Poll: T-Paw no great assistance to Romney in Minnesota

According to a new poll, T-Paw wouldn’t do Mitt Romney much good in Minnesota. Says Bill Salisbury at the PiPress: “President Barack Obama leads Romney by a hefty 54 percent to 39 percent in Minnesota, the Public Policy Polling survey found. It showed that putting [Tim] Pawlenty on the Republican ticket would help him a little bit in the ex-governor’s home state, bringing Obama’s margin down to 52 percent-41 percent. Pawlenty’s approval rating shows why he doesn’t drive the numbers more: Only 37 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of him, while 52 percent view him unfavorably. By contrast, however, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann would actually cost Romney 6 percentage points if he picked her, stretching Obama’s lead to 56 percent-35 percent. Just 33 percent of voters approve of Bachmann’s performance, with 60 percent having a negative opinion.”

The Supreme Court is going to move quickly on the Voter ID question. Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib reports: “The court has ordered oral arguments for July 17, an expedited schedule that would allow it to order changes to the ballot question before the November election. Opponents have asked the court to strike the ballot question, which would require voters to obtain government-approved photo identification before voting. They say that as worded, the amendment gives short shrift to broader changes the amendment would make. In its scheduling order, the high court has also asked the state for a deadline by which a decision is needed ‘in order to modify the ballot, if necessary, before the November’ election. Opponents to the amendment asked the court for action last week.” 

It’s because they don’t trust Mark Ritchie, you see. Doug Belden at the PiPress writes: “A group supporting an amendment to the state’s constitution requiring voters to present a photo ID at the polls says it will seek to intervene in a lawsuit on the issue before the Minnesota Supreme Court. Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority, said the group plans to file a motion Friday … to intervene because it lacks confidence that Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will vigorously defend the proposed amendment against a lawsuit seeking to keep it off the November ballot. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit May 30, arguing the ballot question is misleading. … ‘Essentially, we feel the need to have somebody that is going to be in place to actually argue in favor of keeping the issue on the ballot,’ said Davis at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Ritchie ‘has already clearly stated his intention to try to defeat the initiative,’ Davis said. ‘We just think it puts him in a clearly conflicted role.’ ” Would Mr. Ritchie like to offer a characterization of the Minnesota Majority?

Why don’t we check the voting qualifications of these two guys? The AP reports: “Beltrami County sheriff’s officials say two men have been arrested in a cross-burning incident. Authorities say the Bemidji men, ages 19 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats and use of an incendiary device. On May 25th, the homeowner called the sheriff’s office and said there was a burning 8-foot cross propped up against a tree in her yard. She put out the fire with a garden hose. A deputy said there was a racist message and material on the cross. The Bemidji Pioneer reports the woman is white and her two children are of mixed race.”

There’s a lot of the heavy stuff moving around in Duluth-Superior. Mark Stodghill of the Duluth News Tribune writes: “Northeastern Minnesota law enforcement has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of heroin being sold in the Twin Ports area, and on Wednesday … the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force did something about it. Twenty-two people were taken into custody pending formal charges expected to be filed Thursday … in State District Court in Duluth. ‘Operation Brownstone’ — named after brown powder heroin, the type most seen in the Twin Ports — was a concentrated effort by the task force; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals Service; and Duluth police to combat the increase in heroin trafficking and abuse. All of the arrests were in Duluth, except for one in Cloquet.” Sorry, I shouldn’t have dragged Superior into that.

$12,000 is the number the U of M puts on educating one undergrad for one year. The MPR story, by Alex Friedrich, says: “The university’s most expensive school is the Carlson School of Management. It spends more than $16,000 a year per student. Officials say that’s because faculty pay must be competitive with the private sector.
The least expensive college is Science and Engineering, which spends less than $11,000 annually per student. Among campuses, the university spends the most at Morris, which has a low ratio of students to instructors making it more expensive, said Lincoln Kallsen, director of financial research for the university. ‘They are providing a very high-quality liberal arts education, much the same as a Carleton or a Macalester,’ Kallsen said.”

It was a simple mistake … says the fiancée of the guy who appears to have, uh, misled “America’s Got Talent” about his war injuries. Says Steve Karnowski of the AP: “An “America’s Got Talent” contestant scrutinized for claims about being injured in Afghanistan made a mistake when he gave the show a photograph of another soldier and passed it off as himself, the man’s fiancée said Thursday. The NBC series this week and WFAA-TV of Dallas last month used the picture with segments on Timothy Michael Poe, a former Minnesota Army National Guard member who said he suffered a broken back and brain injury in a grenade attack in Afghanistan in 2009. The Guard says military records don’t substantiate his claims. The caption of the original picture on the official military website Defense.gov shows Staff Sgt. Norman Bone serving in Afghanistan in 2006. Poe has declined multiple requests for comment from The Associated Press this week. But his fiancée, Carrie Morris, said Thursday that Poe accidentally submitted the photo to NBC and the station because he was hurrying and didn’t take the time to look at which picture he was sending. She said he probably thought it was the right picture when he sent it to ‘America’s Got Talent’ because he already had sent it to WFAA.” Right. I often accidentally send people pictures of Tom Wolfe, telling them its me.

