Poll finds deep divisions in Minnesota over Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

MPR’s Briana Bierschbach writes: “Questions of sexual harassment and accountability have been a constant presence in 2018 politics. They resurfaced in the latest MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll when the question turned to new United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teens. Of 800 likely voters polled last week, 47 percent of women said Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation makes them more likely to vote for Democrats on Nov. 6, while 33 percent of women said it makes them want to vote Republican.”

The Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor reports: “Democratic state Rep. Ilhan Omar and her Republican challenger, Jennifer Zielinski, met Tuesday for their only debate during the campaign for an open Minneapolis-area U.S. House seat. Omar, the front-runner to replace U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in the heavily Democratic Fifth District, repeated that if elected she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump, if given the chance.”

Says Lauren Thomas for CNBC, “Target for the first time ever will offer free, two-day shipping with no minimum purchase required this holiday season, in a bid to win shoppers over rivals like Walmart and Amazon. The retailer said Tuesday that starting Nov. 1 and running through Dec. 22, ‘hundreds of thousands of items’ will be eligible for free, two-day shipping on Target.com. In March, it began offering the perk to its credit card holders or for those orders over $35.”

Stribber Mila Kuompilova reports, “All Minnesota State colleges and universities are waiving application fees this week in an annual push to spur applications, and some have waived fees throughout the entire ‘College Knowledge’ month of October — a movement to raise awareness about college access. The system, which has seen its overall enrollment dip in recent years, says the promotion brings a yearly uptick in applications. Minnesota State has offered the waivers since 2011, and its colleges and universities receive about 40,000 applications during October, said Jessica Espinosa, the system’s director of college transitions.”

Also in the Strib, this from J. Patrick Coolican and Mike Hughlett. “Both candidates for Minnesota governor say they support a massive northern Minnesota pipeline project that opposed by environmentalists and some American Indians — as well as the administration of current Gov. Mark Dayton. The next governor, when he takes office in January, will almost immediately face major decisions about the complex, controversial project.”

Says Tess Williams of the Forum News Service, “A Roosevelt City Council member who allegedly threatened a reporter during a public meeting was charged with disorderly conduct Monday, said Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust. Arlyn Stewart allegedly stood over reporter Doris Knutson, from Baudette’s weekly Northern Light Region newspaper, and berated her during an Oct. 1 meeting after she questioned the council for holding a meeting without public notification. He then immediately adjourned the meeting.”

Hannah Jones at City Pages writes, “North Dakota is one of most conservative states in the nation. A 2017 Gallup poll recognized it, Mississippi, and Wyoming as the right-leaning creme de la creme, with self-identified conservatives outnumbering self-identified liberals by 30 percentage points. The state hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. Minnesota’s last Republican presidential pick was Nixon in 1972. Ours was once called the second most liberal state in the country based on our voting trends, and a recent poll by KSTP found that 56 percent of our registered voters said they’d support legalizing recreational marijuana. So which state would you guess is poised to legalize weed? Well, it isn’t Minnesota. This November, North Dakota voters have the chance to decide whether or not they want to fully legalize marijuana.”

At MPR, Martin Moylan says, “The Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Park is accustomed to huge real estate developments. But a new plan called Project Hotdish has aroused the ire of many residents. Project Hotdish is a plan for a warehouse nearly half the size of the Mall of America. If you visited the site of Project Hotdish recently, you’d see little more than a vast sea of pumpkins awaiting harvest and a corn maze. The proposed project would be built within the NorthPark Business Center east of Highway 169, south of 109th Avenue and west of Winnetka Avenue. … The prospective tenant is a secret. But Amazon is widely suspected.”

In the PiPress, Sarah Horner reports, “A northern Minnesota man yelled racial slurs and threatened workers inside a Maplewood Burger King before rubbing his genitals on the fast food restaurant’s glass window, charges say. Employees at the Burger King told Ryan Wayne Lewis, of Nevis, Minn., to leave after he hurled racial slurs inside the restaurant on the 2400 block of North White Bear Avenue when he drunkenly entered to use the bathroom around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, according to court documents. … Once outside, Lewis allegedly pulled down his pants and smeared his genitals against the glass window before taking out a knife and threatening to kill one of the workers who had ousted him.”

Also, this from Nancy Ngo of the PiPress,Shake Shack fans will soon have another Twin Cities location from which to enjoy the New York chain’s burgers, crinkle-cut fries and shakes. A Shake Shack is slated to roll out at Southdale Center 6630 France Ave. S., at the corner of West 66 Street in Edina at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, … The new location includes local partnerships.”

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  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 10/24/2018 - 08:09 am.

    I had to click back to poor Carol in yesterday’s PM Glean. I can understand her concern about the migrants. They might ruin Nevis.

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