Tom Emmer

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    January 9, 2014

    Jim Read, Uncle Rico look-alike Congress candidate, gets a makeover [PHOTO]

    Jim Read doesn't look as much like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite as he used to.SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert makes fun of Tom Emmer's really dumb remodeling commercial [VIDEO] The uncanny resemblance generated headlines for the 6th District DFL Congress candidate when he first announced his candidac ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Bob Davis says Clear Channel vetoed talk critical of new Vikings stadium

    Months after he was fired by Clear Channel-owned AM 1130, Bob Davis is podcasting up a storm on his website. And in his latest show, Davis drops an interesting tidbit about why he and Tom Emmer didn't talk more about the Vikings stadium more during the halcyon days of Davis and Emmer.SEE ALSO: City ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Stephen Colbert makes fun of Tom Emmer's really dumb remodeling commercial [VIDEO]

    Last night, Stephen Colbert took Tom Emmer to task for starring in a shockingly ill-advised ad where he shilled for a home remodeling company while standing in front of one of his campaign signs. (Read the backstory here.)SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert reminisces about Michele Bachmann's most unforgettab ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Tom Emmer raises $220k in first three weeks of campaign for Bachmann's seat

    Michele Bachmann has the distinction of being one of the top fundraisers in the U.S. House, and Tom Emmer, the first candidate to jump into the race for her Sixth District seat, is showing that he's no slouch in the money-grubbing department either. See Also: - Tom Emmer first to announce bid for B ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Congressman Erik Paulsen glitter-bombed [PHOTOS]

    Congressman Erik Paulsen was glitter-bombed this afternoon after receiving a conservative award from Tom Emmer. Minnesota's familiar suspects, the "Glitterati" led by gay rights activist Nick Espinosa, were behind the political protest, which Emmer has decried as "assault." Paulsen and Emmer were a ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Tom Emmer wants criminal prosecutions for glitter-bombing

    Tom Emmer thinks Nick Espinosa should be arrested for assault and, uh, littering? ​When Tom Emmer ran into gay rights advocate/prankster Nick Espinosa at the Minnesota State Fair, it looked a lot more likely that Emmer would hurt Espinosa than the other way around. He didn't, but Emmer was pretty ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Minnesota YouTube vids: Best of 2010

    Too much coffee, man.​What a year. Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey wanted to be our governor. We got a brand spankin' new Twins ballpark. Michele Bachmann took the tingle out of Chris Matthews. And the Metrodome roof collapsed in the Blizzard of 2010. All of that and more was caught on vide ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty: Tom Emmer was "realistic" about his recount chances

    All Pawlenty has to do now is decide whether or not to run for president.​A lot of Republicans were hoping against hope that the Dayton-Emmer recount process would eventually turn the tide in favor of their candidate. But Gov. Tim Pawlenty said today that Tom Emmer "was realistic" about his c ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Tom Emmer quitting race. Mark Dayton will govern Minnesota

    Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.​It's over. Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer will concede the race to Democrat Mark Dayton in an official announcement at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in his hometown of Delano. Emmer decided to quit his recount battle against Dayton just h ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Bob Dylan is this year's version of the Lizard People [VIDEO]

    Blowin' in the recount.​Remember the Lizard People, the mysterious write-in candidates who added one more layer of weirdness to the Al Franken-Norm Coleman Senate race recount battle in 2008? Thanks to the ever vigilant folks at The UpTake, we have a worthy successor: Bob Dylan. Hibbing's fa ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    MPR and Humphrey Institute take lumps on Dayton-Emmer poll

    Not the clear favorite after all.​MPR and the Humphrey Institute released a poll the week before Election Day that predicted a victory for Mark Dayton over Tom Emmer in the governor's race. Team Emmer complained and said its own internal numbers show the race a toss-up.

