3/25/2005 07:41:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
This is a picture of Otto's press conference. How many people actually attended?
According to Rebecce Otto, "about 50" people attended her press conference on Wednesday:
"This morning, March 23, 2005, at 11 am, surrounded by about 50 friends, family and supporters, I held a press conference with the Capitol press corps to announce my candidacy for State Auditor in 2006." Source: Otto for Auditor email
I was sent this picture by someone who attended the press conference and it sure doesn't look like "about 50" people were in attendence.
Is Otto, a candidate for state auditor, already fudging the numbers?
If so, by how much? It looks like about 35 people actually attended. |W|P|111176526893300565|W|P|IS OTTO ALREADY FUDGING THE NUMBERS?|W|Pemail@example.com/24/2005 11:22:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|GOP Demands Otto Remove Potentially Illegal Campaign Material
The Republican Party of Minnesota raised questions yesterday about the campaign website of state auditor candidate Rebecca Otto. Otto’s auditor campaign website, www.ottoforauditor.com, actually displays Otto’s website for her house of representative campaign. According to Otto’s auditor website, it was “prepared and paid for by Otto for House…”
Since this website clearly benefits Otto’s campaign for state auditor and because her House of Representatives campaign is not in the process of being dissolved this could constitute a violation of Minn. Stat. § 10A.27, subd. 2(9) paragraph (a) which states:
(a) A candidate or the treasurer of a candidate’s principal campaign committee must not accept a contribution from another candidate’s principal campaign committee or from any other committee bearing the contributing candidate’s name or title or otherwise authorized by the contributing candidate, unless the contributing candidate’s principal campaign committee is being dissolved.
“One would think that a candidate who was indicted for distributing false campaign literature would want to start a new campaign by following Minnesota’s election laws,” said Republican Party of Minnesota Executive Director Corey Miltimore. “It appears that from day one of her campaign for the office of state auditor, Rebecca Otto is violating the law,” added Miltimore.
In 2003, than DFL State Representative Rebecca Otto and her husband and campaign manager, Shawn Otto, were indicted for distributing false campaign material during her special election. Otto’s campaign disseminated a piece of campaign literature that erroneously claimed her Republican opponent, Matt Dean, “put his own children in private school.” Dean, who defeated Otto in 2004, actually had one child who was attending a public school and another child scheduled to start kindergarten.
The charges against the Ottos were later dismissed because the presiding judge had concerns about the constitutionality of a portion of the state campaign ethics laws.
“Rebecca Otto should immediately remove the potentially illegal material from her auditor website, which appears to have already received over 11,000 hits, and start her campaign within the boundaries of Minnesota’s elections laws,” concluded Miltimore. Source: Republican Party of Minnesota, March 24, 2005|W|P|111169251800991602|W|P|FORMER INDICTED LEGISLATOR STARTS NEW CAMPAIGN BY IGNORING ELECTION LAWS|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/24/2005 09:09:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"I was stunned to see a DFL caucus vote to cut education. It's very odd to us. I don't think it advances the ball at all. It's kind of a sideshow." Governor Tim Pawlenty, Source: Star Tribune, March 24, 2005|W|P|111168439999718519|W|P|PAWLENTY CALLS DFL BUDGET VOTE "SIDESHOW"|W|Pemail@example.com/24/2005 07:06:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is a foolish attempt by a Wellstone supporter to try and portray themself as a Republican concerned about our endorsement process:
Let Minnesota's process work
The anger that Rod Grams has expressed over Mark Kennedy's pre-selection as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006 is justified. I hope a lot more people get angry because the "kingmaker" method of choosing candidates is a danger to democracy.
Minnesota has an effective grass-roots system in place for selecting candidates. Political leaders should be making every effort to see that the system works. Rubber-stamping someone whose voting record pleases Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and political strategist Karl Rove is not what the endorsement process was intended to be.
Larry J. Peterson, Minneapolis.
Source: Star Tribune, March 23, 2005
Larry's contribution history:
PETERSON, LARRY J
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55401
GITTLEMAN MANAGEMENT CORP
PETERSON, LARRY J
GITTLEMAN MANAGEMENT CORP
|W|P|111167852092607078|W|P|NICE TRY LARRY|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/29/2005 08:46:00 AM|W|P|Swiftee|W|P|Kingmakers eh? Rubber-stampers you say? Democracy is in peril?
Evidently Larry (a product of Twin Cities public schools no doubt) never heard of Boss Tweed, Richard J. Daly, the AFL-CIO, the NEA, the Kennedy clan & etc.3/23/2005 10:23:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board just dismissed three complaints that DFLers filed against Governor Tim Pawlenty, Lt. Govenor Carol Molnau and Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Eibensteiner.
It's another tough day for the DFL.|W|P|111160258792103784|W|P|BREAKING NEWS: CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD DISMISSES THREE DFL COMPLAINTS|W|Pemail@example.com/23/2005 12:16:00 PM|W|P|Michael M|W|P|You neglected to mention the Campaign Disclosure board today fined two Republican candidates for violating MN campaign laws. They took money from a company called "L & M Holding Company" which like yourself is mostly anonymous. Its publicly available filing with the MN Secretary of State's office lists no address or officers.3/23/2005 07:18:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Although the Senate DFL will try again today to pass their proposal, yesterday's effort was a complete bust:
"After meeting in a closed-door caucus, Democratic-Farmer-Labor leaders in the Senate on Tuesday postponed a vote on a controversial $466 million deficit-reduction plan.
'There were still questions that caucus members had about the clarity and the intent,' said Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar.
With Sen. Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins, planning to vote against the plan, it was not clear that the Democratic majority could have mustered the bare minimum 34 votes needed to pass two deficit bills on Tuesday." Source: Pioneer Press, March 23, 2005|W|P|111159139239331198|W|P|DFL LOSES FIRST ROUND OF BUDGET GAMES|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/23/2005 05:54:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I was just informed that former DFL State Representative Rebecca Otto is running for State Auditor.
Otto has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. to announce her next run for political office.
|W|P|111158630213825842|W|P|UPDATE: WHAT IS OTTO DOING?|W|Pemail@example.com/22/2005 01:55:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The only incumbent DFL legislator to lose re-election in 2004, Rebecca Otto, has reserved the front steps of the State Capitol for tomorrow to make a major political announcement.
Stay tuned for further developments.|W|P|111152873548901640|W|P|WHAT IS OTTO DOING?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/22/2005 08:19:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|According to State Senator Steve Kelley "we have to stand up for some standard of civility between the branches of government." This horrible quote from Senator David Tomassoni certainly doesn't meet Kelley's "civility" standard:
"Think about this," said Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm. "They are going absolutely wild about this woman in Florida who is being taken off life support but saying nothing about the governor's proposal to kick 6,000 people, who could potentially die as a result of it, off health care." Source: Duluth-News Tribune, March 22, 2005|W|P|111150865978308301|W|P|THE KELLEY STANDARD OF CIVILITY #2|W|Pemail@example.com/22/2005 07:26:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Senator Larry Pogemiller and Senator Dean Johnson have once again shown their true colors by proposing legislative budget gimmicks rather than substantive budget solutions.
The Minnesota Senate is scheduled to vote on the DFL's "proposal" later today.
Below is reaction to their plan.
