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  • Deadly force bill missed target (MN barf alert)

    04/05/2012 4:50:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    dl-online.com ^ | 4 April, 2012 | NA
    Gov. Mark Dayton was right to veto the so-called Castle Doctrine bill, but he did it for the wrong reason. The bill, co-authored by Minnesota Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas, would have gone further than the Florida “shoot first” law now being invoked in the controversial shooting death of a black teenager. The proposed Minnesota law would not have endangered police officers, and would not have resulted in a rash of shootings. But it would have made it easier to shoot and kill someone, and the vaguely-worded bill would have made it very difficult to prosecute anyone who used deadly...
  • Victim describes 'flash mob' attack in downtown Mpls. (8th one since Feb)

    04/05/2012 10:57:30 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 31 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 4/5/2012
    MINNEAPOLIS - To hear the story from the one who lived it is unsettling. Matthew Collie was walking near Marquette and 9th Street in Downtown Minneapolis last Saturday night heading to Hell's Kitchen for a concert. He had just gone to the TCF ATM on Marquette and was in front of the W Hotel when he said everything went dark. "I was walking on the sidewalk and then the next moment I was on the sidewalk. Totally disoriented, I didn't know who had come up and hit me," Collie said Wednesday recalling the moment he was jumped from behind. For...
  • Hennepin County takes down U.N. flag

    04/05/2012 5:58:25 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 17 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | April 2, 2012 | Keven Duchschere
    The United Nations flag came down outside the Hennepin County Government Center last week after commissioners unanimously voted to fly only the U.S., Minnesota and county flags over the red-brick plaza facing Minneapolis City Hall.
  • City banishes Bibles during 'gay' fest

    04/04/2012 4:03:28 AM PDT · by blueyon · 19 replies
    wnd ^ | 4/3/2012 | Drew Zahn
    For over a decade, Brian Johnson has peaceably passed out Bibles during Minneapolis’ Twin Cities Pride Festival, but if he tries it again this year, he fears, he could be arrested. Through some clever legal wrangling, Twin Cities Pride, the organizers of the annual festival celebrating homosexuality, have convinced the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to allow them to exile anyone attempting to distribute Bibles or communicate unapproved messages at the event to a “no pride zone” far away from the festivities. Now Johnson is filing a federal lawsuit against the Board, claiming it can’t banish First Amendment free speech...
  • Mpls. Police Ponder 8 P.M. Curfew After Youth Mob Attacks

    04/02/2012 8:56:56 AM PDT · by ElenaM · 82 replies
    CBS Minneapolis ^ | 3/31/12 | CBS Minneapolis
    Watch the video. The story doesn't mention the characteristics of the mob members. Wonder why not? Mpls. Police Ponder 8 P.M. Curfew After Youth Mob AttacksThere have been six mob attacks, in all, since February. Now, police are now wondering if an 8 o’clock curfew keeping anyone 17 and under from two downtown streets will stop the violence. Nicollet Mall is a destination for many. Outdoor patios where drinks and food are served are a draw not only to people who live here, but also tourist. Since February, when the sun goes down, later in the evening, mobs of teens...
  • Minneapolis rally protests Trayvon Martin's shooting

    03/30/2012 6:28:20 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    minnesota.publicradio.org ^ | March 30, 2012 | Rupa Shenoy
    MINNEAPOLIS — Speakers at a gathering in Minneapolis to remember slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin said his death should be a rallying cry for racial justice in the country. Hundreds of people rallied in a University of Minnesota courtyard Thursday evening showing solidarity with others around the country who are protesting over the death of the 17-year-old who shot and killed as he walked to his father's home by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self defense. People in the crowd held signs that read "Justice for Trayvon" and "hoodies up" — a reference to the hooded...
  • Property Tax Revolution in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan

    03/26/2012 7:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 7+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The granddaddy of property tax revolts is now underway in North Dakota. The North Dakota group, Empower the Taxpayer writes "On June 12, 2012, the voters of North Dakota will have the opportunity to make North Dakota truly 'Legendary', as the first to pass a state constitutional amendment that will abolish the property tax, prioritize spending by the legislature, and finally give local governments something they never had: true local control over spending." Public unions and proponents of big government are now involved in a major wave of fearmongering because North Dakota counties get about 60 percent of their revenue...
  • 9 charged in connection with gang rape of 14-year-old girl at party in St. Paul, Minn.

