6/30/2005 07:55:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The state Senate has adjourned until Friday morning without passing a temporary spending plan, meaning a partial government shutdown beginning at midnight is imminent. Source: Associated Press, June 30, 2005|W|P|112018659450499501|W|P|SHUTDOWN IN TWO HOURS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/30/2005 08:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|Why are you deliberately misleading people who read this site? The Senate actually DID pass a "lights on" bill that would prevent a shutdown. It's now up to the Republicans in the House to do the right thing and not let government shutdown.6/30/2005 09:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|The previous commenter is absolutely right. Liveblogging of the last few minutes on North Star Politics.6/30/2005 10:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|Dean Johnson and the ultra liberals that run the DFL have done it again. Last year they refused to let the government do anything so the public would take it out on the House who happened to be up for elections, while the Senate was not. This year the DFL wants the lit piece and commericals that go after Governor Pawlenty for being the first Governor to preside over a MN shutdown....they care not what the cost of getting it is.

The DFL never had any intention of getting a deal done before the end of the fiscal year. Now they send over a bill that DOES NOT balance the budget as our state constitution requires. It continues the same bloated spending without and additional revenue and it puts the K-12 funding increase at 0 from the Governors recommended 4.5% in each of the next 2 years.

If Dean and company wanted to truly avoid a shutdown, why not do a 10 day lights on bill, instead of 2 year one with the same spending levels that the DFL absolutely new is poor policy and thus unexceptable to the GOP?

And Northstar, I'll refer to Dean as Senator Johnson when he brings some respect to the office he holds. It's about people, not politics.6/30/2005 10:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|...and with reactions to your previous comments in a previous post, the Governor and Speaker Sviggum gave Dean and the left wingers what they wanted with regards to MNCare welfare spending for able bodied people who would rather be "artists" than get a real job and they all agreed on a funding increase for education before the DFL killed it with this latest political move. The GOP compromised big time there, you can't logically argue against that. Although I'm sure you will, because that's the thought process of the left.

This along with the Gov putting his neck on the line and offering a cig tax??? Your liberal leadership had not interest in getting it done, the GOP came way over, the DFL wanted the lit piece in 06.6/30/2005 10:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|I'm not going to get into most of your other points because what's the use? I won't convince you and you won't convince me. But I have to comment on your "MNCare welfare" statement. Most people on MNCare are working minnesotans that do not have employer offered health care. They PAY for MNCare. It is not free. Many FARMERS are on MNCare. It is NOT people who are unemployed. It is NOT people who don't have "real" jobs. It is families. It is single adults. It is waiters and waitresses. It is hard working Minnesotans. If you want to insult them go right ahead but you should be ashamed of yourself.6/30/2005 10:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger sd42webmaster|W|P|The Republicans propose to raise spending 8 PERCENT. How can this possibly not be enough? Why doesn't the DFL do this: Accept the Republican offer to raise spending by 8% and then go to the voters next year. Make the case that spending needs to increase 15% - 20% - 100% whatever they think the voters will be gullible enough to buy. Make the case. Shutting down the government is not the answer. The Dems are definitely to blame.6/30/2005 10:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger sd42webmaster|W|P|The Republicans propose to raise spending 8 PERCENT. How can this possibly not be enough? Why doesn't the DFL do this: Accept the Republican offer to raise spending by 8% and then go to the voters next year. Make the case that spending needs to increase 15% - 20% - 100% whatever they think the voters will be gullible enough to buy. Make the case. Shutting down the government is not the answer. The Dems are definitely to blame.6/30/2005 10:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|Why are you posting the exact same comment on multiple sites?6/30/2005 10:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger sd42webmaster|W|P|Answer the argument. Why is an eight percent spending increase not enough? How much was your last raise?7/01/2005 05:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|nk, that would be a fair statement if the people you mentioned were the ones actually getting cut from MNCARE, but they are not. You act as if there was a proposal to cut the program entirely, which is patently false. The proposed cutbacks to MNCARE (which the GOP in a failed effort to compromise because it's never enought for the DFL, backed off of completely) cut able bodied single adults, not our most vulnerable citizens and those who actually need the program. The single mom with kids who works a tough job waitressing would still be eligible and rightfully so.

And SD is right, an 8% increase in overall state funding is way more than enough. Whose family budget goes up anywhere near that much on any given year?7/01/2005 12:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|I'm sick and tired of Republicans talking about how a government should be run like a family/business. Guess what? Government is neither a family nor a business. Government isn't out there to make money or raise children. Government is there to keep its citizens healthy, safe, and to give those citizens the ability to succeed on their own. And guess what? When it's properly funded, it does a pretty good job.7/03/2005 01:51:00 AM|W|P|Blogger sd42webmaster|W|P|No one is saying government should be run as a family or business but it still has to live within a finite budget. It cannot grow exponentially, can it? It cannot grow without bound, can it? The Republican budget proposal will increase that budget by EIGHT PERCENT. Why is that not enough for you? Why can you not answer that question?6/30/2005 12:11:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|House Speaker Steve Sviggum sums up the DFL's efforts to prevent a government shutdown: "There was no effort from the DFL to negotiate and cooperate in the best interests of the state. There was no effort." Source: Minnesota Public Radio, June 30, 2005 |W|P|112015888426555218|W|P|SVIGGUM: "NO EFFORT FROM THE DFL TO NEGOTIATE"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/30/2005 04:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|I'm sure that's absolutely true. It was only the DFL making more offers sooner and with more concessions. Taking the initiative, making the moves, offering the compromises. It's all the damn minority DFL's fault.6/30/2005 04:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Speaker Sviggum's also a damn reliable source for neutral, objective opinions on the shutdown and the causes behind it. If this is all you can find, MDE, you ought to stop blogging. Find a real opinion and we'll talk.6/30/2005 05:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Joe Mayo|W|P|The only person making concessions is Pawlenty. He put his ass on the line with the cigarette fee, and paid dearly with the election of Ron Carey as chair for the Minnesota GOP. There was no counter offer by the DFL, just the same tired offer of an income tax hike.

The DFL finally pulled their massive job killer off the table. In kind Pawlenty pulled the Racino, the unicameral legislature, and vouchers. Now we wait for Enteza and Johnson to drop their demands for state sponsored health care increases.

Entenza begged the GOPers to pull the Racino, they did. As a result, they won't have enough revenue to pay for the lifting of the MNCARE cap, which "outraged" Entenza, according to the Strib.6/30/2005 06:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Yes, yes, how silly of me, how could I forget? Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the great compromiser. Vetoing the Transportation Bill, and holding to the no-new-tax pledge, a suicide pact for Minnesota's strong tradition of a high quality of life. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who wouldn't have the votes to pass a racino in the GOP-controlled House. While Democrats are just off the deep end with their UNREASONABLE demands, such as adequate investment in education and health care.

Gosh, what will those DFLers do next? Why, Mr. Mayo, do you think they hate America?7/01/2005 01:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|It's all the damn minority DFL's fault.

Huh? They control the Senate and are just two votes from controlling the House. Hardly the basis to be whining about being a poor minority.

holding to the no-new-tax pledge, a suicide pact for Minnesota's strong tradition of a high quality of life.

Read that as - the DFL's strong tradition of high taxes in life. Sucks to see a tradition end, doesn't it?

www.johnjordan.com6/29/2005 07:44:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Doran sees himself as fresh, moderate candidate MARSHALL — It’s another 17 months until the 2006 general election, but Marshall received a public visit from a candidate for the ‘06 U.S. Senate race Tuesday.DFLer Kelly Doran, a Twin Cities real-estate developer who specializes in shopping malls, stumped in town — saying he’s a moderate who hopes to bring in votes from the DFL, independents and moderate Republicans. "The chemistry of our elections today is one-third, one-third, and one-third," Doran said. "Neither the Democrats nor Republicans can win with just our own bases. We have to appeal to those in the middle." Usually, parties nominate candidates from the left or right who then hope to appeal to those in the middle, he said. "That’s the difference with me," he said. "I’m in the middle and I hope my candidacy will attract Democrats, Independents and moderate Republicans." Doran is one of several declared or likely Democratic candidates for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton. Whoever emerges from the Democratic race will likely face Republican Mark Kennedy in the general election. Other DFLers who’ve declared or are pondering a campaign include Patty Wetterling, Hennepin County prosecutor Amy Klobuchar, comic/author Al Franken, and Twin Cities lawyer Mike Ciresi. Doran said he’s never run for office before and hasn’t been active in politics. He acknowledged he’s an underdog but believes that by starting his campaign early, he’ll build name recognition. He listed three national issues that he believes should be priorities in the Senate race.n The war in Iraq. Doran accused the Bush administration of mismanaging both the buildup of the war and its handling of the war itself. When he launched his campaign earlier this month, Doran said "Washington D.C. misled us over a period of years that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that they were an imminent threat to us. (The administration) then sent our soldiers into a pre-emptive war without proper equipment and body armor. It’s not right." Tuesday, Doran said after WMDs weren’t found, Bush changed his justification for going to war. The federal deficit. Doran said Bush and the Republican-led Congress are "fiscally immoral," for the nation’s gaping budget deficit. "Day after day, the congress adds mountains of debt onto the shoulders of our kids," he said. "What happened to the American tradition of one generation leaving a better world and better opportunity for the next generation?" Doran said he’s not a tax-and-spend Democrat, but would support tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, such as himself, to reduce the budget. He said the federal government can’t cut its way out of the budget hole without wholesale cuts to areas such as the federal courts and national parks.He also favors a federal balanced-budget amendment. On Social Security, he said the easiest way to fix the solvency issue is to raise the income cap from the current $90,000 to about $140,000 or $150,000. That means that incomes of up to $140,000 or $150,000 could be hit with Social Security taxes. He said that would fix the problem without reducing Social Security benefits. Source: Marshall Indepenent, June 29, 2005 |W|P|112005746092518098|W|P|DORAN IS A FRESH AS DAY-OLD BREAD|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/28/2005 02:30:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I just received this from a staffer at the Minnesota legislature. He makes a very good point. ## Who actually elects these people? Should anyone doubt just how nasty and unprofessional Democrats can be, you need only look as far as DFL State Representative Barb Goodwin. When debating a bill with GOP State Representative Chris DeLaForest, she told DeLaForest in an angry voice that he should just "unhook the testosterone drip", and that more members of the legislature should do the same. After being booed by members of chamber, she then proceeded to be the only person out of 128 to vote against the bill. I'm not sure, but I think Mr. DeLaForest or any other Republican would have been skewered like a wild pig if they had told a female legislator to "unhook the estrogen drip". |W|P|111999480365193063|W|P|GOODWIN'S DRIP COMMENT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/28/2005 09:26:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"Even so [Senate Majority Leader Dean] Johnson said if the government shuts down most people probably would not be affected. 'I could hardly imagine that many people would notice if it was to occur. That's Friday, July 1, and many people will be heading for the lake, family and friends. Not that we want that to happen. Time is of the essence and we have to press forward,' he said." Source: Minnesota Public Radio, June 28, 2005 I think Senator Johnson should visit the State of Minnesota's government shutdown website to learn who will be affected because he can't get his job done.|W|P|111997628014331213|W|P|JOHNSON ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: "I COULD HARDLY IMAGINE THAT MANY PEOPLE WOULD NOTICE IF IT WAS TO OCCUR"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/28/2005 06:27:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|FBI whistleblower Rowley running for Congress Former Minneapolis FBI agent Coleen Rowley, whose public criticism of the bureau set off an uproar over the FBI's pre-Sept. 11 counterterrorism lapses, said Monday that she will run as a Democrat for the U.S. House. Rowley plans to challenge second-term Republican Rep. John Kline in Minnesota's Second District, which stretches across the Twin Cities' western and southern suburbs and as far south as Le Sueur and Red Wing. She said she will formally launch her campaign July 6 with a pancake breakfast for friends and supporters on the driveway of her Apple Valley home. Her entry into the race, as one of Time magazine's former "Persons of the Year," pits Kline against an opponent with national name recognition and possibly, fundraising appeal. If she wins the Democratic nomination, the race likely will feature lively exchanges about national security and the war in Iraq, which Kline has staunchly supported and Rowley vocally opposes. Several other former FBI agents have served in Congress, including Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Ohio. Rowley, a 24-year bureau veteran, considered challenging Kline last year but, as her family's prime wage earner, she decided to put off retirement until she turned 50 in December and qualified for a full pension. A lawyer who competes in triathlons, Rowley has kept up her profile by traveling the country to give talks about ethics and civil liberties. She said she will run a "frugal," unconventional campaign, avoiding "hard-sell," high-dollar fundraising, while trying to raise campaign money over the Internet for a race that could require $2 million. She said she hopes to traverse the district, speaking with small groups of voters over the next 16 months. Close ties Rowley said she will focus her campaign on the importance of "ethical decisionmaking by government leaders." She contended that Kline cannot represent the district's interests "because he's too closely tied to the administration." Kline, a former Marine colonel, has been a steadfast supporter of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq and has defended the Pentagon's performance. In an op-ed piece in Monday's Star Tribune, he rejected allegations that military personnel have abused terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In March 2003, shortly before the war began, Rowley drew scorn from former senior FBI officials when she made public a letter warning Director Robert Mueller that a U.S. invasion could fan terrorism on a scale the bureau was unprepared to handle. Lawrence Jacobs, a University of Minnesota political scientist, said Kline would retain a significant advantage as an incumbent in a conservative-leaning district, but could be hurt by Bush's slipping approval ratings and by rising gas prices. "Republicans that are so closely associated with the president ... may not be what voters are looking for in 2006," Jacobs said. He said Rowley "is coming in with name recognition. She's got the law and order issue behind her. And how many times can you run as Time Person of the Year?" Rowley could face competition for the DFL endorsement. Burnsville City Council Member Teresa Daly, who lost to Kline in 2004, may seek a rematch, said Darin Broton, who managed her campaign. Daly could not be reached for comment, but Broton said if he were to bet, "I'd put money on Teresa Daly getting into the race." Angelyn Shapiro, Kline's spokeswoman, brushed off Rowley's announcement, saying the congressman is focused on legislative matters. Source: Star Tribune, June 28, 2005|W|P|111996572732670239|W|P|ROWLEY IS IN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/28/2005 10:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Rep. Kline ought to - soon enough he won't be worrying about legislative matters anymore, instead concentrating on finding a job.6/28/2005 08:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Douglas|W|P|Why would Teresa Daly run again, after getting walloped by Kline? What has changed in the past two years?6/27/2005 12:12:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|According to WCCO's Esme Murphy, Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson's staff gave conflicting stories as to why he was in Kentucky. During last night's 10 p.m. news, Esme reported she was first told that Johnson was in Kentucky for National Guard duty. Johnson's staff then denied saying he was there for National Guard duty and instead said he was in Kentucky to attend an award ceremony for Hennepin County Sheriff Pat McGowen. Finally, Esme reported she was then told by Johnson's staff that he was in Kentucky for both reasons.|W|P|111990023133468303|W|P|WHY WAS DEAN IN THE BLUEGRASS STATE?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/27/2005 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|I've heard from many reliable people that Dean was down in KY for the Sheriff McGowan event and then found out the public and media back home were all over him for not being around to negotiate (yet again). He then made a call to the National Guard in the area to set something up so he could use it as an excuse for his absence which, if true, is pretty insulting not only to Minnesotans, but to Guard members throughout the US.

