Last Thursday, news broke that MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov took a two-week trip to Costa Rica late last month while the state health care exchange website she oversees struggled with a number of problems.RELATED: MN Jobs Coalition ad mocks MNsure director's tropical vacation [IMAGE] ... More >>
Hospitals, doctors, and drug dealers have made Medicare the nation's sweetest crime, but the feds are trying to shutter the door
We planned to take a least a 24-hour break from posting about Michele Bachmann... but then we saw video of remarks she made on the House floor today on the third anniversary of Obamacare's passage.SEE ALSO: Bachmann: Contraception mandate step toward one-child policy [VIDEO]It's no secret Michele ha ... More >>
Minnesota hospitals are increasingly picking up the tab for our rising health care costs.In 2011, they covered $509.5 million in uncompensated treatment, according to a new Minnesota Hospital Association report that tracks how 144 hospitals and health systems in the state spend their considerable ... More >>
Here's a head-scratcher: Yesterday, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, introduced an amendment that would've blocked tax dollars from being used to fund the type of controversial ex-gay therapy practiced at Marcus Bachmann's clinics.The motion failed after senators like David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, ra ... More >>
This week, Minneapolis will be witness to a confluence of local protest entities, starting today at 11 a.m., when organizers from TakeAction Minnesota will converge at the Government Plaza and try to woo Occupy MN participants into following them in a march to the Wells Fargo Center. It probabl ... More >>
Bachmann gets her news from sources that haven't been easy on her lately.During the question and answer session at the National Press Club this afternoon, most of of Michele Bachmann's answers were predictable.Yes, she's still against raising the debt ceiling. Yes, she still thinks Fannie Mae and ... More >>
Bachmann says one thing in public in, and does another in private.Michele Bachmann used federally backed home loans from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac just weeks before she denounced those programs and called for them to be dismantled, according to the Washington Post. Experts who reviewed the home l ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has long bolstered her family values bona fides in political campaigns with the story of how she and her husband Marcus raised 23 foster children along with their five biological kids. Now she's explaining why they took on the challenge -- but again in the context of helping ... More >>
It's time for Michele Bachmann to fess up: She doesn't really hate government handouts, she loves them -- any time they benefit her personally or politically. The latest case in point: NBC is reporting that the Christian counseling business she runs with her husband, Marcus, has been the benefic ... 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 >>
Dayton: Bachmann should concentrate her fire on Iowa and New Hampshire, and leave Minnesota alone.Rep. Michele Bachmann told us that God wanted her in Congress, but she just can't keep her fingers out of state politics -- especially when it might help raise her national profile. Today she de ... More >>
Under chairman Tony Sutton, the GOP regained control of the Legislature, if not the governor's mansion.In the summer of 2009 we profiled Minnesota GOP Chairman Tony Sutton, and asked whether he could turn around a party on the state level that seemed to have lost its bearings on a national scale. ... More >>
Mark Dayton meets the press today.Congress passed health care reform. But in Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said we couldn't have it. Today, making good on campaign promises, Mark Dayton said that we can. And his two executive orders can't be stopped by the new Republican-controlled Legisl ... More >>
Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes. Mark Dayton took the oath of office as Minnesota's governor at noon, the first Democrat to hold that office in decades.
Photo: SuperFantasticThe health and economic costs to Minnesota from smoking are pegged at $5 billion a year.Minnesota smokers might wince every time they put down an average $5.53 for a pack of cigarettes, but the American Lung Association says that's a bargain. If you tally up all the cost ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty overrides federal health care legislation.Minnesota government agencies have been ordered by Gov. Tim Pawlenty not to participate in any of the discretionary benefits contained in federal health care overhaul legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama ear ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
Put the veto pen down and move toward the fishing poleThe governor, in case you missed the news, has gone fishing while the Legislature hammers out a last minute budget deal. Says he doesn't want to let down the good folks up around Lake Kabetogama by not showing up for a party they've been p ... More >>
The federal stimulus is being used to prop up Medicaid payments, which Pawlenty needs to balance the state budget.
Speaking to a nearly packed Target Center, he gave a more folksy version of his health care reform speech given to the joint session of Congress earlier this week.
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating possible causes of autism among Somali children.
Local pornographer claims his tale inspired Kevin Smith's latest
One of the "most e-mailed" stories in today's New York Times is an examination of the tension parents and nannies must navigate over the provenance and nutritional sanctity of the little loveys' breakfast bowls and snack packs. How precious.
A newly approved vaccine could prevent a widespread precancerous STD. But will anyone use it?
For Minnesota hospitals, sick immigrants mean an unhealthy bottom line
The state budget is reportedly at a surplus. So why is Tim Pawlenty still raiding health care funds?
More babies wanted less, using collection plate cash to buy breast implants, Dennis Quaid as W, the 2005 Punchy Awards, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Cutting Medicare, suing God, condemning cartoons, ogling famous women in slips, annointing the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
PiPress' Northwest apology unintentionally shows why you should care about its mechanics There's a lengthy story in today's Pioneer Press contending that there may not be much economic fallout in the event Northwest Airline's mechanics strike. Even if planes are grounded, the story says, Minnesota ... More >>
[CITY PAGES BLOGS] Corey Anderson "adds" songs 51 through 54 to Minnesota's Fifty Greatest Hits at American Idle. Peter S. Scholtes adds 22 hip hop songs and eight R&B classics to the list at Complicated Fun. The Simpsons movie is a go, while Universal dumps Watchmen. More cartoon, movie, and gra ... More >>
Jacko, Terri, and Big Mac vs. the world The Google News database includes current news stories plus those still accessible in free databases at news sites; most of its contents go back one or two weeks. We decided to crunch the three leading media sideshows of recent days against two news stories ... More >>
BETTER ROADS AND CHEAPER RITALIN In the Strib: Pawlenty announces plan to import European as well as Canadian pharmaceuticals; state to proceed with quarter-billion-dollar 35W/Crosstown 62 highway reconstruction project in '06; assault charges dropped against naked Minneapolis man who had his unit c ... More >>
Another Pawlenty budget, another round of bloodletting
A longtime Minneapolis nursing home is displaced by one of Bush's faith-based favorites
How a once-mighty union sold out thousands of workers on the eve of retirement
Pawlenty continues his slash-and-burn crusade to cut health care
A budget squeeze at HCMC means diminished medical care for those who can't go anywhere else
How does Minnesota's fresh-minted 2003 budget make this a meaner place? Let us count the ways
Pawlenty's plan to slash health and human services only looks good on paper
Can Minnesota rein in prescription costs?
You'd think that Clinton's decision amounting to a death sentence for thousands of HIV-positive Americans might generate a public outcry. Instead, the chattering classes were obsessed with Dick Gephardt's speech at Harvard.
Throwing more poor kids onto the social trash heap while making a present of $50 billion to the nicotine merchants hasn't harmed Clinton's popularity in the slightest.
The budget deal is chock-full of outrageous considerations for corporations bought with campaign cash.
The dirty secret of education reform.