Michele Bachmann endorses Allen Quist for Congress

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Allen Quist also has a slight financial lead on GOP rival Mike Parry.
In March 2010, shortly after Mike Parry won the Minnesota District 26 Senate seat, we ran a story questioning whether he would be the state's next Michele Bachmann.

The thesis of City Pages writer Matt Snyders was that, like Bachmann, Parry seemed to revel in creating controversy by way of word vomit (or Twitter vomit). Bachmann even endorsed Parry for the legislative spot, calling him "a steadfast champion of conservative values who will stand up to the big-spending, big-taxing liberals in the Legislature."

But it seems that Parry failed to win Bachmann over in the two years since. This week, Bachmann sent a letter to supporters endorsing Allen Quist, Parry's GOP competition in the 1st District Congressional race.

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Keith Ellison votes "present" on "In God We Trust" bill

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Keith Ellison was "present" but unimpressed by "In God We Trust" vote.
"In God We Trust" is our nation's motto, you got it? Well, just so no one forgets, yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives held an essential vote to reaffirm that our national motto is our national motto. 

It was a bizarre bit of patriotic theater, but it worked: A whopping 396 representatives, including all but two of Minnesota's congressional delegation, voted yes. As of this morning, our national motto is definitely our national motto.

Only nine member of congress had the guts to vote "No" to the bill. Keith Ellison, representing you, Godless heathens of Minneapolis, didn't go that far. But he didn't exactly hop on board, either: Ellison simply marked "present," which is the congressional equivalent of shrugging and saying, "Who cares?"

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Keith Ellison is poor

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​Rep. Keith Ellison feels your pain. Okay, so he isn't exactly in danger of bankruptcy, but an analysis done by the Center for Responsive Politics reveals him to be one of the poorest congressmen in the country.

Analyzing myriad disclosure forms--required from all members of Congress--the Center for Responsive Politics puts Ellison at 514th out of 538 U.S. Congress(wo)men in terms of personal wealth.

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Muslims like us: Ellison targeted again for his religion

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It must suck for Keith Ellison to constantly deal with his religion. While most folks are fine with his love for Allah, some GOP leaders in Washington think it's one step away from praying at the feet of Osama. If you take their reasoning, Ellison's Muslim-ness is sure sign he is cooperating with the enemy, especially with all those dark-looking interns running around Capitol Hill. Glen Greenwald has a new post about the hysteria it's created, and how much of its sourcing is from a book.


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Decorum prevents Betty McCollum from calling out Joe Wilson

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum wanted to speak to the U.S. House of Representatives today about the breach of conduct by her peer, Rep. Joe Wilson. But to do it would violate the same decorum Wilson threw to the wayside by blurting our "You Lie!" during President Obama's address to the Joint Session of Congress. Lucky for Wilson, as the good congresswoman was ready to throw down a rhetorical blast.

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Mass Madia

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Ashwin Madia’s campaign announced today that it raised almost $700,000 during the 2nd quarter— an encouraging development for state DFLers.

The $692,940.62 outpouring bested Republican opponent Erik Paulsen’s bounty by almost $100,000. That an insurgent, 30-year-old with scant political experience outraised a comparatively entrenched, establishment candidate is an indication that the political tide might be turning in Jim Ramstad’s old stomping grounds. Minnesota’s 3rd Distrct, representing the metro’s western suburbs, has been GOP territory for the past 47 years.

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America's leading pro-Israel lobby made a flag-pin wearer out of Obama...

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Photo courtesy AIPAC

The day after Barack Obama declared victory in St. Paul, he was at a podium addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, which describes itself as "America's pro-Israel lobby."

And it wasn't just Obama. McCain did it. Hillary Clinton did it too. AIPAC is a notoriously influential lobby, with organizing skills that are the stuff of legend. Following the Obama address, The Daily Show satirized AIPAC's role in politics.



Jon Stewart began the piece by calling out: "Hey Barack Obama, you just won the democratic nomination, what are you going to do now?" Cut to Obama on the AIPAC stage where the man notorious for his aversion to flag lapel pins is wearing, well, as Stewart describes it: "the Siamese U.S.-Israeli flag double lapel pin--wow!"


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Leading the fight for farm welfare

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Today's Wall Street Journal has a fascinating deconstruction of how the farm lobby beat back attempts to curtail agriculture subsidies. Farmers will collect some $13 billion in federal subsidies this year. This despite the fact that farms, buoyed by the ethanol boom and soaring commodity prices, are projected to reap record income of $92.3 billion in 2008. Average farm household income is expected be about $90,000 this year. Currently farms with incomes of up to $2.5 million are elligible for federal funds. More »

It's official: Senator Craig disgraced the senate

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The Senate ethics panel--a contradiction in terms if ever there was one--ruled that U.S. Senator Larry Craig's wide-stance bathroom antics and subsequent bizarre guilty plea take-back constituted "improper conduct which has reflected discreditably on the Senate."

Craig responds to the charges in a letter to the AP:


"While I am disappointed and strongly disagree with the conclusions reached by the Senate Ethics Committee, from the outset I have encouraged the committee to act in a timely fashion and they have done so. I will continue to serve the people of Idaho," he said.


Craig then added: "Hey there, you got any extra toilet paper in your stall?"

Franken beating Ciresi, Coleman in new poll

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Via DailyKos, Al Franken beats both his Democratic competition and the Republican incumbent in CSRA's new poll for Minnesota Public Radio:


Democratic Primary (MoE 4.5%)

Franken 42
Ciresi 18

General Election Matchups

Coleman (R) 40
Franken (D) 43.2


But before you Franken fans get too hopeful, Kos points out that the poll may be skewed:


In 2004, the Minnesota party ID breakdown was D-38, R-35, and I-27. For this poll, it's D-52, R-34, and I-14. Of course, after the last two years, Democratic identification is up, so that might have something to do with it. But just a cautionary note in what otherwise is a great result for Franken.


To which I can only add: Go Al! Grrr!


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