The face of voter fraud in Iowa, Terri Lynn Rotte, the first to be arrested.  But not the last:

3 suspected of voter fraud in Polk County

Texas man arrested after wearing Trump hat, ‘deplorables” T-shirt to polling place

Former Va. man arrested for voter registration fraud

Two women arrested for election fraud in Miami-Dade County

What’s important in all of this is that they’re being caught.  Voter fraud is very rare, well, except in the biggest voter fraud case in history, here in Minnesota.  It’s so rare that the prosecutors note that they’ve not had a voter fraud case before.  And claims of rigged elections, well, that’s “election fraud,” a very different thing, ask Bernie Sanders about that, or the Supreme Court for that matter.

Voter fraud has been a Republican talking point for so long, because it’s a way to restrict voting through hype and fear, to disenfranchise those who do have a right to vote through restrictive ID requirements, and they’re manipulating policy through false claims of a crime that happens so rarely that… well, do your own research, and look up cases of voter fraud.  You’ll find very few!

What is real “voter fraud?”  It’s the oh-so-rare type where voters try to vote illegally, i.e., more than once, or try to vote where they’re not qualified, or try to vote under another’s name.  The most extreme example is that legendary case of Jakes.  But that is the extreme, and other cases are The Jakes case is worth a look.  It happend in Coates, Minnesota, where roughly 100 customers and dancers at Jakes were registered as Coates city residents, using the club address, to vote in effort to unseat the City Council which was shutting down Jakes strip club via zoning laws:

Jake acquitted of voter fraud!!!!

Voter Registration – Ray Cox, strip joints, and voter fraud (lots of articles linked here)



Support of police, who day in and day out, night in and night out, do a very difficult job, is important.  That support is a long way from support, encouragement and attempted after-the-fact justification of police actions that are racist and unconstitutional, actions recognized near and far as problematic, illegal, and immoral.  There’s this facebook page called “We Thank Our Edina Police Department” that has gone way over the line in support of the unprofessional behavior of Edina’s Lt. Timothy Olson that has received nationwide attention.

Last night at Edina City Council mtg

In the New York Times:

Black Man Is Arrested While Walking, and Minnesota City Starts a ‘Conversation’

NYT quoting NAACP’s Nekima Levy-Pounds:

“In light of the egregious incident that happened, the city of Edina responded at the City Council meeting in a way that demonstrated a level of compassion, and they signaled that they heard what the people had to say,” she said. “I have not seen that happen in any jurisdictions that I have covered.”

The City fathers recognized that the arrest and treatment of Larnie Thomas was a problem and Chief of Police Dave Nelson, Mayor James Hovland, and City Manager Scott Neal issued a unified statement last week:

City of Edina responds to NAACP Minneapolis

PR shilling like this “We Thank Our Edina Police Department” try to spin with censoring, deleting, and blocking, but that is not going to stop progress, and only hurts the image of the Edina Police Department — this effort is as transparent as Mpls. Bob Kroll’s comments against the IACP head’s acknowledgement and apology for “historical mistreatment” — and so 19th Century.  Edina is ready for change, and orchestrated efforts like this only document the problem and show that change is needed.  A change is gonna come…

The City of Edina is working on the “next steps” and a timeline, and seeing this site, I’d guess their inbox and voicemail is full of nastiness and objections similar to what’s seen on the “We Thank Our Edina Police Department” facebook page.  Please send emails of support to the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager for their commitment to address racism:,,,,, Scott H. Neal <

What’s the fuss all about?  The day before yesterday, this Post #1, below, shows up on the “We Thank Our Edina Police Department” facebook page.  These posts are used to cast aspersions on the “video woman” who edited the very end of her video to omit her name, address and contact info, and to blame the victim by posting his District Court record, which is irrelevant in stopping someone walking down the street.  They allow comments slandering Larnie Thomas, claims that he was “intoxicated” which he demonstrably was not; claim that he was “walking in the middle of the road” which he was not, and attempt to link other 911 calls.  They post a “full police report” which adds as “eyewitnesses” reports of officers who were not present at the scene and were not called to the scene by Lt. Olson until he’d grabbed Larnie Thomas!

