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Judge allows off-duty cops to pack firearms at Vikings games

PLUS: Kickstarter-funded SmartThings gets bought by Samsung; Independence Party candidate for U.S. Senate is disavowed by … the Independence Party; and the Alliance for Better Minnesota puts out iffy anti-Johnson ad.

Finally, protection amid all those shoot-outs at Vikings games. The AP assures the sports-loving public, “judge has struck down — for now — an NFL policy preventing off-duty Minnesota police officers from carrying guns at Vikings games. Two police organizations challenged the rule, arguing that NFL policy cannot trump state law. Judge Ivy Bernhardson ruled Thursday in favor of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. … The ruling applies only in Minnesota.”

This is what happens when they decide to make an example of you. Tom Olson of the Duluth News Tribune says, “Jim Carlson, owner of downtown Duluth’s Last Place on Earth head shop, was sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison Thursday in a ruling that left government officials jubilant and Carlson’s supporters fuming. … With the sentencing, a forfeiture order of approximately $6.5 million was finalized, allowing the government to seize money from Carlson’s bank accounts and various other properties, including the store.”

The dream of every fledgling entrepreneur: Adam Belz of the Strib says, “A company that built its foundation through a Minnesota Kickstarter campaign has been sold to Samsung for a reported $200 million. SmartThings, which makes a platform that allows people to control and monitor their homes through a mobile app, raised $1.2 million in the Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and demonstrated its product at the Minnestar conference that fall.”

John Hinderaker of the conservative Power Line blog sees the death of liberalism in the poor turn out to protest John Boehner in Minneapolis yesterday. “For liberals, it has been a tough 5 1/2 years. The most ‘progressive’ administration of our lifetimes has turned into a comprehensive disaster, especially if you aren’t a liberal hedge fund manager or a liberal ‘green’ energy scammer. So enthusiasm on the Left has flagged, to say the least. … The demonstration was even weaker than I expected. The local police precinct had told the club’s manager to expect around 200 protesters, based on ‘chatter.’ I counted 16 quiet, dispirited liberals.” But that may still be 15 more than the number of liberal hedgies.

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On the other end of the spectrum, Alice Ollstein of the lefty site ThinkProgress writes about GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson’s minimum wage thinking. “Johnson, who will face off with Governor Mark Dayton this November, followed up his comments in opposition to minimum wage increases with a description of goals that seem to require those same increases.

I have a vision of a state where we abandon the principle that the poor are poor and the rich are rich and all we can do is redistribute the wealth,’ he said. ‘Instead, we are celebrating the people who are successful and never giving up on the people in this state who are poor. We are preaching a belief that the poor can become the middle class and the middle class can become rich. And anyone who starts with nothing can achieve anything in this state.’” Anyone, even you, can become a productive hedge fund manager.

The GleanAnd then back again to the other side. Eric Boehm of the conservative Watchdog.org site, took a ride out to the instantly famous River Oasis Cafe in Stillwater. “So, charging people an extra 35-cents for their food is OK, but charging people an extra 35-cent fee on top of their food charges is a revenge tactic and shows contempt for the minimum wage increase? Many on social media had the same economically illiterate reaction. … Those angry about having to pay higher prices because of an increasing minimum wage should be upset at the politicians who forced those higher costs on business owners across Minnesota. And when those higher costs are hidden inside the price of food, as many Facebook commenters seemed to think should have done, they are easy to ignore. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.” Someone tell him it’s not about the money. It’s about the whining.

As for “independents”: Tom Scheck of MPR reports, “Leaders of the Independence Party of Minnesota are disowning their own nominee for U.S. Senate. Self-proclaimed tea party member Steve Carlson won the primary with slightly more than 2,100 votes, defeating Kevin Terrell, the candidate party leaders had chosen to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken. … Among other things, he has defended a Missouri Senate candidate’s remarks about ‘legitimate rape,’ alleged a war on white males and said the person who shot and killed Trayvon Martin ‘provided a valuable service.’” The better guess is he’s auditioning for a radio gig.

Oh, and MPR’s fact-checker, Catharine Richert isn’t impressed with the new anti-Jeff Johnson ad put out by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota. “Here’s a line from the … latest spot, which starts running on Aug. 15.

Tea Party Republican Jeff Johnson voted to cut education so he could give millions in tax breaks to big corporations.’

The ad goes on to say that Johnson’s campaign is backed by corporate special interests. There is truth in this ad. But it wanders into misleading territory by linking two unrelated votes Johnson cast while he was in the Legislature. … ABM links Johnson’s vote on a 2003 education funding bill to a completely unrelated amendment Johnson voted against in 2005.” To paraphrase Lt. Col. Kilgore in “Apocalypse Now,” I love the smell of BS in the morning.

Thanks for letting everyone know: Chao Xiong of the Strihb reports, “The day before Brian G. Fitch Sr. allegedly shot and killed Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, court documents show he told his ex-girlfriend that he was prepared to use deadly force on police. That detail was unveiled in search warrants filed in connection with the July 30 murder of Patrick, 47, the most senior officer in his department.”