RIP Rod Grams: Once A Senator, Always A Senator

Oct 09

RIP Rod Grams: Once A Senator, Always A Senator

Former U.S. Senator and Twin Cities newscaster Rod Grams has died. In this 2001 story — one of the last informal interviews he gave — Grams rued the loss of his Senate seat to now-Gov. Mark Dayton, and tried to make peace with his past and return to his farm roots. He never seemed comfortable in his skin. From the Pioneer Press: The Summer of His...

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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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Keith Ellison Says He Isn’t A Communist… Ain’t That What Commies Always Say?

Apr 12

Keith Ellison Says He Isn’t A Communist… Ain’t That What Commies Always Say?

As a young attorney, Abraham Lincoln once was challenged by a courtroom foe to ask him a question — any question — that couldn’t be answered by a simple “Yes,” or “No.” “Have you stopped beating your wife,” Lincoln replied. The question couldn’t be answered and didn’t need an answer; it was meant as a...

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Cowards of Hennepin County

Apr 03

Cowards of Hennepin County

Without firing a shot, the Board of Hennepin County Commissioners has surrendered to the wingnuts in the Minnesota Republican Tea Party, and to Bully Boy Tom Emmer, the right-wing standard bearer who was the 2010 candidate for governor of the Target Corporation. Emmer came within 9,000-or-so votes of winning, but has been relegated since the election to braying into...

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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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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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MN Republican CenCom Purges Gang of Eighteen

Dec 06

MN Republican CenCom Purges Gang of Eighteen

Central Committee Meeting of The Long Knives Intoxicated by incoming Legislative majorities, Minnesota’s Republican Party got down to business over the weekend, beheading 18 Running Dog Lackeys of consensus politics by sentencing them to a two-year ban from GOP gatherings and sending them for “re-education” to Goldman Sachs to work in the...

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Rats Begin to Leave Sinking Ship

Dec 03

Rats Begin to Leave Sinking Ship

OK, I don’t mean “rats.” I mean supporters, friends, fellow-travelers of Tom Emmer, the oh-so-near, yet-so-far Republican governor candidate who has been wasting the taxpayer’s money and the public’s time and fooling himself pretending that the automatic-but-unnecessary recount now under way will make him Governor. Earth to Emmer: You...

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No Tony, Still Lots of Baloney: What Tom Emmer Didn’t Say

Nov 10

After ducking the press and public  for a week, Tom Emmer popped up at a State Capitol press conference Tuesday and saw his shadow, meaning Minnesota will have at least six more weeks of recount. Probably more: The GOP and party heavies like Chair Tony Sutton (he skipped the presser) are raising money and gearing up for a long war that likely will involve lawsuits...

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Tony Baloney threatens gang war, goes to the mattresses…

Nov 08

Minnesota GOP chair Tony Sutton is throwing gang signs and threatening to tie up the 2010 Minnesota governor’s election until January to make sure sitting Republican Tim Pawlenty can join with the incoming Republican Legislature to shred the next state budget and make a name for himself just before the Iowa caucuses… Welcome Update: Presumed GOP House...

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