At 1st Ave Halloween party and saw someone dressed as Mpls mayoral ballot. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/FrFjWf70bF-- Maya Rao (@Mrao_Strib) November 1, 2013 In our list of the top 13 most Minnesotan Halloween costumes, the unwieldy Minneapolis mayoral ballot clocked in at number six.SEE ALSO: This is t ... More >>
When Minneapolis voters head to the polls next week, they'll confront 35 candidates for mayor on the ballot. That includes no fewer than two running as some kind of pirate, and many more running for kicks, or around a pet issue.Outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak gets that this state of affairs is kind of a m ... More >>
Last week, we told you about Denny Hanson's sentimental election as Rochester's City Council president five months after he died.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Keith Downey lists dead guys as supporters in newspaper ad (and loses election last week) Turns out he wasn't the only dead guy elected to city office ... More >>
The Twin Cities music community is filled with partisanship. Just think about how many arguments exist when it comes to the pressing issues like Mumford vs. Dawes, the Current's David Campbell bearded vs. clean-shaven, and Hot Cheetos vs. Takis. These things matter!While we heard a lot over the week ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.While it's impo ... More >>
Just because the Presidential Debates are done for 2012 doesn't mean that you should stop being politically active and aware leading up to Election Day. And tonight's Vote No Squared: Turn A Double Negative Into A Positive concert at Varsity Theater has been put together to raise awareness and suppo ... More >>
After penning his colorfully eloquent letter in support of gay marriage, Chris Kluwe has been everywhere. From CNN to peddling his own line of T-shirts to the cover of Out magazine, Kluwe has taken full advantage of his moment to speak out about the right of all Americans to marry. As Election Day a ... More >>
With Election Day just over a month away, many us are probably growing tired of the endless stream of campaign commercials and relentless sloganeering ringing out from most media outlets. But one of the definite advantages of any election year are the special Benefit Concerts which bring together ta ... More >>
A stellar group of local musicians have put together a show at Hell's Kitchen on March 30 to help raise money and awareness for Minnesotans United For All Families, a wide-ranging alliance of community and business leaders throughout the state who are working to defeat an amendment on the bal ... More >>
A judge dismisses a "Please ID Me" lawsuit "With Prejudice"You can't go to the polls in Minnesota on Election Day festooned in political messages, whether they're on shirts, hats, buttons or whatever. It's against the law. But the "Please ID Me" people, who urged vigilantes to run after gran ... More >>
Confused about who and what they wanted you to vote for?Two anti-gay marriage groups, one of them national and one based here in Minnesota, are being accused of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying expenditures during 2010. Common Cause Minnesota filed complaints against the N ... More >>
No, not this makeup job.Rep. Michele Bachmann had a record amount of money to throw around as Election Day drew near a few months ago, so she figured, what the heck, she'd drop a couple of Ben Franklins on looking good for the media swarm. Cost Cutters evidently didn't cut it for the sixth distr ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty at CPAC today doubled down with the Michele Bachmann wing of the Republican party by insisting that, "We should not -- we should not -- raise the debt ceiling." Like Bachmann, he wants to hang the nation's deficit around Barack Obama's neck. And the line got a round of applause ... More >>
Steven Hayward loves monster trucks.Paul Mirengoff figured it was okay to trash Indian spiritual beliefs and Mexicans when he complained on the Power Line blog about a Yaqui prayer delivered at the memorial service for the Tucson shooting victims. But he also trashed his law firm's reputation a ... More >>
Another Bachmann confrontation with House leaders.Queen of the tea party Rep. Michele Bachmann, with an assist from former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is ramping up her battle urging Congress to block an increase in the federal debt ceiling. Forget it, says House Speaker John Boehner. That's a recipe ... More >>
Under chairman Tony Sutton, the GOP regained control of the Legislature, if not the governor's mansion.In the summer of 2009 we profiled Minnesota GOP Chairman Tony Sutton, and asked whether he could turn around a party on the state level that seemed to have lost its bearings on a national scale. ... More >>
Ventura on TPT.Jesse Ventura is pissed off that Independence Party candidate Tom Horner barely attracted any votes on Election Day. And when he was interviewed by TPT's Mary Lahammer about Democrat Mark Dayton preparing to take over the governor's office from Republican Tim Pawlenty, he la ... More >>
TPTVentura doesn't trust you.After growling about the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature to deal with the state's budget woes, and calling for the abolition of all political parties, former Gov. Jesse Ventura went on record believing that, "All Minnesotans are liars." Ou ... More >>
Tom Emmer says it's time to move on.Given the steady drip, drip, drip of his failed ballot challenges and dead-end legal maneuvers since Election Day, it almost seems anticlimactic that Republican Tom Emmer has finally concluded that his race for governor is lost. A lot of GOP insiders, and ... More >>
Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.It's over. Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer will concede the race to Democrat Mark Dayton in an official announcement at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in his hometown of Delano. Emmer decided to quit his recount battle against Dayton just h ... More >>
Arranging deck chairs on the Titanic?Tom Emmer's Team Frivolous did the right thing Saturday, withdrawing almost 2,600 frivolous challenges to recounted ballots in Hennepin County. On Sunday, the Great Withdrawal continued as they took similar action on the work of their overzealous troops i ... More >>
House Republicans probably don't need to justify their rejection of Michele Bachmann for a leadership post. Her track record of outlandish lies and spotlight hogging gave them plenty of excuses. But if they wanted a little more proof that she's not always playing on the team, they should loo ... More >>
Keith Ellison wins another election.Rep. Keith Ellison has just won election as a chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. That means the leader of of one of Congress's most liberal groups now shares a property line of sorts with the chairwoman of one of its most conservative, Rep. ... More >>
Former John Kline staffer Andy Post is one of two new bloggers for MDE.Right-wing watchdog website Minnesota Democrats Exposed has two new voices as of this week. University of Minnesota alumnus Andy Post and Ryan Lyk, currently a student at U of M-Duluth, took over the blog yesterday, succe ... More >>
Ellison keeps swinging left.Regardless of the Election Day teabagger wave, a whole lot of Democrats won re-election to the House of Representatives two weeks ago, sent there by Americans who expect them to fight the Republican tide. One of those Democrats is 5th district Rep. Keith Ellison. ... More >>
And now we wait on the Supremes.Tom Emmer's legal team got its shot before the Minnesota Supreme Court today to argue that election judges didn't follow the law when they counted up voters and votes on Election Day.
