A few days ago, a new headline spread like the plague across the worst of the worst conservative publications: VOTER FRAUD IS REAL, it said. And the politician taking the greatest advantage, they say? Minnesota's own, U.S. Senator Al Franken. Naturally, the story went viral in Tea Party circles: th ... More >>
An attack ad supported by the House Majority PAC (HMP) portrays Republican Eighth District congressional candidate Stewart Mills as a rich dude who is "personally offended" by the notion that 1 percenters should pay substantially more in taxes than everyday folks.But the Mills campaign says the ad t ... More >>
Minnesotans woke up to the stark news Sunday that Katherine Kersten wanted them to kill their dogs.The column in the Star Tribune's opinion section, titled "Put people before dogs," is a good study in how ideas rattle around the right-wing media machine and eventually get recycled in your Sunday opi ... More >>
During a congressional hearing last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook came under fire for keeping more than $100 billion of the company's money overseas in order to avoid paying American taxes.SEE ALSO: Republicans sound the trumpet as Obamacare contributes to St. Jude's Minnesota layoffsCongress members did ... More >>
Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, is the stanchest pro-gun legislator in the state, and today, nobody was more outspoken in opposition to a bill that would mandate universal background checks for guy buyers.SEE ALSO: Rep. Tony Cornish wore a semi-automatic rifle pin to today's gun control hearing [ ... More >>
As we told you last month, during the run up to committee appointments for the new Congress, a petition was circulating to oust Rep. Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee. SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann goes on apocalyptic radio show, says Obama supports Sharia lawThe petition ended up ... More >>
Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Education held a public hearing about new proposed social studies standards that have drawn the ire of the MNGOP's House leadership.SEE ALSO: VFW flag controversy: MnDOT compromises, will allow flag to fly above overpasses after allThe standards prompted House ... More >>
Squirrels For BachmannTwo right wing websites are duking it out for credibility this morning over rumors that Michele Bachmann will announce a presidential bid before the end of the month in Iowa. The Daily Caller got the ball rolling by quoting one Iowa politico who heard that her staffers ... More >>
Pawlenty will officially be thinking about running.After years of inching toward a 2012 presidential bid, former-Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to actually make a formal step toward the nomination. This afternoon, Pawlenty will announce plans to launch a presidential exploratory committee, ac ... More >>
Lucas Baiano turned T-Paw into an action hero.Every time we see another of those hilariously over-the-top campaign ads for Tim Pawlenty, with their pulsating soundtracks, cut-away shots, weird angles, and contrived lighting, we ask ourselves the same question: Who made those things? Lucas Baiano ... More >>
Who is this guy?A couple of weeks ago at the Arizona teabagger confab, Tim Pawlenty grabbed a few laughs with a conspiracy theory jab at President Barack Obama. He wasn't going to "question the existence of the president's birth certificate," T-Paw said. "But when you listen to his policies, ... More >>
wikiLost in translation?Tim Pawlenty appears to have lost his compass bearings while he gears up for an announcement about his White House dreams in a few weeks. As he dashes around the country courting the GOP base, he's drawling more and more like Jimmy Swaggart, not the son of a St. Paul ... More >>
Keith Ellison: T-Paw's a phoney.Who is Tim Pawlenty? Recent polls suggest that few Republicans know or care when it comes to the 2012 presidential race. And a lot of Minnesotans are scratching their heads as he moves further and further to the right to court tea partiers. Now comes Rep. Keit ... More >>
What does T-Paw have to do to get noticed?Fancy campaign videos can only get a guy so far. If the presidential election were held today, Barack Obama would beat Tim Pawlenty in a landslide, 50-31 percent, according to a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. T-Paw would likely ... More >>
Matt VisionquestTim Pawlenty, tea party heroAll his threats about pushing gays back into the closet, shutting down the federal government, busting unions, and insulting the president seem to finally be paying off for Tim Pawlenty. He keynoted a steeped-in-tea confab over the weekend in Arizona c ... More >>
Running for president? Whatever.Tim Pawlenty has been on the road and in front of TV cameras incessantly to promote his book and his White House ambitions. Michele Bachmann happily feeds rumors that she wants to be president, too; she practically has an endowed chair at Fox News; and her attacks ... More >>
Obama denounced Muammar al-Gaddafi last week.Tim Pawlenty issued a scornful statement today condemning President Barack Obama for not denouncing the recent violent clampdown on anti-government protesters in Libya. Maybe T-Paw wasn't paying attention, running from one tea party to another, bu ... More >>
Former Governor Hockey Puck?National Review, the gold standard of conservative opinion magazines, features Tim Pawlenty on its March 7 cover -- in skates and a green T-Paw jersey. "Pawlenty's Shot: The former Minnesota governor is a strong contender" the 2012 Republican presidential nominati ... More >>
Bachmann's headed south of the (Minnesota) border.Our very own Rep. Michele Bachmann is off to Des Moines today to break bread with Republican big wigs, "set the table" for the 2012 presidential election cycle, and remind everyone there that she's not really Minnesotan, she's Iowan. Maybe she'll ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty has been making the media rounds, giving speeches and spreading campaign cash in the Granite State, but New Hampshire Republicans just don't seem to care when it comes to his potential race for the White House. He finds just 3 percent support there in a new Public Policy Polling ... More >>
Bush's brain, revered Republican tactician, and Democratic bete noir Karl Rove will speak and sign copies of his White House memoir on Thursday, April 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at Smith Hall on the university's East Bank campus. Check out reviews of the book at the Washington Post, Los Angele ... More >>
She also accused Obama of tyranny and declared that, "The government is working against us."
CNN's wingnut of the year gets rolled into an animated editorial cartoon that takes a shot at right wing crazies.
To which it's hard to resist paraphrasing a favorite GOP campaign attack: She was for the crop subsidies before she was against them.
As Michele Bachmann rails against government handouts, some of her critics point out she's feeding at the government trough.
The Daily Juggle, "the blog from moms in the Pioneer Press newsroom," is the only entry from Minnesota to make the list of finalists this year.
Seriously, go away Norm. We've already pled. Now others are chiming in...
Blotter has all the weird news that's fit to print
This weekend was a GOP governor frenzy on national TV shows as possible 2012 contenders came out to criticize President Obama's stimulus package.
Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above"Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above," said Noam Chomsky last week. "They come out of struggles from below. And the answer to what's next depends on people like you. Nobody else can answer it."In Haiti and Bolivia, Chomsky went o ... More >>
The "new" Tim Pawlenty looks a lot like the old one
Here, via Wonkette, are some exit poll numbers on US Senate races--none from Minnesota, however--published at the New Republic's blog, The Plank. As TNR blogger Ryan Lizza notes, they come from two sources but "seem too pro-Dem to be true." To be taken with a block of salt and all that. For what it' ... More >>
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The National Review is running an online Valentine's Day feature today, which is not nearly as cute as it may (or may not) sound. In fact it's downright sickening.
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A week after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, we've heard from politicians, pundits, survivors, aid workers, and editorialists. Here are just a few of the notable comments coming out of the tragedy... "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." -- Re ... More >>
James Lileks used to be content with writing about his toddler's toilet training. Then Iraq gave him the chance to become the state's most famous conservative.
There's less to the House minority leader's budget opposition than meets the eye
Why Washington can't give up the drug war.