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Wardlow promises purge of DFLers from attorney general’s office if elected

Plus: former St. Paul human rights director claims misconduct investigations blocked by police; the rise of the religious left; Metrodome lauded as rare good stadium deal; and more.

Republican attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow
Republican attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan

So much for not being political. MPR’s Tim Pugmire reports: “Republican Doug Wardlow told supporters at a private fundraiser this week that he plans a mass firing of Democrats that work in the state attorney general’s office if he wins in November. … In remarks during a fundraising event Monday in Shakopee for Congressman Jason Lewis, Wardlow described plans for a partisan purge.”

Uh oh. The Star Tribune’s Emma Nelson report: “Jessica Kingston, the former St. Paul human rights director who received a $250,000 settlement from the city in exchange for leaving her job, said she repeatedly raised concerns that the police department was blocking investigations of officer misconduct.

The religious left. MPR’s Briana Bierschbach writes: “Churches turned Minneapolis minister Doug Pagitt away, so on Wednesday, he delivered a sermon of sorts outside in the frigid rain. … He didn’t quote heavily from scripture or hold up the Bible. Instead, he asked the more than 100 people gathered in a park in Richfield to get out and vote this fall — and vote for Democrats.

Some love for the ’dome. Deadspin’s Neil Demause writes: “Whenever professional economists are asked about stadium and arena deals, they invariably explain, for the hundredth time, that these “almost never” work out to the benefit of the public. … Between the price tags in the hundreds of millions of dollars and the feeble economic returns that sports venues generate—pro sports teams, economists like to note, do about the same amount of annual sales as a large grocery store—it’s settled science that it’s nearly impossible for taxpayers to come out ahead. … … But nearly impossible isn’t completely impossible. In a vanishingly few cases since the dawn of the Age of Sports Subsidies, pro sports team owners in the U.S. have managed to build new homes for their franchises in ways that don’t entirely suck, even in the eyes of the most jaundiced skeptics.”

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