Monthly Archives: August 2014

Minnesota Independence Party Ignoring Its U.S. Senate Candidate – But He Won’t Go Away

Independence Party Booth State Fair

Republicans aren’t the only major party with strife over who can appear at its Minnesota State Fair booth. As Republican-endorsed Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald and her party battle over whether she can campaign at the GOP state fair booth, a few blocks away the Independence Party is facing a similar issue. Continue Reading →

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Franken And McFadden To Debate Three More Times Before Election

Al Franken & Mike McFadden

Senator Al Franken’s campaign announced today that there will be three more debates between Democrat Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden before the November election, bringing the total number of debates the two will have to four. McFadden had asked for six debates. Continue Reading →

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Obama Sends Attorney General To Ferguson, Calls For Review Of Police Military Hardware Spending

Obama On Ferguson MO Situation

President Obama calls for a review of selling surplus military gear to local police to makes sure it is “stuff they need.” “There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred”, President Obama tells reporters. Continue Reading →

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Democrats Turn Up Heat On McFadden Cheaper Chinese Steel Comment

Reps Jason Metsa and Carly Melin hold news conference in Duluth denouncing Mike McFadden's support of using cheaper Chinese steel to build the Keystone pipeline

Minnesota Democrats are trying to turn a comment about steel from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden into a major campaign issue to unite Iron Range residents against him — something that could help the DFL in other races as well. Continue Reading →

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DFL Chair Blasts Fellow Democrat Entenza For Trying To “Buy” Election

DFL Party Chair Ken Martin offers a post-primary view of Matt Entenza and Republicans

“You had a guy who spent, you know, 675 thousand dollars to try to buy a auditor’s seat and he went up against the party endorsement and the party won.” — DFL Party Chair Ken Martin on Matt Entenza’s failed bid for State Auditor. Continue Reading →

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Minimum Wage Earners Should Aspire To A Better Job Says MN GOP Gubernatorial Primary Winner

Jeff Johnson talks to press after winning Minnesota's GOP Gubernatorial primary

“The minimum wage should not be what anybody aspires to, they should aspire to a career. They should aspire to a job that allows them to raise a family. The minimum wage won’t do that.” — Jeff Johnson, Republican Candidate For Minnesota Governor. Continue Reading →

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In A Reversal, McFadden Appears To Agree To Use U.S. Steel For Keystone Pipeline

Mike McFadden

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden may have shifted his position on the Keystone pipeline after taking heat from Minnesota labor groups. Last week he told The UpTake it would be OK to use cheaper chinese steel to build the yet-to-be-approved Keystone pipeline. Continue Reading →

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Palestine Supporters Confront Sen. Franken In Tense Phone Call

Palestine Supporters Confront Franken On Phone

Palestine supporters in Minnesota got to directly vent their anger at Sen. Al Franken over his support for Israel in its conflict with Palestine. Franken’s campaign workers arranged for the group of about 20 people to talk to the senator on a speaker phone. What followed was a polite but tense conversation between the group and the Senator. Continue Reading →

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