Pioneer Press stands by report about two St. Paul officials' romance

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Photos of Hahm (left) and Brendmoen (right) via city of St. Paul
"I make policy decisions based solely on what I believe is in the best interest of the citizens of the ward, and of the city," Brendmoen told the PiPress.
Last week, the Pioneer Press published a report entitled, "Romance between St. Paul officials bothers some people."

The piece is about the relationship between City Council member Amy Brendmoen and Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm. It raises questions about how their romance, which they haven't tried to keep secret, could potentially impact decisions made by city officials.

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Irony: Andy Parrish deletes racist tweet hours after chastising Chris Fields

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I mean, should we really expect anything less from a guy who goes on national TV with no pants on?
After Chris Fields dug himself into a deep hole with a series of tasteless tweets about Robin Williams's suicide, local Republican political operative Andy Parrish saw fit to get on his high horse: But before Fields even got around to apologizing for his self-inflicted debacle, Parrish found himself apologizing for a racist tweet of his own.

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MNGOP deputy chair Chris Fields criticized for tasteless tweets about Robin Williams's death

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This is the last known photo of Williams, taken at a Minnesota Dairy Queen early last month.
:::: UPDATES :::: Fields has deleted most of his offensive tweets, but we've got the screengrabs. Click to page three of this post to see them. We've also included reaction from the gubernatorial candidate Fields was attempting to support, Jeff Johnson, and an apology from Fields himself at the bottom of page two.

About six weeks after the last known photo of Robin Williams was snapped at the Dairy Queen in Lindstrom during his visit to the nearby Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center, the world-famous comedian reportedly took his own life yesterday in California at the age of 63.

Williams's spokesperson told CNN he'd been battling severe depression lately.

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Hubbard Broadcasting's decision to pull anti-Stewart Mills attack ad sparks controversy

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In a speech, Mills said the notion the wealthy don't pay their fair share in taxes "is offensive for anybody who operates a business or employs people" -- i.e., him.
An attack ad supported by the House Majority PAC (HMP) portrays Republican Eighth District congressional candidate Stewart Mills as a rich dude who is "personally offended" by the notion that 1 percenters should pay substantially more in taxes than everyday folks.

But the Mills campaign says the ad takes Stewart's words out of context to make them sound worse than they really were, and late last month they issued a press release calling upon TV stations to stop airing the spot.

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Star Tribune ruffles feathers by not endorsing Mike McFadden in primary election

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McFadden (left); Abeler (right)
Abeler's willingness to compromise with Dems and his record of getting things done gives him the nod over McFadden, the Strib argues.
This morning, the Star Tribune editorial board endorsed dark horse candidate Jim Abeler in the GOP U.S. Senate primary that will take place August 12.

The endorsement was somewhat surprising, as Mike McFadden has been the overwhelming favorite to emerge from the primary and move on to challenge Al Franken since he received the MNGOP endorsement a couple months ago. But the Strib editorial board "urge[s] voters to look beyond the money race and folksy TV commercials and consider Abeler's admirable record of fiscally conservative and independent-minded service to Minnesota."

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Betsy Hodges's spox blasts KSTP for report about tension between mayor and Chief Harteau

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On the record, Hodges and Harteau say they have a good working relationship, but KSTP's anonymous sources see things differently.
Mayor Betsy Hodges's spokesperson, Kate Brickman, laid into KSTP last night for a report about purported tension between her boss and Minneapolis Police Chief JaneƩ Harteau.

In "Minneapolis Mayor, Police Chief Deny Tense Working Relationship," Jay Kolls cites "multiple" unnamed sources who tell him the two "don't get along very well." He says the beef the two had about police body cameras while Hodges was on the campaign trial marked the beginning of their rift. But Brickman thinks the real story is about how gender bias colors KSTP's coverage.

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Mpls man removed from flight after he disses gate agent by name on Twitter

Categories: Media beefs
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Watson (left), a formerly loyal Southwest customer, says he's done with the airline as a result of how he was treated.
Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, Southwest Airlines "A-Lister" Duff Watson tried to use his status to priority board his flight back home to Minneapolis with his two young children. He says he's done this in the past and it hasn't been an issue.

But in the case, the gate agent, a woman named "Kimberly S," told him he'd have to wait. Watson tells us he was "literally taken aback, because I travel a lot with my kids and have done that before," but his next thought was, "Oh well."

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Mike McFadden scrubs negative Facebook comments, fills void with positivity from intern

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McFadden's "Coach" ad has proven to be a real punch in the nuts to his campaign.
MNGOP-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's first major TV ad elicited criticism, and considering "groin gate," how could he possibly have expected otherwise? But instead of taking it on the chin or defending the head-scratching spot, his campaign decided to purge his Facebook page of negative comments about it.

Or at least so BuzzFeed reports, citing screengrabs provided to them by a "Minnesota Democrat." (C'mon, hook us up!)

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Medtronic says coverage of local job cuts buries the lede

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Medtronic's world headquarters (pictured) is currently in Fridley, but the company plans to pack up and move to a more tax-friendly country.
Yesterday, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal broke news that Medtronic, Minnesota's eighth-largest company, is cutting 40 local jobs. That development comes less than a month after Gov. Mark Dayton said Medtronic CEO Omark Ishrak personally assured him his company plans to create 1,000 new jobs here even though it will be relocating its headquarters to Ireland.

A few paragraphs into the piece, the Business Journal notes that Medtronic "notified the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) [of the cuts] in April. The state agency recently disclosed the cuts in an update to its Dislocated Worker Program report." But a Medtronic spokesman says that tidbit should really be front and center in reports about the local job losses.

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KSTP denies report Stanley Hubbard is sponsoring climate change denial conference [UPDATE]

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Hubbard, according to Rolling Stone, calls climate change "the biggest fraud in the history of America."
:::: UPDATE :::: As Media Matters notes, despite Radford's denial, Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. is listed as a co-sponsor of the conference on the Heartland Institute's website. As a result, Media Matters characterizes "the Hubbard team's response" as "a completely illogical dodge."

Original post (June 27) -- In a report, Media Matters dings Stanley Hubbard for "co-sponsoring a Heartland Institute conference promoting climate denial" and alleges Hubbard's skepticism has "seeped into [his] stations' reporting."

Hubbard's flagship station, of course, is KSTP. But KSTP news director Lindsay Radford tells us Media Matters has it wrong about the upcoming conference and overstates Hubbard's influence on her newsroom.

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