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  • Mike Wigley - The Taxman

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    Mike Wigley - The Taxman

    Founder, Taxpayers League of Minnesota It was the kind of moment Mike Wigley, founder of the rigorous and often antagonistic Taxpayers League of Minnesota, no doubt cherishes. In 2003, with a newly elected Tim Pawlenty refusing to hike a single ...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Robert Cummins - The Sugar Daddy

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    Robert Cummins - The Sugar Daddy

    Founder, Freedom Club Political Action Commitee CEO, Primera Technology Deephaven's Robert Cummins, 56, is that most curious of political animals: He asserts his influence through money alone and seeks no special attention for it. He's never...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Jack Meeks - The Lifer

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    Jack Meeks - The Lifer

    CEO, The Walker Group The logging town of Walker didn't have but one and a half square miles to it when Jack Meeks was growing up. But it had a Teenage Republicans club that he organized himself at age 14. Now 56, he's been a Party man all his l...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Annette Meeks - The True Believer

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    Annette Meeks - The True Believer

    President, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota Vin Weber calls Annette Meeks "one of the most dynamic conservatives in the party." Tony Sutton calls her "a party thought leader." Her conservative credentials are impeccable. During the fabled Republi...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Mitch Pearlstein - The Intellectual

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    Mitch Pearlstein - The Intellectual

    President and Founder, Center of the American Experiment It was almost 1990 when Mitch Pearlstein announced to friends and colleagues that he was going to open a conservative think tank in Minnesota--a state that hadn't voted for a Republican pr...

    on May 28, 2008
  • Chris Georgacas - The Whiz Kid

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    Chris Georgacas - The Whiz Kid

    Former Chairman, Republican Party of Minnesota It all happened in Norm Coleman's living room. The press was there. Jack Kemp--remember him?--was there, too. The St. Paul mayor had converted, and he wanted to talk about it. Specifically, he had d...

    on May 28, 2008
  • William Cooper - The Crusader

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    William Cooper - The Crusader

    Former Chairman, Republican Party of Minnesota TIhere he sat, in a Hennepin County courtroom in 2003, the CEO of TCF Financial Corp. and former head of the state Republican Party. It was nothing sinister that got him there. He had been ticketed ...

    on May 28, 2008
  • The Princess Submits - The Training of O turns the tables on a well-known domme

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    The Princess Submits - The Training of O turns the tables on a well-known domme

    Recently, I wrote about Brian Lilla's independent film, A Tale of Two Bondage Models, which profiled BDSM performers Lorelei Lee and Princess Donna. The latter has been webmistress for WiredPussy.com (part of the Kink.com network of sites) for almos...

    by Tristan Taormino on May 28, 2008
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    Adam Van Der Beek leads upstart Gopher football

    The 2008 version of Gopher football is mirroring little of coach Tim Brewster's inaugural 1-11 flop of '07, having already sextupled their win total with 5 games yet to be played. The U is off this weekend, gearing up to improve upon their impressiv...

    @ The Blotter by Judd Spicer on October 18, 2008 @ 1:38 pm
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    Group pushing for more women judges

    A group of professors and attorneys in the Twin Cities is working to put more women on the region's highest federal court: the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Only one woman has ever been appointed a judge to the federal 8th Circuit, according to Sal...

    @ The Blotter by Erin Carlyle on October 17, 2008 @ 5:37 pm
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    10/17 Week in Review: City Pages cliff notes

    We hope you noticed that Blotter is being updated all day during the week, which can be tough to keep up with. In case you weren't reading religiously (shame on you), here is a rundown of the stories you can't live without knowing. The Petters' Zoo ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    Best Buy reinvents itself with spiffy logo, going green and mobile

    Recent Best Buy news seems to suggest that the electronics giant, based in Richfield, is going through a major makeover to grab customers outside their already enormous circle of technology nerds. We previously reported Best Buy's plan to make a s...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 4:30 pm
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    Nancy Pelosi coming to Twin Cities Monday

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be campaigning for Ashwin Madia on Monday, according to a Minnesota Public Radio report. Here are the details: The two will visit a women's health clinic in Bloomington. Madia is running in Minnesota's 3rd Congress...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 4:15 pm
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    Bachmann calls for Fannie and Freddie execs to testify, ACORN investigation

    Michele Bachmann is hitting the financial meltdown issue hard, particularly since it is one of the few issues she can get some voters to hang on to. And now she's jumped on the Republican bandwagon of bashing ACORN. In her blog post on The Hill site,...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 3:49 pm
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    Vikings: We'll only bum your stadium temporarily, we swear

    The Vikings are pretty defensive when it comes to having their own stadium. Sid Hartman's story yesterday quoted former Senate majority leader and now University Regent Dean Johnson saying he didn't see a reason why the Vikings couldn't also ditch ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
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    Angry Al or overreaction?

    The online world of politics, particularly the Republicans, are all abuzz about a brief interaction between Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken after the debate yesterday in Duluth. Here are some of the headlines used to explain it: ANGRY FRANKEN CONF...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
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    Sarah Palin once dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween

    During Todd Palin's visit to Minnesota yesterday, the Alaska "First Dude" said the hoopla about Sarah Palin's lookalike is old news. Tina Fey, who finally brought viewers back to Saturday Night Live, has been so spot-on with her impersonations that...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
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    4th Petters defendant expected to plead guilty

    Following in the footsteps of three other defendents in the Ponzi scheme investigation against Tom Petters and his associates, Larry Reynolds could be heading toward a plea bargain, according to the Star Tribune. Reynolds had a connection to the all...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
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    10/17 Photo of the Day: Kicking ass

    We are extremely jealous of the sweet moves. If someone can teach us how to kick ass while in a handstand, we'd be forever grateful. Photo by Tony Cachaca, more photos on Flickr.

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 11:35 am
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    Crazy lady from Minn. McCain rally makes SNL

    As if having this woman speak at the John McCain rally in Minnesota wasn't bad enough, now she is a national joke on Saturday Night Live. Last night Gayle Quinnell, made famous for her Arab comment to McCain during the rally (where McCain had to qu...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 17, 2008 @ 10:30 am
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