Tom Emmer

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    September 19, 2014

    Tom Emmer Campaign Signs Weren't Allowed at Target Field, Twins Officials Say

    As photos of what appeared to be a Tom Emmer event at Target Field during a game on the afternoon of Sunday, September 7, circulated online, we asked Twins officials if Emmer's camp had approval to display his campaign signs at the ballpark.Turns out they didn't, but just went ahead with it anyway.S ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Tom Emmer reports another $150k raised, $275k cash on hand

    Tom Emmer has gotten national ridicule over the past two weeks, but he's also gotten money -- lots of it, his campaign announced today. See Also: - Stephen Colbert makes fun of Tom Emmer's really dumb remodeling commercial [VIDEO] - Tom Emmer raises $220k in first three weeks of campaign for Bachma ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Tom Emmer picks up right where Bachmann is leaving off: With allegedly illegal activity

    Michele Bachmann's last term in Congress has been ruined by a series of allegations about illegal campaign activity -- allegations serious enough to warrant an FBI investigation.SEE ALSO: Jim Graves pulls out of 6th District race: Top 10 tweetsOn that note, Tom Emmer is off to a great start in his q ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Tom Emmer stars in controversial TV ad; spokesman says it wasn't for broadcast [VIDEO]

    Should a congressional candidate let himself be filmed shilling for a construction company with one of his campaign signs displayed in the background?SEE ALSO: Tom Emmer can't get a job at HamlineProbably not. But Tom Emmer did it anyway.

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    June 6, 2013

    Tom Emmer first to announce bid for Bachmann's House seat

    On Wednesday evening, Tom Emmer supporters packed into a sliver of park in downtown Delano.The crowd knew why it was there -- two small boys were running around in homemade "Emmer for Congress" t-shirts, and an oversized "Emmer for Congress" banner hung from the front of the podium -- but it was wai ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Tom Emmer might be the new Michele Bachmann

    Tom Emmer is teasing "an announcement" he'll be making tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Delano, a town firmly in the soon-to-be-abdicated-by-Bachmann 6th Congressional District.SEE ALSO: Tom Emmer: If I were guv, Minnesota would "make Wisconsin look like [an] ugly step-child" Emmer, who represented parts of th ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Target tries to atone for anti-gay missteps with new pro-marriage equality promotion

    In August 2010, news of Target's $150,000 donation to the anti-gay, pro-Tom Emmer Minnesota Forward organization created a shit-storm of bad PR. The company's handling of the controversy didn't help -- from CEO Gregg Stienhafel's non-apology apology, to reports that Target kept on giving to anti-gay ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Tom Emmer: If I were guv, Minnesota would "make Wisconsin look like [an] ugly step-child"

    On Monday, the Kandiyohi County tea party held its fourth annual rally. Attendees were treated to a star-studded lineup of speakers, including conservative radio host Scott Hennen, congressional candidate Lee Byberg, and failed gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.As you'd expect, some outrageous comme ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Tom Emmer can't get a job at Hamline

    Tom Emmer says faculty opposition persuaded Hamline to revoke the offer. ​Ever since he lost the gubernatorial race last year, Tom Emmer has been having a tough time trying to land a new career. Earlier this year, Emmer, also a lawyer and former state representative, lost a bid for Republican ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Tom Emmer's new gig: KTLK radio jock

    KTLKBut seriously, this was his third choice.​In this tough economy, sometimes we have to settle. This seems to be the case for Tom Emmer, former Republican gubernatorial candidate, who has taken a job as a drive-time talk show host on Fox News-affiliated KTLK-FM. This is great news for all ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Tom Emmer concedes governor's race to Mark Dayton [UPDATE]

    Tom Emmer says it's time to move on.​Given the steady drip, drip, drip of his failed ballot challenges and dead-end legal maneuvers since Election Day, it almost seems anticlimactic that Republican Tom Emmer has finally concluded that his race for governor is lost. A lot of GOP insiders, and ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Tom Emmer's recount petition rejected in MN Supreme Court opinion

