Ventura won’t run for president, but says he could beat Clinton and Trump

Donald Trump and then-Gov. Jesse Ventura shown in a 2000 photo discussing the real estate developer's potential Reform Party candidacy for president.

So you’re saying there’s still a chance? According to the AP, “Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he won’t run for president. Ventura had said earlier that he was considering a possible presidential campaign. But in a statement posted Thursday to his ‘Off the Grid’ website, he said he ‘unequivocally’ will not run. The 64-year-old Ventura said he’d love to debate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but he knows he would win, and he doesn’t want the job of president.”

No. Don’t even let your dog drink it. At FoodPoisoning, Linda Larsen warns, “The Minnesota Department of Health is warning people to avoid blue-green algae in lakes, streams, and ponds. This algae can cause illness to humans and has killed many dogs. Blue-green algal blooms were reported in lakes across the state last summer. Two people got sick, and many dogs died after exposure to the algae. These blooms usually start in June, but spring has been warm this year, so the growth may have already begun.”

Will the great karmic wheel turn on this guy? In the PiPress, Tory Cooney writes, “When Shelly Bartlett opened her Mankato salon, organic market and deli, she didn’t limit her customer base, she said. She made sure INdiGO Organic’s seating was mobile, ordered specialty massage tables, and personally measured signs and hand rails so people will disabilities could comfortably visit her business. … That’s why why Bartlett was so surprised to be sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for what seemed to her to be minor, technical problems. But she felt forced to settle the case for a few thousand dollars to avoid the cost of a lawsuit. She’s not alone. … lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton approved a law largely designed to curtail the tactics of one man: Minneapolis attorney Paul Hansmeier. He has filed more than 160 cases in state and federal courts over the past three years.

Similarly, John Reinan in the Strib reports: “David Ketroser has a medical degree, a law degree and a habit of suing people. In recent months, Ketroser … has filed nearly 100 lawsuits in Minneapolis and the west metro suburbs, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. … They say he scouts businesses from his car, spots violations of handicapped parking rules, and sues them without even trying to go inside. Then he asks the businesses to fix their violations and pay him $2,000 for his time and trouble.”

In the PiPress, Kristi Belcamino has this on the death of Ron Rosenbaum, “Prominent Twin Cities attorney and longtime radio host Ron Rosenbaum died Sunday from an aggressive form of cancer, his wife announced via a Facebook post. He was 68. … In the 1970s, Ron Rosenbaum, who had a master’s degree in education from Brown University, was part of a group of educators in Minnesota appointed by Federal Judge Wendell Garrity Jr. to take over a Boston school in a major battle over desegregation busing. … While he was on the East Coast, Rosenbaum attended law school at Northeastern University, wrote for the Boston Globe and took part in a public television show, which kicked off what would be a long career and interest in law, radio and journalism back in Minnesota.”

The “Terror Trial” is winding down. Says the AP, “Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of three Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Twenty-two-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 22-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah and 21-year-old Guled Ali Omar have pleaded not guilty to multiple counts, including conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States, which carries a possible life sentence.”

Hundreds dead. Says Kelly Smith in the Strib, “Boaters flocking to one west-metro lake on the busy holiday weekend found hundreds of dead pan fish washing ashore. An estimated 500 to 1,000 dead crappies were reported at the boat access on Lake Independence in Maple Plain over the long Memorial Day weekend. And while fisheries experts from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will investigate the issue on Tuesday, DNR leaders say boaters shouldn’t be alarmed. ‘Every spring we get this’, said DNR Lt. Jackie Glaser, who supervises conservation officers who patrol west-metro lakes. ‘We’re not concerned at this point.’” Not even with the smell?

Says Randy Furst in the Strib, “A female suspect was being questioned by St. Paul police Monday for allegedly throwing a flammable liquid on another woman, then setting her on fire. The victim was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where her injuries ‘do not appear to be life-threatening,’ said Sgt. Mike Ernster. Ernster said he did not have the ages of either woman, did not know their relationship, and did not yet have an explanation as to the circumstances that led to the alleged assault.”

Their end of the deal is literally under water. Jennifer Brooks of the Strib says, “A Minnesota watershed district on the wrong side of a proposed flood control dam has walked away from the board that oversees the $2 billion project. The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District voted overwhelmingly last week to cut ties with a massive Army Corps of Engineers project that would protect Fargo from flooding by sending some of that water spilling into its watershed, farms and fields instead. … For some of his fellow board members, [said Gerald Van Amburg], signing off on the joint powers agreement would be like approving the project itself — like volunteering to be flooded so Fargo could stay dry.”

