Bet you didn’t know that Democrats are soft on … drunk driving. The AP reports, “Safe driving advocates and Democrats are crying foul over a GOP campaign mailing that portrays Democrats as soft on drunken driving. The fliers were sent to residents in a number of legislative districts where Democrats, including Rep. Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake and Rep. Will Morgan of Burnsville, are facing Republicans in competitive races. The mailers claim Democrats are responsible for passing a law that weakened penalties for drunk drivers.”
Also under “The Great Issues of Our Time.” Aaron Rupar at City Pages writes, “In June, Al Franken’s campaign went after Mike McFadden for having a batch of his official T-shirts made in Nicaragua. McFadden’s camp said it was a one-time thing and pointed out that Mike’s shirts are typically made by a Minnesota company. But Franken’s campaign workers are again making McFadden’s merch an issue, as today they distributed a release pointing out that hats sold on McFadden’s campaign website are apparently made in China.” So where are his policy positions manufactured?
The AP put the same nine questions to both Al Franken and Mike McFadden. A sample: You and your opponent have said there is too much money in politics. How should that be changed? … [McFadden], “I am running against Senator Al Franken, one of the top Democratic fundraisers, who has raised over $22 million to date. Millions of these dollars have gone toward patently false television ads attacking me. This is wrong, and the system should be changed. I am a strong believer in First Amendment rights, and believe that Senator Franken’s efforts regarding Citizens United are an attempt to simply treat corporations with greater restrictions than unions. This misses the point.”
The latest on Sunday’s coming protests of the Washington football team’s name which shall not be spoken. Says Randy Furst in the Strib, “Organizers expect thousands of protesters to turn out in what they hope will be the biggest demonstration ever against the Redskins name. It will be the fourth large local protest against the use of Indian imagery in pro sports since the Twins played the Atlanta Braves in the World Series in 1991. … Protesters will gather Sunday on the U’s Northrop Plaza between 8:30 and 9 a.m., hear some Indian prayers, then march to TCF Bank Stadium at 10 a.m. for a rally and a plethora of speakers.”
Nicole Flatow writes on the Think Progress website: “A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Minneapolis found that black juveniles were more than 16.3 times more likely to be arrested for truancy and curfew charges than white juveniles between 2004 and 2012. This figure mirrors disproportionate rates of suspension and other in-school discipline of blacks in the city — a problem the city is moving to address after recent federal intervention.”
Consider yourself warned. Says Paul Huttner at MPR: “The season’s strongest cold front sweeps south today through Minnesota. Packed pressure lines on the surface maps mean gusty northwest winds. The big blue ‘H’ on the maps is the center of a chilly Canadian high pressure cell. … Earlier this week, I dug up the numbers that showed this would likely be the coldest Halloween in 8 years.”
With Bob in town for three nights next week, The Current has put together capsule reviews of all Dylan albums since 1962 … which is a lot. For 1997’s ‘Time Out of Mind,” Andrea Swensson writes, “Although Dylan later said he didn’t like what Lanois did with the record — Dylan has self-produced every record he’s made since — Lanois’s atmospheric production became one of the defining elements of Time Out of Mind. Listening back to the record now, it’s also obvious how influential the aesthetic of the album has been on contemporary artists. The latest albums from the War on Drugs and Ryan Adams sound like they could have been recorded in the same studio using the same setup.”
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Apparently the house cleaning chores just got away from them. Paul Walsh of the Strib reports, “A Rosemount woman with four special-needs children has been charged with neglect, accused of living with her sex-offender husband in a fly-infested home so filthy and cluttered that authorities branded it a fire trap. The children, ages 6 to 13, are now in foster care and no longer subjected to being sent to their rooms behind doors with deadbolts when they misbehaved … . Evidence of a fly infestation was evident throughout the house: Six long flytraps were filled with bugs. Flies blanketed the living room ceiling. Steven Murphy said an unkempt guinea pig cage may be attracting flies or possibly dead mice inside a wall.” See dear, my man cave isn’t so bad.
That Serbian guy in the news a week back for immigrating here under fraudulent circumstances? He wants the case thrown out. The AP says, “A Minnesota man accused of getting into the U.S. by concealing his military service during the Bosnian war is asking that the case be dismissed. Zdenko Jakisa has pleaded not guilty to possessing unlawfully obtained documents. Prosecutors say he got his green card illegally when he didn’t disclose his armed service in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s. He also concealed that he’d been accused of killing a neighbor.”
Fans watching the World Series had to be impressed by the heat thrown by the Kansas City Royals pitchers. With radar guns on for every pitch there’s an actual number of every ball thrown in the major leagues this year over 97 mph. The Royals topped the list with 2,287. Aaron Rupar (again) notes a tweet that has been re-tweeted 1,700 times in less than 24 hours largely because of what it says about the Twins. … who were dead last with, are ready for it? … one pitch faster than 97 mph, thrown by one pitcher in one game. “Sure, there’s more to effective pitching than throwing hard, but in this case the velocity stat is a pretty good proxy for the broader state of the Twins … .” Who apparently are still “pitching to contact.”