Is GOP Burying Newman Ethics Hearings?

Senator Scott Newman

Tomorrow afternoon, Minnesota Republican State Senator Scott Newman will face an ethics hearing at the State Capitol centering around an e-mail that Newman’s Capitol office sent to the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) on Jan. 20. The MNA had hoped to set up a meeting between Sen. Newman and a nurse that lived in his district. In response, Newman’s legislative assistant Kim Kelley stated that he would not meet with the constituent, because the Minnesota Nurses Association had supported his opponent during his most recent reelection campaign.

But the ethics hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. in a room of the State Capitol with no television cameras, and following almost immediately after Governor Dayton’s State of the State address, and the official Republican response. That begs the question, are Senate Republicans trying to bury the Newman ethics hearings? They know too well that Dayton’s speech, and the GOP rebuttal, will carry the day’s news. Fortunately, though the State Capitol won’t carry the Newman ethics hearings, The UpTake will be there, shedding light on the shadows in St. Paul.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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