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  • Voting is something to relish, not a chore needing to be done early

    10/24/2012 5:11:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-23-12 | joe soucheray
    It has never occurred to me to vote early by absentee ballot, which might be nothing more than an indication of either a stable life or a dull one. I know where I will be on Nov. 6. I don't anticipate a hard-starting car or an autumn cold or even an overflowing toilet -- three reasons Michelle Obama gave in Wisconsin a few days ago when she urged an audience to vote early. She might as well have said, "Hurry up and vote for my man before you see the third debate,'' although I am not sure the third debate...
  • Joe Soucheray: Voting is something to relish, not a chore needing to be done early

    10/24/2012 5:08:27 AM PDT · by rhema · 43 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 10/23/12 | Joe Soucheray
    It has never occurred to me to vote early by absentee ballot, which might be nothing more than an indication of either a stable life or a dull one. I know where I will be on Nov. 6. I don't anticipate a hard-starting car or an autumn cold or even an overflowing toilet -- three reasons Michelle Obama gave in Wisconsin a few days ago when she urged an audience to vote early. She might as well have said, "Hurry up and vote for my man before you see the third debate,'' although I am not sure the third debate...
  • Election 2012: Minnesota: Obama 51%, Romney 46%

    10/23/2012 9:23:23 AM PDT · by sunmars · 85 replies
    President Obama earns just over 50% of the vote in Minnesota. A new telephone survey of Likely Minnesota Voters finds Barack Obama with 51% support to 46% for Mitt Romney. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, while another one percent (1%) is undecided.
  • Rep. Ellison Calls GOP Challenger 'Lying Lowlife Scumbag' on Air

    10/21/2012 7:24:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/21/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) called his GOP rival a "lowlife scumbag" and a "gutter dweller" during a live on-air debate on Oct 18. What did Ellison's rival, Chris Fields, do to cause such an outburst? He accused Ellison of enriching himself to the tune of $2 million via funds from pharmaceuticals and other companies. Fields pointed out that Ellison claims to be on the House Foreign Affairs Committee although Ellison's own house.gov webpage does not support Ellison's claim. (During the on-air debate, Ellison continued to claim he is on the committee.)Fields also accused Ellison of paying a law firm $240,000 to find out details of Fields' divorce....
  • There is a ‘war on coal’ (Ohio Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown)

    10/21/2012 1:57:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Neil W. McCabe ^ | 10/19/2012
    Seen here first, this ad, produced by the advocacy group Checks and Balances for Economic Growth, was funded with what a spokesperson called “a significant statewide buy in Ohio.” The ad calls out incumbent Ohio Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown for his claim that there was no “War on Coal.” Brown made this statement during an Oct. 15 debate with his GOP challenger Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel.
  • Obama Ad You Won't See on TV

    10/21/2012 1:23:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 20, 2012
    "It begins with us."
  • Marriage Amendment: Vote yes

    10/21/2012 3:12:08 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 10/21/12 | Autumn Leva
    "Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." -- JOHN F. KENNEDY There are countless wonderful programs and organizations dedicated to making sure that kids are safe, involved in school and off drugs, out of poverty, eating healthier, not engaging in self-destructive behavior, and achieving their dreams. I remember practicing "stop, drop and roll" in first grade, completing "Dare to Keep Kids Off Drugs" in fifth grade, and having teachers and counselors guide me through the right classes and activities to set me on a successful path to college. As a former teacher, I...
  • Dan McGrath: Voter ID: 'It should be easy to vote, but hard to cheat'

    10/21/2012 8:46:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-20-12 | dan mcgrath
    Most Minnesotans are probably not aware that our state has recently seen more convictions for voter fraud than any other state since 1936. The overwhelming majority of those convictions stemmed from felons (rapists, murderers, gangsters, drug dealers, et al) voting while still under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. Thanks to a non-governmental organization, we brought some ineligible voters to justice, with 200 convictions since the 2008 election. Prosecuting felons who willfully voted while ineligible is difficult to do under Minnesota's election laws, since it must be proven not only that the person voted while ineligible, but also that...
  • Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves

    10/21/2012 8:05:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | October 21, 2012 | Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS
    U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is leading Democratic challenger Jim Graves heading into the final weeks of the campaign, according to a new poll commissioned by the Star Tribune. Bachmann, who is waging one of the most expensive House campaigns in the nation against a political newcomer, is favored by 51 percent of likely voters in Minnesota's sprawling Sixth Congressional District, which stretches from west of St. Cloud into Woodbury. Another 45 percent would choose Graves, a St. Cloud native and owner of Graves Hospitality Corp., an expansive hotel chain. Four percent of voters are undecided. The Oct. 16 poll conducted...
  • Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. releases robocall, tells supporters 'I am human'

    10/21/2012 4:46:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/12 | Jonathan Easley
    Report: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. releases robocall, tells supporters 'I am human'By Jonathan Easley - 10/20/12 07:07 PM ET The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) sent out an automated message to constituents in his district on Saturday, asking voters to stick by him through his recent spate of difficulties. “Like many human beings, a series of events came together in my life at the same time and they have been difficult to sort through,” Jackson says in the call. “I am human. I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through them...
  • 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index – Minnesota in the Bottom 10

