Yesterday's House debate about the Safe Schools Act certainly did bring out the fringe element of the Minnesota Republican Party. From Jim Newberger predicting the anti-bullying bill will usher in an Orwellian dystopia, to Mary Franson saying it's tantamount to fascism, to Glenn Gruenhagen openly pi ... More >>
About 18 months after the MNGOP was nearly evicted from the office space it was renting in the Capitol Office Building, the financially challenged party is preparing to move... to the crunchy streets of Seward?SEE ALSO: Judgmental Mpls neighborhood map describes Seward as land of "crabby baristas" ... More >>
Hours after someone published a post on the Chisago County GOP's Facebook page last week that said, "Pro-choice: Against slavery? Don't buy one," GOP officials in the exurban county apologized and characterized the post as being "in obviously poor taste."Not so fast, MNGOP Secretary Chris Fields say ... More >>
In light of recent events, some would argue using bomb props to score political points is a tad bit inappropriate.SEE ALSO:-- Star Tribune places pressure cooker ad below story about Boston bombs [IMAGE] -- Republicans sound the trumpet as Obamacare contributes to St. Jude's Minnesota layoffs But i ... More >>
Former state representative and businessman Keith Downey handily beat out three others for Minnesota's Republican Party chair spot Saturday. Downey was first elected to the House in 2008, succeeding longtime Republican representative and "Override Six" member Ron Erhardt. He was re-elected in 2010 ... More >>
A loud critic of Tartan High School's not-to-be Porn Prom is eyeing a Minnesota GOP leadership spot. Marjorie Holsten, currently Senate District 34 Chairwoman, is one of a handful of candidates in the running for the next Republican Party of Minnesota state chair, Politics in Minnesota reports. ... More >>
In the wake of last Tuesday's DFL-on-MNGOP beatdown, responses from various Minnesota Republicans have spanned the gamut -- from soul-searching introspection to denial to anger and everything in between.SEE ALSO: Andy Parrish on marriage amendment defeat: 'We won 74 out of 87 counties' But in an ele ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- MNGOP report reveals "inadequate transparency and oversight" of party finances-- MNGOP: "No state party may be in worse financial shape," writes Politico-- MNGOP evicted from office space, owes about $100,000 to landlordThe fallout from Tony Sutton's disastrous run as MNGOP chairman cont ... More >>
An internal review committee formed to look into the Minnesota Republican Party's finances found no "theft" at the MNGOP but uncovered evidence of mismanagement. The committee's members -- Pat Anderson, Scott Dutcher, Kelly Fenton, Randy Gilbert, Jeff Johnson, Terry McCall, Bron Scherer, Rick Weibl ... More >>
Late last year, the MNGOP announced that it was a whopping $2 million in debt.The party's dire financial predicament led to Tony Sutton's resignation as the chair of the party. Sutton was replaced by Pat Shortridge, but the damage was already done, according to a Politico analysis of the balance she ... More >>
Minnesota's Republican vanguard is throwing its weight behind Mitt Romney's bid to be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.Later today, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and House Majority Leader Matt Dean will reportedly headline a list of Romney's legislative backers. Last week's polling indicates ... More >>
Somehow, Newt is more popular than Romney even with MN women.Minnesota is Newt Gingrich territory. That's the conclusion emerging from a new Public Policy Polling poll of likely Republican voters in the state.The poll, conducted last weekend, just over two weeks ahead of the February 7 Minnesota ... More >>
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 >>
We knew that the Minnesota Republican Party's financial situation is ugly -- but in self-flagellating with the ugly stick, did the MNGOP also violate the law?Yes it did, argues Mike Dean, Common Cause Minnesota's executive director.
The almost-unwatchable train-wreck that is the Minnesotan Republican Party wrecks onward. Last night, Secretary Treasurer David Sturrock tendered his resignation, effective January 19. In his barbed letter to other Republicans, Sturrock seems to indicate that his decision was triggered by today' ... More >>
Tony Sutton had to beat away the debt collectors.Tony Sutton was apparently as bad with his own money as he was with the Minnesota Republican Party's, according to records obtained by City Pages.Sutton "sold out" of Baja Sol, the Mexican restaurant chain he ran with his wife, Bridget Sutton, in ... More >>
Tony Sutton: In court for breach of contract.Tony Sutton sold out of Baja Sol last February but the business' financial struggles continue to follow him. Last November, Sutton, the chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party, was hit with an eviction suit from his landlord, Blackburn Blaine, who ... More >>
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 >>
Minnesota EBT cards are used by welfare recipients to access their benefits.A measure that would have prevented welfare recipients from withdrawing more than $20 a month using their EBT cards has died a quiet death during budget negotiations at the Legislature. The bill, introduced by GOP Re ... More >>
Time for a recount re-match.The Republicans couldn't beat Al Franken in the 2008 U.S. Senate election that stretched into the 2009 recount, and they've been after Secretary of State Mark Ritchie ever since. He ran a biased and incompetent recount, they insisted. He gave us "felons for Frank ... More >>
Tony Sutton hits hard.About a year ago, we described Minnesota GOP chair Tony Sutton as a tough-as-nails operative, unafraid to butt heads in his drive to help Republicans win elected office. So it didn't surprise us that he slammed fellow Republicans who yesterday endorsed independent guber ... More >>
A screengrab of the video posted on an official Minnesota state Senate website by webmaster Randy BrownKeith Olbermann named Minnesota GOP Webmaster Randy Brown the Worst Person in the World today.Brown earned the offensive honor with his decision to run--on an official Minnesota state senator's ... More >>
Twin Cities foes of Arizona's controversial new anti-immigration law picked a new target Monday evening: The Jimmy John's sandwich shop at 600 Hennepin Avenue. (Video after the jump.) Arizona Boycott Clearinghouse says Jimmy John's is a protest target because founder James Liautaud contribut ... More >>
The elephant in the roomThe headline on the Smart Politics/Humphrey Institute post will likely put a smile on the face of folks at the Republican Party of Minnesota: "Republicans Outnumber Democrats in Minnesota for First Time Since 2005." Big deal? Eric Ostermeier looked at 68 polls condu ... More >>
Here's the list, organized in alphabetical order by party affiliation. It's a work in progress.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty may not have the star power of Sarah Palin -- the $12 million bank account and the Lear Jet mandate and the poll advantage -- but he's ahead of her in at least one area when it comes to a potential 2012 run at the White House: Political action committee fundraising. Palin's ... More >>
A peculiar strain of crazy apparently took over the Republicans' fifth congressional district nominating convention on Saturday. The local members of the party of Lincoln passed a secession resolution on a voice vote: "Be it resolved the Republican Party of Minnesota supports nullification o ... More >>
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