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  • ‘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 · 76 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...
  • Rep. Kline Calls Russian Behavior ‘Way Beyond The Pale’

    07/21/2014 12:54:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | July 20, 2014
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – U.S. Rep. John Kline talked about the Malaysian Airlines disaster, school lunches and more with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning. The downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane happened the day after President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia to punish the Russians for their support of the Rebels. For many, the question now remains what more the U.S. should do. “Clearly this is behavior way beyond the pale,” Kline said. “There is no question the Russians are backing the rebels, the separatists. We cannot tolerate that kind of behavior.” Kline said that he supports providing the...
  • Gov. Dayton: Minnesota should eliminate coal use

    07/21/2014 5:11:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 7-18-14 | AP
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton challenged energy policy and business leaders Thursday to find a way for Minnesota to eliminate coal from the state's energy production.</p> <p>Dayton, who has spoken of his aim to eliminate coal before, said it's time to start talking details so that Minnesota can lead the nation.</p>
  • Witness: Ventura Said SEALs Deserved To Lose Men In Iraq

    07/16/2014 5:42:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Pat Kessler
    Defense lawyers in the Jesse Ventura defamation case rolled out a parade of witnesses Wednesday claiming Ventura got punched out in a California bar. That’s the claim in the best-selling war memoir “American Sniper” by the deceased author Chris Kyle. It’s about to be made into a movie. But the bar fight is a claim Ventura says never happened. For the last two days, Navy SEALs have claimed in court that they saw one part or another of the bar fight. Ventura, described in the book as “scruff face,” is accused of shooting off his mouth about the war and...
  • Michele Bachmann, Van Jones spar on border fight

    07/16/2014 2:20:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    CNN’s Van Jones went head to head Tuesday with Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann over the border crisis, saying the congresswoman crossed the line in scapegoating the surge of unaccompanied migrant children for crimes committed by other undocumented immigrants. “Are you scapegoating every one of these kids?” Jones asked Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, on CNN’s “Crossfire.” “Well, hold on a second. There are lines that can’t be crossed here. I’m sorry congresswoman, I’m sorry congresswoman. There are lines that can’t be crossed here.” Bachmann, who acknowledged that 57,000 children have crossed America’s southern border into the country in recent months, also...
  • Betty Crocker joins push for gay redefinition of ‘family’

    07/15/2014 1:09:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 15, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Famed homemaking company Betty Crocker once promoted couples making up over a cake. Now, the 90-year old company says it is adjusting to the times by promoting all relationships -- including homosexual couples and cohabitating couples -- as equal to married couples with children. The change in Betty Crocker's focus became well known in August 2013, when the company – a subsidiary of General Mills, which supports same-sex "marriage” -- released a video promoting same-sex couples. At the same time, it provided cakes to homosexual couples who "married" in Minnesota after the ceremony was allowed. Last month, Betty Crocker...
  • SEALs say Jesse Ventura hit the ground in bar incident

    07/15/2014 2:16:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 50 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7//15/14 | RANDY FURST
    Tuesday’s witnesses at Jesse Ventura’s defamation trial stitched together a scene a California bar that ended with the former governor lying on his back. The latest witness in the case being heard in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, former SEAL Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Paul, said he saw a commotion, then saw Ventura get up from the patio floor and yell that he was going to kill Chris Kyle. Afterward, Paul said, “Chris told me, ‘Jesse was running his mouth and I punched him.’ ”
  • 2 Administrators Charged for Failing to Report Alleged Sexual Abuse at St. Paul School

    07/15/2014 4:48:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-14-14 | Cassie Hart
    Two former administrators at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School in St. Paul have been charged for failing to report alleged sexual abuse by a former custodian. Beth A. Behnke, 48, of Burnsville was principal in 2011 when Walter Happel allegedly spied on an 11-year-old boy in a bathroom. Craig A. Guidry, 52, of Arden Hills was assistant principal. On Monday, Behnke and Guidry were both charged with one count each of misdemeanor failure to report the maltreatment of minors. According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 26, 2011, a mother of the boy reported to St. Paul police her son...
  • Witness Says She Saw Ventura Get Punched in Bar

