Minnesota (GOP Club)

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  • Democrats are facing an important test with Al Franken. They’ve failed it before.

    11/23/2017 7:54:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Vox ^ | November 22, 2017 | Anna North
    In less than a month, Alabama voters will decide whether to send to the United States Senate a man accused of abusing and romantically pursuing teenage girls. If Roy Moore wins, it will mean his constituents either don’t believe or don’t care about the woman who says Moore assaulted her when she was 16, or the woman who says Moore kissed and touched her when she was 14, or the women who say Moore kept approaching them at the mall when they were teenagers. And a Moore victory will set the standard that someone who is the subject of multiple...
  • Hillary comes to defense of ‘accountable’ Al Franken

    11/17/2017 8:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 17, 2017 | Chris Perez
    Hillary Clinton came to Sen. Al Franken’s defense on Friday during an interview for her new book, saying he should be praised for his “accountability” and willingness to apologize. Speaking to WABC Radio’s Rita Cosby, the former Secretary of State instead pointed the finger at President Trump and embattled GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore — claiming they should be viewed as the real predators, and not Franken. “Look at the contrast between Al Franken, accepting responsibility, apologizing, and Roy Moore and Donald Trump who have done neither,” Clinton said....
  • Rape survivor dumps Franken as sponsor of her bill to help victims of sex assault

    11/17/2017 12:15:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 17, 2017 | Bob Fredericks
    A young woman whose brutal rape and lengthy fight for justice spurred Sen. Al Franken to sponsor a law to help sexual assault victims wants his name off the legislation after a woman accused him of groping her. Abby Honold, 22, said she was stunned on Thursday when she learned of the arch-liberal Franken’s piggish behavior — and said she decided to part ways with the hypocritical creep. “He was one of the few people who listened to me and actually let me talk,” Honold told The Washington Post. “It felt really validating to be heard and to see something...
  • Hassan to contribute $10K she received from Franken PAC to NH Women’s Foundation (Radioactive)

    11/16/2017 3:17:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | November 16, 2017 | John DiStaso
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Three of the four Democratic women who represent New Hampshire in Congress voiced support Thursday for an ethics probe into allegations that Minnesota Sen. Al Franken forcibly kissed and groped a woman more than a decade ago while they were on a USO tour of the Middle East. The fourth delegation member, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, is a member of the Senate Ethics Committee, which may be conducting an investigation, and said she could not comment on “specific cases that may come before the committee.” WMUR has learned that Shaheen, Sen. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter...
  • 1st district race may be Trump test; Contest expected to draw national money, attention (Minnesota)

    07/02/2017 6:40:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Mankato Free Press ^ | July 2, 2017 | Dan Linehan, Special to The Free Press
    MANKATO — Last fall, the voters of southern Minnesota’s 1st District picked Donald Trump by a whopping 15 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. The Republican running for the seat, Jim Hagedorn, lost by less than a percentage point. Now, with Rep. Tim Walz running for governor, Republicans from Washington, D.C., to Mankato see a prime opportunity to re-take a seat they haven’t won since 2004. “Republicans are definitely expecting to win,” said Jeremy Munson, a rural Lake Crystal man who chairs the 1st District Republicans. “This will be one of the races that will bring national attention to our district.”...
  • Al Franken Says Mike Pence Is A ‘Zealot’ Who ‘Would Be Worse’ Than Trump On Domestic Policy

    06/19/2017 5:09:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 19, 2017 | David Sirota
    If Donald Trump were impeached, as some Democrats would like, Mike Pence “would be worse” for domestic policy than the current president, U.S. Sen. Al Franken told International Business Times. But the vice president would be less dangerous on foreign policy, said Franken. Franken made the comments in an interview with IBT during a stop on his book tour in Denver. During the wide-ranging discussion, the Minnesota Democrat said his party could use the so-called “nuclear” option to try to block the Trump administration’s health care bill. On a contentious environmental issue, Franken parted ways with many progessive Democrats in...
  • Krauthammer on Franken’s Russia theory: ‘Who gave him the tinfoil hat?’

