Brodkorb attorney Villaume resigns over leaked ‘affairs’ list

What’s his hourly rate for releasing secret lists? Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib writes: “Ex-Senate employee Michael Brodkorb said the public release last month of a list of legislators who allegedly had affairs caused him and one of his attorneys to part ways. Phil Villaume, who had a leading role in Brodkorb’s year-old suit against the Minnesota Senate, withdrew from the case on Thursday, according to a public notice. Greg Walsh, who has represented Brodkorb since the start of the case, is now Brodkorb’s only attorney. … Brodkorb also said on Thursday that the list that was publicly available was ‘a list,’ suggesting that he has other evidence, perhaps other names, he has submitted to prove his case. … He added: ‘One particular piece has gotten some attention, but in no way shape or form does it represent the full collection of evidence that’s gone on.’ ” Somebody better not have naked pictures …

City Pages’ Andy Mannix has a piece in Time explaining for a national audience how important the state GOP was in getting gay marriage passed: “Though they couldn’t have known it at the time, when state lawmakers passed a Republican-initiated ballot referendum for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage two years ago, they set off a series of events that led to this landmark day for gay rights. ‘There is absolutely no doubt that without the amendment campaign, we wouldn’t be where we are today with marriage equality of the law in the state of Minnesota,” says Sen. Branden Peterson, a Republican who voted in favor of the putting the amendment on the ballot, and later flipped to co-author the same-sex marriage bill. ‘I say that with 100-percent confidence.’ … The gay marriage ban was narrowly defeated and the vote proved devastating for Republicans. Mobilized by their opposition to the gay marriage ban and a presidential election, Democratic voters turned out in droves, particularly in crucial suburban districts. … An amendment born of the party’s control of government led directly to its loss of it.” And voters resented Voter ID even more …

Isn’t there something redundant about “newspaper museum”? Tad Vezner of the PiPress says: “A plan to revamp Heritage Square at the Minnesota State Fair will likely result in uprooting the Minnesota Newspaper Museum from the old-timey space. State Fair officials contacted the foundation in charge of the museum last week, informing them of their potential plans for the square: creating a transportation hub and dropoff/pickup point for buses, as well as constructing a new vendor area to replace the old structures there. ‘Heritage Square as it stands today will not exist,’ State Fair deputy general manager Jim Sinclair said Thursday.”

KMSP-TV’s Leah Beno has the story of the wheelchair-using church vandal. ” ‘It’s me,’ said Lonny Roseland, who lives less than half a mile from the Pilgrims United Church of Christ. ‘The main reason: I am definitely against gay marriage, of course. Although, I know I can’t change it.’ Making no excuses, Roseland admitted he’s the man seen in the surveillance video, telling FOX 9 News he began to target the church as the legalization of same-sex marriage became closer to reality. ‘Show me in the Bible where gay persons can get married in the eyes of Yahweh,’ Roseland said. ‘If they were Atheists, I would not have had a problem with them — but they call themselves the United Church of Christ. They consider themselves a religious organization.’ … Roseland said if he was going to be given a title, he should be dubbed the ‘Right-wing Early-bird Vandal,’ but police have another title — suspect with charges pending.” They might want to restrict his FoxNews privileges.

The GleanA third teenager has been arrested in the killing of a 79-year-old woman in Willmar. In the Strib, Paul Walsh and Jenna Ross report: “The 19- and 16-year-old suspects, both from Willmar, were arrested about 10 p.m. Wednesday. A 17-year-old boy from Willmar was arrested about 1:15 p.m. Thursday. … Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, is suspected of second-degree murder and first-degree burglary. The 16-year-old is suspected of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and first-degree burglary. A statement from the Sheriff’s Office said only that the 17-year-old was arrested in connection with Warwick’s death.”

How many more of these does it take before we admit there’s a cultural problem? Matt McKinney of the Strib says: “Three Minneapolis police officers were cited in Apple Valley and charged with assault late last year after a bar fight in which the officers, who are white, chased down a group of black men and knocked one of them to the ground, calling him a ‘fat (racial expletive),’ according to police records obtained by the Star Tribune Thursday. The officers, William C. Woodis, Christopher J. Bennett, and Andrew R. Allen, pursued the men even after the men had left the bar, according to a witness. A security camera video showed the officers run out of the bar after the departing black men, catch them in the parking lot and start fighting, according to the Apple Valley police. The fight then moved out of view of the camera. The video was not immediately available.”

What to do with a big tunnel under Southeast Main Street? In the Strib, Don Jacobson says: “As impressive as the historic Pillsbury A Mill is above ground, a big part of its history remains unseen below — a massive water tunnel with high, vaulted ceilings running 500 feet just beneath SE. Main Street. … The city last year received $285,000 in grants from the state’s Legacy Amendment and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board to complete a historic and structural analysis of [James J.] Hill’s water system, and is working with the A Mill’s prospective new owner — apartment developer Dominium — to assess the tunnel’s potential. The Plymouth-based developer is expected to close on a purchase of the bank-owned A Mill next month with plans to convert it into the Pillsbury Lofts — 251 units of affordable live-work artists studio apartments.”