    07/14/2014 5:56:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/14/14 | AP
    Laura deShazo of Salt Lake City testified Monday she was at the pub in Coronado California, the night when slain "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle said he punched a man he called "Scruff Face." Kyle later identified the man as Ventura. DeShazo said she was in the bar to attend the wake for a friend of Kyle's. While there, she, her sister and her brother's girlfriend poses for a picture with Ventura.
  • Ellison: Profiling of American Muslims is ‘troubling’

    07/10/2014 9:10:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    startribune.com ^ | July 10, 2014
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to serve in Congress, said a report that the National Security Agency and FBI were tracking the email of five prominent American Muslims is “troubling because it suggests that Americans were targeted because of their faith and civic engagement.” Documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the Muslim attorneys and activists were targeted for surveillance from 2002 to 2008 under a program meant to uncover terrorists and foreign agents, according to an analysis from online news organization The Intercept. Among the documents released were training materials that used the...
  • MNsure Monthly Premiums Likely to Increase Significantly

    07/10/2014 7:22:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-9-14 | Jay Kolls
    The head of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans gave a hint of what might come soon to those who pay for health insurance coverage through MNsure, Minnesota's health care exchange. Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, which is the professional association for the HMOs that offer health coverage through MNsure. Brunner recently told a University of Minnesota symposium that she would "not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by 8, 10, or even 12 percent." Gov. Mark Dayton tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he would be disappointed by such a...
  • Widow of 'American Sniper' Author: My Husband Doesn't Lie

    07/09/2014 11:27:38 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Jennie Olson / AP
    The defamation trial for former Gov. Jesse Ventura continues Wednesday with a videotaped deposition of the late author of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle. Ventura claims Kyle defamed him in his autobiography by saying he knocked him down during a barroom incident in 2006 after Ventura allegedly made disparaging comments about Navy SEALs. Kyle referred to the man he punched as "Scruff Face" in the book but acknowledged in later interviews he meant Ventura.
  • Minnesota Home Care Workers Launch Union Vote

    07/08/2014 8:12:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    kstp ^ | 7-8-14 | ap
    ome health care workers in Minnesota are moving ahead with a union election, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Union organizers presented a petition to state officials Tuesday. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that similar workers in Illinois don't have to pay any union dues. The 2013 Minnesota Legislature passed a bill that allows a unionization vote by workers who provide care to elderly and disabled people in their homes. Minnesota Public Radio News reports more than 26,000 workers are eligible to vote, and the 9,000 cards delivered to the state Bureau of Mediation Services exceeded the 30...
  • Joe Soucheray: St. Paul streetcars can't pay for themselves - so you'd pay

    07/08/2014 3:46:56 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-8-14 | Joe Soucheray
    Now that we have light rail, the progressives are ready to move on to the next step, streetcars along Seventh Street in St. Paul, with more lines to follow. The city council will vote Wednesday night to authorize a detailed study of a streetcar line between Arcade Street and Randolph Avenue on Seventh. That would be a second study, the first one being last year, your money paid out to a consulting firm from San Francisco. Progressives are dedicated to blocking the individual while encouraging the collective, but that offers no evidence of progress of any kind. There are already...
  • Minneapolis Police to Use Body Cameras as Early as September

    07/08/2014 3:10:42 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-8-14 | Jay Kolls
    We now know when and where Minneapolis Police officers will soon be testing body cameras on the streets. The Minneapolis Police Department has confirmed that dozens of officers will test the body cameras in three precincts in late September or early October. The tests will be done in precincts that generally have higher police activity. MPD says the body cams will be used for testing purposes only in the First Precinct downtown, the Fourth Precinct in North Minneapolis and the Fifth Precinct in southwest Minneapolis. The city council set aside $400,000 to buy the cameras for the 2014 budget. Mayor...
  • Senate moves forward on sportsmen bill

