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  • (Jesse) Ventura speaks out against Minnesota gay marriage amendment

    09/17/2012 6:26:20 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 28 replies
    Duluth (Mn) News-Tribune ^ | 9/17/12 | MplsSteve
    Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is speaking out against a gay marriage ban on the Minnesota ballot. The former Independence Party governor and longtime gay rights supporter appears in a video posted online Friday by Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group working to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment. Voters will decide in November whether to add the ban to the state's constitution. In the video, Ventura says, “Love is by far bigger than government can ever be.”
  • Muslim Congressman: Netanyahu 'Ought To Be A Little Bit More Careful'

    09/16/2012 10:18:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/12 | staff
    Congressman Keith Ellison warns Netanyahu to not insert himself in American elections
  • Pelosi: Mitt Romney is not going to be President of the United States

    09/16/2012 10:23:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to even entertain the idea of working with Mitt Romney to solve the nation’s problems on Sunday. Why? Because “Mitt Romney’s not going to be President of the United States,” she told CNN’s Candy Crowley, bursting out into laugher. “I think everybody knows that, right?”
  • Voter ID: Ramsey County elections manager criticized over appearances

    09/14/2012 3:43:16 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-14-12 | Frederick Melo
    For months, Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Mansky has been predicting the costs and complications of the state voter ID amendment if it passes in November. Mansky has made public appearances at civic events and spoke at a state House news conference, where he's cautioned voters that Ramsey County will foot a heavy price to correct a problem that he says does not exist: widespread voter fraud. Now, some St. Paul Republicans are sending him a message of their own: Please be quiet and resign. In a public statement Thursday, Sept. 13, Greg Copeland, chairman of the St. Paul Republican...
  • Huma Abedin and the Republican Betrayal of Michele Bachmann

    09/11/2012 6:13:53 AM PDT · by lavanios · 44 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9/11/2012 | Steven Simpson
    On June 13th of this year, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and four other Republican House members issued a letter to the State Department’s Deputy Inspector General requesting that various Government agencies investigate charges that the Muslim Brotherhood, (MB), has penetrated into the American government in their well known attempt “to destroy Western civilization from within.” The letter also named other Islamist organizations attempting to do the same, and alleged that Huma Abedin—Secretary of State Clinton’s deputy chief of staff—as well as her family has deep ties to the MB and other Islamist groups.
  • Obama's Accelerating Downward Spiral For America

    09/05/2012 4:22:09 AM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 2, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    New income data from the Census Bureau reveal what a great job Barack Obama has done for the middle class as President. During his entire tenure in the oval office, median household income has declined by 7.3%. In January, 2009, the month he entered office, median household income was $54,983. By June, 2012, it had spiraled down to $50,964. That’s a loss of $4,019 per family, the equivalent of losing a little less than one month’s income a year, every year. And on our current course that is only going to get worse not better. Obama never tires of telling...
  • Proud New U.S. Citizens - (Obama rubber stamping thousands for the election)

    09/07/2012 4:51:31 AM PDT · by gore_sux · 7 replies
    A record number of Minnesotans took oath to become Americans, in part to vote in presidential election...
  • Minnesota Pro-Life Group Endorses Mitt Romney for President

    09/06/2012 12:15:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Life News ^ | September 5, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    With the goal of securing the protection of unborn children for decades to come, the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) Federal PAC today endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States. “On pro-life issues, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama provide a stark contrast. As the country’s most pro-abortion president, Barack Obama has pursued a radical pro-abortion agenda,” said Scott Fischbach, MCCL Federal PAC. “It is now time for pro-life Americans to unite behind Mitt Romney. For the sake of unborn children, the disabled and the elderly, we must win.” “We are extremely gratified that Mitt Romney holds strong...
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • MN Supreme Court smacks down Sec’ty of State over marriage amendment, voter-ID ballot titles

    08/28/2012 12:40:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    In November, Minnesota voters will choose whether to add a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman --- exactly as it is currently defined by statute now. The legislature passed the bill adding the referendum in order to keep judges in the state from overriding the statute, as has been done in other states, and allowing only the democratic avenues of constitutional amendments as a means to change the definition.The legislature provided a specific title for the ballot measure, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman," and oddly expected Secretary of State...
  • Downtown Mpls. Serves As Black Hawk Helicopter Training Zone