Good piece from Louie St. George in the Duluth News Tribune over the long weekend. The topic? “Overinvolved parents” and kid sports.  “More and more high school coaches are encountering over-involved parents who use their influence to manipulate their children’s teams. This spring alone, there have been several rancorous separations involving coaches across the state who have cited meddlesome parents and unhealthy working environments as reasons for their resignations. Bailey recalled a conversation he had with an athletic director at another school, who said the only way he’d return to coaching is if it was at an orphanage.” You know you know at least a couple parents like that.

That law suit by conservative attorney Larry Klayman against City Pages seems to have finally died, at long, long last. Says Sally Jo Sorensen on her Bluestem Prairie blog: “In early April 2015, we reported that ‘Court grants summary judgment for the defendants in Klayman v. City Pages et al.’ Now the 11th Circuit of the United State Court of Appeals has affirmed that summary judgment, according to the unpublished decision posted online on Friday at Larry Klayman v. City Pages, et al. … Conservative lawyer and Judicial Watch founder Larry Klayman sued local artist and former blogger Ken Avidor, former City Pages Blotter shepherd Aaron Rupar, City Pages and the et als for defamation in 2013. As the Pioneer Press first reported in ‘Florida-based lawyer sues City Pages for defamation‘: A Florida lawyer has hit City Pages with a $1.4 million defamation lawsuit for a story last fall that said the lawyer inappropriately touched his children.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Greg Price on 05/31/2016 - 08:38 am.

    More Jesse…must be a slow day

    Our Mexican expatriate is a legend in his own mind….a fearless headline chaser who needs to paper his wall down south….is he even a resident of MN anymore?

    What a shame he has to keep all that intelligence to himself…

    Greg Price

    • Submitted by Jim Million on 05/31/2016 - 09:06 am.

      Not sure…

      Many of us continue to question his planet of origin. Such an interesting example of protest votes; although, his administration was directed by some very good people who helped him accomplish some good stuff. The boys at the barbershop have been recently reminiscing about that. That’s says most of what we need to know about 2016.

      As for Ventura ex-officio: It seems clear to me that pro wrestlers should also wear helmets. Truly…

  2. Submitted by elliot rothenberg on 05/31/2016 - 09:11 am.

    Will non-candidate (!) Jesse continually sue…….

    ……for libel anyone who happens to disagree with anything he says.

    • Submitted by Robert Owen on 05/31/2016 - 11:07 am.

      Ventura Sues

      Continually? Anyone? Anything?

      Quite a broad brush.

      • Submitted by elliot rothenberg on 05/31/2016 - 11:40 am.

        Yes, regarding Ventura.

        Well, he already has one dubious suit going against the widow of a deceased author who was probably telling the truth about him. He did get the support of a local jury, but the case has a long way to go through appeals before it’s definitively over.

  3. Submitted by Ray Lewis on 05/31/2016 - 11:27 am.

    Trump Media vs Jessie’s Big Plan for Policy

    Trump learned from Jessie, but I hope Minnesota has as well, and can help share our experience.

    I was on the ERG Planning Committee for the 15th Policy Analysis Conference: Policy Priorities, Practices and Politics where the Governor’s Office didn’t get his Big Plan printed in time for release.

    However, Donald Trump flew into town that day and took all the oxygen from the event. The media coverage, and the audience that got their “news” from it, continued a WWF entertainment type slant to describing problems with politics, but not much for a shared values and solutions/ common sense approach for addressing priority issues.

    I think the “how” of governance is important as getting elected as the following timeline shows.

    “October 1999 – To mixed reviews, Ventura releases first part of his “Big Plan” for fixing everything from education to political campaigns. By 2002, Ventura had achieved his goal of simplifying the property tax, but little else from the policy blueprint.

    June 2000 – George Bush, Al Gore and Ralph Nader court Ventura during the presidential campaign. Ventura meets all of them, but doesn’t give an endorsement.

    January 2001 – Ventura toys with run for president. Las Vegas odds makers give him respectable 20-1 shot. Ventura doesn’t run. He now says he fanned flames for fun.

    November 2002 – Ventura appoints state planning Director Dean Barkley as Wellstone’s interim replacement.

    November 2002 – Ventura releases evaluation of his so-called “Big Plan.” Overall, people inside and outside the administration give him a grade of about 7 on a scale of 1-10.

    December 2002 – Ventura’s administration releases a revenue forecast that shows Minnesota’s deficit will approach $4.56 billion by 2005. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)”

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