North Minneapolis activist Don Allen's Independent Business News Network released the first in a series of ads he plans to put together this campaign season using (alleged) DFL voters against DFL candidates."A Message to the Minnesota DFL" features a doe-eyed "Minnesota Democrat" named Kathy, who, a ... More >>
Many months after he was criticized by a liberal group for attending a 9/11 truther event, Jeff Johnson is taking heat from the left once again. Yesterday morning, Johnson, the MNGOP endorsed candidate for governor, held a Facebook "Conversation & Coffee" event live from his party's new headquar ... More >>
Former Republican House Minority Leader and failed 2010 gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert didn't win his party's endorsement to run for governor this year, but he, along with two other candidates, plans to battle the endorsed candidate, Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson, in a primary.So ... More >>
Medical marijuana activists see the state's new law as only the beginning of broader reform. They've vowed to continue fighting at the Capitol and extend coverage to thousands more Minnesotans. Success or failure depends not only on the stamina of such activists, but on the outcome of this fall's ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A lovely new video from Cloud Cult, shot within the intimate confines of the Southern Theater, launches this week's collection. Stay tuned for new clips from Mac Irv, Dan Ma ... More >>
An unlikely coalition stands poised to fight for legalization of the natural remedy
Fresh off the... success?... of his run for Minneapolis mayor, Jeff Wagner is upping the ante.SEE ALSO: MNGOP governor candidate Jeff Johnson taking heat for 9/11 truther connection A few weeks ago, Wagner dropped City Pages a line to let us know he was planning a gubernatorial run. He reiterated th ... More >>
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota's Halloween spoof about various MNGOP notables went a little too far yesterday.SEE ALSO: ABM director, watching Amazing Race: "I'm cheering for a plane crash that kills 2 teams" The piece, entitled "Minnesota GOP scarier than Halloween costumes" and written by ABM ... More >>
Last weekend, Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson won an MNGOP straw poll of the leading 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidates, receiving 35 percent of the 409 votes cast by the party's central committee.SEE ALSO: MNGOP governor candidate Jeff Johnson taking heat for 9/11 truther connection ... More >>
When it comes to medical marijuana -- or any relaxing of pot laws whatsoever -- Gov. Mark Dayton has said, "I don't think we need another drug operating in our society."SEE ALSO: MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuanaHe's also said he wouldn't sign a bill legalizing ... More >>
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is petitioning to demand that Hennepin County Commissioner and 2014 MNGOP gubernatorial hopeful Jeff Johnson apologize for attending a 9/11 truther event held last Friday at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.SEE ALSO: MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports ... More >>
In early December of 1983, Randy Sawatzke was lonely. He decided to take out a personal ad, his first one ever, in the City Pages. "I'm looking for a gay white male... [who] wants to go places and do things together," he wrote. "Someone who normally doesn't answer ads." See Also: - How same-sex co ... More >>
Kurt Zellers, the six-term state representative and former speaker of the Minnesota House, became the latest GOP lawmaker to jump into the 2014 gubernatorial race on Sunday.The field of GOPers vying to run against incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is likely to be crowded. Already, Zellers has three dec ... More >>
Cloud Cult With JBM First Avenue, Minneapolis April 27, 2013 With Twin Cities music fans already in a terrific mood due to the best weather of the year, Cloud Cult uplifted a sold-out First Avenue even further with a 21-song, 95-minute set. The road-tested sextet (accompanied by their customary liv ... More >>
The art-rock group release their newest full-length, Love
Earlier this year, Minnesota Republicans said they wanted to see Norm Coleman challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014. They won't get their wish.SEE ALSO:-- Norm Coleman on Michelle Obama's Oscars appearance: Obamas "owe Hollywood so much" -- Norm Coleman's "shadowy" American Action Network under fire fo ... More >>
