House Speaker Daudt was sued by collection agencies, owed back taxes

MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach
Speaker Kurt Daudt

Quite the way to kick off the legislative session. MPR’s Brian Bakst reports: “Debt collectors sued Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt three times in the past year over thousands of dollars in credit card charges, and he also was late paying taxes for land he owns, MPR News has discovered through public court and property records. … One of the debt cases was due for a court hearing Monday, the day before the Legislature was set to start its election-year session. But the sides worked out a settlement.  … Meanwhile, Daudt incurred penalties for not paying 2015 taxes on the Isanti County property where he lives, and paid the money he owed only after learning MPR News was working on a story.”

The New York Times’ Julie Turkewitz  looks at the situation in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where Minnesota-based Cargill recently fired more than a hundred employees at a meat-processing plant after being unable to accommodate their prayer schedules: “The work is far from glamorous: The thermostat for much of the slaughterhouse is set near freezing, the clatter of machinery is almost deafening, and there is the matter of slicing cattle carcasses every day, eight hours a day. … But for the Somali refugees who settled in this community on Colorado’s eastern plains, jobs at Cargill Meat Solutions had become a path to the American dream. The positions started at $14 an hour, required little English and, for the most part, allowed time for prayer, in accordance with workers’ Muslim faith. … ‘If I can pray, I will do whatever they need,’ said Abdukadir Ali, 28, who used to cut fat five days a week, wearing a metal protective vest and gloves three layers thick.”

Hard to think of a better way to get on the map, so to speak. Inforum’s Kris Kerzman celebrates 20 years of “Fargo”: “It was March 8, 1996, when the Coen brothers' powerful dark comedy ‘Fargo’ first hit theaters and, in the 20 years since, the city that lent the film its name has proven just how powerful it is. … We maybe didn't realize it at the time, but Fargo, the city, has reaped the benefits of having its name on a lot of people's lips.”

We can’t bring ourselves to link to this National Journal story (you can find it on their website) but just so you know, this happened:

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R.I.P.: “Pioneering Minnesota aviator Elizabeth Strohfus, who piloted military planes across the country during World War II and received two Congressional Gold Medals, has died at age 96” [Austin Daily Herald]

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 03/08/2016 - 02:40 pm.

    Daudt the deal cutter

    The story goes way beyond late payments on cards. He had a couple suits dismissed by the plaintiff’s attorneys who happen to be major lobbyists at the legislature. Very stinky. Also, since he has no other job he has the highest per diem grab at the legislature. As a Republican he apparently lives by the motto, “do as I say, not as I do, you middle class riff raff.”

  2. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 03/08/2016 - 02:50 pm.

    We Can All

    Rest assured that Kurt Daudt is using that famous GOP kitchen table economics to balance the state’s treasury. It’s not hard to balance a budget, just don’t pay all the bills.

  3. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/08/2016 - 03:03 pm.

    Franken Clearing the Way for Trump

    I didn’t care to jump through all the hoops the National Journal sets up before one can access their content, so I didn’t actually read their piece. Thus, I can’t say for sure that this article would be the biggest piece of nonsense I’ve seen this year, but I feel safe in betting that way.

  4. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 03/08/2016 - 04:32 pm.

    House Speaker Daudt

    He has a unique way of being a conservative, just stop paying. He doesn’t appear to be the right person to try and direct what the state should do with its revenue as he can’t even manage his own finances.

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