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  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

    09/02/2014 3:53:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 47 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson
    There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call’s latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montana’s appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision last month to not seek a full term opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is still in a perilous political position, but Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has leapfrogged him on the list to become the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbent. The Democrat is pushing hard to eclipse...
  • Fort Hood Victim Shares Story of Survival, Recovery at Minn. State Fair

    08/30/2014 8:04:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/30/14 | Kate Renner
    It's been nearly five years since a U.S. soldier opened fire on his own comrades. Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, killing 13 people and injuring 30 others. One army sergeant, who was injured in that shooting and fought for his life to survive and recover, spoke Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair at the Mayo Clinic booth. "They called me number 14 for a while, because I shouldn't have lived, survived my wounds," said Sergeant Patrick Zeigler. As Zeigler takes a load off at the Minnesota State Fair, a fellow military man...
  • US lawmakers condemn crackdown on China's minority Muslims

    07/11/2008 9:15:45 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 22 replies · 143+ views
    AFP ^ | July 12 08
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US lawmakers on Friday "strongly condemned" what they called Beijing's harsh pre-Olympic crackdown in China's Muslim-populated far northwest Xinjiang region. The bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in a statement cited "credible" reports about a July 9 conviction in a closed trial of 15 minority Muslim Uighurs on terrorism charges that led to "the immediate execution of two" of them. Three others were given suspended death sentences and the remaining 10 received life imprisonment, it said. These are "abuses of due process and rule of law," said caucus co-chairmen Democrat Jim McGovern and Republican Frank...
  • Finding Al Franken

    08/28/2014 3:13:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 28, 2014
    The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign, trying to avoid scrutiny. Will Republicans get the last laugh?In reality, polls from both parties show Franken with only a tenuous advantage over his challenger, Republican businessman Mike McFadden. President Obama's job-approval numbers are weak in Minnesota, with a Suffolk University poll conducted in April revealing a 43 percent rating. The same survey shows Franken polling at 44 percent against McFadden, with his net favorability at 46 percent/41 percent. (A robo-poll, conducted this week by SurveyUSA, showed Franken up 51 percent to 42 percent, with a 56 percent approval rating.) But...
  • Al Franken Dodges Tough Press Questions With Sweet Corn Filibuster

    08/28/2014 12:24:20 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 28, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    So, Senator, will you agree to debate your opponent during the campaign? Hey, let me tell you about this sweet corn. It is so delicious that you can't eat just one ear. So sweet and tasty that I eat them by the dozen. And since I still have to run out the clock until election day, let's switch gears to ponder on the issue of chocolate chip cookies. You can buy them by the bucket and float them in bottomless glasses of ice cold milk...
  • They’re Not ‘Americans’

    08/28/2014 9:54:51 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-28-14 | Michael Walsh
    Minnesotans? Or “Britons.” Or “Norwegians.” Call them what they call themselves: Muslim members of the ummah: As many as 15 Somali-American men have left their homes in Minnesota in recent months to travel to the Middle East and join up with ISIS, the jihadist army at war with Syria and Iraq, according to Minnesota Public Radio. The fighters appear to have made the decision to go fight with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant while the terror group was fighting to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, but some may now be in Iraq, where the marauding group is seeking to...
  • Suspect Dead, Officer Uninjured in St. Paul Officer-Involved Shooting

    08/28/2014 9:12:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    kstp ^ | 8-28-14 | Jennie Olson
    The St. Paul Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning. Police confirm that the officer was not injured and the suspect is dead. The shooting reportedly happened around 7 a.m. outside of a Holiday gas station near Wabasha Street and Plato Boulevard. A witness tells KSTP he saw the suspect and police involved in an altercation. He says the suspect was throwing rocks and at one point punched one of the officers. He allegedly continued to “physically and aggressively” interact with the officers before the shooting. No other information has been released at this time.
  • Developing: Police shoot and kill suspect in St. Paul

