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McFadden rallies friends to complain about Franken ad

It’s one for the polygraph test, but for the time being Mark Zdechlik of MPR is reporting on GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s latest complaint: “…McFadden says an ad DFL Sen. Al Franken is running that links him to deal that cost 400 workers their jobs in Montana is not true. Franken’s dramatic 60-second ad features bleak testimonials from people who lost their jobs when a Montana mill closed. The ad claims McFadden’s company helped do the deal.”

And he got some pals to stand up for him. Says Abby Simons in the Strib, “While McFadden traveled the state, his colleagues took to his defense, including Paul Grangaard, CEO of Allen Edmonds Shoe Company and Robin Engelson, former Managing Director at Lazard Middle Market who is now managing partner of Sapphire Financial. Engelson called the ad ‘intentional manipulation to stir up emotion.’ ‘I want to make a few things perfectly clear. One: Mike McFadden has never shipped a single job overseas. Two: He has never inverted a company to help avoid paying U.S. taxes,’ Engelson said. ‘Three: his company, Lazard Middle Market, is based in the United States and pays United States taxes. And Four: Mike McFadden has never closed a single plant or laid off a single worker.’

CBS News got around to the story of Angela Brown, the Minnesota mom facing legal penalties for bringing in cannabis oil for her brain-damaged son. “ … she could face up two years in prison and $6,000 in fines. ‘It’s asinine,’ Angela said. ‘I didn’t hurt my son; I was trying to prevent him from being hurt.’ While she recognizes the substance is illegal in Minnesota, she defended herself saying it’s ‘not illegal in other states.’ CBS News reached out to the county prosecutor, law enforcement and Trey’s school district. All declined requests for an interview citing the on-going case.” What is the tab on this one?

Enbridge wants to get moving on a re-build of its leak-prone pipeline. The Strib’s Dave Shaffer says, “Enbridge Energy told regulators Monday that it wants to go ahead with a $2.3 billion project to replace a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline that has ruptured repeatedly since its construction in the 1960s. The Calgary-based pipeline company, in a regulatory filing in Minnesota, asked for permission to begin contacting landowners along the 338-mile-long corridor, the start of a review process likely lasting more than a year.”

No palm trees. But it is south of Bloomington. Paul Walsh at the Strib says, “High taxes and low temperatures were not enough to dissuade a leading financial magazine from crowning Northfield, Minn., as the best place overall in the United States to retire. Money magazine had a long list of reasons for choosing the city of 20,000 last week as the best ‘well-rounded’ retirement spot: ‘This little town 45 minutes south of Minneapolis packs a surprising punch: It’s home to two colleges [St. Olaf and Carleton], an active retiree community, beautiful countryside, and the mix of affordability and economic growth that characterizes much of the Twin Cities region.’ ” But … but … but … did they mention the high taxes!?

Also from Walsh: “Fire killed many thousands of pigs at a hog breeding farm in south-central Minnesota, authorities said. The blaze started about 2:50 p.m. Saturday and spread to three of the five buildings at the Cougar Run operation, located about 4 miles east of Truman, according to the Fire Department… The blaze killed about 4,000 sows and 6,000 to 7,000 piglets, according to Pipestone System CEO Luke Minion. Another 1,300 sows were saved, Minion added.” It always seems ironic that we feel badly about things like this, even though the animals are bred purely for slaughter.

Speaking of farm animals. Stephen Rydberg of KTTC-TV reports, “A Rochester law firm has won a legal case for a farm family that lost their milking herd due to stray voltage issues on their dairy farm. Rochester-based Bird, Jacobsen, and Stevens represented Randy and Peggy  Norman from rural Pine River. That’s near Brainerd. Crow Wing Power, a Brainerd utility company, was found negligent in the delivery of electricity to the farm. The Normans lost their entire dairy herd due to electrical stray voltage coursing through their farm for twenty years. That caused the injury or death of the Normans’ dairy cows.”

And speaking of dairy. Scott Bauer of the AP reports that, “Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that ‘Washington-based special interests’ want to defeat him because he took power away from them with his policies that included the measure reducing public unions’ power.” I’ll have to check and see if he said anything about support from Wichita-based special interests.

We’re #13! Which is only so-so good news for your still unmarried sister. WCCO-TV says, “When it comes to women looking to date rich men, one poll suggests Minneapolis is one of the top cities in the country for ‘sugar daddies.’ According to a recent poll done by, the world’s largest dating web site for ‘sugar daddies,’ Minneapolis is one of the most popular cities nationally. The city ranks No. 13 among the top 30 North American cities to find a ‘sugar daddy.’ The study shows Minneapolis as having 6.33 ‘sugar daddies’ for every 1,000 men that currently live in Minneapolis. Atlanta tops the list with 19.64 ‘sugar daddies’ for every 1,000 men.”

Prince, the local boy made really, really good in pop music, will go unconventional on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. At the Stereogum site, James Rettig says, “…leave it to Prince to do something a little different: for his first SNL performance in eight years, he’ll be playing an eight-minute jam session in the middle of the show with no commercial interruption, instead of splitting his performance into two separate segments as SNL musical guests usually do. He’ll be accompanied by his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL. Apparently, Chris Rock (who is hosting) specifically requested that Prince play to celebrate Rock’s first hosting appearance on the show in 18 years.”

