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Gov. Dayton still opposes pot, medical or otherwise

Central Corridor trains debut June 14; five Guard members injured in Afghanistan; Daudt defuses GOP situation; group targets Kline, Paulsen; and more.

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The guv is still not OK with pot proposals … Bill Salisbury of the PiPress says: “Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he still opposes legalizing pot for medical purposes in Minnesota. ‘Alcohol is plenty dangerous… Why would we want to add another drug to the equation?’ he asked during a Capitol briefing with reporters. Dayton has said he would sign a bill legalizing medical marijuana only if opponents in the law enforcement community support to it. He urged proponents to try to work out an agreement with police organizations on the issue.”

Get your tickets … Paul Walsh of the Strib says: “Central Corridor trains will begin running between Minneapolis and St. Paul on June 14, a Saturday, the Metropolitan Council announced Wednesday. … More than 40,000 people are expected to board each weekday by 2030, the Met Council estimates.”

Five Minnesota National Guard members were injured in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. The AP says: “Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Olson says the five members are from the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company based in Litchfield. They were injured during an attack on Forward Operating Base Pasab in Kandahar Province Monday. Olson says one solider is recovering in Germany and the other four are being treated in Afghanistan.”

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Defusing a situation: The Strib’s Rachel E. Stassen-Berger writes: “House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt unexpectedly appeared at a meeting of local GOP activists Tuesday night and derailed a planned “no confidence” vote.  Daudt, R-Crown, raised the ire of District 31 Republicans by not talking to them about his recent brief arrest in Montana and falling short of their expectations he would lead the party on a path of fiscal conservatism, local leaders had said before the planned vote. … By late Tuesday night, however, the local GOP was singing a different tune.”

What’s good for the goose … Corey Mitchell of the Strib says: “A Washington, D.C.-based group is launching a campaign that seeks to link Republican U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline to the Tea Party. Americans United for Change is trying to tie 47 swing-district Republicans … to the conservative movement with ‘Tea Stained,’ a legislative scorecard that ranks lawmakers by votes the group sees as aligned with Tea Party values. … The group argues Paulsen voted with the Tea Party 83 percent of the time in 2013 while Kline’s loyalty score was slightly lower at 79 percent – and that their voting records don’t differ much from U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.” In other words, a kind of pandering index.

The AP’s Bree Fowler reports: “It doesn’t surprise experts that some debit and credit card numbers stolen from Target’s computer systems may have surfaced among nearly 100 fake credit cards seized by police in Texas this week. Even so, they say the bust is unlikely to lead authorities directly to the hackers behind the breach, given the vast, labyrinthine nature of the global market for stolen data. … The types of criminals who buy the card numbers run the gamut, ranging from purely online white-collar crooks to street gangs.”

The AP also has an update on the Duluth college woman recovering from severe frostbite. “Alyssa Lommel’s mother, Teri, posted on her daughter’s CaringBridge website that doctors were unable to save any of her fingers or thumbs. … Lommel’s mother says surgeons found more tissue damage than expected and had to amputate just below the knuckles of both hands.”

Today in Draz-Ville … Don Davis of the Forum News Service says: “Seven Minnesota counties and 10 cities continue to offer a program allowing motorists to take driving safety classes and keep minor traffic tickets from going on their records, even though the state auditor says the Legislature must first authorize the programs and a Wabasha County judge earlier this month ruled programs in his area are illegal. Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, is offering legislation to penalize local governments that continue the programs. ‘Make no mistake, the local units of government that profited from these illegal programs did so out of greed,’ said Drazkowski.” So will The Draz lead an Anti-Greed movement?

Not exactly a provocative recommendation … A St. Cloud Times editorial urges readers to “look no farther than within the boundaries of this diverse farming state for inspiration. From berries to beef, and from wine to wild rice, local growers provide nourishment for the mind and body. The demand for local foods has increased dramatically during the past few years.” Its suggestion for March: “It’s Minnesota Meat Madness and a perfect time to try bison, elk or lamb.” And alway remember: Avoid cuts of meat with tire tracks.