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All this talk about arming teachers...

https://twitter.com/franklinleonard/status/966449515568939008
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Thu Feb 22, 2018, 06:02 PM (3 replies)

Study: American Indian women in Mpls. disproportionately drawing police attention

http://www.startribune.com/study-native-women-in-minneapolis-disproportionately-targeted-in-police-stops/474512523/

American Indian women in Minneapolis were stopped, searched and arrested at higher rates last year than any other demographic group, including black men, according to a new study from St. Catherine University.

And while, citywide, a majority of police stops were for traffic violations, American Indians were mostly stopped on the basis of being "suspicious persons," the report found.

"It definitely is going to have an impact on people's lives, when we think about family stability, income," Marina Gorsuch, an economics and political science professor at St. Kate's, said of the study's implications. "So even though we can't say why they're happening, this is a clear alarm bell of saying that this is happening."

The study's authors Gorsuch, economics Prof. Deborah Rho, and student researcher Nicole Busker, senior economics and business administration major said the disparities were the result of "a complicated interplay of underlying factors" and didn't necessarily indicate racial bias on the part of police.
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Mon Feb 19, 2018, 09:50 PM (1 replies)

Source of Garrison Keillor allegations shocks those close to radio host

http://startribune.com/source-of-garrison-keillor-allegations-shocks-those-close-to-radio-host/474250133/

The person who first accused Garrison Keillor of inappropriate behavior wasn't a woman it was an angry man.

Dan Rowles, a close associate of Keillor's and a 16-year employee of "A Prairie Home Companion," spoke up after he was dumped from the show last summer and rejected a severance offer from Minnesota Public Radio, according to seven people who have worked on the show.

Rowles' disclosure triggered internal and external investigations by MPR that concluded Keillor had engaged in "dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents over a period of years," including "unwanted sexual touching," according to MPR. All of the alleged misconduct involved a longtime female writer for the show.

Some staff members now accuse Rowles of exploiting that writer's pain in an effort to obtain a larger financial package. They note that the woman did not come forward with her own account until two months after Rowles told MPR officials of Keillor's alleged misconduct.
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Fri Feb 16, 2018, 08:21 AM (3 replies)

Wellstone Action campaign group pushing out senator's sons

Source: Star Tribune

ST. PAUL, Minn. A liberal campaign organization dedicated to the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone is pushing out the senator's two sons over differences in how the organization should run.

Wellstone Action informed David and Mark Wellstone on Wednesday that they would be voted off the governing board in the coming days, following what group leaders described as months of friction. They said the Wellstones have pushed repeatedly to shift focus from training progressive candidates and campaigns to more aggressive issue advocacy following Donald Trump's election as president.

David Wellstone did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on his ouster. A working phone listing could not be found for Mark Wellstone.

Co-founder and board member Jeff Blodgett, who was Paul Wellstone's campaign manager, told The Associated Press the "necessary but sad step" of removing the brothers from the board comes after months of tension. He said the brothers have asked that the group no longer use the family name.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/apnewsbreak-wellstone-action-pushing-out-senator-s-sons/474067603/



The board's official statement can be found here:

https://www.wellstone.org/wellstone-action-official-board-statement-2018
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:47 PM (4 replies)

Wellstone Action campaign group pushing out senator's sons

http://www.startribune.com/apnewsbreak-wellstone-action-pushing-out-senator-s-sons/474067603/


ST. PAUL, Minn. A liberal campaign organization dedicated to the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone is pushing out the senator's two sons over differences in how the organization should run.

Wellstone Action informed David and Mark Wellstone on Wednesday that they would be voted off the governing board in the coming days, following what group leaders described as months of friction. They said the Wellstones have pushed repeatedly to shift focus from training progressive candidates and campaigns to more aggressive issue advocacy following Donald Trump's election as president.

David Wellstone did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on his ouster. A working phone listing could not be found for Mark Wellstone.

Co-founder and board member Jeff Blodgett, who was Paul Wellstone's campaign manager, told The Associated Press the "necessary but sad step" of removing the brothers from the board comes after months of tension. He said the brothers have asked that the group no longer use the family name.
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:44 PM (3 replies)

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) won't run for re-election in 8th District (Minnesota)

http://www.startribune.com/nolan-won-t-run-for-re-election/473572863/

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Friday that he will not run for re-election when his term ends in 2018.

"Now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation," Nolan said in a statement announcing his retirement.

Nolan, 74, has won two tough re-election battles in his northeastern Minnesota district since his election in 2012.

After a months-long dalliance with a run for governor in 2018, Nolan announced last summer that he would run for re-election in the Eighth Congressional District.

