And you thought the Presidential campaign was childish. Tim Pugmire’s MPR story on the latest Mark Dayton-Kurt Daudt fracas says: “Efforts to help some Minnesotans weather a looming spike in their health insurance costs were stymied again Wednesday by another round of election-year finger-pointing. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said it’s up to legislative leaders to set politics aside and find a short-term fix. But Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt accused the governor of a ‘dereliction of leadership’ on the issue. Daudt … said he was offended by a letter that Dayton sent this week asking House and Senate leaders to come up with a plan soon for helping Minnesotans who will be hit with big premium increases next year for individual market plans. … ‘If I find out that those people aren’t working 24/7 to find a solution to help these people get health insurance, I’m going to call for Dayton’s resignation myself personally.’” Oh, boy. Now he’s got him scared.
For the PiPress, Rachel Stassen-Berger says, “Dayton and Democrats in the Legislature have called for the state to quickly approve millions of dollars worth of subsidies to bring down those costs. Republicans believe the problems require more wholesale changes. ‘We have to deal with the short term and the long term at the same time, and the short term isn’t just putting money at the problem,’ Daudt said.” Let me guess: is it tax relief for job creators?
Tossed. Christopher Magan of the PiPress says, “A lawsuit from four Minnesota parents that claimed the state’s teachers union rules protect bad teachers and perpetuate the state’s achievement gap has been thrown out by a Ramsey County judge. District Judge Margaret Marrinan ruled late Wednesday that the case … did not show Minnesota’s teachers union protections were directly connected to the academic achievement gap or students of color receiving ineffective teachers.”
It’s a principle and courage thing. For MPR Brian Bakst reports, “For all the focus on which Republicans are standing with Donald Trump this year, there’s also hesitance among some Democratic lawmakers in Minnesota and elsewhere about throwing their support to their nominee, Hillary Clinton. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the dean of Minnesota’s congressional delegation, won’t commit to Clinton. In a debate Wednesday with Republican challenger David Hughes on MPR News, Peterson said he was ‘conflicted’ about the presidential race.”
Any drop in fatalities is a good thing. WCCO-TV says, “Minnesotans are doing a better job of practicing fire safety. The proof of that comes in the latest numbers from the State Fire Marshal’s office. If [the] current trend continues, Minnesota is on pace to suffer the fewest fire fatalities ever recorded.”
This just in from Utah. Brigham Young University says, “Brigham Young University and the University of Minnesota today announced the schools have agreed to a two-game football series in 2020 and 2025. The Cougars and Golden Gophers are scheduled to meet at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sept. 26, 2020, with the second game scheduled for Sept. 20, 2025, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.” Or, you could just drive out and enjoy autumn in the mountains right now.
A CNN “Reality Check,” by Steven Holmes says, “Two weeks ago, another high-profile Democrat seemed to be criticizing the Affordable Care Act. This week, Donald Trump seized on that criticism. ‘The Democratic governor of Minnesota said the … Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable,’ Trump said Tuesday at a rally in Sanford, Florida. Trump is indeed correct. … But while the premium hikes are dramatic and are having political ramifications, as seen by Trump’s remarks, what is the actual impact on people living in Minnesota? The answer is pretty big on a really small group of people. Minnesota has a tradition of its companies providing health insurance for its employees. As a result, only about 250,000 people — about 5 percent of the state population — get their health insurance through the individual market … .” And will until it’s tossed out and replaced by “something really terrific.”
The Palace will continue to rise again, an extra million be damned. Jessie Van Berkel’s Strib story says, “St. Paul officials expect to complete the renovation of Palace Theatre by the end of this year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the building that opened in 1916 to host vaudeville performers. How the city got to this point in the renovation process rankled City Council members Wednesday, when they received an update on project funding. … The road to opening night has been more expensive than anticipated, as the city dealt with deterioration in the long-abandoned building.” Now if it were a stadium, who would blink?
This will be tough. Paul Walsh and Karen Zamora of the Strib say, “Aaron Wildenborg, of Red Wing, Minn., on Tuesday sued St. John’s and the neighboring College of St. Benedict in federal court, alleging that school officials erred in determinations of whether he had consent for sex and whether the woman was vulnerable because she was drunk.”
Two more excluded. The AP says, “A Minnesota judge says a woman and girl who claim to be Prince’s niece and grandniece will not be considered heirs of his estate. Judge Kevin Eide ruled Wednesday that Brianna Nelson and her niece, Victoria Nelson, are excluded as Prince’s heirs as a matter of law. Brianna and Victoria Nelson claim descent from the late Duane Nelson Sr., who they say was a half-brother to Prince. Court documents indicate Prince’s father was not Duane’s biological father.” Their next move: Getting their attorney’s fees back.