    03/24/2012 4:12:19 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies · 4+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 03/24/12
    Nine suspected gang members and associates were charged Friday in a sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl who was forced back inside an abandoned St. Paul house and raped after trying to leave a party last November, authorities said. The girl and her friend were picked up at school by one of the men and lured to a party with suspected members of the TB22, or True Blood 22, street gang, prosecutors said.
  • Ten questions for the Council on American Islamic Relations

    03/22/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    FreePressers ^ | 22 March 2012 | Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a propaganda campaign attacking a state legislative initiative that is designed to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, including Muslims. That initiative is known as American Laws for American Courts (ALAC).
  • DEM REP: NAZIS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR (Muzzie Ellison)

    03/21/2012 1:49:29 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 57 replies · 4+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | March 21, 2012 | Fox News / Breitbart TV
    Video at the link: O’REILLY: Congressman, the reason we like you as a guest is because you’re an honest man, But I will point to history. I will point to history. The same mindset was taken when dealing with Nazi Germany. We’re not going to go in aggressive action. We don’t believe they’re going to do this. We don’t believe they’re going to do that. And they absolutely did everything. So I think you’ve got to learn from history. ELLISON: Let me tell you in World War II, in World War II they attacked Pearl Harbor. That would be enough....
  • Burnsville Man Arrested, Jailed for Siding Code Violation ( MN )

    03/20/2012 8:59:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 54 replies
    KSTP-TV ^ | 03/17/2012 | Jennie Olson
    A Burnsville man on his way to work was arrested and thrown in jail without bond, and then subjected to electronic home monitoring. But it wasn’t for drugs or a DWI or some other major crime. Burnsville city leaders say Mitch Faber’s dealings with the law all stem from his failure to properly put up siding on his house. Yep, siding. Faber says he had every intention of completing the stucco and decorative rock project on his home but he ran into money troubles when the economy soured. Burnsville leaders say they had no choice to enforce the law. ......
  • Obama Admin OKs Using Aborted Babies’ Brains in Lab Tests

    03/16/2012 10:43:10 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 148 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/16/2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Admin OKs Using Aborted Babies’ Brains in Lab Tests by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 3/16/12 1:18 PM The Obama administration is getting grief from a pro-life group for approving an experiment using the remains of the bodies of unborn children victimized in abortion for research continues in U.S. laboratories. Scott Fischbach, the director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life uncovered the information showing a clinical trial approved by the Food and Drug Administration uses brain tissue from aborted unborn babies to treat macular degeneration. StemCells Inc. will inject fetal brain stem cells into the eyes...
  • Camera Catches Would-Be Armed Robber Hitting Girl(MN)

    03/15/2012 2:47:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    myfoxtwincities.com ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Jody Ambroz
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - A camera inside a store on St. Paul’s East Side captured images of a would-be armed robber who hit a young girl at the counter during his failed attempt at holding up the business. Now, police are hoping to find him before he strikes again. Owner Ying Thao takes pride in caring for his customers at the Corner Express, and Thao wanted to protect them when a robber walked in with a gun. Thao recalled, “He said, 'All I need is your money. Give me your money before I blow you up.'” Surveillance video from inside...
  • Senate GOP makes a power play on Right-to-Work Amendment

    03/09/2012 7:50:44 AM PST · by Parmenio · 4 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | March 8, 2012 | Tom Scheck
    Republicans in the Minnesota Senate took an unusual step today by moving a bill from one committee to another before the first committee voted on the measure. The bill in question is a proposed constitutional amendment would allow voters to decide whether workers could voluntarily avoid paying union dues. Sen. Dave Thompson, R- Lakeville, requested that the so-called "right-to-work" bill be moved from the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It's a simple procedural move, but it upends the typical Senate process that allows policy committees to debate and vote on bills that fall within...
  • Keith Downey: Why 'right to work' would be good for workers and their unions

    03/09/2012 5:22:39 AM PST · by rhema · 15 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/8/12 | Keith Downey
    The state Legislature should listen to the 70 percent of Minnesotans, including a majority of union members, who support the "right to work" legislation pending at the Capitol. Twenty-three states already have it. And as the public learns more, support grows stronger. No surprise there. Right-to-work simply says you are free to join a union or not; and if you choose not to join, you cannot be forced to pay union dues. That, it seems, is just plain fair and a basic employee freedom. Many Minnesotans are surprised it's not the law right now. They have no idea that current...
  • Define the meaning of marriage in Minnesota Constitution

