Tom Hackbarth

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Gambling on football: How the Block E Casino might build the Vikings stadium

    Want this stadium? Fine, just keep dumping quarters in that slot machine.​As of this morning, Minneapolis is a city with one professional football team, and zero casinos. Some day soon, that could be the other way around.The new push for a special session to finance the Vikings stadium in Arden Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Rep. Tom Hackbarth compares unions to Fidel Castro and Hitler in e-mail

    Rep. Tom Hackbarth somehow drags Hitler and Castro into debate about Minnesota's budget.​Representative Tom Hackbarth really knows how to start trouble for himself. First it was lurking in an abortion clinic parking lot with a gun. Now this. Late last week, Hackbarth got an email from Robin S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Hennepin County bans smoking everywhere, even its cars

    Not as popular as it used to be.​Smokers aren't going to be welcome anywhere on Hennepin County property, including in county-owned vehicles, after commissioners approved a smoking ban by a 6-1 margin yesterday. The goal of the measure is to just clear the air uniformly for all county proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Minnesota smokers now just 16.1 percent of population

    Smoking: We're doing less of it than ever.​The percentage of adults in Minnesota who smoke cigarettes has dropped to its lowest level in 11 years, and heavy smokers are consuming fewer and fewer cigarettes. But a report out today suggests that folks are finding new ways to feed their habit: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Tom Hackbarth files bill to bring back smoking in bars

    Rex RoofReturn of the smoky bar?​Smokers haven't been able to light up in Minnesota bars since 2007, but a group of state representatives want to bring us back to those heady days of barside cigarettes. A bill filed today would allow smoking in bars, provided the bars install a ventilation system ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Tom Hackbarth reloads with gun-rights amendment

    Tom Hackbarth exercises his Second Amendment rights.​Rep. Tom Hackbarth likes his guns, especially when they're strapped to his hip outside a Planned Parenthood office while he hunts for a girlfriend he met online. So it only makes sense, really, that he'd want to ensure that his right to keep an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Mark Buesgens quits House leadership post

    Buesgens gives up his gavel.​A DWI conviction won't keep you out of the state Legislature, but it can get you booted from your committee chairmanship. Mark Buesgens, the Jordan state representative busted for drunk driving this summer, has resigned his chairmanship of the House State Government a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Tom Hackbarth won't be charged in armed search for girlfriend

    Tom Hackbarth parks at Planned Parenthood, and his career takes a turn for the worse.​St. Paul police suspected Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth of stalking and harassment the day he strapped a loaded gun to his hip, parked his pickup truck next to Planned Parenthood in Highland Park, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Rep. Tom Hackbarth's loaded-gun story unravelling

    Authorities want to open the door on Hackbarth's mystery date.​When Rep. Tom Hackbarth was confronted by St. Paul Police as he lurked in the Planned Parenthood parking lot with a loaded gun on his hip, he gave a perfectly reasonable explanation. He wasn't a crazed anti-abortionist -- he was s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Rep. Tom Hackbarth's loaded gun seized by cops near Planned Parenthood

    Hackbarth packs heat when he visits the ladies.​Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth went looking for a date the other day in a Highland Park alley, with his Smith and Wesson .38 strapped to his waist. He chose an odd place to park his pickup truck, too: The Planned Parenthood clinic lot, wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Rep. Tom Hackbarth's loaded gun costs him leadership post

    Tom Hackbarth goes looking for a girlfriend.​Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth was probably looking forward to the power associated with being the the next chairman of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee. But that was before he took a loaded pistol with him in search of h ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2004

    Watered-Down Promise

    The Governor's all for cleaning up Minnesota's lakes and rivers, provided it can be done for free

  • News

    May 21, 2003

    Dead Again?

    The drive to bring back capital punishment has friends in high places

  • News

    October 30, 1996

    The Shape of Things to Come

    Races to watch in the metro area.