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Collin Peterson one of two Democrats voting no on House impeachment inquiry

Rep. Collin Peterson
MinnPost photo by Walker Orenstein
Rep. Collin Peterson: "If anyone thinks a partisan impeachment process would constrain President Trump, they are fooling themselves."

Collin his owns shots. The AP reports (via WCCO):Rep. Collin Peterson, who represents Minnesota 7th District, was one of two Democrats to vote no in Thursday’s impeachment resolution vote. … The vote passed 232 to 196 in favor of impeachment in the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives. All Republicans voted against it.”

Not taking any chances. The Star Tribune’s Patrick Condon writes:President Donald Trump will be the only choice on the ballot in Minnesota’s Republican presidential primary, even though he is not the only candidate running. … That’s at the direction of the Republican Party of Minnesota. Its chairwoman, Jennifer Carnahan, sent a letter to the Minnesota Secretary of State on Oct. 24 outlining its “determination of candidates” for the March 3, 2020 Republican primary ballot. … Trump is the only name listed.”

Another big piece in the Strib’s series on services for people with disabilities. Chris Serres and Glen Howatt report: “Six years after promising to modernize Minnesota’s biggest assistance program for people with disabilities, the state is struggling to fix a system racked by cost overruns, computer breakdowns, delays and staff turnover. … The system, known as MnChoices, was supposed to streamline and simplify a program that disburses more than $3 billion a year to Minnesotans with physical and developmental disabilities. … Instead, it has produced wildly inconsistent results and a chorus of complaints from the county officials and front-line employees who use it.

And here’s the first in a series on drug addiction in the East African community for Sahan Journal. Mukhtar M. Ibrahim writes: “Addiction has long been a source of shame in immigrant communities, where children’s overdoses are often cloaked as heart attacks or unexplainable deaths. … Some young Twin Cities advocates are working now to push the problem into the light in the hope of saving lives. Gatherings like the one at the Coyle Center are a start. … Community members say the honesty can’t come quickly enough.

In other news…

Reminder:Weekend traffic Nov. 1-3: Closures planned on I-35W, I-94 in Minneapolis” [Star Tribune]

Going greener:MnDOT Strikes Massive Deal With US Solar” [Patch]

Garbage stances:Here’s where all 28 candidates for St. Paul City Council stand on the trash referendum” [Pioneer Press]

Minnesota exceptionalism:Minnesota Soon To Be The Only 3.2 Beer State In The U.S.” [WCCO]

Someone robbed Minnesota’s largest candy store on Halloween eve:Happy Halloween! We are reaching out to… – Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store” [via Facebook]

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Mike Chrun on 10/31/2019 - 03:04 pm.

    “Trump is the only name listed.” He’s going to do better than his pals Putin and Kim.

  2. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 10/31/2019 - 03:05 pm.

    I wonder what Collin’s reasoning is? It can’t be that Donald didn’t do what’s being alleged, not even Republicans are saying that, so what is it, Colllin doesn’t thinking withholding critical support for dirt on a polical rival amounts to a high crime or misdemeanor? It’d be interesting to hear, could it just be political pandering, he knows what Donald did was wrong but doesn’t think he can get elected if he actually says that? Could that be it? Would the “principled” Peterson put himself above the Constitution?

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 10/31/2019 - 04:39 pm.

      Collin Peterson is a man of occasional convictions. I still don’t know why he wants to be in Congress.

    • Submitted by Paul Yochim on 10/31/2019 - 05:22 pm.

      Is it that hard to see? Trump carried his district in 2016. He’s representing his constituents, not Chairman Schiff. It was okay with the Dems when John McCain broke with his party. Why isn’t this?

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/31/2019 - 03:19 pm.

    He obviously wants to keep his job.

  4. Submitted by Connor OKeefe on 10/31/2019 - 03:47 pm.

    ” The system, known as MnChoices…”

    Have we reached the point where we can judge the potential for a program’s ridiculously expensive failure by the addition of “MN” to the non-sequitur name?

    I think we have.

  5. Submitted by Andy Briebart on 11/01/2019 - 05:03 am.

    Not sure why you guys continue to vote for him. Why not run someone else?

  6. Submitted by Joel Stegner on 11/01/2019 - 12:11 pm.

    Peterson made a smart vote. A conservative Democrat is always better than a Republican. Peterson is a big defender of agriculture and food stamps, while Republicans are perfectly willing to make farmers suffer through an insane trade war and take food away from poor children to favor the rich and large companies through tax cuts on borrowed money. If you follow politics, you know what I am saying is true. His vote was not needed – and won’t be needed when the articles of impeachment pass the House. Peterson ably represents is district, which is why he keeps getting re-elected.

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