"[Governor] Pawlenty's chief of staff, Dan McElroy, said the governor considered the plan 'bizarre' and 'not credible.'" Source: Star Tribune, March 22, 2005
"What happened today is the beginning of political game-playing...This is probably the foundation for gridlock. The public should be cynical about what's about to happen." Source: Senator Tom Neuville, Star Tribune, March 22, 2005
"Former Democratic congressman Tim Penny, who was hosting a leadership seminar at the State Capitol on Monday, said he considered the DFL move 'a tactic' that might be less than sincere..." Source: Senator Tom Neuville, Star Tribune, March 22, 2005
"Even within the Senate DFL caucus, there were reservations about the new approach to budget-planning.
'I'm frustrated that we're just talking about balancing the budget instead of our positive goals of funding education,' said Sen. Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins, a majority whip who also leads the Senate Education Committee." Source: Star Tribune, March 22, 2005|W|P|111150673798886034|W|P|DFL BUDGET GAMES BEGIN|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/21/2005 02:05:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I spoke to a member of DFL State Central Committee today about the race to replace DFL Party chair Mike Erlandson. I was informed that a heated debate is currently being waged over whether the incoming chair will serve in a volunteer capacity or be compensated by the DFL.
Erlandson is not paid to be lead the DFL, but at least one of the three candidates hoping to replace Erlandson would like to get a paycheck.|W|P|111144454566784786|W|P|DFL INFIGHTING OVER CHAIR COMPENSATION|W|Pemail@example.com/21/2005 04:45:00 PM|W|P|Tony|W|P|My guess is that it is Betty Folliard that wants a paycheck. I remember when she was a legislator in Hopkins she claimed per diem for something like 200 days per year. When asked about it she said she need the extra money to make ends meet.
My assessment of the race is here.3/21/2005 09:31:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Yesterday, I posted that I can only do so much "exposing" on my blog. I want people to read first-hand what the DFL and other liberal bloggers actually think and espouse.
So this is my offer to Amy Klobuchar's campaign:
I will point www.amyklobucharforussenate.com to www.amyklobuchar.com IF Klobuchar's campaign will post a link on the front page of her campaign website to Minnesota Democrats Exposed. My blog already provides a link to Klobuchar's website.
This is a fair compromise and is consistent with my previous statements that my goal 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.
If Klobuchar's campaign is interested with my offer, they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or they can post a link on Klobuchar's website to Minnesota Democrats Exposed.|W|P|111142731715325051|W|P|THE BLOGGER COMPROMISE|W|Pemail@example.com/16/2005 08:37:00 PM|W|P|Andy Smith|W|P|The Klobuchar campaign making a deal with you regarding links simply makes no sense. What are you trying to expose, there is nothing to hide. If you're serious about this, why don't you expose your own identity?3/20/2005 06:03:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I find it so perplexing that DFLers claim I am trying to confuse voters by redirecting people to my blog.
Before any of you liberal bloggers start bombarding my site or email inbox with your hateful comments and threats, remember this:
Aside from linking to liberal blogs, I provide links to DFL party and DFL candidate websites. I may be the only conservative blogger to link to the websites of the candidates for DFL Party chair. In fact, I am unaware of any liberal bloggers that link to their websites.
I can only do so much "exposing" on my blog. I want people to read first-hand what the DFL and other liberal bloggers actually think and espouse.
I will make this offer to any DFL candidate for any office:
Send me a link to your website and I will post a link on my blog.
I ask my liberal friends to find a liberal blogger willing to do the same.
MDE |W|P|111132888862775223|W|P|WHO'S TRYING TO CONFUSE?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/20/2005 05:51:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|C'mon Amy, I am not trying to confuse anyone. I posted a link to your campaign website on Friday afternoon.
Critic uses DFLers' names for Web sites
Klobuchar, Wetterling, Hatch affected
Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, considering a run for the U.S. Senate, says an Internet blogger has hijacked her name to confuse voters.
Klobuchar's official Web site, www.amyklobuchar.com, was announced Friday. But the DFLer worried Saturday that some people typing in www.amy klobucharforussenate.com instead were finding themselves automatically redirected to a site critical of Minnesota Democrats.
Variations of the names of other potential Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Minnesota candidates, including Attorney General Mike Hatch for governor and child safety advocate Patty Wetterling for U.S. Senate, also lead to the Minnesota Democrats Exposed site at http://www.minnesotademocratsexposed.blogspot.com
"I think it's unfortunate," Klobuchar said. "Eighteen months (before the election) seems a little early for dirty tricks."
The prosecutor expressed her concern after reading a Saturday Pioneer Press article about her campaign Web site used the phrase "Amy Klobuchar for U.S. Senate" in quotation marks. She said felt some readers would end up at the blogger's Web site instead of hers.
The person behind the Minnesota Democrats Exposed has taken steps to remain anonymous and declined an e-mail request for comment Saturday, referring instead to an earlier posting on the Web log:
"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."
Minnesota Republican Party chairman Corey Miltimore said his party has no affiliation with the site. Though it has occurred in years past, Miltimore said he isn't aware of Republican candidates being similarly stricken.
In a twist, a supporter of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has bought www.pawlentyfor president.com and www. pawlentyforpresident.net.
Meanwhile, the text at www.klobuchar.org says the Web site isn't affiliated with Klobuchar's campaign, but that its owner plans to donate the domain to the campaign as soon as possible. Source: Pioneer Press, March 20, 2005|W|P|111132716760864017|W|P|PIONEER PRESS REPORTS ON MY SPENDING SPREE|W|Pemail@example.com/20/2005 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Toni|W|P|I think this whole whining and gnashing of teeth by the Democrats and Strib about the website names you had the forsight to purchase is hysterically funny. Good grief, they should just shut up about it and make a joke or stop with the histrionics. Nobody cares.3/21/2005 01:57:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Good call Toni8/17/2005 11:59:00 AM|W|P|Shark.bait|W|P|What a bunch of whiners these DFLer are!!!
The more they complain about you, the more people will read and become educated by your blog.
Keep up the good work!!!1/06/2006 12:09:00 AM|W|P|Mad Yank|W|P|Good move! Love it! Thank God for free speech!3/19/2005 07:23:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Have I told you I love DFL infightng?
"[Mike] Ciresi said he thinks Klobuchar and Wetterling are racing to make a good showing before April 15, the next deadline for filing federal campaign finance reports.
"I need to get a lot of things in order, but I'm very serious about looking at it and my timetable is not going to be dictated by what Patty and Amy do,' he said. He added that he will make his decision soon." Source: Star Tribune, March 19, 2005|W|P|111124611007264577|W|P|CIRESI v. WETTERLING v. KLOBUCHAR|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/18/2005 02:01:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Amy Klobuchar unveiled her website today and she lists a large number of DFL endorsements.
Patty Wetterling has a shamrock on her website.|W|P|111118355888903819|W|P|KLOBUCHAR v. WETTERLING|W|Pemail@example.com/18/2005 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The left is a tolerant bunch:
so your the asshole who did that? good going fucknut. fucking prick|W|P|111118109789958251|W|P|DO YOU KISS YOUR MOTHER WITH THAT MOUTH?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/18/2005 03:23:00 PM|W|P|Steviewonderbread|W|P|this isn't about anyone's mother you asshole!!!!!!!!!!!
what a fuckin moron you are!!!!!!
your still a prick.
face the facts you and your wing-nut republicans are the equivalent of nazis from the 1930's. Disguised to look good to the masses, but deep down hate-mongering jackasses with a stick up your ass.3/18/2005 08:08:00 PM|W|P|Steviewonderbread|W|P|Isn't it the pot calling the kettle black when you make a sacastic comment when you say "the left is a tolerant bunch" ever hear of gay bashing? who does that? you guys!!!!! duh!!
tolerant bunch huh?
who hates the poor? or anyone different from them. REPUBLICANS DO
Watch it with the hypocrtical comments asshole.......3/18/2005 09:32:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Stevie:
Relax kitten, it's going to be OK.
