High-ranking cops sue Minneapolis police chief

Internal police politics are always full contact. Dave Chanen of the Strib is saying, “A group of high-ranking Minneapolis police officers is suing Chief Janeé Harteau, claiming she pushed for their retirement after demotions and later reassigned them to inferior positions. … In place of the captain positions, she created five ‘commander’ slots that gave her the ability to appoint whomever she wanted. Traditionally, captain jobs had gone through open selection and were subject to civil service regulation.”

“Misleading to the point of being false” is MPR’s PoliGraph verdict on that controversial Al Franken ad ripping Mike McFadden for being responsible for a shuttered Montana paper mill. Says Catharine Richert, “The Franken ad implies that McFadden advised Smurfit-Stone on the bankruptcy process and that he’s responsible for the 417 layoffs at the Frenchtown Smurfit-Stone mill. While the fact that Smurfit-Stone was listed as Lazard Middle Management’s client until recently raises some questions, McFadden’s fingerprints aren’t on the project otherwise.”

 The drip, drip, drip long ago became Niagara-like. Madeleine Baran’s latest for MPR on the archdiocese and archbishop’s woes says: “Hundreds of pages of legal documents released Monday provide more evidence that Archbishop John Nienstedt gave false testimony about a Twin Cities priest who pleaded guilty in 1983 to sexually assaulting a child. Nienstedt in April had claimed under oath that he first learned of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson’s criminal conviction within the previous six months. The latest documents show the archbishop received yearly monitoring reports on Gustafson that mentioned the priest’s criminal conviction from 2009 to 2013.”

We’re only #2! The Hill rates the 50 states on a grade from most liberal to most conservative. We got beat by Washington. The staff-produced piece says, “The Hill looked at voting trends and history in all 50 states to find the most secure Republican and Democratic strongholds, and which states appear to be up for grabs. Factoring into the analysis are votes in recent presidential elections, the breakdown of congressional delegations, the parties of the past three governors and control of the state legislatures. … The country is split between red states in the West and South — with Idaho and Kansas on the red side with Alabama — and blue states on the coasts and in the Midwest. Minnesota and Oregon join Washington at the blue end of the spectrum.”

The GleanArsenic. Great. Jana Shortal at KARE-TV says, “If you use well water and you have not had it tested for arsenic, you should, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Hydrologist Supervisor Mike Convery said today the department is seeing arsenic show up in wells at a decent rate. ‘About ten percent of the wells we are finding in the state do exceed the drinking water standard for arsenic,’ Convery said.”

Rest easy. We have an Ebola monitoring plan. MPR’s Lorna Benson has a handy Q & A on the new rules. “Some health care workers who return to Minnesota after treating Ebola patients in West Africa will be confined to their homes for 21 days — the longest period of time Ebola can incubate in a person. … Unlike quarantine policies applied to health care workers in some other states, Minnesota’s home confinement policy will apply primarily to travelers who had a known exposure to Ebola.” I suppose this means we won’t be getting any 24/7 close-ups from Wolf Blitzer.

Consider the source. CSPnet.com, “The Source for Convenience Store and Fuel News” says, “A coalition of Minnesota’s retailers, service stations, wholesales, grocers and convenience stores released a new study showing the devastating effects the state’s 2013 tobacco tax has had on Minnesota retailers and their employees. In 2013 the Minnesota Legislature passed a 130 percent increase in the cigarette excise tax and also increased the tax on other tobacco products from 70 percent of the wholesale price to 95 percent of the wholesale price. Retailers had braced for some hardship, but they did not predict just how dramatic the impacts would be.” A lot of dioxin workers lost jobs when we cracked down on that stuff, too.

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There is a race for attorney general, and Tim Pugmire of MPR thinks it might generate some news on Saturday. “A televised debate the Saturday before Election Day is the only time Swanson will face her two major party challengers. Her re-election strategy, so far, has been to avoid debating them or responding to their criticism. That’s kept the race for Minnesota’s top legal officer among the quietest of this year’s statewide campaigns.”

