The job creators have spoken. MPR’s Tom Scheck reports, “The Minnesota Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses announced today it’s backing Republican Jeff Johnson’s campaign for governor. Johnson understands the needs of small business owners better than Gov. Mark Dayton, the group’s executive director Mike Hickey said at a news conference to announce the endorsement. ‘You can’t cherish the job and so often work against the job creator,’ Hickey said. ‘That’s what Governor Dayton has done really during his first four years.’ ” Do we still have job creation numbers for the eight years prior to the current administration?
Ever closer yet to socialist hell-holedom. At City Pages Aaron Rupar writes, “St. Paul is poised to become the second city in Minnesota (after Brooklyn Park) to offer paid maternity leave to city employees. A resolution that has the unanimous support of the city’s seven council members ‘would provide four weeks paid salary to the birthing employee mother and two weeks paid salary to the non-birthing employee parent or adoptee employee parent,’ according to a news release put together by the city.” Will the assaults on our job creators ever cease?
Skullduggery at Mayo? Jeff Kiger of the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports, “A former top Mayo Clinic executive is being sued for allegedly hiding his hiring by a competitor of Mayo Medical Laboratories for months while he continued to work for Mayo while stealing trade secrets. Mayo Clinic filed a lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract against Dr. Franklin R. Cockerill III, who was president and CEO of the for-profit Mayo Medical Labs for eight years. The case was filed Tuesday in Olmsted County District Court.” Which reminds me, where’s Par Ridder these days?
There may be other health issues grabbing headlines, but Minnesota’s “pot czar” has problems she’ll be dealing with. MPR’s Tim Nelson serves up a quick profile. “Michelle Larson has already been called a lot of things: Captain Cannabis. Mary Jane. The pot czar. … It’s Larson’s job to regulate a pot industry that aids the sick — and no one else. She and a staff of about 10 people will oversee two medical marijuana manufacturers picked by a state panel. They’ll also run the state registry, the list of people approved by doctors to buy the drug. It’s never been done in Minnesota before.” And five years from now, will all the bureaucratic overhead have any relevance?
Good as far as it goes … The Strib’s Adam Belz reports, “Minnesota employers added 7,200 jobs in September and the unemployment rate continued its downward march to 4.1 percent, the lowest level since 2006. The September gains, combined with August figures that were revised upward by 2,700 jobs, bring job growth so far in 2014 to 23,000, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. All of the gains in September were in the private sector. Government shed 4,200 jobs on the month.” And how many of those government jobs were minimum wage?
Steadily pumping up the heat: Alex Friedrich at MPR writes, “The University of Minnesota isn’t using all its legal leverage to block the use of the Washington [football team’s] name and logo at the university’s stadium, say critics who have been pressuring the franchise to change its name. St. Paul attorney Larry Leventhal, a board member of the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media, contends that the team’s use at a Nov. 2 game between the Minnesota Vikings and Washington at TCF Bank Stadium violates the university’s stadium lease agreement with the Vikings.”
Speaking of words that decent people shall not utter … . Seth Bornstein of the AP says, “If you thought last [bleep] was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here’s some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say. Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming [bleep] looks pretty average in general. He doesn’t expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year’s cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south with the polar vortex. ‘A repeat of last [bleep] is not particularly likely,’ said Halpert.” Keep that guy’s number for next April.
Also down … KARE-TV says, “Minnesota is making significant progress on reducing the number of lives lost to fire, but there is still improvement to be made. That’s the message found in the latest edition of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) annual report. … Statistics from the 2013 report:
There were 44 fire deaths, a 12 percent decrease from 50 deaths in 2012.
Four of last year’s fatalities happened in homes without working smoke alarms — or no alarms at all.
The number of heating fires jumped 25 percent from 2012.
Unattended cooking joined careless smoking as the number one cause of fire deaths.
There was nearly $123 million in residential property damage, a 22 percent increase.”
Continuing their examination of critical; voting areas, MPR’s Tim Pugmire looks at Twin Cities suburbs. “The Shoreview-Little Canada districts — [DFLer Barb] Yarusso’s 42A and neighboring 42B held by DFLer Jason Isaacson — are among a dozen or so that Republicans and Democrats feel are in play and will decide control of the Minnesota House the next two years. … [Majority Leader Paul] Thissen said he thinks about 12 districts are in play and will decide House control. [Minority Leader Kurt] Daudt said he thinks it’s closer to 20.”