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SD Gov. Kristi Noem has a message for Minnesota bar owners being targeted by leftist AG Keith Ellison: Move here. ‘We won’t shut you down.’

Minnesota’s radical left-wing Democratic attorney general continues to go after his state’s bar and restaurant owners who dare to violate the governor’s COVID-19 edicts prohibiting indoor dining.

So now South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem is encouraging these put-upon business owners to move to her state, vowing that she will not make them close their doors.

What happened?

Late last week, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced lawsuits against two bars that defied Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s order that bars and restaurants may not offer indoor dining services, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Walz’s edict does allow eateries to serve customers outdoors — but with Minnesota’s typically bitter winters, most establishments have found that to be an unrealistic option.

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville knowingly disobeyed the governor’s command last week. The bar flouted the ban and served people indoors, and even proclaimed its defiance on Facebook, saying: “OPEN TODAY. COME IN FOR FOOD AND DRINKS!” The attorney general filed a temporary restraining order in an attempt to force Alibi Drinkery closed, but to no avail.

Another bar in Princeton, Neighbors on the Rum, was targeted by Ellison of having 40 to 50 people indoors last week.

On Monday, Ellison announced another three bars were added to his naughty list. From WCCO-TV:

According to Ellison, the lawsuits include St. Patrick’s Tavern in New Prague, Pour House in Clarks Grove and The Interchange in Albert Lea.

Ellison says St. Patrick’s Tavern had 150 to 200 vehicles in its parking lot on Dec. 18 and witnesses reported the establishment was standing room only, with it “packed inside so tightly that it was difficult to move around inside.”

The state also received more than a dozen complaints about Pour House, including a report that the bar was operating at max capacity and no face coverings were being worn by any employee or customer.

The Interchange announced it would be opening for in-door dining on Dec. 15 and also held an indoor concert on Dec. 17. It was served a cease-and-desist order by the Minnesota Department of Health, but the restaurant owner vowed to continue on-side dining, Ellison’s office said.

Noem makes an offer

When Gov. Noem heard about the persecution of Minnesota restaurants and bars last week, she made them what was likely a pretty tempting offer: Move to a state that won’t force you to close and lose your business — a state like South Dakota.

“Come to South Dakota!” she tweeted in response to the Star Tribune report. “We respect your rights. We won’t shut you down.”

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Minnesota bar sued by state after refusing to close: ‘We’ll see them in court’

A sports bar in Minnesota is challenging the state’s coronavirus lockdown by continuing to offer indoor food and drink service. Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville knowingly resisted Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order that banned indoor dining, and now the sports bar is being sued by the state.

On Wednesday, the Democratic governor “allowed” bars and restaurants to serve customers outdoors, but the freezing winter weather in Minnesota is not exactly ideal for outside dining. Indoor dining has been outlawed in Minnesota since mid-November and is banned until at least Jan. 11.

Alibi Drinkery has flouted the indoor dining ban, and served customers inside their establishment. On Thursday, the bar wrote on their Facebook page: “OPEN TODAY. COME IN FOR FOOD AND DRINKS!”

Now, the state of Minnesota is suing Alibi Drinkery for disobeying the COVID-19 restrictions. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced on Thursday that he filed lawsuits against Alibi Drinkery and the Neighbors on the Rum restaurant in Princeton for defying Walz’s executive order. Ellison is also asking a judge for a temporary restraining order to shut down Alibi Drinkery.

Ellison said the lawsuits seek civil penalties of up to $25,000 for each violation, according to KARE. Ellison said his office would “actively pursue more enforcement actions where violations have taken place.”

“The businesses we’re holding accountable today know what they need to do to comply with the law and instead they’re flouting it,” Ellison said in a statement. “I don’t enjoy using the enforcement tools I have, but it’s my job to protect Minnesotans and I will use them to hold violators accountable and keep Minnesotans safe.”

On Wednesday, the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division announced that it “intends to suspend the liquor licenses of these establishments for 60 days, pending a hearing before an administrative law judge.”

