9/30/2005 07:22:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Coleen Rowley has some nerve to preach about the pressure of students to cheat after she allowed a school to pay some of the costs for her campaign fundraiser. "'And in less than good news for the future, a recent poll revealed that 70 percent of high school students admit having cheated on tests or papers. Worse, a majority of those didn't see anything wrong with it. An even scarier statistic shows more than 80 percent of those on the 'Who's Who Among American Students' list cheated to get there.' According to [Coleen] Rowley, if the pressure to cheat among students is so intense, she said imagine how it must be with business or government officials or with professional sports figures." Source: Brooklyn Park Sun, September 30, 2005 ## Rowley shouldn't have any trouble imagining about the pressure for a goverment official to cheat. UPDATE: A dedicated reader with a good eye noticed the event Rowley was speaking at was not in the 2nd Congressional District, but in the 3rd Congressional District. |W|P|112809163919168955|W|P|ONCE A CHEATER, ALWAYS A CHEATER|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/30/2005 07:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Perhaps a school or anyone could raise some money for her to go on ABC's Extreme Makeover. She could use it.10/01/2005 12:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Toby|W|P|Hey now, we don't knock Mark Kennedy for looking like Screech from Saved by the Bell, do we?10/01/2005 10:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Actually, the first time I met Mark Kennedy back in 2000 I though Oh my! Could this guy be any more of a nerd? Let's face it, Tim Pawlenty aside, Minnesota does not exactly put forth the most attractive politicians.10/02/2005 01:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sailor Republica|W|P|If they get the job done, then looks be damned. :)10/02/2005 05:33:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Have you seen a Minnesota politician get the job done lately? I haven't, unless you count Dean Johnson trying for force gridlock.9/30/2005 06:45:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"[Patty] Wetterling's campaign manager, Carol Butler, said the [Emily's List] women's PAC had been 'very vocal' in urging Wetterling to run again in the Sixth District, where the seat is open because Kennedy is running for the Senate. Source: Star Tribune, September 30, 2005 ## This post still can't be ruled out. In the past few days, there has been a great deal of speculation on which office Wetterling will be candidate for on election day.|W|P|112808838747805577|W|P|EMILY'S LIST URGING WETTERLING TO RUN AGAIN IN THE 6TH|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/30/2005 07:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|I don't blame EMILY's List for snubbing Wetterling. I wouldn't want to endorse a proven loser either.9/30/2005 11:30:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|So have the Swiftboats for Kennedy reformed yet? or does that happen next year?9/30/2005 06:12:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

I think McLaughlin has beat John Marty's record for the number of campaign managers that were hired, fired, or quit.

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New manager joins McLaughlin campaign

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin has hired a new campaign manager -- his sixth by some counts -- only weeks before the Minneapolis mayoral election.

McLaughlin put a brave face on the switch. "We're still moving forward; there hasn't even been a pause," he said Thursday.

He said he has had four campaign managers since he entered the race last year. The discrepancy arises out of whether the interim campaign managers are counted.

Darin Broton, who had been running McLaughlin's campaign, said that he had agreed to stay through the September primary and that he then would assess what he wanted to do. But he decided to move on.

Broton leaves only six weeks before the Nov. 8 election and a couple of weeks after Mayor R.T. Rybak outpolled McLaughlin in the primary, 44 percent to 35 percent. Both are DFLers.

Frequent turnover in campaign staffs is not uncommon, especially early in campaign seasons. Shuffles in the top staff close to an election, however, are another matter.

"Changing staff is one of the things candidates do when they're struggling. It's Campaigning 101," said Prof. Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

McLaughlin said it's not a problem: "It's a sign of people work hard and get burned out."

He hired McKinley Neighborhood activist Nancy Beals to lead his campaign to the general election. She has run two countywide campaigns but never a citywide campaign. Beals took a leave of absence from her part-time job as a psychiatric nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center.

"I am getting my feet on the ground for one thing and learning who everybody is and learning what's been done so far," Beals said Thursday, her first day on the job. "We're going to be doing a lot of phone banking and lawn signs, some radio stuff probably."

She also downplayed the notion of trouble. "I can't really speak to what happened before me," she said. "But that was the understanding with Darin all along that he would stay until after the primary. I guess that's not unusual."

But at this point, a staff should be coalescing and not reconfiguring, Jacobs said, "This is the playoffs; this is the big moment. To change staff suggests something's not working right," he said. "This is a sprint and you're coming down the home stretch."

He added: "The challenge for McLaughlin is to ignite a campaign that's going to work. They hit Rybak very hard on the law and order stuff, and that didn't seem to work."

By contrast, Rybak is on his second campaign manager, John Blackshaw, who came aboard after a disappointing showing at the DFL city convention last spring when delegates did not endorse either candidate. Source: Star Tribune, September 30, 2005

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Darin Broton has been a favorite target of mine since his days running Teresa Daly's campaign.

|W|P|112808679284644915|W|P|MCLAUGHLIN HIRES 6TH CAMPAIGN MANAGER|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/29/2005 12:48:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Thanks to my source, I was able to post this last night. ## Emily's List backs Klobuchar for Senate WASHINGTON - Emily's List announced today it's endorsing Amy Klobuchar for U.S. Senate, giving the Democrat a key boost in her fundraising effort.

Emily's List, which helps female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, called Klobuchar the best opportunity to keep the seat in Democratic hands.

Klobuchar, the Hennepin County Attorney, is running against children's safety advocate Patty Wetterling and Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation President Ford Bell in the DFL primary. U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy is running without any major challenger in the Republican primary.

The incumbent senator, Democrat Mark Dayton, is not seeking re-election. Source: Associated Press, September 29, 2005 |W|P|112802389501175232|W|P|UPDATE: MDE EXCLUSIVE: EMILY'S LIST TO ENDORSE KLOBUCHAR?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/29/2005 01:39:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Toby|W|P|It shows humility to speak of yourself in the third-person.9/29/2005 01:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|hmm...9/29/2005 09:23:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Mayor Randy Kelly's announcement could shake-up the race in St. Paul.

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Kelly to make 'major address' on mayoral campaign

St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly piqued the interest of friends and foes alike on Wednesday, saying he would "make a major address on the status of the St. Paul mayor's race" this afternoon.

Kelly's campaign said he would "offer an assessment of the remainder of the race, the challenges he faces and the odds of his success in the November election."

Kelly's son and campaign manager, Ryan Kelly, was tight-lipped about the nature of the announcement, which will take place at 3:15 p.m. at campaign headquarters in Bandana Square.

Despite being a well-funded incumbent, Kelly has been painted by his campaign more and more as the underdog. But political observers say it would be a mistake to assume that Kelly's lopsided primary loss to former City Council Member Chris Coleman means that will carry over to the general election.

