Our post about Rep. Betty McCollum calling on Vikings owner Zygi Wilf to publicly denounce the Redskins nickname elicited a lot of comments of this sort:But in response to that reasoning, Stefanie Megan Brown made a case that it just might be possible for politicians to work on more than one issue a ... More >>
One surprising revelation in Chris Kluwe's nuclear account of alleged homophobia within the Vikings organization is that Zygi Wilf is actually a staunch supporter of gay rights.Kluwe wrote that before a September 2012 game, right as the marriage amendment he was so outspoken in opposing was becoming ... More >>
Rep. Betty McCollum is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and in that role, she's led the push to get Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name, which she characterizes as a "derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among ... More >>
-- Update at bottom --The Washington Redskins are in town tonight to play a nationally televised game against the soap opera that is the Minnesota Vikings.One subplot is the ongoing controversy over the Redskins' offensive nickname, which has prompted the American Indian Movement to plan a protest o ... More >>
The American Indian Movement will march from the American Indian Center to the Metrodome on November 7 then hold a rally outside the stadium when the Vikings play the Redskins during a nationally televised contest that evening.SEE ALSO: UMD hockey fans warned after "smallpox blankets" chant during F ... More >>
Betty McCollum represents St. Paul in the House of Representatives, but as co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, she's leading the charge to get a D.C. sports team to change its name.SEE ALSO: UMD hockey fans warned after "smallpox blankets" chant during Fighting Sioux seri ... More >>
In the wake of a tragedy, when is it appropriate to start talking about its political implications?SEE ALSO:-- Betty McCollum speaks out on Arizona shootings [VIDEO]-- Al Franken doesn't want mobile app companies to sell your location data without permission Unfortunately, that's a question electe ... More >>
We gotta give her credit -- Michele Bachmann got it done.Last week, Gov. Dayton wrote Bachmann a letter informing her that the state would reallocate money currently set aside for a new Stillwater bridge if the project wasn't approved by the U.S. House before March 15. With only a handful of legi ... More >>
After the upcoming election, Michele Bachmann will no longer represent Stillwater. Nonetheless, she remains "absolutely committed" to building a new Minnesota-to-Wisconsin bridge in the Stillwater area.Time is running short for the bridge design currently under consideration. In response to a let ... More >>
Bachmann: From presidential front-runner to out of Congress in 14 months? It could happen.Though it won't be for the office she was hoping for, Michele Bachmann may still face a tough election fight this November. Sometime between now and early June, Bachmann must decide whether to seek reelectio ... More >>
McCollum says the Pentagon doesn't need anymore band aid.Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum looks at the $324 million requested by the Pentagon to fund its 5,000 professional musicians in 154 military bands, and she sees the possibility of saving the taxpayers some money. And the Republicans in ... More >>
Rep. Sarah Anderson: It's not about politics. Seriously. It isn't.Few people seriously believe Republican Rep. Sarah Anderson when she insists that the GOP's congressional redistricting plan "isn't about politics." The Republicans' proposed map unveiled in St. Paul yesterday is clearly redra ... More >>
Federal funds grease the rails.So it turns out the $478 million check really was in the mail. We were a little leery last week when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman used his State of the City address to declare federal funding had been approved to cover half the cost of the Central Corridor ligh ... More >>
McCollum has touched a NASCAR nerve.DFL Rep. Betty McCollum insists she does not hate NASCAR, she just can't figure out why taxpayers need to help sponsor a NASCAR driver and team already worth millions of dollars. Republicans have squelched her amendment to defund the $7 million program. Sh ... More >>
McCollum promises to stymie Bachmann.We have a congressional border spat. DFL Rep. Betty McCollum wants to know why, if Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the federal government are all broke, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann wants to build a $700 million bridge over the St. Croix River. Bachmann, who complain ... More >>
Your tax dollars at work.Rep. Betty McCollum isn't backing off her efforts to defund the U.S. Army's NASCAR sponsorship. Booyah, says commenter commonsensebroad. "If some business wants to waste their money "sponsoring" some sports thing, that's their problem - they have to answer to their ... More >>
NASCAR and the Army: Your tax dollars at work.Rep. Betty McCollum found herself the target last week of a racist fax message after she tried to defund the U.S. Army's budget for sponsoring a NASCAR car, and Republicans put the kibosh on her effort. But the St. Paul Democrat has switched gear ... More >>
Big Bird: Not worthy of your tax dollars?Rep. Betty McCollum and some other House members stood on the Capitol steps with Elmo and Big Bird yesterday, deriding Republicans for trying to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's $451 million operating budget. PBS is an oasis in the va ... More >>
