This Week in MN: Ventura’s warm homecoming; General Mills same sex reverberations

This Week in Minnesota Politics

Former Governor Ventura beats up on the two-party system and money in politics, and Minnesotans cheer him on; General Mills comes out against the marriage amendment; Farm bill; Politicians reveal riches (or lack thereof); and Senate candidate Kurt Bills stars in a bizarre short film.

Storified by Minnesota Today · Sat, Jun 16 2012 10:08:06

Add another name to the growing list of Minnesota businesses that have come out against the proposed marriage amendment. General Mills announced Thursday its opposition to the amendment. “While General Mills doesn’t normally take positions on ballot measures, this is a business issue that impacts our employees…We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy,” General Mills Vice President Ken Charles wrote in a company blog post. All across Facebook and Twitter Minnesotans rallied behind General Mills’ decision.
I dunno what that has to do with cereal, but good for them.Robin Collins Edman
Good Going General Mills. It is wonderful to hear that a major company has had the corporate guts to speak our against discrimination.Pauline Hendrickson
a statement of support for a fair and just Minnesota and to defeat the forces of bigotry.Gini Johnson
In my mind, Betty Crocker is a new super hero.Cheri Abraham
While support for General Mills’ position was the prevailing view across social networks their was a vocal minority who disagreed with the company’s stance.
#MinnesotaForMarriage Campaign Criticizes General Mills for Endorsing Gay Marriage http://bit.ly/LnSbMK #1m1w #4MarriageMN #GeneralMillsMN for Marriage
Wholesome?Joe Schulte
GM should be more concerned about retaining the 450 jobs they are cutting this summer then political stances.Paul McDonough
I certainly will look at what brand I buy from here on….Not GM.Laurel Malmstrom
Former Minnesota Governor and pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura stopped by All Things Considered this week to talk with Tom Crann about his new book “DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government.” In the book Ventura body slams the two-party system and the influence of money in politics. The interview sparked conversation on MPR’s Facebook page, with many of our followers surprised to find they agreed with the governor’s assessment.
Jesse Ventura is a very sharp man who feels that it is necessary to shock people to get them to even consider uncomfortable ideas. I’m not sure I agree with him, but he’s certainly got me thinking.Daniel Taylor
I read this interview expecting to find a bunch of crazy stuff. I was surprised at how much sense he made. I agree with others that the personal attacks and name calling aren’t appropriate, and reflect poorly on the writers of said remarks.Mary Larson-Dennis
As much of a loon as he appears to deliberately try to be, I thought he actually came across pretty intelligently in the interview. He actually has things to say that I could agree with. Stephen Boyd
Mike Obermueller, candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, got a campaign boost this week with the announcement that he is being moved to the top tier of The Democratic Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” list. The move, which puts Obermueller in a bracket of 36 other House races that Democrats believe they can win, means his campaign will receive financial, organizational and strategic support from the Democrat’s national campaign organization as he faces off against Rep John Kline, who’s represented the district for the last nine years but faces a tough reelection following last year’s redistricting.
Thrilled to announce that I’ve been named to the Red to Blue list! Only candidate in MN. http://bit.ly/yIigPNMike Obermueller
Obermueller gets a boost from Washington | Capitol ViewPosted at 10:04 AM on June 11, 2012 by Catharine Richert (0 Comments) Filed under:Campaign 2012: U.S. MN CD2 It looks like Minnesota’s 2n…
It was a quiet week in Washington with House members out for recess. While the state’s representatives were back in Minnesota, Senators Klobuchar and Franken were attending committee hearings and debating the farm bill.On Tuesday  Attorney General Eric Holder was on the Hill testifying before Congress and both Klobuchar and Franken questioned Holder about the Justice Department’s efforts to support local drug courts, legislation aimed at curtailing crime on tribal lands and the department’s position on data limits being implemented by cable and Internet providers.
Justice Department Oversight – C-SPAN Video LibraryEric Holder testified at an oversight hearing. Much of the hearing focused on national security leaks and the government’s "Fast and Furi…
A few days after his medical device tax repeal bill passed through the House, Rep. Erik Paulsen was tapped by GOP leaders to give the weekly Republican address. Paulsen zeroed in on a pending medical device tax that’s part of the new healthcare law, claiming the new tax stifles job growth. “I’ve heard from business leaders who say that this new tax is already forcing them to layoff workers and they may even have to shut their doors completely,” Paulsen said. 
Weekly Republican Address 6/9/12: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)houseconference
Minnesota Today editor Michael Olson and Washington correspondent Brett Neely hosted MPR’s inaugural Google Hangout this week. The two dissected the farm bill and reviewed the recent financial filings by members of Congress. 