The University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is tracking the mayoral races in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Director Larry Jacobs posted an online missive Wednesday suggesting that the small voter turnout in St. Paul's primary, about 15 percent, means Kelly can make up a lot of ground between now and the Nov. 8 general election.

In the Sept. 13 primary, Coleman won 52 percent of the votes to Kelly's 27 percent, making Kelly the first sitting mayor in St. Paul to lose a primary election in more than three decades. Coleman and Kelly, as the top two vote-getters, then advanced to the general election.

About three times as many voters are likely to turn out for the November election, Jacobs predicted, particularly because the race has become so competitive and because the Kelly campaign likely will raise at least $1 million.

Jacobs said turnout may reach its highest level in a dozen years. Turnout has been dropping since 1993, when about 43 percent cast ballots. In 1997, about 42 percent of registered voters showed up. And in 2001, about 40 percent turned out. Source: Star Tribune, September 29, 2005

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Anyone have ideas on what Kelly will say?

|W|P|112801124594920643|W|P|WHAT WILL KELLY SAY?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/29/2005 12:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Toby|W|P|Maybe Norm will be there to welcome his switch to the MN-GOP.9/29/2005 08:58:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Click on the picture to view Bergon's letter.
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Duluth dismissal fires up critics

DULUTH -- Tacky as a Post-it note breakup.

That's a fair summary of the reaction in Duluth on Wednesday to the news that the city's top administrator had literally been Scotch-taped out of a job.

Mayor Herb Bergson fired Duluth's chief administrative officer, Mark Winson, during the hectic height of budget season by taping a letter to Winson's office door during Monday night's City Council meeting.

Then Bergson left town on city business.

While a red-eyed Winson cleaned out his desk Tuesday and Wednesday as instructed and accepted hugs and handshakes from flabbergasted former co-workers, Bergson issued a statement from San Diego saying ,"my action was justified," but giving no specifics.

Requests for interviews went unanswered Wednesday. But when a television station caught up with Bergson in San Diego, where he participated in decommissioning ceremonies for the USS Duluth, he expressed regret about how he handled the firing.

"It was wrong, it was inconsiderate, and I owe him and the citizens an apology," Bergson said in the interview, broadcast Wednesday night by WDIO-TV in Duluth.

"I have considered you an effective manager, but our philosophical differences are apparently insurmountable," Bergson wrote in the letter relieving Winson of his duties, for which he was paid more than $105,000 a year -- the highest salary on the city payroll.

Winson said that during the early part of Monday's meeting, he and Bergson sat next to each other in their usual chairs and that Bergson said nothing to foreshadow what was to come.

The meeting unfolds

After listening to some council discussion, Bergson left. Later, Winson went to his office to retrieve some papers and found Bergson's letter taped to his door.

"It is with a great deal of regret that I inform you that you will be relieved of your duties," the letter began.

"I was shocked," said Winson, who'd held Duluth's top administrative job for more than five years and previously was director of public works and acting city administrator in Columbia Heights.

He said that while he and Bergson occasionally have disagreed in their approaches to the city's finances and other issues, "it was nothing that would rise to this level." He declined to give specifics of their disagreements, saying he'd leave that up to the mayor.

In a statement released through his office, Bergson said: "Anyone who knows me knows my tolerance level. I am very easy to get along with and I don't expect anything I am unwilling to give in return. My action was not unprovoked and did not come without warning."

Bergson was a popular police detective and mayor in Superior, Wis., before moving to Duluth and being elected mayor there in 2003. Decidedly more liberal on social issues than his predecessor, Gary Doty, who hired Winson, Bergson has taken strong stands for the city's poor and for gay rights.

He's also maintained an unpopular hiring freeze as the city struggles with how to pay for skyrocketing retiree health care -- a problem requiring a close and effective working relationship with his chief administrative officer.

Winson, 51, said he thought they had that relationship.

After learning he'd been fired, he returned to the council chamber, beckoned council President Donny Ness into the hall and informed him.

"I said, 'You've got to be kidding me!' " Ness said. "I said that I couldn't believe Herb would do that."

Ness said he told Winson that he was under no obligation to finish the meeting. But Winson said he'd stay and answer the council's budget questions. Ness said they chose not to announce Winson's termination to the others.

"He knew there were several important initiatives on the agenda and that he had the information we needed to make the right decisions," Ness said.

"He'd just been fired, but he stayed and answered all the questions as if nothing had happened. His professionalism was awe-inspiring."

Newspaper critical

Ness said he stayed up until 2 a.m. Tuesday, trying unsuccessfully to get through to Bergson on his cell phone, in the hopes that he could get him to change his mind about firing Winson, or at least stay in town and defend his decision.

Ness said he was afraid that Winson's firing would hurt the city's ability to conduct business at a crucial time and could hurt Bergson politically because of how it was done.

"I've been a friend and supporter of Herb's for a long time," Ness said. "I think it's important we get his side of the story. But he does need to account for this, and I can tell you that view is pretty widely shared throughout the community.

"It's shocking because Herb is a people person. This is so out of character."

The Duluth News Tribune's editorial board weighed in Wednesday, calling Bergson's handling of the matter "unprofessional" and "unorthodox."

"It's a rarity in business and government when the person being fired has been performing well and isn't the subject of any known scandal," the editorial said.

It added that the way Winson was fired "flies in the face of the city's civility efforts. Bergson knows better and should have behaved accordingly." Source: Star Tribune, September 29, 2005

|W|P|112800950185348043|W|P|CLASSY MOVE: DULUTH MAYOR FIRES STAFFER BY POSTING NOTE ON OFFICE DOOR|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/28/2005 07:30:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I just received this tip: Tomorrow the liberal DC group EMILY's List will be endorsing Amy Klouchar (sic) for Senate. Two reasons: 1) She's been their favorite all along, and a Kelly Doran poll leaked when he got out has Patty ahead and they think she needs help. 2) rumors out there that Patty refused to cave on partial-birth abortion ban (Patty supposedly supports it). Thoughts? |W|P|112796139578282353|W|P|MDE EXCLUSIVE: EMILY'S LIST TO ENDORSE KLOBUCHAR?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/29/2005 05:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|I don't think this would come as a surprise, would it?9/29/2005 08:01:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|Klobuchar gets Emily's List's support, leaving Wetterling out in the cold...a perfect oppertunity to jump in the 6th race.9/29/2005 09:53:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Zack|W|P|Sounds like your source is a Wetterling backer and you bought their analysis without doing any thinking of your own (surprise).

Emily List would not endorse the weaker female candidate because of the partial birth abortion ban. In fact, by my reckoning, Patty and Amy have the same position on the ban: they both support one with an exception for the life and health of the mother.