That Banned in Coon Rapids rosary story isn’t going away. Maria Elena Baca and Kristian Hernandez of the Strib report: “Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise said the school was ‘in a tough spot. If something bad had happened to that boy [wearing a rosary in support of his ailing grandmother] and the school had knowledge that he was wearing something they knew could be viewed as a gang symbol, that would be a problem for the district. They were in a no-win situation in this, and they had to make a judgment call. There will be those who disagree with it.’ Chuck Samuelson is one. The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said he wondered whether any kid in Minnesota had been attacked by Latino gangs for wearing a rosary. Or, he wondered, was the rule a reaction to something that happened once, somewhere else? Wise said he doesn’t know of a problem with Latino gangs at Coon Rapids High School, but that a problem might not be obvious. [District spokeswoman Mary] Olson also said she was unaware of such a problem in the district. Longtime Twin Cities youth worker Sarah Klouda has worked for a decade with police and youths who identify with gangs. She said that she only recently heard of rosaries being used by gangs, but that she’s never heard of anyone being harmed because of one.” So does this qualify as “an excess of caution”?

Every Minnesota Democrat in the U.S. House voted along with GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen to cancel out the tax on medical devices that the state’s large device manufacturers want to stop. Kevin Diaz of the Strib says: “[T]he House voted Thursday to repeal a pending tax on medical devices, a top priority for Minnesota Republican Erik Paulsen and the state’s $34 billion medical technology industry. The 270-to-146 tally included 37 pro-repeal Democrats, among them all four Democrats in the Minnesota House delegation. But the result fell 20 votes short of what would be needed to override a threatened White House veto. The bill still faces long odds in the Senate, where leaders in the Democratic majority see it as an election-year attack on Obama’s signature health care law. With a Supreme Court ruling on the health care law looming later this month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is considered unlikely to put Paulsen’s bill to a vote, although a Reid spokesman said after the House vote that ‘nothing has been decided.’ ”

Comments (20)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 06/08/2012 - 06:55 am.

    “Opponents have asked the court to strike the ballot question”

    It’s ironic and instructive that the people who chose to name their political party after the idea of “democracy” are the ones who most oppose it in practice.

    Everything the Left has ever won, from school desegregation to gay marriage has been through the courts and not at the ballot box. Because the truth is, they don’t trust the people to agree with them, and for good reason.

    • Submitted by Pete Barrett on 06/08/2012 - 07:30 am.

      Voting Rights Act

      I’m pretty sure the Voting Rights Act was passed by Congress and signed by LBJ, not imposed on us by an activist court (such as the Roberts Court). Same deal for the Civil Rights Act. And the NLRA.

      So not everything, Dennis.

      I’ll resist the urge to make broad statements about the right, like right wingers having a poor grasp of history. As a progressive, I have narrow paint brushes and I use black, white, as well as grey.

    • Submitted by Richard Schulze on 06/08/2012 - 07:49 am.

      If they issued Photo ID, free of charge, on the spot, there would indeed be no problem, but they don’t.

      A study was done of the 2008 election and it was found that .004% (118 people) of the ballots were illegally cast. Voter fraud, at least in Minnesota is hardly rampant.

      Voter disenfranchisement in this country has always been accomplished by making voting more difficult or inconvenient for a subset of the population. That is what this law does. Older people living in nursing homes, students from out of state, poor people who don’t own a car. All these people are those who would be turned away when showing up to vote if required to have a state-issued ID.

      If I believed the GOP truly thought this was an issue rather than this being yet another method of trying to get a leg up in the polls I might be able to support it.

      • Submitted by Sean Huntley on 06/08/2012 - 08:12 am.

        “A study was done of the 2008 election and it was found that .004% (118 people) of the ballots were illegally cast. Voter fraud, at least in Minnesota is hardly rampant”

        And not ONE of those would have been stopped by voter ID. Those who say this is needed have been fooled or are lying.

        • Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/08/2012 - 10:28 am.

          It’s not about thought

          it’s all about visceral appeal. But, then, that’s the essence of American politics.

        • Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 06/08/2012 - 10:51 am.

          felon voting

          In fact, that tiny amount of fraud was all felons voting, or even just registering, before their rights were restored. So I agree, let’s do the one thing that will end voter fraud: clear up the laws on when felons get their rights back, which they now find confusing. A straightforward standard of restoring rights once they leave jail would do it. Instead, Republicans opposed even sending felons a letter informing them of when their rights were restored. So who is protecting voter fraud?

