Minnesota Independence Party chairman Marc Jenkins had a rough Tuesday night. "Right now, looking on it, last night sucked," Jenkins told us from the Independence Party headquarters yesterday morning. Jenkins had just been dealt a bloodbath. For 20 years, his party -- the party of Gov. Jesse Ventu ... More >>
Steve Horner might have finally hit the jackpot in his fight against ladies' night. Long a crusader against the drink special -- he argues it amounts to discrimination against men -- Horner wired his Yankee's hat for sound and busted up some Las Vegas "pool parties" last summer. To Horner's surpris ... More >>
Steve Horner's fight against ladies' night is back in the news, this time in Las Vegas.Horner began his campaign against ladies' night 20 years ago at a bar in the Mall of America. The Las Vegas Review-Journal chronicled that crusade in a Sunday feature headlined "'The Unusual Steve Horner' battl ... More >>
Ventura on TPT.Jesse Ventura is pissed off that Independence Party candidate Tom Horner barely attracted any votes on Election Day. And when he was interviewed by TPT's Mary Lahammer about Democrat Mark Dayton preparing to take over the governor's office from Republican Tim Pawlenty, he la ... More >>
TPTVentura doesn't trust you.After growling about the failure of Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature to deal with the state's budget woes, and calling for the abolition of all political parties, former Gov. Jesse Ventura went on record believing that, "All Minnesotans are liars." Ou ... More >>
Hartman doesn't see the resemblance between this guy and Jesus.WCCO-830's Chad Hartman doesn't understand Steve Horner's quest to criminalize ladies' night, but he tried to find some love for him anyway. On his radio show yesterday, Hartman discussed City Pages' story about Horner's plans to ... More >>
Horner's been on a quest to criminalize ladies' night for 20 years
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.
Dayton, left, jumps out to an early lead.Maybe you were expecting to wake up and see that either Mark Dayton or Tom Emmer was your new governor? Sorry. It looks like 2008 deja vu all over again. The governor's race entered automatic recount territory in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Al ... More >>
Brotherly love reigns.Steve Horner hasn't exactly been the ideal brother to his gubernatorial-hopeful sibling, Tom Horner, during the past few months. First there was Steve's anti-ladies' night crusade. He filed complaints against five bars in the Twin Cities earlier this year for discrimin ... 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.
There may be more to Horner's newspaper endorsements than his qualifications.With the election only days away, Tom Horner's chance at moving into the Governor's Mansion are looking pretty slim. After all, leading political statistician Nate Silver gives Democrat Mark Dayton an 85% chance of vi ... More >>
Screen grab via TheUptakeObama rallies at the UMark Dayton's campaign for governor got two big boosts this weekend: Yet another lead in another poll, and a pat on the back from Barack Obama. Obama flew in for a Dayton rally at the U of M, where he said Republicans would drive the economy bac ... 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.
Jesse Ventura now: Vote for Tom Horner.Jesse Ventura shocked Minnesota, and launched a million late-night TV jokes, when he made the leap from the pro wrestling ring to the governor's mansion in the 1998. Now he's passing the feather boa to a new independent. He's endorsed Tom Horner for gov ... More >>
Mark Dayton rumors: Where's the beef?Here's the essence of the mysterious documents that suddenly landed in the hands of a select batch of Minnesota journalists' mailboxes last week: A phantom author relaying an unproven rumor from an anonymous source, based on a third unidentified source, ... More >>
The Star Tribune's anointed choice.After telegraphing the move for months, the Star Tribune's editorial board has weighed in on the governor's race, plastering the front page of its Sunday Opinion section with an endorsement for Tom Horner.Endorsing the candidate still polling a distant third pla ... 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 >>
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 >>
Tony Sutton hits hard.About a year ago, we described Minnesota GOP chair Tony Sutton as a tough-as-nails operative, unafraid to butt heads in his drive to help Republicans win elected office. So it didn't surprise us that he slammed fellow Republicans who yesterday endorsed independent guber ... More >>
Mark Dayton gets help from Tom HornerFor 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 >>
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 >>
Troubled Waters: You can't see it."Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" is a damning documentary about agricultural pollution in the Big Muddy, produced by the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History. But someone doesn't want you to see it.