I'm sure your mother is a very nice person.3/19/2005 10:47:00 PM|W|P|Steviewonderbread|W|P|"Relax kitten"? are you gay or something? fuckin weirdo3/21/2005 06:01:00 AM|W|P|Swiftee|W|P|ROTFLMAO!3/21/2005 09:13:00 AM|W|P|Jennifer|W|P|I would like to thank steviewonderbread for making MDE's point yet again. Perhaps you are slightly confused about what he is trying to say. He's not suggesting that you ARE tolerant, that was sarcasm.
I'm certain that the point of my comment here will not be lost on those of us who have a clue. But for the rest of you, the reason stevewonderbread's comment is interesting to me, is that he clearly doesn't understand what it means to be a hypocrite. He is certain that all Republicans are like Nazis. Nazis were homophobic, as everyone knows. But he then assumes that MDE is gay because he used the word "kitten." He then proceeds to call him weird because he is gay, as if it were some kind of insult. Here’s a hint, in this progressive and tolerant world where I live, gay people are not weird.
Sigh... I guess "duh" would be more appropriately directed at steverwonderbread rather than to MDE.3/18/2005 08:29:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Maybe the DFL should buy a map of Minnesota's congressional districts:
"the Red Wing Republican Eagle, another daily paper in Gutknecht's district..." Source: DFL Dispatch, March 18, 2005
Red Wing is not in the 1st Congressional District.
|W|P|111116378960287480|W|P|DUMMIES...|W|Pemail@example.com/18/2005 08:27:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Click here and you will find the bracket of 64 Notable Republicans for the GOP Nomination in 2008
Governor Pawlenty is a #3 seed, and voting is today for his bracket.
VOTE PAWLENTY!|W|P|111116330668655292|W|P|THE FIRST ANNUAL PRESIDENTIAL MARCH MADNESS|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/18/2005 07:27:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I love DFL infighting.
Wetterling raising money for U.S. Senate campaign
DFLer Patty Wetterling has sent a fund-raising letter to supporters that says she needs help to make her dream of becoming a U.S. Senator a reality.
Party chairman Mike Erlandson told KSTP-TV that the letter was clearly an early indication that Wetterling is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton, who has announced he will not run for re-election next year.
Erlandson said it's too early to call Wetterling the favorite for the DFL nomination.
Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar also said she's moving ahead with fund-raising for a Senate bid. She told the television station that Wetterling's entry into the race doesn't change her plans.
Mark Rotenberg, the chief lawyer at the University of Minnesota, has formed an exploratory committee for a possible run.
Other potential DFL candidates include Minneapolis attorney Mike Ciresi, state Rep. Tom Rukavina and former state Sen. Jerry Janezich.
Wetterling lost in her congressional bid to unseat Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy in November.
Kennedy has announced his decision to run for the Senate and has drawn some strong support within the Republican Party.
Former Sen. Rod Grams also is a candidate for the Republican nomination. Source: Associated Press, March 18, 2005|W|P|111116011118076862|W|P|ERLANDSON: TOO EARLY TO CALL WETTERLING THE FAVORATE|W|Pemail@example.com/17/2005 06:51:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I just received this e-mail from Wetterling's campaign.
I am a person of faith, hope and belief in the future of this state and country.
Throughout my life, I have channeled my energy into helping others. I have been a school teacher, family business owner, child advocate, community safety trainer and now want to be a citizen legislator.
When Senator Mark Dayton decided not to run again, I began receiving encouragement from friends, family, neighbors, and real people across the state of Minnesota and our country to run for the U.S. Senate. After much consideration, I feel it is my duty to actively explore this opportunity to serve.
I am not a professional politician and I am proud of that. I have no personal agenda but instead seek to be a truth-teller and a voice for the people of Minnesota. I will bring my passion and fighting spirit to issues that affect our state.
I have no illusions that the next 19 months will be easy. I've been through it. I know what it's like to be in a high profile national race. If there's one thing people know about me, it's that I'm tough, I'm persistent and I will stay true to my beliefs. I believe I am the best person to ensure we keep this seat!
In fact, see what the Mellman group, a national Democratic polling firm, found in their recent poll:
"Wetterling would begin the race in a stronger position than other potential Democratic candidates. She has the highest favorable rating of any potential candidate on either side of the aisle and is the only candidate who is well known and well liked statewide. She is also the only Democrat who leads among key swing constituencies."
Thousands of you were engaged in the last election, fighting for change. I am so grateful to the people of Minnesota who have carried me through so much and today I need you once again.
A donation of $2000, $1000, $500, $100, $50 or $35 is crucial to my efforts to launch a successful campaign.
I am counting on you to contribute money to help get my campaign set up and spread the word to your friends and family to also lend support. In the Senate, know that I will be Minnesota's tenacious fighter.
I am committed, I never give up, and I know that with your help, we can put together a strong, top-notch team and build the strongest grassroots, volunteer-driven campaign in the country. Please give whatever you can today!
I hope I can count on you. Thanks for your support!
P.S. The United States Senate is a unique opportunity to continue my work as an effective community safety expert and an advocate for families. I would be honored to represent you and be your voice for Minnesota values in the U.S. Senate.
Together, we can and will make a difference! Please join me and contribute to my campaign today!
Send Patty luck on St. Patty's Day! Click here to make a donation to her campaign then check out her website (http://www.pattywetterling.com/) to watch the shamrock get filled in as we raise $20,000 by the end of the week!
Paid for by Wetterling for Senate - www.pattywetterling.com (http://www.pattywetterling.com/)Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3985, Minneapolis, MN 55403Contributions to Wetterling for Senate are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes.
Patty Wetterling for Senate PO Box 3985 Minneapolis, MN 55403|W|P|111111444743213974|W|P|IT LOOKS LIKE WETTERLING IS RUNNING|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/17/2005 03:49:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Ellen Anderson must be worried about the 70 mile per hour parades held in her district.
How can she be against candy be thrown in parades?
"So much for short and sweet.
Sen. Mike Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, thought the Senate would make quick work of his bill allowing politicians to hand out candy at parades without violating bribery laws. The proposal
was deemed so mundane that it was on the 'consent calendar,' which is usually reserved for items with broad support.
That wasn't the case Thursday as a few senators raised questions about the possibility of other items being handed out and whether it would put children in danger.
The bill applies to gifts of 'nominal' value, but Sen. Tom Neuville, R-Northfield, was uncomfortable with the vagueness. 'Could someone give away cans of pop at a parade?
Would that be nominal?' he asked rhetorically.
Sen. Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul, raised the safety concerns.
'This bill doesn't really get at the issue of whether or not it's a good idea or bad idea to throw stuff out of cars,' she said. 'Kids lining the route shouldn't be enticed to run out in the street when there are moving cars,' she said.