This would certainly explain his staffs confliciting stories. I know Dean is close to Sheriff McGowan, but if Dean is truly in control in the DFL caucus, wouldn't it be a bit more appropriate for him to take his good buddy out to a congrats dinner after all the important state business at hand is done?6/27/2005 05:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Dean Johnson is the Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate. Just how stupid do you think he is?

Why don't you identify your "reliable people", whose reports are conflicting with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, a highly respectable newspaper that is much more credible than you are?

Why do you call him "Dean," as if you're on a first-name basis with Sen. Johnson?

Why is it not possible that his staff might be, shocking as though it may be, not be 100% clear on Sen. Johnson's reasons for being in Kentucky? Wouldn't that "certainly explain his staff's conflicting stories", despite their being right the first time and last time?6/27/2005 10:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sipidation|W|P|conflicting with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, a highly respectable newspaper

This made me laugh. Thank you for that.

Why don't you identify your "reliable people",

Are you reading this post or something else?

According to WCCO's Esme Murphy
During last night's 10 p.m. news, Esme reported 6/28/2005 01:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|The comment was mostly directed towards the first commenter, though there are questions that MDE could answer, too6/27/2005 10:17:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|D-F-L Senate Majority Leader isn't ready to commit to a budget summit in Camp Ripley and instead suggests top leaders get together at the Governor's Mansion. Johnson is the only one of four legislative leaders not to agree to the Camp Ripley budget meeting proposed yesterday by Governor Pawlenty. The Legislature has until Thursday to get a budget done or some government services will cease. Pawlenty says he wanted to move the talks far from the Capitol to get leaders out of the eyes of lobbyists, reporters and other influences. Source: Associated Press, June 27, 2005|W|P|111989277446440092|W|P|JOHNSON WON'T GO TO CAMP RIPLEY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/27/2005 12:03:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|Why doesn't Dean Johnson officially step down as Senate "Majority Leader"? He can't even take a leak without checking with the Urban Liberals that truly run the Senate Democrats Caucus.

Larry Pogemiller, Dick Cohen and Linda Berglin are clearly at the helm. Dean should just step aside instead of making an excuse every time something needs to get done. At least that way he wouldn’t have to live in fear of the wrath of Pogemiller anymore.6/27/2005 05:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|How is it that Gov. Pawlenty, Sen. Day, and Rep. Sviggum think they're able to conduct successful budget negotiations without having access to staff or the kind of resources that they would undoubtedly need? Why does Gov. Pawlenty want to seal them off at Camp Ripley, two and a half hours from St. Paul, where the deal would be executed and all the paperwork/staffing/information is?6/27/2005 06:45:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"[House Speaker Steve] Sviggum also criticized Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, for being out of the state Sunday. Johnson was in Kentucky attending a National Guard function and also planned to attend a dinner honoring Hennepin County Sheriff Pat McGowan, who was receiving a national award." Source: Star Tribune, June 27, 2005 4 days away from a government shut-down and the Senate Majority Leader is in another state.|W|P|111988018861490988|W|P|JOHNSON IN KENTUCKY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/27/2005 10:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Also in the article, which you undoubtedly hoped no one would actually read:

"Senator Johnson is every bit as available to all of us this evening as Gov. Pawlenty was [Saturday] when he was engaged in family activities; when Gov. Pawlenty was in Washington on state business earlier this week," Cohen said.

Sen. Johnson isn't in Kentucky for fun; he isn't there on vacation. He's serving our country in his position as a National Guard member. He, unlike Speaker Sviggum or Tim Pawlenty or, in all probability, you, has served his country in uniform. The problem isn't Sen. Johnson, the problem is that a courageous man like him is under the command of a man like Gov. Pawlenty. Don't ever, EVER, criticize him for serving this nation.

Minnesota Democrats Exposer, stop hating America.6/27/2005 11:15:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|There are conflicting media reports on what Johnson did in Kentucky. He did attend a ceremony for Pat McGowan who was honored by the National Sheriffs Association.

So Johnson was in Kentucky for some fun. I am ripping him for going to an awards ceremony for his buddy.

I don't hate America, so take a Midol and relax.6/27/2005 12:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|As someone who works with the National Guard and knows its flexibility for people who have issues importance to deal with, especially when it comes to our state as a whole, I would strongly suggest that the Guard would have let Dean Johnson reschedule whatever meeting he was attending in Kentucky.6/27/2005 12:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger bakedpotato|W|P|Dean was there for both reasons mentioned. He was serving the country, which was the reason he made the trip in the first place. While he was there, his close personal friend also happened to be being honored as the National Sherriff of the Year. This is the same friend who was standing close by Dean's side through the personal tragedies he went through earlier this year--the deaths of his father and wife. Yes, you're correct he was in KY--serving the country and supporting the friend that has supported him through very difficult times.6/27/2005 02:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Nomad|W|P|Dear Dean Apologists - Even the man himself and his spokesman have admitted he was not out of town on any National Guard business.

They've dropped the story, so you can stop defending it now.6/24/2005 01:44:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|It seems that MN Lefty Liberal has decided that he can't take the heat so he has left the kitchen. I will certainly miss debating MN Lefty Liberal. I am a better blogger because of him. I was saddend by MN Lefty Liberal's comments in his post announcing he was removing my link from his blog. The writer has chosen to insult the memory of 3 dear friends of mine that died on 9/11. And insult their family, and my own thoughts about them. He insults my family that has served this country since WW2, and continues to serve today in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and in Iraq. When confronted, he chose to make light of it, likening my own anger over Karl Rove’s comments to Tom Cruise’s statement on psychology. I am sure he will come comment on this, call me names and engage in other GOP pathetic tactics. I will not call MN Lefty Liberal any names other than calling him a worthy adversary. I will only write that I never mentioned Lefty's friends who tragically died on 9/11, nor did I discuss his family's dedication to serving in the armed forces. I challenged his logic in connecting Governor Pawlenty to Karl Rove's comments. That's all. My blog will continue to link to MN Lefty Liberal. |W|P|111964748196406396|W|P|ODE TO MN LEFTY LIBERAL|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/24/2005 03:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Gary Matthew Miller|W|P|Tell me again why you will continue to link to him? You probably generate 2/3 of his traffic.6/24/2005 12:18:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I just checked with the Republican Party of Minnesota and ONE person has called to complain about their use of Rove's comment.|W|P|111964137997778826|W|P|ROVE COMMENT COMPLAINT UPDATE #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/24/2005 01:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|Why do I get the feeling that person was Trillian or the like that read this site?6/24/2005 01:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Otter|W|P|Rove's comments were designed to engage liberals in a debate over the fact that they are weak on national defense and ill-equipped to deal with the persistent terrorist threat. It gives me great joy to see that they have been dense enough to rise up and take the bait.

"We swear we really are tough on terrorists! Seriously guys!!! Pinky swear! We think that terrorists are really bad guys. Of course, unless they are being held at Gitmo -- in which case, they are helpless victims being exploited in the imperialists United State’s system of gulags."

This is a debate liberals can't win.6/24/2005 10:24:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|In an interview with Matt Lauer, Tom Cruise, a well-known Democrat, recently called psychiatry a "pseudo science." Cruise's comments are hurtfull for those of us who have had friends and relatives suffer from mental health issues. I call on Minnesota Lefty Liberal and MN GOP Watch to repudiate Cruise's comments. Please click here for a video of Tom Cruise's interview.|W|P|111963528828614299|W|P|MN LEFTY LIBERAL AND MN GOP WATCH NEED TO REPUDIATE TOM CRUISE'S COMMENTS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/24/2005 11:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|You really are a class act. Sarcastically ridiculing the pain of people who lost loved ones on 9/11. Very classy.6/24/2005 11:22:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MNInsider|W|P|What?!?!?!?!6/24/2005 11:25:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|Normally I would respond to this with fire and brimstone...but a classless act like this is best just ignored.

For those of you who are interested in why I did not respond to Dick Durbin or Howard Dean, I suggest going to www.mnleftyliberal.blogspot.com and reading the comments section of my post.

Tony over at Always Right Usually Correct posed the question to me in a way fitting of an adult, and I did indeed respond to it.6/24/2005 11:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|Well Known REPUBLICAN David Duke once said:

"We Aryans are those of European descent who are racially conscious and who have committed our lives to our people's survival and evolutionary advancement. We shall do our duty. We shall not surrender our freedom and our very existence to Jewish or any other power. We shall preserve our heritage and our hard-won rights and freedoms. We shall guide our people up the evolutionary stairway to the stars."

So ALL Republicans hate Jews? or so your logic goes6/24/2005 11:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Trillin: I hate to act like a twelve-year old but you started it.

You are the one who tried to connect Governor Pawlenty to Karl Rove's comments.

What's good for goose, is good for the gander.6/24/2005 11:48:00 AM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|MDE-
You seem to agree with Rove's comments and think they were good things to say. So wouldn't you want Pawlenty connected to them? But I think the state party made the connection pretty well when they promoted the speech and the comments in their newsletter and on their website. As a leader of the Republican Party Pawlenty should now repudiate the baseless comments. Using moveon.org and Michael Moore to paint all Democrats is very disingenuous. 9/11 brought the country together and Congress voted almost unanimously to go to war in Afghanistan to defeat the people who attacked us on 9/11. Moveon is an independent group and Michael Moore is a hack. Neither speaks for the Democratic Party.6/24/2005 11:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Trillin: This is from your blog: "In general you do not see much 'national' stuff on my blog as I just don't see it as really falling into the scope of what I like to write about."

