MNGOP senators pen fear-mongering anti-pot letter, write that ganja "rips families apart"

Ingebrigtsen (left) and Rosen regard efforts to legalize weed as "a direct attack at our way of life in Minnesota."
An anti-medical marijuana letter co-written by MNGOP Sens. Julie Rosen and Bill Ingebrigtsen reminds us of some of the crazy stuff you would've read about pot nearly a century ago.

The letter, which is addressed to Rosen and Ingebrigtsen's Senate colleagues, describes marijuana as a "devastatingly addictive drug" that "rips families apart, devastates relationships and destroys communities."

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Julianne Ortman distributes ridiculous petition protesting secretly recorded Franken joke video

Ortman is easily offended, it seems.
In a petition published on her Facebook page yesterday, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman says a recently released secret recording of Al Franken joking around in an Arizona driveway shows he "still doesn't take women seriously."

But really the only thing the petition demonstrates is how hard it is to take Ortman's campaign seriously.

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Poll: Minnesotans remain split on same-sex marriage one year later

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It's been eight months since Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke said, "I do," becoming the first same-sex married couple in Minnesota. The moment marked a victory for equality and human dignity -- but above all, love.

Not everyone saw it that way at the time, and they still don't today. On Monday, KSTP-TV released polling conducted by SurveyUSA that shows Minnesotans remain split on the law, about one year after Gov. Mark Dayton signed it. Of those surveyed, 47 percent approved, 45 percent disapproved, and 7 percent were apparently plagued by indecision.

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Republicans call on Rick Nolan to cancel fundraiser featuring convicted child molester

An upcoming Nolan fundraiser features a performance by Yarrow (right).
In 1970, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame pleaded guilty to taking "immoral and improper liberties with... a female child." The charge stemmed from an incident that took place the year before in a D.C. hotel room where Yarrow, then 31, allegedly had sexual relations (but not sex) with a 14-year-old girl.

As a result, the National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on 8th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan to cancel an April 25 Duluth fundraiser he's scheduled with the renowned folk singer/songwriter.

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DFL bill calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United

Rep. Dehn is leading a push to get Congress to propose a constitutional amendment pertaining to campaign finance laws.
The Minnesota Senate already passed legislation calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United, the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions. Now, the House is trying to do the same thing.

The bill's chief author, Rep. Ray Dehn, D-Minneapolis, says as things stand right now, the House vote will come down to a "thin margin."

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Another survey says Minnesotans want medical marijuana

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A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use has been debated and tweaked since it was first introduced late last spring. But the one thing that's held steady is popular support.

Further proof came last week when KSTP-TV released the results of polling conducted through SurveyUSA. The research firm asked 543 registered voters whether medical marijuana should be legal and found overwhelming support: 68 percent of Minnesotans said yes and 24 percent said no.

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Mike McFadden hits back after DFL calls presser "a train wreck you have to see to believe" [VIDEO]

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For the first time since he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last summer, Mike McFadden held a news conference yesterday and took questions from reporters.

But by and large, the man who many believe has the inside track to becoming Al Franken's Republican challenger in November didn't offer satisfying answers.

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Public health commissioner Ed Ehlinger testifies against senate medical marijuana bill

In front are Sen. Scott Dibble, left, and Minnesota public health commissioner Ed Ehlinger
The senate version of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Minnesota got its first hearing Thursday, undergoing two hours of testimony and proving that the issue is not dead. Time ran out before members of the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee could vote, but they plan to resume discussion when they return from Easter/Passover break.

The hearing came less than 48 hours after Gov. Mark Dayton lamented that legislators have "hidden behind their desks" while he's been portrayed as the sole voice of opposition. His corner has grown to include more than one member of his own cabinet, including the state's public health commissioner Ed Ehlinger, who would play a large role in Minnesota's medical marijuana program if ever established.

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Stewart Mills distances himself from recording suggesting his family supports illegal PAC

A screengrab from the video report.
A video report published yesterday by a conservative group called Project Veritas suggests Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, wanted to create an illegal super PAC to go after his Democratic challenger.

During the course of a barroom conservation that was secretly recorded last month, Ellis name drops some of the people he expects to give $50,000 to his PAC, including "Stu" and Henry Mills.

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MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen misses the days when teachers hit students

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Rep. Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe
Yesterday's House debate about the Safe Schools Act certainly did bring out the fringe element of the Minnesota Republican Party. From Jim Newberger predicting the anti-bullying bill will usher in an Orwellian dystopia, to Mary Franson saying it's tantamount to fascism, to Glenn Gruenhagen openly pining for the days when teachers could lay the smack down on students, it reminded us of the days when Bradlee Dean was taken seriously and invited to give the official House prayer.

As mentioned, Gruenhagen, known for his gay-unfriendly views and belief that climate change is "just a complete United Nations fraud," said he thinks the solution to bullying is physical violence. What could possibly go wrong?

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