Politics with J. Patrick Coolican

Parallels between Brexit and Donald Trump

TGIF – Pat Condon here to finish off the first (partial) week of summer. Weekend forecast shows warm temps and chance of storms on Saturday.

Historic day in the British Isles where voters approved Brexit. The lead on this AP story touches all the major bases: “Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the government Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.”

Parallels to U.S. politics abound, both in our immigration debate and the anti-establishment anger that seems to be fueling Donald Trump. In Scotland today – is this timing really a coincidence? – Trump praised the Brexit outcome.

Re: immigration, the U.S. Supreme Court amplified that debate yesterday by deadlocking 4-4 on President Obama’s executive order on immigration, which had the effect of killing it.

Mila Koumpilova writes up the local fallout here.

For conservatives, this will read as a validation of their strategy to obstruct the Merrick Garland appointment. For both sides, it’s a fresh reminder of the presidential election’s stake.

Good wrap-up from the Times on a consequential day at the high court, which also highlights the three cases remaining to be decided this month. 

Nothing public on Dayton’s schedule today. Late last night he issued a statement on the decision by Blue Cross Blue Shield to significantly limit its health insurance options in Minnesota. In this story, Jackie Crosby calls it “a sign of continuing tumult in the health insurance industry.” In a statement, GOP Rep. Greg Davids describes it this way: “tens of thousands of families will once again be forced to pay more while finding new insurance, new clinics and new doctors.”

Dayton called the decision “symptomatic of conditions in the national health insurance marketplace.” He promises “no one will immediately lose their health coverage” (cold comfort?), says he has directed his administration to work with people who need help trying to find a new plan, and notes that 213,000 previously uninsured Minnesotans have gained coverage in the last three years.

Lopez and Coolican with a look at the business community’s new push for a state law to override cities’ sick-time and wage ordinances. This is a late entrant in special session “negotiations” via the House GOP.

Bernie Sanders will vote for Hillary Clinton.

Vikings win something.

Target, other local businesses profit from Pride.

In perhaps a foretaste of the (ahem) elevated tone we can expect from the press release wars of state legislative elections, the wags at the Minnesota Jobs Coalition spiked former DFL Rep. and current candidate Jay McNamar yesterday: “‘Metro Jay’ McNamer (sic) to Fundraise with Minneapolis Liberals.” (Is that a baseball team?)

GOP Rep. Jeff Backer beat McNamar two years ago by tossing around the “Metro Jay” nickname in their Morris area-district. According to Facebook, the Minneapolis Liberals in question are Jean Wagenius, Jim Davnie, Frank Hornstein and Paul Thissen. I can only presume the artisan coffee flowed and the drum circles drummed.

I’ll tell Coolican to run McNamar’s response on Monday, if one comes. Just a guess: it would include the words “bonding bill.” Email me at Patrick.condon@startribune.com

Good weekend to all!

-- Patrick Condon