New MNGOP Attack Ad Offends Everybody But MNGOP [VIDEO]

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The ad uses a dead child's image without the family's consent.
-- Update at bottom --

A new MNGOP attack ad called "Incompetence" links Gov. Mark Dayton with the death of Eric Dean, a 4-year-old from Pope County who died early last year after being repeatedly abused by his father's live-in fiancé.

It was "downright horrifying that [Dayton] signed a law making it more difficult to investigate maltreatment cases," the ad's narrator says.

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Chris Christie's Visit Leads to Awkwardness Between Jeff Johnson and Mike McFadden

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Paul Blume on Twitter
Chris Christie hangs out with Johnson and McFadden before things took a turn for the awk.
-- Scroll to bottom of this post to watch a live stream of this morning's 8 a.m. Dayton/Johnson debate --

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor and Chairman of the Republican Governors Association Chris Christie visited the Twin Cities to campaign with MNGOP gubernatorial challenger Jeff Johnson (and MNGOP Senate hopeful Mike McFadden) at the Global Academy public charter school in Columbia Heights.

We put McFadden's name in parentheses because his presence sorta gave off the vibe of an affection-starved friend who crashes his buddy's big date because he's got nowhere else to be.

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MNGOP Rips Franken... for Voting, with McCain, to Cut Obama's Military Spending

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Sometimes, you just can't win.
On Wednesday, the MNGOP tweeted this: Sounds scary, right? But what if you were told one of the Franken votes the MNGOP highlights was in favor of an amendment introduced by hawkish Republican Sen. John McCain and was intended to cut wasteful military spending proposed by Obama? Doesn't sound so bad, right?

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MNGOP feigns outrage over lame Al Franken cone boob video

Categories: Al Franken, MNGOP
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Immature? Sure. Worthy of self-flagellation? No.
In April, then-U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) distributed an absurd petition calling for Al Franken to apologize for a secretly recorded 2012 video showing him joking around in an Arizona driveway with traffic cones.

The whole thing was a blatant attempt to score cheap political points, as Franken has nothing to apologize for. Don't believe us? Check out the raw footage below the jump.

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MNGOP begging Michelle MacDonald to repudiate her endorsement, but she won't do it

Categories: MNGOP
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In hindsight, this bizarre shot of MacDonald's convention speech foreshadowed her campaign.
After party officials banished her from their State Fair booth last week, the MNGOP put huge pressure on their controversial Supreme Court candidate, Michelle MacDonald, to repudiate her endorsement.

As Michael Brodkorb reports, on Friday night and Saturday morning, Patrick Burns, an MNGOP-affiliated attorney, sent MacDonald 22 text messages and had at least one phone conversation begging her to accept "a formal offer" from the party to repudiate her endorsement before a noon Saturday deadline. During the phone call, the audio of which MacDonald later sent to Brodkorb (listen to it here), Burns, apparently referring to party leadership, says, "They're just gonna squash you like a bug."

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MNGOP kicks endorsed candidate Michelle MacDonald out of party's State Fair booth [UPDATES]

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:::: UPDATE :::: MNGOP begging Michelle MacDonald to repudiate her endorsement, but she won't do it

The MNGOP is experiencing a severe case of buyer's remorse when it comes to their controversial state Supreme Court candidate, Michelle MacDonald.

Michael Brodkorb reports MacDonald was informed yesterday by party chair Keith Downey that she's not welcome at the MNGOP's State Fair booth. The decision stemmed from a vote of the Republican Party of Minnesota's State Executive Committee.

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MNGOP deputy chair Chris Fields criticized for tasteless tweets about Robin Williams's death

Categories: MNGOP, Media beefs
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This is the last known photo of Williams, taken at a Minnesota Dairy Queen early last month.
:::: UPDATES :::: Fields has deleted most of his offensive tweets, but we've got the screengrabs. Click to page three of this post to see them. We've also included reaction from the gubernatorial candidate Fields was attempting to support, Jeff Johnson, and an apology from Fields himself at the bottom of page two.

About six weeks after the last known photo of Robin Williams was snapped at the Dairy Queen in Lindstrom during his visit to the nearby Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center, the world-famous comedian reportedly took his own life yesterday in California at the age of 63.

Williams's spokesperson told CNN he'd been battling severe depression lately.

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Jeff Johnson's campaign defends criticized Facebook Q&A

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Many months after he was criticized by a liberal group for attending a 9/11 truther event, Jeff Johnson is taking heat from the left once again.

Yesterday morning, Johnson, the MNGOP endorsed candidate for governor, held a Facebook "Conversation & Coffee" event live from his party's new headquarters right in the heart of one of Minneapolis's crunchiest neighborhoods. Nothing newsworthy about that.

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MNGOP stands by Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald in ultra-bizarre email

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Think this shot of MacDonald's convention speech is strange? Keep reading!
The Michelle MacDonald story just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

MacDonald, a Twin Cities family law attorney, recently won the MNGOP's endorsement for a Minnesota Supreme Court seat even though she faces a criminal trial this fall stemming from an April 5, 2013 DUI arrest.

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MNGOP Chair Keith Downey optimistic despite bleak polling, finances

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The MNGOP hopes this election won't be a repeat of 2012, but finances and polls are reasons for skepticism.
It was just over two years ago that Politico, alluding to the Minnesota Republican Party's whopping $2 million in debt, wrote that "no state party may be in worse shape."

Times aren't quite as tough for the MNGOP these days, but the party is still trying to dig out of that gigantic hole in more ways than one.

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