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Michele Bachmann

Feb 20, 2012

Bachmann calls for legislation mandating Medicaid audits

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann intends to introduce legislation requiring independent, third-party audits of nonprofit health plans that provide coverage to Medicaid enrollees.

Feb 1, 2012

Congressional fundraising: Kline’s $873,000 on hand, Peterson reports $676,000

Michele Bachmann reported that her congressional campaign collected more than $4.6 million in 2011, but spent more than $6.2 million and ended with just $250,000 on hand.

Jan 31, 2012

Anderson raises $75,000 for 8th CD race

Anderson finished raised about $55,000 in the fourth quarter, leaving him with about $13,000 cash on hand and bringing his total haul for the year to nearly $75,000.

Jan 25, 2012

Report: Bachmann will seek re-election in 2012

The news comes days after Bachmann's first public appearance in Minnesota at a pro-life rally marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Jan 24, 2012

Poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty popularity slips in state; Klobuchar “close to unbeatable”

Klobuchar's approval rating is at 61 percent, with just 28 percent disapproving. According to the pollster, only five sitting senators are more popular right now.

Jan 19, 2012

GOP eyes constitutional amendment on state spending in 2012

By most accounts, a constitutional amendment to make it harder to raise taxes was a key sweetener offered by House Republican leaders last summer in their efforts to entice the chamber’s most conservative members into voting for the budget deal that ended Minnesota’s historic government shutdown.

Jan 4, 2012

Bachmann ends presidential campaign, gives no hint on political future

After a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses, Bachmann ended her bid for the GOP nomination.

Dec 21, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann has staked her unlikely presidential campaign on winning next month’s Iowa caucuses

In August, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign was ascendant. After weeks of being touted as an unlikely top-tier GOP candidate, she narrowly won the Iowa Straw Poll, the first significant arbiter of 2012 credibility.

Dec 2, 2011

Allen Quist, perennial bane of GOP front-runners, enters the CD 1 race

Longtime conservative stalwart Allen Quist put weeks of rumors to rest early Thursday morning at the Country Kitchen in Winona, where he officially launched his second run for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District.

Nov 25, 2011

Minnesota redistricting panel gets GOP, DFL political maps

Analysts say the maps make clear that 2012 is the year the state will finally to be forced to deal with population shifts that have been decades in the making.

Nov 9, 2011

All quiet at Fort Klobuchar

Try as she might, there are occasions when Sen. Amy Klobuchar can’t please everyone. Last month the DFL freshman senator drew national headlines when teen idol Justin Bieber declared that she should be “locked up” for sponsoring legislation that would make streaming unlicensed online content a felony.

Oct 26, 2011

‘The Late Debate with Jack and Ben’ attracts a small but loyal audience of Capitol conservatives

“The Late Debate with Jack and Ben” got off to an inauspicious start. At the beginning of the debut broadcast in April, one of the microphones didn’t work for the initial eight minutes. The first words uttered over the air were, “Do you hear me?”

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