Esme's Blog: Is The IRS Corrupt Or Incompetent?In a congressional hearing into revelations that the IRS targeted conservative groups, one congressman pounced on the agency's fired chief's insistence that the targeting was not politically motivated.
Esme's Blog: Gay Marriage - What A Difference A Year Makes?In early 2012, a public policy poll found that 50 percent of Minnesotans surveyed favored a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and only 40 percent said they opposed the amendment.
Esme's Blog: Clothing Sales Tax On The TableGov. Mark Dayton initially proposed taxing Minnesota clothing sales that were more than $100. After protests he had to pull that off the table.
Esme's Blog: Republicans For Gay Marriage As the debate on gay marriage continues at the Minnesota capitol, there are signs that Republican opposition to legalizing same sex unions is eroding.
Esme's Blog: Why?That is the question everyone wants to know when it comes to the Boston bombing suspects.
Esme's Blog: A Sandy Hook Mother's Plea Today Francine Wheeler, who lost her 6-year-old Ben in the Sandy Hook massacre, gave the President's Saturday radio address pleading for action on gun control measures.
Esme's Blog: The Schaffhausen EvidenceIn the first hours of jury selection in Aaron Schaffhausen's insanity trial, a prospective juror raised her hand and said she could not be impartial. She said she believed Aaron Schaffhausen had to be insane because of the crime he had committed; stabbing to death his daughters ages 11, 8 and 5.
Esme's Blog: Remembering The Schaffhausen SistersOf the many, many stories I have covered in my career, the murders of the three Schaffhausen sisters is one that stands out for its horror, its sadness and its tragic scope of loss. I do not in any way mean to minimize any other stories I have reported on.
Esme's Blog: Prosecuting An 86-Year-Old For Voter FraudThis week WCCO-TV brought you an absurd story of a seemingly unjustifiable prosecution. Margaret Schneider, 86, of St. Peter, who suffers from dementia, was charged with voter fraud because she voted twice in last Augusts' primary.
Esme's Blog: Gun Permits Set Minnesota RecordMinnesota Sheriffs issued more than 30,000 gun permits last year -- that's 10,000 more than the year before.
Esme’s Blog: Sequester: The Latest Washington CrisisWashington, it seems, likes to lurch from crisis to crisis. Just weeks ago it was the fiscal cliff, now we have the sequester and the possibility of $85 billion in cuts being phased in, starting March 1.
Esme's Blog: Helping South HighIn the aftermath of Thursday's Minneapolis South High brawl involving more than 200 students, everyone from the police, to students, to school administrators agree it could have been so much worse.
Esme's Blog: Seduction Via The WebThe real lesson of Minneapolis police officer Bradley Schnickel's arrest on six felony counts of luring and having sexual encounters with young girls is that social networking makes this predatory behavior so much easier than it used to be.
Esme's Blog: Who's Watching State Databases?The news that DNR manager John Hunt made 19,000 queries of private driver's license information is not only creepy, it raises serious concerns about how well the state is keeping our private information private.
Esme's Blog: The Real Problem With Washburn HS Doll IncidentOn Jan. 11, four students at Washburn HS in South Minneapolis hung a dark-skinned doll from a rope in a school stairwell, took pictures of it and posted the images to social networking websites.