I will remind my critics that Democrats in Minnesota and across the country have a long history of buying the domain names of GOP elected officials, private citizens, and candidates for political tomfoolery. My intentions were mild in comparison.
Admittedly, my objective may have been a little self serving, but it was hardly nefarious. My modest marketing plan was to ensure that citizens seeking information on Amy Klobachar, Patty Wetterling, or Mike Hatch receive the opportunity to hear the other side of the story at Minnesota Democrats Exposed. I purchased these domain names with personal money and I have no intention of ever selling them to anyone for financial or political profit. By design, my blog is dedicated to a truthful discussion on the activities, statements, and tactics of Minnesota Democrats. I encourage people to visit the websites of Minnesota Democrats by providing links to their websites from MDE. I think voters deserve to hear from both parties – which is why I am actively promoting my website as a factual alternative source of information on Minnesota politics. On a final note, the media is likely to criticize my blog for being published anonymously. I expect my fellow bloggers across the political spectrum will share my defense of our right to post "free speech" with as much or as little personal publicity as we choose. Further, the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently ruled that anonymous and pseudonymous speech is fully protected by the First Amendment. The 1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission reads: Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical, minority views . . . Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society. I look forward to seeing the upcoming aticle and to the increased hits it is sure to deliver to my blog. Ironically, their coverage may do far more to promote MDE than a handful of candidate web domains ever will. Thanks for taking time in advance to read the real story.|W|P|110962746517092779|W|P|MY EXERCISE OF FREE SPEECH|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch told DFL activits in Bemidji yesterday that issues such as fighting the rise of teen smoking by banning candy-flavored cigarettes "sound good, th[e]y get a great sound bite, but they’re meaningless.” Source: Bemidji Pioneer, February 22, 2005. [Registration required] Meaningless? Hatch was undoubtedly responding to the actions of Governor Tim Pawlenty who proposed legislation that would make Minnesota the first state to ban the sale of specialty and candy flavored cigarettes. According to Governor Pawlenty's website: "Flavored cigarettes pose a particular risk because they have been shown to appeal to teens. Preliminary data from the National Youth Smoking Cessation Survey found a strong correlation between age and use of flavored tobacco. Nationally, 24 percent of 16 and 17-year-olds and 17 percent of 18 and 19-year-olds reported using flavored cigarettes in the previous month. The number of adults who had tried these products was significantly less -- only 9.4 percent of adults age 25-44 had tried flavored cigarettes and only 3.8 percent of adults 45 and older had tried them. Within the past year, cigarette manufacturers have begun selling these specialty and candy flavored cigarettes. Types of cigarettes impacted by Governor Pawlenty's proposed ban would include R.J. Reynolds products such as 'Kauai Kolada,' 'Twista Lime,' 'Winter Warm Toffee' and 'Winter MochaMint' and Brown & Williamson flavored versions of Kool cigarettes such as 'Caribbean Chill,' 'Midnight Berry,' 'Mocha Taboo' and 'Mintrigue.'" The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said "RJR's candy-flavored cigarettes are the latest evidence that the tobacco companies have not changed and continue to market in ways that appeal to kids." But according to Hatch, banning specialty and candy-flavored cigarettes is "meaningless."
While Amy Klobuchar and Mike Ciresi have empty websites, Congressman Mark Kennedy is again showing signs of a well organized campaign by having a functioning website more than 20 months before the election.|W|P|110887690906180975|W|P|CAMPAIGN WEBSITES: KENNEDY FOR U.S. SENATE IS UP AND RUNNING|W|Pemail@example.com
State Representative Jeff Johnson announced today that he is running for attorney general. Mike Hatch will need to decide if he is running for re-election knowing the GOP will be endorsing a qualifed, articulate, and respected attorney and legislator. "The attorney general's office should not be about partisanship and political advancement as it has been for the past six years. I'm running for attorney general because I want to be attorney general, not because I want to be governor or some other higher position down the road. I intend to return this position to its proud Minnesota tradition of being about the practice of law and not the practice of politics, about getting results and not getting headlines." Source: Jeff Johnson for Attorney General Click here to read Johnson's press releases announcing his candidacy.|W|P|110848165275768315|W|P|JEFF JOHNSON ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org
"Buck Humphrey, the grandson of former vice president and senator Hubert H. Humphrey, had given thought to running, but on Monday he withdrew his name from consideration." Source: Associated Press, February 14, 2004
WHO'S OUT? Mark Dayton Walter Mondale Mike Hatch Matt Entenza Al Franken Collin Peterson Bill Luther Buck Humphrey WHO'S IN? (or who has not ruled it out) Mark Rotenberg Patty Wetterling Tom Rukavina Jerry Janezich Betty McCollum Amy Klobuchar Mike Ciresi Steve Kelley Dean Johnson ## Grandson of former senator Humphrey won't run in 2006, MN There won't be a Humphrey in Minnesota's race for U.S. Senate in 2006. Buck Humphrey, the grandson of former vice president and senator Hubert H. Humphrey, had given thought to running, but on Monday he withdrew his name from consideration. He was among several Democrats to express an interest in the race last week after incumbent DFL Sen. Mark Dayton announced he wouldn't seek a second term. The 35-year-old Humphrey said the time wasn't right for a run.''I don't think it works on a political level or, most importantly, on a family level,'' he said. He didn't rule out running for the Senate in the future. Humphrey's grandfather served in the Senate for nearly a quarter century. When he died in 1978, his wife Muriel finished his term. Skip Humphrey, Buck's father, ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 1988. Democrats still weighing campaigns include: Minneapolis lawyer Mike Ciresi, Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, former U.S. Rep. Bill Luther, outgoing DFL Chairman Mike Erlandson, Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, former public development official Rebecca Yanisch, former state Sen. Jerry Janezich, University of Minnesota general counsel Mark Rotenberg and children's advocate Patty Wetterling. U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy and former Sen. Rod Grams said last week that they would seek the Republican nomination. They might be joined in the GOP race by U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht and Minnesota House Majority Leader Erik Paulsen. Source: Associated Press, February 14, 2005|W|P|110840027274089506|W|P|WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT? #11|W|Pemail@example.com