    08/27/2012 9:07:32 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    WCCO/CBS ^ | August 27, 2012 9:51 PM | unattributed
    If you see military helicopters flying low over Minneapolis, don’t be alarmed. They’re just training in an urban environment. The U.S. Special Operations Command will be conducting exercises until the beginning of September. This week they’re using helicopters, including Black Hawks. They’re not giving out their exact training locations because they don’t want crowds to gather. But you may get a glimpse of the helicopters flying low between 7 p.m. and midnight.
  • Dem Sicko Won't Run Again But Refuses to Resign [updated]

    08/23/2012 11:32:50 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 3 replies
    Disgraced Democrat pedophile Kerry Gauthier - caught soliciting teen sex on Craig's List and having oral sex with a boy at a rest stop - says he won't seek re-election. However, he refuses to step down and resign from office (The Blaze headline has this part wrong). Many of my Conservative friends have said that this is enough, and that the issue should be dropped. I say HELL NO. I'm going to have to get graphic to get my point through to some desensitized minds out there... On what planet is it OKAY for an almost-60-year-old man to put his...
  • Minnesota lawmaker urged to step aside after rest-stop liaison with 17-year-old boy (Democrat)

    08/22/2012 7:51:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/21/2012
    A Minnesota state lawmaker who authorities say admitted having a liaison with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop faced calls from party leaders on Monday to give up his re-election bid. Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, hasn't been charged in the July incident, and authorities said he wouldn't be because the boy was older than 16, the legal age of consent, and no money was exchanged. Police say the teenager responded to the lawmaker's Craigslist ad for "no strings attached" sex. Gauthier admitted to the liaison, according to police reports made public late last week. The teen told police the...
  • University of Colorado model predicts Romney win in November

    08/22/2012 5:53:53 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 Aug 2012 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — A University of Colorado economic model that has correctly predicted the last eight presidential elections shows Mitt Romney emerging as the victor in 2012. Ken Bickers, professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Michael Berry, political science professor at the University of Colorado Denver, announced Wednesday that their state-by-state analysis shows the Republican capturing a majority of electoral votes. "Based on our forecasting model, it becomes clear that the president is in electoral trouble," said Mr. Bickers, who also serves as director of the CU in DC Internship Program. The results show President Obama...
  • Academic model: Romney will take 52.9% of the vote, 320 electoral votes

    08/22/2012 6:01:28 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 83 replies
    HotAir ^ | 08/22/2012 | Allahpundit
    Three reasons why: Economy, economy, economy. Supposedly, the model’s been accurate to within 20 or so electoral votes in every election since 1980. Dude? Using a state-by-state analysis of unemployment and per-capita income, academics Kenneth Bickers and Michael Berry of the University of Colorado project that Romney will win 52.9% of the popular vote and 320 electoral votes. The political scientists discuss their findings here. Their forecast suggests that President Obama will lose in almost all of the swing states, including North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida… Bickers said much of the polling thus...
  • Minn. Lawmaker Involved in Sex Scandal Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

    08/22/2012 4:33:12 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 31 replies
    KSTP-TV ^ | 08/22/2012 6:15 PM | Leslie Rolander
    Hours after releasing a statement saying he will seek re-election, a Minnesota state lawmaker who police say had a rest-stop liaison with a 17-year-old boy, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he has reconsidered his position and will not be running again. He also says he will not be at the upcoming special session to discuss flood relief for the area he represents. He says he does not want to be a distraction. In his original statement released Wednesday afternoon, 56-year-old Rep. Kerry Gauthier said, the scandal "has been an obvious tragic embarrassment to me. I am sorry for the hurt this...
  • Democrat Caught Having Sex with 17-Year-Old Boy at Rest Stop