    07/07/2014 5:19:28 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    The Senate overwhelmingly advanced a bipartisan hunting and fishing bill on Monday – but not before facing objections from liberals who criticized the chamber for failing to act on gun-control measures. Senators voted 82-12 Monday evening to move forward on the sportsmen’s legislation, which would boost hunters and anglers through an array of provisions such as helping to build shooting ranges and loosening federal regulations on lead fishing tackle and bullets. The package is a political boon to the host of red-state Democrats up for reelection this year including the bill’s chief Democratic sponsor, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan. Sen....
  • Cracks Appearing In Democratic Coalition

    07/05/2014 5:00:30 AM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 37 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The population of Mogadishu is moving to Minneapolis, through the miracle of chain immigration. I don’t know whether there is any limiting principle to this or whether all of Mogadishu will one day reside along the Mississippi, but in any event, the Somali influx is already impacting Minnesota politics. Despite being “natural conservatives”–imagine what they must think of abortion and gay marriage!–the Somalis have so far been reliable Democratic voters. This has created one of this year’s most interesting local races, in which Phyllis Kahn, a left-wing Democrat who has represented her district in the Minnesota House of Representatives for...
  • [MN] Dem. Rep.: ‘Redskins’ Violates University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, Shouldn’t Use Stadium

    07/03/2014 3:14:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/3/2014 | Andrew Johnson
    The NFL season hasn’t started yet, but one Democratic congresswoman is already trying to score her first sack of an upcoming game.Next season, the Minnesota Vikings will use the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium as a temporary home while their new stadium is built. But Betty McCollum of the state’s fourth congressional district is calling for the university administrators to bar the November 2 game against the Washington Redskins from taking place because she says the team’s name violates the school’s Board of Regents’ Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Policy.McCollum, who co-chairs the Congressional Native American Caucus...
  • Hobby Lobby coming to Maplewood, Twin Cities expansion underway

    07/03/2014 3:08:43 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-3-14 | Tom Webb
    Hobby Lobby is coming to Maplewood, as the craft and home-decor store with the Christian orientation makes an aggressive push into the Twin Cities market. The Oklahoma City-based retailer said Thursday that it has begun to renovate a 49,000-square-foot retail space one block east of Maplewood Mall, with plans to open in late August. Maplewood will be Hobby Lobby's second store in the Twin Cities, after Woodbury, and the company is considering many more, including in Blaine. "We are actively looking in the market and feel that this area could handle 12-15 Hobby Lobby Stores," company spokesman Vince Parker told...
  • MNSure lapse leaves 16,000 low-income applicants awaiting coverage

    07/03/2014 5:23:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-3-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    At least 16,000 low-income Minnesotans never received letters telling them that the state needed more information on their MNsure applications for health insurance, and many possibly remain uninsured. State officials disclosed the mistake Wednesday and blamed the problem on human error. The notices were supposed to tell the applicants to provide more information to qualify for the state's Medical Assistance program, but the notices were never sent. The applicants applied through MNsure, the state's new health insurance exchange, but their eligibility for the low-income assistance couldn't be automatically verified. "We understand that this is unacceptable to have not been sending...
  • Billboard Calls Out Minneapolis Public Schools

    07/01/2014 8:02:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Better Ed ^ | 7-1-14 | Devin Foley
    Minneapolis, MN – Better Ed — a 501(c)(3) education reform group in Minnesota — has put up another billboard message across from the Minneapolis Public Schools district headquarters. The message draws attention to the district’s high per-pupil spending and low graduation rate. It reads: “MINNEAPOLIS SPENDS $21,000 PER STUDENT. BARELY HALF GRADUATE. NOT COOL.” Better Ed’s previous billboard message (which had been up since December 2013) also highlighted the district’s poor graduation rate, which was 54% for 2013. Indeed, Minneapolis Public Schools has one of the lowest graduation rates among all urban school districts in the country—a fact pointed out...
  • Report: Minnesota Archbishop Nienstedt Under Scrutiny For Same-Sex Relationships

