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    September 21, 2012

    Mpls City Council passes Civilian Review Authority overhaul 8-5

    After a heated debate, the Minneapolis City Council voted 8-5 to approve an amended overhaul of the Civilian Review Authority, a controversial police oversight board started more than 20 years ago. See Also: Mpls City Council committee passes CRA overhaul despite public outcry Senate passes bill to ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Kurt Bills, GOP Senate candidate, says he'd support tax increase, fight Grover Norquist

    The stress of a moribund U.S. Senate campaign might be getting to Kurt Bills.SEE ALSO:-- Michael Brodkorb hates Kurt Bills, wants write-in MNGOP U.S. Senate candidate-- Kurt Bills' new ad takes Klobuchar's joke out of context, but what else do you expect? [VIDEO]-- Dave Wellstone calls Kurt Bills' h ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Mitt Romney blames Wisconsin's problems on Obama, ignores Scott Walker [VIDEO]

    SEE ALSO:-- Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state over last yearMary Hoglund, 83, spits in Romney supporter's face during Wisconsin event [VIDEO]-- Michele Bachmann says Romney is best presidential candidate because Obama is too wealthy [VIDEO]Scott Walker became governor of Wisconsin in ear ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    GOP platform's new anti-porn stance unexpectedly mirrors Bachmann's pledge

    SEE ALSO:-- Michele Bachmann pledges to ban "all forms of pornography" if elected president-- Bachmann pledge: Black families were better off during slavery than they are under Obama-- Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch: "There is a way to have a more 'forcible rape'" [VIDEO]While running for pres ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Ed Hansen, Confederate flag-flying West St. Paul City Council member, back in trouble

    In February, we brought you the story of Ed Hansen, the conservative West St. Paul City Council member who, much to the chagrin of his neighbors, fellow councilors, and African-Americans everywhere, flew the stars and bars at home.Hansen's fellow councilors said there was little they could do beyond ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    Voter ID is the new Jim Crow

    New laws in dozens of states could cost Obama votes

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    May 23, 2012

    Taxpayers League's poll says majority of Minneapolis opposes Vikings stadium plan

    Would you want to go down in history as the city official known for running the Vikings out of Minnesota? Probably not. But what if a majority of your city's residents stood behind you when you voted "no"?This morning, just two days before the Minneapolis City Council is expected to rubber-stamp the ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Mark Dayton very popular, MNGOP-controlled legislature about as popular as kick in the pants

    Gov. Mark Dayton will probably have a friendlier legislature to work with next year. A new SurveyUSA poll of 600 Minnesotans found that only 21 percent of respondents approve of the job the MNGOP-controlled legislature was doing during the last days of this year's session, compared to 67 percent dis ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    Dayton vetoes "smokin' hot" MNGOP-crafted tax cut bill

    An exchange on the House floor Tuesday night succinctly captured the difference of opinion between MNGOP and DFL lawmakers about a tax bill vetoed this morning by Gov. Mark Dayton.House Taxes Committee Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, described the legislation as a "smokin' hot tax bill." In reply, ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Ron Paul actually won Minnesota's GOP presidential caucus, it turns out

    Remember all that stuff you read about Rick Santorum winning Minnesota's February Republican presidential caucus? Forget you ever saw it. Because last weekend, the Republican votes that matter the most were cast at Minnesota's district conventions, and Ron Paul won the majority of them.Paul won 20 o ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Michele Bachmann, drowned out by Obamacare supporters, says: "We are surrounded by those who benefit from socialism"

    ​If a shrill, conservative tree falls in the woods but everybody around is making too much noise to hear it, does it make a sound?Apparently, it does. And it sounds something like: "We are surrounded by those who benefit from socialism."Those were Michele Bachmann's words today in the midst of a c ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Geoff Michel avoids Senate ethics investigation for handling of Brodkorb-Koch scandal