    08/21/2012 4:53:41 PM PDT · by MeganC · 67 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | August 21, 2012 | FOX NEWS
    Democratic leaders in Minnesota are demanding a state lawmaker withdraw from his re-election bid after police claim he admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop. While Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, will lose support from fellow Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members if he continues with his campaign, party leaders stopped short Monday of asking him to immediately resign. The first-term legislator wasn’t charged in the alleged July 22 encounter because the legal age of consent in Minnesota is 16 and no money was exchanged, according to the St. Louis County attorney’s office. Police say the two had oral...
  • (Democrat, MN) Rep. Huntley: Gauthier 'a child molester'

    08/22/2012 1:17:13 PM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 27 replies
    Duluth News-Tribune ^ | August 22, 2012 | Brandon Stahl
    Duluth Rep. Tom Huntley said today he strongly opposes Rep. Kerry Gauthier’s decision to stay in the race for re-election to the Minnesota House and called his DFL colleague “a child molester.” “It will hurt us in every race in the state. (Republicans) will try to imply that we’re supporting him,” Huntley said. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s a child molester. And I realize that it’s not illegal what he did. … But I think one needs to consider the ethics of the person, and do you want someone like that in the Legislature?” Huntley said he believes the...
  • Romney Camp Sees Upper Midwest Coming Into Play

    08/22/2012 5:08:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 22, 2012 | Erin McPike
    Lost amid the daily uproar over embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin's refusal to drop his Missouri bid is a growing effort by the GOP to spotlight a tightening presidential race in the Upper Midwest. The Republican National Committee has pounced on new polling data in Michigan and Wisconsin that show President Obama losing ground to Mitt Romney after the latter announced Paul Ryan as his running mate. And in what may -- or may not -- have been a coincidence, Vice President Joe Biden made a pair of campaign stops in Minnesota on Tuesday and will make several more in...
  • Democratic lawmaker called on to resign for having oral sex with boy, 17 (War on Boys)

    Democratic lawmaker called on to resign for having oral sex with boy, 17, in bushes at public rest stop after meeting him on Craigslist Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2191164/Kerry-Gauthier-Democratic-lawmaker-called-resign-having-oral-sex-teen-bushes.html#ixzz24DL9gNTt
  • (MN) DFL leaders want (perv) Gauthier to quit race

    08/20/2012 7:03:25 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 8/20/12 | Baird Helgeson
    State Democratic leaders are increasing pressure on a DFL legislator not to seek re-election after authorities said he had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop in Duluth. "I am deeply disappointed with Rep. Kerry Gauthier's conduct," said House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis. "The conduct was wrong and ... I believe he should withdraw from the race for re-election." Last week, the St. Louis County attorney's office decided not to pursue charges against Gauthier, a first-term legislator from Duluth, for allegedly engaging in oral sex with a 17-year-old boy in a wooded area behind the...
  • Regarding Connecticut&New Mexico Leaning Tossup.What Are The Explanations?

    08/20/2012 6:32:56 PM PDT · by Ryan_Rubio_2016 · 35 replies
    Could Connecticut and New Mexico going from "Obama" to "Lean Obama" become a sign of things to come? What has happened in a blue New England state may hopefully be a new trend going into November. Maybe Connecticut turning purple is primarily due to the number of "Wall Street" residents living there and knowing what will happen to their fortunes or incomes if Obama is re-elected. Hopefully the trend will continue in September when New Jersey, Nevada and Minnesota turn purple giving Obama more states to worry about and less money and time to campaign in.
  • Oil boom gives railroads new life

    08/19/2012 3:10:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 19, 2012 | ADAM BELZ
    CAMERON, WIS. - The last time a train crawled east out of Cameron, rolling through town at about 5 miles per hour, a railroad worker stood on the front of the locomotive, peering at the warped rail and broken ties to make sure the train wouldn't slip off the track. The railroad gave the line over to weeds and saplings for more than a decade. The state almost turned it into a bike trail. But now Canadian National Railway is spending $35 million to rebuild the track. Why? Frac sand. Voracious demand for the hard, round sand of Wisconsin and...
  • Biden to hit 'safe' states next week (Hahaha!)