    03/09/2012 5:15:00 AM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 3/7/12 | STEPHEN J. HEANEY
    Robert Franklin's call for "some straight talk about the marriage commitment" (Feb. 24) is on the money. He notes the percentages of divorces, cohabitation and out-of-wedlock childbirth. Marriage is in such bad shape, he says, that calling for a constitutional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is like calling for an architect when the house is ablaze. Then, as a reductio ad absurdum, he suggests that we could, if we wanted, make divorce difficult to obtain and enforce laws against fornication. Will we? No, because we have grown beyond such government control of personal choices. There...
  • 23 Somalis on Trial in Tennessee for Sex Slavery

    03/06/2012 12:23:12 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    The New American Magazine ^ | 05 March 2012 | Cort Kirkwood
    Twenty-three Somalis will go on trial this month in connection with operating a sex slavery ring that sold little girls into slavery in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nasvhille, Tennessee; and other cities. ... authorities busted the Somali gang while some of its members were leaving a parking lot with one of its victims in the car. “One victim, Jane Doe One,” the newspaper reported, “was first taken from Minneapolis to Nashville in December 2005 to sell for sex. She was 13 at the time.” ... Another victim, who had run away from home, suffered terribly at the hands of the men. “The...
  • State Rep. Mary Franson apologizes for comparing food stamps to feeding the animals

    03/05/2012 7:34:14 PM PST · by do the dhue · 30 replies
    star tribune ^ | 3/3 and 3/5/12 | Jennifer Brooks
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijWu7lK7Hss State Rep. Mary Franson has apologized and removed a YouTube video that compared Minnesota’s food stamp program to “feed(ing) the animals.” It started Friday, when Franson, a first-term Republican from Alexandria, posted a week-in-review video on YouTube. She ran through the news about the new state budget forcast and ended with a plea to end child sexual abuse. In between, at about the two-minute mark, she turned to the welfare reform. “I'll read you this little funny clip that we got from a friend. It says, 'Isn't it ironic that the food stamp program, part of the Department...
  • Dayton vetoes "castle doctrine" self-defense bill(MN)

    03/05/2012 5:53:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies · 1+ views
    startribune.com ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Jim Ragsdale
    Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the so-called "castle doctrine" self-defense bill on Monday. The proposal, supported by the gun-rights groups and opposed by Minnesota's law-enforcement organizations, would have expanded the legal justification for citizens who use deadly force in threatening situations. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, was the top priority of the National Rifle Association and drew some DFL votes in addition to near-unanimous Republican support. The measure passed by votes of 40-23 in the Senate and 85-47 in the House. It would have changed the legal definitions of self-defense for someone...
  • NFL: Saints defense had 'bounty' fund

    03/02/2012 2:41:59 PM PST · by toast · 65 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 2, 2012 | Adam Schefter
    Between 22 and 27 defensive players on the New Orleans Saints, as well as defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, maintained a "bounty" program funded primarily by players in violation of NFL rules during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons, the NFL announced Friday.
  • Tell Minnesota Governor Dayton To Sign The Stand Your Ground Bill

    02/29/2012 6:45:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 3+ views
    Ammoland ^ | 27 February, 2012 | GOCRA
    If you do only one thing for gun rights this year, this is it! Minnesota --(Ammoland.com)- The Stand Your Ground bill passed the Minnesota House last year. It overwhelmingly passed the Senate last week. Now the bill is headed to Governor Dayton. TODAY! Call Governor Dayton’s office and ask him to sign HR1467, the Stand Your Ground bill. * Metro: 651-201-3400 * Toll Free: 800-657-3717 Write a real letter, on paper. These are incredibly effective in convincing a politician of how seriously we take an issue. Governor Mark Dayton 130 State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd....
  • New Minn. Bill Expands Rights of Self-Defense

    02/27/2012 5:36:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies · 1+ views
    kstp.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Jay Kolls
    A new Minnesota Senate bill would give you more power to use self-defense outside your home. Right now, Minnesota law allows you to protect yourself in your home if you are threatened or believe you are in imminent danger. The law also allows for the use of deadly force. But, under that same law, if you are in public and threatened, you are technically supposed to try and leave the scene or diffuse the situation if possible. If you cannot "retreat" from the threat, you then can use deadly force in self-defense. This new Senate bill, which passed 40-23, not...
  • Libtards becoming delegates at GOP conventions.

