Daily Digest: Immigration and Minnesota

Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday. The final debate of the presidential campaign is tonight in Las Vegas.

MPR News is hosting two debate watching events, one at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis and one at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. The doors open at 7:30, and the debate begins at 8. If you want to go, just sign up here so we can get a head count. Of course we’ll also have the debate on the radio and online at 8, so you can listen wherever you are.

Here’s the Digest.

1. Immigration as been one of the biggest issues in the presidential campaign, and is one of the topics the candidates are expected to debate tonight. The latest statistics show about 7 percent of Minnesota residents were born in foreign countries, and there are an estimated 95,000 undocumented immigrants in Minnesota. Other immigrants are citizens who can vote, and they have been watching the campaign closely. (MPR News)

2. Minnesota set a new record for online voter registration on Monday, with more than 73,000 people either registering for the first time or renewing their registration. Secretary of State Steve Simon says he believes that means voter turnout will be high this year. He also says Minnesota’s voting system is not rigged, and that the election will not be rigged. The chair of the state Republican Party agrees the system isn’t rigged, but he does have concerns about the state allowing Election Day voter registration.  (MPR News)

3. An overflow crowd showed up to Tuesday night’s Edina City Council meeting after a video circulated widely of a white plainclothes police officer grabbing a black man who was walking in the street. The mayor and city council members apologized after three hours of pointed comments from people in the audience. The meeting  was the first for the council since Larnie Thomas, a 34-year-old African-American man was grabbed by an Edina police lieutenant. Part of the incident was recorded on video and has since been viewed more than half a million times. (Star Tribune)

4. The Democrats’ latest strategy to get under Donald Trump’s skin before the debate came courtesy of President Obama. At a press conference Tuesday Obama made fun of Trump for saying that the presidential election was rigged against him, and said Trump should “stop whining and go try to make his case” to win more votes than Hillary Clinton. (Politico)

5. Six people have come forward to  corroborate a former People magazine writer’s account of being attacked by Trump in 2005 . They are colleagues and friends of Natasha Stoynoff, who says Trump pushed her against a wall and forcibly kissed her without her permission. The friends and colleagues say she told them about the incident close to the time it happened. Trump has denied he did anything to Stoynoff. (People)

 

  • margstar

    Well, a forced kiss is WAY worse than illegal emails, ignoring security for our ambassador leading to deaths, etc. He needs to GO!

    • Karen Sandstrom

      Forced kiss is a softer way to say sexual molestation. Trump bragged he grabbed genitalia too. How do you try to make that a moral, sane action of a presidential nominee?

      • margstar

        No comparison. You’re an idiot.

        • Karen Sandstrom

          Are you using your adult vocabulary or are you using the alt right/Trump words? Do you read?

          • margstar

            Yes, I’ve heard about many “cultures” the left likes to champion, until they don’t. Of course the actual rapes committed by Wm J Clinton don’t count, do they?

          • Karen Sandstrom

            You seem confused. You are blaming the wrong people. We follow our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ Who told us that whatever you do to the poor, … to your enemies you do to Him. You seem to follow poor old Donald Trump. Oh, and HILLARY Clinton is running.

          • margstar

            And you seem to follow crooked Hillary, who is unable to speak without lying. And Alinsky would be proud of you “Make the enemy live up to their own rules” quoting Scripture and all. How original. Bye to you too!

          • Geezer44

            In three more weeks it will be “bye” to the Trumpster! LOL.

  • Karen Sandstrom

    Only a man who hates & fears women grabs & molests then & then brags about it. Only a cruel & unhinged person makes fun of a man’s disabilities. Only a racist says a person can’t do a job because of their race or ethnicity. Only a traitor tries to destroy the USA because he’s losing an election. This is Donald Trump. What is wrong with someone who would vote for him?

  • tiffiny vanvorken

    Trump, as a private citizen, said and did crazy things. Forgivable.
    Hil-LIAR-y, as former First Lady, Senator, and Sec of State, said and did crazy things.
    UNFORGIVABLE.

    • wjc

      Keep repeating the same old nonsense, Bubba!

      • tiffiny vanvorken

        maybe it will sink in to your thick head.

        • wjc

          Getting a little testy, Bubba?

    • Karen Sandstrom

      A person who votes for a man who brags about molesting is supporting molesting women & children. A person who votes for a cruel man who attacks blind people … is for attacking the blind. A person who votes for a racist is a racist. A voter who votes for a man who attacks the constitution & the laws of God & man is a traitor to the USA.

  • tiffiny vanvorken

    95,000 undocumented. Totally insane. where is the Immigration Dept. or Homeland Security.
    A few years ago my friend overstayed his visa in Can Cun. ( He was on vacation and found a Mexican girlfriend) He was pulled over in his rental car and arrested.
    He spent 3 weeks in jail and had to pay a $5000 fine(bribe) and was deported.

    • Ralphy

      Two thoughts-
      The number of undocumented people in the US is significantly lower now than it was when George W Bush was President.
      Your friend broke the law, got caught and was penalized. Not sure what your point is.

      • tiffiny vanvorken

        the point is undocumented people in the US should be caught, fined, and deported like my friend was

        • Ralphy

          Considering the resources available, how would you suggest that they go about it?
          Are you willing to rip families apart?
          Or deport citizens to keep them intact?