Ruling on Minneapolis charter amendment could affect cities across Minnesota

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And how would the Vikings stadium have fared under this? Erin Golden of the Strib reports, “If the state’s highest court upholds a lower-court ruling that the charter amendment proposal must appear on the November ballot, it would mean that Minneapolis voters will be able to decide whether the city should increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour … . But it could also do something more far-reaching: open the doors to more campaigns looking to change municipal government by popular vote.” And if we could all vote on our phones on every idea or bill think how much we’d save on legislator salaries and per-diem. 

MinnPost contributor Pat Borzi files a piece for The New York Times on how Major League Soccer came to Minnesota. “[Dr. Bill] McGuire saw room for significant growth of Minnesota soccer among millennials and the soccer-loving Hmong and Somali immigrant communities. He renamed the club Minnesota United F.C. in 2013, with a local branding firm incorporating Minnesota’s state bird, the loon, into its logo. [N.A.S.L. commissioner at the time, David] Downs also had no quarrel with McGuire’s past. A pulmonologist, McGuire resigned as UnitedHealth’s chief executive in 2006 while the Securities and Exchange Commission investigated him because he was suspected of backdating stock options.” The basics of the backstory are always valid. 

Speaking of back stories, Kyle Potter of the AP has this on the Second District race. “Jason Lewis is making the work of opposition researchers irrelevant for one of the nation’s most contested congressional races. … Democratic organizations have reserved millions of dollars in airtime, waiting to rebroadcast his most controversial comments in what are slim hopes of retaking the House majority this fall. Among them is a 2012 episode of Lewis’ show in which he criticized a ‘vast majority of young single women who couldn’t explain to you what GDP means,’ calling them ignorant for placing greater importance on abortion rights, contraceptive access and gay marriage. Lewis defended his remarks, saying he was only calling women ignorant of GOP values while expressing his belief that the government should protect corporations and religious beliefs when it comes to health care.” 

What happened here? KSTP-TV says, “A fatal vehicle crash on Interstate 35W near 95th Avenue in Blaine Saturday shut down traffic for several hours. The crash happened about 3 p.m. Both northbound and southbound lanes were closed after the crash … But this wasn’t the only accident in the area. Nate Kruckeberg from Anoka said he witnessed another crash on the same road less than a mile away as traffic slowed for the initial crash.” 

No Hillary Clinton, but her campaign boss was at the Fair. For WCCO-TV Esme Murphy writes, “While Donald Trump does have an active campaign in Minnesota, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been more aggressive. On Sunday, her national campaign manager, Robby Mook, was at the Minnesota State Fair. Most pollsters have Minnesota leaning Democratic, considering the state has not voted for a Republican for president since 1972, when Richard Nixon was re-elected. But Clinton was beaten badly here by Bernie Sanders in the caucuses, and the Clinton campaign insists Clinton is not taking Minnesota for granted. ‘We feel great about how we are doing here, we feel great about the organization, and I have been seeing lots of enthusiastic volunteers’, Mook said.” I believe that’s called “boilerplate.” 

The new Viking is not cool with his former teammate refusing to stand for the national anthem. Says Ben Goessling for ESPN, “While a former teammate who caught passes from Colin Kaepernick defended the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s decision not to stand for the national anthem, a former teammate who blocked for Kaepernick didn’t see it that way. Minnesota Vikings guard Alex Boone, who played five seasons with Kaepernick in San Francisco before leaving in free agency last spring, called it ‘shameful’ that Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem on Aug. 26 against the Green Bay Packers, adding ‘we probably would have had a problem on the sideline’ had the quarterback done it while Boone had still been his teammate.” 

You gotta put on a show. For the PiPress, Bob Shaw says, “River Valley Church branched out to a second location in 2008. It added other sites in 2010. And more in 2012 and 2014, and two more in 2015. Today the Apple Valley church is multiplying like some kind of Biblical miracle, on track to become the second-biggest church in the state. Weekly attendance has grown loaves-and-fishes-style to 8,000 in the church’s eight locations. Pastor Rob Ketterling gives the credit to God, saying, ‘We are telling the truth of God’s word.’ But it’s also true that River Valley is on the cusp of the hottest trend in religion — multisite churches.” Can an on-site brewpub be far off?

Soon to come: Better pictures from the sky. Brandi Jewett of the Forum News Service says, “The long-awaited federal rules for operating small unmanned aircraft went into effect at 12:01 a.m., with 30 minutes before sunrise being the earliest that operators could take their drones for a spin. The rules — also known as Part 107 — set standards for commercial flight, which was otherwise banned by the Federal Aviation Administration. Previously, those wanting to fly drones for business needed to submit a petition for an exemption and wait months for it to be granted. Part 107, which covers unmanned aircraft weighing 55 pounds or less, marks a milestone for the growing unmanned industry after years of waiting for regulations to start catching up with the ever-advancing technology.”

