Phillips, Craig and Smith named in report on possible conflict-of-interest stock trades


This is Ryan Faircloth from the Strib. “Minnesota’s Democratic U.S. Reps. Dean Phillips, Angie Craig, and U.S. Senator Tina Smith reported financial transactions for themselves or their families over the past few year in companies that intersectedwith their congressional committees. The New York Times examined the financial records of Congress members between 2019 and 2021. It found that 97 members had ‘bought and sold stock, bonds and other financial assets that interacted with their congressional work’ or reported similar transactions by their spouses or dependent children’. The report only cited Phillips, Craig, and Smith from the Minnesota congressional delegation. Phillips reported trades made in 276 companies. The Times also identified 34 potential conflicts. Craig reported trades made by one of her children in 19 companies. Two of these were flagged as potential conflict. Smith reported trades made by her husband in four companies. Three of those trades were considered potential conflicts.

According to the Associated Press, Mike Lindell, MyPillow’s chief executive, said Tuesday that federal agents took his cellphone and questioned him regarding a Colorado clerk accused of using a deceptive scheme to break voting system technology across the country. Lindell was approached by FBI agents in a drive-thru at Hardee’s in Mankato, Minnesota. They asked him questions about Dominion Voting Systems and Tina Peters . He also mentioned his connection with Doug Frank, an Ohio educator who claimed that voting systems had been manipulated. He said that the agents had issued a warrant to search Lindell’s cellphone and asked him to hand it over.

MPR News Dan Kraker writes that “Researchers are concerned about an young wolf south Voyageurs National Park, which has been seen several times along the roadside, showing little to no fear people.” Voyageurs Wolf Project scientists posted photos showing the wolf to their Facebook Page Tuesday. They asked the public for details and urged them to ignore the animal.

This is Tim Nelson’s. “Minneapolis firefighters said that a long-standing, homeless camp along Interstate 35W caught on fire Monday night. A 911 caller reported a ‘explosion’ caused by a propane cylinder weighing 20 pounds that burst in the fire. However, there were no injuries. Near the Quarry shopping center, the fire was reported just before 9:00 p.m.

For KSTP-TV Kirsten Swinson reports that the City of Minneapolis Commission, tasked to civilian oversight of police, has stopped holding meetings. This is because six of nine positions on the Police Conduct Oversight Commission are still open, despite records showing people have applied. Graduate student Emma Pederson applied for the position. Pederson applied for the commission in September 2021. She stated that she believed her skill set was exactly what the PCOC needed. This was based on her public policy and policing studies. “As with all other systems of government, we need checks and balances. The civilian body, I believe, is that check on the power of the police department.

Mississippi Today Anna Wolfe reports that text messages Monday to the ongoing civil suit against the state over the welfare scandal revealed that the former governor. Phil Bryant was instrumental in making Brett Favre’s idea for a volleyball team a reality. These texts reveal that Bryant was there to help Favre write a funding request so it could be approved by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. This even after Bryant fired John Davis, the former director of the welfare agency. The text, which was filed Monday by Nancy New’s attorney, shows that Bryant and Favre worked together to channel $5 million of state welfare funds to build a new volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi. Favre’s daughter played the game.

Marketwatch Brent Arends, says that Social Security beneficiaries could see a welcome increase of 8.7% in their benefits beginning in January next year,, if current trends continue. This would be the largest increase since 1981 and would add $144 per month to a retiree’s average monthly benefit of $1656. These numbers were compiled by the Senior Citizens League, an independent nonprofit. They are based government’s recent inflation data.

KMSP-TV Paul Blume reports that a Minneapolis small business owner has closed his doors following a turbulent year. A sophisticated theft scheme targeting his small gift shop, Cockadoodledoo, was carried out in the Bryn Mawr area. It involved a fake Craigslist posting. Cockadoodledoo, a familiar storefront that is located near Penn Avenue South and Cedar Lake Road, has Gerry Seiler selling merchandise from his sidewalk. It was the merchandise that was targeted in the fake post in February, also known as a “Curb Alert”. The Craigslist advertisement stated that all of the merchandise was on the sidewalk and must be gone.

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