Minnesota Articles

The Threat from ‘Minnesota Men’

Where ISIS goes for American recruits.
Dec 07, 2015

If you get your news from the headlines, you can be excused for thinking that “Minnesota men” pose a special risk of taking up the terrorist jihad at home and abroad. As the Wall Street Journal reported this past April, for example, “U.S. charges six Minnesota men with trying to join ISIS.” The “Minnesota men” featured in such headlines are almost invariably drawn from Minnesota’s swelling population of Somali Muslim immigrants.

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Selective Outrage

Aug 10, 2015

It’s too soon to tell whether the world will be able to recover from its grief, but we suppose civilization must go on, if for no other reason than to preserve the memory of the deceased. We speak, of course, of the tragic killing of Cecil the Lion—the beloved symbol of Zimbabwe’s wildlife. To be abundantly clear, The Scrapbook abhors the illegal or gratuitous killing of animals.

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House Republican: Tax Refund Money Illegally Funding Obamacare Program

12:15 PM, Jun 12, 2015

The Obama administration is funding a provision of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutionally and against the decision of Congress, a Republican House member says. Peter Roskam of Illinois joined Fox News's Greta van Susteren Thursday to talk about the details of his findings in an oversight investigation by the House Ways and Means committee. 

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In Minnesota, Bill Maher Strikes Out

5:01 PM, Nov 12, 2014

Following the 2014 elections, Congressman John Kline remains the major and senior elected figure in the Minnesota Republican party. The powerful chairman of the House education committee, he will be a central figure in the reform measures ahead to improve the nation’s faltering public school systems.

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Not All That Safe

The Minnesota governor’s race isn’t over.
Oct 20, 2014

The 2014 race for governor of Minnesota had been placed in the “Safe Democrat” category since it began in earnest. Potential Republican opponents to the Democratic (Democratic-Farmer-Labor in this state) incumbent Mark Dayton were numerous, but most voters told pollsters the state was going in the right direction. Unemployment was lower than the national average, and Minneapolis was growing again 

and seemingly booming with new housing construction.

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Minnesota Health Insurer Raises Rates 60 Percent

6:53 AM, Oct 17, 2014

One health insurer in Minnesota, once the top seller on the state' s Obamacare-mandated exchange, is expected to raise its premiums between 40 and 60 percent. Small-business health insurance rates are also expected to go up in Minnesota. KSTP-TV reports the story:

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Disturbing Report: ISIS Fighter Worked at Minneapolis Airport

11:39 AM, Sep 03, 2014

Fox News 9 of Minneapolis, St. Paul reports that:

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Another Minnesota Miracle?

A Republican neophyte takes on Al Franken.
Aug 04, 2014

In 1978, Republicans in Minnesota, astonishingly, won all three statewide races: both Senate seats and the governorship. It became known by DFLers (Democrats here run as Democratic-Farmer-Laborites) as the “Minnesota massacre.” Republicans preferred to call it their Minnesota miracle. This year they’re looking for another miracle. One Senate seat is up, as is the governorship, and the DFL incumbents are widely expected to win. If an upset is possible, it might be in the Senate race. 

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The Range Race

The two parties battle it out in northern Minnesota.
Jun 09, 2014

One of the most fascinating congressional races in the nation this year is taking place in a practically unknown Minnesota district between two men who could not be more different—in style and in substance.

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Al Franken Is Super Serious

8:08 AM, May 09, 2014

There’s a refrain familiar to any regular Capitol Hill reporter trying to ask a question of Senator Al Franken, Democrat from Minnesota and Saturday Night Live alum: “I don’t talk to national press. You’ll have to speak to my staff. I only talk to Minnesota press.”

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Minnesota Poll: Franken Under 45 Percent Against GOP Challengers

2:01 PM, Apr 29, 2014

Al Franken, the first-term Democratic senator from Minnesota, is under 45 percent against 4 potential GOP challengers in a new poll. Suffolk University's poll of likely voters in Minnesota also found Franken with a 46 percent favorability rating, while 41 percent say they have an unfavorable opinion of him.

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Obama Unpopular in Minnesota

10:06 AM, Feb 17, 2014

The Hill reports:

Half of the residents of Minnesota now disapprove of President Obama’s performance, according to a new poll.

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The Ellison Elision

A congressman rewrites his own history.
Feb 03, 2014

Minnesota’s Keith Ellison made history as the first Muslim elected to Congress. He is a former member and local leader of the Nation of Islam who first ran for office as a Democrat in 1998 under the pseudonym Keith Ellison-Muhammad. He’s a voluble striver and a hustler emitting Marxist claptrap with an Islamic twist. He now puts these qualities on display in his engaging new memoir-cum-manifesto, My Country, ’Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future (Karen Hunter Publishing/Gallery Books, $25.00). 

