Minnesota county attorneys not happy about GOP mailer

Two days ago it was Mike McFadden complaining about an Al Franken TV ad. Today it’s the state’s county attorneys complaining about a GOP mailer. Says Tim Pugmire of MPR, “Lawmakers passed a bipartisan measure last session that made it easier for some people convicted of non-violent offenses to find jobs or housing by sealing their records. Employers still have access to those such records during background checks when filling jobs that deal with children or vulnerable adults. But the state GOP is using the legislation against several House DFL incumbents, claiming they ‘made it easier for felons to hide their records and work with children in our schools.’” Close enough for election work, I guess.

Sunday’s game between the soon-to-be-Super Bowl Champion Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Name which Will Not be Uttered is drawing plenty of attention. In USA Today Erik Brady says, “With the Metrodome gone, the Vikings are renters at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Stadium. And the NFL is discovering the name controversy plays far differently on a college campus, especially in a state where 100,000 Native Americans live and the stadium includes a plaza honoring Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized tribes.”

Politically speaking, GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson cast a “nay” vote on a resolution to “call on” Washington’s owner to change the name. For MPR, Tom Scheck says, “Johnson voted today against a resolution that called on the owner of the Washington NFL team to change its name. The Hennepin County Board considered the resolution at today’s meeting. After a brief discussion, the board voted 6-1 in favor of the resolution. Johnson, who is the Republican nominee for governor, was the only member of the board to vote against it. He said he understands people are upset about the name ‘Redskins’ but doesn’t believe it’s the role of the county board to get involved in the debate over the team’s name.” I see no job creator impact, do you?

The fraud story of the day: Randy Furst of the Strib says, “The conspirators included the supervisor of a TCF Bank branch in Crystal, a teller at a Central Bank branch in Coon Rapids, a door-to-door meat salesman, and three men who used portable machines to crank out about 1,500 counterfeit checks. Together with 25 others, they conducted a massive bank fraud operation that stole or attempted to steal more than $2 million from 48 banks and check-cashing offices in Minnesota, Georgia, Oregon, Florida and North Dakota.”

The GleanIt’s not too late, dark or cold to talk mosquitoes. Frederick Melo of the PiPress says, “County officials from across the metro, including a former member of the Metropolitan Council, say the city of St. Paul is taking too big a bite out of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission for street improvements along the Green Line. The group of 16 county board members plan to appeal their bill, which totals $23,000 for street reconstruction and improved lighting outside their University Avenue headquarters.” If there’s one more mosquito next summer because of that tax bill … .

Paul Walsh of the Strib reports, “A 54-year-old man who has had his driver’s license pulled a half-dozen times and been caught driving drunk four times, allegedly got behind the wheel while extremely intoxicated this weekend and turned into the path of another motorist at a rural intersection, leaving his victim hospitalized with severe injuries. Bail was set at $250,000 without restrictions or $50,000 with conditions that [Brian Krautbauer] stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs.” If this guy had been caught smoking pot four times where would he be?

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Why we love Wisconsin. Paul Srubas of the Green Bay Press Gazette reports, “When Nicholas Heyrman heard that a loose dog was acting aggressively in the neighborhood, he rushed his child into the house and got his AR-15 rifle to ‘defend his property, police say. Heyrman then shot eight rounds at the animal from 32 feet away, missing it each time but hitting a house and a Jeep, according to police.” Clearly, a result of either too much or too little cheap beer.

Some more interesting campaign cash details. Rachel Stassen Berger and Glenn Howatt of the Strib say, “Outside groups not controlled by candidates have spent $4.8 million on the governor’s race and $6.8 million on the individual races for state House. … The lopsided spending is largely rooted in the wealth of two groups: The Alliance for a Better Minnesota and the Democratic Farmer Labor Party. Both have backing from wealthy Minnesotans, including Alida Messinger, Gov. Mark Dayton’s ex-wife, and unions. The DFL and the Alliance is responsible for $6 million of the total $11 million in spending.”

Local attorney Andy Brehm zeroes in on what he regards as the root of sky-rocketing tuition costs. In a Strib commentary he says, “According to the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, from 1987 through 2012, universities and colleges collectively have added over half a million administrators and professional employees — 87 per business day — to their bureaucracies. As economist Richard Vedder, director for the Center for College Affordability and Productivity has noted, if the ratio of nonteaching university professionals to faculty in 2010 was as it were in 1976, there would be 381,456 fewer college administrators today.”

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Comments (14)

  1. Submitted by jason myron on 10/29/2014 - 06:39 am.

    And people wonder why

    others question the ability and common sense of some who have firearms.. “defend his property” against what? Did he think the dog was going to return fire? Eight shots from 30 feet and doesn’t hit squat that he’s aiming at….too funny.

  2. Submitted by Greg Price on 10/29/2014 - 07:43 am.

    Not excusing anyone’s aim….

    I can live with shooting a dog….It would be a lot tougher to live with your child being injured when you could have stopped it.

    it is OK to criticize to man’s methods….but give him credit for the right motivation.

