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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...
  • Minnesota coming into play? (O47 R43)

    10/13/2012 5:01:53 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 72 replies
    Key Findings: 1. The Romney-Ryan team is right in the thick of things in Minnesota. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan trail Barack Obama and Joe Biden by just four points – 43% Romney/Ryan to 47% Obama/Biden in the Presidential race in Minnesota. While Minnesota is a Democratic state, the Romney/Ryan ticket’s 45%-32% lead over Obama/Biden among Independents makes the state competitive. Romney/Ryan lead 45%-42% among men, but trail 42%-52% among women. 2. While Obama’s image is decent overall, he has real problems with Independents. Romney’s image is 45% favorable/44% unfavorable, which is a little weaker than Obama’s 50% favorable/44% unfavorable...
  • Report Card on Federalism: Good News for the Laboratory of States, Bad News for Minnesota

    10/12/2012 5:37:22 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Center of the American Experiment ^ | 10-11-12 | Kim Crockett
    While the national conversation is focused on the presidential race and the nation’s poor economic health, the states continue to serve as a robust laboratory for ideas and policies. Despite the stunning growth of the federal government and the consequent take-over of many aspects of state government, business, health care and our private, daily lives, the states continue to prove that leadership and innovation can deliver game-changing reforms. There is plenty of encouraging news from around the nation with bragging rights going to places like South Dakota, Texas, Kansas, Florida—even Pennsylvania and Michigan where governors and legislatures are working together...
  • FREEP THIS POLL - Who do you think won the debate?

    10/11/2012 8:51:15 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 34 replies
    Poll: Who do you think won the debate? Joe Biden Paul Ryan Too close to name a winner
  • LGBT Group Challenges Denial To March In Parade [Anoka, MN]

    10/10/2012 11:28:49 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 18 replies
    WCCO/CBS ^ | October 10, 2012 11:54 AM | unattributed
    ANOKA, Minn. (WCCO) – As Anoka gears up for its annual Halloween parade, an online petition is attracting a lot of attention. It’s supporting a gay youth group that’s not being allowed to march in this year’s parade. The group is called Justin’s Gift, named after Justin Aaberg. He was a student at Anoka High School who committed suicide. His family says he couldn’t take the bullying he endured, over his sexual orientation. The co-founders of Justin’s Gift felt like being a part of the parade would be a great opportunity for the community to show its support for gay...
  • 911 Calls Go Unanswered During Minneapolis Shooting

    10/10/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    valley news live ^ | 10-10-12 | valley news
    Emergency communications officials say some of the 911 calls made during a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis sign company went unanswered. Communications director Heather Hunt says as many as six people who made 911 calls hung up when no one answered. It's one of the reasons why the city will set up a recorded message to play if 911 callers don't get an answer within 10 seconds. The recording will tell the callers to hang on until an operator is available. The Star Tribune says 16 calls related to the shooting at Accent Signage System were answered. And police responded...
  • Voter ID amendment: Complaint against Ritchie to be heard Friday

    10/10/2012 8:14:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-9-12 | doug beldon
    The complaint filed by two state senators against Secretary of State Mark Ritchie over his conduct related to the state's proposed voter ID amendment is scheduled for a hearing Friday morning. Administrative law judge Bruce Johnson issued an order Tuesday, Oct. 9, concluding that the allegations, if true, would constitute a violation and thus a probable cause hearing was merited. Republican Sens. Mike Parry of Waseca and Scott Newman of Hutchinson filed the complaint Thursday with the Office of Administrative Hearings. It alleged that Ritchie, a Democrat and opponent of the proposed amendment -- which would require all voters to...
  • Poll: Obama ahead in Minnesota; Klobuchar way ahead (D+9 Sample)

    10/09/2012 1:16:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | October 9, 2012 | by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    A new poll of Minnesota voters shows Democratic President Obama with a ten percentage point advantage over Republican Mitt Romney and Democratic Senate incumbent Amy Klobuchar with a 26 percentage point advantage over Republican Kurt Bills. The poll of Minnesota voters actually showed the president support narrowly increased from 51 percent to Romney's 44 percent in September to 53 percent to Romney's 43 percent in the recent polling. The PPP poll of Minnesota was done on Saturday and Sunday, perhaps mitigating the Obama dip of immediately after the Wednesday debate. The pollster, which works with Democrats but releases public polls...
  • Voter ID: GOP senators file complaint saying Ritchie misleading on amendment

