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Minneapolis mayoral candidate emerges from swim to make campaign ad

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger Updated: September 12, 2013 - 5:34 PM

New York had the "rent is too damn high". Alabama had "thugs and criminals" not giving "a rip."

And now Minneapolis has a half-naked candidate for mayor emerging from a swim to proclaim: "I will not take money from the developers. I will not take money from the political angle. I will not even go to the strip clubs anymore. Wake the f*** up!"

Jeffery Alan Wagner, one of nearly three dozen candidates for the highest office in Minnesota's biggest city, then walks back into the water.

DREAM Act ads target Minnesota Republicans en Español

Posted by: Updated: June 10, 2013 - 1:01 PM
U.S. Rep. John Kline

U.S. Rep. John Kline

Spanish language ads are coming to Minnesota, possibly a first in Minnesota congressional politics.
 
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is going up Monday with radio ads targeting Minnesota Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen, who joined all but six House Republicans last week in voting for a measure that would restart deportations of illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children.
 
Last week’s 224-201 vote has been used by Democrats to bludgeon Republicans, who have had problems attracting Hispanic voters in recent elections. The House GOP provision, which has zero chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate, would block President Obama’s 2012 order ending deportations of so-called DREAM Act eligible young people.
 
The House vote, the first of the coming immigration debate, was seen by both sides as a sign of tough sledding ahead for immigration reform in Congress.
 
It’s doubtful that Spanish-only speakers represent a sizable voting constituency in either of Kline’s or Paulsen’s suburban districts, suggesting that the Spanish language ads are intended to highlight the DREAM Act vote for a broader audience.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann also supported the GOP measure, which was sponsored by fellow Tea Party champion Steve King of Iowa. But Bachmann is no longer running for reelection.
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen

National Dems target Kline in student loan standoff

Posted by: Corey Mitchell Updated: May 31, 2013 - 2:57 PM

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched online and print ads in six college newspapers that single out Republicans, including U.S. Rep. John Kline, on the issue of student loan rates.

The ads will run in the Minnesota Daily, the campus newspaper of the University of Minnesota, which is not in Kline's district.

With the rate on federally subsidized student loans set to double on July 1 if Congress doesn't act, lawmakers remain divided over a solution. Without an agreement, the loan rate for undergraduate students would double, rising from 3.4 percent to 6.3 percent.

Last week, House Republicans passed Kline's plan to address the pending increase by switching loan rates to market-based system. But it's unlikely to become law because Democrats don't approve of it. The day before the House approved Kline's legislation, the White House threatened to veto it, arguing that the plan would create uncertainty for students and families.

For the second consecutive summer, the pending rate hike will be a hot-button issue for college students across the country. On average, Minnesota college students graduate with a $30,000 loan debt.

During an event at the White House today, President Obama publicly called on Cognress to prevent the loan rates from doubling. Like Kline, Obama has also voiced support for a switch to market rate loans, which would end the system in which rates are set by Congress.

Kline, the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, spent Thursday touring campuses and meeting with students in his district.

"It's time for the president to stop politicizing the student loan issue," Kline said in a statement today. "Instead of holding campaign-style events, the president should urge his Senate colleagues to put forward their own plan to solve the problem."

Facing a similar deadline on the student loan issue last summer, Congress simply extended the 3.4 percent rate for another year. Now the matter has resurfaced, with little more than four weeks until zero hour.

The DCCC would not reveal how much they're spending on the ad campaign against Kline.

Bachmann goes up early on the airwaves this week

Posted by: Updated: May 15, 2013 - 7:37 PM
Embattled U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is starting an unusual off-election-year ad campaign in the Twin Cities, according to filings with the Federal Communication Commission.
 
The ad campaign, first reported in the National Journal, begins Thursday, a full 18 months before voters go to the polls.  
 
Records show that Bachmann’s campaign will run more than two dozen spots on KMSP, the local Fox affiliate, over the next two weeks. The $14,565 ad buy is part of a larger campaign that weighs in at closer to $85,000, according to Democratic sources.
 
A spokesman for Bachmann said he could not discuss the content of the ads.
 
The ads come as the Minnesota Republican is reportedly in settlement talks in connection with a politically-damaging lawsuit stemming from the alleged theft of a staffer’s email list by the Iowa chairman of Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign.
 
Bachmann also is scheduled to take part in a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday on IRS “intimidation” of Tea Party groups, an issue that could highlight her credentials as a Tea Party leader and former IRS attorney.
 
She also is sponsoring a new bill to repeal Obamacare, an issue that helped thrust her into a national spotlight three years ago. The repeal bill, which is scheduled for a House vote Thursday, represents the 37th time the GOP-led House has voted to defund all or part of the law.
 
Bachmann has been raising money at a furious pace in recent months, playing against her status as a top target for the House Majority PAC, the leading House Democratic super PAC. She faces a rematch next year with DFL businessman Jim Graves, who lost to her by little more than one percentage point in November.
 
Graves said he hadn't seen the ads, adding "candidly, I'm not very interested." His focus, he said, is employment and the business climate in the district.

Dayton makes appeal for legislators to pass same-sex marriage

Posted by: Baird Helgeson Updated: May 1, 2013 - 10:24 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton is intensifying pressure on legislators to legalize same-sex marriage this year.

The governor’s campaign sent out an appeal to supporters Wednesday urging them to contact their legislators and press them to support a measure that could be days away from a vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

“I believe all of us should have the freedom to marry legally the person we love,” Dayton says in the note. “But our opponents won’t let go. They’re targeting legislators with harsh mailings, pressuring them to vote no. They’re threatening to go after members who vote ‘yes’ in the coming elections.”

Dayton calls the measure “historic legislation” and said supporters need to turn up the volume at the Capitol.

“Urge lawmakers in St. Paul to follow their consciences and pass the freedom to marry,” he said. “We cannot legislate love. Committed, same-sex Minnesota couples deserve to make their own decisions for their own families. It’s a simple, yet profound ideal.”

Advocates on both sides of the marriage issue are meeting privately with dozens of legislators in the closing weeks of the legislative session. Supporters have held rallies as opponents have held rallies and traveled the state holding meetings and events, urging Minnesotans to stand firm on the current definition of marriage.

Dayton said in a recent interview he expected to be more closely involved in the final days before the vote to help persuade uneasy legislators to legalize same-sex marriage.

"I have told them I will weigh in where they think I can be most effective as the vote comes close," Dayton said in the interview.

Dayton said he plans to increase his lobbying efforts in the hours leading up to the vote.

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