    08/28/2014 6:20:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 28, 2014 | Paul Walsh
    Police shot and killed a man shortly before sunrise Thursday on St. Paul’s West Side, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 6:20 a.m. near Plato Boulevard and Wabasha Street, south of the Mississippi River. A Twitter message from a Police Department spokesman described the man as a suspect in an unspecified crime and added that the officer was not injured. No other details were immediately available.
  • Sources say second American killed fighting with ISIS in Syria identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed

    08/28/2014 5:13:44 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | 8-28-14 | Fox
    A second American reportedly killed fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria has been identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis, two sources told Fox News late Wednesday. KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McAuthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New Hope and most recently lived in San Diego. The State Department confirmed McCain's death earlier this week, but spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the U.S. has no independent confirmation of the second American's death. "We're looking into it," she said. A source told Fox News...
  • Minneapolis Has Become Recruiting Ground For Islamic Extremists {What's Wrong With Minneapolis?]

    08/27/2014 10:59:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    CBSNews ^ | August 27, 2014 | JAMIE YUCCAS
    JAMIE YUCCAS CBS NEWSAugus Minneapolis Has Become Recruiting Ground For Islamic Extremists MINNEAPOLIS - The U.S. military said today the number of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq has topped 100. President Barack Obama is getting closer to a decision on whether to attack ISIS bases in Syria as well. He's expected to meet with the National Security Council on Thursday. An American named Douglas McAuthur McCain died in Syria fighting for ISIS, the acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria. He was from Minnesota - where he and...
  • Report: Another Man From Minn. Has Died Fighting For ISIS

    08/27/2014 8:12:44 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 8/27/14 | WCCO.com
    Another American from the Twin Cities area was killed fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, CBS News reports. This man, who’s not yet been named, is the second American from the Minneapolis area to die fighting for ISIS. CBS News spoke with his friends and family. The first man to die was 33-year-old Douglas McCain. He was killed over the weekend fighting in Syria, the State Department said. McCain grew up in New Hope, Minn., and attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School. His former friends described McCain as a class clown. He moved to San Diego before going...
  • At behest of Hamas-linked CAIR, DoJ sues Minnesota town for rejecting mosque

    08/27/2014 5:59:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/27/2014 | Robert Spencer
    The town rejected the Islamic center on zoning grounds, but at a meeting, some opponents of the project “made disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith.” Time to call in the Thought Police! Time for Obama’s feds to force the mosque on this city! It is impossible to have a mature discussion about mosques in the U.S. It is impossible to point out that 80% of mosques in the U.S. are Saudi-funded, and that four separate, independent studies since 1998 have found that 80% also teach hatred of Jews and Christians and the supremacy of Sharia over Constitutional law. Anyone who...
  • KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll: Franken Leads McFadden in US Senate Race (9 points)

    08/27/2014 3:39:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies
    KSTP Channel 5 News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Tom Hauser
    After winning his 2008 election to the U.S. Senate by the narrowest of margins, Sen. Al Franken starts his 2014 general election campaign with a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mike McFadden. According to our exclusive new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Franken leads McFadden 51 percent to 42 percent. Independence Party candidate Steve Carlson is at two percent, while two percent favor other candidates and three percent are undecided. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.
  • In historic vote, Minnesota home health care workers unionize

    08/26/2014 8:53:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    In one of Minnesota’s largest labor organizing efforts since the Depression, home care workers across the state on Tuesday voted to join the Service Employees International Union, giving that organization the power to bargain on their behalf. The vote is the culmination of one of the most sweeping union expansion efforts in Minnesota history and represents a victory for Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL-controlled Legislature, who pushed through legislation that enabled the certification vote. Workers and those they care for erupted in cheers and chants of “When we fight, we win!” when results were announced at the labor pavilion...
  • American Douglas McAuthur McCain Killed Fighting for ISIS in Syria

    08/26/2014 11:45:52 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 94 replies
    Mid East Faces ^ | 08/26/2014 | Mideast Faces
    Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of San Diego California was killed over the weekend in fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and a Syrian opposition group, according to the Free Syrian Army. After the battle, McCain, along with his American passport and the bodies of three other foreign jihadis were found. McCain, who referred to himself as “Duale ThaslaveofAllah” on Facebook made his allegiance to Islam apparent on his social media pages. His Twitter bio read: “It’s Islam over everything.”
  • Four people arrested in Fridley stabbing