This was one of your excuses for not commenting on what Durbin said. But for some reason, this does not apply to Rove's comments.

Once again: what's good for the goose, is good for the gander.6/24/2005 11:55:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|nk2134: Rove never said "Democrat" and he specifically mention MoveOn.org. He used the phrase "Liberal."

This is a part of Rove's speech:

In the wake of 9/11, conservatives believed it was time to unleash the might and power of the United States military against the Taliban. In the wake of 9/11, the liberals believed it was time to submit a petition.

I'm not joking.

Submitting a petition was precisely what Moveon.org, then known as 9/11peace.org did. You may have seen it in The New York Times or The Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner or the L.A. Times. (Funny, I didn't see it in the Amarillo Globe News.) It was a petition that "implored the powers that be" to "use moderation and restraint in responding to the terrorist attacks against the United States."6/24/2005 12:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|if you bothered to read the entire comment, instead of taking this one part out, I went on the explain that I chose to comment on this and the Shiavo situations as they had a personal connection to me.

I clearly state that, and you leave it out to try and make me look bad.

So instead, here is the ENTIRE comment i made so you can not try and misquote me again:

" Tony,

As you know I greatly respect you and your thoughts.

In general you do not see much "national" stuff on my blog as I just don't see it as really falling into the scope of what I like to write about.

In general though, I am not a Howard Dean fan. Frankly, I wish he would go back to VT and bother them. When he opens his mouth I tend to cringe. Yet, to be honest, at the same time, his insults I try to treat with the same, "give me a break" attitude as those that the GOP often throws around, and So I do not give it coverage because it is juvenile.

As for the Durbin comments, I again go back to it not being really in the scope of what i try to talk about. In addition, I do not know a lot about the whole situation as I can only really read so much news in one day without being fired for lack of work being done.

Although, I have posted one time on a letter to the editor dealing with Gitmo the other week.

In general though, I do not have a good feel for the topic, so I stay away from it rather then offer personal comment on something I know little about. That is why my only post is a letter to the editor written by someone who seems to have a much better understanding then I.

The Rove comment evoked this anger because of the personal nature that 911 has with me. Much like the Schivo posts a long time back, 911 is personal to me as I lost friends that day. it is not a political hot potato in my mind.

I hope this addresses your comments."6/24/2005 12:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Trillin: I did read the whole post.

I didn't "misquote" you. I copied a small section of your long winded post word for word.

If you can make a connection with Rove's statement, than you could make a connection with Durbin's comments.

You just chose not to.

I wonder why?6/24/2005 12:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Why will you not repudiate Tom Cruise's comments?

Do you agree with this well-know Democrat's position on mental health issues?6/24/2005 12:26:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|I think you are confusing my blog with Defamer. We cover politics, not Hollywood.6/24/2005 01:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Trillin: You talked about David
Duke, but failed to note that Robert Byrd is the Democrat's "conscience
of the senate" where as David Duke was shunned by the GOP as a pariah.

Please read this article:

http://www.startribune.com/dynamic/story.php?template=print_a&story=54644846/24/2005 01:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|Seeing how all you do is throw more and more things my way, yet never take any responsibility for your own side, I am ending this "dialogue"

You keep saying take responsibility for dems saying this, or that. And I respond with my own views on it.


you just continue to insult people, the memory of my dead friends, and my family who is currently serving our country.

You want to continue to insult the dead and the military, go ahead.

I am ending this on my part.

As well as future comments on your blog. I will not engage in dialogue with someone who insults the memory of my dead friends, or my family that have served this country in the military since WW26/24/2005 01:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Trillin: I don't think Liberals are unpatriotic, I just think they are wrong.

I believe Karl Rove's comments were right.6/25/2005 01:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|It must be a vast left wing conspiracy, then!

And though it probably doesn't even merit a response, no one but Tom Cruise and perhaps his employers bear any responsibility for what Tom Cruise says. Karl Rove is a White House Deputy Chief of Staff for policy, a position that your and my taxes pay the salary for. He is a government official, and not even employed in a position that would inherently require overt partisanship. You and I pay him for what he says, and he directly represents the President of the United States of America. If he says, for example, "China sucks", it isn't just Karl Rove, it's the federal government of the United States. And unless he or his boss say otherwise, the President of the United States speaks through him. He isn't allowed to make comments like he did while his salary is paid for, in part, by the liberals he demonizes.6/25/2005 09:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|North Star Politics said it well about Rove. Rove can't have it both ways - he tries to make it about all Democrats (because Democrats are all liberals), but then also tries to say he's talking about only some democrats. Rove's comments are similar to Howard Dean's comments about the Republicans being the party of "White Christians". Dean in this case meant the Leviticus Crowd (which is the same thing Jesse Ventura meant when he made the Religion is a sham and a crutch" comment) - and Rove meant the moveon types.

A pox on both of them.7/16/2005 10:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andrew D. Appleyard|W|P|Tom Cruise knows L. Ron6/24/2005 08:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I just checked with the Republican Party of Minnesota and nobody has called to complain about their use of Rove's comment. |W|P|111962888876887962|W|P|ROVE COMMENT COMPLAINT UPDATE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/24/2005 08:39:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I see that blogs like Minnesota Lefty Liberal and Minnesota Republican Watch are calling for Governor Pawlenty to denounce Rove's comments. I believe RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman said it best: "It’s outrageous that the same Democrats who stood by Dick Durbin’s libeling of our military are now expressing faux outrage over Karl Rove’s statement of historical fact. George Soros, Michael Moore, MoveOn and the hard left were wrong after 9/11, just as it was wrong for Democrat leaders to stand by and remain silent after Dick Durbin made his deplorable comments." Where were blogs like Minnesota Lefty Liberal and Minnesota Republican Watch when Durbin compared our military to Nazis, Stalin, and Pol Pot? They had their heads buried in the sand. |W|P|111962870882662717|W|P|THE TRUTH HURTS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/24/2005 12:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|Where was Minnesota Democrats Exposed when Senator Rick Santorum compared Democratic senators to Adolf Hitler?

Did you demand an apology? Did you call his remarks out of line? Did you say anything at all?

No, no, and no.6/24/2005 08:30:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is another great quote from Rove's speech: "Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said we must understand our enemies. Conservatives see the United States as a great nation involved in a noble cause of self-defense. Liberals are concerned with what our enemies will think of us and whether every government approves of our actions." Source: Republican Party of Minnesota|W|P|111962745224780262|W|P|ROVE: "LIBERALS SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO US AND SAID WE MUST UNDERSTAND OUR ENEMIES."|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/24/2005 11:27:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|It is Americans like you that give America a bad name.

To throw 911 in the face of us "liberals" as a blanket statement shows your true ignorance.6/24/2005 01:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jerry Plagge, Jr.|W|P|Who is putting his comments on the front pages? The left is the one escalating this. Rove said liberals and he was most likely referring to those the middle to more extreme fringes of the left.

Here are some examples:

Immediately After 9/11, MoveOn.Org Petition Urged "Moderation And Restraint And Use Of "International Judicial Institutions".

"We, The Undersigned, Citizens And Residents Of The United States Of America & Appeal To The President Of The United States, George W. Bush & And To All Leaders Internationally To Use Moderation And Restraint In Responding To The Recent Terrorist Attacks Against The United States." (MoveOn.Org Website, "MoveOn Peace," http://web.archive.org/web/20021127190638/peace.moveon.org/petition.php3, Posted 9/13/01, Accessed 6/23/05)

"We Implore The Powers That Be To Use, Wherever Possible, International Judicial Institutions And International Human Rights Law To Bring To Justice Those Responsible For The Attacks, Rather Than The Instruments Of War, Violence Or Destruction." (MoveOn.Org Website, "MoveOn Peace," http://web.archive.org/web/20021127190638/peace.moveon.org/petition.php3, Posted 9/13/01, Accessed 6/23/05)

"[W]e Demand That There Be No Recourse To Nuclear, Chemical Or Biological Weapons, Or Any Weapons Of Indiscriminate Destruction, And Feel That It Is Our Inalienable Human Right To Live In A World Free Of Such Arms."(MoveOn.Org Website, "MoveOn Peace," http://web.archive.org/web/20021127190638/peace.moveon.org/petition.php3, Posted 9/13/01, Accessed 6/23/05)6/23/2005 01:50:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is from the House GOP's Get The Job Done blog. As a special blog entry, Rep. Lloyd Cybart reworked this classic at 2 AM during his shift outside the Senate Majority Leader's office The Minnesota Raven By Representative Lloyd Cybart (with apologies to Edgar Allen Poe) Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered here at 2am, weak and weary,Over many a quaint and curious volume of unfinished bills and forgotten lore,While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,As of someone gently rapping, rapping at Senator Johnson’s chamber door.' 'Tis Senator Johnson,' I muttered, 'tapping at his chamber door;To negotiate and end the Special Session, only this, and nothing more.' Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak hours of a needless Special Session,And each separate dying legislation wrought its ghost upon the floor.Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow From my constituents surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Senate Floor, For the not-so rare DFL maiden whom the liberals named Taxem Mor Nameless here forevermore. And the ghostly sounds of midnight, that led me to consider to take flight, Thrilled me---filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,' 'Tis Senator Johnson entreating entrance at his chamber door,To negotiate and end the Special Session,.This it is, and nothing more.' Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,'Sir,' said I, 'or Senator, truly your negotiations I implore;But the fact is, I was almost napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at your chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you.' Here I opened wide the door;---Darkness there, and nothing more. Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearingDoubting, dreaming dreams no representative ever dared to dream before; But the session was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,And the only word there spoken was the whispered word,'Dean,' This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, 'Dean!' Merely this, and nothing more. Back into Dean's chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,Soon again I heard a tapping, something louder than before,'Surely,' said I, 'surely, that is something at the Senate lattice.Let me see, then, when, the session ends with negotiations we explore.Let my heart be still a moment, and this mystery explore.' 'Tis some hot Senate wind, and nothing more.' From the area of the rotunda, when, with many a flirt and flutter,In there flew a stately raven, of the non-special session days of yore.Not the least excuse made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; But without heeding your stationed rep, perched above Dean’s chamber door. Like the DFL Senate, it perched, and sat, and nothing more. Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,'Though our hard work was done well with purpose and haste,' said I, 'Will Dean Johnson show leadership tonight and end this taxpayer waste, Ghastly, grim, and ancient raven, wandering in from the north shore. Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.' Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,'Doubtless,' said I, 'what it utters is its only stock and store,Caught from some un-reelected master, whom unmerciful disaster Followed fast and followed faster, till his songs one burden bore,---From a past Special Session, this taxpayer curse of melancholy boreOf 'Never---nevermore.' 'Prophet!' said I, 'thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil!Whether Governor, House, or Senate tempters sentWhy have you visited me, it is not my fault he has not met,On this Capitol Dome by horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore:If Johnson does not negotiate, will he regain his power--tell me--tell me I implore!' Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.' So dear reader, please advise, we, with you, want this to end, But we can't be held hostage by the few that pretend, To represent Minnesotans, but instead hold up progress to the solution,That could have easily been completed in June and signed without dilution,And I ask you, dear reader, should this conduct be tolerated anymore? Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.' And the raven, never flitting, like the DFL Senate still is sitting, still is sitting On the transom just above Dean Johnson's chamber door; And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; At this 2am hour as I sit here wondering, should we entertain Dean Johnson’s charade Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore!'|W|P|111956024817196867|W|P|MY NOMINEE FOR MINNESOTA'S POET LAUREATE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/23/2005 03:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|The real question is, why the hell is Rep. Cybart sitting outside the Majority Leader's office grandstanding and reworking poetry when he's being paid to do the people's work? If he's awake at 2 AM, why isn't he working on a budget compromise? Why isn't he sitting down with Speaker Sviggum, the leader of his own chamber, and Gov. Pawlenty, both members of his own party, to try to negotiate something that will be acceptable to DFLers and Republicans alike? Why is Rep. Cybart doing the GOP's business, and not the people's business?6/24/2005 09:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ArneC|W|P|Cybart is smart. Give me a break all of you smarmy too cool for school liberals. Junior members are putting the pressure on and your freaking out just proves it.6/23/2005 10:53:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|According to the New York Times, "a five-month study for the Democratic National Committee found that more than one in four Ohio voters experienced problems at the polls last fall, but the study did not find evidence of widespread election fraud that might have contributed to President Bush's narrow victory there." I am searching my archives to see if any Minnesota Democrats claimed that vote fraud occured in Ohio.|W|P|111954996421021309|W|P|NO VOTE FRAUD IN OHIO|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/23/2005 12:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|I am amazed that Republicans like you are proud that while there was no election fraud (which I never thought there was), that 25% of Ohio voters had problems at the polls is a "victory."

