About a year ago, after filing a libel lawsuit against MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and the Minnesota Independent, controversial preacher Bradlee Dean sounded pretty confident. His attorney, Larry Klayman, even declared that Maddow's career was effectively finished. It turns out that might have been a ... More >>
Minnesota Independent editor Jon Collins was laid off yesterday.The Minnesota Independent is shutting down, according to its editor and the company's CEO. Jon Collins took the job as site editor earlier this summer but was laid off yesterday around noon, Collins confirmed to City Pages. The move ... More >>
Bradlee Dean, Rick Santorum: Track suit, empty suit.Rick Santorum, the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, announces that he's running for president every few days, waiting for someone to finally notice. With Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain (Herman Cain!) vacuuming all the oxygen from ... More >>
In the past, conservative pastor Bradlee Dean has been an outspoken critic of the media. Dean (real name Bradley Dean Smith) is even suing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Minnesota Independent writer Andy Birkey for their coverage, accusing the two reporters of defaming him by taking an excerpt fr ... More >>
Andy Birkey is being sued by Bradley SmithHeavy metal pastor Bradley Dean Smith is at war with Minnesota Independent reporter Andy Birkey. Last week, Smith (a.k.a Bradlee Dean) filed a lawsuit against Birkey and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, accusing them of taking an excerpt from his radio sho ... More >>
Larry Klayman: lawyer, activist, character on West Wing.Bradlee Dean's lawyer, Larry Klayman, is quite the character. Really. As in, there's actually a character in the show West Wing based off of him named Harry Klaypool. Klayman is also the founder of Freedom Watch, might have been the inspira ... More >>
Photo by Nick Pinto, Village Voice.Sporting a Minnesota Twins t-shirt, Smith and his lawyer announced the lawsuit in New York this morning.Controversial pastor Bradley Dean Smith announced this morning that, in addition to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, he is also suing Minnesota Independent writer An ... More >>
Birkey has won awards for his coverage of Smith.The Minnesota Independent is standing by its reporting, denying allegations that writer Andy Birkey defamed punk rock pastor Bradley Dean Smith. Smith, a.k.a. Bradlee Dean, filed a lawsuit against Birkey this morning, alleging that Birkey and MSNBC ... More >>
Smith held a press conference this morning in New York to announce the lawsuit.Minnesota pastor Bradley Dean Smith -- a.k.a. Bradlee Dean -- announced earlier today he is suing MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow and Minnesota Independent writer Andy Birkey. The civil suit, filed today in Washington, D. ... More >>
Eight important local LGBT leaders
image courtesy of state.mn.usWhat will be the fallout from the revelation--first reported by Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent--that State Senator Paul Koering recently dined with the star of such gay porn hits as"My Brother's Hot Friend?" It's tough to say. Usually when a Republican poli ... More >>
Franken says GLBT students deserve the same protections as anyone elseIt ought to be illegal to bully a school student based on sexuality. That's the the gist of legislation introduced today by Sen. Al Franken. "Our nation's civil rights laws protect our children from bullying due to race, ... More >>
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