    10/04/2012 11:14:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-4-12 | doug belden
    Two Republican state senators announced Thursday, Oct. 4, that they have filed a complaint with the Office of Administrative Hearings over Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's conduct related to the state's proposed voter-ID amendment. Mike Parry of Waseca and Scott Newman of Hutchinson said they were filing the complaint on their own behalf. They say Ritchie, an opponent of the proposed amendment that would require voters to present a photo ID at the polls, has made false statements and improperly used his office to work against the amendment's passage. A spokeswoman for Ritchie said shortly after noon on Thursday that...
  • MN 13th for Taxes Collected, 15th for Spending Per Capita

    10/02/2012 4:51:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    twin cities business ^ | 9-27-12 | Nataleeya Boss
    Minnesota had the 13th-highest state and local taxes per capita in the nation in 2010—and the 15th-highest state and local government spending per person, according to a Minnesota Taxpayers Association (MTA) report released Wednesday. The state’s ranking for total taxes collected remained unchanged from 2008 and 2009. Minnesota’s state and local governments collected $4,587 per person in taxes in 2010—up about 0.6 percent from 2009 and higher than the national average of $4,105. Total tax collection per $1,000 of income totaled $110, the 15th-highest in the nation and more than the $105 national average, the report found. But Minnesota was...
  • Minnesota man accused of terrorism goes on trial Monday

    09/30/2012 6:32:37 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2012 - 7:45 PM | AMY FORLITI
    MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man accused of helping to recruit and finance U.S. fighters for an overseas terror group heads to trial Monday in a case that's expected to show how some young Somali expatriates in Minneapolis were persuaded to risk their lives for insurgents back home. Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces five terror-related counts as part of a much broader investigation into recruiting by al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group linked to al-Qaida at the center of much of the violence in Somalia. Since 2007, more than 20 young men are believed to have left Minnesota for the East African...
  • NFL's Matt Birk: Let's protect marriage -- and speech

    09/30/2012 2:57:41 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 9/30/12 | Matt Birk
    It should come as no surprise that the National Football League supports the right of its players to share their opinions on important public matters, nor should it come as a surprise that I personally support my colleagues' rights to voice their opinions. But the conversation during the last few weeks on the subject of same-sex marriage has told a different story -- one that appears to be drawing a false connection between supporting true American values like free speech and the institution of marriage, our most fundamental and important social institution. I think it is important to set the...
  • Why same-sex marriage affects my marriage

    09/28/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by rhema · 42 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | September 28, 2012 | RILEY BALLING
    In the marriage debate, people frequently argue that how one chooses to define marriage doesn't affect other people's definitions of marriage, and because my definition is as good as yours, it should also be promoted by society. Many times it is stated: "What I choose to do in my marriage doesn't affect your marriage." However, same-sex marriage affects all of our marriages. First, to explain, private actions have public effects. All our actions, both private and public, define our identity. Being human, we are motivated to impart our identity to future generations. As we have seen, and understandably so, people...
  • Jeff Davis: Debunking Mark Ritchie's voter ID claims

    09/27/2012 11:29:38 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 9/26/12 | Jeff Davis
    Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was a vocal opponent of the Voter ID bill throughout the legislative session. But once the Legislature passed the Voter ID amendment and put it on the ballot, he had an obligation to cease his resistance to the measure. As our chief elections official, Ritchie will be responsible for tallying the ballots on the Voter ID amendment this November. His continued advocacy against Voter ID undermines the credibility of his office. Ritchie has gone beyond simply campaigning against Voter ID. He is now actively seeking to dupe voters into voting against Voter ID using false...
  • 30-year-old man angry with God held in 'rampage' on Buffalo churches

    09/27/2012 8:13:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-27-12 | PAUL WALSH and TOM MEERSMAN ,
    Six churches in Buffalo were the target of a rock-throwing rampage and inflammatory messages about homosexuality regarding religion and sexual orientation. Police have arrested a 30-year-old man who said he hurled rocks and left offensive messages about homosexuality at several churches in one west metro community due to "his anger with God." Police in Buffalo say doors and windows were broken with rocks between noon and 3 p.m. Monday at four church buildings -- St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventist, Hosanna Lutheran (Missouri Synod) and Buffalo United Methodist. Posters with inflammatory messages dealing with religion and sexual orientation were...
  • Minnesota gays upset over pro-gay-marriage ads featuring straight people

