Minnesota lawmakers have until July 1 to get it together.As of today, the Minnesota Legislature is two-and-a-half weeks tardy in solving the state's $5 billion budget deficit. Unfortunately for everyone, there doesn't appear to be a budget deal in sight. If no agreement is made by July 1st, ... More >>
Gretchen Hoffman is now the target of an official ethics complaint.When state GOP Sen. Gretchen Hoffman hacked up and tweeted a speech by her DFL colleague Barb Goodwin to make it look as though Goodwin was calling mentally ill people "idiots and imbeciles," Goodwin threatened an ethics compl ... More >>
Courtesy Savethevikes.org.Vikings superfan Cory Merrifiled, right, has been lobbying for a new stadium since 2009. On Tuesday, a lot of Vikings fans celebrated a victory when team owners struck a deal with Ramsey County to build a new stadium in Arden Hills. But even with a location suppose ... More >>
Let Amy debate! Let Amy debate!Michele Bachmann is famously reluctant to put herself in positions where she might have to talk to someone who disagrees with her. But Jesus God do we hope she makes an exception in this instance. Amy Myers, a high school sophomore from Cherry Valley, New Jers ... 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 >>
Heading off what we assume will be the inevitable attacks from right field about American Muslims not rejoicing in a sufficiently patriotic manner over the death of Osama bin Laden, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a formal statement today from the gro ... More >>
Gracious in victory.Rep. Steve Drazkowski, the GOP legislator from Mazeppa, is showing the class of a champion. This week City Pages bestowed upon Drazkowski our annual "Best Villain" award, citing the impressive raft of retrograde legislation he has launched in the past year. Kind of a ba ... More >>
Our mythical land of Norwegian bachelor farmers continues to change: The number of Hispanics in Minnesota shot up up 74.5 percent in the past decade. That may sound like some sort of a cultural sea change, but it's really not. The state, home to 5.3 million people now compared to 4.9 millio ... More >>
Who's watching the books?For a budget hawk and a former tax pro, Rep. Michele Bachmann sure seems to have an issue with math. Maybe it's because she's got more money than she knows what to do with. The Federal Election Commission has informed her--again--that her year-end campaign finance repo ... More >>
Dayton offers a plan that calls for new taxes.After nixing the Legislature's proposed $900 million in budget cuts last week with his veto pen, Gov. Mark Dayton submitted his own proposal today for balancing the state's budget, complete with a promised tax hike on the wealthiest among us.
Bachmann took a beating from veterans' groups.Maybe it was while she was jetting between Oahu and Maui for "district work" that Michele Bachmann realized cutting war veterans' benefits was a tone-deaf response to the nation's budget deficit. But she got the message, and today she announced she wo ... 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 >>
Al Franken loses the Comcast-NBC merger fight.The Comcast-NBC Universal merger got an official green light today from the Federal Communications Commission, paving the way on a 4-1 vote for another major consolidation in the telecom industry. It's a merger that Al Franken has battled from th ... More >>
Pawlenty wants military gays back in the closet.If he's elected president, Tim Pawlenty says he would put military gay folk back in the closet by reinstating Don't Ask Don't Tell, putting himself at odds with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Pentagon brass and members of Congress who suppor ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
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 >>
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.
Image by nicksieger on FlickrIs your property tax too high?The legal eagles at the U of M law clinic say Minneapolis is making people--especially those who live in Phillips or North Minneapolis--pay too much property tax. Students compared home sale prices to property tax assessments and found ... 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 >>
Bachmann vs. Stephanopoulos: No contest.Never letting the facts get in the way of a good soundbite, Michele Bachmann's been caught with her pants on fire by PolitiFact again. George Stephanopoulos, on "Good Morning America," asked her why it was okay for the wealthy to get tax breaks, but no ... More >>
Global X / FlickrMinnesota's food insecurity is better than average but getting worseNearly 15% of American households are "food insecure"--meaning they had to worry about having enough food to eat last year, used government or community food programs, or sometimes went hungry, according to a ... 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.
