Daily Digest: Ellison and the White House

Good morning, and welcome to the day before Thanksgiving. I am thankful to you for reading the Digest and supporting the work of our talented political team online and on the radio. Here’s the Digest.

1. Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is facing new opposition in his effort to head the Democratic National Committee, and it’s coming from inside the Obama White House. Some people loyal to President Obama are looking for an alternative to Ellison in part because they think the job requires a full-time chair and in part because they’re wary  of handing control to Bernie Sanders and the most liberal faction of the party. (New York Times)

2. Minnesota Senate Republicans are promising changes in state health care policy next session, and their new committee structure reflects that priority. Senate Majority Leader-designate Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said Tuesday that the reorganization for 2017 includes three panels that will deal with health care costs, access and reform issues. Just two weeks after the election, Gazelka said he believes health care is the reason Republicans are now in charge of the Senate. Meanwhile, the Republican senator who heads the elections committee says she still wants a photo ID requirement to vote. (MPR News)

3. Unlike the House the Minnesota Senate doesn’t release its roll call votes in a way that can be easily exported and shared online. Will the new Republican majority change that? “I would be very supportive of getting into the 21st century,” Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, said. “I think we should have accountability and transparency … by making sure that legislators’ votes are readily available to the public.”(Pioneer Press)

4. President-elect Donald Trump sat down for an interview with the New York Times Tuesday and said among other things that he will keep an open mind about pulling out of an international climate change agreement, that he does not want to hurt Hillary Clinton by pressing the case against her on her emails and that he has no interest in energizing racists and members of the so-called alt-right movement. Asked about conference over the weekend in Washington where some attendees raised their arms in a Hitler-like salute, he said, “I disavow and condemn them.” Trump also brushed aside questions about conflicts arising from his business dealings, declaring that “the law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”(New York Times)

5. Donald Trump’s son-in-law rarely talks to the media. It’s one reason why Trump trusted him so much during the campaign. But here’s an interview with Jared Kushner where the campaign’s “chief operating officer” talks about how he used social media and Facebook in particular to help Trump win. Short version? It was a lot more complicated and organized than it looked.  (Forbes)

I’m going to take a few days off for the holiday. The Digest will resume a week from today. I hope you have a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving and will see you here next week.

  • Fred

    Good to see a Forbes article link in the blog. FYI, Realclearpolitics is owned by Forbes.

  • tiffiny vanvorken

    #1 Give Keith the job. He was a kiss-a*s to Bernie because he knew that even if Hil-LIAR-y got elected it would not make any difference to his seat in MN. He is a shoo-in because of the MN Dem Machine. We need new representation in MN. Keith has done zero for MN since he has been in office. The same with Al Franken,

  • Gary F

    Please, please, please choose Ellison! He’s as far left as they come and will continue to alienate all the Dems that didn’t vote for Hillary and hopefully even some more!

  • Gary F
    • tiffiny vanvorken

      thanks for that post. he also had a problem with the law in Mn. a DUI??? I don’t know.. something…..
      Some one should expose this fraud. Check him out from Detroit. Why move from Detroit to MPLS?????

      • Fred

        I believe he had a gaggle of unpaid parking tickets when he ran the first time. His father in Detroit is a libertarian. I disagree with his politics but he seems like a nice guy, unlike some posters to this board.

      • DavidP

        Why move to Minneapolis?
        He went to school at the U of M.

        • tiffiny vanvorken

          WHY???

  • wjc

    Have fun in the echo chamber.

  • Mike W.

    #2 — Of course they want voter i.d. And of course they know a bill will go nowhere with Gov. Dayton in office. (Did they not learn their lesson on the failed constitutional amendment?)

  • Fred

    32 Times Establishment Media and Pollsters Assured the people of Donald Trump’s Defeat
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/11/23/32-times-establishment-media-pollsters-assured-people-trumps-defeat/

    • Ralphy

      Yup, the press and pollsters got it wrong. Thanks for keeping us informed.
      They clearly underestimated America’s heartland’s ability to process BS and think critically.

      Good to see that even though you earlier admitted breitbart was not a legitimate news agency, they are still your go to.

      • Fred

        They were fed up with Obama’s BS. “save $2500 per family with Obamacare”, “if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it”, “line in the sand”, etc. Wasn’t that all BS?

        • Ralphy

          Those rust belt voters are going to be mightily disappointed – those jobs ain’t coming back.
          GM and Ford are not going to decommission their robotic auto plants and rehire those guys.
          American companies that manufacture overseas are not going to bring those jobs back. The labor is a dollar a day, no employee health insurance, retirement benefits or OSHA in China. They aren’t going to give up the book-cooking tax-dodging advantages of over seas operations.
          Clinton told them they needed more education to be economically viable.
          Trump told them they would get their jobs back.
          Trump ran against Obama.
          Clinton ran against fear-mongering and unfulfillable promises.
          Trump told them what they wanted to hear.
          The pollsters and the Clinton team missed it in the rust belt.

          • Fred

            Clinton called them deplorables and in West Virginia told the coal miners they would lose their jobs. Not smart.

