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Government and Politics

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Ed Hansen, Confederate flag-flying West St. Paul City Council member, back in trouble

    In February, we brought you the story of Ed Hansen, the conservative West St. Paul City Council member who, much to the chagrin of his neighbors, fellow councilors, and African-Americans everywhere, flew the stars and bars at home.Hansen's fellow councilors said there was little they could do beyond ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    Voter ID is the new Jim Crow

    New laws in dozens of states could cost Obama votes

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    Arizona Senate Bill 1070 criminalizes Mexicans

    Cops will have to ask brown people for their papers

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Taxpayers League's poll says majority of Minneapolis opposes Vikings stadium plan

    Would you want to go down in history as the city official known for running the Vikings out of Minnesota? Probably not. But what if a majority of your city's residents stood behind you when you voted "no"?This morning, just two days before the Minneapolis City Council is expected to rubber-stamp the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Mark Dayton very popular, MNGOP-controlled legislature about as popular as kick in the pants

    Gov. Mark Dayton will probably have a friendlier legislature to work with next year. A new SurveyUSA poll of 600 Minnesotans found that only 21 percent of respondents approve of the job the MNGOP-controlled legislature was doing during the last days of this year's session, compared to 67 percent dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Dayton vetoes "smokin' hot" MNGOP-crafted tax cut bill

    An exchange on the House floor Tuesday night succinctly captured the difference of opinion between MNGOP and DFL lawmakers about a tax bill vetoed this morning by Gov. Mark Dayton.House Taxes Committee Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, described the legislation as a "smokin' hot tax bill." In reply, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Walker's Spoonbridge sculpture defaced with Kony graffiti [PHOTO]

    Sometime over the weekend, someone decided to inscribe a politically themed message upon one of Minneapolis's most iconic structures. The word "Kony" has been spray-painted on the Walker Art Center's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture. Joseph Kony is the head of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Michele Bachmann, drowned out by Obamacare supporters, says: "We are surrounded by those who benefit from socialism"

    ​If a shrill, conservative tree falls in the woods but everybody around is making too much noise to hear it, does it make a sound?Apparently, it does. And it sounds something like: "We are surrounded by those who benefit from socialism."Those were Michele Bachmann's words today in the midst of a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Geoff Michel avoids Senate ethics investigation for handling of Brodkorb-Koch scandal

    ​Divided along partisan lines, there isn't enough support among Senate Ethics Committee members to launch an ethics investigation into how Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, handled the Amy Koch-Michael Brodkorb scandal.During a hearing last Friday, the four member committee discussed an ethics complaint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, $1 million in debt, didn't live within its means

    ​Remember Michele Bachmann's vehement opposition to raising the county's debt ceiling? Remember in her book, where she gushes about the way she and Marcus were able to quickly pay down their college loans?Today, it was revealed that Bachmann, an outspoken advocate of fiscal responsibility, didn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Minnesota gets D corruptibility grade, says State Integrity Investigation

    ​Minnesota is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the potential for government corruption, according to a new study by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International, and Global Integrity.The study, called the State Integrity Investigation, gave Minnesota a D grade, which rank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Michael Brodkorb social media rules ordered Republicans to delete controversial material

    ​After Republicans took control of the Minnesota Senate and made Michael Brodkorb communications director for the caucus, Brodkorb sent out a memo laying out the rules of social media. Addressed to "all staff," the memo begins by explaining that caucus members have a stake in the Minnesota Senat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Attorney may challenge use of Predator drone during NoDak arrest

    ​Last summer, American law enforcement used an unmanned drone to apprehend a group of alleged bad guys.This didn't happen in Afghanistan or Iraq -- it happened in North Dakota and represents the first time U.S. law enforcement has used a drone to make an arrest.Now, Fargo-based Bruce Quick, the at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Minnesota Republicans float strange ideas about online sales tax collection

    ​Currently, very few Minnesotans pay sales taxes for online purchases. But Minnesotans do pay sales taxes for purchases they make at physical retail locations. Hence, physical retail locations face a more onerous tax burden than online retailers like Amazon.State lawmakers on both sides of the ais ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Santorum's low-turnout, symbolic Minnesota victory signals Republican dissatisfaction

