12/31/2004 01:36:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Dayton is being pressured by Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections in Minnesota to quash the 2004 presidential vote. If any U.S. Senator decideds to protest the Ohio Electoral College vote for Bush, it will be Dayton. ## CASE-MN Asking For Calls To Senator Dayton Dear Friends, I encourage you to contact Senator Mark Dayton to urge him to stand up on January 6th and join with U.S. House members in challenging the Ohio Electoral College vote for Bush. In order for a challenge to be valid, at least one Representative and at least one Senator must join in the challenge. Rep. Maxine Waters will stand up in the House, and we need at least one Senator to do likewise. Four years ago, every single member of the Black Congressional Caucus stood up to challenge the Florida Electoral College vote for Bush, but not a single Senator would join the challenge. Let's not let that happen this year. We have included a letter we sent to Dayton's office and an editorial that appeared on December 29th in the Mpls Star Tribune on Ohio. We know from experience that respectful phone calls are the most effective. As the DC staff are on break this week so we ask you to contact his office on Monday, January 3rd by phone, fax, email or regular mail. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Mark Halvorson Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections - MN Senator Mark Dayton's contact info: Metro Area Office Federal Building, Suite 298 Fort Snelling, Minnesota 55111 Phone: 612-727-5220 Toll free: 888-224-9043Fax: 612-727-5223 Washington, DC Office SR-346, Russell Office Bldg.Washington, DC 20510Phone: 202-224-3244Fax: 202-228-2186 http://dayton.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm December 29, 2004 Senator Mark Dayton Bishop Henry Whipple Building, Suite 2981 Federal Drive Fort Snelling, MN 55111 Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular?B ut conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a positionthat is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dear Senator Dayton, We are founding members of Citizen's Alliance for Secure Elections - Minnesota (CASE - MN) and we are writing on behalf of the group. CASE - MN is a grass-roots organization committed to ensuring election integrity, both with regard to the 2004 election and for future elections. More than eight weeks have passed since the 2004 Presidential Election -- but every day, more and more information surfaces that call into question the 2004 election's integrity and accuracy. In Ohio, electronic voting machines stopped working, counted backwards, eliminated votes, and registered votes for the wrong candidate. African-American and college neighborhoods experienced by far the longest lines on Election Day, the most vote spoilage, the most elimination of provisional ballots, and the most victimization by precinct manipulation. It seems clear that the imbalanced allocation of voting machines between suburban and predominately African American precincts was designed to suppress black voting. This racist policy must be exposed and corrected immediately, not two years or four years or six years hence. Nationwide, 400,000 callers phoned voter protection hotlines, with complaints ranging from absentee ballots lost in the mail, to outright voter intimidation and disenfranchisement. And partisan election officials with conflicts of interest undermined voting rights in states from Ohio to Florida to New Mexico. As you are likely aware, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, have questioned the election's legitimacy in a series of rigorous, painstakingly detailed hearings and letters documenting the unprecedented extent and scope of vote suppression, available at http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/ Exit polls strongly suggest that the tabulated results of the 2004 election do not accurately reflect the votes cast. University of Pennsylvania Professor and Statistician Steven Freeman calculates the odds of the exit polls in PA, OH and FL all diverging from the tabulated results by the margin that they did at 662,000 to 1. This means it is statistically impossible that the discrepancies between the predicted and actual vote counts in the three critical battleground states could have been due to chance or random error.http://www.dakotatechnics.com/downloads/ Exitpoll_discrep_v00p1_Part_I.pdf CASE - MN sent nine members to Ohio to participate in the recent recount. We found significant issues with regard to both the original vote and the accuracy and validity of the recount. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has published an editorial in today's edition written by two CASE - MN members who traveled to Ohio to oversee the recount: http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/5158534.html. Updated information regarding the recount and the follow-up investigation can be found at the Cobb-LaMarche web-site at http://www.votecobb.org/ On January 6, 2005, Congress will meet in joint session to certify the 2004 presidential election. On that day, if one member of the House and one member of the Senate object to the certification of the vote, then all members of Congress will finally discuss these issues. We are grateful that you are our senator and we are proud of the courageous positions that you have taken during your first years in office. We recall when you stood up as the only senator to challenge the veracity of the NORAD claims regarding the chronology of the events of 9/11. You were a strong voice of reason on the Medicare prescription drug bill and you bravely challenged your senate colleagues to "have a taste of their own medicine" by receiving drug benefits no greater than those provided to our seniors. We are now at a pivotal point in the history of our country, a time when our future as a Democracy is in the balance, and we are writing to ask you to take a stand of conscience. We ask that you object to the certification of the vote for the 2004 presidential election when Congress meets on January 6, 2005 so that the serious issues that we have addressed above can be carefully considered and addressed by Congress. We ask that you stand up against those who would take our freedom to vote, and to have every vote counted, away from us. Members of CASE - MN, together with our partner organizations from the Twin Cities, would like to meet with you before January 6 to further delineate our concerns and to discuss your thoughts regarding the certification of the vote. We look forward to hearing from you with a day and time that is convenient for you to meet with us. Thank you for your time and consideration. On behalf of Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections - MN, Mark Halvorson Lance Henderson Susan McAninch Susan Solomon |W|P|110453015662406398|W|P|WHAT WILL DAYTON THE COWARD DO?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/31/2004 06:53:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I would like to welcome Minnesota Republican Watch back to the blogging community. Don Juan has been noticeably absent over the last few weeks as the politcal news has been dominated with the legal problems of Matt Entenza, the DFL House Caucus, and the 21st Century Democrats. |W|P|110450517086516971|W|P|WELCOME BACK MINNESOTA REPUBLICAN WATCH!|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/31/2004 09:26:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|I've been around for the past few weeks. I hope you enjoyed my special reports on felon-lovers John Kline and Mark Kennedy.12/30/2004 09:30:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|It looks like Dayton the coward is running for re-election. Dayton quotes John Paul Jones' famous line "I have not yet begun to fight!" This is a odd quote for Dayton to use after he closed his Senate office in October due to a "threat" of a terrorist attack. After a stunt like that, I think most Minnesotans would agree that Dayton is not much of a fighter. ## From the Desk of Mark Dayton Countdown to 2005 Thank you for your generous support of my re-election effort. With your help, I am able to prepare for the onslaught that I know awaits me. This is a small price to pay, however, for the opportunity to represent Minnesotans in the United States Senate and to fight for our beliefs and principles. The Republicans have already stated their intentions to govern from the far-right and then to complete their takeover of Congress by defeating me and my Democratic colleagues in 2006. They are just a few Senate victories away from complete, one-party control of our federal government. If they succeed, this will be "our" government no longer. I am more determined than I have ever been in my life to stand up against their extremist agenda. As the Revolutionary War hero, John Paul Jones, said, "I have not yet begun to fight!" I will continue to oppose the Bush Administration's misconduct of the war in Iraq, its brazen attempt to privatize Social Security, its reckless fiscal policy continuing record deficits, its denial of basic Constitutional and human rights, its handing of environmental protections over to the polluters, and its abandonment of fully-funded public education and quality health care for all Americans. Those are disasters well worth fighting against! To do so, I must ask for your help again. I am making a year-end fundraising appeal to show a respectable year-end fund balance. I think it's absurd that political strength is measured by fundraising prowess, but that is the reality I face. December 31 is a critical date in this effort. Like all campaigns we will release our current financial reports and this an important chance to demonstrate the great excitement and energy in Minnesota and start the drive towards the election and broader Democratic victories in 2006. This is a critical time, and I am asking you to please help me by making a new online contribution to my campaign of $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can give. If you can help again, I would be deeply grateful. If not, I thank you for your previous support. Either way, I wish you a joyous holiday season! Best regards, Mark Dayton |W|P|110447221813173640|W|P|DAYTON THE COWARD TRIES TO RAISE MONEY FOR 2006 CAMPAIGN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/30/2004 08:43:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Chapter three of “American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone” is titled “Gathering Evidence.” I had to read this chapter twice before I understood no evidence was being gathered. In a previous post, I wrote a partial list of the conspiracy theories discussed in this book: · A stock market rally after the death of Senator Wellstone is a sign he was assassinated. · Electronic voting machines are the tools of the Devil · Once again, the JFK assassination · Jeb Bush helped steal the 2000 Election · Governor Mel Carnahan could have been assassinated · Congressman Jerry Litton could have been assassinated · U.S. Senator John Heinz could have been assassinated · Former Senator John Tower could have been assassinated · House Majority Leader Hale Boggs could have been assassinated · Congressman Nicholas Begich could have been assassinated · Congressman Mickey Leland could have been assassinated · Commerce Secretary Ron Brown could have been assassinated I will need to update my list to add three new theories: 1. Benny Rukavina was murdered so Wellstone would attend the funeral 2. A hunter or sniper could have shot the plane 3. The use of electro-magnetic pulse weaponry may have crashed the plane The section below if from pg. 43: “We have learned that Wellstone called the family on Tuesday morning announcing he would attend the funeral on Friday. This information reveals the possibility that the trip in the small plane to the small airport may have been set up somehow, or at the least that many people knew about the planned trip will in advance of the flight. This would have given time and opportunity for gaining access to the plane or to make arrangements intended to cause a most unfortunate accident.” WHAT? The authors are now claiming that someone murdered Benny Rukavina with the goal Wellstone may attend their funeral, thus providing a venue for Wellstone’s assassination. I have only read three chapters, but I think the authors may have hit bottom. After throwing another theory against the wall to see if it sticks, the authors now shift their focus to voice analysis. Dedicating an entire paragraph to this theory, the authors discuss how one of the pilots seemed “stressed and apprehensive” about the flight in a preflight call to air traffic control. The even raise the possibility that someone else, posing as one of the pilots, made the preflight phone call. I think the authors may not have read their own book, because back in chapter one the authors write that one of the pilots, Richard Conry, “did not like to fly in bad weather” and “he was told that he might encounter moderate icing.” So it is very possible that Richard Conry was “stressed and apprehensive” because he was told he may “encounter moderate icing”, and he “did not like to fly in bad weather.” As I wrote earlier the authors write that a hunter or sniper may have shot down the plane or electro-magnetic pulse weaponry may have been used to bring down Wellstone’s plane. Again, little evidence to support these two theories is presented aside from someone who had bad cell phone reception receiving a phone call with bad reception around the time of the plane crash. Of course, this is evidence that electro-magnetic pulse weaponry was used to crash Wellstone’s plane. The authors end the chapter by alleging the FBI has a history of grave-robbing and by asserting that Wellstone had been a target of assassination on two other occasions.

