The early numbers are impressive. The WCCO-TV story on early voting says, “Nine days ahead of the election and more than a quarter of a million Minnesotans have already cast their ballot. Early voting is underway and many people are taking advantage of a new law that makes it easier than ever to request an absentee ballot. … Across Minnesota, the Secretary of State’s Office said it has transmitted more than 366,124 absentee ballots. That’s nearly double the amount compared to this time in 2012.”
Whatever you say, Oh Orange One. Says Jay Knoll at KARE-TV, “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says Minnesota could be in play come Election Day. ‘We can win Minnesota,’ Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday. Trump made the statement during a portion of his speech about the rising cost of health care. ‘In Minnesota, where the premium increase will be close to 60 percent, the democratic governor, who’s a real party stalwart, said the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable,’ Trump said. ‘That’s in Minnesota. A state that we can actually win.’” Apparently “a lot of people are saying” that, somewhere.
Strangely, Minnesota women are not all that smitten with The Donald. Erin Golden of the Strib writes, “…Hilary Autry said this presidential cycle has left her at a loss. The 32-year-old, who works for a nonprofit that helps feed poor children, said she’s a dedicated Christian who usually votes Republican. But she’s been put off by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s words about women … . Trump’s unpopularity among suburban women represents a significant obstacle for his campaign, as college-educated women have emerged as a pivotal swing group this election.”
Who said “inciting intolerance”? Stephen Montemayor of the Strib says, “While alleged terrorist acts by American Muslims dominate public debate, terror acts against Muslims are rising sharply, even as other hate crime categories appear to be on the decline, according to researchers and data reviewed by the Star Tribune.”
A 50-mile chase. The Forum News Service reports, “An Evansville man is dead after being shot by a police officer after a chase that ended in Traverse County in western Minnesota. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Jay Johannes Holmgren, 37, was shot by Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Hensinger after Holmgren had pointed his handgun at a group of law officers on Friday, Oct. 28, along Minnesota Highway 27 in Traverse County. … Holmgren … led officers on a 50-mile chase through Stevens, Grant and Traverse counties that included Holmgren shooting through his rear window at law enforcement near Wheaton and ramming a Morris Police Department vehicle in Donnelly.”
Related to voting, Power Line’s John Hinderaker is leading the bi-annual charge of rampant voter fraud. Says the noted jurist, “That’s a big topic, as Minnesota’s same-day registration scheme is notoriously subject to – in fact, invites – abuse. But a group called Minnesota Voters Alliance has brought to light another problem: substantial numbers of felons, among others, are illegally being allowed to vote, because Minnesota’s Secretary of State refuses to follow the law. … Voter fraud in Minnesota has already done great harm to the nation as a whole.”
Well, Season two was very, very good. MPR’s Tracy Mumford alerts fans of TV’s “Fargo” that a new cast is in place for Season Three. “Comedian Jim Gaffigan will add to the Midwest murder and mayhem of season three of ‘Fargo,’ according to the Hollywood Reporter. Gaffigan joins a cast that already includes Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coons and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He’ll play Donny Mashman, a police deputy. … McGregor will play two characters on the show: A pair of lookalike brothers named Ray and Emmit Stussy. Emmit is a real estate mogul who hit it big with parking lots, while his younger brother, Ray, works as a parole officer and harbors some resentment over his brother’s success. It will take place in St. Cloud and Eden Valley, Minn.” And will be set in 2010. But will the flying saucer be back?