Sen. Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis, came to Jungbauer's defense.
'If your parade has regulations about whether throwing candy is legal or not legal, this does not let you skirt around those regulations,' she said.
The candy debate is likely to resume later this year". Source: Associated Press, March 17, 2005|W|P|111110402804079019|W|P|HOW CAN YOU BE AGAINST CANDY BEING THROWN IN PARADES?|W|Pemail@example.com/17/2005 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have added new links to the candidate's websites.|W|P|111109945852669026|W|P|UPDATE: WHO WILL LEAD THE DFL?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/17/2005 02:29:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have added new links to the candidate's websites.|W|P|111109879957837338|W|P|UPDATE: WHO WILL LEAD THE DFL?|W|Pemail@example.com/17/2005 09:10:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Our View: Rukavina's Internet tirade is a truly phone-y issue
Lawmaker needs to get his numbers straight before worrying about where Pawlenty links
The next time state Rep. Tom Rukavina makes a fuss over someone's supposed campaign impropriety, he might want to call home first.
Or for convenience's sake, the Iron Range DFLer could call his campaign committee's phone, which is the same number as his home phone in Virginia, as well as the local listing under "Minnesota State Government Offices, State Legislature, House Of Representatives, District 5A."
Before anyone says, "So what?" know that it was Rukavina who brought up the issue in the first place, with his tirade against Gov. Tim Pawlenty for having the audacity to link his campaign Web sites (www.pawlenty2006.com and others) to the taxpayer-funded official governor's site.
"I think it's totally inappropriate to have a political site punching you directly into the governor's Web site," Rukavina railed at a news conference he called about the outrage Tuesday. "If it isn't illegal, it should be."
For his part, let's hope it isn't, because if it is, party stalwart Rukavina is going to have a tough time making a citizen's arrest of U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, the Democratic dean whose campaign site also links to an official page. And ditto for Republican Minnesota Congressman Jim Ramstad, whose campaign offers Internet links not only to the U.S. House but to the White House and CIA as well (we know that Web address was real because it kicked us off).
But back to Rukavina, who was so confident in his last campaign that he didn't bother with a Web site. He did file campaign papers, however, and listed the campaign phone number that doubles as his official district line.
So is that illegal?
"That's a good question," said Kent Kaiser, a spokesman for Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, adding that he wasn't sure, but "our secretary certainly wouldn't do that."
Jean Olson of the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board also couldn't immediately address its legality but said the dual listing probably was "reportable."
"The question is, 'Is that an appropriate use of state resources?' " she said.
nd that's a really good question, because regardless of who's paying the phone bill, how exactly does Rukavina keep his campaign business separate from the state's when somebody calls to donate $500?
Maybe it's time for him to get a party line -- or better yet, stop spouting one over trivialities. Source: Duluth News-Tribune, March 17, 2005|W|P|111107953810145697|W|P|RUKAVINA'S PHONE-Y ISSUE|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/16/2005 02:17:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|DFL House Minority Leader Matt Entenza called Governor Pawlenty "Governor Las Vegas" for his proposal for a metro-area casino, but now members of his own caucus are pushing for the expansion of gambling.
DFL Representative Tommy "Tiny Elvis" Rukavina wants slot machines in bars:
"In the latest bid to use gambling wagers to pay state expenses, legislators Wednesday proposed putting slot machines in thousands of Minnesota taverns." Source: Star Tribune, March 16, 2005|W|P|111101225350842182|W|P|TOMMY "TINY ELVIS" RUKAVINA|W|Pemail@example.com/16/2005 06:46:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is why DFL House members don't want to go to Grand Rapids to discuss gay marriage:
"A poll conducted for an offshoot of the Minnesota Family Council showed that 65 percent of Minnesotans surveyed oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in the state and nearly that percentage would support a constitutional ban on such unions.
The highest level of opposition was among Republicans, with 92 percent saying they oppose same-sex marriages in Minnesota, compared with 42 percent of DFLers and 63 percent of independents." Source: Star Tribune, March 16, 2005 |W|P|111098463848997827|W|P|65% OF MINNESOTANS OPPOSE SAME-SEX MARRIAGES|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/16/2005 09:23:00 PM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|Polling for Tom Prichard's MFC as a client - hardly an unbiassed poll. It depends on how the question is worded.
The Bachmann amendment not only bans gay marriages - but also stops gays from protecting their relationships in any way - interferes with inheritance rights and hospital visitation.3/17/2005 10:11:00 PM|W|P|Swiftee|W|P|"Polling for Tom Prichard's MFC as a client - hardly an unbiassed poll."
Excellent point. Surely that poll cannot be judged as any kind of a reliable barometer of public sentiment...
..so I'm sure that no one will have any qualms about putting the matter to final rest by giving the public the opportunity to prove Mr. Prichard's group wrong.
"..stops gays from protecting their relationships in any way"
Huh. I must have missed the clauses that invalidate US contract law and living wills in my first reading.3/15/2005 06:23:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Oh...a general dessert reception. Now I get it.|W|P|111093994298854442|W|P|UPDATE: WHAT IS A GENERAL DESERT RECEPTION?|W|Pemail@example.com/15/2005 01:42:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|According to the DFL House Caucus' campaign website, you can buy tickets for an Al Franken general desert reception to be held on June 11.|W|P|111092440799583046|W|P|WHAT IS A GENERAL DESERT RECEPTION?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/15/2005 06:36:00 PM|W|P|Patrick|W|P|Haven't you ever had a delicious cactus stew for dinner? You're missing out!3/15/2005 10:34:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|DFL Representative Tommy Rukavina had a press conference this morning to criticize Governor Tim Pawlenty for what Rukavina considers to be the governor's use of state taxpayer money for political purposes.
What's Rukavina angry about? He is upset because Pawlenty's campaign website points to his official website.
It seems that Rukavina has a little level of tolerance for Republicans. |W|P|111091167996263525|W|P|LITTLE LEVEL OF TOLERANCE|W|Pemail@example.com/15/2005 08:09:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|If you have some free time and need to fill your protest requirement to graduate, you are in luck.
SEAL HUNT PROTEST
The Green Party of Minnesota and other groups will participate in protest against annual seal hunt in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
March 15. 12 p.m.
Location: Canadian Consulate, 701 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis
Contacts: Minnesota Green Party, (651) 871-4585
The Iraq Peace Action Coalition sponsors anti-war protest.
March 19. 1:30 p.m.
Location: Loring Park, Minneapolis
Contacts: Anti-War Committee, (612) 379-3899|W|P|111090347771818872|W|P|IT MUST BE PROTEST WEEK|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/14/2005 02:34:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This email was forwarded to me by a DFLer.
Dear Fellow Minnesotan,
I'm Josh Syrjamaki, and I want to be your next DFL Party Chair. I'm writing to introduce myself and my vision for the DFL, and to ask for your help.
As Party Chair, I will work full time to build the party, win elections, and make sure common-sense DFL values are Minnesota's values. I will use my experience to run our party like a successful grassroots campaign: building the base, supporting local DFL leaders, reaching out to new people, and bringing discipline and daily accountability to our party.
Click here to visit our campaign website and to read my regularly updated blog.I was born on the Iron Range, went to high school in Duluth, graduated from the University of Minnesota, and now live in Bloomington. For 11 years I worked for Senator Paul Wellstone organizing people across Minnesota, and was his deputy campaign manager in 2002.
