Daily Reformer: Lewis and his no lose campaign

January 24, 2020 1:04 am

Good morning!

A programming note: I’m in Washington for meetings and will have no Daily Reformer on Friday. 

This morning at the Reformer, Rilyn Eischens tallied up the 2018 CEO and worker pay at Minnesota’s Fortune 500s and determined CEOs make 278 times the pay of the average worker. The data is all there in SEC filings, required after Dodd-Frank. Of course, no Cargill, because they’re privately held. And, I has thoughts on Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the widespread phenomenon of the bullying boss

GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis is doing a town hall in Bemidji on the refugee issue, at 5:30 at Hampton Inn on (natch) Paul Bunyan Dr. (A reminder: they already passed the refugee resettlement ban, but no doubt he wants to talk about it some more. Which reminds me of what Javier Morillo told his fellow Dems in his first Reformer commentary last week: Race is going to be an issue in this campaign whether you like it or not.)

Lewis is making an interesting bet during this race, going full on Trump. Although in a sense he’s not really making a choice. This is who he is and he clearly relishes it. 

And after two bruising House races — one successful and one not — his radio show comments are out there and they can’t be erased: mocking women on the receiving end of unwanted sexual advances; lamenting that women can’t be called “sluts” anymore; claiming there is an “entitlement mentality” among blacks and a “racial war” being propagated by blacks on whites. (His standard response to the revelations, all of them from CNN by way of Michael Brodkorb, has been that they were out of context or only meant to be provocative.) 

So he’s all in with Trump, in the hope that a wave of Trump voters will show in 2020 after they stayed home in 2018, while Democrats will again be divided and unenthused about their nominee. 

And what’s the worst thing that can happen? He loses the race but gets millions in free publicity for his talk radio career. It’s a no lose situation. 

Anyway, it should be a lively event in Bemidji. Send me the highlights: [email protected] 

Gov. Tim Walz has nothing public today. 

On the anniversary of Roe, Briana Bierschbach has a good rundown of the swiftly evolving politics of abortion as the nation hurtles toward the possibility of Roe being overturned. Interesting graphic showing abortion rates are at historic lows. 

I don’t think most people understand what happens if Roe is overturned and the decision is returned to the states; many states, including both the Dakotas, have what are known as “trigger bans” that would make abortion illegal in the event such a law is permissible. Minnesota has its own version of Roe, so legally the situation remains unchanged.  

President Donald Trump set a record for tweets Wednesday, firing off 142 as Rep. Adam Schiff and the other impeachment managers laid out their case for his removal: Times. Did you see it? What did you think? [email protected] 

Have a great weekend all!

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J. Patrick Coolican
J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican is Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Reformer. Previously, he was a Capitol reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for five years, after a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan and time at the Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Times and a few other stops along the way. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and toddler son.