    02/25/2012 9:58:34 PM PST · by horsappl · 42 replies · 4+ views
    Today at the Republican Party of Otter Tail County convention, we had delegates disrupting the meeting. These people were democrats, posing as Republicans. They wasted hours offering amendments to our platform, then trying to become delegates. We all knew what they were, but rules and laws prevented us from showing them the door. We finally passed a motion to require photo id to make these clowns prove they lived in the township they purported to represent. They showed us college id's. The problem we were having was that not all delegates that we were to vote to the state convention...
  • Minnesota Legislature News: Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in Senate

    02/25/2012 6:42:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views
    piercecountyherald.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Danielle Nordine
    ST. PAUL – A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate. The Personal Protection Act – known by many opponents as the “shoot first” bill – extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said. “This bill isn’t just about guns,” it is about allowing any use of deadly force if necessary to guard against imminent danger, Hoffman said. The bill, approved by the House last year, also would require Minnesota to...
  • Columbia Heights Man Caught With Stolen 19-Inch TV in Pants

    02/25/2012 8:02:08 AM PST · by Parmenio · 27 replies · 2+ views
    KSTP ^ | February 24, 2012 | Jennie Olson
    A Columbia Heights man was arrested for allegedly stealing a 19-inch television – by shoving it down his pants. Twenty-one-year-old Eric Lee King was walking out of an Eagan business on Dec. 5, 2011, when he dropped a box of candy in the parking lot. An Eagan police officer was in the area and let King know, but King kept walking as if he didn’t hear the officer, according to the complaint. The police officer said King was walking “straight-legged, shuffling his feet, and not bending his knees.” The officer also noticed that King’s pants were falling down and he...
  • Jesse Ventura aims to get even with Navy SEAL in court

    02/24/2012 6:43:49 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 48 replies · 1+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/24/12 | Dan Browning
    "Scruff Face"? Them's fighting words to Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Minnesota's controversial former governor and TV provocateur. Ventura, whose real name is James Janos, recently filed a defamation lawsuit against Navy SEAL Chris Kyle over the portrayal of a bar fight Kyle claims they had six years ago in Coronado, Calif. Kyle wrote about the alleged incident in his recent memoir "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History." Under the headline, "Punching Out Scruff Face," Kyle describes a confrontation with a "celebrity" who served in the military during the Vietnam War and who "most...
  • Unions turn town hall meeting into a confrontation

    02/20/2012 7:42:41 AM PST · by Parmenio · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Minneapolis Conservative Examiner ^ | February 20, 2012 | Gary Gross
    When John Pederson, Steve Gottwalt and King Banaian scheduled Friday night's town hall meeting at St. Cloud's Public Library, they had no way of knowing that public employee unions were planning on disrupting it. Things didn't get ugly immediately but it didn't take long before things got out of control. The first question of the night was directed at Dr. Banaian, the economist, not Rep. Banaian, the Minnesota House member. Here's the statement and question: "Study after study has shown that right-to-work lowers wages for all workers. Is this true?" Banaian said that there are many studies on the subject...
  • Republicans, League of Women Voters go at it over Voter ID (MN)

    02/17/2012 7:22:40 AM PST · by Parmenio · 14 replies
    MinnPost ^ | February 16, 2012 | Cindy Brucato
    The author of a proposed constitutional amendment to require a photo ID when voting is offering an olive branch to the bill’s most vocal opponent. “When this passes… I would expect the League of Women Voters to work with us,” said state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, Republican from Big Lake. The League is not accepting. “If it passes the Legislature, we will continue to educate voters. If it passes [in November], we will have to take a look at both options -- try to make it work or go to court,” says Laura Wang, executive director of the League of Women...
  • Minn. Police, Attorneys Oppose Deadly Force Bill (Stand Your Ground)

    02/16/2012 7:53:15 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 41 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/16/12 | Lauren Radomski/AP
    Key police chiefs and county prosecutors joined together on Thursday to urge Minnesota lawmakers to not pass legislation that would give people more freedom to use deadly force when protecting themselves. The legislation creates the presumption that a person in their home or other dwelling who uses deadly force does so believing they are in danger of harm or death. The bill also removes the obligation for that person to retreat from such a situation. It's headed for a full Senate vote soon. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said at a Capitol press conference that the bill shifts the standard...
  • Despite opposition, Hoffman sticks to her guns(MN)