There are some nuances here. Jennifer Bjorhus of the Strib writes, “One year after revealing the existence of thousands of unprocessed sexual assault exam kits, most law enforcement agencies in Minnesota are deciding not to test them. … Since then, only about 70 of the old evidence kits have been submitted to crime labs for DNA analysis. … About one-third of Minnesota’s untested kits, or 1,056 kits, came from victims who didn’t want to report the assault or pursue a case, according to the BCA inventory, and so those kits wouldn’t be tested.”

The Donald was in Iowa flipping back from the flop over “softening” his immigration ideas. Says Clay Masters for Iowa Public Radio, “The Republican presidential nominee also talked about immigration policy in terms that showed him returning to his hard-line stance on a key nexus in his platform, after his startling softened rhetoric on the topic just days ago. He said on day one as president, he’ll use immigration law to prevent crimes, ‘including removing the hundreds and thousands of criminal illegal immigrants that have been released into the United States and United States communities under the incompetent Obama/Clinton administration.’ Trump brought out the family of Sarah Root, an Iowa woman who was killed in a car crash by an immigrant in the country illegally.”

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Comments (16)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/29/2016 - 07:12 am.

    Perfectly constitutional

    “…Minnesota Vikings guard Alex Boone, who played five seasons with Kaepernick in San Francisco before leaving in free agency last spring, called it ‘shameful’ that Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem on Aug. 26 against the Green Bay Packers, adding ‘we probably would have had a problem on the sideline’ had the quarterback done it while Boone had still been his teammate.”

    Mr. Boone’s “problem” might be a lack of familiarity with the 1st Amendment. We don’t need a Bill of Rights for stuff we agree with, it’s the statements (physical or verbal) with which we disagree that the Constitution says are in need of protection. You don’t have to like it, Alex, but you do have to tolerate it.

    • Submitted by Dan Lind on 08/29/2016 - 12:03 pm.

      I do not believe Mr. Boone has a problem with Mr. Kaepernick’s 1st Amendment right to free speech and him expressing his opinions on the oppression of minorities in the United States.

      I do believe Mr. Boone takes issue with Mr. Kaepernick’s disrespect for the United States of America by not standing for our national anthem.

      It’s that disrespect that likely would have found Mr. Boone stuffing Mr. Kaepernick into his locker.

      Good on ya, Mr. Boone. Disrespecting our country and those who died for our freedoms to protest the actions of a few is not acceptable. I support Mr. Boone for calling out Mr. Kaepernick for it.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/29/2016 - 01:27 pm.

        No Issue?

        “I do not believe Mr. Boone has a problem with Mr. Kaepernick’s 1st Amendment right to free speech and him expressing his opinions on the oppression of minorities in the United States.” Yes, it seems to me he has a problem, at least with how those opinions are expressed. Once you start using the tired old “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” you’re three-quarters of the way to denying the right to speak at all.

        “It’s that disrespect that likely would have found Mr. Boone stuffing Mr. Kaepernick into his locker.” I’m glad to see our professional athletes are so willing to engage in constructive debate.

      • Submitted by Pat Terry on 08/29/2016 - 05:39 pm.


        Maybe he didn’t like that the third verse celebrates killing slaves.

        Terrible song.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/29/2016 - 02:07 pm.

      Umm, on that “lack of familiarity”??

      SInce the Gov’y isn’t involved, I’m not sure how the 1st amendment applies.

      And that freedom doesn’t extend everywhere and anywhere. Kaepernick decided to exercise his rights while in the service of his employer. He’s free to do whatever on his own time, but no one is interested in watching any form of entertainment devolve into a platform for every knucklehead’s political agenda.

  2. Submitted by Greg Price on 08/29/2016 - 07:53 am.

    It is constitutional but is it offensive…

    I am all for Mr. Kaepernick’s 1st amendment rights….however I detect the method behind this madness is really to exert extra pressure to get traded or released from the 49’ers.

    As far as Mr. Boone’s comments…I agree with him and he should be commended.

    My $.02

    Greg Price

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/29/2016 - 09:07 am.

    Although I’m in Favor of the $15 Minimum Wage

    I’m left to wonder how a judge can impose an “initiative and referendum”- type popular vote,…

    on a municipality which does not (as I understand it) have a provision in its City Charter for such popular votes.

    Considering that the Minnesota State Constitution does not have provisions for “initiative and referendum” votes (for which I’m very thankful),…

    though it does allow for constitutional amendments to be proposed by the legislature and put up for a popular vote,…

    on what basis does a judge INVENT a right not covered in the State Constitution or Minneapolis’ own city charter?

    Am I misinformed about the Minneapolis City Charter?