Why not pass the Jim Crow laws again and just get it over with.6/24/2005 01:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jerry Plagge, Jr.|W|P|Tril,

Correct, 25% is a disgrace, but was it intentional or just the failure of a state agency?

There is a big difference between "voting problems" caused by a lack of organization versus a conspiracy to affect the vote.

If the report says that there was no conspiracy or deliberate attempt to affect the outcome, then this is good news/bad news situation.6/23/2005 06:34:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I love Howard Dean and hope he is the DNC chairman for the next 50 years. ## Gagging Dr. Dean Why does Howard Dean's own party consider him the most dangerous character in Washington? Say what you will about Howard Dean, but there's no denying he unites his party. A year and a half ago, when candidate Dean headed to Iowa with a big lead in the polls and a formidable grassroots fundraising system, the Democratic Party's avatars banded together to attack him with a verve and single-mindedness they never came close to matching in the general campaign against George W. Bush. During the run-up to Iowa and New Hampshire, functionaries from other Democrats' campaigns were dispatched to dig up dirt on the former Vermont governor; the most memorable thing they found was an old bit of Canadian video in which Dean made fun of Iowa's caucus system. That clip did more damage than most in the press corps realized--Iowans are ferocious about their caucuses--as did the daily verbal blows Dean suddenly faced from his opponents. From the start, there was an element of overkill in the proceedings that marked them as more than the usual gang-up-on-the-frontrunner drill. Nationally, a flurry of prominent Democratic voices spent the waning months of 2003 fretting to any reporter who would listen that Dean was untenable, unpredictable, outside the mainstream. The D.C. press corps, which dislikes interlopers fully as much as party bosses do, happily amplified their complaints. On the night he lost Iowa, Dean tried to rally campaign workers with a supremely ill-advised and out-of-character cheerleading whoop--it sounded like a doctor from Park Avenue auditioning to play trail boss in a John Wayne picture--and he was finished. Source and complete article: City Pages, June 23, 2005|W|P|111953404471775996|W|P|CITY PAGES: HOW HOWARD DEAN'S MOUTH SCARES PEOPLE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/22/2005 11:07:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|My compliments to the GOP House Caucus: "Members of the House Republican Caucus are positioned outside of Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson's office 24 hours a day non-stop, ready to call House Leadership at a moment's notice to negotiate the budget and an end to the 2005 special session of the Legislature." Source: GOP House Caucus |W|P|111946391234759180|W|P|"GET THE JOB DONE" BLOG|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/21/2005 05:45:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|DFL leadership a threat to party, state As the state lurches toward a potential government shutdown, the Senate DFL leadership is ready to leap over the edge and pull down the party and the entire state. Minnesota state government is at the brink of a shutdown because the Legislature and the executive branch cannot find common ground and agree to a 2006-2007 budget. Laying blame in politics, where the art of negotiation requires good-faith offers and replies, is like triggering a flame thrower. It scorches reason and burns compromise. Still, when one side refuses to engage in good-faith negotiations for no reason other than a potential partisan gain, blame is just another word for the truth. DFL Sen. Majority Leader Dean Johnson is not negotiating with Republican legislative leaders in good faith. More than that, he seems willing to burn his own DFL Party. How Johnson has handled tobacco tax offers and counteroffers and income tax proposals show this to be true. Gov. Tim Pawlenty made a dramatic move when he broke from his no-new-tax pledge and called for a 75-cent per pack tobacco tax. It was a compromise that responded to the DFL call for additional revenue to fund K-12 and health and human services bills. Instead of answering with what many expected to be a counteroffer of a $1 per pack tax, Johnson let a minority group of DFL lawmakers from the Iron Range overrule good negotiations and good policy. Instead of demanding that his caucus build on Pawlenty's offer, Johnson countered with a weak 55-cent-per-pack proposal and then promptly picked up his criticism of the governor for not properly funding education and health care. Pawlenty took a political risk with the tobacco tax proposal and instead of embracing what could have been a real breakthrough, Johnson let Pawlenty twist in the wind. This week, because of his stand on a tobacco tax, Pawlenty was savaged by anti-tax advocates, his one-time supporters. Then Johnson seemed to have rethought his stance. He said he would back a $1 per pack tax, but Pawlenty would have to make the offer first. Johnson is playing Lucy to Pawlenty's Charlie Brown. Johnson calls for more revenue and when Pawlenty commits to the kick (the tobacco tax), Johnson pulls the ball away. Unlike Charlie Brown, Pawlenty won't keep coming back for more punishment. A higher tobacco tax would both raise revenue and lower the health-care costs that have Republicans and DFLers at loggerheads. Instead of joining with Pawlenty on the tobacco tax, Johnson holds out for an income tax increase on the wealthiest residents. It is a nonstarter. Republicans will fight the idea out of principle. Yet, House DFLers have quietly understood the foolishness of picking a political fight over an unreasonable income tax. The House DFL still proposes an income tax increase, but it is far lower. Johnson, though, clings to the "rich" tax and because he is the one representing the DFL at the bargaining table, his brush paints the entire party. The DFL will hold a caucus meeting Monday. Party members need to tell Johnson that so far he has failed the state and the party. Source: Rochester Post-Bulletin, June 18, 2005|W|P|111935814619538000|W|P|EDITORIAL: JOHNSON IS NOT NEGOTIATING WITH REPUBLICAN LEGISLATIVE LEADERS IN GOOD FAITH|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/20/2005 06:12:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Elwyn's Elves. Newly minted Congressional candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg (D) has already assembled part of his campaign team in his bid for Minnesota's 6th district seat. Bob Doyle of Sutter's Mill Fundraising and Strategy in Washington, D.C., has been hired as general consultant. He will head up Washington-based fundraising and outreach for the former state Transportation commissioner. Duane Baughman of Baughman Company will handle mail and serve as creative director. Pollster Alan Secrest of Cooper and Secrest Associates has signed on as well. Secrest's firm has piled up more than 300 Congressional wins in its long history, including boosting freshman Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and GwenMoore (D-Wis.) to victory last year. On Tuesday, Tinklenberg became the first Democrat to enter the race to succeed Rep.Mark Kennedy (R-Minn.), who is running for the Senate, in the Republican-leaning district. Source: Roll Call, June 16, 2005|W|P|111927359680070343|W|P|EL'S STAFF IS GETTING BIGGER|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/20/2005 11:16:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|Elves?

Now you are calling his staff names?

Grow up6/20/2005 12:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.6/20/2005 12:26:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|That is from the article. Roll Call used that term not me.

Sorry I didn't disappoint you again.6/20/2005 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger bakedpotato|W|P|What happened to TPVDFL?6/20/2005 03:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPWingman|W|P|New conservative blog starting up

http://thewindbeneaththerightwing.blogspot.com/6/20/2005 07:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Michael M|W|P|TPVDFL has closed up shop after its owner DP was questioned by several bloggers about DP's claims that 70% of Minnesotans oppose a tax increase. This despite a Star Tribune poll this year that showed only 30% of Minnesotans think lawmakers should stick to the "no tax" plan -- the rest thought they should either raise taxes or use a combination of taxes and budget cuts to solve the budget problem.

TPVDFL took down the post about the poll which had many comments asking if DP had just made up the numbers.

DP then erased the entire blog when other bloggers continued to ask about the poll and DP replied that he couldn't reveal the source of the poll. That left DP's blogging credibility seriously in doubt.

I guess DP decided he/she couldn't take the heat and got out of the kitchen. But more likely DP will just find a new name, a new blog and create new poll numbers.6/20/2005 05:56:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Any Democrat running for the presidency in 2008 without the first name of Hillary is actually trying to be the vice-presidential nominee. Let me be the first Republican to dare the Democrats to nominate Biden. I hope Brian Melendez is reading my blog!
Joseph Biden plans 2008 run for presidency WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said on Sunday he intends to run for president in 2008. But Biden, who also sought the nomination in 1988, said he would give himself until the end of this year to determine whether he can raise enough money and attract enough support. Going after the nomination "is a real possibility," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "My intention, as I sit here now, is, as I've proceeded since last November as if I were going to run. I'm quite frankly going out, seeing whether I can gather the kind of support," Biden said. The senator said he was taking his "game on the road, letting people know what I think." Biden dropped out of the 1988 presidential race after a series of disclosures that he had liberally borrowed from other politicians in his stump speeches and after questions about his law school records. Source: Associated Press, June 20, 2005|W|P|111927277366290996|W|P|MEMO TO MINNESOTA DEMOCRATS: PLEASE SUPPORT BIDEN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/18/2005 08:02:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

These protesters must think it's Halloween. What a bunch of freaks. If President Bush had come to Minnesota to discuss mental health issues, these people would have been let into the event.
Source for picture: Star Tribune
|W|P|111910694249171436|W|P|FREAK SHOW IN MAPLE GROVE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/18/2005 09:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Ben|W|P|I saw similar signs on 50th and France a few days ago, are they related?6/18/2005 09:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|Wow. A sign that says "Peace." What freaks.6/19/2005 05:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I know, can you believe it?6/20/2005 06:43:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tony|W|P|Even if you let the ONE sign that has the word "peace" on it alone, the rest of those people are freaks of nature. As for that ONE sign that says, "Peace" I find it interesting that the logic of "Peace" to the anti-war freaks would, if applied without equivocations, mean that this country would still be under British rule with slavery until 1940 or so, when this land would be flying a Swastika and by now would have no Jews, blacks, hispanics, special ed people, etc.

Peace through strength and peace through war is at times necessary. It seems that only the mentally challenged do not understand that.6/23/2005 12:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Why is it, whenever two or more moonbats get together the scene resembles nothing so much as a bag of assholes with all the good one's picked out?

I'm not exagerating in the least!6/23/2005 12:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|BTW, I don't see any signs that say "Peace".

