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Poll: Dayton went too far
53 percent say senator overreacted in closing Capitol Hill office
Most Minnesotans think U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton overreacted when he closed his Senate office in Washington because of a secret terrorism warning, yet that decision has had little immediate impact on Dayton's job approval ratings, a new statewide poll found.
The poll showed that 53 percent of Minnesotans thought Dayton, D-Minn., had overreacted by temporarily closing his Washington office, while 32 percent agreed it was a "prudent" reaction. The poll for the St. Paul Pioneer Press was conducted in mid-October.
Men were far more critical of Dayton's decision than were women. By a margin of 62 to 27 percent, men thought Dayton had overreacted. Women were more evenly split, and women were also more likely to be unsure if it was a wise decision or not.
The controversy, however, left only a slight impact on Dayton's job performance ratings. Forty-seven percent of Minnesotans still rate Dayton as doing a good or excellent job, the poll found. That compares with 51 percent in June.
Dayton said he still believes he made the right decision to move his Washington staff off Capitol Hill once the Senate session had largely ended, based on details of a potential terrorist attack he read in a classified memo. But he's certainly aware of the criticism.
"Reactions have been decidedly mixed, probably more negative than positive in people's individual reactions," Dayton said. "As I get a chance to explain to people in more depth, the reasons for me doing so, people are better able to understand the precautions, the reasons for the precautions I took. But I don't doubt that there's been a lot of criticism of me for doing so."
In some ways, Dayton said, he was a bit surprised that the political fallout wasn't more severe. No other member of Congress has followed Dayton's lead, and the Minnesota senator has received bipartisan blasts, including one from the Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., and Republican lawmakers' claims that he caved to the terrorist threat.
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., has been among those disagreeing with Dayton's decision. The poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research found that Coleman's job approval ratings had remained largely stable since June. The poll found 50 percent of Minnesotans rated Coleman as doing a good or excellent job, and 43 percent gave him fair or poor marks.
That compares with a 51 percent favorable, 41 percent unfavorable response that Coleman received in June.
Said Coleman: "These are very divided times right now, so close to an election, so I'm pleased that a healthy majority of my constituents are pleased with the job I'm doing." Once the election is over, Coleman said, he hopes some of the divisiveness will end.
"You've got to work together, and that's what I'm going to try to do," Coleman said. Brad Coker, managing director of the polling firm, did take note of the downtick in Dayton's job approval rating, but Coker is unsure of its long-term impact. By the time Dayton is up for re-election in 2006, Coker said, other issues may dominate the political landscape — and another terrorist attack, or the lack of one, could change public perceptions of Dayton's actions.
Mike LaFrance, a civil engineer in Crookston, was one of the poll respondents who thought Dayton had overreacted.
"He's not the only man in that building, he's not the only one with staff in that building," he said. "They're privy to the same information, but he's the only one who buttoned 'er up."
Even so, LaFrance thinks that Dayton has "done an overall good job of representing Minnesota," and he expects to support Dayton if he runs for re-election in 2006.
Kelly McLain, a sales representative from Hayfield, Minn., was another poll respondent. Although she keeps up with the news, McLain found it difficult to say whether Dayton acted prudently, because the threat information was contained in a top-secret report.
"While I certainly had heard about it on the news and understood why he did it, I didn't feel I had the firsthand knowledge," McLain said. "If he said he received some kind of notification at that level, and there was some sort of security threat, who would I be to say, 'Don't act on it'?"
As for Coleman, McLain said she rated him poorly for aligning himself with the Republican drive to cut budgets, cut taxes and cut services in the name of eliminating waste. "That 'waste' is our roads and our schools and our police departments, and all those things that are important to our communities," she said. "As an American, I think there are just some things that are worth paying for."
But Coleman got excellent marks from Debbie Smith, a dog kennel owner from Kilkenny. She has two sons in the military, including one who is in Kuwait and heading to Iraq, if he isn't there already.
Smith remembers attending a meeting in the Twin Cities where she was very impressed by Coleman. He has the same beliefs she does, she said, calling herself "basically conservative, right on down the line."
