So by now, you’ve likely had your head spinning from the news from the DFL side regarding who is running for what, and lots of candidates coming out of the woodwork to run for this and switch to that, and run for something when they were running for something else. It’s interesting, at least to a politics junkie, and you’re reading this web site, so…
You were likely looking at the governor race, and this involves that to be sure. You may not have been following closely enough to know the candidate filing period just closed, or you heard but didn’t care what that meant. The weirdness has a whole lot to do with that however. It all starts, however, with the race for state attorney general (AG). Yes, an office a lot of people haven’t even heard of.
||Stewart Mills III
Fleet Farm heir Stewart Mills III is not just a conservative family values Republican. According to City Pages, he’s also the life of the party. It’s not enough to have earned his money the old-fashioned way (inherit it), he represents the kind of family values the Republican Party is known for: Axl Rose impersonations.
Mills the Third is running unopposed and will likely face Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL-MN) in the MN-08 race in 2014.
But Mills the Third isn’t just an Axl Rose Impersonator, he’s also a beer bong aficionado. Who knew he was so talented? Here he is on his knees practicing his version of Republican Family Values:
And it’s not like this is back from his partying Junior High, High School or College days. According to City Pages, these are from Christmas 2008.
Oh … one more thing: he likes to lick women.
From last week:
Federal regulators have ordered Minnesota to impose more stringent limits on pollutants discharged into the state’s lakes and rivers, an unusual step that could threaten state authority to enforce the nation’s clean-water laws.
The order, the first of its kind for Minnesota, was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to a petition from a nonprofit environmental law firm that for years has accused the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) of lax enforcement in protecting the state’s waters.
The petition focused primarily on municipal wastewater treatment and phosphorus, a damaging contaminant that causes noxious and sometimes toxic algal blooms in lakes and rivers. But some say it also could require the state to tighten up on a wide range of pollutants.
“The direction is pretty clear,” said Kris Sigford, an attorney for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, which asked the EPA to intervene. “Now we’ll have limits that are designed to protect water quality going into permits for all dischargers.”
Rather interesting, two of the state’s prominent political figures have been ripping on the EPA, over a couple of issues up north (here and here). There’s no reason to posit that this move by the EPA is in the nature of a brushback pitch. But it will be telling, to see where everything goes from here.