After party officials banished her from their State Fair booth last week, the MNGOP put huge pressure on their controversial Supreme Court candidate, Michelle MacDonald, to repudiate her endorsement.As Michael Brodkorb reports, on Friday night and Saturday morning, Patrick Burns, an MNGOP-affiliated ... More >>
Taxes can be complicated. That was the case earlier this week, when a report on property taxes from the Minnesota legislature's House Research Department became something of a rallying point for the state's Republicans, with many coming out saying that the report, and its projections for property ta ... More >>
Days after we reported about a controversy over Dennis Nguyen's alleged taste for strip clubs, he's pulled out of the Secretary of State race.Nguyen, a Republican who works in private equity, announced the move on his Facebook page this morning.
Today is the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, and to commemorate, most everyone is offering their theory about what really happened on that fateful Friday afternoon in Dallas.SEE ALSO: 9/11 truthers have full-page ad in City Pages [IMAGE] One person who thinks JFK's assassination ... More >>
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota's Halloween spoof about various MNGOP notables went a little too far yesterday.SEE ALSO: ABM director, watching Amazing Race: "I'm cheering for a plane crash that kills 2 teams" The piece, entitled "Minnesota GOP scarier than Halloween costumes" and written by ABM ... More >>
On his blog last month, the MNGOP's former cyber assassin, Michael Brodkorb, published a post where he praised Keith Ellison for getting arrested. In it, he quoted Hubert H. Humphrey and Paul Wellstone.RELATED: Michael Brodkorb says marriage amendment is cynical MNGOP get-out-the-vote ploy So the l ... More >>
-- Updates at bottom -- From the "I can't believe anybody thought this was a good idea" file: The Chisago County Republican Party posted the image at the top of this post to its Facebook page this morning.SEE ALSO: Obama effigy hangs from Duluth billboard [PHOTO] Yes, it's a shocking display of raci ... More >>
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is petitioning to demand that Hennepin County Commissioner and 2014 MNGOP gubernatorial hopeful Jeff Johnson apologize for attending a 9/11 truther event held last Friday at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.SEE ALSO: MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports ... More >>
Last night, a few hundred MNGOPers gathered at the Blue Fox Bar and Grill for a "Where Do We Go From Here?" panel discussion about the future of their reeling party.SEE ALSO:-- Mary Franson wins recount in belated MNGOP election night success story-- MNGOP's Dan Severson on election results: "I'm no ... More >>
Financial chicanery goes beyond recount
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 >>
Former Minnesota GOP Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum is an unpaid University of Minnesota regent. He is also executive assistant to the Senate GOP caucus.But according to two legal opinions released yesterday by the U of M, he should no longer do both."This systemic conflict cannot be eliminat ... 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 >>
Attention, one percenters -- Mitt Romney will be in Eagan tomorrow.The GOP presidential frontrunner will appear in the St. Paul suburb Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the headquarters of the Freightmasters trucking company. If that isn't enough to get you excited, perhaps this will -- Romney will be ... More >>
Team Pawlenty says we'll all forget why Mitt Romney was smiling Monday night.Tim Pawlenty branded his presidential campaign, "Tell The Truth." He titled his book, "Courage To Stand." And then he wimped out in the Republican debate when offered a chance to confront Mitt Romney about "Obamneyca ... More >>
Bachmann: Not ready for prime time, according to her former chief of staff.Ron Carey is one of Rep. Michele Bachmann's former chiefs of staff. He's the former chairman of the Minnesota GOP. Now, as Bachmann gets ready to deliver an important speech this morning to conservatives in Washington, D.C ... More >>
Republicans assume that Tom Emmer, right, is getting screwed.Tom Emmer sounded like a reasonable guy this afternoon, asking that his campaign for governor be granted its rights according to the legally-required vote recount process in Minnesota. Not asking for special treatment, he said. Jus ... More >>
Mary Kiffmeyer piles on.Republican Mary Kiffmeyer, who lost re-election as Secretary of State to Democrat Mark Ritchie in 2006, is complaining that he "has lost the ability to remain neutral and objective" in his oversight role of a possible recount in the governor's race. He's been tweeting ... More >>
It's a conspiracy alright. But a Republican conspiracy.Michele Bachmann wants two things now: To be taken seriously, and to win the No. 4 position in the House leadership ranks. The problem is, she keeps on spouting batshit craziness. It's hard to win the hearts and minds of folks like soon- ... More >>