    08/25/2014 7:27:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-24-14 | Kristi Belcamino
    Four people were arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with the stabbing of two 21-year-old men who gave two women a ride from a Fridley bar early Saturday. Police arrested Kevin Lilroy Moore, 25, of Spring Lake Park, Marcus Fultz, 20, no known city, Leanne Ranae Todd, 22, of Minneapolis and Tiffani Marie Ivy, 22, of St. Paul in connection with the stabbings, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office. Yani Randi Singh of Columbia Heights and Anthony Michael McCollum of Hilltop, Minn., both 21, gave two women a ride when the Two Stooges Bar in Fridley closed early Saturday. When...
  • Police benefit from military gear; critics fear it could alter tactics

    08/25/2014 7:19:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-23-14 | Mara H. Gottfried and C.J. Sinner
    Minnesota law enforcement agencies have nearly $10 million worth of military surplus equipment, an amount that has worried some people who say police have strayed from their civilian roots. Through a program to transfer surplus military gear to local law enforcement agencies, Minnesota departments have received about 3,300 weapons, 40 tactical vehicles and 40 pairs of night-vision goggles. The U.S. Defense Department's 1033 program has been around for decades, though it's been in the spotlight after racially charged unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. The initial police reaction to the protests...
  • President Jimmy Carter to be keynote speaker at Muslim convention in Detroit

    08/23/2014 7:07:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | 8/23/2014 | TK BARGER
    The Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, the nation's largest Muslim group, will hold its 51st annual convention in Detroit's Cobo Center Friday through Sept. 1, and will feature former President Jimmy Carter as the keynote speaker. ... A “secret special guest” is also on the bill. The convention‘‍s opening session Friday will include words from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim member of Congress,
  • Priest sex abuse victim settles with Twin Cities archdiocese; first settlement under new law

    08/21/2014 4:51:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 08/20/2014 | Emily Gurnon
    He was once a terrified 11-year-old filled with guilt and shame at being molested by his St. Paul parish priest. As an adult serving six years aboard Navy submarines, he felt safer next to a nuclear warhead in the middle of the Pacific Ocean than he had at church. Now, he said, he's not terrified anymore. And he wants the world to know his name. "My name is Jon Jaker," said the 54-year-old resident of Orange, Calif., who won a settlement Wednesday morning in his lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Jaker claimed he was sexually abused...
  • Minnesota home-care worker union vote can proceed, judge rules

    08/21/2014 4:41:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press | 08/20/2014 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Vote tallies on whether Minnesota home care workers will create a large union should come next week after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that an ongoing union election can continue. In July, nine home care workers brought a challenge in federal court against Gov. Mark Dayton and other state officials, claiming that unionization efforts in the state are violating constitutional guarantees of free expression and association. Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is trying to organize some 27,000 home care workers, also was named as a defendant in the case. Plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction to block a union election...
  • Evidence from illegal search can't be used for forfeiture

    08/21/2014 4:34:38 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 08/20/2014 | Amy Forliti
    In a decision that civil rights groups said would protect property owners' rights, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that evidence obtained during illegal searches cannot be used to take someone's property through the civil forfeiture process. The ruling comes in the case of a man whose vehicle and money were seized by Plymouth police after they found drugs during a 2012 traffic stop. During the civil forfeiture process in state court, a judge said the stop was illegal. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the man has standing to challenge the civil forfeiture and sent the case back to...
  • Night Stalkers to Continue training over cities until Thursday

    08/20/2014 5:53:58 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-20-14 | Frederick Melo and Tad Vezner
    The Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment has a saying -- "Night Stalkers Don't Quit." It apparently doesn't always let people sleep, either. The airborne unit's Black Hawk helicopters arrived without warning Monday night, rattling for hours over Highland Park and around apartment buildings in downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, and angering residents and elected officials alike. They'll be back. The copters are taking part in U.S. military exercises that will continue sporadically into Thursday evening -- local law enforcement officials said -- but now with a little more public notice. "It's something that we do 10 to 15 times...
  • With no warning, low-flying copters buzz St. Paul, Minneapolis

