It’s Super Bowl pitch day in Atlanta, but will it be Big Easy?

Minnesota Vikings

Our top dogs and ponies will be giving it their best shot this afternoon … . Rochelle Olson of the Strib says, “The Minneapolis Super Bowl crew will kick off the competition for the 2018 Super Bowl Tuesday afternoon. The team, led by U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis and Carlson Cos. Board Chair Marilyn Carlson Nelson, is first up and gets exactly 15 minutes to make its bid to NFL owners.”

Tim Nelson of MPR has the discouraging words: “Privately, boosters say there may be some concern in the NFL that the new Vikings stadium isn’t further along before the league commits to playing there.”

Adds Ben Goessling at ESPN, “New Orleans — which turns 300 in 2018 — wants the game for an 11th time as part of its tricentennial celebration … The city is 10-for-10 in Super Bowl bids, and the NFL might decide to award Super Bowl LII to New Orleans on Tuesday, with plans to award Super Bowl LIII to Minneapolis next year.

Well after all, the door isn’t just open, the entire barn has been torched … . Doug Belden at the PiPress says, “A federal judge on Monday blocked Minnesota officials from enforcing a state campaign finance law on donations … after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a separate case last month. That ruling … struck down aggregate contribution limits in federal campaigns.” One guess who funds the organization the pursued the case. Our Devin Henry reports as well.

Remember that wonky story about the Minneapolis Fed dumping two long-time research economists over a disagreement involving monetary policy? The Strib’s Adam Belz says they’re back. Patrick Kehoe and Ellen McGrattan were “quietly reinstated” as consultants. The duo were reportedly not as big a fans of maximizing employment via higher (but hopefully still modest) inflation as Minneapolis Fed Chair Narayana Kocherlakota.

The first rule of political show biz: Give the base what it wants. Stribber Allison Sherry writes, “Republican Stewart Mills III, who is running to unseat Rep. Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District, launched his first ads this week in a substantive buy on television in Duluth and the Twin Cities against Obamacare. ‘Every day I see how Obamacare is hurting small businesses and the middle class,’ Mills says … ‘As your congressman I’ll replace it.’” Wow. Is that before or after he delivers peace to the Middle East?

TIME magazine’s Maya Rhodan tells her readers, “Minnesota is banning the germ killer triclosan, which is found in many soaps and body washes. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Friday, but the ban won’t take effect until January 2017. … Some consumer products have already begun dropping the chemical, which is in about 75 percent of all anti-bacterial soaps sold in America.”

On his blog, Michael Brodkorb asserts that MPR got it wrong … .  “Catharine Richert of Minnesota Public Radio wrote a fact-check of the Compete Minnesota! ad about Scott Honour’s position on MNSure. Richert was critical of a claim made in the ad, which started airing last week, that was based on a post from which I wrote over three months ago. … What’s also missing from Richert’s story is any acknowledgment that Johnson, Thompson and Zellers have all clarified and changed their positions on MNSure over the last few months. Honour’s position, I wrote, provided the most contrast with Dayton’s pro-MNSure position and would be the most attractive to anti-MNSure Republicans.”

I smell gun grabbin’ … . Evan Ramstad of the Strib reports, “Remington Outdoor Co. notified state officials that it will close a factory in St. Cloud where it produces military rifles, eliminating 68 jobs in the central Minnesota city as it consolidates manufacturing from there and elsewhere at a new site in Alabama. The St. Cloud unit, called DPMS Panther Arms, is a maker of AR-15 rifles for the U.S. military and numerous variants for consumers.”

The latest sad update in the Isaac Kolstad assault: “a significant amount of brain tissue [was] removed during surgery,” the Mankato Free Press’s Dan Nienaber reports. Friends have organized a fundraiser to pay medical bills.

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 05/20/2014 - 06:39 am.

    Gun grabbin’

    Not sure about “gun grabbin,” but I wonder what the average pay rate on the factory floor is in Alabama compared to the rate in St. Cloud. They could, after all, have chosen to consolidate operations in St. Cloud, but instead decided on Alabama. When executives start talking about “efficiency,” it often means lowering costs, and the biggest cost for most companies is personnel, in the form of pay.

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 05/20/2014 - 08:54 am.

      The major move is from NY. No doubt political atmosphere (Alabama vs. NY and MN) played a big role. And of course wage scales. But Alabama also ponied up about $50M in incentives for a facility that’s expect to employ about 2,000 people.

      Not likely to consolidate a large facility into the tiny St. Cloud operation, which was bought by Remington a few years ago.

      • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 05/20/2014 - 09:48 am.

        Liberty Stolen

        The government interfering with the magic of the marketplace?

        Wait till the Koch brothers, Americans For Prosperity, and Freedom Works find out about this!

        All good free marketeers know that government can’t pick winners and losers. More of our precious liberty has been lost.

  2. Submitted by Steve Sundberg on 05/20/2014 - 08:55 am.

    Re: Gun grabbin’

    Yeah, really. If only everyone would work for peanuts, business would be in great shape. /sarcasm off

  3. Submitted by Marc Post on 05/20/2014 - 08:58 am.

    That’s speculative

    St. Cloud has never been a haven for high wages. Due to the glut of college students in the region, wages are typically minimum wage or less. Anything over that is very tough to find.

    My speculation is that a big factor is proximity to their suppliers and their customers. There is more military down there so shipping costs are probably a major factor too.

  4. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 05/20/2014 - 10:30 am.

    Brodkorb vs. MPR?

    No contest. I read the MPR story, didn’t even think about clicking on the Brodkorb link. I just hope the Republicans keep arguing with each other over who’s a bigger opponent of Obamacare.

  5. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 05/20/2014 - 12:18 pm.

    Given his very public track record

    please do not link to Mr. Brodkorb as any kind of factchecker. He is a hyperpartisan whose only claim to objectivity is that the Republicans no longer want him in their party.

    Brodkorb is not contributing to public discourse, he is seeking to profit from it and will ALWAYS have an opinion worth linking to, whether it is one he actually holds or has simply formulated to glean more clicks.

    Don’t get played by this guy more than you already have been. MinnPost had the class not to link to my old blog, there is no reason for you to stoop to linking to Brodkorb.

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