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Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. The twelfth largest state by area in the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with just over five million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state on May 11, 1858. Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name is the Dakota word for "water". Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Nearly sixty percent of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities, the center of transportation, business, and industry, and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; eastern deciduous forests, also heavily farmed and settled; and the less populated North Woods. The large majority of residents are of Nordic or German descent, but ethnic diversity has increased in recent decades. Substantial influxes of African, Asian, and Latin American immigrants have joined the descendants of European immigrants and of the original Native American inhabitants.

The state is known for its moderate to progressive politics and social policies, civic involvement, and high voter turnout. Minnesota ranks among the healthiest states and has a well-educated and literate population.

 

Politics

MMinnesota is known for a politically active citizenry, and populism has been a longstanding force among the state's political parties.

Minnesota has a consistently high voter turnout, due in part to its liberal voter registration laws, with virtually no evidence of voter fraud.[106] In the 2008 U.S.

presidential election, 77.9% of eligible Minnesotans voted—the highest percentage of any U.S. state—versus the national average of 61.2%. Previously unregistered voters can register on election day at their polls with evidence of residency.

Hubert Humphrey brought national attention to the state with his address at the 1948 Democratic National Convention. Eugene McCarthy's anti-war stance and popularity in the 1968 New Hampshire Primary likely convinced Lyndon B.

Johnson to drop out of the presidential election. Minnesotans have consistently cast their Electoral College votes for Democratic presidential candidates since 1976, longer than any other state. Minnesota is the only state in the nation that did not vote for Ronald Reagan in either of his presidential runs.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties have major party status in Minnesota, but its state-level "Democratic" party is actually a separate party, officially known as the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL). Formed out of a 1944 alliance of the Minnesota Democratic and Farmer-Labor parties, the DFL now serves as a de-facto proxy to the federal Democratic Party, and its distinction from the Democratic Party, while still official, is now a functional technicality.

The state has had active third party movements. The Reform Party, now the Independence Party, was able to elect former mayor of Brooklyn Park and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura to the governorship in 1998. The Independence Party has received enough support to keep major party status. The Green Party, while no longer having major party status, has a large presence in municipal government, notably in Minneapolis and Duluth, where it competes directly with the DFL party for local offices. Official "Major party" status in Minnesota (which grants state funding for elections) is reserved to parties, which receive 5% or more of the state's general vote in the U.S. Presidential election. Status is revised every four years.

The state's U.S. Senate seats have generally been split since the early 1990s, and in the 108th and 109th Congresses, Minnesota's congressional delegation was split, with four representatives and one senator from each party. In the 2006 midterm election, Democrats were elected to all state offices except for governor and lieutenant governor, where Republicans Tim Pawlenty and Carol Molnau narrowly won re-election. The DFL also posted double-digit gains in both houses of the legislature, elected Amy Klobuchar to the U.S. Senate, and increased the party's U.S. House caucus by one. Keith Ellison (DFL) was elected as the first African American U.S. Representative from Minnesota as well as the first Muslim elected to Congress nationwide. (Credit: Wikipedia)

 

Media

The Twin Cities area is the fifteenth largest media market in the United States as ranked by Nielsen Media Research. The state's other top markets are Fargo-Moorhead (118th nationally), Duluth-Superior (137th), Rochester-Mason City-Austin (152nd), and Mankato (200th).

Broadcast television in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest started on April 27, 1948, when KSTP-TV began broadcasting. Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation, which owns KSTP, is now the only locally-owned television company in Minnesota. There are currently 39 analog broadcast stations and 23 digital channels broadcast over Minnesota.

The four largest daily newspapers are the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press in Saint Paul, the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth and The Minnesota Daily, the largest student-run newspaper in the U.S. Sites offering daily news on the Web include MinnPost, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, business news site Finance and Commerce (web site) and Washington D.C.-based Minnesota Independent. Weeklies including City Pages and monthly publications such as Minnesota Monthly are also available.

