:::: UPDATE :::: Republicans call for Rep. Ryan Winkler to resign following "Uncle Thomas" tweet DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, is getting absolutely destroyed on Twitter this afternoon for calling black Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an "Uncle Thomas."THE BACKSTORY: DFL Rep. Ryan Wi ... More >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which ones need to be closed, we will
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 >>
Steve Horner might have finally hit the jackpot in his fight against ladies' night. Long a crusader against the drink special -- he argues it amounts to discrimination against men -- Horner wired his Yankee's hat for sound and busted up some Las Vegas "pool parties" last summer. To Horner's surpris ... More >>
An academic paper co-written by a University of Minnesota economics professor finds there is little evidence for the notion that movie piracy reduces ticket purchases at movie theaters. That notion, of course, is often a crucial premise in the arguments made by supporters of legislation like SOPA ... More >>
Steve Horner's fight against ladies' night is back in the news, this time in Las Vegas.Horner began his campaign against ladies' night 20 years ago at a bar in the Mall of America. The Las Vegas Review-Journal chronicled that crusade in a Sunday feature headlined "'The Unusual Steve Horner' battl ... More >>
The Civil Rights Movement was a big thing that happened, like, a really long time ago. Some people were being mean to other people who had darker skin. At least, that's what New York told us.Minnesota is one of 35 (!) states that got an F in the Southern Poverty Law Center's new report on the tea ... More >>
CaffthoughtsBachmann dodging the media -- on tape!It's not news that Michele Bachmann exists in a carefully regulated bubble, talking only to sympathetic outlets guaranteed to disseminate her nonsense without question. But it isn't everyday that we get video of la Bachmann stiff-arming repor ... More >>
Photo by Hannah Delon.Kavoosi and friends advertising Essay Writing Company with body paint.The Better Business Bureau has finally caught up with plagiarism king Jordan Kavoosi. Dan Hendrickson of the BBB released a statement today officially declaring "ethical and practical concerns" with K ... More >>
Swanson claims he was insane.Seventeen-year-old Michael Swanson, famous for smiling and laughing after being charged in November with murdering two Iowa gas station workers in two separate shootings, plans to claim insanity as a defense when his trials start this summer.
Mahdi Hassan Ali will be tried as an adult.There case against Mahdi Hassan Ali looks pretty tight: He's on videotape pointing a gun at the men who were killed in a robbery gone wrong at Seward Market on January 6th, and his accomplice is ready to testify against him. But Ali's fate has also been ... More >>
Keith Ellison wants to know why churches, but not mosques, are allowed near Ground Zero.Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, invoked the Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's Koran when asked last night by Larry King whether he was being "insensitive" by supporting an Islam ... More >>
Steve Horner will tell you just what's on his mind. Even if he probably shouldn't.There's something to be said about a guy with no filter. That's Steve Horner, brother of the Independence Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner. While Tom has made headlines with his political ambiti ... More >>
Photo: RanoushThe U.S. Department of Education has agreed to launch an investigation into anti-Muslim harassment at schools in St. Cloud and Owatonna, and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it welcomed the news. "Decades after the beginning of the civil r ... More >>
Michael Jordan is the only department head Rybak didn't nominate for reappointment.
A man admits posting cartoons of Muhammed having sex with animals, and telling investigators that Muslims are "anti-Christian."
Mee Moua joins the international outcry over the fate of 4,000 Hmong forced to return to Laos.
It's the world's largest music and movies superstore, and everything in it is free—and illegal. Every month, some five billion illegal downloads are passed around the internet, and the entertainment industry sues several hundred people. CP writer St
Judge denies unemployment benefits to Northwest mechanics
A new movie looks at our unhealthy appetite for Frankenfoods
The state Supreme Court sides with a homeowner in Richfield redevelopment spat
Tht NAACP abandons its watchdog role over Hollman
Critics fear the MPD's latest spin on community mediation is all about window-dressing--and grooming snitches
A new computer database system called CriMNet is supposed to revolutionize crime fighting in Minnesota. Cops, politicians, big business, and the media love it.
Laura Goodman-Brown, Minnesota's crime-victims ombudsman, is about to become a victim herself. And she says it's a crime.
Fifty years ago Minneapolis launched a program to stamp out discrimination. Now many of the dream's supporters doubt the city's civil-rights agencies are equal to the task.
A spat in Minneapolis's Civil Rights department re-ignites a feud
Chances are, what you do in bed is criminal
Child protection hearings are now open to the public, but it's members of the press who will be scrutinized
Council member Steve Minn hopes to fold the Civilian Police Review Authority into another city department.
Larry Gould was a long-time junkie on the mend in a methadone program until he was lured into a drug sting. Now he's doing five years. But he made a few undercover cops look good in the process, and that was the important thing.
In the wake of Najarian and Shabazz, the U.S. attorney and former DFL prodigy finds his once-bright political future in question.