Somalis are waging war on themselves with money sent from hereThree more Somalis have been charged with funneling money to the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab. One of the men was arrested Monday in Minneapolis. Abdi Mahdi Hussein, who works for a remittance company, is accused of conspiring wi ... More >>
Bachmann: Saddling our kids with the fedeal debt is OK when she does it.Remember the Fox News gabfests, the D.C. rallies and the campaign ads where Michele Bachmann brags about voting against President Barack Obama's stimulus bill? Too much federal spending, she says. Turns out she had her h ... More >>
Mark Dayton leads the governor's race, but not by much.Democrat Mark Dayton has the edge over Republican Tom Emmer in the latest statewide poll conducted ahead of the November election for governor. But his margin is narrow. And Independence Party candidate Tom Horner gained a lot of ground ... More >>
Part of the Amongst Us series
Photo: cometstarmoonKeven LawWhat about racism at tea parties?The Republicans, led by Michele Bachmann, are trying to figure out how to co-opt tea partiers, and the Democrats said yesterday they're happy to let the Republicans do it. You want to stand with folks determined to end Medicare, pr ... More >>
Steele is always ready with a colorful quote. We review some of the best blips of Steele's short career:
Michele Bachmann is queen of the Tea Party.Michele Bachmann's crazy Tea Party Caucus press conference surpassed all expectations and was even loonier than we could have imagined.The first thing the Tea Party did was trot out their new Uncle Toms. Apparently stung by the accusation that they're a ... More >>
McCollum reminds the Rwandan government of U.S. generosity in foreign aidWill this help? Rep. Betty McCollum has introduced, and Keith Ellison has cosponsored, a U.S. House resolution calling on the Rwandan government to release accused genocide denier William Mitchell law professor Peter Erl ... More >>
Rodney Bernard Kvam notwithstanding, Minnesota's response rate of 80 percent in the 2010 Census is second in the nation. Only Wisconsin ranks higher.Rodney Bernard Kvam really didn't want to speak with that woman from the U.S. Census Bureau back in May when she visited his home near the Austi ... More >>
How easy is it to buy a firearm in the Twin Cities?
There was a flurry of press coverage and official U.S. government statements following Friday's news that Swiss diplomats were able to visit Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal in their Iranian prison cells recently. The latest concern: Bauer has a stomach ailment and Shourd has a serio ... More >>
Bicking is the first willing member of the CRA to not be reappointed.
Photo: Nick VlcekSurprised? Thought not. The Tea Party Express published its hit list today -- no Minnesotans are on it -- as well as its list of heroes. House Candidate And Incumbent Heroes Tom McClintock (R-CA) Tom Price (R-GA) Walt Minnick (D-ID) Mike Pence (R-IN) Michele Bachmann ... More >>
Screengrab via Pargon/TeabonicsBehold the creative spellingThe tour buses of the Tea Party Express rolled into St. Paul for a rally this morning as part of a 48-stop 19-day cross country tour. So who are these guys?Last month Michele Bachmann complained that the media depicts Tea Partiers "as too ... More >>
Meet the Minnesotans who receive subsidies for not growing anything
A Washington, D.C. activist group is using her words against her, via radio ads that started running in her district today.
Rybak used mayoral campaign funds in May to conduct a poll about his strength to run for governor.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar's approval rating is better than good these days, sitting at 62 percent. So what's her secret? She's pleasing the Republicans too.
The ridiculously close results are leading both parties to scramble to both use and abuse the situation in Minnesota for political gain. The poor people in New York will soon be spinning and dizzy from all of the bickering that will likely follow.
Sick patients' loved ones hopeful for additional relaxation of the law
The 2008 election was full of Democratic domination, particularly as some jumped on the coattails of Barack Obama. But nearly three dozen U.S. House districts split their vote between Obama and a Republican House member.
In the latest poll about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's job performance, his approval rating hit the lowest level since October 2006.
Perhaps our worst nightmare has just come true: Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of the whitest unhip Republicans in Congress, is trying to talk in slang.