Two of the largest public radio networks, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and Public Radio International (PRI), are based in the state. MPR has the largest audience of any regional public radio network in the nation, broadcasting on 37 radio stations. PRI weekly provides more than 400 hours of programming to almost 800 affiliates. The state's oldest radio station, KUOM-AM, was launched in 1922 and is among the 10 oldest radio stations in the United States. The University of Minnesota-owned station is still on the air, and since 1993 broadcasts a college rock format.

 

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Chris Wallace (Fox) Calls out Minnesota over Internet Gambling Ban, by Dan Cypra - 2nd May 2009
(Credit: Poker News Daily)

In the fight for the rights of online poker players in Minnesota, PokerXFactor.com instructor and St. Paul resident Chris “Fox” Wallace has taken a stand, calling for the Justice Department to arrest him if playing online poker is illegal.

Wallace’s actions follow written notice served to some of the country’s largest internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, Charter, Qwest, and AT&T. The notices, which were authored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and received on Monday, call for 200 internet gambling websites to be inaccessible by the state’s residents. Appearing on the list of affected sites were U.S.-friendly rooms Bodog and Full Tilt Poker along with a bevy of online poker establishments that do not accept customers from the United States. The latter group includes Action Poker, CD Poker, Noble Poker, Mansion Poker, and Titan Poker. It also includes the title sponsor of the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Everest Poker, whose logos will don tables in the Amazon Room at the Rio for the second straight year. The Department of Public Safety is also calling for companies to block telephone access to the sites’ support numbers.

Wallace told his hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, last week, "I have e-mailed the Justice Department and I've volunteered to be arrested. I play online poker. Come and get it." He revealed that he faces a potential loss of $2,000 per week. If the ISPs successfully block the sites in question, he not only would potentially be unable to play online, but also would be barred from browsing any of the domain’s pages. David Axtell, an attorney at Leonard Street and Deinard in Minnesota, told the Star-Tribune, "This is an old law put in place before the Internet and there may be an argument that it doesn't cover Internet service providers.”

The law in question is the Wire Act, which was passed in 1961 and has historically applied only to online sports betting. Many question whether the age-old law is applicable to online poker, casino, and Bingo games; each genre of internet gambling had sites appear on the list of 200 released last week. Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) Chairman Joe Brennan questioned the Government’s professionalism in generating its list. According to a statement found on iMEGA’s website, Brennan explained, “We question how much thought was put into the selection of these sites. To propose censoring Minnesota residents’ Web access and not to know which sites are even in the U.S. market makes me wonder just how seriously the Department of Public Safety is taking this action. It comes off as a half-baked attempt at intimidation rather than thoughtful enforcement.” The list of 200 was generated randomly without regard to what type of internet gambling each site was engaged in.

Other websites that are affected include Betfred, Betway, Bet U.S., Crazy Poker, Euro Poker, Gnuf’s online casino arm, Hollywood Poker, Intertops Casino, Players Only, Total Poker, Ladbrokes Casino, and Party Casino. Publicly traded companies on the London Stock Exchange own the latter two sites. At the time of writing, neither had written statements about the Minnesota internet gaming issue given to the Exchange. Party Gaming entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Government last month and agreed to pay a $105 million fine. In the process, it admitted to processing transactions from U.S. customers using third parties, which was “contrary to certain U.S. laws.” Upon passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006, Party Gaming exited the market.

ISPs have up to three weeks to respond to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The state has legalized Indian casinos, card rooms at horse racing tracks, and a lottery that features second chance drawings online. Next week may see Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) introduce legislation to clarify or overturn the UIGEA. The bill, which was originally scheduled to be introduced in March, may outline a complete licensing and regulatory framework for the industry similar to last Congressional session’s HR 2046, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act.

 

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Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura: Wrestling with politics, by Greg Tingle

Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon

Jesse Ventura, formally known as "The Body", has seemingly done it all in life; Navy Seal, Actor, Wrestler, Governor, but now it appears he has a new role to play - advisor to who many are picking as the next Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

One doesn't have to look hard to see the parallels between the career of Ventura and Arnold. Ok, we admit, Arnie was never a pro wrestler, but if you can ignore that...

