We've all seen the commercials: Not satisfied with your product or service? Get a refund. Money-back guarantees are a handy tool for marketers -- but could they work in the public arena? John Denney, the Independence Party Sixth District congressional candidate, thinks so. See also:Senators Fra ... More >>
During a May 22 appearance on Detroit Lakes' KDLM radio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden was asked what lessons from his business career he's taking with him on the campaign trail.McFadden, who most recently worked as co-CEO of a Minneapolis-based investment bank, replied, "Well, ... More >>
Think politics isn't a contact sport? Think again.At the MNGOP convention in Rochester over the weekend, Julianne Ortman's campaign to secure her party's endorsement for the U.S. Senate race against Al Franken crashed and burned quicker than you can say "McFadden." Unsurprisingly, that development w ... More >>
Congressman Rick Nolan's spokesman denies explosive allegations made in a recent Zenith City Weekly report.NOLAN's 2014 CHALLENGER: Stewart Mills, GOP congressional candidate, hits a beer bong [PHOTOS]The piece, written by Shelly Mategko, alleges that during his campaign to unseat Republican Chip Cr ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has the distinction of being one of the top fundraisers in the U.S. House, and Tom Emmer, the first candidate to jump into the race for her Sixth District seat, is showing that he's no slouch in the money-grubbing department either. See Also: - Tom Emmer first to announce bid for B ... More >>
Andy Parrish served as Bachmann's congressional chief of staff, then moved on to work in the same role during her ill-fated presidential campaign. He played a significant role in engineering the shining achievement of that campaign -- Bachmann's August 2011 Ames straw poll victory.SEE ALSO: Jon Stew ... More >>
After months of teasing a mayoral run, Minneapolis City Councilmember Gary Schiff will make it official at a press conference at noon today. SEE ALSO: Gary Schiff files for mayoral run Betsy Hodges files to run for mayor
About two months after he exited the Republican presidential race, Pawlenty for President announced it had outstanding debts of about $454,000.Those debts are now paid off, thanks in large part to Pawlenty's sugar daddy and the presumptive 2012 GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. USA Today report ... More >>
In the moments after Rick Santorum announced he's suspending his presidential campaign, effectively surrendering the GOP nomination to Mitt Romney, a local Twitter personality offered up the following analysis: "I'm devastated that Rick Santorum has suspended his Presidential campaign." -- No one.Bu ... More >>
The ill-fated presidential campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty cost them the support of Minnesotans. That's the conclusion that emerges from recent polling conducted by Public Policy Polling, a respected polling firm based in Raleigh. Sometimes, familiarity really does breed contempt. ... More >>
From top GOP contender to bottom of the barrel
Tim Pawlenty: Thanks for the memories.Tim Pawlenty is not going to be president, and it's all his fault. Over the weekend, T-Paw's campaign ended, as it started, with a whimper. Since he officially declared his candidacy in March, Pawlenty's campaign for president has been a roller coaster ride - ... More >>
Bachmann's YouTube announcementMichele Bachmann is out of Minnesota's hair . . . for now.In last night's Republican debate, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced that she has filed paperwork and is now officially running for president in 2012. While none of this is a surprise, it means that w ... More >>
News about the presidential race? Not really. Just begging for cash.Michele Bachmann wants your money and your attention, and if that means she has to tease you with the prospect of a presidential run, so be it. Here's the latest example. First she sends a text and tweet to registered fans i ... More >>
facebookBen Foster, the Pawlenty operative arrested for drunkenness this morning in Iowa.When Tim Pawlenty hired 24-year-old Ben Foster in September, it made headlines: Foster was the first full-time Iowa staffer for any of the nascent 2012 presidential campaigns. Today, Foster's making hea ... More >>
Who's watching the books?For a budget hawk and a former tax pro, Rep. Michele Bachmann sure seems to have an issue with math. Maybe it's because she's got more money than she knows what to do with. The Federal Election Commission has informed her--again--that her year-end campaign finance repo ... More >>
Who says the government isn't efficient? It took the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board just a day to consign a Republican complaint against IP gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner to the "out" box. The complaint alleges that former Republican Horner received an illegal cam ... More >>
After failing to take out Bachmann in her first race as a Congressional incumbent, Tinklenberg says he is a better candidate and can actually pull it off if you'll just donate before Bachmann says something insane days before Election Day.
Norm Coleman's election recount trial is heavily focused on the "count every properly cast vote" idea. But according to testimony during his trial today, his campaign is also to blame for some votes being thrown out.
The state Canvassing Board is expected to certify Franken's 225-vote lead today at their meeting. Will Stuart Smalley be our new sen ... More >>
Al Franken has asked that the state Canvassing Board count all 1,346 ballots deemed wrongly rejected by election officials. Norm ... More >>
The Quiet Giant
The Wizard of Odds: Iowa begins the road to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul
The FBI-whistle-blower-turned-congressional-candidate inches closer to John Kline in the latest poll. But it likely has nothing to do with her.
Judicial candidates in Minnesota can now be endorsed by a political party. The money hasn't flowed yet, but some races have already been politicized.
Ember Reichgott Junge: When does a compromiser become compromised?
A D.C.-based money-in-politics watchdog group has just released a comparison of the five metro areas vying to host the '08 national political conventions. Minneapolis/St. Paul is one.
Wikipedia shenanigans cost campaign worker his job, many British women prefer house cleaning to sex, the theme to Hawaii 5-O played with hands, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
In the past seven years the Minnesota attorney general's office has earned a rep as one of the country's toughest HMO watchdogs. So does it matter that Matt Entenza, the DFL's heir apparent to the job, is married to one of the most powerful executives in
Campaign mastermind stays onboard, divides duties Little more than six weeks ago, Minneapolis mayoral candidate Peter McLaughlin pulled off a minor upset when he blocked the DFL endorsement of incumbent R.T. Rybak at the party's citywide convention. During the wild 10-hour Saturday session, it be ... More >>
Peter McLaughlin explains why he's running for mayor
A political outcast rises again on the Leech Lake Reservation
Why Telegate matters
Laying down the law on campaign signs
The DFL in disarray, three mayoral candidates make a play for the Green Party endorsement
Record profits from political ads have critics crying foul
In ten years, only one man has had the blind faith to try to unseat Anoka Mayor Pete Beberg. Meet Bjorn Skogquist, new kid in town.
No one's giving much thought to Ralph Nader's running mate. But it has never been a good idea to underestimate Winona LaDuke.
Five years ago Mike Hatch was just another failed politician. Then a dying woman walked into his office, and a crusade was born.
Even as she paints Sharon Sayles Belton as an opportunist, mayoral candidate Barbara Carlson has changed her position on a new, publicly funded Twins stadium.
John Derus, still smarting from his 1996 primary defeat and his misplaced election-day photo in the Star Tribune, claims state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page's ties to the Strib biased the outcome of Derus's case against the paper.
Faith & Loathing: On the Campaign Trail With Paul Wellstone