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Ad Targeting House Dems: 'Obamacare Doesn't Work'

1:02 PM, Dec 26, 2013

Americans for Prosperity has two new ads targeting House Democrats in swing districts, both of which make the case that Obamacare "doesn't work" and should be repealed. The first ad, running in New Hampshire, tells Democratic congresswoman Annie Kuster to "stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people." Watch it below:

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Minnesota Obamacare Exchange CEO Resigns

Vacationing while website burned.
7:17 AM, Dec 18, 2013

The chief executive officer for Minnesota's Obamacare exchange resigned Tuesday after reports surfaced she had taken a tropical vacation in November, right when the state's health insurance exchange website was experiencing problems. ABC affiliate KSTP has the story:

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Al Franken: 'We Have to Consider Extending the Deadline for the Mandate'

4:24 PM, Nov 22, 2013

Minnesota senator Al Franken, a Democrat, opens the door to a delay of the Obamacare individual mandate in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio.

The Washington Post reports: 

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Not So Nice for the GOP

Declining Republican fortunes in Minnesota.
Oct 14, 2013

While most states outside the liberal bastions of the Northeast and the West Coast are, or have been, moving to the center-right, there’s one notable exception: Minnesota is shifting decidedly to the left.

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Obamacare's Minnesota, Connecticut, and Oregon Exchanges Filled With Glitches

8:00 AM, Oct 01, 2013

A Minnesota affiliate reports that MNSure, the state's Obamacare exchange, is down due to a glitch:

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Obama: Gun Control Is Not a 'Perfect Solution'

3:20 PM, Feb 04, 2013

President Barack Obama admitted today in a speech in Minnesota that his gun control policies are not a "perfect solution:

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In 2008 Debate, Franken Tried to Be As Pro-Gun As His Republican Opponent

5:25 PM, Jan 17, 2013

Senator Al Franken clarified his support today that he is in fact in favor of the proposed "assault weapons" ban. "[W]e should reinstate a ban on assault weapons," said Franken today in a statement.

But in 2008, when he was running for office against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman, Franken sang a very different tune:

Franken was, he insisted, an adamant believer in the Second Amendment.

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Al Franken Won't Say Whether He Supports 'Assault Weapons' Ban (Updated)

8:31 AM, Jan 17, 2013

Even Senator Al Franken, a staunch liberal, will not say whether he support a so-called assault weapons ban. The Post Bulletin reports:

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State Department Sends Assistant Secretary to ... Minneapolis

2:44 PM, Nov 19, 2012

The State Department has announced that it's sending the assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs to ... Minneapolis, Minnesota. The government official, Esther Brimmer, will meet with "local human rights and refugee advocates."

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Minnesota in Play?

9:01 AM, Oct 30, 2012

Via Maggie Haberman, the Obama campaign announces Bill Clinton will campaign in Minnesota:


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Dem. State Rep. Urged to Resign Amid Sex Scandal

5:34 PM, Aug 20, 2012

The Pioneer Press reports: 

The calls for state Rep. Kerry Gauthier to quit politics grew louder Monday, as party leaders urged the first-term DFLer from Duluth to withdraw his bid for reelection following reports he had oral sex with a 17-year-old boy at a Duluth-area rest stop in July.

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A Revolution Comes to Minnesota

Ron Paul devotees take over a state party.
10:50 AM, May 24, 2012

St. Cloud, Minn.
An anxious hush falls over the crowd early Friday evening at the Minnesota state Republican party convention. The hum of chatter has died down as the delegates whisper to each other in anticipation. They all know what’s next on the agenda. Ron Paul is coming.

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Bills Wins GOP Endorsement for Senate in Minnesota (Updated)

4:46 PM, May 18, 2012

St. Cloud, Minn.
Kurt Bills, a high school economics teacher and state representative, is the enodrsed Republican for U.S. Senate in Minnesota. Bills won 64 percent of the delegates on the second ballot at the state convention Friday afternoon.

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Bills Ahead on First Ballot in Minn. GOP Senate Race

3:18 PM, May 18, 2012

St. Cloud, Minn.
State representative Kurt Bills earned 53 percent of the vote of the delegates at the Minnesota Republican party convention on the first ballot.

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At Minn. GOP Convention, Ron Paul Organization Somewhat Muted

But Hegseth still has an uphill battle.
12:46 PM, May 18, 2012

St. Cloud, Minn.
As they have been at state conventions throughout the country, Ron Paul supporters are out in full force here at the Minnesota Republican party convention this weekend. But one might hardly know that from being on the convention floor. The only sight of Paul’s name here is on a brochure sticking out of a lone delegate’s pocket and two small “Ron Paul 2012” posters hanging haphazardly on the right-side wall.

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The Fight for the Minnesota GOP Senate Race

9:22 AM, May 18, 2012

St. Cloud, Minn.
Regardless of Ron Paul's recent decision not to contest upcoming primaries, his followers in Minnesota within the GOP will be here at the state Republican convention this weekend, hoping to claim their first substantial victory of the election cycle in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

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Perry Endorses Hegseth

4:02 PM, May 14, 2012

Texas governor Rick Perry, a former Republican presidential candidate, has endorsed former Vets for Freedom director Pete Hegseth for Senate in Minnesota.

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