Tax dollars for NASCAR? Betty McCollum says no.Rep. Betty McCollum has become the target of some vile hate mail from a NASCAR fan. The St. Paul congresswoman just tried unsuccessfully to defund the U.S. Army's $7 million NASCAR car sponsorship, labeling it as a waste of taxpayer money. For ... More >>
McCollum isn't worried about NASCAR dads.The biggest drags on the national debt are entitlements and military spending, and Rep. Betty McCollum thinks the Army's $7 million sponsorship deal with NASCAR is a fine place for the Pentagon trim spending. "It's just a waste of money," McCollum chi ... More >>
Politics makes strange kitchen mates. Who won Minnesota' congressional hot dish cook-off?Politics in Washington can be pretty polarized these days, but among Minnesota's congressional delegation yesterday, it wasn't rhetoric that was heated, it was casserole. In the new and no doubt temporary s ... More >>
Betty McCollum calls for an end to incendiary rhetoric in this video.Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) on Monday decried the kind of heated political rhetoric that some are blaming for the Arizona shootings. McCollum held office hours Monday for people to express their sympathy and support for ... More >>
This woman wants a bridge.Tim Pawlenty got away with not raising taxes by redefining a "tax" as a "user fee." Now Michele Bachmann supports a redefinition of earmarks she likes, because those earmarks aren't really earmarks. They're, well, something else.
Ready, steady Betty -- no surprises in District 4.Rep. Betty McCollum has won a decisive victory in the 4th Congressional District against Republican Teresa Collett with 99 percent of the precincts reporting. Since this outcome was so unsurprising we figured we'd ask -- did anything about th ... More >>
Photo: USCG/FlickrDeepwater Horizon's fiery demiseRep. Michele Bachmann got her crazy on again this week, lobbing a factually-challenged verbal assault on the president for persuading BP to establish a $20 billion independent escrow account to administer claims against the oil giant for its d ... More >>
McCollum reminds the Rwandan government of U.S. generosity in foreign aidWill this help? Rep. Betty McCollum has introduced, and Keith Ellison has cosponsored, a U.S. House resolution calling on the Rwandan government to release accused genocide denier William Mitchell law professor Peter Erl ... More >>
Keith Ellison, Nancy Pelosi and John McCain are among the "Most Wanted"Looks like Rep. Keith Ellison's in trouble with some self-described constitutional experts at something called the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Patriots in Virginia. He's one of 54 members of Congress, "Republicans and De ... More >>
Beware of gangsters bent on saving the auto industryMichele Bachmann has found a suitably attention-grabbing moniker for the Democratic-controlled Congress and White House: "Gangster government." And at various points in the past few weeks, she's drawn fire from the likes of everyone from Bi ... More >>
It was open mic night again for Michele Bachmann last night on the Hannity show. The theme: How dare Betty McCollum and Bill Clinton fight back when we tar them and their party as anti-American socialists doing the bidding of a Chicago gangster running the White House? McCollum, you remember ... More >>
Via WikipediaThe Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after Timothy McVeigh's act of anti-government terrorism.U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum raised eyebrows last week when she took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to ask certain unnamed colleagues to cool their overheated right-wing ... More >>
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollumFor a change of pace, we have a Minnesota congresswoman asking her colleagues to calm down and see the nation's affairs with a little perspective: Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum on the House floor Tuesday in support of a resolution marking the 15th anniversary of ... More >>
Keeping it classy, someone angry about the passage of health care reform -- and unwilling to identify themselves -- has mailed a condom to Rep. Betty McCollum's St. Paul district office with the declaration: "Betty McCollum you've been dry f***** by the liberal party." Maria Reppas, McCollum ... More >>
The good congresswoman almost took out Joe Wilson.
St. Paul welcomes all health care reform lovers, haters, and anyone who fears euthanasia by Obama.
Rep. McCollum and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced an environmental-friendly grant for middle schools.
How did the others in the Minnesota delegation stack up?
The U.S. House passed the revised $787 billion stimulus package today with a 246-183 vote.
The U.S. House passed their version of the $819 billion stimulus bill 244-188 on Wednesday. The bill passed without a single Republican vote.
A school board in western Minnesota is split
The perennial calls for a constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the flag is among the most absurd features of contemporary American political life. Why? Because no matter where you fall on the free speech implications, you have to acknowledge that there simply isn't much of a probl ... More >>
At the Minnesota Fringe Festival