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 06/08/2012 - 08:53 am.

      Only the ballot box?

      If that was the only solution, the south might still have not only separate schools but separate drinking fountains, bathrooms, hotels, restaurants and areas to live. Not to mention bans on interracial heterosexual marriage. Protecting equality in race, gender and creed is too important to rely solely on the ballot box.

    • Submitted by Jeff Klein on 06/08/2012 - 09:52 am.

      Am I reading this right?

      Do you find yourself in opposition to the actions of the courts regarding school desegregation?

    • Submitted by Steve Roth on 06/08/2012 - 11:09 am.

      Rights SHOULD be decided by the courts

      Imagine if school desegregation was left to the electorate decide. Seriously?

      Reminder, as well: there’s no voter fraud. Its a non-existent problem. Making it harder for people to vote is anti-democracy.

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 06/08/2012 - 12:13 pm.

      Republican Fraud

      The republicans are willing to take the vote away from someone even when there is no proof of voter fraud in Minnesota. However, they do want to deregulate the crooked bankers that stole your 401K money. Voter ID is nothing more than republican fraud because they have trouble winning elections on the real issues this country has. Everything the republicans propose contains a very purposeful poison pill just so they can say they proposed something knowing that without compromise they are going nowhere.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/08/2012 - 12:41 pm.

      Winning and Losing

      There are some things that are not left up to majority vote.

      How do you suppose the majority would have voted on civil rights for Native Americans 100 years ago?

    • Submitted by Cecil North on 06/08/2012 - 12:48 pm.

      American History 101

      I guess the founding fathers were lefties too, as they established the Bill of Rights, our courts (as well as the original, indirect method of electing the Senate) as a check on “pure” democracy (aka, the “tyranny of the majority”). With all the care they put into drafting the Constitution, I doubt they would be amused by our neo-con friends’ efforts to legislate by constitutional amendment.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 06/08/2012 - 07:44 am.

    T-Paw no great assistance to Romney in Minnesota

    Take two words out of the title and it still makes sense. T-Paw no great assistance to Minnesota. How he thought he was presidential material when all he excelled at was kicking the can down the road is dumbfounding. T-Paw is still searching for something he is good at and still no answers. His problem is the public is on to his nonsense. He may actually have to find a productive job – good luck with that, given his history.

  3. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 06/08/2012 - 07:50 am.

    Choice of words

    “…the truth is, they don’t trust the people to agree with them, and for good reason.”

    Hmmm. I suppose this is why people who call themselves “conservative” have insisted that we need constitutional amendments regarding voting AND marriage. Without those amendments, apparently, they don’t trust the people to agree with them, and for good reason.

    • Submitted by Sean Huntley on 06/08/2012 - 08:16 am.

      Yep, they need to get those marriage amendments on the books because they know that public support for their bigoted view is fading. Fifteen years from now their movement will be looked upon as a shameful, embarrassing blight on this nation.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/08/2012 - 09:30 am.

        Fifteen years from now?

        Don’t kick the can down the road. Anyone with any sense already sees their movement as a shameful, embarrassing blight on this nation.

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/08/2012 - 10:26 am.

    Political cover for the DFL delegation?

    I find it interesting that every member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation voted in favor of Rep. Paulsen’s bill, given the method used to fund the tax cut and the president’s declaration of his intent to veto the bill. A cynic might suspect that the DFL members felt safe to vote for the bill knowing that it wouldn’t go anywhere. Thank goodness I’m no cynic.

  5. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 06/08/2012 - 10:53 am.

    Would Mr. Ritchie like to offer a characterization?

    “Would Mr. Ritchie like to offer a characterization of the Minnesota Majority?” I doubt it. I’ve never heard him have a cross-word for anybody, even as he staunchly defends the right to vote from people who clearly think non-Republicans shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

  6. Submitted by Sean Olsen on 06/08/2012 - 01:15 pm.

    Nothing to see here

    At this point, it’s not even news that T-Paw doesn’t move the numbers for other Republicans in the state. In 2008, he endorsed McCain — who got thumped by Romney in the caucuses. In 2012, he endorsed Romney — who got thumped by Santorum and Paul.

  7. Submitted by rolf westgard on 06/09/2012 - 12:31 pm.

    Courts needed on ID amendment

    Polls are suggesting that the voter Amendment will pass. That blatant but clever move by Repubs could impact some close elections like in the 1st and 8th Cong districts. Not a problem for Obama and Amy in MN with their huge leads.
    The so-called Marriage amendment will apparently fail regardless of Republican attempts to limit voter turnout.

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