Daily Digest: Seats in suites

Good morning. Welcome to Thursday, the first day of December, or “winter,” as Paul Huttner would say. Here’s the Digest.

1. Minnesota’s Legislative Auditor is looking into the use of luxury suites at the new Vikings stadium by public officials. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has control of three dozen seats in the suites which it says it uses for marketing U.S. Bank Stadium. Last week the authority released the names of 12 current and former public officials who reimbursed them $200 for their tickets to the suite.  But those payments came only after the Star Tribune started asking questions. (Star Tribune)

2. Remember yesterday when I said the preliminary estimate for a recount in Minnesota’s 8th District was $80,000? It turns out the actual cost is higher, a little more than $102,000. But Mills says he’ll pay it. (AP via Star Tribune)

3.  Police in St. Paul have recorded messages in four languages telling immigrants they have nothing to fear in talking to them. They’re reminding people that a city ordinance bars police from asking about immigration status. Police say they’ve been hearing concerns since Donald Trump was elected president. Trump said during the campaign he would “end the sanctuary cities” and said those “that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars.” (Pioneer Press)

4. Is former Republican state Sen. Amy Koch considering a political comeback?  Koch’s career leading Republicans to their last Minnesota Senate majority crashed and burned after it was revealed she had an affair with a staffer. This piece notes plenty of male politicians have come back from scandals but not so many women.  “I’ve thought a lot about it and I’ve had a lot of people—women and men—say to me it wouldn’t have happened to me if I were a man,” Koch says. “But I’m not sure if what happened to me happened because I’m a woman.” (Daily Beast)

5. The president-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will make a stop in Indiana today where Carrier has said it has changed its plans and will preserve about half the 2,000 jobs it had planned to move to Mexico. The details about how Trump and Pence convinced the manufacturer to keep some jobs are still unknown, although they may involve hundreds of thousands of dollars in state tax incentives and pressure on Carrier’s parent company, which has contracts with the federal government. Details aside, many people who work at the plant are surprised and pleased that Trump acted to keep his campaign promise. (Indiana Public Radio)

  • tiffiny vanvorken

    #3 what a stupid idea. these uneducated, possibly illegal immigrants that can’t speak English, should get their act together. first, to learn English and assimilate second to not be afraid if they are “legal” and to LEAVE if they are illegal.

    • wjc

      Rant on Tiff/Bubba. St. Paul and Minneapolis have it exactly right. The cities’ policies don’t affect what the US ICE can do in terms of enforcement. It just ensures that the police are not the agents of immigration enforcement, which they should not be.

      • tiffiny vanvorken

        They should enforce ALL laws.

        • wjc

          I see that you don’t understand law enforcement (among the many things that you don’t understand). They don’t ask about immigration status in order to properly enforce more serious laws which are actual threats to the people’s safety.

          Do you think police should ask random Hispanic people about their immigration status, just to satisfy bigots like you?

          Get out of your parent’s basement once in a while and see what the world is really like.

    • Ralphy

      Thank you for your lovely display of ignorance and blatant racism.
      You are a troll par excellence.

      • tiffiny vanvorken

        a realist!!

    • DavidP

      Let’s play a little thought game.

      Pretend you are the victim of a hit and run accident.
      I am the only witness.

      Not only do I have the make, model and license, but a took a picture on my cell phone and have a good picture of driver. Fortunately for you, I am very good at first aid, and can render you assistance. After getting run over, you need help badly.

      But wait, I have been in the US (illegally) for 10 years, have a tax paying job, a home and two kids that are born in the USA. I have never had an interaction with the police. If I call, I will be deported, and loose my family and my home. If I walk away, I keep myself off the police radar, the hit and run driver gets away and you have to lay there and hope a “legal” sees you soon and can render assistance.

      Hope it works out for you. I’m putting my family first.

      • tiffiny vanvorken

        let’s suppose you are walking in a crosswalk and an illegal, who can’t speak or understand English runs you over because he doesn’t have a license. Now do you get it????

        • DavidP

          That’s one bad hombre.
          Too bad.
          I knew about him, and the drugging, and stealing.
          But I didn’t call the police because I didn’t want to get deported and lose my family.
          My ability to speak English won’t save me this time.