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Rep. Lewis past radio-show comments about women questioned

Rep. Jason Lewis
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Rep. Jason Lewis

Oh that’s right, Rep. Jason Lewis used to have a radio show. CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, Chris Massie and Nathan Mcdermott report: “A Republican congressman from Minnesota has a long history of making deeply misogynistic comments on the radio, including lamenting that women can no longer be called ‘sluts.’ … CNN's KFile reviewed several months of audio from Rep. Jason Lewis on the "Jason Lewis Show," a syndicated radio program Lewis hosted from 2009 until 2014 with the tagline "America's Mr. Right." In one instance, while arguing that "young single women" vote based on coverage of birth control pills, Lewis said those women were not human beings and were without brains.”

The Strib follows up on the background of the prisoner accused of killing a guard in Stillwater. Paul Walsh reports: “The inmate accused of killing a corrections officer at the Stillwater prison had a previous violent encounter with someone guarding him, according to court records. … Convicted murderer Edward Muhammad Johnson, 42, allegedly killed officer Joseph Gomm in the industry area of the prison Wednesday afternoon and has since been moved to the maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights. … Gomm is the first corrections officer in Minnesota killed in the line of duty, according to a national organization that monitors law enforcement deaths, the Officer Down Memorial Page.”

Rain pains. MPR’s Dan Kraker reports: “The rain forecast for Thursday across Minnesota is not welcome news in some parts of the state — namely the areas of southwest and east-central Minnesota that have experienced major flooding this summer. … Overall, the state isn't too much wetter than usual. But don't tell that to communities that have dealt with multiple historic rainstorms in recent years.

Keeping St. Paul within reach. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “With a vacancy rate of 2.4 percent, St. Paul is in the midst of a housing crisis, and the city needs to take decisive and wide-ranging steps to address it. … That, in a nutshell, was the declaration from the St. Paul City Council, which voted 7-0 on Wednesday to approve a wide-ranging resolution ‘calling for action to create and preserve housing that is affordable at all income levels.’

In other news…

Keepin’ on:Minnesota jobless rate steady in June at 3.1 percent” [MPR]

Sounds important:St. Paul syringe exchange aims to stem tide of hepatitis C and HIV” [MPR]

Sowing the seeds of future problems?Brainerd City Council: Members contemplate allowing mini pigs in city” [Brainerd Dispatch]

Surprising there are so many:Let's listen to 51 different songs all called ‘Minneapolis’” [City Pages]

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Comments (3)

SAD!

In his defense of inappropriate behavior Jason Lewis says he was "paid to be provocative". He made a poor career choice. A provocative misogynist is not what this country needs. It speaks to Jason's character. It turns out "America's Mr. Right.", is wrong.

"Paid to be Provocative"

If your paycheck depends on you slurring women's sexuality, you are in one skeevy line of work.

Weak excuse

Being "paid to be provocative" and being sexist are two different things. You can be provocative and not be a bigot. Mr. Lewis is just a bigot.