Wow.

Please check back for my review of chapter four.

Disclaimer: Instead of buying this book, I certainly hope that the many Minnesotans who wish to carry on Senator Wellstone's legacy will do so by visiting Wellstone Action. Wellstone Action has established programs to honor the memory and public activism of Paul and Shelia Wellstone by continuing their fight for economic justice and progressive social change.

|W|P|110442506220223169|W|P|BOOK REVIEW OF AMERICAN ASSASSINATION: CHAPTER THREE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/29/2004 06:02:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This column by *ick Coleman is more of a compliment than winning "Blog of the Year" from Time magazine. *ick Coleman is upset that someone else in the neighborhood can jump rope faster than he can. His liberal dogma can now be challenged in seconds by any number of bloggers. Coleman critques will no longer be confined to the letter to the editor section of the Star Tribune. My hats off to Powerline. ## Nick Coleman: 'Blog of the Year' goes to extremes The end of the year is a time to bury the hatchet, so congratulations to Powerline, the Twin Cities blog that last week was named Time magazine's "Blog of the Year!" Now let me get a new hatchet. These guys pretend to be family watchdogs but they are Rottweilers in sheep's clothing. They attack the Mainstream Media for not being fair while pursuing a right-wing agenda cooked up in conservative think tanks funded by millionaire power brokers. They should call themselves "Powertool." They don't speak truth to power. They just speak for power. The lads behind Powerline are a bank vice president named Scott Johnson and a lawyer named John Hinderaker. If you read Powerline, you know them better by their fantasy names, Big Trunk (that's Johnson) and Hind Rocket (Hinderaker). I will leave it to the appropriate professionals to determine what they are compensating for, but they have received enormous attention from the despised Mainstream Media and deserve more. I wish I didn't have to do it, because I already get ripped a lot on the site, which thankfully also has had some nice photos of bikini-clad candidates for Miss Universe to keep me company. But I accept Powerline's contempt; I am only a Mainstream Media man, while Big Trunk and Hind Rocket are way cool. They blog. I work for a dopey old newspaper committed to covering the news fairly while Powerline doesn't make boring commitments. They are not Mainstream Media. They are Extreme Media. Call them reliable partisan hacks. That's what they call me: A reliable partisan hack, even though they sometimes like columns I write about dumb things Democrats do. I have criticized many dumb Democrats, but Democrats don't matter these days. All the power is in the hands of Republicans, and Powerline's job is to make life easier for them. Mine isn't. A story: In 1990, I reported that this newspaper's endorsement of DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich was decided by then-publisher and Perpich crony Roger Parkinson. He had quashed the decision of the newspaper's editorial board, which had voted in favor of the Republican challenger, Arne Carlson. The truth got out, the Republican won and the public was served. If Extreme bloggers, who know nothing that happened before last Tuesday, had the same commitment to serving the public, I wouldn't have a problem. But like talk radio, they are dominated by the right and are only interested in being a megaphone without oversight, disclosure of conflicts of interest, or professional standards. Powerline is run by Ivy League lawyers, one of whom (Johnson) is a vice president at TCF Bank in Minneapolis and works for Bill Cooper, an ex-state Republican Party chairman. Johnson and Hinderaker are fellows at the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank that seems to be obsessed with gays and guns and wants to return us to the principles of our founders, although I can't determine if that includes Ben Franklin's skirt chasing. Mainstream or Extreme? We report, you decide: Last month, Claremont gave its Winston Churchill Award to that visionary statesman and recovering drug addict, Rush Limbaugh! Time magazine's "Blog of the Year" is not run by Boy Scouts. It is the spear of a campaign aimed at making Minnesota into a state most of us won't recognize. Unless you came from Alabama with a keyboard on your knee. My ancestors came here as Irish sod busters in the 1850s, and they would be spinning beneath that sod if they saw powerful people trying to tear down what they built. But they'd enjoy how the Extreme works now: How it hammers all its opponents in the Mainstream as limousine liberals. I keep wishing the Ivy League boys had told me I was rich before I took my first job cleaning bathrooms in a factory at night, or my next job driving a school bus, or my first newspaper job at the old Tribune for $147 a week. But Extreme bloggers don't tell truths. They tell talking points. Powerline is the biggest link in a daisy chain of right-wing blogs that is assaulting the Mainstream Media while they toot their horns in the service of ... what? The downtrodden? No, that was yesterday's idea of the purpose of journalism. Extreme bloggers are so hip and cool they can make fun of the poor and the disadvantaged while working out of paneled bank offices. But enough. It's time for auld acquaintance to be forgot. So as a gift to Powerline, let me try my hand at some blogger-style "fact-checking." 1) "It's totally unexpected," Johnson, the banker, told the newspaper after Powerline won "Blog of the Year." But the Aw Shucks Act doesn't fly. Powerline campaigned shamelessly for awards, winning an online "Best Blog of 2004" a week before the Time honor. That online award was a bloggers' poll, and Powerline linked its readers to the award site 10 times during the balloting, shilling for votes. 2) "We keep it very much separate from our day jobs," said Hinderaker, meaning the boys don't blog at work. But they do. Johnson recently had time at his bank job to post a despicable item sliming Sen. Mark Dayton. If I had the money they think I do, I'd put it all in TCF. Then I'd pull it out. 3) Powerline sells thousands of dollars in ads, including one for T-shirts that say, "Hung Like a Republican." But does Powerline or its mighty righty allies take money from political parties, campaigns or well-heeled benefactors who hope to affect Minnesota's politics from behind the scenes? We don't know, and they don't have to say. They are not Mainstream. They are Extreme. Source: Star Tribune, December 29, 2004 |W|P|110432983948281350|W|P|OH NO, * ICK COLEMAN IS UPSET! |W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/28/2004 08:17:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|In chapter two of American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Wellstone the authors examine potential motives for the murder of Senator Wellstone. This chapter should be called “How Many Conspiracies Theories Can We Fit in One Chapter?” Very early in the second chapter the reader is given another example of how distorted the authors' sense of reality is when they briefly discuss the Wellstone Mermorial. "The reaction to the funeral, where distraught Democrats, especially Wellstone's campaign manager became carried away in an emotional pitch to carry his message forward-an event that was subject to massive and unfair 'spin' by conservative commentators who had not seen the event-angered many Republicans and, undoubtedly, inspired anti-Democratic efforts and votes." Source: Pg. 26 In an effort of save space, below is a partial list of the conspiracy theories discussed in chapter two: · A stock market rally after the death of Senator Wellstone is a sign he was assassinated. · Electronic voting machines are the tools of the Devil · Once again, the JFK assassination · Jeb Bush helped steal the 2000 Election · Governor Mel Carnahan could have been assassinated · Congressman Jerry Litton could have been assassinated · U.S. Senator John Heinz could have been assassinated · Former Senator John Tower could have been assassinated · House Majority Leader Hale Boggs could have been assassinated · Congressman Nicholas Begich could have been assassinated · Congressman Mickey Leland could have been assassinated · Commerce Secretary Ron Brown could have been assassinated The authors have no credible evidence to support their outrageous allegations that any of the U.S. politicians discussed were assassinated. “We do not know how many of these cases were genuine cases of assassination, but their occurrence strongly suggests that