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Ellison confronts King on planned Muslim investigations

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By Andy Birkey | 12.21.10

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York says he wants to hold investigations into the “radicalization” of American Muslims in his new position as chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, but Rep. Keith Ellison said on Monday that targeting one community would hamper homeland security efforts.

Bachmann’s payroll jumped 16 percent in 2009

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By Andy Birkey | 12.20.10

Rep. Michele Bachmann has been outspoken in her assertion that federal employees make double the salary of those in the private sector, but the Associated Press noted on Monday that Bachmann has increased her own payroll 16 percent between 2007 and 2009. She has called for a freeze on federal employee salaries, but the Minnesota Independent took a look at her own office and found that her employees enjoy frequent raises. But despite those increases, Bachmann has the lowest congressional payroll in the Minnesota delegation after freshman Rep. Erik Paulsen.

Anti-gay bullying continues to be a contentious issue in Anoka-Hennepin School District

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By Andy Birkey | 12.16.10

Monday night’s meeting of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board was a contentious one as the issue of bullying and suicide in the district again came up. The state’s largest school district opened an investigation into the suicides of nine students over the past year — some by students who were allegedly bullied for their sexual orientation — and said that it found no evidence that any of the nine were bullied. Students and parents criticized the district for its statement — at times the conversation devolved to shouting — while district officials said there’s not much they can do if students and parents don’t report incidents to the schools.

Reproductive rights groups anticipate tough legislative session

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By Andy Birkey | 12.16.10

Advocates for reproductive rights are concerned that new socially conservative leadership in the Minnesota Legislature could curtail those rights in the upcoming biennium. While Republicans, who’ll control both houses, say that jobs and the economy will come first, there’s little doubt that they’ll also press for restrictions on abortion within the next two years — especially with Sen. Michele Fischbach as President of the Senate. Fischbach’s husband, Scott, is the executive director of Minnesota’s largest anti-abortion group, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.


Woodbury attorney may challenge Bachmann for GOP primary

By Andy Birkey | 06.03.09 | 11:47 am
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Woodbury attorney Chris Johnston says he is “mulling a run” against Rep. Michele Bachmann in the next Republican primary. Johnston says the district needs to be represented by a Republican “who thinks before they speak.”

Johnston, a self-described “common sense conservative attorney” who has a practice in Roseville, says he is only exploring a run. On his blog he had some harsh words for Bachmann:

“You may have heard of her…Michelle Bachmann. Yes, that Michelle Bachmann — the hiding in the bushes during a gay rally, the “anti-American” hurling, malaprop spouting, they took me out of context, Congress woman. Mrs. Bachmann and I do share some strong conservative beliefs but it has become painfully aware that the people of the 6th District deserve to be represented by someone who thinks before they speak and will work hard to effectively represent every citizen of the district.”

Johnston says he’s had quite a bit of support, but that some prominent Republicans are worried that anti-Bachmann crossover voting from DFLers will spoil the primary. But Johnston said he isn’t too concerned about that.

“Seems to me that what is in the best interest of the party is to have the best candidate on the ballot in November,” he wrote.


Update: Who Is Christopher Johnston And Why Is He Mulling A Primary Run Against Bachmann? | DUSTYTRICE.COM
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[...] Update: MNIndy is all over this! [...]

Comment posted June 3, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

Well, good. The rest of U.S. were getting ready to quarantine that area – assuming everyone willing to vote for such an ignorant woman were ”just like her”.

How else were we supposed to think?

She is mentally deranged.
She needs mental health evaluation and care.
She has excellent health coverage at her place of employment.


Mr. B
Comment posted June 3, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

Johnston is a communist. Long live Bachmann! Stock up on ammo!

Aubrey Immelman
Comment posted June 3, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

I don’t think “prominent Republicans” have any cause for worry about anti-Bachmann crossover voting from DFLers.

I was unable to convince Democrats to vote against Bachmann when I ran against her in the 2008 primary, despite the fact that I had been a major contributor and campaign volunteer for Patty Wetterling when she ran against Bachmann in 2006.

Primary voters tend to be highly partisan; it’s difficult to get them to think out of the box, take a broader view than permitted by partisan blinders, or shake off the partisan chains that shackle them to the status quo.

Comment posted June 3, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

Bring lots of garlic and a big stake, Woody.

Comment posted June 4, 2009 @ 6:27 am

Bachmann will trounce any competition…

Jeremy M
Comment posted June 5, 2009 @ 7:44 am

Bachmann is the best republican in the state . Anyone who’s challenges her is nothing but a lib. you suck aubrey.

Comment posted June 5, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

Representative Bachmann has offered little to no new ideas during her time in congress. She parrots party lines to a ridiculous degree, and continues to spout cringe worthy statements to boost her own national exposure with no thought as to how it reflects upon the voting public in Minnesota. If she is the best Republican in the state, it paints a very dire picture for the current health of the party.

Comment posted June 7, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

Time for a change,now for someone who actually has a brain and common sense.Anyway when bachmans gone her and palin can take some speech classes and actually learn how to talk.

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