On Thursday, the Republican-run U.S. House passed a farm bill. This should be good news: The all-important package of legislation, which comes up for a vote every five years, expired in September 2012, and has left many in farm country in limbo.But the House's latest version of the farm bill -- whic ... More >>
After a $1.60-per-pack cigarette tax increase goes into effect on July 1, Bob Moffitt expects many Minnesota smokers to do as he did after college and quit.Moffitt, director of media relations for the American Lung Association in Minnesota, says he kicked his cigarette habit cold turkey many years a ... More >>
On Tuesday the folks over at Surly Brewing Co. took the time to issue their response to the proposed tax increase on Minnesota-made alcohol. In a lengthy blog post that details their multiple issues with the proposed excise tax increase, Surly makes it clear that this legislation can only hurt Minne ... More >>
During a floor speech last Friday, Michele Bachmann mangled an attempt at a Shakespeare quote (She said "Thou protesteth too much" -- the actual quote is "The lady doth protest too much"). But that's not significant here.SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann's 'I do not do political speech' line draws loud lau ... More >>
Today, House DFLers unveiled their proposed tax bill, and it's bad news for those of you who like to drink.SEE ALSO: The "I hate the Pedal Pub" Facebook page is hilarious [IMAGES]House DFLers are proposing the first increase in the state's liquor tax in years. It'd add roughly seven cents to the cos ... More >>
Yesterday, the MNGOP's official House caucus Twitter account wanted you to ponder this thought as you tried to stay warm while April snow fell outside:ICYMI: While you sit inside today, remember $840k in taxpayer $ went to overseas trips for artists. on.fb.me/XutxBD#DFLWaste #mnleg-- MN House Republ ... More >>
Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, is one half of the tandem leading the push for marriage equality. She's also leading the push to increase taxes on beer, wine, and liquor.SEE ALSO: Sunday liquor sales seem to be dead on arrival yet againYesterday, Clark's proposal to increase taxes on 31-gallon barr ... More >>
Barring a last-minute deal in D.C., this Friday will mark the beginning of $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts that will be gradually implemented over the next decade.SEE ALSO: Minnesota's economic recovery driven by McJobs, not middle-class jobsAll states will be affected, some more than others. A ... More >>
When he signed an executive order calling for an end to a longstanding pay freeze for members of Congress and other federal employees last Thursday, President Obama essentially offered Michele Bachmann a $900-a-year raise. But Bachmann and a majority of her colleagues in the GOP-controlled House wan ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Allen Quist flip-flops about his research in a Mankato "anonymous sodomy" adult bookstore-- Allen Quist under renewed fire for 'men are genetically predisposed to lead family' remarkWith his gaffe-fest primary against Mike Parry in the rear-view mirror, you might've expected Republican U ... More >>
Pot, meet kettle. Late last year, figures released by the MNGOP's own Internal Finance Review revealed that the party is about $2 million in debt. Review committee chair Jeff Johnson characterized the MNGOP's balance sheets as containing "some ugly stuff."Yesterday, President Obama released his p ... More >>
Food stamps account for 40 percent of sales at Supervalu's Save-A-Lot stores.Eden Prairie-based Supervalu is one of a handful of grocery chains changing the way it operates to accommodate the record number of food stamp recipients. From opening supermarkets at midnight, when government benefits a ... More >>
The president hates America. We live in a socialist state. Shutting down the government isn't shutting down the government. That's reality for Rep. Michele Bachmann. Everything else is just fantasy, she told Harry Smith on "Face the Nation" yesterday.
Like her Muslim friends, Bachmann has no pork on her fork.Michele Bachmann has a message for America this afternoon: "Recently, porking has gotten way out of control."It's a provocative statement, and one that certainly lends itself to interpretation. But based on context, our best guess is t ... More >>
This woman wants a bridge.Tim Pawlenty got away with not raising taxes by redefining a "tax" as a "user fee." Now Michele Bachmann supports a redefinition of earmarks she likes, because those earmarks aren't really earmarks. They're, well, something else.
Tim Pawlenty, health care expert.Tim Pawlenty, sorta-kinda running for president maybe, has been working hard on his Fox News soundbites. "I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country," he told the fair and balanced network last week ... More >>
Ardolf was allegedly gunning for Biden and ObamaIs federal deficit spending worth taking the vice president's and president's llives? Ask Barry Vincent Ardolf, a 45-year-old Medtronic employee from Blaine with, apparently, no criminal record. He's accused of using someone else's computer in ... More >>
To borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan: There she goes again. Preaching to the converted at yesterday's downtown Minneapolis GOP money-grubbing love-in with Sarah Palin -- check out our slideshow -- Michele Bachmann told a bunch of whoppers. Her call for nuking cyberattackers was an especial ... More >>
The congresswoman keeps insisting that the federal government now controls 51 percent of the U.S. economy.
Minnesota ranked 41st out of 50 states in the amount of federal funding it received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A Washington, D.C. activist group is using her words against her, via radio ads that started running in her district today.
Dick Cheney once famously said that Ronald Reagan proved "deficits don't matter."
A vote in the House and a decision by a U.S. District Court judge in Brooklyn suggest she's lost a couple of rounds.
The Republican faithful come to praise the governor' proposed constitutional amendment, but he's nowhere in sight.
The amendment stops defense contractors from receiving federal funding if they use mandatory arbitration clauses that prevent victims of assault from going to court.
But does the MSNBC host have Hardballs for 44?
Sen. Amy Klobuchar appeared on MSNBC Wednesday to talk about how lonely and tough it is being the only Minnesota senator in Washington, D.C.
Bachmann responded today with a fundraising email of her own to counter the Democrats. Are we back in election season or what?
Don't worry Minnesotans. Pawlenty can't resist grabbing for the stimulus plan's "meandering buffet".
Minneapolis moves toward a final 2006 city budget
Are the state GOP and an antiabortion group conspiring against runoff voting?
The White House's new anti-poverty program: Shotgun weddings
How's the president doing?
Health care took the most visible hits at the Legislature this year, and the future only looks bleaker: Linda Berglin, the only DFLer who stood and fought Pawlenty's cuts.
Thanks to census counts, inmates are bringing big money to small towns
Minnesota's success in providing health care to children is about to cost the state millions in federal funds
The outlook for Minnesota
A nation of trolls under the bridge to the 21st century
Calculating the real impact of the welfare bill for Minnesota.