U.S. State Politics

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    March 13, 2014

    Gov. Mark Dayton, though pessimistic, breathes a little life into medical marijuana bill

    Cops are out. Gov. Mark Dayton has directed two members of his staff as well as the state public health commissioner to work with medical marijuana supporters in crafting a bill he could possibly sign into law within the next two months. The news came on Thursday after patients and advocates d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Rep. Carly Melin says it's up to voters to get medical marijuana bill back on track

    In the wake of yesterday's developments, Minnesota's medical marijuana push has gone off the rails.And with law enforcement officials showing no sign of softening their anti-pot stance -- and Governor Dayton giving no indication he'll reconsider his I'll-only-support-it-if-cops-do position -- the bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    MADD calls upon Minnesota to legalize sobriety checkpoints

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave Minnesota low marks in its new state-by-state evaluation of DWI laws.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Supreme Court rules you can legally drunk-drive Segways MADD, in particular, calls upon state lawmakers to legalize sobriety checkpoints, writing that they "will give law enfor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Sen. Dibble says he's confident comprehensive transit bill can finally get done this session

    Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, is optimistic this legislative session will finally be the one where a comprehensive transportation bill is approved and signed into law.SEE ALSO: Check out this awesome time-lapse tour of the Central Corridor [VIDEO]A bill of that sort made it out of the Senate las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Mark Dayton flip-flops, now opposes release of sex offenders

    In an interview earlier this month, Mark Dayton said he supported complying with the Department of Human Services recommendation to release serial rapist Thomas Duvall from his indefinite detention at the state's sex offender facility.SEE ALSO: Dayton signs law to move mentally ill offenders out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Liberal group apologizes for characterizing MNGOP guv candidate as "evil on the inside"

    The Alliance for a Better Minnesota's Halloween spoof about various MNGOP notables went a little too far yesterday.SEE ALSO: ABM director, watching Amazing Race: "I'm cheering for a plane crash that kills 2 teams" The piece, entitled "Minnesota GOP scarier than Halloween costumes" and written by ABM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    MNGOP guv hopefuls strike more liberal tone on marijuana reform than Mark Dayton

    When it comes to medical marijuana -- or any relaxing of pot laws whatsoever -- Gov. Mark Dayton has said, "I don't think we need another drug operating in our society."SEE ALSO: MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuanaHe's also said he wouldn't sign a bill legalizing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    John Kline hosting fundraiser for "anti-abortion zealot with running tab at Planned Parenthood"

    U.S. Rep. John Kline is under fire for hosting a fundraiser for embattled Tennessee U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Kline's office says he won't be attending the event.SEE ALSO: GOP Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline taking heat for supporting "forcible rape" language In our recent cover feature about th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    North Dakota Capitol reporters repeatedly warned about wearing revealing clothing

    We know it's sexy time all the time in Fargo, but you'd think things would be less hot and heavy in the Capitol pressroom in Bismarck.SEE ALSO: Biden to NoDak Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's family: "Spread your legs. You're going to be frisked" [VIDEO] Nonetheless, North Dakota legislators are apparently esp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    California newspaper runs editorial blasting Gov. Dayton

    Gov. Dayton may be popular in Minnesota, but his approval rating is remarkably low in the editorial offices of the Anaheim, California-based Orange County Register.SEE ALSO: Mark Dayton isn't a fan of potThat became apparent after the Register published an editorial on Monday blasting Dayton for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Minnesotans overwhelmingly favor assault weapons ban

    Despite what the Pine County Sheriff thinks, the latest Public Policy Polling survey of Minnesota voters indicates Minnesotans overwhelming favor an assault weapons ban.SEE ALSO:-- Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014-- Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    "Draft David Hann for Governor" movement marred by conflict-of-interest controversy

    On Saturday, the MNGOP met in Blaine to discuss the butt kicking the party received last month and to look ahead to the 2014 election.SEE ALSO:-- John Kriesel for governor? "I would never rule out a run," he says -- Hann: Some state employees "do nothing," salaries "a clear misuse of public dollars" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Wisconsin wife runs husband over with SUV following Scott Walker recall argument

    Modern American politics is divisive, sure, but who knew it could be this bad?Chippewa Falls resident Jeffrey Radle, 36, found himself in the hospital yesterday after a political argument with his wife, Amanda Radle, 30. The verbal dispute culminated in physical violence when Amanda ran over her hus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers wants Vikings stadium bill to pass... but won't vote for it?

