In 1970, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame pleaded guilty to taking "immoral and improper liberties with... a female child." The charge stemmed from an incident that took place the year before in a D.C. hotel room where Yarrow, then 31, allegedly had sexual relations (but not sex) with a 14- ... More >>
The National Republican Congressional Committee recently debuted a controversial radio attack ad aimed at 7th District Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson. (Listen to it here.)RELATED: DFL blasts Republicans for politicizing Minnesota Twins The spot uses dramatic audio from the Twins' dramatic 1991 G ... More >>
As we told you about Friday, a new attack ad bought and paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee uses audio from the Minnesota Twins' World Series triumph in 1991 to attack Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.THE BACKSTORY: Republican attack ad uses Minnesota Twins against Collin ... More >>
-- Update at bottom -- In June, we broke the news that Stewart Mills is a Packers fan. That being the case, perhaps nobody should be surprised to learn that dude knows how to party.SEE ALSO: Rick Nolan calls on Obama to "man up" and fire somebody over Obamacare website debacle Photos obtained by C ... More >>
Hours after someone published a post on the Chisago County GOP's Facebook page last week that said, "Pro-choice: Against slavery? Don't buy one," GOP officials in the exurban county apologized and characterized the post as being "in obviously poor taste."Not so fast, MNGOP Secretary Chris Fields say ... More >>
If the federal government shuts down at midnight tonight, "large sections of the government would close, hundreds of thousands of workers would be furloughed without pay, and millions more would be asked to work for no pay," the New York Times reports.RELATED: Bachmann: Miracle from God will force O ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Keith Ellison deletes 'Nothing like coke addicted James Brown to close GOP convention' tweet-- Michele Bachmann's Keith Ellison comments: Media criticized for "unconscionable" headlines-- Keith Ellison on voter ID approval: "Today is a sad day for democracy"Keith Ellison is putting the R ... More >>
SEE ALSO: -- R.T. Rybak is a finalist for the 2012 World Mayor Prize-- RT Rybak blames pot smokers for Minneapolis murdersSome Republicans are upset by comments Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak made about bridges and infrastructure during his DNC speech... but do they have a legitimate beef?
SEE ALSO:-- Rory Koch was busted for child porn possession while running for Ramsey County commissioner-- House Speaker Kurt Zellers wants Vikings stadium bill to pass... but won't vote for it?-- Kurt Zellers apologizes for Bradlee Dean's opening "prayer" [VIDEO]In the wake of Rep. Kerry Gauthier, D ... More >>
Earlier this month, Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Lynne Torgerson dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination to take on Congressman Keith Ellison this November. It looks like Ellison's opponent with be Chris Fields, who won the party's backing during the 5th District convention on April ... More >>
MNGOP lawmakers really, really want to cut taxes. But tax cuts require spending decreases, and that's where the problem lies. On a 72-62 party-line vote, House Republicans yesterday passed a bill that would cut business property taxes by $40 million next year and then reduce the levy annually unt ... More >>
Former Carver County Republican Party chairman Paul Zunker pled guilty this week to second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Zunker was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor last fall. Zunker allegedly groped his victim's chest and "laughed" when she asked him to stop, w ... More >>
Attention, one percenters -- Mitt Romney will be in Eagan tomorrow.The GOP presidential frontrunner will appear in the St. Paul suburb Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the headquarters of the Freightmasters trucking company. If that isn't enough to get you excited, perhaps this will -- Romney will be ... More >>
All signs point toward a blue November in Minnesota, at least as far as the presidential race is concerned.A new Public Policy Polling poll indicates that Barack Obama is on track to cruise to a comfortable win here no matter which Republican contender ultimately emerges as the GOP candidate.In a ... More >>
Somehow, Newt is more popular than Romney even with MN women.Minnesota is Newt Gingrich territory. That's the conclusion emerging from a new Public Policy Polling poll of likely Republican voters in the state.The poll, conducted last weekend, just over two weeks ahead of the February 7 Minnesota ... More >>
Former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch won't face an ethics complaint for having an affair with a senate staffer. Koch resigned in December after her fellow Republican legislators confronted her with allegations that she was having an affair with a subordinate staffer widely believed to be GOP powe ... More >>
The almost-unwatchable train-wreck that is the Minnesotan Republican Party wrecks onward. Last night, Secretary Treasurer David Sturrock tendered his resignation, effective January 19. In his barbed letter to other Republicans, Sturrock seems to indicate that his decision was triggered by today' ... More >>
Michael Brodkorb's fall continuesMore bad news for Minnesota Republicans: Michael Brodkorb has left state senator Mike Parry's campaign for congress. Brodkorb had been a powerful figure in the state GOP until leaving his position as a senate staffer yesterday in the midst of a huge scandal i ... More >>
Michael Brodkorb is resigning as deputy chairman of the Republican Party in Minnesota to volunteer on state Sen. Mike Parry's run for U.S. Congress. Parry announced Friday that he would run against Congressman Tim Walz in the First Congressional District, a major move on the part of Republicans ... More >>
Paul Zunker: not welcome at church.Paul Zunker, the former Carver County Republican Chairman, made his first court appearance this morning to face molestation charges. Zunker was ordered booked and released under the following conditions: That he not have contact with the victim, avoid the famil ... More >>
