-- Updates at bottom --This session, a bill to strip legislators of their immunity from most non-felony arrests stalled in the Senate amid disagreement over whether new legislation was really needed in order to make state senators and representatives subject to DWIs.Today, outgoing Secretary of Stat ... More >>
On Tuesday the news broke that several local chefs were nominated for James Beard Awards. We reached out to everyone to see what exactly one does to toast this honorable recognition. The most common answer? Working. Typical. Here's what they had to say.See also:Twin Cities' chefs among the James Bea ... More >>
Whatever Michele Bachmann has, it's apparently spreading.SEE ALSO: Power Line on Mark Ritchie: "He takes the late German Führer as his forensic model" [VIDEO]Today, Mark Ritchie announced he won't seek a third term as Minnesota's Secretary of State.
In an outcome that seemed nearly impossible just a few weeks ago, Minnesotans have defeated a controversial amendment to the state constitution that would have created stricter voting laws in the state, including a requirement for voters to bring a government-issued photo I.D. to the polls. With 94 ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Supreme Court strikes down Mark Ritchie's proposed amendment titles-- Power Line on Mark Ritchie: "He takes the late German Führer as his forensic model" [VIDEO]As news of yesterday's dual Supreme Court's rebuffs of Secretary of State Mark Ritchie circulated, liberals wailed and gnashed ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Mark Ritchie's amendment title: "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples"In a 4-2 ruling published this afternoon, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie does not have the authority to determine the names of constitutional amendment places on ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- MNGOP leaders approve use of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend voter ID amendment-- Mark Ritchie's amendment title: "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples"-- Mark Ritchie uninvited to speak at Catholic church... or is he? [UPDATE]In a new post, the Power Line blog ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Mark Ritchie's amendment title: "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples"-- DeLeSalle student, during anti-gay school assembly, holds up sign: "I love my moms":: ORIGINAL POST, August 1, 10:20 a.m. ::St. Joan of Arc Church in south Minneapolis recently extended a speaking ... More >>
What verb sounds better to you -- limiting or recognizing? Yesterday, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie irked same-sex marriage haters by giving this November's ballot question the following title: "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples."Same-sex marriage opponents wanted "Recognitio ... More >>
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 >>
We're done here.It's all over except for the inauguration. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has issued election certificates to Governor-elect Mark Dayton and his running mate, Yvonne Prettner Solon. Here's what they look like:
Hey, lets blame this guy.First we were told that Republican Tom Emmer hasn't yet won the governor's race outright because Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was an evil, evil man. Now it sounds like one big-deal Repub is pinning the blame on national party chairman Michael Steele.
Republicans assume that Tom Emmer, right, is getting screwed.Tom Emmer sounded like a reasonable guy this afternoon, asking that his campaign for governor be granted its rights according to the legally-required vote recount process in Minnesota. Not asking for special treatment, he said. Jus ... More >>
Mary Kiffmeyer piles on.Republican Mary Kiffmeyer, who lost re-election as Secretary of State to Democrat Mark Ritchie in 2006, is complaining that he "has lost the ability to remain neutral and objective" in his oversight role of a possible recount in the governor's race. He's been tweeting ... More >>
Fox9 tried to do me dirty like Heidi Collins did Mark Ritchie.In the wake of Heidi Collins's insanely hostile interview with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Fox9 is trying to defend itself."If you want to watch hard-hitting interviews that hold politicians accountable, watch FOX 9," says News Di ... More >>
The goal: Dec. 14.Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has published his proposed timeline for the recount process in the governor's race. Hopefully he ran all this by Heidi Collins over at Fox9, just to make sure she's OK with the planning. Wouldn't want her going off again.
Photo: WkipediaDayton vs. Emmer: Shades of 2008?With all precincts reporting, here's where we stand: Democrat Mark Dayton has 919,238 votes compared to Republican Tom Emmer's 910,382 votes. That's 8,856 votes, or a 43.63-43.21 percent margin of victory. And it's within the one half of one pe ... More >>
Heidi Collins tore into Mark Ritchie on Fox9 last nightFox9 anchor Heidi Collins uncorked an insanely hostile interview on Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie last night, leaving some viewers questioning her judgment and fairness.Collins interrupted Ritchie several times to question his mot ... More >>
Time for a recount re-match.The Republicans couldn't beat Al Franken in the 2008 U.S. Senate election that stretched into the 2009 recount, and they've been after Secretary of State Mark Ritchie ever since. He ran a biased and incompetent recount, they insisted. He gave us "felons for Frank ... More >>
Photo: debairdElection Integrity Watch: Right this way.Minnesota Majority, the North Star Tea Party Patriots and Minnesota Voters Alliance plan to spy on your voting this Election Day. Don't worry, though. They're a collection right-wing activists or sure, but they insist that raw politics h ... More >>
For pinball enthusiasts, nowhere in the Twin Cities can that flipper itch be better scratched than at SS Billiards in Hopkins, where you'll find a regular rotation of 30-plus machines. Billed as the T.C.'s "longest continuously operating arcade," SS has been in business since 1970, wi ... More >>
"Relentless" Sutton leading state's GOP out of the wilderness
Now that the recount for the U.S. Senate seat is complete, Minnesota's Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is proposing new ways to run voting and potential recounts in the future.
Al Franken is crawling back from Florida for some TV press. Will he talk as soon-to-be Sen. Franken or humble patient candidate?
Norm Coleman's campaign responded yesterday to Al Franken's attempt to obtain an election certificate so he could work provisio ... More >>
Leave it to the guy who is ahead to get really really impatient. Al Franken's attempt to get an election certificate failed yest ... More >>
As if the Republicans in Minnesota need another story to help cast doubt on the recount system. We ... More >>
Fishy or legitimate, the nation is paying attention to the last week of vote count updates that have favored Franken and tighte ... More >>
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has asked prosecutors to investigate a call to a ... More >>
Madam Secretary finally shows for a debate
Former Republican Governor Carlson believes incumbent Republican Auditor Pat Anderson has "lost" the independence of the office. A similar charge was levied yesterday by another retired official against Republican Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.
People are still accusing Mary Kiffmeyer of election high jinks. But this time, they're after her job.