Obama lunches at Matt’s Bar

REUTERS/Larry Downing
President Barack Obama walking out of Matt's Bar to greet onlookers earlier today.

Very early reports on the President’s visit. This from Tom Scheck of MPR regarding the Prez having lunch at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis. “From pool report: Staff confirm Obama ordered a Jucy Lucy.”

And a bit more, via WCCO-TV and the AP. “Obama went around the room to shake people’s hands, CNN reported. He then sat in a booth with Rebekah Erler, who wrote a letter to the president last March. To her surprise, he responded in person. The White House pool reporter’s account of Matt’s Bar was as follows: ‘Matt’s is small and crowded, even without the addition of POTUS and the pool. … The smell of grease hung in the air — in a delicious way.’ ”

Floodwatch … . The PiPress says, “The Mississippi River in St. Paul hit 20.02 feet Thursday morning, 6 feet above flood stage. Minor flood stage is considered 14 feet, moderate stage is 15 feet and major stage 17 feet. The river is expected to rise another half-foot until its predicted crest Thursday evening at 20.5 feet, the seventh-highest level on record. The record crest of 26.01 feet was set on April 16, 1965, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Mississippi is expected to remain at ‘major’ flood stage for a week … .”

Because we can’t chew gum and walk at the same time … . MPR’s Tim Pugmire reports, “Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson wants the construction of a new $90 million office building for the Minnesota Senate stopped before it starts. Johnson held a news conference Thursday to propose a one-day special session so that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers could halt the project and use the money to instead fund flood relief and road repair throughout the state.”

MPR’s Paul Huttner says, “The forecast for avoiding another shot of heavy multi-inch weekend rains looks a little better than it did 24 hours ago. The latest model trends suggest a more northerly storm track. That may not be good news for the Red River Valley and northern Minnesota, but it may spare the metro another 3-plus inch rainfall in some areas. The next incoming low pressure wave appears to be taking aim more at northern Minnesota this weekend.”

Cue the “Jaws” theme … Curtis Gilbert, also at MPR says, “Minneapolis residents concerned about the Southwest light rail line are hiring lawyers as the city nears a vote on the controversial project. Mayor Betsy Hodges has received at least two letters this week from lawyers representing groups based in the city’s Kenwood neighborhood.”

Oh, what the heck, it’s kinda like they handed it to her … The AP’s Scott Bauer covering always interesting Wisconsin politics, reports, “Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke launched a new television ad Thursday that attacks Gov. Scott Walker for being a part of what prosecutors have called a criminal scheme to evade campaign laws. The ad comes less than a week after Burke said she would not make the accusations a focus of her campaign.”

Meanwhile, a Reuters story says … “Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was not a target of an investigation into possible illegal coordination between his campaign and special interest groups during elections in 2011 and 2012, a lawyer for the prosecutor leading the investigation said on Thursday. Documents released to the public last week outlined the prosecutor’s legal theory during the 20-month investigation and did not establish the existence of a crime, Randall Crocker, an attorney representing special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, said in a statement.”

And then … in “Stuff You Couldn’t Make Up,” we learn that Walker, a big fan of Voter ID … to prevent rampant voter fraud, you understand … has at least one very committed supporter. For WisPolitics.com Marie Rohde writes, “Robert Monroe, a 50-year-old Shorewood health insurance executive, was charged Friday with 13 felonies related to his voting a dozen times in five elections between 2011 and 2012 using his own name as well as that of his son and his girlfriend’s son. … Monroe was considered by investigators to be the most prolific multiple voter in memory. He was a supporter of Gov. Scott Walker and state Sen. Alberta Darling, both Republicans, and allegedly cast five ballots in the June 2012 election in which Walker survived a recall challenge. … According to the John Doe records, Monroe claimed to have a form of temporary amnesia and did not recall the election day events when confronted by investigators.”

Social media foreshadowing … Tad Vezner and Mara Gottfried write, “Minutes before a 25-year-old was fatally shot in St. Paul on Wednesday, he posted on Facebook that someone was talking about shooting him. Lamar Hale, who turned 25 just over two weeks ago, posted around noon Wednesday that a man was talking ‘about when he see me he shooting me down.’”

Also in crime: The latest from the Strib and wire on the Farmington woman whose remains were found in a suitcase. “Police say the woman whose remains were found in a suitcase in Wisconsin this month was likely killed in a Rochester hotel room. … Rochester police said Thursday Simonson and the man arrested in the case checked into the Microtel Inn and Suites on Nov. 2 and that the man checked out the next day without Simonson.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Rick Ryan on 06/26/2014 - 04:20 pm.

    Checkout time

    Apparently (allegedly) he DID check out with her..in the suitcase.

  2. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 06/26/2014 - 05:42 pm.

    Kudos to Mr. Johnson. The roads are one of the few “services” that those paying the higher taxes use on a daily basis and they are an embarrassment. I recall a folksy saying about the two seasons in Minnesota being winter and the season that they fix the potholes. Even that isn’t true anymore. Put our tax dollars to work by fixing the roads, not building some lavish senate building.

  3. Submitted by jason myron on 06/26/2014 - 07:17 pm.

    Glad to see

    the president hit Matt’s instead of the 58 Club. His street cred remains intact.

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