GOP seems determined to run on Dayton ‘bungling’ the economy

MinnPost file photo by Bill Kelley
Gov. Mark Dayton

They might instead want to run on potholes or feral cats … . Tom Scheck at MPR  starts his latest piece on election season by saying, “Minnesota Republicans suffered steep losses in 2012 after challenging Democrats over gay marriage. Most voters didn’t see it the GOP’s way. This year Republicans are talking economy, not social issues. But the GOP contenders seeking a shot this fall at Gov. Mark Dayton face a similar dilemma — how to convince voters Dayton and the Democrats have bungled the state’s economy when most indicators show Minnesota is recovering pretty well.”

Basically, everyone wants a voice … . Elizabeth Dunbar’s MPR story on development control along the Mississippi says, “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on how to regulate development along the 72-mile Mississippi River corridor in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A second round of proposed rules for development along the river has done little to quell the controversy that stymied the initial effort. Both the business community and environmental groups say the Department of Natural Resources has more work to do.”

Would you like ice and a slice of lime with your chlorinated solvent? Peter Cox at MPR reports, “The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is proposing that the municipal wells in the Lake Minnetonka town of Spring Park be added to the state’s Superfund List. MPCA officials also want to add a former dry cleaning business in downtown Worthington to the list of polluted sites. … ‘They’re both places where chlorinated solvents are involved in the contamination,’ MPCA spokesman Sam Brungardt said.”

Speaking of consumables … . Tom Webb at the PiPress checks out General Mills new products. “General Mills unveiled its new-product lineup Monday, and the consumer themes were easy to spot. More protein. More gluten-free. More indulgent. And bolder flavors.  The Golden Valley-based foodmaker pays keen attention to trends as it formulates products it thinks will score with consumers. Typically only a small fraction of newcomers become hits, so many of the 150 or so new General Mills products being unveiled aren’t likely to be around next year.” In other words, kind of like the TV networks introducing their “can’t miss” fall line-ups.

It’s a bee-palooza in Minneapolis. Liz Sawyer in the Strib writes, “Beekeepers no longer would need written approval from neighbors to start hives on their property and would be free of restrictions on hives located on the second or higher story of a building under an ordinance change approved Monday by the City Council’s health and environment committee.”

A Mike McFadden for Senate ad, besides spending $40,000 on a couple local TV stations, is getting snickers for something else. At the Strib Rachel Stassen-Berger and Allison Sherry write, “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s first broadcast ad, said to be in the six figures, blossomed into what some are dubbing ‘groin gate’ in social media circles Monday. The ad features McFadden coaching young boys football. One of the boys says, ‘Now Coach McFadden is the one running.’ Another says, ‘Spending has to be stopped’ and ‘Obamacare needs to be sacked.’ Then, McFadden shouts to the junior huddle, ‘Let’s go out and hit somebody!’ and a little boy apparently goes for McFadden in a tackle and hits him below the waist. McFadden’s voice screeches up about six notches … .” Hey! Say what you will. He’s funnier than Al Franken.

Nothing was ever dull with this guy. Kevin Giles of the Strib reports, “A Washington County man implicated in a bizarre alligator incident last year died Sunday in a fiery car crash. William St. Sauver, 31, was killed when his car caught fire in rural Scandia, east of Forest Lake. He was dead at the scene, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. … St. Sauver was convicted in June of keeping wild or exotic animals, a petty misdemeanor, after an alligator surprised two boys fishing in Goose Lake in Scandia.”

It’s time to decide, once and for all … . Tim Harlow of the Strib reminds readers, “Minnetonka and Hopkins have given the thumbs up for plans to route the proposed Southwest Light Rail line through their cities. St. Louis Park could be next. The City Council will vote on Monday on whether to give its approval for the 15.8-mile line that would run from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie … . A sticking point in St. Louis Park is what will happen with freight traffic. At a meeting earlier this year, Council member Tim Brausen spoke in favor of including an explicit statement in the municipal consent resolution that states it is the city’s understanding that the plans include abandoning the idea of rerouting freight rail.

Not that they’ll be personally greeting “guests” … . Kavita Kumar, the Strib’s Target beat writer, reports, “Target Corp. appears to be on a hiring spree — at least when it comes to the digital and technology space. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced today that it has appointed three new senior-level executives in the fields of information technology, e-commerce and digital products. The new additions are part of the company’s efforts to accelerate its digital transformation as it tries to catch up on that front with competitors such as Amazon and Walmart.”