Lisa Zarza, co-owner of the Alibi Drinkery, knows that she is in for an uphill battle, but said she’s ready for it.

“I put a big fat bullseye on our back for a reason because I know they’re going to come after every single business anyways, and I wanted to make sure I had thousands of supporters here,” she told KARE on Wednesday.

“We put our heart and soul into Alibi,” Zarza said. “I’ve been in the industry for almost 30 years and this was always my dream to own my own business and to own my own restaurant and it finally came true.”

“I believe people held out hope, that he wasn’t going to do this to us again, and he did,” Zarza said of Walz banning indoor dining this week. “(Wednesday’s) announcement is going to break down any hope people had.”

“You know what? We’ll see them in court,” Zarza proclaimed.

Zarza said she had to temporarily lay off 45 employees because of the coronavirus restrictions.

Alibi Drinkery and Neighbors on the Rum are part of the ReOpen Minnesota coalition, a group of dozens of business owners defying the lockdown orders.

After the announcement of being sued by the state, Neighbors on the Rum said on Thursday they would return to curbside service and takeout.

“I wasn’t going to push it with today. Fair is fair. We made our stand. We gave our one-day deal. We’re probably going to have some repercussions because of it. But I’m prepared for those,” said owner Joe Holtz.

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, a Republican, argued that restaurants should be able to open up safely by following CDC guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.

“We’re here to bring hope,” Gazelka said. “And it’s hope that they can make it through this, and hope that we can convince the governor and the attorney general that they have to relent.”


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Police officers shouldn’t be responding to rape calls if the suspect runs away, Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said it would be better to not have police officers responding to rape calls in situations when the rapist has already fled, according to The Federalist.

Instead, Ellison suggests, it is preferable to have a social worker trained in interacting with rape victims respond to such a call. In making his point, Ellison dismisses police officers as people who are simply trained in how to use guns.

“If you’re a woman who’s been a victim of a sexual assault, and the assailant ran away, wouldn’t you rather talk to somebody who is trained in helping you deal with what you’re dealing with, as opposed to somebody whose main training is that they know how to use a firearm? Right?” Ellison said on a virtual panel with PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor and California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass.


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Ellison’s comments are similar to rhetoric that has surrounded efforts to defund or dismantle police departments in liberal localities. The idea is that police officers shouldn’t be responding to things that could conceivably be handled more effectively by social workers or other unarmed officials, in order to minimize the potential for unnecessary violent conflicts that can lead to police killings.

Applying that to mental health crises or minor traffic stops carries its own problems, but applying it to the violent crime of rape is even more controversial and potentially dangerous.

Also, Ellison’s description of police as nothing more than people who know how to use guns is inaccurate and indicates a narrow way of viewing police that is potentially fueling anti-police rhetoric. Police officers are trained to respond capably to a variety of situations that don’t require the use of firearms, including sexual assaults.

For victims’ comfort, and for public safety, having police respond to not only take care of the victim but to work quickly toward catching the suspect is crucial, even and especially if that person has fled the scene.

Ellison faced accusations of sexual abuse in 2018.

Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed by police officers on May 25, has been ground zero of the recent anti-police movements that followed Floyd’s death. Last month, the city council voted to start the process of replacing the police department with an alternative model.

From WCCO-TV:

The charter amendment calls instead for “a department of community safety and violence prevention.” It also includes a provision for licensed law enforcement officers.

“As a charter department, the director would be nominated by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. The director would have non-law enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches,” the council reported in a press release.

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BREAKING: Charge against Derek Chauvin elevated, and three other fired officers ??charged with aiding and abetting murder

The three other former Minneapolis police officers involved in the arrest that led to George Floyd’s death have been charged by authorities, and the charge against Derek Chauvin has been increased.

The charges were filed on Wednesday.

