On Tuesday, Mike McFadden cruised to victory in his Republican U.S. Senate primary, paving the way for him to face Al Franken this November.But during a speech to the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce the next day, McFadden offered up the first gaffe of the general campaign.See also:Phyllis Kahn compare ... More >>
Judging by campaign media, Minnesota's 8th Congressional District is a key battleground for gun control. In a new campaign ad, Republican challenger Stewart Mills accuses his Rick Nolan, his DFL opponent, of having "no respect" for the Second Amendment and wearing "hunter's orange" when it's politi ... More >>
The National Republican Campaign Committee took a shot at Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last week, bashing him for voting against a bill that would, according to the bill's sponsors, expand oil drilling and lower gas prices. "Yet again, Rick Nolan has walked in lockstep with President Obama and his ant ... More >>
Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, is optimistic this legislative session will finally be the one where a comprehensive transportation bill is approved and signed into law.SEE ALSO: Check out this awesome time-lapse tour of the Central Corridor [VIDEO]A bill of that sort made it out of the Senate las ... More >>
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destabilize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time
Compared to 2010, Twin Cities roads and commuters breathed a lot easier last year.According to the 2011 U.S. Traffic Scorecard, Minneapolis (really, the Twin Cities metro) had the biggest decrease in traffic congestion from 2010 through 2011.The scorecard uses traffic information from more than four ... More >>
How the mighty have fallen!Less than a year removed from being a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, Michele Bachmann is now working at a Lino Lakes gas station. Apparently, demand for Marcus Bachmann's anti-gay therapy ain't what it used to be. Either that or the couple ne ... More >>
Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are sponsoring legislation aimed at reigning in oil speculators. The average price of gas in Minnesota around $3.73, and similar pump pain being felt throughout the country, there's pressure on lawmakers to do something, anything, to bring prices down.A group of liber ... More >>
As of last weekend, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Minnesota stood at $3.43 a gallon. That's an all-time record.It's no surprise that rising gas prices correlate with increased drive-off gasoline thefts, which can be devastating for low-profit-margin gas stations. Thanks in large p ... More >>
The average gas price in the Twin Cities as of Monday was $3.27 per-gallon -- 19 cents more than a year ago and 8 cents more than just a week ago. Who or what's to blame for this new-found pain at the pump? Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com, says we should pin the blame ... More >>
Rep. Michele Bachmann wants us to think we can get instant relief in gas prices through legislation, but we aren' ... More >>
If DFL lawmakers succeed in pushing through the first state gas tax increase in two decades, Minnesotans might wind up paying as much as five cents more on the gallon. How would we rank with bordering states?
T-Paw's got a 59 percent approval rating. And don't count him out for vice president.
In the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse, it's time to take a hard look at the politicians and policies that may have contributed to the disaster
Elwyn Tinklenberg, who served as the state's transportation commissioner under Jesse Ventura, says that the 35W bridge collapse is emblematic of an eroding, underfunded transportation system. He calls for a gasoline tax hike.
The "new" Tim Pawlenty looks a lot like the old one
For Minnesota politicians, ethanol is the classic no-brainer issue. You are either pro-ethanol or don't want to get re-elected. For Minnesota environmentalists, it is a more complicated matter. While everyone with any green in their blood agrees on the need to develop alternative fuels, ethanol rema ... More >>
The governor wants to spend billions on roads without raising your taxes. Think there might be a catch?
By Eliot Brown What's bad for SUV dealers is good for the light rail... and visa versa. High gas prices earlier this fall brought Metro Transit a welcome boost in popularity as more metro-area residents were leaving their cars parked at home and hopping on the bus or light rail. In September, the ... More >>
Bankruptcy as the airlines' last best business tool There's been a flood of good stories about last week's simultaneous bankruptcy filings by Northwest and Delta--much of it published in cities where neither airline is the hometown carrier. My favorite is a piece in last Thursday's issue of the Ari ... More >>
Gas prices wreak havoc on education budgets
Concerns about gas shortages have sent people all over the nation into the local Pump 'N' Munch to top off their tanks. Stations in Wisconsin, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Arizona are running out and have no idea when shipments are coming in. Gas prices jumped by more than 50 cents a gallon We ... More >>
If your car can make it to west-central Minnesota, you can fill your tank for a lot less than in the Cities. The 40 west-central Minnesota stations supplied by the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company of Benson, Minnesota, are keeping E-85 -- a fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline -- ... More >>
The federal government just released state-by-state personal income statistics for the first quarter of 2005--and the news from Minnesota is not encouraging. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Minnesota ranked 48th in growth of personal income from the last quarter of 2004, recording a . ... More >>