"No New Quagmires" Protest Takes Aim at U.S. Involvement in Syrian Conflict

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"It was the U.S. invasion and occupation that destroyed Iraq and brought about the current crisis," MPAC says. "Nothing the Pentagon does can undo that or bring about peace."
The Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (MPAC) is organizing a "No New Quagmires" protest tomorrow, scheduled for 4 p.m. along the sidewalks at Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis.

In the wake of Congress approving President Obama's request for authorization to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants, protesters plan to demand "No New Iraq War!" and "No U.S. War in Syria."

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Tom Emmer Campaign Signs Weren't Allowed at Target Field, Twins Officials Say

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Emmer enjoys a Twins game while one of his campaign signs hangs in the background.
As photos of what appeared to be a Tom Emmer event at Target Field during a game on the afternoon of Sunday, September 7, circulated online, we asked Twins officials if Emmer's camp had approval to display his campaign signs at the ballpark.

Turns out they didn't, but just went ahead with it anyway.

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Mark Dayton Takes Credit for Historically Low Unemployment Rate... But Should He?

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The Minnesota August jobs report released yesterday is a tale of two stats.

On one hand, the state's unemployment rate, now at 4.3 percent, is at an eight-year low, and in an election year, that should bode well for Gov. Mark Dayton, right? But on the other, the state's workforce participation rate, at 69.8 percent, is at a 30-year low, which suggests the economic situation is sufficiently bleak that some job seekers have simply given up. That's certainly not as promising for Dayton's reelection prospects.

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Star of Stewart Mills's Latest Ad Has Off-Color Facebook Page

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Mills (left) and Biondich
Stewart Mills's latest ad, "Steve," features a pro-Mills testimonial delivered by Steve Biondich, a union steelworker from Aurora.

The ad is a minute long, which means it's not cheap to run on TV. During it, Biondich blasts Rick Nolan for treating his district aloofly (allegedly) and not doing enough to stimulate the economy.

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Franken, McFadden slug it out over Minnesota's connections to radical Islam

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On the same day news broke about the second Minnesotan who died fighting for ISIS in Syria having a security clearance at MSP, Sen. Al Franken wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dinging Obama for not doing enough to prevent Minnesotans from traveling to the Middle East and putting their lives on the line for the cause of radical Islam.

"I was troubled by the President's recent suggestion that the Administration has not yet developed a comprehensive strategy to address the growing threat of ISIL's activities in Syria," Franken wrote earlier this week (ISIL and ISIS are both acronyms for the same group). "The Justice Department should focus its resources and efforts in places where terrorism recruitment efforts may be happening at higher rates, such as Minnesota. In addition, the Justice Department should coordinate with the State Department and the Homeland Security Department to prevent Americans from traveling abroad to join forces with ISIL."

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

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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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Mpls approves Southwest LRT, paving way for legislature to wrangle over funding

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A map of the Southwest LRT line's proposed route.
Today, the Minneapolis City Council followed its counterparts in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park in approving the proposed alignment of the Southwest LRT line.

After years of city-level wrangling, the 9-3 vote (council members Barb Johnson, Cam Gordon, and Lisa Goodman voted 'no') paves the way for the drama to shift to the legislature next year, as the state still needs to figure out how to fund 10 percent of the $1.653 billion public works project, which is the most expensive in state history.

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Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, "I'll blow your head off" when contacted by gun rights group

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Irony: Erhardt allegedly threatened to shoot a gun rights activist.
Each election cycle, the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance contacts the 280-plus candidates running for the Minnesota House in hopes of surveying them about their views on gun rights.

As you'd probably expect, some candidates choose not to respond to GOCRA's questionnaire. No biggie. But the organization is recommending Rep. Ron Erhardt (D-Edina) receive anger management therapy after he allegedly threatened to kill GOCRA President Andrew Rothman when he was contacted about the survey.

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GOP congressional candidate Torrey Westrom says 48 percent of Americans don't pay taxes [VIDEO]

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Since he didn't single out sales taxes, Westrom's remark was actually less accurate than Romney's infamous gaffe.
The defining gaffe of the 2012 presidential race came when Mitt Romney was recorded saying, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... These are people who pay no income tax."

Though fact-checkers determined that what Romney said at that May 17, 2012 fundraiser was technically true (most everyone pays some taxes in some form, however, even if they don't pay income taxes), the perception that Romney had essentially written off the poorer half of America was something his campaign was never able to fully recover from once the video hit the internet that September.

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AFSCME raises eyebrows with anti-Johnson tweet comparing Walker's Wisconsin to hell

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AFSCME would be happy to turn Minnesota's 2014 gubernatorial election into a referendum on Scott Walker's Wisconsin.
A day after Jeff Johnson won the MNGOP gubernatorial primary, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) came out swinging.

You see, during a speech to the Southwest Metro Tea Party earlier this year, Johnson vowed to "go all Scott Walker on Minnesota" if he's elected. And AFSCME doesn't much care for what Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin.

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