    08/17/2012 5:07:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    After a gaffe-filled week, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will go back on the campaign trail next week with visits to three relatively "safe" Democratic states. Mr. Biden will travel on Tuesday for campaign events in Minnesota, where President Obama leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney by an average of 10.5 percentage points in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. On Wednesday, the vice president will campaign in Michigan, where the Democratic ticket is ahead by an average of 7.7 points. And on Friday, Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, will attend campaign events in New York state, where...
  • Dem Representative [Gauthier] Investigated For Having Sex at Rest Stop With 17 Year-Old Boy

    08/16/2012 8:39:42 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 75 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/16/2012 | Jim Hoft
    Minnesota state Democrat Representative Kerry Gauthier is being investigated by police for reportedly having sex with a 17 year-old at a rest stop. Northland News Center reported: Minnesota district 7B Representative Kerry Gauthier is at the center of a criminal investigation by Duluth police. This is a particularly sensitive situation right now as incumbent lawmaker Gauthier will face Republican challenger Travis Silvers in November.Police will only confirm that Representative Gauthier involved in an incident the Thompson Hill rest stop last month.State Patrol will confirm that one witness approached a trooper around 11 at night on July 22nd to report an...
  • MN: Rest stop incident involving Minn. lawmaker investigated

    08/15/2012 9:07:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 8/15/12 | AP
    DULUTH, Minn. - Authorities are looking into an incident at an interstate rest stop in Duluth that involves a state representative. State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says a witness approached a trooper at Thompson Hill rest area off Interstate 35 about 11 p.m. on July 22 and told the officer about some "suspicious activity." Roeske says the trooper had contact with Rep. Kerry Gauthier and turned the matter over to Duluth police because it was a "non-traffic" incident. Duluth police said in a statement the incident is still being actively investigated and released no further details. Gauthier, a Democrat, did...
  • Mayo Clinic: Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for bipolar disorder

    08/13/2012 1:48:55 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 36 replies
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro ^ | August 13, 2012 1:36PM | Staff and Wire Reports
    The Mayo Clinic said Monday that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is under treatment there for the condition. Jackson has been hospitalized at the Rochester, Minn., center and absent from Congress since June 10. He’s been suffering from massive depression and gastrointestinal issues, a likely complication from a risky weight-loss surgery known as a “duodenal switch.”
  • MN Senate race-Jack Shepard "Operation Chaos" question

    08/11/2012 8:03:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    me ^ | 8-11-12 | TurboZamboni
    How's this work? (voting in the Dem primary) Does Shepard's "Operation Chaos" plan have a chance to further Kurt Bill's odds and oust Klobuchar? Anyone heard his ad on Twin Cities radio?
  • When 1,099 felons vote in race won by 312 ballots

    08/07/2012 10:45:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 08/07/2012 | Byron York
    In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers, and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn't exist. Allegations of fraud, they say, are little more than pretexts conjured up by Republicans to justify voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic turnout. That argument becomes much harder to make after reading a discussion of the 2008 Minnesota Senate race in "Who's Counting?", a new book by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky. Although the authors cover the whole range of voter fraud issues, their chapter on...
  • Democrat States Moving to Romney (NH, WI, MN and MI)

    08/06/2012 6:18:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 6, 2012 | Ronald Kessler
    States that traditionally have been considered Democrat strongholds are now moving toward Mitt Romney, Bay Buchanan, a senior adviser to Romney, tells Newsmax. “When we came into this general election, it was assumed that the battleground states would be the same ones that they were in the past,” says Buchanan, who was treasurer of the U.S. under President Reagan. “Well what’s happened is a lot of the Democratic states are now looking like Mitt Romney could win them. They are now swing states.” That means that Democrats have to focus on an additional five states: New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and...
  • Bachmann: 'We cannot elevate political correctness over national security'

    07/31/2012 5:47:05 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 46 replies
    twincities.com ^ | 07/30/2012 | Megan Boldt
    Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said the backlash and national headlines in the past two weeks over her calls for an investigation into alleged Islamic influence in U.S. government show that political correctness is trumping national security concerns in this country. "The concerns I have and my colleagues have are real," Bachmann told the Pioneer Press on Monday, July 30. "We cannot elevate political correctness over national security." Bachmann was in Minnesota touring work on the St. Croix River for the new bridge near Stillwater and meeting with small business owners in St. Michael and Hanover. ... Many other prominent...
  • Mark Ritchie is abusing his office [MN Secy. of State works against marriage, voter ID amendments]

