Walker and Trump top poll of GOP candidates in Minnesota

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Trump is closing in on Walker in Minnesota. Says Tom Scheck for MPR, “A new poll of Minnesota voters finds a tight race for the Republican presidential nomination in the state. The poll by Public Policy Polling found that 19 percent of those surveyed favored Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, while 18 percent favored businessman Donald Trump and 15 percent supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. … The survey also finds that all of the candidates in both parties have higher unfavorable than favorable ratings, with the exception of Bernie Sanders whom 30 percent view favorably and 29 percent view unfavorably.”

Speaking of why we love politicians, Scheck, again, writes, Hillary Clinton is going to make the most of her time in Minnesota later this month. Clinton has added a high dollar fundraiser to her schedule on Aug. 28. She’s also scheduled to appear at the Democratic National Committee’s Summer Meetings in Minneapolis on that day. Clinton’s fundraiser, which was announced Tuesday, will be held at the Wayzata home of Dean Phillips. Phillips is the chair of the board of The United States Distilled Products Company. He also served as CEO of the company founded by his family. The minimum contribution to attend the event is $500.” For $25 can I wave at her limo?

You knew this was coming. Madeleine Baran at MPR says, “Whistleblower Jennifer Haselberger has filed a claim against the Twin Cities archdiocese for at least $50,000 for alleged defamation. The claim filed Monday in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy case said the defamation occurred after June 6, 2014. It did not elaborate.”

Damn those “flexible technology platforms.” Peter Cox at MPR says, “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will cut around 450 positions over the next four years with losses coming in information technology, the state’s largest insurer said Tuesday. Those job cuts will be made gradually, from 2016 through 2019, in order to make the reductions transparent and predictable to employees, the company said in a statement. … The nonprofit health care company said the cuts are coming as Blue Cross transitions to more efficient, flexible technology platforms.”

In a Strib commentary supporting the President’s plan to address climate change, Rep. Keith Ellison and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen write, “A recent state report found that air pollution in the Twin Cities alone contributes to the deaths of 2,000 people a year, with the heaviest impact on areas with more people of color and higher poverty. We are already seeing the impacts of a changing climate in Minnesota. Seven of the top 10 warmest years on record came in the last 15 years. We used to call them 1,000-year floods, but we may have to rename them, since Minnesota has had four in the last decade, at great cost to our communities. In addition, the warming of Lake Mille Lacs due to climate change is one culprit behind the lake’s walleye decline.”

Still following a tough year for motorcyclists. Stribber Paul Walsh says, “With the riding season far from over, Minnesota already is on the verge of matching its motorcycle death toll for all of last year. Three fatal crashes in a recent 36-hour span have pushed this year’s death tally for motorcycle riders to 44, according to the state’s Motorcycle Safety Center. There were 46 in all of 2014.”

Speaking of motorcycle safety, Jennie Lissarrague at KSTP-TV says, “Two motorcyclists clocked going 135 mph in Olmsted County topped the list of the biggest speeders during July’s statewide speed enforcement campaign, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports. More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in the campaign, citing 16,410 motorists from July 10-26. Last year’s campaign caught 16,926 speeders, DPS officials say.”

In other words, never mind: On Target’s un-branding those TargetExpress stores, Kavita Kumar of the Strib writes, “While CityTarget stores located in dense urban areas are generally smaller than Target’s other big-box stores, that wasn’t the case with the CityTarget store that opened last month next to Fenway Park in Boston. At 160,000 square feet, it’s actually larger than Target’s typical suburban stores, which are closer to 135,000 square feet in size. And while the Target store on Nicollet Mall next to the Minneapolis-based retailer’s headquarters is definitely in the middle of a dense part of the city, it was not considered a CityTarget. So now, Target is jettisoning those CityTarget and TargetExpress labels and will soon rebrand all of them as just Target.” It’s not nice to confuse the “guests.”

