Minnesota Governor Signs Extremely Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 10:50 am

Only two licensed manufacturers with eight distribution centers throughout the state will be allowed to produce and provide the medicine to patients. Patients will be able to get pills or liquids which contain whole plant extracts but will not be able to receive actual plant material. Vaporizing extracts is allowed but not actual smoking. Home growing is prohibited.


Late Night: What The WHAT?!

By: Friday March 29, 2013 8:00 pm

The last week and a half has been filled with many examples of Conservatives Behaving Badly. But there are two incidents in particular on which I want to focus because to my eyes they may represent a mini-trend: Two incidents where conservatives bashed non-conservative elected officials by using the children (and grandchild) of these officials as political punching bags.

Minnesota Shutdown Coming to an End?

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 6:26 pm

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton this morning offered the Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature a choice: He’d accept their June 30 proposal, which delays school payments and doesn’t tax the rich, on these three conditions …

Come Saturday Morning: Governor Grownup versus the Sex-Crazed Toddlers

By: Saturday July 2, 2011 6:45 am

Last night, I briefly touched on the shutting down of Minnesota’s state government by an intransigent Republican legislature that values keeping the upper 2% from having to pull their own weight tax-wise over the public good. I also mentioned another factor that led to the breakdown of state budget talks: The state Republicans’ obsession with sticking their noses in our private lives, and especially our bedrooms.

The News from South of Lake Wobegon

By: Friday July 1, 2011 6:00 pm

It’s been a busy week in Lake Wobegon and the rest of the Upper Midwest. Here’s some of what happened …

Come Saturday Morning: The Good News Thread

By: Saturday May 21, 2011 6:45 am

Because we could all use a bit of good news:

– The local Chambers of Commerce agree with Minnesota’s most powerful functioning adult, Governor Mark Dayton, and a majority of Minnesotans that revenue increases, particularly tax increases, must be part of any state budget compromise. This puts them squarely at odds with the hyperactive frat-boy Republicans running the Minnesota state legislature. Can the state Republicans live solely off the support of out-of-state far-right Koch front groups like ALEC? I wouldn’t bet on it, especially with the next news item:

– The IRS is telling big donors to political campaigns that their donations could be subject to gift taxes, something that might put a cramp in the notoriously tax-averse Koch brothers’ style.

Standing and Fighting: Minnesota Marriage Equality Edition

By: Saturday May 7, 2011 12:00 pm

As state representative Steve Simon puts it: “How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?”

Come Saturday Morning: Governor Grownup Shows Us How It’s Done

By: Saturday January 8, 2011 6:45 am

In this day and age, it’s a common thing for Democratic executive-branch leaders, be they governors or presidents, to cower at the sight of Republicans — and this is doubly true when the Republicans actually have official control of one or houses of a state or Federal legislature. Which is why it’s so refreshing to see Governor Dayton, politely yet fearlessly, go toe-to-toe with Republicans and their patrons.

Come Saturday Morning: Darth Emmer Pulls Back The Hood

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 6:45 am

In the first few days after the election, the Republican Party of Minnesota, or RPM for short, had a little “good cop, bad cop” game going. Tony Sutton took for himself the role of Bad Cop, whereas gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer was cast as the Good Cop. But lately the Good Cop’s hood has fallen back to reveal a not-so-good face.

Being the Good Cop meant promising not to sue or contest the election further if he lost the recount, and letting Tony Sutton be the one to rant and rave and attack elections officials. But in the past week, the Emmer team has pulled back the hood a touch:

Minnesota Election Recount Hoo-Ha: Now Be Thankful Edition

By: Thursday November 25, 2010 11:15 am

As we settle into our Turkey Day here in the Great White North, I’m thankful for some comedy relief on the part of Norm “Pot Kettle Black” Coleman giving failed Alaska teabagger Republican Joe Miller some friendly advice.

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