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    June 17, 2014

    Mike McFadden blames Franken for Nicaraguan-made campaign shirts

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden talks a lot about the importance of jobs. For instance, in recent weeks, he's said things like, "Senator [Franken] along with President Obama have waged a war on jobs in this country," and, "I've created jobs. That's what I do. I have a record of 20 yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Mark Dayton looks safe in 2014, according to Public Policy Polling

    Yesterday, Public Policy Polling -- the folks who surprisingly but accurately pegged the voter ID amendment as going down just days before last Tuesday's election -- took an early look at the 2014 gubernatorial landscape.SEE ALSO:-- Mike Parry says Governor Dayton is a drug addict, pops "15 or 16 pi ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    MNGOP accuses DFL of "using racist tactics" by darkening photo of Rep. King Banaian [IMAGE]

    MNGOP leaders are accusing the DFL of race-baiting with a new anti-Rep. King Banaian mailer.SEE ALSO:-- Minnesota is one of the least racist states, according to Google (and Harvard)-- Bemidji cross burning: Two white men, ages 19 and 20, arrested [MUGSHOTS]-- Racist Art Song's chicken wings sign un ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Rep. Matt Dean calls North Dakota's Capitol "embarrassing," draws rebuke from NoDak guv

    During House debate on an ill-fated bill to renovate Minnesota's Capitol building, Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, took a pot shot at North Dakota's "Skyscraper on the Prairie.""Wisconsin has a pretty nice Capitol," Dean said. "Iowa has a fairly nice Capitol. North Dakota, I mean my goodness ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Voter ID advances to House floor

    ​A constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo ID when casting their ballots is headed to the House floor.Today, the House Rules Committee approved the proposed amendment in a 13-9 party-line vote. A companion bill is pending in the Senate Rules Committee. If approved by the full House ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    MNGOP leadership throws support behind Romney

    ​Minnesota's Republican vanguard is throwing its weight behind Mitt Romney's bid to be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.Later today, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and House Majority Leader Matt Dean will reportedly headline a list of Romney's legislative backers. Last week's polling indicates ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Top 10 Blotter stories of 2011

    ​As 2011 comes to a close, we took time out to check on the stories that had readers talking most this year. The Top 10 Blotter Stories of 2011 include a good chunk of Bachmann gaffes (of course), a couple dodgy civic outbursts and an apocalyptic farm incident involving cattle.  Never a dull ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Mark Dayton, a dead fish and three Republicans: Photo of the Day

    Mark Dayton and the dead northern pike.​The annual floating photo op otherwise known as the Governor's Fishing Opener is over, Mark Dayton now gets to have his mug splashed all over the papers while holding a dead fish, and assorted political foes get to pretend for a few hours that they reall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Neil Gaiman donates MPR Wits fee to charity

    Neil Gaiman supports local arts. Matt Dean, not so much.​Neil Gaiman is at it again, speaking at publicly funded events and directing his earnings to charity. Hasn't this guy learned his lesson? Last week the famous author was called a "pencil-necked little weasel" and a thief by House Majo ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Neil Gaiman's a capitalist. What's wrong with that? Comment Of The Day

    Neil Gaiman is successful. This bothers House Majority Leader Matt Dean.​Since when did Republicans take such a dim view of free enterprise? Here's Neil Gaiman, a hugely successful and famous author, paid handsomely for his accomplishments, and House Majority Leader Matt Dean calls him a "penc ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Matt Dean sort of apologizes to Neil Gaiman because his mom made him

    Matt Dean's mom didn't raise a name-calling bully. Or did she?​Just about everyone was taken aback yesterday when Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean launched a peculiar and unhinged attack on noted local author Neil Gaiman. In a discussion about arts funding through the Legacy Amendment, D ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Neil Gaiman isn't impressed by Matt Dean's half-assed apology

    Neil Gaiman likes Matt Dean's mom, but isn't too keen on her son.​If a powerful politician you'd never met took to the press to call you a "pencil-necked little weasel" and falsely accuse you of stealing thousands of dollars from the state, you might reasonably expect a sincere apology.And after t ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Neil Gaiman responds to "pencil-necked weasel" insult by Matt Dean [INTERVIEW]

    Neil Gaiman vs. Matt Dean​Matt Dean, the Republican leader of the Minnesota House, was quoted in Wednesday's Star Tribune hating on famous local author Neil Gaiman and calling him a "pencil-necked little weasel." We left several messages for Dean, but didn't get a response. Gaiman, on the oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Republicans would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers is among the sponsors of the bill.​We're not sure what any of this has to do with their campaign promises to create jobs, jobs and more jobs for Minnesotans, but Republicans in the Legislature have introduced their fifth anti-abortion rights bill this session. If t ... More >>