Walz declines invitation to meet with Trump

Governor-elect Tim Walz
MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley
Governor-elect Tim Walz

In the Pioneer Press, Dave Orrick says, “Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz declined a White House invitation to meet President Donald Trump on Thursday, citing his work assembling his new administration. … It’s unclear if the declined invitation will have any impact on Walz’s relationship with Trump, which might or might not be relevant in how the state deals with various federal issues, from transportation funding to health care policy.”

For MPR, Dan Kraker writes, “Minnesota’s electric utilities will be required to file detailed plans next year on how they will help increase electric vehicle adoption in the state, according to a unanimous decision Thursday by the Public Utilities Commission. Those plans, to be filed by June 30, 2019, must include initiatives to raise awareness of public charging stations for electric vehicles and residential charging options for EV owners.”

Also in the PiPress, this from Sarah Horner, “A former candidate for St. Paul City Council is facing felony charges after authorities say he violating the state’s ‘revenge porn’ law. David Martinez, 39, was charged Thursday in Ramsey County District Court with one count of non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images. He is accused of posting a topless photo of a woman on his campaign website while he was a candidate for the city’s Ward 4 seat.”

In the Strib, Adam Belz reports, “China’s decision to purchase 1.1 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans, announced Thursday by U.S. officials, had an instant impact in Minnesota, lifting bid prices at grain elevators and sending farmers and grain marketers to their calculators. … China’s purchase, announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, came after President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day truce in the trade war.”

Says the Duluth News Tribune, “Tall ships will once again visit Duluth in August 2019 as the festival returns under a new name. The Festival of Sail is slated for Aug. 11-13 and will offer ‘a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore,’ according to the festival’s website.”

In The Los Angeles Times Hugo Martin writes, “Getting passengers onto a plane in the most efficient, and potentially most profitable, way possible is a favorite study topic for air carriers and academics. Delta Air Lines is going to try something different: boarding based on what the passengers paid, whether in cash or loyalty points. Under the system that starts Jan. 23, Delta will no longer board based on six zones sorted by row number. Instead, passengers will board based on eight types of ticket brands.”

At City Pages, Hannah Jones writes, “The end of the year is a great time to reflect — to take stock of personal and professional progress, to ensure we kept promises we made to ourselves the year before. So as 2018 comes to a close, let’s all ask ourselves as humble Minnesotans: How many different ways did we crush Wisconsin this year?”


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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 12/14/2018 - 07:55 am.

    I suspect Governor Elect Waltz is busy with real work as he prepares to take on his new job. A photo op with an out of control “Individual 1” is worthless because shortly Governor Elect Waltz may be dealing with “Elf on the shelf” Pence instead of “Individual 1”. Republicans don’t even want to be with “Individual 1”, why would the Democrats want to.

  2. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 12/14/2018 - 08:01 am.

    Before we start celebrating China’s purchasing soybeans let’s not forget that this is less than business as usual and that its only news because of the crisis created by Donald’s ill advised tariffs in the first place. Basically we shouldn’t congratulate him for averting a disaster that he created.

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