It was just over two years ago that Politico, alluding to the Minnesota Republican Party's whopping $2 million in debt, wrote that "no state party may be in worse shape."Times aren't quite as tough for the MNGOP these days, but the party is still trying to dig out of that gigantic hole in more ways ... 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 >>
On the same day we wrote about the Winona County Republican Party's controversial anti-Obamacare Facebook post -- you know, the one containing a doctored image where Barack is shown without teeth and Michelle is adorned with gold grills -- a young woman named Carlyn Shanley wrote an email to Winona ... 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 >>
Two weeks after Michele Bachmann announced that she would not seek a fifth term in the U.S. House, a second GOP contender has entered the race to replace her: Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, who announced her bid Wednesday morning.See Also: - Tom Emmer first to announce bid for Bachmann' ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has inspired us to desk-slam our heads more times than we can recall. But she's inspired others in more positive ways. SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann has "sex appeal," top Pawlenty aide saysFor instance, she's moved author Trey Sager to write Fires of Siberia, "an old-fashioned bodice r ... 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?
Tea Party candidate for state representative Cindy Pugh uses her Facebook profile to defend Scott Walker, criticize Barack Obama and boast about her ongoing campaign to defeat incumbent state representative Steve Smith, a Republican from Mound. But she also used it recently to compare Muslim women ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
WikipediaHerman Cain: This is the Metrodome!Herman Cain is suddenly, remarkably ascendant in the Republican Party. That the Godfather's Pizza guy has shot to the top of the pop charts may say more about his competition -- including Michele, our belle -- than about Cain's own viability as the guy ... 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 >>
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 >>
Bachmann leads a shrinking Tea Party Caucus.So much for a movement sweeping through the halls of Congress: Since Michele Bachmann founded the House Tea Party Caucus last summer and declared herself Receptacle in Chief, it has actually lost members. The Hill reports that the caucus now has 50 ... More >>
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 >>
Bachmann and Pawlenty get no love at CPAC.Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty made a lot of media noise at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. But down where the rubber meets the road -- the event's presidential straw poll -- both Minnesotans slipped and fell i ... 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 >>
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.
Image by dbaird"Please ID Me" buttons aren't allowed hereToday a federal judge told tea partiers NO, they may not wear "Please I.D. Me" buttons to the polls. So if someone asks to see your photo ID, just give 'em the hand. And if they take your picture, take one right back. Minnesota election la ... More >>
Bachmann: Saddling our kids with the fedeal debt is OK when she does it.Remember the Fox News gabfests, the D.C. rallies and the campaign ads where Michele Bachmann brags about voting against President Barack Obama's stimulus bill? Too much federal spending, she says. Turns out she had her h ... More >>
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's House Tea Party CaucusCrazy Congresswoman Michele Bachmann filed paperwork yesterday to form the House Tea Party Caucus.Bachmann claims that she started the Tea Party Caucus "to promote Americans' call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited govern ... 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 >>
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 >>
Bachmann is following through with her plan and announced public forums in her district to talk about climate change and cap and trade policies. Don't miss out!
The National Republican Congressional Committee sent out a memo today denying that their ad pull out for Rep. Michele Bachmann was in respons ... More >>
Former Republican Governor Carlson believes incumbent Republican Auditor Pat Anderson has "lost" the independence of the office. A similar charge was levied yesterday by another retired official against Republican Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.
Since last November's electoral rout, the Republicans have redoubled their vigor in taking it to Democrats in the backrooms of power--specifically K Street, the Washington thoroughfare that power lobbyists have traditionally called home. Team Rove and its band of winged Congressional monkeys are mo ... More >>
Former Minnesota Senator and lifelong Republican Dave Durenberger on the rise of the new Bush Republicans in Minnesota and elsewhere