In a one-page statement issued Friday, he promised to "finish strong" the remaining months of his term.


DFL is the Minnesota term for Democrat. This is a traditionally blue district that flirted with a Republican rep for one term and then settled on Nolan. But it went for Trump in 2016 and is seen as much more of a tossup. Nolan was facing an endorsement challenge from an inexperienced and in some ways problematic candidate; this retirement makes the district's future even more uncertain. It was expected to be the most expensive House race in 2018, and this is going to blow it wide open. It's going to be a fucking mess.
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Fri Feb 9, 2018, 11:49 AM (0 replies)

(DFLer) U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan won't run for re-election in 8th District (Minnesota)

Source: Star Tribune

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Friday that he will not run for re-election when his term ends in 2018.

"Now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation," Nolan said in a statement announcing his retirement.

Nolan, 74, has won two tough re-election battles in his northeastern Minnesota district since his election in 2012.

After a months-long dalliance with a run for governor in 2018, Nolan announced last summer that he would run for re-election in the Eighth Congressional District.

In a one-page statement issued Friday, he promised to "finish strong" the remaining months of his term.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/nolan-won-t-run-for-re-election/473572863/



DFL is the Minnesota term for Democrat. This is a traditionally blue district that went for Trump in 2016 but reelected Nolan. He was facing an endorsement challenge in the party from a (my opinion, problematic and inexperienced) newcomer. This throws the district into strong purple territory and will be a fucking mess as well as a money sinkhole.
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Fri Feb 9, 2018, 11:02 AM (5 replies)

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) won't run for re-election in 8th District

http://www.startribune.com/nolan-won-t-run-for-re-election/473572863/

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Friday that he will not run for re-election when his term ends in 2018.

"Now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation," Nolan said in a statement announcing his retirement.

Nolan, 74, has won two tough re-election battles in his northeastern Minnesota district since his election in 2012.

After a months-long dalliance with a run for governor in 2018, Nolan announced last summer that he would run for re-election in the Eighth Congressional District.

In a one-page statement issued Friday, he promised to "finish strong" the remaining months of his term.
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Fri Feb 9, 2018, 11:00 AM (8 replies)

OTL: Michigan State secrets extend far beyond Larry Nassar case

http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/22214566/pattern-denial-inaction-information-suppression-michigan-state-goes-larry-nassar-case-espn

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY administrators have long claimed, to the federal government and public, that they have handled sexual assault, violence, and gender discrimination complaints properly.

But an Outside the Lines investigation has found a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression of such allegations by officials ranging from campus police to the Spartan athletic department, whose top leader, Mark Hollis, announced his retirement on Friday. The actions go well beyond the highly publicized case of former MSU athletic physician Larry Nassar.

Over the past three years, MSU has three times fought in court -- unsuccessfully -- to withhold names of athletes in campus police records. The school has also deleted so much information from some incident reports that they were nearly unreadable. In circumstances in which administrators have commissioned internal examinations to review how they have handled certain sexual violence complaints, officials have been selective in releasing information publicly. In one case, a university-hired outside investigator claimed to have not even generated a written report at the conclusion of his work. And attorneys who have represented accusers and the accused agree on this: University officials have not always been transparent, and often put the school's reputation above the need to give fair treatment to those reporting sexual violence and to the alleged perpetrators.

Even MSU's most-recognizable figures, football coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo, have had incidents involving their programs, Outside the Lines has found.


Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Fri Jan 26, 2018, 02:31 PM (17 replies)

Larry Nassar sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison -- live updates

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/larry-nassar-sentence-us-gymnastics-doctor-40-to-175-years-sexual-abuse-today-2018-01-24/

LANSING, Mich. -- A former Michigan sports doctor who parlayed his reputation and personal charm into years of sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts and other young women was sentenced Wednesday following the riveting statements of more than 150 victims, including one of his first public accusers. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Larry Nassar to 40 to 75 years in prison Wednesday -- the seventh day of a remarkable hearing that has given the girls, young women and their parents a chance to confront Nassar in court.

Aquilina said Nassar will "be in darkness the rest of his life."

"I find that you don't get it -- that you're a danger. You remain a danger," she said to Nassar.

The last witness to speak at Nassar's sentencing hearing was Rachael Denhollander, a Kentucky lawyer and one of the first women to publicly identify herself as one of Nassar's young victims. Denhollander contacted Michigan State University police in 2016 after reading reports about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints of sexual misconduct. Nassar worked at Michigan State and also was the national gymnastics squad's doctor.
Posted by WhiskeyGrinder | Wed Jan 24, 2018, 12:45 PM (11 replies)
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