Former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao were charged with aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter according Minnesota court records.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the charges in a statement to the media. The 44-year-old Chauvin now faces second-degree murder after he was originally charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Ellison used the platform to call for change in law enforcement policies that he believed led to the death of George Floyd.

“Our country has under-prosecuted these matters, in Minnesota, and throughout the country,” Ellison said at the briefing. “That, I think, is the origin of the trust problem.”

An attorney for the family of George Floyd said that their independent autopsy led to the conclusion that he died as a results of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” during his arrest.

Protests and riots about the death of Floyd erupted across the nation, causing numerous deaths and untold property damage through arson and looting.

Here’s more about the new charges:


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Minneapolis Councilman Jeremiah Ellison, son of state AG Keith Ellison, officially declares support for Antifa?

Jeremiah Ellison, a Minneapolis city councilman and the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, declared his support for Antifa shortly after President Donald Trump announced that the group would be classified as a terrorist organization.

“I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA,” Ellison wrote Sunday on Twitter.

“Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!” he added.

What’s the background?

On Sunday, the president announced that the United States would officially classify the radical left-wing group, Antifa, as a terrorist organization.

The announcement came a day after U.S. Attorney General William Barr placed blame for much of the violence and property damage that occurred at recent protests across the country over the death of George Floyd on “anarchistic and far left extremists.”

Floyd died May 25 after being pinned to the ground by Minneapolis officers during his arrest. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd’s complaints of not being able to breathe.

Barr noted in a statement that while the outage over Floyd’s death is legitimate, “the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements.”

“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” he continued. “In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from out of state to promote the violence.”

Anything else?

Ellison, who was elected in 2017 to represent Ward 5 on the city’s north side, is the son of former Congressman and Democratic National Party Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison. Ellison now serves as the state’s attorney general and, as of Sunday, has been put in charge of the prosecution for the George Floyd case.

In an interview with CNN, Keith Ellison defended his son’s tweet, saying, “I think that that was a comment about the absurdity of the president’s comment more than anything else … we don’t see what the president’s talking about, I don’t think the president sees what he’s talking about.”

It is noteworthy that while working at the DNC, the attorney general raised eyebrows after posting a picture of himself holding the “Anti-Fascist Handbook.”

“At MoonPalaceBooks and I just found the book that strike fear into the heart of [President Donald Trump],” Keith Ellison wrote in the since-deleted tweet.

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Keith Ellison swears he has never seen a Bernie supporter act ‘unusually mean,’ gets a reminder from Steve Scalise

Democratic Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison claimed Thursday that he has “never seen” any supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) acting “unusually mean,” and challenged the internet to provide an example.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) — who was shot and nearly killed by a Sanders supporter — answered the call.

What are the details?

“I have never seen @BernieSanders supporters being unusually mean or rude,” Ellison declared on Twitter, before asking, “Can someone send me an example of a ‘Bernie Bro’ being bad. Also, are we holding all candidates responsible for the behavior of their supporters.”

He taunted, “Waiting to hear.”

Rep. Scalise responded to Ellison’s tweet with a subtle but heavy-hitting takedown: “I can think of an example.”

The Republican from Louisiana was shot by a crazed, ardent supporter of Sanders while practicing with his GOP colleagues for the annual congressional baseball game in the summer of 2017. The attack left five people injured including Scalise, who was in critical condition. He underwent multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation.

What prompted Ellison’s tweet?

Ellison was attempting to come to the defense of so-called “Bernie Bros,” as radical Sanders supporters have been called out by the left and the right for harassing the democratic socialist’s political opponents both online and in public.

But Rep. Scalise was not the only person able to deliver an example of a Sanders supporter crossing the line, and several of Ellison’s fellow Democrats offered screenshots documenting threats of violence they had received from Bernie Bros.

One was Khary Penebaker, Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus, who wrote, “Keith, here is an example. This was from last week. This user said that I was fu*cking gross and should meet a bus (meaning that I should be hit by a bus). Reading the user’s timeline you’ll see that he’s a Sanders supporter.”

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