Poll: Enormous gulf in how Minnesota men and women think

News flash! Men and women don’t think alike. Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib breaks down the latest Minnesota Poll, saying, “From politics to health care to the economy, even on political giving and race relations, Minnesota men and women hold vastly different opinions, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. Although political party affiliation is the single most determinative factor in how Minnesotans answered pollsters’ questions, gender is a very close second. … the differences run deeper than political preference. A gender split was also clear on the federal Affordable Care Act, which in Minnesota provides insurance through the MNsure exchange.”

Better … Bill Catlin of MPR writes, “Minnesota employers added 6,100 jobs in August as the state’s jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent, the lowest in nearly eight years, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday. The rate’s down slightly from July’s 4.5 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 6.1 percent. … Job seekers may still struggle to find quality jobs … .”

Cottage Grove is down for pot. MPR’s Peter Cox reports, “The Cottage Grove City Council has given the green light to a medical marijuana growth facility in a city business park. The council’s unanimous approval Wednesday night grants a conditional use permit and a contract for private development between LeafLine Labs LLC and Cottage Grove’s economic development agency.”

The NFL’s current abuse problems, which includes of course our Adrian Peterson, has inspired some interesting, thoughtful analysis by writers and fans alike. In the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gary Scheets collects some fan thinking, including this: “For the first time in forever the NFL had made me truly sorry I am a fan. By continuing to support this institution am I putting my stamp of approval on the current culture? Is my love and are my dollars saying, “hey great job, have another chunk of my livelihood!” Don’t know…I simply don’t know. My disdain for [Roger Goodell] isn’t sitting squarely on the BG [?] debacle, it’s the greed and the question, how many billions is enough for the owners? I’m just disappointed and really sad, not certain what to do with all the anger and the disgrace not so much at the players themselves but the freakin’ owners who put these young men in the NFL engine, burn them out and toss them aside like spark plugs.”

For the Newark Star-Ledger, Tom Layberger says, “Losing a sponsor got the Viking’s attention. Owners Mark and Zygi Wilf broke into reactionary mode and suddenly removed Peterson from the team indefinitely. It is amazing the things that can happen when the financial spigot is turned off. Isn’t that right, Vikings? This hollow backpedaling is as insulting as Peterson and Carolina’s Greg Hardy, who was convicted in his domestic assault case, being permitted to collect a full paycheck while on ‘voluntary’ leave. Speaking of sponsors, what took so long, Anheuser-Busch? NFL venues that hawk your products have long had trouble with unruly and drunken fans, while the list of NFL players charged with DWI in recent years is seemingly endless, and now finally you are concerned about the recent events that fail to live up to your company’s moral code?”

For The Washington Post Sally Jenkins says, “The irony of Goodell’s ‘policy’ is that it actually is an implicit slur on NFL players, stereotyping them as wanton marauders incapable of self-governance. And it positions them as guilty boys standing before the schoolmaster with a stick. The nasty little secret of the NFL is that the men who run the game don’t think very highly of the men who play it. That’s the real underpinning of Goodell’s posturing about discipline and talk about ‘due process’: It’s a cover for fear and guilt on the executive suite level, because some NFL teams have fielded players despite knowing they had serious issues, saw their menacing behavior off the field as an asset on it.”

The GleanMeanwhile, adding to the Vikings’ league-leading arrest record … Chris Miller of the Strib says, “Jerome Simpson, already under a three-game NFL suspension for a DUI arrest last year, is in more trouble. The Vikings receiver was cited July 7 on charges of marijuana possession, open bottle and violating a limited drivers license, according to Hennepin County Court records. He has a Nov. 3 court appearance.”

Nabbed: Shelby Capacio at KMSP-TV says, “Minnesota State Fair organizers have confirmed two arrests in connection with the Aug. 29 armed robbery of the Craft Brewers Guild. Antonio Terrell Washington, 20, and Jarret Maiden, 35, of St. Paul have been arrested for aggravated robbery. More than $10,000 was stolen from the popular exhibit, which offered flights of craft beers from dozens of in-state brewers. The robbery was reported a couple of hours after the building closed. The two people who were inside at the time were tied up during the robbery, but no injuries were reported.”

A lonely death. The AP story says, “The body of a 32-year-old Minnesota man missing east of Cordova, Alaska, has been recovered. Scott Bell of St. Paul was found Tuesday by searchers. …  Troopers were told Bell was last seen Monday night and that he may have been using a kayak. Bell’s body was found at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on a sand bar.”