    02/14/2012 1:42:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    fergusfallsjournal.com ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Ryan Howard
    Senator Gretchen Hoffman isn’t letting police union opposition to a gun bill she sponsored get to her. Instead, she’s focused on the voices of support she’s received on a piece of legislation she’s dubbed the “Stand Your Ground” bill. The bill (SF 1357) expands gun owners’ self-defense rights. Currently, the use of deadly force is authorized when a person believes they are in danger of bodily harm or death, but the new bill presumes that threat may be posed by a home invader. It also eliminates residents’ “duty to retreat” from a threat if possible, instead allowing deadly force. The...
  • Minnesota gun and self-defense laws could see major changes

    02/14/2012 8:22:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    wday.com ^ | 13 February, 2012 | Bill Schammert
    Minnesota gun and self-defense laws could be set for some major changes if Bill 1467 is signed into law. It's an attempt to enhance the rights of homeowners during an intrusion, and broaden permit-to-carry law. Supporters say the bill only reaffirms and guarantees people rights they should already have under the Second Amendment - the right to bear arms. Opponents disagree, saying it puts people in more danger, most notably law enforcement officials. Bill Bergquist – Clay County Sheriff: “Shoot and ask questions later is what it looks like, so there's some concerns about that.” It's commonly known as the...
  • Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It

    02/12/2012 8:48:12 PM PST · by sinanju · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | February 11, 2012 | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM and ROBERT GEBELOFF
    Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. He has signed up his three school-age children to eat free breakfast and lunch at federal expense. And Medicare paid for his mother, 88, to have hip surgery twice. There is little poverty here in Chisago County, northeast of Minneapolis, where cheap housing for commuters is gradually replacing farmland. But Mr. Gulbranson and many other residents who describe themselves as self-sufficient members of...
  • Rep. Tony Cornish pushes for another constitutional amendment on ballot(MN RKBA)

    02/10/2012 7:13:44 AM PST · by marktwain
    minnpost.com ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Cyndy Brucato
    Republican legislators are pressing forward with efforts to bring constitutional amendments to the November ballot. The most recent proposal, filed Wednesday and authored by Rep. Tony Cornish of Lake Crystal, reaffirms the right of individuals to "acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms." The legislation adds that any restriction must be subjected to "strict scrutiny." "It's a more strict interpretation" of the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution, said Cornish. Cornish is a veteran in this area, having authored previous gun-rights legislation, including a bill this session that allows county attorneys to carry firearms. He's confident of the...
  • Minneapolis helps Muslim businesses follow Sharia law

    02/09/2012 10:04:13 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    The Minnesota Daily ^ | 2012/02/07 | Nick Sudheimer
    Loans that collect interest are considered by some to be sinful under Sharia law. Afrik Grocery and Halal Meat on Cedar Avenue needed to expand. Owner Abdi Adem, who operates his business under Sharia law, needed to find a loan that funded the expansion and complied with his religious beliefs. Finding the loan was easier than he expected. Since December 2006, the city of Minneapolis, in partnership with the African Development Center, has given out 54 loans in a way that is compliant with Islamic law by using a fixed rate in place of a variable interest rate, which some...
  • (MN Cong. John)Kline saves Fort Snelling rifles

    02/08/2012 7:27:24 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/8/12 | Kevin Diaz
    After an inquiry by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the Pentagon is reversing a decision to limit the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad’s access to the ceremonial rifles they use for military burials. And to ensure other veterans don’t face similar red tape, Kline also is introducing legislation that will enable the Army to loan or donate excess rifles to eligible organizations – including local chapters of the American Legion and VFW. The move comes after members of the Rifle Squad complained to Kline, a retired Marine Colonel, that the Army wanted to recoup a number of their vintage ceremonial...
  • Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner [Shoe-String Budget: Clean Sweep: Hat-Trick: Wins MN; MO, and CO!]

    02/07/2012 10:36:59 PM PST · by Steelfish · 348 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | February 07, 2012 | NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON
    Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner Former Senator Wins in Minnesota, Missouri; Romney Campaign Plays Down Nonbinding Contests By NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON DENVER—Rick Santorum jolted the Republican presidential race Tuesday by winning nominating contests in Missouri and Minnesota, puncturing Mitt Romney's claim to be the unstoppable front-runner. Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, was running neck and neck with Mr. Romney in preliminary returns from Colorado, a state Mr. Romney won by a wide margin in 2008. With about 70% of the Colorado vote counted, Mr. Santorum had 38%, to 36% for Mr. Romney. Four years ago, Mr....
  • Minneapolis announces labor agreement with Vikings.

