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A history-challenged Congresswoman who is more rogue and mavericky than Miss Maverick herself? A former governor re-imaging himself from bridesmaid into movie action hero? Was Jesse Ventura just a warm-up act? Both Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are positioning themselves… Continue Reading →

Welcome to our newest Health and Human Services Committee member!

Andy Birkey at MN Indy gives us a bit of background on the newest member of the Health and Human Services Committee, and it’s more than a little bit American Voices from The Onion.  Rep. Glen Gruenhagen, who now sits… Continue Reading →

Minnesota’s Sixth District Awash in Retiree Money?

Erikostrom’s post comparing funding sources for candidates Bachmann and Clark in MN-6 made some rounds on tumblr over the weekend; according to the NYTimes, in addition to the MN Forward project, Target is also a top donor for the Bachmann… Continue Reading →

Bachmann Stretches the Truth in Latest Campaign Ad

According to WCCO’s Pat Kessler, Michele Bachmann’s latest TV campaign ad ‚Äî with the State Fair as the backdrop ‚Äî distorts the truth. What a surprise. (This is politics, after all.) “While you’re at the fair, you should know Tarryl… Continue Reading →

Can We Seriously Gamble Away Our Deficit?

How are we going to solve the state’s $5.8 billion budget deficit? Gambling. Seriously?! According to MPR, “Minnesota’s three major party gubernatorial candidates would consider expanding gambling to help the state recover from the economic downturn.” Horner is proposing a… Continue Reading →

Target Experiences Lauded as Lesson in Value of Disclosure

This New York Times editorial addresses the “Target issue” and public disclosure of campaign funding: The Target Corporation has a well-earned reputation for hiring and advancing the rights of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. But a controversial… Continue Reading →

Bachmann/Clark Race Tops the Nation in Spending

According to MPR, the race between Michele Bachmann and Tarryl Clark has become the most expensive US House race in the country. In election filings released last month, both Bachmann and Clark trotted out eye-popping strings of dollar signs. By… Continue Reading →

1080 of 31,000 Absentee Ballots Rejected

Primary absentee ballot report via Polinaut: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says it looks like nearly 31,000 absentee ballots were cast in the primary, which is a new record. Unfortunately, after all the publicity around the 2008 U.S. Senate recount… Continue Reading →

No Se Habla Espanol en Minnesota

Aunque el idioma oficial de MNSpeak es ingl√©s, tenemos que hacer hincapi√© en esta noticia poniendola en otra lengua. El Gobernador Tim Pawlenty quiere que el ingl√©s sea idioma oficial del estado, y que el estado prohiba que documentos oficiales… Continue Reading →

Should we call him Governor Douchebag now?

[via Wonkette.com] T-Paw was in Iowa this past weekend makin’ friends and he opened his stump speech with this: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm very thankful for my red-hot smoking wife, the first lady of Minnesota,‚Äù said Gov. Tim Pawlenty, pointing to his wife,… Continue Reading →