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Bachmann considering 2016 presidential run

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It’s undignified to beg, but … please, please, please. Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics reports, “Though set to retire from the U.S. House after her term expires at the end of this year, Michele Bachmann may not be done with electoral politics. The Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run. Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view on whether any Republican women might seek the Oval Office in 2016. ‘The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running’, she replied. ‘They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.’” The only way this news could get better is if she ran with Denny Hecker.

Apparently he had other obligations. Brett Neely of MPR reports, “Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak was among the CEOs who declined to attend a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday about the tax implications of mergers structured as ‘corporate inversions’ in which an American company moves its legal address overseas. … Republicans say any action on inversions should be in the context of an overhaul of the tax code and shouldn’t be used to punish companies.”

In the Owatonna People’s Press, Al Strain reports, “After seeing the lowest unemployment rates since 2013 in May, the jobless rate increased slightly in southern Minnesota communities in June. Labor force participation rates were the highest they’ve been since December and many communities even added jobs, according to figures from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. However, the number of people without jobs also increased. In Owatonna, the unemployment rate went from 3.9 percent in May to 4.4 percent in June.”

There’s no point counting on Congress to do something. Allison Sherry of the Strib writes, “Minnesota refugee resettlement organizations are increasingly panicked that the surge of unaccompanied kids from Central America streaming across the border will siphon federal dollars away from the 4,000 refugees and asylum-seekers that arrive on the state’s doorstep every year.”

Kids. Dave Chanen and Pat Pfeifer of the Strib say, “The adult son of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has been charged with damaging a tree and a horse trail at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve near Delano. Ryan James Stanek, 21, is charged with three counts of criminal damage to property, including a first-degree felony charge.”

Why Wisconsin is the Florida of the Midwest:  Ariel Cheung of the Appleton (WI) Post Crescent reports, “After a regular Lingerie Night attendee at Eager Beaver Bar was charged last week with attempting to kidnap a bartender, the weekly event was discontinued. The bar’s owner, Christina Coon, said Lingerie Night, at which bartenders served customers while dressed only in underwear, was stopped in light of allegations against Dennis L. Mitchell, 45, of Appleton. Police said Mitchell ran up to the bartender as she walked to her vehicle on July 10 and tried to put a plastic bag over her head.”

The Governor wants the new insurance rates out on Oct.1. Says Jackie Crosby in the Strib, “Election-year politics are shining a spotlight on health insurance rates, with Gov. Mark Dayton now asking the state’s insurance plans to voluntarily agree to release them on Oct. 1. Republicans have pressed for release of the 2015 health insurance rates before the November election, even though there’s no requirement that insurers do so until open enrollment starts on Nov. 15. Minnesota had the lowest insurance rates in the nation in the first year under the federal health law, but some Republicans suspect that rates will go up.” Because they never went up before MNsure, right?

The trial of Cook County attorney Tim Scannell has begun. This is the prosecutor who was badly wounded in that courthouse shooting by a guy he had convicted of preying on underage girls … and now is accused of the same thing himself. Dan Kraker and Tom Crann at MPR did a Q&A on the basics of the case.

Q: What kind of impact has this case had on Cook County and Grand Marais?

A: It’s been huge. First, the 2011 shooting was enormous news and rocked the small town. Scannell survived, but the shooter, Dan Schlienz, later died in jail. Moreover, that case brought to the surface what had long been a simmering issue in Grand Marais, how older men would sexually pursue teenage girls, and how for years law enforcement couldn’t get anyone to talk about it.”

Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/23/2014 - 07:28 am.

    If Bachmann ran for president

    It would be interesting and amusing to see how the supporters of the “It’s time for a woman president” meme would adjust their message. For that reason alone I hope that she or Nikki Haley or Condi Rice throws her hat into the ring. Heh.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/23/2014 - 09:47 am.

      Women have the right

      to be judged by the same standards are men.
      That’s why Bachmannnn has no chance, and Haley and Rice have only marginal ones — they have public records.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 07/23/2014 - 10:26 am.

      No adjustment would be needed.

      Bachmann couldn’t win a state wide election, much less a national one. And the only people who care about Nikki Haley are hayseed tea partiers in South Carolina. Bad policy and theocracy are losers no matter which gender represents them.

  2. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 07/23/2014 - 07:32 am.

    Brian Please!!!!!

    Even Denny Hecker has his limits!!

  3. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/23/2014 - 08:31 am.

    The Republicans offer a quality crop

    The Republicans could have a lot to choose from in 2016. A real quality crop. Bachmann, Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Ryan, Christie, Romney, and another Bush, just what the country needs. Lets throw Cheney in there too because he hasn’t figured out how to get off defending his war skills. I can’t wait for the debates as the Republican on Republican war continues. They will have to jack up their wars on women, minorities, and Latinos if these three groups are to get any attention at all. It has to be hard to have so many wars going on at the same time when they don’t have any leadership skills. Plenty of ego and war skills, but no leadership skills. I have noticed the Republicans have dropped the statement “In the tradition of Ronald Reagan” knowing that it was in the Reagan administration America started its decline. If I had to summarize the Republican party right now I can only come up with, It’s a real mess!

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/23/2014 - 09:49 am.

      The R’s have obviously given up on

      2016, and are hoping to screw things up so badly that they’ll have a chance in 2020.
      That’s why their current crop look like refugees from the clown car.

    • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 07/23/2014 - 03:30 pm.


      Hell, it sounds like entertainment to me. Set up a debate of the GOP candidates. Make it open carry. May the best aim win! I’ll buy the popcorn.

  4. Submitted by Bruce Johnson on 07/23/2014 - 10:26 am.

    Tha Bachmann announcement is just part of her gifting enterprise, and that she had to do it herself isn’t a good sign for her. There is too much of this among “prominent” Republicans, holding or seeking public office as part of a broader strategy of permanent political celebrity.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/23/2014 - 11:48 am.

      Her enterprise

      Although you probably meant “grifting enterprise,” the use of “gifting” looks like a Freudian slip. A Bachmann candidacy would indeed be a type of gift, mostly to lazy stand-up comedians or late night TV hosts who need material (“Let’s just mention that Bachmann nut job–she’s always good for an easy laugh”).

  5. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 07/23/2014 - 03:57 pm.

    Our favorite congressperson

    “…Better…if she ran with Denny Hecker.” Nah, how about Jesse Ventura? There is no shoe size too big that cannot easily fit in either of their mouths.

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