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Minnesota (GOP Club)

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  • 1st district race may be Trump test; Contest expected to draw national money, attention (Minnesota)

    07/02/2017 6:40:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Mankato Free Press ^ | July 2, 2017 | Dan Linehan, Special to The Free Press
    MANKATO — Last fall, the voters of southern Minnesota’s 1st District picked Donald Trump by a whopping 15 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. The Republican running for the seat, Jim Hagedorn, lost by less than a percentage point. Now, with Rep. Tim Walz running for governor, Republicans from Washington, D.C., to Mankato see a prime opportunity to re-take a seat they haven’t won since 2004. “Republicans are definitely expecting to win,” said Jeremy Munson, a rural Lake Crystal man who chairs the 1st District Republicans. “This will be one of the races that will bring national attention to our district.”...
  • Al Franken Says Mike Pence Is A ‘Zealot’ Who ‘Would Be Worse’ Than Trump On Domestic Policy

    06/19/2017 5:09:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 19, 2017 | David Sirota
    If Donald Trump were impeached, as some Democrats would like, Mike Pence “would be worse” for domestic policy than the current president, U.S. Sen. Al Franken told International Business Times. But the vice president would be less dangerous on foreign policy, said Franken. Franken made the comments in an interview with IBT during a stop on his book tour in Denver. During the wide-ranging discussion, the Minnesota Democrat said his party could use the so-called “nuclear” option to try to block the Trump administration’s health care bill. On a contentious environmental issue, Franken parted ways with many progessive Democrats in...
  • Krauthammer on Franken’s Russia theory: ‘Who gave him the tinfoil hat?’

    05/08/2017 10:37:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2017 | Joe Concha
    Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer ripped Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Monday for "his tremendously elaborate theory" around Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, asking "Who gave him the tinfoil hat?" Krauthammer's comments came after Franken presented a lengthy hypothetical to former acting Attorney General Sally Yates around Russian connections to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the 18-day delay between when she made the White House aware of Flynn's apparent lie and when he was tendered his resignation....
  • Pro-Trump rally draws other clashing groups (Minnesota)

    05/06/2017 2:26:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | May 6, 2017 | Mark Zdechlik
    A Trump rally at the state Capitol Saturday drew anti-Trump demonstrators and self-described supporters of white rights. As a small group of Trump supporters held an orderly rally inside the Capitol rotunda, other groups gathered outside on the Capitol steps. State patrol officers stood as a barrier between one larger group protesting Trump and the other which included people who said they were standing for the rights of white people. Throughout the afternoon they exchanged heated insults. John Thompson of St. Paul was there to protest the president's policies. "These people support Donald Trump and his ideology," said Thompson. "They...
  • Tim Kaine's son forcefully arrested at Trump rally at Minnesota Capitol (2nd Degree Riot)

    03/07/2017 9:57:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Pine and Lakes Echo Journal ^ | March 7, 2017 | The St. Paul Pioneer Press
    ST. PAUL—The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol. Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, and four others were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot after the "March 4 Trump" rally in St. Paul; a sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct. Counter-protesters clashed with Trump supporters in the Capitol rotunda after they attempted to disrupt the proceedings with air horns, whistles and chants. At one point, someone set off a smoke bomb....
  • Keith Ellison: Jews Are ‘Slave Traders’ Trying To ‘Oppress Minorities All Over The World’

    02/08/2017 5:15:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 8, 2017 | Amber Randall
    Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison once accused Jewish people of oppressing “minorities all over the world,” Ellison’s former college classmate revealed in an interview. Mother Jones interviewed former classmate Michael Olenick who worked as the opinions editor at the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper, The Minnesota Daily. Olenick said that Ellison, who went by Keith Hakim at the time, argued that “white Jews” were routinely oppressing minority groups. “European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world,” Olenick remembers Ellison arguing. “Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders,'” according to the Mother Jones...
  • Mondale endorses Keith Ellison for DNC chair