The telephone poll of 625 registered Minnesota voters was conducted Oct. 15 through 18. Dayton's decision to temporarily close his Washington office was announced Oct. 12. Source: Pioneer Press, October 23, 2004
|W|P|109854805271157944|W|P|UPDATE: DAYTON THE COWARD #37|W|Pemail@example.com/23/2004 09:43:00 AM|W|P|Jeff|W|P|There is no dearth of cowardice and expediency on your side of the fence. Just visit the New Hampshire Gazette's Chickenhawk Database at
to get a load of the wardrum-beating politicians and "media" men who are oh so eager to send the draftees or "volunteers" off to fight and die for a noble cause that they were/are too busy to personally sacrifice for.
And let me ask once again, what was Dubya doing flying from safe haven to safe haven immediately after 9/11 when his nation needed him? When the heroic first responders were charging into battle to save the innocents?
One final thought that may prove that this "war" on terrorism is bogus and that the the real Cheap-Labor Conservative agenda is windfalls for the rich:
Dubya says we are at "war" yet he is the first President to cut taxes during wartime. In fact during the first debate when Kerry rattled off his list of things that Dubya had not yet done to secure the Homeland, the response was, "we've got a tax gap." The implication was that we can't afford to do everything we need to do to secure the Homeland. Because of Junior's tax cuts. It's clear what is more important to this gang.
And it is bad enough that the rich beneficiaries of the tax cuts are perfectly happy to make no sacrifice to contribute to the war effort, but the Cheap-Labor Conservatives have brainwashed you ordinary folk as well. How many of you will go out and campaign to keep your "tax cuts" during time of war so that you too need not contribute and sacrifice to win the "war" on terror? Let the "volunteers" do it. Let them do the fighting and dying. Let their families do the sacrificing and suffering. What a strange "war" this is.
That being said, I know that what you do with your blogging and your propagandizing and your rallying to keep the wardrums thumping is, as Dubya might say, "really hard work."
I hope the troops appreciate it as much as we do. Thanks.10/22/2004 03:10:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A new TIME poll has President Bush with 51% and John Kerry with 46%. Source: Real Clear Politics, October 22, 2004
|W|P|109848306651145965|W|P|NEW POLL: BUSH 51% - KERRY 46%|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/22/2004 03:02:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A new Washington Post/ABC News poll has President Bush with 50% and John Kerry with 46%. Source: Washington Post/ABC News, October 22, 2004
|W|P|109848259232546551|W|P|NEW POLL: BUSH 50% - KERRY 46%|W|Pemail@example.com/22/2004 01:34:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A new Zogby poll has President Bush with 47% and John Kerry with 45%. Source: Zogby, October 22, 2004
|W|P|109847738996832438|W|P|NEW POLL: BUSH 47% - KERRY 45%|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/22/2004 08:14:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Anti-porn crusader Teresa Daly has been exposed for receiving a contribution from a known pornographer. But as we have seen before for Daly's campaign, when confronted about her hypocrisy, Daly's campaign manager has been caught in a lie.
"Daly campaign manager Darin Broton said, 'We're sending the check back tonight. We were not aware of it.'" Source: Star Tribune, October 22, 2004
But according to Teresa Daly's FEC reports, Collen Bertino's employer is clearly listed as Fantasy House Inc.
Daly's FEC reports are submitted by her campaign, so Broton is not being honest when he proclaims that the Daly campaign was not aware that she contributed to the campaign.
|W|P|109845716008555277|W|P|LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE.|W|Pemail@example.com/22/2004 07:17:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Republicans offer reward in campaign sign thefts
Republicans in Winona County hope a little money will lead to the arrest of the pranksters and thieves who keep running off with their campaign signs.
According to ads on local radio stations, the party is offering up to $500 for information that leads to the "arrest and successful prosecution'' of whoever is responsible for stealing Bush/Cheney campaign signs.
The ads began airing Wednesday and hadn't generated any tips, Winona Republican headquarters manager Jaye Fritz said Thursday.
Some residents are installing surveillance cameras in their yards in hopes of nabbing a sign thief, Fritz said.
Two weeks ago, Republican volunteers recovered a cache of stolen Bush signs which were arranged to spell "No Bush'' and hung from the interstate bridge on Highway 43.
