Says David Montgomery in the PiPress, “Rep. Tom Emmer is warning protesters not to disrupt his town hall Wednesday evening — or he’ll cancel the whole event. Emmer, a Republican who represents Minnesota’s exurban 6th Congressional District, is planning a town hall meeting with constituents near St. Cloud on Wednesday evening. … Among the behavior [Chief of Staff David] FitzSimmons said qualified as ‘disruptive’ were ‘shouting’ and ‘chanting.’ Progressive activist groups such as Take Action Minnesota are urging their members to attend Emmer’s town hall, and say they’ll hold a ‘rally’ outside if they can’t all get into the venue.” He could always try phoning it in.
Related. In the Strib, Erin Golden says, “Republican Reps. Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen, of the state’s Second and Third Districts, have held recent “telephone town hall” events, but no public, in-person meetings in their districts. Pressed by constituents and activists for more public engagement, both Lewis and Paulsen have taken to social media to detail their own range of interactions. In a statement, Paulsen’s office said he has held ‘more than 100 in-person town halls, telephone town halls, and Congress on Your Corner events. He has already held two town halls this year and will continue engaging with constituents on all sides of the issues in a productive manner.’” What’s the old line about, “If you can’t stand the heat … .”?
If you’re defined by your enemies … : In a report at … Ammoland.com (“Shooting Sports News”) the word is: “NRA TV has released a new video in its campaign against the forces conspiring to sabotage President Donald Trump. NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s Friday CPAC appearance begins a new chapter at the NRA — the fight against the terror from anti-Trump extremists. The NRA shifts its focus to comedian turned politician Al Franken despicably comparing the president a terrorist [sic]. Wayne LaPierre’s message makes it clear the NRA is not laughing. ‘Donald Trump will need every ounce of energy we can muster,’ LaPierre says. ‘And he has no more powerful ally than the NRA.’”
Don’t let this guy plan the office Christmas party. L.M. Sixel of The Houston Chronicle reports, “A Minnesota woman recently sued a biomedical company with a large presence in the Houston area, claiming she was fired shortly after she complained about a company business meeting held at a Hooters restaurant, known for its service by young women dressed short shorts and tank tops. Marci Hocevar, 53, said she worked for Molecular Health, a German company with offices in The Woodlands, for about six weeks when the company hired a new senior vice president of sales, according to the suit recently filed in state district court in Montgomery County. The new executive told Hocevar, who called on clients in the Minneapolis area, that he would be coming for a visit in January 2016 to see if she was right for the job, the lawsuit said. The executive allegedly insisted they meet at Hooters at the Mall of the Americas because he ‘enjoyed being served by attractive females,’ Hocevar alleged in court documents.”
Sunday liquor, and now this? MPR’s Tim Pugmire says, “The latest version of a bill to expand Minnesota’s list of legal fireworks has cleared its first legislative hurdle. Members of the House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance committee advanced the measure Tuesday on a divided voice vote. The House passed a similar fireworks bill last session, but the Senate never took action. The bill would authorize the sale of ‘aerial and audible devices,’ including bottle rockets, roman candles and firecrackers. Current state law allows only novelty devices. Rep. Jason Rarick, R-Pine City, said his 2017 bill would allow for year-round sales.” Can we use the money to build another stadium somewhere?
The latest on (the latest) snowpocalypse. Says Paul Huttner at MPR, “Rain will develop across southern Minnesota Thursday afternoon and early evening before changing to heavy snow Thursday night through Friday. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are likely within the intense snow band, which could persist for several hours. Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are likely from southwest to east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin, with amounts of over a foot possible. The Friday morning and afternoon commutes are expected to be significantly impacted. I concur with the Twin Cities NWS that this could be the strongest winter storm of the season to hit the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.”