U.S. Republican Party

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    November 24, 2014

    The Mysterious Partisan Squabble Over Early Education

    With state Republicans taking control of the House again, the early childhood education committee is no more. Instead, Republicans have restructured committees with an emphasis on higher education finance, leaving early education proponents on the other side of the aisle grasping at efforts to mai ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    MNGOP Chair Keith Downey optimistic despite bleak polling, finances

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Former GOP Congressman Vin Weber says Republicans are dumb and getting dumber

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Michael Brodkorb to MNGOP: I'm not your hatchet man anymore

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Michele Bachmann only MN congressperson to vote against Violence Against Women Act

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    DFL cuts MNGOP Senate staffers' salaries; Bakk cites cost of Brodkorb lawsuit

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    GOP platform's new anti-porn stance unexpectedly mirrors Bachmann's pledge

    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 >>

  • News

    August 22, 2012

    Gonzo Guide to the Republican National Convention

    From supporters to protesters to strippers, Miami will be ready

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Norm Coleman most popular prominent MN GOPer; Bachmann "most unpopular politician"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Minnesota voters of all stripes agree: 'Let us buy booze on Sundays'

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    MNGOP Rep. Urdahl, under fire for pro-stadium vote, shouts down fellow GOPers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Heads spin as MNGOP wants to pay back school debt, DFL preaches fiscal responsibility

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Kurt Bills, MNGOP Rep., seeking Republican endorsement to challenge Klobuchar

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Minnesota Republicans float strange ideas about online sales tax collection

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    MN GOP is $2 million in debt

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Minnesota GOP fined $170,000 for FEC violations

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Shutdown will end with Dayton's signature

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Shutdown could end today

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Dayton, GOP agree to end shutdown

    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 >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Dayton offers plan to end shutdown

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    State workers won't get back-pay after shutdown

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Minnesota government shuts down

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Countdown to government shutdown: Who's to blame?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Betting Against a Budget: MN GOP takes March Madness-style bets on government shutdown

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Republican House redistricting map means more safe seats, "isn't about politics"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Minnesota guardsmen back from Iraq may not get paid

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Michael Brodkorb says DFL refused to yield too [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    New nukes for Minnesota?

    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 >>

  • News

    December 22, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Dayton recount team warns of Republican power grab [UPDATED]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Constitutional ban on gay marriage hits the fast track

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Republicans take control of state Senate, possibly House

    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.

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    August 26, 2010

    GOP trackers: "I'm with stupid"

    Not a doctored photoArtist's representation of proposed GOP tracker t-shirts​Minnesota 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Minnesota GOP distracted by ugly Democrat babes

    Photo: MildManneredPhotographerAnn Coulter, GOP "babe," with fan​Remember 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Keith Ellison says, yep, there's "extreme racists" in the tea party

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    GOP convention bars UpTake citizen journalists

    The state GOP convention starts tonight​Citizen 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Pat Bertroche, Iowa GOP candidate, wants microchips in illegal immigrants

    American Kennel Club​If 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Michele Bachmann finds little love for health care repeal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty dips in 2012 polls and snubs Tea Party

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Republicans pass secession resolution in 5th district

    ​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 >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty comments on bondage strip club

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty plans "major announcement" at Facebook forum

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Tom Emmer, Marty Seifert, Mark Dayton, R.T. Rybak, narrow favorites in governor's race poll

    Large numbers of undecided voters in each hypothetical contest mean there's no clear leaders yet in the race.

  • News

    February 10, 2010

    Bachmann and Twitter grow to be fast friends

    Crazy congresswoman building empire of tweeps

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Bachmann leads in new poll; most say she prefers DC limelight

    The District 6 congresswoman is crazy like a fox, but maybe a little too in love with Fox.

  • News

    November 18, 2009

    Michele Bachmann: Crazy like a fox

    The Minnesota congresswoman gives Sarah Palin a run for her money

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Conservatives tea bag America in the name of freedom

    Last time we heard of a dude using "freedom" as his excuse to tea bag anyone, he ended up behind bars.

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    March 24, 2009

    Pawlenty makes Sweet 16, aiming to win it all in 2012

    In conjunction with more exciting NCAA March Madness, National Public Radio has a 2012 GOP bracket poll running on their site for the next Republican candidate.

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    October 30, 2008

    Since when did the Republicans get so good at graphic design?

    Leatherface200.jpg Just in time for Halloween, they are turning their female adversaries into monsters in the fourth.

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    September 2, 2008

    RNC: Highlights from Day One

    P9011009.jpgYou've probably noticed that there are new people in town. Many wear silly hats. Others wear gas masks. It's the Republican National Convention, kids! And we're blogging it at More >>