    ​Divided along partisan lines, there isn't enough support among Senate Ethics Committee members to launch an ethics investigation into how Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, handled the Amy Koch-Michael Brodkorb scandal.During a hearing last Friday, the four member committee discussed an ethics complaint ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, $1 million in debt, didn't live within its means

    ​Remember Michele Bachmann's vehement opposition to raising the county's debt ceiling? Remember in her book, where she gushes about the way she and Marcus were able to quickly pay down their college loans?Today, it was revealed that Bachmann, an outspoken advocate of fiscal responsibility, didn't ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Minnesota gets D corruptibility grade, says State Integrity Investigation

    ​Minnesota is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the potential for government corruption, according to a new study by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International, and Global Integrity.The study, called the State Integrity Investigation, gave Minnesota a D grade, which rank ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Michael Brodkorb social media rules ordered Republicans to delete controversial material

    ​After Republicans took control of the Minnesota Senate and made Michael Brodkorb communications director for the caucus, Brodkorb sent out a memo laying out the rules of social media. Addressed to "all staff," the memo begins by explaining that caucus members have a stake in the Minnesota Senat ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Decorated war vet Pete Hegseth seeking GOP endorsement to challenge Klobuchar [VIDEO]

    ​Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth's announcement that he is running against incumbent Amy Klobuchar for one of Minnesota U.S. Senate seats represents an "upgrade" over other GOPers already in the race, The Hill writes. The Hill cites Hegseth's national fundraising network from his time runni ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Michele Bachmann will run again come hell or high water

    Michele Bachmann plans to run for another term in Congress, no matter what this week's redistricting brings. Bachmann held a press conference at the Minnesota Capitol this morning to demand more transparency into state and federal medicaid programs, declaring plans to work with Republicans and Dem ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Santorum's low-turnout, symbolic Minnesota victory signals Republican dissatisfaction

    ​Well, with Romney finishing a distant third, T-Paw is looking less influential than ever, isn't he?Rick Santorum crushed his Republican presidential competitors during yesterday's Minnesota GOP caucus, but the victory is only as significant as the momentum it generates for his campaign in states ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Ron Paul glitterbombed at Minneapolis Convention Center [VIDEO]

    There's something in the air the night before the caucus. ​As Republican candidates descended on our fair state for today's caucus, the glitter was inevitably not far behind. At a campaign rally in downtown Minneapolis last night, Congressman Ron Paul became the latest conservative presidential c ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Mitt Romney's dubstep anthem has arrived

    ​Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a new song dedicated to him with a message he probably won't approve. "Willard Mitt Romney Song" by Minneapolis electro-hop act the Sicko Pervs arrived over the weekend -- just as the former Massachusetts governor heads into a heated Republican pr ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Ron Paul focusing on MN caucus, buys "substantial" airtime in state

    ​Ron Paul, for one, isn't overlooking the Minnesota GOP presidential caucus, coming up on February 7. Paul's campaign recently announced that it has purchased "substantial" airtime in Minnesota in advance of the oft-inconsequential event, which has added significance this year as Republicans conti ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Poll: Klobuchar "close to unbeatable," Franken solid

    ​Apparently the PIPA debacle hasn't significantly hurt the political fortunes of Al Franken or Amy Klobuchar.A new Public Policy Polling poll conducted over last weekend concludes that Klobuchar will be very tough to beat this year. Franken's favorable numbers, while weaker than Klobuchar's, indic ... More >>

  • News

    January 18, 2012

    The real R.T. Rybak

    Up close and personal with the Minneapolis mayor

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    January 11, 2012

    Susan Allen is first Native American woman elected to Minnesota legislature

    Allen is the first Native woman and the second open lesbian to serve in the legislature.​Yesterday, Susan Allen won a special election for the House District 61B seat, making her the first Native American woman elected to serve in the Minnesota legislature. Allen prevailed over Nate Blumenshine, a ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Vikes stadium: Dayton asks city, Ramsey County to play hurry-up

