Kevin Reich, in the end, didn't want to risk going down as the man who ran the Vikings out of Minnesota.The drama is done, folks. This morning, on a 7-6 vote, the Minneapolis City Council gave final, official approval to a funding plan that will construct a new Vikings stadium on the Metrodome site. ... More >>
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 >>
Bill Pulkrabek was arrested on Memorial Day in Woodbury.Bill Pulkrabek, a Washington County Commissioner who played a key role in launching Rep. Michele Bachmann's political career, has been jailed on suspicion of domestic assault -- including strangulation. The 41-year-old real estate broke ... More >>
Why would anyone call this woman a wingnut?Move over Tina Fey. There's a new comedian poking fun at crazy conservative women: Sara Benincasa is taking on Michele Bachmann. In a new online video, all bug-eyed and putting on a decent Minnesota accent, she stares into the camera and asks, "Some ... More >>
These GOPfathers are the power brokers you've never heard of
In the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse, it's time to take a hard look at the politicians and policies that may have contributed to the disaster
The subscription-only newsletter Politics in Minnesota is reporting that Star Tribune veteran Dane Smith has taken a buyout: Remember that fascinating story about the state's two most powerful interest groups, Education Minnesota and the Taxpayers League? That was vintage Dane Smith. He excelled ... More >>
Michele Bachmann's recipe for success: Christian piety and not-so-Christian opportunism
Why did the League's online newsletter implicitly endorse the $300 billion we have spent to wage war in Iraq?
Voting for a gas tax seems to be a political death sentence in House District 36B
The governor wants to spend billions on roads without raising your taxes. Think there might be a catch?
We hate to give any virtual ink to the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, given that their starve-the-beast ideology has become one of the many hollow mantras for the 21st Century. But credit is due: The league has been consistently against public dollars going for private stadiums.
In a piece printed on Wednesday's op-ed page of the Star Tribune, Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) fulminated with a forked tongue. The premise of Buesgens' diatribe was that it was indeed better to shut down state government than cave in to the budgetary priorities of "former governors and other burea ... More >>
Former Minnesota Senator and lifelong Republican Dave Durenberger on the rise of the new Bush Republicans in Minnesota and elsewhere
In your face, loser: The citizen as fan
Who's responsible for bad air? Everyone and no one.
Another Pawlenty budget, another round of bloodletting
TCF Bank pulls advertising from the Star Tribune over the Nick Coleman/Power Line shouting match
Kiffmeyer's "friends and family" election observer corps stirs controversy
CP'S voter sign-up "scandal": Conspiracy? Friends having a laugh? What's the difference?
For Chrissakes... Milwaukee's got public transit. (Omaha, too.)
As public criticism of Pawlenty's budget grows, state dems abruptly cave in