the possibilities are genuine.” Pg. 41 The profiteering the authors claim is behind the Wellstone’s assassination is alive and well inside the authors of this book. They have lined their pockets by writing numerous books filled with wild accusations of government hit men. The authors have developed a generic assassination theory book and they simply change the names to match up with a recent tragic death. A few other complaints about chapter two: “The reaction to the funeral, where distraught Democrats, especially Wellstone’s campaign manager became carried away in an emotional pitch to carry his message forward…” Pg. 26 Rick Kahn was not Wellstone’s campaign manager, but was a personal friend of Wellstone and volunteered as a treasurer to Wellstone's campaign. If the authors cannot get this fact right, how are we to trust the other "facts" in this book? The authors hypothesize that because President Bush visited Minnesota to campaign on behalf of Norm Coleman, “terminating” Wellstone was a top priority. But if you accept this premise, President Clinton wanted then GOP Senate candidate Congressman Rod Grams to be assassinated when he campaigned on behalf of DFL Senate candidate Ann Wynia in 1994. Vice-President Gore must have wanted GOP U.S. Senator Grams killed when he visited Minnesota in 2000 to campaign for president and for Mark Dayton. In the political world created by these authors, campaign events establish motives for murder and campaigns are won with bullets and plane crashes. This is simply ridiculous. But so is this book. |W|P|110425119927590220|W|P|BOOK REVIEW OF AMERICAN ASSASSINATION: CHAPTER TWO|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/28/2004 10:21:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Nomad|W|P|Great points - nice piece.12/29/2004 06:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Nomad: Thanks for your comments. Please check for reviews of each chapter.12/27/2004 08:39:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is just another example of the wild spending by Matt Entenza and the DFL in their failed attempt to overtake the GOP majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Bemidji Pioneer: With two weeks to go, more than $105,000 spent on Moe's behalf. (registration required) |W|P|110416604587553126|W|P|$105,000 SPENT ON BEHALF OF DFLER FRANK MOE IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/28/2004 04:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|If the Republican Party of Minnesota and House Republicans can't come up with the money to compete with the Minnesota DFL and House Democrats, it's their own problem.

Nice attempt to turn the DFL's election victory into a negative point by calling a 13-seat gain a "failed attempt to overtake the GOP majority." I can imagine how much gloating there will be on the pages of this blog if the GOP pulls off half as much in 2006.12/30/2004 05:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Welcome back Don Juan! It is amazing how many seats you can pick up when you ignore campaign finance laws.12/31/2004 09:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|Yeah, I guess it was incomplete disclosure that swung the election in the DFL's favor. Sure.12/27/2004 08:17:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I wonder if the Minnesota's DFL electors support these "reforms" especially the elector who secretly voted for John Edwards. ## Electors Call for National Voting Reforms The Vermont Guardian Breaking with tradition, electors in at least five states have called for a congressional investigation of voting violations during the Nov. 2 election for president. Electors in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, California, and North Carolina registered their concerns as they cast their votes last week. The following day, the Berkeley City Council adopted a resolution "supporting the request that the Government Accountability Office immediately undertake an investigation of voting irregularities in the 2004 elections." Drafted by Berkeley's Peace and Justice Commission, the resolution also lists 17 measures to improve elections. After hearing citizens speak, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said, "Nothing is more fundamental than a free, fair election. When you start tinkering with that, it throws the whole system into disarray. I am pleased that we are taking this stand." In Massachusetts, elector Cathleen Ashton of Wayland demanded that "every vote be counted and every vote count," while Maine's electors called for national voting reforms. Their statement pointed to Maine initiatives such as same-day registration, allowing felons to vote, and clean election reforms. "Our four electoral votes are held meaningless if our sister states cannot hold elections that are fair, accurate, and verifiable," said elector Lu Bauer after the ceremony at the Maine State House. Massachusetts electors passed a motion urging members of Congress to object to the vote. It also requested an investigation of "all voting complaints that might have any validity" and remedies for "any voting rights violations or electoral fraud verified by its own agents or through the courts." Massachusetts elector Tom Barbera said his life was threatened during get-out-the-vote efforts. Another elector spoke of being targeted for intimidation. Noting that many whose voting rights were violated were African American, Barbera, who presented the Massachusetts' motion, said, "we believe that as electors, we have a unique opportunity and obligation to ensure that justice does not again become so delayed as to be denied." Vermont electors expressed concerns about a reported 57,000 complaints received by a congressional Judiciary Committee and called on Congress and Vermont's congressional delegation to investigate. In California, one elector cast his ballot provisional upon "all votes being counted - provisional, absentee, under- and over-votes, computerized without paper ballots, even getting valid votes from those turned away illegally, intimidated, discouraged by incredibly long waits, etc." This is an attempt to get the message read on the floor of Congress prior to certification on Jan. 6, when the ballots are opened. "Never has such a vote been cast by an elector," said Grace Ross, an organizer of the national effort to support electors to take action, and a member of Truth in Elections. "And without a parliamentarian to rule it in or out at the Electoral College level, we await whether Congress will acknowledge this type of provisional vote and address the issues this elector sought to raise, or whether they, too, will ignore provisional votes." In North Carolina, Democratic electors and activists talked about local problems while Republicans voted inside. Elector Mary Roe mentioned problems she witnessed as an election observer in her own county. State officials admit that 4,500 votes disappeared in a computerized voting machine crash. |W|P|110416442643522237|W|P|ELECTORS CALL FOR NATIONAL VOTING REFORMS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/24/2004 08:38:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| Minnesota Democrats Exposed will be updated with new posts on December 26. Since it is December 24, I thought I would post "Twas the Night Before Christman" by Clement Clarke Moore.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the housenot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds,while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap. When out on the roof there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snowgave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his courses they came, and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
"Now Dasher! Now Dancer!Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid!
On, Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!" As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,when they meet with an obstacle,
mount to the skyso up to the house-top the courses they flew,with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his headsoon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
|W|P|110390713438271783|W|P|MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MINNESOTA DEMOCRATS EXPOSED|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/26/2004 08:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sipidation|W|P|I'm a day late but I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.12/27/2004 08:49:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Sorry I am two days late, but Merry Christmas!12/23/2004 09:15:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