    02/08/2012 7:56:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    AP ^ | February 7, 2012
    Minneapolis, Minn. — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and labor groups say they have agreements with the Vikings that they hope will increase city support for a new stadium on the current Metrodome site. The agreements call for union labor to be used on any stadium, with unions committing to no work stoppages.
  • Three Lessons from the ‘Beauty Contests’ (MO, MN and CO -- The storyline changes again)

    02/08/2012 6:08:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Did Tuesday’s results matter? Nowhere near as much as the results from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida mattered. But primary campaigns rarely reach stasis; momentum shifts, ebbs, and flows, and the trio of contests yesterday offered a few hints that the storyline will change once again.Rick Santorum is on the verge of overtaking Newt Gingrich as the anti-Romney alternative.Santorum began this contest as the man of the hour, the little engine that could in a sweater-vest who challenged and beat the much-better-funded Mitt Romney . . . and yet he has, at the moment, an entire three...
  • Santorum declared winner in Missouri, Minnesota

    02/07/2012 8:12:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/07/2012 | By Philip Rucker and Nia-Malika Henderson
    DENVER — Rick Santorum had a breakthrough night on Tuesday by winning the Missouri primary and the Minnesota caucuses, breathing life into his struggling campaign and slowing Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination. Early returns had Santorum running two-to-one over Romney in Missouri, and the Associated Press projected he would win the state’s “beauty contest” primary, which awards no delegates but provides fresh momentum to the former Pennsylvania senator’s campaign. Romney was hoping to extend his winning streak as he tried to strengthen his claim to the mantle of the presumptive nominee, but he was bracing for a...
  • LIVE THREAD: Results in CO., MN., MO.

    02/07/2012 5:08:04 PM PST · by Anti-Hillary · 999 replies · 2+ views
    2-7-12 | ?
    Open for discussion.
  • Santorum May be Positioned to Shake Up Presidential Race

    02/07/2012 5:49:58 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies
    The Centre Daily ^ | 7 February 2012 | David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers
    WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum faced an important opportunity Tuesday to become the chief conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, as he was poised for possibly strong showings in Republican presidential contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was expected to remain the front-runner for the GOP nomination whatever happened Tuesday, thanks to his huge advantages in campaign cash and organization and his impressive earlier wins in New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada. But late polls showed Santorum surging, although polls are notoriously weak at forecasting caucus results, because caucus turnout tends to be low and to require unusually...
  • THE VIKINGS ARE A LOCK FOR THE SUPER BOWL IN 2013! [Brady, Tebow are "registered" Minnesota voters]

    02/07/2012 3:42:05 PM PST · by rhema · 11 replies
    THE VIKINGS ARE A LOCK FOR THE SUPER BOWL IN 2013! Really! Why? Because Tom Brady has moved to Minnesota, presumably in order to play for the home team. Not only that, we will have Tim Tebow as his backup. Seriously! Registering Tim Tebow and Tom Brady to Vote in Minnesota ProjectVeritas.com Investigation. Election officials advise no ID necessary to register Timothy Tebow and Thomas Brady to vote in Minnesota. Absentee ballots are discussed, voter registration forms are given out, and Election officials blow the whistle on potential fraud in their own state.
  • Eden Prairie (MN) grad funded terror group in Somalia

    02/06/2012 8:34:17 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies · 2+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/6/12 | Dan Browning
    An Eden Prairie High School graduate pleaded guilty Monday to providing material support to Al-Shabab, a Somali group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, 27, now living in Westerville, Ohio, admitted to raising up to $1,500 under false pretenses to help send Al-Shabab recruits from the Twin Cities to Somalia. He also admitted that he and two co-conspirators wired $200 of those funds to Somalia so someone he knew there could buy guns. Mahamud, a Somali native and naturalized U.S. citizen, faces up to 15 years for his role in the conspiracy when he...
  • Racism easy to see with a little help

    02/05/2012 8:11:13 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | February 5, 2012 | Robin Washington
    Chuck Horton was not at all thrilled with the Un-Fair Campaign. In fact, the Duluth boxing promoter and former owner of Horton’s Gym was downright offended by the Twin Ports initiative that seeks to combat racism by focusing on white privilege. Among its messages is a poster depicting a white woman’s face, scrawled upon with phrases like “we’re lucky we’re white” and “we’re lucky we don’t get followed by security every time we go to the store,” and billboards declaring “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white.”
  • Newt Gingrich leaves Las Vegas with plan to woo NASCAR voters, sweep South

