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  • Political tidbits: Franken up by nine, Mason flip-flopped on McCain

    Al Franken (D) leads Sen. Norm Coleman (R) by nine points in a new poll of voters in Minnesota, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The paper also has a report on the first debate of the campaign, held Sunday night. On “Meet the Press”… Democratic strategist Paul Begala warns that the GOP’s guilt-by-association reasoning could… More ▸

  • Lots of lawmakers at RJC bash

    Every Jewish lawmaker in Congress (OK, that’s only three) and a multitude of other members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives turned out Thursday afternoon for the Republican Jewish Coalition’s “Salute to Pro-Israel Lawmakers” at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (see video). Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Norm Coleman (Minn.), locked in a… More ▸

  • Norm does Norway

    Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) got the homeboy advantage and spoke twice this week at the Republican Party convention in St. Paul, the town he once led as mayor. On Tuesday he explored how his Jewish faith helps him understand St. Paul (the Tarsus convert, not the city) … or something. And on Wednesday, the senator… More ▸

  • Pigs. Jews. Saints. Can’t wait for the debate with Franken.

    Sen. Norm Coleman (DR-Minn.), welcoming the Republican national convention to his home state on Tuesday, managed to get Jews, pigs and St. Paul into the first three sentences of his speech. “Good evening, and welcome to Pig’s Eye, Minnesota. That’s right, we were called Pig’s Eye until a Catholic priest built a wooden chapel a… More ▸

  • If a shawl falls at Nieman Marcus and no reporter sees it…

    Sorry kids. No breathless-yet-uncomprehending reports on the fashion/silent auction/luncheon on Monday hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee and starring Hadassah Lieberman (Joe’s wife). (Ecru? Isn’t that a European currency?) The RJC closed the event, at the Nieman Marcus in downtown Minneapolis, to press at the last minute. The shutout comes as the… More ▸

  • Ellison on blacks and Jews, Al Franken and the platform

    We just spoke with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress – we’ll post the video later this evening soon. Ellison talked about how he worked with Jewish supporters in his Minneapolis district to get elected in 2006, and how that could translate into a nationwide model for Sen. Barack Obama… More ▸