On campaign’s final day, GOP hits Dayton on Ebola preparedness

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

It’s never too late for a little Ebola fear-mongering. The MPR trio of Mark Zdechlik, Tim Pugmire and Tom Scheck write, “As political candidates spent much of Monday traveling the state to urge supporters to get out to vote, an ad from the state Republican Party that used the Ebola crisis to attack Gov. Mark Dayton touched a nerve. The ad, which started running today on several radio stations across the state, contends Dayton isn’t doing enough to prepare for an Ebola outbreak. It also faults the governor for not supporting a travel ban from West African countries that have seen Ebola outbreaks.”

For the AP, Brian Bakst and Kyle Potter say, “Dayton called the late-breaking ads ‘fear tactics’ while Republican challenger Jeff Johnson said the topic was fair game. The radio spots from the state Republican Party features a woman voicing worry about Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s ability to manage a potential yet unrealized health crisis and saying, ‘I’m not voting for Dayton; I’m not letting my family get put at risk.’ The commercials are a companion to full-page GOP ads that ran Sunday in many Minnesota newspapers that also raised doubts about the state’s Ebola preparedness.”

But how then will Big Pharma get a cut? Stribber Jeremy Olson looks at an Allina report on “alternative therapies” and says, “Acupuncture, medical massage and other alternative therapies provide cancer patients significant relief from pain and anxiety, according to physicians at Allina Health in Minneapolis, raising the prospect that they could someday begin to replace the potent and addictive narcotics widely used in U.S. medicine. So-called integrative therapies reduced self-reported pain levels by 47 percent and cut anxiety levels by 56 percent for cancer patients at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital.”

First it was the cop who started the chain reaction smash-up with the Washington [Bleeps] team bus. Now this. Nicole Norfleet of the Strib says, “A St. Paul police officer was hospitalized Monday afternoon after an eastbound Green Line rail train collided with his squad car near Pascal Street and University Avenue. … The squad car had been traveling north on Pascal Street with its lights and siren on when it was struck, said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a spokesman for the St. Paul police. The officer, who was briefly knocked unconscious, was transported to Regions Hospital with neck and back pain.”

Protests have yet to eliminate the Washington football team’s name, but “Miss Saigon” is a goner. Marianne Combs at MPR reports, “A year after staging the musical ‘Miss Saigon’ in the face of heated criticism, the head of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul has promised not to produce the show again. Last fall, more than 200 people protested outside the Ordway at the ‘Miss Saigon’ opening. They argued that the popular musical is a racist and sexist play that romanticizes prostitution and international adoption.” I’m guessing a musical version of “Birth of a Nation” is DOA, too.

The Strib’s Rachel Stassen-Berger asked her Twitter followers for a “one tweet” description of this year’s campaign season. A sampling of the answers: “meh”; “There is an election this year?”; “Base-focused; plus purposeful distraction and condescending tone to avoid difficult issues where candidates have no solutions.”

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With Adrian Peterson likely to negotiate a plea deal over his felony child abuse case, USA Today’s Brent Schrotenboer writes of his attorney, “Here in the land of barbecue joints, strip malls and Tea Party politics, attorney Rusty Hardin is getting ready to do what he does best – ride to the rescue of another famous athlete. … The benefit of a deal to Peterson is he avoids the prospect of ugly evidence coming out at the trial — such as photos of his 4-year-old son after Peterson whipped him with a tree branch — followed by a possible jail sentence if he is convicted. For prosecutors, a plea deal avoids the possibility of Peterson being acquitted after Hardin puts on a show for his favorite kind of audience – a jury of his peers.”

At The Huffington Post, activist Alec Fisher files a post titled, “This Is What Happened When I Tried Banning Conversion Therapy in Minnesota.” He says, “It was during this time that I realized how much of a game politics really is. Having to compete for time and attention against bills that were being pushed by groups with deep pockets, pools of volunteers, and paid lobbyists created hurdles for me and Gabe (Aderhold) to tackle with limited resources. The influence of this political power structure became apparent to us once we realized how difficult it is to reach the top of the legislative priority list. Additionally, many legislators were still dealing with backlash from same-sex marriages being legalized, leading to their refusal to back another bill that could impact their bids for reelection.”