Currently I work for the Steelworkers union organizing regular people in five presidential battleground states to take on President Bush's failed economic policies.I have spent my entire adult life working in the DFL and with DFL constituencies across this state. As DFL Party Chair, we will work together to:
- Organize the grassroots statewide and build winning coalitions.We will leave no Minnesotan behind, and will take no vote for granted.
- Build our party infrastructure. Like everyone, I was thrilled when my 2004 precinct caucus - in the suburb of Bloomington - was filled to bursting. We will invite all who share our goals to make our party their home.
- Sharpen our message. We will consistently and creatively promote our vision for a better Minnesota.
While only DFL State Central Committee members vote for party chair on May 21st, I ask you to join my campaign to take back Minnesota. E-mail your thoughts and concerns to Josh@JoshForChair.org and fill out the volunteer/support form online.
Together we can build a stronger DFL for a better Minnesota.--Josh|W|P|111083998521394938|W|P|JOSH WHO?|W|Pemail@example.com/14/2005 12:18:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"To say that I'm an extremist and the picture of somebody coming to the party where they have a... somebody in a dancing tutu... what has that go to do with my voting record? It's all about me then. And to the point that it actually made my wife physically and emotionally sick," Source: Former GOP State Representative Jim Rhodes commenting on a DFL ad, MPR, March 14, 2005|W|P|111083185637005548|W|P|DFL NEGATIVE ADS MAKE SOME SICK|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/14/2005 10:18:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"If the environment isn't for the common good, then maybe we don't have any common good that, as a society, we should pay for,..." Source: DFL State Representative Melissa Hortman, Associated Press, March 14, 2005 |W|P|111082447050433533|W|P|NO COMMON GOOD?|W|Pemail@example.com/15/2005 07:00:00 AM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|Come on, you and I and everyone else knows she is being coy to make her point. To have this followed by the Jim Rhodes piece about taking things out of context is the pot calling the kettle black. Either take the high road and agree with Mr. Rhodes, or pull stunts like this. But please choose one or the other. Anyone can find any elected official saying something like this when they are trying to make a point by being coy. Lets agree not to go jumping all over it when it does. Otherwise, they show up in pieces like the ones Mr. Rhodes is complaining about. I suggest we choose to be a part of the solution.3/11/2005 08:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|FEC May Exempt Bloggers
Possible Regulations Create Furor on Internet
Amid a growing hysteria sweeping the Internet over the idea that the Federal Election Commission intends to crack down on bloggers, some FEC officials say they are open to creating an exemption for those who maintain Web logs to ensure they are in no danger of being caught up in the agency’s regulatory framework.
"People have images in their minds that the FEC has black helicopters ready to sweep down on people sitting in their pajamas at their computers. I assure you, we have no intention" of doing anything like that, said Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat who sits on the commission.
Weintraub said in an interview Wednesday that she’s been doing her utmost to calm the tattered nerves of those who fear that the FEC’s upcoming plans to conform campaign finance regulations to a recent judicial ruling would wreak havoc on political bloggers.
The uproar occurred following the publication last week of an interview with Republican Commissioner Brad Smith on CNET News.com, a Web site that covers technology-related issues.
In that interview, Smith warned that because of a judicially mandated ruling related to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act "it’s very likely that the Internet is going to be regulated" by the FEC unless "Congress is willing to stand up and say, ‘Keep your hands off of this, and we’ll change the statute to make it clear.'"
Smith suggested the agency could begin targeting such activities as "any decision by an individual to put a link [to a political candidate] on their home page, set up a blog, send out mass e-mails, any kind of activity that can be done on the Internet."
Weintraub called such suggestions "rumors" and contends that the myth about the FEC’s intent to regulate bloggers is "just one of these things that somebody throws out there and it takes on a life of its own."
Indeed, her GOP colleague’s comments sparked outrage among many in the blogging community and beyond.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, was so concerned about the possibility that he’s been circulating a letter among his colleagues calling on the FEC to carve out an explicit exemption for Web reporters.
“Given the emergence of this new method of reporting and Americans’ increasing reliance on it for their political information, it is critical that BCRA’s press exemption should be clarified to apply to those who are reporting on the Internet,” Conyers wrote in the proposed letter.
“We urge you to remove any ambiguity and make explicit in this rule that a blog would not be subject to disclosure requirements, campaign finance limitations or other regulations simply because it contains political commentary, or includes links to a candidate or political party’s website, provided that the candidate or political party did not compensate the blog for such linking.”
Weintraub said she is “completely open” to the option of “carving out an exemption” for bloggers and said there have already been internal discussions to that effect at the agency — though she doesn’t think the agency had any intentions of regulating blogs anyway.
“I think what the court wanted us to do was rethink the issue of having a total blanket exemption for Internet activity,” the Democratic commissioner explained.
Weintraub agrees with Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that the FEC regulations providing a blanket exemption for Internet activity is “perhaps overbroad,” but insists it “doesn’t mean we want to go whole hog on regulating the Internet.”
Likewise, Michael Toner, a Republican who sits on the FEC, said Wednesday that the rulemaking will provide an important opportunity to “make clear that the commission can take the position that online media activities are protected by the press exemption.”
“There isn’t any basis for government restrictions of bloggers or any other person who’s volunteering for the candidate of their choice online,” Toner said.
The key, he said, will be building on the growing consensus at the FEC to create “bright-line regulations that provide clear and categorical protection for bloggers and other individuals who are involved in grass-roots political activities online.”
But exempting blogs from the regulations might not be as easy at it seems, Smith pointed out.
“What is a ‘blog?’ Who is a ‘blogger?’” Smith asked. “Much of what you do as a reporter would be illegal coordination with a campaign but for the ‘press’ exemption. Bloggers also communicate with campaigns or even reprint things from campaigns. Absent some exemption, all that could be curtailed. But defining a ‘blog’ could be tough.”
Admittedly, FEC rulemakings make many in the regulated community nervous.
“Commission rulemakings can have a momentum of their own,” remarked Brian Svoboda, an attorney with the Perkins Coie LLP Political Law Group.
“I can understand the anxiety about raising the subject generally, because it’s a bit like going into the cave with a stick and trying to wake up a bear,” Svoboda said.
Rick Hasen, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who has closely followed the issue on his own election-law blog, said he supports the idea of carving out a “safe harbor” for bloggers.
“A blogger who is engaged in election-related speech and is uncompensated should be able to do things like post campaign materials or link to campaign Web sites without getting caught up in the FEC’s regulatory web of contributions or expenditures,” Hasen said.
Otherwise, Hasen fears, a “chill could be created by the uncertainty of the how the FEC is going to enforce these things.”
Eugene Volokh, a professor of law at the University of California at Los Angeles and editor of the popular Web log “The Volokh Conspiracy,” stated in a recent posting that it would be “good” for the FEC to clarify that “Weblogs and online magazines are exempted” from campaign regulations — though he’s not entirely sure that’s truly necessary.
That’s because the FEC’s current media exemption to restrictions on corporate speech about candidates already applies to “any news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication,” and he concludes that blogs would qualify in the “other” category.
Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer, a strong proponent of BCRA, argued that the ensuing controversy is much ado about nothing: “Kollar-Kotelly’s decision said, ‘If I coordinate with a candidate to buy political advertising that’s a contribution.’ That makes imminent sense.