Emily's List is endorsing Amy because she is the stronger candidate. The fact that they are stepping in now proves that they no longer think that Patty is a viable candidate.9/29/2005 12:44:00 PM|W|P|Blogger g_low|W|P|I definately agree with zack. The Emily's List endorsement is not a function of either Klobuchar or Wetterling stance on partial birth bans (which to my knowledge are pretty much the same). The endorsement is a function of backing the stronger candidate. They want to back and support the candidacy that has the best possible chance claiming a senate seat for a woman.9/29/2005 12:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Toby|W|P|EMILYs List may be doing this to push Patty into a race she could actually win. I doubt that it would be in either woman's interest for EL to possibly sit out until the primary a year from now.

Republican Minnesota is right, this may be a good "oppertunity" for Patty to switch races whether she wants to or not. I'm sure the List would get behind her Congressional campaign again.9/29/2005 02:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Politically Wise|W|P|Yes, I agree. It seems that EMILY might have actually endorsed Amy to serve two purposes. Get Amy even more support, and therefore money, as she is the stronger candidate and also possibly use this to make Patty question the Senate and switch to the 6th, where EMILY could endorse her as well.

By thw way, what poll are you refering too?9/29/2005 07:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Politically Wise|W|P|I just want to add, I love what you're doing on MNLeftandRight and I want to give a heads up. I think Rebecca Yanisch might join the race for the governors mansion.9/28/2005 10:38:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Amy Klobuchar is not from the Iron Range, but rather Plymouth. It appears she is trying to distance herself from her suburban upbrining: "With family roots on the Iron Range, Amy was born in 1960." Source: Amy Klobuchar's website |W|P|112792965504041609|W|P|KLOBUCHAR IS NOT FROM THE IRON RANGE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/28/2005 11:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|She's saying she has a connection to the Iron Range. What's wrong with that? Nowhere does she say she was born anywhere but Plymouth. Perhaps her birthplace, in itself, is not particularly important to her.

This is a shot in the dark, but I'm glad to see it. If this is the best you can find to use against future Sen. Klobuchar, it'll be a great election season.9/28/2005 11:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|That's right, I have roots in Pennsylvania, where my family is from, but I wasn't born there nor raised there.

This is really hard-hitting stuff you got there.9/28/2005 02:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Zack|W|P|uhh...you posted it yourself. She's got FAMILY roots. Really MDE, this is stupid even for you.9/28/2005 02:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Did you click on the link? It takes you to a website where the person received a phone call from Klobuchar.9/28/2005 03:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|So somebody - not even a Klobuchar volunteer - was wrong in a post on a message board. So what?9/28/2005 04:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Inside_source|W|P|Come on MDE, you are better than
this. Pretty weak.9/28/2005 08:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lucy N|W|P|Weak ... yet you guys faithfully read MDE and post regularly.9/28/2005 08:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Thanks Lucy N, I am glad you are on my side.9/29/2005 05:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Inside_source|W|P|Yeah, you are right, I do read and post regularly. I would think MDE wants my honest opinion. I suppose this story would be fine for the weak blogs out there, but MDE is (in my book) graded on a higher standard.

Best MN political blog there is. I have no doubt that in the next 30 days he/she will post material that I can praise them for.9/28/2005 09:39:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|My thoughts on the article below: 1. While Wetterling will formally announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on October 9, it's clear both Republicans and Democrats think she may switch races. 2. This post can't be ruled out. 3. The DFL leadership does not support Wetterling's campaign for the U.S. Senate. 4. Klobuchar will be the DFL endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate. ## Patty Wetterling expected to formally declare U.S. Senate candidacy on Sunday, Oct. 9 One Republican 6th District congressional candidate feels down to the marrow that Democrat Patty Wetterling will run again for Congress in the district. "I know that in my bones," said Jay Esmay of St. Cloud. Sixth District DFL Chairman Greg Hansen, of Elk River, dismisses such certainty as self-delusion. Hansen is wholly convinced Wetterling, the nationally known child safety advocate from St. Joseph, is running for the U.S. Senate. Indeed, Wetterling will formally declare her candidacy for U.S. Senate on Sunday, Oct. 9, in St. Cloud, he said. "She is running for Senate — she’s not running for Congress," said Hansen, who has spoken with Wetterling many times about her political future and "never" heard her mention another bid in the 6th District, he said. Sixth District Republicans are obsessing on Wetterling, opined Hansen, because they’re reluctant to deal with El Tinklenberg’s candidacy, the former Ventura Administration transportation commission and City of Blaine mayor who Hansen styles an excellent candidate. But not just Republicans have speculated on what Wetterling might do. Sen. Leo Foley, DFL-Coon Rapids, has pondered whether Wetterling might forego the U.S. Senate race for the governor’s race — Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar seems to have taken a sizable lead in party support, he explained. "I think the numbers are on Klobuchar," said Foley, saying while he supports Klobuchar it's "tragic" Democrats seem to have an excess of good candidates. But Hansen sees the DFL endorsement as very much in play. "Once you get passed the DFL (Party) leadership, there’s an awful lot of support for Patty Wetterling,"said Hansen of the party rank and file. Under federal election campaign law, candidates can shift from a Senate race to a congressional race and use campaign funds raised in the first to fund the second. (Under Minnesota campaign law, the same scenario can be played out with a Senate and House race.) Esmay, for one, believes the Wetterling campaign is using its U.S. Senate campaign as a means of broadening its funding raising efforts to then channel dollars into the 6th District when Wetterling ultimately enters the congressional race. Wetterling could not be reached for comment. Source: ECM Publishing, September 27, 2005|W|P|112792671536841782|W|P|WETTERLING TO ANNOUNCE SENATE CAMPAIGN, BUT HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/28/2005 11:47:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|Yeah, and I'm sure that Jay Esmay knows because of a deep-down feeling...

So, come October 9, when PW does announce her U.S. Senate candidacy, where does that leave the credibility of MDE? It seemed like he had full faith in his source, otherwise why would he post it?9/28/2005 12:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|It's not just Jay Esmay. If you read the article you would learn that Leo Foley thinks Wetterling may switch races.

Micah, you would love to hang MDE's credibility on this one post titled "Someting from the rumor mill."

But only someone wanting to tarnish MDE's shining reputation would do that.

The media knows there is doubt about the life of Wetterling's candidacy for the U.S. Senate, that is why they did the article.

My post raised serious doubt about the life of Wetterling's U.S. Senate candidacy.9/28/2005 12:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|has pondered whether Wetterling might forego the U.S. Senate race for the governor’s race

What in her background qualifies this woman to run a state - Minnesota, Louisiana or Alaska?

She runs her very small non-profit from a tiny space in downtown St. Joseph with a staff of what, 2-3 people? That's hardly similar to running a State.

I just don't understand what is told to people like this that makes them think they are qualified for such positions. Start with the City Council of St. Joseph - get to understand how gov't works. Then maybe the County Board.

