Trump wins presidency; Republican wave upends Minnesota politics

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Donald Trump arriving for his election night rally at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan.

Dept. of Grandest Imaginable Understatements: Says Rachel Stassen-Berger in the PiPress, “As Republican Donald Trump won big states across the nation, the mood among Minnesota Republicans was joyful and cheering, while Minnesota Democrats were muted and silent. ‘Trump is for many people who are underrepresented in polls. He’s not a politician. We need an influx of fresh ideas,’ said Denise Anderson, of Elko. She brought a sparkly red, white and blue cowboy hat and waved it in the air at Bloomington’s Radisson Blu Hotel. The Republican victory party’s hall was packed with more than 500 people cheering at giant TV screens announcing Trump victories. Across town, in the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s party, the mood was muted and people were shaking their heads in disbelief.

For MPR: “Donald Trump helped drive a Republican train through Minnesota state and local politics Tuesday. That muscle helped the GOP keep the Minnesota House and take control of the state Senate. It made a couple of Minnesota U.S. House races extremely close.”

One of the few bright spots for Democrats: House 60B candidate Ilhan Omar will be a new legislator. Says MPR’s Doualy Xaykaothao: “While her election wasn’t a surprise in a reliably Democratic district — she was elected by almost 80 percent of the vote there — it carried huge symbolic importance in Minnesota, home to the nation’s largest Somali immigrant population. It came just days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ripped Somali immigration as a threat to Minnesota.”

Paul Mirengoff had election night duty for the Power LineHe writes, “In 2000, I saw the election of a president who received fewer votes than his opponent. This year (which may be a repeat of that), it looks like I will see a Truman over Dewey style upset. Both phenomena have occurred in U.S. history — just not in my lifetime. But Trump’s victory … will be unprecedented. I don’t believe America has ever elected anyone like him — a political novice with no history of service to his country, and an abrasive ‘outsider’ to boot. We are in uncharted waters. That’s preferable, I think, to being in waters charted by the Clintons and Barack Obama. However, it’s still frightening, given Trump’s personal qualities and temperament.”

Today is body cam day in St.Paul. MPR says, “Starting Wednesday, about 40 St. Paul officers will put on their uniforms with a new piece of gear: a body camera. The city’s police department plans to test different camera systems for the next 60 days before moving forward with the technology. As of last week, police officers throughout Minneapolis now wear them.”

Another season of 1,400 strikeouts didn’t help. Says Mike Berardino of the PiPress, “Coming off a 103-loss season, hitting coach Tom Brunansky and first-base coach Butch Davis were dismissed Tuesday from the Twins’ big-league coaching staff. … A young group of Twins hitters struggled with streakiness and an inability to lay off pitches out of the zone in 2016. The Twins finished ninth in the American League with 722 runs scored, and their 22.8 percent strikeout rate was third-worst in the AL.”

Also in Twins news, Phil Miller of the Strib says, “The free agent market opened for MLB players on Tuesday, and the Twins’ new management team is expected to at least talk to a few prospective additions. And while catcher, shortstop and pitching pitching pitching is their primary need, expect Derek Falvey and Thad Levine to consider another factor they consider important: Experience.”

Nasty stuff. Kraig Odden at the PiPress says, “Bloomington and Hennepin County authorities say they’ve made the largest seizure of the painkiller fentanyl in state history. Bloomington police and the Hennepin County sheriff’s office said Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2016, that nearly 3 gallons of illicit fentanyl were confiscated during the agencies’ joint execution of a search warrant on Nov. 3. The 2,754 milliliters of fentanyl has an estimated street value of $275,000.”

Personally, I like it. Maja Beckstrom in the PiPress says, “Nine projects designed to make St. Paul a better place to live have received more than $640,000 in funding from the Knight Foundation. While the grants went to a variety of established organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and Trust for Public Land, they have a common goal: to get more people from more diverse backgrounds involved in planning St. Paul’s physical landscape. Ideas that received funding range from a proposal to turn a weedy downtown lot into a temporary plaza and an effort to build a land bridge across Interstate 94.”

State school boards weren’t asking for much this election cycle. Beatrice Dupuy of the Strib says, “Voters around the region were deciding Tuesday whether to allocate more money to their school districts, though fewer districts went to the voters for additional funding in this election than usual. The Minnesota School Boards Association typically counts between 55 and 75 districts with funding requests. This time around, the association counted 32 districts seeking voter approval for operating levies and 10 with bond requests.”

Adam Belz of the Strib says, “The developers of a Bloomington assisted living home and U.S. Bank are slugging it out in court over $250,000, with accusations of bad faith on both sides. The partners behind Meadow Woods of Bloomington have sued U.S. Bank, arguing loan officers unfairly charged them default interest for 16 months and should give the money back. U.S. Bank says the borrowers ‘demanded a free pass’ after admitting in 2013 they had not met the terms of their loan for a quarter.”

Right, $15,000 will make ‘em toe the line. The AP reports, “North Dakota regulators are proposing a fine of at least $15,000 against the company building the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. The Public Service Commission said Monday in a complaint that a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn’t get regulators’ approval to proceed with construction after artifacts, including stone cairns, were found last month.”

Amy Klobuchar is on the EpiPen scam. For The Consumerist, Ashlee Kieler says, “A week after a report suggested that the Department of Defense had paid full retail price for EpiPens — to the tune of $54 million in overcharges — because the drug’s maker, Mylan, misclassified the life-saving medication, preventing the government from receiving proper rebates, lawmakers are calling on the drugmaker to reimburse those costs. Senators Chuck Grassley (IA), Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Amy Klobuchar (MN) sent a letter Monday to Mylan CEO Heather Bresch urging the company to take immediate action to resolve allegations the DoD was overcharged for the life-saving medication.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Greg Price on 11/09/2016 - 06:43 am.

    Trump wins…..

    Out state went overwhelmingly Trump….

    perhaps a wake-up call to the DFL…..Twin City Hall does not control Minnesota like it thought….

    a lot of regular folks frustrated with the process spoke out on Election Night….

    Greg Price

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