MNGOP Slams Al Franken on Ebola, But a Bigger Question Remains...

via Chris Steller
Just when we thought political mailers had hit rock bottom, we find the above image floating around the internet.

It comes from the Republican Party of Minnesota, which is trying hard to make the Ebola virus a top issue for this year's Senate race against incumbent Dem Al Franken. GOP candidate Mike McFadden has argued that a ban on travel between West African countries, where the virus has already killed thousands, and the United States is the best way to contain it.

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You Have Right to Leave Work to Vote on November 4

Categories: Elections, Law
Expect bossman to be on your case about dipping out of work to cast your ballot on Tuesday, November 4? Refer him or her to Minnesota Statute 204C.04.

That law gives you the right to leave your place of employment for as long as it takes to take part in the democratic process.

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Robert Stewart, a doctoral student, is one of thousands who can't vote in 2014 election

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John Denney, Independence Party Candidate for Congress, Woos Voters on Tinder

Categories: Elections
John Denney and mustache
You know how pundits love to talk about how certain candidates are "courting" young voters? Here's a twist on a cheap metaphor: John Denney, the Independence Party candidate for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, and his wife, Samantha, have begun reaching out to voters on Tinder.

The dating app is usually used for, well, dating. It begins by browsing the Facebook pictures of another person who's within a set mile radius. Swipe left to say no thanks, swipe right to say yes. If two people swipe right, they're able to chat.

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Robert Stewart, a doctoral student, is one of thousands who can't vote in 2014 election

Believe it or not, state representatives Raymond Dehn (left) and Tony Cornish agree on something: giving felons the right to vote
Rob Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate at the U of M. He works. He pays taxes. But come November, while his neighbors and colleagues are casting ballots, Stewart will stay away from the polling station.

Why? Because he's a convicted felon with a serious drug offense on his record.

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Wisconsin felons could be hauled to jail for voting

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Hennepin County deputies endorse Rich Stanek's opponent by nearly 8-to-1 margin

Categories: Elections, Police
Rich Stanek
Hennepin County deputies want a new boss.
If Rich Stanek wins a third term as Hennepin County Sheriff, he'll do so without the support of his deputies.

Yesterday, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputies Association announced it's overwhelmingly supporting the candidacy of Minneapolis Police Assistant Chief Eddie Frizell, who is running to take Stank's job.

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Phyllis Kahn alleges election judge called her "old Jewish lady," opponent "Muslim brother"

Noor (right) is trying to take Kahn's seat and become the first Somali elected to the legislature.
The campaign of Rep. Phyllis Kahn (D-Minneapolis) has filed two complaints regarding improprieties that have allegedly taken place during her heated primary battle with Mohamud Noor.

One alleges that a Minneapolis elections judge named Fadmo called Kahn "an old Jewish Lady" while interpreting the primary ballot for a Somali man who was recently at City Hall to cast his absentee ballot. On the other hand, Fadmo characterized Noor as "our Muslim brother," the complaint says.

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WCCO's Esme Murphy isn't a fan of ranked-choice voting

Categories: Elections
In her latest blog entry, WCCO's Esme Murphy characterizes ranked-choice voting as "Minnesota Nice at its worst" and calls for a return to the old-fashioned one-vote-for-each-voter way of doing things.

SEE ALSO: Someone actually dressed up as the Minneapolis mayoral ballot for Halloween [PHOTO]

Her stance stands in contrast to that of R.T. Rybak, who says he thinks Minneapolis's first experiment with RCV was a success.

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MNGOP Rep. Bob Barrett's false campaign flyer may have propelled him to November victory

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Barrett (left) has been fined for a campaign flyer containing a blatant lie about Olseen (right). Barrett won November's election by 400 votes.
Last November, Republican Bob Barrett squared off against former DFL state Sen. Rick Olseen in a tight contest for a newly created Lindstrom-area Senate seat.

SEE ALSO: Former MNGOP Rep. Keith Downey listed dead guys as supporters in ad [IMAGE]

In the days leading up to the election, Barrett mailed out a flyer containing a blatant and easily fact-checkable lie about Olseen. Barrett went on to win the election by 400 votes. But earlier this month, the state's Office of Administrative Hearings fined Barrett $1,000 for the flyer, raising questions as to whether he would've won the election had he played by the rules.

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Al Franken already wants you to open your pocketbook for his 2014 reelection campaign

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If Franken goes up against the always well-funded Bachmann in 2014, he'll need all the dough he can get.
There really is no political offseason anymore.

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Just over three months removed from our last regularly scheduled election, Al Franken is already asking you to kick in some dough for his 2014 reelection campaign.

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Minnesota marriage amendment fight cost us $18 million we didn't need to spend

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Image by Tatiana Craine
Was the "discussion" generated by the marriage amendment worth $18 million?
In May 2011, the MNGOP-controlled legislature voted to put a same-sex marriage amendment before voters. As we all know, after a bruising campaign, the amendment was defeated last November.

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According to the latest campaign finance reports, during that 18 month period, a total of $18 million was spent by individuals and organizations on either side of the issue. In other words, a cool million was spent each month, with the result being that Minnesota law is the same as it was before (for now, at least).

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