Both have dabbled in acting over the years, with Arnold attaining household name status, and attaining incredible wealth, if nothing else.

In fact, Media Man Australia understands it was in fact Arnie who got Jesse the role in Predator, just as his full time career in the then, World Wrestling Federation, was coming to a close.

Again in The Running Man, both appeared. Arnold as a contestant, Ben Richards, and Jesse as Captain Freedom!

Both men have seen the gym in their day, and are unquestionably "good talkers" with amazing charisma and leading man appeal.

One gets the feeling that Arnie and Jesse were were schooled for politics. Ventura by his ex boss, Vince McMahon, promoter of the WWE, and Arnie having the world's best political minds in his ear, and being married to Maria Shriver, a "product" of the Reagan dynasty.

Both Arnold and Jesse are not keen to do away with what brought them to the party.

Every few years, Jesse makes a reappearance with the WWE, having apparently amended the ways with Vince McMahon, and Arnold is ready for another appearance or two in Terminator 4 or whatever else Hollywood dishes up, win, loose or draw the upcoming California elections.

Either way Jesse and Arnold are an unstoppable team, and they will continue to muscle into the political world, once dominated by tight fitting suit types.

This tag-team is well schooled for politics.


Jesse Ventura: Wrestling with politics, by Greg Tingle

Jesse Ventura, formally known as "The Body", has seemingly done it all in life; Navy Seal, Actor, Wrestler, Governor, but now it appears he has a new role to play - advisor to who many are picking as the next Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

One doesn't have to look hard to see the parallels between the career of Ventura and Arnold. Ok, we admit, Arnie was never a pro wrestler, but if you can ignore that...

Both have dabbled in acting over the years, with Arnold attaining household name status, and attaining incredible wealth, if nothing else.

In fact, Media Man Australia understands it was in fact Arnie who got Jesse the role in Predator, just as his full time career in the then, World Wrestling Federation, was coming to a close.

Again in The Running Man, both appeared. Arnold as a contestant, Ben Richards, and Jesse as Captain Freedom!

Both men have seen the gym in their day, and are unquestionably "good talkers" with amazing charisma and leading man appeal.

One gets the feeling that Arnie and Jesse were were schooled for politics. Ventura by his ex boss, Vince McMahon, promoter of the WWE, and Arnie having the world's best political minds in his ear, and being married to Maria Shriver, a "product" of the Reagan dynasty.

Both Arnold and Jesse are not keen to do away with what brought them to the party.

Every few years, Jesse makes a reappearance with the WWE, having apparently amended the ways with Vince McMahon, and Arnold is ready for another appearance or two in Terminator 4 or whatever else Hollywood dishes up, win, loose or draw the upcoming California elections.

Either way Jesse and Arnold are an unstoppable team, and they will continue to muscle into the political world, once dominated by tight fitting suit types.

This tag-team is well schooled for politics.

Version #2 of the same article

 

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Jesse Ventura History With BetUS
(Credit: Wikipedia)

In November 2004, an advertisement began airing in California featuring Ventura. In it, Ventura voices his opposition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's policies regarding Native American casinos. Like Hogan, Schwarzenegger at one point was also a close friend of Ventura as well, but since Schwarzenegger's victory in California, Ventura has not reportedly given him any praise; Schwarzenegger didn't even mention Ventura's name in an interview with Fox News in 2005, where reporter Chris Wallace asked him if he was "the next Jesse Ventura". Ventura is serving as an advisory board member for a new group called Operation Truth, a non-profit organization set up "to give voice to troops who served in Iraq." “The current use of the National Guard is wrong....These are men who did not sign up to go occupy foreign nations”.

In August 2005, Ventura became the spokesperson for BetUS, an online Sportsbook. In 2005, Ventura repeatedly discussed leaving the United States. In September 2005, Ventura announced on The Mike Malloy Show that he was leaving the U.S. and planned to "have an adventure". In late October 2005, he went on the The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and reiterated that he was leaving the U.S. due to, among other things, censorship. He has since moved to Baja California, Mexico.

