Emmer enters 6th District race, says he’s a ‘change agent’

I don’t see anyone using the phrase “stunning surprise” in relation to Tom Emmer’s Wednesday announcement. In the Strib, Rachel Stassen-Berger says: “[T]he first [of likely candidates in the 6th Congressional District] to come out blazing was 2010 gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. ‘I have never felt more compelled in my life to serve,’ Emmer said to at least 100 supporters at a tiny park here in his hometown. During a brief dry spell in the daylong rain, Emmer ticked off the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department’s search of reporters’ records and out of control spending as reasons to run. … [Michele] Bachmann herself has been unusually quiet since last week, when she released a pre-dawn video announcing she would not return to Congress after this term. She then jetted off to Russia on a congression fact-finding trip. Since her return, she has declined Star Tribune requests for an interview.”

For Politics in Minnesota, Charley Shaw writes: “Emmer is the first Republican to enter the race, although there are a couple of elected officials in the St. Cloud area and northern Twin Cities suburbs that are frequently mentioned as considering a run. A number of political observers from the area note that Emmer is a formidable candidate in the GOP endorsement hunt in the 6th CD. Emmer’s base is in Wright County, which has the largest concentration of delegates of any county in the state. Following his speech, Emmer told reporters he would ‘absolutely’ abide by the 6th CD GOP’s endorsement.”

Priya Anand of Politico says of Emmer: “He went on to praise Bachmann’s work for the suburban Twin Cities 6th District, while promising voters he would be a change agent in the capital. … Emmer, a staunch conservative, proposed in 2010 that the Minnesota Constitution add an amendment requiring state approval of all federal laws. Some said it was unconstitutional and would allow the state to nullify health care or education legislation.” I almost forgot about that one. That was good.

For MPR, Rupa Shenoy adds: “Emmer said he plans to stop appearing on a radio show he co-hosts.” But will Bob Davis open for him at campaign stops?                                            

Lowertown will get a big, flashy sign. Frederick Melo of the PiPress says: “Developer Dave Brooks is eager to promote one of his most visible tenants, the A’Bulae wedding and event center atop his parking ramp across the street from the future regional ballpark. The illuminated aluminum ‘A’Bulae’ sign proposed for near the top of the ramp at 255 E. Sixth St. would measure 3 feet by 17 feet, making it one of the more visible building promotions in Lowertown. That proposal irked members of the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission, who voted 7-0 in April to deny Brooks’ application. They noted guidelines in the Lowertown historic district restrict signage above the cornice line, or the uppermost portion of the facade wall. On Wednesday, they were overruled.”

The GleanThe gift horse is getting a long look in the mouth. In the Strib, Jenna Ross says: “A tuition freeze proved to be the most popular part of the University of Minnesota’s proposed budget during a pair of meetings Wednesday. But students and members of the Board of Regents also worried that the tuition relief for in-state undergraduates might burden graduate and professional students. Others wondered whether the plan sets the university up for future problems. President Eric Kaler fielded praise, questions and complaints about his 2014 operating budget, which spends about $61 million more than in 2013 or a 1.9 percent increase.”

Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher takes to the Strib to explain why he and his union don’t like Teach for America: “[I]t’s really not surprising that career educators would oppose a $1.5 million earmark for Teach For America — opposition noted in a June 1 editorial (‘A setback for education reform’). If the Legislature wanted to spend another $1.5 million on schools and students, there were far greater needs than TFA. For more than 20 years, TFA has placed recent graduates of elite universities into challenging public schools. They get five weeks of training and some on-the-job mentoring. Local districts pay the TFA organization a ‘finder’s fee,’ then the districts pay the TFA ‘corps members’ at the same rate as other new teachers, including those who are fully licensed. TFA teachers don’t meet Minnesota teaching standards.”

Might be some national attention for Owatonna soon … Al Strain of the Owatonna People’s Press reports: “Officials at Owatonna’s Muslim Society Center are looking for answers after a window was broken at their location on 12th Street Northeast. Center officials say that its the second time in two weeks and third time in a year that a window has been broken at the facility. The most recent damage was done about 1 a.m. Saturday. Ali Farah, one of the leaders at the mosque, said they don’t understand why they’re being targeted. ‘We are members of the Owatonna community, and our building has been attacked three times,’ Farah said, speaking through an interpreter, Olad Ahmed. ‘We have been attacked two times in the last month.’ ”

First comes legislation, then comes litigation. The AP reports: “A federal lawsuit has been filed over a new Minnesota law that could lead to unionization of certain in-home day care providers. The lawsuit filed Wednesday pairs with another federal case also seeking to overturn the law. The measure approved last month gives unions authority to press for a unionization vote covering providers who care for children eligible for state subsidies. The latest lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 providers and is being paid for by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.”

