Politics is inherently a game of winners and losers, those with money and resources and those without. But in Minnesota, with its rich history of third-party candidates, it's also about giving voices to those who aren't just pure red or blue. Hannah Nicollet, the Independence Party candidate for g ... More >>
The Grey Lady is seeing red in Minnesota. In July, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to undermine the state's new union of 27,000 home care workers. The attorneys argued here -- as they have elsewhere -- that forcing some workers to join ... More >>
In the wake of revelations the IRS improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status during the last election cycle, Michele Bachmann is worried the Obama administration's apparent desire to make life difficult for conservatives might extend into other w ... More >>
Willie Nelson neither looks nor seems 80 years old. This is an age reserved for, well, old people. The unhip, those not in-the-know, not totally with it. And yet, Willie turns 80 today. What's his secret? We doubt it's the weed -- sorry -- but think that it likely has more to do with his totally Z ... More >>
It seems odd we'd ever find occasion to offer the following advice: Don't do what Willie did. But as tax day approaches, it's the wisest advice we can offer. Don't leave the management of your finances to Price Waterhouse, if they turn around and advise you to utilize shady tax shelters. That's what ... More >>
Pastor Mac Hammond -- the Brooklyn Park mega-church leader, Michele Bachmann-supporter, private plane-flyer, and IRS facer-offer -- is worried about how same-sex marriage will affect his followers. And he wants them to worry, too.See Also: - Gay marriage bill passes House, Senate committees. What's ... More >>
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Norm Coleman may be Minnesota's most popular prominent Republican, but he isn't feeling any love these days from nonprofit campaign watchdog groups in Washington.Both Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have recently called for the IRS and FEC to investigate whether ... More >>
Luke Jacob, owner of Hi-Lake Liquors, pled guilty yesterday to federal tax evasion. Jacob admitted that he filed a false tax return for 2008 and failed to report over $486,000 in taxable income to the Internal Revenue Service. That cost the IRS more than $75,000, according to the United States Atto ... More >>
Norm Coleman, Mitt Romney: In total, these two are 50 percent Jewish.Mitt Romney's campaign complained a while back that conservative Jewish voters were supporting Michele Bachmann out of confusion, thinking that Minnesota's most outspoken Evangelical Christian was Jewish herself.So Romney's camp ... More >>
Did use of charitable donations violate federal election law?
God: Now in the endorsement business via Brad Brandon.Despite what the Rev. Brad Brandon says, his First Amendment rights are not in jeopardy. Without anyone stifling his speech, he's used his Berean Bible Baptist Church pulpit in Hastings to endorse a slate of conservative politicians. And ... More >>
Swindler Trevor Cook won't be preying on anyone anymore.Trevor Cook preyed on the good will, and often the religious faith of hundreds of victims to run a tawdry, $190 million scam out of the Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis. Now he's going to prison for a very long time.
Photo: me and the sysopRoger Coombs took a bribe while the feds were watchingRemember IRS agent Roger Anthony Coombs? He's the guy back in May who tried to shake down two business owners for a bribe, only to discover there were a bunch of federal agents watching him take the cash. The Circ ... More >>
Emmer plans to go after the rich...servers?Based on his statements yesterday, it seems Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tom Emmer has never worked in the restaurant business. At the Eagle Street Grille in St. Paul he proposed that restaurant owners should pay a lower minimum wage (ofte ... More >>
Photo: BanspyIf you're going to shake down a business owner for a bribe, best make sure there aren't a bunch of federal agents watching him hand you the cash. IRS agent Roger Anthony Coombs apparently wasn't that careful, though. Now, the Circle Pines man has been indicted in U.S. Distric ... More >>
It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.
The Secret Service may have the Twin Cities guitarist singing the blues. He's already in hot water with the IRS.
A local rocker faces the prospect of a new gig behind bars.
The Minnesota GOP has called for a House Ethics Committee investigation into the funding of his trip after the Star Tribune reported on some potential violations with taxpayer dollars.
Bankrupted auto giant Denny Hecker has been circled by his creditors since last year for money owed. Now the Internal Revenue Service is on his tail too for a hefty sum of cash.
WCCO is reporting that the feds are looking for evidence that Hecker didn't pay his state taxes or pay off his loans.
No ball-dipping orgies for the liberals. Just some good old-fashioned "Thank You" cards to taxes.
Make sure you know the post office locations that will be OK with your terrible stalling habit unless you want to give the government some more of your dough.
Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Breaking news! Taxes are incredibly complicated and (GASP) even elected officials screw up once in awhile.
It's politics vs. the pulpit in Brooklyn Park
Wednesday's five most interesting stories printed on wood pulp
Bad service? Whatever your peeve, don't get mad, get management.
So far this year, the 67 members of Minnesota Senate have filed expense reports totalling $226,539. In keeping with historical patterns, however, there is considerable variation between individual senators. Those who live the furthest from the Capitol typically wind up with biggest tabs because of t ... More >>
Their only eventual claim on the mainstream imagination was becoming the theme song to Jackass (with "Corona," a song about poverty), and serving as a soundtrack to a car commercial ("Love Dance," though I forget which car). But even if the greatest-ever American punk band deserves better than the n ... More >>
On Tuesday the Star Tribune became the fourth major daily in the past year-plus to be accused of dumping papers by various means to plump its paid circulation figures and thus its ad rates. Last year executives from Newsday, the Dallas Morning News, and the Chicago Sun-Times admitted to deliberatel ... More >>
IRS says it's getting easier for the rich to pay no taxes at all The New York Times today reports that the portion of the super-rich who pay not a single dime in taxes is rising. The number of affluent individuals and married couples who paid no federal income taxes jumped more than 15 percent in ... More >>
Sometimes the right man for the job is a child
The Twin Cities-based Northwest Area Foundation has a $450 million endowment to use on charitable programs. So why has it been nearly invisible for years?
The Women's Expo brings out the beast within, but Supercross brings out the knitting
The Art of Murder or How to Take a Friend's Life Without Really Trying. Acclaimed artist Carl Wesley, a.k.a. Inmate 198369, wrote the book.
In the murky underground of patriots, tax resisters, and cash-strapped working stiffs, Karl Granse's basement is Law Central. Now he's about to watch his most famous
Strib Unions were gearing up to negotiate new contracts in the next year. But with Cowles up for sale, will the unions will be around then?
Should the state's huge nonprofit health-care groups, which work in an industry characterized by mergers, "strategic alliances," and for-profit subsidiaries, still be afforded the tax advantages of charitable organizations?
The Wild River Patriots are out to beat the New World Order in Burnett County, Wisconsin.
Got a former lover, friend, or boss who's cut corners on a tax return? The IRS has a little-publicized program for you...