This is an enlarged picture comparison of Frank Simon's signature and the handwriting on the Edwards ballot.
1. Notice the tip curve on the "n" in Simon and compare it with the "w" in Edwards.
2. Compare the "n" in Frank with the "n" in John.
3. The slant in the "F" is similar with the "E" in Edwards.
Since last Monday, I have tried to provided the best information available for people to determine which DFL elector voted for John Edwards, denying John Kerry one of Minnesota's 10 electoral votes.
There are strong similarities between Frank Simon's signature and the handwriting on the Edwards ballot. I encourage Frank Simon to email me and respond to the picture I have posted.
UPDATE: I have yet to recieve an email from Frank Simon, but I have recieved numerous emails from people who are convinced Frank is the author of the Edwards ballot.
|W|P|110368435017306139|W|P|MDE EXCLUSIVE: DID FRANK SIMON CAST THE MYSTERY BALLOT FOR JOHN EDWARDS?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/22/2004 09:24:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Anonymous|W|P|I salute the owner of this blog! Frank Simon needs to come forward and speak to the evidence.12/23/2004 08:56:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| Once again, when a Democrat is the subject of a negative Star Tribune editorial, you know he or she is in hot water. ## Editorial: Rules for 527s/Make them disclose gifts, givers Whether or not Minnesota House DFL leader Matt Entenza and his wife broke campaign laws this fall when they gave $300,000 to the group 21st Century Democrats is a matter for investigators to examine. To date, Republican claims that the law was violated have rested far more on allegations and surmises than on evidence. However, the court of public opinion can already come to one conclusion about the matter: Entenza's giving to influence the outcome of the election should have been a matter of public record before Nov. 2. That it was not reflects less on Entenza than it does on 21st Century Democrats and all the other new kids on the nation's political block, the so-called 527s (after the provision in the tax code that governs them.) These upstart groups, formed in response to new restrictions on donations to political parties, include America Coming Together and the notorious Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Unimpeded by donation limits and facing fewer disclosure requirements than those pertaining to candidate committees and political parties, the 527s raised an eye-popping $434 million this year. Limits on donations to 527s may not be constitutionally achievable or even desirable, the best efforts of Sen. John McCain and other leading campaign reformers notwithstanding. As the latest campaign cycle amply demonstrated, when the flow of political money is dammed up in one place, it simply shifts to a new channel, with unpredictable and often undesirable results. But Congress should be able to force the 527s into the sunshine, by requiring thorough and timely public disclosure of their gifts and givers. That change in campaign law should be made before the nation votes again in 2006. The activities of 21st Century Democrats in Minnesota might have been more visible had the group registered properly with the state. It must rue its failure to do so, after the huge $317,950 fine assessed against its national and state arms this week by the state Campaign Finance Board. The whopping size of that fine, the largest in the campaign board's history, results from strict application of a formula rather than a judgment about the gravity of the group's misdeed. By all accounts, the group, headed by former St. Paul Mayor Jim Scheibel, is eager to set itself right under Minnesota law. But it would be a mistake to characterize the campaign board's decision as a ruling on a mere technicality. With so little other opportunity allowed by the courts to stop the purchasing of undue influence on government, the prompt disclosure of who is giving how much for what political purpose is vital to the exercise of the one sure remaining restraint -- the ballot. Americans aren't getting the disclosure they deserve from 527s. They should insist on it, before 2006. Source: Star Tribune, December 23, 2004 |W|P|110382111273325991|W|P|STAR TRIBUNE EDITORIAL: "ENTENZA'S GIVING TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD BEFORE NOV. 2"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/23/2004 08:52:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|House DFL Caucus says its error led to donation complaint The Minnesota House DFL Caucus has taken responsibility for what it said was an accounting error that resulted in a Federal Election Commission finding concerning one of the party's largest donors, Minneapolis businessman Vance Opperman. The caucus is already under fire for having illegally transferred money from a state account to a federal account in the 2002 election. In August, the commission issued a finding that it had "reason to believe" that Opperman had violated federal election campaign law by contributing more than the allowable limit in a federal election. He had given $5,000 to the House DFL Caucus and another $5,000 to the state DFL Party. The commission found that the two entities were affiliated, and so individual donations to both could not exceed $5,000 total. On Aug. 16, the commission wrote to Opperman that it had decided to take no further action and had closed his file but noted that "you should take steps to ensure that this activity does not occur in the future." Ted Grindal, an attorney for Opperman, said Opperman never received that letter because it went to the wrong address. When he learned of the commission's finding in mid-December in a Star Tribune story, Grindal said, Opperman challenged it, saying both checks were intended not for federal races, but for state races, for which there is no limit on contributions. The caucus sent a letter to the commission in early December confirming Opperman's version of events, noting that the $5,000 contribution had been returned to him. Alan Weinblatt, attorney for the caucus, said in the letter that "it was solely the caucus' error in depositing the contribution into the wrong account that resulted in the violation." Grindal said the caucus had inadvertently deposited Opperman's check into its federal account and misreported it to the commission as a federal contribution. Bob Biersack, acting press officer for the commission, said that because it decided against conducting a formal investigation into the matter, it would not make a final determination of whether a violation had occurred. In a Dec. 16 letter to Opperman's attorneys, Mark D. Shonkwiler, an assistant general counsel with the commission, said the "reason to believe" finding "does not reflect a substantive determination by the commission that a violation has occurred." But, he added, "because there appeared to be sufficient evidence at the time to investigate, recision of the reason-to-believe finding would not be appropriate." Grindal said the commission's position raises "serious questions" about due process in such matters and the rights of contributors. "Enforcement authorities can make decisions in a vacuum," Grindal said, "and this is an example of that. The reality is, they didn't make a substantive determination that a violation happened, but that's the impression that's left." Opperman said Wednesday that he was disturbed that he had received no notice from the commission or the caucus and was not initially called for comment by the Star Tribune. Source: Star Tribune, December 23, 2004 |W|P|110382090420870179|W|P|MORE TROUBLE FOR THE DFL HOUSE CAUCUS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/21/2004 01:49:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| State campaign finance board fines liberal group Twenty-first Century Democrats, a national political action committee that was active in Minnesota this year, has been fined more than $300,000 for failing to report properly the donors who gave it money. Two fines, totaling $317,950, were announced this afternoon by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Together, the fines are the largest ever imposed by the board, according to its chairman, Wil Fluegel. Fluegel said the fines were consistent with the formula used to determine fines for similar violations by similar groups: one dollar of fine for each dollar of contributions that were improperly made. "The donations here were just so large that it becomes cumulatively the largest fine," Fluegel said. Twenty-first Century Democrats is the PAC that drew strong criticism from Republicans when it was revealed in early November that Minnesota House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, contributed $300,000 to the committee this summer and fall. But Entenza's donations play no part in the infractions cited by the campaign finance board. Former St. Paul Mayor Jim Scheibel is chairman of the 21st Century Democrats' board of directors. In rulings issued in a closed-door session on Dec. 17 and not made public until Tuesday, the campaign finance board concluded that 21st Century Democrats "inadvertently violated" state law on a number of occasions from 2001 through October of this year. Ruling on a technical point, the board said a state campaign committee operated by 21st Century Democrats improperly accepted contributions from the national PAC when that national group had not registered in Minnesota. If the national group had registered, it would have been required to provide lists of its donors. Brian Svoboda, a 21st Century Democrats lawyer, told the campaign finance board that the group improperly listed a number of donors from across the country as contributing to the group's Minnesota campaign committee. In fact, Svoboda said, the donors contributed to the national group and then their names were attached to various fund transfers the national group made to its Minnesota account. Svoboda said the rule violations in Minnesota resulted from "accounting and administrative lapses" that were "wholly the product of inadvertent error." Source: Pioneer Press, December 21, 2004
