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From Morning Hot Dish: Million-dollar quarter for Graves

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger Updated: October 16, 2012 - 9:32 AM

By Jennifer Brooks

Democrat Jim Graves raised $1 million in the third quarter for his effort to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, his campaign reports.

That total is more than double the three-month hauls of most other candidates in the state’s most competitive congressional races.

But Graves is challenging one of the House’s most prolific fundraisers; Bachmann reports she raised $4.3 million in the same three-month period.

Graves, a millionaire hotelier, donated $270,000 of his own money to the campaign, but also received more than 12,000 individual donations. 

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Bachmann event on Wednesday

Posted by: Paul Walsh Updated: October 9, 2012 - 8:45 AM

Correction: Because of an editing error, the Morning Hot Dish newsletter incorrectly listed the day that U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is speaking at the Minnesota Republican Party's Elephant Club luncheon.

The event is Wednesday, Oct. 10. The luncheon is at the Hilton Minneapolis, from noon to 1 p.m.

Mary Pawlenty, libertarian leanings

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger Updated: September 12, 2012 - 10:30 AM

Former Minnesota First Lady Mary Pawlenty said on radio-maven Tom Barnard’s podcast that she is “probably more moderate than people think” she would be, considering she went to Bethel College and based on her faith background.

On the podcast with former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mary Pawlenty said “there are points where we should compromise.” She added, “there are a few things about the Ron Paul people that make sense to me,” particularly the libertarian push for “wanting the government to go away.”

Tim Pawlenty said the pitch for smaller government is great, but Paul went too far when he said it was okay to legalize heroin and suggested that it is not in the United States’ interest to care if Iran has a nuclear weapon.

Mary Pawlenty’s response: “Dude, I was not completely defending Ron Paul’s positions, alright? I’m just saying there are a few things with the libertarians that I agree with. Of course, I don’t agree with Ron Paul on all that kind of stuff.”

(Tim Pawlenty also said on the podcast that his presidential campaign “only lasted 10 minutes,” during which they didn't raise enough money and they “botched the strategy.”)

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Cheerio-burner lights up

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger Updated: August 9, 2012 - 9:44 AM

From the Star Tribune's  Morning Hot Dish newsletter by Baird Helgeson:

A same-sex marriage opponent has become something of a national sensation when his one-man flaming Cheerios protest went awry.

In the video, a man identified by Smoking Gun as Michael Leisner is seen outside the General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley carrying a blowtorch to set afire a box of Cheerios, in protest of the company’s opposition to the marriage amendment.

It appears Leisner added a little gasoline or other fuel for dramatic effect. When he hits the box with the flame, the Cheerios combust and fall on the ground, creating a fire-strewn lawn.

The last seconds of the video show Leisner scrambling to stomp out the flames before he hurriedly instructs his off-camera friends to get in the car.

The video already has been shown on The Daily Show and Chelsea Lately. See for yourself at thesmokinggun.com .

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Eighth District air waves

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger Updated: August 9, 2012 - 9:44 AM

From the Star Tribune's  Morning Hot Dish newsletter:

The low-turnout, high-stakes primary race in Minnesota’s northern Eighth Congressional District is capturing the big bucks from outside groups.

According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Minnesota DFL spent $135,000 in July to create and air an ad promoting their endorsee Rick Nolan, and Women Vote!, an arm of female candidate funders EMILY’s List, spent about $80,000 to make and air a spot supporting their pick, Tarryl Clark.

Jeff Anderson, filling out the trio of DFL candidates, does not have big outside groups supporting him but is spending campaign cash to run television ads. Anderson's campaign released its second ad Thursday night.

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