There is one that we can just make out "PE.." on, but judging from the crew out there that one is just about guaranteed to read "I'm a pecker head".6/18/2005 07:54:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Doran's assets worth between $57 million and $210 million Real estate developer plans to tap personal fortune for U.S. Senate run WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Doran's assets are worth between $57 million and $210 million, according to a personal financial disclosure form he filed this week. The Democrat, a real estate developer from Eden Prairie who plans to tap some of his fortune in the Senate race, also listed eight mortgages and one loan totaling between $32.5 million and $161 million. He has joined a list of other candidates who are vying for the seat being vacated by Sen. Mark Dayton, DFL-Minn. Doran said he has spent $250,000 of his own money on the campaign so far. "That's more than enough to meet our current needs," he said, adding that he doesn't know how much money he will have to put into the race. Doran's ability to swamp his opponents with personal spending will be limited by the "millionaire's amendment," which was passed as part of the 2002 campaign finance law. That provision raises contribution limits for candidates whose opponents finance their own campaigns, outpacing them in spending. Last month, Democratic Senate candidates Amy Klobuchar and Patty Wetterling and GOP candidate Mark Kennedy filed forms showing each had assets of less than $1 million. Doran filed later because he entered the race later. Doran is president of the Robert Muir Co., which has developed more than 3 million square feet of shopping centers in Minnesota. He listed a salary of $486,000, plus rental income from four properties of at least $100,000 each last year. He listed one real-estate ownership stake worth between $25 million and $50 million; six worth between $5 million and $25 million each; and two worth between $1 million and $5 million each, along with several smaller stakes. The forms require figures to be listed only in broad ranges. Doran said he's still actively raising money from outside sources but said he didn't know how much he had raised so far. Source: Associated Press, June 18, 2005 |W|P|111910675365483110|W|P|DORAN'S CASH MAKES HIM A CONTENDER|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/16/2005 12:58:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Wetterling Seems Intent On Making Senate Bid If it was not clear before, the entrance of Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg into Minnesota's 6th district race this week appears to definitively signal that 2004 nominee Patty Wetterling will not seek the open seat. Although Wetterling has aggressively been campaigning for the Gopher State's open Senate seat, quiet efforts to change her mind and rumors that she would eventually back out persisted. Now that Democrats have Tinklenberg, a conservative former mayor and state official running in the Republican-leaning district, speculation about Wetterling's intentions has finally ceased. "We certainly wish Patty Wetterling the best in her Senate race. She ran a great campaign last time and I'm sure she will again with her Senate race," said Bill Burton, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Elwyn Tinklenberg makes a great candidate who fits the profile of the district and who's independent like the voters are there." Wetterling did not join Minnesota Reps. James Oberstar and Collin Peterson on Tuesday in endorsing Tinklenberg but the two are old friends, and many political observers are convinced she will eventually back him.
"I think El is a great candidate for the 6th district and wish him all best," she said in a statement. Then, to drive home the point that the Senate is her sole focus, she added: "In a short period of time we've been able to attract 10,000 donors to my Senate campaign that follows on the footsteps of our poll showing us leading [likely Republican nominee Rep.] Mark Kennedy in a general election match up by 9 points." Wetterling commissioned a poll in February that showed her beating Kennedy statewide 47 percent to 38 percent. And for good measure, Wetterling is also closing her Congressional campaign account. That decision puts EMILY's List in a bind. The women's group supports female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights. Last year it endorsed and raised money for Wetterling against Kennedy in the 6th district, but this time Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, another Democrat who supports abortion rights, is running for the Senate too. "The quarter is not over yet, we're going to wait and see how that it all turns out," EMILY's List spokeswoman Ramona Oliver said, referring to the approaching June 30 deadline for Federal Election Commission reports. "We're watching the race, waiting to see how it develops; there's no definitive timeline [for the group to endorse a candidate] yet." Both Wetterling and Klobuchar posted impressive fundraising numbers in the first quarter, but if one significantly outraises the other this quarter, it could influence who EMILY's List and some other liberal organizations ultimately decide to support. Real estate developer Kelly Doran, a wealthy political neophyte, and philanthropist Ford Bell are also seeking the Democratic Senate nod. Wealthy trial attorney Mike Ciresi, who unsuccessfully ran for the Senate nomination in 2000, is reportedly interviewing staff for a possible second attempt, the newsletter Politics in Minnesota reported last week. Newly installed state Democratic Party Chairman Brian Melendez said Wetterling's denials - and even an endorsement of Tinklenberg - "probably won't end the speculation" about her changing her mind and running for the House. But clearly he and the DCCC are not expecting her to change course. "The party will not try to be getting Patty Wetterlingout of the Senate race, " Melendez said. Source: Roll Call, June 16, 2005|W|P|111895253946985936|W|P|DCCC WANTS WETTERLING TO RUN FOR THE U.S. SENATE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/16/2005 08:42:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|From: Tom Matzzie, MoveOn PAC Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2005 10:07 AM Subject: Friday in St. Paul: Rally To Defeat Bush's Privatization Scam This Friday, President Bush speaks in Maple Grove, Minnesota and we're going to be ready. Help us show the media and your neighbors the strong momentum we have against Bush's Social Security privatization scam. Join our rally at 9:30am this Friday at the Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul. Sign up today! Dear MoveOn member, You can help save Social Security from President Bush in St. Paul this Friday. This Friday, President Bush will visit Maple Grove to discuss retirement issues and push his risky Social Security privatization scam that would slash benefits for middle-class families. The president's trip to the Congressional District of Republican Jim Ramstad shows that he needs to buck up support for his unpopular Social Security scam among his own base. But we can't yield an inch now, especially since the U.S. Congress is now drafting a Social Security bill. Any shift in momentum in favor of the president's privatization plan would be bad for Social Security. MoveOn is working with the coalition fighting to protect Social Security, Americans United to Protect Social Security, to organize a Friday rally to voice opposition to the president's privatization scheme. You are invited to attend and join with local Members of Congress, senior citizens, students, union members, people of faith and others concerned about the future of Social Security. WHAT: Rally to Protect Social Security from Privatization in St. Paul WHEN: Friday, June 17, 2005, 9:30 a.m. WHERE: The Capitol Rotunda, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Saint Paul RSVP ONLINE: www.americansforsocialsecurity.com/events SIGNS: Signs will be provided. DOWNLOAD A FLYER: http://inthistogethercampaign.org/bushflyernew.pdf Thanks for all you do. Tom Matzzie and the MoveOn PAC Team Thursday, June 16, 2005 P.S. You can check out the amazing momentum these Social Security rallies show by viewing the video on the front page of http://www.americansforsocialsecurity.com/ . Here are some key points to talk about if a reporter asks you why you're at the rally. George Bush's privatization plan would make massive cuts in Social Security benefits for future retirees and add trillions of dollars to the national debt. By replacing our Social Security system with new private accounts, Social Security benefits will inevitably be cut—up to 46 percent for future retirees. In addition to privatization, Bush has proposed even more benefit cuts that will slash benefits for every middle-class family that makes over $20,000. Benefit cuts are the problem, not the solution. George Bush has admitted that privatization does not solve Social Security's solvency issues, so privatization is a sham meant to replace a guaranteed benefit with a guaranteed gamble. PAID FOR BY MOVEON PAC Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.|W|P|111893679346852368|W|P|MOVE ON PROTEST TOMORROW|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/15/2005 01:52:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Al Fraken is a prick and I hope he runs in 2008 "On Saturday the crowd of about 500 Minnesotans was hungry for Grade A red meat with a side of invective, and Mr. Franken did not disappoint. He pointed out that he had been married for 30 years and said, 'If I get in a debate with Norm Coleman, I plan on asking him, 'Don't you want two people to have what you and your wife have?' He paused as the roar grew in acknowledgement of the fact that Senator Coleman and his wife, Laurie, spend significant amounts of time apart because of her acting career." Source: New York Times, June 15, 2005 Below is the complete article. Comedian for Senator? Don't Laugh MINNEAPOLIS, June 13 - The swells who showed up before Al Franken's speech at a Democratic fund-raiser to down finger food and punch were thrilled to see him, all the more so because he continues to make threatening noises about running for the Senate herein 2008. A former writer and performer for "Saturday Night Live" and more recently a radio host on Air America, Mr. Franken has used his outsider status to hurl humor-based invective and indignation at the powers that be, but he is considering becoming part of what he so frequently assails. On Saturday evening he worked the crowd as if being accosted by strangers in a sweltering tent redolent of meatballs was his idea of a good time. It can get mighty personal mighty fast for a native son whom everyone seems to know. "I jumped ya twice in Thief River Falls," said a middle-age woman in greeting at the pre-speech party in a tent next to the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota here. The seeming inference of long-ago sexual congress would cause deep blushing elsewhere, but it actually meant that Faith Rud and Mr. Franken had bonded in a far more profoundly Minnesotan way: she had used jumper cables to revive his Volkswagen bus on a cold night long ago after a college gig. Mr. Franken, who left Minnesota at age 22 but has made a habit of coming back frequently, has suggested he may move his radio show to the state sometime next year. His delivery manages to be caustic and laconic, an unhurried savaging of all that is conservative and Republican, all wrapped up to a trumpeted call to arms. "In this country, we are going through a very dark period," he told his audience, "and someday your grandchildren are going to ask what you did, and you are going to tell them, 'I worked my butt off,' " he said, exhorting the audience to work to turn out the current administration. He is a public person who likes his public and enjoys a microphone. (He was heckled last week for going on too long while accepting an award from Talkers magazine.) Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura have already demonstrated that star power can create its own legitimacy in politics, but given Mr. Franken's penchant for going over the top and staying there, he may serve as a test of just how far a celeb-pol can go and still have a valid shot at being elected. A ferocious, unreconstructed liberal, he may show up for the troops as part of U.S.O. tours, but he believes that the war they are fighting is little more than a criminal conspiracy at the highest reaches of government. Mr. Franken can give a speech. He knows the issues. But could he be too partisan for politics? "There is an intersection between humor and truth," said Sandra Yue, who attended the speech. "He has a sincerity and commitment that I think people will respond to." Before and after the speech at the University of Minnesota here, many people thanked him for rushing back to Minnesota after Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash to campaign for Walter F. Mondale as the senator's successor. The effort failed, and Norman Coleman, a Republican, ended up in the Senate. Mr. Franken and others believe the seat rightfully belongs to the Democrats. "Aren't you sick of Republican lectures about family values?" he said, mentioning Rush Limbaugh's battles with prescription drugs and Bill O'Reilly's alleged penchant for using the phone to titillating ends. (A sexual harassment lawsuit brought against Mr. O'Reilly was settled last year.) The prospect of a comedian running for the office sparks belly laughs in some and genuine interest in others. "Al is no better or no worse, no more or less qualified, that anyone else who has expressed interest in running in 2008, although that is a long way away," said John Van Hecke, campaign manager for the Minnesota House Democratic caucus. "Al says what a lot of people are thinking, but says it in a way that is a lot funnier than almost anyone." A spokesman for Senator Coleman said that his office would not comment on a potential opponent in a race that is a few years away. Mr. Franken continues to hedge his bets, partly because Air America seems to be gaining some traction. "I am not sure that I am running yet," he said, sitting in the concert hall's green room before his appearance. "Part of the calculus is where the radio show goes. I don't want to leave them in the lurch." There would not seem to be much of a fit between Mr. Franken and his re-adopted home state. Minnesota Nice, as it is called, means that when the woman serving coffee at Caribou, the local doppelgänger of Starbucks, asks how you are doing, she really wants to know. Although Mr. Franken is affable and sports a backpack jammed with wonky articles and books, he is not exactly Minnesota Nice. His last book was titled "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," and he spends enormous amounts of time on his three-hour radio show truth-squading and savaging various people on the right. Then again, Minnesota is a place of enormous, and not easily explained, contradictions. A place where lions of the Democratic party - Hubert H. Humphrey and Eugene J. McCarthy - once strode the earth, it takes voting very seriously, with a 79 percent turnout in the 2004 general election. Yet in 1998 it elected a professional wrestler to run the state. Minnesotans, who show up in droves at the state fair to marvel at seed art and butter sculptures but also show up en masse at the legitimate theater, are their own darn thing. So frequently cast as droll practitioners of the art of common sense, they have displayed some fairly atavistic tendencies, electing Mr. Ventura out of nowhere as both a slap and a jolt to the system. In their own quiet way, they remain mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore. On Saturday the crowd of about 500 Minnesotans was hungry for Grade A red meat with a side of invective, and Mr. Franken did not disappoint. He pointed out that he had been married for 30 years and said, "If I get in a debate with Norm Coleman, I plan on asking him, 'Don't you want two people to have what you and your wife have?' " He paused as the roar grew in acknowledgement of the fact that Senator Coleman and his wife, Laurie, spend significant amounts of time apart because of her acting career. The laughter filled Mr. Franken with glee, but in the next moment, he choked up while talking about touring with the U.S.O. He is surprisingly raw, breaking down when he mentions his father and, minutes later, screaming with indignation when he talks about money that has gone missing that was intended for redevelopment in Iraq. In that sense he is not remarkably different from Senator Wellstone, known to rattle a lectern with his sheer volume. "I'd like to think that somebody like me, who says what he thinks and gets his facts right, has a place in politics," Mr. Franken said much later on Saturday, sitting in the Brave New Workshop comedy club on the south side of Minneapolis, where he started performing while in high school. Mr. Franken grew up in St. Louis Park, a Minneapolis suburb, and was admitted to Blake, a competitive and expensive prep school, because, he said, "they needed some Jews to get their SAT scores up." Minnesotans, as Garrison Keillor has pointed out, are plenty smart in general, just not too fond of showing it off. They are more than willing to invite a prodigal back to the potluck supper that is life here, and to lampoon their own cartoonish dimensions at the same time. At the end of Mr. Franken's speech, he received a thunderous ovation - and a special gift from Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a Democratic state representative from Minneapolis. She presented him with a Crock-Pot, along with some advice: "Nothing says 'I care' quite like wild-rice hot dish for the neighbors."|W|P|111886968529096232|W|P|FRANKEN TAKES A CHEAP SHOT AT COLEMAN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/15/2005 09:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger alion|W|P|Why is that a cheap shot? And don't say because it pokes fun at the unfortunate fact that Coleman and his wife have to have a long-distance relationship, and on account of her acting career no less! Because you know as well as anyone that that is the New York Times' misinterpretation of the comment and the crowd's reaction. So let's hear it.6/16/2005 05:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|I agree with alion. We ALL know why they spent time aprt, and it is not about her acting career. Maybe the Times doesn't bease the folks the talked too chose NOT to take a cheep shot by giving them the real reason eveyone in Minnesota knows.