|W|P|110366612695179447|W|P|CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ISSUES THE LARGEST FINE IN STATE HISTORY TO THE 21st CENTURY DEMOCRATS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/21/2004 11:53:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board fined seven Democrat political committees a total of $318,750 for numerous campaign finance violations. Click here for a list of the committees fined and to view the Board's findings. |W|P|110365926768243000|W|P|BREAKING NEWS: CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD FINES SEVEN DEMOCRAT COMMITTEES $318,750|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/21/2004 11:16:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board fined the 21st Century Democrats Minnesota Committee $292,950 and the 21st Century Democrats National Committee $25,000 for campaign disclosure violations. The Board may increase the penalty based on campaign finance reports yet to be filed. Please stop back for updates. |W|P|110365866748872100|W|P|BREAKING NEWS: 21st CENTURY DEMOCRATS FINED $317,950 BY CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/21/2004 07:25:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have been experiencing technical difficulties and hopefully today I will post an enlarged picture with a detailed comparison of Frank Simon's signature and the handwriting on the Edwards ballot. I also thought this quote from Frank Simon was interesting: "If it was meant to be a protest-type vote I would be upfront and say 'This is how I voted,' said elector Frank Simon of Chaska. 'It doesn't seem like anyone is coming forth to say that.'" Source: Associated Press, December 13, 2004. One way to read this statement is as a passive admission by Frank that he mistakenly cast his ballot for Edwards. |W|P|110358399230085069|W|P|THE CASE OF THE MYSTERY BALLOT #3|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/21/2004 06:30:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The group which House Minority Leader Matt Entenza contributed $300,000 will be penalized later today by the Campaign Finance Board for numerous reporting violations. The Republican Party of Minnesota filed numerous complaints yesterday afternoon against Entenza, the 21st Democrats, the DFL House Caucus and the DFL Party. Please stop back after 1:00 p.m. for a copy of the Board's findings. ## GOP wants Entenza donations to national group investigated The Minnesota Republican Party filed state and federal complaints Monday that question the legality of $300,000 in campaign contributions made by Rep. Matt Entenza to a national political committee. The complaints, which offer no proof that either Entenza or the Washington-based political action committee did anything wrong, ask the Federal Election Commission and the state Campaign Finance Board to launch investigations and determine if any laws were violated. "Obviously I don't have the tools to subpoena Mr. Entenza," said Matthew Haapoja, a lawyer for the Republicans. "That's the job of the investigators." Entenza called the two Republican complaints "mere partisanship" and said he welcomed investigations of his donations. "That's a totally appropriate thing, and I am very proud that I did it," the St. Paul lawmaker said of his $300,000 in donations to the 21st Century Democrats, a national campaign committee active in Minnesota this year. Former St. Paul Mayor Jim Scheibel is chairman of the committee's board. "They filed a complaint," Entenza said of the Republicans. "We'll file the information showing why it's all fine." Scheibel said he could not comment on specifics of the Republican complaints, but he said 21st Century Democrats complied with both state and federal campaign-finance laws. "Have we in the past made some errors in the reporting?" Scheibel asked rhetorically. "Yes. But we've corrected those." The filing of the long-threatened complaints by the Republican Party coincides with a related decision by the state Campaign Finance Board decision — to be announced today — to penalize 21st Century Democrats for violating campaign-reporting requirements. For weeks, the Campaign Finance Board has been conducting a confidential review of reports of contributions and spending that 21st Century Democrats filed concerning its heavy involvement in Minnesota campaigns this year and its much smaller role in previous state campaigns. In mid-November, 21st Century Democrats filed revised reports of its spending in Minnesota for 2001 through 2004. Copies of the revised reports were mistakenly made public by a board employee Monday. The Campaign Finance Board chairman and one of its top administrators, Jeff Sigurdson, said state law barred them from commenting on the board's review of 21st Century Democrats until findings are announced at 1 p.m. today on the board's Web site: www.cfboard.state.mn.us. Original contribution-and-spending reports filed by 21st Century Democrats in 2001 through 2004 listed a number of specific contributors, including labor unions and several big donors from Pennsylvania and California. Entenza's contributions to the group were not listed in this year's report. This year's report also included several smaller contributions from the Iowa and Georgia Democratic parties, but did not include required paperwork listing the original donors to those parties. The revised reports filed by 21st Century Democrats attributes money spent in Minnesota to bookkeeping accounts within the national group, rather than to individual donors. While the Campaign Finance Board examined some of the same issues that the Republican Party raised in its complaints Monday, the Republicans had no part in the board's review. Twenty-first Century Democrats played two roles in Minnesota elections this year: It trained and paid scores of mostly part-time workers to register young voters across the state, and it paid the salaries of about 20 full-time field workers who helped Democratic-Farmer-Labor House candidates with their campaigns. Entenza, the leader of the DFL minority in the House, has said repeatedly that his $300,000 went to help pay for the young voter registration, not the campaign workers. The Republican complaints allege that, if the money went into a federal political action committee that 21st Century Democrats used to pay for the voter registration effort, then Entenza's contributions might violate a $5,000 limit on donations to such accounts. In the alternative, they argue that if any of Entenza's $300,000 flowed back to Minnesota to pay the salaries of the House campaign workers, Entenza and 21st Century Democrats could have violated state laws. Those laws limit contributions to individual candidates and bar donors from channeling contributions through political parties to specific candidates. Haapoja several times acknowledged to reporters Monday that he could not prove either Entenza or 21st Century Democrats violated the law. "That's why we're asking these agencies to investigate," he said. Source: Pioneer Press, December 21, 2004 |W|P|110363943721506292|W|P|21st CENTURY DEMOCRATS ADMITS REPORTING VIOLATIONS; CAMPAIGN BOARD TO ANNOUNCE PENALTIES LATER TODAY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/20/2004 09:30:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Please compare the ten signatures with the handwriting on the top Edwards ballot.
UPDATE: I have been flooded with comments from people who think the signature of Frank R. Simon and the handwriting on the Edwards ballot have similarities.
1. Notice the tip curve on the "n" in Simon and compare it to the "w" in Edwards.
2. Compare the "n" in Frank with the "n" in John.
3. The slant in the "F" is similar with the "E" in Edwards.
I will publish an enlarged comparison picture of the handwriting tonight and I have been in contact wth a handwriting expert who will offer their opinion.
|W|P|110351250908654488|W|P|UPDATE: THE CASE OF THE MYSTERY BALLOT #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/19/2004 11:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger jhouts|W|P|Comparing a person's signature (esp. script) to any other writing sample is a useless exercise. That said, 4 people on the list sign with a printed (as opposed to script) signature. Stevens, on whom you appear to want to pin this, is one who prints his sig, and there are too many differences for it to be him. His "A" isn't as rounded, his "E" isn't written the same way (the Ewards voter writes an "L" then fills in the other horizontal lines, Stevens writes a squarish "C" then adds the middle horizontal line... definitely *not* Stevens.12/19/2004 11:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger jhouts|W|P|Ah, now I see that these samples are from where it would have made mrore sense for the electors to have *printed* their names. It would have helped in this exercise if more of the electors had printed their names. I think Stevens gets a lot of votes because his printed name, like John "Ewards," was done in large and small caps, rather than upper and lower case letters. Who knows who, of the six who didn't print their names, would have also used large and small caps?12/20/2004 06:27:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Please note the "n" in Frank Simon and in John Ewards.12/25/2004 10:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger jhouts|W|P|The "R" in "Frank R Simon" doesn't look much like the "R" in "Ewards." It would really help to have printing samples from the other electors. Dumpster diving, anyone? But, yes, I had noticed that Frank's "N" was a dead ringer for the "N" in "John Ewards."12/20/2004 07:36:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Reports add up the bottom line on negative ads Minnesota's DFL Party shelled out at least $800,000 in independent spending for November's state House elections, with almost half of it going toward negative ads and mailings against Republicans. The election produced a loss of 13 seats for Republicans in the GOP-controlled House, and the conventional wisdom had it that a stalled legislative session earlier this year and the failure to finance key building programs for some districts soured voters on many House Republicans. Fueling some of that discontent was the money spent by political parties and independent groups, as detailed in the latest reports to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. The DFL's spending against Republican incumbents was particularly notable. House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said the amount of negative advertising from independent groups, including political parties, was unprecedented, but the success of the attack ads suggests that it will be employed again. "While the general person says they are fed up with negative ads, negative advertising works," Sviggum said. "It raises a question about a person's decision making. Are they really against apple pie and granny?" In some races, such as that of defeated first-term Republican Lynne Osterman, of New Hope, the DFLers spent more on negative advertising against the incumbent ($29,000) than they did in support of her DFL opponent, former Education Minnesota union leader Sandra Peterson ($23,000). Sviggum said that defeated fifth-term Nicollet Republican Howard Swenson counted 19 attack mailings against him, with four high-cost, four-page glossy mailings in one day. Expenditures from the Republican House