Hennepin County Attorney wants investigation into Jamar Clark shooting expanded

Jamar Clark
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Jamar Clark

MoreRandy Furst of the Strib says, “Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Tuesday that he has asked the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to expand its investigation into the shooting death of Jamar Clark. In an interview, Freeman said, ‘What we discovered in the case is that a number of things were not completed and they were sent back [to the BCA] to get done. New things have to be investigated.’ Freeman said he still hopes to have a decision on charges by the end of March.”

So much for contracts. Jim Spencer and Jennifer Bjorhus of the Star Tribune report, “Cuts proposed by the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund will touch retirees and workers in every corner of Minnesota, a document just released by the Pension Rights Center reveals.  In Minnesota, the cuts average about 34 percent but range to 50 percent or more. (Another 7,000 Minnesotans were exempted from cuts because they are over 79 or retired with a Central States disability pension.)”

Who you calling “establishment”? Marco Rubio, he of no primary wins but a lot of victory speeches, passed through town yesterday. For MPR, Brian Bakst writes, “Rubio criticized President Obama, as well as Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. He didn’t bring up the names of any of his Republican opponents, but did seem to aim some comments at Donald Trump. ‘This cannot be an election about nominating someone just to make a point,’ he said. ‘This can’t be an election about nominating  someone because they seem angrier than everybody else. We’re all angry. We’re all frustrated. But you have to solve a problem. We’ve got to solve this problem.’”

Speaking of solving problems: David Fondler of the PiPress writes about new Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari’s plan to more heavily regulate banks. “In a speech in Bloomington before the business recruitment group Greater MSP, Kashkari laid out somewhat of a timetable for public symposiums on the issue, the first to be held April 4, with a goal of setting a plan by year’s end for tackling banks that are too big to fail. These meetings will be open to the media and public and live-streamed, he said. Kashkari, in the Minneapolis job only six weeks, drew national attention last week with a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington calling for the breakup of the country’s biggest banks. Tuesday was his first major speech before his home crowd.”

Uh, let’s keep an eye on this one. The WCCO-TV story says, “A Champlin woman pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of stalking after she left anonymous threats to a family that said she wanted to taste and lick their children.”

And don’t try this at home. Or on the road. The PiPress has video from a patrol car of a semi rolling right into the path of a train.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram has a story of a very upset lawmaker. “A Wisconsin legislator walked out of a legislative breakfast with school officials Monday saying that ‘vile, hateful political speech is not helpful’ in finding solutions for the public school system. The hateful speech in question? An assertion by Eau Claire school board member Wendy Sue Johnson that Minnesota is better than Wisconsin at meeting national economic challenges. … State Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie, said she was frustrated at what she termed partisan attacks against Republican policymakers.”

Meanwhile, across the border, this guy’s probably just getting started. The AP story says, “Green Bay, Wis., police have arrested a man on his suspected 12th OWI offense. Police say they found Patrick Moore, 59, of Denmark, Wis., in his vehicle about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. While investigating, police found Moore had 11 previous operating-while-intoxicated convictions.”

A new board — with no power. Says a Strib story, “Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed eight people to a new committee to advise the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Dayton created the panel by executive order last year after the Legislature abolished the MPCA Citizens’ Board, which had final authority over key environmental review decisions and came under fire from farm interests and Republican legislators. The new committee has no formal powers, but Dayton said in a statement Tuesday that it will ensure citizen input into environmental regulatory decisions. Like the former Citizens’ Board, the committee will be chaired by the MPCA commissioner.”

This hasn’t escaped the attention of Sally Jo Sorensen at her Bluestem Prairie blog. She writes, “When Governor Mark Dayton announced the creation of a new environmental citizens board back in August during a speech at an annual event organized by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, those in attendance who welcomed the announcement probably weren’t being careful for what they asked for. … One of the appointees, Nathaniel Hultgren, serves as Agronomy Director for Meadow Star Dairy, according to a statement released by the Governor’s office: ‘Nathaniel Hultgren is the Agronomy Director for Meadow Star Dairy, where he serves as a liaison between the dairy development and local farmers. … ‘ Not released by the Governor’s Office? That Meadow Star Dairy is part of Riverview Dairy; the denial of a permit for Riverview’s proposed Baker Dairy in late summer 2014 by the original Citizens Board is what led to the successful effort to axe the real board with real (if seldom exercised) power.”

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 02/24/2016 - 09:46 am.

    Wall Street Vs. Main Street

    Wall Street and the banksters got their tax payer bailout, despite their long time support of politicians that love to advocate for markets free of government interference. But pensions are allowed to fail, and retirement income security in the most prosperous country in the history of the world takes another kick in the teeth.

    Pensions have a stabilizing effect on the economy. When there is a down turn, pensioners incomes don’t take a hit, and they keep spending. As pensions fade away, that will have a greater and greater effect in future recessions.

    • Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 02/24/2016 - 01:22 pm.

      Hey, just give me a large pension and I can assure you that I will do my very best to support the economy.
      Guaranteed!

  2. Submitted by jody rooney on 02/24/2016 - 11:38 am.

    The Wisconsin legislative walk out

    was good for a snort. Poor Minnesota Republicans given no credit by another state’s Republican.

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 02/24/2016 - 12:59 pm.

      To be fair

      Minnesota Republican have nothing to do with the successes in our schools. If they had their way ours would be at the same level as Wisconsin’s.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/24/2016 - 01:04 pm.

      Regard for the Truth

      She walked out because of the evident liberal bias of repeating statistics that go against the Walker regime. We all know that those have been purposely distorted by the liberal media.

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