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  • The 10 most powerful Minnesota Republicans - These GOPfathers are the power brokers you've never heard of

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    The 10 most powerful Minnesota Republicans - These GOPfathers are the power brokers you've never heard of

    When the Republican National Convention comes to St. Paul in September and the city's otherwise sleepy streets are pulsing with journalists, delegates, motorcades, and protestors, a few well-known local Republicans will no doubt figure prominently i...

    by Jeff Severns Guntzel on May 28, 2008
  • Jeff Larson - The Quiet Giant

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    Jeff Larson - The Quiet Giant

    Founder, Feather, Larson & Synhorst CEO, Minneapolis St. Paul 2008 Host Committee Jeff Larson is "perhaps the most powerful GOP operative nationwide," says Sarah Janecek. "And he earned it." Many say that he was also the single most important pers...

    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
  • Evie Axdahl - The Stalwart

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    Evie Axdahl - The Stalwart

    Minnesota Representative, Republican National Committee In January 1995, 200 Minnesota Republican activists traveled to Washington, D.C., to witness the swearing in of their hero Newt Gingrich. It was the Republican Revolution, and Maplewood's E...

    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
  • Marsie Leier - The Pioneer

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    Marsie Leier - The Pioneer

    Republican Activist Former Minnesota Republican Party head Chris Georgacas calls 79-year-old Marsie Leier of Roseville "the godmother of several generations of Republican activists." She led the conservative takeover of the state party apparatus...

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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    Krugman gets last laugh on Power Line

    There's nothing better than looking back in time and saying, "told you so". That's exactly what the New York Times' columnist Paul Krugman did recently on his blog, pointing a nice snarky middle finger in the direction of the Powerline blog. And now ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 6:30 pm
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    Coleman top for donations from financial sector, taking down economy

    Sen. Norm Coleman is the top incumbent when it comes to donations from the financial sector, according to a new Center for Responsive Politics report. Is there some way to correlate this to the collapse of the economy? Because that would be a really...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
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    Coleman's Neiman Marcus suits get TV debut

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a new TV spot against Sen. Norm Coleman that makes a brief mention of his "suitgate" controversy last week. We are wondering how many regular TV viewers will actually get it since it was such a bl...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 5:15 pm
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    St. Paul deer hunting goes old school

    When the going gets tough, city folks have to learn to work for their own suppers. And they're doing it with a good old-fashioned bow and arrow show down. St. Paul residents beware. Crosby Farm Regional Park in St. Paul will be closed today through ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
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    Longtime state senator Allan Spear dies

    Allan Spear, a former president of the Minnesota Senate, human rights advocate and one of the first openly gay state legislators in the country, died Saturday of complications following surgery according to the Star Tribune. Spear was known for his ...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 3:45 pm
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    Lieberman roots for Coleman, gives Dems a reason to loathe him

    Sen. Joe Lieberman came to the defense of buddy Sen. Norm Coleman after Democrats accused him of not investigating inadequate oversight of the Iraq war. Lieberman, also a former Democrat (now an Independent) and one of the left-wing fair weather fan...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
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    Wells Fargo, Wachovia merger approved

    The Federal Reserve Board approved the Wells Fargo and Wachovia merger, according to Business Wire. The deal, which will created the nation's largest retail bank, must be approved by Wachovia shareholders and should be complete by the end of the year...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 1:45 pm
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    Petters Company Inc. files backruptcy

    Petters Company Inc., the Tom Petters' financing operation at the center of a massive fraud case, has filed for bankruptcy with liabilities of between $500 million and $1 billion, according to the Star Tribune. The Chapter 11 petition was filed lat...

    @ The Blotter by Emily Kaiser on October 13, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
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