By Cory Zurowski The marbled corridors of the Rayburn House Office Building are deserted at the moment, save for the tardy staffer bravely power-walking in masochistic heels. That wasn't the case five minutes ago. Then, the hallways of this four-story structure, home to U.S. representatives and t ... More >>
Imagine, if you will, that you're brand new to the scary world of searching for the right health insurance plan. Floods of brochures and online ads fly in front of your face, but you just want something that's affordable. After furious searching, you finally feel like you've found it: a plan that's ... More >>
A speeding ticket for driving 15 miles per hour over the limit costs $145 no matter where your car is registered in Minnesota, but the same can't be said for insurance rates.NerdWallet put together a study analyzing which drivers are hit hardest by rate increases after being pulled over for having a ... More >>
Sunday night, John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, eviscerated the Miss America competition for its misogyny and misleading claims about the amount of scholarship money it doles out to women.Though Miss America officials claim to make $45 million in scholarships available to contestants -- ... More >>
Earlier this year, HBO's Bill Maher launched a new website known as "Flip A District," where viewers could ponder the worst U.S. representative. The hope being that bad publicity would oust one poor bastard from power in the next election. For months, the votes poured in through Twitter, and on Fr ... More >>
During a May 22 appearance on Detroit Lakes' KDLM radio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden was asked what lessons from his business career he's taking with him on the campaign trail.McFadden, who most recently worked as co-CEO of a Minneapolis-based investment bank, replied, "Well, ... More >>
A new study conducted by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) finds that last fall's MNsure rollout coincided with a dramatic drop in the number of Minnesotans without health insurance.Between September 30 of last year and May 1, the number of uninsured M ... More >>
A few weeks ago, the Minnesota Commerce Department issued a warning to folks considering using so-called "transportation network companies" like Lyft or Uber."The Commerce Department wants Minnesotans to know that there may be gaps in auto insurance coverage for both the drivers and passengers using ... More >>
Now here's a question worth millions: What's the best way to police the police?Communities United Against Police Brutality is pushing an amendment to the Minneapolis City charter that would force cops to carry professional liability insurance and pay out of their own pockets when they're found to ha ... More >>
Minnesotans are just hot, period. But recent data indicates our state is particularly hot in the areas of job creation and personal income.SEE ALSO: Economic recovery? What economic recovery? Mpls donut shop hiring... an unpaid internAccording to the latest U.S. Department of Commerce data, per capi ... More >>
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 >>
We ride bikes and go skinny dipping in urban lakes. And when we stop for a beer on the way home and charge it to our credit card, we pay that thing down more promptly than folks anywhere else in the country. According to Experian's latest analysis of credit scores across the country, Minneapolitans ... More >>
Education comes second to institutional income at a steep price
See Also:Kevin Steinman talks songwriting and the power of performingKevin Steinman checks in from Norway to talk about the aftermath of the Oslo tragedyKevin Steinman will be a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter until later this summer. After a farewell show at Bryant Lake Bowl on July 23, he's mo ... More >>
Compared to our five-state-area neighbors, Minnesotans like to live beyond our means.According to a new study by the Washington nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development, the average Minnesotan carries $10,355 in credit card debt. Residents of 27 states have more per-consumer credit card debt ... More >>
Bill O'Reilly picked on Bachmann in a way that Fox News normally doesn't.Michele Bachmann was on TV last night for a little plugging from her favorite channel, Fox News, and its most popular host, Bill O'Reilly. But instead of the typical "we're in this together, go get the black guy -- I mean ba ... More >>
State Sen. John Carlson, planning for a grabber.With some disturbingly audible heavy breathing, State Sen. John Carlson took to the floor at the Capitol yesterday to proudly declare that he doesn't bother seeing the doctor. Why? Because it may help him bag an annual $1,500, courtesy of Minnes ... 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 >>
Meanwhile 15.7 percent of graduates default
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.
Obama will speak at 12:30 p.m. at the rally, which is free and open to the public. Access is first come, first served.
That would come at a hefty price tag of $70 billion. By comparison, it's a drop in the hat next to the more than $800 billion stimulus package just passed by the U.S. House.
The bill would require health insurers to cover mental health just as they do physical conditions, but time is running out to pass t ... More >>
Two years ago, Sen. Norm Coleman voted in favor of a law that made it significantly harder for people with unmanageable credit card debt to file for bankruptcy.
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.
With a new bill, Northwest puts Wall Street in first class and throws its retiring workers in steerage
While the health insurance industry's booty will remain considerable, particularly in the eyes of the wage-slaves who can no longer afford health insurance, all signs are that it's poised to dwindle.
The number of foreclosures on Twin Cities homes spikes
Applying for financial aid but have a drug rap? Just say "no."
States prove effective at curtailing abusive mortgages; Congress quick to strike back There are people who own homes, are veterans of a foreign war, pay taxes and maybe, just maybe, vote who weren't alive the last time Congress took any action regarding banks other than to loosen regulations--and c ... More >>
Welcome, friend, to the booming field of "subprime" mortgages. Think you can't afford a house? You're probably right, but that won't stop us from putting you in one!
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 >>
The federal government just released state-by-state personal income statistics for the first quarter of 2005--and the news from Minnesota is not encouraging. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Minnesota ranked 48th in growth of personal income from the last quarter of 2004, recording a . ... More >>
Sent: Fri 6/24/2005 9:51 AM To: Phil Singer Subject: KENNEDY CAN'T HIDE HIS RECORD OF JEOPARDIZING SOCIAL SECURITY KENNEDY CAN?T HIDE HIS RECORD OF JEOPARDIZING SOCIAL SECURITY What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, Mark Kennedy had the audacity to speak of the importance of protecting Social S ... More >>
Alan Greenspan and America's unreal estate
Health insurers lagging behind the rest of the S&P Five years of "expanding margins" for shareholders in appear to be coming to a halt. It seems that the industry, which miraculously has flourished even as health care costs have skyrocketed, can't come up with enough new enrollees to keep passing ou ... More >>
The state's housing bubble and the renters who love it
How a once-mighty union sold out thousands of workers on the eve of retirement
If the state won't stop shady lenders, maybe cities will
Advocates fight against predatory lenders and for regulatory relief
In Cannon Falls, the Class Act strip club supplies ample fodder for a legal brawl in federal court
Roll those credit cards into your mortgage, urge the ads, and your overall monthly bills will plummet. Sound too good to be true? It is.