MNGOP Candidate Jeff Backer Clarifies Strange Anti-Gay Marriage Argument

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Jeff Backer photo via Google Plus
A DFL source alerted us to the "Issues" page on the website of Jeff Backer, an MNGOP candidate for a House seat in a far western district currently represented by DFLer Jay McNamar.

Under the heading of "Traditional Marriage," Backer makes a strange case that rape and bigamy are illegal because they violate the "sanctity of marriage." But Backer says reading his argument in that way is a misinterpretation.

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On Eve of Big Game, DFL Goes Hard After Stewart Mills for Being a Packers Fan

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In hindsight, Mills's wife probably wishes she hadn't posted this picture to Facebook.
-- Update at bottom --

Tomorrow night, it'll be Teddy Time in Green Bay, as the Vikings take on the Packers in a much-anticipated nationally televised matchup.

The DFL knows a news peg when it sees one, apparently. Today, mailers are hitting mailboxes throughout Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District making light of a story we broke back in June 2013 -- Rick Nolan's Republican challenger, Stewart Mills, is a Packers fan.

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Franken/McFadden and Dayton/Johnson Debate Today: Watch Them Here

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On the top row (from left to right), IP candidate Hannah Nicollet, Dayton, and Johnson will participate in the gubernatorial debate. On the bottom... well, you know who those guys are.
It's October, which means we're hitting the homestretch of the election season.

Today, in fact, may be one of the biggest days between now and November 4, as debates will be held in the races for the two highest-profile offices up for grabs in Minnesota -- the gubernatorial seat currently held by Mark Dayton, and the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Al Franken.

Thanks to the Uptake, you can watch both of them, streaming and on demand, below the jump.

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Rick Nolan Criticized for Carelessly Toting AR-15 [PHOTO]

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Nolan's got his finger on the trigger -- literally.
During his reelection campaign, Congressman Rick Nolan has sought to establish he's cool with guns.

But after the photo at the top of his post hit Twitter yesterday, Nolan was criticized by a gun rights group for trying to be a little too cool.

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Sen. Barb Goodwin Calls Out Ellison, Other Prominent DFLers Over Nonprofit Scandal

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Davis photo via Facebook
Bill Davis, CEO of Community Action, is under fire for allegedly misappropriating taxpayer dollars.
On Sunday, the Star Tribune broke the story of a scandal involving a nonprofit organization called Community Action of Minneapolis.

The nonprofit, which is supposed to serve low-income people, used nearly a million taxpayer dollars for things like spa treatments, cruises, and personal car loans, the Strib, citing a state audit, reported.

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"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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