As legal strategies go, I thought the “repressed memory” tactic had been filed away long ago. But apparently not. The MPR story by Conrad Wilson says: “The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear a case Monday to determine if repressed memories can be used in a church sexual abuse lawsuit. If the case moves forward, the decision could lead to more sexual abuse lawsuits going to trial. The lawsuit, filed by James Keenan against the Archdiocese of Minneapolis & St. Paul as well as the Diocese of Winona in 2006, alleges he was sexually abused by a priest named Thomas Adamson sometime between 1980 and 1982. By filing a lawsuit decades after the incident occurred, Keenan’s claim falls outside the statute of limitations. Under Minnesota law, individuals can bring a lawsuit within six years of turning 18-years-old or when they knew or should have known about the abuse. According to his lawyer, Jeff Anderson, Keenan didn’t initially remember the incident. ‘He suffered as a youth and then repressed the memory of the abuse and only in 2002 did it surface, and then brought this action,’ Anderson said.” There’s an interesting precedent to be set here.
The GOP-controlled Senate’s money problems get another going over from Tim Pugmire at MPR. He writes: “[T]he Minnesota Senate also must take aim at their budget, which must shrink by $2.1 million. That means cuts in the Senate’s $43 million biennial operating budget could come soon, and likely will include some staff layoffs. The Senate’s budget is shrinking because last summer’s budget agreement that ended a state government shutdown required the Minnesota Legislature to share in the belt tightening. The deal forced the Senate to trim its operational expenses by 5 percent over the next year and a half. A Senate Rules Committee meeting scheduled last month to address the budget issue was postponed in the wake of Republican Sen. Amy Koch’s resignation as majority leader. Koch’s replacement, newly-elected Republican Majority Leader Dave Senjem of Rochester, said the reductions will also include some health care cuts, bringing the total to about $2.7 million. Senjem has not yet detailed how he’ll approach the cuts, but he said since most of the budget goes toward the salaries of 194 employees, the solution will have to include some job losses.” Which is further proof, I guess, that “government doesn’t create jobs.”
Speaking of … Megan Boldt of the PiPress writes: “The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has launched an investigation into possible reporting violations by the state Republican Party, a local watchdog group said today. Common Cause Minnesota filed a complaint with the board last week asking them to look into several alleged campaign finance infractions. The Minnesota GOP is reportedly $2 million in debt, including $415,000 in past obligations party officials failed to disclose. The group received a letter today from the campaign finance board dated Jan. 6, saying the complaints would be investigated, said Mike Dean, executive director of Common Cause Minnesota. The investigation probably won’t be complete until the board’s March meeting.”
A story for the Forum papers by Ann Dalrymple says colleges and university up north are finally seeing the advantage of cooperating, as opposed to competing: “About 20 campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have formed a northern Minnesota alliance to better serve rural parts of the state. Minnesota State University Moorhead President Edna Szymanski said the campuses are working together in ways they never have before. ‘We all know that it can’t be any longer about our institutions,’ Szymanski said. ‘It has to be about our regional economies and how to better serve our students.’ Presidents of the institutions will meet today in St. Paul to begin their discussions. Anne Temte, president of Northland Community and Technical College, said the two-year college presidents want to bring four-year degrees to their communities.”
Who out there remembers Kalley King? Well, the former KSTP-TV anchor has a new gig. MinnPost coverage is here, and The Washington Independent reports: “Kalley King Yanta, a former anchor for a Minneapolis-based television station and an anti-abortion-rights activist, has joined the Minnesota for Marriage group to anchor videos intended to convince Minnesotans to vote for the anti-gay-marriage amendment on the ballot in 2012. The videos — and Yanta — have come under immediate scrutiny. ‘The Minnesota Marriage Minute videos are an exciting opportunity to promote a respectful dialogue about the future of marriage in Minnesota,’ said John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage, in a recent statement announcing the videos. ‘We especially want to thank Kalley Yanta, a veteran former news anchor and devoted mother for volunteering her time to make these important videos’, said Helmberger. … Yanta launched her new project with Minnesota for Marriage on Pastor Brad Brandon’s “Word of Truth” radio show on Wednesday. ‘This is a big deal,’ she said of the anti-gay marriage amendment. ‘People need to really pay attention to this.’ … Minnesotans United for All Families, a coalition of more than 100 groups, analyzed the images in the first video released and determined that not a single person in the video was actually from Minnesota. ‘While this video is full of stock images, it is strangely lacking in real Minnesotans,’ the group said on its Facebook page. ‘Perhaps they couldn’t find any real Minnesotans willing to support their divisive agenda?’ One image appears to have been taken by a French photographer of a French family, and another is being used on the website of an India-based health-care center. Most of the images were purchased through low-budget stock-photo websites.” So, you know, like, really pay attention.
