Jeff Johnson, Kurt Zellers, Marty Seifert and Scott Honour at a news conference in March. Tom Scheck/MPR NewsMPR News will host a gubernatorial forum Wednesday at noon featuring the four major Republican candidates for governor. The debate will be held in studio on July 30 at noon and will air live on the radio and online.
The forum will feature Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, Scott Honour, state Rep. Kurt Zellers , R-Maple Grove, and former state Rep. Marty Seifert. MPR News Political Editor Mike Mulcahy will host the forum.
The four candidates are vying to win the GOP primary on Aug. 12.
The winner will challenge DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet in November.
MPR News political reporter Catharine Richert writes, “With only two weeks to go before a four-way primary between Republican candidates for governor, Orono businessman Scott Honour has the cash advantage.”
Today’s Question: What do you want to know about the candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Minnesota Governor?
Rendering of high speed train that would connect Twin Cities with Rochester, Minn. (courtesy Zip Rail)
“Residents in southeastern Minnesota will have three opportunities this week to discuss a proposed high-speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Rochester,” writes MPR News reporter Elizabeth Baier.
Federal, state, and county officials are currently evaluating possible routes for a the proposed Zip Rail service’s 100-mile corridor that spans seven counties.
Earlier this summer, officials released a broad scoping document that begins to outline the proposed route, alternate routes, and potential environmental concerns with the project.
Today’s Question: Should there be high-speed rail between the Twin Cities and Rochester?
A new logo that is supposed to ensure a Paris restaurant’s food is homemade (fait maison in French) is already stirring up controversy. AFP/Getty Images
“If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It’s a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan, and it’s supposed to designate fait maison, or homemade. It’s designed to highlight places that make their own dishes rather than bringing in frozen or sous vide — prepared meals cooked in a water bath, sealed in airtight plastic bags and designed to be heated up later,” reports Elanor Beardsley for NPR.
I know, you’re thinking, French restaurants don’t cook their own food? As we reported last July, some 31 percent of restaurants in France use at least some prepared foods, although some restaurant experts suggest the number is much higher.
Regardless, now the establishments that use shortcuts will have to own up to it.
Today’s Question: Should restaurants that use shortcuts in their cooking have to fess up?
The four Republicans running for governor in next month’s primary aren’t saying much about a topic important to many Republicans: social issues. Even as Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers tout their conservative credentials on the campaign trail, they’re largely steering clear of topics like abortion and same-sex marriage. Voters, they argue, Read more →
Laws that criminalize homelessness are on the rise across the country, according to a new report by an advocacy group. The laws prohibit everything from sleeping in public to loitering and begging. Advocates for the homeless say the laws are making the problem worse. More on this story from NPR’s Pam Fessler. Today’s Question: Should Read more →
Per capita daily water use Household water use tends to be greater in outlying suburbs than elsewhere in the Twin Cities. Because lawn watering makes up a huge portion of water use, the figures depend heavily on lot size, tree cover and other factors. Click for details on each city. Most cities with more than Read more →
“At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county,” reports the Associated Press. A Voting Rights Act complaint Read more →