    07/01/2014 6:40:45 PM PDT · by koanhead · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 7/1/14 | David Gibson
    A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who had been one of the hierarchy’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships with priests, seminarians and other men. The investigation of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt is being conducted by a prominent Minneapolis law firm hired by the archdiocese after church officials received an allegation against Nienstedt. The archdiocese confirmed the investigation, which was first reported by Commonweal, a Catholic magazine based in New York.... Commonweal’s story cites Jennifer Haselberger, former top canon lawyer for Nienstedt, as...
  • Vote probe aimed at 419 Cedar Avenue S. in Minneapolis (DFL voter fraud)

    07/01/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | July 1, 2014 | Eric Roper and Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Hennepin County attorney’s office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters. State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008. No one lives at the address, which is a Somali-dominated commercial building housing several small businesses and a popular mail center. Several dozen apartments upstairs use a different building number. Records also show that more than 90 of the registrants at that address have voted in previous elections, although it’s unclear...
  • Allegations of Voter Fraud in MN DFL Primary

    Absentee voting started Friday, six weeks ahead of primary elections. Already there are strong allegations of voter fraud. The attorney for Phyllis Kahn says he got word Thursday night; there might be hundreds of people who are registering and voting using an address that's not their home. Absentee voting kicked-off Friday morning in a hotly contested democratic primary race for the state house between incumbent Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor. Brian Rice, attorney for the Phyllis Kahn Volunteer Committee, claims there's voter fraud. "I think there is a coordinated effort to use this address to bring voters into the DFL...
  • Liberal newspaper rebukes Obama, calls for IRS special prosecutor

    06/29/2014 1:09:12 PM PDT · by kingattax · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 29, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    President Obama made headlines in Minneapolis on Thursday, rolling out his “phony scandal” rhetoric to address the cascade of questionable acts now receiving public outrage, and not just from Republicans. In a stunning rebuke, the dominant newspaper in the state of Minnesota, the very left-wing and politically correct Star-Tribune of Minneapolis has editorialized a demand for a special prosecutor: The old caution against ascribing to malice what can be explained by incompetence is worth keeping in mind when evaluating a high-profile blunder in either the private or public sector, such as the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for...
  • Allegations of Voter Fraud in Hotly Contested Minn. House DFL Primary Race

    06/29/2014 9:53:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-27-14 | Brandi Powell
    Absentee voting started Friday, six weeks ahead of primary elections. Already there are strong allegations of voter fraud. The attorney for Phyllis Kahn says he got word Thursday night; there might be hundreds of people who are registering and voting using an address that's not their home. Absentee voting kicked-off Friday morning in a hotly contested democratic primary race for the state house between incumbent Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor. Brian Rice, attorney for the Phyllis Kahn Volunteer Committee, claims there's voter fraud. "I think there is a coordinated effort to use this address to bring voters into the DFL...
  • Did Barack Obama Wear Women's Shoes in Minnesota?

    06/28/2014 7:27:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/28/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Barack “Yes we can” Obama has already proven that he’s big on slogans. Leaving behind FORWARD, and of course ‘Hope and Change…We Can Believe In,’ the president’s newest catchphrase is “In the shoes,” which describes loafer-lover Barack Obama attempting to reconnect with everyday Americans by metaphorically slipping into other people’s shoes. To infuse added relatability into his plans to do future ‘in the shoes’ walkabouts, the White House is officially calling Obama’s planned encounters with the unwashed masses a “day-in-the-life” series, wherein the POTUS leaves his billionaire friends and devoted low-maintenance wife behind to venture forth onto the highways and...
  • Police pursue armed suspect in Roseville

    06/27/2014 1:12:45 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 - 3:06 PM | Star Tribune
    Multiple law enforcement agencies on Friday afternoon were responding to a report of an armed suspect at the 2900 block of Centre Pointe Drive in Roseville, the Roseville Police Department reports.
  • Minnesota's 10% biodiesel mandate starts Tuesday

    06/27/2014 12:45:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-27-14 | tom webb
    fter years of starts and stops, the next frontier has finally arrived for biodiesel. Starting Tuesday, Minnesota will require all diesel fuel sold here to contain at least 10 percent biodiesel -- except during the winter, when the requirement will be 5 percent biodiesel. Currently, state law requires every gallon of diesel fuel to contain at least 5 percent biodiesel -- and 2 percent during the winter -- so supporters are excited to see Minnesota raise the bar to a highest-in-the-nation level.
  • It’s that bad: Even Al Franken won’t be seen with Obama

