Sunday’s McFadden-Franken debate at least had some heat to it. And even the Chicago Sun-Times (via the AP) noticed. “Sen. Al Franken and Republican hopeful Mike McFadden met Sunday in what resembled more of a free-for-all than a debate. … Questions from everyday Minnesota residents brought the debate into unusual territory. Asked to weigh in on increasing calls to revoke the National Football League’s tax-exempt status, McFadden said he’d look into the question, while Franken said he would support doing so.”
For the Strib, Allison Sherry says, “The two, sitting at a desk facing WCCO-TV moderators, had several volleys before Franken warmed up to full-throated attacks on McFadden. Franken called him out for what the incumbent termed inadequate answers to foreign policy questions and slammed McFadden’s business background, calling him responsible for layoffs and so-called inversions, which allow companies to move operations overseas.”
In the PiPress, Doug Belden writes, “Franken got off to a shaky start, declining repeatedly to answer a question about whether he would support a travel ban from West African nations affected by the Ebola virus. He eventually said he wouldn’t oppose such a ban but that it would not be effective since most flights from those nations are routed through a third country. McFadden said he supports a temporary travel ban as well as the quarantine measures for medical workers imposed in New York, New Jersey and Illinois.”
Got a piece of the M&A game? Stribbers Neal St. Anthony and Patrick Kennedy report, “Minnesota companies are having the most active year of dealmaking since 2007. Despite a slight drop in mergers and acquisitions in the third quarter, Minnesota companies are buying and selling at a pace that already tops 2013’s full-year total. Minnesota had 332 deals through Friday, already 11 percent above last year with two months to go.”
Remember that story of a new Mayo colon cancer screening that involves mailing a sample? It starts today. Marilynn Marchione of the AP says, “Millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that’s noninvasive and doesn’t require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. … Many current stool tests look for blood that could suggest a tumor. Cologuard does this plus detects DNA that could be a sign of cancer or precancerous growths called polyps.”
The Strib picks up George Will’s Washington Post column deriding Wisconsin’s “gangster politics.” “This attempted criminalization of politics in order to silence persons occupying just one portion of the political spectrum has happened in Wisconsin, which often has conducted robust political arguments with Midwestern civility. … Such misbehavior takes a toll on something that already is in short supply — belief in government’s legitimacy. The federal government’s most intrusive and potentially punitive institution, the IRS, unquestionably worked for Barack Obama’s re-election by suppressing activities by conservative groups.” Unquestionable, George?
The Strib’s Allison Sherry files a report on Second District Rep. John Kline, hours after he was endorsed (again) by the Strib’s editorial board. “Kline is chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee. ‘At a time of frustration and gridlock, I’ve been able to deliver and get legislation passed. People really like that message because they are frustrated with what they think is gridlock. People have more mistrust in their government than maybe any other time in my lifetime’, Kline said, over burgers after canvassing. ‘I feel like I’ve been able to convey to them that they can trust me.’”
You’re invited to a festive party and silent auction on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Solera Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis.
MPR’s Sasha Aslanian has a story about the 31 year-old Liberian running for Mayor of Brooklyn Center. “Almost a quarter of Brooklyn Center’s roughly 30,000 residents are foreign-born. As of the most recent census, the city’s black, Asian and Latino residents have outnumbered its white residents, a first in the Twin Cities. But Brooklyn Center’s elected leadership doesn’t reflect the diversity of its residents.”
Then on the downside, Jonathan Choe of KMSP-TV reports, “Mama Ti’s African Kitchen in Brooklyn Park, Minn. is considering drastic changes due to the recent fear of Ebola contamination. ‘This African name that brought people in before, is now hurting me,’ the restaurant’s owner Kellita Whisnant said. ‘We get the jokes, the ridicule.’ Piece by piece Whisnant is covering up the word ‘African’ on her restaurant’s sign, hoping to create a new identity.”