The page is associated with the “Edina Crime Prevention Fund, and here are their IRS Form 990s:




My comments have been deleted (and they were oh-so-gentle), one in particular was hilarious.  From #3:

Bev MomStrong ArmstrongBev MomStrong Armstrong Aaaaand you have voiced your opinion on every Web page word for word. Carol Overland [and my posts were deleted today]. If it is such a problem for you in your opinion, why don’t you run for city council and change things????
Kianta Hafling Kianta Hafling Carol, the mayor and city council never have been in a situation like police officers are in everyday. They’d have no clue what it’s like to have people show you their worst and be criticized for everything because of their uniform. It’s easy to judge something you’ve never done. It’s even easier to jump on bandwagons these days, I guess. Police departments around the country are hiring. Sign up. We could use some experts in the front lines.
Bev MomStrong Armstrong Bev MomStrong Armstrong Love your response!!!!! 😉
To Kianta Hafling, I responded: “I am an attorney sworn to uphold the Constitution.  “It’s easy to judge something you’ve never done.”  (Dead air, but they deleted it this afternoon.  SNORT!)
Brent Yorkshire Brent Yorkshire Carol, if you were truly a lawyer you would know the police would be subject to a “failure to act” lawsuit if they didn’t do something about someone creating a danger to themselves and others. Get a clue!!
Gene Thompson Gene Thompson Vote TRUMP , bring law and order back to our country !

Folks, get a clue.  Posts like these three “SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT” on the “We Thank Our Edina Police Department” facebook page do not help at all.  The Edina Police Department doesn’t need “thanks” like that, and the world doesn’t need the waste of these electrons — your “support” hurts them.  With “friends” like this, who needs enemies.?  Think about it.  The City of Edina is under scrutiny, rightfully so.  The City gets it, and the City will have to do some soul-searching review and make thoughtful changes that will not be easy.  The whole world is watching.

Here’s what “We Thank Our Edina Police Department” facebook page, posts #1, #2 and #3 “SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT. SHARE THIS” have to say:

#1: SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. SHARE THIS.…/Incident_16003134_Redacted%20website.p…
An updated police report [HERE in case it gets disappeared:  incident_16003134] [note p. 5-6 & 8-18 state “”THE INFORMATION BELOW IS CONFIDENTIAL – FOR USE BY AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY”]  dated 10/21/16 includes 5 officer statements, 14 witness accounts, witnesses describing repeated behavior by subject later in the day on France Ave, corroborating Minneapolis 9-1-1 transcripts and a documented admission by the original videographer the video was edited to remove her name and number and everything afterwards before posting to YouTube and her reluctance to provide the police department with a full, unedited copy. There is certainly a lot to be learned by all parties. If you care about Edina and your Edina Police Department, then take 15 minutes and read this. Read this before you read anything else. SHARE these facts with your Twin Cities friends. SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. We thank our police officers here at home and those around the country who protect and serve ALL OF US – regardless of Age, Race, Sex, National Origin, Religion, Disability, Pregnancy, Medical Condition, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation and the like – each and every day.

Then yesterday, #2 and #3.  First #2:

Updated Edina Police Report as of 10/21/16 with our summary below of 14 witness statements including Minneapolis PD 9-1-1 call transcripts collaborating characterizations of Subject activity leading up to the “viral video” incident AND then a completely separate incident just two hours later about one mile north on France.…/Incident_16003134_Redacted%20website.p…

10/12/16 11:45 AM (shortly before the video started):
Witness CR: “The (subject) was not acting rational and that he had never seen so much restraint by any person as he did by the officer”
W JR: “…had to turn (car) slightly into the northbound lane to avoid (subject)”
W MB: “(subject) was walking down the middle of Xerxes, wearing headphones, with southbound traffic backed up behind (subject)”
W MB: “(subject) continued to walk down the center of the street even though (subject) turned and saw the squad car behind (subject)”
W TG: “He observed (subject) walking down the middle of Xerxes Av while wearing headphones and southbound traffic was backed up behind (subject).”
W TG: “(subject) would not move over.”
W TG: “He did not feel that (officer) did anything wrong and wanted to add that ‘he handled the situation well.’”
W MB: “…enough of an obstruction to traffic that drivers were honking their horns…traffic was briefly delayed at one point.”

