Here's the story behind those buttcrack billboards [IMAGE]

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Seen one of those buttcrack billboards while driving around the Twin Cities?

Love 'em or hate 'em, if you have, you probably remember it -- and as a Minnesota Department of Health official told us, that's the whole point.

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Man-shaming pro-life billboard towers over south Minneapolis intersection [PHOTO]

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Mark Dayton distances himself from MNSure bonuses debacle

Hoppe (right) to Dayton: "As the person responsible for bringing MNSure to life, it is imperative that your office develop a plan to spare Minnesotans from even more pain and frustration."
Fourteen MNSure managers made $26,000 in bonuses in November while the health care exchange website they were charged with rolling out struggled through a number of technical issues, state officials recently announced.

SEE ALSO: Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him

That revelation prompted Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, to fire off a stern letter to Governor Dayton comparing the bonuses to "the worst excesses of Wall Street."

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MNGOP Rep. Davids says MNsure will literally mean doomsday for some Minnesotans

Thissen (right) characterized Davids's doom-and-gloom scenario as "rhetoric designed to scare Minnesotans."
Last week, Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, made a bold and terrifying proclamation: He told the Rochester Post Bulletin that "people will die because of MNsure. That's a fact."

RELATED: Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him

As the January 1 deadline approaches, at which point some folks could lose their health insurance if they can't navigate MNsure's balky website and enroll for a plan, Davids said reporters will soon be seeing "people walking out without life-saving surgery, without their chemotherapy because they don't have an insurance card."

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Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him

Kessler (right) has nothing good to say about Todd-Malmlov's stewardship of MNsure.
During his regular appearance on Dan Barreiro's KFAN radio show yesterday, WCCO political reporter Pat Kessler shed some light on reasons for former MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov's sudden resignation that go beyond her controversial late-November tropical vacation.

Asked when 'CCO became aware of some of the problems plaguing the state health exchange's website, Kessler said his efforts to figure out what was going on at MNsure were complicated by the fact that officials "lied to us."

THE BACKSTORY: MNSure director criticized for taking two-week tropical vacation amid enrollment problems

"I believe that this is one of the most closed, obtuse, misdirecting, camouflaging agencies I've ever dealt with," Kessler concluded. "Jibberish is what I got from them."

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MNsure director Todd-Malmlov resigns amid vacation controversy

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:::: UPDATE :::: Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him

Last Thursday, news broke that MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov took a two-week trip to Costa Rica late last month while the state health care exchange website she oversees struggled with a number of problems.

RELATED: MN Jobs Coalition ad mocks MNsure director's tropical vacation [IMAGE]

During a news conference the next day, Governor Mark Dayton said that while he was "incredulous" over the state health care site's glitches, he didn't think Todd-Malmlov's trip was anything too get too worked up over. The controversy was reignited yesterday, however, by the revelation Todd-Malmlov vacationed with the state's Medicaid director, Jim Golden.

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MN Jobs Coalition ad mocks MNsure director's tropical vacation [IMAGE]

:::: UPDATE :::: MNsure director Todd-Malmlov reportedly resigning amid vacation controversy

This afternoon, the conservative Minnesota Jobs Coalition sent City Pages a new ad that has fun at the expense of MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov, who generated unfortunate headlines yesterday thanks to the two-week vacation she took late last month while the state's new health online exchange continued to be plagued by a number of usability issues.

The Jobs Coalition's ad alludes to the surprisingly controversial Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox imagery MNsure used earlier this year to promote the exchange.

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MNSure director criticized for taking two-week tropical vacation amid enrollment problems

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April Todd-Malmlov
:::: UPDATE :::: MNsure director Todd-Malmlov reportedly resigning amid vacation controversy

MNsure executive director April Todd-Malmlov is taking heat today for a two-week tropical vacation she took in late November as the state health care exchange website struggled with a number of problems.

RELATED: MNsure irons out many launch kinks, logs 5,000 accounts in first week

MNsure staff say they were prepared for Todd-Malmlov's long-planned vacation and had no trouble covering for her while she was out of the country, but conservatives argue it was irresponsible for MNsure's top official to take a vacation just weeks before some Minnesotans stand to lose their health coverage unless they can successfully navigate the exchange's balky website.

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Keith Ellison says anti-Obamacare Republicans want to keep people "poor, desperate" [VIDEO]

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During an appearance yesterday on Ed Schultz's MSNBC show, Keith Ellison characterized the political controversy about Obamacare as a clear case of good versus evil.

RELATED: Keith Ellison criticizes Obama for compromising on Obamacare, decries partisanship

On one side are Democrats such as himself who are genuinely interested in improving constituents' quality of life. And on the other side are Republicans who want to keep people desperate and poor.

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Michele Bachmann planning to sue Obama over Obamacare fix

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Last month, she called for his impeachment, now she wants to sue. What's next, imprisonment?
Last week, President Obama announced an administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act that could help some of the 4 million people who stand to lose their health insurance as a result of the president's signature law stay covered for at least another year.

RELATED: Michele says that despite Marcus's "significant health issues," Bachmanns don't have insurance

The broader debate about Obamacare aside, Obama's announcement doesn't seem like it should be especially controversial, right? Yet during remarks made at a monthly conservative event sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, Bachmann characterized the move as "the essence of lawlessness" and said she and other Republicans are planning to sue the president over it.

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Mark Dayton flip-flops on Obamacare fix

Dayton was for the Obamacare fix before he was against it.
Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton said that unlike Keith Ellison, he supported President Obama's move to allow those whose health insurance plans were canceled in the wake of the Affordable Care Act to keep their policies for another year.

SEE ALSO: Bachmann compares subsidized health care to crack

But turns out Dayton spoke too soon. Yesterday, after consulting with the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Dayton said state officials won't allow people to stay on their old plans after all.

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