You don’t have to go far to find the latest Wells Fargo story. Says Adam Belz in the Star Tribune: “The Minneapolis City Council on Wednesday asked staff to explore ways the city could ‘stop doing business with financial institutions that invest in the fossil fuel industry and in projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline,’ including Wells Fargo. … Several members of the public spoke Wednesday in support of Minneapolis ending its relationship with Wells Fargo during the public hearing before adoption of the city’s 2017 budget.” It appears the bank failed to adequately incentivize the Council.
What’s that up in the sky? Is that a pig, flying and eating free slop? Christopher Maynard at Consumer Affairs reports the startling news that, “While having high marks on food quality is nice, many fliers today must pay extra for an in-flight meal if they’re flying coach and going on a long flight. However, Delta has recently said that it will be testing complimentary meals for coach passengers on some transcontinental flights.” The bad news? $25 for a fork. $35 for a knife and $50 for a napkin.
Is Ellison’s grip weakening? The AP says, “Aides and supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are searching for an alternative to Rep. Keith Ellison, the early favorite to become the next leader of the Democratic National Committee, amid resistance to the Minnesota liberal’s bid from key parts of the party’s base. The contest to replace Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is evolving into a larger fight over the future of the party. Backers of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are throwing their support behind Ellison while some Clinton supporters are searching for an alternative. Ellison picked up an powerful endorsement Thursday from the AFL-CIO, which issued a statement calling him a ‘proven leader.’”
In a FoxNews commentary, Karl Rove writes, “To their Advent prayer list, Republicans should ask that Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) is elected the Democratic National Committee’s chairman early next year. There are two reasons. The first is that Mr. Ellison’s selection would mean the Democratic Party would be led by a left-winger’s left-winger, handing an early assist to the GOP and the Trump administration for the 2018 midterms. After cataloging every vote cast by every congressman, the nonpartisan National Journal ranks the five-term Minnesota Democrat as among the House’s most left-wing members during his 10 years in Congress, and tied for the most liberal congressman in 2013 , 2011 and 2008.” Hmmmm, he’s says that like it’s a bad thing.
Here’s the kind of straight talk that makes you a rising star. Scott Bauer of the AP says, “A Republican congressman from northern Wisconsin who derided Madison as a communist haven is not backing down from his comments … . He alleged that election officials in Dane County, where Madison is located, were purposefully stalling so Wisconsin would miss the Dec. 13 deadline for certifying the vote. After Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan demanded an apology on Wednesday, both sides took to Twitter to battle it out.” Twitter … when it’s not grade school, it’s a sewer.
Hey, he was going to ask questions later! Says Stribber Libor Jany, “A Minneapolis police officer has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of an internal probe into a Nov. 20 episode in which he fired one shot at a vehicle that had inadvertently rammed his squad car, police union officials confirmed Thursday.” Those probes are rarely painful.
Not educational? Solvejg Wastvedt at MPR tells us, “A hip-hop music video filmed in a Minneapolis high school gym has garnered more than 50,000 views on YouTube, and the district wants it taken down. The video is shot in the Patrick Henry High School gym. Lyrics to the hip-hop song reference drugs and sex and include the N-word and the F-word.”
Leaner and … ? In the Strib Jeremy Olson says, “Hennepin County Medical Center is planning to reduce its workforce by as many 275 full-time positions next year to balance its budget and keep the opening of a new ambulatory and outpatient surgery center on schedule for 2018.”
The Civil War (art) will hang again. Says Shannon Prather in the Strib, “Despite Gov. Mark Dayton’s objections, six massive paintings depicting Minnesota soldiers in Civil War battles will be rehung in the Governor’s Reception Room and anteroom at the newly renovated State Capitol. The Minnesota Historical Society’s (MNHS) executive council voted unanimously Thursday to reinstall the century-old paintings that were temporarily removed during the Capitol’s $310 million renovation.”