But to go from running a tiny, mostly insigificant non-profit that's totally unrelated to gov't related, into thinking she can run a state. Anyone remember Jesse Ventura? (And he's my former mayor!)9/28/2005 09:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|1) Hate to break it to you, but just because something gets written in the ECM Post Review doesn't mean that it isn't still just speculation.

2) I'm sorry, but "rumor mill" may be in the title of an article that calls your source "unimpeachable." For me, that word means unquestionable and beyond doubt. Maybe if you had been a little more forward and said that your source, probably in the DFL, said there was talk of this possibly happening, then I'd give you some wiggle room. Either your source ain't “in the know”, or he/she is kinda gullible and so are you. If you are willing to post unsubstantiated rumors from DFLers, please, let me know where to sign up!9/28/2005 07:39:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Minnesota Democrats Exposed will exposed every DSCC and DFL dirty trick they try in 2006.

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Kennedy fears Democratic 'dirty tricks'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mark Kennedy, the leading Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota, said Tuesday that he fears he might be the target of a "dirty tricks" campaign and challenged Democrats to disclose whether they have illegally obtained personal data about him.

In a letter to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Kennedy's campaign cited reports that two Democratic researchers illegally obtained a personal credit report on Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, also a Republican Senate candidate.

The letter notes that Kennedy is ranked "the number one Republican pick-up opportunity in the country" by the National Journal.

As such, he said in an interview, "if they're doing dirty tricks on the No. 2 prospect (Steele), the fear that I have that they're also illegally going after my personal information is something that needs to be put to bed."

DSCC spokesman Phil Singer said the Steele incident was an isolated case. "As the DSCC has repeatedly stated, this was a single incident that was reported immediately to the U.S. attorney and no other candidate's report was accessed," he said. Source: Star Tribune, September 28, 2005

|W|P|112791899802373344|W|P|DID THE DSCC OBTAIN ILLEGAL PERSONAL DATA ON KENNEDY?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/28/2005 08:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|I sense a vast left-wing conspiracy...

I like how MDE's "truthful" manifesto involves GOP candidates making blind accusations in an attempt to help his lack-luster campaign.9/28/2005 09:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Sounds like Marky Mark is hiding something...9/28/2005 02:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|I wonder what MK thinks of his newly exiled Majority Leader... Why doesn't he come out and defend DeLay if these charges are baseless? Let's get him on the record with this matter.9/27/2005 02:03:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
According to my source in the 6th Congressional District, Scotty Mortensen just sent this email out. I added the paragraph breaks to make his crazy tirade easier to read. ## To:XXXXXXXXXXXX From: Scott Mortensen Subject: Mortensen for Congress Someone has to say it. Speaking strictly from my heart as a person who became so disgusted with what I saw from the politicians (whom supposedly represented my interests as a citizen), that ultimately caused me to seek public office myself (holding none of the usual crudentials- except being completely fed up), I cannot say that the Democratic Party has made much progress. Instead we are still very conventional, more of an impersonator of lock-step Republicanism, more accepting of anti-choice, and bigoted religious pandering even to the extent that we are now calling it "progressive?", all to make the party more palatable to a "centrist" "conservative" element? We sacrifice our true feelings about this insane war and playing politics with people's lives to play politics? The progressive caucus won't endorse progressive candidates? But watch them all swarm when they smell some "big money" and "mainstream" appeal. Please. This is just more politics as usual, commandeered by party bosses who live for their moment in the sun to institute their elaborate schemes. You are not making progress as long as you refuse to take controversial stands in areas where the luminaries say "it can't be done". As a middle aged white male, I can tell you deep racism, and discrimination is alive and well in Minnesota. I cannot tell you how many times I hear racist, and discriminatory remarks when white men feel they are only surrounded by white men. The "progress" we have made is when people have been willing to take risks, to take a stand, instead of continually gaging whether or not it will be palatable to a discriminatory,gun toting, bunch of religious fanatics, hell bent on warmongering, and are said to be so stupid they don't realize the no-new tax pledges are just smoke and mirrors, because they do pay, either way. What an insult to the intelligence of anybody who has an ounce of humanity in the 6th district. This asinine war is a scourge on our nation which will take decades and decades to live down. Unfortunately, war, racism, discrimination, and irresponsible fiscal policies have us mired in political hackery seemingly forever. I re-iterate, "Barbie and Ken" candidates waving gloriously, touting their grand achievements, which in reality amounts to a hill of beans, will do nothing but be fundraisers, to continue the insidious game of what has become of American politics today. (Just a sadistic game of "Let's Make a Deal"). It's a cruel joke played on the populace, that is becoming increasingly more desperate for true answers, every single day. Now, we may have a "special session" in the Minnesota State Legislature to fund more stadiums for billionaires, while we face gargantuan fiscal problems at a time when our nation is bogged down in a quagmire illegal war, and now have to undertake the rebuilding of the entire southern gulf coast, and these conventional thinkers will tell me I have no chance to win, so you shouldn't support me. Why? You are being hijacked friend. By more big money schemes, with the usual religious overtones. The right finds my campaign so refreshing they actually enjoy taking pot shots at me, while Democrats are finding new ways everyday to appear "progressive" while remaining non-committal and floundering in doublespeeak and touting noble bills which have exactly no chance of going anywhere, unless we change the political landscape of Congress, yet they refuse to support the candidates who could make a difference? Why? To make you feel we are actually getting somewhere? POPPYCOCK! As long as we refuse to march headlong into what is perceived as Minnesota's "red state" and support a candidate who would demand real change, demand equality for all, an end to war, and put forth real solutions, instead of endless cajoling and maneuvering, no progress is possible. The only reason we have to settle for small, incremental change, is because we refuse to be bold enough to demand real change. I am looking not only to upset the applecart, but blow the wheels clean off of it. And now some have been bold enough to join us in our anti-war demands, because it has become politically palatable to a degree. Cast off conventional politics! Demand a new approach. Be bold and strong, instead of weak and calculating. Forget about all their stinking money... That's the problem. Politicians are so concerned with raising money to play this insane game that everyday people will always lose in the end. Everyday people will always lose in the end, because our system has been bought and sold by the power barons, to support their interests-ie corporate interests. But they like my "everyday people" theme, as I see it popping up all over now. If you wonder why the almighty corporation always wins. it wins because you let it win. And now the Democratic party in Minnesota is being hijacked by anti-choice, discriminatory religious fanatics. So, don't be surprised if they won't stand up for people, they have other priorties. The same insidious "personal responsibility" arguments, the same "run government like a business" arguments, and the same merging of state and religion, so apparent in the opposition party, and it's always big money behind it all. Always calculating and gaging what is or is not politically palatable, regardless of if it's the right thing to do. I am the rogue Democrat, the rebel Democrat, and I refuse to stop speaking my mind, even to my own demise. That's what "progressive" is to me. Standing up for what I believe and not backing down. And to those of you who hope I step aside. Forget it. Scott Everyday People Uniting for Chang e! ## I like this guy. He speaks his mind, instead of hiding like El Tinklenberg is doing. Mortensen reminds me of the late Senator Paul Wellstone. I may stop posting the emails I receive about Mortensen from my DFL source in the 6th Congressional District. But maybe I won't. |W|P|112785696545143035|W|P|TINKLENBERG vs. MORTENSEN #3: MORTENSEN UNHINGED|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/27/2005 03:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Except that you misspelled "tirade."9/27/2005 06:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|damn you North Star Politics, damn you.9/28/2005 02:27:00 AM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Using those italics for the whole email makes it hard to read. I'd suggest using the blockquote tag to separate quoted material from your comments.