The PiPress’ “Political Animal” blog has Sen. Morrie Lanning saying the Arden Hills stadium site is not dead: “The lead House lawmaker on the Vikings stadium issue disputed media reports over the weekend that quoted anonymous sources saying the Arden Hills site is unworkable. ‘I don’t know what the source of it is,’ said Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, on Monday. ‘They haven’t said it to me. As far as I’m concerned this is still very much an open question,’ he said. He said as far as he knows the team has not been told Arden Hills can’t work as a site.” It’s never good when you have to deny that a billion-dollar deal is dead.
And this seemed inevitable. Kevin Duchschere of the Strib is saying: “State Sen. John Marty, a Roseville DFLer who opposes public funding for a Vikings stadium, is accusing Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chair Ted Mondale of trimming the facts to win the team a bigger stadium subsidy. In a letter sent to Mondale late last week and released Monday, Marty accuses Mondale of ‘lobbying for that subsidy, instead of representing the public interest and working to negotiate a privately financed stadium.’ Mondale could not be reached for comment. The stadium commission he has chaired for the last year owns and operates the Metrodome on the public’s behalf. In the letter, Marty writes that Mondale used percentages from a Vikings consultant at a December legislative presentation that suggested public funding has accounted for more than half the spending on recent NFL stadiums. Dollar figures used by Mondale in the same presentation prove otherwise, Marty says. Such ‘selective use of numbers shows up at other places as well, in a manner designed to make a large public subsidy appear more acceptable,’ Marty writes.” A public response would seem to be in order.
Be careful when trying to get in the last word at court. Chao Xiong of the Strib reports: “A man’s guilty plea for a 2011 fatal shooting was interrupted Monday morning when one of the victim’s cousins loudly cussed as she walked out of the courtroom. ‘He should’ve shot your [expletive]’, a tearful J’Andra Crumble said toward the end of the plea hearing at the Law Enforcement Center. The outburst caused Judge Margaret M. Marrinan to instruct sheriff’s deputies to temporarily detain the woman. Family members stood up in court as loud scuffling noises could be heard from just outside the courtroom. ‘That’s my daughter! That’s my daughter!’ said a woman who darted out after Crumble. The guilty plea of Joshua M. Bystrom, 21, in the death of Trent A. Crumble, 24, was anticipated to be a challenge. Several sheriff’s deputies stood guard at the LEC entrance and outside of the courtroom while six deputies stood watch inside the courtroom. The staffing numbers are unusual for most proceedings at the LEC.”
Conservative blogger Gary Gross of “Let Freedom Ring” follows up on 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack’s interview Sunday with WCCO-Tv’s Esme Murphy: “Murphy interviewed Chip Cravaack. The first thing they talked about was President Obama’s cuts in defense spending. Here’s what Chip said in response to Esme Murphy’s question:
CHIP CRAVAACK: I think they’re draconian cuts. I didn’t vote for the Budget Control Act for the very reason that I was afraid that we would have close to $1,000,000,000,000 in cuts over the next decade coming out of our national defense. Being a 24-year vet, being a retired Navy captain, I can see these cuts being very draconian to the point that we can’t defend the country. We’ve always gone with a 2 theatre concept, meaning that we would be able to fight in 2 theatres if anything should happen. Right now, we would basically be able to do a 1 theatre war and then cross your fingers and hope nothing else happens. …
“It’s rather apparent that Chip Cravaack has a comprehensive understanding of national security policy. It’s equally clear that Chip Cravaack’s star is shining bright. While the DCCC is undoubtedly targeting Chip for 2012, there’s no question but that he’s significantly more formidable than the DCCC initially anticipated. Later in the interview, Chip Cravaack talked about his economic viability plans for northern Minnesota, noting that the EIS was almost prepared for PolyMet. Before that, though, Chip criticized the administration for ‘going from crisis to crisis’ in reference to the stop-gap band-aid fix on the payroll tax holiday. … Chip’s rock solid on the issues and he’s very good at explaining his priorities. That’s what leadership is about. If the DFL thinks that this is Jim Oberstar’s district, that they’re entitled to that seat and that their candidate will just waltz to victory, they’re kidding themselves.” I hope Cravaack doesn’t waste precious cash hiring a publicity staff.