The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media wants the University of Minnesota to prohibit the Washington NFL team from playing on campus at TCF Bank stadium on November 2 unless the team changes its nickname.But U officials, citing the terms of its lease with the Vikings, say they don' ... More >>
Offensive sports names and logos aren't going away anytime soon. There's the Washington Redskins' derogatory name. There's Chief Wahoo, the racist caricature logo of the Cleveland Indians. All clearly racist, all defended by owners and fans. Changing those images is a noble cause, but sometimes, it ... More >>
Keith Ellison isn't happy about President Obama's announcement of an administrative change to the Affordable Care Act "aimed at allowing those whose insurance is being canceled over the law to keep those plans for another year," to use CNN's words.SEE ALSO: Matt Birk refused White House trip because ... More >>
Chris Kluwe is still looking for an NFL job, but after his rant last night, we doubt he'll find work with the Washington Redskins.SEE ALSO: "Geography of Hate" maps show where racist and homophobic tweets come from [IMAGES] Kluwe sounded off on the Redskins nickname controversy, which has gained ste ... More >>
Yesterday, Keith Ellison went on WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy to explain his (preliminary) support for a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison: "Let's say that the war on drugs is over" [INTERVIEW]Ellison made clear during the intervie ... More >>
The race is on for outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak's office. Facing a crowded field of candidates, the six leading mayoral contenders are relying on a key measure to help them stand out from the pack: Who they can get to endorse them. See Also: - Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minne ... More >>
Last Friday, we told you about how some Minnesota conservatives, in the hours after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, opined that Minnesota teachers should be allowed to carry firearms in the classroom.SEE ALSO:-- Cornish, author of "deadly force" bill, thinks Byron Smith is a murderer -- No ... More >>
Last night, President Obama traveled to Newtown, Connecticut, and gave a speech at a memorial service for the victims of Friday's school shooting.SEE ALSO:-- Al Franken didn't want to talk gun control on Friday; Betty McCollum did -- Andy Parrish's response to Newtown school shooting: Arm teachers H ... More >>
Today, Slate points out a few absurd fabrications contained in Michele Bachmann's May 8 fundraising appeal to prospective donors.We wouldn't expect politicians to be above bending the truth to their advantage, but Bachmann's claims are more akin to taking the truth and snapping it in two.Recent poll ... More >>
Michele Bachmann and Amy Klobuchar aren't on the same page often, but they both agree the Stillwater area needs a new bridge to Wisconsin.Their agreement was so strong that they even joined forces to write President Obama a letter seeking his "prompt signature" on a bill approving the new bridge' ... More >>
The panel charged with drawing the state's new political boundaries released their long-awaiting redistricting maps this afternoon. Unless you're a hardcore political wonk, there aren't too many newsworthy changes to discuss, with one exception -- the redrawn maps lumped together U.S. Rep. Betty ... More >>
Michele Bachmann plans to run for another term in Congress, no matter what this week's redistricting brings. Bachmann held a press conference at the Minnesota Capitol this morning to demand more transparency into state and federal medicaid programs, declaring plans to work with Republicans and Dem ... More >>
Just a day after new polling indicated she's less popular in Minnesota than ever, Michele Bachmann announced she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House this November.The Public Policy Polling poll showed that she has a 34/57 favorable/unfavorable split with Minnesota voters, and only 37 percen ... More >>
Bachmann, Ellison: Debt makes for strange bedfellows.Finally, Michele Bachmann and Keith Ellison have something in common. Yesterday's U.S. House vote to raise the debt ceiling and make $2 trillion in spending cuts passed the U.S. House 269-161, but Minnesota's most conservative and most liberal ... More >>
mmtzjr69outThe dust has settled in the wake of the 2010 elections, and the hot white glare on Target's controversial support for anti-gay Republican Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign has faded. But FEC records show that the Target political action committee kept up its donations to anti-ga ... More >>
Tim Walz speaks out in favor of repealing DADT.The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Gay folk are one step closer to being able to serve their country in the military openly. Minnesota Democrats Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, Jim Oberstar and Tim ... More >>
The race up north.By the time we cut out early this morning, the Republicans were on their way to historic sweep in the House of Representatives, tossing out Democrats by the fistful. But as the dust settled in seven out of the eight Minnesota congressional races, exactly nothing changed. ... More >>
Bachmann: Saddling our kids with the fedeal debt is OK when she does it.Remember the Fox News gabfests, the D.C. rallies and the campaign ads where Michele Bachmann brags about voting against President Barack Obama's stimulus bill? Too much federal spending, she says. Turns out she had her h ... More >>
Bachmann hasn't yet convinced Kline and Paulsen to drink the tea Tea for thee? As of 9:30 a.m. today, no other member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota has signed on as a member Michele Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus, the official "receptacle" of people pissed off that democratic e ... More >>
Photo: Free Prof. Peter Erlinder Now/FacebookErlinder's controversial views on the Rwandan genocide have landed him in prisonIt's not clear whether this means he'll be able to return home yet, but William Mitchell law professor Peter Erlinder has been granted bail on medical grounds by a Rwan ... More >>
Via William Mitchell College of LawNo question, the man is lightning rodWilliam Mitchell constitutional law professor Peter Erlinder is no stranger to controversial causes in the United States, but his latest gambit leaves him on the hook far from home: He's been arrested in Rwanda for denyin ... More >>
We could have had vampire Jonathon Sharkey for governor, but he took off for Florida. Maybe fugitive felon Jack Shepard for District 4 congressman? What could possibly go wrong? From Shepard's Web site, somewhere in Italy: "If you support: 1) The Legalization of Medical Marijuana, 2) An imm ... More >>
Tarryl Clark's probably feeling pretty good about the $1.1 million she's raised to try and turn Rep. Michele Bachmann out of office. But she's up against a fact-challenged incumbent who's happy to charge donors $10,000 a pop for a photo op with Sarah Palin today. And we're pretty sure they ... More >>
Rep. Michele BachmannEric Ostermeier at Smart Politics, the blog of the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, reports today that of roughly 900 articles published by the Minnesota Independent over the last six months, 20.1 percent of them focused on the ever controversial and out ... More >>
The congresswoman's official Web site gets laced with anti-Obama profanity.
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The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) just released their 30th annual Rating of Congress report and they sure aren't fans of the Minnesota delegation.
All Minnesota U.S. House members posted their requests on their site, except Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. She is one of 71 members who has yet to post the data on their site.
The senate race between the Republican incumbent and the former SNL comedian is the most expensive in the country
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Meet the top enlisted soldier—and top lunchroom monitor—who's battling to dislodge Gil Gutknecht
If you live in Minnesota's second Congressional district, represented by first term Republican John Kline, the answer is, "the opposite of green." At least if you believe the environmental advocacy group, the League of Conservation Voters, which last week released its environmental scorecard for ev ... More >>
THESE DAYS Senator Norm Coleman has submitted a statement into the Congressional Record denouncing a final report issued by the United Nations' Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) suggesting that the U.N. assume global governance of the Internet. Raw Story has a piece on a forthcoming Vani ... More >>
Sen. Norm Coleman does an about-face on a bill that will hurt Minnesota farmers
Mark Kennedy's at it again. And this time he's "saving the environment!" For two weeks in a row now, Rep. Mark Kennedy takes the top spot as the biggest hypocrite in Minnesota politics. As we reported last week, Kennedy urged Minnesotans to support breast-cancer research and funding while he voted a ... More >>
St. Paul DFLers pick a well-heeled moderate to take on big, bad Randy Kelly
The African HIV crisis--15 million dead, 25 million infected--hits home in Minnesota
It's time for the U.S. to put up its nukes