“As of Thursday people were starting to get a little pessimistic about whether or not the farm bill was actually going to pass [through the Senate] at all…I was chatting with someone pretty wired in and he was pretty confident that this was going to get done, maybe as soon as next week.,” Neely told Olson during their discussion about the farm bill.
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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Kurt Bills shed the political suit this week and stepped into the spotlight. Appearing in a short film being submitted to the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project, Bills lent his deep baritone to the project and plays the role of a narrator. 
"Staring at the Future" Trailer – 48 Hour Film Project – Kurt Bills for U.S. Senatekurtbills
The bizarre film garnered a lot of buzz for Bills who is still unknown to many voters in the state. Despite winning a heavy dose of free media, Bills was attacked by fellow Republicans for his involvement in the film.
Thought it was a SNL skit…it’s not. #fail who ever thought that was a good idea and approved that… #failJennifer DeJournett
@Shabbosgoy worse. ad. ever. #fail on a giant scale.michelle venturo
Here’s a better idea…get a tank, have the candidate wear a helmet….you know how this story

ends.Michael Brodkorb

Hey, if this whole Senator thing doesn’t work out being a movie star isn’t too bad a fallback. For more Minnesota political news visit the Capitol View blog from MPR News.

  • Mrs. Robinson

    General Mills, should worry more about what is in their cereal’s that have been causing juvenile diabetes and many other childhood illnesses INCLUDING THEIR DEATHS FROM POISONOUS FOODS LIKE CEREALS! IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO HAVE DIABTES….FEED THEM CEREAL!! IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO HAVE ADHD…FEED THEM CEREAL, IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO HAVE HEALTH ISSUES FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES ….FEED THEM CEREAL, IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO DIE A PREMATURE DEATH…FEED THEM CEREAL!! gENERAL mILLS ONLY PROVIDES PROCESSED FOODS THAT HAVE BEEN ROBBED OF ANY NATURAL NUTIRIENTS AND HAVE TO THEN ADD FORTIFIED SYNTHETIC VITAMINS TO FOOL THE PEOPLE..NOTHING ABOUT gm FOOD IS REAL, IT IS A MAIN CONTRIBUTOR TO SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES AND KILLING OUR CHILDREN WITH DIABETES….THAT’S GENERAL ILLS PEOPLE SO WHY DON’T YOU THANK THE ASSHOLES AGAIN, FOR MAKING YOUR CHILDREN SICK, SO YOU KNOW THEY SUPPORT VACCINES TOO! DO YOU KNOW THAT CANCER THRIVES IN A SUGARED ENVIRONMENT, REAL AND FAKE SUGARS, BUT THE FAKE SUGARS I.E ASPARTAME TAKE IT A STEP FARTHER IT AFFECTS YOUR CHILDS BRAIN, adhd ANYONE, AUTISM, MANY UNKNOWN BRAIN IMBALANCES AND THEN TO THE ORGANS!! STOP FEEDING YOUR CHILDREN CEREAL, THEYA LL LIE THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHIG HEALTHY AOUT IT, AND NO THE GRAINS ONCE COOKED ARE DANGEROUS NOT HEALTHY BUT THEY DON’T TELL YOU THAT BECAUSE THEY CAN FALSELY CLAIM WHAT THEY KNOW NO TO BE TRUE BECAUSE THEY ARE ABOUT MONEY, NOT YOUR FAMILY, LIKE WE ALL LIKE TO THINK, THAT THEY ARE LOOKING OUT FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN….WELL SURPRISE, THEY ARE TARGETING YOUR CHILDREN PEOPLE..DO YOU NOT SEE IT!!???? WAKE UP PEOPLE..OR SHEEPLE THE WORLD IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS AND THESE WEALTHY ORGANIZATIONS ARE GETTING RICH AND THEY ARE MAKING YOUR CHILDREN AND YOU SICK, BUT TRY TO PROVE IT!! NOT YET, BUT SOON BECAUSE OF THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT BRAIN WASHED! SHAEM ON YOU IF YOU HAVE TO LEARN FROM THE WRONG PEOPLE WHAT HEALTHY REALLY IS….RESEARCH IT AND DON’T LISTEN TO THOSE WHO ARE LYING ABOUT IT!! CANCER LOVES SUGAR PEOPLE AND GENERAL MILLS LOVES YOUR MONEY AND COULD GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN OR THEIR HEALTH!!! GENERAL ILLS IS JUST ANOTHER ORGANIZATION OUT THERE THAT IS RUINING OUR HEALTH AND OUR ENVIRONMENT, ALSO KNOW THAT MANY OF THE EVILS IN OUR WORLD TODAY, ARE INVOVLED IN SOME PRETTY NASTY SEXUAL EXPERIENCES, AND THEIR IS ANOTHER AGENDA ABOUT ACCEPTING SAME SEX, IT’S NOT ABOUT THOSE WHO WANT CHOICE, IT’S ABOUT THE FACT THAT THESE SICKO’S CAN NOW USE THE SAME SEX HOOK TO ALLOW FOR TRULY INNAPROPRIATE, IF NOT ILLEGAL SEX CRIMES THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD PUKE OVER! THERE ARE MANY WEALTHY AND ELITE, GOVERNMENT AFFILIATES, CURRENT AND FORMER THAT ARE INVOLVED IN SOME PRETTY GRUSOME SEXUAL EXPERIENCES!! dO YOU KNOW THAT THESE SAME PEOPLE PUSHED FOR sodomy and beastiality to be allowed in the US and even the military, why because these true evils are mostly wealthy figures political and non political, they are in your government, organizations, churches, schools, TSA, medical field, and television, I don;’t mean in it, I mean they are the one’s who run the media world, owners of networks, especially the fake Jews (Zionist), the one’s who put porno on the television, yes the fake jews did! most of these pigs are just that pigs, pigs like you will never know, they go beyond basic porno, they are into each other and animals and children and you name it and these are the people running this world today! WAKE UP PEOPLE….BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, STOP FOCUSING ON YOUR BUSY LITTEL LIFE, THIS IS THE DISTRATION TEHY HOPE FOR TO KEEP YOU BUSY SO YOU DON’T LOOK INTO WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON I THIS WORLD TODAY! IT WAS STATED BY AN ELITE “IF WE CAN JUST KEEP THEM DISTRACTED A LITTLE LONGER WITH THEIR RESTAURANTS, MOVIES, FOOTBLALL GAME, OPERA’S, WORK, WORK, WORK, THE WORLD AS THEY THINK IT IS! ROCKEFELLERS PUT OUT A DOCUMENT STATING “PREDICTIONS” OF 2012, NOW HOW IS THAT, DO THEY HAVE PSYCHICS, NO THEY HAVE A PLAN AND IN THIS PLAN THEY STATE THAT WHO, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WILL ACCIDENTALLY KILL 20 % OF THE POPULATION IN 2012 WITH TOXIC VACCINES! NOW THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING THIS AND THE ROCKEFELLER’S KNOW IT BECASUE THEY TOO ARE A PART OF THE PLAN, A PLAN THEY HELPED FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THROUGH WHO! YES THEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER, BUT THIS ARTICLE LEAKED OUT AND EVERYONE MUST READ, HOW WOOULD THE ROCKEFELLER’S KNOW ABOUT A VACCINATION MURDERING IN 2012 BEFORE IT EVEN HAPPENS!