Yesterday, a political action committee associated with Basim Sabri, a controversial developer who has a longstanding beef with Minneapolis City Council member Robert Lilligren, covered the Sixth Ward with fliers smearing Lilligren and urging voters to cast their ballots for Abdi Warsame.RELATED: Ro ... More >>
The group behind the push to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota spent more than $2 million on its Capitol lobbying efforts, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press. The official deadline to report spending isn't until next month, but Minnesotans United for All Families is sure to be a ... More >>
Just over a month after the Newtown school shooting, President Obama today revealed his ambitious gun control proposal.SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann's favorite gun is the Bushmaster AR-15 used in Newtown [VIDEO] But a day before the president announced what some are calling the "most expansive gun-cont ... More >>
The Vikings don't have to release information on how much money they spent lobbying Minnesota in 2011, but the state's local governments do. Their lobbying tab for last year comes in at $8.3 million, according to a 386-page report released Monday by the state auditor's office. That number's a 0.7 ... More >>
Walz's STOCK Act was a bipartisan hit, but House GOPers stripped out a key provision.Today, the U.S. House followed the Senate and passed a Congressional insider trading ban originally introduced by Mankato Democrat Tim Walz.The so-called STOCK Act proved extremely popular in both the chambers, w ... More >>
Minnesotans took over K Street todayProtesters from around the country occupied K Street this afternoon, including dozens of Minnesotans. The demonstration was the combined effort of numerous groups joining up with OccupyDC to send a message against corporate money in politics. K Street is h ... More >>
"She's wonderful," says Bachmann's new stylist.Looking like Michele Bachmann doesn't come cheap.Bachmann spent $4,700 on hair and makeup in the last two weeks of June, according to Mother Jones. Using money from her political action committee, Bachmann made three payments to Tamara Robertson, a C ... More >>
Confused about who and what they wanted you to vote for?Two anti-gay marriage groups, one of them national and one based here in Minnesota, are being accused of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying expenditures during 2010. Common Cause Minnesota filed complaints against the N ... More >>
Sean Hannity is now one of Michele Bachmann's sugar daddies.No one seriously thinks that Fox News gasbag Sean Hannity is fair and balanced when it comes to Rep. Michele Bachmann. He makes stuff up to try and burnish her image. He prods her to run for the White House alongside Sarah Palin. A ... More >>
By his own estimation, retired tile contractor Dan Day's been knocking around DFL politics in the 6th congressional district since about 2002, and he's been working against Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann ever since volunteering for Patty Wetterling's failed campaign against the Stillwater c ... More >>
Meet the invisible hands behind some of the state's biggest bills
You often hear lobbyists scorned, but it's rare to see the face of a lobbyist, even though they grease the skids of modern politics.
DNC says Pawlenty is showing he is just more of the same failed Republican policies. Weren't the Democrats criticizing Republicans last year for picking inexperienced and "mavericky" Sarah Palin? Can't argue both sides.
Al Franken, who will likely be sworn in as Minnesota senator next week, has all eyes on him, even those pesky lobbyists who see him as potentially naive and impressionable.
The brightest stars and dimmest hacks in the Capitol
Pickens Plan focuses on using more wind power and natural gas
These GOPfathers are the power brokers you've never heard of
With a new bill, Northwest puts Wall Street in first class and throws its retiring workers in steerage
Will fallout from congressional ethics scandals finally prompt change at the Capitol?
Is Norm Coleman truly tired of Washington lobbyists?
It is an article of faith among certain conservative commentators that National Public Radio is staffed by a cabal of Volvo-driving Bolsheviks who, when taking a break from promoting homosexual orgies in the schools, are working round the clock to ban Christmas, foment the Iraqi insurgency and bankr ... More >>
Lawmakers wanted to reform campaign finance laws this year. So what happened?
Since last November's electoral rout, the Republicans have redoubled their vigor in taking it to Democrats in the backrooms of power--specifically K Street, the Washington thoroughfare that power lobbyists have traditionally called home. Team Rove and its band of winged Congressional monkeys are mo ... More >>
Design revolution, that is The Star Tribune's continuing quest to be all things to all people--or at least more things to more people in Maple Grove--will soon result in a redesign, according to reader representative Kate Parry's latest column. The change afoot is based on research done by a journ ... More >>
Blur's musical diaspora: Beyond the waterloo sunset, Africa!
The Shubert Theater takes one for the (new) team
And other tales from our least likely lobbyists
The Minnesota Twins are convinced the public will eventually buy them a new $300 million stadium. They have reason to believe.
Never mind taxes, spending, education: Where's the shower?
From West Bank radical to White House insider, he's remained the most powerful man you've never heard of.
Arne Carlson's sudden announcement of support for the proposed U.S. settlement with cigarette manufacturers raises new questions about a vacation the governor and his wife took to Australia last year with Phillip Morris execs.
Since a 1993 campaign-finance reform, soft-money contributions to political parties has gone up, say Minneapolis Alliance for Progressive Action's Dave Mann and Ellen Weiss.
Should the House bill pass, prices will go up at smaller airlines while large airlines such as Northwest will shoulder a smaller tax burden.
The state's former ranking environmental protection officer goes to work for big industry.