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Judge: Banks’ suits against Target can proceed

Plus: Bachmann wants to defund Obama immigration effort; MNsure lowers enrollment projection; airbag recall goes nationwide; and more.

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Here’s a judge who won’t make Target’s Christmas card list. At MPR, Jon Collins says, “Financial institutions suing Target Corp. for negligence in last year’s data breach can move forward with the main claims of their lawsuit, a federal judge in St. Paul has ruled. … The banks’ lawyers could proceed with the claims of negligence and violation of the state law, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled Tuesday. However, he dismissed a claim that Target had been negligent by misrepresenting their security system. The Minneapolis-based retail giant also faces lawsuits from consumers hit by the data breach, although Magnuson’s decision applies only to financial institutions.”  

Good piece on the BoingBoing site by Wayzata High student Nathan Ringo. “Like many other school districts, #284 of Wayzata, Minnesota puts censorware between students and the Internet. This filter lets the school claim federal funding in exchange for blocking pornography. However, Wayzata chose to implement an unsavory policy of blocking not just porn, but anything and everything they feel is inappropriate in a school setting. Worse, I could not find out who makes the judgements about what should be considered inappropriate.”

Not sure how much more “Boys showering with girls!” hysteria you can take? MPR’s Tim Post says, “The Minnesota State High School League today will again consider a proposal to allow transgender athletes to play on the team that best aligns with their gender identity. During a workshop today, league officials will review the latest version of the policy, which would allow students who have a consistent and sincerely held belief that their gender identity is different than their gender at birth to play on the sports team of their choice. … The Minnesota Child Protection League has aired its concerns in full-page ads in the Star Tribune, one in late September and one last Sunday. One ad raised the notion that the proposed policy’s requirement that transgender students have access to locker rooms would mean transgender athletes born as males could share shower facilities with girls.”

On the lefty ThinkProgress site Zach Ford writes, “Conservatives have successfully turned the proposed change into a ‘controversial’ issue through vocal opposition at both the state and national level. On the ground, the so-called Minnesota Child Protection League (MNCPL) has been the primary force trying to keep the League from passing the policy. MNCPL is headed up by Barb Anderson, who also leads the Parents Action League, which opposed an LGBT-inclusive bullying policy in suicide-riddled Anoka-Hennepin School District and has since been identified as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.” So you’re saying a completely objective perspective?

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The Feds want Minnesota to hang on to one of those accused ISIS “recruits.” The AP story says, “Federal prosecutors are asking a Minnesota judge to reconsider the release of a man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Abdullahi Yusuf was arrested last week, six months after FBI agents stopped him at the Minneapolis airport as he prepared to leave the United States. … A magistrate judge released Yusuf to his parents after his attorney pointed out he hadn’t fled during the six months he was being investigated.”

From WEAU-TV in Eau Claire: “What started off as a car running a red light turned into a traffic stop in Chippewa Falls. … The traffic stop took a turn into something completely different when the Chippewa Falls police officer realized that 29-year-old Casey Kressin was having an asthma attack. That’s when the ambulance was called. ‘It was about six minutes later that EMS arrived on scene and they took him and transported him to the hospital and he was later pronounced deceased,’ [Chief Wendy] Stelter explained. Chief Stelter said her officer followed standard protocol.”

She’s not done yet. The Strib’s Allison Sherry writes, “Calling President Barack Obama “lawless,” Rep. Michele Bachmann said Wednesday that he had forgotten the voters’ mandate a month ago and urged her colleagues to support a spending bill that would defund the implementation of his executive action on immigration reform. … The retiring congresswoman from the Sixth Congressional District shared a microphone outside the Capitol Wednesday with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, among others. The gatherings had the trappings of a small Tea Party rally, with several people dressed in period clothing and carrying ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flags.”

MNsure is expecting one-third fewer enrollees this year. Christopher Snowbeck of the Strib says, “MNsure is cutting its enrollment projection for next year by one-third, but will still have a balanced budget, health exchange officials said Wednesday. MNsure previously projected about 100,000 enrollees in private health plans by the end of 2015, but has reduced that to about 67,000, according to Scott Leitz, the MNsure chief executive. Currently, about 50,000 people have obtained commercial coverage through the exchange.”

Own a Honda? That airbag recall has gone nationwide. The AP says, “Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver’s side air bags to all 50 states. … Rick Schosteck, Honda’s executive vice president for North America, told House lawmakers Wednesday that Honda will expand the regional recall it began in June, but will continue to prioritize high-humidity areas. He also said Honda is working with other air bag manufacturers to make sure it has enough parts.”

We’re among the Top 16! Another AP story says, “The White House is singling out Minneapolis, Boston, San Francisco and 13 other cities for leading their peers in efforts to address climate change. The winners of the competition for cities will receive additional government resources to deal with global warming’s impacts, including data tools and a dedicated coordinator to help cities access federal funding.” I don’t see Houston on the list.