Dayton wants lawmakers to address ID issue

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Gov. Mark Dayton

A special session for TSA IDs? Rachel Stassen-Berger in the PiPress says, “Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that it makes no sense that Minnesota’s driver’s licenses do not meet federal requirements for airplane travel. He said he will ‘strongly advocate’ a change, even if it means a calling a special session. ‘I think national security requires that kind of hard ID,’ Dayton said. ‘I don’t think anyone wants to be responsible for people not getting on an airplane.’ … In 2010, the Minnesota Legislature approved and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a law banning the state from taking any action to adopt Real ID. At the time, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle joined with the American Civil Liberties Union and privacy activists in revolting against what was called ‘a de facto internal passport.’” If we give ‘em a new ID card can we at least drop the stupid shoe thing?

At MPR, Jon Collins says, “Many states were concerned about privacy and cost implications of the requirements, said state Sen. Scott Dibble, chair of the Senate’s Transportation and Public Safety Committee. In response, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2009 that barred the state from complying with the federal law’s requirements. ‘The thinking was that the states band together and try to leverage their influence,’ Dibble said. ‘The concerns are absolutely still valid, but the fact of the matter is that the states did not prevail in this debate, in this negotiation with the federal government.’”

Need a new gig? What do you know about deer? Doug Smith of the Strib says, “One of the most visible positions at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is vacant. The agency is seeking a new big-game coordinator — a key post that steers deer management decisions affecting a half-million deer hunters and is a lightning rod for controversy. Leslie McInenly, who has held the job the past three years and helped set controversial deer population goals, recently was promoted to habitat team supervisor. The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Minnesota Bowhunters Inc. are among those who have been critical of the goal-setting process.”

This is good, I think. The AP reports, “A Minnesota agency commissioner will have a voice on a new advisory council of the powerful Federal Reserve Board. Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Commissioner Mary Tingerthal was appointed Tuesday to a 15-member panel that will offer input on how federal monetary policy affects the needs of low- and middle-income consumers.”

That pesky First Amendment thing cuts both ways. In the Strib, Beena Raghavendran writes, “As an overflow crowd chanted for his resignation, Columbia Heights School Board Member Grant Nichols sat emotionless in his seat at the board meeting Tuesday evening. Nichols, who allegedly made an anti-Muslim comment on a Facebook post, made his first public appearance since the incident occurred in order to fight calls for his resignation from Gov. Mark Dayton, the school board, parents and students.”

Or he could have bought it out of some guy’s trunk. Says Kelly Smith of the Strib, “A day or two before Brian Short shot and killed his wife, three children and himself, he bought a Remington 12-gauge shotgun from an Eden Prairie outdoors store. The information is included in search warrant documents filed in Hennepin County District Court this week as detectives continue to look for evidence in the quadruple homicide investigation. … Detectives are requesting data, text messages and other records left in the Short house. They found a receipt from the shotgun, showing it was bought from the Gander Mountain store in Eden Prairie on Sept. 6. Investigators also found two new boxes of shotgun ammunition, with eight rounds missing.”

Uh, pal … you get in the games for free. On the dumping of Ragnar, Arash Markazi at ESPN says: “Ragnar isn’t the official mascot of the Minnesota Vikings, but Joe Juranitch, who has played the bearded Viking character at home games since 1994, wanted to become one of the highest paid mascots in all of sports. Juranitch, 54, was making $1,500 per game as an independent contractor, but his deal expired in the offseason. He was seeking a contract that would pay him $20,000 per game for the next decade, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. He was essentially asking for a 10-year, $2 million contract, based on eight regular-season and two preseason games per year.” Heck, for that money I’d wear Helga braids, and nothing else.

Worse and worse. Says Erin Golden in the Strib, “Months after losing a court battle over unpaid work, the beleaguered Minnesota African American Museum has now lost the historic Minneapolis home that housed its collection. The latest chapter in a complicated, seven-year tangle of funding struggles and work disputes took less than two minutes in an auction held Tuesday at a counter in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. Attorneys for the construction, plumbing and electrical companies that had previously won a court judgment for unpaid work at the museum joined together to purchase the property for $1.3 million: the total amount a judge found that they are owed. The group was the sole bidder at the public auction.”

