Poll has Dayton up by 10 points over Johnson

Gov. Mark Dayton
MinnPost file photo by James NordGov. Mark Dayton

A slightly wider lead: The Strib’s Patrick Condon writes, “Gov. Mark Dayton leads Republican challenger Jeff Johnson 50 percent to 40 percent in a statewide telephone survey of likely voters conducted by Rasmussen Reports. That was enough for Rasmussen, a nationwide polling firm, to move its rating of the race from ‘Leans Democrat’ to ‘Safe Democrat.’ In its last polling of Minnesota’s governor’s race, in August, Dayton led Johnson 49 percent to 41 percent.” But then, it is a Rasmussen poll.

You probably didn’t need MPR’s Tom Scheck to tell you this. “For months, the campaign for governor has largely been about nothing, with neither major candidate offering a specific direction or broad vision for the state. Both have been reluctant to outline specifics about their plans for the next four years. … [Jeff] Johnson has called for making changes to MNsure, the state’s online health insurance exchange. But Johnson’s solution — asking the federal government to allow the state to opt out of the Affordable Care Act — is unlikely to happen.”

Far more interesting is the Wisconsin race, where the Milwaukee Journal-sentinel (which has endorsed Scott Walker twice in four years) profiles his opponent, Mary Burke. Bill Glauber writes, “Her critics have dubbed her ‘Millionaire Mary,’ seeking to portray her as a ‘rich kid’ who dabbled at this and that, including working as an executive in her family’s business, Trek Bicycle Corp. … Burke set up the steering board of the public-private partnership; raised money to fund tutors, personnel, field trips and scholarships; and ran the TOPS program for several years. She also contributed more than $300,000, mainly in the form of college scholarships. She remains deeply engaged with the program.”

As for Walker, Glauber says, “He is 46, no longer a young man in a hurry but a Republican governor in full stride. He has run a staggering number of races over the years. Counting an abandoned run for governor in 2006, this is his 13th campaign. Walker displays a hint of gravitas that often comes to those who have been through political wars and come out the other side, scarred yet victorious. In the polarized politics of Wisconsin, Walker is arguably the most beloved politician in the state. And the most loathed.”

Meanwhile: The AP writes, “[Al] Franken has steeped himself in debates like net neutrality, the idea that Internet service providers should treat all Internet traffic equally rather than moving some content faster than others. He has also led Senate hearings on so-called stalker apps, questioned big technology companies like Google, Apple and Samsung on their use of fingerprint and facial recognition technologies, and loudly criticized big mergers like ones that would link Time Warner Cable and Comcast, and AT&T and DirectTV. In doing so, he’s answered one of the main questions that greeted him when he became a senator: What policy areas would he dig in on?” He could do worse than talk about it more often.

We’re still No. 1. I’m pretty sure. The ESPN story, by Ben Goessling says, “Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson became the latest contributor to the team’s string of negative off-the-field news this season. The 30-year-old was arrested by Minneapolis police and booked into the Hennepin County jail at 3:18 a.m. on Sunday, for one count of trespassing and one count of disorderly conduct. Both charges are misdemeanors. … the Vikings have had more arrests than any other team since 2000; Johnson’s arrest is the 47th for a Vikings player since that year.”

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The old “we won’t dignify that question with answer” pose is never good, especially from a newspaper. City Pages’ Aaron Rupar asked U of M Media Ethics prof Jane Kirtley what she thought of the big paper’s refusal to discuss that controversial anti-transgender ad it accepted. “‘From an ethical standpoint, I know any publisher that is going to run a controversial ad has a responsibility to explain to readers what their policy is,’ she tells us. ‘That’s transparency, and I’m not being judgmental about whether they should or shouldn’t have [run the ad], but I think their readers deserve an explanation.’ ‘Some people assume that this was a purely economic decision — they’re getting big bucks for a full-age ad and need the money — we don’t know [without knowing specifics of the paper’s ad policy], but I think readers have an interest in knowing the answer to that.’”

Delays moving grain by rail aren’t a serious problem up at the port of Duluth. Says the News Tribune, “However briefly, the shipping industry last week weighed in on the difficulty of getting grain to market using railways clogged with Bakken oil. ‘Though we see a liability in supply chains with rail service still struggling, momentum all around is generally positive, Vanta Coda, Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director, said in a release by the American Great Lakes Ports Association. … ‘Iron ore shipments have rebounded significantly, the early autumn grain lineup looks favorable, and we’re expecting above-average movements of general cargo at our Clure Public Marine Terminal.’”

