DFL sues to keep Trump off Minnesota ballot

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Rigged system! The Pioneer Press’ Rachel E. Stassen-Berger reports: “Minnesota Democrats have sued to get Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s name removed from the state’s general election ballots. … The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s Thursday lawsuit claims the Minnesota Republican Party failed to nominate its presidential electors, the people who cast the state’s 10 electoral college votes, in accordance with state law. Keith Downey, the chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, said last month that the party called a special meeting to approve alternative electors because it had previously neglected to do so.”

Unrelatedly:

Shakeup at Perpich. MPR’s Solvejg Wastvedt reports: “The board chair of the state-run Perpich Center for Arts Education stepped down unexpectedly at a meeting Thursday night. … ‘As a result of a very recent confluence of occupational, personal and professional opportunities and obligations, I must announce that with great reluctance and with deep regret this will be my last meeting,’ Pierce McNally said. McNally declined to discuss his resignation further after the meeting. … The move comes amid allegations that the agency is being mismanaged by its current leadership.”

Nice in the short term, probably pretty bad in the long term. Also at MPR, Dan Kraker reports: “As late summer waves crashed around him on the beach along Park Point, 10-year-old Gage Jones of Superior, Wis., splashed in the often-frigid Lake Superior water. … ‘It’s not the warmest it’s been, but I think it’s pretty good. Enough to swim in,’ he said. … ‘This is the warmest I’ve ever felt it, actually,’ said Candace Jones as she kept an eye on Gage and another son on the seven-mile spit of sand that stretches into Lake Superior from downtown Duluth.”

Sounds like quite a bill if you can get to Cleveland. The Plain Dealer’s Chuck Yarborough writes: “Two artists whose careers are inexorably linked to the late Prince Rogers Nelson will help celebrate the late singer-songwriter’s life with ‘Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince’ at the I-X Center this fall. … Morris Day of Morris Day and the Time and Sheila E. star in the show that pays homage to Prince, who was found dead in his Minneapolis complex this past April at the age of 57. They will perform music from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s career at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.”

In other news…

We’re not holding our breath: “Stop Feeding The Hate Click Mongers” [Charlie Rybak on Medium]

Pretty cool, but doesn’t wearing a mask kind of defeat the purpose of a portrait? “Extreme senior portraits: Bemidji teen suits up as Spider-Man for epic photos” [Star Tribune]

Optimistic about a speedy recovery: “Vikings Statement on Teddy Bridgewater’s Surgery” [Minnesota Vikings]

Spoiler: the Packers. “The Rams Are Dead To Me, So I Answered 3,352 Questions To Find A New NFL Team” [Five Thirty Eight]

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 09/09/2016 - 03:26 pm.

    Not Same People

    “…Party failed to nominate its presidential electors,…” [False]

    “last month that the party called a special meeting to approve alternative electors because it had previously neglected to do so.” [True]

    DFL Reaching for Mars?

    • Submitted by Bill Phillips on 09/09/2016 - 06:59 pm.

      it’s a process

      well, my understanding is that the electors and the alternates must be elected by the party members, not merely approved at quickly-called and limited attendance special meetings. Regardless of the legalities, the DFL shouldn’t be wasting their time on this issue – it has a lot of backfire potential down the slate if Trump (who won’t win Minnesota, anyway) is kept off on what most voters will see as a mere technicality.

      • Submitted by Jim Million on 09/10/2016 - 09:35 am.

        Truly do agree…

        The technicality regards the alternates, not the electors. I believe most people see the MN Republicans as a party in disarray this year. This DFL move is petty, indeed.

    • Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 09/09/2016 - 08:15 pm.

      For Mars?

      Trying to keep trump off the ballot in Minnesota might be an overreach and bad PR but it’s hardly reaching for Mars. It sounds like something the Republicans might have done against HRC if they had thought of it first and if they had grounds. IOKIURAR. But filing a lawsuit like this can seriously backfire unless those who authorized it thought they have very good grounds. The point being, we don’t know whether the “Party failed to nominate its presidential electors, in accordance with state law” is true or not. That’s the purpose of the lawsuit evidenti

      • Submitted by Jim Million on 09/10/2016 - 09:40 am.

        It’s about the Alternates,

        and that is truly petty stuff. Couldn’t think of a longer shot than Mars. Sorry.
        The article is sloppy and misleading writing, as is obvious here.

  2. Submitted by Rod Loper on 09/10/2016 - 09:38 am.

    Bad optics

    My party is stooping to the level of the opposition.

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