DFL party representatives also report an ongoing theft of their candidates' yard signs. "It continues, unabated,'' said Anne Morse, the Kerry/Edwards campaign manager for Winona County. Source: Associated Press, October 22, 2004
|W|P|109845470161688176|W|P|REPUBLICANS OFFER REWARD IN CAMPAIGN SIGN THEFTS|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/22/2004 06:45:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A new "Pioneer Press poll shows 47 percent of Minnesota voters would vote for President Bush, while 45 percent favor Sen. John Kerry.
That makes the race a tossup, because Bush's 2-point lead is within the poll's margin of error of 4 percentage points. Only 2 percent supported independent candidate Ralph Nader. The remaining 6 percent were undecided. Mason-Dixon Polling & Research conducted the poll of 625 likely Minnesota voters Friday through Monday." Source: Pioneer Press, October 22, 2004
|W|P|109845277663725801|W|P|NEW MINNESOTA POLL: BUSH 47% - KERRY 45% |W|Pemail@example.com/22/2004 06:31:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Teresa "I'm against porn" Daly
DFL congressional candidate and self-annointed anti-porn crusader, Teresa Daly was forced to return a contribution she received from the owner of a pornography shop in Burnsville.
Mike Osskopp, Kline's spokesman, was quoted saying "at the same time she's been running ads saying she'll be tough on porn, Teresa Daly's been taking hundreds of dollars from Burnsville's biggest pornographer... that's another example of her double standard."|W|P|109842016525125157|W|P|DFL DALY DECEITS #38: ANTI-PORN CANDIDATE RETURNS DONATION TO PORNOGRAPHER|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/21/2004 04:44:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A new Washington Post/ABC News poll has President Bush with 51% and John Kerry with 45%. Source: Washington Post, October 21, 2004
|W|P|109840245260375189|W|P|NEW POLL: BUSH 51% - KERRY 45%|W|Pemail@example.com/21/2004 05:23:00 PM|W|P|MN Politics Guru|W|P|Do you ever post a poll that shows Bush losing, or is that a question that answers itself?10/21/2004 06:52:00 PM|W|P|Patrick|W|P|Here10/21/2004 07:23:00 PM|W|P|Jeff|W|P|170,475,160 cell phones in America and none of them get polled. One reason why the polls are worthless.
Election rides on the 917 vote
http://www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-nybres214013687oct21,0,6406517.column10/22/2004 06:42:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Please look on the ride side. I do publish polls that show Bush behind Kerry.10/21/2004 04:29:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"'There's a reason that they're saying Kerry is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate,' said [Michael] Moore. 'It's because he is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate.'" Source:The [Oregon] Register-Guard, October 19, 2004
|W|P|109840160398408784|W|P|MICHAEL MOORE IS FINALLY RIGHT!|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/21/2004 12:22:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A new Rasmussen poll has President Bush with 49% and John Kerry with 46%. Source: Rasmussen, October 21, 2004
|W|P|109838663664484037|W|P|NEW POLL: BUSH 49% - KERRY 46%|W|Pemail@example.com/21/2004 09:24:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Irresponsible
Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) has done himself, his staff and Congress no good by shutting down his Senate office through the election period because he fears a terrorist attack. His action seems panicky and based more on speculation than information. Thankfully, not one other Member of Congress has followed Dayton’s example.
Dayton’s decision seems to be an overreaction to a Sept. 15 threat assessment issued by the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. On Sept. 20, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) interrupted a briefing on Iraq to read parts of the report and urged other Senators to read it in full. Dayton did so, was alarmed by what he said was its “very emphatic tone” and requested a meeting of all 100 Senators to discuss it. When Senate leaders refused, he took unilateral action.
It’s not clear whether Dayton had read any such assessments prior to the latest one. Judging by statements from other Senators and House Members, Metropolitan Police Chief Charles Ramsey and officials of the Homeland Security Department, it seems to have contained no new information on threats to the Capitol. Yet Dayton declared he had a “moral responsibility” not to put his staff in harm’s way when he was not in Washington to share their vulnerability. He also urged fellow Minnesotans not to visit during the election recess.
Interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Dayton said: “Well, the report I read didn’t identify a specific location. But the 9/11 commission concluded that the fourth hijacked plane on that date that crashed in Pennsylvania was returning to destroy the Capitol.” That is not news.