That lawsuit Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick had pending against the city when he was killed? Settled. Laura Yuen at MPR says, “A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a Mendota Heights police officer who was later killed during a traffic stop will not go to trial. The wife of Officer Scott Patrick has reached a settlement with the city. Michelle Patrick and her attorneys will receive a total of $50,000. As part of the agreement, the city of Mendota Heights denies any wrongdoing. … [Patrick] accused the police chief and others of harassing him after he reported the theft of a picnic table, allegedly by two patrol officers.”

Woodbury. Kathie Kather of the PiPress reports, “Thirteen men are accused of engaging in prostitution of minors after law enforcement conducted multiple sex trafficking stings in Woodbury, starting in August 2014. Undercover officers placed ads posing as minors soliciting sex on Craigslist and Backpage. Six men were arrested when they showed up Thursday at the Red Roof Inn at 1806 Wooddale Drive. … Two of the men were netted after responding to an ad in which officers posed as a 32-year-old woman and her 14-year-old deaf daughter.”

Finally, a Walker Death Notice piece. This one from Politico’s Shane Goldmacher and Alex Isenstadt. “The Thursday call for donors came too late to keep billionaire Stanley Hubbard, who had contributed $50,000 to Walker’s super PAC, fully in the fold. Hubbard decided that while he wasn’t quite ditching Walker, he would begin hedging his bets by donating to multiple candidates. The next day, Hubbard would leave Walker a voice mail. He wanted to offer some tips. ‘What I was going to tell him is that he should get some training, some TV training. I know where to get it,’ Hubbard said in an interview. He had hoped to recommend Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute but his message went unreturned. ‘It’s the first time,’ Hubbard said of Walker, ‘he hasn’t called me back.’”

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Comments (20)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 09/23/2015 - 06:18 am.

    If it must be done . . . .

    If it must be done (and I do not agree that it must), then how about a separate ID for those who want to fly and leave those of us who never intend to get on a plane out of it?

    • Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 09/23/2015 - 09:02 am.

      That is an option

      The Governor is anticipating the inevitable day when tens, hundreds, maybe thousands of Minnesota who’ve never heard of this issue arrive at the airport in Minneapolis or somewhere else in the world armed only with their Minnesota driver’s license and are refused entry by the TSA.

      I’d prefer it if the Governor asked the Attorney General to challenge the validity of this law. Given all the objections to voter registration and requiring photo ID’s, I’m suspicious about the motives and reasons for requiring a national ID. It bears all the indicia of a hidden agenda.

      • Submitted by Steve Sundberg on 09/23/2015 - 02:03 pm.

        How ironic

        … that many of those against the idea of the enhanced driver’s license are all for requiring the equivalent of a national ID at the polling booth?

        Btw, a passport will get one through TSA in lieu of a driver’s license.

    • Submitted by Marc Post on 09/23/2015 - 10:16 am.

      There is one

      I always fly, even domestic, using my passport. Can’t use it for voter id tho… 😉

      • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 09/24/2015 - 11:53 am.


        Actually a passport can indeed be used to register to vote–you just have to couple it with utility bills that tie you to an address in that precinct.

        For voting though, no ID at all is required as that portion is taken care of in the registration process.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/23/2015 - 10:24 am.

      Good intentions

      I’m no fan of Real ID either, but needs must. Sometimes, the need to fly can’t be predicted that far in advance.

      Also, what would the cost be to the state of setting up two (parallel? Or complimentary?) systems of ID?

      • Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 09/23/2015 - 12:21 pm.

        Two systems of ID?

        Why not use the passport system that’s already in place and avoid the cost and confusion of another system paid for by Minnesota taxpayers? The Feds bear the cost of the passport system.

        • Submitted by Robert Ryan on 09/23/2015 - 01:01 pm.

          Not sure the Feds bear the cost

          Given the price of a passport application or renewal, I’m not sure how much of the cost of the passport system is actually borne by the government. The user fees are pretty high. It’s a lot cheaper for an individual to get a state id or drivers license than it is to get a passport.

          • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 09/23/2015 - 03:27 pm.