    06/27/2014 8:18:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2014 | Noah Rothman
    With Republicans in Washington thus far successfully fending off insurgent tea party challengers in competitive races, odds makers are now indicating that the GOP has a better than even chance of retaking the upper chamber of Congress in November. President Barack Obama’s sinking job approval rating is not helping boost Democrats’ chances. Speaking anonymously to The Hill, one Democratic Senator said Obama’s “unpopularity” is troubling. “It’s a tense time,” the source said.It is with this backdrop that Obama descended on Minnesota on Thursday where freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is seeking reelection. Franken has spent the last six years...
  • Obama to pitch economic agenda in Minnesota

    06/27/2014 3:01:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/27/14
    ....Obama is pitching his ideas to boost the American middle class in Minnesota, a state that already has embraced a key component of the president's economic agenda by moving to raise its minimum wage....
  • Obama aims for 'day in the life' of (struggling to pay bills) Minnesota woman

    06/26/2014 9:18:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/26/14 | Roberta Rampton - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama headed to Minneapolis on Thursday, the first stop in series of summer road trips where he will aim to spend a "day in the life" of an ordinary American and persuade voters that the White House understands their challenges. The trip is also aimed at reconnecting Obama with Democrats ahead of midterm elections where Republicans stand a good chance of taking control of the Senate, jeopardizing the chance to accomplish goals for his last two years in office. Obama will have lunch with Rebekah Erler, an accountant in St. Paul with two young sons...
  • Obama Plans To Connect With Regular Folks on Minnesota Trip

    06/25/2014 8:10:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | June 25, 2014 | By Kenneth T. Walsh
    With his job approval rating at a low ebb and his policy agenda stymied in Congress, President Barack Obama is trying again to show a common touch and convince more Americans that he is still fighting for their interests. The latest move in Obama's empathy campaign will come Thursday when he plans to meet with a mother identified by White House officials as "Rebekah" of Minneapolis. She wrote to the president to explain her day-to-day economic problems; he read the letter and decided to reach out to everyday people like her around the country.
  • Thief Forgets To Log Off Facebook After Burglarizing Home

    06/24/2014 5:47:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    minnesota.cbslocal.com ^ | 6/23/2014 | Unknown
    A Minnesota man is in jail because he logged on to Facebook. Police say 26-year-old Nicholas Wig checked his profile from a home he broke into, and then he didn’t log off. It happened June 19 in South St. Paul.
  • Campaign Contributions Ensnare Udall in IRS’s Missing Emails Scandal ( Colorado )

    06/21/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 19, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    Top GOP officials are concerned that missing among the IRS’s internal emails are communications with Sen. Mark Udall and a dozen other Democrats who received campaign contributions from the federal agency’s union. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) first issued Freedom of Information Act requests to the IRS last year seeking all electronic and written documents between top officials there and the Democrats who received the campaign funding, but the attempts have been repeatedly stonewalled. Udall has accepted $13,000 in donations from the National Treasury Employees Union that represents IRS employees ... This is just another instance of Mark Udall...
  • Somali-Americans leave homes, friends in Minnesota to fight alongside ISIS jihadis

    06/19/2014 8:20:45 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 46 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | June 19, 2014 | Staff
    <p>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.</p>
  • Sweden Demands Football Vikings Change Name

    06/19/2014 7:59:45 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 45 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | Keith Koffler
    The nation of Sweden is demanding that the Obama administration act to deny copyright status to the Minnesota Vikings, claiming the name demeans its citizens and all other Scandinavians. “We can no longer tolerate the use of this disgusting epithet by an American football team,” said Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Milkquist in a letter to President Obama “First of all, ‘football’ means ‘soccer,’ Milkquist wrote. “I realize that this is an unrelated matter, but it really pisses people off in Europe. You only use your foot occasionally in football, whereas in soccer the foot is the only thing you can...
  • Federal jury convicts Minnesota man of smuggling guns to Nigeria

