Move to Ireland gets Medtronic bumped from Fortune 500

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Booted. At The Washington Post, Allan Sloan writes, “Sometimes the news isn’t what you see — it’s what you don’t see. In this case, the news is two companies that you don’t see in the newest iteration of the Fortune 500: Medtronic and Mylan. That’s because to its credit, Fortune kicked Medtronic and Mylan off its prestigious list for deserting our country by moving their domicile out of the U.S. for tax purposes while continuing to be run from here. … I’m pleased that Fortune has kept the faith, and hope that next year, it won’t have any deserters to kick off its list. However, I’m afraid it will — Monsanto, No. 197, may do a deal with Swiss-based Syngenta. The bottom line: Absent a miracle in Washington, the bleeding of corporate tax revenues out of our country will continue. Drip, drip, drip.”

Steve Karnowski of the AP reminds readers that a decision on Minnesota’s sex offender program is nigh. “A federal judge who has already called Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program ‘clearly broken’ is scheduled to rule on it Wednesday, a decision that could lead to freedom eventually for many residents who said they had little hope of ever being released. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank wrote even before hearing testimony in February and March that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program was ‘draconian’ and that ‘the interests of justice require substantial changes’ to it. More than 700 offenders were indefinitely committed to its secure facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter after they completed their prison sentences.”

Jon Brandt, a bona fide expert on sex offender programs writes a commentary for the Strib saying, “There is, understandably, public angst about the uncertain future of the MSOP, and the likelihood of the federal court ordering releases. However, mounting evidence indicates that the MSOP is less about veritable public safety and more about misguided public policy. Here are 10 reasons why Minnesotans should welcome, and not fear, federal court intervention.”

It sounds like a trick question. At MPR, Catharine Richert asks, “With session over, did rural Minnesota’s GOP bet pay off?” “Minnesota Republicans spent hundreds of thousands of dollars last fall to beat rural Democrats, promising voters the GOP would focus on issues dear to outstate Minnesota. Voters liked what they heard and helped Republicans take control of the House. Delivering on promises, however, proved harder than making them. With the 2015 session finally over, groups representing Minnesota’s rural interests say that on issues from transportation to housing lawmakers on both sides barely earned a passing grade.”

Speaking of democracy in action, the AP has a report on who lobbied and how much at the Capitol this past session. “Lobbying disclosure reports published Tuesday offer an early glimpse of where the most expensive battles were. Education, transportation and business regulations topped the list. Tobacco, energy and liquor issues also proved costly. … The teachers union, Education Minnesota, spent $565,000 on its lobbying during the session, due to a TV ad effort that accounted for 80 percent. The union was able to fend off a change to tenure laws and its members will no doubt be in line for raises given the $355 million more lawmakers put on the per-pupil funding formula.”

That merger of the Hamline and Billy Mitchell law schools? Think December. Says Alex Friedrich at MPR, “The two schools had hoped for a green light from the American Bar Association this summer so they could start fall semester fully merged, but William Mitchell Dean Eric Janus said that timeline was ‘aggressive.’”

The early word is so good and the response at Cannes so rapturous we’re probably talking multiple Oscars here. Colin Covert of the Strib interviews Minnesota native Pete Doctor: “His new film, ‘Inside Out’, which hits theaters Friday, is a mind-bending fantasy. It takes us inside the head of Riley, an 11-year-old girl whose parents have just moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, making her feel lonely, nostalgic and a tad frightened. Inside Riley’s ‘headquarters,’ five vital emotions — Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear — squabble over how to make her happy and keep her safe. The project began, Docter said, when his daughter, Elie, became a bit distant at age 11, and he wondered what was going on in her mind.”

Now … the lawyering up. Says Jennifer Bjorhus for the Strib, “The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is seeking to hire former federal prosecutor Joseph Dixon III to defend it against new criminal and civil accusations that it failed to protect children from an abusive priest. And given that the archdiocese is in bankruptcy and short on cash, Dixon is charging a reduced rate of $400 an hour, court documents show. ‘This reflects a substantial discount,’ Dixon said in his engagement letter.”

Reverberations from the Vatican’s move on Archbishop Nienstedt here are being felt in New Jersey. Says Mark Mueller for, “ … with [Bernard] Hebda chosen to stabilize a far more troubled diocese in Minnesota, the question is when he will return to Newark full-time, if at all. … But at least one Vatican-watcher said it’s far too early to know what [Pope] Francis will decide. ‘He might just get Minnesota,’ said the Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior analyst with the National Catholic Reporter and former editor of America, a Catholic magazine. ‘The Vatican is responding to an emergency situation in Minneapolis and has made no decision about where Hebda will finally end up,’ Reese said. ‘If he does a great job in Minneapolis and the people come to like him, the Vatican would be smart to leave him there.’

Sturgeon have bounced back. Says Doug Smith of the Strib, “Once nearly wiped out from overfishing and pollution, populations of the 100-million-year-old prehistoric fish have rebounded in recent years, thanks to reduced pollution waters, removal of dams to restore spawning areas and restocking efforts. Strict fishing regulations also have helped. Now anglers are reaping the benefits. On Tuesday, a new catch-and-release sturgeon season reopened in most of the state, giving anglers a chance to catch the largest freshwater fish in North America, one that swam when dinosaurs still roamed the land.”

At City Pages, the headline says, “We had a gay guy listen to the new LGBT radio station.” Jason Zabel says, “Billed as the first LGBT station in the nation, 96.7 Pride Radio is an interesting concept that also raises a difficult question: Do gay people like a certain kind of music? So much so that we need a radio station devoted to our very particular sonic preferences and the ‘lifestyle’ that accompanies it? … why is it that much of the programming on 96.7 Pride Radio so far has been bumping club music? Does all of the programming need to be evocative of a Sunday-Funday rooftop pool party? Did that Sam Smith lullaby really need to be juiced-up and sexified, so that now it works better as I pull off my shirt in front of a roomful of sweaty, twerking strangers?” Pal, iHeart has research telling them exactly what “the gays” want.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Carl Voss on 06/17/2015 - 07:45 pm.


    It’s Pete Docter, not Doctor.

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