Gubernatorial candidates avoiding social issues

Somebody’s not feeding the base. Tim Pugmire at MPR writes, “The four Republicans running for governor in next month’s primary aren’t saying much about a topic important to many Republicans: social issues. Even as Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers tout their conservative credentials on the campaign trail, they’re largely steering clear of topics like abortion and same-sex marriage.” Well OK. But how about Voter ID? Do I hear a “V”? Who‘ll give me an “O”?

Today’s snapshot of the foreclosure crisis is that it is nearly gone: Jim Buchta of the Strib writes, “Home prices are going up and repossessions are going down this summer, marking another pivotal shift for the housing market in the Twin Cities. …Foreclosures and short sales made up just 12 percent of all home sales in June, down from 60 percent three years ago. And less than one percent of housing units in Minnesota had entered the foreclosure process. That’s a 41 percent drop from last year and half the national average.”

Minnesota deer helped themselves to a $200,000 smogasbord. Greg Schultzetenberg of the Mesabi Daily News says, “Slightly more than $200,000 was spent on the 2014 emergency deer feeding project, which exceeded the initial anticipated $170,000, according to figures recently released by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. The MDHA, however, had been authorized to receive the additional money beyond the $170,000 for the volunteer-driven program. A total of $200,225 was expended on the project for feed procurement and shipping.”

A Willmar family had kin on the doomed Malyasia Airlines jet. Pat Pheifer of the Strib writes, “Just two days after learning that his eldest brother and his sister-in-law were on doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Drew Ryder of Willmar, Minn., said he and his family harbor no anger toward those responsible for shooting down the plane. …The Ryder family — which includes five surviving siblings — are members of the Christian Reformed Church, a denomination centered around the concept that a person’s faith influences every part of life.”

And she didn’t use an auto-pen. Says Karen Zamora of the Strib about Hillary Clinton’s stop in town yesterday: “The biggest complaint came from the book buyers who had to wait outdoors in 85-degree heat in a line that stretched around the block. A woman from Kansas City took advantage of the event. She drove more than six hours to sell homemade buttons and T-shirts supporting Clinton. One scene showed the iconic ‘Rosie the Riveter’ with Clinton’s face superimposed on Rosie, with the saying, ‘We can do it.’”

At MPR, Jon Collins reports, “Barbara Stasz, 78, of Mounds View waited on a lawn chair near the end, and wore a button depicting suffragist Susan B. Anthony. ‘Susan B. and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had to fight long and hard to get the vote, and here we are,’ Stasz said. ‘Hillary is carrying the torch forward.’ …A handful of anti-war protesters stood across the street from the bookstore. They chanted pro-Palestinian slogans and held signs condemning the military use of drones.”

The conservative Washington Times points to Obamacare in Minnesota and cries, “Fiasco!” “Billions have been spent nationalizing health care, but it’s still no easier for many Americans to get adequate health coverage. In Minnesota, it’s actually more difficult because the only place to find a policy, the Obamacare exchange, still doesn’t work. Eager bureaucrats did their best to make socialized medicine shine. It’s one of their fondest dreams. They dumped $155 million into the website, yet thousands of Minnesotans who go there find only frustration and disappointment. Not even an aspirin.”

The numbers are pretty bad. Anthony Lonetree of the Strib sees news in Sen. Amy Klobuchar crusade against distracted driving. “Just as public education efforts helped make the difference in the use of seat belts, Klobuchar said Sunday she is hopeful that legislation she is pursuing with U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., will make it easier for states to tap federal dollars to warn of the risks that come with turning one’s eyes from the road for just a moment.” She will of course be accused of playing “small ball.”

Rick Nolan will be getting some help from national Democrats. Corey Mitchell of the Strib says, “National Democrats are calling in reinforcements for U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s re-election campaign in the Eighth Congressional District. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has added Nolan to its Frontline program — a support system for House Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents.”

Mike Freeman at Bleacher Report is one of several writers to take a rip at ex-Viking Chris Kluwe for hypocrisy. “Kluwe, it turns out, was contributing to the ugly aspects of the locker room himself. The report summary states that Kluwe made light of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal at Penn State,” Freeman writes. “You cannot talk about the vulgarity of one aspect of the locker room while acting with equal childishness in another moment. There is a difference, I know, between homophobia and a dumb joke. Homophobia is against an entire group of people while Kluwe did a wholly inappropriate thing. Still, if the issue is a poisonous locker room culture, and Kluwe has said for months that he wants to change it, why was he at one point contributing to it?”



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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 07/21/2014 - 10:35 am.

    She will of course be accused of playing “small ball.”

    Yup, she’s the champion of the safe, the obvious and the meaningless. This is simply the most recent example.

    Her most daring (and foolish) effort is her championship of Children in Families First Act of 2013 (CHIFF), which would substantially undermine national and international efforts to reduce irregularities in international adoption. But, hey, it plays well with voters.

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/22/2014 - 03:13 pm.

      What is meaningless about stopping

      Distracted driving? It continues to be an increasing problem and a serious cause of collisions, injuries and fatalities. I prefer trying to stop the problem with strong education material (like MADD) than running all the offenders through the criminal process and the victims through civil actions. IMO, just a cheap shot

  2. Submitted by Robert Owen on 07/21/2014 - 03:02 pm.


    Why does “the conservative Washington Times” get an adjective in front of its name when the AP, the Strib, MPR or heck even the Bleacher Report never get such introductions?

  3. Submitted by Robert Owen on 07/22/2014 - 11:29 am.

    Then maybe it shouldn’t be a “news” source that The Glean quotes from. Just like The Onion. Or Newsmax.

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