U of M: Teague didn’t disclose discrimination complaint

Norwood Teague
Norwood Teague

File under: “To say the least.” In the PiPress, John Shipley writes, “Members of the University of Minnesota search committee that helped find disgraced former athletics director Norwood Teague said in a statement Monday they are ‘shocked and dismayed’ by his ‘unacceptable behavior.’”

Also in TeagueWorld.  Stribber Brandon Stahl says, “The University of Minnesota said Monday that former athletic director Norwood Teague failed to disclose that he was facing a gender discrimination complaint at the time he was being recruited and then after he was hired. … The U said as part of [Atlanta-based firm Parker Executive Search] background check the firm asked candidates to ‘to disclose in writing any potential issues of controversy or concern that the University of Minnesota should be aware of’ and that Teague ‘signed a statement indicating no such issues exist.’” So for $112,000, their exhaustive research was a accepting written statement from the candidate? Got to get me a gig like that.

Most Democrats would be delighted with this match-up. in the PiPress, David Montgomery writes, “When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker brings his presidential campaign to Minnesota on Tuesday, he’ll be stepping into friendly territory. A list of prominent Minnesota Republicans and wealthy donors have signed up with the presidential hopeful, more elite support here than for any other GOP presidential candidate. … Minnesota’s presidential caucus isn’t until March, but high-profile leaders in both major parties are lining up to support the more than 20 candidates seeking the nation’s highest office. Of these candidates, Walker and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton have the most support in Minnesota.”

In the Strib, Patrick Condon tells us: “State Sen. Dave Thompson, former House Republican leaders Kurt Zellers and Marty Seifert, and Republican National Committeeman Chris Tiedeman will all help lead Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign in Minnesota. Walker’s campaign planned to release the list of campaign co-chairs on Monday. A day later, Walker is scheduled for a Brooklyn Center campaign stop where he’ll detail an alternative to Obamacare. He will also appear at a Tuesday evening fundraiser at O’Gara’s Bar and Grill in St. Paul.” I’m not sure I’d take any of those guys to Canterbury with me.

Possibly a Scott Walker fan. In a commentary for the St. Cloud Times, contractor/builder Robert Heise writes, “While Minnesota’s Legislature seems to be as gridlocked as the federal government, Wisconsin has been moving forward on ways to improve government efficiency in public construction. The ‘prevailing wage’ system sets a super-minimum wage for government buildings and roads, essentially set at the highest inflated wage rate. This system was originally designed to keep out lower wage minority workers, and still works to keep out the emerging companies. First, Wisconsin repealed the unfunded prevailing wage mandate on local government projects. This means that local governments can actually bid the work to any qualified local contractor. In rural areas, this is especially important, as the inflated prevailing wage rates take away the local advantage on labor costs, and allow metro companies to take the work.” He gets points for out-front self interest.

A special Walker-in-Minnesota Walker Watch: Trip Gabriel for the New York Times writes, “They sported Wisconsin cheese hats, but the impression that Gov. Scott Walker had brought a home-state cheering section was demolished when catcalls began as soon as he started speaking Monday morning. “‘Fifty kids in a classroom!’’ shouted Jonathan Hannah, a cheesehead from Milwaukee, responding to Mr. Walker’s criticism of the Common Core education standards at the Iowa State Fair. Speaking on the outdoor Soapbox, a perch that has drawn presidential candidates of both parties since the fair opened last week, Mr. Walker was the first to face a significant chorus of opponents. … At least some Iowans also booed the governor. Cathy Glasson, a nurse from Coralville, Iowa, gave him two thumbs down as he spoke. ‘I try to be open-minded about candidates, but this one in particular I can’t be,’ she said.” What will it say if the crowd at O’Gara’s goes easier on him?

So general, why are you against protecting the troops? Mark Brunswick of the Strib reports, “A group of Minnesota legislators has proposed relaxing rules on permits for carrying personal weapons for National Guard soldiers. The general in charge of the National Guard says there are more pressing needs to protect his soldiers. And arming personnel is a bad idea for a number of other reasons, he says. Major Gen. Rick Nash testified in front of the House State Government Finance Committee in July. Among the more pressing concerns, he testified, are untreated chemical dependency for National Guard members; the repercussions of alcohol- and drug-related incidents and accidents; the negative consequences of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems; sexual assault; and the fact that suicide still claims the lives of more than 20 veterans and service members every day.” Did I hear a good reason in there for why they shouldn’t always be carrying loaded guns?