10/12/16 ~1:50 PM (about one hour after subject was dropped off at Southdale at ~12:30 PM)
W KM: “…man in the intersection of 52nd & France Avenue acting strangely.”
W KM: “…traffic stopped because the man (same one from YouTube video) was standing in the intersection blocking…a driver of truck honked the horn and the man pounded on the hood, then side of the truck…went to the drivers door and grabbed the handle trying to get the door open…”
W BM: “…erratic behavior similar to what he has seen before with patients in a mental health crisis. There were cars stopping and honking at him. At one point the man tried to open the door of a vehicle that had stopped in traffic.”
W DG: “…saw the man (same person he saw in video) later in the day…walking northbound on France Avenue…noticed the man trying car door handles on 2-3 unoccupied parked cars…”
W JW: “(sent letter to Edina police and he is the owner of the white pickup truck man tried to enter)
W SW: “She lives on France Avenue and was stopped in traffic while driving near the area of 52nd & France Ave…man acting strangely (later saw this same person on YouTube viral incident)…man was walking along France Avenue yelling and making sudden movements which she believed were attributed to a mental crisis…”
MPD Call 1: “…a male who was acting very strangely who was yelling at cars, stopping traffic movement and confronting drivers…”
MPD Call 2: “guy walking down the middle of France Ave. near 47th St. W…caller stated the male just about walked into the caller’s vehicle and described the incident as very scary.”

We thank our police officers here at home and those around the country who protect and serve ALL OF US – regardless of Age, Race, Sex, National Origin, Religion, Disability, Pregnancy, Medical Condition, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation and the like – each and every day.

And now #3:

Subject Person of the “viral Edina Police video” is named in an event report on 10/19/2016 after Wells Fargo bank employees called to report “they do not want to approach him due to his level of aggression…”…/2016086051%20102016%20EventReport_Reda…

Subject Person’s Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records Search Results:
07/29/13 – Fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle (Dismissed); Hennepin
07/29/13 – Spitting on the sidewalk (Convicted – Petty Misdemeanor); Hennepin
07/29/13 – Ride bicycle on sidewalk where prohibited (Dismissed); Hennepin
10/02/13 – Obstruct legal process – interfere w/ peace officer (Convicted – Gross Misdemeanor); Hennepin
11/27/13 – Emergency telephone calls/communication – interrupt, interfere, impede, disrupt 911 (Convicted – Misdemeanor); Hennepin
11/27/13 – Domestic assault – misdemeanor – commits act to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death (Dismissed); Hennepin
11/27/13 – Domestic assault – misdemeanor – intentionally inflicts/attempts to inflict bodily harm on another (Dismissed); Hennepin
11/27/13 – Disorderly conduct – offensive/abusive/noisy/obscene (Dismissed); Hennepin
03/31/14 – Fail to pay taxi cab fare – defraud driver or owner (Convicted – Misdemeanor); Hennepin
06/22/15 – Disorderly conduct (Convicted – Misdemeanor); Ramsey
07/15/15 – Disorderly conduct (Convicted – Misdemeanor); Ramsey
07/24/15 – Stalking – Repeatedly make telephone calls, sends texts, induce victim to make calls (Convicted – Gross Misdemeanor); Ramsey
07/24/15 – Domestic abuse – violate order for protection – misdemeanor (Dismissed); Ramsey
07/24/15 – Domestic abuse – violate order for protection – misdemeanor (Dismissed); Ramsey

We thank our police officers here at home and those around the country who protect and serve ALL OF US – regardless of Age, Race, Sex, National Origin, Religion, Disability, Pregnancy, Medical Condition, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation and the like – each and every day.

To each of they sycophant comments, they urge people to share, over and over and over, and to any post challenge, they delete and block.  Don’t worry, there are plenty of screen shots.  But this behavior is so cringingly embarrassing.  EEEEEEEEEEEEUW!  Mighty white of you…



Once more with feeling, the Public and Evidentiary hearings for the Rochester natural gas pipeline are coming up early next month (PUC Notice):


Here’s the testimony from MERC and the Commerce “Comments” so far:

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Comments were received on the “CEA” and remember, the Comparative Environmental Assessment” is an environmental review document ruled insufficient (Sandpiper Appellate Decision-CEA) for the Sandpiper pipeline:


DOC_EERA_Public Comments Received_201610-125737-01

And general public comments and scoping comments received earlier:






Rochester Olmsted Planning Department Comments





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Who cares if this narcissistic nasty blowhard won’t declare whether he’d accept the election results?  The results will be what they will be, and pushing this loser to accept the results only gives him power.  Don’t bother.  Proceed, blow his doors off and leave him in the dust.