In September 2006, Ventura endorsed and campaigned with independent Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, and Independence Party of Minnesota 's gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson and Team Minnesota. He revealed he now spends much of his time surfing near his home in Mexico.

In April 2008, a book authored by Ventura, titled Don't Start the Revolution Without Me was released. In it, Ventura describes a hypothetical campaign in which he is a candidate for President of the United States in 2008, running as an independent. In an interview with the Associated Press at the time of the book's release, however, Ventura denied any plans for a presidential bid, stating that the scenario is only imaginary and not indicative of a "secret plan to run". In the MinnPost.com, Ventura's agent, Steve Schwartz, describes the book thus: "[Ventura is revealing] why he left politics and discussing the disastrous war in Iraq, why he sees our two-party system as corrupt, and what Fidel Castro told him about who was really behind the assassination of President Kennedy."

However, in an interview on CNN's The Situation Room on April 7, Ventura hinted that he was considering entering the race for the United States Senate seat now held by Norm Coleman, his Republican opponent in the 1998 Gubernatorial race. A poll commissioned by Twin Cities station Fox 9 put him at 24 percent, behind Al Franken at 32 percent and Norm Coleman at 39 percent in a hypothetical three-way race. However, Ventura announced on Larry King Live on July 14, 2008 that he would not run.

He spoke at former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's "Rally for the Republic", organized by the Campaign for Liberty, on September 2, 2008. At the event, Ventura implied a possible future run at the U.S. Presidency. Ventura stated before a live audience that "If America proves itself worthy, in 2012 we'll give them a race they'll never forget!"

TV Week is reporting that Ventura is in negotiations with Twentieth Television to host a half-hour court show that would debut in the fall of 2009. (Credit: Wikipedia).

 

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The following is a public letter from Jesse Ventura to Arnold Schwarzenegger (Credit: Time Magazine)

Be yourself. Be Arnold. Scripts are for actors, by Jesse Ventura

Arnold, what the heck are you doing? You're getting out of Hollywood to go into politics? Well, then forget agents and studio bosses—now you're dealing with real predators. But since your mind is made up, I hope you won't mind a little advice from someone who's been there.

Now, I know you're a Republican, but I hope you won't go out on the trail and act like a politician. Republican or Democrat, it makes no difference: people don't like politicians. Which is completely understandable, since most of them act like cyborgs, robotically selling the latest talking points from party headquarters.

So be yourself. Be Arnold. Be the guy who can sit and have a cigar with the crew. Be honest. Don't worry if you don't know the answer to every question asked. Just say, "I don't know," if you don't know. When I did this during my campaign in Minnesota, people were amazed. How revolutionary—a politician who stands in front of the people and doesn't feed them pre-canned answers!

To win, you have to convince people that you care enough to work hard and make tough decisions. And most importantly, that they are your own decisions.

Now that you are a candidate, you will be getting advice from all corners. Some of it will have checks attached. Whatever you do, keep your distance from special-interest groups, powerful lobbyists and their dirty money. The fact is, Arnold, you don't need them. You can win this race by going straight to the people.

When you use commercials, don't be negative. Be Arnold. Let people get to know your sense of humor, your work ethic, your leadership and your genuine concern for the average Joe. Think about what you want to say, and talk from your heart. Scripts are for actors. When I was running in Minnesota, I saw my two opponents with stacks of briefing books and advisers galore giving them instructions. A debate organizer once came up to me and offered a pen and pad. I said, "No, Ma'am, thanks anyway, but you see, if you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory."

Plenty of the old Republican gang will come around and want to be your new best friend. That's fine, but let them know that you are in government to solve problems, not to help them hold on to their power. Expose the status quo politicians of both parties who avoid making tough decisions. Sure, you'll make some enemies, but if you win, you've got a chance to change the game. Go for it. You didn't become an international superstar by playing it safe.

Finally, Arnold, beware of the media. I know you think you have a thick skin, but take my word for it—the press is brutal. The stuff it comes up with is nothing like a bad review for a recently released film. Good luck.

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