On Sunday, the Star Tribune broke the story of a scandal involving a nonprofit organization called Community Action of Minneapolis.The nonprofit, which is supposed to serve low-income people, used nearly a million taxpayer dollars for things like spa treatments, cruises, and personal car loans, the ... More >>
Today, the Senate Committee on State and Local Government advanced Sen. Scott Dibble's medical marijuana bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee.If it's approved there, it could land on the Senate floor for a vote as soon as next week, Heather Azzi, political director of Minnesotans for Compassionate ... More >>
A bill written by a group of Concordia University students that would strip legislators of DWI immunity appeared to be dead in the House earlier this month, but was revived after Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, publicly threw his support behind it. It cleared the House Civil Law Committee on Fr ... More >>
Target CFO John Mulligan took heat this morning from U.S. Senators about the recent massive data breach. He apologized, once again, on behalf of the company but urged the government to work with the private sector in thwarting cyber attacks of retailers. "To prevent this from happening again, none o ... More >>
Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and therefore are as plugged in as anybody when it comes to matters pertaining to the NSA, FISA, and Patriot Act.RELATED POSTS:-- Al Franken defends Prism, says of leaks: "Nothing surprised me" -- Keith Ellison on Prism: ... More >>
Keith Ellison says Congress knew "almost nothing" about Prism ahead of last week's leaks. But Al Franken says he wasn't at all surprised by The Guardian's string of reports about how the NSA monitors internet and telephone communications.SEE ALSO: Al Franken concerned about Obama's authority to kill ... More >>
Though Al Franken seemed a bit conflicted about the issue in January, both he and Amy Klobuchar joined the rest of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to vote in favor of a gun control proposal that would ban some semiautomatic rifles and limit magazine sizes.SEE ALSO:-- More M ... More >>
As predicted by many, bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota passed key committees in the House and Senate Tuesday. After almost three hours of testimonies and discussion, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-3 in favor of the bill just before 3 p.m. The House Civil Law Committee follo ... More >>
It's a pivotal day in Minnesota's fight over the legalization of same-sex marriage. The House Civil Law Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee will both hear testimony and eventually take up votes on gay marriage bills today, and if the AP has done its math correctly, the smart money is on both ... More >>
With the Dibble-Clark marriage equality bill set to get its first hearings next week and supporters reportedly already having enough votes to get the bill over its first legislative hurdle, about 1,000 opponents of gay marriage held a last-ditch rally at the Capitol yesterday.SEE ALSO: Uptown 'Vote ... More >>
In the wake of last month's defeat of the marriage amendment, DFL leaders seem less than enthusiastic about getting a marriage equality bill passed this session. Senate Majority Leader-elect Tom Bakk, for instance, says he wants his caucus to focus on economic issues, not divisive social ones, when ... More >>
Al Franken's Location Privacy Protection Act won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, meaning the bill moves to the full Senate for debate.SEE ALSO:-- For Franken and Klobuchar, does money from big media mean support for PIPA?-- Al Franken cries on Senate floor [VIDEO]"The bill wo ... More >>
Al Franken asked questions that Google CEO Eric Schmidt can't answer.Al Franken loves Google. He just doesn't trust it. That's what came out at yesterday's contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, which saw Google's CEO Eric Schmidt squirming a bit under the hot light of government oversi ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
Screen grab via YouTubeFranken took some interesting notes as Elena Kagan testifiedHe's a cut up, a brawler and a napper. And it turns out Sen. Al Franken is also a pretty good doodler. Waiting his turn to question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan before the Senate Judiciary Committee yeste ... More >>
Screen grab via YouTubeMore coffee, Sen. Franken?On and on they droned Monday as Solicitor General Elena Kagan watched, each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee rolling out their opening remarks about her nomination to be the next Supreme Court justice, in a hearing room packed with the ... More >>
Franken is going to bat for KaganThe U.S. Supreme Court has become a safe haven for the rich and powerful as part of a careful conservative campaign, and a dead end for regular folks with grievances, Sen. Al Franken said on the Senate floor yesterday (video after the jump). He invoked the ca ... More >>
From Ground Zero of the Immigration Crisis Along the Mexican Border
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voiced strong support this morning for President Barack Obama's nomination this morning of Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. Both senators sit on the judiciary committee, wh ... More >>
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is none too happy about the proposal. (Surprise!)
Sharon Lubinski has been assistant Minneapolis police chief since 2006, having risen through the ranks after moving here from the Dane County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin.
The assistant chief of police in Minneapolis is one step closer to making history.
The Minnesota congresswoman gives Sarah Palin a run for her money
Did this more than eight-month battle just end with an oath and signature? It sure did.
Senator-Elect Al Franken just spoke in front of his Minneapolis home, happily accepting Norm Coleman's concession in the state's longest election contest.
Now that we've heard what self-described "Sen.-elect" Al Franken has to say about President Obama's pick of Sonia Sotomayor, let's see what the real elected officials have to say about the nomination.
The brightest stars and dimmest hacks in the Capitol
While former Minn. Rep. Jim Ramstad had a good shot at the spot, President Obama passed.
State lawmakers consider making it easier for convicted drunk drivers to get back behind the wheel
The language you speak may determine your math skills, Arlen Specter contemplating suing the president, Vancouver residents can pay their parking meters by phone, the Twinkie cookbook, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
There wasn't much that was surprising surrounding yesterday's Senate hearing on the anti-gay marriage amendment bill at the Capitol--enormous and visceral fear of gays and their influence over society demonstrated by supporters of the amendment.
The openly gay Republican senator flip-flopped on the anti-gay marriage bill, voting on Monday to break with normal senate procedure (and his previously held position) and sent the bill directly to the senate floor for a vote.
FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds talks about her case --and hints at a forthcoming scandal
Senate FBI Watchdog Chuck Grassley on Jane Turner and the Bureau
A Q&A with Fred Whitehurst, the first FBI whistleblower to go public
And other questions from the campaign trail
A Minnesota judge is targeted for speaking out against federal drug-sentencing guidelines
Two cities, twelve months, a million reasons to rock!
Congress thinks the RAVE Act is a natural high for the War on Drugs. But ravers aren't smiling.
New royalties proposed by the music industry threaten to kill independent Internet radio
Minnesota's senators were supposed to be the type to stand up for social programs, the environment, and civil liberties. So why are critics left and right accusing them of lying down on the job?
Critics of Minnesota's child-support system object to quick fix
A primer on avoiding yesterday's war
For years it has been whispered that the 1976 slaying of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Aquash was an inside job. Now a new rash of accusations aims squarely at local heroes Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt.
In the month left before sine die, Minnesota lawmakers must decide what to do about the stadium, the budget surplus, and that nagging turtle-trafficking issue.
Further proof that welfare reform won't cut big business from the dole