Challengers Already Lining Up to Take On Congressman John Kline

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Will John Kline still be smiling after the election in 2016?

Only months into his seventh term in Congress, Republican Rep. John Kline has already said he has every intention to seek reelection in 2016.

It's the kind of forward thinking hubris afforded an incumbent who's greased the wheels of his political career on Capitol Hill to the tune of $15 million in special interest money.

But Kline's deep political pockets, courtesy of corporate players like the University of Phoenix's Apollo Education Group, isn't intimidating enough to stop challengers from already lining up.

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Tony Perkins Thinks Islamic Law Has Overtaken Parts of Minneapolis

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FRC's Tony Perkins thinks Muslims have usurped the rule of law in parts of Minneapolis.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins bears a messianic cross.

According to FRC, the Washington, D.C.-based group that envisions an America where "human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives," Perkins, a Marine vet and former member of the Louisiana legislature, "has a tremendous burden to reclaim the culture for Christ."

That burden now includes liberating parts of Minneapolis where Islamic law has supposedly supplanted the authority of local, state, and federal governments.

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Keith Ellison Wants to Bar "Criminal" Corporations from Political Spending

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How is this not illegal already?
Last year a federal judge found oil giant BP acted with "profit-driven decisions" that amounted to "gross negligence" resulting in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Currently the corporation is in court arguing over the billions in fines it owes in Clean Water Act violations on top of a $4 billion fine it already paid the federal government stemming from criminal charges.

Despite that, BP found a way to come up with nearly $5 million to spend on lobbying and campaign contributions in 2014. In 2013 it spent more than $8 million.

Yesterday Rep. Keith Ellison introduced a bill that would bar "criminal corporations" like BP from political spending for six years after being convicted of any felony involving dishonesty, breach of trust, or defrauding the United States government.

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Jay Nygard May Still Go to Jail Over Homemade Wind Turbines

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The offending wind turbine, before Nygard covered it in anti-reflective paint.

Jay Nygard thought he was in the clear after a Hennepin County judge ruled last October that state law upheld his right to keep his four DIY wind turbines, which his home city of Orono vowed to take down.

Now Judge Susan Robiner says Orono cops can drag him off to jail if he doesn't disassemble the turbine in his front yard by February 19. She's wanted him to do that since June 2014, saying the turbine produces an "intense flashing light and sound" that "no person should be expected to endure."

Nygard denies the accusation because the turbine in question doesn't have lights and has been turned off since last winter. He won't take it down, risking a contempt of court order to jail him and his wife for six months.

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St. Paul Ignored Obvious Warnings Before Landslide that Killed Two Kids

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Mohamed Fofana and Haysem Sani were buried under tons of shale, sand, and water during a school field trip
More information about the 2013 landslide that killed two children in St. Paul's Lilydale Park continues to leak out, despite Mayor Chris Coleman's best efforts to hold it back.

Documents just released under a Freedom of Information request filed last spring show that yet another geologist disagreed with the city's arguments that the landslide was the result of "natural," unpredictable causes.

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Al Franken Finds Unlikely Ally in Fight Against Comcast/Time-Warner Merger

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Does anyone think this is a good idea?
Al Franken has spent years railing against the proposed merger of Comcast and Time-Warner. As the regulatory approval process drags on, Franken and his lefty compatriots opposing the merger have picked up a few deep-pocketed allies from the right.

Republican Super PAC Conservative War Chest announced last week it will begin airing two-minute ads opposing the merger in five states because it would increase the power of "the nation's most powerful and even militant left-of-center political force."

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Four Bills Aimed at Giving Minnesotans What They Want: Sunday Liquor Sales

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Will any of these efforts work?
On Wednesday we broke down the powerful factions standing in the way of legalizing Sunday liquor sales.

There's a decent shot this may be the year those forces are defeated, with both the governor and House majority leader on board. So far six bills taking aim at the ban have been introduced.

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Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken Are Paid Well to Shill for the Medical Industry

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Senator Klobuchar appears to be fighting to repeal a tax only to appease her corporate campaign darlings.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar's slogan, "Working for the People of Minnesota," needs tweaking.

Based on her recent efforts to repeal a puny medical device tax, something like, "Working for the People of Minnesota When Business Interests Don't Come First" feels more apropos.

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Meet the People Stopping You From Buying Beer on Sunday

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These are the forces messing with your Sunday Funday
The annual push to bring Minnesota out of the 1930s and legalize Sunday liquor sales is heating up as the 2015 legislative session gets going.

The chances of repealing the ban are as good as they've been in quite some time. Governor Dayton is on board, as is House majority leader Kurt Daudt, who recently changed his mind on the matter.

Will this be the year it finally happens? Here are the forces standing in the way of a repeal:

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Minnesota's Tom Emmer Named One of Congress's Best New Haters

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These handsome young men aren't welcome in Rep. Tom Emmer's America.

Nothing says you've arrived as a freshly sworn in member of Congress like being named one of its most promising bigots.

That's the distinction bestowed upon Tom Emmer, our state's newly elected replacement for Michele Bachmann.

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