Black Lives Matter protesters go to mayor’s house, invited in by husband

Photo by Brent Moore
Supporters and members of Black Live Matters linking arms outside the 4th Precinct on Wednesday afternoon.

You gotta hand it to the mayor’s husband here. WCCO reports, “Protesters of the Jamar Clark shooting say they were ‘pleasantly surprised’ Wednesday night when they knocked on the door of Mayor Betsy Hodges’ home and her husband let them in. … [Protester Ashley] Fairbanks said a group of about 13 protesters went to Hodges’ home when the situation at the 4th Precinct escalated. She said while the mayor wasn’t there, her husband, Gary Cunningham, let them in. … He spoke to the protesters for about 10 minutes, in what Fairbanks described as a ‘calm exchange.’ Cunningham didn’t tell protesters where the mayor was, and when asked to contact her, he refused.”

You can’t have a special session without a Daudt. But the speaker of the Minnesota House says he’s open to discussing the idea, if not totally sold on it, as the AP reports: “Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he’s willing to negotiate a possible special session for emergency assistance for steelworkers but only if Gov. Mark Dayton makes pledges on major development projects. … The Legislature’s top Republican reacted Thursday to Dayton’s appeal for a special session to extend unemployment benefits for laid-off mine workers in northeastern Minnesota. Daudt says he’s open to what he calls a “short-term Band-Aid” if long-term help is in on the way.”

HERE COMES THE WHITE STUFF. To St. Cloud, that is — here’s KARE: “Residents in central Minnesota woke up to a blanket of white. Yes, snow has arrived in parts of the state — likely met with either extreme excitement or utter disgust. … Traffic cameras showed a number of drivers south of St. Cloud sliding along a slippery Interstate 94. Sgt. Jesse Grabow, of the Minnesota State Patrol, reported seeing a number of rollovers, none with injury, and vehicles in the ditch between Barnesville and Wadena.”

This is pretty cool, but when do we get our bread and circuses? “When the Vikings finally move into U.S.Bank Stadium next year, no one will be able to say their ship hasn’t come in,” writes  Marino Eccher in the Pioneer Press. “The plaza in front of the building is getting a ‘legacy ship,’ the team announced Thursday. Made from metal, stone and wood, and complete with oars, shields and a dragon-shaped bow, its ‘sail’ will be a 2,000-square-foot, 55-foot-tall video board. … The ship’s deck will be paved with the engraved commemorative bricks the team is selling to fans.”

Rendering of "legacy ship"
Minnesota Vikings
Rendering of “legacy ship”

In other news …

Frankly, we weren’t: “Don’t Fear the New Boss at the Minneapolis Fed” [Bloomberg View]

One small step closer to PolyMet: “Forest Service issues draft decision on PolyMet land swap” [Timberjay]

One small step closer to Macy’s redevelopment: “St. Paul OKs $11M in public financing for Macy’s renovation” [Pioneer Press]

Mayo earns a bit less bread: “Report: Rising costs trimmed Mayo Clinic profits in 3rd quarter” [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Bill Willy on 11/19/2015 - 03:53 pm.

    Political Blackmail? Umemployed hostages?

    “Daudt said he’s open to extending unemployment benefits for laid-off mine workers . . . as long as . . . long-term help is in on the way. That means assurances from Dayton that there won’t be administration interference or delay in consideration of the PolyMet Mining Corp. copper-nickel mine proposal on the Iron Range and the Sandpiper oil pipeline that would cut across northern Minnesota.”

    http://www.startribune.com/house-leader-open-to-special-session-but-not-sold-on-it/351798071/

    The governor recently said “he wants to hire an outside law firm to examine the financing behind the proposed PolyMet Mining Corp. copper-nickel venture in northern Minnesota before his administration would issue a final permit.

    ” ‘I’ve made it clear to the company that their financial capability to build this and then to operate it was going to be a critical component of my decision of whether the project will go forward or not,’ Dayton said.”

    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/dayton-wants-firm-for-study-of-polymet-finances

    Also, yesterday:

    “Gov. Mark Dayton may direct the state Health Department to conduct a major review of potential health risks from the proposed copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota, the first sign that long-standing concerns from top public health officials about drinking water contamination are now gaining traction.

    “ ‘Credible medical people’ have asked for the health assessment, Dayton said, and he will discuss it later this week with health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger.

    “Ehlinger, the Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesota Public Health Association, Minnesota Medical Association, and others in public health have urged the state to include a human health assessment as part of the massive environmental impact analysis of the mine.”

    http://www.startribune.com/gov-dayton-considering-health-review-of-polymet-copper-mine/351213711/

    If Kurt Daubt, or any Minnesota legislator, would view either of those things as “interference in consideration” of the Polymet project, then he and they should say so and not agree to a special session. And then, when the unemployment benefits of the affected people on the range run out, he and they can head up there and explain that to them.

    If Kurt Daubt were to make crucial financial help for the hard hit people of the range contingent on the Governor agreeing to “back off” his prudent call for an independent examination of Polymet’s (highly suspect) financial ability to open, operate, and meet its obligations; and “providing assurances” that he will not call for a thorough examination of its health risks for Minnesotans by the Commissioner of Health, Kurt Daubt would be stooping to a level of political extortion that should disqualify him from being in the position of Speaker of the House, or representing ANYone in the state of Minnesota.

  2. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 11/19/2015 - 06:39 pm.

    No special session

    Since the Governor is the one demanding “written guarantees” it seems fair that the Representative Daudt might have some requests too. How long will the State keep paying people for jobs that will likely not come back for years? The re-training that the State has paid for to the former employees has yielded what results? Should the State really be picking winners and losers? Why are the resort owners near Mille Lacs not worthy of help, or the former Target workers? Once the money starts flowing it is unlikely to stop. The Federal government finally stopped unemployment extensions and lots of people found jobs and nobody was found dying in the streets.

    The Governor will deny Polymet, of that there is no doubt, but he will drag out his decision as long as possible to give the appearance of weighing the pros and cons. The “toughest decision he will ever make” might affect a few hundred at best but gay marriage and raising the minimum wage easily will have the greatest impact on the State but those decisions took no longer than a signature to consider.

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