    02/05/2012 5:21:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2012 | Shannon McCaffrey
    LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich is wooing NASCAR voters. As he charts a possible course to the Republican nomination, aides say Gingrich will paint frontrunner Mitt Romney as the candidate of the PGA golf tour while the former House speaker pursues the blue collar mantle of Dale Earnhardt. It’s a strategy that exploits the class warfare Gingrich professes to oppose. Still, it could pay dividends once the GOP race again swings South. Gingrich sees delegate-rich Texas as a firewall in April. But he must slog through more than 30 contests before that....
  • PPP polls: Romney 14 up in Colorado, Santorum up two in Minnesota

    02/05/2012 2:48:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Hot on the heels of Mitt Romney’s big win in Nevada come two more caucuses and another primary on Tuesday, in which no delegates will get directly assigned to any candidate. However, both offer opportunities to shape the media coverage of the overall primary campaign, and for Rick Santorum, this might mean some good news. PPP’s latest and final polls from Colorado and Minnesota give bad news to Newt Gingrich, however: Last night’s results in Nevada were bad news for Newt Gingrich and PPP’s first day of polling in Colorado and Minnesota indicates things may only get worse for him...
  • Polls: Santorum in First Place in Minnesota, Second in Colorado

    02/05/2012 10:25:03 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 67 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 5, 2012 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Public Policy Polling surveys Tuesday's caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and finds good news for Rick Santorum: Last night's results in Nevada were bad news for Newt Gingrich and PPP's first day of polling in Colorado and Minnesota indicates things may only get worse for him in the coming days. In Colorado Mitt Romney looks primed for another big Western win to match his one in Nevada. He leads with 40% there to 26% for Rick Santorum, 18% for Gingrich, and 12% for Ron Paul. Minnesota looks like a toss up with any of the four candidates having some shot...
  • Rape Tag at New Ulm School Shocks Parents

    02/02/2012 10:01:33 AM PST · by Sopater · 26 replies
    MyFox Twin Cities ^ | 01 Feb 2012
    NEW ULM, Minn. - A few weeks ago, rape tag was a game no school official or parent in New Ulm, Minn. had ever heard of. After some swift action, it’s game they don’t expect to see elementary school students playing again. Last month, a parent alerted Washington Elementary principal Bill Sprung to the game being played by a handful of fifth grade students. Sprung told KEYC-TV in Mankato he took swift action to put an end to the game, alerting recess supervisors and having teachers speak to their students. The school said rape tag is game similar to freeze...
  • Update #2 of Full Primary Caucus Calendar

    01/31/2012 4:30:09 PM PST · by Ron C. · 5 replies · 2+ views
    CA GOP, and various additional | 1/31/12 | Ron C
    Updated Full Primary/Caucus Calendar Jan 3 Iowa (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Unbound - Allocation at State Convention Jan 10 New Hampshire (primary) 12 Delegates 12 Bound - Proportional with 10% threshold Jan 21 South Carolina (primary) 25 Delegates 25 Bound - Winner-take-all per statewide vote Jan 31 Florida (primary) 50 Delegates 50 Bound - winner-take-all per statewide vote Feb 4 Nevada (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Bound - Allocated on results of primary Feb 4-11 Maine (caucus) 24 Delegates 24 Unbound - Convention elects delegates Feb 7 Colorado (caucus) 36 Delegates 36 Unbound - Allocated at State Convention Minnesota (caucus) 40...
  • Santorum: ‘We’re Going To Win This Race’

    01/31/2012 6:45:53 PM PST · by writer33 · 120 replies
    CBS News/DC ^ | 01/31/2012 | Staff
    LUVERNE, Minn. (AP) — As political watchers fixated on Florida, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum delivered a message to Minnesotans: The race is still on, no matter the outcome of Tuesday’s primary. Santorum, speaking Monday to a crowd of about 300 people at the Palace Theatre in the southwest town of Luverne, seemed determined to regain the Midwest momentum he’d enjoyed in Iowa — even on the eve of Florida’s primary, in which the senator hasn’t polled well. “I believe we’re going to be in it until the end, and I believe we’re going to win this race,” Santorum told...