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 >>
Bachmann schools the BBCThe BBC tried to nail Michele Bachmann down on the bogus Limbaugh/Hannity/Beck meme that Barack Obama spent more per day in his official visit to India -- $200 million -- than America spends a day on the war in Afghanistan. Instead of getting a straight answer, the r ... More >>
Not the clear favorite after all.MPR and the Humphrey Institute released a poll the week before Election Day that predicted a victory for Mark Dayton over Tom Emmer in the governor's race. Team Emmer complained and said its own internal numbers show the race a toss-up.
Unemployment? Foreclosures? Massive budget deficit? Take a number.Remember how Republicans kept telling us this election was supposed to be all about jobs, jobs, tax breaks and more jobs? The crappy economy gave conservative Christians cover from having to talk too much about over-sharing the ... More >>
Podcars: Coming to Winona?The Pawlenty administration has approved at least $150,000 since the start of the year on personal rapid transit system studies. That's despite the fact that key state lawmakers have told MnDOT not to waste taxpayer dollars on PRT and podcars. Isn't it usually the ... More >>
Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer are even in a new state-wide poll.Republican Tom Emmer has consistently trailed his Democratic opponents in governor's polls over the past few months. And lately he's been the butt of attacks over his drunken driving convictions and his support from Target. So today ... More >>
Mark Dayton showed the widest lead over Tom Emmer in the Star Tribune pollRepublican candidate for governor Tom Emmer has again come up with the short end of the stick in a statewide poll compared to his Democratic rivals. A Star Tribune poll released over the weekend shows Mark Dayton, Marga ... More >>
The priority: Media exposureThe Washington Post reported recently on Rep. Michele Bachmann's preference for cocooning herself in the friendly confines of conservative media, where she doesn't have to answer uncomfortable questions about her frankly fact-challenged rhetoric and thin legislativ ... More >>
Photo: Laura K. GibbsWe seem a little confusedAlmost half of Minnesotans in a new MPR poll -- let's call them the Bachmann Block -- say they think president Barack Obama is steering the country toward socialism. Most of them don't trust the government. And most of them think it has too much p ... More >>
Rep. Michele BachmannEric Ostermeier at Smart Politics, the blog of the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, reports today that of roughly 900 articles published by the Minnesota Independent over the last six months, 20.1 percent of them focused on the ever controversial and out ... More >>
When it comes to raking in cold, hard cash from fellow Minnesota Republican pols, Michele Bachmann is coming up short.
Is there no end to the ways in which political junkes will parse data and read tea leaves?
Crime in Minneapolis is dropping, but now it appears the budget axe is dropping on the crime fighters.
New numbers show that, on a per capita basis, Minnesotans have perished in Afghanistan at a lesser rate than many other states.
A U of M political scientist assesses the state's budgetary and political landscape. Unless something changes fast, the future is "not bright."
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For 25 years now Alison Bechdel has been cranking out her comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For. In that time she's earned numerous Lambda Awards for comedy, her strip has been published in dozens of papers, and translated into several foreign languages. Her 2006 graphic memoir, Fun Home ... More >>
Here comes the freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Again. Just in time.
Former mayor Sharon Sayles Belton on her successor
Right-wingers divine new education standards
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Like Wendell Maddox, African Americans and Latinos increasingly support vouchers as a viable alternative to schools that fail them. Opponents say minorities are being used as pawns in an ideological battle.