Esme's Blog: Mpls. Mayor's Race The Wackiest In MN History?Minnesota, of course, has had some pretty wacky elections. Topping them all, most would say, was the 1998 Governor's race, where former pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura used some unconventional campaign commercials to help him ride to victory.
Esme's Blog: The Agonizing Syria DecisionThis week, normally accessible members of Congress and their staff have not returned phone calls. Lawmakers usually ready to offer up opinions have hidden behind statements suggesting which way they are leaning but also offering up expressions of understanding for the opposing side.
Esme's Blog: The Comfort Of The MN State FairAs the nation sits on the brink of a military intervention in Syria, an intervention that has a nation nervously wondering if the President's "limited" action could lead to a path to a greater extended conflict, there is a place to ignore this and all other problems, whether they be national, domestic or personal.
Esme's Blog: Trouble In Vikings CountryThe stadium deal that most of us thought was a done deal in May is unraveling at the midnight hour over fallout from a New Jersey Judge's findings that the Minnesota Vikings owners are guilty of civil fraud.
Esme's Blog: Amy Klobuchar For President?A little visit to Iowa by Sen. Amy Klobuchar has news outlets from CNN to ABC speculating she is considering a run for President of the United States. Klobuchar is brushing off the talk insisting she loves her current job. But the buzz is not likely to subside. Emily's List has her on their list of potential candidates.
Esme's Blog: 'Purse-onal' Style And The NFLIt has been a long time since I have been to a Vikings game, far longer since I went anywhere with a toddler toting a diaper bag. A check on the Vikings' website for tickets to the upcoming Cleveland Browns game revealed the cheapest tickets in the upper deck of the Metrodome are a hefty $72.
Esme’s Blog: The Surprisingly Formidable Al FrankenIf anyone was supposed to be an easy target for defeat in 2014 it was going to be Sen. Al Franken. He won the disputed 2008 race by 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast. Today Franken is on none of the national lists of vulnerable incumbents.
Esme's Blog: Adrian Peterson Says Bring On The Blood TestsThe NFL is beginning a trial program of blood testing for HGH and performance enhancing drugs. Details of the pilot program are sketchy but Adrian Peterson is one player who is welcoming it. "I like it, I love it," Peterson said, as he believes it will reveal who the cheaters are.
Esme's Blog: Obamacare Headed Our WayWith even supporters of Health Care Reform calling it Obamacare, I guess we can too. And it is heading our way, in a big way, on Jan. 1. Sure, some provisions have already been in place, including young people under 26 staying on their parents' insurance. And the White House this week announced the postponement of the requirement for larger employers to provide insurance.
Esme's Blog: What A Difference 1 Year Makes For Gay MarriageLast summer almost all political experts predicted Minnesota would pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage. Not only was that amendment defeated in November, but Minnesota legalized gay marriage last month.
Esme’s Blog: Two Of The Good GuysIn the span of six days this month, Minnesota lost two of its brightest stars, Vince Flynn and Lt. Col. Mark Weber.
Esme's Blog: Lt. Col. Mark Weber -- American HeroOn Sunday, June 2 , Lt. Col. Mark Weber was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning. Weber had spoken six days earlier at the Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Snelling. His message of service and duty echoed through that beautiful spot. Hundreds applauded after he finished.
Esme's Blog: The End Of PrivacyFor years the United States has been gathering millions of Verizon cell phone records, as well as foreigner's emails and data from Google, Facebook and other Internet companies. It is all to make us safer, President Obama says. It's to protect us from terrorist acts.
Esme's Blog: Bachmann and Graves -- The Same Choice In the end they both bowed out. Michele Bachmann announced her decision to drop out of the race for Minnesota's 6th District via YouTube, while Jim Graves sent out an email statement.
Esme’s Blog: Tracking Refinery ShutdownsDriving yesterday I found myself suddenly, and very briefly, excited to see gas at $4.09 a gallon. Just the evening before, I had seen it at $4.39 a gallon. Then I got angry.