    02/03/2017 8:05:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 3, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Former Vice President Walter Mondale is endorsing Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to become the next Democratic National Committee chair. The move gives the two top contenders to helm the party -- Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez -- one vice presidential endorsement each, after Joe Biden backed Perez earlier this week. It comes as Democrats head to Detroit for their third of four "future forums" Saturday, where candidates for party leadership lay out their visions, before the DNC's 447 voting members select their new chair in a late-February meeting in Atlanta. "Keith was a Minnesota star in the state...
  • Keith Ellison, first Muslim congressman, calls for ‘mass rallies’ to stop Trump orders

    01/28/2017 11:21:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's Power Post ^ | January 28, 2017 | David Weigel
    HOUSTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who in 2007 became the first Muslim member of Congress, said in an interview Saturday that opponents of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees should oppose them in the streets. “It’s time for people to get active, to get involved, to vote and to organize,” said Ellison, who was in Houston to campaign for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Trump must be stopped, and people power is what we have at our disposal to make him stop. We need mass rallies. We need them all over the country. We need them...
  • Did Donald Trump Carry Minnesota?

    01/26/2017 1:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 26, 2017 | John Hinderaker
    Voter fraud is in the news again, with President Trump vowing an investigation and the liberal media assuring us that voter fraud does not exist. My question is always: why are they so confident that there is little or no fraud, when so few efforts are made to look for it? Here in Minnesota, there is no possible way for anyone to know how much voter fraud occurred last November. Minnesota is a same-day registration state, and more than 500,000 voters register on the day of a presidential election. The Minnesota Voters Alliance explains why that is a problem: Two...
  • Smug progressive transplants help to explain Trump’s victory in rural Wisconsin

    01/22/2017 2:25:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 22, 2017 | John Sexton
    Politico magazine has an interesting piece up today titled “What Do You Do if a Red State Moves to You?” That title is actually close to being the opposite of what the piece describes. It’s not about red staters moving into the cities. It’s about blue staters deciding, for one reason or another, to colonize a small county in rural Wisconsin and then being horrified to find not everyone who lives there shares their political outlook. The author suggests the cultural smugness of these progressive transplants is one reason some people in this rural county voted for Donald Trump. The...
  • Minnesota Rep. Susan Allen Is Two-Spirit, a Lesbian, and She Won’t Be Assimilated

    12/24/2016 8:56:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Slate ^ | December 21, 2016 | Stephanie Weber
    When Susan Allen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012, she became the first openly lesbian Native American woman to win office in any state legislature. But framing that achievement as one for the lesbian community alone obscures another aspect of Allen’s identity, and one that is directly connected to her Native American ancestry: Allen also identifies as “two-spirit.” While Americans are increasingly familiar with the elements that make-up our modern LGBTQ abbreviation, other, often older queer identities like two-spirit remain unappreciated to the point of erasure. But if Allen and other two-spirit folks have their way,...
  • Minnesota Electors Cast 10 Votes for Clinton

    12/19/2016 6:57:26 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 12/19/16 | KSTP/AP
    Minnesota's 10 presidential electors have cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton. Clinton won the state and the electors were pledged to support her, but Monday's vote at the Capitol wasn't without minor drama. One elector, Muhammad Abdurrahman, cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders and it was immediately tossed out as required by law, with an alternate taking his place. Abdurraham was a delegate for Sanders at the Democratic National Convention.
  • Schumer throws his support behind Keith Ellison for DNC chairman

    11/12/2016 12:42:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | November 11, 2016 | John Wagner and Mike DeBonis
    Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, has thrown his support behind Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The backing provides a major boost to the expected candidacy of Ellison, who has the support of several liberal lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and an array of progressive advocacy groups. Schumer spokesman Matt House said that Schumer and Ellison spoke Thursday and that Schumer has decided to support the Minnesota lawmaker, who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus....
  • Crowd gathering for Bernie Sanders rally at UMD (They're worried about Minnesota?)