Campaign Committee are likely to grow substantially when final reports are completed in January, but the latest reports show that the House Republican Campaign Committee, the main spending group for the GOP House races, spent a little more than $10,000 on negative ads against two DFL opponents. Cheating? Osterman, for one, said the whole experience has made her unlikely to ever seek elected office again. She said people in the suburban swing district saw the barrage of attack mailings (most without her opponent's name on them) and became angry merely because the unwelcome mailings carried Osterman's name. "In my book, I consider negative campaigning cheating," Osterman said. "If you cannot stand up and tell me why you should have the job without mentioning why the other team shouldn't, why should I get your vote?" she said. "I will not ever run again." After one mailing that accused Osterman of "following marching orders" of extremist "Republican bosses," her opponent, Peterson, issued a news release and wrote to top DFL officials demanding that they stop attacking Osterman in "a deceptive and misleading way." But the DFL refused, saying the mailings were truthful and accurate. One step removed Independent expenditures are made by political parties or political action committees (PACs) on behalf of candidates. But they are not approved by the candidates, and the independent organizations by law can have no contact with the candidates. Both political parties contribute to independent expenditures as do organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the state teachers' union and the state Chamber of Commerce. Minnesota DFL Party Chair Mike Erlandson defended the ads, acknowledging that they were aggressive but accurate. "The pieces were done in a way that people were inspired to open it up to see what it said on the inside and on each one of them we had a fact-check where it directly referenced back to the piece of legislation that didn't pass, and if it did, went in the wrong direction," he said. Erlandson said the party would support candidates with mailings only if the candidates were aggressive in going door-to-door to establish who they are. "The only reason that mail worked is because we had the ability to talk about issues like the bonding bill or like tax increases in property taxes and lack of school funding and on down the list that happened in Minnesota that affected people's lives," Erlandson said. One DFL Party mailing against defeated Faribault Republican Lynda Boudreau and others featured a picture of a 20-something worker asleep in his office cubicle, leaning back with his mouth open as an angry boss looks over him. "You'd be FIRED if you didn't get the job done..." it says. "So why haven't we fired Lynda Boudreau?" The mailing features a fuzzy picture of a smiling Boudreau imposed over another sleeping worker with a "Do Not Disturb" Post-it note on his forehead. It adds "Boudreau and her party bosses were so busy pursuing their extreme agenda -- they couldn't get a balanced budget passed into law." The DFL spent at least $22,138 on negative ads to unseat Boudreau and $30,731 to support her opponent, Patti Fritz. The House Republican Campaign Committee, in contrast, spent $28,900 in support of Boudreau but nothing in negative advertising against Fritz, according to the most recent filings. In one mailing against St. Louis Park Republican Jim Rhodes, widely considered one of the more moderate Republicans in the House, a weathered and dejected looking old woman sits slumped in a rocking chair in dark shadows. The ad asks: "Could You Turn Your Back on Her?" The other side proclaims: "Republican Jim Rhodes Turned his Back on Minnesota Seniors. Say NO to Republican Jim Rhodes and His Extreme Agenda!" Rhodes, a six-term House member, faced newcomer Steve Simon, who eschewed state campaign spending limits and financed his own campaign. Rhodes attributed much of his loss to a sweep of John Kerry voters in his district, which includes St. Louis Park and Hopkins. But he acknowledges that the negative ads had an effect. "I never went on the negative. That wasn't my thing," Rhodes said. "I have a great deal of respect for the institution. But the negative, evidently, worked." As House speaker, Sviggum is the leader of his caucus and is responsible for coordinating campaign efforts for Republican candidates. Sviggum said he expected the attacks after DFL House leaders declined to agree to restrict negative advertising during a debate at this year's State Fair. Attacks were not aimed only at Republican candidates. One mailing from the House Republican Campaign Committee accused a number of DFL candidates of being indebted to "powerful Indian casinos" and asked "Who will stand up for us?" Another mailing suggested that southern Minnesota DFLer Ruth Johnson "votes like she represents downtown Minneapolis -- not us" and says that Johnson was "the only rural southern Minnesota legislator who voted to treat homosexual couples like married couples." Expect more of same One citizen group, Minnesotans for Responsible Gaming, crunched the numbers on independent expenditures and found them so telling about the future of campaigns that it put them in a database file on its Web site (www.mnrg.org). "It speaks very poorly to what campaigning was like and will be like in the future. It really scares me," Sviggum said. "How are we going to get good people to run for office knowing that they are going to be subject to misrepresentations of their voting record and attacked from every angle?" But David Mark, editor-in-chief of Campaigns & Elections Magazine, who is writing a book on negative political advertising, said that there may be little long-term ill effect on an electorate subjected to negative advertising. Attack ads often are more accurate and play a more important role in the decision-making process at the polls, particularly when it comes to ousting incumbents, he said. "Those warm and fuzzy ads, are, in many ways, more misleading than the attack ads," Mark said. "Nobody is going to point out their own deficiencies and weaknesses in their own record." Source: Star Tribune, December 20, 2004 |W|P|110355765983138327|W|P|DFL SPENDS ALMOST $400,000 IN NEGATIVE ADS AND MAILINGS AGAINST HOUSE GOP|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/20/2004 08:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger MN Politics Guru|W|P|If Republicans weren't willing to defend their voting record, perhaps they should have thought for themselves instead of following the marching orders of Sviggum and his gang of Merry Righties.12/18/2004 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"Something's Fishy" is the name of the first chapter of American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Wellstone. I can only assume the chapter earned this title due to the smell generated by the poor writing, false assumptions, and baseless allegations. The authors of this book, James Fetzer and Don "Four Arrows" Jacobs, begin by detailing four items in the immediate news coverage of the crash that seemed "fishy:" 1. "The mainstream news reports asserted early in that the crash was caused by bad weather." 2. "An FBI evidence recovery team was at the scene early, investigating the accident for eight hours before the NTSB team arrived." 3. "An FBI spokesman announced within hours that there was no evidence that the crash had been an act of terrorism." 4."There are multiple conflicting reports about the NTSB team itself, which was said to have either nine, twelve, thirteen or sixteen members." I clearly remember October 25, 2002 as a cold, wet day. According to weather reports, the low temperature was near 37 degrees with light snow/rain falling across most of Minnesota. The authors complain about the lack of evidence that weather was a contributing factor to the crash, yet they provide multiple examples of bad weather being reported on October 25. "The National Weather Service had issued an advisory to pilots that morning that icing was possible." Source: Pg.3 "Ulman and other local pilots who flew into Eveleth's airport that day said icing was not at a dangerous level and characterized the weather as not dangerous." Source: Pg.7 One of the pilots killed in the crash was informed in a pre-flight weather report "he might encounter moderate icing." Source: Pg.9 This is the most perplexing sentence in the first chapter: "The problem with all this reporting about bad weather being the cause of the 'accident' is that reason and evidence indicate that weather was never a probable cause of the crash." Source: Pg.7 It defies logic that if bad weather was reported on October 25, 2002, as it was, that bad weather would not be discussed in the days after the accident as a reason for the crash. The remaining pages of the first chapter are checkered with references to Kennedy's assassination, the downing of TWA Flight 800, and conspiracy theories about the political motivations of the people involved in the investigation of the crash. The authors even attempt to speak for Senator Wellstone, claiming "Paul Wellstone himself would likely have raised the possibility that the crash was not an accident." Source: Pg.17 Please check back for my review of chaper two. Disclaimer: Instead of buying this book, I certainly hope that the many Minnesotans who wish to carry on Senator Wellstone's legacy will do so by visiting Wellstone Action. Wellstone Action has established programs to honor the memory and public activism of Paul and Shelia Wellstone by continuing their fight for economic justice and progressive social change. |W|P|110338525736592243|W|P|BOOK REVIEW OF AMERICAN ASSASSINATION: CHAPTER ONE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/17/2004 09:00:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Since a faithless DFL elector voted for John Edwards on Monday, I have been trying to find out who cast the ballot. I posted the ballot, along with the Presidential Elector Oaths signed by each DFL elector to compare the handwriting. From the beginning Chandler Stevens was a likley suspect, with 63% of the people voting his signature as the closest match to the Edwards ballot. But over the last 24 hours, Chandler Stevens has contacted me more than once to communicate that he voted for John Kerry on Monday. The plot surrounding the Edwards ballot has certainly thickened. |W|P|110334843069155823|W|P|THE CASE OF THE MYSTERY BALLOT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/18/2004 09:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger CHS|W|P|Is this fair? In writing this comment, the line above says that "This blog does not allow anonymous comments." If that is TRUE, why does the author of 99% of the comments here, our blog host, NOT identify himself?

