Quote of the Day, So. There’s A Monitor Lizard Loose In Minnesota edition.

And the Champlin, Minnesota police department is ready:

If anyone sees the animal, please call the police department, with the post adding, “Our community service officer has studied and trained diligently for years for this exact situation, and he is ready to take this creature safely into custody.”

Via @fadeaccompli. Note: I am in no way, shape, or form making fun of the Champlin police for being enthusiastic about tracking, finding, and securing an escaped monitor lizard. If I was on that job, I’d be enthusiastic about it, too. I mean, are you doing anything cooler than that this afternoon?

This Stewart Mills (R-CAND) of Minnesota-08 has a nice way about him.

I’m telling you, Stewart Mills made the sale here.

Although, contra the National Journal, there’s more than one race where I like our chances about as much as I do now in Minnesota-08. There’s a couple of races in California and at least one in Florida where it’s looking not too shabby right now. Still, nice candidate get in MN-08.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Democrats will exceed expectations. …Heh. Maybe they will.


Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the strength of individual candidates will help her party outperform expectations in the upcoming midterms.

“Pundits are wildly misinterpreting or over interpreting,” the Florida Democrat said, specifically responding to a projection published by the Washington Post that gives Republicans an 86 percent chance of taking control of the Senate.

“Models don’t elect candidates. Voters do,” she said, speaking at a Thursday morning event organized by centrist Democratic think tank Third Way.

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Voter fraud probe in Minnesota state legislature (Democratic) primary.

Well, isn’t this interesting.

The Hennepin County attorney’s office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters.

State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008.

No one lives at the address, which is a Somali-dominated commercial building housing several small businesses and a popular mail center. Several dozen apartments upstairs use a different building number. Records also show that more than 90 of the registrants at that address have voted in previous elections, although it’s unclear how many voted while registered at 419 Cedar.

Continue reading Voter fraud probe in Minnesota state legislature (Democratic) primary.

KTSP/SurveyUSA poll in Minnesota shows Mark Dayton, Al Franken having problems.

What a lovely poll that is.

Well, it’s lovely from my point of view, at least.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken survived recounts when they won their first elections to the governor’s office and U.S. Senate. According to our latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, they might have to sweat our close races again in 2014. Franken clings to a six-point lead over his closest Republican challenger Mike McFadden, 48 percent to 42 percent. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.1 percent.


Governor Dayton also faces a potentially close re-election bid. He also leads his nearest competitor by just six points. The GOP-endorsed candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson, trails Dayton 46% to 40%.

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What *is* it with Democratic candidates and sex offenders? #minnesota #MN08

You would have thought that House Rep. Rick Nolan (Minnesota-08) would have learned from Martha Robertson‘s fail and not decide to use convicted sex offender Peter Yarrow for a campaign event.  Apparently not: “U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan canceled his appearance Friday at a fundraising reception that originally had been paired with a concert by entertainer and convicted sex offender Peter Yarrow.”  Largely because of the NRCC’s rather pointed commentary:

As Hot Air notes: it took forever for the Nolan campaign to give ground on this. Eventually.  Through gritted teeth. I guess that Rick Nolan really, really wanted to hear “Puff the Magic Dragon” performed live.

Moe Lane

The Minnesota Senate race is an annoyance.

David Freddoso lays it out: Barack Obama has a 36% – thirty-six – approval rating and Al Franken’s own personal numbers are 46/42.  That’s the kind of combination that screams ‘vulnerable incumbent’ – but we just need a candidate.  And there’s still no clear sign of one in the wings.

I know, there are candidates.  But we need one of them to start shining. Today. And then we need the other candidates to get out of the way.

Sorry. Venting.

Moe Lane

Star Tribune: Al Franken at 44% against opponents (…they muttered, darkly).

You’re probably sourly amused at all the signalling done in these paragraphs:

A new Minnesota poll, commissioned by a partisan group, finds that Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken is “potentially vulnerable” as he mounts his bid for re-election.

It found that Franken has a 3 percentage lead over Republican Julianne Ortman and a 6 percentage point lead over Republican Mike McFadden.

The poll was conducted by Magellan Strategies for American Encore, a group connected to the Koch Brothers that is already running television ads bashing Franken. It included 1,081 likely Minnesota voters in late March.

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