It's easy enough to subscribe to the Mortensen for Congress yahoogroup. Your source isn't getting any "inside info" that's not publically available.9/28/2005 07:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|And now the Democratic party in Minnesota is being hijacked by anti-choice, discriminatory religious fanatics.

So what this guy is admitting to is being religious bigot, a christophobic, anti-Christian bigot who is intolerant of anyone holding beliefs different than his own.

Sounds like a fun guy, doesn't he?9/28/2005 07:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MN Campaign Report|W|P|I don't think that's what he's saying at all. If you were to honestly assess what Mortensen is saying, you'd see that he's bemoaning what he sees, whether it's true or not, and declaring that he's going to fight against it.9/28/2005 08:48:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|For being anti-war, he sounds very militant.9/28/2005 09:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MN Campaign Report|W|P|Lame. What about his post sounds militant, other than his vehement opposition to complacent complicity with what he sees as failed policies and leaders?

That's not militant, that's inspired.9/28/2005 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|He sounds like exactly the kind of DFL'er I want on the ballots next year. He's great for Republicans because moderate Democrats, and there are many, see him, Rowley and others like them as wackos they can't support.9/28/2005 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger MN Campaign Report|W|P|I wouldn't be so sure, and not just from a left-leaning point of view. Turn it around for just a second - what's the worst that happens? He loses? GOP holds the seat. The best that happens is that his message starts to resonate with true conservatives who don't like the madness that is our federal leadership's spending policy, with true conservatives who don't like the fact that we've spent billions upon billions of dollars rebuilding a country we shouldn't have invaded in the first place. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this guy put a scare into the GOP in the 6th.9/28/2005 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|"As a middle aged white male, I can tell you deep racism, and discrimination is alive and well in Minnesota. I cannot tell you how many times I hear racist, and discriminatory remarks when white men feel they are only surrounded by white men."

I believe this is a 100% accurate account of what Mortensen experiences among his Democrat peers.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised in the least to find that many DFL get-togethers resemble KKK rally's sans the burning cross of course (that might insult the athiest community).9/27/2005 01:56:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Is this a compliment from North Star Politics? |W|P|112785463965390927|W|P|QUESTION|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/27/2005 10:00:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

On Friday Christian Sande, one of the two DFL candidates for Secretary of State, will detail his plan for a campaign code of ethics to de-politicize campaigning.

I hope his plan will include him not having anymore press conferences where he falsely attacks Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.

So the guy who throws mud Kiffmeyer now has a plan for a campaign code of ethics? What will they think of next.

|W|P|112784068350011599|W|P|SANDE SHOULD START WITH HIS CAMPAIGN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/28/2005 05:33:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|As long as I've known Christian Sande, he has always believed in a code of ethics, even before he decided to run for SoS.9/26/2005 10:34:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Please note the sign in the upper right-hand corner of this picture. I think they want the US "out" of Iraq, not "uot" of Iraq.|W|P|112775604076436981|W|P|OUT OR UOT?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/26/2005 12:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jukebox Hero|W|P|Clas(sic) stuff as always MDE9/26/2005 03:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|clearly their arguement is not sound because of an inversion of letters!

hahahaha! Republicans never have typos.9/26/2005 05:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Inside_source|W|P|Holy crap, the man can't even spell argument.

Classic....9/26/2005 09:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|That is actually hilarious. Micah, I'm on your side, buddy, but come on... Unless you were being ironical. Then the joke's on i_s.9/27/2005 07:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|Maybe he is French.9/27/2005 08:02:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Someone should tell that young moonbat in the foreground that her Chairman Mao jacket is supposed to be buttoned to the collar.

That and wearing a Mao jacket that is too large is bourgeois and reactionary!

I guess mother moonbat should be denounced ASAP as well.9/27/2005 08:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Or is that Daddy moonbat? I'll be damned if I can tell.9/26/2005 07:44:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is a blatantly political (anti-GOP) event that the U of M is sponsoring. Can you imagine them hosting a lecture/book discussion on my upcoming the book, "The Democrat War on Unborn Children"? Lecture by author and journalist Chris Mooney Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Johnson Room McNamara Alumni Center (click here for directions and parking) Free and open to the public. The Minnesota Journalism Center is sponsoring a lecture and book discussion by Chris Mooney. Mooney's book, "The Republican War on Science" (Basic Books), focuses on some of the policy positions taken by the Republican Party in relation to science. Mooney asserts that the GOP has elevated political positions over science and in particular that the current administration has increasingly politicized federal agencies with appointees that willingly embrace "pseudoscience." To learn more about "The Republican War on Science," click here. To read an excerpt from the book, click here . I am not writing a book called "The Democrat War on Unborn Children"?, but if I was, the U of M would not sponsor a lecture. |W|P|112774678811423247|W|P|MDE EXCLUSIVE: U OF M SPONSORS EVENT ON "THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/26/2005 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|How do you know the U wouldn't sponsor a talk on your book? And why do you think this event is unusual? The U of M sponsors events from all over the political spectrum.9/26/2005 08:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Name one single Republican-oriented event that the school of journalism has ever sponsored.

Or, any that any subdivision of the University has ever sponsored.

And, more specifically, a Republican-oriented event that specifically attacks Democrats and doesn't just promote Republicans.9/26/2005 09:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|So they sponsor this for journalism students and STILL have the audacity to claim there is no liberal bias in the media? Outrageous!

It is a good thing we have places like Powerline, check them out today for info on the "crime" in New Orleans.9/26/2005 12:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|I will find a specific example later. I don't have the time right now. All I'll say is this: if the U is hosting this event and doesn't host (and HASN'T hosted) right-leaning events, don't you think that state Republicans would be screaming and crying, and would have been for some time?9/26/2005 12:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lucy N|W|P|I graduated from the U of M's Journalism School, and I can tell you firsthand that they don't have any Republican-oriented events. They certainly don't sponsor anything that attacks Democrats.9/26/2005 02:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger rew|W|P|"Or, any that any subdivision of the University has ever sponsored."

http://www.maclaurin.org/lectures.php9/26/2005 03:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Gary Matthew Miller|W|P|rew,

I have been to a couple Maclaurin events -- are you sure they are University sponsored other than the use of space?