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Comments (13)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 07/08/2014 - 07:39 am.

    This year Republicans are talking economy, not social issues

    “This year Republicans are talking economy, not social issues.”

    Sure, that’s the official strategy, dictated from the head office.

    But the candidates will go off script.

    They just can’t stop themselves from fighting in the culture wars.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/08/2014 - 07:48 am.

    He’s funnier than Al Franken

    Yeah, isn’t it ironic that the alleged comic is playing the straight man in his boring “I passed legislation” TV ads, while the straight-laced businessman is going for the Wellstone-like chuckles.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/08/2014 - 09:31 am.

      Ironic, indeed

      The former comedian got elected to the Senate, where he proceeded to do boring stuff like work on legislation. What fun is that?

      I guess you need a Wall Street plutocrat to garner the real laughs. If he tells us how his financial acumen makes him the one who will save or economy, I for one will slap my knees.

      • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/08/2014 - 09:50 am.


        I hope he enjoyed his brief stay.

        • Submitted by jason myron on 07/08/2014 - 11:04 am.

          More bluster

          from the person with perhaps the worst record of political prognostication on this board. You really seem like you’re trying to convince yourself of Franken’s potential political demise rather than us. The fact that you criticize Franken for actual legislative accomplishment, while backing a vapid, empty suit like McFadden just makes it even sadder

        • Submitted by Dan Hintz on 07/08/2014 - 12:34 pm.


          Do I need to link to your pre-2012 election comment predicting the Republican Tsunami again?

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/08/2014 - 04:17 pm.

      Yeah Tester, no better comedy than a

      Young boy hitting an investment banker below the waist. DVD material for sure. LOL. Or maybe the kid hit him for destroying his parents’ savings in the Great Recession. What a joke! Plus don’t compare that stupid ad to any of Wellstone’s ads. He was 10 times a better man than this Wall Street banker.

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 07/08/2014 - 08:46 am.

    Problem is…

    Republicans literally can’t recognize a bungled economy when one lands on their heads.

  4. Submitted by Susan McNerney on 07/08/2014 - 09:59 am.

    Of course they think he bungled the economy

    when republicans are in charge, all the numbers are the opposite of what they are now. Everything seems topsy-turvy to the poor dears.

  5. Submitted by Steve Roth on 07/08/2014 - 11:40 am.

    There really is a bubble…

    …or alternate reality for the GOP. Its the same one that had so many convinced Romney would win, the DFL wouldn’t sweep last election, etc., etc.

    Given the complicit mainstream media – witness that not a single Sunday political talk-fest mentioned the strong economic & jobs news that came out last week (side note, there is no “liberal media” and the Sunday shows are nothing more than “what is the GOP angry about this week) – the alternate reality world + fear-based campaigning can work. Especially in a mid-term election in many places, particularly the “red” states, where gerrymandering and a lower voter helps the GOP. It will be interesting to see how a fact-free candidate like McFadden will do, given this state and the current strength of the MN economy…

    • Submitted by Marc Post on 07/08/2014 - 04:28 pm.

      It’s worse than you think

      They even have their own wikipedia skewed to their viewpoint:

      Go ahead and check on the theory of relativity. Even Einstein was a liberal!

      • Submitted by jason myron on 07/09/2014 - 02:14 pm.

        It’s true…

        I happened upon listening to part of the Mike Gallagher show on the Patriot (rolls eyes) this morning and caught a caller and the host calling Obama a sociopath and comparing him to Jeffrey Dahmer…seriously, these people are comparing our president to a serial killer. It was unbelievable. It’s as if they inhabit a completely different planet.

  6. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 07/08/2014 - 01:16 pm.

    Rationalization is the key to mental health

    I Listened to the Koch Brothers Center for American Prosperity ad going after Dayton for economic failures and could not help but think of Scott Walker and Wisconsin: In WI we have Koch brother Nirvana. A GOP governor who has signed on to every fantasy ever offered by the Center for American Prosperity and a willing and compliant legislature to enact his every wish. And in MN we have the exact opposite: a DFL Governor and DFL control of both houses and Minnesota is beating Wisconsin on every measure of economic success. Ideology trumps fact and the poor Walker supporters are left with rationalization.

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