“And al Qaeda,” he continued, “has a history of going back to those places where it’s been unsuccessful and attempting again.” That isn’t news either.
Moreover, he said, “Al Qaeda’s No. 2 [Ayman] Zawahiri, on an Islamic Web site is exhorting al Qaeda operatives to attack U.S. and British interests. That was the same pronouncement that preceded the bombing in Madrid, Spain, prior to that country’s election.”
This is a string of speculation which, if other Members shared in it, would spread panic on Capitol Hill, depopulate Washington and do al Qaeda’s work without the terrorists having to pull a single new trigger.
Were there specific new information about a terrorist plot, we might recommend such a drastic action, too. But since there isn’t, what Dayton did simply was irresponsible.
He says he did it to spare his staff a danger he was not facing while out of town. But logically, why wouldn’t it make sense for Dayton to keep his staff — and himself — in a location off the Hill all the time? The danger is constant. Capitol Hill is a target. That’s why there’s so much security around. Source: Roll Call, October 21, 2004
|W|P|109837611573351326|W|P|UPDATE: DAYTON THE COWARD #36|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/21/2004 07:13:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
EDWARDS SAYS SNOWMOBILES SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN NATIONAL FORESTS AND PARKS
Edwards Said In Minnesota That Kerry/Edwards Would Allow Snowmobiles In National Parks And Forests. "It is so important that we preserve our rural way of life, it’s part of who I am, part of what I’ll always be," said Edwards, a U.S. senator from North Carolina. "And that includes, making sure … that your right, your ability to hunt and fish is protected; making sure that you can go in the national parks and national forests and ride on a snowmobile." (Jim Ragsdale, “Edwards, On Range, Touts Rural Values,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 10/20/04)
KERRY/EDWARDS PLAN CALLS FOR SNOWMOBILE BAN
Kerry/Edwards Would Reinstate "Clinton Administration’s Phase-Out Of Noisy And Direct Snowmobiles" From National Parks And "Other Sensitive Areas." "Honor the solitude and beauty of wilderness areas and our National Parks by keeping snowmobiles and jet skis out of Yellowstone and other sensitive areas, and by honestly addressing visitor and wildlife needs in our National Parks. John Kerry will reinstate the Clinton Administration’s phase-out of noisy and direct snowmobiles that have been overrunning some of our most precious lands, including Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. While snowmobiles, jet skis and all terrain vehicles have their place, they do not mix with sensitive wildlife resources and our nation’s most special, wild places." (John Kerry For President Website, "The Kerry-Edwards Vision For A Cleaner Environment A Stronger Economy & Healthier Communities," http://www.johnkerry.com/pdf/vision.pdf, Accessed 10/20/04)
Kerry Said There "Absolutely" Should Be Limit On Snowmobile Use In State And National Parks. NPR’s NEAL CONAN: "Should there be a limit on snowmobile use in Yellowstone Park and in other state and national parks, yes or no?" … SEN. JOHN KERRY: "Absolutely. Yes." (National Public Radio Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA, 1/6/04)|W|P|109836861776294449|W|P|DFL DAILY DECEITS #37|W|Pemail@example.com/20/2004 05:58:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Apparently being a teacher is not a "real job."
Teresa Heinz Kerry says she doesn't know if first lady Laura Bush has ever had "a real job" and suggests their different experiences help make them different people.
Laura Bush taught in public schools in Texas from 1968 to 1977, the year she married George W. Bush.
In an interview published Wednesday in USA Today, the newspaper asked the wife of Democratic candidate John Kerry if she would be different from Laura Bush as a first lady.
"Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good," Heinz Kerry said. "But I don't know that she's ever had a real job — I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things."
Heinz Kerry said she sees her age as a benefit — she is 66 and Bush 57. "I'm older, and my validation of what I do is a little bit bigger — because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about," she said.
Karen Hughes, an adviser to President Bush, criticized Heinz Kerry's remarks as "indicative of an unfortunate mind-set that seeks to divide women based on who works at home and who works outside the home." Source: Associated Press, October 20, 2004
Heinz Kerry later issued an apology to First Lady Laura Bush after being reminded that Bush's previous work as teacher was a "real job."
