Running on a platform of campaign finance reform is admirable. But turns out it's not electable. John Denney found out the hard way. The Independence Party candidate looking to snag Michele Bachmann's old spot on Tuesday made a unique promise to the world: He wasn't taking any money from corporatio ... More >>
Next month, a constitutional amendment that would allow states and the federal government to put caps on corporate campaign donations is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate. It has the support of both Al Franken and was hailed by Amy Klobuchar earlier this summer as a way "to restore the ri ... More >>
Minnesota's eighth-largest company is relocating overseas. The New York Times views the move through the lens of federal tax policy and the taxes Medtronic can avoid paying by leaving America, while the company itself cites more benevolent reasons, like access to European markets.In any event, the n ... More >>
:::: UPDATE II :::: Turns out Franken might be in St. Paul for Obama's speech after all. Late this afternoon, Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, got in touch to let us know that "Senator Franken is planning to join the President in Minnesota tomorrow so long as he is certain that the Sen ... More >>
Forget pick-pocketing. The street crime of today is "apple picking" -- thefts that target smartphones like Apple's iPhone.It hit at the University of Minnesota campus, which has seen a high-profile wave of violent robberies targeting students' phones and laptops. And last week, it hit at the Mall of ... More >>
Few things can bring Keith Ellison and Michele Bachmann together, but one of them is a disaster.See Also: - Gov. Dayton asks Obama to declare federal disaster in Minnesota - Minnesota asks FEMA for help cleaning up after the solstice storms - Two weeks after the Solstice Storms, restaurants that los ... More >>
Though Al Franken seemed a bit conflicted about the issue in January, both he and Amy Klobuchar joined the rest of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to vote in favor of a gun control proposal that would ban some semiautomatic rifles and limit magazine sizes.SEE ALSO:-- More M ... More >>
Yesterday, in a surprising move, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order allowing women to partake in armed combat for the first time in American history.SEE ALSO: Decorated war vet Pete Hegseth seeking GOP endorsement to challenge Klobuchar [VIDEO]Panetta's move had the strong suppo ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Kurt Bills' moribund campaign has Brodkorb, other MNGOPers wailing and gnashing teeth-- Michael Brodkorb gloats over MNGOP's money woesMichael Brodkorb tried constructive criticism, but now he's seen enough.In a blog post published yesterday, Brodkorb does everything but demand that Kurt ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- David Carlson savages Kurt Bills in new ad, suggests he wouldn't have ended slavery-- Dave Wellstone calls Kurt Bills' homage to his father "completely disrespectful"-- Kurt Bills' creepy Staring at the Future political film is laughably bad [VIDEO]Kurt Bills is getting killed by Amy Klo ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- "Quick Kurt" Bills pays homage to "Fast Paul" Wellstone in new ad [VIDEOS]-- Kurt Bills' creepy Staring at the Future political film is laughably bad [VIDEO]Kurt Bills views his new "Quick Kurt" ad as an homage to a candidate who, like him, was a major underdog when running for U.S. Sena ... More >>
Photo by samantha celeraThose phone bills are complicated.Bargain long-distance phone carrier Cheap2Dial may soon be facing a heavy bill of its own: Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing the Pennsylvania company for charging Minnesota customers extra fees without their knowledge. The compan ... More >>
fbi.govThe Bureau is taking heat for its raids on Minnesota activists.From the moment FBI agents and local police raided their homes last month looking for evidence of ties to overseas terrorist groups, Twin Cities peace activists have been calling the actions part of a government intimidatio ... More >>
The mother of Minnesota's first female senator died yesterday after complications from heart surgery. Rose Klobuchar was a long-time teacher in the Minneapolis and Wayzata school districts; she retired from teaching second grade at age 70. She was also a Camp Fire Girls leader and had once wo ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidorian/106713617/Mm . . . carbtastic. In a surprising twist, the concern over childhood obesity does not lie in chicken nuggets, pizza poppers, or chocolate chip cookies baked just past raw. According to the government, the immediate culprit is that fatty, fatty 2 ... More >>
Photo: uscgd8Deepwater Horizon burns and an environmental disaster loomsBP, the oil company staring down the maw of a vast environmental disaster after its Deep Horizon drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, may have offered the federal government a bargeload of hogwash when it said it k ... More >>
U.S. Air ForceA U.S. Air Force C130 drops oil-dispersing chemicals on the Gulf of MexicoBP executives and others are going to get an earful from members of Congress tomorrow, when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure opens hearings into the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig ... More >>
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voiced strong support this morning for President Barack Obama's nomination this morning of Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. Both senators sit on the judiciary committee, wh ... More >>
Minnesota's crazy congresswoman was 2009's battiest politico
Apparently most senators are scared to death of trying to draw the state they represent or they are pretending they are more important.
Both Minnesota senators voted today to prevent ACORN from receiving any federal housing grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Now he's calling Chris Matthew's "man crush" on Obama a "bromance." How MTV-chic.
In Sen. Al Franken's first vote as an elected official for Minnesota, he rejected a White House proposal to dump some terrorism funding.
Al Franken, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other local politicians, rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday to celebrate his long-awaited win of the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Now that we've heard what self-described "Sen.-elect" Al Franken has to say about President Obama's pick of Sonia Sotomayor, let's see what the real elected officials have to say about the nomination.
Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Leave it to Minnesotans to bring back cash for wild rice and theater.
The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) just released their 30th annual Rating of Congress report and they sure aren't fans of the Minnesota delegation.
It's like playground politics with these elected officials. Sen. Tom Coburn, in the latest winning quote relating to the Minnesota recount contest, made a fool of himself.
AIG is being reamed at the Capitol today and our representatives out in Washington, D.C. are doing their part to stand up against the bonuses.
How did the others in the Minnesota delegation stack up?
No big deal: The U.S. Senate just passed a monster stimulus (aka spending) package today for a grand total of $838 billion. Talk about a shopping spree.
If Minnesota's Senate recount stretches into January and you are itching for a ticket to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ce ... More >>
Todd Bachman, of Lakeville, Minn., died from stab wounds, according to a U.S. Olympic Committee release. Barbara Bachman and the tour guide were taken to an area hospital with what were described as "serious and life-threatening" injuries.
Ethanol may be king in these energy-strapped times
A local prof rides the Gonzales Eight to fame, but there are holes in the research
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The POTUS recently came to town to raise money for Mark Kennedy. The event was notable for one reason: It paired the two politicians most unpopular with Minnesotans.
Hennepin county faces a huge case backlog
Two high-profile convictions rekindle a debate over what to do when drunk drivers kill