    Minneapolis leaders are mounting a last-minute drive to keep the Vikings in town. ​Governor Dayton wants Minneapolis and Ramsey County to deploy hurry-up offenses in hopes of bringing closure to the Vikings' stadium drive.Today, he sent the Ramsey County board and Mayor R.T. Rybak letters setting ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Michele Bachmann bombs in Iowa caucus, finishes in sixth place [UPDATED]

    Michele Bachmann did not get the miracle she was praying for in Iowa Tuesday night. With 99 percent of votes tallied in the Iowa caucus, Bachmann has officially finished in a distant sixth place, losing to every candidate but John Huntsman, who didn't even campaign for the event. Former Pennsylv ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Michele Bachmann quits presidential race

    Michele Bachmann has officially quit the 2012 presidential race. After a dismal sixth place finish in the Iowa caucus last night, Bachmann has finally read the enormous writing on the wall and effectively ended her ill-fated campaign. "Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Michele Bachmann channels Sarah Palin, accuses CNN of "Gotcha!" journalism [VIDEO]

    In an interview on CNN's Starting Point this morning, Michele Bachmann quickly turned defensive after host Soledad O'Brien recited some of the candidate's comments about homosexuality. Bachmann accused Soledad of "Gotcha!" journalism, dismissing the question as simply "bizarre." The interview con ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Bachmann not pulling punches as Iowa Caucus nears

    ​With the Iowa Caucuses less than a week away, the 2012 Presidential campaign's preseason is not for long, and Michele Bachmann is far behind Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul in the polls. Republican candidates will begin to drop like punch-drunk boxers as the primary process moves from Iowa ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Kent Sorenson betrayed Bachmann for 30 silver shekels, she claims

    ​Michele Bachmann's hopes for an improbable late rally in Iowa received the unkindest cut of all.  Yesterday, apparently just hours removed from campaigning with Bachmann, her Iowa campaign co-chairman pulled a Brutus and publicly threw his support behind Ron Paul.Et tu, Kent Sorenson? 

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    December 7, 2011

    Occupy protesters take over K Street [PHOTOS]

    Minnesotans took over K Street today​Protesters 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 >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Gov. Scott Walker: Recall election is likely

    It's been little more than two weeks since foes of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began petitioning for a recall, and they've already surpassed 300,000 signatures -- more than half of the 540,000 needed by the January 17 deadline. If they keep progressing at this pace, a recall election will be inevit ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Everyone in Wisconsin wants to walk around with a gun

    Wisconsin is preparing to star in a big-budget Western. ​This morning, Wisconsin began taking applications for the state's brand new concealed carry gun law. By this afternoon, every single person in Wisconsin will be armed to the teeth. Shoulder holster, one at the hip, little one down by the ank ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Rick Santorum and Bradlee Dean talked about gay sex last weekend

    Bradlee Dean, Rick Santorum: Track suit, empty suit.​Rick Santorum, the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, announces that he's running for president every few days, waiting for someone to finally notice. With Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain (Herman Cain!) vacuuming all the oxygen from ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Michele Bachmann, congresswoman, spotted at U.S. Capitol

    Michele Bachmann: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Can someone help me find my office?"​Michele Bachmann used to be a United States Congresslady, at least that's what her official presidential biography claims. In fact, if you invoke the ancient rules of the House of Representatives, Bachmann is technical ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Ronald Melius arrested after comparing Fergus Falls city officials to Moammar Gadhafi

    Ronald Melius has some peculiar ideas of what a dictatorship looks like.​Moammar Qaddafi is the recently deposed Libyan autocrat accused of causing the deaths of thousands of his own citizens during the civil uprising against him. Hal Leland is the mayor of Fergus Falls and the manager of the West ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Minnesota GOP fined $170,000 for FEC violations

    The state GOP failed to report nearly $1 million in debt.​The worst time to owe someone money is when you're in debt. That's the case with the  Republican Party of Minnesota, which is already in debt, but now owes the Federal Election Commission $170,000 for campaign finance violations. Funny ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Michele Bachmann: Tell Joe Biden I'm not a "terrorist"