Settle down. Scott Walker’s defiling of the Vikings new sports palace has been obliterated. Tim Nelson of MPR writes, “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tried to slip a little secret cheer for his favorite NFL team into the new Vikings stadium — but it didn’t work, according to the company building the $1 billion sports facility in Minneapolis. ‘Governor Walker did sign a piece of steel that was in a fabrication shop in Wisconsin, but his signature and whatever else he wrote has been removed from that piece of steel,’ said John Wood, senior vice president for Mortenson Construction. The New York Times reported this weekend that Walker claimed to have written ‘Go Packers’ on a beam being fabricated in West Salem, Wisconsin, during a campaign visit to the River Steel factory.”

Speaking of Walker, or his people: Dave Orrick of the PiPress says, “A squirrel hunter said Monday he was trying to cope with accidentally shooting a bowhunter over the weekend in southwestern Wisconsin, mistaking the man’s movement for that of a squirrel. … [David] Devine was hunting squirrels with a semi-automatic .22-caliber rifle, a common firearm used for squirrel hunting. Devine ‘saw movement by a tree that he thought was a squirrel and fired at it,’ according to a release by the sheriff’s office, which is classifying the shooting as a ‘hunting related accident.’ ‘(Devine) then realized he had shot a bowhunter who was sitting on the ground using the tree as a back brace.’”

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Comments (27)

  1. Submitted by E Gamauf on 11/04/2014 - 06:09 am.

    Desperate GOP says: Be vewy, vewy afwaid.

    This is pathetic: Last second panic attack ads.
    Far right could stay home to put up plastic & duct tape.

    We have under $3 gas, and a record stock market.
    Better unemployment numbers than Scott Walker.

    The sun is still shining.

  2. Submitted by jason myron on 11/04/2014 - 06:15 am.


    That exactly ONE person has died from in this country. The entire GOP ideological tenet in a nutshell…what you should be afraid of and who to blame for it….rinse, repeat.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 11/04/2014 - 07:04 am.

    I Nominate Candidate Jeff Johnson for a New Nickname

    Let him forever ever after now be known as,…

    “cheap-shot Johnson,”

    because any losing candidate willing to try to throw the public into panic about ebola,…

    without a single fact to back up his bogus charges,…

    and at a time when Gov. Dayton won’t have time to put up a factual, corrective ad,…

    can hardly described any other way,…

    after proving that he’s the kind of competitor who, just before the end of a game where his team is losing,…

    tries to seriously injure an opposing player even though it has ZERO possibility of altering the outcome of the game.

    “Cheap-shot Johnson.”

  4. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 11/04/2014 - 07:09 am.

    Maybe an SNL sketch?

    Hmmm. “Birth of a Nation” as a musical… It’s an interesting (or grotesque) thought.

  5. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 11/04/2014 - 08:08 am.

    Johnson is a disgrace and

    The Republican Party is worse. All of these miserable idiots would prefer any victims of Ebola to die on the streets.

  6. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 11/04/2014 - 08:46 am.

    Who’s their tactician?

    I would have run an ad warning me about Dayton’s failure to protect me from marrying Kim Kardashian. The odds are much better, the final outcome likely worse and (if you count Kris Humphries) its already harmed one of us.

  7. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/04/2014 - 09:44 am.

    Too obvious

    Do the Republicans think the voters of the state will not see the Ebola scaremongering as anything more than an act of desperation? Is this ad really going to change any minds? It’s something of an insult for them to think so.

    I thought Mike McFadden’s latest TV ad (terrorists! Ebola!) should win the award for pathetic reaching. Leave it to the Johnson campaign to top them all.

  8. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 11/04/2014 - 09:52 am.

    Give the GOP credit: they didn’t say Dayton HAD Ebola !!

    So this shows they are not totally desperate, only pretty desparate.