          • Ralphy

            I totally agree.

            Not smart disparaging a voting block (minorities excepted). Especially with the media scrutiny and obvious double standard Clinton was held to.

            Regarding coal – coal is about played out. Taking all costs into account, it is the most expensive and least efficient energy resource. Leaving it to the free-market, without massive government subsidies, without the government picking winners and losers, the coal industry is all but finished. Telling coal miners you will save their jobs is straight up pandering.

            Telling unemployed rust belters they needed to go back to school rather than telling them what they wanted to hear – your jobs are coming back – not smart.
            Better to pander and promise.

            Offering actual policy with implementation details. Not smart. No point in offering any information that can be subject to cherry-picked attacks and is rather wonky and boring to the average voter. Should have gone with vague, faith based promises and come up with a catchy, though meaningless, set of marketing slogans that people could chant and wear.

          • Fred

            zzzzzzzz

          • Ralphy

            € :->

          • DavidP

            Fred – I have watched hurl your viewpoints over the wall time and time again. When you draw a rebuttal comment you blow it off – either by hurling some other unrelated comment or your feigned lack of interest – a lack of interest in the answer to the question you just posted.
            Why anyone would bother to engage in a two-way dialogue with you is beyond me. You are a pompous, preening a-hole who lives in a fantasy world and gloats over those who don’t by into your make believe reality. You are a troll.

    • Ralphy

      With your constistancy, I wonder if you are a Russian bot or an employee of breitbart.

      http://www.npr.org/2016/11/25/503361296/experts-say-russian-propaganda-helped-spread-fake-news-during-election

  • tiffiny vanvorken

    we need voter ID .. i have to show my ID to my doctor of 25 years.
    most laws are passed AETER a major problem. We need to get on this BEFORE it happens.

    • Ralphy

      Again with the voter ID!
      You can rant, but you never explain in a logical rational manner – Why do we need voter ID? Is there a problem to be fixed?
      Your Dr or liquor store clerk checking your ID have nothing to do with voting rights. It is a pointless and illogical comparison.
      Why is voter ID a good idea?
      Do you have any idea as to a workable, affordable implementation plan that doesn’t screw over any eligible voters?
      If two legal voters lose out due to voter ID, that’s likely two more than all the MN fraud votes in the past election.
      There has been study after study, done by Republucans, done by Democrats, done by bi-partisans, done by academics.
      tiff – there is virtually no voting fraud.

      Have you looked at a single cost-benefit analysis of a voter ID plan?
      Are you endorsing a tax burden for no benefit? A bridge to nowhere?
      Do you know what a cost-benefit analysis is?
      If passed, it will likely get struck down by the courts. Unless this time it is radically different than all the others and completely inclusive rather than a tool for voter suppression.
      Which is more harmful to our democracy – a vote denied or a (fantasy) illegal vote?

      • tiffiny vanvorken

        there is no still is no reason NOT to present an ID to vote.
        I knew my neighbor was out of town on election day and had not voted. I could have very easily voted in his name.
        We need laws to PREVENT crimes. not just to punish crimes.

        • Ralphy

          Here are a few reasons for you to consider:
          • Historically, voter ID laws have been used as tools to suppress voting, not ensure it. The recent attempt in Minnesota was clearly such – it would have denied the vote to virtually every college student not living at home and to seniors in assisted living or nursing homes.
          •To administer a voter ID system would cost Hundreds of Millions of $. Are you advocating taxpayers spend Hundreds of Millions of $ on a problem that doesn’t exist?
          •There is no credible study that had found any significant level of voter fraud (more than 1/1,000,000, most of which were voter error, not malicious). The Republican Party, the Democratic Party and several bi-partisan and non-political studies have found virtually no voter fraud.

          • tiffiny vanvorken

            none of your responses are valid.
            every college student has an ID and could absentee vote if necessary.
            as I said before we need the law BEFORE the problem not AFTER the problem(and it will happen)
            Foresight NOT hindsight.

          • Ralphy

            Voter ID laws have historically singled out college IDs as not being valid. (Texas, while not allowing a college ID in their law, did allow a gun carry permit as valid ID) Why do you supposse that is?
            Shouldn’t a voter vote where they live? Shouldn’t a voter be able to vote for their local representation in the city and county the reside in?
            As to your second point – we will have to agree to disagree. I’m not in favor of a bridge to nowhere, or spending Hundreds of Millions of $$ to fix a problem that doesn’t exist; but would in fact serve to deny some their Constitutional right to vote.

        • DavidP

          How do you know your neighbor didn’t vote early? If you had tried to use their vote, you might gotten busted and be looking at felony charges.
          Who would risk that?

          • tiffiny vanvorken

            he told me and some people will do it thinking they won’t be caught… why do people rob banks when they know the consequences?

  • Fred

    Happy Thanksgiving: Media Finally Admit They Have a Credibility Problem, Face Industry-Wide Trust Crisis:
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/24/happy-thanksgiving-media-admit-credibility-problem/

  • Fred

    A message to liberals and the Democratic Party
    http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/11/26/94244958/

  • Fred