“There is no circumstance under which the Senate is going to do inflation. They can sit there until the snow melts — it’s not going to happen. We have checked with our members and we don’t have the votes for that.”—
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk
Members of the House and Senate minimum wage conference committee traded offers Tuesday evening, with the issue of indexing the wage to inflation emerging as the key sticking point in negotiations.
“His moves on minimum wage have perplexed his union supporters and a huge cross-section of the DFL base who wonder: This is a guy who has pushed hard to get a new Senate office building constructed — for $63 million — but he can’t push for a decent minimum wage for the state’s lowest-paid workers? What sort of a DFLer is that?”—Read more: Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk’s leadership style confounds some, frustrates others
“The people of this precinct deserve to have their voices heard in a process free of intimidation, threats, and physical violence. While we may disagree on who is best fit to serve this district in the Legislature, one thing we do agree upon is that these acts of violence have no place in our party.”—
Joint statement from Rep. Phyllis Kahn and challenger Mohamud Noor
“There’s a sizable portion of the male online dating population that’s convinced that what we all want is a jerk. They don’t empathize with the female experience. And actually, I think, that type of message is fine and instructive in a way. I don’t want that type of guy learning the “right” way to send a message. I would rather see someone’s misogyny laid bare right away, to be deleted upon receipt.”—Katie Heaney writes the book of unlove
“What you are doing is you are the hens and you open up the hen house to the fox. The NFL comes in and opens up their super store and all they are doing is selling their NFL memorabilia. What you have done is invited a national chain to come into your community and compete with you.”—
University of South Florida economics professor Philip Porter, on the economic impact of hosting a Super Bowl
“It’s hard for me to believe all these people who get up and say there’s no way we can do this [safely]. I’ve never heard so much negativity. This is America — we can do anything, right?”—Jason George, speaking for the International Union Operating Engineers Local 49 during last night’s public hearing on the PolyMet mining project
Yesterday, I linked to a spreadsheet listing the birthplaces of Minneapolis’ mayors (that sentence contains at least four of the most thrilling words in the English language). I thought I’d do the same with St. Paul, and came into the task with some preconceptions — specifically, the idea that St. Paul, being the older, more established, and more neighborhood-oriented Twin, could have St. Paul-born mayors stretching all the way back to the turn of the century.
Well, yes and no. With a few exceptions, the majority of St. Paul’s mayors have been born in St. Paul since the 1930s.
Of course, those two exceptions are pretty big ones: George Latimer (1976-1990) and Norm Coleman (1994-2002) are both New Yorkers that established themselves in St. Paul well into their adulthoods. In fact, St. Paul has had nine mayors born in New York in its history.
Before them, most of the mayors of St. Paul have some claim on being born or raised in the city back until William Fallon, mayor for one term in the late 1930s, who was born in Waconia, Minnesota.
Whether or not a person can said to have been “raised” in St. Paul, though, is a little more slippery. Charles P. McCarty, mayor from 1970 to 1972, was born in Minneapolis. How a man born in Minneapolis became mayor of St. Paul is unknown to me, though it seems like it must have been an almost insurmountable political obstacle. George Vavoulis, mayor from 1960 to 1966, merits an asterisk, too. He was born in West Virginia, but his family moved to Minnesota when he was a boy, and then into St. Paul when he was a teenager.
The first mayor born in the city was Herbert P. Keller, from 1910 to 1914. Keller was born in 1875, when the town was in the midst of a population boom that would continue for the next few decades.
You should probably count Christopher P. O’Brien, mayor from 1883 to 1886, as a native son, too. He was born in Ireland, but his family emigrated to St. Paul when he was six, just a few years after the town was founded.
Otherwise, the familiar migration patterns are reflected in the mayor’s hometowns: the first mayors came from New England or Canada, and then from the old interior west (Ohio, Pennsylvania), as well as a few from Germany or Ireland. There’s a run of mayors from Greater Minnesota in the early 20th century who likely emigrated to the capital city for political or professional reasons, and then a run of mayors born in the city’s close-knit neighborhoods. Chris Coleman, the current mayor, is from a very well-established St. Paul family.
Unlike Minneapolis, I think St. Paul’s future mayors will be less likely to come from the suburbs. I think it’s more likely they’ll have been born and raised in the city, whether their parents came from Highland Park or Southeast Asia (on that note, more of St. Paul’s mayors seem to be children of immigrants than Minneapolis — in fact, Minneapolis, supposed urban capital of Scandinavian-American culture in the country, didn’t have a Scandinavian-American mayor until the 1950s).
Or, who knows, maybe there’ll be some more that grew up in New York and then came to Macalester or St. Thomas for college or law school. That’s pretty common, too.