    06/18/2014 3:40:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/18/14 | AP
    A federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man of smuggling arms to Nigeria and lying on firearms purchase records. Fifty-one-year-old Sheriff Olaleran Mohammed was convicted of one count of smuggling goods from the U.S. and 17 counts of providing false statements while purchasing a firearm.
  • Minnesota governor cheers relocation of major corporation HQ to … Ireland

    06/18/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When Rick Perry stumps for businesses to relocate, at least he’s cheering for his home state of Texas as the final destination. In Minnesota, we have the unusual experience of having a governor laud a corporation for moving its headquarters out of the state — and out of the country. Medtronic, a leading manufacturer of medical devices, acquired an Irish firm in the same sector, but will move its corporate headquarters to Ireland rather than transfer Covidien’s executive operations to Minnesota (via Gary Gross): “As I look at the project as governor of Minnesota, this is a good deal...
  • Man Charged in St. Cloud Home Invasion, Beating

    06/18/2014 7:22:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-17-14 | Heidi Enninga
    Corey William Becker, 21, has been charged in connection with a St. Cloud home invasion on Saturday where he beat and sexually assaulted another man. Stearns County prosecutors charged Becker with burglary, first-degree assault, kidnapping, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree assault. Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the victim told police that he woke up and noticed a man he didn’t know in his bedroom. Police have identified that man as Becker, and said he then went over the victim’s bed and started strangling him saying he needed to die. The victim said there was a struggle, and that he tried...
  • Medtronic's Covidien deal spurs debate about corporate taxes

    06/17/2014 4:57:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-16-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Is Medtronic's massive international corporate merger a billion-dollar tax dodge, an indictment of the U.S. tax code or a business-savvy work-around that could spur investment and growth in the Twin Cities? The answer depends on whom you ask. The $42.9 billion cash-and-stock purchase of Covidien, which was announced Sunday, comes with plans for Medtronic to decamp its executive suite to Ireland, where Covidien is based. It also will nearly double the size of the Fridley-based medical device maker and likely result in no significant change in its 8,000-strong Twin Cities workforce. The company is talking about adding 1,000 workers locally....
  • Medtronic to buy Covidien for $42.9 billion, rebase in Ireland

    06/16/2014 9:28:21 AM PDT · by kidd · 15 replies
    MSN Money ^ | June 16, 2014 | Susan Kelly and Greg Roumeliotis
    U.S. medical device maker Medtronic Inc said on Sunday it had agreed to buy Covidien Plc for $42.9 billion in cash and stock and move its executive base to Ireland in the latest transaction aiming for lower corporate tax rates abroad. While the deal will allow Medtronic to reduce its overall global tax burden, the Minneapolis-based company said it was driven by a complementary strategy with Covidien on medical technology rather than tax considerations
  • KSTP/SurveyUSA: Franken, Dayton Have Single-Digit Leads

    06/14/2014 11:45:34 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    KTSP Channel 5 NEws ^ | June 12, 2014 | Tom Hauser
    Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken survived recounts when they won their first elections to the governor's office and U.S. Senate. According to our latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, they might have to sweat our close races again in 2014. Franken clings to a six-point lead over his closest Republican challenger Mike McFadden, 48 percent to 42 percent. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percent. "This poll is a cannon burst into the Minnesota U.S. Senate race," says political science professor Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute. Jacobs says if the race remains...
  • St. Paul woman terrorizes family with knife, gasoline, flaming sock, charges say

    06/12/2014 7:26:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-12-14 | Tad Vezner
    After striking her mother's boyfriend in the head with a cooking pot and chasing him up and down the street with a butcher's knife, a St. Paul woman soaked her mother's home in gasoline, left a flaming sock on the stove and fled in her underwear before she was arrested, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. Sabrina Lajewel Grey, 22, was charged with first-degree attempted arson, second-degree assault and two counts of terroristic threats in Ramsey County District Court for a harrowing Tuesday evening domestic incident that escalated to a degree that shocked some first-responders.