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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
brainbloggerMaking bullying an issueDFL 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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The acorn doesn't fall from the treeMinnesota'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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Image via YouTubeTarget's support for Tom Emmer draws a performanceThe 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 >>
Tom Emmer on the Legacy Act: He was against it before he was for itLast 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 >>