Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Quick Hits: Volume CXXXIII

- Not sure how this is newsworthy, but.......

While on his way to St. Paul for a meeting with the governor last January, House Speaker Kurt Daudt rear-ended a van on a rural highway in Isanti County, sending the other driver to the hospital.

Beau Hullermann, whom Daudt struck from behind as Hullermann slowed to make a left turn, said he was briefly knocked unconscious in the 8:10 a.m. crash. The air bags deployed in Daudt's Lexus sedan and his car had to be towed as he found another way to St. Paul.

Uh Oh. Daudt drives a Lexus even though he's had personal financial struggles?!?!?! He has the audacity to discuss cutting out-of-control government spending but he can't even manage his own finances?!?! HYPOCRITE, or something.

The crash marked the latest in a long line of driving-related maladies for Daudt, the highest-ranking Republican in the state. In recent years, Daudt has been cited with four moving violations and two license suspensions for failure to pay fines in Minnesota.

Daudt has received two tickets driving at least 15 miles per hour over the limit, a third for speeding and a fourth for texting while driving, all since joining the Legislature in 2010.

Unless Daudt has attempted to use the power of his office to, say, make laws more lenient regarding texting while driving, I fail to see how this is worth the column space it utilizes. But I'm sure y'all can ascertain the motivation behind this piece.

- Admittedly I had never heard of Jeff Jarvis until recently. In reading the "About Me" section of his web site, it lists one of Jarvis's vocations as a journalism professor. Certainly someone who is instructing young, aspiring journalists who look to speak "truth to power" or "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" would be outraged, OUTRAGED over a presidential candidate who continually dodges media throngs. Right?

Oh, that's right. Mr. Jarvis also declares that he is "an open and avid supporter of Hillary Clinton in this election." My bad.

- It's been great to hear my friends Jack Tomczak and Ben Kruse back broadcasting. After having been gassed from the lesser Twin Cities conservative talk station KTLK morning show (Ben in December 2014; Jack last month), the guys are once again a broadcasting duo for the first time in 20 months.

The Up And At 'Em podcast is available for download first thing every weekday morning. It's vintage Jack and Ben, as they discuss the big news of the day with equal parts insight and irreverence. They also typically have a guest or two throughout each hour-plus broadcast. Speaking of which, be sure to check out this Thursday morning's episode as yours truly will be making an appearance. One topic that will likely come up? My replacing the guys as the emcee of the Miss Minnesota pageant. We'll see if Jack is over that yet.


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