Norm is not the "ideal" husband when you are looking for a poster boy for marriage. So the critisism is well founded.6/16/2005 08:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Hammer|W|P|Coleman flew Laurie in to do TV ads as a family in 2002. Don't blame Franken for pointing out that Coleman's a hypocrite.6/16/2005 08:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger alion|W|P|Hammer is exactly right. In general, a politician's personal life is irrelevant to his/her political life, and therefore out of bounds. However, there is no question that if a politician specifically sells him- or herself as a family man or woman -- as Coleman indisputably did in 2002 -- well, then the voters have a right to know whether that candidate really is as he (in this case) is selling himself. If Coleman in effect says, "Elect me in part because I am a good family man, with my wife and kids etc.," then it matters whether he is or not. Just as if Coleman says, "Elect me in part because I favor phasing out Social Security," it matters whether he does in fact favor phasing out Social Security or not. It is probably the press' job to check first and foremost, but needless to say, the press doesn't always do its job.

If Coleman had not sold himself specifically as a family man, you could make a better case that it is utterly irrelevant that his marriage is fake and that he is a serial philanderer. You also have to deal with the pushing of a family values agenda, but that is a less clear-cut case.6/16/2005 12:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Hammer|W|P|He's still doing it. Here's Coleman and his wife from the official Senate page.6/15/2005 12:29:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is a new blog. I will add it to my daily read list.|W|P|111886393316348464|W|P|PAWLENTY v. THE DFL BLOG|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/15/2005 01:26:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|the link "edit me" on this "new" blog goes to "http://minnesotademocratsexposed.blogspot.com/MN%20Dems%20Exposed%3C/a%3E%3C/li%3E%20%20%20%20%3Cli%3E%3Ca%20href="
Are you the same blogger as the one doing this "new" blog? Are you affiliated with them?6/15/2005 02:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I am not. I found out about this blog when the author provided a link in a comment.6/15/2005 02:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I just visited this blog and I am confused as to why the "Edit-Me" link would go to my blog.,=

Thanks for pointing this out.6/15/2005 04:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jason|W|P|HAHAHA, nice try. This is obviously being done by either a pawlenty staffer, a republican staffer, or you. Which is it?6/15/2005 05:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|It's not me.6/15/2005 12:23:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|El Tinklenberg's campaign website is now active.|W|P|111886361704469136|W|P|EL FOR CONGRESS WEBSITE IS ACTIVE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/14/2005 01:46:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Former state transportation chief jumps into race for Congress Former state Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg kicked off a campaign for Congress on Tuesday, stressing his past work as a minister and staking out a strong position on issues of faith and moral values. A former mayor of this suburb north of Minneapolis, Tinklenberg is against legalized abortion, supports a constitutional ban on gay marriage and opposes heightened restrictions on gun ownership. That puts him to the right of many of his fellow Democrats, but could be a boost in next year's race to fill the open seat in the 6th Congressional District, which has grown more solidly Republican. Tinklenberg said he has been a lifelong Democrat, but he worked for third-party Gov. Jesse Ventura. He said that proves his willingness to put good policy ahead of politics. Tinklenberg said while Republicans have been using social issues to divide voters, he would try to put a values emphasis back on issues such as more progressive taxation and affordable health care. ''There are people who are using scripture to build walls rather than tear them down,'' Tinklenberg said. ''They use religion to judge the lives of others while forgetting what is said about acceptance and forgiveness.'' While Tinklenberg is the first announced big-name Democrat seeking to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy, who's running for Congress, the Republican side already has five candidates - many of whom are outspoken conservatives. Those candidates are state Reps. Phil Krinkie and Jim Knoblach; state Sen. Michele Bachmann; former state Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke; and St. Cloud-area businessman Jay Esmay. The 6th District includes northern Twin Cities suburbs and extends northwest to the St. Cloud area. As he espoused lofty rhetoric on values, Tinklenberg also pointed to a record of public service he said shows he can get things done. He announced his candidacy at the sprawling National Sports Center complex, which came to fruition when Tinklenberg was Blaine's mayor. Another accomplishment, he said, was the light rail transit plan that started to head toward reality while Tinklenberg led the Department of Transportation despite strong opposition from those he labeled cynics. ''Today I invite those same cynics to ride the light rail with me to a Twins game and see who's on board,'' Tinklenberg said. ''Ridership has surpassed even my greatest hopes.'' On some major issues at the congressional level, Tinklenberg said he would have voted for the Bush plan for war in Iraq, but thinks there should have been better post-invasion planning. He said he thinks there should be a ''national discussion'' on the future of Social Security, but does not support the Bush administration's call for partial privatization. Tinklenberg said he would abide by the endorsement of the 6th District DFL. Other Democrats mentioned as potential candidates include St. Cloud Mayor John Ellenbecker, and state Rep. Joe Opatz of St. Cloud. Another Democrat, Scott Mortensen of Woodbury, has announced he's in the race but appears to have little backing or financial resources. Tarryl Clark, a DFL activist from St. Cloud, said she expected that any potential DFL candidates would abide by the party's endorsement. The hope among Democratic activists is that the fight on the Republican side will drive those candidates so far to the right that the Democratic candidate looks sensible in comparison. ''Given who's in the field right now, they really don't have centrists represented,'' Clark said. ''They have people who really are out of the mainstream.'' The Republican Party mostly held its fire on Tinklenberg on Tuesday, but promised a full vetting of his record as transportation commissioner and as a lobbyist. Republicans were at times critical of his financial stewardship when he led MnDOT. Source: Associated Press, June 14, 2005|W|P|111878237327371428|W|P|EL FOR CONGRESS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/14/2005 06:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lucy|W|P|I visit your blog regularly and find it quite amusing. Keep it up!6/15/2005 08:48:00 AM|W|P|Blogger DP|W|P|http://tpvdfl.blogspot.com/6/14/2005 09:07:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Today El Tinklenberg, former mayor of Blaine and former Minnesota transportation commissioner, announced his campaign for Congress in the 6th district.

Elwyn is now going by "El."

|W|P|111876581436623789|W|P|THE COMMISSIONOR FORMERLY KNOW AS ELWYN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/14/2005 11:25:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Students For Bachmann|W|P|also check out Mr. Scotty Mortensen

here and here

Scotty is running in the 6th as well.6/13/2005 01:24:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Her website is potentially the worst congressional campaign website I have ever seen. Welcome to the race Coleen.|W|P|111869470652548258|W|P|COLEEN ROWELY'S WEBSITE IS UP|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/13/2005 01:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Conservative Minnesotan|W|P|She looks like she's going to send "laser beams" into my head.

Is this the post you previewed today?6/14/2005 08:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|Nothing on her page says it is for congress. Do you have proof?6/13/2005 11:15:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Please check back later today.|W|P|111868674081026506|W|P|MDE WILL POST LATER TODAY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/13/2005 12:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Conservative Minnesotan|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.6/13/2005 12:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Conservative Minnesotan|W|P|I am intrigued by this post. It sounds like a media advance: "The president will address the press in 30 minutes."6/10/2005 02:18:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Hatch daughters found not guilty CHICAGO - Elizabeth and Anne Hatch burst into tears, hugged their lawyers and were embraced by their father as a judge found them not guilty of the misdemeanor charges against them in an altercation with Chicago police. Minnesota's Attorney General Mike Hatch had been sitting behind them in Cook County Misdemeanor Court when the judge found them not guilty of resisting a peace officer, simple battery and criminal damage to property or a vehicle. The women had been celebrating Anne Hatch's birthday in March 2004 when they were ordered to leave the Crobar club on Chicago's Near North Side. Elizabeth Hatch, 23, had said that she was attempting to go back into the bar to get her coat and her sister when she ended up in a dispute with a police officer. Police alleged that she slapped officer Jeffrey Phillips, which she denied. Source: Star Tribune, June 10, 2005|W|P|111843857303033097|W|P|JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/11/2005 10:03:00 PM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|Did I mention how much I love Republican infighting?

From KvM:
Pawlenty left extremely angry. He spent roughly thirty minutes with Bill Pulkrabek between the first and second ballots attempting to get him to endorse Eibensteiner — an unlikely prospect, but considering Pulkrabek chaired Eibensteiner’s 2003 reelection campaign, not completely out of the realm of the possible. Pulkrabek left the meeting and immediately endorsed Carey. The Governor was last seen storming out of the State Central meeting, having taken the defeat very personally — as it was probably intended by the 193 delegates who voted for Carey. (Ed. note: contrast this with the happy GOP press release posted by Doug below.)

Although Pawlenty’s name was cheered every time it was mentioned and most people spoke glowingly about him, it was obvious the Carey/Pulkrabek contingent (if not necessarily the candidates themselves) wanted a chunk of flesh out of Pawlenty’s side. They got it and in return a weaker governor with less room to negotiate a positive settlement with the budget impasse.

And you thought the Herschel Walker trade was bad…

UPDATE: News of the friction between Pawlenty and the Carey supporters spreads fast—so fast that none other than the White House called, during the convention, to attempt a start to smoothing over the hurt feelings. With Pawlenty’s emotional exit, that obviously wasn’t accomplished today.

As they say in the big leagues, more news as this story develops…6/10/2005 11:07:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|'It was a good kick,' Anne Hatch says of jolt she gave cop car's window CHICAGO -- The defense in the trial of Anne and Elizabeth Hatch rested just before noon today after an hour of testimony from Anne Hatch. During that time, the 22-year-old described how she argued with a Chicago police officer who was trying to get her to leave the area outside a Chicago night spot and kicked out the window of a squad car. Her sister, Elizabeth, 23, testified Thursday. Their father, Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch, had been a potential witness in the case, but did not testify. The women are charged with misdemeanors after a wee-hours fracas outside the nightclub. Prosecutors indicated they may call one rebuttal witness, and closing arguments could be heard this afternoon. The women remained composed today, unlike on Thursday, when when both briefly broke down. Like her sister, Anne Hatch offered an account of what happened in the early morning hours of March 27, 2004, that differed from the one offered by six prosecution witnesses earlier this week. She said she was the first sister arrested, which contradicts the account by the arresting officers. She said she confronted officer Jeffrey Phillips after he said over his police car's public address system ''Go home, little girls. Good night. You're done.'' She said she walked across the street, saying to Phillips, ''If you have something to say to me, speak to me like an adult.'' She said she was handcuffed within seconds and placed in the back seat of the squad car. While she was in the squad car, she said, she noticed that officers outside appeared to be hurting her sister, and she said she kicked the passenger side window to divert their attention. Asked by a prosecutor how hard she'd kicked the window, she said, ''I'm a soccer player. It was a good kick.'' The Hatch sisters opened their defense on Thursday, after almost two days of listening as their actions and reputations were shredded by prosecutors. Most pointedly, Elizabeth Hatch said she never slapped Phillips, the alleged action that led to the arrests. Elizabeth Hatch admitted to being "buzzed" after drinking at least five alcoholic drinks that night and said she engaged in what her attorney called "really foul language," but she vehemently disagreed with the prosecution's portrayal of two obnoxious, drunk women who arrogantly challenged everyone from bar bouncers to police officers. The Hatches each face misdemeanor charges of resisting a peace officer, simple battery and criminal damage to property. Such a case would hardly merit more than a line in a Chicago newspaper's police blotter were it not for the high profile of their father. Chicago's news media seized on that from the first days of the case and prosecutors have repeatedly introduced testimony from witnesses who said the women invoked their father's name and title, saying "Don't you know who I am?" No such thing occurred outside the trendy Crobar club on Chicago's Near North Side, Elizabeth Hatch said Thursday. Neither sister brought up her father's name and both later refused to give their real identities to arresting officers because "I knew this would happen and that the media would leap on it," Elizabeth Hatch said. "I've been raised in a political family and I know how politics and the media work." For his part, Mike Hatch spent Thursday pacing the halls of the fifth floor of the Cook County Misdemeanor Court building. Before Thursday morning's court session began, Hatch briefly broke his silence about the case, saying, "I believe in the system. I believe they'll be acquitted." Later, he added, "it's been a year from hell." The centerpiece of Thursday's testimony focused on Elizabeth Hatch's forcible removal from the nightclub and her encounter with Phillips. Phillips testified that he and a partner were returning to their patrol district after refueling their squad when they were hailed by a man who said he was the Crobar nightclub's security manager. The manager told Phillips that two women were causing a disturbance "by pacing back and forth and screaming." When he used his loudspeaker to tell them to head home he said the woman he identified as Elizabeth Hatch replied "who the [expletive] are you talking to?" and bolted across the street toward his cruiser. He said she reached back with her right hand as if to hit him and he tried to restrain her on the hood of the car. As he tried to handcuff her, "she spun around and slapped me in the face ... knocking my glasses off." Crobar security officer Don Farrell, a retired Chicago cop, recalled the slap as the "way a wife would slap her husband if she found out he was cheating on her." Elizabeth Hatch denied that that happened, saying a bouncer had carried her across the street and that she was knocked to the ground by an unknown assailant who tried to handcuff her. She said she never touched Phillips and that "my knees were knocked out from under me and I fell to the ground. I didn't know who this person was. He grabbed my arms behind my back when my face was still smashed into the ground." A cell phone call recorded on one of Hatch's friends' answering machines captured part of the encounter. "Don't I have any rights?" she asked. "Not now, bitch," Phillips replied. "You can't call me bitch -- I didn't do anything," she said. Asked why he had referred to Hatch that way, Phillips said, "I'm human -- I may be a police officer, but I'd just been struck in the face and I was insulted." Later during his testimony, he said when he and his fellow officer "found out who they were, we knew this was going to be a headline issue." It remains so to this day. Source: Assocaited Press, June 10, 2005|W|P|111842752872207199|W|P|ELIZABETH HATCH: "DON'T I HAVE ANY RIGHTS?" CHICAGO POLICE: "NOT NOW BITCH"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/10/2005 09:54:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|If Mike Hatch would have kept his mouth shut about the legal problems of Morgan Grams, the son of then U.S. Senator Rod Grams, I wouldn't be discussing his daughters' legal problems. ### "Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch said he found the incident 'clearly troubling' but said he lacked jurisdiction over local sheriffs offices." (Star Tribune, November 15, 1999) "State Attorney General Mike Hatch said that should such an investigation be undertaken and preferential treatment be discovered, it would be possible that Morgan Grams could still be questioned and charged. Hatch said he found the incident 'clearly troubling' but said he lacked jurisdiction over local sheriffs offices." (Associated Press, November 15, 1999) "State Attorney General Mike Hatch said that if there was preferential treatment, Morgan Grams could still be questioned and charged. (Associated Press, November 15, 1999) "Hatch troubledAttorney General Mike Hatch said he found the Dakota report troubling because it 'appears to encompass many judgment errors undertaken or witnessed' by four officers at the scene. 'When four deputies are involved, you question the pattern of conduct and willingness of the officers to undertake questionable actions in front of each other and whether the errors are systemic in nature.'" (Star Tribune, December 11, 1999)|W|P|111842281476600592|W|P|MIKE HATCH AND MORGAN GRAMS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/10/2005 12:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|They're different situations. In the Grams case, the question was: did police act improperly and give Morgan Grams preferential treatment because his father was a Senator?

