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Today at noon, Gov. Dayton delivers his first State of the State address, sans teleprompter. What do you think he will say? What should he say? Is there anything left to say?
MinnPost: Gov. Dayton accepts bids for a radio “office.” A couple of surprises among the usual suspects.
MPR: Outsmarting a river with a mind of its own. Moorhead residents again prepare for yet another 100-year flood.
MNpublius: Shhhhh! If we’re really, really quiet, maybe they won’t notice and they’ll go away.
Downtown Journal: Rollerdoming returns but the Dome collapse has had a ripple effect downtown.
A history-challenged Congresswoman who is more rogue and mavericky than Miss Maverick herself? A former governor re-imaging himself from bridesmaid into movie action hero? Was Jesse Ventura just a warm-up act?
Both Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are positioning themselves now in the early run-up to the 2012 Republican National Convention, garnering more than a little bit of national attention so doing. People around the country (or, well, at least some of my non-Minnesotan Facebook peeps) are beginning to ask “Did you guys run out of liberals or something?” Oh, for gosh sakes! Minnesota has always had its share of odd duckies, liberal AND conservative — a fact that did not escape the attention of the New York Times in 2009 after Al Franken was declared the winner of a long, sometimes torturous, and widely-watched election recount.
But the (butt-out!™) NYT missed one often-forgotten Minnesotan: an early 20th-century Progressive- cum-Republican legislator who, for the better part of three decades, railed at state and national levels against special interests, big government, the moneyed oligarchy, and, yes, even socialists-communists-fascists. Sound familiar? Meet the Blind Senator from Minnesota: Thomas D. Schall.
Andy Birkey at MN Indy gives us a bit of background on the newest member of the Health and Human Services Committee, and it’s more than a little bit American Voices from The Onion. Rep. Glen Gruenhagen, who now sits on the committee that deals with our government run welfare programs once said this about government run welfare programs:
“Government run welfare programs are little more than a government subsidized prostitution program paying extra money to women who have children out of wedlock,” he wrote. “This has contributed to over a 70% out of wedlock birth rate for Americans with an African heritage. Also, welfare provides financial support to able bodied men instead of incentives for an honest days [sic] work.”
Erikostrom’s post comparing funding sources for candidates Bachmann and Clark in MN-6 made some rounds on tumblr over the weekend; according to the NYTimes, in addition to the MN Forward project, Target is also a top donor for the Bachmann campaign.¬† WCCO television personality and journalist Jason DeRusha is quick to point out that the donations can potentially come from several sources in different areas of Target, not just the top brass.¬† My question: who are these rich retirees blanketing campaigns with their ca$h?
According to WCCO’s Pat Kessler, Michele Bachmann’s latest TV campaign ad ‚Äî with the State Fair as the backdrop ‚Äî distorts the truth. What a surprise. (This is politics, after all.)
“While you’re at the fair, you should know Tarryl Clark here wanted to raise taxes on your corn dog. And your deep fried bacon. And your beer,” the ad says.
That’s a DISTORTION.
Bachmann says correctly that Clark voted in favor of putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot to raise the sales tax for arts and the environment.
Minnesotans approved it.
But voting to put it on the ballot isn’t the same as voting for a sales tax hike, so that’s not accurate.
The ad continues:
“So if you see Tarryl Clark while you’re at the fair, just ask her — ‘What’s up with wanting to tax my beer?'”
This is TRUE.
Clark voted to raise alcohol excise taxes, which the liquor industry said would raise the price of a drink by a couple of pennies, including beer.
And there’s one more thing that’s got fair officials as irritated as an alligator — before he goes on a stick.
Here’s what you NEED TO KNOW.
State Fair officials objected to Bachmann using the State Fair logo.
But she did it anyway, and they want it removed. The State Fair simply doesn’t endorse any political candidates. Especially Bachmann?