    ​Well, with Romney finishing a distant third, T-Paw is looking less influential than ever, isn't he?Rick Santorum crushed his Republican presidential competitors during yesterday's Minnesota GOP caucus, but the victory is only as significant as the momentum it generates for his campaign in states ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Ron Paul focusing on MN caucus, buys "substantial" airtime in state

    ​Ron Paul, for one, isn't overlooking the Minnesota GOP presidential caucus, coming up on February 7. Paul's campaign recently announced that it has purchased "substantial" airtime in Minnesota in advance of the oft-inconsequential event, which has added significance this year as Republicans conti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Poll: Klobuchar "close to unbeatable," Franken solid

    ​Apparently the PIPA debacle hasn't significantly hurt the political fortunes of Al Franken or Amy Klobuchar.A new Public Policy Polling poll conducted over last weekend concludes that Klobuchar will be very tough to beat this year. Franken's favorable numbers, while weaker than Klobuchar's, indic ... More >>

  • News

    January 18, 2012

    The real R.T. Rybak

    Up close and personal with the Minneapolis mayor

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Susan Allen is first Native American woman elected to Minnesota legislature

    Allen is the first Native woman and the second open lesbian to serve in the legislature.​Yesterday, Susan Allen won a special election for the House District 61B seat, making her the first Native American woman elected to serve in the Minnesota legislature. Allen prevailed over Nate Blumenshine, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Vikes stadium: Dayton asks city, Ramsey County to play hurry-up

    Minneapolis leaders are mounting a last-minute drive to keep the Vikings in town. ​Governor Dayton wants Minneapolis and Ramsey County to deploy hurry-up offenses in hopes of bringing closure to the Vikings' stadium drive.Today, he sent the Ramsey County board and Mayor R.T. Rybak letters setting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Bachmann not pulling punches as Iowa Caucus nears

    ​With the Iowa Caucuses less than a week away, the 2012 Presidential campaign's preseason is not for long, and Michele Bachmann is far behind Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul in the polls. Republican candidates will begin to drop like punch-drunk boxers as the primary process moves from Iowa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Chipotle wants immigration reform after losing half its Minnesota employees

    Chipotle boss says immigration system "is really messed up."​Chipotle boss Monty Moran wants comprehensive immigration reform after immigration raids cost the company hundreds of jobs in Minnesota. Chipotle began a mass-firing of Minnesota employees last December after immigration authorities ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Occupy protesters take over K Street [PHOTOS]

    Minnesotans took over K Street today​Protesters from around the country occupied K Street this afternoon, including dozens of Minnesotans. The demonstration was the combined effort of numerous groups joining up with OccupyDC to send a message against corporate money in politics. K Street is h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Gov. Scott Walker: Recall election is likely

    It's been little more than two weeks since foes of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began petitioning for a recall, and they've already surpassed 300,000 signatures -- more than half of the 540,000 needed by the January 17 deadline. If they keep progressing at this pace, a recall election will be inevit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    FBI wants DNA proof of third Minnesota Somali suicide bomber

    This is the first message which has encouraged Somali-Americans to declare war at home.​Abdisalan Ali is thought to be the young man from Minneapolis who killed himself and at least 10 others in a Mogadishu suicide attack. But some who've listened to the recording which is supposedly Ali's last vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Everyone in Wisconsin wants to walk around with a gun

    Wisconsin is preparing to star in a big-budget Western. ​This morning, Wisconsin began taking applications for the state's brand new concealed carry gun law. By this afternoon, every single person in Wisconsin will be armed to the teeth. Shoulder holster, one at the hip, little one down by the ank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2011

    Somali suicide bomber from Minneapolis: "Do Jihad in America"

    Somali's civil war claims another Minnesotan.​A suicide bomber who blew himself up in Mogadishu yesterday in an attack that killed 10 had traveled to Somalia from Minneapolis in 2008.Abdisalan Ali had emigrated to Minnesota with his family when he was 2 years old, but was among 20 local youths who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Amina Ali, Hawo Hassan found guilty on terrorism charges

    amina Ali was convicted on 13 felony counts.​Amina Ali and Hawo Hassan, the two Rochester women accused of providing material support to Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, have been found guilty on all counts by a Minneapolis jury.Hassan was convicted on three counts, while the jury found Ali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Michele Bachmann, congresswoman, spotted at U.S. Capitol

