RS Interview: Gretchen Hoffman (R CAND, MN-07).
On a practical level, there’s not much call for Minnesota’s Seventh district to be represented by a Democrat; it trends Republican, and its current faux-moderate representative Collin Peterson is best known for sneering “Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down… That’s why I don’t do town meetings.” Not incidentally, 2010 was also Peterson’s worse | Read More »
Gov. Mark Dayton’s (D, MN) budget surrender ceremony.
The formal capitulation took place yesterday, and signals an end to Gov. Dayton’s ill-conceived, ill-timed, and ill-executed attempt to dominate the Minnesota legislature in the same way that predecessor Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R, MN) did during his term in office. The very short version, for those not following along: Minnesota Republican legislators wanted a $34 billion dollar, two-year budget with no new taxes; Dayton wanted | Read More »
Tim Pawlenty to make 3PM Facebook announcement…
…I can’t begin to imagine what it could possibly be. Seriously, at this point in the game Governor Pawlenty’s my first choice: he’s got the right credentials (two-term Republican governor in a Blue State), there’s no scandal attached to him, his major problem policy-wise (cap-and-trade) is not really a game-breaker for me*, and he lacks drama. I am done with drama, thank you. I’m putting | Read More »
MN Democratic party attacks Catholics to get to Protestant.
The Protestant being Dan Hall, who is a candidate for Minnesota State Senate – and as far as I can tell, an Evangelical pastor. Which is not the same as a Roman Catholic priest. This is kind of important, as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota apparently thinks that all Christian clergy look alike to them. The short version is that the below ad was mailed | Read More »
Meet Joel Demos (R CAND, MN-05).
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: Joel Demos has, by his own admission, a monster of a job ahead of him with regard to MN-05 (Keith Ellison’s district). We talked about his race today. Joel’s site is here: and let me talk a bit tactically for a moment. The peculiarity of the MN-05 seat is that while Keith Ellison gets a lot of money | Read More »
Pawlenty skips SRLC for MN NG troop return.
Well, this is gratifyingly not 2012-related: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will miss a major Republican gathering next month of possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders and instead will attend a welcome home ceremony for troops returning from Iraq, a Pawlenty spokesman tells CNN. The two-term Minnesota governor, who is considering a bid for his party’s presidential nomination in the next election, was scheduled to attend the | Read More »
CPAC 2010: Three minutes with T-Paw.
Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota was swinging through Bloggers’ Row there, so of course we had to chat. Nice guy; very centered. I was trying to think of some way of saying that I’m sorry that my little bit of extra monopolization of the Governor’s time was an inconvenience to a couple of staffers (I know some of those people, after all) without saying I’m | Read More »
Al Franken bravely goes after GOP *staffers*…
…apparently, the negative fallout from going after actual Republican Senators was a bit much for the man, and of course he can’t just act like a mature federal legislator. Al Franken, remember? Anyway, via Drudge here’s the latest loss-of-control: Franken invited [Sen. bob] Corker to his office to discuss an op-ed that Corker penned in a Tennessee newspaper opposing an amendment Franken offered to a | Read More »
Three new races to look at.
Drawing on and expanding from Jim Geraghty’s summary: IA-03. D+1. Leonard Boswell is the incumbent (first elected 1997); Cook currently does not list the district as in play (Likely Democratic). Former wrestler Jim Gibbons (no campaign website yet) has just announced; he’ll be facing former National Guard chopper pilot Dave Funk in the primary. MN-01. R+1. Tim Walz is the incumbent (first elected in 2006); | Read More »
Gov. Pawlenty Mousetraps the DFL.
See, this is how you do it. Governor Pawlenty has been stuck with a Democratic-controlled legislature that in more or less stereotypical fashion has been ignoring the fact that we’re in the middle of a very nasty recession; they’ve been trying to boost both taxes and spending, and Pawlenty kept telling them ‘no.’ So, the state legislature attempted to, as Kimberly Strassell put it, ‘run | Read More »
Vandalism, death threats against Senator Norm Coleman.
Easily too sophisticated for them to come directly from Al Franken’s campaign itself. Via Drudge: Coleman campaign: Senator’s garage vandalized ST. PAUL (AP) – A spokesman for Sen. Norm Coleman says that vandals wrote graffiti on the garage of his St. Paul home that called the senator “scum” and a “criminal.” Coleman and his wife, Laurie, live in the Crocus Hill neighborhood of St. Paul. | Read More »
Defacing other people’s stuff for Obama watch: get used to it.
This comes via Hot Air and Fraters Libertas: the offensive part is, of course, that the vandals probably are patting themselves on the back for not using permanent paint. If you’re a Democrat reading this, let me explain something: We don’t do this to you.