Rob Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate at the U of M. He works. He pays taxes. But come November, while his neighbors and colleagues are casting ballots, Stewart will stay away from the polling station. Why? Because he's a convicted felon with a serious drug offense on his record. See also:Wisconsin ... 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 month, Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath took lots of heat for blaming the not-really-that-close defeat of the voter ID amendment on voter fraud, despite not presenting any evidence fraud actually occurred. SEE ALSO: Minnesota Majority wanted you to follow buses leaving polling places on electio ... 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 >>
In the fall of 2010, Minnesota Majority, the state's leading pro-voter ID group, created the Election Integrity Watch. As a press release published at the time noted, Election Watch "is a program designed to engage voters across the state to be vigilant, watching for and reporting on election fraud. ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Forget the West Wing, T-Paw's going Hollywood
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Mark Dayton wins again, but the contest isn't over yet.Every county in the state has completed its recount in the governor's race, and the result is the same as the day after Election Day: Democrat Mark Dayton has an insurmountable lead over Republican Tom Emmer. The Secretary of State's off ... 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 >>
Mark Dayton, left, still leads Tom Emmer.Tom Emmer lost his state Supreme Court challenge in the governor's race recount last week. And by the end of the day on Monday, as the hand count got under way, he was still losing to Mark Dayton. In fact, the Secretary of State's office added another ... 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 >>
Dayton and Emmer are headed for a recount.So much for the "strong and growing evidence" that election officials haven't counted ballots correctly, and that "phantom votes" are sullying the result of the governor's race. It took the Minnesota Supreme Court just a few hours to reject those arg ... More >>
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 >>
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.
Jesse Ventura now: Vote for Tom Horner.Jesse Ventura shocked Minnesota, and launched a million late-night TV jokes, when he made the leap from the pro wrestling ring to the governor's mansion in the 1998. Now he's passing the feather boa to a new independent. He's endorsed Tom Horner for gov ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
John Nienstedt: Protest comes to the archbishop.Two projects have now sprung up to slap "Return to Sender" on Archbishop John Nienstedt's mass mailing of 400,000 anti-gay marriage DVDs to Catholics in the Twin Cities. ReturnTheDVD.org launched on Monday, after Lucinda Naylor set up DVD to Ar ... 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 >>
Mark Buesgens: Out of the ditch and into trouble.Republican state Rep. Mark Buesgens tried to drive his car out of a ditch Saturday night and steered right into a pile of trouble, both for himself and Tom Emmer's campaign for governor. A Wright County deputy said a field sobriety test showed ... More >>
Horner's wit earned the biggest applause and laughs last night at the expense of his opponents.Gubernatorial candidates Tom Emmer, Mark Dayton and Tom Horner don't agree on much. And with Election Day fast approaching, none wasted much time with pleasantries at last night's debate. Independe ... More >>
In the latest political maneuvering, Democrats have created a "Give it up, Norm" site to try and get Norm Coleman to concede. In response, Republicans are demanding Al Franken "stand up and fight" for Minnesota voters.
Now that the recount for the U.S. Senate seat is complete, Minnesota's Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is proposing new ways to run voting and potential recounts in the future.
Norm Coleman's election contest finally made some news today.
Norm Coleman held a press conference this afternoon to address the end of the recount and to announce that his ... More >>
Minnesota Independent made some serious cuts to their staff yesterday and the exiting employees don't have good th ... More >>
They've jumped on the Sen. Norm Coleman bandwagon to continue blaming Franken for the recount and then for trying to steal the ... More >>
A look at the best and worst election results front pages on Nov. 5.
Just days before Election Day comes a pesky lawsuit filed in Texas that alleges Coleman's wife, Laurie, received $75,000 courtesy of "suitgate" chum Nasser Kazeminy.
In their short time together, the Hug Brigade has gathered to hug strangers in numerous public places -- all without incident. Until last week, that is, when a small contingent of Huggers took to the Mall Of America...