    05/08/2017 10:37:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2017 | Joe Concha
    Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer ripped Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Monday for "his tremendously elaborate theory" around Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, asking "Who gave him the tinfoil hat?" Krauthammer's comments came after Franken presented a lengthy hypothetical to former acting Attorney General Sally Yates around Russian connections to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the 18-day delay between when she made the White House aware of Flynn's apparent lie and when he was tendered his resignation....
  • Pro-Trump rally draws other clashing groups (Minnesota)

    05/06/2017 2:26:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | May 6, 2017 | Mark Zdechlik
    A Trump rally at the state Capitol Saturday drew anti-Trump demonstrators and self-described supporters of white rights. As a small group of Trump supporters held an orderly rally inside the Capitol rotunda, other groups gathered outside on the Capitol steps. State patrol officers stood as a barrier between one larger group protesting Trump and the other which included people who said they were standing for the rights of white people. Throughout the afternoon they exchanged heated insults. John Thompson of St. Paul was there to protest the president's policies. "These people support Donald Trump and his ideology," said Thompson. "They...
  • Tim Kaine's son forcefully arrested at Trump rally at Minnesota Capitol (2nd Degree Riot)

    03/07/2017 9:57:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Pine and Lakes Echo Journal ^ | March 7, 2017 | The St. Paul Pioneer Press
    ST. PAUL—The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol. Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, and four others were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot after the "March 4 Trump" rally in St. Paul; a sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct. Counter-protesters clashed with Trump supporters in the Capitol rotunda after they attempted to disrupt the proceedings with air horns, whistles and chants. At one point, someone set off a smoke bomb....
  • Keith Ellison: Jews Are ‘Slave Traders’ Trying To ‘Oppress Minorities All Over The World’

    02/08/2017 5:15:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 8, 2017 | Amber Randall
    Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison once accused Jewish people of oppressing “minorities all over the world,” Ellison’s former college classmate revealed in an interview. Mother Jones interviewed former classmate Michael Olenick who worked as the opinions editor at the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper, The Minnesota Daily. Olenick said that Ellison, who went by Keith Hakim at the time, argued that “white Jews” were routinely oppressing minority groups. “European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world,” Olenick remembers Ellison arguing. “Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders,'” according to the Mother Jones...
  • Mondale endorses Keith Ellison for DNC chair

    02/03/2017 8:05:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 3, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Former Vice President Walter Mondale is endorsing Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to become the next Democratic National Committee chair. The move gives the two top contenders to helm the party -- Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez -- one vice presidential endorsement each, after Joe Biden backed Perez earlier this week. It comes as Democrats head to Detroit for their third of four "future forums" Saturday, where candidates for party leadership lay out their visions, before the DNC's 447 voting members select their new chair in a late-February meeting in Atlanta. "Keith was a Minnesota star in the state...
  • Keith Ellison, first Muslim congressman, calls for ‘mass rallies’ to stop Trump orders

    01/28/2017 11:21:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's Power Post ^ | January 28, 2017 | David Weigel
    HOUSTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who in 2007 became the first Muslim member of Congress, said in an interview Saturday that opponents of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees should oppose them in the streets. “It’s time for people to get active, to get involved, to vote and to organize,” said Ellison, who was in Houston to campaign for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Trump must be stopped, and people power is what we have at our disposal to make him stop. We need mass rallies. We need them all over the country. We need them...
  • Did Donald Trump Carry Minnesota?

    01/26/2017 1:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 26, 2017 | John Hinderaker
    Voter fraud is in the news again, with President Trump vowing an investigation and the liberal media assuring us that voter fraud does not exist. My question is always: why are they so confident that there is little or no fraud, when so few efforts are made to look for it? Here in Minnesota, there is no possible way for anyone to know how much voter fraud occurred last November. Minnesota is a same-day registration state, and more than 500,000 voters register on the day of a presidential election. The Minnesota Voters Alliance explains why that is a problem: Two...
  • Smug progressive transplants help to explain Trump’s victory in rural Wisconsin

