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Emmer votes against bipartisan coronavirus measure

National Republican Campaign Committee chair Rep. Tom Emmer
Rep. Tom Emmer
He’ll be explaining this one for a while. The Star Tribune’s Patrick Condon reports:U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer was among a small group of Republicans to vote against a bipartisan House measure aimed at responding to the coronavirus outbreak. … The House passed the bill in the early morning hours of Saturday on a vote of 363-40. The rest of Minnesota’s House delegation, five Democrats and two Republicans, all voted in favor. … Emmer issued a statement on Sunday saying he is ‘fully aware of the serious situation we are in as a country’ but complaining the process was rushed and haphazard.

19 new cases. WCCO reports:The Minnesota Department of Health said Monday that the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the state has climbed from 35 to 54. … The newest cases continue to cluster in the Twin Cities metro. Hennepin County alone has more than 20 cases, according to a map released by health officials.”

One of Minnesota’s youngest known cases. The Catholic Spirit’s Maria Wiering reports:A student at St. Thomas Academy has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a March 15 statement from Bishop Andrew Cozzens, vicar for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. … The student was the first known teenager in the state to be infected by the novel coronavirus.”

This is going to be rough. The Star Tribune’s Nicole Norfleet reports: “While state and local officials across the country have begun enforcing sweeping closures of restaurants, bars and other nonessential retail, in Minnesota businesses haven’t been given clear marching orders as COVID-19 cases mount. … Some local businesses are making tough choices on their own.


Some non-COVID-19 news. The Minnesota Daily’s Natalie Rademacher and Dylan Miettinen report: “Plans are underway for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to release a land acknowledgement statement, which would recognize that the campus resides on Dakota homeland. … The Twin Cities campus occupies land that Dakota people lived on for generations. Treaties with the U.S. government forced tribes to relocate, making way for Europeans to establish a town that would become Minneapolis in the mid-1800s.”

In other news…

Might not be the highest priority at the moment:Legislative auditor calls for stronger oversight of Minnesota’s $1 billion home health program” [Star Tribune]

Update from spring training:MLB tries to dislodge ride-it-out players at camps” [Star Tribune]

Something all states may need to bolster:Wisconsin Officials Push For Absentee Voting Amid Coronavirus Shutdown” [WCCO]

It’s a mix:Coronavirus in Minneapolis & St. Paul: What’s happening with restaurants?” [City Pages]

More should follow suit:Xcel, St. Paul Regional Water suspend disconnects in light of pandemic” [Pioneer Press]

Bye, bye, faith in humanity:Minnesota profiteer says he ‘checked on’ his rights before selling masks from back of vehicle” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Faith in humanity restored?Karl-Anthony Towns to Donate $100,000 To Mayo Clinic Towards COVID-19 Testing” [WCCO]


Hope they have a season:QB Kirk Cousins signs 2-year extension with Vikings” [KARE]

Comments (13)

  1. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 03/16/2020 - 12:51 pm.

    When Emmer says this:”…the process was rushed and haphazard.” He should talk to the leader of his party. He’s the one failing to put together a coherent plan. Of course he thought it was a hoax, or that it would blow over, or that it would get better with spring weather so who needs a plan, right Donald?

    • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 03/16/2020 - 03:41 pm.

      If you read the bill, you’ll see why…vast numbers of small businesses will go bankrupt and never reopen. Millions will lose their jobs as a result. This bill is a disaster to small business.

      • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 03/16/2020 - 07:51 pm.

        Tired Tired lines we hear repeated every single time something that benefits actual working people is proposed. It goes all the way back to the New Deal, but most recently we heard it about Obama Care, we hear it about minimum wage, we even heard it about Smoking bans in Bars. But, it never happens. Its just something the Right uses to protect their benefactors and scare the rubes.

      • Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 03/16/2020 - 09:31 pm.

        The only thing wrong with the bill was that it was drafted by Democrats and it was designed to help average people. Emmer has never complained about all the bills drafted by industry and their lobbyists which he rubber stamped when the Republicans railroaded them through.

      • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 03/17/2020 - 05:58 am.

        So you’re advocating greater inference by big gubmint in the private economy.

        All-righty then.

    • Submitted by Edward Blaise on 03/16/2020 - 04:30 pm.

      “but complaining the process was rushed and haphazard”

      Is obviously not the reason. Hopefully someone can extract out of him the specific elements that were “rushed and haphazard” that caused him to join a minority consisting of right wing kooks like Jim Jordan.

      • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 03/17/2020 - 06:02 am.

        The GOP playbook is to govern in a rushed & haphazard manner. They only know how to govern by crisis. Every session when Daudt was the Speaker ended with him waiting until the last minute to present one take-it-or leave omnibus bill. The WI GOP slashed corporate taxes in 2011, only to “suddenly discover” a budget deficit weeks later, giving themselves the excuse to screw their public employees.

  2. Submitted by Steve Timmer on 03/16/2020 - 01:10 pm.

    Karl-Anthony Towns’ contribution was generous. He could have given it somewhere else if the Trump administration hadn’t rejected the offer of the World Health Organization’s test a couple of months ago.

    • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 03/16/2020 - 03:54 pm.

      The test kits had a 48% false negative rate. That’s worse than not being tested at all because you wouldn’t be as cautious if you thought your test was negative. That’s why he rejected them.

      98+% of the people who get this will recover and be fine. Less than 1% of the Diamond Princess infected died (7 out of 696 that tested positive).
      20 to 40+% who get it will show no symptoms at all (as we found out with the Diamond Princess testing).
      H1N1 killed over 12,000 in the US…so far Corona has killed less than 7,000 worldwide. Covid19 is not any worse than H1N1 and no one went into hysteria over that.
      Based on the numbers, people in China were 19 times more likely to get H1N1 than Covid19 (if the numbers from China are accurate).

      • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/16/2020 - 04:45 pm.

        So only a couple million people will die. Great. No worries at all.

        • Submitted by Bob Barnes on 03/16/2020 - 08:00 pm.

          Hardly. In a confined space like the Diamond Princess… less than 20% of the people on the ship (crew included) tested positive. Of those only 1% died and that’s only because the average age was higher than you’d find in a normal sample of the population (cruises tend to have a higher percentage of older/elderly people on them).

          Fear mongering isn’t going to help anything or anyone so just stop with the hyperbole. This is just another flu bug basically.. if even that bad. Flu kills 30,000 to 60,000 a year in the US alone and upwards of 500,000 a year worldwide. Why aren’t you worried about that? Covid19 likely won’t come close to those kinds of numbers.

      • Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 03/16/2020 - 09:16 pm.

        Please explain why testing for this virus which has been good enough for China, Japan and Italy is not good enough for the US. Why was it necessary for the CDC to reinvent the wheel when the first reports for this virus were coming from a country which was using these tests?

  3. Submitted by M Olson on 03/17/2020 - 11:37 am.

    Another bad decision by Mr. Emmer who voted along with 4 Wisconsin gop reps against helping working Americans. The smell on this one will last to November.

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