Until that happens, I suggest that we all boycott this unfair blog.

Statements he has made about me he knows to be untrue.

Chandler Harrison Stevens12/16/2004 09:23:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I recently bought a copy of the new book American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone. I will post a chapter by chapter analysis of this book as I read it over the next few weeks. What I have read so far disgusts me. Instead of buying this book, I certainly hope that the many Minnesotans who wish to carry on Senator Wellstone's legacy will do so by visiting Wellstone Action. Wellstone Action has established programs to honor the memory and public activism of Paul and Shelia Wellstone by continuing their fight for economic justice and progressive social change. |W|P|110321782163058206|W|P|BOOK REVIEW OF AMERICAN ASSASSINATION|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/16/2004 06:33:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

1450 KNSI in St. Cloud is asking their listeners if local DFL activist Sonja Berg and elector cast the mystery ballot fot John Edwards. According to MDE's poll, Chandler "Harry" Stevens is still the prime suspect. |W|P|110320763610973638|W|P|1450 KNSI: DID SONJA BERG VOTE FOR JOHN "EWARDS"? |W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/16/2004 04:05:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch

Hatch has used potential incidents of equity stripping as a way to get his name in the newspaper, so it is a delicious coincidence that a former Hatch employee is linked to a lawsuit over equity stripping. I have a feeling this is not the last time we hear of this lawsuit. Please stop back for more updates on the activities of Mike Hatch. ## Hatch fires worker linked to lawsuit A woman who worked in Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch's office has been fired from her job in connection with a lawsuit Hatch's office filed against her ex-husband over a financial scheme that targeted vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure on their homes. Hatch said Clarice von Behren was terminated for violating office policies that required her to document any outside work. She is also a defendant in a suit filed by Hatch's office claiming that she held assets of her ex-husband, Thomas von Behren, under her name and conducted some financial transactions in her name that may have shielded him from judgments against him. Hatch said on Wednesday that Clarice von Behren, who worked in the risk retention section of the office, is not the focus of the suit. But during the process of the investigation against Thomas von Behren, Hatch said it was learned that she signed a document that indicated she was a participant in a company that Thomas von Behren was involved in, violating an office policy about having outside employment without permission. Hatch's office has filed suit against Thomas von Behren and several associates, alleging consumer fraud and real-estate fraud in connection with an alleged equity-skimming scheme through a company Thomas von Behren operated, Real Equity Investments. "Equity skimming" or "equity stripping" is a tactic that often targets people who have substantial equity in homes that are in foreclosure. The equity stripper offers to buy the home, pay off the mortgage and let the occupants continue living there while making payments to the equity stripper, with an option to buy back the property. The seller may be led to believe that the payments are going toward the repurchase when they're actually rent -- often in amounts the seller cannot sustain. To buy back the property, the seller must pay market value for the home, not the normally smaller amount remaining on the mortgage before the sale. Hatch's office has been particularly aggressive in pursuing equity-skimming suits. But Hatch said Clarice von Behren worked in a separate division that dealt with claims such as injuries on state property, and there is no indication that any investigations were compromised. "We are not alleging that she participated in anything knowingly." Hatch said. "I feel sorry for her, frankly." Reached at her home, Clarice von Behren said she has done nothing wrong and that alleged victims have said in depositions that they believed Thomas von Behren did nothing wrong. Hatch said his office has provided documentation to state and federal officials to support possible criminal investigation against Thomas von Behren in connection with fraudulently taking money from investors. Source: Star Tribune, December 16, 2004

