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 >>
Vin Weber served as a Republican Congressman from Minnesota from 1981 to 1993. Since retiring from Congress, he was one of Mitt Romney's senior foreign policy advisers during his 2012 presidential run and still works as a D.C.-based GOP strategist.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Pat Garofalo suggests liberal b ... More >>
On his blog last month, the MNGOP's former cyber assassin, Michael Brodkorb, published a post where he praised Keith Ellison for getting arrested. In it, he quoted Hubert H. Humphrey and Paul Wellstone.RELATED: Michael Brodkorb says marriage amendment is cynical MNGOP get-out-the-vote ploy So the l ... More >>
Yesterday, Michele Bachmann was the only Minnesota congressperson to vote against reauthorization of the historically uncontroversial Violence Against Women Act. Then, in classic Bachmann fashion, her spokesman explained her vote by offering up a heaping mound of doublespeak.SEE ALSO: Al Franken cri ... More >>
The repercussions from the Michael Brodkorb-Amy Koch sex scandal will felt in the bank accounts of MNGOP Senate staffers this legislative session.SEE ALSO: Last year, MNGOP Senate staffers couldn't even eat lunch without getting in troubleYesterday, the DFL-controlled Senate approved new pay rates t ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Michele Bachmann pledges to ban "all forms of pornography" if elected president-- Bachmann pledge: Black families were better off during slavery than they are under Obama-- Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch: "There is a way to have a more 'forcible rape'" [VIDEO]While running for pres ... More >>
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The Republicans we like the best are the ones we see and hear from the least, apparently.New polling released yesterday by Public Policy Polling reveals that "the most prominent Minnesota Republican with the best favorability numbers" is former Senator Norm Coleman, who we've barely heard from durin ... More >>
Minnesota Democrats, Republicans, and independents all agree on one thing -- we should be able to buy booze on Sundays.A new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that just about everyone except our elected officials agrees that there is no good reason those of us who fail to plan ahead shoul ... More >>
The Vikings stadium issue has been a rough one for Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City.First, he was blasted by pro-stadium Strib columnist Jim Souhan for being "no smarter than the guy who writes in the comments section of an online newspaper, 'your stupid.'" Problem was, Souhan was bashing Urdahl for b ... More >>
Here's a new one for you -- Republicans want to spend money on public schools. But Democrats, touting the need for fiscal responsibility, oppose the GOP plan.Today, on a largely party-line 74-56 vote, the House approved a plan to take more than $430 million from budget reserves and use it to make ... More >>
Today, state Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount, announced he is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar this November.Bills, 42, a high school economic teacher and former Rosemount City Council members, will compete against former state Rep. Dan Severson and decorated war veteran Pe ... More >>
Currently, very few Minnesotans pay sales taxes for online purchases. But Minnesotans do pay sales taxes for purchases they make at physical retail locations. Hence, physical retail locations face a more onerous tax burden than online retailers like Amazon.State lawmakers on both sides of the ais ... More >>
Former GOP Party Chair Tony Sutton is batting 2 million.According to new figures released today by the Republican Party's own Internal Finance Review Committee, the GOP is up to its neck in debt -- about $2 million worth. "The debt number is honestly higher than any of us wants it to be," said c ... More >>
The state GOP failed to report nearly $1 million in debt.The worst time to owe someone money is when you're in debt. That's the case with the Republican Party of Minnesota, which is already in debt, but now owes the Federal Election Commission $170,000 for campaign finance violations. Funny ... More >>
America's longest state shutdown could finally end.By signing his name 12 times, Mark Dayton could end the shutdown this morning. It took six months of arguing and 19 days of shutdown, but the legislature's special session finally passed 12 budget bills, with the last of them passing at around 3: ... More >>
Dayton's very special session will begin at 3 p.m.Mark Dayton has called for a special session of the legislature to meet at 3 p.m. this afternoon. With a fast-track vote, Minnesota's shutdown might be over before happy hour. The legislature will try to pass all nine budget bills and Dayton's req ... 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 >>
State workers can't get back-pay like they did in 2005.Friday is the last scheduled payday for the 22,000 state workers who are laid off until the state government agrees on a budget.But even when -- if? -- Mark Dayton and the Republicans iron things out, there's not a dime of back-pay coming to ... More >>
