Legislators opposed to a bill that would strip them of DWI immunity during the legislative session argue there's no evidence that the cards are ever actually used. The argument is that since there's no problem, there's no need for a legislative fix.But that line of thinking doesn't square with the w ... More >>
If DFLers on the House and Senate Transportation Policy Committees have their way, Minnesota will soon become the fifth state allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a driver's license.SEE ALSO: Albert Lea sign controversy: "Deport Illegals" message sparks protestYesterday, on a party-line 10-7 vote, ... More >>
Well, here's a twist -- Minnesota Majority, the paranoid group that led the charge for the failed voter ID amendment, is coming to the defense of an 86-year-old woman who voted twice and has been charged with felony voter fraud.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer blames voter ID failure on "misinfor ... More >>
With 2012 in its waning days and the world apparently not at an end, it's time to sift through the nearly 2,000 City Pages Blotter posts published this year in order to take a look at the top stories.This top 10 list is based loosely on our traffic numbers, with added consideration given to stories ... More >>
Electoral experts are in wide agreement -- voter ID is a solution in search of a problem. Yet MNGOPers who rammed the ID constitutional amendment down our throats portrayed voter fraud as an almost existential threat to our democracy.SEE ALSO:-- Power Line on Mark Ritchie: "He takes the late German ... More >>
Between Michael Brodkorb and Bob Koss, the MNGOP sure knows how to hire 'em, don't they?SEE ALSO:-- Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer says disabled Purple Heart recipient John Kriesel has "no courage"-- Michael Brodkorb says marriage amendment is cynical MNGOP get-out-the-vote ploy Last night, Koss, a MNGOP Sena ... More >>
In May 2011, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the House of Representatives laying out why he's a Republican who proudly supports gay marriage.SEE ALSO:-- John Kriesel destroys Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer for "no courage" remark during radio appearance-- Chris Kl ... More >>
Chris Kluwe just can't find a sparring partner. A couple weeks ago, the Vikings punter tried to bait Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, into a debate over her opposition to gay marriage. When Franson didn't bite, Kluwe made a similar offer to ex-Viking Matt Birk, who recently came out against same-s ... More >>
Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, still hasn't responded to the firestorm she created last week by saying disabled and decorated war veteran John Kriesel has "no courage."But Kriesel, a retiring MNGOP Representative from Cottage Grove, isn't pulling any punches in letting people know what he thinks a ... More >>
People sometimes say politics is war, but retiring Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, could tell you from experience that the two are very different.Kriesel, 30, lost both of his legs in Iraq in 2006. He was later awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star. So it's ... More >>
The ACLU of Minnesota has stepped into the voter-ID controversy by offering a bounty: $1,000 for any "no good lyin' cheatin' vote stealin' rascal who would have been caught if the currently proposed Voter ID Amendment had already been enacted." ACLU Executive Director Chuck Samuelson is confide ... More >>
A judge dismisses a "Please ID Me" lawsuit "With Prejudice"You can't go to the polls in Minnesota on Election Day festooned in political messages, whether they're on shirts, hats, buttons or whatever. It's against the law. But the "Please ID Me" people, who urged vigilantes to run after gran ... More >>
Mary Kiffmeyer wants to see some ID. Now.Republicans in the Legislature keep promoting solutions that are in search of problems. Today's example: Minnesotans in 2012 are very likely going to to be asked to amend the state constitution so that it requires voters to show proof of identification ... More >>
Reps. Mary Kiffmeyer and Mike Benson want to see your IDTwo Republican legislators are pushing bills that would require voters to bring photo IDs to the polls. Both bills are slated for a hearing at the House Government Operations and Elections Committee Thursday morning.
Cornish wants to make it easier to buy guns in Minnesota.Rep. Tony Cornish says that the "bald-headed goon" responsible for the bloodbath in Tucson a few weeks ago - Jared Loughner -- wouldn't have been stopped from buying a gun in Minnesota, had he tried. The Good Thunder Republican's think ... More >>
The "Choose Life" llicense plate being proposed by Republicans.Republicans are busy in the culture warrior kitchen. Today, a group of them introduced H.F. 91, which calls for the creation of "Choose Life" license plates. Funds from the sale of the plates would be directed only to counties that a ... More >>
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 >>
We could have had vampire Jonathon Sharkey for governor, but he took off for Florida. Maybe fugitive felon Jack Shepard for District 4 congressman? What could possibly go wrong? From Shepard's Web site, somewhere in Italy: "If you support: 1) The Legalization of Medical Marijuana, 2) An imm ... More >>
Rep. Dan Severson (R-Sauk Rapids) introduced a bill this week to amend the Minnesota constitution so that marriage between a man and a woman is the only legally recognized domestic union in the state.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has asked prosecutors to investigate a call to a ... More >>
The quixotic wife abuser keeps his eyes on the prize
Many fell and few are likely to rise again
Election Leftovers 2006: outtakes from an evening of politico galas
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.
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.
In the build up to last year's elections, Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer was on the receiving end of a lot of blistering criticisms. Detractors accused the state's controversial chief election officer of doing all she could to supress turnout among likely Democratic voters. K ... More >>
A national prayer for our "humble leaders" takes place at the Minnesota Capitol tomorrow We never thought we'd say this, but we miss the oft-quotable former Gov. Jesse Ventura. In 1999, Ventura refused to sign a proclamation recognizing a state Prayer Day, a national event adopted by Congress in 19 ... More >>
Michele Bachmann heads an all-star cast of GOP Christian flat-earthers in the Sixth District
Though the Minnesota vote went smoothly, paranoia and antagonism were one of the stories of the day
If you want to bungle an election, look to a professional
Out-state there's good news; in the metro, signs of trouble
Kiffmeyer's "friends and family" election observer corps stirs controversy
Is Mary Kiffmeyer's crusade against the state's biggest counties political hackery?
Derail the vote 2004: A Karl Rove production
What they're saying about madam secretary
Will Mary Kiffmeyer leave Minnesota's election system looking worse than a hanging chad?
Minnesota is one of just nine states that didn't opt out of a new federal voting law
Her critics say she's a party hack. She prefers to be called madam secretary.
CP'S voter sign-up "scandal": Conspiracy? Friends having a laugh? What's the difference?
Six minor-party contenders for governor promise to bring back the primo dime-bag, turn the governor's mansion into a flophouse, tax water, get big brother out of your bedroom, ditch the nukes, and reveal the secrets of gravity-defying hair.