    07/31/2012 5:15:51 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 7/28/12 | Katherine Kersten
    Minnesota's secretary of state is our state's chief elections official. His duty to impartially administer elections requires him -- more than any other constitutional officer --to remain above the fray of partisan politics. Yet on the proposed voter ID amendment, which he opposes, Mark Ritchie has replaced the Legislature's straightforward title with a fog of bureaucratic gobbledygook. . . . Ritchie pulled a similar stunt on the marriage amendment, substituting a title that polling shows will likely push the vote toward his favored result. ... Ritchie knows partisan politics is strictly off-limits in his job. He acknowledged this in a...
  • Rep. Bachmann's Concern Over Muslim Brotherhood Connections in Government Grows

    07/30/2012 1:44:55 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 17 replies
    examiner.com ^ | JULY 29, 2012 | SCOTT PAULSON
    Last week, when U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other GOP House members wrote letters suggesting that federal government personnel close to the White House be investigated more closely for Muslim Brotherhood connections, they were severely criticized. The criticism was due to a sentence in one of the letters that mentioned Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin. ... Now, new information has emerged which is being called supportive of the letter-writing politicians’ assertion that there is a need for scrutiny of persons in federal government – including some that are close to the White House....
  • Newt Gingrich Defends Bachmann's Islam Attacks

    07/30/2012 2:00:00 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 32 replies
    newser.com ^ | Jul 30, 2012 | Evann Gastaldo
    In a six-page, 2,500-word Politico op-ed (with an attached three-page, 1,800-word appendix), Newt Gingrich makes it crystal clear that he is on the side of Michele Bachmann and her four fellow members of Congress who want an inquiry into whether the government is being infiltrated by Islamic extremists. (He refers to the group as "the National Security Five.") According to Gingrich, the quick and plentiful denouncements of Bachmann's theory are simply examples "of the fear our elites have about discussing and understanding radical Islamists," he writes. "You have to wonder why people would aggressively assert we shouldn’t ask about national...
  • University kills insurance plan for students over Obamacare provisions

    07/26/2012 10:45:40 AM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 9 replies
    A Lutheran University in Minnesota has announced they will cancel a voluntary insurance plan for students rather than comply with a recent Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate.In a letter to the campus community, vice president of Gustavus Adolphus College cited an unspecified HHS mandate as the reason for cutting students from the service. “Recent changes to student health plan regulations and the Affordable Care Act issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have resulted in our reconsideration of offering a voluntary health plan to Gustavus students,” wrote JoNes VanHecke in a letter recently forwarded to Campus...
  • Minnesota in play? (Obama's lead cut in half since February)

    07/23/2012 11:08:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/23/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Could Mitt Romney become the first Republican presidential nominee to win Minnesota since … Richard Nixon? Local ABC affiliate KSTP and Survey USA conducted a new poll this past week, and it shows that Barack Obama's lead has been cut in half, and that he's well below the 50% mark. Has presidential politics returned to the Land of 10,000 Lakes? (via Gary Gross) CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO In an election for President of the United States in Minnesota today, 07/20/12, three months till voting begins, Barack Obama captures the North Star State's 10 electoral votes, defeating Mitt Romney...
  • Survey USA Poll: Obama's Lead Cut in Half Since Last Poll (Could Obama actually lose Minnesota?)

    07/23/2012 1:06:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KSTP-TV ^ | July 22, 2012 | Michelle Knoll
    RESULTS OF SURVEY USA/KSTP Poll In an election for President of the United States in Minnesota today, 07/20/12, three months till voting begins, Barack Obama captures the North Star State's 10 electoral votes, defeating Mitt Romney 46% to 40%, according to a SurveyUSA poll for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis / St. Paul. Romney and Obama are effectively even among male voters. All of Obama's advantage comes from female voters, where Obama leads by 14 points. Romney edges Obama among Minnesota's Independents, but not by enough to offset Obama's 2:1 advantage among Minnesota's moderates. Romney leads in Northeastern MN, but Obama leads...
  • Oregon farmer buys hundreds of waterbeds for his cows

