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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Michelle MacDonald, MNGOP-backed judge candidate, waved Bible during speech [VIDEO]

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Get a load of the expressions on the faces of the Republicans around MacDonald during her speech!
Last Friday, we told you the bizarre story of Michelle MacDonald, a Twin Cities family law attorney who recently won the MNGOP's endorsement for a Minnesota Supreme Court seat despite facing a criminal trial this fall stemming from an April 5, 2013 DUI arrest.

Turns out there's more bizarreness where that came from. Yesterday, an Uptake staffer got in touch with us to let us know they uploaded video of the speech MacDonald gave to the MNGOP convention in Rochester just before delegates awarded her with the endorsement. During it, she basically promises her Republican audience that if elected, she'll make judicial decisions based on Biblical principles, which certainly seems like an odd thing for an aspiring judge to say in a country that supposedly keeps religion out of the courts.

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MNGOP Secretary of State candidate Dennis Nguyen admits going to strip clubs


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MNGOP endorsed Supreme Court candidate who faces DUI trial

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Michelle MacDonald
Two weeks ago, Michelle MacDonald, a family law attorney with three Twin Cities offices, won the Minnesota Republican Party's endorsement to run for the Supreme Court against incumbent Justice David Lillehaug.

Now she's in the news for very different reasons -- it just came to light she faces a criminal trial this fall stemming from an April 5, 2013 DUI arrest.

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Andy Parrish apologizes for slapping MNGOP activist after allegedly calling him "cream puff"


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Andy Parrish apologizes for slapping MNGOP activist after allegedly calling him "cream puff"

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Kolb (left) was on the receiving end of Parrish's slaps and verbal abuse.
Think politics isn't a contact sport? Think again.

At the MNGOP convention in Rochester over the weekend, Julianne Ortman's campaign to secure her party's endorsement for the U.S. Senate race against Al Franken crashed and burned quicker than you can say "McFadden." Unsurprisingly, that development was a bitter disappointment to Ortman's campaign manager, our old friend Andy Parrish.

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Eric Harpel says scandalous lawsuit isn't meant to destroy Rep. Mary Franson's political career

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Franson could lose her party's endorsement for her House seat this weekend.
On Saturday, House District 8B Republicans will gather in Henning and decide whether to endorse Rep. Mary Franson for a third term in office.

Franson, who defeated her Democratic opponent in 2012 by the slimmest of margins, faces a stiff challenge from fellow Republican Sue Nelson. Her cause certainly wasn't helped by a scandalous civil lawsuit filed against her on Tuesday by her ex-boyfriend, McLeod County MNGOP Chair Eric Harpel.

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MNGOP Rep. Mary Franson sued for defamation by ex-boyfriend Eric Harpel

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Court records indicate Harpel (right) filed his lawsuit against Franson on Tuesday.
:::: UPDATE :::: Eric Harpel says scandalous lawsuit isn't meant to destroy Rep. Mary Franson's political career

McLeod County MNGOP Chair Eric Harpel got in touch today to let us know he's sued his ex-girlfriend, Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, for defamation, illegally accessing his electronic communications, and breach of contract.

Harpel tells us Franson was served on December 7 of last year, "So it's not like she didn't know this was coming."

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Dennis Nguyen pulls out of Secretary of State race

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Dennis Nguyen photo via Facebook
Days after we reported about a controversy over Dennis Nguyen's alleged taste for strip clubs, he's pulled out of the Secretary of State race.

Nguyen, a Republican who works in private equity, announced the move on his Facebook page this morning.

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MNGOP Secretary of State candidate Dennis Nguyen admits going to strip clubs

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Dennis Nguyen photo via Facebook
In recent weeks, three different well-connected Minnesota Republicans have gotten in touch to pass along the same tip. (They asked their names be kept off the record.)

:::: UPDATE :::: Dennis Nguyen pulls out of Secretary of State race

The tipsters told us this: MNGOP secretary of state candidate Dennis Nguyen frequents strip clubs.

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