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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Newspapers Without a Compass

Oct 31

Newspapers Without a Compass

Few people take newspaper endorsements seriously anymore. It is obvious that editorial stamps of approval have virtually no impact on the outcomes of elections and that they are often nothing more than thinly disguised attempts to rationalize the choices that a newspaper believes will serve its economic interests best, prettied up with a bunch of cynical blather...

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Minnesota Election Report — From Me to the People of Britain

Oct 17

Minnesota Election Report — From Me to the People of Britain

Here’s my dopey two-minute stand-up U.S. election video for Sky News, the U.K.-based satellite news channel, as part of what the network calls its “50 States Project.” U.S. residents can see my report — which I did for Sky News at my usual international commentary rate of $0 American dollars per minute — and watch any or all of the...

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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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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Has Minnesota’s Most Popular Democrat Failed to Use Her Clout?

Oct 09

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Has Minnesota’s Most Popular Democrat Failed to Use Her Clout?

Amy Klobuchar has been working hard to win the endorsement of Republican car dealers, like the ones featured in her campaign ad at the end of this post. But she hasn’t done so well impressing Minnesota progressives who are wondering why the state’s Senior U.S. Senator hasn’t been an outspoken opponent of the two heavy-handed Republican-forced...

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