Pawlenty considering another run for governor

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Mike Emanuel of FoxNews reports, “Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be getting back into politics. A longtime adviser to Pawlenty told Fox News that the Republican is actively considering a campaign to reclaim the gubernatorial seat he once held. Pawlenty was governor from 2003 to 2011, but did not seek a third term. ‘Governor Pawlenty is considering running for governor and will be talking with Minnesotans over the coming weeks to assess support and gather advice,’ Brian McClung, adviser and onetime top aide to Pawlenty, told Fox News on Thursday. As he contemplates a candidacy, Pawlenty has scheduled a Feb. 12 meeting with Republican donors and key political players… .”

More on caucus infiltration, or as some call it, participation. MPR’s Riham Feshir reports, “Warnings from GOP legislators that Muslim voters plan to ‘infiltrate’ Republican caucuses appear to have galvanized Muslim efforts to get out and caucus. But Muslim leaders say the rhetoric has extended well beyond the content that the two Republican representatives have shared. … Jeff Johnson, a leading Republican candidate for governor, defended Pugh on the ‘Living Free’ podcast this week. He said putting Republicans on notice that Muslims could infiltrate Republican caucuses is ‘a good thing.’ ‘I think she raises very legitimate issues,’ he said. ‘I think there’s a huge cultural issue that we’re talking about here, not just showing up at caucus. There are some here who are trying to change what America is. And we can’t allow that.’”

ChargedMPR writes: “A Woodbury man who held off police for more than 36 hours at a hotel earlier this week on the University of Minnesota campus has been charged with kidnapping. Lincoln Bowman, 46, also was charged with false imprisonment in the incident that began near midnight Sunday, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said Thursday. He is expected to make his first court appearance Friday.”

Be careful out there. Frederick Melo of the PiPress writes, “Black Lives Matter Minnesota is advising black visitors and other people of color to ‘exercise caution’ while visiting St. Paul during Super Bowl LII. ‘The St. Paul Police Department is the deadliest department in the state of Minnesota, killing more people annually than any other department in the state,’ reads the BLM advisory, the first such advisory issued by the group. A spokesman for the St. Paul Police Department declined to comment Thursday. Trahern Crews, a spokesman for Black Lives Matter Minnesota, said the group is not discouraging tourists from visiting St. Paul, but they want greater professional repercussions for officers who use unnecessary force.” 

Also trending coast-to-coast:  Luke Dormehl of Digital Trends reports, “… we’ve covered some pretty cool vending machines here at Digital Trends. None, however, is quite so cool as a new vending machine that’s just popped up in Minnesota. And we mean that quite literally. Just when you think you’ve heard about every possible vended good, this vending machine sells hand-packed frozen snowballs — ready and waiting to be thrown at a sibling, partner, buddy, or annoying co-worker at your leisure. The vending machine in question was created by marketing agency, Space150, and is intended to bring a little Minnesota chill to visiting Super Bowl fans for $1 a pop.” 

We told you guys it was gonna be cold. At USA Today Doyle Rice says, “With a predicted kickoff temperature of only 3 degrees, Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis between the Patriots and the Eagles will easily be the coldest ever recorded in the 52-year history of the annual game. … The outdoor temperature in Minneapolis on Sunday will be cold even by early February standards: The normal high for Feb. 4 in the city is 26 degrees, while the normal low is 9 degrees, according to AccuWeather.” 

How will they eat? Stribbers Mary Jo Webster and J. Patrick Coolican write, “The three major Republican candidates for governor raised a combined $464,000 in 2017, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday. Jeff Johnson, the party’s 2014 candidate for governor now seeking another shot, led the way with $260,000 raised and a cash balance at the end of the year of about $180,000. But U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a DFLer from southern Minnesota’s First Congressional District, raised $1.1 million in his bid to be the next governor. Former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and state Rep. Erin Murphy together raised another $937,000. Which means the top three DFLers outraised their GOP counterparts more than four-to-one.”

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/02/2018 - 06:49 am.

    We can’t allow that

    “…I think there’s a huge cultural issue that we’re talking about here, not just showing up at caucus. There are some here who are trying to change what America is. And we can’t allow that.” Hmmm… Lacking more specifics, I’d nonetheless say Mr. Johnson just disqualified himself, single-handedly, from statewide office – or in truth, **any** elected position.

  2. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 02/02/2018 - 06:49 am.

    Did you hear the one about the Muslim who…

    walked into a Republican caucus? The other caucus members quickly gerrymandered the auditorium so that his seat was outside the district.

    I would think the word infiltrate implies sneaking in unbeknownst. I’m betting these Muslims they are afraid of are African immigrants who would be obvious to all walking in the door. So Jeff Johnson has pretty much declared the Republican party off limits to Muslims and by implication other immigrants and people of color.

    So”…the ‘living free’ podcast”, does it live by that old creed I grew up with back in the 50s: “free, white and 21”? Back when the immigrants were white and black people knew what neighborhoods to live in. Of course that was before the big changes I dislike: when the NRA became something other than a support group for hunters, when the religious extreme right wing gained an outsized influence on American politics. Back when a child molester would have been disavowed no matter how he voted.

    • Submitted by Ray J Wallin on 02/02/2018 - 06:03 pm.


      Not too long ago, Democrats in Illinois gerrymandered a certain Barac Obama out of a district because he was a poplar black dude.

      I wouldn’t limit this discussion to one party.

  3. Submitted by Jeffrey Brenner on 02/02/2018 - 09:36 am.

    Pawlenty for Gov – no thanks

    Why would the voters give Pawlenty another chance to be governor. He ran the state into the ditch in his two terms and left claiming everything was fine. He should stay in his high paying lobbyist job in DC.

  4. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/02/2018 - 09:45 am.

    Plurality Pawlenty for Gov!

    How is he going to repeat his winning strategy? Are there donors who are willing to bankroll a strong third-party candidate who can split the vote?

    Does anyone remember his tenure fondly? Business interests had a Governor who would dance for their amusement, but apart from that, he didn’t have a lot of popular support.

  5. Submitted by Tim Walker on 02/02/2018 - 10:49 am.

    Changing America not allowed?

    Gov. candidate Jeff Johnson: “There are some here who are trying to change what America is. And we can’t allow that.”


    The ignorance in that statement is just too much for me to comprehend.

    But maybe not, as it’s just garden-variety GOP racism after all.

    Oh, wait, did I just “play the race card”?


    Trump is trying to make, or has already accomplished, these changes at the federal level:
    * Make immigration harder
    * Reduce taxes for the wealthy
    * Wipe out Medicare and Medicaid as we know it
    * Reverse health care reforms
    * Reduce regulations at many federal agencies, especially the EPA
    * Change who is allowed to serve in the U.S. military

    I could go on and on about how this white guy and his white cronies get to “change what America is” — but the dark-skinned Muslims can’t change America?

    That’s GOP racism in a nutshell.

    Jeff Johnson is an ignorant fool, and I’ll just leave it at that.

  6. Submitted by Joel Stegner on 02/02/2018 - 11:59 am.

    Jeff Johnson

    You owe all Muslim Americans an spology. They have just as much a right to caucus and vote as you. So how do you prevent them from going to your caucus? Armed guards at the door,or just by posting “whites only.” You just disqualified yourself from being Governor .

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