This will set off some reaction: Jon Collins at MPR reports, “For the first time, transportation projects vying for federal dollars in the metro area will be judged partly on whether they benefit the poor and people of color. Some suburban representatives argue that their cities could lose funding because of the new funding formula.”

The NFL’s troubles have distracted me from scanning for the (other) stream of miscreants. Joe Lindberg at the PiPress says, “The founder of a now-defunct Burnsville company stole $2.5 million from investors by lying about the company’s success, according to a statement released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bryan Reichel, founder and former principal shareholder of PureChoice, faces seven counts of wire fraud and is set to appear in court Oct. 1 in St. Paul. Between 2007 and 2009, Reichel, 59, solicited investments and loans to PureChoice, which sold air quality monitors. According to the attorney’s office, Reichel concealed from investors that one of its main products did not comply with federal regulations.”

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/18/2014 - 03:28 pm.

    Check out Senator Corey Booker’s bill, which proposes…

    …to lift the phoney-baloney tax exempt non-profit status of professional sports leagues, including, of course, the NFL.


    Any outfit that can pay their CEO $40 million is no non-profit.

    The article notes that it is not likely to gain wide support. You know who they’re talking about here – it sure ain’t the ordinary working people who would fail to support it – it’s those U.S. Senators and Congressmen who shill for anyone who’ll pay the going rate.

  2. Submitted by Dan K on 09/18/2014 - 04:25 pm.


    FYI the “BG” in the New Orleans Times-Picayune article refers to the bounty-gate scandal from a couple of years ago wherein New Orleans coaches/players were offering up cash rewards to members of their defense who injured opposing players. Seems pretty tame compared to the current string of NFL controversies.

  3. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 09/18/2014 - 04:31 pm.

    “…U.S. Senators and Congressmen who shill for anyone who’ll pay the going rate.”

    I agree with you that the “tax exempt non-profit status of professional sports leagues” is a monstrous tax loophole that needs to be addressed. However, I believe our people who represent us in DC are some of the best. Do you realize that you are actually accusing them of taking bribes? Do you have any shred of evidence to support your accusation?

    • Submitted by Marc Post on 09/18/2014 - 05:06 pm.


      The writer made no accusation of taking bribes. They don’t have to take bribes. We have a corrupt campaign contribution system that makes actual bribery laughable and unnecessary. Super PACs and “Citizens United” is how it’s done.

    • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/18/2014 - 06:08 pm.

      The tax loopholes are given by the legislative bodies…

      …generally in exchange for campaign contributions. Same goes for legislation or regulation that is dear to the heart of a constituent group. Even ambassadorships are auctioned off, sometimes leading to embarrassment, as in the recent case of the person proposed for ambassador to Norway, who turned out to know next to nothing about things Norwegian. UFF DA !!

      If there is bribery, it is done in a sophisticated manner which may straddle the border between legal and illegal. Delivering suitcases full of money is just not done anymore – it would be too crass and too obviously criminal, too easy a prosecution, as in Abscam.

      Just check out what Jack Abramoff, an expert in the field, has to say about it.

      It’s hard for me to believe anyone is astonished anymore by the influence of money on legislation and also regulatory bodies.

      Here’s a small but practical example: years ago, some friends wanted to meet with a Congressman from Minnesota, but had a hard time getting a personal appointment. They inquired around why this was so, and found – through the grapevine, nothing in writing – that a campaign contribution of a certain specified amount would clear the Congressman’s schedule to meet with them. They gave that amount, and, lo and behold, they suddenly had no trouble getting a meeting !! So the Congressman heard their views. They had a voice, and access. They also had the opportunity to groom this relationship further.

      I also know from personal experience of someone who was named ambassador by a not-so-recent President based upon a sizable contribution to that President’s campaign.

      So no – I’m making no accusations of bribery. I’m describing the American Way, the way things are done here. It’s the best government money can buy !!

  4. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 09/18/2014 - 04:54 pm.

    and so it goes,,,

    Minnesota Man…”Men think differently than women”

    Minnesota Woman,,,”I disagree with you.”

  5. Submitted by jason myron on 09/18/2014 - 09:15 pm.

    From the tone of the comments

    on that article over at the Strib, it doesn’t sound like the GOP outreach toward women has really taken off with their male voting bloc. I did notice a certain “dentester” lamenting giving women the right to vote. I miss him…

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