Julianne Ortman distributes ridiculous petition protesting secretly recorded Franken joke video

Ortman is easily offended, it seems.
In a petition published on her Facebook page yesterday, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman says a recently released secret recording of Al Franken joking around in an Arizona driveway shows he "still doesn't take women seriously."

But really the only thing the petition demonstrates is how hard it is to take Ortman's campaign seriously.

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Republicans call on Rick Nolan to cancel fundraiser featuring convicted child molester

An upcoming Nolan fundraiser features a performance by Yarrow (right).
In 1970, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame pleaded guilty to taking "immoral and improper liberties with... a female child." The charge stemmed from an incident that took place the year before in a D.C. hotel room where Yarrow, then 31, allegedly had sexual relations (but not sex) with a 14-year-old girl.

As a result, the National Republican Congressional Committee is calling on 8th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan to cancel an April 25 Duluth fundraiser he's scheduled with the renowned folk singer/songwriter.

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Mike McFadden hits back after DFL calls presser "a train wreck you have to see to believe" [VIDEO]

Mike McFadden
For the first time since he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last summer, Mike McFadden held a news conference yesterday and took questions from reporters.

But by and large, the man who many believe has the inside track to becoming Al Franken's Republican challenger in November didn't offer satisfying answers.

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Sarah Palin endorses Julianne Ortman while calling Al Franken "a Big Fat Liberal"

Shealeah Craighead
Sarah Palin shaking hands with MNGOP Sen. Julianne Ortman at MoA
Sarah Palin announced her support today for Julianne Ortman, the MNGOP senator who's hoping to step up to Al Franken in a race that the former Alaska governor is calling "The Clown vs. the Mama Grizzly."

In making her endorsement, Palin also took shots at Ortman's leading Republican rival, Mike McFadden, a businessman whom she called a "well-funded favorite of the Washington GOP establishment whose policy is a blank slate." Back in January, McFadden reported to have raised $1.7 million for the campaign, an amount that dramatically exceeded the other GOP contenders.

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Betty McCollum blasts Redskins owner for not changing team name

McCollum: "Snyder wants to keep profiting from his team's racist brand and use those profits to attempt to buy the silence of Native Americans."
Rep. Betty McCollum is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and in that role, she's led the push to get Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name, which she characterizes as a "derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos."

Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested last fall he's open to a change, Snyder announced last night he's sticking with Redskins.

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Uptown apartment company erects "Benghazi" billboard over Franklin/Hennepin [PHOTO]

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Aaron Rupar
At least one apartment company in hippie-dippy Minneapolis apparently isn't a big fan of the Obama administration.

The billboard at the top of this post, recently erected on top of Lowry Hill Liquors, towers over the intersection of Franklin and Hennepin Avenues. It was paid for by GreMar Apartments, which owns a number of buildings in the broader Uptown area.

-- Man-shaming pro-life billboard towers over Mpls intersection [PHOTO]

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Minnesota, Wisconsin taking opposite approach to e-cig regulations

Right now, e-cigarettes are essentially unregulated in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, meaning individual businesses can decide whether or not to allow vaping inside their premises.

SEE ALSO: E-cig charger explodes, burning hole in Minnesota author's car [PHOTO]

Bills addressing that state of affairs have been introduced in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, but each takes a very different approach to regulating e-cigs.

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Al Franken denies he's ducking Obama's St. Paul speech because of president's unpopularity [UPDATE]

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Republicans think Obama is more of a curse than a blessing for local Dems these days.
:::: Al Franken missed Obama's speech for Harold Ramis's funeral ::::

:::: UPDATE III :::: This morning (February 26), we're told plans have changed again and Franken won't be in Minnesota today.

Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, told us "Senator Franken was planning to travel to Minnesota for the President's event. But a close friend died, the funeral is today, and he decided he needed to hop on an early flight to be there. So he won't be able to make it to Minnesota for the President's visit."

:::: UPDATE II :::: Turns out Franken might be in St. Paul for Obama's speech after all.

Late this afternoon, Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, got in touch to let us know that "Senator Franken is planning to join the President in Minnesota tomorrow so long as he is certain that the Senate will not be voting on the veterans' benefits bill that he's cosponsored."

:::: UPDATE :::: Klobuchar's office got in touch with us this afternoon to shed some more light on why she can't be at Obama's speech tomorrow.

"Tomorrow the senator is chairing a hearing on cell phone competition, including cell phone theft issues, which she cannot cancel," spokesperson Brigit Helgen told us. "That is why she will not be able to be in St. Paul for the event. Otherwise she would be with the President as she was just last month in Michigan for the Farm Bill signing.

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Joe Biden's presence shuts down 35W [PHOTO]

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Vice President Joe Biden jetted into town last night for a private fundraiser at the Bachelor Farmer, the swank downtown Minneapolis restaurant owned by Gov. Mark Dayton's sons.

SEE ALSO: Biden to NoDak Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's family: "Spread your legs. You're going to be frisked"

Authorities shut down I-35W during Biden's trips to and from downtown, as captured in this photo by the Star Tribune's Glen Stubbe:

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Jesse Ventura says Hilary vs. Jeb would "pave the way" for him to become president [VIDEO]

He has a new show (and new glasses to boot).
Jesse Ventura hasn't given up on his dream of becoming the next president.

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In fact, during an appearance on Larry King's Ora TV show yesterday, the former governor said that if Democrat Hilary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush end up emerging as the two leading 2016 contenders, it "would pave the way for Jesse Ventura to be the next president."

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