• Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    MNsure director Todd-Malmlov reportedly resigning amid vacation controversy

    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 >>

  • News

    April 24, 2013

    Medicare fraudsters swindle millions from the feds

    Hospitals, doctors, and drug dealers have made Medicare the nation's sweetest crime, but the feds are trying to shutter the door

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Michele Bachmann: Obamacare "literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens" [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Minnesota hospitals covered more than $2 billion in care in 2011, says new report

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Senate rejects effort to block tax dollars from being used for ex-gay therapy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Occupy MN and TakeAction Minnesota storms Wells Fargo [UPDATE]

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Michele Bachmann reads Huffington Post and Daily Beast, watches MSNBC

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Michele Bachmann used Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac for her home loan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Michele Bachmann's miscarriage: 23 foster children explained

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Bachmann's Christian clinic supported by Medicaid

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Mark Dayton wants shutdown contingency to include payments to health providers

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Mark Dayton tells Michele Bachmann to mind her own health care business

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Tony Sutton leaves Baja Sol for P.R.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Mark Dayton jettisons Tim Pawlenty's health insurance stands [UPDATE, VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Mark Dayton sworn in as governor today [UPDATE]

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    American Lung Association prefers $20-a-pack cigarettes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty orders Minnesota not to access federal health care reform money

    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 >>

  • News

    June 30, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty rests veto pen so he can fish

    Put the veto pen down and move toward the fishing pole​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty dismisses federal Medicaid money he uses to balance the state's budget

    The federal stimulus is being used to prop up Medicaid payments, which Pawlenty needs to balance the state budget.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2009

    Obama fires up supporters in Minneapolis rally

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Minnesota Somali families facing autism

    The Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating possible causes of autism among Somali children.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Flying carp attack, sex offender name change, Kersten's attempt at funny

    Mass_media_4.jpgWednesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • News

    July 11, 2007

    Jay and Silent Boob

    Local pornographer claims his tale inspired Kevin Smith's latest

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2006

    Compare and contrast

    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.

  • News

    August 23, 2006

    Let's Not Talk About Sex

    A newly approved vaccine could prevent a widespread precancerous STD. But will anyone use it?

  • News

    July 26, 2006

    Doctor, Bill Thyself

    For Minnesota hospitals, sick immigrants mean an unhealthy bottom line

  • News

    April 19, 2006

    Balancing Act

    The state budget is reportedly at a surplus. So why is Tim Pawlenty still raiding health care funds?

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    12/22: Morning Communique

    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...

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2005

    10/20: Morning Communique

    Cutting Medicare, suing God, condemning cartoons, ogling famous women in slips, annointing the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2005

    Nickled and Dimed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2005

    6/9: Morning Communique

    [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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2005

    Top 5 list: media sideshows

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2005

    Friday 3/18 news cruise

    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 >>

  • News

    February 2, 2005
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    January 19, 2005

    Minnesota Eats Itself

    Another Pawlenty budget, another round of bloodletting

  • News

    August 4, 2004

    Out with the Old

    A longtime Minneapolis nursing home is displaced by one of Bush's faith-based favorites

  • News

    July 21, 2004

    The Check's in the Mail

    How a once-mighty union sold out thousands of workers on the eve of retirement

  • News

    March 17, 2004

    A Cure for the Common Good

    Pawlenty continues his slash-and-burn crusade to cut health care

  • News

    November 12, 2003

    The Hospital of Last Resort

    A budget squeeze at HCMC means diminished medical care for those who can't go anywhere else

  • News

    June 4, 2003

    Death by a Thousand Cuts

    How does Minnesota's fresh-minted 2003 budget make this a meaner place? Let us count the ways

  • News

    April 2, 2003

    Penny-Wise, Billion-Foolish

    Pawlenty's plan to slash health and human services only looks good on paper

  • News

    March 5, 2003

    The Prescription Drug Wars

    Can Minnesota rein in prescription costs?

  • Feature

    December 10, 1997

    The Pretenders

    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.

  • Feature

    August 20, 1997

    Embracing Suburbia

    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.

  • Feature

    August 6, 1997

    Trickle-Up Economics

    The budget deal is chock-full of outrageous considerations for corporations bought with campaign cash.

  • News

    April 30, 1997
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    July 3, 1996
  • Feature

    November 1, 1995

    Vanishing Point

    The dirty secret of education reform.

  • News

    October 11, 1995
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