"I had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a school teacher and librarian, and there couldn't be a more important job than teaching our children. As someone who has been both a full time mom and full time in workforce, I know we all have valuable experiences that shape who we are. I appreciate and honor Mrs. Bush's service to the country as First Lady, and am sincerely sorry I had not remembered her important work in the past." Source: U.S. Newswire, October 20, 2004
|W|P|109832039878099128|W|P|OOPS! HEINZ KERRY ISSUES APOLOGY TO LAURA BUSH|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/20/2004 09:28:00 PM|W|P|Jeff|W|P|Well, this is very good. The soon-to-be First Lady has the decency and common sense to admit a mistake and apologize when she is wrong. Unlike the Faith-Based "rule-from-his-guts" never-say-you're-wrong President Select. Kerry and his wife are real members of the Reality-Based Community who admit that they are only human and are attempting to do the best they can. I can relate to that. How about you?10/20/2004 03:50:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A new TIPP poll has President Bush with 47% and John Kerry with 46%. Source: TIPP, October 20, 2004
|W|P|109831279428681051|W|P|NEW POLL AP: BUSH 47% - KERRY 46%|W|Pemail@example.com/20/2004 09:18:00 PM|W|P|Jeff|W|P|Leaving aside the matter of the pollsters and CNN mis-representing the real situation here, we have some expert pollsters suggesting that races where an incumbent is seeking re-election are different. The significant thing is not the "spread" but the fact that when undecideds determine that the incumbent is incompetent, they tend to break for the challenger. Hence there is a Bush 50 percent problem:
Bush's 50 percent problem
Wed Oct 20th, 2004 at 14:40:48 GMT
(I'm at the Newark airport waiting for my flight to leave. How did I ever survive without wi-fi?)
I was hanging out at the 2.004K polling site, and loved what I saw. Go check it out.
Ignore the growing number of Kerry leads in the important battleground states. Those aren't that important right now. Instead, look at the number of polls which have Bush under 50 percent.
We're always talking about the 50 percent rule, but it's rarely explained. And given all the new people visiting the site, it's time for a refresher course. I'll steal Mystery Pollster's explanation.
The basic idea is that voters make their decisions differently in races involving an incumbent. When newcomers vie to fill an open office, voters tend to compare and contrast the candidates' qualifications, issues positions and personal characteristics in a relatively straightforward way. Elections featuring an incumbent, on the other hand, are as Molyneux puts it, "fundamentally a referendum on the incumbent." Voters will first grapple with the record of the incumbent. Only if they decide to "fire" the incumbent do they begin to evaluate whether the challenger is an acceptable alternative.
Voters typically know incumbents well and have strong opinions about their performance. Challengers are less familiar and invariably fall short on straightforward comparisons of experience and (in the presidential arena) command of foreign policy. Some voters find themselves conflicted -- dissatisfied with the incumbent yet also wary of the challenger -- and may carry that uncertainty through the final days of the campaign and sometimes right into the voting booth. Among the perpetually conflicted, the attitudes about the incumbent are usually more predictive of these conflicted voters' final decision than their lingering doubts about the challenger. Thus, in the campaign's last hours, we tend to see "undecided" voters "break" for the challenger.
That's the theory. Does it have any empirical support?
In 1989, Nick Panagakis, president of Market Shares Corporation (the firm that polls for the Chicago Tribune) analyzed results from 155 surveys, most from the late 1980s, all conducted during the last week before an election. In a famous article in The Polling Report, Panagakis found that in 82% of the cases, the undecideds "broke" mostly to the challenger.
His conclusion? "Incumbent races should not be characterized in terms of point spread. [Suppose] a poll shows one candidate leading 50% to 40%, with 10% undecided...Since most of the 10 points in the undecided category are likely to go to the challenger, polls are a lot closer than they look - 50% to 40% is likely to become 52% to 48%, on election day" (emphasis added).
Just last month, Chris Bowers of MyDD updated Panagakis' work. Though he found some signs that the incumbent rule might be weakening in state and local races, he found even stronger support for it in presidential elections. In 28 surveys involving presidential elections, 86% showed undecideds breaking mostly to the incumbentchallenger.