Today is announcement day. The AP reminds folks, “Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to name a new Supreme Court justice Tuesday afternoon. It’s his third pick overall for the top court and will fill the vacancy being left by Justice Alan Page’s retirement. Dayton interviewed at least three finalists forwarded to him by a special screening panel. All of them are women. Appeals Court Judges Margaret Chutich and Natalie Hudson as well as Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal were in the running.”

Wasn’t Lynyrd Skynyrd available? The St. Cloud Times reports, “California pop-rock band R5 is replacing Meghan Trainor at the Minnesota State Fair. … Trainor had to cancel her tour because of vocal chord issues.” Keith Moon never used that excuse.

A bow and arrow? Tom Cherveny of the Forum News Service says, “District Judge Randall Slieter concurred with a prosecutor’s request and set bail at $1 million for the man accused of using a bow and arrow to kill his girlfriend before attempting to take his own life. Dwayne Alan Case, 29, of Morgan, made his first court appearance Monday on a charge of intentional second-degree murder in the slaying of Elizabeth Michelle Gregg, 45, of Morgan. … Case arrived at Monday’s court appearance in shackles and wearing an orange jail suit. He had a patch over his right eye and a walking boot on his right foot.”

Better mug, nearly as creepy a perp. The AP says, “A Princeton man who admitted to torturing and killing his girlfriend’s dog has been sentenced to a year in jail but could go free sooner. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Sather pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty and other charges in June. He admitted beating, kicking and shooting his then-girlfriend’s husky mix named Draco back in January — and recording it on video.” Whatever happened to 12 months of cleaning up at the Humane Society? Or didn’t they want him?

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/18/2015 - 07:32 am.

    Ummm, Brian????

    Skynyrd is already booked for the Fair!

  2. Submitted by Pat Berg on 08/18/2015 - 07:53 am.

    Cleaning up at the Humane Society?

    You want to give an animal torturer access to vulnerable animals in cages? Really?

    Imprisonment is plenty appropriate for this monster. Too bad he may make it out in less than a year.

  3. Submitted by kay smith on 08/18/2015 - 11:01 am.

    Exactly right, Pat, no humane society shelter would want him anywhere near the building.

  4. Submitted by Allan Wilson on 08/18/2015 - 11:11 am.

    Norwood

    The 25 “leading citizens” (among them PR flak Dave Mona, Lou Nanne and Darrell Thompson) of the search committee who are now “shocked and dismayed” are pulling out of the drawer a prepared response concerning Teague when rumors about him first began to circulate months ago. Make no mistake: investigating the department (gag) and other ruses will not cover up this dreadful story, which also includes claims of ignorance from Dean Johnson of the Board of Regents.

  5. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 08/18/2015 - 12:52 pm.

    Saying more than he realized

    “This system was originally designed to keep out lower wage minority workers, and still works to keep out the emerging companies.”

    How would a minimum wage keep minorities from getting construction jobs? Oh, right! The contractors expected to get minority labor at a discount!

    And how do emerging companies compete? Maybe by paying less in wages? Because costs for most startups are higher, not cheaper. Labor is the only place the little guy can cut costs to bring in a low bid, maybe by underpaying some of those minority workers Heise is so worried about. Not to mention off-the-books day laborers.

    Rightwing contractors are so convinced they have a right to pay less they repeat arguments that haven’t been updated in fifty years.

    • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/18/2015 - 02:16 pm.

      Exactly!

      We all know that Mr. Heise’s REAL problem with “prevailing wage” contracts,…

      is that they help make sure workers make a decent wage,…

      thereby keeping local wages UP,…

      and contrary to what his letter implies, “prevailing wage” is generally figured over the LOCAL or REGIONAL area where the contract will be carried out,…

      making it far more likely that local contractors will be able to outbid those from larger metropolitan areas where wages tend to be higher.

      The only cases where larger, regional contractors build local projects is where those projects are so large or so specialized that no local contractor is equipped to handle them.

      What Mr. Heise would clearly prefer is that local governments should be able to hire contractors who are NOT paying their workers adequate wages,…

      are NOT actually equipped to handle the jobs they’re bidding on,…

      and, who, once the project is finished and those contractors have massively rewarded themselves with taxpayer funds,…

      while leaving their workers to seek S.N.A.P. and Medicaid assistance for their low wages,…

      i.e. forcing the rest of us to make up the difference for what they’re NOT paying their workers out of our own taxes,…

      they can disband their company, leaving “local” taxpayers on the hook for repairing the soon-to-be-revealed shoddy workmanship those “emerging companies” carried out.

      “Prevailing wage” is part of a well-designed system which helps protect the well being of the Middle Class while preventing people such as Mr. Heise and his ilk from massively padding their own pockets at public expense.

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