like the police department to post information about? (Once you are on the City of Mapleton website in the police section, you will need to click on the question to get the link to give a suggestion or ask a question.) http://www.ma... FULL STORY