One-third of August marriage licenses go to gay couples

One in three marriage licenses issued in August were for gay couples. Brian Bakst and Patrick Condon of the AP write: “Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren’t required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties. Millions of dollars were spent trying to block gay marriage in Minnesota, while many millions more were spent trying to achieve it. The rush by same-sex couples to take advantage of the new law likely reflects a pent-up demand by couples together for many years. … At least 1,433 licenses were issued to gay couples in the 12 counties where most voters opposed a 2012 attempt to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota’s constitution. One county in that category —St. Louis — wouldn’t provide a license breakdown.”

The information here might be more useful than what you get on talk radio … . Elizabeth Stawicki of MPR reports: “Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, opens its call center Tuesday to answer consumer questions about comparison shopping and enrolling in health coverage ranging from Medicaid to commercial insurance plans. MNsure doesn’t go live until Oct. 1 but officials want to start answering Minnesotans’ questions now. The call center is an important addition to the MNsure website, said Christina Wessel, deputy director of the Minnesota Budget Project, which analyzes budget policy issues.”

Oh, and on the topic of the quality of information you do get on commercial radio … . Here’s Aaron Rupar of City Pages, listening so you don’t have to … “On the 1500 ESPN radio show he co-hosts with Judd Zulgad, Jeff Dubay [Friday] outed himself as a global warming denier. … Zulgad then posed this fateful question to[KSTP meteorologist Patrick Hammer] — ‘Do we attribute this to something, by the way? Is this the global warming… polar bears are dying sort of thing’? In response, Hammer jokingly asked whether they had ‘four hours so we can get into this,’ but Dubay quickly interjected that ‘it doesn’t take four hours to tell me that global warming is a myth.’ ‘It’s a myth, it’s a conspiracy, it’s a left-wing conspiracy.’ Dubay continued. ‘It’s not real.’ Then, without irony, he added, ‘It’s been disproven by science, alright’?” And with that, so much else becomes clearer …

Big closing weekend for the State Fair. A Strib story says: “An attendance record was set at the State Fair Sunday, as cool temperatures swept big crowds back to the event. The fair reported that 236,197 people came through the gates Sunday. On the final Sunday of the fair the past two years, attendance was 210,836 and 229,943. The fair ends on Labor Day. The crowds had dipped markedly last week during the sweltering heat. Tuesday’s attendance, 94,076, was the lowest for any single day in the past six fairs.” That’s a test of lovin’ all your brothers and sisters …

I hope you like your Lift Bridge in … teal. Jean Hopfensperger of the Strib says: “When Kristine Greer decided to call attention to ovarian cancer in her hometown of Duluth, she looked to the sky. Folks in Duluth will do the same Sept. 14 and 15, when two city landmarks — the Aerial Lift Bridge and Enger Tower — will sparkle in teal-colored lights. That includes the 32 enormous bridge lights, roughly 2 feet wide, whose teal-colored lenses required some serious installation skills and cutting of government red tape.”

Also in Duluth, John Lundy of the News Tribune writes: “A historic Duluth church building is listed on a website as ‘available for salvage destruction.’ St. Peter’s Church, which was closed in late 2010, is listed on the Minneapolis Craigslist, along with a photo of the building’s interior. But the listing doesn’t mean the building’s fate is sealed, said officials of the Diocese of Duluth, which owns it. … Built of stone from Duluth’s hillside in 1926, the church on West Third Street in the Observation Hill neighborhood was ‘the last of the ethnic parishes in Duluth,’ said local historian Tony Dierckins. It served the city’s Italian community.”

Well, someone knows Public Enemy No. 1  when she see its … In a Strib commentary, Annette Meeks writes: “This legislative session gave Minnesota the dubious distinction of enacting the ‘largest expansion of collective bargaining rights in a generation,’ according to the head of AFSCME Council 5. While nearly half the states allow voluntary union membership, the legislative majorities at the Minnesota Capitol bucked that trend and acceded to the demands of labor bosses who saw a way to potentially add nearly 20,000 new members to their unions. They will do this through a rigged election that precedes compulsory unionization for home-based child-care providers and personal-care attendants — an alarming power grab by two of the largest unions in the state.”

The GleanAnother Strib commentary, this one from Norm Coleman more or less on the subject of immigration, says: “Members of Congress recently have been away from Washington for their August recess. During this time, many of them were back in their districts listening to what their constituents care about and what concerns them. I suspect that many in the Minnesota delegation got an earful about jobs, the economy and the cost of health care, particularly the negative impact that Obamacare is having on small businesses and the 40-hour workweek. They also likely heard about the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. … Those clamoring that the U.S. House should accede to the Senate version of immigration reform, and those who believe the House should do nothing are both wrong. Congress needs to act. Let’s get bipartisan, honest and real immigration reform legislation passed in the House, bring it back to the Senate, get to conference committee and get it passed and put in front of the president.” Yeah! Let’s do it! And while we’re at it, let’s ignore why it’s not happening!

Speaking of how things don’t get done … Corey Mitchell of the Strib reports: “President Obama’s plans to tie federal aid to college costs and outcomes could face resistance from Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), just weeks after Kline traveled to the White House to commemorate their bipartisan work on securing a student loan fix. … The centerpiece of the president’s proposal is a new rating system that would combine access, affordability and educational outcomes in assessing a school’s performance. … Obama cast the deal as the first of many measures needed to make college more affordable, including his efforts to tighten for-profit colleges’ access to student aid. At Minnesota for-profit colleges, 2010 graduates borrowed $45,100 on average, according to the state’s Office of Higher Education report. That’s 50 percent higher than the average for the state’s graduates.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 09/03/2013 - 07:08 am.

    Jeff Dubay

    Global warming has only been dis-proven by science if your only source of information is an oil industry blog. If you read real information from real scientists, global warming has been a proven fact for quite some time.

  2. Submitted by jason myron on 09/03/2013 - 10:03 am.

    Sorry,

    but Mr. Dubay’s opinion on climate change is about as relevant as Pee Wee Herman’s thoughts on quantum physics. No offense intended to Mr. Herman.

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/03/2013 - 10:57 am.

    Why not permanent resident alien status

    for those who entered the U.S. illegally, as adults, and a path to citizenship for those who entered illegally as children? The only distinction would be the inability of the former to vote, a right they do not now have. Thoughts?

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