Daily Digest: FBI investigating Coleman supporter, Franken posts web video

by Mike Rose

Time to celebrate…school’s out! Well, except for finals…but don’t rain on my parade. Here’s a few quick news hits:

*The FBI is investigating a friend and political supporter of Sen. Norm Coleman for attempting to funnel $75,000 to the senator, the Star Tribune is reporting. Nasser Kazeminy, a wealthy businessman whose flagship investment company is based in Bloomington, is being investigated for allegations that he made payments last year to an insurance agency that employs Coleman’s wife, Laurie Coleman.

*In other news related to the Senate race, MinnPost’s Jay Weiner has a story on a Franken web video released today. The video features the stories of several voters whose ballots weren’t counted, as told by the voters themselves. Weiner discusses whether the video is news, propoganda or advertising–or maybe a mix of all three–and looks ahead to the State Canvassing Board meeting scheduled for Friday.

*Lastly, the Star Tribune reports that Minneapolis police today issued a crime alert for the  Midtown Greenway, a popular commuting route spanning 5.5-miles bike from just north of Lake Street from the St. Louis Park border to the Mississippi River. Police cited a string of robberies and assaults as the reason for the warning.

Mike Rose Managing editor