Ron Paul's 2012 campaign implicated in bribery scandal.
On the eve of the 2012 Republican Iowa Caucuses, US Rep. Michele Bachmann
alleged that Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson informed her that he had switched his support to Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign after being promised a large sum of money
. Ron Paul personally denied these claims
, but emails and documents were recently leaked
, with proposals for the Ron Paul campaign to pay up to $208,000
to Sorenson, his staffers, and his PAC. More damning, a recorded phone call has been released
, in which Sorenson admits to being bribed, and implicates Jesse Benton
, Ron Paul's former campaign manager, 2010 campaign manager for Rand Paul, and now, the manager of Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's 2014 campaign
Controversial US Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), announced on her website today she will not seek re-election in 2014 (NYT
). Bachmann, whose 2012 campaign is currently under investigation
by the FBI for alleged financial improprieties by top officials, was first elected to statewide office in 2000, defeating long term Republican (18 years) incumbent Gary Laidig in the primary and winning Minnesota's (state) Senate District 56. Two years later she defeated another incumbent, Jane Krentz (DFL) in the newly redrawn district 52. Her term in the MN Senate was marked by a series of cultural conservative initiatives and positions, including repeated attempts to introduce a MN Constitutional Gay Marriage ban (2003
), as well as an attempt to insert creationism into the science curriculum
in MN in 2003. [more inside]
Depressed/frightened/disheartened about the GOP primary race? Here's Bad Lip Reading doing Rick Santorum
and the rest of the GOP roster: Mitt Romney
, Newt Gingrich
, Michelle Bachmann
, Herman Cain
, Rick Perry
. [more inside]
In Anoka, Minnesota, nearly ten students have committed suicide in the past year and a half. Anoka
is part of the congressional district of Congresswoman Michele Bachman,
and it had a policy of neutrality with regards to GLBTQ discussions in its public schools that "The Rolling Stone" reports as having now been replaced. [more inside]
?uestlove is grounded.
As the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots
are known for providing guests of the show with impressive, personalized entrances.
Last night, however, in an ill advised attempt at snark that has left some feelings hurt
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann entered the stage to the song "Lyin’ Ass Bitch” by Fishbone. [more inside]
Earlier this week, the Republicans in the Minnesota House of Representatives asked
Bradlee Dean to give the morning prayer. [more inside]
"I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge
Representative Michele Bachmann
to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics."
So, last year Target set off a mini bruhaha by donating a wad of cash to fund advertisments for MN Republican Govonor candidate Tom Emmer.
The Tea Party favorite subsequently went on to lose the race (narrowly) in one of the few bright spots for Democrats this past election season. Coincidentally, Target now is the recipient of (former) MN Governor, Tim Pawlenty's (R) new book (Courage to Stand
) and released it a week early
, trumping all other sellers. Although Pawlenty hasn't yet officially announced his candidacy the book tour is running through the early nomination states
, despite his being near the bottom of the pack
in GOP contenders.
Mind you, he is not the only Minnesotan
looking to make a run at the top seat. [more inside]