    08/19/2014 1:07:46 PM PDT · by DManA · 75 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8/19/14 | Tad Vezner
    With no warning for residents, military helicopters flew low Monday evening over St. Paul and Minneapolis in a federal training exercise, about which officials released almost no information. The exercise -- reportedly involving U.S. Navy Seals with Army pilots, engaging in rappelling exercises in an urban setting -- began just before 8 p.m. and was scheduled to last until midnight. The St. Paul police watch commander initially had no information on the exercise. He was later informed that it was a training exercise involving Homeland Security and local law enforcement. . . . Many downtown residents said they were shocked...
  • Home values rising on St. Paul's East Side. So will taxes.

    08/17/2014 11:31:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-17-14 | Freddy Milo
    On St. Paul's East Side, homeowners in the 1900 block of Hawthorne Avenue are in line for property tax increases of 40 percent or more -- an additional $430 on their tax bills. Property owners along the 700 block of Summit Avenue will see just as much in savings. The city's middle-class property owners will feel the biggest bite in their wallet come tax time, and nowhere more so than on the city's East Side. After years of mild tax breaks, the owners of median-value homes in St. Paul likely will do a double-take when "Truth in Taxation" statements arrive...
  • Off-duty officers may bring guns to Vikings games

    08/14/2014 7:34:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    KARE ^ | 8-14-14 | ap
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS - A court has struck down an NFL policy preventing off-duty Minnesota police officers from bringing their guns to Vikings games.</p>
  • Al Franken another vulnerable Senate Dem

    08/14/2014 7:50:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/14/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    For some reason, Al Franken has not appeared on many lists of vulnerable Senate Democrats. But he is no shoo-in for re-election in November, as John Feehery reminds us in the Wall Street Journal: In several polls the incumbent, a former Saturday Night Live star, can’t break the 50% mark. Given his narrow victory in 2008 (which some say wasn’t a real victory), it’s probably not that surprising that Mr. Franken is still a polarizing figure. But after six years in the Senate, one might expect that the incumbent would have built a more comfortable cushion for himself. When I...
  • Arden Hills shooting suspect had business, romantic ties to victim

    08/14/2014 4:18:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-12-14 | Joseph Lindberg, Mara H. Gottfried and Sarah Horner
    A Boston Scientific executive who was fatally shot Monday at an Arden Hills gas station once had his life intertwined with the shooting suspect -- they had been life partners and started a popular Minneapolis nightclub together. But Kelly L. Phillips, 48, had moved on. He was to marry another man this month and had ended his business relationship with Lyle "Ty" Marvin Hoffman, 44. The Ramsey County sheriff's office said Tuesday that it was seeking Hoffman as a suspect in Phillips' homicide. Five police agencies searched for Hoffman in two hangars at the Anoka County Blaine airport Tuesday afternoon,...
  • Arrests Made in Mpls. Connected to Multimillion Dollar Cellphone Theft Ring

    08/12/2014 7:12:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Cassie Hart/AP
    Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday for their connection to a worldwide crime ring involving stolen cell phones and identities, which was centered in the Twin Cities. Many cell phones were bought with stolen identities from Minnesotans and sold for profits of up to 1,000 percent in places like China, according to federal investigators. Twenty people were involved in the sale of potentially tens of thousands of stolen phones, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars, according to officials. Some of the suspects appear to have a criminal history involving; theft, assault and using a fake name.
  • St. Paul police officer allegedly left scene of accident

    08/11/2014 6:52:53 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-11-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    A St. Paul police officer drove through a red light, struck another vehicle with his squad car and left the scene of the accident last spring, according to two misdemeanor charges filed against the officer Monday. Officer Vosinick "Nick" Kellum, 39, was on duty at the time, according to the police department, though the criminal complaint said he hadn't been assigned to respond to any police calls that day and there were no police calls for service in the immediate area of the incident. Kellum, a St. Paul officer since 1999, "admitted to driving the vehicle and being involved in...
  • St. Paul schools workers' compensation claims jump 50 percent. But why?

