Statistically speaking, Chris Kluwe is the best punter in Minnesota Vikings history, according to KFAN Vikings analyst Paul Allen.
Yet this weekend, the Vikings used a high draft pick — high for a punter anyway, a fifth rounder — to potentially replace Kluwe. The Vikings say this move is strictly about Mr. Kluwe’s on-the-field performance, and has nothing to do with any off-the-field issues.
As noted, Kluwe’s punting career statistics just don’t warrant a firing. Moreover, Kluwe is not trending downward. He is coming off his best statistical year of his eight year NFL career, averaging a net 39.7 yards per punt.
Governor Mark Dayton used his State of the State Address last night to endorse legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota. And right on cue, Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) took the Republicans’ most predictable jab:
“He’d rather talk about gays getting married instead of getting Minnesotans jobs that could provide for their families.”
We’re going to be hearing a lot more of that claim from Republicans in the weeks to come, so the argument merits dissection. Continue reading →
A popular post mortem for Minnesota Republicans being drummed out of office in 2012 is that “they overstepped on social issues, especially spending all their time trying to ban gay marriage, instead of focusing on the bread-and-butter issues.”
Is the DFL Now Overstepping Too?
So, are DFLers now doing the exact same thing by pursuing legislation legalizing gay marriage?
The situations are not entirely analogous. There are important differences between what the Republicans did on gay marriage, and what the DFL is doing: Continue reading →
Imagine for a moment that former Governor Jesse Ventura had compared the campaign of his 2010 U.S. gubernatorial opponent Norm Coleman to Nazi persecution. Because Coleman is Jewish, and we all know that Jews were targeted for mass genocide by the Nazis, Ventura would have been rightfully derided by the press on the front pages, and rejected by many shocked Minnesotans. The outrage would have been widespread, because comparing the persecuted to the persecutors is one of the most outrageous things any of us can imagine.
Well, yesterday it was reported on the Star Tribune blog that an official from the anti-freedom-to-marry group “Minnesotans for Marriage” shamefully played his own Nazi card. Speaking to a group in Brainerd, Reverend Brad Brandon was selling the crowd on a parallel between Hitler’s suppression of religious freedom and the alleged suppression of religious freedom by supporters of the freedom to marry. Continue reading →
SAINT PAUL, MN — The lead group pushing to ban gay Minnesotans from marrying announced today that it plans to expand its efforts to protect traditional marriage.
“We don’t hate gays, we just believe traditional marriage is about procreation, something gay couples simply cannot do,” said Homer Fobe, a spokesman for Minnesotans for Our Kind of Marriage (MOKM). “So to prove the 2012 initaitive isn’t about gay bashing, in 2014 we’re also going to push to nullify marriages for heterosexual couples who are not having children.”
Fobe said the group would propose a ballot initiative to amend the Minnesota Constitution to nullify marriages of Minnesota heterosexual couples who reach the age of 44 without bearing any children. Continue reading →