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GOP 7th CD racist post draws quick rebuke

New GOP Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan hasn’t been on the job more than two days but she sent a clear message Monday night after a racist Facebook post appeared on the page for Minnesota Seventh District Republicans. Aimed at U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the post was crude and called Ellison an “anti-Semite, anti-white, racist and fascist American.”

Carnahan issued a fast rebuke of the post and asked for the resignation of the individual behind it, though she did not name him or her publicly. DFL Chair Ken Martin criticized the GOP for the post.

Carnahan’s statement: “The recent 7th Congressional District Republican Facebook post is repugnant hate speech and in no way reflects the values of the Minnesota Republican Party, or the 7th Congressional District Republicans. I have asked for the immediate resignation of the individual responsible for this action. As Chair, I will not tolerate such activity from anyone associated with our party.”

The speed was unusual, but Carnahan’s swift response earned the praise of some supporters on Twitter, including state Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, who wrote: “CD7 shows stupidity in great quantity. New MNGOP Chair does good job in rapidly condemning post and seeking resignation of idiots.”

Meanwhile, at the Legislature, House Republicans finally unveiled their public works bill, proposing borrowing $600 million for capital investment needs.

Monday’s House floor debate got a little testy after Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, asked to suspend the rules to provide funding to help stem the measles outbreak in Minneapolis. Republicans balked. Erin Golden explains what happened.

SWLRT got a boost in the federal budget deal, raising the hopes of some transit advocates that the project might break ground this summer.

The St. Paul mayoral race is getting quite interesting. The BCA is now investigating whether Council Member Dai Thao's mayoral campaign may have solicited a bribe, and the lobbyist raising the allegation explained more in an MPR News interview.

More on the drama surrounding the appointment of Lt. John Delmonico as Fourth Precinct inspector. He withdrew his name after Mayor Betsy Hodges rejected the chief’s pick last week.

Minnesotans are split over whether they support ACA repeal efforts, according to our Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

St. Olaf became the setting of a day-long protest by students who say more needs to done to address a string of racial incidents, including racist graffiti and threatening notes targeting black students. Jennifer Brooks with the story.

Gov. Mark Dayton’s office announced Dayton was re-appointed to the Council of Governors, according to a news release. The governor does not have any public events on his schedule today.

Conference committees scheduled for Tuesday. Full schedule.

With that, have an excellent Tuesday!

-- Ricardo Lopez