Finally, back to Wisconsin, where methane is a nearly limitless resource. Mike Tighe of the Tribune News Service says, “Gundersen Health System will check off another project on its bucket list toward energy independence Saturday when it marks the completion of its joint cow power project near Middleton, Wis. The $14 million GL Dairy Biogas Farm, a joint venture with Dane County, has been producing methane and electricity from cow manure since late last year, said Corey Zarecki, director of Envision, a Gundersen subsidiary that cultivates environmental and sustainability programs. After being tweaked for several months, the plant was ready for its unveiling ceremony [last Friday] morning in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo.” Wait until you hear what they’re going to do with the by-product of beer.

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Comments (15)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/06/2014 - 07:43 am.

    The GOP should be hammering Dayton for serving Minnesota up to Zygi Wilf with an apple in it’s mouth, but they can’t because there were so many faithless Republicans that helped to turn the spit.

    The whole nation is laughing at the rubes….


    • Submitted by jason myron on 10/06/2014 - 04:09 pm.

      The whole nation laughing?

      I doubt it, or is Minnesota the only state in the union that has ever helped finance a sports stadium? Your desperation is really becoming apparent, Swift.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/06/2014 - 09:04 am.

    Serving up

    Unfortunately, the “serving up” of Minnesota, particularly Minneapolis, to Mr. Wilf was a genuinely bipartisan affair. Too bad the parties don’t cooperate as readily on projects with genuinely public benefits.

    • Submitted by E Gamauf on 10/06/2014 - 11:19 am.

      STADIUMS are Golden

      Exactly true.

      Despite mock protests, there were very few politicians who would genuinely have opposed the stadium deal, no matter the end run that happened when the public wasn’t so happy at still another new stadium.

      It would have become an election issue if the team threatened to leave & candidates would be queuing up on whichever side they could afford to risk taking – without bad consequences. Therefore, anyone that rants about the stadium is being just a wee bit dishonest.

      There are people who want their football.

      Was Joe Robbie the last guy to finance his own stadium?

      • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/06/2014 - 12:59 pm.

        32 GOP and 21 DFL Reps voted no to the “People’s Stadium”. Only Sandy Pappas lacked the courage to make a stand.

        20 GOP Senators voted no, but only 8 DFL Senators did so.

      • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/06/2014 - 01:44 pm.

        32 GOP and 21 DFL Reps voted no to the “People’s Stadium”. Only Sandy Pappas lacked the courage to make a stand.

        20 GOP Senators voted no, but only 8 DFL Senators did so.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/06/2014 - 09:24 am.

    And Rasmussen

    notoriously leans to the Right!!

  4. Submitted by Tom Clark on 10/06/2014 - 09:34 am.

    It’s the NFL, Jake

    The NFL is so much more popular than every other professional sport that they have the power to demand more and get it. In contrast, the upgrade to the Target Center at $100 million has only $47 million in public dollars involved, because the downside to having the Timberwolves leave is a lot less than having the Vikings leave. For all the complaints about craven politicians going on here, it’s has to be noted that there are a lot of Vikings fans out there, and they vote.

    • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 10/06/2014 - 10:57 am.


      Great, the NFL fans can vote with their dollars and pay for the stadium themselves. I’m not a fan, don’t watch the Vikings, don’t watch sports at all, and we have enough stadiums already that are “public assets.” citizens should not be fleeced to subsidize the wealthy–it’s class warfare from the top down.

      Wilf and the NFL have more than enough money to pay for this stadium–and so many more like it–themselves. They should do so and keep their hand out of my back pocket.

    • Submitted by Mark Ohm on 10/06/2014 - 01:15 pm.

      How powerful is the NFL?

      According to yesterday’s StarTribune*,

      “In the fall 2013 season, 34 of the most-watched 35 TV shows were NFL games.”
      That is an amazing statistic.

      So while Todd may not be watching NFL games, everyone else is.
      And where the eyeballs go, so go the advertisers.

      *Corporate power is no match for pro football column by Lee Schafer

  5. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 10/06/2014 - 10:57 am.


    I guess Johnson should be more like Dayton instead of Walker if he wants to win this race.

  6. Submitted by Bob Shepard on 10/06/2014 - 11:30 am.

    Still timely….


  7. Submitted by John Edwards on 10/06/2014 - 11:50 am.

    More on important Wisconsin race

    Since The Glean is so interested in Wisconsin politics, I was stunned that Mr. Lambert missed this result: Walker Leads Burke 50-45 among likely voters in latest Marquette University poll. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 1, 2014.)

    Personally, I would enjoy more reports about the economic growth in nearby North Dakota and how fracking has led to the dramatic reduction in the nation’s gasoline prices.

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