In the Hatch case, there are no allegations of police misconduct or inappropriate use of political power. The allegations concern only Hatch's daughters.6/10/2005 01:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony|W|P|Even if the situations were the same, the GOP was p/o'ed at the tactics then while the DFL applauded and the same should be true now. The GOP should be against these stories running while the DFL ought to parade these stories.

Sadly, I have never found such intellectual honesty in the DFL and am re-realizing that it does not exist very much within the GOP.

*sigh*6/10/2005 02:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|I am glad to see the "He started it" excuse is alive and well. Hatch did it. Fine. He is a jackass. You do it cause he did it? You are no better.6/11/2005 03:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger PK|W|P|Hi!

Mitch sent me ;-)

All I can say about Mike Hatch is that I tried to sell him database software for a Wang mini-computer when he was DFL chair.

If first impressions really mean anything, I will never forget what a smug, venal wiseass he struck me as.

And that was before knew much about politics.

Went to meet the little old lady volunteers at the South Minneapolis storefront DFL HQ.

They didn't want no computer. They had reams and reams of valuable paper that worked just fine.

Long story short, Hatch was looking for something for nothing. DFL, even or ESPECIALLY in those days needed a much bigger system.

So I told them that. And the Wang sales guys wouldn't talk to me for awhile because I effed a sale. Sorry Wangsters, you promised, I delivered. You profitted I went nuts.

Really and truly, I mean it when I say that Mike Hatch had vanished from the Planet the day after I met him I would still remember what a prick he was.

History now backs me up. Hell, his own Party hates his guts, but they are so frantic to have someone in high office that they will abandon their lofty principals in Hatch's case -- not always willingly -- some are scared to death of him because he "knows stuff."

Hi Mikey! Come and get the Wog!6/09/2005 08:21:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Hatch Sisters' Trial Begins The Hatch sisters.. are they like the midwestern version of Paris & Nicole? Pulling shinanigans at nightclubs, demanding special treatment, getting into fights, attacking police? Or are they just some nice Minnesotan girls trying to have a good time on a birthday? The trial began yesterday and that's what the judge will be deciding. Yesterday in opening statements, prosecutors said that Elizabeth and Anne Hatch, the daughters of MN's attorney general, were drunk and violent during an incident at Crobar last year. The occassion was Anne's 21st birthday and the whole thing is said to have started when a waitress refused to serve Elizabeth another Cosmo because she was too wasted. Elizabeth called her a bitch and was then escorted out of the bar by security. When the girls kept fighting with security, the bouncers called over a police car that was passing by. Source: The Chicagoist, June 9, 2005|W|P|111833070604047787|W|P|A CHICAGO BLOG COVERS THE HATCH DAUGHTER'S TRIAL|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/09/2005 10:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony|W|P|I was against this type of reporting when it was done relating to Rod Grams' son, I was against this type of reporting when it was done relating to G.W. Bush's daughters and I am against this type of reporting now.

What does this story REALLY have to do with Hatch? Are these girls adults and thus not the responsibility of Hatch?

I have to call a spade a spade and this is 100% mud-slinging.6/10/2005 08:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|Amen Tony!!!

Nice to see a GOPer with morals!6/09/2005 07:30:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"Daddy's little party girls" v. "The conservative look"|W|P|111832776704359743|W|P|KQRS POLL ON HATCH DAUGHTERS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/09/2005 06:44:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is my favorate quote: "you don't know who I am -- my dad is the state's attorney of Minnesota." A trial of 2 tales emerging in Hatch sisters' case CHICAGO -- A tape recording of Elizabeth Hatch's reedy, clearly terrified voice echoed through a tiny courtroom Wednesday morning: "I didn't do anything! What did I do to you? I'm asking you why are you arresting me? WHY ARE YOU ARRESTING ME?" The trial now underway in Cook County Misdemeanor Court will determine the answers to those questions, captured by a stranger on his cell phone about 3 a.m. on March 27, 2004, when Elizabeth Hatch and her sister, Anne, were arrested and charged with three misdemeanors each after scuffling with police outside a trendy nightclub on Chicago's Near North Side. The Cook County prosecutor and the Hatches' defense attorneys painted contradictory, broad outlines of their approaches to the case Wednesday during the opening day of the trial, which is being held before a judge, rather than a jury. Although the "Hatch girls," as they have been dubbed, have waived their right to a jury trial, the jury box was filled -- by a dozen journalists drawn by the novelty of a case in a court that almost never conducts full-blown trials. Another reason for the intense media attention: The defendants' father is Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch, one of the state's most prominent DFLers and a presumptive candidate for governor next year. Hatch was there, but stayed in the hall outside the courtroom all day Wednesday because he may be called as a witness. Boiled to its essence, the trial appears likely to lay out these scenarios, based on the testimony of the first four prosecution witnesses, all employees of the Crobar Club, where the incident occurred: The Hatches were loud, obnoxious, arrogant, obviously drunken patrons of a club that had just shown them the door. They then profanely and repeatedly attacked the police officers who politely told them to call it a night. Or: They had been kicked out of a club on a cold winter night, without their coats or purses, manhandled by the police for no discernible reason and then, when their high media profiles were discovered, vilified from behind the thin blue line of officer solidarity erected when police are accused of misconduct. Right after the arrests, the Hatches' mother filed a complaint against the arresting officers, alleging mistreatment, which she later dropped. Anne Hatch, 22, and Elizabeth Hatch, 23, each face misdemeanor charges of resisting a peace officer, simple battery and criminal damage to property or a vehicle. On Wednesday, they spent the day in court alternately scribbling on legal pads and tightly grasping each other's hand after enduring the gantlet of TV cameras that greeted them when they arrived at the courthouse. Four prosecution witnesses, all employees of the Crobar Club, created a portrait of screaming, foul-mouthed, imperious young women who flaunted their relationship with their famous father. "Do you know who I am?" security guard Steve Torres testified that Elizabeth Hatch demanded of him. "No, I don't," he said. "You don't know who I am -- my dad is the state's attorney of Minnesota." He hustled her outside the club, where retired Chicago police officer and current Crobar guard Don Farrell watched as, he said, both Hatches lit into two passing Chicago officers he had waved over. "These were two women who were obviously drunk and I knew they were getting out of hand," he said. "I called the squad over because if they were the attorney general's daughters, I figured they'd respect law enforcement." Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Lindsay Malitz said the Hatch sisters were "celebrating by drinking, then drank some more. In the early morning hours, they lost control." Defense attorney Tom Breen, who represents Elizabeth Hatch, said the allegations "were, quite simply, concocted to cover the backsides of certain people." Lawyer Cynthia Giacchetti, representing Anne Hatch, said her client "got arrested for nothing at first. Were they scared? Yeah. We're they excited? Yeah. Did they yell? Yeah. No one was on their best behavior that morning, but crimes were not committed." Source: Star Tribune, June 9, 2005|W|P|111832494948236167|W|P|"YOU DON'T KNOW WHO I AM -- MY DAD IS THE STATE'S ATTORNEY OF MINNESOTA."|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/08/2005 07:41:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Hatch daughters' trial set to begin Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch will be in court today as a parent rather than as an attorney when he attends the trial of his two daughters who were involved in a scuffle with police outside a Chicago nightclub. Anne and Elizabeth Hatch face charges of battery, resisting arrest and damaging a police car in connection with an altercation on March 27, 2004, when they were celebrating Anne Hatch's 21st birthday. All of the charges are misdemeanors. On Tuesday, Hatch was with his daughters when they appeared in a Chicago courtroom to waive their right to a jury trial. Cook County Judge Colleen Sheehan will decide their case in a bench trial that begins at 11 a.m. today and is expected to conclude on Thursday. Tuesday's courtroom procedure lasted only a few minutes. Hatch and his daughters did not make any public comments. Anne Hatch was a third-year undergraduate student at Chicago's DePaul University when her 21st birthday celebration was held at the Crobar, a trendy nightclub on the city's Near North Side. According to an account given later by Mike Hatch, his two daughters and his wife, Patricia Hatch, were with a group of celebrants at the nightclub, though Patricia Hatch departed several hours before the incident with police took place. It happened after Elizabeth Hatch, then 22 and a senior at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., was ejected from the club following an argument. One account said she argued with a man who had groped her, but the club's manager later told a reporter that she became "belligerent" after she was told she wouldn't be served any more drinks. Outside the club, the two women became involved in a verbal confrontation with two Chicago police officers who had ordered them to leave the area. According to police, Elizabeth Hatch slapped one of the officers and knocked off his glasses and Anne Hatch scuffled with another officer and scratched him. The attorney general later said his daughters were intoxicated, but that they denied assaulting the officers. He said Anne came to Elizabeth's aid after she saw her sister being forced to the sidewalk by an officer. After being placed in the back of a squad car, the two women began kicking at the rear passenger window, eventually knocking it out, police said. The two sisters were kept in jail overnight and were later treated at a hospital for cuts and black eyes. One of them also suffered a broken wrist, their father said. Hatch said days after the incident that his daughters were devastated about their arrest and wanted to be held accountable for their "horrible, horrible mistake." However, he said his daughters did not assault the officers. Source: Pioneer Press, June 8, 2005 |W|P|111824388842564543|W|P|MORE NEWS ON THE HATCH DAUGHTERS #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/08/2005 04:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Steve Stoviak|W|P|Just like dear old dad, huh?

