There’s always Big League Chew. The Pioneer Press’ John Shipley reports on a new effort at the Legislature: “Legislation has been introduced that, if passed, would ban the use of tobacco at the Twins’ Target Field and the St. Paul Saints’ CHS Field. … State Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley, introduced the legislation Monday morning. … ‘We need to make smokeless tobacco use in baseball a remnant of the past – and Minnesota should be proud to play a role in that movement,’ Freiberg said in a prepared statement. ‘By allowing smokeless tobacco at the ballparks, we send the absolute wrong message about tobacco use. It’s time to take tobacco out of the game completely for the good of baseball and for the health of our kids and players alike.’”
No surprise here. The Uptake’s Michael McIntee reports: “Republican John Howe is making it a three way race in the August Republican primary in Minnesota’s only open seat congressional race. Monday morning he announced he would run in the primary despite losing the Republican endorsement for Minnesota’s second congressional district to Jason Lewis earlier this month. Darlene Miller has also indicated she is running in the Republican primary.”
Speaking of the 2nd District, current seat-holder — and Education and the Workforce Committee Chair — Rep. John Kline isn’t too pleased with the Obama administrations order on public-school bathrooms.
And in yet more CD2 news, Roll Call thinks endorsed GOP candidate Jason Lewis is a lot like Donald Trump.
Some Minnesota Republicans aren’t giving up on that whole “Never Trump” thing. The Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery writes: “A group of Minnesota Republicans hope to take a stand against presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the state party convention this weekend. … They call themselves ‘Conservatives for Candidates of Character’ and say they want to be a ‘bulwark against the ugliness and juvenile tactics … that is sweeping the Republican Party nationwide.’ … At the GOP state central committee meeting Friday, this group of anti-Trump Republicans will push a motion banning the expenditure of state party money on Trump’s behalf.”
More like “Gray on Gray” at this point. At Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield writes: “Happy 50th birthday to Blonde on Blonde, the most mysterious, majestic and seductive of Bob Dylan albums – not to mention the greatest. Recorded fast with Nashville session cats who were used to grinding out country hits, Blonde on Blonde has a slick studio polish that makes it sound totally unlike any of his other albums, with sparkling piano frills and a soulful shitkicker groove. Yet the glossy surface just makes the songs more haunting. Released on May 16th, 1966, Blonde on Blonde remains the pinnacle of Dylan’s genius – he never sounded lonelier than in ‘Visions of Johanna,’ funnier than in ‘I Want You,’ more desperate than in ‘Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again.’ It’s his most expansive music, with nothing that resembles a folk song – just the rock & roll laments of a vanishing American, the doomed outsider who’s given up on ever belonging anywhere. ‘I don’t consider myself outside of anything,’ Dylan said when the album came out. ‘I just consider myself not around.’”
Also in albums released 50 years ago today: Pet Sounds. [MPR]
In other news…
Congrats! “Abdul Wright of Best Academy in Minneapolis is 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year” [Star Tribune]
Whoever smelt it dealt it: “Celebrating smelt in Duluth” [MPR]
Who cares? “Popular painkiller may also blunt empathy” [Star Tribune]