Monday, May 20, 2013
Bachmann's challenger paid for the PPP survey showing him leading by 2 points.
Jim Graves, the DFLer who is again challenging U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 2014 election, issued the results of a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey showing him with a 2 percentage-point lead over Bachmann, 47–45 if the election had been held May 15, 2013, the day of the survey. (Click on the PDF thumbnail to see the questions and results of the survey, which the Graves campaign commissioned.) Bachmann Ad Bachmann's re-election campaign aired its first television ad of the 2014 season in the Twin Cities starting last week, 17 months before Election Day. The campaign is spending about $85,000—"not a huge buy," The Hill reported, "especially considering her past fundraising prowess, but it's exceedingly rare to see House candidates go …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The congresswoman, who represent St. Michael-Albertville, cited people back home in Minnesota at a Tea Party press conference in Washington, D.C. Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who represents Minnesota's Third District including St. Michael-Albertville, told a crowd at a Tea Party press conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday that her constituents regularly tell her they want President Obama impeached: "I will tell you, as I have been home in my district, in the sixth district of Minnesota, there isn't a weekend that hasn't gone by that someone says to me, 'Michelle, what in the world are you all waiting for in Congress? Why aren't you impeaching the president? He's been making unconstitutional actions since he came into office." Related:
Monday, May 13, 2013
The congresswoman representing St. Michael-Albertville and Tea Party Caucus leader also commented on Benghazi and Obamacare, and called 9/11 attacks 'judgement' on America.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) criticized the Internal Revenue Service Friday after the agency admitted it gave extra scrutiny to conservative organizations: “It is outrageous that the IRS has admitted to intimidating and targeting Tea Party and conservative organizations because of their political beliefs. This is a stunning abuse of power and the American people deserve answers as to who authorized it—it is hard to believe this was a 'low-level' decision. And as one of the key agencies charged with enforcing Obamacare, it is also reasonable to ask if any healthcare decisions have been based on political affiliation and what assurances we have that this type of intimidation will never happen again.” In an interview at WND.com posted …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The congresswoman will also host a public symposium on veterans services on May 13 in Ramsey.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will hold two "Coffee with Your Congresswoman" events on Saturday, May 11: "I hope you’ll join me for coffee and conversation on Saturday, May 11 in St. Cloud or Kimball," Bachmann said on Twitter. Veterans Issues Symposium Bachmann will host a Veterans Issues Symposium on May 13, 2013 at the Ramsey Government Center, 7550 Sunwood Dr. NW, Ramsey. "I hope this symposium will spark a much-needed discussion over the important issues facing Minnesota’s veterans and highlight existing programs and resources available to them," she said on her congressional website. Iowa Lawsuit Bachmann is in talks to settle a lawsuit over alleged theft of an Iowa homeschool association's email list during her 2012 presidential …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Andy Parrish's affadavit to an Iowa Senate ethics panel said the congresswoman didn't know presidential campaign payments violated rule, news organizations reported Monday.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) knew about payments to Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson during her 2012 presidential campaign but didn't know they weren't allowed under Iowa Senate ethics rules. That's what media outlets are highlighting from an affadavit (see PDF) filed Monday by Andy Parrish, a former Bachmann aide. You can read the affadavit and an analysis at the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Political Animal blog or at MinnPost. Thatcher Funeral A highlight of Bachmann's week was her attendance at the memorial service for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. A WCCO-AM radio interview with her from London is now available at YouTube (click on the YouTube thumbnail or visit YouTube.com). Campaign Fundraising Bachmann's congressional …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The newspaper reported that Andy Parrish will tell an Iowa Senate ethics panel that Bachmann's presidential campaign made improper payments to state GOP chair Sen. Kent Sorenson. He and Bachmann deny the charge.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's former top aide will give evidence to a state Senate ethics committee in Iowa that Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign made improper $7,500 monthly payments to the head of the Iowa GOP, according to the Star Tribune. Andy Parrish's testimony will back up allegations by Peter Waldron, who has also served as an aide to Bachmann—charges disputed by Bachmann and Sorenson, the newspaper reported: Sorenson has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, calling the ethics charges “totally baseless, without evidence, and a waste of Iowans’ time and money.” Lawyers for the Bachmann campaign also have denied the allegations. Waldron’s accusations are also the subject of inquiries by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The congresswoman called the former prime minister ''the most consequential political woman of the last 100 years.'
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attended the funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London Wednesday and spoke about the experience to reporters in England and Minneapolis. A reporter from Britain's Sky News asked Bachmann: "Was there a little bit of Magaret Thatcher in you?" Bachmann replied by describing Thatcher as "the most consequential political woman of the last 100 years." Bachmann also said of Thatcher: "She was a great intellect and she had a great heart. ... And she put them together along with her spirit. ... She had great moral clarity. She understood the issues of the day." Bachmann was also interviewed on WCCO-AM Wednesday about Thatcher. "She certainly had a very profound influence on my life," …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
St. Michael's representative in Congress called news of the attacks on the Boston Marathon 'heartbreaking.'
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will travel to London as part of the official delegation to the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, according to an announcement posted April 15, 2013 at the congresswoman's website: “I am humbled and honored to be one of three members of the U.S. House of Representatives to be selected by Speaker John Boehner to attend Baroness Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. Americans must never forget her friendship with former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II and their work together to promote freedom, which changed the course of history. “Not only was Margaret Thatcher a role model for conservative women across the globe, but she was also one of the most consequential political leaders of our time. …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Rep. Tim Walz's 'Hermann the Germann Hotdish' won the 2013 Congressional competition.
Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann struck out again in the Third Annual Minnesota Delegation Hotdish Competition. Rep. Tim Walz's "Hermann the Germann Hotdish" won this year’s friendly “friendly, bipartisan, and bicameral ‘Hot Dish Off.’” The competition between Minnesota’s congressional delegation started in 2011 as a way to celebrate Minnesota before the session started. This year, Bachmann entered a "Southwest Metro Hotdish." Sen. Al Franken cooked “Willmar Stew,” while Sen. Amy Klobuchar prepared “Hormel ‘I Can't Believe It's Not SPAM’ Pepperoni Pizza Hotdish” Check out the recipes from Bachmann, Walz, Franken and Klobuchar below. Click here for the 2013 recipes from all 10 of Minnesota’s members of Congress. Past winners *** Bring a…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Challenger is 'feeling such an outpouring of support,' his campaign manager told the St. Cloud Times.
Update (Noon Thursday): U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) responded to news that her 2012 DFL challenger would run again in 2014 with a video titled Jim Graves is Back and a statement, MinnPost reported: Bachmann spokesman Dan Kotman called Graves "another liberal politician rubber stamping the Obama-Pelosi agenda of higher taxes and runaway government spending." Original post (10:15 a.m. Thursday): It's a rematch: Jim Graves will again challenge U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in 2014, according to the St. Cloud Times: [Graves campaign manager Aaron] Wells said Graves’ desire to finish what he started in 2012 —when he lost to Bachmann, R-Stillwater, by about 4,300 votes in one of the nation’s closest U.S. House races — spurred his decision to …