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    November 8, 2010

    Partisan Mary Kiffmeyer calls Mark Ritchie a Twittering partisan

    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 >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Mark Buesgens pleads guilty to DWI three days after reelection

    Rep. Mark Buesgens has had a week full of ups and downs.​When State Rep. Mark Buesgens drove into a ditch and was captured on a police dash-cam spectacularly failing a field sobriety test in September, it seemed like consequences might never be the same. After all, Buesgens was listed as the chair ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Tom Emmer trailing Mark Dayton by double digits in new poll

    Mark Dayton gets help from Tom Horner​For the second time in one week, a new statewide poll shows Democrat Mark Dayton pulling ahead of Republican Tom Emmer in the race for governor. And this time he has a double-digit lead. The numbers from the just-released MPR/Humphrey Institute poll also ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner pledge new Vikings stadium

    Horner's wit earned the biggest applause and laughs last night at the expense of his opponents.​Gubernatorial candidates Tom Emmer, Mark Dayton and Tom Horner don't agree on much. And with Election Day fast approaching, none wasted much time with pleasantries at last night's debate. Independe ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Human Rights Campaign counters Target's Emmer donation

    mmtzjr69outNew campaign cash aims to counteract Target's Emmer donation.​Target set off a good-sized ruckus this summer when it dropped $150,000 on a political fund backing GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Gay rights advocates were incensed, arguing that by backing such a nakedly homophobic ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Tom Emmer addresses son Tripp's illegal drinking

    Tripp Emmer and friends. See the rest of the photos by clicking here​Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer admitted today that his son, Tripp, had been cited for underage drinking in July, and "our family is dealing with our son in this matter." City Pages broke the underage drinking c ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Target apologizes for funding Tom Emmer ad [UPDATED]

    Tom Emmer benefited from a big Target contribution​The bad press, viral videos and boycot calls appear to have grabbed Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel's attention. He has apologized to his employees for funding a TV ad that backed anti-gay Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, and has prom ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Tom Emmer again trails Democrats, this time in Star Tribune poll

    Mark Dayton showed the widest lead over Tom Emmer in the Star Tribune poll​Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer has again come up with the short end of the stick in a statewide poll compared to his Democratic rivals. A Star Tribune poll released over the weekend shows Mark Dayton, Marga ... More >>

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    August 1, 2010

    Human Rights Campaign calls out Target, Best Buy in full-page ad

    Target CEO​When Minnesota's big-box behemoths Target and Best Buy contributed six-figure donations this month to a committee called MN Forward, they likely had no idea what kind of controversy would follow. Now they're dealing with boycotts by nice grandmas, bad press nationwide and most recently, ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Randi Reitan's anti-Target video goes viral [VIDEO]

    Photo: YouTube Grandma Randi Reitan doesn't like anti-gay stores​Whoever at Target thought it would be a good idea to pitch in $150,000 to support gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer must be kicking themselves right now. The company formerly known for supporting gay employees is getting an avala ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Tom Emmer's DWI legislation under the microscope

    Is Tom Emmer soft on drunken drivers?​Tom Emmer's 1981 and 1991 arrests for drunk driving have been back in the spotlight this week after a liberal coalition released an ad this week. The Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which made the advertisement, defended the foray into the GOP gubernatori ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Tom Emmer's drunken driving past slammed in new ad [VIDEO]

    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 >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Tom Emmer defends against drunken-driving attack ad [VIDEO]

    Tom Emmer battles claims about drunken driving​Quick work on the damage control: The morning after lefty non-profit Alliance for a Better Minnesota unveiled a hit job on Tom Emmer's drunken driving and legislative record, Emmer is firing back with its own ad. It denies Emmer sponsored a bill ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Target's tea bag-loving CEO lands company in hot water

    Gregg Steinhafel loves Michele Bachmann, too​GLBT 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 >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Emmer trails all Democrats in Rasmussen poll

    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 >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Tom Emmer's table-waiting trouble turned into campaign ad [VIDEO]

    Emmer gets a tip at Ol' Mexico​One of his advisors accidentally tweeted last week that Tom Emmer's foot-in-mouth moment over table tips and taxes was a losing issue in the governor's race. Clearly, his opponents think so. Alliance MN has now produced a video that keys off Emmer's appearance la ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Servers unload on Tom Emmer [VIDEO]

    Tom Emmer moonlights waiting tables at Ol' Mexico​Order up: One heaping dish of criticism with a side of humble pie. Republican Tom Emmer insists he's not trying to screw waiters and waitresses by allowing employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage. But he didn't help himself ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Tom Emmer doused with 2,000 pennies by protester [VIDEO]

    Screen grab via YouTubeRobert Erickson forces Tom Emmer to duck and cover​Immigrant rights activist Robert Erickson startled Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer at the end of a crowded and combative forum yesterday, dumping a 2,000-penny tip on him to protest Emmer's stance of server p ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Tom Emmer adviser tweets tip debacle's a loser issue by mistake

