The comedy team of David & Linda

March 2, 2017

When Sen. David Osmek and Rep. Linda Runbeck filed legislative resolutions to divert about a billion federal dollars away from the Southwest Light Rail Transit line, I almost wrote about it then, but I decided to wait for the inevitable denouement. (I like that word; I haven’t had a chance to use it lately.) Said […]

You’re right, Kurt, let ’em drown

November 17, 2015

Tuesday evening  addition – 11/17: Sen. Minority Leader David Hann pipes in: “This is not a discussion about permanently closing our borders, or even permanently rejecting Syrian refugees,” Hann said in a written statement. “But right now, we are lacking the intelligence necessary to implement security screenings intensive enough to guarantee our safety.” If we […]

Penny-ante wire fraud

September 30, 2015

If you give money to the MNGOP, the Obama-Iran deal will fail. All right, it’s a little oblique, but here’s how it is supposed to work: The consequences of this nuclear deal with Iran cannot be overstated. A Republican in the White House is the only chance we have at stopping the agreement from becoming […]

Every word screams: CRACKPOT!

July 17, 2014

Please see the update below. This caught my attention; Michelle MacDonald received the endorsement by the Republicans to run for the Minnesota Supreme Court this fall. Here’s the craziest e-mail I have ever read. It’s from the #MNGOP candidate for MN Supreme Court Michelle MacDonald: — (@politicsdotmn) July 16, 2014 Additional tweets from […]

Michelle, that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into

June 23, 2014

After a recent meeting at the Council Oak (the tree, not the restaurant), the RPM executive committee announced, as it relates to the state convention’s endorsement of Greg Wersal wannabe Michelle MacDonald for Minnesota Supreme Court: “Regardless of anyone’s individual opinion on these issue, in a party which respects the rule of law and the constitution, […]

Keith Downey takes a trip to a place long, long ago, and far, far away

March 25, 2014

The Mail Chimp, indeed

Yvonne Prettner Solon

The Weekly Wrap 1-19

January 19, 2014

♣ In a move that was shocking to pretty much no one, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon announced on Monday that she will not be part of the DFL Gubernatorial ticket in 2014. The question now is who will join the Dayton re-election ticket. And while I have no idea who that will be, there […]

Picking dogs and candidates

January 13, 2014

They’ll do the judging in a really little tent

Keith Downey

The Weekly Wrap 12-22

December 22, 2013

♣ It’s that time of year, where the retirements of incumbent legislators start coming in bunches. Already this year Rep. Michael Paymar (64B) and Rep. Andrea Kieffer (53B) have both announced their retirements. And Rep. Mike Benson (26B), who is running for the GOP endorsement to take on Tim Walz in Minnesota’s first congressional district […]

420 Dinner

The Weekly Wrap 4-19

April 19, 2013

Are you going to the Humphrey-Mondale dinner on 4-20? If so, bring me back a brownie

Jim Graves

The Weekly Wrap 4-13

April 13, 2013

♣ Yet another Some Dude business type (the other being Scott Honour) has indicated that he might be running against Al Franken in 2014. Mike McFadden of the firm Lazard Middle Market has been meeting with political consultants and Republican Party leaders to talk about a possible run. The MNGOP really doesn’t have much of […]

Keith, you kept your desk really neat

April 6, 2013

But you did track in some mud