Daily Digest: Shourd free, Shoreview man missing, MN Leg. open

Taryn Wobbema

Here’s your Daily Digest for Monday, Sept. 20, 2010:

 

Just for the sake of following up: Sarah Shourd arrived back in the United States yesterday, the Washington Post reported. She talked to reporters in New York on Sunday, calling herself “only one-third free.” Her fiancé, Minnesota native Shane Bauer, and Joshua Fattal are still being held in Iran.

 

The SUV belonging to a Minnesota man who reportedly went missing Friday was found in downtown Chicago on Sunday. Matthew William Anderson, 29, of Shoreview, called his wife Friday evening and told her he’d been kidnapped by two men, according to the Pioneer Press. The Ramsey County sheriff’s office issued a nationwide missing-person alert Saturday. The vehicle was in good condition, but there’s no word as to what happened to Anderson. The Star Tribune quoted Anderson’s wife Amber saying, “I know he was kidnapped because he called me and told me he was kidnapped. I’m going with what he told me."

 

MPR shifted campaign news toward Minnesota’s open seats in the Legislature where "all 201 seats in the Legislature are … up for grabs." Right now, DFLers hold the majority in both the House and the Senate. Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood — chairman of the House GOP campaign committee — told MPR that Republicans are going to make a comeback this year. He cited government spending as the hot button issue that will steer Minnesotans away from DFL incumbents. House majority leader Tony Sertich, DFL-Chrisholm, is confident Dean is wrong, because DFLers have proven “they stand up for their communities first.”

However, an MPR poll found that only 25 percent of likely voters “approve of the Legislature’s job performance.” University of Minnesota professor Larry Jacobs said that dissatisfaction could upset the current balance of power, at least in the House. The Senate, however, has an advantage of “larger districts and many longtime incumbents” which Jacobs said could shield it from “a backlash against Democrats.”