Carver County Republican Party: Not very good at politics.There won't be a Carver County Republican Party fundraiser this evening. The GOP's original plan was to auction off access to state legislators and US congressmen this afternoon at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club. City Pages reported on ... More >>
If you hate this man, you are not alone.Nick Ayers, the super-flack wunderkind running Tim Pawlenty's campaign, is making enemies fast. Ayers was rumored to be leaving the Pawlenty campaign in favor of Texas haircut Rick Perry, if Perry announced he was in the race. Pawlenty's spokesman Alex Cona ... More >>
The shutdown ended not with a bang, but with a shrug.After two weeks of gridlock and three hours locked in his office, Mark Dayton and Republican leaders emerged yesterday with a deal to end the state shutdown. The governor forced a tight grin as he stepped to the microphone, announcing the deal ... More >>
Dayton wants to end the shutdown, but he's making demands.After months holding out for a tax increase of some kind, Mark Dayton is telling Republican legislators that he'll accept their budget plan with no new taxes. In a letter to Republican leadership, Dayton says he still doesn't like the plan ... More >>
Minnesota's shut down, but the state GOP isn't.Mark Dayton says Minnesota Republicans are trying to mine the state shutdown for campaign money. The governor criticized the GOP for hitting up contributors while Minnesota can't pay for highway repairs and state parks. In a response to City Pages th ... More >>
Jon Stewart says to himself: "Wow."This past week, the White House "came under fire" - another word for the national conversation being dominated by our very loud conservative media, led by the Fox News machine - for inviting the world's least-controversial (oftentimes boring!) rapper, Common, to ... More >>
Rep. Sarah Anderson: It's not about politics. Seriously. It isn't.Few people seriously believe Republican Rep. Sarah Anderson when she insists that the GOP's congressional redistricting plan "isn't about politics." The Republicans' proposed map unveiled in St. Paul yesterday is clearly redra ... More >>
Sooner or later, we thought we'd hear from Michele Bachmann in our comments section, thanks to our never ending documentation to show why she's easily the most qualified Republican to run against President Barack Obama in 2012. And we were so close.
Former Governor Hockey Puck?National Review, the gold standard of conservative opinion magazines, features Tim Pawlenty on its March 7 cover -- in skates and a green T-Paw jersey. "Pawlenty's Shot: The former Minnesota governor is a strong contender" the 2012 Republican presidential nominati ... More >>
Apparently speaking in Hawaii is part of Bachmann's "district work"Michele Bachmann has apparently been inundated this week with calls from reporters wanting her take on the freedom-loving protesters in Cairo. But our most famous congresswoman just isn't picking up the line. She's busy with " ... More >>
Years of cuts have already left the department below industry standards.If Minnesota Senate and House Republicans get their way, the Minneapolis Fire Department is in for even more bad news. Republicans announced a budget proposal yesterday that recommends cutting Local Government Aid to hel ... More >>
Will Norm Coleman save the GOP from the insidious influence of Wisconsin?Norm Coleman, who has been doing his will-he-won't-he dance for months now, appears to be one step closer to running for Chairman of the Republican National Committee.Today an anonymous "close source" told the press that Col ... 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 >>
Hey, lets blame this guy.First we were told that Republican Tom Emmer hasn't yet won the governor's race outright because Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was an evil, evil man. Now it sounds like one big-deal Repub is pinning the blame on national party chairman Michael Steele.
Republicans sweep the legislature?In all the talk of a GOP surge in congress and a close governor's race, there wasn't a whole lot of consideration that Republicans might actually take control of both chambers of the legislature. Surprise! That's now looking like a serious possibility.
Maybe documenting the whole plan in writing wasn't the best idea.The latest bizzaro hidden camera stunt orchestrated by conservative filmmakers James O'Keefe and Ben Wetmore has, by all accounts, epically failed.
Not a doctored photoArtist's representation of proposed GOP tracker t-shirtsMinnesota Republicans unveiled a very odd response to DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton's recent whining about "trackers" showing up at his rallies brandishing Flip videos.The Grand Old Party is using Ye Olde Gag T- ... More >>
Michele Bachmann invented herself a Tea Party Caucus, put herself in charge, and she's trumpeting who's in -- and who's not. We believe that it's our patriotic duty to help her spread the word with the help of a new slogan. Our nominees: Tea Party Caucus: Impeah Obama! Photo via Pargon/Teabonics/ ... More >>
Did the paper get suckered by candidate Tom Horner's press machine?
Clark's hauling cash, but Bachmann has become a fund-raising behemothDemocrat Tarryl Clark almost doubled her fund-raising bottom line in the second quarter of the year compared to the first, raking in $910,000 the last three months, compared to about $500,000 the three previous months. Taken ... More >>
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 >>
Add Cyndy Brucato to the list of prominent Twin Cities television news anchors relinquishing their anchor duties this year. As noted earlier, WCCO's Don Shelby is retiring, and Fox 9's Robyne Robinson is running for lieutenant governor. Brucato says she's staying at her post through the Stat ... More >>
Is "Bachmann for Senate " a typo, or a message that jumped the gun?Rep. Michele Bachmann's office has insisted that an e-mail auto-reply message from an organization called "Bachmann for Senate" was merely a typo. But the "Bachmann for Senate" message came from a top-flight Republican campa ... 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 >>
Former Minnesota Senator and lifelong Republican Dave Durenberger on the rise of the new Bush Republicans in Minnesota and elsewhere