Another “contract” is out. Says Mark Zdechlik at MPR, “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden said Wednesday that in his first 100 days in office he would sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to amend the U.S. Constitution to require the federal budget be balanced. He would also sponsor bills in support of building the proposed Keystone pipeline and other pipelines, he said. It’s part of what McFadden is calling his ‘Contract with Minnesota,’ which he said would also have him supporting legislation to repeal the medical device tax and to simplify the tax code.” Every time someone starts in with another of these “contracts” someone else revs up the Godfather and Sopranos jokes.
More or less simultaneously … MPR’s Tom Scheck says, “The manager of Republican Mike McFadden’s U.S. Senate campaign is disputing a poll that shows DFL Sen. Al Franken with an 18 point lead over McFadden. The poll conducted by Survey USA for KSTP TV shows Franken with 55 percent support and McFadden with 37 percent. The survey of 577 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. … A poll showing Franken with a wide lead could have ramifications for the entire ticket especially if DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is also polling well ahead of Republican Jeff Johnson. If Republicans voters believe that they can’t win either statewide race, competitive U.S. House races and legislative contests could also suffer.”
Not quite yet … Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today reports from Texas, “Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s arraignment on a felony child abuse charge was delayed here Wednesday after the prosecution said it would file a motion to recuse the judge from hearing the matter. Peterson, a Texas native, who is expected to plead not guilty, could not do so until a resolution was reached on the motion and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, said no plea would be entered Wednesday.”
Meanwhile, Deadspin is cutting Peterson no slack. Certainly not for his social media skills. Says Kevin Draper, “Adrian Peterson took to his Twitter account Tuesday night. This was a really bad idea. … The text message seems to be a series of 11 talking points — presumably sent to Peterson by a PR flack — relating to a recent investigation by the Star Tribune into Peterson’s charitable activities. The Star Tribune investigation was incredibly damning, revealing that Peterson’s foundation is essentially a sham. It appears that Peterson’s PR strategy is to assert inaccuracies in the Star Tribune’s reporting, and instead deflect people to an earlier report on his charitable activities from ESPN. (Peterson’s people, who have also urged us to read this report, may not have actually read it, given that it connects Peterson’s foundation to an anti-gay bigot and isn’t particularly helpful to his image.)”
Whose carbon footprint is bigger? Yours or this guy’s? At ABC News Rheana Murray has a story, with video, of a Minnesota-to-Manhattan “commuter.” “Ian Bearce, a self-described ‘super-commuter,’ travels every week from Minneapolis to work in New York City, before heading back home to his family. He posted a time-lapse video online of his extreme commute, showing his early-morning drive and shuttle to the airport, the flight to New York, the airport shuttle-to-the-subway ride and, finally, his arrival at the office where he works. Then, he does it all over again to get home.”
Do we have to start talking about Christmas shopping already? The AP says, “Many of Minnesota’s biggest companies say they aren’t expecting to achieve an anticipated 4 percent growth in holiday sales this year.The National Retail Federation issued its industry forecast, which anticipates the biggest gain in three years, on Monday. Despite the good news, local companies such as Best Buy, Supervalu and women’s clothing store Christopher and Banks aren’t very optimistic about the retail industry trade group’s prediction … .”
Bill Maher’s campaign to dump Second District Rep. John Kline continues to draw national attention. Ana Marie Cox (the original “Wonkette”) reports for the Daily Beast, “I was a guest on the six-person panel (three team blue, three team red) there to take account of Kline and his fit for the district. … The audience — who looked themselves to be very student-loan-aware, if you catch my drift — was enthusiastically on [Maher’s] side, to such a degree that Maher directly acknowledged how difficult it must be to be on the conservative side of the debate. And it’s true. There was nothing about the panel’s set-up that was fair, exactly. Nothing about coming to a small town and telling them how to behave (or vote) is exactly democratic. But there’s not much about our electoral system acts that’s exactly fair, either. The Flip-a-District project is a clown-gloved thumb on the scale. Democracy may deserve better than a publicity stunt disguised as a voting drive, but then again, MN-2 deserves better, too.”
Here’s a YouTube of the young woman who played one of the token conservatives. “In this video, Katie Kieffer explains why free enterprise is the route to pursuing the American Dream.” Please don’t let me get trapped in an elevator … .
Talk about a soap opera: Paul Walsh of the Strib says, “A newly fired Catholic high school math teacher in Austin, Minn., carried out a months-long sexual relationship with one of her 17-year-old students and the two discussed in recent weeks that she may be carrying their child, according to felony charges. Mary F. Gilles, 28, who lives just northeast of Austin and taught at Pacelli High School, was charged with six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a charge leveled based on the boy’s age and the defendant being more than four years older than him.”
A committee has been formed! The Strib’s Eric Roper says, “Business interests have officially formed a non-profit company, Greening Downtown Minneapolis, to oversee unique downtown parks in Minneapolis under a new public-private conservancy model. Following models in other cities, the entity is expected to eventually control maintenance, operations and programming of the future downtown east park – bordered by a new Wells Fargo campus and Vikings stadium. Their purview could eventually extend to other spaces including Peavey Plaza off of Nicollet Mall.”