Mark Ritchie argues ‘no injury’ in Internet registration suit

Up for the fight … The AP says: “A lawsuit contesting a new, Internet-based system for voter registration should be dismissed because plaintiffs lack standing to sue, attorneys for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie argued Wednesday. New documents filed in the case say those behind the lawsuit are seeking an extraordinary remedy and can’t show they’ve been injured. Four Minnesota Republican legislators and two advocacy groups filed the lawsuit last month.” So you mean … “outrage” isn’t the same as “injury”?

Postponed because of … smoke. The AP story about last night’s Timberwolves game in Mexico City says: “The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena. The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date. The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled 9:30 p.m. EST tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima. About 15 minutes after the scheduled start, the Spurs bus pulled away from the building. The Timberwolves bus followed soon after. While the teams were warming up for their regular-season matchup, lights went out in parts of the arena and smoke began coming out of vents in the upper deck. The court quickly became cloudy.”

The “it’s failing” meme is going to need some tweaking … Catharine Richert and Elizabeth Stawicki of MPR report: “The number of people who are in the final stages of applying for health insurance through the state’s new online insurance marketplace, has more than doubled since the beginning of November, according to figures released [Wednesday] by MNsure. Roughly 24,600 people are in the process of paying for a plan. That’s up from nearly 11,000 in early November. Minnesota residents have created more than 50,000 accounts on MNsure, which are necessary to apply for coverage. … The latest report indicates that slightly more than half the people enrolling in qualified health plans are age 50 or younger. Males represent 45 percent of enrollees, females 55 percent.     Here’s how the numbers break down:  Under 21: 12.7 percent;  21-30: 10.1 percent; 31-40: 12.8 percent;  41-50: 15 percent;  51-60: 26.6 percent and 61+: 22.8 percent.”                                            

The next phase of the Minnesota Orchestra saga … Here’s Doug Grow’s MinnPost report. Graydon Royce’s Strib story says: “The Minnesota Orchestral Association claims that it has complied with the terms of the city lease that governs the operation of Orchestra Hall. The status of the concert hall has become a contentious issue in the bitter, protracted labor dispute between the association and its musicians. Several independent sources have called on the city to find the association in breach and to retake control of the hall, which Minneapolis owns by virtue of sponsoring a $14 million state bonding request for a recently completed renovation.The city requires the association to report each December on whether it has operated the facility as a ‘performing arts center.’ Statements issued Wednesday indicate how difficult it would be for the city to take the hall back from the Orchestral Association.”

He’ll make it official today. Emily Cahn at Roll Call says: “GOP state Sen. Torrey Westrom will announce Thursday that he will challenge longtime Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., in the 7th District. Westrom, the first legally blind person elected to the Minnesota Legislature, will make the announcement Thursday morning in the northwestern part of the state, according to a news release from the campaign. Westrom is the first Republican to announce a bid against Peterson. Republicans have made the 12-term Democrat a top target in 2014. Peterson, 69, is one of nine Democrats who represents a district that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Romney won the district with a 10-point margin in 2012, while Peterson defeated his Republican opponent by 26 points.” Devin Henry’s MinnPost coverage is here.

The Strib gets a piece of the Shannon Gibney story with Maura Lerner writing: “A Minneapolis college professor has ignited a debate about talking about race on campus after going public with a dispute with her employer, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Shannon Gibney, who is black, has said that she was reprimanded for offending two white students during a classroom discussion about racism. Gibney, 38, says that she has been investigated three times by the college for incidents involving alleged racial discrimination. The first time followed a 2008 confrontation with ‘an angry white male student’ about the nature of racism, she wrote. The latest incident occurred in October. Gibney, who teaches English, has declined requests to discuss her case with the Star Tribune.”

Still not catching a break … Our Favorite Congresswoman’s life continues to be interesting. Kevin Diaz of the Strib says: “FBI agents have searched the home of former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, once a top official in U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign, his lawyer said Wednesday. The search, conducted two weeks ago, appeared to focus on communications between various campaign operatives and Sorenson, who abruptly quit as Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman in the closing days of the Iowa Republican caucus campaign and threw his support behind Ron Paul. ‘It was a very thorough federal criminal search warrant’, said Des Moines attorney Ted Sporer, who represents Sorenson. ‘It’s pretty obvious they are looking for communications with a presidential campaign or third parties working for a presidential campaign’.” Do the words “Michele Bachmann” and “presidential campaign” still make you laugh?

Minnesota men are … 39th. For City Pages, Aaron Rupar writes: “Minnesotans have the 39th ‘largest’ penises out of the 50 states in ‘Murica, according to a study put together by Condomania, an online business which bills itself as the country’s first condom store. Looking for something a little larger? Travel northwest to NoDak. According to the study, NoDakians are packing the largest units in the land. No wonder it’s so damn sexy up there. As you might have already inferred, Condomania put together the list by looking at the condom sizes purchased from each state.” Naturally, the comments get good fast. Like this one … “I’m from Cleveland and our penises are so big, at birth we are forced to install airplane warning lights on them.”