  9. Submitted by Jeremy Lyons on 11/04/2014 - 11:40 am.

    Come on

    I’m assuming that each of you have at least taken 2 seconds out of your busy schedule to Google Democrat Ebola attack ads yes? Pretty pathetic from both sides but let’s be intellectually honest about this shall we.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/04/2014 - 01:21 pm.

      Oh, no! Both sides do it!

      Let’s be intellectually honest about this, shall we. Do you see no difference between ginning up some barely plausible health threat, and attacking candidates based on their votes regarding the funding for the CDC, or the failure to confirm a Surgeon General?

      • Submitted by Jeremy Lyons on 11/04/2014 - 01:48 pm.

        Oh yes it’s true – they do!

        No I do not.

        Democrats attacked Republicans on their vote to cut funding for the CDC, which by their estimation, equates to Republicans being “killers” from a “barely plausible health threat” in Ebola. I might add, they threw the first stone on this topic.

        Again, the topic is ridiculous, but to only mention one group is not exactly intellectually honest.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/04/2014 - 02:08 pm.

          In the midst of all this

          Can you tell me why the Surgeon General has not been leading the US response to Ebola?

          • Submitted by chuck holtman on 11/04/2014 - 03:13 pm.

            The Republican caucus has refused to allow him to be confirmed

            because he stated that gun violence is a public health issue, which made the NRA and therefore the Republican caucus unhappy.

            A strong global public health system is one of the very most appropriate and essential roles of government. It is a textbook case where the market is ineffective and coordinated collective action is required, and it is essential to the survival of civilization. A representative who does not recognize this is not competent for his or her role. Thus it’s quite clearly an appropriate subject when assessing candidates.

            In recent years, it has been the intention and project of certain powerful actors in our society to destroy our capacity for collective action. Our weakened public health system, nationally and globally, is one victim of this.

  10. Submitted by Jeremy Lyons on 11/04/2014 - 02:54 pm.

    Yes i can; but,

    that question would take too much time to answer. Also, as is the case with many of these questions, it depends on if the answer comes from the left or from the right.

    I’m sticking with my point that the Ebola adds directed at each party are ridiculous.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 11/04/2014 - 03:18 pm.

      Too much tme to answer?

      Here …let me try. Obama nominated a perfectly credible candidate for the position and the republicans have thwarted his nomination for his apparently inexcusable comment that we should try and reduce gun deaths in this country. There…that took all of about ten seconds.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/04/2014 - 03:25 pm.

      Too much time to answer

      Really, how long does it take to type in “there presently is no Surgeon General, because the Republicans refuse to confirm the President’s nominee?”

      • Submitted by Jeremy Lyons on 11/04/2014 - 04:07 pm.


        that is incorrect. The “acting” SG is Lushniak since mid 2013. Moreover, what’s wrong with disagreeing with a nominee? Happens all the time. And more to the original point, what does it matter who the SG is if the health threat of Ebola “is barely plausible” as you state. Still seems to me that the ads are ridiculous. Lets stay on target here.

        • Submitted by jason myron on 11/04/2014 - 05:04 pm.

          It matters

          when republicans criticize the president and his handing of the situation. I would simply describe it as pointing out the hypocrisy of their position.

          • Submitted by Jeremy Lyons on 11/04/2014 - 05:35 pm.

            You have missed my point and

            The republican stance on the issue. No hypocrisy there. Also – Ebola attack ads are ridiculous.

  11. Submitted by Bill Coleman on 11/04/2014 - 03:13 pm.

    Dayton opponent

    When I saw the full page anti-Dayton ad, I was a bit surprised to see that the GOP did not even mention their candidate for Governor. Maybe no one in the office could remember his name!

  12. Submitted by Jon Lord on 11/05/2014 - 09:25 am.

    Repubs on Ebola and Obamacare. If we connect the dots, the TP party, if they ever get the chance, will do away with Health Care for the majority of us regardless of Ebola. They don’t recognize that someone with Ebola can travel to other countries before it begins to show and can enter this country from the western shores from either China or Japan, or to our eastern shores from Europe. A ban on flights from west Africa to Minnesota is pointless since there are none.

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