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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GLBT Equality — A Governor Shows Up

Apr 14

GLBT Equality — A Governor Shows Up

Maybe Mark Dayton takes this “governor of all the people” thing seriously:  Two weeks ago, he became the first governor in 24 years to meet with black leaders in North Minneapolis. Then, on Thursday, he became the first governor — ever — to address OutFront Minnesota’s annual “lobby day” at the State Capitol on behalf of the...

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MN GOP “Jobs Plan” Works! …For unemployed GOP-ers

Feb 08

MN GOP “Jobs Plan” Works! …For unemployed GOP-ers

Minnesota Republicans made job creation the center piece of the 2010 election campaign, undeterred by the fact that the DFL candidate for governor — and eventual victor — Mark Dayton stressed jobs as much as they did. (Photo, MPR: David Strom, chilling during his days at the Minnesota Tax Evaders League) The Republicans lost the governor’s contest,...

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Rudy and Mark: Minnesota Needs Another Perpich

Dec 12

Rudy and Mark: Minnesota Needs Another Perpich

Rudy We Hardly Knew Ye: Unappreciated in his own time, the late Gov. Rudy Perpich was unbought, unbeholden and unconventional. Minnesota needs another governor like him. And Mark Dayton is just the guy to try. My Sunday newspaper column: Rudy Perpich came from an ethnic Iron Range family, was the product of hardscrabble times and public schools, and rose to...

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Emmer Bags It — The Ugly Charade is Over

Dec 08

theuptake on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free A month of stupid tough talk — 35 days, actually — has come to its predictable end, in a long-overdue concession speech from Tom Emmer, the GOP “Close But No Cigar” candidate for governor. Mark Dayton is now the Gov.-elect of Minnesota, with just 26 days until he takes the oath of office Jan....

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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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