    Another nail in the coffin.​Tom Emmer now has what he wanted from the Minnesota Supreme Court: A written opinion that explains why the justices denied his petition that essentially accused some state elections officials of breaking the law. The 18-page opinion, just issued, refutes Emmer's le ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Tom Emmer's recount ship is sinking

    Arranging deck chairs on the Titanic?​Tom Emmer's Team Frivolous did the right thing Saturday, withdrawing almost 2,600 frivolous challenges to recounted ballots in Hennepin County. On Sunday, the Great Withdrawal continued as they took similar action on the work of their overzealous troops i ... More >>

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    December 4, 2010

    Mark Dayton's lead is still insurmountable

    Mark Dayton wins again, but the contest isn't over yet.​Every county in the state has completed its recount in the governor's race, and the result is the same as the day after Election Day: Democrat Mark Dayton has an insurmountable lead over Republican Tom Emmer. The Secretary of State's off ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Tom Emmer demands MN Supreme Court opinion in ballot count petition

    Mark Dayton's roughly 9,000-vote lead has not changed.​Tom Emmer's still losing the recount in the governor's race, but he's not conceding anything to Mark Dayton. Instead, with the recount nearing completion and the outcome still favoring Dayton by almost 9,000 votes, he demanded today the t ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Tom Emmer leads Team Frivolous [UPDATE]

    Tom Emmer's taking a ride on the slow boat.​Tom Emmer's recount watchdogs appear intent on burying precinct election officials under tables of frivolous ballot challenges. In Hennepin County alone, the Emmer camp was responsible for 894 of 907 frivolous challenges lodged by the end of the rec ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Minnesota recount: Tom Emmer is still losing

    Mark Dayton, left, still leads Tom Emmer.​Tom Emmer lost his state Supreme Court challenge in the governor's race recount last week. And by the end of the day on Monday, as the hand count got under way, he was still losing to Mark Dayton. In fact, the Secretary of State's office added another ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Tom Emmer's petition denied: Let the recount begin. [UPDATE]

    Dayton and Emmer are headed for a recount.​So much for the "strong and growing evidence" that election officials haven't counted ballots correctly, and that "phantom votes" are sullying the result of the governor's race. It took the Minnesota Supreme Court just a few hours to reject those arg ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Rep. Mark Buesgens sentenced in DWI charge

    Buesgens's probation should wrap up in time for reelection.​A judge sentenced Minnesota Rep. Mark Buesgens to 60 hours of community service today for his September DWI charge. Buesgens will also serve two years of probation, meaning he'll be free and clear at about the same time his next leg ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Tom Emmer's team now waits on Minnesota Supremes

    And now we wait on the Supremes.​Tom Emmer's legal team got its shot before the Minnesota Supreme Court today to argue that election judges didn't follow the law when they counted up voters and votes on Election Day.

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    November 18, 2010

    Emmer petitions MN Supreme Court over ballots. [UPDATES]

    Every vote should count, right?​Tom Emmer's legal eagles are taking another shot at helping their candidate beat Mark Dayton in court. They have petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to order every election judge across the state to prove that the number of voters and the number of votes ca ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Tom Emmer tries to cast doubt on Hennepin County results

    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 >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Constitutional ban on gay marriage hits the fast track

    Unemployment? Foreclosures? Massive budget deficit? Take a number.​Remember how Republicans kept telling us this election was supposed to be all about jobs, jobs, tax breaks and more jobs? The crappy economy gave conservative Christians cover from having to talk too much about over-sharing the ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty may be a drag on Tom Emmer's campaign

    Tim Pawlenty: Is this guy the problem?​Is outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty proving to be a drag on Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for the governor's mansion? Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen asks that in the wake of his survey released over the weekend giving Democrat Mark Dayton a 43-40 percen ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Tom Emmer trails Mark Dayton by 1% in KUSA/SurveyUSA poll

    Why the glaring gap between pollsters?​Talk about whiplash. Three polls this past week have given Democrat Mark Dayton a solid lead in the governor's race. But a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released late yesterday shows Republican Tom Emmer within a single percentage point of his rival.

