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Senate candidates Smith, Housley meet for final debate

State Sen. Karin Housley and Sen. Tina Smith
MinnPost photo by Lorie Shaull
State Sen. Karin Housley and Sen. Tina Smith shown with moderator Cathy Wurzer during Sunday night's debate.

MPR’s Nina Moini reports: “The two candidates in Minnesota’s special election for U.S. senator — DFL incumbent Tina Smith and her Republican challenger, state Sen. Karin Housley — laid out their cases to voters Sunday night in the campaign’s final debate. The MPR News debate, moderated by Cathy Wurzer, took place in front of a large crowd at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul — with what seemed like many die-hard supporters on both sides cheering and chanting before the debate began.

Erin Adler of the Strib says, “Holding candles in paper cups and huddling beneath a sea of umbrellas, the crowd was quiet except for the occasional voices of girls wearing green or tan vests. They softly sang “Make New Friends” and “On My Honor,” old Girl Scout standards that took on a new meaning during the emotional vigil Sunday night. Hundreds gathered in the rain to remember the three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck and killed by a pickup truck that left the road while they picked up trash along a rural highway in western Wisconsin.”

In the Washington Examiner, David Drucker says, “In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Paulsen attributed his vulnerability to a Democratic challenger, Dean Phillips, with more resources at his disposal — in part because of the $1.3 million the businessman has poured into his own campaign. But pressed further, the Republican incumbent conceded that Phillips is benefiting from a swelling suburban backlash against Trump that is overwhelming any appreciation for a strong economy that has produced measurable prosperity.”

Says Stribber Tim Harlow,The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 20 commuters, transit riders, bicyclists, walkers, residents and business owners — really anybody who uses Hwy. 65 in Blaine and Ham Lake — to offer ideas on how to tackle some of the highway’s most vexing issues: safety and congestion. ‘… MnDOT is seeking input as it studies ways to tackle the bottlenecks that form on the highway between County Road 10 and Bunker Lake Boulevard. The segment, which bogs down due to the numerous intersections with traffic signals, handles about 58,000 vehicles per day on the south end and about 43,000 on the north end.”

The Pioneer Press’ Mary Divine reports: “The man accused of trying to run Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins off the road on Sunday was criminally charged Friday with five misdemeanors. George G. Frost, 37, of St. Marys Point, was charged with assault, reckless driving, careless driving, disorderly conduct and nuisance on a public roadway, according to Afton City Attorney Fritz Knaak. Diggins, 27, and Stillwater Area High School cross-country ski coach Kris Hansen were threatened during a three-hour roller-skiing training session in Diggins’ hometown of Afton.”

The AP reports: “The University of Minnesota football team’s defensive coordinator Robb Smith has been fired, with the Gophers allowing an average of more than 43 points per game in Big Ten play. Coach P.J. Fleck made the announcement Sunday night. He named defensive line coach Joe Rossi the interim defensive coordinator.”

A New Yorker story by Dan Kaufman asks, “Did Scott Walker and Donald Trump Deal Away the Wisconsin Governor’s Race to Foxconn?”  “… the Foxconn deal has become something of a political liability for Walker, particularly among voters outside of southeastern Wisconsin. … Depending on how many jobs are actually created, taxpayers will be paying between two hundred and twenty thousand dollars and more than a million dollars per job. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau … the earliest citizens might see a return on their Foxconn investment is in 2042.”

Deana Weniger of the PiPress reports, “It could be last call for Tin Cup’s on Rice Street. Owner Gidget Bailey, 52, blames city leadership for failing to stem the violence that has turned her working middle-class neighborhood on St. Paul’s North End into a place of dilapidated rentals and random shootings. As soon as her new place in Vadnais Heights has a kitchen installed, she said, she’s closing Tin Cup’s for good. A Friday morning shooting in her parking lot, in which she said a bullet buzzed by her 27-year-old son’s ear, was the final straw.”


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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 11/05/2018 - 07:52 am.

    As Lt. Governor Tina Smith travelled the state with Governor Dayton for years learning about the states needs. She is much more qualified to be Minnesota’s senator than Karin Housley is. Smith and Klobuchar make a great Minnesota team in Washington. Both are doers, not just talkers.

  2. Submitted by richard owens on 11/05/2018 - 01:45 pm.

    RE: speeding up traffic in a stoplight-infested corridor.

    It might be counter-intuitive to drivers who are not familiar with, or are opposed in principle to round-a-bouts, but the Mankato experiment has shown that many stoplights in high-traffic areas are expensive and don’t do nearly the job of round-a-bouts. Mankato is building MORE.

    I’d encourage MnDOT to study and then promote round-a-bouts. After rejecting the idea, and then getting a chance to get used to them, I think it fair to say drivers in the hilltop / big box store area of Mankato would agree- these intersections work better with fewer accidents and accidents that occur at much slower speeds. St. Cloud needs them too.

    Round-a-bouts are a success at moving traffic!

  3. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 11/06/2018 - 10:47 am.

    I listened to the debate again yesterday. Housley used the classic republican default of avoiding the question at hand and instead sidetracking onto a gop talking point.

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