On Wednesday and Thursday, we called Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle county attorney, in hopes of speaking with him about why he decided to press charges against Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota woman who gave her ailing teenage son medical marijuana oil to (effectively) treat symptoms stemmin ... More >>
It's only a week until Minnesota's primary elections, and that means one thing: Political endorsements are about to come pouring in. We've already seen it a few times on both the statewide and national levels. Mike McFadden got the endorsement from the national powerhouse U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ... More >>
I walk into the 11:00 a.m. press conference at the Green Party's National Annual Meeting - one of the political party's biggest events of the year - and I'm a little confused. I'm normally accustomed to big rooms for these kinds of events, with chairs lined with journalists, jostling to get the best ... More >>
In an interview earlier this month, Mark Dayton said he supported complying with the Department of Human Services recommendation to release serial rapist Thomas Duvall from his indefinite detention at the state's sex offender facility.SEE ALSO: Dayton signs law to move mentally ill offenders out of ... More >>
As we covered earlier this week (link directly below), the possible release of serial rapist Thomas Duvall from the state's sex offender facility in Moose Lake is a highly controversial issue.THE BACKSTORY: Mark Dayton, Lori Swanson disagree about whether serial rapist should be releasedOn one hand, ... More >>
A few months back, a Department of Human Services board recommended that serial rapist Thomas Duvall be released from the state's sex offender facility in Moose Lake.THE BACKSTORY: State may release man convicted of knife-point rape and another who molested 30 childrenGovernor Mark Dayton supports t ... More >>
Minneapolis Police Federation officials aren't fans of a new NFL policy banning off-duty cops from carrying guns into stadiums.SEE ALSO: Brian Riesgraf's 'Drunk Vikings Fan Eats Ice Cream With Credit Card' photo goes viral Officers argue they should be able to pack heat in NFL stadiums because -- Go ... More >>
Synthetic drugs are already illegal in Minnesota, but lawmakers believe there's more work to be done to "combat the spread of the sale" of these and other controlled substances across the state. House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, announced this week he's starting a committee to study the i ... More >>
A judge in Jackson County juvenile court recently found Jonathan Alan Giefer, 17, guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Mankato Free Press. The incident occurred on March 31, 2012, when Jonathan took the victim, who was younger than 13, out riding on an ATV in Windom, Min ... More >>
Prosecutors team with debt collectors to terrorize consumers
Lawmakers have Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson at their disposal to defend lawsuits against approved legislation, but in the case of the voter ID amendment, MNGOP leaders don't trust the left-leaning duo to do a satisfactory job.As a result, the Legislative Coordina ... More >>
On Tuesday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson blasted Chicago-based Accretive Health, the debt collection agency formerly used by Fairview hospitals, for using "boiler-room-style" tactics to try and get emergency room patients to pay their bills upfront.Today, Accretive's CEO shot back.During ... More >>
Yesterday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson blasted the debt collection agency formerly used by Fairview hospitals for employing "boiler-room-style" tactics in trying to get emergency room patients to pay their bills upfront.The collection agency, Chicago-based Accretive Health, was pretty mu ... More >>
With the Minnesota government shutdown less than 36 hours away, a critical ruling from Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin has finally given people an idea of what a shutdown means: Gov. Mark Dayton's minimalist view of the core functions of government that would keep running during a shutdown. ... More >>
Is Minnesota's ban on synthetic pot unconstitutional? The war on synthetic drugs is far from over. A lawyer representing several head shops filed a lawsuit today against the state of Minnesota, alleging that a statewide ban on synthetic pot is unconstitutional and not supported by scientific ... More >>
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled four Republican senators jumped the gun in saying that Gov. Mark Dayton is overstepping his constitutional bounds by involving the courts in government shutdown contingency plans. That's because no state money has been ordered to be spent, so there's no ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton will expanded his list of essential services in a possible state government shutdown today, petitioning Ramsey County Court to include payments to health care and financial assistance workers providing services to those on state aid. "We recognize the lack of assured provide ... More >>
GOP members of a Senate panel have passed a resolution authorizing the entire body to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Gov. Mark Dayton to keep essential services running in the case of a government shutdown. Today, the courts filed their own petition begging legislators and the governor to ... More >>
