The I-35W Bridge, 5 Years On: The Whitewash Continues

Aug 01

The I-35W Bridge, 5 Years On: The Whitewash Continues

(Originally published Nov. 19, 2010. Re-posted on the 5th anniversary of the collapse and cover-up). Somehow, I missed the publication last week of a major new book on the 2007 collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, which killed 13, injured more than 100 and kicked the Pawlenty Administration into a high-gear CYA operation. The book by Barry LePatner,...

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Dumpster Diving for Jesus

Jul 13

Dumpster Diving for Jesus

The Daily Beast, betraying a lack of familiarity with the real Tim Pawlenty, posted a piece July 12 (picked up by MinnPost) suggesting that Pawlenty isn’t enough of a fervent evangelical Christian to do well in Iowa…Well, TPAW may not do well in the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, but it won’t be for lack of trying to make it clear to religious voters that...

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Tim Pawlenty is A WUSS.

May 23

Tim Pawlenty is A WUSS.

Tim Pawlenty finally made it official Monday, but it was a bit of an anti-climax, to say the least. So ho-hum, in fact, that his hometown newspaper, the St Paul Pioneer Press, played the story on its Obituary Page. Where campaigns go to die. But his announcement that he is a candidate for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination is not making us sleepy; it’s making...

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MN GOP Plan to Whip Up Anti-gay Vote is a Non-starter

May 12

MN GOP Plan to Whip Up Anti-gay Vote is a Non-starter

The Morals Police have taken control of the Minnesota State Capitol, fooling the public by pretending to focus on jobs and taxes while serving a radical right-wing social agenda aimed at turning back the clock to 1972. Gay rights, human rights, procreation rights — whatever it is, they’re against it. On Wednesday, all 37 Republicans in the State Senate...

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Taking on T-PAW: (Don’t Worry; He Can’t Hurt You Now!)

Apr 15

Taking on T-PAW: (Don’t Worry; He Can’t Hurt You Now!)

Have you noticed many Minnesota politicians and journalists suddenly have mustered the courage to criticize Tim Pawlenty now that he has LEFT the Minnesota governor’s office?  I have, too. Many of the voices that were conveniently quiet while TPAW was driving the state into a ditch finally are speaking out. Better late than never, I suppose. But Elvis left the...

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