Star Tribune poll: Clinton leads Trump by 8 in Minnesota

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Hillary Clinton speaking during the presidential debate at Hofstra University.

Just another “rigged” poll? The Strib says, “Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has expanded her lead over Republican Donald Trump in the state, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. Clinton leads Trump 47 to 39 percent in the poll of 625 registered Minnesota voters taken after last week’s third and final presidential debate. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.”

Says Esme Murphy for WCCO-TV: “Early voting in Minnesota is smashing records across the state. With just over two weeks until election day more than 350,000 Minnesotans have requested absentee ballots or voted in person. And it’s not just here — an estimated 5 million voters across the U.S. have already cast ballots. … The numbers are especially high here in Minnesota because this is the first time we have had no excuses [for] early voting in a presidential election year.”

Yet again. Says the Forum News Service, “A Wisconsin girl killed in a crash last week swerved off the road to avoid being struck by another motorist on her cellphone, according to new information released Monday by St. Croix County authorities. The victim, identified by the St. Croix County sheriff’s office as 16-year-old Kyra F. Hayes of Beldenville, died Friday in a crash on Wisconsin 35 in Troy. She was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the sheriff’s office news release.”

Says John Reinan in the Strib, “On a September night two years ago, [Gerald] Mohs hit four bars and downed at least 21 drinks in seven hours before driving a car down the wrong way of a divided highway in Rochester, where he hit another car head on, killing a 9-year-old boy and paralyzing the boy’s 7-year old cousin. Mohs got 57 months in prison for his bender. Now, in what may be the largest civil trial judgment in Olmsted County history, a judge has awarded $15 million to Mohs’ victims.”

Farm to table to jail. Tory Cooney in the PiPress reports, “A St. Paul man was charged Monday with making terroristic threats after confronting a couple in a popular downtown park last weekend … . Glenn Melvin Peterson, 53, approached the husband and wife, both 59, on Sunday afternoon as they sat in Rice Park eating egg rolls purchased from a food truck, according to the criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court. Peterson told the couple that he hadn’t eaten in two days and asked them for their food. When the man said that he had just one bite of his meal left, Petersen told him to hand over whatever remained anyway, the charges said.”

Speaking of charges: From WDIO-TV up in Duluth: “Forty-six-year-old Bruce Wayne Cameron was arrested in June of 2015 and had been charged with intentional second-degree murder. The charge came in the death of Leona Mary Maslowski, who was 83 when she was killed in her Virginia apartment in 1987. Cameron’s public defender argued that Cameron’s confession was coerced, and that he was allegedly mislead into believing he would only face juvenile charges. On Friday, Judge David Ackerson threw out the confession as inadmissible … .”

La Belle Vie (the space) lives again. In the Strib, Rick Nelson writes, “On the one-year anniversary of the day that La Belle Vie closed its doors, out came the news that the high-profile address has landed a new tenant. He’s chef Don Saunders of the four-year-old Kenwood and he has big plans for the space, which is located on the ground floor of the patrician 510 Groveland condominium in Minneapolis.” 

Folks, it isn’t that expensive. Tim Nelson’s MPR story on freeloaders on the LRT says, “Fare evasion on Metro Transit’s light rail lines may have doubled in the last two years in some areas of the service. That’s according to a new audit estimating how many people are riding without valid proof of paying. It heads for the Metropolitan Council’s audit committee on Wednesday. The audit estimated fare evasion at between 7.6 percent and 11.8 percent on the Blue Line from downtown Minneapolis to the airport and Mall of America, up from 2.6 percent to 3.6 percent in 2014. … Evasion on the Green Line, which opened in 2014 between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, rose from between 4.6 percent to 9 percent in 2014 up to between 8.4 and 10.8 percent this year.”

Meanwhile, at the Dakota Access site, the AP says, “The scores of people who set up a new camp of tents and teepees on private land in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline won’t immediately be removed, the local sheriff’s office said Monday. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t currently ‘have the manpower’ to remove the more than 100 protesters from the property along the pipeline route, spokeswoman Donnell Preskey told The Associated Press.” They do know “winter is coming,” right?

Wells Fargo Watch. Now we’re talking the kind of thing that gets shareholder attention. At Fortune, Lucinda Shen writes, “When news of Wells Fargo’s phony account scandal first broke, the bank, analysts, and even investors thought it wouldn’t dent earnings. But as the furor surrounding the opening of some 2 million deposit and credit card accounts without consumer knowledge at Wells Fargo continued to mount, the mega-bank’s reputation began to plummet — and more than a few customers began jumping off the wagon. As a result, Wells could lose as much as $212 billion in deposits and $8 billion in revenue over the next year and a half, according to a study done by consulting firm cg42.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 10/25/2016 - 10:28 am.

    Poll

    Given that no one knows who is voting or will vote, the Star Tribune poll is pretty much without value.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/25/2016 - 12:33 pm.

      ???

      The poll results are typically given for likely or registered voters. There is no predicting the future, but it’s a safe assumption that most of the respondents will, in fact, vote.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/25/2016 - 11:33 am.

    As the Old “AA” Saying Goes

    Denial,…

    is not just a river in Egypt.

    Of course the only poll that counts is the accurately-counted vote from the actual election,…

    but reputable polls do, indeed, work very hard to try to duplicate those results in advance.

    Some polls do this better than others,…

    and, of course, there are “push polls” that claim a certain set of results,…

    while seeking, in the statements made by those making the contacts,…

    and the ways the questions asked are worded,…

    to CREATE excactly the results they wish to report,…

    which makes such polls completely bogus,…

    but I suspect the Strib poll was designed and conducted with considerable attention,…

    to producing accurate results,…

    results which reflect the current state of the Minnesota electorate,…

    which is not to say that a new, major October surprise,…

    couldn’t alter that state in substantial ways.

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