Legislature fails to confirm nominees to campaign finance board

Not a lot of incentive for legislators to move on this one. MPR’s Brian Bakst reports: “Minnesota’s campaign finance regulatory board heads into election season with its slimmest possible board membership for taking action after the Legislature failed to confirm two appointees before adjourning its session. … Two appointments before lawmakers got hung up over concerns raised by Senate Republicans about the DFL political background of Emma Greenman. Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board appointments require confirmation from the House and Senate on a three-fifths vote; the House supplied sufficient votes to confirm Greenman and former Republican state Rep. Margaret ‘Peggy’ Leppik during the session’s final day.”

The Pioneer Press’ Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and David Montgomery read the bills so you don’t have to: “The thousands of pages of legislation for which the state’s lawmakers voted this year certainly tackled some big issues: Money for mental health care, new policy on foster care, tax cuts for families, students, businesses and veterans and changes in drug sentencing among them. But mining the details of the measures also extracts a slew of little-noticed provisions. … While some of their work is in limbo — Gov. Mark Dayton has not yet signed or vetoed the Legislature’s bills dictating budget changes or tax cuts and credits — here’s a look at what House and Senate lawmakers would like to become law.”

The children of Henning are safe once again. The Star Tribune’s Rochelle Olson reports: “The award-winning graphic novel ‘This One Summer’ won’t be in the Henning School District’s library. … After a parent complaint, the librarian at the district’s only school, the principal and superintendent reviewed the coming-of-age story, then pulled the book from the shelves.”

They’re talking about us in New York. The New York Times’ Tatiana Schlossberg writes: “If you live in Minneapolis, there’s a 95 percent chance you live within a 10-minute walk to a park. … That bragging right, plus a few others, make Minneapolis’s parks system the best of the 100 biggest cities in the country, beating out its next-door neighbor, St. Paul, for the top spot. … Minneapolis earned this distinction by scoring 86.5 out of 100 on the fifth annual ParkScore, a ranking of urban parks systems published by the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization that works to protect natural land and create parks, often by working with cities to create new parks or improve existing ones.”

In other news…

Useful guide to how your Memorial Day weekend plans are going to be ruined: “All the single lanes? Your guide to Twin Cities weekend road woes” [MPR]

Major bank for Mayo biobank: “Mayo Clinic gets $142M in federal funds for biobank” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Yikes! “Severed fingers found on picnic table in Minnesota city” [Duluth News Tribune]

You know, they show these games on TV: “Packers tickets? Not in your lifetime” [MPR]

Just what live baseball needed: “St. Paul Saints roll out fan app for CHS Field” [Pioneer Press]

OMG is right: “St. Paul Saints pig Little Red Porkette has a new Prince outfit <3” [City Pages]

Cool historical photos of Memorial Day parades past. [MPR]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 05/27/2016 - 03:35 pm.

    Safe children

    …because we all know that the only worthwhile measure of a literary work’s value and/or importance is whether or not a parent has complained about it…

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