Even if they are, I think the point being made if departmental sponsorship.9/27/2005 10:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger rew|W|P|He said subdivision. I took that to mean group that is part of the overall university. I believe the Maclaurin applies. If not, I apologize...9/29/2005 06:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Carson|W|P|I just graduated fromt he J school at the U. I believe they hosted Ken Starr. I am sure there were others I don't remember as well.10/11/2005 07:24:00 AM|W|P|Blogger S.Crane|W|P|Ken Starr
http://www.law.umn.edu/lawreview/symposium.html

Also, I'd imagine that the reason the School of Journalism doesn't mind holding Mooney's book signing is because he's a journalist and his book is factual.

I'd make a bet that your book, "The Democrat War on Unborn Children," would be more screed and less journalism.

Why don't you spend your time addressing the concerns Mooney has raised in his book rather than whining about his presence.10/11/2005 04:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Beaming Visionary|W|P|"Why don't you spend your time addressing the concerns Mooney has raised in his book rather than whining about his presence."

Exactly. Rather than take an intellectually lazy and ideological position by whining about partisan bias, take a look at the far right's present machinations. If you can honestly call current stem-cell research limits and the fomenting of ID creationism anything less than an assault on science, my hat's off to you for creative interpretation.9/26/2005 05:52:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Dump Bachmann has a post highlighting how the Mankato Free-Press misspelled Michele Bachmann's name. It seems Dump Bachmann also needs to learn how to spell Bachmann's name. I pointed this error out almost two months ago, but the bumper stickers are still wrong. |W|P|112774033192812766|W|P|IT'S SPELLED M-I-C-H-E-L-E|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/26/2005 10:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Demrock6|W|P|http://www.mncr.org/fallretreat.htm

Notice anything here? Who is running for senate? Who is MN GOP party chair?9/26/2005 07:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Yup, those are misspelled - and were not created by me. One of the people coming to the meetups created the bumper stickers - and they are showing up on some cars in the 6th District.

Michele's staff misspelled Michele's name when they posted on her behalf over on Mitch Berg's blog a while ago.9/26/2005 07:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|btw, thanks for the plug.... ;-)9/27/2005 07:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Pffft, this post will provide the dumpster divers with three months worth of material..just wait and see!

Hahahaha!

Hey Eva, I've had it on very good advice that Michele is using Crest toothpaste these days. Makes you wonder if Proctor & Gamble agree with Michele on PRT doesn't it?

Looks like a sleuthing job for a pro such as yourself...get right on that won't you?9/28/2005 05:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Mitch|W|P|Perhaps you can also point out to the Senate District 41 Republicans that the last name of their senator is spelled Michel. For some reason in the latest edition of their newsletter http://www.sd41gop.org/Sept_SD-41web.pdf they spelled it just as you suggest, M-I-C-H-E-L-E. Not that anyone cares, but since you are into exposing spelling errors, I thought I should let you know.9/25/2005 08:51:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|If the Minnesota Vikings do to not win today, Minnesota Democrats Exposed may become Mike Tice Exposed. I don't care that Tice presented President Bush a Vikings' jersey during one of Bush's visits to Minnesota last year.|W|P|112766400866832344|W|P|PSA FROM MDE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/25/2005 11:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kurt (aka Noodles)|W|P|At this point MDE appears to be safe as the Saints are doing their best impression of the Vikings' play of the past two weeks. But it is early..........9/25/2005 02:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Well the Vikings Stadium is a boondoggle - whether the Vikings win or lose.9/25/2005 03:03:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|NO STADIUM FOR THE VIKINGS - RENNOVATE THE METRODOME INSTEAD9/25/2005 06:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|NO STADIUM FOR THE VIKINGS - RENNOVATE THE METRODOME INSTEAD

Agree'd9/26/2005 07:26:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Jukebox Hero|W|P|MDE:

I say you delete that freak Shepard's comments.9/26/2005 08:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|it has been done!9/24/2005 09:33:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is from the Detroit Lakes Tribune: "[Kelly] Doran calls himself 'a Democrat for all Minnesotans.' Translated: 'A middle-of-the-road candidate.' That is a tough label for many party activists to accept. Democrats who will endorse a governor candidate in their convention next spring will be overwhelmingly liberal, and if history is any indication, will favor a liberal candidate." Source: Detriot Lakes Tribune, September 24, 2005|W|P|112757975462720867|W|P|"MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD" TOUGH LABEL FOR DFL ACTIVISTS TO ACCEPT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/25/2005 06:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Joe Nobody|W|P|A recent Washington Post survey showed that 47% of liberals are queer.9/23/2005 05:49:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I took SD 63's advice and changed my format back to the original Minnesota Democrats Exposed.|W|P|112752316142511864|W|P|OLD AND IMPROVED MDE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/23/2005 06:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger RYAN!|W|P|I completely agree. The web is not like paper, where black words on a light background are the most readable, the opposite is true (in my not-so-humble opinion). I couldn't help but use the same template for my new blog http://anokacountywatch.blogspot.com.9/23/2005 08:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jerry Plagge, Jr.|W|P|MDE is so wise to listen to me.9/23/2005 08:50:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jerry Plagge, Jr.|W|P|Oh yeah I forgot, go away Eva! How dare you support you point with research. Just do as I say MDE!9/23/2005 09:08:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Interesting that my post got deleted.9/23/2005 09:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Not just your comments. I just f***ing lost four complete posts and a bunch of comments.

I am trying to fix the problem and will try to repost.9/23/2005 09:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|your comments are up on other posts. please repost your "comments"9/23/2005 09:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Dale B|W|P|Yellow font is nice on the black background of your blog. On the white background used on Bloglines the yellow font is unreadable. I guess I'll have to go back to guessing what you're writing about.

I know that I could just load your blog from Bloglines but that sort of defeats the purpose of using bloglines.9/23/2005 11:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Ok... I suggested you check on the research on what is readable. In my opinion the black background with white is more difficult to read than white background with black text.9/24/2005 10:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jukebox Hero|W|P|Thanks MDE. I missed the old look.

Besides, it made the older posts hard to read.9/25/2005 09:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Lucy N|W|P|If Lloydletta doesn't like it, you know you're doing the right thing.

Thanks for switching back!9/25/2005 03:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|Well, I can see that all the GOPers that want to build a bridge back to the 1950s love the old way that does not play well with RSS readers. I to get my dose of MDE that way (I use Safari's RSS reader, it is quite nice), but the yellow text really does not work well with the otherwise plain formatted text. Maybe consider using red for the yellow comments and red (and underlined) for the old red ones... Just a suggestion.9/23/2005 05:47:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|for this post.|W|P|112752288486834955|W|P|THANK YOU KOOL-AID REPORT...|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/23/2005 08:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Oh the Koolaid boys again... The guys who fake comments.....