The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton keep stumbling toward a possible government shutdown on July 1, and now the governor has submitted a list state services deemed essential--and who should keep working despite the shutdown. The list encompasses about 13,000 workers providing core services to 2 ... More >>
In another reminder of how the looming Minnesota government shutdown is going to impact real people and not just political careers, the Department of Human Services mailed out something like 572,000 letters to its clients today, warning them that there may be an interruption in their benefits ... More >>
What's an essential service?We're 18 days away from a state government shutdown, and the prospect that only essential agencies and services will continue to operate. But, what's an essential service? Attorney General Lori Swanson took a stab at that in a Ramsey County court filing today: Any ... More >>
Photo by samantha celeraThose phone bills are complicated.Bargain long-distance phone carrier Cheap2Dial may soon be facing a heavy bill of its own: Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing the Pennsylvania company for charging Minnesota customers extra fees without their knowledge. The compan ... More >>
Jeremy Giefer, the sex offender pardoned by Governor Tim Pawlenty, is back in jail for violating his probation.Jeremy Giefer spent the weekend back in jail, after being arrested on Friday for violating the terms of his release.He had been released last month on $250,000 bail after being cha ... More >>
City PagesIt took 13 days after Jeremy Giefer's arrest for allegedly molesting his daughter for Pawlenty's administration to finally get around to shutting down his wife's childcare center.The Pawlenty administration knew on November 17th that Jeremy Giefer was charged with raping his young daugh ... More >>
City PagesJeremy Giefer, the sex offender now accused of molesting his daughter, was pardoned by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.Jeremy Giefer served time in jail in 1994 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. But you wouldn't know it to look at the record of the man now charged with sexually mo ... More >>
With one out of every 245 Minnesota housing units in foreclosure during September, news has broken that Wells Fargo, along with other big banks, may have helped push some homeowners off properties with the use of "robo signers." And the bank, with deep ties to Minnesota, has no intention of ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty has opted to take grant money from a federal law he wants repealed. The money is for programs dismissed by the state as ineffective. And he picked a grant that requires $379,000 in state matching funds, while the state is already drowning in red ink. What's going on here? S ... More >>
R. Christopher Barden, an Republican lawyer from Edina, formally announced his candidacy for Attorney General today.In a statement posted on the True North blog last night, Barden laid out his platform, which includes a lot of red meat for the GOP base: lock up more criminals, be more business-fr ... More >>
Almost before the ink was dry on President Barack Obama's signature making it the law of the land, the health care reform package passed by Congress was challenged in two separate federal lawsuits by 15 Republican governors; 14 were led by Florida's attorney general and Virginia's AG filed a ... More >>
The minority Republicans are licking their wounds and figuring out what to do next.
The Minnesota governor took to the national airwaves to call the new law "an unprecedented overreach by the federal government."
The six companies being sued were supposed to help debt-ridden consumers, but they actually made things worse, according to the Minnesota Attorney General.
Insurance scams target vulnerable Americans
If your electricity bill went up, you'd like to assume it is because it costs more to create the same amount of power than it did the year before. Not so.
Friday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Wednesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
At least one local Web expert has formally contacted the Minnesota Attorney General's office asking them to investigate Coleman's campaign for possible consumer protection violations. Will they take up this case?
Compensation for the sale of WCAL is yet uncertain, but this much is clear: The judge in the case thinks the sale stunk to high heaven.
Xcel asks customers to pick up the tab for global warming
Whether or not Mike Hatch takes Lori Swanson up on her offer to come work with her, and for her, the Attorney General's office is in good hands.
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...
Minnesota bloggers across the political spectrum are chiming in on the outcomes of yesterday's primary election. Not surpisingly, the chatter was focused on Rep. Keith Ellison's victory in the 5th Congressional District DFL primary.
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.
Everyone applauded when the attorney general took a neo-Nazi letter writer to court. But is he pushing the constitutional envelope?
Five years ago Mike Hatch was just another failed politician. Then a dying woman walked into his office, and a crusade was born.