Going back to the polling data at 2.004K, it's also interesting to see the number of supposed safe Bush states that are hovering on or just above 50 percent.
Kerry is tantalizingly close to breaking the race wide open and getting the sort of landslide victory that would conclusively repudiate the Bush agenda.10/20/2004 03:09:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Soros-supported voter-registration drive probed
Billionaire currency trader George Soros, in his quest to unseat President Bush, has given millions of dollars to a coalition of anti-Bush organizations whose nationwide voter-registration drive has been targeted by state and federal authorities for possible widespread fraud.
Working under an umbrella organization known as America Votes, the coalition's registration drive -- described by election officials as the largest in U.S. history -- focused on potential voters in 14 so-called battleground states.
America Votes, which represents a collection of labor unions, trial lawyers, environmental groups and community organizations representing 20 million Americans, describes itself as a "nonpartisan political organization" that seeks to use the strategic abilities and large membership base of its coalition members to "break new ground in electoral politics."
Its goal is to "register, educate and mobilize" voters for this year's elections, but some of those efforts are now being challenged.
Hundreds of questionable voter-registration applications, such as duplicates, and accusations of workers shredding registrations in favor of one party are under review by local, state and federal law-enforcement and election authorities in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, West Virginia, Oregon, Ohio, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Florida.
The coalition spent more than $100 million on its voter-registration campaign, according to financial records and several people familiar with the member organizations. Despite its nonpartisan claim, its membership includes 32 groups committed to Mr. Bush's defeat.
Cecile Richards, a veteran labor and political organizer, is the coalition's president. Before coming to America Votes, she served as deputy chief of staff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.
"The launch of America Votes is a groundbreaking endeavor in American politics," she said. "We look forward to working together to reach out to voters and to talk about the issues that are important to Americans. America Votes is going to make an historic impact on the political process in this country."
As a key contributor to the coalition, Mr. Soros, whose estimated net worth is $7 billion, is on a one-month speaking tour in several battleground states, where he has taken Mr. Bush to task for what he called "missteps" in the war in Iraq.
Mr. Soros has described the Nov. 2 elections and the defeat of Mr. Bush as "the central focus of my life." To that end, he has routed millions of dollars to coalition members, key among which are MoveOn.org, an anti-Bush Internet-based advocacy group, and America Coming Together (ACT), which is dedicated to get-out-the-vote activities for Democratic candidates, particularly this year.
Coalition members are using thousands of paid workers and volunteers, armed with bar-coded identification sheets, to target undecided and potential Democratic voters door to door, and at shopping centers, grocery stores, street festivals, sporting events, naturalization ceremonies and hip-hop concerts from coast to coast.
The America Votes registration drive has been the beneficiary of millions of Soros dollars, and records show two coalition members, MoveOn.org and ACT, have accounted for nearly $15 million alone in cash contributions from Mr. Soros and his business partner, Peter Lewis.
Both MoveOn.org and ACT are 527 tax-exempt organizations, allowed to take part in political campaigns and register voters. MoveOn.org, which claims 2.3 million members, received significant financial help from Mr. Soros and Mr. Lewis, who pledged a $5 million matching grant last November -- a dollar for every two raised by MoveOn.org members -- to put together a $15 million war chest to defeat Mr. Bush.
The organization was begun in 1998 by Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, who organized an Internet-based advocacy group to protest the "waste of tax dollars" in the impeachment of President Clinton, calling for the country to "move on to more pressing issues facing the nation."
Later, MoveOn.org vigorously opposed U.S. intervention in Iraq, a position that drew the attention of Mr. Soros. MoveOn.org ran an ad largely funded by anti-war Democrats that accused Mr. Bush of lying to get the United States into war with Iraq and blaming him for 1,000 American deaths there as well as a $150 billion price tag.
The ad included an image of a U.S. soldier sinking in desert sand as he tried to keep his rifle above his head. In 2002, Mr. Boyd and Mrs. Blades hired a computer programmer, Zack Exley, as MoveOn.org's organizing director. During the 2000 presidential campaign, Mr. Exley had programmed GWBush.com, a Web page that featured doctored photographs portraying Mr. Bush as a drug addict.