“Traditional expenditures made in campaigns don’t disappear from coverage of the campaign finance laws because they’re made on the Internet,” Wertheimer said.
While Hasen said he’s not concerned that the FEC rulemaking will lead to a crackdown on bloggers, he’s worried the regulations won’t be clear enough.
“I am concerned that if the FEC deals with nothing more than Internet advertising and we end up seeing multiple complaints against bloggers in 2006, that the existing framework is inadequate,” Hasen said. Source: Roll Call, March 11, 2005|W|P|111056071920315024|W|P|UPDATE: THE COMING CRACKDOWN ON BLOGGING|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/12/2005 02:07:00 PM|W|P|grain|W|P|What a cheap and tawdry trick. You fascists keep stooping lower and lower to spread your lies.3/14/2005 10:22:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|??3/11/2005 07:45:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|What the heck is a "hmpf?"
This is from Eleventh Avenue South:
PS: Do you wanna know what really pisses me off? This jackass got a higher Google rank than I did for "minnesota gay marriage blog". Hmpf!|W|P|111055670010089802|W|P|HMPF?|W|Pemail@example.com/11/2005 07:18:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Elwyn Tinklenberg is one of the best names I have ever heard.
Tinklenberg considering a bid for U.S. House seat
Elwyn Tinklenberg, a former state transportation commissioner, said Wednesday that he is "seriously considering" a Democratic run for the U.S. House in Minnesota's Sixth District.
Tinklenberg, a private consultant, could become the first Democratic name in a growing field of candidates to replace GOP Rep. Mark Kennedy, who is running for Senate.
Child-safety crusader Patty Wetterling, who lost to Kennedy last year, is weighing a Democratic run for the Senate, leaving the nomination wide open.
Tinklenberg said Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar and other Democrats encouraged him to run while he was in Washington last week. "I've been in politics long enough that certainly this idea has occurred to me before," Tinklenberg said. He was the mayor of Blaine from 1986-96 and a Blaine City Council member from 1982-86. Source: Star Tribune, March 11, 2005|W|P|111055452290776929|W|P|TINKLENBERG FOR CONGRESS?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/10/2005 09:09:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This hurts:
"Open Seat – Mark Dayton (D) is retiring
Ninety-nine times out of 100, a party is better off with an incumbent seeking re-election. Meet the one-time exception. With Dayton out of the way, winning this blue-leaning state is just a tad harder for Republicans. Senate races are rarely personality contests, but this one, with Dayton, was shaping up to be just that. With the lone galvanizing personality out the way, however, the race could be a simple campaign about whether the state wants two Republican voices in the Senate or one voice from each party. Republicans appear nearly united around Rep. Mark Kennedy (though former Sen. Rod Grams plans to be a thorn).
For Democrats, the situation is much less clear. Kennedy's vanquished foe from '04, Patty Wetterling, may actually be the modest front-runner, but trial lawyer Mike Ciresi has the deep pockets to make any race competitive.
Honestly, it's surprising at how few big-name Democrats are considering this race. No offense to Wetterling or Ciresi, but the current Democratic crop has a certain B-list feel to it." Source: National Journal [subscription required], March 9, 2005 |W|P|111047500896563787|W|P|DFL CANDIDATES FOR U.S. SENATE CALLED "B-LIST"|W|Pemail@example.com/09/2005 11:38:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Click here to vote in the Star Tribune's poll on blogs.|W|P|111039794118152204|W|P|STAR TRIBUNE POLL ON BLOGS|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/08/2005 09:28:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Call me crazy, but I think the president of the University of Minnesota DFL should know that the general counsel for the University of Minnesota is contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate:
"Austin Miller, University DFL president, said he thinks any Democratic candidate would receive many votes on campus. But, he said, he didn’t know [Mark] Rotenberg was planning to run for U.S. Senate." Source: Minnesota Daily, March 8, 2005
I think Austin and Mark should meet.|W|P|111030336106988129|W|P|NETWORKING 101|W|Pemail@example.com/08/2005 08:58:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"We need a fresh, new voice to speak up for proud Democrats," Source: Mark Rotenberg, Minnesota Daily, March 8, 2005|W|P|111030120340210141|W|P|IS THE DFL PARTY STALE?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/08/2005 08:52:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|U lawyer may run for Senate
Mark Rotenberg, the chief lawyer at the University of Minnesota, planted the seeds of a U.S. Senate campaign by forming an exploratory committee.
He is the third Democrat to file papers, although none have said they are running for sure for the seat being vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton in 2006. Rotenberg said in a news release Monday that he'll take several weeks to make that decision.
Rotenberg said he wants to see how his party and the state's residents respond to a "fresh new face among Democrats.''
Rotenberg has served as Minnesota's general counsel since 1992. To date, his political activity has been behind the scenes, such as his 2004 role as a Minnesota leader in Sen. Joe Lieberman's presidential campaign.
The other Democrats who have taken formal steps toward campaigns are child safety advocate Patty Wetterling and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar.
Other potential DFL candidates include Minneapolis attorney Mike Ciresi, state Rep. Tom Rukavina and former state Sen. Jerry Janezich.
The two Republican candidates are U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy and former Sen. Rod Grams. Source: Associated Press, March 8, 2005|W|P|111030094371800696|W|P|MARK ROTENBERG FORMS EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE|W|Pemail@example.com/08/2005 06:37:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is a letter from yesterday's Star Tribune:
I read the March 1 story about the blogger who has purchased DFL-friendly domain names with astonishment. Here is an obviously far-right Republican using the Internet like a progressive Democrat.
I think if it were truly up to the ultra-conservative Republicans, there would be no Internet. Americans would instead be stuck in the 1950s.
I have checked availability of some other domain names. I would encourage the anonymous grabber to grab these domains before any left-winger can get hold of them.
Of course, this is just a start. Imagine the domains the anonymous grabber would want to grab. It may take a while, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy.
John Plumhoff, Maple Grove.|W|P|111029280942812349|W|P|THE WEB WARS STRIKE BACK|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/07/2005 03:14:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|For those of you keeping score at home, please add Mike Erlandson to the "WHO'S OUT" list and add Ford Bell to the "WHO'S IN" list.
WHO'S IN? (or who has not ruled it out)
Pawlenty backs Kennedy for Senate; two DFLers withdraw
Another Republican Party heavy hitter, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, endorsed U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy's 2006 campaign Monday as the congressman's lone GOP rival lashed out at party bosses he said were counting him out too soon.
While Republicans continued to rally around Kennedy, no DFLers have officially entered the race and two more potential candidates ruled it out.
Amid all of the activity it was easy to forget the election to replace Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton is 19 months away. Dayton announced last month he would not seek re-election.
Kennedy, a third-term congressman, earlier received the backing of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and 26 state senators. He claims to have the support of at least 500 of the roughly 2,200 delegates who will choose a candidate next summer.
''You're seeing a groundswell of support stepping forward on behalf of my candidacy,'' Kennedy said. ''You will find we will not be having a bitter division for the endorsement or a bitter division of significance in a primary.''
However, former U.S. Senator Rod Grams, Kennedy's only announced GOP challenger, accused Republican Party Chairman Ron Eibensteiner of breaking tradition by appearing to take sides in the race before the party's endorsing convention.
