The candidate filing period ended: Jesse stayed out, so did Ciresi, but ex-IP head Jack Uldrich will give Dean Barkley a U.S. Senate primary run. AP’s Brian Bakst quotes DFLer Priscilla Lord Faris saying an unnamed DFL leader asked her not to file against Al Franken. Faris acknowledges Franken is right on the issues, but should lead Norm Coleman, and doesn’t. (One poll disagrees.) KTCA’s Mary Lahammer says Faris hadn’t done a press conference but “held up fine.”
More filings: At Minnesota Independent, oft-quoted political scientist David Schultz says Barkley (and presumably Uldrich) is primarily interested in getting 5 percent of the vote to keep the Independence Party’s major-party status. MPR’s Tom Scheck notes Barkley was “let go” from a bus company position. Somewhat weirdly, the Strib editorial page applauds Barkley’s late entry but chides Faris for running. The editorial anoits the “serious” Barkley as the nominee, ignoring the at-least-as-credible Uldrich.
Convicted wife-abuser Mark Olson didn’t file to retain his Big Lake-area Minnesota House seat after all, which probably hands it to ex-Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, the Strib’s Mark Brunswick reports. Among the legislative primary-challenge surprises: North Minneapolis DFLer Joe Mullary will face Park Board commissioner Jon Olson. School board member Peggy Flanagan backed away from challenging Mullary earlier this summer. The PiPress offers an east-metro list here.
A sitting state Supreme Court justice got a rare challenge, and a double one at that, the Strib’s Rochelle Olson writes. Newly minted Justice Lorie Gildea will face off against Hennepin County District Judge Deborah Hedlund and activist attorney Jill Clark. Hedlund says Gildea only had a couple of months’ experience on a county bench; Clark wants to publicize gubernatorial appointment issues. Gildea, an ex-Hennepin County prosecutor, says her selection wasn’t political.
Tim Pawlenty raised more money for John McCain’s campaign than any other VP hopeful, Minnesota Independent’s Paul Demko observes. Four Minnesotans are on McCain’s updated list of “bundlers” — those who round up big money from others. According to MPR’s Tom Scheck, Pawlenty’s “$500,000 or more” makes him the top local rainmaker. Ex-U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, the Freedom Club’s Marjorie Dean and U.S. West (Qwest?) manager Janice Unstead each brought in $50,000 to $100,000.
Ex-Minneapolis cop Michael Roberts pleaded not guilty to corruption for taking $200 from an undercover informant. He claims entrapment, the Strib’s James Walsh writes. Minneapolis chief Tim Dolan says the department doesn’t target black officers like Roberts. MPR’s Brandt Williams notes Roberts was one of MPD’s highest-paid officers — over 100K — but the magistrate certified him for a public defender. The PiPress’ David Hanners says Roberts has filed for bankruptcy three times since 1993.
Somewhat menacingly, KSTP forecasts a “battle between security and civil liberties” as activists ask the Minneapolis City Council to codify protester protections. City Pages’ Andy Mannix offers the fullest story: a council member wants to reinstate recently repealed prohibitions against rubber bullets, keeping security files on organizers and using pepper spray, among others. The cops say they don’t have rubber bullets or seize cameras. No word on file-making. The policy (PDF) is here.
Minnesota’s new transportation commissioner says despite the Legislature’s funding increases, there’s not enough money for several planned central Minnesota highway connections. KARE’s John Croman says there’s only about $10 million per year available for connections like I-94/Highway 10, out of the $660 million the bill produces per year. That’s because the funding stream mostly goes for repairs, not construction.
SimonDelivers’ 19,000 customers and 300 workers are bumming about the grocery-delivery service closing. There’s tons of media froth: Being killed by high food and gas prices is a two-fer hard to resist. Lunds/Byerly’s started a service two years ago, and a smaller service named Gopher Grocery wants to expand, says WCCO’s Heather Brown. MPR’s William Wilcoxen reports that Schwan’s delivery business is up.
Hybrid-owning Minnesotans can pony up another 11 grand for an extra-smug plug-in conversion. Prius-lovin’ Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced a program with auto magnate Denny Hecker, the Business Journal’s John Vomhof reports. Rybak’s carrot — aside from the enviro pub — is a north Minneapolis conversion facility if things take off, the Downtown Journal’s Cristof Traudes writes. Prius mileage soars to 70 to 100 mpg; a state program will rebate up to three grand. That makes payback four years if you drive 12,000 miles.
Bike traffic is up 30 percent in a year on Minneapolis’s Midtown Greenway, the Strib’s Steve Brandt reports. I thought it would be more. June daily traffic averaged 8,231 cyclists. That won’t empty the highways, but it’s something.
Minneapolis parkers rejoice: The city may soon install parking meters that can take credit cards and perhaps pay-by-cellphone, Brandt reports. I use one of the city’s rechargeable parking cards; it’s invaluable, even if an increasing number of faulty meters reject it.
Jakob Dylan says he never agreed to play for ag interests at the GOP convention, so there’s no way his dad Bob could’ve scotched the gig, the PiPress’s Tom Webb writes. Turns out Webb’s source for the original story didn’t have first-hand knowledge of the dealmaking.
Nort spews: Justin Morneau scored the winning run in the 15th as the American League triumphed 4-3. Hopefully, that means the Twins get home-field advantage for the World Series.