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Apr 14th, 2011

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann, in an address to The Family Leader — a conservative Iowa group — made many controversial statements, including the debunked claim that Planned Parenthood “wants to be the LensCrafters of Big Abortion” and falsely claiming that Al Franken “stole” Minnesota’s U.S. Senate election. But Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert keyed in on statements about same-sex marriage as Bachmann tried to prove her “anti-gay street cred” with social conservatives. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 14, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that GOP activist Luke Hellier, in an apparent attempt to taint the reputation of Michele Bachmann’s Republican challenger, Aubrey Immelman, posted a misleading report on the website “Minnesota Democrats Exposed.”

Dec 31st, 2008

Summary: As Minnesota 6th Congressional District constituents ring in the New Year, they can look back on the historic election year of 2008 with some measure of pride in the knowledge that their representative in Congress made a strong showing (of sorts) in several “Year in Review” lists. That’s no easy feat, considering the U.S. House of Representatives has 435 members, each vying for attention.