Need cash? Remember this zip code: 55391. The Strib’s Rachel Stassen Berger says, “Wayzata, with an average income of more than $100,000 a year — twice the state average — is a hot spot for big-ticket candidates. Many of Dayton’s relatives live there, as do two major, long-standing political donors: DFL businessman Vance Opperman and Republican businessman Bill Cooper. And while Wayzata leans Republican, Dayton has had more success harvesting contributions there. Campaign reports show that the governor brought in $116,000 from Wayzata, while Johnson collected $91,000.” Think of it as “The People’s Zip Code.”

Not so distantly related:  The Strib editorial board likes the cut of Stewart Mills’ jib. “One charge relentlessly leveled at Mills is that he is the beneficiary of inherited wealth through his family’s Fleet Farm empire. But we doubt that many Minnesotans really consider such a background a disqualification from public office.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/28/2014 - 06:11 am.

    Trust should not be given lightly

    Senator Franken has done the job.

    Why should I trust the unknown quantity –> McFadden?
    I haven’t found a reason.

  2. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 10/28/2014 - 06:30 am.

    Minnesotans….

    only consider being the beneficiary of inherited wealth a negative if the candidate is a Republican. Their battle cries are laden with tax breaks for the wealthy, etc.

    If the beneficiary is a Democrat then it is different. Then the battle cries are altruistic and one frequently hears terms like “social conscience” and “social responsibility” and “a champion of the oppressed” and many others too numerous to mention.

    • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/28/2014 - 12:42 pm.

      So Many of My “Conservative” Friends

      Fail to realize that what you DO with that inherited wealth makes a massive difference in whether we “liberals” and “progressives” think you’re a worthy citizen,…

      or a schmuck.

      Those who use their inherited wealth to run for office or, through campaign contributions, to influence public policy making in order to grease the skids for themselves and their cronies,…

      so that they might pay themselves large amounts of taxpayer money in the form of no-bid contracts or “privatization” of government service schemes,…

      (through which they pay themselves consulting fees and salaries that they would squeal like stuck pigs if any PUBLIC employee made the same amount of money for providing similar services to taxpayers,)…

      not to mention legalizing an entire collection of “free market” cons and investment schemes by which they rip their fellow citizens off quite directly while providing benefits to those citizens which do come even remotely close to their levels of compensation,…

      i.e. those who use their wealth only to pursue ways to pad their own pockets,…

      not by providing anything of worth to society (underwriting new products, services, and inventions, for example) but by gaming our economic system too allow them to extract more out of it for their own benefit,…

      are the schmucks.

      On the other hand, those who use their wealth to educate themselves as to the plight of those who are considerably LESS well off than themselves,…

      and who seek political power or seek to influence public policy in order to ensure that, in this very wealthy nation,…

      NO ONE is allowed to die for lack of food, clothing, shelter, or medical care…

      or the educational and counseling help they need to become more productive, self-supporting citizens,…

      are the “worthy wealthy” that we admire and seek to grant power.

      If you can’t tell the difference between the schmucks and the worthy wealthy,…

      then I have a surefire investment scheme guaranteed to make you loads.

      Just give me all your money and don’t ask too many questions (or try to find me a few months from now). That’s a joke, of course, but if you don’t know enough not to trust or vote for the schmucks, you’ll likely fall for anything,…

      and the policies they’ll put in place if they get elected will have exactly the same effect on your life as if you had invested your life’s savings with Bernie Madoff,…

      it’ll just take a little longer.

      • Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 10/28/2014 - 04:59 pm.

        Nice try..

        but the intent of the Democrats you refer to as the “worth wealthy” is not to promote self sufficiency and productivity. It is to promote dependence on government by instilling anger and envy among those who they can convince that they are victims of the prosperous. Even Charles Barkley has it figured out. He said that poor people have been voting Democrat for 50 years and they are still poor.

  3. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/28/2014 - 08:08 am.

    Drip, drip, drip…

    Mr. Nienstedt should be in prison. Some of his subordinates should be in jail. The archdiocese of which he continues to be the head, against all logic and reason, appears to be corrupt from top to bottom.

    Just sayin’…

  4. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 10/28/2014 - 01:36 pm.

    Throwing around words like “corrupt” is too strong.

    I believe Archbishop Nienstedt administered his duties as though he were still back in the 50’s and 60’s. I wish the man no ill will but perhaps it is time for him to step aside.

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