Political ads

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Behind The Ballot: Do Attack Ads Actually Work?

Maybe we say this every election season, but the political ads seem to be more frequent, and a little more mean-spirited this time around. They’ve everywhere and they go after everything from a candidate’s policy to even his hair. It sometimes seems the more ridiculous, the better.

11/03/2014

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Good Question: When Did Political Advertising On TV Start?

Many of you have written us to share your, let’s call it, distaste for all of the political ads on television. They’re nothing new. So, Cheri from McGregor wanted to know: When did television political advertising start?

10/30/2014

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Reality Check: Guns And 8th District Candidates

The hotly contested 8th Congressional District campaign took another turn this week, over guns. The National Rifle Association is pouring nearly $750,000 into a negative ad which mocks incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan. The ad features an actor in a suit and a goofy hat, posing for election-year photos. “Nolan doesn’t get basic gun safety, and doesn’t know how many shells go in a duck gun,” the ad says.

10/30/2014

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Vikings-Packers Game Big Deal To Minn. Political Campaigns

The Thursday night NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers is so big it even affects political strategy.

10/02/2014

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As Minnesota State Races Go, Light Year For TV Ads

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson are out with their first general-election campaign ads with about six weeks left in their race.

09/24/2014

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Reality Check: Why Is So Much Political Ad Money Being Spent In N. Minn.?

The barrage of political campaign ads has begun in Minnesota. That’s no surprise. What is unexpected, however, is all the early spending on two Minnesota Congressional seats. For more than two decades, 7th District Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson was untouchable– and unbeatable. So why are Democrats spending a fortune to run this attack ad on his little known opponent, Torey Westrom?

09/17/2014

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Laughs In Minnesota Senate Race Not From Franken

Someone has a sense of humor in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, but it’s not the former “Saturday Night Live” writer and comedian. As front-running Sen. Al Franken sticks with sober ads highlighting his work on issues including the mortgage crisis and mental health in schools, it’s Republican challenger Mike McFadden who is bringing the funny.

08/21/2014

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Reality Check: Mike McFadden’s ‘Stitches’ Ad

Minnesota’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is a hands-on guy. So much so, his family says he practices DIY health care. In a McFadden television ad called “Stitches” airing widely in Minnesota, McFadden’s son says his father removed his stitches because he thought it cost too much.

08/15/2014

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Minnesota Governor’s Race Eases Into TV Ad Phase

Republican candidate Scott Honour has put up a round of television ads ahead of next month’s primary election to determine his party’s nominee for governor. Honour adviser Pat Shortridge says the ads are airing statewide on cable television, specifically the Fox News Channel.

07/16/2014

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DeBlog: Why Are We Seeing Political Ads On Election Day?

A lot of you are emailing asking why we’re seeing political campaign ads on TV on Election Day.

11/06/2012

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Marriage Amendment Volunteers Down To The Wire

The Marriage Amendment vote will be a closely watched race on Election Tuesday.

11/05/2012

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’: Politics Edition

Hard to believe that the election is almost here. I’m gonna miss the ads. I believe some candidate stole my grandma’s purse, gave the money to millionaires and took the leftovers for a pay raise.

11/02/2012

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Klobuchar Readies First TV Ad Of Minn. Senate Race

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has put down money for the first TV commercial of what’s been an unusually quiet U.S. Senate campaign.

09/26/2012

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GOP’s Cravaack Launches 1st TV Ad In Minn.’s 8th District

Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack is showing his family and his role as a father in his first television ad in a nationally targeted northeastern Minnesota race.

09/25/2012

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Graves Ad Attacks Bachmann On Closed Paper Mill

Democrat Jim Graves is attacking Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann with a new TV ad featuring workers who lost their jobs at a Sartell paper mill.

09/19/2012

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Democrat Reserves $800K Of TV Time In Minn.’s 2nd District

Democrat Mike Obermueller’s campaign is reserving almost $800,000 worth of time on Minneapolis-St. Paul TV airwaves as he attempts to unseat Republican Rep. John Kline.

07/13/2012

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President Obama Unveils Hard-hitting Campaign Ad

President Obama has a new campaign ad that sharply attacks Republican candidate Mitt Romney

05/14/2012

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Scott Walker Running Anti-Barrett Ads, Ignores Falk

A tracker of campaign advertising says Republican Gov. Scott Walker is only running attack ads against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and not his rival Kathleen Falk.

04/13/2012

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Reality Check: The Truth About Those Wis. Political Ads

Millions of dollars have been spent in the air war to win Wisconsin’s controversial recall elections. But is what you’re seeing even true?

08/04/2011

Good Question: Can Politicians Lie In Their Ads?

If you put together commercials for cereal or flu medicine, you can’t distort or mislead. But if you’re crafting a political ad, it seems like all bets are off. So, can politicians lie in their campaign commercials?

10/11/2010

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DeBlog: Why Do Political Ads Purposely Distort?

How can politicians put together commercials that are full of distortions and lies? Why do politicians and advocacy groups create such ridiculous commercials? Don’t they feel guilty distorting the truth just to scare voters into getting on board with their positions?

09/30/2010

HINESight with guest host Steve Thomson – 9/10/10

Stevie T. fills in for John and takes a page from the Morning Show.  Steve speaks with Star Tribune entertainment and pop culture columnist John Rash about the astounding TV numbers for Thursday night’s NFL […]

09/10/2010

HINESight with guest host Esme Murphy – 9/8/10

Esme is talking politics and focusing on Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District race.  She speaks with both challenger Tarryl Clark and incumbent Michele Bachmann.  And which city did Budget Travel recently call the coolest small town […]

09/09/2010

Saturday Night with Esme Murphy – 9/4/10

Two former Hooters waitresses have the opportunity to continue their weight discrimination case against the company after a judge dropped a motion to dismiss the cases.  Dr. Karen Gail Lewis joins the program to talk […]

09/05/2010

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