Is Tom Emmer's drunken driving record a legit political target?Drunken driving arrests in a candidate's past are kind of like a gun on stage in the first act. It's a safe bet that as the story unfolds, the DWIs, like the gun, are going to come into play. And so it goes: A new ad released yest ... More >>
Gregg Steinhafel loves Michele Bachmann, tooGLBT groups were pissed off last week when they learned that Target Corp., which they thought of as gay-friendly, was backing anti-gay marriage Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer through $150,000 in seed money to MN Forward. But Target's pu ... More >>
Tom Emmer has some ground to make up.A new poll released by Fox 9/Rasmussen suggests that Minnesotans support any Democrat in the race for governor over Republican Tom Emmer. He trails in hypothetical match-ups againstDFLers Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza. Indepen ... More >>
The poll that piqued Republicans showed their candidate for governor losing groundThe Republican Party of Minnesota has failed in its effort to nail IP-endorsed gubernatorial candidate -- and former Republican -- Tom Horner for shady politicking. An administrative law judge ruled yesterday t ... More >>
Can a poll be considered an illegal campaign contribution benefiting IPer Tom Horner?This is novel. The Republican Party of Minnesota has filed an official complaint with the state Campaign and Public Finance Board alleging that Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner received a ... More >>
Photo: drcuervoNot what Dolan and Rybak want in MinneapolisMinneapolis Police Chief Tom Dolan is wading further into the debate over Arizona's controversial new antiimmigrant law. He was among a gathering of nine top cops from around the nation who met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder i ... More >>
Photo: fibonacciblueImmigrant rights activists took to city streets on SaturdayThe local backlash against Arizona's controversial new anti-immigrant law got loud and crowded over the weekend when about 2,000 marchers clogged downtown Minneapolis to express their outrage at the legislation. T ... More >>
Palin endorses Emmer. Does it matter?She bailed out on her own first term as Alaska's governor, but Sarah Palin has become a full-blown Tea Party celebrity since then, and today she endorsed Tom Emmer in his race for the Minnesota GOP gubernatorial race from her Facebook page. "A patriotic ... More >>
Courtesy Joel Demos for CongressIs a clash of faiths taking shape in the 5th congressional district this fall, now that Pentecostal minister Joel Demos has won the Republican Party of Minnesota's endorsement to try and unseat DFLer Keith Ellison, the first and only Muslim ever elected to Cong ... More >>
Mayor R.T. Rybak: "We've had several good years followed by several bad nights"
The donations from an alleged child molester to a political party that promotes itself as a home for family values strikes us as problematic.
Rybak used mayoral campaign funds in May to conduct a poll about his strength to run for governor.
State Republicans just released a radio ad that will be played in the 7th District to call out Peterson for his comment about 9/11 truthers and the Democrat's voting record.
After making a slightly offhanded comment about the number of 9/11 truthers in his Minnesota district, Rep. Collin Peterson was called out by the state GOP and has now apologized in case you were offended.
The Minnesota GOP has called for a House Ethics Committee investigation into the funding of his trip after the Star Tribune reported on some potential violations with taxpayer dollars.
In the latest political maneuvering, Democrats have created a "Give it up, Norm" site to try and get Norm Coleman to concede. In response, Republicans are demanding Al Franken "stand up and fight" for Minnesota voters.
The U.S. 3rd District Republican candidate is being accused of some heavy manipulation in one of his latest ads. And it's not just ... More >>
Five or six things about last week's winners and losers
A postmortem Q&A with Ron Carey, head of Minnesota's Republican party.
Exactly how much political influence can $5 or $6 million buy, anyhow?
With elections less than two months away, the season of absurd political spin--not to mention the season of the unseemly smear job--has once again hit high gear. For the most part, the autumnal whoppers that pass from the lips of the political operatives don't deserve serious comment.
You pay Tony Sutton to serve the state of Minnesota. The Republican Party pays Tony Sutton to serve them.
Former Minnesota Senator and lifelong Republican Dave Durenberger on the rise of the new Bush Republicans in Minnesota and elsewhere
Two weeks after the election, how many judges can you remember from the ballot? Thought so.
Gay Republicans invite themselves to the party
Some people compare Norm Coleman to Ronald Reagan. They have a point.