    01/22/2017 2:25:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 22, 2017 | John Sexton
    Politico magazine has an interesting piece up today titled “What Do You Do if a Red State Moves to You?” That title is actually close to being the opposite of what the piece describes. It’s not about red staters moving into the cities. It’s about blue staters deciding, for one reason or another, to colonize a small county in rural Wisconsin and then being horrified to find not everyone who lives there shares their political outlook. The author suggests the cultural smugness of these progressive transplants is one reason some people in this rural county voted for Donald Trump. The...
  • Minnesota Rep. Susan Allen Is Two-Spirit, a Lesbian, and She Won’t Be Assimilated

    12/24/2016 8:56:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Slate ^ | December 21, 2016 | Stephanie Weber
    When Susan Allen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012, she became the first openly lesbian Native American woman to win office in any state legislature. But framing that achievement as one for the lesbian community alone obscures another aspect of Allen’s identity, and one that is directly connected to her Native American ancestry: Allen also identifies as “two-spirit.” While Americans are increasingly familiar with the elements that make-up our modern LGBTQ abbreviation, other, often older queer identities like two-spirit remain unappreciated to the point of erasure. But if Allen and other two-spirit folks have their way,...
  • Minnesota Electors Cast 10 Votes for Clinton

    12/19/2016 6:57:26 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/19/16 | KSTP/AP
    Minnesota's 10 presidential electors have cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton. Clinton won the state and the electors were pledged to support her, but Monday's vote at the Capitol wasn't without minor drama. One elector, Muhammad Abdurrahman, cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders and it was immediately tossed out as required by law, with an alternate taking his place. Abdurraham was a delegate for Sanders at the Democratic National Convention.
  • Schumer throws his support behind Keith Ellison for DNC chairman

    11/12/2016 12:42:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | November 11, 2016 | John Wagner and Mike DeBonis
    Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, has thrown his support behind Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The backing provides a major boost to the expected candidacy of Ellison, who has the support of several liberal lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and an array of progressive advocacy groups. Schumer spokesman Matt House said that Schumer and Ellison spoke Thursday and that Schumer has decided to support the Minnesota lawmaker, who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus....
  • Crowd gathering for Bernie Sanders rally at UMD (They're worried about Minnesota?)

    10/04/2016 4:14:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Duluth News Tribune ^ | October 4, 2016 | Brooks Johnson
    A crowd is gathering at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus this evening for a rally featuring former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders is making his third trip to the Northland this year, this time to campaign for Hillary Clinton, Rick Nolan and other candidates on the Democratic ticket. People started streaming into the venue at the Kirby Student Center just after 5 p.m., with an expected start time of 6 p.m. College students dominated the crowd, but there were people of all ages. "The line has been full of different majors, a really diverse group," said Shelby Chmielecki, 22,...
  • Toss-up in Minnesota? Site puts state in the middle, but candidates focusing on neighboring states

    10/03/2016 8:13:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Austn Daily Herald ^ | October 3, 2016 | David Montgomery
    Is Minnesota now a toss-up state? That’s the verdict from election-tracker site Real Clear Politics this week, which moved Minnesota out of the “Leans Clinton” category in its analysis of the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. If Minnesota is a toss-up, though, the campaigns aren’t acting like it. Trump made campaign stops in neighboring Iowa and Wisconsin on Wednesday, but he skipped Minnesota. Clinton also appeared in Iowa on Thursday but skipped Minnesota — though her campaign did dispatch Anne Holton, wife of vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, to an early voting event Thursday at...
  • Trump Pulling Even with Clinton in Minnesota

    09/26/2016 9:15:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Alpha News ^ | September 26, 2016 | Preya Samsundar
    Local and national polling shows a neck and neck race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Minnesota. MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. — For over 50 years, Minnesota has remained a safe haven for democratic presidential votes. Even in 1984, Minnesota was the only state in the union to vote for Walter Mondale instead of Ronald Reagan, who won in a landslide. However, a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is much closer than originally thought in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The new poll numbers released by KSTP this morning show Clinton leading Trump 46%...