    One would have to be pretty low on the foodchain to not react if your child was threatened in some way….

    Greg Price

    • Submitted by Tim Walker on 10/29/2014 - 08:57 am.

      Oh Greg …

      His motivations were grand, and as soon as he got his child inside the house, his child was no longer in danger.

      Then he stupidly picked up his gun instead of the phone, and endangered public safety.

      No excuses for doing that at all.

    • Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 10/29/2014 - 09:19 am.

      He fires 8 shots in what appears to be – based on the newspaper article – a suburban neighborhood. He uses a rifle cartridge with a effective range of over a mile (in terms of injuring someone). The dog is taken to a vet for evaluation, suggesting that it wasn’t found acting aggressively by the police.

      I don’t fault him for protecting his child. But whatever his motivation, his judgement is highly suspect.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 10/29/2014 - 01:03 pm.

      Except that his child wasn’t

      “threatened in some way.” Read the article…a neighbor told him that there was a dog about. We’re not talking Cujo chasing his kid up a tree. The guy’s an idiot who put his neighbors through very real danger as opposed to the imaginary one he had running through whatever he’s using as a functioning synapse. I’m sure he was just chomping at the bit to use brand spanking new, Fleet Farm purchased AR 15 on something. The tyranny of being oppressed by a stray dog was good enough for him.

  3. Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/29/2014 - 08:53 am.

    “Heard that a loose dog was acting aggressively”

    He “heard that a loose dog was acting aggressively in the neighborhood”?

    How about witnessing it directly?

    How about getting the kid in the house and then calling Animal Control? (You know – the ones that are supposed to actually take care of this sort of thing)?

    If you “heard that some guy down the street was threatening to key your car” would you be equally as justified in heading down there and giving him a bloody nose?

    There’s a reason vigilante justice is frowned upon.

  4. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/29/2014 - 09:04 am.

    Warm & Fuzzy, Negativity & the GOP

    Its going to be nice when the election is finally done.

    Of course, as soon as it is, we know there will be attack campaigns against perceived presidential candidates the very next morning.

    For this election, during the WCCO senatorial debate, Mr McF called out negative advertising. There’s a lot of “the pot calling the kettle black” in this.

    He referred to an ad on behalf of Senator Franken casting some doubt on the business practices by the company Mr McF works for & involves their outsourcing clients overseas for tax dodges/advantages.

    Mr McF’s protestations seems a little disingenuous after watching the barrage of ads run during the WCCO news and subsequent programming.

    I’ve seen quite a few that are actually running against President Obama as the senator’s stand-in. Perhaps the candidates need to know the office they are running for & realize that Obama isn’t running for office?

    Elections are contentious and it sure seems as though there is some serious misrepresentation going on in the attack flyers & commercials and its not always clear which are run by 3rd party PACs.

  5. Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 10/29/2014 - 09:41 am.

    That guy shoots about as well as a Star Wars Stormtrooper… 8 rounds at 30 feet and none on target… criminy, was the dog a teacup poodle?

    Remember when all the uber pro-gun folks were talking about how cars are more dangerous than guns? Can we at least have a proficiency exam, like we do for cars, for owning guns?

    • Submitted by jason myron on 10/29/2014 - 01:47 pm.

      That’s why it’s always high comedy

      when after a mass shooting, gun advocates start squawking about how different it would have been if only there was a “good guy” with a gun nearby. Trained police only hit their target in a live situation 25% of the time. I’m supposed to breath easier that Mr. Suburban Packer Backer here has the ability to jump into the fray and squeeze off a few rounds? No thanks…

  6. Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/29/2014 - 11:22 am.

    Door-to-door meat salesman

    Bank fraud – involving a bank supervisor doesn’t bode well for the meat wagon.

  7. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 10/29/2014 - 12:06 pm.

    College Administrators

    As economist Richard Vedder, director for the Center for College Affordability and Productivity has noted, if the ratio of nonteaching university professionals to faculty in 2010 was as it were in 1976, there would be 381,456 fewer college administrators today.”

    Big deal. Unless you were a large university with a mainframe, you didn’t have jack for an IT staff back in 1976. 380,000+ people just for IT sounds like a drop in the bucket to me given the way computers and the internet have infused their way into society in 2014.

    I work in a theater and we had zero IT staff in 1976. No we have three people, not including the people who handle social media in the Marketing Department, the SAN (storage area network) to handle all the files the Sound Department stores, wireless access for the Lighting Department so they can control their boards, and so on. All that adds to overhead.

    The article is too light on details and nuanced evaluation and too long on silly soundbites. The dumbing down of America continues, one article at a time.

  8. Submitted by Susan Lesch on 10/29/2014 - 12:41 pm.

    TCF Bank Stadium

    How soon we forget? The Shakopee Mdewakanton gave the university over 10 million dollars to build TCF Stadium and set up a scholarship. It was the biggest gift in Gopher sports history.


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