1.) Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter rejected calls from American Indian activists who were pushing for the delay of bond sales on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, the Star Tribune reports. The activists are trying to get assurances that the word “Redskins,” the’ nickname for the Washington, D.C. NFL team, will not be displayed inside the stadium. Attorney Larry Leventhal, who is representing the activists, said the display of the offending word would be in violation of city and state human rights laws. Following Schowalter’s dismissal of the issue yesterday, Leventhal said he would appeal the issue to Gov. Mark Dayton, who last week called the Redskins’ name “racist” shortly before the Vikings played host to that team. The activist group is asking for a chance to argue their case before the Minnesota Supreme Court. “This puts the governor to the test,” said Leventhal. “Does he give as much attention to a situation he has found to be racist, or does he push to the issuance of bonds?”
2.) DFL activist Dan Wolgamott made his campaign in House District 14A official on Monday, telling the St. Cloud Times that he plans to run against first-term Rep. Tama Theis, R. St. Cloud. Wolgamott, 23, is already something of a campaign veteran, having worked on successful election efforts by former Democratic lawmaker Larry Hosch, and the 2012 campaign of DFL Rep. Zach Dorholt. He also helped organize for Joanne Dorsher, the Democrat who ran and lost against Theis in a special election to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Steve Gottwalt. Wolgamott was born in Nebraska but moved to Minnesota to attend St. John’s University, where he played on the school’s football team; he now works as a realtor. He is the first Democrat to declare a candidacy in that race.
3.) Supporters and opponents of medical marijuana held a public forum to debate that issue in Duluth on Monday night, Northland’s News Center reports. Rep. Bob Barrett, R-Lindstrom, argued against the idea, saying the handling of which substances are legal is better left to the federal government. Speaking in support of the issue was Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, who will co-sponsor a bill to legalize medicinal prescription of marijuana next year. Melin said the legislation would come with strict guidelines for allowances of marijuana possession and use. “People will only be able to possess up to 2.5 ounces,” Melin said, “and it has to be a recommendation from their physician, and there will only be one dispensary in each county.”