Gubernatorial candidate Zellers signs ‘no new taxes’ pledge

The long arms of Grover Norquist … An AP story says, “Republican candidate Kurt Zellers has signed a group’s pledge that rules out any new taxes and most fees as budget options if he becomes Minnesota governor. The former House speaker says he wanted to make clear that he won’t ask taxpayers to pony up more money. None of Zellers rivals in the Aug. 12 GOP primary have signed the Americans for Tax Reform document.”

Thin-skinned airline: Jennifer Mayerle at WCCO-TV reports, “Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. … a gate agent wouldn’t let his 6-year-old and 9-year-old board with him — so they’d all have to wait to board later. ‘In leaving I said, you know, Real nice way to treat an A-list. I’ll be sure to tweet about it,’ he said. And that’s just what Watson did. … Soon after getting to their seats, the family of three was asked to leave the plane.”

Looking for generally well-paying work? The Forum News Service says, “Primary care doctors soon may be in short supply, a Minnesota Hospital Association report showed Monday. … The study written by Towers Watson, a professional services company, found that ‘the current pipeline of graduates barely appears adequate to replace retirements as they occur. That, coupled with projected increases in demand because of an aging population, will result in a significant talent gap for physicians.’ There could be a shortage of 850 primary care doctors by 2024, the study shows.”

In Forbes magazine, which has a special fascination with the economics of pro sports, Jesse Lawrence writes, “With a season outdoors, Vikings tickets are among the bottom third in the league on the secondary market, but are still 27.7% above the average price from last season. According to TiqIQ, the average price for Vikings tickets across the 2014 season is $153.67. With a capacity loss of 14,000 from the Metrodome to TCF Bank Stadium, a jump in price from last season is not surprising  … .”

According to a piece in Midwest Energy News, Minnesota electricity consumers have shown marginal improvements in their “energy behavior.” Karen Uhlenhuth writes, “ … while data is limited on how effective these so-called ‘behavior’ programs are, some recent reports show promising results. Four rural electric co-ops in Minnesota, for instance, were able to reduce demand in 2013 between 1.8 and 2.8 percent using MyMeter — a program that gives utility customers more detailed information about their energy use.”

Oh, come on! Give us at least a whole day to savor the dream. Brett Neely of MPR tells us, “Michele Bachmann is trying to tamp down the boomlet of speculation that she might run again for President in 2016. … Bachmann says the reporter misconstrued her remarks. In a post on her Facebook page, Bachmann explained she was challenging the premise of the reporter’s story: The reporter’s underlying premise was that no woman would run for President on the Republican ticket in 2016, and if that would hurt the Republican Party. I disagreed with that premise. My main point in the interview was that the media has failed to consider that there are a number of strong, accomplished, intelligent Republican women who could be in the mix for 2016.”

In the generally prurient trial of Cook County attorney Tim Scanell, his teenage inamorata was on the stand. MPR’s Dan Kraker says, “Scannell was a ‘mentor’ and ‘father figure,’ the woman, now 19, told jurors. The pair rarely went more than a few days without seeing each other in the summer of 2012. They kissed on several occasions, but on two dates in August, she testified, he inappropriately touched her breasts, stomach and legs. She said she told him, ‘No, that can’t happen.’ He suggested later they have sex, she said, but she declined. ‘I was confused,’ she said in court during nearly three hours of testimony. ‘I didn’t want to lose him in my life. I knew what we were doing wasn’t OK.’ “

Next door, where “It’s working,” the AG has news for gays. According to an AP story, “Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause doesn’t cover sexual orientation the same way it does gender discrimination and there’s no fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.) Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with a federal appeals court in Chicago. He is asking the court to overturn a federal judge’s decision declaring Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.” The invitation for Wisconsin to join the 21st century remains open.

Apparently they lost your application … Jennifer Brooks of the Strib says, “Minnesota has hired a director to lead its newly created Office of Medical Cannabis. The Legislature legalized the limited use of medical marijuana this year and on Wednesday the Minnesota Department of Health named Michelle Larson to oversee the program. The new Office of Medical Cannabis has one year to set up a statewide system that can produce, distribute and regulate the use of medical marijuana.”

MPR host Krista Tippet is getting some White House acclaim. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “Krista Tippett, whose Twin Cities-based public radio show ‘On Being’ scrutinizes ‘the mysteries of human existence’ and whose listeners nationwide range from faith adherents to atheists, is one of 10 recipients of the 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Medal.”    

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 07/23/2014 - 04:03 pm.

    Zellers’ Tax Pledge

    Who said the GOP is devoid of new ideas?

  2. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 07/23/2014 - 04:48 pm.

    Well,

    That locks up the TPAW endorsement.

  3. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/24/2014 - 10:17 am.

    What a wimp!

    Zellers is afraid of a Washington DC politico. I’m sure that MN businesses will be “thrilled” by his position since it would rule out an internet sales tax. LOL

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/24/2014 - 11:27 am.

      an internet sales tax

      which you favor, apparently.

      The internet sales tax is just another reason why young people would never vote democrat if they were only paying attention.

      • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/24/2014 - 11:52 am.

        Guess again Tester

        As to your second sentence, young people will never vote Republican until the party stops attacking gay rights, women’s health care, immigration reform and so on and so on.

      • Submitted by jason myron on 07/24/2014 - 12:33 pm.

        Do you actually know any?

        Since you have a history of disparaging youth and questioning their intellect and work ethic here, I doubt that your interaction with young people runs any deeper than yelling at them to get off of your lawn.

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