Rebecca Otto

Disappearing the Auditor

February 7, 2016

A long time ago — not that long, really, now that I think about it — an effort was mounted to make a statewide elected official sleep with the fishes. You might say that it was a situation analogous to the one that State Auditor Rebecca Otto finds herself in at the moment. You might say that, […]

How do you drown-proof a mine? Part 3

November 5, 2015

The denouement – and a prediction comes true

How do you drown-proof a mine? Part 2

October 30, 2015

It’s still the question on everyone’s lips

How do you drown-proof a mine?

October 28, 2015

It’s the question on everyone’s lips

“Leave no nest unshitted!”

October 24, 2015

Kurt Daudt, 2015

Who will keep PolyMet’s grave clean? – a reprise

August 12, 2015

Because it sure won’t be PolyMet

Consider the walleye

August 3, 2015

See the updates below. I swear to you that I never in my blogging life thought I’d write a story that had walleye in the title. But a whole industry has grown up around a fish that is, in general, a snore to catch, and it must be saved. But they taste so good, a […]

Salaries are back in the news!

July 10, 2015

Please see the update below . . . During the one day window that was given to him, Mark Dayton raised the salaries of his commissioners. You will remember that he raised them this spring, pursuant to authority given him by the Legislature, and Speaker Kurt Daudt cried piteously at the outrage, and Majority Leader […]

Sex, Lies and Leadership

June 19, 2015

What we learned from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and sex abuse cover-up in the Catholic Church

Minnesota State Capitol

Working hard for the money

March 23, 2015

Although it has kind of died down now, there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth at the Legislature over the salary increases given by Governor Mark Dayton to his Commissioners, first by the House Republicans and their leader, Speaker Kurt Daudt, followed shortly thereafter by DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, who persuaded […]

Don’t sound the herald trumpets

February 15, 2015

[Time: the present; Place: the governor’s office] An aide: Governor, Ambassadors Pappas, Torres Ray, and Goodwin from the Emir of Northern Minnesota are here to see you. Show them in. Don’t sound the herald trumpets, though. Aide: As you wish. [the three ambassadors enter, nervously, and stand before the governor] Do you bring greetings from the […]

Dear Tom, I burned the bridge

February 13, 2015

Or maybe you did