What are they going to do to him, really? Emily Gurnon of the PiPress writes: “A Minneapolis man convicted of running a ‘nice-guy’ prostitution ring violated his probation ‘knowing he doesn’t have consequences’ because he’s too sick to go to prison, a probation supervisor said. John St. Marie, a former assistant Hennepin County attorney, pleaded guilty in November 2010 to three felony counts of promoting prostitution. He arranged for so-called ‘nice guys’ to pay for sex with women, claiming the men were safe and would pay well. In return, he got free or reduced-price sex. St. Marie, 69, got in trouble again in 2012, when he was charged with hiring a woman for sex; he had his personal care attendant drive him to a Minneapolis hotel for the encounter. He pleaded guilty. A Hennepin County judge sentenced him to six months of home confinement. He violated probation a second time in March of this year by surfing the Internet for sexually explicit material, the prosecution alleges.” Well, he’s obviously not too sick for some things …

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 06/06/2013 - 07:29 am.

    Emmer a Change Agent?

    The only thing I can see Tom Emmer making in congress would result from his efforts to make a name for himself by out-Bachmanning Michelle Bachmann. I’m sure he’s already dreaming of how important he can make himself seem on the national (weasel news) stage.

    His election would only ensure that Minnesota’s 6th District will continue to embarrass the rest of the state and that Republicans in the US House would continue to try to destroy the government because of their deep-seated phobia of having anyone tell them they have to pay taxes or follow rules or regulations devised by someone else.

    Which probably means he has a fairly good chance of being nominated.

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 06/06/2013 - 07:52 am.

    It’s hard for any truth to break thru the chorus of paid education deform propagandists so good on Tom Dooher for pointing out that Teach for Awhile teachers do not meet state teaching standards. Contrast that with the nonsense spouted by the people from MinnCan, Charter School Partners, the Center for School Change, the Minneapolis Foundation, etc., in their campaign last year to allow “alternative certification” in order to get a “great teacher in every classroom” – meaning an untrained TFAer.

    It reminds me of how the deformers claim to want a great education for every student but the only metrics that really matter to them are math and reading scores. Their aspirations are in complete contrast to their measurements and plans.

    • Submitted by Barbara Skoglund on 06/06/2013 - 11:22 am.

      Alternative Licensure

      Ditto on “untrained TFAer” comments.

      I do think there should be alternative licensure paths and revised salary paths for experienced professionals.

      For example: someone whose been a professional writer for years, who has taught adult writing classes, and so on shouldn’t have to complete 6+ years of school to obtain licensure to teach high school English. Right now, that’s what they’d have to do.

      I think there can be one year programs in teaching methodology, combined with professional experience in a field, to license folks for high school. I don’t think anyone without at least a BA should be teaching K-12. But maybe a chemist with a BA in Chemistry, tired of the politics of working in the private sector, intrested in teaching kids, can earn a teaching methodology certificate, pass the licensing tests and get a license for teaching high school chemistry.

      The other thing that has to happen to attract seasoned professionals to teaching is a change in the pay structure. Right now you start at the bottom earning the same salary as a 22 year old. My BA is in history and political science secondary education. I never taught, but could still get MN licensure by passing the tests. When I became a mother I looked into it and had to give it up when I realized my salary would be cut in half! And I work in the public sector for below market wages.

      I don’t think anyone can teach Special Ed with less than the current regulations. Actually I think special ed teachers need MORE schooling and MORE on the job training than they get today.

      I haven’t really thought about alternative licensure for elementary ed.I think an intelligent, well-rounded person could do it with just a teacher prep certificate, but even with today’s standards I’ve seem my daughter have some really poor teachers. One was dumber than dirt.

      Just wanted to describe other visions of alternative licensure than the TFA novices.

  3. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 06/06/2013 - 08:06 am.

    The 6th CD is just a platform…

    …Emmer’s goal is to end up at Fox News.

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/06/2013 - 08:11 am.

    Not quite a change agent,

    more like small change.

  5. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 06/06/2013 - 08:44 am.

    Emmer is not a change agent!

    He can’t start out complimenting Bachmann, who accomplished nothing, and be a change agent. When the second paragraph he spewed was Republican boiler plated talking points he will not be thought of as a change agent. Republican’s, here is your first real chance to show that your party is “Open for Repairs”. It is going to take real leadership to lead your party out of the political wasteland you find yourselves in right now. Tom Emmer is not a leader. He is another Republican personality, but not a leader.

  6. Submitted by Thomas Anderson on 06/06/2013 - 08:59 am.

    Trip to Russia

    I thought she had defected.

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