|W|P|110319870378331958|W|P|EQUITY STRIPPING SCHEME LINKED TO FORMER HATCH EMPLOYEE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/15/2004 01:35:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Back on November 11, I published a tip I received from an "unimpeachable source" that Chris Coleman had a dinner meeting the previous evening at Mancini's with former St. Paul Police Chief William Finney to discuss Coleman's mayoral bid against Randy Kelly. My source again proved to be "unimpeachable" because Chris Coleman filed paperwork yesterday to run for mayor in 2005 against Randy Kelly. He also named Finney co-chair of his campaign. I owe my source a well-deserved round of drinks at our next meeting. |W|P|110314664347324617|W|P|FLASHBACK: CHRIS COLEMAN FOR MAYOR?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/15/2004 12:46:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|It has been almost eight hours since I last updated my blog, but Chandler "Harry" Stevens is still the prime suspect for the DFL elector who voted for John Edwards. Check back for more poll updates. |W|P|110314375813495896|W|P|POLL UPDATE: 70% STILL THINK CHANDLER "HARRY" STEVENS VOTED FOR EDWARDS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/15/2004 05:11:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Chandler "Harry" Stevens' Presidential Elector Oath

The mystery Edwards ballot cast by a faithless elector
In 1970, Chandler "Harry" Stevens ran against John Kerry in a preprimary caucus for a congressional seat in the Boston area. Stevens finish third and Kerry came in second. Many years later after serving in the Massachusetts Legislature, running a software company, and serving in the Peace Corps in Ukraine, Stevens moved to Austin. Source: Pioneer Press, December 13, 2004 Was this Stevens' chance to repay Kerry for defeating him in 1970? |W|P|110311629181594154|W|P|POLL UPDATE: 70% THINK CHANDLER "HARRY" STEVENS VOTED FOR EDWARDS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/17/2004 06:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger CHS|W|P|Who wrote "Was this Stevens' chance to repay Kerry for defeating him in 1970?" Your facts are wrong: 1) I voted for John F Kerry on Dec. 13th as an elector …. (I wrote 4 more corrections, but you limited me to 300 characters.) Please identify yourself, since I have right to know my accuser. CHS12/17/2004 11:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger jhouts|W|P|I'm not voting because too many of the ballots don't have good samples to compare, as the electors *signed* where their names should be printed. Stevens' does give a good sample, and there are far too many differences: A, E, H, R and S are all clearly different. And, that J looks way too fem. I'd vote for one of the women.12/18/2004 08:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger CHS|W|P|Thanks for not voting in this unfair poll. Nobody should. Our anonymous blog host has biased this poll by untrue statements he has made. While I wrote JOHN F KERRY on my ballot, the unfortunate person who wrote JOHN EWARDS made the same sort of unintended mistake that Walter Mondale had done orally when he misspoke in casting our delegation votes orally for Edwards and then correcting himself and saying Kerry. What we had written then was all that counted. I am proposing legislation to make sure this unintended mistake never happens again. Electors in the future should vote orally and then verify votes in writing. Verification of votes in November are also needed. Join Save Our Democracy to help achieve such reforms. Abolish the electoral college.12/14/2004 12:25:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|As of 2:15 p.m., 63% think Chandler "Harry" Stevens cast the ballot for John Edwards. Please compare the pictures below with the actual ballot on the next post and then cast your vote (you can only vote once per day). |W|P|110305643222023936|W|P|POLL UPDATE: WHICH DFL ELECTOR CAST THE EDWARDS BALLOT?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/14/2004 09:42:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Sonja Berg

Vi Grooms-Alban

Matthew Little

Michael Meuers

Tim O’Brien

Lil Ortendahl

Everett Pettiford

Jean Schiebel

Frank Simon

Chandler "Harry" Stevens

The pictures above are the actual Presidential Elector Oaths that were signed by each DFL elector before they cast their official ballot. Click on each picture for a larger view and match it up with the mystery ballot below.

|W|P|110304617529410896|W|P|MDE EXCLUSIVE: MATCH THE EDWARDS BALLOT WITH THE FAITHLESS ELECTOR (PICTURE OF BALLOT BELOW THIS POST FOR COMPARISON)|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/14/2004 08:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

This is the mystery ballot that was cast yesterday by a DFL elector.
The Pioneer Press contacted all of the electors and everyone claimed they voted for John Kerry.
Please note the spelling error on the ballot.
|W|P|110304356674991709|W|P|MDE EXCLUSIVE: WHICH DFL ELECTOR CAST THIS BALLOT?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com12/14/2004 06:55:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Vote for Edwards instead of Kerry shocks Minnesota electors Voting irregularities were few in Minnesota this year -- until it really counted. Defeated Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry likely is going to get one less electoral vote nationally than he should have -- 251 instead of 252 -- because of an apparent mistake Monday by one of Minnesota's 10 DFL electors. One of the 10 handwritten ballots cast for president carried the name of vice presidential candidate John Edwards (actually spelled "Ewards" on the ballot) rather than Kerry. "I was shocked ... this will go in the history books," said Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who presided over a ceremony that normally is uneventful. Kiffmeyer said she was unaware of any other such apparent mistake in Minnesota, although there have been cases in other states of "faithless electors" casting ballots for candidates other than those to which they were committed. There was stunned silence after the announcement that Edwards had gotten a vote for president, but none of the 10 electors volunteered that they voted for Edwards as a protest, nor did anyone step forward to admit an error. "It was perhaps a senior moment," said elector Michael Meuers, 60, a Bemidji marketing consultant for a health care firm, the second-youngest member of the Minnesota delegation to the Electoral College. Meuers said he was certain that the Edwards ballot wasn't his, but he noted that "both the candidates were named John, and the ballots looked pretty much alike." This year's DFL Party electors were typical -- senior party activists typically chosen for their long years of service. They ranged in age from 52 to 83. "These are not paid political professionals," said Bill Amberg, the DFL Party's communications director. "It was clear that everybody thought they had voted for Kerry, and all 10 of these folks were for Kerry during the pre-nomination period. There is no sign of protest." Kiffmeyer, a Republican and the state's chief election official, said that there apparently is nothing that can be done once the secret ballots are cast. "It's not that important, since we're not at a 269-to-269 tie in the electoral vote," said DFL Party Chair Mike Erlandson. "This isn't the biggest story in America today. It's the recount in Ohio [the crucial battleground state that helped carry the nation for President Bush] and the questions that so many people have over voting machines." Minnesota's electors typically cast their votes in the Governor's Reception Room at the State Capitol, and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Kiffmeyer appeared with them in the morning to thank them for their services. Several of them acknowledged that their duty was perhaps an archaic formality but that it was nevertheless a significant and solemn step in the process. "It's the symbolism of it, the fact that I am now representing the entire 4th Congressional District and the will of its majority," said elector Matthew Little of Maplewood, an 83-year-old activist and a longtime Minnesota civil rights leader. Little, born and reared in North Carolina, came to Minnesota in 1948, the year Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey, then running for the U.S. Senate, delivered a historic civil rights speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Little later became the top official of the Minnesota NAACP. Although the electors expressed regret that Kerry did not win nationally, most of them also said they took pleasure in casting the votes that keep Minnesota in the Democratic column for the eighth straight presidential election, the longest Democratic streak of any state. Source: Star Tribune, December 14, 2004 |W|P|110303680662257851|W|P|UPDATE: MINNESOTA ELECTOR CASTS BALLOT FOR JOHN EDWARDS OVER JOHN KERRY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com