The very sad story of little Eric Dean clearly had an effect on the governor. Says Rachel Stassen-Berger in the Strib, “Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday will order immediate changes to protect children from abuse like that which befell 4-year-old Eric Dean, whose short life and violent death was profiled by the Star Tribune. ‘Dayton will direct immediate changes to the child protection system, and call on experts, legislators, and stakeholders to recommend additional improvements to be considered by the Legislature in 2015,’ the governor’s office said late Sunday. Dayton, who is running for re-election, will announce the changes on Monday morning. Eric’s story revealed that the child protection system failed to protect him.”
Did you see the dough Emily’s List is dropping on the Wisconsin governor’s race? According to the AP, “A national group that works to elect Democrats who support abortion rights plans to spend $1.2 million on television ads for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Emily’ List announced Monday that it would begin airing ads statewide in early October. Emily’s List says the first spots will focus on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s record on women’s health.” So they’re saying he has one?
Related … . The AP is also reporting, “A liberal attack group plans to file a brief in the legal battle over Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law alleging state offices aren’t open enough to produce enough IDs for would-be voters ahead of the Nov. 4 election. … One Wisconsin Institute planned to file a brief in the case Monday arguing Wisconsin doesn’t have enough Division of Motor Vehicle offices to issue enough IDs for the 300,000 people who lack them before the election. The brief notes more than half of the 92 offices are open only two days per week.” The Voter ID crowd couldn’t have been aware of that, could they?
Also next door: Who doesn’t pack some heat when squeezing cucumbers? Scoot Cooper Williams of the Green Bay Press Gazette reports, “A group promoting gun owner rights in Wisconsin is suing the city of Green Bay in a dispute that stems from restrictions on guns inside a popular farmers market. … Nik Clark, president of Wisconsin Carry Inc., said a member of the organization complained this summer after he was told he couldn’t open-carry a gun in a Green Bay downtown farmers market. Police officers told him that guns were not permitted at the Saturday morning event, Clark said.” What sort of fool would buy sweet corn without their Uzi?
Trend watch: “Full-service schools” are gaining a toehold, says Tim Post at MPR. “Education advocates say adding health care services, parenting classes and community events will help people in under-served communities engage more with their schools. They say that will help close the gap between white students and students of color on standardized tests. In Minnesota, the idea has gotten a toe-hold in Brooklyn Center, where district officials say the model is helping improve the health of students and better engage the community. Although state data on test scores shows that so far student achievement has been mixed, there clearly are benefits … .”
The Replacements played The Big Apple over the weekend. Reviews were uniformly affectionate. In The New York Daily News Jim Farber writes, “They’re known as one of rock’s greatest misses. Since their hey-day in the ’80s, The Replacements have become mythologized as much for their status as overlooked geniuses as for that genius itself. … they never risked the slick. For all the fresh discipline of the music, it retained its ramshackle charm.”
In Newsday, Glen Gamboa writes, “In an age when musical choice is overwhelming on YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and countless other options and information overload is all too real, the influential sway of the Replacements seems hard to fathom. When they came of age in the ’80s, they were building the blueprint for an alternative to the Reagan era, the counter-argument to the ‘Greed is good’ crowd.”
Why we should all support Texas secession: City Pages’ Aaron Rupar points attention to some classic (and predictable) deep thinking in The Lone Star state. For CBS-DFW sports talk jock Shan Shariff says, “ ‘Adrian Peterson is a monster.’ ‘He’s just the same and maybe WORSE than Ray Rice.’ ‘I don’t want a guy like that on my favorite team.’
“These are comments being made in every part of the country, but there’s less being made here in the great state of Texas. They are reportedly angry in Minnesota. They don’t view Peterson’s methods as a form of discipline. They view it as a form of abuse. The reaction is a mixture of outrage, anger and attack. The reaction HERE is a mixture of understanding, acceptance and debate. Adrian was raised in East Texas. They just don’t understand AP like ‘we’ do.
” ‘We’ believe and practice corporal punishment. We got Whoopins, beatings, belts and switches administered like a bath at night. We agree and support your way of parenting Adrian. We get it, because it’s the way we grew up. Come back home and finish your HOF career here. We would welcome you with open arms like no one else in the country.” How many more miles of that immigration fence would it take to wrap around the west, north and east side Texas?