As for the, uh, “nip” in the air today … Paul Douglas says:One of the coldest blobs of Yukon chill in a decade is about to drain out of the frozen wastelands of western Canada. By Friday daytime ‘highs’ struggle to top 0F; temperatures may hold below zero Saturday in spite of a bright, pleading sun. This will be one of the coldest outbreaks of the winter — and no, it doesn’t necessarily mean the entire winter will be Nanook. … Historically winter temperatures bottom out in mid-January, so this is coming a good 5 weeks ahead of schedule, which is unusual, but not unprecedented. Twin Cities temperatures may hold below zero much of Friday and Saturday, more subzero weather Monday night, again Tuesday PM into Wednesday morning.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 12/05/2013 - 06:51 am.

    Re: Gibney

    I often see unacknowledged bias in my colleagues and acquaintances. They don’t admit bias to themselves but still are warry of “them”, meaning one group or another. For sure they don’t give any weight to the idea of “structural racism” which is what I think Ms Gibney is concerned with. I don’t claim to be an expert but I think that with all the dumb choices I made when I was younger I wouldn’t have survived or would have suffered much more had I also been a black man. I see clearly that growing up a white guy in the suburbs of America made me luckier than 90% of humanity. I think those two guys in her class had a big chip on their shoulders and had trouble dealing with a black woman in a position of authority. They may have had a point but acting out in class wasn’t the way to deal with it.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 12/05/2013 - 03:47 pm.

      Terrible Reporting

      There’s really not enough info to flesh out where the problem lies. It appears where’s there’s smoke (3 prior complaints) there may be fire. But the reporter faioled to incude any real no facts. I’d never dare to say someone had a chip on their shoulder or had issues with authority based on the sketchy information provided.

  2. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 12/05/2013 - 07:59 am.

    Cold ,yes but what a beautiful snow scene…


    Fox rests on snowbank

    under the street light

    watching the snowplow driver

    sweeping down the avenue.

    Snow sprays his street

    his neighborhood

    his snowplow driver.

    Good night fox

  3. Submitted by jody rooney on 12/05/2013 - 11:09 am.

    There are a lot of things about being a minority

    that I will never understand completely. As one of the first female professionals in my organization many years ago I did come to understand sexism. In this organization it was more of an issue of care taking (“you can’t lift that”) and not being quite sure how to treat a woman who was not in a traditional role “we give presents at Christmas to the secretaries and editors who were all women, and Jody is a woman therefore,,,.” Eventually those behaviors declined.
    So I thought I understood racism a bit from experiencing sexism.

    But I had difficulty with the term “white privilege” until I understood it’s relationship to expectations. When I call the police I expect them to be there in a reasonable time, that is not true if you live in a community of color. If I am having difficulty I know I can ask strangers to help or they will volunteer to help. No one is going to follow me in a store to see that I don’t steal things. No one is going to stop me because I have “kiss me I’m Irish” plates on car because they assume I will be drunk.

    In other words I expect to be treated with care, compassion, consideration, and respect and to be treated as an individual. This is not because I am special but because that’s how people treat each other.

    But if you are not white you don’t necessarily grow up with that experience.

    On the flip side for some people stories of not being treated that way unfortunately are also used as a bonding experience reinforcing the expectation that it will eventually happen to you if you are a minority. It sets up a poorer set of expectations that may be self fulfilling.

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/05/2013 - 04:00 pm.

    As a minority in this society

    (political conservative, veteran, Sioux Indian), I’m sure I have been discriminated against behind my back ten times more often than I have been insulted or excluded from opportunity overtly. But I’ve adapted to the realities of a poorly educated society and just move on when those things happen.

    It’s easier for someone who sees himself primarily as an individual, and not as a member of a group to ignore insults or slights directed at a group, or to not take them as personally, as someone would whose race or gender defines who they are.

    And so it is that people who have been encouraged to embrace racial group identity are most susceptible to the paranoia that everyone who’s not a member of your racial group is out to get you. When 97% of a given race vote for a political candidate because he happens to share their race, there’s a good chance that they’ve bought into the group think of group identity.

    I’ve noticed that academics and people who work in the grievance industry are the only ones who even give credence to ideas such as “white privilege,” or “institutional racism,” assigning racist motives to everyone who happens to be in that other group. Everyone else is too busy living in the real world that’s more often than not ruled by merit.

    People who force the issue, like Gibney, by insisting on talking about racial issues when she’s supposed to be teaching English, are doing themselves (and their schools) a disservice because they are only creating resentment where none had existed, and yes perhaps creating new racists as a byproduct of that resentment.

    Do your job, Shannon. Leave the racial stuff at home.

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