A merit badge in sexual ethics?  Carolyn Chalmers, of Minneapolis, a previous director of the Office for Conflict Resolution at the University of Minnesota, suggests in another Strib commentary, “A merit badge in sexual ethics would teach a boy competencies in managing his sex drives, including the role of alcohol and drugs in sexual abuse, the emotional and physical dynamics of sex, and effective communications about consent. It could provide a forum for educating about a broad range of cultural values about sex. Overcoming confusion and paralysis when witnessing sexual abuse by others would be another objective. Strategies for being a good friend when seeing others risking physically or emotionally unhealthy sex can be taught. To become an Eagle Scout, fewer than 25 merit badges are required. Sexual ethics would simply be one of more than 100 options.” But only for boys, right?

Who said Scott Walker? The latest from the man who turned Wisconsin into the economic wonder we know as “It’s-Working-Land,” hasn’t quite had that tough kitchen table discussion with himself. Shane Goldmacher at the National Journal says, “Gov. Scott Walker has two credit-card debts of more than $10,000 apiece on separate cards and is paying an eye-popping 27.24 percent interest rate on one of them, new federal financial documents disclosed on Monday show. The Republican presidential candidate has cast himself as both a fiscal conservative leader and a penny-pinching everyman on the campaign trail, often touting his love of Kohl’s, the discount department store. His newly published financial disclosure shows that, like many Americans, Walker has few assets, some major debts (including more than $100,000 for student loans for his children), and a punishing interest rate on his credit-card obligations.” If this presidential thing doesn’t work out I certainly hope he feels some of that T-Paw-style love from the big boys.              

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/05/2015 - 08:21 am.

    “flexible technology platforms”

    = “the cloud” where even India will be farming out their IT functions.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/05/2015 - 09:06 am.

    Watch for Republican Wisdom

    The Republicans have a daunting task ahead of them. They want a leader and the Koch Brothers want a follower. I wonder who will win out. Currently, voters have 17 choices to choose from and they seem to be coalescing around Donald Trump. I understand their choice as the Republicans have had years of nothing but political claptrap, Republican mythology, and a few bizarre characters thrown at them. Now they have someone, Trump, who speaks in half-truths, which is an improvement. He’s bold, he’s blunt, he’s right about the incompetent politicians in Washington, but he is a one-man show. It’s likely he’s unable to work with others. That’s going to make it hard on the Republican tea partiers that like to run the show.

    When the word gets out nationally about fiscally conservative, run your life off a credit card Scott Walker, his ship will sail off into a not too bright sunset. He runs his life as he runs his state, with a deficit. The credit card thing should be awful familiar to everyone as your thoughts of George W. Bush and Tim Pawlenty come to the forefront. We all know what disasters both of them brought on. I guess we could call both of them political self-inflicted wounds. Self-inflicted wounds brings to mind politically created immigration problems brought on by political inaction. America’s problems keep getting worse and worse the longer politicians refuse to deal with them.

    The Thursday debates will be a night full of softball questions and Republican wisdom. Pay attention as any statements of wisdom will be brief. There will be a boatload of criticism without any of their ideas on how to fix anything. Ten Republican candidates all trying to make a name for themselves, not offend Donald Trump, and look presidential. I suspect several of them are going to have a hard time containing themselves. Good luck Megyn Kelly! The Republican circus continues.

  3. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/05/2015 - 09:18 am.

    Flexible, Indeed

    Over the next 3-4 years, one large employer will be cutting 450 IT jobs.

    Remind me again about the critical shortage of STEM graduates, and why we need to allow employers to import more technical professionals.

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 08/05/2015 - 12:09 pm.

      Employers

      not only want to import more IT professionals, they want our schools pumping out more and more of them. When you have more workers vying for fewer jobs, what does that do to wages? If they put as much time in Research and development as they do in scheming way to screw workers we’d all be riding in flying cars.

  4. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 08/05/2015 - 04:43 pm.

    That poll says

    Nothing good for MN republicans LOL.

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