The article below was posted on the National Memo website on November 23, 2015. We thought it might ease some holiday interactions:
The guy your aunt met on ChristianMingle.com is going to be in such a good mood. His third “Make America Great Again” hat just came in the mail. He’s certain that his prolific Internet commenting as “RINOHUNTz69” has singlehandedly dismantled the candidacy of Jeb Bush. And the last two years of off-year elections have helped Republicans… (more…)
The following authored by Eugene Robinson appeared in the Washington Post November 23, 2015:
The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made “politically correct” an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don’t want to hear.
Take Donald Trump’s claim that when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11, “I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”
“Yesterday the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party posted the following statement on their Facebook page: “MN #DFL now propose a “special session” to deal with their self-created “#Negroproblem”.
You don’t have to look far to find ignorant hate speech masquerading as acceptable party messaging. However, this is not the first time the Minnesota Republican Party and their affiliates have posted racially insensitive material.
“The GOP is clearly out of touch on issues of race here in Minnesota and around the country. Regrettably these comments have become commonplace in the Republican Party and it should be no surprise that they are now an accepted and normal part of their conversation.
While our community is still struggling with the death of a young man and trying to find answers for his family, the Republican Party of Minnesota decided to chime in with racist and bigoted comments. There is absolutely no place for this kind of ugly language in our state and we call on Chairman Downey to apologize to the people of Minnesota for the racist and bigoted comment from the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party.”
This past weekend, Governor Mark Dayton announced his plans to convene a statewide Water Quality Summit in February. The summit will focus public attention on the serious challenges facing Minnesota’s water supplies – in both rural and urban areas of the state – and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges. The summit will include water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders, and a wide variety of other stakeholders.
“My father believed – as I believe – that stewardship is a profound responsibility of each of us. To take what we have been given – or have acquired – and leave it in better condition for those who will inherit from us,” said Governor Dayton. “This is everyone’s challenge, and everyone’s responsibility.”
In his remarks to the Minnesota Farm Bureau this weekend, Governor Dayton elaborated on the need for a statewide Water Quality Summit, and provided some additional information about what the summit may address. Audio of the Governor’s remarks can be found here.
Additional details about the Governor’s Water Quality Summit will be provided in the coming weeks.
- 7:30 a.m. – Congressman Nolan speaks about the future of rural broadband at the Blandin Foundation Broadband Builders Breakfast, Minneapolis Marriott West Hotel, 9960 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis.
- 1:30 p.m. – Congressman Nolan speaks at the event announcing completion of the Chambers Grove Habitat Restoration Project – and new funding for the 21st Avenue Project in the St. Louis River Area of Concern. Chambers Grove Park, 134th W Ave., Duluth.
- 3 p.m. – Gov. Dayton will provide remarks at the Supreme Court ceremony for Justice Natalie Hudson. Landmark Center, Cortile, 75 5th St., St. Paul.
- 4:30 p.m. – A rally and candlelight vigil will be held outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s precinct headquarters in north Minneapolis, where activists have been maintaining a presence since Jamar Clark’s shooting a few blocks away early Sunday.
- 5 p.m. – Chelsea Clinton will be at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, to sign her new book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going!” The book signing is free with a book purchase. Details can be found here: http://www.redballoonbookshop.com/event/chelsea-clinton. (more…)
- 9 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Norman County Deputy Auditors-Treasurers Tammy Kappes and Donna Hanson. 16 3rd Ave. E., Ada.
- 10 a.m. – DEED will announce the state’s unemployment rate and employment figures for October 2015.
- 10:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Mahnomen County Crime Victim Services and Safe at Home Application Assistant. Mahnomen County Attorney’s Office-Mahnomen County Courthouse, Level 5 in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 311 N. Main St., Mahnomen.
- Noon – Secretary of State Steve Simon meets with Lakes Crisis and Resource Center and Safe at Home Application Assistant. 1339 Pelican Ln., Detroit Lakes.
- Noon (EST) – The U.S. House of Representatives will meet for legislative business, with plans to vote on a bill to limit entry by Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
- 12:30 p.m. – The Hennepin County DFL Senior Caucus will meet at Maria’s Cafe, 1113 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. (more…)
- The Senate Capital Investment Committee tours Luverne, Marshall, Montevideo, Appleton and Willmar.
- 9 a.m. – The Prison Population Task Force will meet, Room 10, State Office Building.
- 9 a.m. – The House and Senate Public Safety and Crime Prevention committee will meet to discuss a focus on reform of controlled substances.
- 9 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will meet with Menahga Civic & Commerce Association, Blueberry Pines Golf, Dining & Event Center, 39161 U.S. 71, Menahga.
- 10 a.m. – The Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission meets, Room 200, State Office Building.
- 10 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Smith will meet with Minnesota delegates to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference at the Science Museum.
- 10:30 a.m. – Secretary of State Steve Simon will hold a roundtable discussion with David Collins, executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission, and other Park Rapids Area community leaders. Hubbard County Courthouse, Board Room, 301 Court Avenue, Park Rapids. (more…)
- The Senate Capital Investment committee will visit Worthington, Windom, Mankato and St. Peter.
- 10 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a media availability. Governor’s Press Briefing Room, Veterans Service Building, 20 W 12th St., St. Paul.
- Noon – Lt. Gov. Smith will provide remarks at the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lunch. Landmark Center, First Floor Atrium, 75 Fifth St., St. Paul.
- 12:30 p.m. – Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will convene the fifth meeting of the Elections Emergency Planning Task Force, which was created by the legislature to ensure that Minnesota is prepared if a natural disaster or other large scale incident occurs affecting an election. Room 200, State Office Building, St. Paul.
- 2 – 6 p.m. – U of MN AFSCME Locals and Teamsters Local 320 will hold an informational picket to let the University administration know they are united and deserve raises and respect. 100 Church St SE, Minneapolis.
Mark your calendars
- Nov. 18 – The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents, “The Right Deal for America: Why It’s Time to Rewrite the Economic Rules” with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The visit of Richard Trumka is of special significance for the Humphrey School, as the School hosts the AFL-CIO Chair in Labor Policy, currently held by Professor Morris Kleiner. The chair was established through a major donation from the AFL-CIO to the Humphrey School in 1983, in honor and memory of the School’s namesake, Hubert Humphrey. 5 – 6:30 p.m., reception, 6:30 p.m., public lecture. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis. (more…)