This sounds like a Paulie Walnuts scam from “The Sopranos”. The PiPress story says: “A former University of Minnesota hospital employee was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court for stealing prosthetics and then selling them online. According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis, Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Peter Stasica, 52, of Coon Rapids to two years of probation and ordered him to pay more than $88,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service. In an April plea agreement, Stasica admitted that from February to August 2011, he stole the prosthetics and related supplies from the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview and sold them on eBay. … He also admitted that, under false pretenses, he solicited prosthetics from patients who were not using them.”

Finally … just for fun, John Hinderaker at Power Line on “Our Poll On Why Conservatives Don’t Do Better: What Does It Show?”: “If conservatives are a majority, why can’t we win? Polls consistently show that conservatives outnumber liberals by 1 1/2 to 1 or 2 to 1, yet liberals dominate government. Why? The specific context of my post was a Rasmussen survey showing that by nearly two to one, voters prefer Michele Bachmann’s approach to the financial crisis of 2008-09 to that of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. … half of all respondents fingered the news media and academia as more than making up for the predominance of conservatives in our population. …” Every time I read one of these I think one day Hinderaker’s going to whip back the curtain and yell, “Hey! It’s a bit. What, you don’t know a joke? But I had you goin’, didn’t I?”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/02/2013 - 08:54 am.

    Mr. Roseland Deserves Our Prayers

    I’m sure that there are many other Christians like my self who will pray for Mr. Roseland –

    specifically that he will come to understand that if his attitude had won the day in Middle East in the first Century, the Christian faith would never have come into being,…

    but would have been stamped out by the chief priests, scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees who objected to what Jesus said and taught because it called the source of their wealth and power,…

    (and their active impoverishment of their fellow citizens),…

    into question and, thus, they could not find it within their own blinkered (and extremely self-serving) interpretations of the Hebrew scriptures.

    Indeed, we must pray that Mr. Roseland, and all those who ignore the inspirations of God day-by-day, in favor of what they find (and interpret into) the thoughts and worldview of their religious ancestors from two thousand years ago,…

    would come to understand that God is ALWAYS bigger than our human understandings of God (or those of our ancestors, whether from the First Century, from the Protestant Reformation, from our beloved Sunday School teachers and parents, or from good old pastor so and so),…

    and that God is always calling God’s people into the future that God envisions, a future that requires God’s people to move forward into better ways of thinking, believing, living, and understanding themselves, each other, and their creator.

    The United Church of Christ, among other faith expressions, has often been at the leading edge of answering that call.

    It would seem that Mr. Roseland finds himself among those at the trailing edge of resisting, pulling against, and seeking to lessen the faithful response of God’s people to that call.

    I suspect his true frustration is not with the Pilgrim’s United Church of Christ, which he does not know at all, but with God for calling him to think, behave and believe in ways that he finds difficult in light of what he was taught by other humans,…

    who taught him that if he ever changed his mind it would be a betrayal of the faith of those who raised him and thus closed him off from ever allowing God to call him forward into greater faithfulness than his ancestors could conceive of.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/02/2013 - 09:54 am.

    Perhaps it’s me,

    but am I really supposed to accept the explanation of a man known for his ability to spin?

    Brodkorb said on Thursday that he and Villaume agreed that because Villaume’s office was responsible for releasing the document publicly, Villaume should withdraw.

    “I don’t want distractions about how documents are filed to take away from the substance and merits of the facts of this case,” Brodkorb, a former Senate communications director, said. He said that along with keeping Walsh, he will be hiring another attorney shortly.

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/02/2013 - 10:25 am.

    Are there that many

    overt racists in Minnesota or do our police departments attract them? Or worse, create them?

    • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/02/2013 - 12:22 pm.

      Racists are Everywhere

      As we periodically see when it rears it’s ugly head, racism among cops, though it involves a small minority in most locales, can be found everywhere. All we need do is examine the contents of “the talk” that most black parents feel the need to have with their children,…

      while realizing that we white folks have no need to have such a “talk” with our own,…

      to realize that black people have to deal with racist cops on a regular basis,…

      and that racist cops are generally tolerated and even protected in most forces, even though most of their fellow cops are NOT racist (or at least not to the same degree).

      Of course there are also certain types of alternative-lifestyle-appearance white kids,…

      (who give the appearance and have the manner of being “stoners” or otherwise drug involved)

      that Minneapolis cops can’t seem to resist providing with a little “stop and frisk” action every time they see one or more of them walking down the street.

  4. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/02/2013 - 12:31 pm.

    The GOP and Gay Marriage

    I had no idea the Republicans were going to take credit for the legalization of gay marriage. They faked us out by adopting strong positions against it, endorsing homophobic candidates, and putting the amendment to ban gay marriage for all time on the ballot. This was all done with the idea that the proponents would be mobilized to advance the measure.

    Clever! We fell right into their little trap.

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