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 08/29/2016 - 09:57 am.

      You got it right

      The judge completely botched this. It will be reversed.

      • Submitted by Howard Salute on 08/29/2016 - 11:53 am.

        Has an incompetant judge been exposed?

        I hope I never find myself in this judge’s courtroom! If this judge’s decision is overturned, I hope the public remembers!

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/29/2016 - 10:13 am.

      Minneapolis City Charter

      There are provisions for amending the Charter by referendum. For example, abolishing an elected position requires a popular vote.

      The Charter is supposed to be a document of fundamental principles for running the city government. A minimum wage ordinance does not belong in the City Charter (and I, too, support the $15 minimum wage).

      In any event, legislating by referendum is a bad idea.

  4. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 08/29/2016 - 09:42 am.

    Clinton’s campaign manager, a grinning robot they call..

    …Mook, can repeat the same pap – and change the subject whenever an uncomfortable question is asked – endlessly.

    He is the perfect spokesperson for her campaign.

    If she should win the election, we’ll all be pining for those days of open government, honesty and integrity when Tricky Dick Nixon held the Presidency. Compared with Clinton, Nixon was a straight shooter.

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 08/29/2016 - 02:34 pm.

      Really? I realize that “I’m not a crook” Nixon

      Probably has told a few less lies than Trump, but he was not a straight shooter. Remember his plan to end the Vietnam war? Well his pathetic and worthless solution was to kill more Americans and Vietnamese for three years and then bailing out.

      • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 08/29/2016 - 07:35 pm.

        I’m comparing him with Clinton,

        …and thinking of his “stonewalling” administration.

        But I agree entirely with your view of Nixon.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/30/2016 - 09:16 am.

          Comparing him with Clinton

          I would say that Nixon’s crimes–starting with sending Henry Kissinger to Paris to sabotage peace talks before the 1968 election–render any comparison meaningless.

  5. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 08/29/2016 - 04:43 pm.

    I pledge allegiance to what deeds done in our name?

    I try again; a softer version:

    I so often see the American flag used as a wraparound cape at public festivals; used as a beach towel or turned into a article of clothing. Maybe this is done in ignorance, or just a case of bad taste? Maybe it is even a form of quasi patriotism or overt nationalism…who knows?

    Is it not the flag too that has been used yet abused at times if we salute it as one grand pledge of allegiance for all the wars and deaths poorly activated and those deaths – ours and theirs, that have resulted in such terrifying acts?

    Whatever the flag implies, a zealot’s patriotic voice or a form of public dissent…do they not say something either way, be it naive or ignorant…to pledge unquestioning loyalty to our good deeds and our acts that terrorize civilians whatever our implied intentions?

    A pledge of allegiance can be positive sense of public support to the tune of God Bless America, no matter what? Or a time to sit down and voice an opinion that does not accept the same blind allegiance?

    It blows the mind how easy; how quickly the pledge conveys an acceptance of all our acts of aggression as good even justified in the loyalty involved…even if civilians are the innocent victims. Wars do that but all are to be so justified with a pledge and a wave to all done in our name?

    Un-civil liberties do exist and some acts of victimization have happened so recently even among local police forces at times in this nation?

    Maybe the stand to sit rather then pledge is a new form of protest, I don’t know but it does not offend me… makes one think what we are losing in demanding blind loyalty as a result of those actions?.

    Before condemning , think what is being actuated in this act. Makes me think what does a pledge signify…blind allegiance, patriotism? Not a great way to go? I don’t think so.

  6. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/31/2016 - 09:23 am.

    Oh no, we might get government for someone other…

    Than the elite. What a tragedy. Isn’t that what democracy is supposed to be?

    The fact that people have to resort to such extraordinary measures just to get some basic representation is obscene. All the elite have to do is vote, make a phone call, and maybe make a few campaign contributions… usually a phone call will do it.

    Look, this has nothing to do with $15. Mpls has had a “living wage” ordinance of something like $13 for years. The problem is they hand out variances like candy. This is why multi-billion Target can set up shop in MPLS despite a $13 per hour “requirement” and still have employees that qualify for food stamps… they got a “variance”, they don’t pay the living wage.

    The problem with this proposal (from the elite perspective) is that it might actually establish a living wage that employers like Target would actually have to pay. The council might not able to hand out variances willy nilly to whomever if this is codified in the charter.

    You can’t divert 90% of all the economic growth to the top 5% and hold everyone else back forever. Workers will either unionize so they can negotiate contracts, or they’ll use they rights as citizens to pass laws. Since we’ve pretty much killed labor unions we’re left with labor laws. If the MPLS city council and others had actually represented their constituents instead of every billionaire that wanted a new stadium or office space we wouldn’t be here in the first place. We tried it their way, we got screwed. Time for plan “B”.

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