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Lawmakers agree to provide $13 million to continue fixing MNLARS

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At the AP, Steve Karnowski writes, “Minnesota Senate leaders said Monday that they’ve agreed with Gov. Tim Walz and their House counterparts on plans to provide about $13 million in immediate funding so repairs can continue on the state’s troubled vehicle registration system and are working to find $10 million to compensate registrars around the state for losses incurred while trying to make it work.”

Also from the AP: “Minnesota, California and several other Democratic-led states announced they were challenging the Trump administration’s effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday that the state filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco that aims to block a new family planning rule from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. The rule shifts millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood to faith-based family planning organizations. Minnesota and 19 states said they would sue separately in Oregon on Tuesday.”

From KSTP-TV: “The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service said the snow cover in Minnesota stands at 18 inches through February. In 1965, February snow cover was recorded at 13 inches, which means the state’s snow pack is 5 inches higher than the year many parts of the state, including the St. Croix River, saw record-setting floodwaters.”

MPR’s Paul Huttner says, “The latest models continue to suggest a messy mix of rain, snow and possibly some ice across southern Minnesota next weekend. … In the areas that stay all snow, it could be a pile. It’s going to be interesting to see how this unfolds with each new model run this week. Will the above freezing air layer air get far enough north to produce a mix of rain and snow in the Twin Cities?”

For NPR, Susan Davis reports, “House Democrats are again considering a vote on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that senior members of the party and Jewish groups say play on anti-Semitic tropes. A House Democratic leadership aide said the vote could come as early as Wednesday. A spokesman for Omar has not responded to a request for comment on the resolution.”

In the Pioneer Press, Mara H. Gottfried writes: “A Level 3 sex offender was found hiding on a school bus carrying St. Paul kindergartners back from a field trip last week. … Michael Charles Friedrichs, 61, pleaded guilty in 2011 to fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct after he was accused of sneaking onto a Minneapolis school bus and masturbating near several elementary-school-age children. … In Thursday’s case, no police reports indicated he had contact with students or committed lewd acts.”

Paul Walsh of the Star Tribune writes, “A motorist randomly fired a stolen gun into another moving vehicle on an interstate just north of the Twin Cities, crashed into a ditch and was arrested moments later, according to charges filed Monday. The rolling shooting occurred about 1:40 p.m. Friday on northbound I-35 in Wyoming, the State Patrol said. Trinidad J. Garcia, 26, of Forest Lake, was charged in Chisago County District Court with second-degree assault, drive-by shooting and being a felon in possession of a firearm.”


Comments (20)

  1. Submitted by Curtis Senker on 03/05/2019 - 09:10 am.

    There might be legitimate questions to be asked about Israel’s relationship with our government, but Omar is one of the last people that should be asking them.

  2. Submitted by Susan Lesch on 03/05/2019 - 10:24 am.

    Why is that?

  3. Submitted by Howard Salute on 03/05/2019 - 12:39 pm.

    Ilhan Omar seems to have the solid support of her district. She appears not concerned about her reelection.

  4. Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/05/2019 - 01:46 pm.

    If a duly-elected member can’t ask the questions without engaging in anti-semitism, then no she shouldn’t.

    And I did read her comments. And by not fitting the theme, i assume you mean that there isn’t a long history of religious bigotry around those kind of comments when they involve a gun owners group instead of Jews.

    • Submitted by Susan Lesch on 03/05/2019 - 02:11 pm.

      Hold on a minute. Every criticism of Israel isn’t a crime of anti-semitism.

      • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/05/2019 - 02:34 pm.

        Right. And the problem isn’t Omar’s criticism of Israel. The problem is that she made anti-Semitic statements in doing so. It shouldn’t be hard to criticize Israel without engaging in bigotry. Omar needs to figure that out or she won’t be long for congress

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/05/2019 - 02:19 pm.

      Except she didn’t say anything overtly anti-Semitic. You have to rely on the history of the “dual allegiance” remark to conclude that’s what she meant.

      Was that remark so far fetched? When the Prime Minister of Israel is invited to address Congress to oppose the President’s foreign policy, what do you conclude about allegiance? What about when a member of Congress–yes, a Democrat–says that “questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable”?

      Rep. Omar is a convenient way to avoid discussing the U.S.-Israel relationship. Is our support enabling human rights abuses, or a form of apartheid? What about Mr. Netanyahu’s cozying up to authoritarians,k including anti-Semitic ones? Can we question that? No, we’re going to focus on a few remarks by a freshman Representative–a Muslim, and an African one at that. That’s the real danger, right?

      • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/05/2019 - 05:06 pm.

        Of course its the history that makes Omar’s comment so offensive. This kind of comment (and some of her earlier comments) have been used to slur Jews for a long time. This has happened again and again (and again and again with Omar) which is why is a problem. And people seem to want to forget how much anti-Semitsm this country has seen and that its coming back.

        Again, you can criticize Netanyahu and Israel policy without slurring Jews. All Omar and her apologists have done is give Trump, Netanyahu and anti-Semites on the right cover.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/06/2019 - 09:17 am.

          “Again, you can criticize Netanyahu and Israel policy without slurring Jews.”

          Really? Can you point me to some examples of someone who has done that without drawing accusations of being anti-Semitic?

          “All Omar and her apologists have done is give Trump, Netanyahu and anti-Semites on the right cover.”

          And all you’re doing is validating their arguments. When you don’t take her substantive accusations seriously, you’re playing their game.

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