    10/20/2012 9:06:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    A Stronger Minnesota ^ | 10-17-12 | ASM
    The 10 lowest ranked, or worst, states in this year’s Index are: 41.Maryland 42.Iowa 43.Wisconsin 44.North Carolina 45.Minnesota 46.Rhode Island 47.Vermont 48.California 49.New Jersey 50.New York
  • Minnesota Schools Close So Teachers Can Play with Dolls, Learn About Teaching Islam

    10/20/2012 8:04:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Each year, Minnesota government schools close for two days (just before the weekend, of course) so teachers’ union members can gather at a conference organized by their union. It’s meant to “inspire teachers,” EAGnews.org reported, and the conference includes a session titled, “Using Persona Dolls to Promote Social Emotional Intelligence and Acceptance of Diversity.” The union describes it this way: “Used around the world, persona dolls are lifelike dolls with personalities and stories you create. The dolls become members of your classroom community and children learn by empathizing with the dolls and giving them heartfelt advice on the same kinds...
  • Minnesota Democrat, Keith Ellison calls GOP rival 'scumbag gutter dweller' on radio

    10/19/2012 2:49:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/19/2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Thursday called his Republican opponent a "lowlife scumbag" and a "gutter dweller" during a radio debate that devolved into an invective-filled fight over each of their divorces. About 37 minutes into the debate on KFAI-FM radio, Republican candidate Chris Fields accused Ellison of paying a firm $240,000 to dig up information on Fields's divorce. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported it was recently discovered that Fields's ex-wife sought a restraining order against him in 2006. Ellison responded by saying he did not pay anyone to dig up dirt on Fields, and said Fields was "stupid" for...
  • Minneapolis man found guilty of aiding Somalia terrorist group

    10/19/2012 11:17:01 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 10/19/12 | DAN BROWNING and ALLIE SHAH
    A one-time janitor at a Minneapolis mosque was found guilty Thursday of conspiring to help a terrorist group recruit young Minnesota men for a holy war in their native Somalia. A federal jury in Minneapolis deliberated about 8 1/2 hours before convicting Mahamud Said Omar, 46, in a case that provided the clearest picture to date of a worldwide investigation into the recruiting of at least 20 young men to fight in Somalia with Al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group. Omar, of Minneapolis, rocked gently in his seat and studied the jurors dispassionately as the verdict was read. Guilty on count...
  • Words fly in heated 5th District debate between Ellison, Fields

    10/19/2012 4:59:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-18-12 | ap
    <p>At one point, Ellison called Fields "a low-life scumbag" and a "gutter dweller."</p> <p>The debate Thursday on KFAI Radio meandered from a conversation about equal pay for women to a restraining order Fields' ex-wife filed against him in 2006.</p> <p>Fields accused Ellison and the Minnesota DFL of using campaign contributions to dig up and make public that order, which Fields says he never received.</p>
  • Marriage vote: For the children. Be grateful the archbishop is defending society's cornerstone.

    10/18/2012 6:14:56 AM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 10/16/12 | STEPHEN J. HEANEY
    Thanks, Archbishop! John Nienstedt, who leads the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been subjected to much disrespectful criticism -- from members of his flock, and even from a Lutheran bishop -- regarding his lead role supporting the marriage amendment. He stands accused of forcing his religion on everyone, and of forcing the consciences of his fellow Catholics. Though not unexpected, the charges are unfair. What is the dispute about? One side holds that marriage is a vow of a man and a woman before the community to engage in a project that is greater than the couple, and...
  • Minnesota Again

    10/17/2012 7:09:40 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    We told you earlier about Jill Biden heading to Minnesota, now Chuck Todd breaks another piece to the story: MT @chucktodd Yesterday, Obama campaign added MN to their nat’l radio buy. Today, campaign announces Jill Biden will campaign there this wk. — Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) October 18, 2012
  • FREEP This Poll - Who Won The Second Debate?

    10/17/2012 5:53:48 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 26 replies
    Poll: Who won the second debate? Barack Obama Mitt Romney Too close to name a winner Didn't watch it
  • Sheriff: Missing soldier in Indiana, "not in immediate danger" [MN native]

    10/14/2012 5:10:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies
    WISTV ^ | Oct 12, 2012 | Jason Old and Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield
    The wife of a South Carolina soldier who disappeared from his home Saturday night says he has been spotted in Indiana. Pamela Larson, the wife of Sgt. Robert Larson posted late Thursday night on the "Help Find Sgt. Robert Larson" Facebook page that he was seen in Gary, Indiana on October 9th. The post also included surveillance photos of a man Larson believes is her husband. The local ground search has been put on hold while authorities investigate leads that Sgt. Larson may be out of state. Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers on Thursday afternoon said investigators have received tips...
  • Food fight in the school lunchroom

    10/14/2012 7:15:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | October 14, 2012 | by: MARIA ELENA BACA and HERON MARQUEZ
    They may be good for you, but some students are having a tough time swallowing the new, healthier school lunches. Across the United States, students are protesting new federal guidelines that have school lunches packing more fruits and vegetables, fewer carbohydrates and less meat. About 120 students at Jordan Middle School boycotted the lunch program to show their distaste, as did students in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Michigan. "The federal government is trying to solve a problem that every kid doesn't have," said Jacob Taxdahl, an eighth-grade football player at Jordan Middle School who started the three-day boycott via a...