    Tom Emmer waits tables to try and show he's not out screw servers​Confirming that Tom Emmer's mangled comments about $100,000-a-year waiters and waitresses, the minimum wage and long-suffering restaurant owners landed him in seriously bad PR doodoo, campaign adviser David Strom gave the whole ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Tom Emmer waits tables, tries to control damage [VIDEO]

    Tom Emmer serves up a little damage control and chips​Tom Emmer's campaign for governor wants you to know he's not some tea-baggin' nutter who thinks waiters and waitresses are overpaid. No sir. And to prove he's a victim of the mainstream media who had the bad taste to carry his quotes, he's ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Tom Emmer girds for overpaid waiter reaction

    Tom Emmer wants waiters and waitresses to be paid less than minimum wage before tips​Waiters and waitresses around the state were startled to learn the other day that Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer thought they were overpaid, and he wants restaurant owners to be able to pay their ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Tom Emmer goes after food server wages

    Emmer plans to go after the rich...servers?​Based on his statements yesterday, it seems Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tom Emmer has never worked in the restaurant business. At the Eagle Street Grille in St. Paul he proposed that restaurant owners should pay a lower minimum wage (ofte ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Tom Emmer picks a fight with all those $100k-a-year waiters

    ​Tom Emmer knows how to fix the economy: We've got to stick it to the kingpins raking in big money serving us coffee. Emmer found a handful of wait-staff making more than $100,000 a year and used their almost unique good fortune to bludgeon every hardscrabble waiter and waitress working a mi ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Republican campaign complaint against Tom Horner tossed

    The poll that piqued Republicans showed their candidate for governor losing ground​The 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 >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Tom Emmer supports English-only in Lino Lakes

    English-only, please​We suspected the other day that Lino Lakes City Council Member Dave Roeser was opening another front in the culture wars when he proposed declaring that English be the official language in a suburb where hardly anyone speaks any language other than English. It's a budget ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Tom Emmer losing to all DFLers in new poll

    Tom Emmer's supporters cry foul​Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer trails all three of his potential DFL opponents -- Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza -- in a new poll released today by Decision Resources and published in the Pioneer Press. Emmer supporters ar ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Rasmussen poll has Emmer, Kelliher, Dayton, Entenza tied up

    Via Rasmussen ReportsCheck out the number of undecideds before drawing any conclusions​Here's what Minnesota Republicans have after endorsing Tom Emmer for governor, barnstorming the state in a unity tour, and trying hard to co-opt the teabaggers: A tie. Rasmussen, the most GOP-friendly of na ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Tom Emmer finesses Bradlee Dean's sympathy for executing gays

    Bradlee Dean's happy to support Tom Emmer, above, anytime he's asked. Dean also sympathizes with Muslims wanting to execute gays.​Bradlee Dean, leader of the right-wing punk rock ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, really is a love-thy-neighbor kind of guy. A good, patriotic Republican, ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Tom Emmer supporters punk'd on Cinco de Mayo (Video)

    Emmer, show us your papers​When your candidate for governor proclaims Arizona's new anti-immigrant law "a wonderful first step," and you then show up at St. Paul's Cinco de Mayo celebration, it's fair to say you're asking for an argument. Tom Emmer's supporters got just that on Sunday in St. ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Tom Emmer takes an early lead against foes

    Emmer breaks early, but it's a long race.​The freshly Republican-endorsed Tom Emmer has already taken a lead over his DFL and Independence party opponents in the race to the governor's mansion, according to a SurveyUSA poll paid for by KSTP. In hypothetical races between all three potential D ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Tom Emmer wins GOP endorsement

    Tom Emmer, hockey dad​Sarah Palin picked a winner: Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer won the his party's endorsement for the Minnesota's governor's race on Friday. Palin, who quit her own job as Aaska's governor after a failed shot at the vice presidency, had chimed in just before the conventio ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Sarah Palin endorses Tom Emmer for governor

    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 >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Tom Emmer's 2 DWIs rock GOP race for governor

    Tom Emmer​"This is a letter I wish I did not have to write," began the April 20 message from Sandra Berg that made the news media rounds yesterday. "However, my sense of duty as a state convention delegate and my family's personal story compel me to do so." What followed was an account of the ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    DFLer Rybak, Republican Seifert leading gubernatorial caucuses

    Here's what we know so far, including number of votes, and percentage of votes.

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    May 25, 2005

    Emmer Fists Minnesota AIDS Project

    State Rep. Tom Emmer continues to fight funding the Minnesota's largest AIDS service organization

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    May 18, 2005
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    April 21, 2005
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