Heard this?9/23/2005 08:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Be careful. Heard the one about someone posting under other person's name?9/23/2005 08:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|?9/23/2005 12:25:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Dayton will be voting against the confirmation of Chief Justice nominee John Roberts.|W|P|112750363790391688|W|P|UPDATE: MDE BREAKING NEWS: HOW WILL DAYTON VOTE?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/23/2005 12:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger hammerswing75|W|P|What is this world coming to? I thought for sure that he would vote for a qualified conservative candidate. After all, Mark Dayton's prior record suggests that he is a principled and courageious politician. ummmm On second thought, I'm not surprised.9/23/2005 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|He said Roberts was "unsuitable for chief justice or any justice for the Supreme Court."

So it's not enough to say he doesn't want to vote for a conservative, he has to personally insult him.

"I am deeply concerned that he and President Bush's next nominee will shift the Supreme Court close to the extreme right for many years to come,'' Dayton added.

Elections mean things. Those elected to POTUS get to place their nominees on the Court. He ran saying he'd nominate conservative justices.

Apparently Dayton doesn't like our form of government or our Constitution. I have to suggest that the real "extremist" here is the one who rejects nominees, not because they're unqualified, but for purely political reasons.9/23/2005 03:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Demrock6|W|P|Yes, but that same Constitution also gives the power to the senators to vote as they wish. I read the reason Roberts will get a no vote from some is because he was not open with enough answers during the judiciary hearing. It is probably more of a protest vote because the Republicans have enough votes if they all stick party line.

As a Democrat, I really do see much to fear from Roberts. I do wish the White House would release the papers that the Democrats have been asking for. It would clean up or prove true, concerns from both sides of the aisle. The fight will be over who fills O'Connor's robes.9/23/2005 08:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|I think Dayton should have voted to confirm Roberts.

That being said, he has nothing to lose by voting against Roberts - and he can play to the base because he's not running for reelection.

Mark Hanson from Log Cabin Republicans of MN PAC wrote Amy Klobuchar asking her how she would vote on this one. No answer.9/23/2005 09:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|fair point9/23/2005 11:41:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"So for now, with Steve Kelly (sic) not making much of an impact, let's call Doran the frontrunner in the DFL gubernatorial race and -- why not? -- Klobuchar the leader on the Senate side." Source: Duluth News-Tribune, September 23, 2005 Poor Kelley, poor Wetterling. |W|P|112750130857930952|W|P|DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE: DORAN FRONT-RUNNER FOR GOVERNOR|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/23/2005 07:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|How does this paper expect to be taken seriously when they can't correctly spell the name of a major political figure?9/23/2005 08:39:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Did you mean poor Democrat Randy Kelly?9/23/2005 07:47:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

At 1:30 p.m., Senator Mark Dayton will announce on the steps of the State Capitol how he'll vote on the confirmation of Chief Justice nominee John Roberts.

I wish Dayton was running for re-election.

|W|P|112748698826398720|W|P|MDE BREAKING NEWS: HOW WILL DAYTON VOTE?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/23/2005 07:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger RYAN!|W|P|I'm excited about his announcement, aren't you kids? Like we're supposed to be interested in how a lame-duck senator is going to vote on a nomination that is already a foregone conclusion for the nominee.

That he's scheduling an announcement for this is actually pretty sad.9/23/2005 11:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|I can't hardly stand the wait. I feel like a little kid in a car on a trip "are we there yet?"

This could be life-altering.

(He's going to say he won't support him. Duh.)9/23/2005 12:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|If Russ Feingold can vote to support Roberts, It's anyones guess what Dayton will do.9/23/2005 01:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|Mark Dayton is as predictable as the sun coming up every morning.9/25/2005 02:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|I'm not surprised Feingold is supporting Roberts.

It will be real interesting to see what happens with the next appointment.9/23/2005 06:32:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed is a blog dedicated to a truthful discussion on the activities, statements and tactics of Minnesota Democrats. The key word in the previous sentence is "truthful." During the short history of Minnesota Democrats Exposed, I have removed the comment section from my blog to prevent inappropriate comments. Removing the comments from Minnesota Democrats Exposed is like watching TV in black and white. It's just no fun! I choose to exercise my First Amendment right to remain anonymous. Minnesota Democrats Exposed is, and always will be published anonymously. I will never confirm nor deny my true identity. I have never used my right to remain anonymous as cover to post lies or false information. My blog is slowly becoming more credible to the mainstream media and other bloggers because of my strict posting policy. To ensure this trend continues, I will not allow individuals to post on my blog under the assumed identity of an actual person, regardless of political affiliations. Someone attempted this earlier today and I was notified of the offending post and removed it. Republicans who try to post comments on Minnesota Democrats Exposed as Mike Hatch or Amy Klobuchar, will face the same punishment as Democrats who try and post as Tim Pawlenty or Mark Kennedy. I recently purchased software that will allow me to block the IP address of visitors who ignore this rule. If people believe their identity is being used to post false information on Minnesota Democrats Exposed, please email me and I will investigate the post. When appropriate, I will notify the ISP or Blogger of the offender's activities. Minnesota Democrats Exposed is my pool and as the sign says: "I don't swim in your toliet, so don't pee in my pool." |W|P|112748421561183675|W|P|A MESSAGE FROM MDE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/23/2005 08:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|I missed this, mind filling us in on what actually happened?9/23/2005 08:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Someone falsely posted on Minnesota Democrats Exposed under the identity of an actual person. I was contacted by the real person, informed of the post and I removed it.9/22/2005 06:05:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Boy, do I wish he was running. ## Dayton backs peace campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In what peace activists call a milestone, Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., introduced legislation Thursday backing a long-shot citizen lobbying effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence.

He is the first and, so far, only member of the U.S. Senate to publicly endorse the plan.

A remnant of the quixotic 2004 presidential candidacy of Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, the idea of a "Peace Department" has been derided by critics as utopian and naïve, while supporters say it is an idea whose time has come.

Almost half of Minnesota's congressional delegation -- all the Democrats but one -- have lined up in support of the campaign, which calls for a cabinet-level secretary to develop an array of policies from international conflict-resolution to reducing domestic abuse and violence against animals.

Nobody gives the plan much of a chance in a Republican Congress. But backers in Minnesota -- where Kucinich turned in one of his best performances -- say their support is intended as a political statement.

"It sends the right message," said Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. "It's about promoting justice, expanding human rights and preventing conflict."

Besides McCollum, Minnesota Democrats Martin Sabo and Jim Oberstar are cosponsoring Dayton's bill.

Minnesota is one of 12 states whose Democratic Party has endorsed the plan.

"It underscores Minnesota's forward-looking approach to government," Kucinich said. "That's what Minnesota is about. It's the one state where new ideas are welcomed."

