Commentary

Balls & Strikes: Is Thompson the Republican Candidate Democrats “Fear” or “Cheer”?

Balls & Strikes: Is Thompson the Republican Candidate Democrats “Fear” or “Cheer”?

Today, the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) will be voted on in the Minnesota Senate. Earlier this year, Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) introduced the WESA in the Minnesota House and the bill passed the Minnesota House of Representatives 106 -24 on April 9, 2014.  In a statement about the bill passaged, Melin […]

politics.mn Wins “Best Blog” Award from City Pages

politics.mn Wins “Best Blog” Award from City Pages

Over the last few years, when I received an alert on my phone about a news story that mentioned my name, it usually wasn’t good news. But last evening was different and it was a wonderful surprise to discover that politics.mn was named the “Best Blog” by City Pages. In […]

by · April 16, 2014 · 3 comments · Commentary, Featured, Media
Unwinding the SPIN: Fundraising Reports for Governor Should Clear the Field

Unwinding the SPIN: Fundraising Reports for Governor Should Clear the Field

The first quarterly fundraising reports for statewide campaigns in Minnesota were released yesterday and the news should be a wake-up call to Republicans in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton’s re-election campaign continues to have a big financial lead over his Republican rivals. Dayton’s campaign reported receipts of $195,868.36 in the first […]

politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview™: David FitzSimmons, Tom Emmer for Congress

politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview™: David FitzSimmons, Tom Emmer for Congress

In the age of Twitter and text messages, the attention span of people has been greatly reduced. politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview™ will be quick interviews with Minnesota politicos. Below is an interview I did today with David FitzSimmons, with Tom Emmer’s congressional campaign, previewing this weekend’s convention. Listen to the audio below […]

Balls & Strikes: Republicans Should Welcome Krinkie’s Exit

Balls & Strikes: Republicans Should Welcome Krinkie’s Exit

6th Congressional District candidate Phil Krinkie announced yesterday that he would not be attending Saturday’s Republican endorsing convention and he may run in the Republican primary, or he may run as a third-party candidate. Krinkie bolting the Republican Party and running as a third-party candidate is a thought that would […]

Exposé on MNSure Chaos Provides GOP with a Golden Opportunity…Will They Take it?

Exposé on MNSure Chaos Provides GOP with a Golden Opportunity…Will They Take it?

A few times each election cycle, the dynamics of a particular race can be altered for one of numerous reasons. The political environment is influenced by many factors and it can change very quickly. The revelations in the Star Tribune’s article, “MNsure defects were no surprise“, could have a dramatic impact […]

politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview: Ben Golnik, Minnesota Jobs Coalition

politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview: Ben Golnik, Minnesota Jobs Coalition

In the age of Twitter and text messages, the attention span of people has been greatly reduced. politics.mn’s 60 Second Interview™ will be quick interviews with Minnesota politicos. Below is an interview I did today with Ben Golnik, chairman of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition. Listen to the audio below and check back […]

by · March 31, 2014 · 2 comments · Commentary, Featured, Media
Balls & Strikes: Sarah Palin’s Endorsement Won’t Help the GOP Win in Minnesota

Balls & Strikes: Sarah Palin’s Endorsement Won’t Help the GOP Win in Minnesota

On the first day of the Republican Party of Minnesota (MN GOP) State Convention in 2010, I heard the news that Sarah Palin had endorsed Tom Emmer’s campaign for governor. I was the deputy chair of the MN GOP and the endorsement contest between Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert was […]