    House Speaker Kurt Zellers, like many Minnesota legislators, is trying to cover his ass best he can in advance of next Monday's House floor vote on the Vikings stadium bill.During an appearance on Dan Barrerio's KFAN radio show yesterday, Zellers offered up this shining example of Orwellian Doublesp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    New York Times on MN voter ID amendment: Solution to a "virtually non-existent problem"

    In a column published last night, New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal blasts Minnesota Republicans for pushing a voter ID amendment through the legislature."I never cease to be amazed -- in a really bad way -- at the lengths to which Republican lawmakers will go to cut down the num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2011

    Michael Brodkorb leaves Mike Parry congressional campaign

    Michael Brodkorb's fall continues​More 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Scott Walker under the ethics microscope for new political website

    Screenshot from "Reforms & Results" website.Gov. Scott Walker could be up for re-election early if his opponents can gather the necessary signatures for a recall this fall. ​Wisconsin Democrats plan to file an ethics complaint against Gov. Scott Walker today accusing him of using taxpayer mone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Roy Acuff, born on this day in country music history

    ​If Roy Acuff hadn't been born on this day 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, third of Ida Carr and Simon E. Neill Acuff's five children, Tennessee might not be the hillbilly capital of the world today. Least, if you ask former Tennessee Governor Prentice Cooper, that might be so. Not that you ... 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 27, 2011

    Morgan Freeman soundalike ad [VIDEO]

    Morgan Freeman is not campaigning against Shelly Moore.​Morgan Freeman has used his voice to play the President of the United States, Nelson Mandela and God. But the man whose iconic tones once narrated marching penguins did not narrate a new political ad running in Wisconsin, though one might thi ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Dayton complains about GOP using shutdown to raise money

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Minnesota state shutdown: What's open

    The deadline for a solution is tonight at midnight.​If you're planning your Fourth of July weekend, you should keep in mind what will or won't be available if the state government shuts down on Friday. In total, 75 different state agencies will be affected, with 46 set to shut down altogether. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Republicans demand special session to deal with budget

    ​With just 10 days to go until a possible state government shutdown, top GOP leaders are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session to deal with the state's $5 billion budget deficit. House Speaker Kurt Zellers says it's time. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says that state legislator ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Bradlee Dean's "prayer" not first at Capitol to exclude Jews

    Terri Bonoff wanted Jews included in a Senate prayer. Bradlee Dean replied, "Get her name eradicated."​As offensive and creepy as Bradlee Dean's "prayer" was today at the state Capitol for other reasons, it's also not the first time that Jews have found themselves not welcomed by a Christian p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Republicans fast track proposed constitutional amendment aimed at banning gay marriage

    Warren Limmer knows what's best for your marriage.​Republicans in the state Senate have announced they are fast-tracking a bill that would put a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage before the voters by 2012. Might as well get started now, they say, so that we can all have plen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    David Prosser ally Kathy Nickolaus finds him 7,500 votes

    Now it's David Prosser who may claim victory over JoAnne Kloppenburg.​Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg claimed victory the other day in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, and Republicans promptly assumed her 200-vote margin of victory over Justice David Prosser was shady. Which makes this new turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    JoAnne Kloppenburg declares victory over David Prosser, and Scott Walker

    The Scott Walker proxy battle: Prosser vs. Kloppenburg.​One of the recurring talking points among Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's supporters in his efforts to neuter public employee unions has been this: Voters swept Republicans into control of the state last November, so get out of the way and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Gov. Scott Walker loses the zombie vote in Madison [VIDEO]

    Zombies to Walker: Pass the brains.​He's already tanked in the polls among the living, and now it looks like Wisconsin's union-busting Gov. Scott Walker is losing the un-dead vote as well. "What do we want? BRAINS? When do we want them? BRAINS!" a bunch of protesting zombies shouted as they m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Wisconsin protesters' Capitol invasion caught on video

    State troopers and protesters clash.​Tempers are flaring in Madison, where Republicans in the Assembly have used a controversial and possibly illegal maneuver to ram through a public employee union-busting bill. The Senate voted on the measure last night. The Assembly takes it up today -- if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    No local media outlets are good enough for Governor Dayton's radio show [UPDATE]

    petroleumjelliffeDead air for Dayton.​Jesse Ventura had one. Tim Pawlenty had one. But Gov. Mark Dayton has decided that he won't have his own radio show, even after sending out a 16-page form to local media so they could bid on the project. Even reliably lefty AM950, where "what's left is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Scott Walker's "David Koch" phone fail: GOP seeks to outlaw prank calls

    Republicans don't want anyone getting "Koch'd" again.​Two Wisconsin Republicans insist up and down that their bill to outlaw prank phone calls has nothing to do with their governor being humiliated by a blogger posing as billionaire GOP financier David Koch.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Scott Walker nears triumph: Wisconsin Assembly passes union-busting bill [UPDATES]

