Cowboys, curmudgeons deliver an entertaining debate
In Idaho, Harley Brown is running for governor. The perennial candidate stole the show at this week’s GOP gubernatorial debate.
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How did this couple become the face of Wisconsin’s down and out?
An ad from the Republican Governors Association in support of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a good example of the silliness of political advertising. It’s a hit ad on Mary Burke, Walker’s Democratic challenger, in which the faces of struggling Wisconsinites is shown. Only Joe Korb and his wife aren’t in the soup line. They Read more →
Minnesota state rep’s tweet earns him ‘racist’ badge
Pat Garofolo and some online friends were dissing the National Basketball Association, where the majority of players are African American, when he took it a step further by linking its players with crime. Read more →
Show me your property tax statement
Politicians are arguing over whether property taxes in Minnesota have dropped. There’s only one way to determine the answer: your checkbook. Read more →
Whatever happened to the shutdown promises? (5×8 -2/28/14)
Did lawmakers follow through on their promises to give up their shutdown pay, Herb Bergson’s battle, the ice houses that don’t want to leave Minnesota lakes, when we make things all about us, and Minnesota: The state of Daft Punk. Read more →
U.S. senators too busy to listen to a story about a woman’s Alzheimer’s
Actor Seth Rogen came a congressional subcommittee to talk about his mother-in-law’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. Many lawmakers ignored him. Read more →
The state of sick hockey? (5×8 – 2/25/14)
Can a kid in Minnesota be a part-time hockey player, the medical marijuana issue at the Capitol, why is nobody answering at 911, the end of free TV, and the singing TV traffic guy. Read more →
Too much ‘government’ and not enough ‘by the people’
In Dallas, the pols proposed a new rule. If you speak at a city council meeting, you can’t speak again — on any issue — for another 30 days.
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Golden Valley’s reaction to a proposed mental health center for kids was hateful, and shameful. Read more →
Maybe the NFL is ready for a gay player (5×8 – 2/13/14)
Upon further review, the NFL may be more enlightened than the media portrays. Is racially offensive material more acceptable if it’s art? Behind the caucus night fights in Minneapolis. The viral cop photo in Saint Paul. And how to see the ice caves of Lake Superior. Read more →
Making Mpls. safer for cyclists, pugnacious caucuses, and the city of hockey (5×8 – 2/5/14)
The disaster waiting to happen on Franklin Avenue happened, why aren’t there more fights at caucuses, Warroad’s olympians, can diversity be funny, and bright lights and big dreams for a 14 year old. Read more →
Would a required ultrasound reduce the number of abortions?
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Drinking games: The State of the Union is inebriated
The number of people who will pause to watch the State of the Union address tonight is but a fraction of the number of people who will watch a single football game this weekend. America has never quite figured out how to make public policy as interesting as grown men knocking each other senseless on the gridiron.
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John Boehner says he’s not interested in being president if he has to give up cigarettes. Read more →
Gov. Mark Dayton and other politicians have their careers tied to MNsure. They’ve been in denial. Is anyone listening? Read more →