The delegates should be upset, Grams said, because ''we've got a party chairman and leadership that are trying to shove down their throat a single candidate slate. This is kind of third-world politics.''
He added, ''When you have a former U.S. senator in this race, there is competition.''
Eibensteiner said Friday that Kennedy appeared to have a lock on the nomination, although he didn't give the congressman an outright endorsement. A spokesman said the chairman and party staff won't take sides until delegates weigh in.
Grams, who lost to Dayton in 2000, said he wasn't upset with Coleman or Pawlenty for their endorsements, but he wondered if they had axes to grind. Grams endorsed a Coleman rival in the 1998 governor's race and a Pawlenty rival in 2002.
Pawlenty said he and Kennedy shared a lot of basic values and policy beliefs.
''We have an A-plus candidate ready to go who is a clear winner, a demonstrated winner,'' Pawlenty said. ''It's going to be a competitive race, so we don't have a lot of time to have an internal debate about it.''
The Democratic field remains murky. Children's safety advocate Patty Wetterling and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar have taken official steps toward running, but no one has formally declared.
On Monday, Rep. Betty McCollum said she would not run for Senate next year, deciding instead to seek re-election to her St. Paul congressional district.
''After much personal reflection I have decided to continue serving my 4th District constituents and fighting for Minnesota families in Congress,'' McCollum, a Democrat, said in a statement.
''In the future I will likely explore other political opportunities, but for now I have a job that I love,'' McCollum said.
Mike Erlandson, who is stepping down as chairman of the Minnesota DFL, ended his consideration of a Senate campaign.
''It has to be in your gut, and given the commitment I have to the state party through May, and two small children, a campaign of that magnitude was not the right thing to do,'' Erlandson said.
Instead, he said he would consider running for secretary of state in Minnesota next year.
And Ford Bell, the president of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, said he's weighing a Senate run as a Democrat.
Bell, who is also chairman of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts board of directors, said friends and DFL activists have urged him to run.
''I want to see this seat stay in the DFL Party,'' said Bell, who has not run for office before. He said plans to make a decision in the next two or three weeks.
Other potential candidates include Minneapolis attorney Mike Ciresi, University of Minnesota general counsel Mark Rotenberg, state Rep. Tom Rukavina and former state Sen. Jerry Janezich. Source: Associated Press, March 7, 2005|W|P|111023766999965658|W|P|WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT? #15|W|Pemail@example.com/07/2005 10:25:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|According to Checks and Balances, Mike Ciresi's candidacy for the U.S. Senate in not being well received:
"Word we have out of Washington, D.C. through the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is they feel, as a trial lawyer, Ciresi is not the best candidate for the spot." Source: Checks and Balances, March 7, 2005|W|P|111022015083353381|W|P|WILL CIRESI'S CAMPAIGN EVEN BEGIN?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/07/2005 10:10:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Mark Rotenberg has registered a domain name for his U.S. Senate campaign:
Registrant: Rotenberg for Senate
204 Western Ave. North
Apt. No. 102 St. Paul, MN 55102 US
Domain Name: ROTENBERGFORSENATE.COM
Administrative & Technical Contact: Heidi Noonan
Rotenberg for Senate
204 Western Ave. North
Apt. No. 102 St. Paul, MN 55102 US
Domain Name Servers: NS1.PAIRNIC.COM
Transfer-Lock Status: ENABLED
Created: February 22, 2005
Modified: February 22, 2005
Expires: February 22, 2006
** Register Now at http://www.pairNIC.com/ **|W|P|111021937098611599|W|P|ROTENBERG REGISTERS CAMPAIGN WEBSITE|W|Pemail@example.com/07/2005 09:49:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|For those of you keeping score at home, please add Betty McCollum to the "WHO'S OUT" list.
WHO'S IN? (or who has not ruled it out)
McCollum opts to run for re-election to House seat
Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said Monday she will not run for Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat in 2006 but that she will seek a fourth term to the U.S. House.
McCollum, who represents Minnesota's Fourth District, had been considering a Senate bid after Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton announced last month that he would not run for a second term next year.
"After much personal reflection I have decided to continue serving my Fourth District constituents and fighting for Minnesota families in Congress," she said in a statement.
She added: "In the future I will likely explore other political opportunities, but for now I have a job that I love," McCollum said.
McCollum, 50, made her announcement only three days after another House member --- Republican Rep. Gil Gutknecht ---- said he would not run.
Patty Wetterling, a children's safety advocate, and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar have already taken steps toward creating campaigns as Democratic candidates for Dayton's seat. Other possible Democratic candidates include Minneapolis attorney Mike Ciresi, University of Minnesota general counsel Mark Rotenberg, state Rep. Tom Rukavina and former state Sen. Jerry Janezich.
Republicans who are running for the seat include Rep. Mark Kennedy and former Sen. Rod Grams. Source: Star Tribune, March 7, 2005|W|P|111021819900172398|W|P|WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT? #14|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/07/2005 06:11:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|When State Senator Steve Kelly complained that Bill Walsh called his education bill "gutless" Kelley wrote that "we have to stand up for some standard of civility between the branches of government."
I wonder where Kelley's standard of civility was when Lou Harvin, a communications staffer with the DFL House Caucus, said legislative Republicans have a "KKK mentality":
"In a May 8 story by the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Lou Harvin was quoted as saying legislative Republicans have a 'KKK mentality, but totally without the hoods.'" Source: Assocaited Press, May 20, 2003
More of Harvin's comments:
"A lot of members of the Republican Party in this House, to me, are basically — I don’t want to scare people — of the KKK mentality, but totally without the hoods. They have gotten smart; they wear neckties, they wear dresses, they don’t use the ‘N’ word, and they’re smarter than their predecessors. But their thought process is exactly the same: Black people are lesser people than I am — I don’t care about what happens to people of color.
"They do it in a totally 2003 style, and a lot of Black folks are getting fooled by it. A lot of White folks are getting fooled by it, too, and it’s all through effective, successful marketing.
"I’m not saying they’re going to go out and hang people; I’m not saying that. I’m saying that KKK mentality is alive and well, and it’s so slick now," and Harvin says it is driving their legislative agenda.
"My being here is to figure out ways to undo that. I’ve found that what Republicans do is lie; they lie, they lie. And they lie so much I have to spend my entire day unraveling the lies before I’m even able to promote my party. And we can’t even get issues out, because we’re trying to undo the lies." Source: Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, May 8, 2003|W|P|111020536445224105|W|P|WHERE WAS KELLEY'S STANDARD OF CIVILITY?|W|Pemail@example.com/07/2005 07:45:00 AM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|FYI, I just checked the House of Representative web site and Mr Harvin no longer works for the DFL House Caucus. Becides, come on, dragging up stuff from a year or two ago and going after a staff member who was obviously dismissed by the Caucus. You can do better then that.3/07/2005 07:58:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Harvin left the DFL House Caucus after at the end of 2004. He was not dismissed because of this incident.
I think Kelley's civility standard is a joke and that is why I am discussing it.3/07/2005 09:48:00 AM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|In regards to Mr Harvin, did he choose to leave, or was he asked to leave. I know it is a moot point, but it is possible that he was asked to leave as a result in part to his above comments. Just a thought as I do not have any intimate knowledge of the situation other then what is public. Second, and this is just a suggestion and not an attack, perhaps you should have pointed this out in the piece, that he was no longer an employee. It might not matter to some, but it is a piece of information that might be appropriate to share as his comments might have some role in his termination of employment.
