4 hrs ago
House passes child care bill
The House passed a bill to overhaul child care for low-income families Monday, and it will likely become law before the end of the year. Lobbyists and advocates say they didn't expect the House and Senate, which passed its version of the bill earlier this year, to successfully broker the child care deal during this Congress.
17 hrs ago
Comedian Maher targets Kline for 'Flip a District' campaign
With an insider's eye, Hot Dish tracks the tastiest bits of Minnesota's political scene and keep you up-to-date on those elected to serve you. Contributors in Minnesota: Patrick Condon, Baird Helgeson, Patricia Lopez , Jim Ragsdale, Abby Simons, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Glen Stubbe .
Sat Sep 13, 2014
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Bill Maher Takes Aim at Minnesota Congressman
Incumbent GOP Rep. John Kline's Minnesota congressional seat is a little less safe thanks to comedian and television host Bill Maher. Maher has decided to target Kline for his "Flip A District" campaign, a midterm election-themed segment on his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher .
Maher takes D.C., skewers GOP
For the official kickoff of his 12th season on Friday, liberal comic Bill Maher literally went to the source of most of his material: Washington, D.C. He might have been in lawmakers' backyard, but Maher didn't hold pull back any partisan punches - particularly against the GOP ahead of the November midterms and the 2016 contest - in a pair of back-to-back live D.C. shows. "Mitt Romney, we think he's going to run againHe says he has no plans to run, but he said - I love this - he said if he did run, he said, 'This time, this time, things would turn out differently.'
Fri Sep 12, 2014
The Washington Post
Bill Maher announces hea s targeting Rep. John Kline. He picked the wrong guy.
Comedian Bill Maher announced Friday night that he will personally target Republican Rep. John Kline for defeat in the November election -- the culmination of his longstanding "Flip a District" contest in which the HBO host allowed his viewers to pick which Republican he would attempt to unseat . The final four were Kline and Reps.
The Raw Story
Bill Maher levels GOP Rep. Kline: He embodies D.C's...
Real Time host Bill Maher closed his season premiere on Friday with a scathing takedown of incumbent Rep. John Kline , calling on his viewers to help vote him out of office in November. "More than anyone else we could find, he embodies the easily-swayed whores and sellouts who keep this town running," he told his Washington, D.C. audience.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Accountability is the key to real VA reform
Minnesota has always been known for its top-rated health care - even for veterans. During the nationwide Department of Veterans Affairs scandal this summer, the Minnesota VA touted some of the lowest wait times in the country and was essentially left out of the conversation.
Minnesota delegation weighs in after Obama speech on Islamic State fight
President Obama outlined a campaign Wednesday to launch airstrikes in both Syria and Iraq. Obama said he doesn't believe he needs Congressional approval for this military action, which will be conducted with allies.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
Minnesota delegation to Obama: We want clarity on how to handle ISIL
Climbing off planes Monday after five weeks of recess, Minnesota members of Congress say they are pressing the Obama administration for more information about plans to battle ISIL, a growing Islamist terrorist army in the Middle East actively recruiting soldiers from Minnesota. Both Democratic Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar have called on the Justice Department to fortify resources in Minnesota as details emerge that between 20 and 30 Minnesotans have been actively recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a group intent on restoring Islamic rule to a region that stretches from southern Turkey through Syria and includes Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.
Congress is back in sessiona but don't expect much for education - John Kline looks ahead
CONGRESS IS BACK: But don't expect too much on the education front this month. The House will focus on several jobs and energy bills, according to a memo House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued to House Republicans last week, as well as hearings on ISIS.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
Lakeville veteran to receive Congressional Gold Medal
When the Farmington resident joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1942 as part of the first cadet squadron nationwide, it was because his friends were signing up. He had just turned 15. When O'Connor joined the Army a few years later, he said, it's because a good friend enlisted.
Mon Sep 01, 2014
My Turn: Flip a district?
If you haven't seen Real Time , Bill Maher 's weekly show on HBO, you're missing out on some fun stuff.
Sun Aug 31, 2014
StephenCLE's Baseline House Ratings - Central Plains & Rocky Mountains
Hello DKE nation, and welcome to this penultimate edition of StephenCLE's baseline House Rankings.
Tue Aug 26, 2014
The season's most bizarre political ads
A monkey, some hungry alligators, a bullet-ridden television set and the Ebola virus.
Mon Aug 25, 2014
Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken's Record Voting In Line With Obama
A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama.
The Washington Post
John G. Sperling, University of Phoenix founder, dies at age 93
John G. Sperling, a former history professor who founded the for-profit University of Phoenix and oversaw its growth into a colossal higher education business central to debates over student debt and government regulation, died Aug. 22 at a hospital in Marin County, Calif.
The Case for John Kline
Before you go hating me for supporting a Republican, this diary is about selecting the worst of the worst for Bill Maher's "Flip-a-District" campaign on his HBO show Real Time.
Fri Aug 22, 2014
Top 5 Races to Watch in the Midwest
The open-seat Senate race in Michigan and Republicans' challenge to Sen. Al Franken continue to be third-tier GOP opportunities.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Congress Making Headway on Higher Education Act
With a lame-duck session looming-typically a time when Congress accomplishes very little-lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are priming higher education for the spotlight.