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Minnesota House Republicans block $2 billion bonding bill

For MPR, Tim Pugmire reports: “Republicans in the Minnesota House followed through on their threat to block a bonding bill Saturday when the $2 billion measure was put to a vote. The House vote was 75 to 58 in favor — but that was short of the three-fifths supermajority needed for passage. Republican House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt had previously said there wouldn’t be GOP support unless Democratic Gov. Tim Walz ended the peacetime emergency he declared to fight COVID-19. Daudt’s complaint now is the size of the bill.”

In the Star Tribune, Ryan Faircloth writes: “A Minneapolis man has been charged in what authorities say was a random and unprovoked assault on KSTP-TV anchor Matt Belanger. Vennie Williams, 39, is charged with third-degree assault and harassment with intent to injure, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Friday. The assault happened Tuesday at the Nicollet Mall light-rail platform in downtown Minneapolis.”

MPR’s Mark Zdechlik writes: “Minnesota Republican Party leaders postponed their online state convention Saturday after problems with voting software. Republican delegates — gathered online instead of in-person because of the coronavirus pandemic — were set to endorse former Congressman Jason Lewis’ campaign against incumbent DFL Sen. Tina Smith. But after several hours of delays, state party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan announced the decision.”

KSTP-TV’s Richard Reeve reports: “The parking lots at Rosedale Center are quiet; only a few cars are in place. But beginning Monday, shoppers will be permitted back inside as Minnesota joins other states that have allowed malls to reopen — with restrictions. ‘Hopefully, people can kind of try and take awareness of their space,’ said Kaiden Kuhlman of St. Paul. ‘I want people to try to be as safe as possible.’ Rosedale is planning to operate at 50% capacity.”

The Star Tribune’s John Ewoldt and Rick Nelson write: “The Twin Cities’ nationally recognized food scene contributes as much to the region’s reputation as its vaunted assets in the arts, education, corporate diversity and other livability measures. Many of those working in this vital segment are saying that their industry is in big trouble and may never recover. Hospitality Minnesota — a trade group representing 2,000 restaurants, hotels, resorts, campgrounds and outfitters — expects more than 50% of those businesses to close by July, according to a survey of 300 of its members.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by richard owens on 05/17/2020 - 04:43 pm.

    Any political party has to be good at SOMETHING.

    “…Kurt Daudt had previously said there wouldn’t be GOP support unless Democratic Gov. Tim Walz ended the peacetime emergency he declared to fight COVID-19. Daudt’s complaint now is the size of the bill.”

    Not austere enough to teach the Republican lesson of frugality? Must we stop all public spending until the rainy day fund is re-built? My Rep wanted to return all the rainy day money. Now he just wants to “open it up!” and oppose the tyrant Walz.

    *sigh* We are not all “in this together”, as much as it may seem. The truth seems to that no matter what they say, Republicans just want to run it their way and no other.

    I think, under the circumstances, I could be forgiven for thinking Republican “conservatism” is nothing but a shared psychosis.

    • Submitted by Patrick Tice on 05/18/2020 - 03:59 pm.

      The GOP confirms every day that it cannot govern. Petty actions like this “my way or the highway” stance on bonding hurt us all and do nothing to turn opinion toward favoring the do-nothing governance Republicans seem to embrace these days.

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