The following article by Anjali Sareen was posted on the National Memo website August 23, 2016:
According to a new report released by The Huffington Post, GOP nominee Donald Trump raised the rental rates at Trump Tower by over 400 percent once donors were footing the bill.
HuffPost reports that the Trump campaign paid $35,458 in rent to Trump Tower Commercial LLC during the month of March, while Trump was still “self-funding” his campaign. It had been paying that same rate since the prior summer, when it had 197 employees and consultants on its payroll.
In July, however, after Trump began raising funds from donors, the rent mysteriously jumped up to $169,758, almost five times the amount from March. This, despite the fact that the Trump campaign actually had less employees and consultants it did previously. (more…)
The following article by J. Patrick Coolican appeared on the StarTribune website August 22, 2016:
Speaker’s driving record includes three speeding tickets, one for texting while driving.
While on his way to St. Paul for a meeting with the governor last January, House Speaker Kurt Daudt rear-ended a van on a rural highway in Isanti County, sending the other driver to the hospital.
Beau Hullermann, whom Daudt struck from behind as Hullermann slowed to make a left turn, said he was briefly knocked unconscious in the 8:10 a.m. crash. The air bags deployed in Daudt’s Lexus sedan and his car had to be towed as he found another way to St. Paul.
Hullermann said the wreck caused him to miss a month of work, money that he is trying to recoup from his insurance company. He said he now suffers from a slipped disk and often uses prescription opiates to help him sleep. The collision totaled his work van, causing more than $9,000 in damages. (more…)
The following article by Esther Yu Hsi Lee was posted on the ThinkProgress website August 22, 2016:
Just hours after Donald Trump’s new campaign manager said that he doesn’t “hurl personal insults” at people, the Republican presidential candidate took to Twitter to insult media personalities and his Democratic presidential rival.
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway defended the candidate’s harsh words against people like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a judge of Mexican descent, and a Gold Star family whose son was killed in Afghanistan.
“He doesn’t hurl personal insults. In other words, he just this week, look what he talked about,” Conway said, adding that “he’s said that he regrets causing personal pain to those who feel it based on things that he has said.”
Just a few hours after Conway’s comments, however, Trump took to Twitter to call television personality Donny Deutsch a “big failure.” And on Monday morning, Trump implied that MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were having a relationship, calling Brzezinski “neurotic” and unintelligent, and referred to former Rep. Anthony Weiner as a “pervert sleaze.
30 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
76 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
What Fue Lee’s victory says about the political power of Hmong-Americans in Minneapolis, MPR
Will millennials flex their muscle on Election Day?, MPR
5 takeaways from Clinton’s and Trump’s finance reports, The Hill
Inside Donald Trump’s new strategy to counter the view of many that he is ‘racist’, Washington Post
On immigration, Trump appears to shift focus to getting ‘rid of the bad ones’, MPR
Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff’s online posts, MPR
Trump backs away from his call for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, Bloomberg
Trump, GOP see gold in Clinton Foundation attacks, The Hill
Trump: Immigration policies ‘not meant to hurt people’, The Hill
31 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
77 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
2016 choices have these voters opting 3rd party for first time, MPR
Trump-Clinton race redraws battle for electoral college, The Hill
How the man created the brand in ‘Trump Revealed’, MPR
Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff’s online posts, AP
As Trump supporters make accusations about Clinton’s health, neither candidate has much to say, NY Times
Trump courts minority voters, The Hill
Trump casts inner cities as ‘war zones’ in pitch to minority voters, The Hill
Trump cancels two more campaign events: report, The Hill
Trump camp manager: Immigration plan ‘should not be rushed’, The Hill
Donald Trump in Minnesota
Clashes at Trump fundraiser draw GOP backlash, MPR
Trump event protest was out of bounds, Star Tribune
After ugly protests at Donald Trump event, 2 parties agree: unacceptable, Pioneer Press
Police: Officers were not ordered to ‘stand down’ during Trump protests, Star Tribune
Amount given by Minnesota’s biggest GOP donors to Trump: not huge, MinnPost (more…)
With only 79 days to Election Day Minnesota’s Republican leaders are still not clear on where they stand on Donald Trump. At press conference Thursday afternoon Senate Minority Leader David Hann and House Speaker Kurt Daudt said they didn’t know if they’d vote for Donald Trump and were not attending his fundraiser today. This comes on the heels of Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen declaring at debate that Trump had “yet to earn” his vote.
The fact that we are 79 days from the election and these Republican leaders won’t come clean on where they stand on their party’s nominee is really stunning. Here you have quite possibly the most divisive presidential candidate in the history of this country—a candidate who’s racist, sexist and xenophobic diatribes have created a new basement for political discourse—and high ranking elected officials won’t say whether they support him or not. It’s really appalling. Minnesotans have a right to know where their leaders stand.
Last week, Governor Dayton announced that after 3 months of discussions with legislative leaders, he would not be calling a special session.
This means we leave 2016 with no bonding bill, no tax bill and above all no comprehensive transportation solution. A House DFL Majority will bring a robust bonding bill and middle class tax relief to the House floor for a vote in the first 30 days of the next legislative session.
The House Republicans put politics ahead of the interests of Minnesotans, betting their years-long Trumpian tactic of dividing Minnesotans geographically will play well at the polls. Republicans will have to explain why refusing to allow metro counties to pay for their own transportation needs is more important than cutting taxes for families and investing in roads and bridges across the state.
There were other issues that could not be bridged as well. The current bonding bill draft includes hundreds of millions of earmarked projects including a road to nowhere in Rep. Peppin’s district. Shovel-ready projects like Highway 14 and 23 would be funded by following current Corridors of Commerce formula. Republicans refused to provide any further relief to workers being assaulted at the Saint Peter Security Hospital. And the months long promise of public hearings never occurred.
The following article by Adele Stan was posted on the Alternet website August 19, 2016:
Since its inception, the aim of Breitbart News has been to taint liberals
and the left with the stench of scandal, by any means necessary. Most often, the favored means involves manufacturing scandal, sometimes through innuendo and misconstruance, and most effectively through the posting of misleadingly edited video.
Now Breitbart News CEO Stephen K. Bannon brings those same fact-free, mud-slinging values to yet another reboot of Donald J. Trump’s flagging presidential campaign. On Wednesday, Trump named Bannon as his new campaign chief, replacing Paul Manafort, who resigned today under a cloud of scandal concerning his consulting work for the deposed Ukrainian former president Victor Yanukovych, widely viewed as a tool of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Here we offer a brief overview of six scandals manufactured by Breitbart News, both under Bannon’s leadership and that of Andrew Breitbart.
1. Louisiana flooding and Obama. Nowhere in the Breitbart News coverage of the federal response to the ongoing flooding disaster in Louisiana will you see a quote from Gov. John Bel Edwards suggesting that now would not be a good time for President Barack Obama to visit his state because of the logistical nightmare it would impose on first responders. Instead, what you’ll find is invective against the president for being on vacation, and a characterization of his absence from the scene as something negligent.