    08/11/2014 6:40:28 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-7-14 | Mila Koumpilova
    St. Paul Public Schools workers are filing more injury reports and claims under the workers' compensation program. And district officials are not entirely sure why. Injury reports were up 50 percent in 2013 compared with four years ago, and the number of claims seeking payment for medical expenses or lost wages are up almost 30 percent, all while district employment stayed stable. Officials say they are watching how much the district is paying out more closely than the number of reports and claims. Those amounts have not risen in the past two years -- though they'll likely go up as...
  • Officer shot in road rage clash also indicted

    08/11/2014 5:37:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-10-14 | DAVE ORRICK
    Now they've both been indicted: The undercover cop and the trained security officer who shot him in a Coon Rapids road-rage incident last summer. On Thursday, an Anoka County district judge unsealed a grand jury indictment against Robbinsdale undercover narcotics officer Landen Beard, 27, of Coon Rapids, for terroristic threats, a felony. Records obtained Thursday by the Pioneer Press offer the most detailed narrative to date - as well as conflicting accounts - of events June 7. A potential key witness told police she saw Beard hanging out of the unmarked sedan he was driving, screaming, ''I'll (expletive) kill you....
  • Franken challenger: Dem-controlled Senate "land of 10,000 excuses" (voted best campaign slogan)

    08/10/2014 7:26:12 AM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 8/8/14 | Benjamin Goad
    Sen. Al Franken’s Republican challenger made a case for a power shift, bashing Democrats’ regulatory and education policies. Mike McFadden, seen as having an uphill battle, said Americans are hungry for new leadership. “Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. But when it comes to the challenges working families are facing, all we get from Democrats is 10,000 excuses. “November presents a tremendous opportunity for America to elect new leaders, with the vision to turn our country around, and get us back onto the path of growth and prosperity.” McFadden said the Obama administration and congressional Democrats have presided over...
  • Controversy Brews Over MN Café’s 35-Cent ‘Minimum Wage Fee’

    08/09/2014 10:59:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug 09, 2014 11:06 AM
    A Minnesota café is stirring up controversy by adding a 35˘ “minimum wage fee.” Minnesota implemented a minimum wage hike from $7.25 to $8 on Aug. 1, so Oasis Café owner Craig Beemer calculated what it would cost per ticket to accommodate the increase. …
  • Stillwater cafe owner's 'minimum wage fee' makes political waves

    08/09/2014 4:37:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 8/8/2014 | Nick Woltman
    The Oasis Cafe in Stillwater this week found itself at the center of the fiery national debate over the minimum wage. The restaurant's owner, Craig Beemer, began adding a 35-cent charge to every bill starting Aug. 1. Labeled a "minimum wage fee" on each customer ticket, it was intended to offset the added cost of Minnesota's new $8 per hour minimum wage, which took effect that same day, Beemer said. In the week since, outraged phone calls and Facebook posts have accused Beemer of political grandstanding and trying to deny his employees a living wage. The furor has drawn national...
  • Ventura: Just Because She’s A Widow Doesn’t Mean She Can Profit From Slander

    08/05/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 118 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 8/5/14 | Pat Kessler
    Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura launched Tuesday a public relations campaign to explain why he filed the high-profile defamation suit he won last week. In a wide-ranging interview on WCCO Radio, and in an online video on Ora.tv, Ventura repeatedly said the lawsuit was not about the money; it was about clearing his name. “For me, it was always about the lie,” said Ventura, the former Navy SEAL and professional wrestler, who said he would have settled for an apology if the publishers of “American Sniper” admitted they fabricated a story about him. “All they did was offer money,” he...
  • Target takes a stand in support of same-sex marriage

