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Survey suggests economic slowdown in the Midwest

Downtown Minneapolis
MinnPost photo by Peter Callaghan
Downtown Minneapolis

Trade war weary. The Associated Press examines a not-too optimistic business leader survey: “A new monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy is slowing down in nine Midwest and Plains states as the U.S. trade war with China continues. The overall index for the region slipped into negative territory at 48.6 in November from October’s 52.6.

Redevelopment plans derailed. Miguel Otárola at the Star Tribune is reporting Canadian Pacific is taking Shoreham Yards off the market: “The site, once home to a historic roundhouse used to store steam locomotives, was a desirable redevelopment target for two decades. But now Canadian Pacific Railway, which owns the 230-acre facility, has taken it off the market, moved forward with its own expansion and demolished the roundhouse to make room for storage space for empty shipping containers.”

Another growing drug problem. Paul John Scott via the West Central Tribune notes Gabapentin-linked suicide attempts are on the rise in Midwestern states: “Minnesota and South Dakota were among the states with the fastest-growing number of poisoning calls for individuals on gabapentin and other drugs during the period of study. With a 762% increase, North Dakota led the nation in relative rate increase for gabapentin-only poisoning calls.”

When life gives you ordinances … Tad Vezner at the Pioneer Press writes about St. Paul businesses adjusting to a 2017 ordinance that allows sales of menthol and flavored tobacco in adults-only tobacco shops: “A full half of the Maryland Supermarket is now a walled-off smoke shop called Maryland Tobacco. A half-mile from that sits the Rice Street Market — housed within a Minnoco gas station. And in a freshly walled-off space beside it, under the same owner, sits Rice Street Tobacco. It seemed like the simplest of business decisions.”

Taking Amy. Jennifer Rubin opines in the Washington Post about Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s potential rise to the top tier of presidential candidates: “If Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders do not win the nomination, much of the credit should go to Klobuchar, who has effectively grabbed the party by the lapels and told its members to ‘Snap out of it!’ If she or another electable moderate gets the nomination, the party will be in her debt. She is doing her best to make certain Democrats do not ‘screw this up.'”

In other news …

Snowed in: “As Duluth digs out, city’s no-travel advisory has been lifted and Park Point reopened to non-residents; area schools closed Monday” [Duluth News Tribune]

Thanks to a few villains: “Hero community gathering spaces shutting across Southwest Minneapolis” [Southwest Journal]

Delirious: “More Prince, More Pleasure: The Joys of the Expanded ‘1999’” [New York Times]

Winning: “Minnesota Residents Have Highest Average Credit Scores” [U.S. News & World Report]

Details, please: “Student government continues push to strengthen UMN free speech policy” [Minnesota Daily]

Half-decent sushi? “This man drove 113,877 miles to every town in North Dakota. His new book reveals what he was searching for on his journey” [Fargo Forum]

Snowflakes: “Ordinance Forbids Throwing Snowballs In Wausau, Wisconsin” [WCCO]

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 12/02/2019 - 02:27 pm.

    [Amy] She is doing her best to make certain Democrats do not ‘screw this up.”

    Or is she doing her best to screw it up for Democrats? We’ve been listening to these “Centrists” for years and have seen Democratic power and influence dwindle at every turn. We’re damn lucky to have the house and no it wasn’t “Centrists” that won us the house. It was the high turnout as much as anything. And on the Senate side in 2018, three powerful “Centrists” lost their seats Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly all went down in flames.

    Democrats need to shake of the shackles of Corporate influence and go back to being the party or the working class.

    As we speak Pelosi at the urging of “Centrists” is pushing to get the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the end of the year. (I haven’t heard that trade deals were that popular in Red states? Or Blue states for that matter) While The labor backed Protecting the Right to Organize Act has been sitting on her desk waiting to be brought to the floor for a vote since mid summer.

    Amy is wrong, she need to pack it in and go back to her day job, representing us in the Senate.

    • Submitted by Robert Ryan on 12/02/2019 - 03:49 pm.

      I think it’s a myth that the only reason Democrats have faired poorly is because they are ‘centrists’.

      Most of the Republican seats that flipped to Democrats in 2018 were won by moderates. Progressives won primaries against other Democrats, but most progressives running against Republicans lost. Progressives like Omar (and AOC) won seats that were never going to be won by Republicans. Phillips and Craig flipped seats.

      I doubt progressive candidates in Missouri, North Dakota and Indiana would have done any better than McCaskill, Heitkamp and Donnelly.

      Given the nature of the Electoral College the Democrats are going to have to find a way for both ends of the spectrum to come together. .

    • Submitted by lisa miller on 12/02/2019 - 04:08 pm.

      And yet how many states went for Dem, let alone liberal governors or state seats or even US senate? When was the last liberal elected president and no, Obama was more of a centrist. Sorry, but read the polls, it may not be what we always want, but we can’t afford to hand this to Trump. Those centrists you list, lost to mostly Republicans, who were even more conservative. Again read the polls, it was mostly African American voters and Caucasian women in the suburbs that won the house.

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