Update: No change. Dayton leads.Ramsey County, the second most populous county in the state, has audited its Election Day ballots. As with Hennepin County last week, each candidate has picked up a thimble-full of support. That means the overall results are the same. Dayton is ahead of Republ ... More >>
Not the clear favorite after all.MPR and the Humphrey Institute released a poll the week before Election Day that predicted a victory for Mark Dayton over Tom Emmer in the governor's race. Team Emmer complained and said its own internal numbers show the race a toss-up.
Unemployment? Foreclosures? Massive budget deficit? Take a number.Remember how Republicans kept telling us this election was supposed to be all about jobs, jobs, tax breaks and more jobs? The crappy economy gave conservative Christians cover from having to talk too much about over-sharing the ... More >>
Election Integrity Watch got its wires crossed.It was a relatively peaceful day of poll-watching by a conservative group that appointed itself Election Day big brother...aside from a few hilarious blips. All that the volunteers of Election Integrity Watch wanted was to make sure that voting sta ... More >>
If our Twitter stream is any indication, peeps are in a funk today and could use some cheering up. Not to worry, though -- Gimme Noise has got you covered. As you clamber up out of the post-Election Day haze, take a few minutes to watch some of our favorite over-the-top cute or otherwise serotoni ... More >>
Speak English, would ya?Today is Election Day. And while we wait in line to cast our votes in the Twin Cities, the chances are good that we're going to hear some language other than English being spoken. This is nothing new. And despite what the English-only crowd would have us believe, it d ... More >>
First hitting the stages in his native Syria in the '90s, Omar Soleyman made his first appearance in the Twin Cities promoting his Sublime Frequencies Stateside debut, Dabke, that just dropped on the Cedar Cultural Center's stage last night.
Lucky number 700. Election week has us all on the edge of our seats. Ease the tension with Blue Plate's Election Day discounts, celebratory taps at Muddy Pig, and Mississippi Market meat samples this Week in Food. Monday 11/1 Forget the ATM, you've got this. Bryant Lake Bowl's Cheap Date Nite ... More >>
Photo: WikipediaMarijuana: An unorthodox campaign strategy.If it's true that there's no such thing as bad publicity, then Stephen Conlin may very well win a seat on the St. Charles City Council come Election Day. He may also be working his way through the criminal justice system.
Another fine addition to the local theater scene.We in the Twin Cities like to trumpet our national standing as a respected leader in the performing arts. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann likes to promote herself as a constitutional scholar and teabagger-in-chief. So it makes total cosmic sen ... More >>
Michele Bachmann may not have, as Tarryl Clark put it, done @#%! for the 6th congressional district. But the incumbent Republican is now wallowing in so much money that it probably doesn't matter what Clark has to say.
Photo: debairdElection Integrity Watch: Right this way.Minnesota Majority, the North Star Tea Party Patriots and Minnesota Voters Alliance plan to spy on your voting this Election Day. Don't worry, though. They're a collection right-wing activists or sure, but they insist that raw politics h ... More >>
Politics for me, but not for thee.More anti-gay activity from Archbishop John Nienstedt: He has denied communion to gay and lesbian student activists at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict. He presided over a Mass they attended Sunday night, Sept. 26, at the Catholic campus ... More >>
Obama, or Bachmann? No contest.A Humphrey Institute/MPR poll out this morning finds that President Barack Obama could struggle in Minnesota on Election Day 2012. Maybe. But Minnesotans sound pretty sure that he's a much better bet in the White House than, say, congresswoman Michele Bachmann ... More >>
Check his pockets: They are M&M-free...for now.DFL candidate for governor Mark Dayton has put his M&M addiction on hold during election season as he crisscrosses the state pursuing votes. Want to do the guy a solid? Throw out a suggestion for Minnesota's next state food--as governor, he'd hav ... More >>
The sounds you hear are the mourning cries of Michele Bachmann foes everywhere: Liberal blogger Dusty Trice is calling it quits.
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Ah yes, a Democratic victory party in a city that reelected a mayor with 74 percent of the vote after an Election Day that brought out only 20 percent of the city's residents.
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If a person is willing to actually "campaign" for mayor under the "Is Awesome" party, they at least deserve a pity 3rd choice vote on the ranked choice ballot. Do it for America.
During a short debate on Minnesota Public Radio today, Rybak acknowledged that it would be tough to run Minneapolis while also campaigning for governor... IF he decides to run.