Vin Weber decries Trump nomination; questions future as Republican

Vin Weber
The Washington Institute
Vin Weber

Vin Weber sounds off on Trump. CNBC’s John Harwood writes: “Vin Weber, a key early lieutenant in the Newt Gingrich revolution that transformed the U.S. House of Representatives and the GOP, rejected the candidacy of Donald Trump on Wednesday as ‘a mistake of historic proportions’ for his party. … ‘I won’t vote for Trump,’ said Weber, who represented Minnesota in the House for 12 years beginning in the Reagan era. ‘I can’t imagine I’d remain a Republican if he becomes president.’ … Now a Washington lobbyist, Weber said he hadn’t decided whether he would vote for Hillary Clinton. But he said he had no hope that Trump would change his behavior and become a suitable representative of the Republican Party.”

Surely this warrants a declaration from the governor. The Current’s Jackie Renzetti reminds us: “Before the 1984 blockbuster Purple Rain catapulted Prince on to the national stage, there was an Aug. 3, 1983 benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at the recently re-branded First Avenue. It was there that the budding pop star debuted much of the ‘Purple Rain’ album tracks, and recorded the versions of ‘Purple Rain,’ ‘I Would Die 4 U’ and ‘Baby I’m a Star’ heard in the film and soundtrack.”

Ugh. From Paul Walsh and Libor Jany in the Star Tribune we learn: “A young man on a bicycle was slain Wednesday in a suspected drive-by shooting while riding in north Minneapolis, authorities said. … The shooting occurred about 7:30 a.m. near 26th and Logan Avenues, according to police. … Two bicycles were in the middle of the street as police cordoned off the area and investigated the crime. Casings from the gunfire were spread along a wide area of the scene.”

About as far from a coast as you can get, too. The Wall Street Journal’s Judith H. Dobrzynski highlight’s Winona’s  hottest museum: “Then there is the 10-year-old Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Located in Winona (population 27,500), it was founded and is principally supported by collectors Robert A. Kierlin and Mary Burrichter, but it’s nothing like the others in spirit, collection or ambition. Its name is a bit of a misnomer, too. Along with the classic sailing-ship paintings of Fitz Henry Lane and James E. Buttersworth, visitors will find landscape, portrait, history and still-life paintings by such 19th- and 20th-century artists as Claude Monet, Thomas Cole, John Constable, Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis and even Vincent van Gogh.”

In other news…

Taking their ball and going home? “Enbridge buys into Dakota Access Pipeline, Sandpiper future unclear” [Duluth News Tribune]

A good ol’ American success story: “Hmong Chamber hopes to give small businesses a boost” [MPR]

Inching forward: “PolyMet submits another permit application” [Duluth News Tribune]

Slow down: “The worst excuses of the speeding crackdown” [MPR]

Lots of demand for this these days: “Inver Grove Heights residents upset over South St. Paul gun range expansion” [Star Tribune]

Some smart tips on where in the Twin Cities you can dine out with your children: “The Tap: The Dining-with-Child Difficulty Scale” [Heavy Table]

More like salt sell-out: “St. Paul’s Salt Cellar closes to become casual eatery” [Pioneer Press]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/03/2016 - 03:05 pm.

    Not sure if it’s still there

    but for a while you could find part of the Dance Theater performance on YouTube. It was amazing!!

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