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Oct 26th, 2010

Summary: Minnesota 6th Congressional District (MN-06) voters have two fiscally conservative options on the Nov. 2, 2010 general election ballot as sane, rational alternatives to the paranoid extremist neocon Michele Bachmann — Independence Party nominee Bob Anderson and unaffiliated, independent conservative Aubrey Immelman. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 26, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that two helicopter crashes killed 14 Americans in Afghanistan — 11 troops and three drug enforcement agents — in the deadliest day for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in more than four years.

May 9th, 2009

Summary: Can U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) be defeated in the 2010 U.S. House of Representatives election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District? Yes, but not by a Democrat in the general election. Rep. Bachmann is most vulnerable in the primary election against a more moderate Republican challenger. The trump card for Bachmann opponents is Minnesota’s open primary system. With no party registration in Minnesota, self-identified Democrats and Independents are able to vote in the Republican primary against Bachmann, joining forces with disaffected Republican voters. The fact that Bachmann did not receive a majority of the votes in either the primary (47.2%) or the general election (46.4%) in 2008 underscores her vulnerability.