Politics with J. Patrick Coolican

Medical pot in patients' hands today, but soccer stadium on hold

Good morning. Happy July -- Winter is coming.

Gov. Mark Dayton will release a letter to the press this morning outlining raises for his commissioners and his rationale for doing so. Republicans will get another day of populist fury out of it. Nothing public on Dayton’s schedule.

MLS and soccer team owners at an impasse on key July 1 deadline due to no progress on a downtown Minneapolis soccer stadium. Let’s hope the parties weren’t banking on something coming out of the Legislature because it Mike Kaszuba reports.

The most tightly regulated and Minnesotan of medical marijuana programs in the nation went into effect at midnight and Jen Brooks was there.

SEIU contract for 27,000 home care aides went into effect today, setting a wage floor of $10.75 and for the first time establishing a grievance process, paid time off and SEIU training for one of the fastest growing but lowest paid job categories in both Minnesota and the nation.

Former Sen. Don Betzold with an op-ed piece on the original intent of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, which he says was treatment, not confinement.

Baird Helgeson out of retirement to write up dismissal of ethics complaint against Rep. Denny McNamara for yelling. Back story. Now McNamara will launch his own ethics complaint against a Parks Board lobbyist. Not sure it’s related but I’m reminded of Al Pacino: “You’re out of order! You’re out of order!”

Perfection, and he’s only in the eighth grade. 

Washington and beyond

In latest trove of Clinton emails, Obama White House figures like Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod knew in 2009 that she was using a private address for government correspondence. Axelrod responded via Twitter: “Sorry the AP didn't ask. As I have said before, I knew HRC had private email. I did not know she used it exclusively or had her own server.”

And the field keeps getting bigger: Christie is in.

Fascinating piece on how the for-profit college industry is tanking as regulators take aim at what they say are predatory practices and unmet promises. Chairman Kline not quoted.

Some concessions from Greece but no deal before Sunday’s referendum.




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