    Walker's close to getting his wish.​Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one step closer to getting his union-busting bill, now that the GOP-controlled state Assembly snuck in an early-morning vote on the measure while Democrats were caught flat-footed. Now if only he could get those pesky state Senate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Madison police chief, mayor troubled by Scott Walker's comments

    Madison Police Chief Noble Wray.​There's more bad news for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after his embarrassing conversation with a phone prankster posing as a billionaire Republican donor. Walker was caught in a very Nixonian moment admitting he'd thought about placing undercover troublemakers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Keith Ellison denounces "dictator" Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker [UPDATE]

    Ellison joins in the debate over union busting in Wisconsin.​Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chairman of the congressional progressive caucus, ripped into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this morning, lambasting him as a dictator for his attempt to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Wisconsin 14 won't get paychecks until they come home

    Mark RiechersThe Democrats are still on the lam.​Wisconsin Republican state senators can't get their 14 Democratic counterparts to show up and vote on a union busting bill, so they're pushing through a new rule that ends direct deposit paychecks for members. If the senators on the lam want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Mark Dayton, in State of the State, tallies demise of the Minnesota Miracle

    Screen grab via TheUptake.Mark Dayton lays out the bad news.​Gov. Mark Dayton used his first State of the State speech to summon the unity of post 9/11 America under George W. Bush, extol the Minnesota Miracle, and urge Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature to work together for the ... More >>

  • News

    December 22, 2010

    Return to Sender

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

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Michele Bachmann nominated again for "Lie of the Year"

    Pants on fire.​The post-election season is shaping up well for freshly re-elected Rep. Michele Bachmann. She's already been named a "Most Embarrassing" member of Congress. Now she's been nominated -- again -- in the "Lie of the Year People's Choice Awards" by PolitiFact. There were plenty o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Tom Emmer quitting race. Mark Dayton will govern Minnesota

    Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.​It's over. Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer will concede the race to Democrat Mark Dayton in an official announcement at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in his hometown of Delano. Emmer decided to quit his recount battle against Dayton just h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Pawlenty on sex criminal daycare pardon: "I am very troubled"

    Maybe if Governor Tim Pawlenty doesn't talk about Jeremy Giefer it will all just go away. But we doubt it.​Tim Pawlenty is in full ostrich mode.Tuesday we learned that Jeremy Giefer, the sex offender Pawlenty voted to pardon in 2008, has been allegedly raping his own daughter for the past nine yea ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Norm Coleman tells Joe Miller to quit the Alaska recount

    Coleman to Miller: Quit.​Norm Coleman, who has learned a thing or two about recount math in recent times, says Alaska teabagger Joe Miller ought to realize he's lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat and call off his lawsuit challenging the results.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Mark Dayton vs. Tom Emmer: The recount timeline

    The goal: Dec. 14.​Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has published his proposed timeline for the recount process in the governor's race. Hopefully he ran all this by Heidi Collins over at Fox9, just to make sure she's OK with the planning. Wouldn't want her going off again.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Steve Horner: My brother's nuts, but I'd vote for him anyway

    Brotherly love reigns.​Steve Horner hasn't exactly been the ideal brother to his gubernatorial-hopeful sibling, Tom Horner, during the past few months. First there was Steve's anti-ladies' night crusade. He filed complaints against five bars in the Twin Cities earlier this year for discrimin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Mark Dayton affair rumor: Where's the beef?

    Mark Dayton has a phantom mistress. Or not.​Minnesota Republicans want you to believe that Democrat Mark Dayton had an affair with a former staffer in 1998, and paid her off to boot. They don't have any proof of this. But they have a carefully orchestrated campaign centered on mysterious docu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty keeps spending money on personal rapid transit

    Podcars: Coming to Winona?​The Pawlenty administration has approved at least $150,000 since the start of the year on personal rapid transit system studies. That's despite the fact that key state lawmakers have told MnDOT not to waste taxpayer dollars on PRT and podcars. Isn't it usually the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Randy Brown: The Worst Person in the World

    A screengrab of the video posted on an official Minnesota state Senate website by webmaster Randy Brown​Keith Olbermann named Minnesota GOP Webmaster Randy Brown the Worst Person in the World today.Brown earned the offensive honor with his decision to run--on an official Minnesota state senator's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Emmer trails all Democrats in Rasmussen poll

    Tom Emmer has some ground to make up.​A new poll released by Fox 9/Rasmussen suggests that Minnesotans support any Democrat in the race for governor over Republican Tom Emmer. He trails in hypothetical match-ups againstDFLers Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza. Indepen ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Cyndy Brucato giving up KSTP anchor chair

    ​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 >>

  • News

    December 2, 2009

    Jesse Ventura exclusive: Conspiracy Theory host talks 9/11, JFK, and Vietnam

    Tru TV show Conspiracy Theory finds news editor in The Body

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