    07/18/2012 2:17:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/18/12 | Eric Pfeiffer
    At least four dairies in Oregon's Willamette Valley have bought into the "new thing" in dairy farming: buying waterbeds for their cows. "There's four or five dairies in the Willamette Valley that have them. It's really beginning to catch on around here," Kevin Krous with NW Dairy Service told KGW The cow waterbed trend reportedly first began in Minnesota but is now starting to catch on the West Coast. For example, the Van Loon Dairy has purchased more than 300 such beds for their cows, at a cost of more than $100,000. "As the cow gets ready to lie down,...
  • Why is John McCain running defending an Al-Qaeda connected family?

    07/19/2012 1:36:43 PM PDT · by Ben Barrack · 13 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/19/12 | Walid Shoebat
    While there are many chickens standing in line to peck at Rep. Michele Bachmann’s head while calling her shameful and demanding that she “fess up or shut up” perhaps its time to ask such ‘truth-phobic’ critics why they’ve chosen to indignantly point to “character assassination” when they, themselves are the actual practitioners of it. Senator John McCain, stated on the Senate floor: “The letter (from Bachmann and four other Congressmen) alleges that three members of Huma’s family are ‘connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations…’ These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of...
  • Republicans line up to rip Michele Bachmann [True? Or is Politico trying to divide us?]

    07/19/2012 7:13:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/19/12 | Jake Sherman
    They were long afraid to do it, but now conservatives have their knives out for Rep. Michele Bachmann. Senators in her own party, congressional candidates, a lawmaker in her state’s delegation and leaders of the House Republican Conference are all lambasting the Minnesota Republican for saying the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood... Bachmann’s accusation came in a handful of letters to intelligence and national security agencies raising questions about the Muslim Brotherhood. The letters, also signed by four other Republicans, specifically mentioned Abedin, accusing her late father of having ties to the...
  • Backseat passenger bounces out of car on MN highway

    07/16/2012 8:00:14 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 46 replies
    The Minnesota State Patrol says a driver who bounced in and out of a highway ditch unknowingly lost her backseat passenger, who was ejected through a broken window. The patrol says the 72-year-old driver, Louise Ericksen, was driving southbound on Highway 72 in Beltrami County Sunday when her car strayed into the ditch, hit a sign and broke a back window. As the car bounced along the rough terrain, 15-year-old Kendall Ericksen was ejected out the broken window. The driver maneuvered her Impala back on the highway and continued southbound without realizing Kendall was missing. The Duluth News Tribune says...
  • In Sleepy Minnesota Suburbs, Church Ladies Launch Gay Marriage Crusade

    07/12/2012 4:40:41 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 12 2012 | Tayla Minsberg
    The southwest Minneapolis suburbs of Minnetonka and Eden Prairie bring to mind Garrison Keillor's tales from Lake Wobegon: They're lined with well-maintained homes and tree-lined roundabouts, and home to residents of largely German and Scandinavian ancestry. But the ladies of these towns have quietly begun a revolt -- one fought with rainbow flags and a Minnesota nice attitude. The women, mostly in their 40s and 50s, come from different political parties, religious views, and backgrounds, but they've united to fight what many of them call an embarrassment to Minnesota: a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage that will appear on...
  • Ritchie meddles to help own agenda on marriage, voter ID

    07/11/2012 4:24:00 PM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 7/11/12 | Joe Soucheray
    Minnesota's secretary of state, Mark Ritchie, a Democrat, acting in concert with the state's attorney general, Lori Swanson, a Democrat, intends to change the titles of the constitutional amendments regarding marriage and voter photo ID. Ritchie believes, apparently nudged by Swanson, that he has found state law under which the secretary of state shall provide an appropriate title for ballot questions. Legislative attorneys believe that Ritchie's perceived authority would only come into play when the lawmakers do not provide a title. Well, let's see. Did the Legislature offer titles? For the so-called marriage amendment, the language passed by the Legislature...
  • (Keith)Ellison(PBUH) moves to adjourn House to protest Obamacare vote

