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 >>
Thanks to Wisconsin's dismal job market, Scott Walker is in a glass house. But that isn't stopping him from throwing stones at Mark Dayton.SEE ALSO: Wisconsin Democratic spokesman loses job after comparing Scott Walker to Jeffrey Dahmer Today, Walker took to Twitter to lob a diss at Dayton for his p ... More >>
With a 53 percent approval rating, Mark Dayton looks like he'll be tough to beat in 2014. But as of right now, polling indicates Norm Coleman has the inside track to become the Republican who gets a shot to knock him off.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014The ... More >>
In 1997, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law banning same-sex marriage. Repeal of that bill would be the first step toward legalizing same-sex marriage here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.SEE ALSO: Marijuana legalization bill could come before DFL-controlled legislature this sessionMore than 4,000 h ... More >>
In the wake of last Tuesday's DFL-on-MNGOP beatdown, responses from various Minnesota Republicans have spanned the gamut -- from soul-searching introspection to denial to anger and everything in between.SEE ALSO: Andy Parrish on marriage amendment defeat: 'We won 74 out of 87 counties' But in an ele ... More >>
See also:--The Amy Koch Affair--Michael Brodkorb created a hostile work environment, GOP senator says--Michael Brodkorb wants to settle invasion of privacy lawsuit with Senate--Michael Brodkorb's attorney "blindsided" by meeting with senators--Michael Brodkorb domestic dispute Minnesota Republicans' ... More >>
Last night, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett got bitch-slapped twice -- once by Scott Walker, and a second time by a supporter.Moments after Barrett conceded the recall election, an upset supporter let Barrett have it with an open palm to the face. Her beef? That Barrett conceded the election just after ... More >>
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 >>
Today, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he's vetoing a bill that would've banned so-called "telemedicine abortions" and required the physical presence of a doctor when an abortion is performed.Last Thursday, Dayton announced his veto of a separate bill that would've required abortion clinics to be license ... More >>
And we think Minnesota's politics are bitter...Randy Hopper, a former GOP state senator in Wisconsin from Fond du Lac, testified yesterday that he believes his October 2011 drunk driving arrest was a result of his support for Governor Scott Walker's effort to eliminate collective bargaining for p ... 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 >>
Instead of coming back from the long Fourth of July holiday weekend to find a renewed sense of respect among Minnesota's lawmakers seeking an end to the shutdown, we instead heard that someone tried to burn down Gov. Mark Dayton's former home near Lake Harriet. "To say that it's politically moti ... More >>
The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton keep stumbling toward a possible government shutdown on July 1, and now the governor has submitted a list state services deemed essential--and who should keep working despite the shutdown. The list encompasses about 13,000 workers providing core services to 2 ... More >>
Nick Ayers as he would like you to see him.It was well known, even before Tim Pawlenty hired him to manage his presidential campaign, that Nick Ayers was pulled over and arrested for DWI in 2006. What hasn't been available for the public to view, until now, is the dash cam video of that arrest. ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Maybe Wisconsinites are embarrassed by Scott Walker's epic phone fail.Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives his big budget address today in Madison, where he's expected to defend not just trying to neuter public employee unions, but also slashing funding for public education and local ... More >>
The rally starts at 4 p.m. Monday.More than 1,000 people turned out on Saturday in St. Paul to demonstrate solidarity with union workers in Madison, and now a march has been scheduled for 4 p.m. today in downtown Minneapolis. A rally will begin at 4 p.m. at the Hennepin County Government Cen ... More >>
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 >>
Mark Dayton supports unions in Wisconsin.Gov. Mark Dayton told about 1,000 pro-union demonstrators in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday that he'd block any attempt by Republican legislators to pass a union-busting bill similar to the one raising a ruckus in Wisconsin. That bill, being pushed by ... More >>
Scott Walker falls for a crank phone call that is so fake you wouldn't believe it.Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has fallen for a prank phone call, and in the process spent 20 minutes revealing his secret union-busting plans to the opposition. The prank call was made by the alternative weekly ... More >>
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 >>
Gov. Scott Walker: Senate Democrats are MIA.Fourteen Wisconsin state senators are on the lam, hiding from police trying to return them to Madison for a vote on a union-busting bill that none of them support. They were last seen hunkered down in an Illinois motel. Anyone with information as to t ... More >>
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 >>
Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes. Mark Dayton took the oath of office as Minnesota's governor at noon, the first Democrat to hold that office in decades.
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 >>
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.
Who's a regular Minnesotan?Score one for the blogosphere. Last month, Sally Jo Sorensen posted on her Bluestem Prairie site that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer had taken out seven mortgages on his Delano home since 2002. Today, the Minnesota DFL gave that tidbit a much bigger m ... More >>
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 >>
Mark Dayton showed the widest lead over Tom Emmer in the Star Tribune pollRepublican candidate for governor Tom Emmer has again come up with the short end of the stick in a statewide poll compared to his Democratic rivals. A Star Tribune poll released over the weekend shows Mark Dayton, Marga ... More >>
Sisterhood only goes so farSo much for the sisterhood. When DFLer Susan Gaertner dropped out of the governor's race, she said that one of her reasons was to try and clear a path for rival Margaret Anderson Keliher to make some history. "This is the closest Minnesota has yet to come to elec ... More >>
Rybak used mayoral campaign funds in May to conduct a poll about his strength to run for governor.
The ridiculously close results are leading both parties to scramble to both use and abuse the situation in Minnesota for political gain. The poor people in New York will soon be spinning and dizzy from all of the bickering that will likely follow.
He's third on John McCain's short-list, behind some guy you never heard of and some other guy whose already a laughingstock.
LG announcement to come a day after Independence Party convention rounds out the endorsed candidates for governor.
1) Headline: "Flying? Better Be On Time" Subhed: "If you're flying this summer, arrive early, pack light and be prepared to wait. You may want to bring an extra book or DVD to help pass the time." 2) Quote from Tim Pawlenty, the Governor of Minnesota: "I can tell you what your worst nightmare is. I ... More >>
There is hardly a shortage of speculation as to how the Minnesota Twins managed to convince so many lawmakers to finally grease the skids for a publicly funded ballpark. In one commonly held view, the Twins owe their success mainly to their freakish persistence.
In keeping with his campaign slogan, "Why the hell not?", cable channel CMT previews a new reality series called Go Kinky, which will document Kinky Friedman's run for governor of Texas. Friedman, a musician, mystery writer, and author of the country classic "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymor ... More >>
Many have forgotten that the state's GOP chair, Ron Eibensteiner, is embroiled in a little Delay-like campaign-contribution scandal himself.
John Wildermuth of the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday on the efforts of a California consumer group to encourage citizens of that state to boycott Target stores because of their donations to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cory Black of California Consumers United states that while Target is ... More >>