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Best Scandal


Regardless of one's political leanings, we feel pretty comfy saying the year's biggest scandal was the resignation of State Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch after allegations she had an affair with a "male staffer." It now seems clear the staffer was the former deputy chair of the state Republican Party, Michael Brodkorb. Koch was confronted and pushed into resignation; Brodkorb was fired the next day. A broader term for whole phenomena might be The Great MNGOP Implosion of 2011-12, since Brodkorb had already abruptly resigned his title months earlier along with former party chair Tony Sutton after it was revealed the party has racked up $2 million in debt. Koch seems to be lying low for the most part, but Brodkorb came back swinging. He says other staffers had sex with legislators and kept their jobs. And he wants them deposed. Now state politicos may have to make an ugly choice — preemptively acknowledge the affairs and tempt political suicide, or shell out for a settlement to keep Brodkorb from squawking. Piled on are additional ethics complaints that the affair was mishandled and lied about by GOPers. The whole thing feels a lot like We The People are a bunch of parents whose kids got busted at a college kegger: "We sent you there for a purpose and you just got naked and embarrassed everyone."

Best Break-Up Spot Nickelodeon Universe

Best Building Cathedral of St. Paul

Best Bus Route Route 94

Best Charity The Bridge for Youth

Best Corner Grand Avenue and West 46th Street

Best Festival MNfashion's Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week

Best Hipster Neighborhood Seward

Best Lake Cedar Lake

Best Local Blog Ripple in Stillwater

Best Local Boy Made Good Jim Burke

Best Local Girl Made Good Semonti Stephens

Best Local Website MPLS Bike Love

Best Local YouTube Video Street Stories

Best Make-Out Spot Prohibition, W Minneapolis—The Foshay

Best Meme The Duck-Dog Debacle

Best Myth Stillwater Bigfoot

Best Neighborhood Armatage

Best Place for a First Date Target Free Thursday Nights at Walker Art Center

Best Place to Do Something for Free Art Shanty Projects

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) Camp Bar

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Fulton Brewing Taproom

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Hipshaker at the Kitty Cat Klub

Best Place to Meet Women (Lesbian) Grown & Sexy at Hell's Kitchen

Best Place to People-Watch Saintly City Cat Club events

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests St. Anthony Falls

Best Politician John Kriesel

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best State Fair Food Sweet corn ice cream at Blue Moon Dine-in theater

Best Street Lake Street

Best Strip Club The Seville

Best Tourist Attraction Minnesota State Fair

Best Tweeter Chris Kluwe, a.k.a. @chriswarcraft

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood St. Paul's North End

Best View Minneapolis skyline from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Villain Michael Brodkorb