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Minneapolis council advances police-oversight charter change

Plus: Russian hackers may be targeting Eighth District race; Gillibrand faces blowback over Franken resignation; rain causing headaches for Minnesota sewage systems; and more.

Minneapolis City Council
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

Minneapolis police oversight change advances. The Star Tribune’s Andy Mannix reports: “After a tense, marathon meeting that laid bare fervent community unrest with government leaders, members of the Minneapolis City Council narrowly pushed forward a controversial proposal Wednesday night to take some power over the Police Department away from the mayor. … Dozens of activists filled the council chambers and dominated the five-hour-long meeting, interrupting others by speaking out of turn, calling council members “cowards” and “trash” and demanding wholesale overhaul of the Police Department.”

Local angle on the ongoing Russia story. Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman reports: “Amid increased warnings of Russian interference in the midterm elections — and evidence that hackers are targeting candidates — congressional campaigns are trying to balance cybersecurity with the demands of competitive contests. … That’s especially difficult for small House campaigns. But experts warn that such campaigns, particularly in competitive races, are prime targets for hackers and foreign adversaries. … Take Minnesota’s 8th District, one of 10 Toss-up House contests according to Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, where two Democrats have noticed Russian interest in the open-seat race.

Gillibrand faces pushback over Franken’s fall. Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel reports: “No one in Congress is more associated with the Me Too movement than Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Long before Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer became infamous creeps, Gillibrand was focusing her attention on sexual assault and harassment in the military, on college campuses and in the workplace. … But the two-term senator cemented her prominence in the movement last year when she called out members of her own party. In November, she said that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. And then the following month, she became the first Democratic senator to publicly call on then-Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to go after multiple women accused him of engaging in sexual misconduct.

Too much rain. MPR’s Kirsti Marohn reports: “On a Friday afternoon in late June, the Roadhouse 169 in North Mankato was starting to get busy — until the sewer backed up. … ‘Half the floors were flooded in my business and I had people in here,’ owner Jeff Steinbach said. ‘We ended up having to close.’ … Steinbach’s bar and about two dozen homes were damaged after the rising waters of the nearby Minnesota River eroded the sandy soil and led to a sewer line break on June 27.”

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