    Not only is Michele not a terrorist, she's a charity case.​Michele Bachmann is not a terrorist, and she needs your money. Bachmann sent out a fundraising e-mail yesterday attempting to raise money off of Joe Biden's reported comment that Tea Party Republicans "acted like terrorists" in the run-up ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Michele Bachmann's congressional record

    C-SPANMichele Bachmann: Representation without legislation.​With so much written about the wild things Michele Bachmann says, City Pages thought we'd take a look at what she has actually accomplished in Congress. Despite Bachmann's early success in the presidential polls, her congressional record ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Betty McCollum wins military band spending battle

    McCollum says the Pentagon doesn't need anymore band aid.​Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum looks at the $324 million requested by the Pentagon to fund its 5,000 professional musicians in 154 military bands, and she sees the possibility of saving the taxpayers some money. And the Republicans in ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Leroy Schaffer resigns from St. Francis city council

    Leroy's off the council, but at least he's still got that green jacket.​St. Francis's long local nightmare is over.This afternoon, councilman Leroy Schaffer signed papers to resign from the city council, effective immediately. Schaffer, who has a long history of sexual harassment allegations, was ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Minnesotans blame Legislature, Dayton equally for shut down

    ​Throwing cold water on claims of popular support by both the Republicans running the Legislature, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesotans in a new poll are blaming both sides equally for the budget battle that may force a state government shutdown. They also largely disapprove of the job the L ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Sen. Gretchen Hoffman apologizes for Twitter snafu, deletes entire account

    Gretchen Hoffman throws the baby out with the bathwater.​After using Twitter to twist the words of DFL state Sen. Barb Goodwin beyond their meaning, and getting spanked by the Senate Ethics Committee as a result, GOP Sen. Gretchen Hoffman has now apologized. "I am certainly sorry for my own m ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Countdown to government shutdown: Who's to blame?

    Minnesota lawmakers have until July 1 to get it together.​As of today, the Minnesota Legislature is two-and-a-half weeks tardy in solving the state's $5 billion budget deficit. Unfortunately for everyone, there doesn't appear to be a budget deal in sight. If no agreement is made by July 1st, ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Sen. Ann Rest files ethics complaint against Sen. Gretchen Hoffman for false Tweet

    Gretchen Hoffman is now the target of an official ethics complaint.​When state GOP Sen. Gretchen Hoffman hacked up and tweeted a speech by her DFL colleague Barb Goodwin to make it look as though Goodwin was calling mentally ill people "idiots and imbeciles," Goodwin threatened an ethics compl ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Cory Merrifield, leader, boosts new stadium plans

    Courtesy superfan Cory Merrifiled, right, has been lobbying for a new stadium since 2009. ​On Tuesday, a lot of Vikings fans celebrated a victory when team owners struck a deal with Ramsey County to build a new stadium in Arden Hills. But even with a location suppose ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Is Michele Bachmann smarter than a high school sophomore?

    Let Amy debate! Let Amy debate!​Michele Bachmann is famously reluctant to put herself in positions where she might have to talk to someone who disagrees with her. But Jesus God do we hope she makes an exception in this instance. Amy Myers, a high school sophomore from Cherry Valley, New Jers ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    "Please ID Me" lawsuit tossed out "with prejudice"

    A judge dismisses a "Please ID Me" lawsuit "With Prejudice"​You can't go to the polls in Minnesota on Election Day festooned in political messages, whether they're on shirts, hats, buttons or whatever. It's against the law. But the "Please ID Me" people, who urged vigilantes to run after gran ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Scott Walker wins: Wisconsin Republicans through union-busting bill [UPDATE]

    Sue Peacock/FlickrLet the recall efforts begin.​Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly finally dropped all pretenses about Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting bill having anything to do with balancing the state's budget. Wednesday night, with 14 Democrats still on the lam trying to block a vote, the ... More >>

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