In regards to Sen Kelley’s civility standard, while I am not sure exactly what his standard is, I do think that more might get done up at the Capitol if both sides acted with a bit more civility. While you are quick to point our DFL faults, lets not forget that the Republican Party is not innocent in this either. Both sides need to work on civility and working together rather then on lip service. Hopefully we can both agree on that.3/06/2005 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The DFL would like to make a big deal about the large number of Republican leaders and activists uniting begin Congressman Mark Kennedy's candidacy for the U.S. Senate:
"Gil Gutknecht was forced out of the Senate race by his party's kingmakers..." DFL Party Chair Mike Erlandson. Source: Pioneer Press, March 5, 2005
But a few weeks ago on Almanac, the DFL members of the political panel were untited in agreement that Amy Klobuchar was the favorite U.S. Senate candidate of the party activists and insiders.
It certainly sounds like the DFL queenmakers have decided that Klobuchar should be their candidate. |W|P|111012868542022414|W|P|DFL QUEENMAKERS|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/06/2005 07:58:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The DFL has a very short memory about term limit pledges:
"In a statement, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Mike Erlandson gibed at Gutknecht for his decisions.
'Gil Gutknecht was forced out of the Senate race by his party's kingmakers, and he will now break his pledge to Minnesotans and reluctantly run for a seventh term in Congress,' Erlandson said. Source: Pioneer Press, March 5, 2005
But back in 2001, when Wellstone broke his pledge to serve two terms (12 years) in the U.S. Senate, Erlandson didn't think Minnesotans cared about a term limit pledge:
"The vast majority of Minnesotans really do not care about things like that sort of pledge." Source: Associated Press, January 17, 2001|W|P|111012519526778888|W|P|DFL COMPLAINS AGAIN ABOUT GUTKNECHT'S TERM LIMIT PLEDGE; FORGETS WELLSTONE BROKE HIS PLEDGE|W|Pemail@example.com/06/2005 08:53:00 AM|W|P|Marty|W|P|I agree that the DFL are hypocrites, and that they hold themselves to a different standard. I even agree that there is a double standard for conservatives. However, wouldn't it be better if the GOP acted like the party of honesty and ethical behavior, and kept their promises?
I say always keep your pledge, even if it results put you at a political disadvantage.3/05/2005 05:25:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Before you even ask, I am not Randy Skoglund.
MN Democrats Exposed blog takes heat for buying domain names of prominent politicians
Minnesota Democrats Exposed has taken some heat for buying the Internet domain name bearing the moniker of prominent DFL politicians. The anonymous blogger has fought back.
"Last week I purchased domain names for several high profile candidates. My solitary goal was to use increased internet searches for these candidates to garner more traffic for the MDE blog.
"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 liberal New Patriot (www.newpatriot.org) thinks Minnesota Democrats Exposed should reveal the identity of the author.
"MDE won't address the real reason why his behavior is at issue. Instead, he 's hiding behind his right to anonymity. I think Flash does a good job of summarizing the real problem with what he's done:
"So I will share in their defense of anonymous free speech. But I will also use my right of free speech as well. I find it cowardly to hide behind an anonymous non de plume when you are attempting to thrust yourself into the political spotlight. I believe it affects your credibility. It should also make one leary that if you can't even be honest about who you are, how can you trust the information that is being disseminated.
"I said yesterday that MDE wants to have credibility without accountability And as a commenter here noted, he's removed comments from his blog so he can't be challenged there, and he's removed links to local liberal blogs where readers might find a counter to what he's saying [Note: I checked on this last night, but it seems that the links have since been added]. So far, he hasn't linked to any criticism by local bloggers of what he's done, though it's appeared on at least three sites.
"After Randy Skoglund registered DFL names, we knew who he was to criticize him. We knew he was the deputy executive director of the Minnesota Republican Party. Not so with MDE. For all we know, he is Randy Skoglund, up to his old tricks.
"I urge MDE to either come clean and let us know who he is, or relinquish the domains he bought at cost to the injured parties." Source: The Legal-Ledger, March 3, 2005|W|P|111003048526156826|W|P|SLOW NEWS DAY: THE LEGAL-LEDGER REPORTS ON MY DOMAIN NAME PURCHASES|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/05/2005 02:22:00 PM|W|P|pike|W|P|These guys must really hate Tom Paine since he published Common Sense anonymously. That was "thrusting himself into the political spotlight" on a far greater scale than this site has ever attempted. What coward eh?
The only reason people are picking on this is that they want to be able to avoid the issues by attacking you personally. If they don't have that opening, they're gonna get frustrated, that's all.3/06/2005 11:14:00 AM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|Are you Randy Skoglund?3/06/2005 09:32:00 PM|W|P|Luke Francl|W|P|What the hell kind of article consists of nothing but quotes from two different weblogs?
To pike -- Tom Paine is one of my heros. He was honest about what he was selling. By buying domain names like wetterlingforsenate.com, MDE hasn't been. If he were running a parody, I would find that acceptable. But he's not. He's just a hack.3/04/2005 12:22:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|According to State Senator Steve Kelley "we have to stand up for some standard of civility between the branches of government."
These quotes from Entenza certainly don't meet Kelley's "civility" standard:
"House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, who this week dubbed Pawlenty 'Governor Las Vegas' for his interest in gambling, predicted that legislators will hear pleas for casinos, not just from the northern tribes and Canterbury, but also from the owners of a proposed harness track near Forest Lake.
'It looks like Las Vegas gone wild,' he said.'" Source: Pioneer Press, March 4, 2005
As I promised, now that Kelley has shown his concern for "some standard of civility between the branches of government" I will notify him when a DFLer ignores his standard.
Below is my first notice to Kelley.
Dear Senator Kelley:
How are you? I am fine.
I run a blog called Minnesota Democrats Exposed and yesterday I had a post about your new standard of civility between the branches of government.
I hate to be a tattle-tail, but it seems that Rep. Matt Entenza is ignoring your standard of civility by calling Governor Tim Pawlenty "Governor Las Vegas."
He also made a reference to the video "Girls Gone Wild" by saying the current casino/gambling proposals "looks like Las Vegas gone wild."
I look forward to reading your letter to Rep. Matt Entenza, which I assume will communicate your concerns about his recent statements.
PS. Do you get to park your car anywhere in St. Paul because your brother is the mayor?
I will post Senator Kelley's response. |W|P|110995278442914894|W|P|THE KELLEY STANDARD OF CIVILITY #1|W|Pemail@example.com/04/2005 12:00:00 PM|W|P|Jeff Fecke|W|P|Well, you're plugged in.
Randy Kelly and Steve Kelley are not brothers.
I know, the different spellings of their last names might've clued you in....3/04/2005 12:18:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Thanks for the tip Fecke. I know they are not brothers. It was a joke.3/04/2005 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Nomad|W|P|Fecke: Proving once again that Democrats have no sense of humor.3/04/2005 01:52:00 PM|W|P|Carson|W|P|3/04/2005 01:55:00 PM|W|P|Carson|W|P|MDE: Proving once again that Republicans aren't funny.3/04/2005 02:50:00 PM|W|P|Nomad|W|P|Quick - somebody notify the Audubon Society: Carson proves existence of rare witty liberal.