Minnesota: A Man’s Home is His Castle. And an Execution Chamber, Too.

Nov 28

Minnesota: A Man’s Home is His Castle. And an Execution Chamber, Too.

It probably doesn’t seem that the Thanksgiving Day killings of two teens in Little Falls, Minnesota, shot by a deranged but heavily armed home owner, could be any more horrible. But consider this possibility: If a gun law passed early this year by the Minnesota Legislature had not been vetoed by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, the Little Falls killer would not be in...

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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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VIKINGS to MINNESOTA: Thanks, Suckers!

Sep 06

VIKINGS to MINNESOTA: Thanks, Suckers!

If you have been hearing a lot of cheers coming from the direction of the Minnesota Vikings, the excitement is definitely NOT coming from the field, where the team seems to be headed for another sub-par season (last year, the ‘queens were an execrable 3-13) and the odds of them making the Super Bowl have been pegged at 100-1. No, the noise is coming from the...

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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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