            That’s for sure

            A passport isn’t cheap. Even a passport card isn’t cheap (though, much cheaper). Personally, I find it incredibly ridiculous that it is against the law to comply with the real ID requirements in this state. That being said, no one is guaranteed the ability to board an aircraft, while every citizen should have a right to vote. Requirements for boarding a plane need not be even similar to being able to vote. So, I don’t have much of a problem that my driver’s license isn’t sufficient. I have a passport, which is suitable. A passport card is sufficient for domestic travel, but the price as a domestic travel identification is fairly steep at $55 for adults without a previous passport or passport card. It’s not something you can obtain last minute, either.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/23/2015 - 04:10 pm.


          I do not fly often, but the last few times I did, it was on less than a week’s notice. My passport expired a couple of years ago. Am I supposed to keep my passport current on the out chance I will be called upon to fly on short notice?

          And I don’t want to go through the “extra hassle” that comes with no ID flying. I think the state should just face the fact that the battle has been lost.

          • Submitted by Phil Dech on 09/23/2015 - 09:05 pm.

            If you want to fly with your MN driver’s license as it is, then yes, you must keep your passport current. I agree with you that the states have probably lost this battle, better to repeal our law and update our driver’s licenses. That said, I really hope that the feds have learned a little from past breeches in the private sector (Target?), and are paying attention to the privacy of the information being collected, but am not totally optimistic…

            • Submitted by Todd Hintz on 09/24/2015 - 11:56 am.

              Cyber Security

              The assumption security experts go with these days is not that you may be hacked someday, but that you’ve already been hacked. At this point they work more on detection and multiple layers of security to limit the scope of damage.

    • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 09/23/2015 - 03:17 pm.

      Got one

      It’s a US Passport.

  2. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 09/23/2015 - 08:42 am.

    Columbia Heights

    Nichol’s claim that a friend did the offending post and he does not want to “throw him under the bus” by identifying him seems questionable: obviously his friend has thrown him under the bus and has shown no indication for pulling him out by stepping forward and taking responsibility for putting virtual word’s in Nichol’s mouth.

  3. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 09/23/2015 - 09:40 am.

    Stop Snitchin’

    Much has been made in recent years of the frustration police have when a crime in a minority neighborhood isn’t solved because the residents close ranks and refuse to give police tips. It is interesting that, as the case of officer Scott Patrick illustrates, the same sociology is at work in police departments nation wide. My old man used to say it’s tough to be an honest cop.

  4. Submitted by Michael Hess on 09/23/2015 - 10:29 am.


    the Gov and Legislature should not have punted this ID issue down the road so far. At this point if they start the fix process there will still be thousands of people who show up at MSP after this date who don’t fly often and are caught completely unaware their drivers licence isn’t sufficient. It is going to be a huge mess.

  5. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/23/2015 - 11:06 am.

    The root of Walker’s problems: not enough “TV training”.

    It is so informative to hear that it’s not a lack of substance and integrity, and not the fact that no one believes him nor his ideology, and especially not that it’s been disastrous for Wisconsin on a number of scores. No, no, no !!

    It’s simply a presentation issue: focus on the cosmetics, because little else matters.

    The rise of Carly Fiorina in the Republicans’ estimation proves that. I mean, is there anything at all that she honestly brings to a run for President ? Any qualifications, any track record – anything ? No, obviously not. Yet she is the current darling of the Republican faithful who pray for a turnaround, based entirely on presentation.

    She’s obviously had that “TV training”. Probably got an “A”. Hubbard should call HER – I bet she’ll return his calls !!

    Stanley Hubbard may have gotten his first glimpse of the real Scott Walker when his phone call was not returned for the first time. Scott Walker is a “C” student at best.

  6. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 09/23/2015 - 12:28 pm.

    “… at least drop the stupid shoe thing?”

    I hope not. I vaguely recall that some crazy guy a few years ago had explosives in his shoes. So my answer is “NO.”

  7. Submitted by Scott Walters on 09/23/2015 - 02:29 pm.

    Just Say No to Real ID

    I’ve flown twice in the last four years with no photo ID whatsoever. There is no firm requirement that you have a government issued photo ID. Once, my drivers’ license was paper clipped to the wall at the Bryant Lake Bowl where I forgot to retrieve it after bowling (my wife went up and paid for our lines, I just didn’t get the license back); the second time I temporarily lost my wallet while traveling (it was in the wrong pouch in my bag, I found it when I got back home).

    There is some extra hassle, discussion, and annoyance, but you do get on the plane. You will not, however, get a rental car. That one’s non-negotiable.

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