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In the end, the AP made a good call and reported on the existence of the list without naming anyone on it.
MPR decided not to report on the list until it became a court issue Thursday. Reporters have chased rumors and gossip since this story began, and while one party might like to see some of it aired, the media has thus far avoided being reckless.
Whether or not the list was filed by mistake or on purpose, I don’t see it as helping Brodkorb’s case at all, especially if the AP’s reporting is correct in saying that the other alleged cases differ considerably from Brodkorb’s.
Nolan reiterated Friday that the Senate is continuing to fight Brodkorb on principle.
She said the Senate leaders consistently have explained that they don’t want to pay someone when they are so convinced by law and fact that they have done nothing wrong.
I used to think the Democrats were against settling this case because they wanted to keep this sad carnival in the public eye, and the Republicans were against settling because they were stubborn.
But I’m beginning to think legislators are refusing to settle because it would set a bad precedent, and just perhaps because they are right.
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