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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.


Emmer on anti-gay hard rock ministry: ‘These are nice people’

By Andy Birkey | 05.26.10 | 8:46 am

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The Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, Tom Emmer, told the Star Tribune’s Rachel Stassen-Berger that You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Intl., Inc., “are nice people.” You Can Run is a ministry that brings it’s hard rock evangelism into public schools across the Midwest and its front man, Bradlee Dean, told radio listeners recently that Muslim countries that call for the execution of gays and lesbians are “more moral than even the American Christians.”

Emmer’s campaign has given money to the ministry, and Emmer has appeared on Dean’s radio show, been to Dean’s house and posed for a picture with leaders of the ministry following his endorsement by the Republican Party.

“My understanding is that it’s a Christian-based ministry that’s about family, that is about respect for yourself….I know that they’re a pro-marriage, pro-traditional marriage group,” Emmer told the Strib.

“These are nice people. Are we going to agree on everything? No….I really appreciate their passion and you know what I respect their point of view,” he said. “I respect their right to have whatever view. That’s what makes it a great country. You don’t have to agree with it.”


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Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 9:50 am

Emmer is too extreme for Minnesotans.

Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 11:25 am

The typical tag line when supporting racism, bigotry, and hatred: “Are we going to agree on everything? No!”

Yeah, but it’s the parts you DO agree about that make you a bigot.

Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 11:39 am

Anyone who advocates for the the execution of any group of people are ‘NOT nice people’. Because you happen to agree with them about some things doesn’t make them or you nice.

Chuck Anziulewicz
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 11:48 am

The group in question brings “hard rock evangelism” (including their own unique brand of homophobia) into public schools? And TAXPAYERS are footing the bill???

RM Kuntz
Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

Why is it “good” to express your different opinion when you agree with it. The country is always “big enough” for this diversity when you’re on the same side. When someone wants to fix healthcare, hold businesses accountable for the money WE GAVE them then the opinions of the other side are “fascist” and there is no room for that sort of unamerican opinion.

Gay people have repeatedly proven themselves valuable assets to the community over and over. Can we please stop beating this dead horse and move on to some new non-issues to argue over.

Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

Emmer on anti-gay hard rock ministry: “I respect their right to have whatever view. That’s what makes it a great country. You don’t have to agree with it.”

Gadzooks! You tripped right over the truth!

Comment posted May 26, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

Why is a religious group being allowed to evangelize in the public schools?

School assemblies are paid for by taxpayers. They are not intended as captive audiences for ANY religious group to evangelize.

the crow
Comment posted May 27, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

that is really sad, and u call yourselves christians, your almost/ just as bad as westbrow, and that is fucking sad. glad i changed my religion. i don’t want to be associated w/ that kind of fucking shit.

Comment posted May 28, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

According to the same Old Testament writings, adulterers were to be put to death.

Senator Vitter, sentenced to death.
Senator Ensign, sentenced to death.
Newt Gingrich, sentenced to death.
Ted Haggert, sentenced to death.
and of course,
Bill Clinton, sentenced to death
Elliot Spitzer, sentenced to death.
Jesse James, sentenced to death.
Tiger Woods, sentenced to death.

What a fun endless bloodbath we would have, killing killing killing in the name of God. Before we start killing homosexuals, shouldn’t we start killing adulterers? After all, that destroys more marriages than anything else.

By the way, it is written that Jesus said that anyone who divorces and marries another commits adultery. Let’s kill all the divorced people who remarried. THAT’S the real Christian religion, killing killing killing.

And they call Islam a violent religion.

Comment posted May 30, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

So, Emmer is saying he admires a bunch of psychos who think gays–human beings–should die. He is sick, and so is Bradlee Dean, and the others in his “ministry.” People like this reinforce my decision to flee the Christian religion like a fly from a spider web. Christianity has been hijacked by mental cases who have nothing better to do than pass judgment and spread hate. Who did Jesus say could cast the first stone?? Oh, yeah, the one without sin! Minnesotans, a vote for Emmer is a vote for hate!!!

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Comment posted August 2, 2010 @ 8:33 am

Honestly – this “band” is being mentioned not for their music, but for their idiotic message. Obviously the music sucks and the lead singer is desperately trying to emulate Axl Rose. I doubt anyone with 2 brains cells will be sucked in by his message (excepts the dummies that already agree with their moronic messsage). If you can’t play in a real venue then you suck and more than likely most kids won’t be swayed by bad musicians who have to perform in school cafeterias.

Comment posted August 6, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

You are ALL commenting on information that you know nothing about. If you would do a little bit of research, you would find that this BAND that you are accusing of “advocating the death of gay people” does NOT in fact ADVOCATE THIS. http://youcanruninternational.com/news/affirming-our-stance-on-homosexuality.html
Seriously, give them a chance to defend themselves!

It is disheartening that people will wait in the shadows; just champing at the bit- to twist the truth and throw blame in any direction they can. Why don’t you try embracing each other’s goodness and see where that gets you? The picture that most of you paint of Christians is not what it is about; unfortunately somewhere along the line here a distorted image was made for you. God loves ALL people; gay, straight, short, tall…you name it. He made all of us, and He loves every single one of us whether we want him to or not. He gives us all the same opportunity to allow Him to be a part of our lives. The choice is yours…

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Tony George
Comment posted August 16, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

A lot of dirty stuff goes into what is call ‘Christian’; apparently even executions of innocent people are not beyond their pale. A lot of what is called ‘Christian’ today is just pathetic sickness. Target should have investigated Emmer a lot more closely before putting up all that money for him. Pathetic decision making.

Comment posted August 18, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

I find it hilarious that a Lady Gaga ad is featured just below this article. If anyone will push change, it will be her.

Comment posted August 19, 2010 @ 5:05 pm


And just what “chance” are we able to give God to be part of our lives if Bradlee Dean and his ilk get their way and we’re executed??? (He DID say that liberals, gays and Obama were all criminals–it’s a quote.) I don’t know what “chance” we’re supposed to give him after that, but I, for one, shan’t be cutting him any slack.

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