With a 53 percent approval rating, Mark Dayton looks like he'll be tough to beat in 2014. But as of right now, polling indicates Norm Coleman has the inside track to become the Republican who gets a shot to knock him off.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014The ... More >>
Eleganza! is one of the best new rock 'n' roll bands in Minneapolis, if not the best. It was born by necessity mere months ago from the ashes of bands past and an urgency from extraordinary frontman Brian Vanderwerf, who you may know as guitarist/vocalist for the Midnight Evils, the celebrated Choog ... More >>
An internal review committee formed to look into the Minnesota Republican Party's finances found no "theft" at the MNGOP but uncovered evidence of mismanagement. The committee's members -- Pat Anderson, Scott Dutcher, Kelly Fenton, Randy Gilbert, Jeff Johnson, Terry McCall, Bron Scherer, Rick Weibl ... More >>
After more than 25 years flying alongside the US flag, the UN flag has been removed from the Hennepin County Government Center plaza. Last week, Hennepin County commissioners approved an "emergency" resolution directing staff to take the flag down. The US, Minnesota, and Hennepin County flags remain ... More >>
Pot, meet kettle. Late last year, figures released by the MNGOP's own Internal Finance Review revealed that the party is about $2 million in debt. Review committee chair Jeff Johnson characterized the MNGOP's balance sheets as containing "some ugly stuff."Yesterday, President Obama released his p ... More >>
Former GOP Party Chair Tony Sutton is batting 2 million.According to new figures released today by the Republican Party's own Internal Finance Review Committee, the GOP is up to its neck in debt -- about $2 million worth. "The debt number is honestly higher than any of us wants it to be," said c ... More >>
Sad news to hit the local arts world today: The long-running Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, which annually showcased over 200 artists and four free stages of music along St. Anthony Main, will be no more. The festival's founder, longtime local music advocate Ira Heilicher (son of legendary Soma ... More >>
First Avenue to host nationally acclaimed local band
Controversy on tap draws critics, but could the campaign be worth it?
Many fell and few are likely to rise again
Five or six things about last week's winners and losers
As the GOP suffered the death of a thousand cuts last Tuesday, CP staffers captured scenes from the victory party that (mostly) wasn't
A postmortem Q&A with Ron Carey, head of Minnesota's Republican party.
The current crop of nerdy-smart comedians--Michael Ian Black, Eugene Mirman, Rachael Harris, Aziz Ansari--are well into Phase Two of their plan for world comedy domination: Laying Siege to Late-Night Talk Shows. (Phase One was Screening Absurdist Short Films on the Internet, incidentally.) The Daily ... More >>
A law-and-order Christian conservative most people have never heard of tries to wrest the AG's office away from the DFL
5th Congressional District, DFL: 41% Keith Ellison, 31% Mike Erlandson, 21% Ember Reichgott Junge, 5% Paul Ostrow...
Of all the weird curves primary voters could have thrown last night, the respective Republican and DFL races for Attorney General top the list. Who would have predicted that perennial candidate Sharon Anderson would score a higher percentage of her party's votes on the Republican side than DFL endor ... More >>
The DFL primary for Attorney General is shaping up as a two-person contest, but it will be Kelley and Swanson instead of Kelley and Luther as the serious candidates.
Why did lawmakers punt a plan to regulate judicial fundraising?
In the past seven years the Minnesota attorney general's office has earned a rep as one of the country's toughest HMO watchdogs. So does it matter that Matt Entenza, the DFL's heir apparent to the job, is married to one of the most powerful executives in
A few years ago, Ann Bauer was living with her parents, too broke to copy her manuscript. Now, the single mother of three is poised for literary success.
Saturday's Belmont Stakes doesn't seem to be generating a whole lot of enthusiasm. Folks have become spoiled in recent years with a surfeit of potential Triple Crown winners heading into the final leg, most recently Smarty Jones and Funny Cide. But there also seems to be a general consensus that th ... More >>
How Minnesota cops and the war on drugs made a successful entrepreneur out of a small-time hustler and snitch named Michael Felix
Writer Jeff Johnson stretches the truth and covers the spread
Hobos have been hopping freights since the Civil War. Now a new generation of riders is hitting the tracks--stockbrokers, students, and the occasional serial killer.