High turnout predicted for Minnesota primary election

As we always say: It all comes down to turnout. MPR’s Briana Bierschbach writes: “Minnesota summer primaries are typically sleepy affairs with lousy turnout and a call-me-in-the-fall attitude among voters. … Not this year. Instead, election observers say several high-profile party races led by the campaign for governor may drive turnout for the Aug. 14 primary to levels not seen in 20 years. Republican-endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson faces former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. On the DFL side, endorsed candidate Erin Murphy, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and Attorney General Lori Swanson square off the gubernatorial nomination.”

The Sydney Morning Herald makes an Australia-Minnesota connection, by way of 3M and toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl. Carrie Fellner writes: “Katie Jurek was 19 years old when she was told the osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, had returned. She could amputate her leg or die within three months. … For the teenager with a contagious smile, love of fashion and a determined streak from the state of Minnesota in America’s upper mid-west, it was an agonising choice. … Her death, aged 20 in 2007, was devastating for former classmates from Tartan Senior High School in Oakdale. It was not the first time — and would not be the last — the grieving students had to bury one of their own. … Within seven years, another four teenagers died from cancer, all battling the disease while attending Tartan. … A Fairfax Media investigation in Minnesota has uncovered a further 16 cancer survivors who have attended Tartan Senior High School since 2002, all diagnosed during their primary, middle or high school years, or within 10 years of graduating. … It brings the tally to at least 21 cases in 15 years, and it’s a revelation with huge significance half a world away in Australia, starting with Williamtown, near Newcastle.

Interesting report on the state of play across the eastern border. Politico’s David Siders writes: “Donald Trump’s romp through white, working class America in 2016 was nowhere more traumatic for Democrats than in Wisconsin, which flipped Republican in a presidential race for the first time since 1984. … Now, two years after his stunning victory in the state, shell-shocked Democrats are beginning to pick up the pieces, pouring money and resources into the state in a test run for a rematch with Trump in 2020.  … Interviews with nearly two dozen local party officials, candidates and operatives here describe an ongoing effort marked by unprecedented organizing and millions of dollars from out-of-state donors — a reflection of the party’s urgency in reshaping the 2020 landscape in the upper Midwest, a Democratic bulwark that Trump toppled in 2016.”

Erstwhile Minnesotan and Confederacy-fan Corey Stewart gets a long look-over from the New York Times. Trip Gabriel and Jonathan Martin report: “Speaking to a racially mixed audience in August 2016, Corey Stewart, the far-right provocateur who won the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia last week, hailed the renaming of a middle school to honor a local black philanthropist instead of a former governor with segregationist roots. … ‘As we’ve become safer, as we have become more educated, as we have become more prosperous, Prince William County has also become more diverse,’ Mr. Stewart said enthusiastically about this booming Northern Virginia jurisdiction he leads. … But six months later, he was singing a notably different and harsher tune.

In other news…

Wouldn’t normally recommend subjecting yourself to a political ad, but this one is notable:Richard Painter’s first campaign ad is here, and you really have to see it [VIDEO]” [City Pages]

Buffalo buffalo buf… nevermind:Herd of bison to restore threatened ecosystem at UMN nature reserve” [Minnesota Daily]

Playing in Blaine:It’s official: Minnesota getting stop on PGA Tour in 2019” [Star Tribune]

Congratulations:Former Vikings coach Dennis Green to be added to team Ring of Honor” [Star Tribune]

R.I.P.:Cub Foods co-founder, former Stillwater mayor Charles Hooley dies at 89” [Star Tribune]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/18/2018 - 12:25 pm.

    About that Australian news.

    I read the article the other day and came away singularly unimpressed. The only expert cited was a hired gun employed by Lori Swanson in her suit against 3M. His opinions contradict the long-standing position of the Minnesota agencies charged with protecting our waters and our health.

    The piece is long on tragedy and short on science, exactly the type of article that might be promoted by trail lawyers looking for a big score.

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