Minneapolis Councilman Andrew Johnson is one of those rare characters in the medical marijuana debate, playing both politician and patient. He was diagnosed only a few years ago with an extreme form of glaucoma in both eyes, he says. Before major surgeries, his doctors have prescribed conventional ... More >>
This morning the legislature kicked off three days of gun control hearings, starring Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder.SEE ALSO: Minnesota lawmakers propose gun control legislation [VIDEO] Cornish has emerged as the legislature's staunchest gun rights advocate -- a title he wore proudly, literally, ... More >>
Norm Coleman may be Minnesota's most popular prominent Republican, but he isn't feeling any love these days from nonprofit campaign watchdog groups in Washington.Both Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have recently called for the IRS and FEC to investigate whether ... More >>
Lobbying for booze one beer at a time
AP ImagesLarson has rented to more than just Norm Coleman.By Mike Mullen In mid-2008, it came out that Jeff Larson had been renting a Washington, D.C. apartment to then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn), a close friend and political cohort. As a landlord, Larson -- the subject of last week's fea ... More >>
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Minnesota's state Senate today failed to pass a bill that would have prohibited lawmakers from lobbying at the Legislature for one year after they leave office. The bill, which failed on a vote of 33-33, was sponsored by Roseville Sen. John Marty, faithful author of years of good-government legislat ... More >>
Schindler's List: cash donor info to be sold by direct-marketing firm The NYT reports that a right-wing direct-marketing firm, with the permission of Terri Schiavo's parents, is selling a list of donors to her cause to other conservative political action groups. Plus: America's next top autopsy--M ... More >>
Pawlenty and the legislature go for "shared sacrifice" --with a vengeance
Gambling-rich tribes opposing a casino in Hudson--including the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota and the Mille Lacs Chippewa--hired heavy-hitting lobbyist Patrick O'Connor, who personally spoke to the president about the matter at a fundraiser in Minneapolis.
The real outrage is that big money interests can purchase politicians and policy in ways that are perfectly legal.
Even the paranoid have real enemies.