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/27/2014 - 03:18 pm.

    The Corporate Lie:

    “Mike McFadden has never closed a single plant or laid off a single worker.”

    Is the corporate lie in a nutshell. The company Mike McFadden worked for did these things,…

    in pursuit of profit to pad the pockets of the owners and investors of that company,…

    but the corporate lie is that NONE of those people,…

    not those making the decision close plants and lay off workers,…

    nor those carrying out the decision,…

    nor those profiting from the decision,…

    actually are legally held to have done the despicable deed.

    Their COMPANY did it.

    The second big lie, is that corporations are people, somehow doesn’t apply to such circumstances —

    because although corporations, limited-liability partnerships, etc., increasingly claim that they have the same rights as individual people,…

    they CONTINUE to claim that they have ZERO responsibility for their actions.

    There was a time when good, moral, people took responsibility for their actions. Such taking of responsibility used to be a primary marker of the movement from adolescence to adulthood,…

    but as we can see in today’s big-money, big-business world, and the adolescent claims of Mr. McFadden that “it that wasn’t my fault,” and Mr. Grangaard’s and Mr. Engelson’s statements that these things “weren’t HIS fault,”…

    those of us who might have expected full-fledged, adult behavior and attitudes from our current crop of “conservative” business and financial leaders will be sorely disappointed.

    The logical question for me is, when these “conservative” business leaders make it clear they have no intention of acting like anything but selfish, self-serving adolescents, how do we, as a society, GROUND them or take away their favorite toys until they learn to behave as adults?

    Surely there MUST be a way (and electing them to office wouldn’t seem to me to be helpful).

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/27/2014 - 03:29 pm.

    The Enbridge Pipeline

    When the choice is between Enbridge continuing to use a leak-plagued, badly-constructed (considering the leaks it’s had since the beginning of its use), 50-year-old pipeline,…

    and replacing that pipeline with a new, better-built, presumably, far less-leak-prone pipeline,…

    I can’t help but think it’s a good idea.

    Especially if it will help keep oil trains off the local railroad tracks (just a couple of block from my home).

    Unlike the Keystone pipeline, which only supports the dirtiest, most pollution producing method of oil production on the face of the planet,…

    and would move, over US soil, oil which will primarily be exported to the rest of the world,…

    and, provides ZERO benefit (a few short-term construction jobs and a tiny number of longer term maintenance jobs) to the people who will be damaged by it’s (inevitable) leaks,…

    this Enbridge rebuild makes good sense.

  3. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 10/27/2014 - 04:32 pm.


    “Mike McFadden has never closed a single plant or laid off a single worker.”

    Sure–he just advised his clients to do so, but he didn’t personally do it.

    It’s the 1% sticking up for their own. Nothing new to read here.

  4. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 10/27/2014 - 05:18 pm.

    Did it ever…

    occur to any of McFadden”s detractors that Al Franken is a member of the “one percent” group as well?

  5. Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/27/2014 - 07:17 pm.

    RE: The pigs that died in the fire

    There is nothing ironic in feeling bad about the manner of these animals’ deaths.

    Yes, these are animals raised for slaughter. However – ostensibly at least – their planned death – when it comes – will be swift and humane. A description which most assuredly does not apply to death by burning.

    We have an ethical obligation to the animals under our care to not subject them to unnecessary pain and suffering. This ethical obligation is not discharged even if these animals are destined to eventually be a part of our dinner fare.

  6. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/28/2014 - 02:51 am.

    The Blameless Citizen

    Citizen United creates a blameless ethereal Super Citizen?

  7. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 10/28/2014 - 11:39 am.

    re: Did it ever…, Pigs

    Thank you Pavel for stating what most educated people already knew. Franken claimed to not know where or how much money he had during the previous election. Pure BS. Franken is the 1% and aims to keep it that way. There is a reason he has so far refused to appear on the popular radio show Garage Logic yet his opponent has willingly been on it. He is scared to have his lies and incompetence exposed.

    As far as the pigs and our ethical obligation goes, there likely wasn’t anything the owners could do about their untimely demise so there was no opportunity to be as ethical as possible. Fire marshalls report will find the cause but it isn’t likely to have been a planned thing. Unless it was deliberately set by the owners I don’t see anything the owners could have possibly done regarding their ethical obligation.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/28/2014 - 03:47 pm.

      You sure do read a lot into things

      I don’t know what you were responding to. I was responding to Brian’s comment that “It always seems ironic that we feel badly about things like this, even though the animals are bred purely for slaughter.”

      I was not implying in any way, shape or form that the fire was set deliberately. I was simply responding to Brian’s observation that he found sorrow over their demise ironic.

      I do not. ‘Nuff said.

      • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 10/29/2014 - 11:43 am.


        It was your assertion that somehow the owners of the pigs had somehow failed their ethical obligation. If that wasn’t the intention of your comment my apologies but it sure seemed like it.

        • Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/29/2014 - 12:12 pm.

          Apology accepted

          As an indictment against the owners of the pigs for the unfortunate fire was neither intended nor implied by my comment.

    • Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 10/28/2014 - 03:51 pm.


      be told, Al Franken (and Mark Dayton) is in the top 1% of the !%’ers.

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