Tuesday marked the end of Robert Lilligren's more than decade-long tenure on the Minneapolis City Council and the end of Mark Andrew's mayoral dreams.Lilligren's race was arguably the nastiest of all the City Council contests. And while Andrew's matchup against the other leading mayoral contender an ... More >>
Last weekend, Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson won an MNGOP straw poll of the leading 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidates, receiving 35 percent of the 409 votes cast by the party's central committee.SEE ALSO: MNGOP governor candidate Jeff Johnson taking heat for 9/11 truther connection ... More >>
After his famously close 2008 victory, Al Franken is well on his way to a much easier race in 2014.See Also: - Al Franken already wants you to open your pocketbook for his 2014 re-election campaign - Norm Coleman isn't interested in Al Franken rematch, praises Franken's approach - Minnesota Republic ... 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 >>
In the wake of Pioneer Press editors publishing a Vote Yes editorial on Saturday -- a move that prompted Vikings punter and outspoken gay marriage advocate Chris Kluwe to immediately quit blogging for the paper -- Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert took to Twitter and told his followers, "If you ... More >>
As the excitement continues to grow for Bob Dylan's first Twin Cities performance in four years Wednesday night in St. Paul, fans are surely gearing themselves up for the show by digging through Dylan's prestigious back catalog and taking pleasure from the countless number of hits spread throughout ... 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 >>
SEE ALSO:-- Kurt Bills' moribund campaign has Brodkorb, other MNGOPers wailing and gnashing teeth-- Michael Brodkorb gloats over MNGOP's money woesMichael Brodkorb tried constructive criticism, but now he's seen enough.In a blog post published yesterday, Brodkorb does everything but demand that Kurt ... More >>
Yesterday, in a blog post, Ken Charles, General Mills' VP of Global Diversity and Inclusion, came out strongly against Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban.Not only would the bill make Minnesota "less inclusive," it would reduce General Mills' ability to "attract and retain talent," Charles wrote.J ... More >>
Maybe Wisconsinites are embarrassed by Scott Walker's epic phone fail.Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives his big budget address today in Madison, where he's expected to defend not just trying to neuter public employee unions, but also slashing funding for public education and local ... More >>
Rich Stanek: He beat Kitten. Is Klobuchar next?Norm Coleman generated some headlines the other day when he confirmed that he has no intention of running against Sen. Amy Klobuchar when she's up for re-election in 2012. So, who will? MPR asked around and found buzz building for Hennepin County Sh ... More >>
Forget the West Wing, T-Paw's going Hollywood
Michele Bachmann: Equal time?The tempest in a tea pot is now the perfect storm. Michele Bachmann's little State of the Union speech scheduled for an online-only audience tonight is now being put on a par with Barack Obama's address to Congress, and the official Republican response from Rep. Pau ... More >>
Al Franken will be Rand Paul's Democratic mentor.Right-wingers concerned about their favored politicians drinking the Capitol Hill Kool-Aid instead of the tea must be gagging over this news: Freshman GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky wants our very own liberal firebrand Al Franken to be his Democrat ... More >>
WikiWelcome to weird Wisconsin.Wisconsin is a weird place, and we documented the evidence in 2010. There were so many stories to pick from, but we whittled them down to five. Teenagers digging up a corpse for sex. Two-timed women Krazy-Gluing a guy's junk to his his abdomen. A wife who bite ... More >>
Goalie is cool as ice between the pipes
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Every vote should count, right?Tom Emmer's legal eagles are taking another shot at helping their candidate beat Mark Dayton in court. They have petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to order every election judge across the state to prove that the number of voters and the number of votes ca ... More >>
Monster at the Tea Party!
Why the glaring gap between pollsters?Talk about whiplash. Three polls this past week have given Democrat Mark Dayton a solid lead in the governor's race. But a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released late yesterday shows Republican Tom Emmer within a single percentage point of his rival.
Clinton: Use your brains before voting for BachmannBill Clinton picked a lousy night to be a Vikings fan, but he rallied the faithful for Tarryl Clark anyway, and got in a few hits on Michele Bachmann while the hometown crowd cheered.
Emmer, right, trails again.Two polls in two days maintain the trend: Democrat Mark Dayton is leading Republican Tom Emmer in the governor's race as Election Day approaches. And these most recent results put Dayton's lead outside the margin of error.
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 >>
Who's a regular Minnesotan?Score one for the blogosphere. Last month, Sally Jo Sorensen posted on her Bluestem Prairie site that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer had taken out seven mortgages on his Delano home since 2002. Today, the Minnesota DFL gave that tidbit a much bigger m ... More >>
Dayton leads Emmer: A pattern.With one exception in this year's governor's race, DFLer Mark Dayton has outperformed Republican Tom Emmer in every statewide opinion poll. Sometimes he's led by a single percentage point. Sometimes it's been by as much as nine. But the pattern is there, and it ... 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 >>
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 >>
No party endorsement, a disastrous primary, and an opponent who attracts wealthy liberals: Can Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton revive her reelection campaign?