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Honour says: Freeze minimum-wage increases

Strib endorses Jeff Johnson in GOP primary; McFadden gets U.S. Chamber nod; DNR scientists are counting bees; sex offenders’ numbers rise in North Dakota; and more.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour
MinnPost file photo by Brian Halliday

GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour’s latest economic remedy has been released. The AP says, “Honour says he would freeze Minnesota’s minimum wage and cut an array of taxes if Minnesota voters make him governor. Those were two components of an economic plan Honour released Monday ahead of a GOP primary to determine Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s challenger. He says his proposal would fuel economic growth, though it is also likely to garner political pushback.” The minimum wage crowd clearly needs to earn less and spend more.

Speaking of the governor’s race, my apologies for not including the Strib’s endorsement of Honour’s competition, Jeff Johnson, in this morning’s Glean. “We were torn between two candidates when we applied the first test. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and former state Rep. Marty Seifert both display more of what it takes to be Minnesota’s governor than the others, former House Speaker Kurt Zellers and businessman Scott Honour. Seifert and Johnson evince fuller understanding of the issues facing state government than we detected in Honour, and more recognition of what’s required when control of the statehouse is divided, as it would be for a Republican governor in 2015-16, than we saw in Zellers.”

While on the topic of endorsements … The AP tells us the U.S. Chamber is backing Mike McFadden. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce promises ‘aggressive’ spending to back Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s bid to unseat Sen. Al Franken. Chamber political director Rob Engstrom says the Minnesota race is among the top 10 Senate priorities but wouldn’t say how much the organization will spend there. The chamber endorsed McFadden on Monday. Engstrom says the chamber spent more than $1 million backing former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman’s campaign in 2008.”

Also … Aaron Rupar at City Pages notes reaction to the Strib’s earlier endorsement of McFadden’s primary opponent, Jim Abeler. “While noting McFadden and Abeler are more similar than they are different, the Strib concludes, ‘Given the complexities of health care and entitlement reform — and the need for more bipartisan collaboration in Washington — Abeler is the better choice for Republican primary voters.’ … McFadden’s camp believes it has bigger fish to fry than Jim Abeler. And while Erickson and company are probably right to believe McFadden has little to worry about next Tuesday, the Strib’s endorsement does at least reflect the fact that McFadden’s debut campaign has been a rocky one so far.”

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Still in the campaign context … . Mark Zdechlik of MPR looks into the GOP primary fight for the First District Congressional seat. “With party support and a huge financial edge, [Aaron] Miller is the clear favorite to win the Republican primary, observers say. [Jim] Hagedorn, though, has some name recognition — his father represented southern Minnesota in Congress three decades ago — and he’s knocking on doors across southern Minnesota, determined to make it a contest. … Both are calling for a smaller, less restrictive federal government and for the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act.” So, “fresh ideas,” in other words?

I’m surprised this is the first … . The AP says, “Scientists are traveling throughout western Minnesota to conduct a population survey of native bees this summer. The state’s Department of Natural Resources is creating a catalog of Minnesota’s bee population for the first time with the support of a $370,000 state grant. Counting bees allows scientists to study the relationships between population changes and pesticide use, disease and habitat disruption. In the past, scientists mainly focused on honeybees, but now they’re taking a look at more than 350 species of bees that call Minnesota home.”

But this is not surprising. Katharine Lymn of the Forum News Service reports, “As southwestern North Dakota’s population rises, so does the number of sex offenders registered. And the transient nature of many of North Dakota’s newest residents, who often switch jobs or residences, means more work to keep up with sex offenders’ status. Dickinson police Sgt. Kylan Klauzer, who oversees sex offender registration compliance at the department, said both initial offender registrations and updates have increased in the past two years.”

In news of the Archdiocese, Stribber Jean Hopfensperger reports, “Which priests accused of sexual misconduct should have their names and files made public? That’s the question that a Ramsey District Court judge [heard] arguments for Monday morning, as part of an ongoing clergy abuse case marking its way through the court.”

The cynical liberals (and most likely secular humanists) at the satirical site Wonkette continue to show only marginal respect for Our Favorite Congresswoman. Kaili Joy Gray follows up on Rep. Michele Bachmann’s latest immigration thinking and writes, “Michele, Michele, Michele. It really takes a special kind of special to consider yourself the patron saint of children — did you know she fostered 13 billion of them that one time because she sure never tires of reminding us? — while at the same hating the square-dancing crap out of those disgusting ‘illegal’ children, whom, she is quite sure, are being imported by President Obama to rape and murder and mutilate our college students and car accident schoolchildren to death, but also, we must protect them, bless their little illegal hearts, because President Obama is channeling his inner Dr. Mengele and planning to do medical experiments on these children, poor things who are here to DESTROY AMERICA, and no, no I do not understand what she is saying, but then again, neither does she, that is why she is a special kind of special, and we will all miss her when she is gone … .”