Wipeout: Minnesota GOP Outsmarts Itself

Nov 07

Wipeout: Minnesota GOP Outsmarts Itself

(Note: This post is also being published by The Uptake at www.theuptake.org) Brilliant political maneuvers sometimes are too clever by half. That proved to be the case Tuesday with the election strategy of the Minnesota Republican Party, which suffered the biggest political thrashing Minnesota has seen in a generation. Not even the Gophers football team gets kicked...

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Power Grabbing Pot Calls Kettle Black: The Wrath of Michael Brodkorb, Part II

Oct 16

Power Grabbing Pot Calls Kettle Black: The Wrath of Michael Brodkorb, Part II

  He’s baaack! And this time, No More Mr. Nice Guy! Michael Brodkorb, the Heartbreak Kid of the Minnesota State Capitol, is back, appearing on TV more often than Miley Cyrus and whining about his treatment at the hands of the Republicans in the State Senate who fired him last December from his $90K-a-year job as the caucus Communications Director because,...

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TPAW is Back. So is The Truth About TPAW. Right Here.

Jun 21

TPAW is Back. So is The Truth About TPAW. Right Here.

Tim Pawlenty was the worst governor Minnesota has had since the days when any moron from a wealthy lumber, mining or milling family could buy the job. In many ways, he was worse: You can’t just be ANY moron to be governor these days. You have to be a special kind of moron. I retired this archive of TPAW Truth-Telling last August, after TPAW’s loony campaign...

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The Wrath of Brodkorb I: Never Step on a Snake

Mar 15

The Wrath of Brodkorb I: Never Step on a Snake

  Michael Brodkorb — the unlikely Lothario of that hotbed of love and loins known as the Minnesota State Capitol — is threatening to blow the socks off the GOP Senate majority caucus with a lawsuit challenging his firing for fornicating with a superior. Brodkorb was fired by the Mullahs of the GOP in December after a subaltern reported him for...

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Why Amy Koch Should Have Acted Like Newt

Jan 24

Why Amy Koch Should Have Acted Like Newt

The humiliation of Amy Koch is now complete: The Republican state senator and first female Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate has been 1) stripped of her leadership positions 2) branded with a scarlet “A” in the public square by her own caucus and 3) bullied — just yesterday –  into relinquishing the short-lived idea of reconsidering ...

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MN: Wilfare State

Oct 18

MN: Wilfare State

DAY Three: Minnesota Held Hostage by Wilfare ‘Queens It may be s worse than we thought: Gov. Mark Dayton, always a threat to become a loose cannon on any topic (he resembles his late mentor, Gov. Rudy Perpich, in his penchant for going off on tangents without regard to his base), has thrown himself under the limo, claiming that he, himself, will  devise a...

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Portrait of a Nowhere Man

Sep 26

Portrait of a Nowhere Man

  Updated: Monday, Oct. 11… I take back everything I said in my original post (below)… This putrid portrait of Tim Pawlenty, unveiled this evening, is perfect: It is just as undistinguished as the man…   Undistinguished   Tim Pawlenty may be gone from the GOP beauty-stakes but he doesn’t want to be forgotten. Two...

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The Madness of the MN GOP

May 25

The Madness of the MN GOP

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed the GOP’s fake budget bills (a “budget bill” that redresses the Pawlenty Deficit only by slashing state services is fraudulent), setting up the possibility of a government shutdown July 1.   Almost every voice of reason in the state has been raised in opposition to what the governor justifiably calls...

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GOP Stiffs Pizza Man

May 25

GOP Stiffs Pizza Man

Video: Veteran journalists know one way to find out what really is happening on the last night of a Minnesota legislative session is to pay heed to the dictum of Bernie Shellum, the old Minneapolis Tribune reporter who made politicians nervous in the 1970s: “Follow the pepperoni.” So on Monday night, as The Uptake’s intrepid cameraman, Chuck Olsen,...

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Shakedown Scam: Republicans Shoot Craps at Capitol

May 20

Shakedown Scam: Republicans Shoot Craps at Capitol

Minnesota Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton survived a GOP Star Chamber inquiry Thursday into his connections with an astro-turf group opposed to non-Indian gambling enterprises in the state. When the two-hour closed-door GOP executive-committee meeting was over, Sutton was still standing, apparently exonerated on charges that he had given a super-duper GOP email...

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