The barely-concealed contempt with which Republicans and DFL lawmakers now treat each other in St. Paul came to a logical conclusion last night. Both sides failed to reach a budget agreement to address the state's $5 billion in red ink by midnight, and state government shut down. Tens of t ... More >>
Minnesota lawmakers have until July 1 to get it together.As of today, the Minnesota Legislature is two-and-a-half weeks tardy in solving the state's $5 billion budget deficit. Unfortunately for everyone, there doesn't appear to be a budget deal in sight. If no agreement is made by July 1st, ... More >>
The betting form was supposed to be routed through the office of a legislative aide for Sen. David Senjem.Evidently the prospect of shutting down state government and laying off 36,000 state workers is so entertaining to some Republican staffers at the Legislature that they ginned up a March ... 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 >>
army.milMembers of the 103rd ESC receiving their combat patches last year.Sgt. Jamie Engelbretson had been back from Iraq for less than 24 hours when she got the bad news today: because of the looming government shut-down, her next paycheck will likely be cut in half. The next paycheck may ... More >>
Brodkorb: DFL-ers did it too.Sen. Dick Cohen (DFL-St. Paul) is pretty unhappy that three Republicans refused to answer his questions about their budget bill last week. Now, a GOP operative says he shouldn't be. Earlier this week we posted a video from the Senate showing Sens. Mike Parry (R-Wasec ... More >>
TVAMonty Burns is looking to expand his operation.For a while there, Minnesota was vying to take the lead in pioneering the use of renewable energy. This week, the new Republican legislature will try to push is in a different direction: building more nuclear plants.Minnesota already has two nucle ... More >>
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Update: No change. Dayton leads.Ramsey County, the second most populous county in the state, has audited its Election Day ballots. As with Hennepin County last week, each candidate has picked up a thimble-full of support. That means the overall results are the same. Dayton is ahead of Republ ... More >>
Unemployment? Foreclosures? Massive budget deficit? Take a number.Remember how Republicans kept telling us this election was supposed to be all about jobs, jobs, tax breaks and more jobs? The crappy economy gave conservative Christians cover from having to talk too much about over-sharing the ... 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.
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 >>
Photo: MildManneredPhotographerAnn Coulter, GOP "babe," with fanRemember the GOP talking point about how the upcoming November election is supposed to be all about jobs and the economy, and Minnesotans should really mellow out on meaningless distractions like Target-financed, state-institutio ... More >>
Photo: cometstarmoonKeven LawWhat about racism at tea parties?The Republicans, led by Michele Bachmann, are trying to figure out how to co-opt tea partiers, and the Democrats said yesterday they're happy to let the Republicans do it. You want to stand with folks determined to end Medicare, pr ... More >>
The state GOP convention starts tonightCitizen video journalism site TheUptake says it can't get press credentials for the state Republican convention getting under way tonight in Minneapolis, after the Republicans tagged them as a DFL front group. "GOP Communications Director Mark Drake has ... More >>
American Kennel ClubIf there's one thing Republicans are good at, it's the good old-fashioned shock-and-awe approach. This one has our jaws dropping. Pat Bertroche, a GOP congressional candidate in Iowa's Third District, has a unique approach to the nation's illegal immigration policy. It's ki ... More >>
Bachmann's repeal effort has a long way to go.Michele Bachmann is going to kill health care reform if it's the last thing she does. And it may well be the last thing she does, because it may take forever. Her congressional colleagues are not exactly beating a path to sign on to her bill see ... More >>
A CNN poll released yesterday shows Pawlenty's support dropping among Republicans. In a survey of 498 Republicans, only 2 percent said they were most likely to support Pawlenty. That's down from 5 percent in the CNN poll from late March, and it puts him in a tie for seventh place with Indiana ... More >>
A peculiar strain of crazy apparently took over the Republicans' fifth congressional district nominating convention on Saturday. The local members of the party of Lincoln passed a secession resolution on a voice vote: "Be it resolved the Republican Party of Minnesota supports nullification o ... More >>
The party of family values got caught red-faced this week when conservative news site The Daily Caller broke the story that a GOP operative tried to pass off patronage at a Los Angeles bondage strip club as a meal line item in her expense report. Righteous indignation followed (naturally). T ... More >>
Gov. Tim Pawlenty say he plans to use his first-ever Facebook "town hall" session on Wednesday to make a "major announcement" and seek input on how more Republicans can win office in 2010. The fun begins at 6:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Participants will be able to e-mail questions and P ... More >>
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