Looks like his kharma is catching up to him!6/07/2005 01:18:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Hatch daughters go on trial Wednesday CHICAGO -- As Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch got out of his car Tuesday morning, an eight-member media mob thundered toward him. "IT'S SHOWTIME!" one photographer crowed. But Hatch wasn't the intended quarry. The journalists were stalking his daughters, Anne and Elizabeth, who were warily climbing out of the back seat of the white Buick. Dressed almost identically in black power suits, wearing almost identical wide-eyed, closed-mouth expressions, they flanked their father as they entered the Cook County courthouse annex for the latest chapter in a legal tempest that has landed them off and on in the eye of a Chicago media frenzy for more than a year. Ever since the Hatches were arrested in March 2004 in an altercation with Chicago police, they have remained tight-lipped about their cases. They continued to do so Tuesday and all their father would venture was "really, no comment." Originally, they planned to begin a jury trial Tuesday, a highly unusual procedure in criminal misdemeanor cases, but opted instead for a trial before a judge by signing forms that waived their right to a jury trial. "There's no need to present this to a jury," said Attorney Thomas Breen, who is representing Elizabeth Bell Hatch. "I think the issues are pretty cut and dried, and I think a judge can decide." Cook County Judge Colleen Sheehan set the trial for 11 a.m. Wednesday. Breen said it's likely the trial will be wrapped up in about two days. Anne Hatch, 22, and Elizabeth Hatch, 23, were arrested after an early-hours scuffle with police outside the Crobar, a trendy club on Chicago's near north side where they had been celebrating Anne Hatch's birthday in March 2004. Police allege that after the two were removed from the club, Elizabeth Hatch slapped an officer with an open hand and knocked his glasses off. Police said Anne Hatch wrestled with another officer and scratched his face and later broke a police car window. Each woman faces misdemeanor counts of resisting a peace officer, simple battery and criminal damage to property or a vehicle. The women were treated at a Chicago hospital for injuries they received, which included black eyes, cuts and bruises and a fractured wrist, a Hatch spokesperson has said. Mike Hatch said after the incident that his daughters were devastated and wanted to be accountable for their mistakes but that they denied having assaulted the officers. They briefly planned to pursue a complaint of excessive force by the arresting officers, but dropped it a few days after the incident. "It's more important to have these kids taken care of," Mike Hatch said at the time, adding: "my daughters were having a bad day." On Tuesday, the three Hatches had to clear security along with all other defendants and court personnel. Although they were allowed to keep their reading material -- a copy of the New York Times and a couple of novels -- Mike Hatch had to surrender a tape recorder boombox that he planned to bring into the fifth-floor courtroom. Another kind of tape, a videotape recorded at the time of the scuffle, will be entered into evidence, Breen said. Mike Hatch initially hoped that tape would help exonerate his daughters, but it shows that most of their contact with officers occurred outside the range of the club's 16 security cameras. In the courtroom, the "Hatch sisters," as they have been dubbed by Chicago's news media, waited, occasionally whispering with their father, as a total of 20 misdemeanor cases were heard by Sheehan. Most often, they dealt with child custody, bail jumping, bond forfeiture, arrest warrants and case continuances. When it was the Hatches' turn, they stood before the judge for just four minutes, affirming their waiver of a trial by jury and being told to be back at 11 a.m. Wednesday. After the Hatches left the courtroom, they huddled in a nearby hallway for 15 minutes with their lawyers. Reporters again approached them, some of them still unsure which sister was which. "Come on, you know who's who," said Cynthia Giacchetti, who is representing Anne Hatch. "No one's going to comment about anything." After one last running of the media gantlet, firmly saying nothing, the Hatches were back in the Buick, heading north to the Loop. Clearly visible on the rear deck behind the back seat was a baseball cap bearing the logo, "Police and Peace Officers Association." Source: Star Tribune, June 7, 2005|W|P|111817587096983648|W|P|MORE NEWS ON THE HATCH DAUGHTERS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/07/2005 07:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|I assume that you thought it was fair to talk about Rod Grams' screw-up son too, right?6/07/2005 10:46:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|On Wednesday, the daughters of Attorney General Mike Hatch will appear in a Chicago courtroom on charges stemming from a scuffle with police outside a Chicago nightclub last year. When this story broke last year, Mike Hatch claimed a "speeding ticket" is all he knew about his daughter's legal problems. "Except for a 'speeding ticket,' Mike Hatch said he didn't believe his daughters had been in trouble with the law." (Saint Paul Pioneer Press, March 29, 2004)

But in 2001, Anne Hatch was arrested by Mendota Heights police after she attempted to buy alcohol with her older sister's id. Anne Hatch then broke a neon sign in a scuffle with the owner of the liquor store.

"On Sunday, Mike Hatch told the Pioneer Press that, except for a speeding ticket, he didn't believe his daughters had been in trouble with the law. On Tuesday, he said he didn't know about the 2001 incident until reporters told him about it. "I didn't intend to mislead anyone or lie to anyone," he said. (Saint Paul Pioneer Press, March 31, 2004) But a well-know attorney and campaign contributor to Mike Hatch, Paul Rogosheske, represented his daughter, yet Hatch has the nerve to claim he didn’t know? Check back for updates on the Hatch daughters.|W|P|111816834795535600|W|P|HATCH'S TANGLE OF LIES|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/08/2005 12:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|I happen to be pretty friendly with "Hi", the owner of Diamond Jim's Liquors where the infamous Ann Hatch was arrested.

He told me that she was "a very bad girl, very bad mouth, very bad temper".

She's actually pretty lucky that Hi's such a good natured guy; he's really not someone you want to P.O.6/07/2005 08:37:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Trial for Hatch daughters set for Wednesday CHICAGO — The daughters of Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch will go on trial Wednesday on charges stemming from a scuffle with police outside a Chicago nightclub last year. Hatch and his daughters appeared in court in Chicago Tuesday morning, and Judge Colleen Sheehan scheduled the bench trial for 11 a.m. Wednesday. Anne and Elizabeth Hatch are accused of assaulting two police officers, resisting arrest and damaging police property outside a club called Crobar. Prosecutors contend they kicked out a squad car window while they were being taken to jail. Their father has said the sisters were drunk and made a horrible mistake, but he also says they deny assaulting the officers. The Hatch family members didn't comment going into or out of court Tuesday. Source: Assocaited Press, June 7, 2005|W|P|111815876019348892|W|P|HATCH DAUGHTERS IN COURT ON WEDNESDAY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/07/2005 11:13:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Michael M|W|P|Again MDE is either getting his news from the future, or more can't get the simplest of facts correct. However, if you really do have access to the news from the year 2008, my hat is off to you.

Why even comment on something like this? 25 years of working in journalism has taught me that people who consistently make mistakes on the details are usually the ones who get the big things wrong as well.

This is the second post in a row MDE has messed up a simple fact. Draw your own conclusions about how accurate any of his other information may be.6/07/2005 11:30:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.6/07/2005 11:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Thanks for your general comments and your help pointing out a typo.

Your attention to detail helps me produce a more credible blog.

Keep up the great work!6/07/2005 11:36:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Michael M|W|P|At least MDE pays attention. He's fixed the date error. In case you doubt he's careless, here's a picture of the original post.6/07/2005 11:50:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Wow careless. You are tough. Rather than typing a 5, I typed an 8.

Your critique of my work has encouraged me to double my efforts to ensure I do not type the wrong number.

Thanks for reading!6/07/2005 12:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|MDE, one of the reasons I don't respect your blog as much as I might is the personal angle you take on certain stories. Colleen Rowley's appearance, (whether or not you meant to), the Hatch daughters' behavior, Steve Kelley's Star Trek fandom - these aren't really political issues, they're personal ones. I'd like to hear your response to my question, which is this: Why cover things that don't/shouldn't impact the political arena? Do Steve Kelley's mainstream TV choices make a difference in his candidacy or service? Does Colleen Rowley's appearance? Do Mike Hatch's daughters' behavior influence his ability to serve this state (his own statements on the subject being a different matter)?6/06/2005 09:30:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Ohhh, this is good. ## MINNESOTA SENATE DFL seeks inquiry on campaign: The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party on Friday asked for an investigation in a state Senate race. A party attorney sent letters to Washington County and Hennepin County attorneys charging that a fund-raising letter on behalf of Pat Thomas, the Republican challenger to DFL state Sen. Len Price of Woodbury, violated state election laws. At issue is a letter sent by Kelly Doran on behalf of Thomas. The DFL says that because the letter was sent on stationery from the Robert Muir Co., it violates state law prohibiting corporate expenditures on behalf of political candidates. Doran said he was not aware when he sent the letter that it violated any laws, but since has "personally reimbursed the company for the expense it incurred." Doran said $300 or so spent on the letters will be officially recorded as a campaign contribution from himself to Thomas. Source: Associated Press, Septmber 22, 2000|W|P|111807581303792333|W|P|KELLY DORAN'S REPUBLICAN PAST|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com6/06/2005 10:38:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Michael M|W|P|Hmmm. Did you have a vision, a premonition, get your news from a psychic...or is the September 2005 date on your source wrong?

If so, should we really trust that anything else in here is correct?6/06/2005 10:49:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|???6/06/2005 12:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Michael M|W|P|Thank you for correcting the source date to 2000. But it's a little disingenuous to change your posting time so you can act like you didn't make a mistake.6/06/2005 12:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have no problem admitting I made a mistake. For one hour I had the wrong year up on my post. After you pointed it out I corrected it.

Nobody is trying to hid anything.6/06/2005 08:04:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Kelly Doran for U.S. Senate Announcement Speech Kelly Doran for United States Senate Announcement Speech June 5, 2005 Thanks to Dick Anfang...for a long and successful partnership to create jobs and commerce in Minnesota and for your kind words. Thanks to my friends, colleagues and supporters who have come out on a Sunday because they love our country and are willing to work to improve it. Thanks to my family...I am so grateful and honored to have Maria as my wife and partner, not only in marriage, but also in our business together. Maria and I work together every day, as Maria is the General Counsel of the Robert Muir Company. To my sons Evan and Kramer; I am so proud to be your Dad. You are wonderful young men and I love you both very much. I am also currently Kramer's soccer coach and sometimes I have to motivate him and his teammates to hustle on the field. But I guess they do ok, because we are currently undefeated. When I married Maria, I also received an extra bonus of having Ali, Maria's daughter, come into my life. For nearly ten years, I have watched as she has grown to become a beautiful young women. Ali, I love you. I saved the littlest for last. A little over four years ago, Maria and I brought our precious little Sydney home from the hospital. She was a miracle baby and has brought endless joy to our entire family. I also want to recognize some of Maria's family that traveled here from a foreign place, Wisconsin. First, Maria's parent's Ralph and Margaret Tenuta and Maria's sister Anne Tenuta and her daughters Lydia and Eleanor. Thank you for coming. For most of my 47 years, I have lived in Minnesota. Minnesota, and its people, have been good to me. When I grew up in Duluth, and later in the Twin Cities, my mother--who raised me and my three older sisters-- taught me that if I studied hard, worked hard, and was fair and honest, I would be a success. And, indeed, I have not only been successful, but I've been blessed. Blessed with family... A wonderful public education at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. A college degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Carlson School of Business. During my college years I was fortunate to meet good, hardworking Minnesota entrepreneurs who hired me so that I could support myself and pay for college. I took my mother's advice and I studied hard, I worked hard and I have been fair and honest with those with whom I did business and I have enjoyed success. Along the way I have met and worked with many wonderful people. One of those wonderful people is Cheryl Gilbert. Cheryl, who is in the audience today, owned for years a wonderful day care center that both of my sons attended. Cheryl, like most day care operators, did not make much money, but that didn't matter to her because she did it out of love for the children. When Cheryl heard I was running for the United States Senate she sent me the nicest note. In it she said this: "Good for you! I admire people who dare to make a difference." She then went on to say that one of her favorite quotes is a quote from President Kennedy that goes "One man can make a difference and every man should try." Cheryl also went on to say that: "Having known you for 16 years, I know you can make things happen. I also know that you are knowledgeable, decent and fair." Thank you, Cheryl, for those very kind, but humbling words. Knowledgeable, decent and fair is what I have tried to be in my business and my life. Today, I am announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate. And you may ask, why? So I will tell you why. [Please click here to read Doran's complete speech.]|W|P|111807075445101724|W|P|DORAN'S ANNOUNCEMENT SPEECH|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com