    08/05/2014 5:11:42 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 67 replies
    PioneerPress ^ | 8/5/14 | Tom Webb
    Target finally threw its corporate weight behind marriage equality Tuesday, with the Minneapolis-based retailer joining an amicus brief in a court case. "We believe that everyone -- all of our team members and guests -- deserve to be treated equally," Target executive vice president Jodee Kozlak said in a statement posted on the corporate blog. Yet in recent years, Target's official position on same-sex marriage had been a case study of mixed signals, causing the discount chain a great deal of grief. During the heated 2012 marriage amendment fight in Minnesota, Target remained firmly on the sidelines -- and remained...
  • Oh Mama! Jesse the Baby Ventura

    08/04/2014 7:28:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Jesse “The Body”? Who’s that? I’m a Minnesota girl and I only know Jesse the Baby. In September of 2012, I listened to my home state’s former governor speak at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. I felt embarrassed for my state. Ventura showed up in jeans, a tie-dyed T-shirt and long, straggly gray hair that looked like it hadn’t been combed or washed in days. No, he wasn’t going for “California casual” with jeans in a blazer. On top of his multi-colored t-shirt he donned, not a classy sport coat, but a 90’s-style color-block windbreaker. He was trying and...
  • Rep. Ellison Explains Anti-Iron Dome Funding Vote: ‘Because We Need A Cease-fire’ (VIDEO)

    08/03/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Jewish Political Updates and News ^ | August 3 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Over the weekend, both the Senate and the House approved $225M in funding for the Iron Dome. The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and by a 395 to 8 vote. Opposition to the funding of the Iron Dome demonstarted an unfortunate bi-partisan measure – four Democrats and four Republicans voted against it. The four Democrats were Keith Ellison (MN-05), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jim Moran (VA-08), and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16); The four Republicans were Justin Amash (MI-03), Walter Jones (NC-03), Tom Massie (KY-04), and Mark Sanford (SC-01). Rep. Ellison explains vote on “Meet the Press”: “Because a ceasefire...
  • Video: Keith Ellison explains his vote against Iron Dome

    08/03/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/3/14 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that on Friday, in what would have been a Christmas Miracle were it not several months early, Congress actually got something done. It was the passage of a bill approving $225M in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. It was quite the bipartisan effort in retrospect, garnering an overwhelming 395 votes in the House with only eight in opposition. One of those eight was Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, and as The Corner reports, he went out on the weekend gab circuit to explain why he didn’t support the measure. “Because a cease-fire is what we...
  • Police: Triple Shooting Leaves 3 Hurt In North Minneapolis

    08/03/2014 8:35:38 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    wcco ^ | 8-1-14 | cbs
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Three people were hurt Saturday night after a triple shooting in north Minneapolis, according to police. Minneapolis Police were called at about 10 p.m. on a report of shots fired near the area of Newton and Hillside on the city’s north side. When officers arrived, they found three men who had been injured from gunshot wounds. Police said the three men were in a car when another vehicle passed by and fired shots into their vehicle, hitting all of them. The victims were taken to North Memorial Medical Center for their injuries, which were considered non-life threatening....
  • Dog’s death prompts MPCA to issue alert on toxic algae blooms

    08/03/2014 7:59:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Tribune News ^ | 6-24-14 | Tribune News
    he MPCA issued the alert Thursday following the death of a dog last weekend in Sherburne County. Brock Tatge, the dog’s owner, told the MPCA that he and his family were spending time last Sunday on Prairie Lake, where they live, when their dog, Copper, suddenly became ill. The dog had been fetching a tennis ball from the lake. “We noticed that Copper went on shore, began vomiting and panting very hard, and just looked very sick,” Tatge said. “I carried him to my truck and brought him to the vet’s office.” Copper’s condition deteriorated and he died at the...
  • 3 climb through McDonald's drive-through window in St. Paul during fight, charges say

    08/02/2014 5:59:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-1-14 | Richard Chin
    In a decidedly unhappy meal, three men were charged with first-degree burglary after they climbed through a McDonald's restaurant drive-through window and fought with employees, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court. The three also were accused of third-degree riot for the benefit of a gang in the incident early July 24. According to the criminal complaint: The three -- Willie Charles Lassiter, 18, St. Paul; Evan Kasadine McMillan, 18, St. Paul; and Keith Lamar Garrett Jr., 20 -- were in an SUV at the McDonald's at 1388 E. Maryland Ave. when they argued with a 24-year-old employee...
  • KTLK host Jason Lewis quits show on-air