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    October 28, 2010

    Mark Dayton leads Tom Emmer by 12 points in latest poll

    A bad year for Democrats, but maybe not for Mark Dayton.​Conventional wisdom has it that this is going to be a tough election cycle for Democrats around the country, but the Minnesota governor's race may be shaping up to buck the trend. Two polls in under a week have now given DFLer Mark Dayt ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Mark Dayton leads second poll in two days

    Emmer, right, trails again.​Two polls in two days maintain the trend: Democrat Mark Dayton is leading Republican Tom Emmer in the governor's race as Election Day approaches. And these most recent results put Dayton's lead outside the margin of error.

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    October 22, 2010

    Mark Dayton again leads Tom Emmer in Rasmussen poll

    Dayton leads, but within the margin of error.​Rasmussen Reports, the most GOP-friendly of the major pollsters, is out with another survey this morning that shows Democrat Mark Dayton leading Republican Tom Emmer in the governor's race.

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    October 21, 2010

    Tom Emmer's seven mortgages unearthed by blogger

    Who's a regular Minnesotan?​Score one for the blogosphere. Last month, Sally Jo Sorensen posted on her Bluestem Prairie site that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer had taken out seven mortgages on his Delano home since 2002. Today, the Minnesota DFL gave that tidbit a much bigger m ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Mark Dayton leads Tom Emmer again in governor's race poll

    Dayton leads Emmer: A pattern.​With one exception in this year's governor's race, DFLer Mark Dayton has outperformed Republican Tom Emmer in every statewide opinion poll. Sometimes he's led by a single percentage point. Sometimes it's been by as much as nine. But the pattern is there, and it ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Lawmakers push anti-bullying legislation

    brainbloggerMaking bullying an issue​DFL lawmakers are trying again to pass a law against homophobic school bullying, and they've found a high-profile platform: When the Legislature meets in a special session to approve emergency flood aid next week. The legislation comes on the heels of a rash o ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Dora the Explorer's excellent Tom Emmer video

    Screen grab via TheUptakeOh no, not you again.​At least, Tom Emmer says, Nick Espinosa didn't bring the pennies this time. But he still looked a little fed up to see the immigrant rights activist stealing the scene at Monday's health care gubernatorial debate with Mark Dayton and Tom Horner.

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    October 11, 2010

    Dora the Explorer's excellent Tom Emmer adventure

    Image: WikipediaDora the Explorer had an excellent adventure with Tom Emmer.​Poor Dora the Explorer. All she wants to do hang with Diego and Boots the Monkey. But instead, the Nick Jr. cartoon character is getting dragged into the Minnesota governor's race. Nick Espinosa, who also goes by the ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Mark Dayton barely leads latest Rasmussen poll

    Dayton leads another poll, but not by much.​Rasmussen Reports is out this morning with a poll that shows Democrat Mark Dayton leading the race for Minnesota governor, but the margin is so close it may as well be a tie. A Sept. 24 Rasmussen survey that gave Republican Tom Emmer a hair's breadt ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Tom Emmer books rally near Tripp Emmer's favorite strip joint

    Attention Emmer supporters: Just look for this sign.​Republican candidate for Tom Emmer has scheduled a GOP rally right down the road from the strip club where his son, Tripp, visited right before he got busted for underage drinking in July. Emmer kindly posted a map to the Sept. 29 rally on ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Mark Dayton leads Tom Emmer by 9% in new poll

    Mark Dayton, left, leads Tom Emmer, right, in another poll.​DFLer Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer in the race for governor by 9 percentage points in a Star Tribune opinion poll released over the weekend. With one exception, that result continues Dayton's pattern of beating or tying Emm ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Tripp Emmer drank illegally at a strip club the night of his arrest