    07/10/2012 7:13:18 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 32 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/10/12 | Kevin Diaz
    U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., shut the House down for 15 minutes Tuesday by forcing a roll call vote on his motion to adjourn in protest of tomorrow’s expected vote on a GOP measure to repeal President Obama’s health care law. Ellison called the GOP repeal measure – the 31st attempt to repeal “Obamacare” in whole or in part – “political theater at its worst.”
  • Judge sets $100K bail in fatal Harding High crash (illegal alien)

    07/09/2012 7:38:55 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-9-12 | Danya P. Hernandez and Mara H. Gottfried
    If she could give her life for the 16-year-old girl killed last week outside a St. Paul high school, she would. Those tearful words came Monday, July 9, from the sister of the driver charged in last week's crash. "If God would accept my life instead of hers, I would give it," Leticia Viveros said outside a Ramsey County courtroom after her brother made his first appearance. A family friend of Clarisse Grime, the girl who died near Harding High School, embraced Viveros, and both women sobbed. Carlos Viveros-Colorado's attorney, Alberto Miera, also expressed his apologies for the 50-year-old man,...
  • Some hunters building 'mansions in trees' [MN-public land]

    07/09/2012 4:06:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota hunters are upgrading their deer stands, trading the traditional nailed-together hunks of wood for what one official calls "mansions" in trees on public property. St. Louis County officials are seeing deer stands — platforms perched in trees to help hunters more easily spot deer — with stairways, decks, shingled roofs, commercial windows, insulation, propane heaters, carpeting, lounge chairs, tables and even the occasional generator, the Duluth News Tribune reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/Lzie7J). Some hunters have even planted crops near their stands in hopes of attracting deer, said St. Louis County Land Commissioner Bob Krepps. He...
  • Family Advocates Sue Minnesota State Officials [over attempted marriage amendment title change]

    07/09/2012 4:50:16 PM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies
    Citizen Link ^ | 7/9/12 | Karla Dial
    A family advocacy group filed a lawsuit today against [Democrat] Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson. Minnesota for Marriage — chaired by John Helmberger, the CEO of the Minnesota Family Council — is fighting for the original title of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, set for voters to decide on the Nov. 6 ballot. Last year, the Legislature approved the amendment for the ballot with the words “recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman.” But Ritchie — with Swanson’s approval — last week...
  • Vote 2012: What to expect if the voter ID amendment is passed

    07/08/2012 11:02:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-8-12 | Doug Belden
    Passage of the "voter ID" constitutional amendment this fall would establish that, starting next year, voters would have to show photo identification at the polls or cast a "provisional" ballot and return later with valid ID. But many of the details of how that would be implemented would be left up to the 2013 Legislature, which would have to pass a bill that Gov. Mark Dayton, an opponent of photo ID, could sign. Scott Newman, a Republican from Hutchinson who carried the photo ID bill in the Minnesota Senate, said that for purposes of implementing photo ID, it doesn't matter...
  • Police: Adrian Peterson Arrested In Houston [MN Vikings running back]

    07/07/2012 1:17:54 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | July 7, 2012 12:36 PM | unattributed
    A Houston Police Department spokesperson said Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was arrested early Saturday morning for resisting arrest, according to CBS-affiliate KHOU. Peterson was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Saturday after being at a nightclub in downtown Houston, police say. Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, remains in a Houston jail on a $1,000 bond, according to information on the Houston Police Department website. Team spokesman Bob Hagan said Saturday that the Vikings “are aware of the situation and are gathering more information.” Check back with WCCO.com for more on this developing story.
  • Report points to Clinton-era gunwalking

    The first official identified by name in the Fast and Furious gunwalking investigation has been tied to a similar Minnestoa operation in 1996 where “more than 150 guns flow[ed] into the Twin Cities underworld,” Kevin Diaz of the Star Tribune reported yesterday. Identifying supervisor George Gillett, Jr., who is now a cooperating witness in House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigations, Diaz reveals “Gillett was a street agent tracking gun store sales to ‘straw buyers’ working for suspected gang members. Some of those guns turned up in drug busts and crime scenes, including one that was found at the...