    09/27/2012 8:01:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    daily caller ^ | 9-27-12 | Sarah Hofmann
    With gay marriage on November ballots in several states, gay rights groups have been buying airtime to run ads in favor of marriage equality. But most of the ads feature heterosexual people on-screen — a choice that’s angering some in those states’ gay communities. Gay Minnesotan Alexander Zachary finds it offensive. “The only thing I can think of is they’ve hired a political strategist and they’s said straight people don’t want to see gay people on TV,” said Zachary.
  • Gays missing from pro-gay marriage ads

    09/27/2012 4:31:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    In one TV ad, a husband and wife talk fondly of a lesbian couple who moved into their neighborhood. In another, a married couple speaks of wanting fair treatment for their lesbian daughter. A third features a pastor talking supportively about gay unions. Each of these ads ran recently in states with gay marriage issues on the November ballot. What’s missing? Gay people speaking for themselves.
  • Minnesota taxes 13th highest in US

    09/26/2012 7:09:32 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9--26-12 | bill salisbury
    Minnesota state and local taxes were 13th highest in the nation per capita in 2010, while the state ranked 15th highest in spending per person. Those were among the findings in a new Minnesota Taxpayers Association annual report on state and local taxes and spending that was released Wednesday, Sept. 26. It was based on recently released U.S. Census Bureau data for 2010. “The findings suggest that Minnesota’s moderate increases in tax collections were largely similar to the experiences of other states,” the report said. Minnesota’s state and local taxes per $1,000 of income increased 2.5 percent from 2009 to...
  • CAMPAIGN 2012—The Future of Marriage

    09/26/2012 3:00:44 PM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    ArchDen.org ^ | 9/26/12 | George Weigel
    September 26, 2012 - Back in the day, altar boys loved to serve weddings because it involved ready cash: minimally, $5 (which in those days meant something), often a ten-spot. Once in a great while an exceptionally generous best man would slip each server an envelope with $25 – a small fortune to a boy in the early 1960s. Serving weddings should have enlarged more than the youthful exchequer, however. For wedding servers were exposed, time and again, to the prescribed “exhortation” the priest read to the couple before they pronounced their vows. That exhortation is worth recalling, now that...
  • Veterans organize against ban; Catholic church seeks donations

    09/26/2012 5:18:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-25-12 | doug belden
    Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt, parents of a gay soldier killed last year in Afghanistan, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz launched Veterans United at a Capitol news conference Tuesday, Sept. 25. The group will work in partnership with Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group opposing the amendment, speaking against the measure around the state. Officials said the veterans group already has more than 100 members. "All soldiers take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. And as it stands today, our state constitution protects rights and freedoms for all citizens," said Lori Wilfahrt. "But if this amendment...
  • If You Live in a Blue State, Here Is What You Can Do To Help Romney Beat Obama

    09/14/2012 6:54:13 AM PDT · by Ziva · 100 replies
    Sept. 14, 2012 | Ziva
    No matter where you live in the USA, you can make a difference in this election by going to http://www.mittromney.com/call-home-landing. I live in NY, a hopelessly blue state. There is very little I can do locally to help Romney. However, they have an excellent phone-from-home system this year, much better than other phone banks I've done before. I started making phone calls from home for Romney. It is easy, well-supported, and free. It is important to start now so they can target the right people for the campaign. You can get started at http://www.mittromney.com/call-home-landingThey will direct your calls to the...
  • Minnesota Poll: State voters favor Obama [Up by only 8?]

    09/24/2012 3:33:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | 9/24/12 | RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER
    President Obama has established a substantial lead against Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Minnesota but remains under the critical 50 percent mark and trails Romney among independent voters... The poll shows Obama drawing 48 percent of likely voters to Romney's 40 percent. Part of Obama's advantage comes from a yawning gender gap in his favor. Romney has a slight edge among men, but the president leads among women voters by more than 20 percentage points.... Janet Schneider, a St. Paul Democrat, is one of those worried about jobs and health care. She's 69 and is looking for a part-time job...
  • Voter ID: Close elections drive amendment battle in Minnesota

    09/23/2012 6:32:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-22-12 | doug belden
    By 2011, voter ID was "the hottest topic of legislation in the field of elections," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In Minnesota, voters in November will be deciding whether to move from having no voter ID requirement to adopting one of the strictest in the nation. In 2001, only 14 states even asked for ID -- and it was a request, not a requirement. Since 2001, nearly 1,000 voter ID bills have been introduced in a total of 46 states. Thirty-three states have passed voter ID laws, and at least 30 will be in place for November's...
  • Really? Don't limit freedom to marry? We already do -- for a reason --