Well done, Edina.  This grizzled old fart, who has seen pretty much everything a City Council meeting has to offer, came away feeling hopeful and encouraged that Edina will dig into its systemic racism, wrestle with it, and rework police procedure and practices.  The Mayor and Council’s acknowledgement of racial issues and apology for treatment of Thomas, and I’d say also an implied larger apology for systemic racism that needs to be addressed, went a long way to opening the “conversation” that will be ongoing.

Last night was the Edina City Council’s first meeting after the arrest of Larnie Thomas for walking while black, grabbed off the street and cited for violating Minn. Stat. 169.21; 169.02 and 609.72.  It was standing room only, and it was a thoughtful, fiercely concerned, distressed group, really tired of having to stand up to this police behavior time after time after time.  As someone who grew up just 1/2 mil from the site of the 60th & Xerxes arrest, I felt compelled to fire off a couple emails and show up at the Council meeting.

On one of the yak-yak lists, I heard there were two huge lights focused on City Hall, an ambulance parked out back, and a big police presence.  That’s not what I saw.  Huge towering lights like were posted outside Mpls. 4th Precinct?  No, no large light towers — instead, I saw two large towers for media satellite transmission, and the lot and building was pretty dark:

20161018_1858201Coming in, just as the meeting was starting, there were two uniformed officers entering at the same time, but City Hall and the Police Department are in the same building, using the same entrance at the front (there were also garage doors on the other side of the building), and they weren’t hanging out in the foyer.  The Chief was in the room seated to the left of the Council, but otherwise, nothing noteworthy.  So I think that’s a bit off.   Nothing intimidating and no police presence that I noticed.

edinacityhallpolicedepartmentWhat did happen?  It was a very long meeting.  The Council dropped the planned agenda, and shuttled it off until later, providing an opportunity for everyone who wanted to speak to speak.  And it was good.  Very emotional comments, thoughtful, heartfelt, direct, fierce, quiet, asking, demanding change, and not just words, but that Edina walk the walk. There were hours and hours of comments.  Although people were standing at the back and sides and sitting on the floor in the aisle, a man at the entrance pointed out a couple seats still open, one was then taken, but one was open at the front, so I went up and grabbed it.  A reporter had been in it but was crawling around the floor shooting photos, and let me have it (THANK YOU!), and so I got to speak early on, and then left so someone else could move up and I could get back to Red Wing.  The Council listened, and listened, and listened some more.  At the end, most of them offered their perspective, a couple of apologies, and some clear direction that those facing these issues every day be part of the solution, the recognition that it was so important to solicit and take advice of NAACP and #blacklivesmatter in determining what to do and how to do it.  They heard loud and clear that there’s been enough talk, and again, that they need to walk the walk.  Next steps and a timeline are on the agenda.  Overall, this felt good.  Grizzled old fart cynic that I, yes, this felt good.

In the STrib:

Edina mayor, City Council apologize over police treatment

It’s hit the New York Times:

Black Man Is Arrested While Walking, and Minnesota City Starts a ‘Conversation’

NAACP’s Nekima Levy-Pounds:

“In light of the egregious incident that happened, the city of Edina responded at the City Council meeting in a way that demonstrated a level of compassion, and they signaled that they heard what the people had to say,” she said. “I have not seen that happen in any jurisdictions that I have covered.”

KARE 11:   Community weighs in on controversial Edina video

KSTP: Edina City Council Meets for First Time Since Controversial Video

CBS Local : Edina Citizens Demand Justice Following Officer Incident

MPR: Edina council hears criticism of policing in wake of video confrontation

And as this goes forward, keep in mind Edina’s Police Chief’s May 2014 comments about walking in the street:
edina_walking-in-street (Original document here:,%202014_475.pdf)

Comment on the Edina site:

Edina City Council members:

Mary Brindle
Mayor James Hovland
Kevin Staunton
Bob Stewart
Ann Swenson

Prior Legalectric post:

Edina cops going overboard

October 15th, 2016