The 11-year-old kid who planted a nearly impossible hockey shot that apparently won him $50,000 … may not get the money. The Deadspin story says (in colorful, explicit language): “Little Nick and Nate Smith learned two valuable lessons about life. First, sometimes miracles do happen. From 89 feet out, Nate put a 3-inch hockey puck into a 3½-inch slot. But Nate also learned that insurance companies are the devil … (bleep) … At a charity hockey game in Minnesota last week, 11-year-old Nick Smith won a raffle. His prize? Statistically, almost nothing, since it’s a just a shade more possible than impossible to make that center ice shot that has entertained state fair and NHL intermission crowds for decades. But Nick wasn’t inside the arena when his name was called. So his twin brother Nate stepped up. … The insurance company is well within their rights, since the person who won the raffle wasn’t the person who made the shot, but c’mon — they want to use the money for college!”
The Boston Globe has a, shall we say, different view of our guy, T-Paw than many others. In an editorial, it writes: “Pawlenty was a credible contender. Unlike those who are showcasing their values and economic theories, Pawlenty built his campaign around people, working-class voters he called ‘Sam’s Club Republicans.’ In a field that is light in governing experience, he had spent eight years wrestling with a more liberal legislature in a state whose varied political passions mirror those of the country. Pawlenty wasn’t a perfect candidate — or even, necessarily, the best option for the GOP. That’s an assessment voters should make. Instead, he felt compelled to prove himself in a bogus forum and, when he lost, looked like a chump. It’s too bad, because he had more to offer.”
Minnesota has signed off on the deal that will squeeze Wisconsin kids attending school here $1,400 more per year. Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes: “Since 1965, Wisconsin and Minnesota have had a tuition reciprocity agreement that allows a student from one state to pay resident tuition rates at public universities and technical schools in the other state. More than 10,000 Wisconsin residents participate in the program. In recent years, Wisconsin has also subsidized tuition for those students so they pay the same amount in Minnesota as they would if they attended an equivalent University of Wisconsin school. For instance, Wisconsin this academic year is contributing $1,396 toward the $9,794 tuition charged to Wisconsin students attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Those subsidies will now end. Current Wisconsin students at Minnesota schools, as well as Wisconsin students who will go to Minnesota schools for the first time this fall, will receive the subsidies for the next five academic years. But students who start in the fall of 2012 will not be eligible. Wisconsin students who attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the future will see the biggest increase. This year, Wisconsin subsidizes those students’ tuition by $2,213.”
The Albert Lea Tribune editorializes on Minnesota opting out of No Child Left Behind: “Once upon a time, it was up to individual school districts and communities to set their own standards for education. That worked well enough in a pre-technology age when knowing how to read, write and do basic math, coupled with a working knowledge of history, set young people up for success. Today, the requirements for success are sterner. But trying to manage the process of education from Washington makes little sense. For starters, nothing managed from Washington is particularly efficient or successful. In the case of NCLB, addressing the complex and controversial issue of achievement testing with a blanket federal law seems particularly unlikely to produce good results.” Particularly if it’s inadequately funded.
With the tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair fresh in everyone’s mind, Steve Karnowski of the AP writes: “The Minnesota State Fair has standards to keep stages as safe as possible for concertgoers and performers, fair officials said Monday, but acknowledged the company that erects its temporary stages faces charges in Canada for a fatal stage collapse during a storm two years ago. … Staging and lighting company Premier Global Production, of Nashville, Tenn., oversees local union stagehands who set up the temporary stages according to written standards, [Renee Pearson of the Minnesota State Fair] said. Premier Global Production’s Canadian subsidiary was one of three companies charged in Canada late last month after a stage collapse during a fierce storm killed a woman attending the 2009 Big Valley Jamboree annual country music festival near Camrose, Alberta.”
Car dealer Jim Lupient has died. Says Neal St. Anthony in the Strib: “Ralph Strangis, Lupient’s friend and business lawyer for 40 years, said Lupient was a sharp, intuitive businessman who always played fair. ‘His personality was that of a salesman, but he had the attributes of a visionary businessman with the sense of what would work,’ Strangis said. ‘He was in cars, he invested in apartment complexes, horses, other deals. Not every deal was a great deal for him. I told him that he only liked one line on a purchase agreement. The line that said ‘buyer’ and where he would sign his name. But he fundamentally had good business sense and made good deals.’ “
An email from Scott Johnson of Power Line chided me for not seeing either of two posts on T-Paw’s departure from the presidential race. Johnson says both were up Sunday. Johnson wrote: “Bachmann’s attacks on Pawlenty during the Republican presidential candidates’ debate this week were almost entirely false and demagogic. Those of us who admire her can’t help but think less of her as a result. It is disappointing that Pawlenty proved unable to maintain his campaign all the way to the Iowa caucuses next year. If Bachmann is highly unlikely to secure the Republican presidential nomination, Ron Paul, the second place finisher, is even less so. Pawlenty’s chances with Iowa Republican caucus participants would have been better than they were in the straw poll event. But it is too simple to attribute the end of Pawlenty’s campaign entirely to Bachmann and the straw poll. The Pawlenty campaign started its downward descent from the moment he refrained from confronting Mitt Romney — in the first candidates’ debate — with the assault he had leveled against ‘Obamneycare’ on one of the Sunday morning shows when Romney wasn’t in the room. Pawlenty never recovered from that momentary failure of nerve, which is what it appeared to me at the time, though the calculation that went into it probably belies that characterization.”
His cohort, John Hinderaker, chimed in: “[T]he bottom line is that this year, at least, what Pawlenty was selling wasn’t what the Republican base wanted to buy. Fairly or not, Pawlenty was never able to get past the first impression of him as just another guy in a suit. Most conservative activists are looking for something different this year, and they saw Pawlenty as more of the same, a perception that was reflected in Pawlenty’s persistent failure to gain traction in the polls.”
Hinderaker adds in a later post: “Here in Minnesota, there is a web site called MinnPost that is funded by rich liberals. You haven’t heard of it, but it serves mostly as a home for former employees of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which has down-sized due to declining revenues. Brian Lambert, formerly a television critic for one of our local newspapers, is now a political reporter for MinnPost. He frequently quotes and links to this site, for which we would be grateful if MinnPost had more traffic and if his references to us were more accurate.” For my part, I apologize for apparently not scrolling farther down the site, and I’m flattered John cares enough to describe me, inaccurately, as a “political reporter” to all you rich liberals.