Back in the bad old days, heretics were burned at the stake. Long-shot/no chance Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Carney Jr.’s feet are probably feeling the heat after his Strib commentary, “GOP Purge:It’s Ridiculous,” which not only rips the party, uh, brain trust for shunning the likes of Dave Durenberger, Arne Carlson and Al Quie for not supporting Tom Emmer, but also suggests — good lord, man! — tax increases to relieve the deficit: “[W]hen Quie introduced tax indexing during the last severe recession, the immediate consequence was to increase a recession-driven deficit. Quie reluctantly accepted temporary tax increases. We should consider doing the same in the next legislative session.Returning to the 1998 income tax rates would add $1.6 billion in revenue — and no Minnesotan would pay more than an additional 1 percent in taxes. Add a $1.4 billion savings from continuing the K-12 funding shift, and the 2012-13 deficit shrinks by about half. Cutting from there will be painful, but possible.” Dude, you can’t be protected if you keep this up.
For his part, Quie, now 87, isn’t exactly broken up by the shunning. Cathy Wurzer and Curtis Gilbert of MPR report: “Quie … doesn’t agree with the party’s decision, but he’s not worried about it, either. As a practical matter, he hasn’t been involved in party affairs for years, beyond attending his local precinct caucus. Still, he doesn’t think it’s a good idea for the party to punish dissenting voices. ‘If they’re upset at us, I really don’t blame them. I’ve been upset at Republicans who didn’t support me,’ Quie said. ‘But what they are doing is refusing to listen to people who have an opposite view, and that’s necessary in a party.’ ” Some parties perhaps, but not the current Republican one.
Here’s your chance to live with the cool kids. The Business Journal’s Jim Hammerand reports on a 216-unit “resort-style” condo announced for the Uptown neighborhood. The developer, Brent Rogers, indulges in some unfortunate verbiage about target clients when he says they are “successful, busy people that have some disposable income but are short on time … They are serious about their careers but also want the ability to exercise, socialize and relax without having to get in the car and go somewhere else. We think they will choose Flux for its resort atmosphere.” So why am I thinking frat boys doing head stands on kegs of Corona?
The sister of the suspect who killed a young mother and her two small children while fleeing the State Patrol called KARE-TV to plead her brother’s case. Jana Shortall files, saying: “[Rufus} Victor’s sister called KARE 11 Monday morning because she wanted to speak about her brother and apologize to the Thomas family. She said her brother isn’t the monster this crime would make him out to be. ‘My brother loves children and that is why he is hurting now. He never, never in a million years thought this would happen. He is not a murderer. He did not try to do that,’ she said. She did not want to use her name to protect her 6-year-old son who she says is devastated by what happened at the hands of his uncle. The sister did not excuse her brother’s actions, nor did she deny his 11-year criminal history. She said she just wanted to make it known to the public that he too is a person loved by his family and that his family, the Victor family, is devastated by this crime as well.”
There’s been a big cocaine bust in Duluth. Bob Kelleher at MPR reports … from Duluth: “Police say they’ve arrested six individuals following an investigation led by the Lake Superior Drug and Gang task force, which set up drug buys by informants. Five have been charged in St. Louis County District Court, while a sixth is held on a warrant from Cook County, Illinois. With the arrests police confiscated five handguns and ammunition, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs, in addition to several vehicles and a large amount of currency.”
Talk about righteous, the Badger Herald, the U of Wisconsin’s student paper is outing fellow students for scalping Rose Bowl tickets. After running a long list of names, the paper writes: “Wisconsin had 5,800 student tickets to sell. They went up for purchase on uwbadgers.com at 9 p.m. Sunday and were sold out by 9:20 p.m. The above students had the nerve to put their Rose Bowl tickets up for sale on Facebook Marketplace within two hours of tickets selling out. Face value was $150. Some were trying to get the tickets for more than $400 a pop. Truly, there is a special place in Hell for people who buy Rose Bowl tickets with the sole intention of profiting from them. It is entirely unfair to those who actually love this football team and were counting on a cheap face value ticket in order to make the trip to Pasadena an economic reality. We’ll keep printing names of those we catch on Facebook marketplace. And feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of anybody whose name should be added to the list — particularly the 100 people who have already made a listing on Craigslist.” Boy, that’ll make for some awkward encounters on State Street.