    Michele Bachmann: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Can someone help me find my office?"​Michele Bachmann used to be a United States Congresslady, at least that's what her official presidential biography claims. In fact, if you invoke the ancient rules of the House of Representatives, Bachmann is technical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Occupy MN protesters march to the Fed [VIDEO]

    ​As their numbers increased in the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza this afternoon, more and more chatter rose among the Occupy MN crowd about marching to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The Fed was the originally planned occupation destination, but organizers worried that arrests ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Amina Ali, accused supporter of Somali terrorists, complains of bad treatment in jail

    ​Amina Ali knew she was supporting al-Shabaab; that much is certain. What her trial will determine is what she knew about al-Shabaab.These revelations came during yesterday's opening statements in the case of Ali and Hawo Hassan, two Rochester women on trial in U.S. District Court in St. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Ronald Melius arrested after comparing Fergus Falls city officials to Moammar Gadhafi

    Ronald Melius has some peculiar ideas of what a dictatorship looks like.​Moammar Qaddafi is the recently deposed Libyan autocrat accused of causing the deaths of thousands of his own citizens during the civil uprising against him. Hal Leland is the mayor of Fergus Falls and the manager of the West ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Minnesota GOP fined $170,000 for FEC violations

    The state GOP failed to report nearly $1 million in debt.​The worst time to owe someone money is when you're in debt. That's the case with the  Republican Party of Minnesota, which is already in debt, but now owes the Federal Election Commission $170,000 for campaign finance violations. Funny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Michele Bachmann's congressional record

    C-SPANMichele Bachmann: Representation without legislation.​With so much written about the wild things Michele Bachmann says, City Pages thought we'd take a look at what she has actually accomplished in Congress. Despite Bachmann's early success in the presidential polls, her congressional record ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Betty McCollum wins military band spending battle

    McCollum says the Pentagon doesn't need anymore band aid.​Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum looks at the $324 million requested by the Pentagon to fund its 5,000 professional musicians in 154 military bands, and she sees the possibility of saving the taxpayers some money. And the Republicans in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Leroy Schaffer resigns from St. Francis city council

    Leroy's off the council, but at least he's still got that green jacket.​St. Francis's long local nightmare is over.This afternoon, councilman Leroy Schaffer signed papers to resign from the city council, effective immediately. Schaffer, who has a long history of sexual harassment allegations, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    MnDOT worker bares chest to protest shut down: Photo Of The Day

    One man is standing up against the shutdown.​There's been a lot of frustration in Minnesota today over the government shutdown. The whole thing is kind of ironic. Lawmakers who campaigned on the mantra of job creation have now put tens of thousands of state employees at risk for losing the jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Sen. Gretchen Hoffman apologizes for Twitter snafu, deletes entire account

    Gretchen Hoffman throws the baby out with the bathwater.​After using Twitter to twist the words of DFL state Sen. Barb Goodwin beyond their meaning, and getting spanked by the Senate Ethics Committee as a result, GOP Sen. Gretchen Hoffman has now apologized. "I am certainly sorry for my own m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Countdown to government shutdown: Who's to blame?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Sen. Ann Rest files ethics complaint against Sen. Gretchen Hoffman for false Tweet

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Cory Merrifield, SaveTheVikes.org leader, boosts new stadium plans

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Is Michele Bachmann smarter than a high school sophomore?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    "Please ID Me" lawsuit tossed out "with prejudice"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ellison, celebrate Osama Bin Laden's death

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Steve Drazkowski, City Pages' "Best Villain," calls the award an honor

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Minnesota Census: Hispanic population grows 74 percent [GRAPHIC]

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Michele Bachmann fails again on campaign finance reports

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Gov. Mark Dayton's budget: The documents

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Michele Bachmann retreats from cutting war veterans' benefits

    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 >>

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