    Tripp Emmer told police he was drinking illegally at a strip club named Lookers in Alexandria.​Tripp Emmer and a bunch of his hockey-playing buddies got drunk at a strip club on July 10. Then they got nabbed for underage boozing, and managed to help drag Republican Rep. Tom Emmer's drunken dri ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Tom Emmer campaign alcohol problems keep getting worse

    Mark Buesgens: Part of a booze problem in the Emmer campaign.​This is starting to look like a pattern. Following state Rep. Mark Buesgen's arrest Saturday on drunken driving charges, Tom Emmer now has to deal with four separate stories involving members and former members of his campaign, an ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Mark Dayton leads Tom Emmer but Tom Horner surges in new poll

    Mark Dayton leads the governor's race, but not by much.​Democrat Mark Dayton has the edge over Republican Tom Emmer in the latest statewide poll conducted ahead of the November election for governor. But his margin is narrow. And Independence Party candidate Tom Horner gained a lot of ground ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Fox 9 covers Tripp Emmer Facebook scandal

    Tripp Emmer smiles over an unconscious girl with male genitalia drawn on her face and arms.​Last night, Fox9 repeatedly showed photos that City Pages ran last week of a beer-lubricated party involving Tripp Emmer, as well as a shot of him smiling over a passed out girl with penises drawn on her fa ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Tripp Emmer: It's not the drinking, it's the shaming

    ​​There has been a lot of chatter about City Pages' decision last week to publish The Facebook Photos Tom Emmer Doesn't Want You to See.Even though 20-year-old Tripp Emmer appears in the Republican gubernatorial candidate's first campaign commercial, and is a paid campaign staffer making $310 a ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Tripp Emmer was on campaign payroll during underage drinking bust

    Tripp Emmer was being paid $622.44 every two weeks by his father's gubernatorial campaign on the day he was busted for drinking underage.​Tripp Emmer was a paid staffer on his father Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign payroll on the day he was cited for underage drinking. Documents on file w ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Tom Emmer was for bullies before he was against them

    Is this a form of bullying? Tom Emmer isn't saying.​Tom Emmer dodged a question about anti-bullying measures during today's gubernatorial debate at the Minnesota State Fair. He also has yet to address the fact that his son posed for pictures next to a passed-out girl with a penis drawn on her fac ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    The Facebook photos Tom Emmer doesn't want you to see

    The acorn doesn't fall from the tree​Minnesota's Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer put his family front and center in his first television ad, his 20-year-old son Tripp making the pitch that his father is "always talking about cutting taxes and reforming government." But City Pages has ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Tom Emmer fights to a tie in latest governor's race poll

    Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer are even in a new state-wide poll.​Republican Tom Emmer has consistently trailed his Democratic opponents in governor's polls over the past few months. And lately he's been the butt of attacks over his drunken driving convictions and his support from Target. So today ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Tom Emmer and Tom Horner see a Land Of 10,000 Springfields

    There will be more work in Minnesota for Homer Simpson if Emmer or Horner get their wayMinnesota might start looking a bit more like Springfield if two of our candidates for governor get their way. Both Republican Tom Emmer and Independent Tom Horner want to lift Minnesota's moratorium on nuclear po ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Target invaded by gay rights flash mob [VIDEO]

    Image via YouTubeTarget's support for Tom Emmer draws a performance​The GLBT community's indignation continues apace after Target's politically two-faced support for Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign, lame-ass apology notwithstanding. The retailer's backing of the gay rights opponent has now ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Tom Emmer opposed Legacy Act before supporting it [VIDEO]

    Tom Emmer on the Legacy Act: He was against it before he was for it​Last year, Tom Emmer was trying to repeal the Legacy Act--which dedicates sales tax to funding for parks, the outdoors and the arts. On Saturday, before a group of voting sportsmen, he said he supports it. Just remember folks -- h ... More >>

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