ACT was founded in August 2003 when Mr. Soros announced he was giving $10 million to the organization to ensure that Mr. Bush was not re-elected. At the time, he called ACT "an effective way to mobilize civil society, to convince people to go to the polls and vote for candidates who will reassert the values of the greatest open society in the world."
The District-based organization has since raised more than $50 million to defeat Mr. Bush, and has been active in the America Votes registration campaign. It hired a staff of about 1,500 canvassers, paying them $12 an hour to go door to door in battleground states to register voters.
ACT is headed by Ellen R. Malcolm, who also organized Emily's List, a pro-choice political action network, and Steve Rosenthal, who served as deputy political adviser to the Democratic National Committee, chief adviser to Labor Secretary Robert Reich during the Clinton administration and political director at the AFL-CIO.
Mrs. Malcolm told The Washington Post that the Soros donation was "like getting his Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval."
Mr. Rosenthal also is executive director of Partnership for America's Families (PAF), a political action committee financed with $20 million from labor unions and as much as $10 million from individual, pro-Democratic donors. PAF also is a member of the America Votes coalition.
The battleground states -- Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin -- can deliver 145 Electoral College votes, with 270 needed to win. Source: The Washington Times, October 20, 2004
|W|P|109831047698017413|W|P|LIBERAL 527's VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE BEING INVESTIGATED IN MINNESOTA|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/20/2004 02:38:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Response to County and DFL Briefs Filed in Election Judge Litigation
Statements by Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Ron Eibensteiner
St. Paul - Republican Party of Minnesota State Chair Ron Eibensteiner issued the following statement regarding briefs filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court by counties in the Republican Party of Minnesota’s election judge litigation.
"We are disappointed with the thin and incomplete nature of the responses from local election officials. I’m especially surprised that none of the local officials apparently even attempted to comply with a very specific set of required disclosures contained in an official order from the Supreme Court.
"During tomorrow’s oral arguments, our attorneys will make a strong case for making sure that Minnesota's election judge process is both fair and balanced."
Eibensteiner also issued the following statement regarding the Democrat Party’s amicus brief.
"DFL Chair Mike Erlandson never responded to my requests earlier this year to work in a bipartisan manner to provide balance among election judges. And now Democrats continue to frantically fight against any attempt to ensure fairness and balance. I can’t for the life of me figure out why Democrats are so vehemently opposed to a law that is designed to ensure a fair election."
|W|P|109830850211169965|W|P|WHY IS THE DFL AGAINST A FAIR ELECTION?|W|Pemail@example.com/20/2004 09:14:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"Kerry's shifting positions on the Iraq war are troubling. But it's his 20-year record of voting to weaken this nation - voting against the first Gulf War, gutting intelligence and defense programs, and maintaining a long-held belief, even after Sept. 11, that terrorism is a law-enforcement matter that renders him unfit to serve as commander in chief.
John Kerry, who has served this state well in the U.S. Senate is in his bid for the presidency simply the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time." Source: Boston Herald, October 19, 2004
|W|P|109828929886532989|W|P|BOSTON HERALD ENDORSES PRESIDENT BUSH!|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/20/2004 08:40:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|More evidence of Wetterling's own confusion with her own positions:
"Contrary to the ad's implication, Wetterling has consistently supported the U.S. military action in Afghanistan." Source: City Pages, October 20, 2004
But in a previous post, I wrote that the only person confused about Wetterling's position on Afghanistan is Wetterling:
As a courtesy to Wetterling's campaign, Kennedy's campaign issued a press release that provided clarity on Wetterling's position:
“Patty Wetterling today issued a press release complaining about Congressman Kennedy’s TV ad which said, ‘It’s wrong for some to suggest we should not have fought in Afghanistan or that we’d be safer with Saddam Hussien still in power.’ The ad refers to the positions of prominent liberal interest groups and Democrat party political figures.In making the point about opposing the war against terrorist in Afghanistan after 9/11, we refer to MoveOn.org, one of the most powerful liberal interest groups in America today and, incidentally, Mrs. Wetterling’s largest financial supporter.
Mrs. Wetterling sought and received the group’s endorsement in June. If she has a complaint, it’s with MoveOn.org, not Congressman Kennedy. If she doesn’t like MoveOn’s position, she should denounce them and send their money back." Source: Kennedy for Congress press release
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