Daily Digest: Sexting, redistricting, flooding

by Taryn Wobbema

Your Daily Digest for Monday, Oct. 11, 2010:


The Strib’s Access Vikings blogger Judd Zulgad wrote this morning that Brett Favre refused to comment Sunday on the “sexting” allegations that “gained steam” over the weekend. Instead he tried to keep the focus on the Monday night game in New York. A story on Deadspin.com accuses Favre of sending inappropriate text messages and pictures to a former Jets sidelines reporter Jenn Sterger while he was on the team. The story broke just in time for the Vikings to play the Jets in New York on Monday night. Favre hasn’t outright denied the allegations yet, but he told ESPN he’d talk to the NFL commissioner if it went that far. According to the Star Tribune, “The investigation focuses on whether Favre violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy when he allegedly made inappropriate sexual advances to Sterger when he played for the Jets.”  


With the results of the 2010 Census will come the need to redistrict Minneapolis’ political boundaries to ensure equal representation by population. According to the Star Tribune, city council members are urging the Charter Commission to tackle the job, rather than a group of “political insiders.” In 2002, the last time the lines were redrawn, the group that handled redistricting was mostly comprised of Republicans, DFLers and Independence Party members. However, Minneapolis has no Republican or Independent elected officials in the city. The Green Party, which had two elected city council members at the time, had only one member in the group. Ten city council members, including Cam Gordon, want the commission to handle redistricting. The commission is made up of all four of the parties and a judge selects its members. In 2002, St. Paul’s Charter Commission redrew the lines without any legal challenge, whereas Minneapolis’ were challenged in court. The city will vote on the charter amendment Nov. 2.


Residents of Zumbro Falls, Minn., are waiting to hear if the city will be declared a disaster area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The AP reported that the special legislative session promised by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in September to deal with costs from the flood has been postponed until FEMA makes a decision. In the meantime, residents of the city are waiting to find out if their houses will be rebuilt. There are 200 residents in Zumbro Falls and, in September, MPR reported that 60 out 95 homes had been taken in the flood.