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 >>
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 >>
Tom Horner gets an almost-endorsement from the StribIn a swipe at his own party, former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson threw his support behind Independence Party candidate for governor Tom Horner today, calling GOP candidate Tom Emmer, and Democrat Mark Dayton, "too extreme" to seriously tackl ... 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 >>
Tom Horner addresses your potty training.The race for governor can be a dirty business, but Independence Party candidate Tom Horner has really hit below the belt this time. Aiming to win the vote of sensible, potty-trained Minnesotans, he's unveiled campaign flyers to be posted in the bathr ... 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 >>
Robbob for GovernorRob Hahn still wants you to know he assaulted his ex-wife.Rob Hahn may have lost his disconcerting campaign for governor, but apparently that doesn't mean we've heard the last of him. Hahn, as you may have tried to forget, is the confessed perpetrator of domestic violence who ... More >>
Steve Horner will tell you just what's on his mind. Even if he probably shouldn't.There's something to be said about a guy with no filter. That's Steve Horner, brother of the Independence Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner. While Tom has made headlines with his political ambiti ... More >>
Tom Emmer's behind againIf Tom Emmer's support from Target and other Minnesota corporations is helping him in the race for governor, it isn't showing yet. Once again, a statewide poll shows the Republican playing second fiddle to each of the three DFL candidates: Margaret Anderson Kelliher, M ... More >>
Mark Dayton showed the widest lead over Tom Emmer in the Star Tribune pollRepublican 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 >>
Robbob for Governor on FacebookIsn't it time Minnesota had a governor with a restraining order against him?Rob Hahn has a peculiar strategy to get people interested in his long-shot campaign for governor: tell the press about the violent episode that led his ex-wife to get a restraining order aga ... More >>
Steve Horner's fighting for the rights of balding white guys everywhere!Every family has a black sheep. Just ask Minnesota Independence Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner. His brother Steve Horner is on a one-man quest to stop Ladies Nights around the country and make a profi ... More >>
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 >>
Christmas at the Horners must be a blast.Independence Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner can't happy about the attention his brother, Steve Horner, is getting from the media. First there was the anti-Ladies' Night campaign, during which a years-old Daily Show segment surfaced ... More >>
Did the paper get suckered by candidate Tom Horner's press machine?
The poll that piqued Republicans showed their candidate for governor losing groundThe 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 >>
Maybe Steve Horner needs a stiff oneSteve Horner sounds like a party pooper. It turns out he's the guy who filed complaints about five local bars discriminating against men because they offered "ladies night" drink specials -- an he's never set foot in any of them. And now we know which bars ... More >>
Can a poll be considered an illegal campaign contribution benefiting IPer Tom Horner?This is novel. The Republican Party of Minnesota has filed an official complaint with the state Campaign and Public Finance Board alleging that Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner received a ... More >>
Who says the government isn't efficient? It took the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board just a day to consign a Republican complaint against IP gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner to the "out" box. The complaint alleges that former Republican Horner received an illegal cam ... More >>
Tom Emmer's supporters cry foulRepublican 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 >>
Tom HornerIPer Tom Horner has named Jim Mulder as his running mate in the 2010 governor's race, adding another layer of former-Republican wonkishness, and outstate expertise, to his campaign. Among a laundry list of public policy initiatives, Mulder spent the last two decades as executive di ... More >>
House Majority Leader Tony Sertich promised a balanced budget by sunrise. Turns out, he was closeLadies and gentlemen, it looks like we have a deal. The Minnesota House and Senate have both passed a compromise budget bill that Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he will sign. If he does, it heads off th ... More >>
The man in the middleTom Horner took home the Independence Party gubernatorial endorsement Saturday, officially securing the businessman and former Republican's place in the middle. And the middle is just where Horner wants to be. He's told reporters many times that he's in it to win it, no ... More >>