    09/22/2012 6:43:58 PM PDT · by rhema · 36 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 9.22.12 | Katherine Kersten
    On Nov. 6, Minnesota voters will decide whether marriage will be protected in our state Constitution as the union of one man and one woman. Opponents' reason for fundamentally redefining our bedrock social institution appears on yard signs that dot the metro area: "Don't limit the freedom to marry." Now, Minnesotans are nice folks, and we don't like to think of ourselves as needlessly limiting another's freedom. The truth is, however, we "limit" marriage in a variety of ways. You can't marry your sister or your father. You can't marry a 12-year-old, or two people, or someone who's already married...
  • Mother, Daughter and Pink Pistol Subdue Criminal

    09/21/2012 12:40:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    guns.com ^ | 20 September, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Get ready for the best feel-good gun story of the month. Marty Mark Childs, 52, doesn’t have what you’d call a spotless record. A while ago he was caught on a string of burglaries and was thrown in jail for four-and-a-half years. His modus operandi was to sneak into houses while people were out doing yardwork and swipe all their valuables. Childs served his time and was released in May. But old habits die hard, it seems, because he was back snatching purses in no time. But this time, he chose the wrong house. According to reports, Rebecca Larson, a...
  • Judge explains contempt finding against Somali woman

    09/20/2012 10:12:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-20-12 | David Hanners
    If a Muslim woman wasn't punished for refusing to stand when a federal judge entered the courtroom, others would have been emboldened to show disrespect for the court, the judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis wrote that defendant Amina Farah Ali's silent gesture -- which she said was rooted in religious principle -- could have led to chaos during her trial on terrorism-related charges last year. "If Ali were allowed to sit while court is called, it may have been possible that her many sympathizers would have begun to emulate her in a show of support," Davis...
  • Muslims and Christians explore common bonds during Iraqi Kurds’ visit to Duluth

    09/20/2012 6:24:54 AM PDT · by DManA · 27 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 9/20/12 | : John Lundy
    Religion doesn’t have to be a barrier between the East and the West, a member of an Iraqi delegation visiting Duluth told a group on Wednesday. “We are all brothers. We are all from the same father and mother,” said Abdullah Adm, director of Muslim clerics in Rania, a Kurdish city in northeastern Iraq that has an ongoing relationship with Duluth. “As Muslim believers we think that all religions are correct. We believe in all the messages of other religions, because all of them are messages from God.”
  • Campaign Opposed to Marriage Amendment Uses Social Media to Stalk Marriage Amendment Supporters

    09/20/2012 4:30:37 AM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies
    Minnesotans United for All Families (MUFAF), the coalition opposed to the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment, is stalking supporters of the Amendment on Facebook. “MUFAF is encouraging its own supporters to use a new Facebook tool, the ‘kNOw tool,’ to stalk Minnesotans who plan to vote YES on the Marriage Amendment,” said Autumn Leva, Spokesperson for Minnesota for Marriage. “Once the ‘kNOw tool’ identifies a potential Amendment supporter on Facebook, this individual is targeted for ‘conversation’ in an attempt to convince him or her that the definition of marriage need not be protected.” “For those who support the Minnesota Marriage Protection...
  • Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange - Minnesota

    09/19/2012 11:46:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    PUBLIC COMMENTS REQUESTED: The Minnesota Department of Commerce has issued a call for public comments on "a draft of proposed Guiding Principles for the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange" (HIX). (see official draft below) DEADLINE: Monday, September 24, 2012 Let's deluge the Department of Commerce and Commissioner Mike Rothman with comments opposing the guiding principles of the Exchange --- which is being built under Governor Dayton's executive order. No law allows the Exchange, but the Governor doesn't care. He's happy to install the "centerpiece" of Obamacare in Minnesota at a taxpayer cost of $40 million - $80 million per year to...
  • St. Paul woman pins burglary suspect, daughter holds gun until police arrive

    09/19/2012 9:54:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-19-12 | Emily Gurnon
    Maybe he thought it would be an easy grab: an unlocked door, a purse on the kitchen table. But before suspected burglar Marty Mark Childs could get away, a woman who lived at the St. Paul house angrily demanded to know why he was there. She forced him to the floor, knelt on his back and called for her daughter -- who held Childs at gunpoint until police arrived.
  • Muslim Congressman: Netanyahu 'Ought To Be A Little Bit More Careful'

    09/16/2012 10:18:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/12 | staff
    Congressman Keith Ellison warns Netanyahu to not insert himself in American elections