Minnesota Republicans following GOP nominee’s divisive lead
Minnesota Republicans continue to follow Donald Trump’s divisive lead by embracing his ignorant and detestable rhetoric. In a week where the GOP presidential nominee is trying to pivot away from past offensive statements on race, immigration and religion, Minnesota Republicans are feeding off of the toxic culture he has created.
This week, Republican State Senator David Osmek echoed the dystopian vision of the GOP standard bearer on an appearance on the AM 1130 Morning Show when talking about education:
“Boy, those schools are just doing a crack job aren’t they? Whoops, I shouldn’t use crack and schools and Minneapolis because frankly there’s probably a lot of it there.” [TCNT Morning Show, Monday 8/22/16] (more…)
The following article by J. Patrick Coolican appeared on the StarTribune Hot Dish blog August 25, 2016:
After hours of ringing alarm bells in national GOP circles over whether Donald Trump is in danger of not getting on Minnesota’s presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in working order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for the brash tycoon in November.
As of this morning, Donald Trump’s name did not appear on the sample ballot on the website of Secretary of State Steve Simon.
Michael Brodkorb, a former GOP political operative and Star Tribune blogger, reported on Twitter last night that the Republican Party of Minnesota had failed to properly submit the name of its presidential and vice presidential candidates, as well as electors and alternate electors for the Electoral College. The deadline for submission is Monday August 29.
A spokesman for Secretary of State Simon said Thursday the filing is complete and that the Republican ticket would be listed on the office website shortly. (more…)
29 days until people can begin to vote by no excuse absentee ballot, Sept. 23
75 days until Election Day, Nov. 8
Angie Craig and Terri Bonoff
Congressional candidates focus on skills gap, KARE 11
Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School
Community breaks ground on new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School, Duluth News Tribune
Tweets from last night via Michael Brodkorb, VERBATIM: Tweet #1: “UPDATE: A top #mngop official was completely unaware paperwork had not been submitted to SOS to ensure Trump’s name was on the ballot in MN. #2: SOLUTION: The #MNGOP failed to elect alternate presidential electors – so the state exec committee did it tonight – without clear authority. #3: The cleanest way for #MNGOP to solve mess is to call state convention to elect alternate national delegates – but they can’t, no time.” FOLLOW: http://bit.ly/2bQPxCf
Clinton hits back: Trump ‘peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia’, The Hill
“Well at least he’s honest”
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…)