    10/04/2016 4:14:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Duluth News Tribune ^ | October 4, 2016 | Brooks Johnson
    A crowd is gathering at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus this evening for a rally featuring former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders is making his third trip to the Northland this year, this time to campaign for Hillary Clinton, Rick Nolan and other candidates on the Democratic ticket. People started streaming into the venue at the Kirby Student Center just after 5 p.m., with an expected start time of 6 p.m. College students dominated the crowd, but there were people of all ages. "The line has been full of different majors, a really diverse group," said Shelby Chmielecki, 22,...
  • Toss-up in Minnesota? Site puts state in the middle, but candidates focusing on neighboring states

    10/03/2016 8:13:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Austn Daily Herald ^ | October 3, 2016 | David Montgomery
    Is Minnesota now a toss-up state? That’s the verdict from election-tracker site Real Clear Politics this week, which moved Minnesota out of the “Leans Clinton” category in its analysis of the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. If Minnesota is a toss-up, though, the campaigns aren’t acting like it. Trump made campaign stops in neighboring Iowa and Wisconsin on Wednesday, but he skipped Minnesota. Clinton also appeared in Iowa on Thursday but skipped Minnesota — though her campaign did dispatch Anne Holton, wife of vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, to an early voting event Thursday at...
  • Trump Pulling Even with Clinton in Minnesota

    09/26/2016 9:15:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Alpha News ^ | September 26, 2016 | Preya Samsundar
    Local and national polling shows a neck and neck race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Minnesota. MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. — For over 50 years, Minnesota has remained a safe haven for democratic presidential votes. Even in 1984, Minnesota was the only state in the union to vote for Walter Mondale instead of Ronald Reagan, who won in a landslide. However, a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is much closer than originally thought in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The new poll numbers released by KSTP this morning show Clinton leading Trump 46%...
  • Polls Show Trump, Clinton Tied in Minnesota with Pennsylvania, North Carolina Tightening

    09/26/2016 12:25:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 26, 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    Three Breitbart/Gravis state polls of likely voters — Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina — demonstrate how close the presidential election between Democrat Hillary R. Clinton and her GOP rival Donald J. Trump has become just before the first presidential debate. In Minnesota, Clinton and Trump are tied with each having 43 percent of the vote, said Doug Kaplan, the managing director of Gravis Marketing, the Florida-based polling firm that executed the poll. In Pennsylvania, Clinton leads Trump with 46 percent to his 43 percent, and in North Carolina the former first lady leads Trump 44 percent to the New York...
  • Newest poll shows 'Minnesota is in play' with Clinton up by 7 percentage points (MOE 4)

    09/26/2016 12:25:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Inforum ^ | September 26, 2016 | Don Davis and Reuters
    ST. PAUL—A new Minnesota presidential poll continues to show a closer contest than is common in the state, with Hillary Clinton up by 7 points. However, if Minnesota voters are like Americans in general, half were waiting for debates to begin to make up their minds. A just-released SurveyUSA poll from the Twin Cities' KSTP-TV indicates that if the election were held before the Monday, Sept. 26, opening presidential debate that 46 percent would vote for Democrat Clinton while 39 percent were behind Republican Trump....
  • Trump chips away at Clinton Minnesota advantage; Poll follows national trend of narrower race

    09/19/2016 12:21:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Detroit Lakes Online ^ | September 19, 2016 | Don Davis
    ST. PAUL—A new Minnesota Poll shows Donald Trump closing Hilary Clinton's lead in the state, which mirrors national polls showing the presidential race tightening. The Star Tribune's Minnesota Poll indicates Clinton would receive 44 percent of the vote and Trump 38 percent if the election were held now. North Dakota native Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico governor, received 12 percent support, although more than a quarter of those surveyed said they did not know who he is. Democrat Clinton's strongest support came in the heavily Democratic areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where she held a...
  • Franken jokes Cruz is ‘lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula’

    04/20/2016 1:35:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2016 | Brianna Ehley
    Sen. Al Franken dusted off his comedic chops over the weekend and took some jabs at his Senate colleague and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, declaring him “the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula.” “Republicans are in kind of a bind since their best hope for stopping Donald Trump is a guy who’s the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula,” Franken said at MinnPosts's annual variety show, MinnRoast. The event took place last Friday, with video posted on Wednesday. That wasn’t the end of it. He also quipped that “Cruz can be really hard to get along with, but I...