In the comments section of the News Cut post on 'the line' (and, yes, I have been surprised about how little attention most of the newsies in the TC gave to that element of the story), News Cut reader Mike2 provides an answer to a request (from another reader) for pictures of the outside of Xcel Center during the Obama speech.
You can find his Flickr pool here.
He also provided this video:
I'm late getting to this because the original comment got picked off by News Cut's (incredibly reliable, actually) SPAM filter.(2 Comments)
In his excellent piece today on last night's Barack Obama rally, Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tom Scheck includes this smackdown from Gov. Tim Pawlenty:
"Three or so years ago, Barack Obama was a state legislator," he said. "And before that I think the sum total of his leadership experience related to being a community organizer. Those are not normally the credentials you would associate that would next lead you to be the leader of the free world."
It is the question that must be asked again, and this time... answered. When it comes to picking the person who might well be the next president of the United States, what are the qualifications?
Posted at 2:36 PM on June 4, 2008
by Bob Collins
I spent a fair amount of time last night looking for a picture of the now-closed Highway 43 bridge over the Mississippi River in Winona. I should've done what Chris Steller at Minnesota Monitor did: Search the U.S. Postal Service Web site, because Chris had a memory good enough to recall the release of a "Minnesota" stamp that featured the bridge.
This bridge closing may affect travelers more than others, because the alternatives are so far away -- a half-hour in each direction. That's a big chunk of time and, at $4 a gallon for gasoline, money. But as it turns out, this bridge -- like others -- appears to have been designed improperly and we've been cheating death on a daily basis to cross it.
Today, Winona's mayor suggested it could be 2-3 weeks before it's reopened.
And that might be optimistic. According to the Winona Daily News, officials met with business owners to brief them on the woes today. The bridge will be open to emergency traffic and if the bridge needs significant repairs, it could remain closed for a bit. Officials are looking to open it to pedestrian and bicycle traffic earlier, however.
Tearing the bridge down and building a new one is also an option.
While driving into work today, I thought, "why not start up a ferry service?" But according to a commenter on the Winona Daily News Web site, that idea gets no traction at all:
"Do not try and have a paid shuttle service privately. I heard from a cousin that someone tried to do that and was shut down because of Coast Guard regulations. They are working on trying to get licensed boats for this purpose and I suggested the Julia Bell Swain or the Island Princess from TI. Lets see what happens. "
Still, it's an intriguing idea for an enterprising person and a smart commuter with a spare car. Leave it on one side of the bridge, live on the other, and take a $1-a-ride ferry with Fisherman Joe every morning. It's not as if ferry service doesn't exist elsewhere on the river.
Someone in the newsroom asked today, "why can't the military just put up a barge bridge as they did during World War II," and the most obvious answer is that that solution would close the river to barge navigation.
Coincidentally, the Army Corps of Engineers displayed its bridge-building prowess last month on the Ohio River. But those skills, apparently, would only come in handy if Wisconsin and Minnesota go to war and we need to get tanks across the river in a hurry.
Whatever your idea for a solution is, the city of Winona wants to hear it. It's set up a survey on the city Web site, though at the moment it's clearly leaning toward setting up a bus shuttle.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to end her historic presidential campaign while leaving her options open to retain her delegates and promote her issue agenda, a campaign official says.
So, it's over.
A line in Tim Pugmire's story tonight about superdelegates switching their support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama certainly draws some attention:
Like many Clinton supporters, (Jackie) Stevenson blamed the media for unfair coverage.
I'm not going to pretend this is the first time I've heard this -- far from it, actually. But anytime it appears in black-and-white, I have to consider the merits of the argument, which goes something like this, according to Tim's story:
"It's very hurtful, because my eyes are now open to the fact that there are a lot of people in this country who are afraid to elect a woman," Stevenson said. "And I guess I'm appalled by that, because I thought we were growing to the point that this could happen."
Alright, I'll bite. How do we know this? Clearly, it makes sense that the best way to prove that we've "grown past the point" of not wanting to elect a woman is to actually elect one, but that's different than saying that the reason we didn't elect one is because she was a woman, isn't it?
Obviously there are people who are afraid to elect a woman. There are people who are afraid to elect Democrats, Republicans, peace activists, ex-POWs, people over 70, people under 50, Catholics, United Church of Christ members, Jews, governors, and people from Massachusetts. The larger question is whether Clinton's failure to secure the nomination can be placed on a trophy engraved "Country afraid of women presidents"?
Stevenson is the past president of the DFL Feminist Caucus. The current president of the DFL Feminist caucus, Mari Pokornowski, issued this statement today:
"I want to make it absolutely clear that assertions that the DFL Feminist Caucus is encouraging a "protest" write-in effort for Hillary Clinton in the general election for President of the United States, are absolutely false.
In addition, please be advised that neither me, or any official of the Caucus, had any involvement in promoting the Star Tribune article quoting a well known Minnesota feminist saying she personally would write-in Hillary Clinton for president as a "protest" and would encourage others to do the same. ("Feminist leader says no to Obama," Star Tribune, May 30, 2008)
The DFL Feminist Caucus has never discussed this "protest" inside or outside our meetings nor has anyone ever address it with us. As president, I would have aggressively discouraged such an effort. Indeed, to promote such an effort would violate the very tenets of our political party.
Koryne Horbel, the founder of the caucus, is the person being repudiated here. The article in question quoted her saying...
"I don't care," Horbal said of the possibility that the move might cost Obama votes. She said she also would not be bothered if the write-in campaign indirectly helped elect John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee. "Let McCain clean it up for four years, and then we can have Hillary run again," she said.
It's a long campaign -- too long -- and the media needs something to talk about. But this issue and these allegations have the ability to start a new gender war. So it's worth getting it right and having an intelligent and respectful discussion of the issue.
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