    08/01/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 50 replies
    RBR.com ^ | 8/1/14 | cmarcucci
    The Conservative talker quit his show during the middle of his program 7/31. “The Jason Lewis Show” is syndicated by Genesis Communications. Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM in the Twin Cities before leaving the station in 2003 for a job at WBT in Charlotte. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. Lewis’ show was syndicated in 2009. His flagship was Clear Channel’s KTLK. “He told me two months ago he intended to retire Aug. 1,” Mike Crusham, president and market manager of CCME Minneapolis/St. Paul told The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He decided...
  • ‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband

    07/30/2014 9:24:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    daily beast ^ | 7-30-14 | Michael Daly
    Patrick Sawyer was supposed to be at his kids’ birthday party in a few weeks—but he died of the virus before he could board a flight to Minneapolis. His wife on the epidemic’s toll. Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia. That hot zone chill now reaches America, with word that the same man was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in time for an August 16 party celebrating the birthdays of two of his three young daughters. Patrick Sawyer was a naturalized...
  • Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit

    07/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT · by Solson · 80 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | July 29, 2014
    <p>Former Gov. Jesse Ventura won his defamation case against the author of “American Sniper.”</p> <p>The jury awarded a total of $1.845 million: $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment.”</p> <p>Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict, as instructed. Instead, with the consent of both sides, they voted 8 to 2 in Ventura’s favor.</p>
  • Noam Chomsky vs. Franken: Behind the Odd Progressive Divide Between Senators, Intellectuals on Gaza

    07/25/2014 6:52:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Salon ^ | WEDNESDAY, JUL 23, 2014 | DAVID PALUMBO-LIU
    Senate progressives join unanimous resolution backing Israel, but the reaction has been different elsewhere on leftVery recently, former U.S. national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski had this to say about Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brutal attack on and now invasion of Gaza: “He is isolating Israel. He’s endangering its longer-range future. And I think we ought to make it very clear that this is a course of action which we thoroughly disapprove and which we do not support and which may compel us and the rest of the international community to take some steps of legitimizing Palestinian aspirations perhaps in...
  • Feds: Minnesota Receives 173 (ILLEGAL) Immigrant Children

    07/25/2014 5:47:23 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/25/14 | KSTP/AP
    The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement on Thursday. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. "These children are leaving their countries as a matter of survival," said Jane Graupman, with the International Institute of Minnesota. "Their sibling has been murdered, their parents have been murdered, and so these children are desperate.
  • Michele Bachmann Says She Might Seek Presidency in 2016

    07/23/2014 12:28:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/23/2014 | Scott Conroy
    Though set to retire from the U.S. House after her term expires at the end of this year, Michele Bachmann may not be done with electoral politics. The Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run. Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view on whether any Republican women might seek the Oval Office in 2016. “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated,...
  • MNsure failing to produce results

    07/23/2014 9:12:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Quad Community Press ^ | 7-22-14 | Linda Runbeck
    It’s been almost one year since Minnesota rolled out its state version of Obamacare, called MNsure. How is this experiment with government-run health care working? Let’s start with the basic fact that Minnesota’s health care is second to none. Before MNsure, close to 97 percent of Minnesotans had health insurance coverage or were eligible to procure it at very low or no cost. This was among the highest percentage of insured people in the nation. Some $160 million in taxpayer money has been spent to launch MNsure, and we are no better off today. The state had two unique programs:...
  • Ellison urges Minnesota to aid immigrant children

    07/22/2014 12:17:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    SFgate ^ | 7-22-14 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Democratic congressman is leading efforts to bring to the state more unaccompanied children who've fled Central America for the U.S. However, immigration advocates and nonprofit groups that serve refugees are concerned Minnesota might not be able to handle a crush of children who need care and have complex legal issues. Rep. Keith Ellison says Minnesota is as well-equipped as any other state to handle the children. The Democratic congressman has been a leader in the national push for immigration reform. "We have capacity to help here and we should," Ellison said Monday at...