Competitive races for Minnesota Legislature attract big money

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Maya Rao of the Strib reports, “Money is pouring into some of the state’s most competitive legislative races as DFLers and Republicans battle for control of the Legislature. Without a race for governor or other statewide offices on the ballot this year, more money and attention is being focused on battleground legislative districts. Consider state Rep. Jim Knoblach’s race. … Knoblach has raised $84,398 since January 2015, according to the latest state campaign finance records. That’s nearly double what his opponent, DFLer Zachary Dorholt, raised during the same period.”

The next step in incremental progress. Maura Lerner at the Strib says, “Starting this fall, college students throughout Minnesota will be required to complete training on sexual-assault prevention within their first 10 days of school. And for the first time, their campuses will have to publicly disclose how many sexual-assault complaints they investigate each year, as well as how many result in disciplinary action.

Yeah, don’t expect to see much of The Donald and Hillary in person this fall. Says Don Davis for the Forum News Service, “Minnesotans may not be very involved in the presidential campaign. The state often does not draw the candidates because of its tradition of voting Democratic. Republicans see little hope in Minnesota and Democrats see little reason to leave a swing state to campaign in a state they expect to win. On top of that, there is so little love for either candidate this year that many party activists on both sides are expected to spend most of their time working on other races, for U.S. House in some areas and for the state Legislature in much of the state.”

The Twins fan site Puckett’s Pond gets a strong first piece from a new writer, Jimmy Moberg, talking about possible GM candidates. “ … here are my top four people who I hope are being considered for the position. Kim Ng: She has a long history of working with some of the most well-respected figures in baseball for their prowess in the building of teams. Currently she is working as Joe Torre‘s right hand at the league office. Her official position is listed as Senior VP of Baseball Ops. … She has interviewed for three different GM positions but has never got the nod. She is routinely retained as a top-level assistant but has made known that she dreams of being the person in charge.”

Well, if they couldn’t bring Rosedale to its knees, there’s always the liquor stores. Kristi Belcamino of the PiPress says, “Both of St. Anthony’s municipal liquor stores closed early Saturday ahead of a protest over the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by one of the city’s police officers. The liquor stores were targeted because their revenue helps to fund St. Anthony’s police force, according to a Facebook page created by protest organizers. Castile, a 32-year-old black man, was shot to death July 6 by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.”

Tyler, the Creator and A$AP Rocky did some crazy stuff at Target. Kevin Lozano for Pitchfork writes, “Last night, A$AP Rocky shared a series of Snapchat videos that showed Tyler, the Creator causing a ruckus at a Target. The videos show them cruising to Target, Tyler dancing on top of a row of shopping carts. Tyler commandeers a shopping cart, races through the store’s aisles, and just barely misses bystanders. Throughout, you can hear Rocky’s very loud chuckle. Tyler’s antics in the last year include dancing in the middle of traffic and a footrace with Kanye at Coachella (which Tyler won). You can watch Rocky’s snapchats below via Complex.” You watch, so I don’t have to.

Speaking of Target: From the Fillmore to … big box retail. E.B. Solomont for The Real Deal says, “Big-box retailer Target inked a deal to open a small-format store at in the East Village at Extell Development’s proposed two-building development. Target signed a 30-year lease at 500 East 14th Street on the corner of Avenue A, according to a memorandum of lease that hit property records Friday. … The Minneapolis-based big-box store has been on something of a tear in Manhattan. Last month, Target inked a 38,000-square-foot lease at Infinity Real Estate and Nightingale Properties’ 1715 East 13th Street in Midwood. And last year, the retailer announced a 45,000-square-foot store at 255 Greenwich Street.” All with acres of free parking, right?

Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “Two women in their late teens have been charged in the relentless beating of a 15-year-old St. Francis girl who also lost a chunk of her hair to the scissors of one of her attackers as others stood by. A 2½-minute video of the late-night assault in a wooded area of St. Francis six weeks ago was captured on video and posted online by the victim’s mother. … ”

Who remembers Olestra? In the Strib, Kristin Leigh Painter writes, “Cargill has started making a sugarlike product that seems perfect. It tastes like sugar, has zero calories, mimics natural sweeteners and won’t destroy farmland or forests. …  But at a time when foodies and activists around the world debate food origins, labels and health claims, Cargill faces an enormous marketing challenge with its breakthrough ingredient.” Properly marketed it could be an artisanal locavore product.

Strib columnist Jon Tevlin notes Ted Nugent’s appearance in Albert Lea during Freeborn County’s “Choose Civility” campaign. “‘Choose respect, consideration, empathy, and tolerance, and be part of a kinder community in Freeborn County!’ the civility program website urges. … Just when Freeborn County was beginning to sound like the epicenter of Minnesota Nice, however, someone invited Ted Nugent to the party. Nugent, the ‘Motor City Madman’ who is as well known for his foul-mouthed and violent language directed at Democrats as he is for his music, will play at the fair Aug. 5.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Brian Right on 08/01/2016 - 03:47 pm.

    Well, politics and the money always have something in common. As for me, presidential campaigns are too expensive and candidates spend really crazy money to get the access to the power. Unfortunately, people living through same day payday loans are the victims of all those promises. They believe in better life, in better opportunities. Into my opinion, raising money is an important thing. But so many crazy things take place just right today! Every day you hear the sad news about new killings and attacks and nobody knows how to stop it. I hope that the people will make the right choice.

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