The Minnesota Republican Party, however, is adamantly opposed, having chastised Democratic congressional candidate Coleen Rowley, who spoke at a Department of Peace conference in Washington on Sept. 11.

"Money would be taken away from the Department of Defense to fund programs such as a Peace Academy and prisoner rehabilitation," said a statement issued last week by Minnesota GOP Executive Director Bill Walsh. "The creation of a Department of Peace is a naïve and unreasonable approach to dealing with the problems of the 21st Century, including international terrorism."

Detractors say that a new peace bureaucracy, along with its proposed $8 billion a year price tag -- pegged at 2 percent of the Pentagon budget -- is just another big government idea that will never happen. But Minnesota voters are likely to hear more about it in the coming election year.

The Minnesota GOP highlighted the Peace Department proposal to attack Rowley for joining forces with "liberal extremists." Rowley, who became a national figure for blowing the whistle on FBI shortcomings before the Sept. 11 attacks, is now challenging Rep. John Kline, R-Minn, a former Marine colonel with strong ties to the Pentagon.

Rowley dismissed the GOP's extremist tag, saying "that's their tactic. Everything they don't want to do, they call you a name." Source: Star Tribune, September 23, 2005

|W|P|112743767194821891|W|P|I WISH DAYTON WAS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/23/2005 05:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|???9/23/2005 05:16:00 AM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|Whatever happened to that big Entenza post?9/23/2005 05:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|Or wetterling changing her mind?9/23/2005 05:48:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|it's coming.9/23/2005 09:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|"That's what Minnesota is about. It's the one state where new ideas are welcomed."

Yeah, you know... like civil rights.

Sean Broom | "...[T]he time has arrived in America ...to get out of the shadows of states' rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights."9/23/2005 12:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger hammerswing75|W|P|To be charitable, the idea of a Department of Peace is assinine. More realistically it is dangerous. Draining funds from our military to fund an expedition to Utopia is unconscionable.9/22/2005 11:02:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I thought I would remind you about a post discussing Kelly Doran's Republican past.|W|P|112741231029546870|W|P|FLASHBACK: KELLY DORAN'S REPUBLICAN PAST|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/22/2005 11:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Clik|W|P|Why a donkey?9/22/2005 01:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|Doran is a moderate, not an ideologue. I know that MDE would never be caught dead ever supporting a DFLer (Randy Kelly is NOT a DFLer), but not everyone is so partisan.9/22/2005 02:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lucy N|W|P|Micah: Have you ever supported a Republican?9/22/2005 10:47:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|If DFL Governor is concerned about Doran's candidacy, shouldn't we all be?|W|P|112741135966088244|W|P|DFL GOVERNOR CALLS DORAN ARTICLE "HARSH"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/22/2005 07:52:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I think the Minnesota Vikings should sign the mascot from Burger King. I have seen the TV commericial and the Burger "King" has good moves. |W|P|112740099480933114|W|P|NON-POLITICAL POST: MINNESOTA VIKINGS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/22/2005 08:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|Preach it brother!9/22/2005 08:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Yeah...he's got the moves, buy who's going to get the ball to him?

By the way…did you hear that the Edina police have announced that someone was trying to egg Mike Tice’s home? I guess they found 3-4 eggs had gone over Tice’s house and hit his neighbor’s back door, 2 actually hit Tice's house, and the rest were scattered around the street. Police have decided, based on the evidence, to put a warrant out to Dante Culpepper.9/22/2005 09:21:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|LOL, I'd like to see them do this for other sports. Can you imagine the King coming out to hit Kirk Gibson's homerun from the 88 World Series, or the King dropping Tiger Woods' chip at this year's Masters?9/22/2005 09:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|Whoever threw the eggs should replace Dante...at least they hit their target 1/2 of the time with only two fumbles.

Or they could replace Tice as coach. They showed more initative by egging Tice's house than Tice has shown since the end of last season.9/22/2005 02:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|For once I agree with your post.9/22/2005 02:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Well there you go, the idea that Mike Tice is an idiot has bipartisan backing. Who says we can't find consensus!9/23/2005 02:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger rew|W|P|to be fair, the team didn't start sucking until after Tice gave President Bush the jersey...
(oh, come on, someone had to say it)9/21/2005 03:50:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Doran's website now says he is running for governor. I think Hatch was hoping Doran changed his mind again and decided to run for the U.S. Senate. Again.|W|P|112734325921054348|W|P|UPDATE: DORAN'S WEBSITE STILL CLAIMS HE IS RUNNING FOR THE U.S. SENATE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/21/2005 03:04:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

This email is unbelievable. She doesn't say "Katrina", but she gets damn close.

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Dear Friends,

Recent events have proven that Americans are at their best in times of crisis - joining together, opening their hearts, and giving of their time and resources in an amazingly generous fashion. I know you've shared my pride in our fellow citizens, but I suspect you might have also shared my frustration with the way Washington politicians have responded (or in some instances, failed to respond to this crisis).

While people all across America have pitched in, too many politicians have chosen to point fingers, rather than lifting their fingers to help. Others in Washington have gone into spin overdrive, shirking responsibility and shifting blame, instead of rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

I am more convinced now than ever that it is time for a new kind of leadership in Washington, DC. Leadership that is compassionate and forward-thinking. Leaders that bring a commonsense approach to solving problems and fulfilling their promises to work for a better America.

I will be that kind of leader in the United States Senate, but I need your help to get there. The deadline for our federal fundraising report is less than 10 days away, and it is important that I have the strongest showing possible. Please donate $35, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, or whatever you can afford today.

http://www.pattywetterling.com/donate/

There are serious issues at stake and we need someone who is not afraid to tell the truth and demand that things can get better.

Together, we can make a difference in how our government represents us.

Thank you,

Patty Wetterling Patty Wetterling

P.S. The deadline for our fundraising is less than 10 days away! It is critical that we file a healthy report, and be able to have the resources needed to run a winning campaign. It matters who we have as elected officials. I want to bring my values and work ethic into the U.S. Senate, and be an effective voice for the people of Minnesota. Please give what you can today.

Do not reply to this message. Please contact us by using our online contact form at http://www.pattywetterling.com/contact/

|W|P|112734048900631352|W|P|IS WETTERLING USING HURRICANE KATRINA TO RAISE MONEY?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/22/2005 06:47:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|If the text presented is accurate, there is nothing wrong with that letter. With all the crappy fundraising letters out there today, you can certainly find something better to bash then this.9/21/2005 02:47:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Doran's campaign is a complete joke. It takes 5 minutes to change a website.|W|P|112733923937247303|W|P|DORAN'S WEBSITE STILL CLAIMS HE IS RUNNING FOR THE U.S. SENATE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/21/2005 05:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Images, however, take a little more time.9/22/2005 04:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Politically Wise|W|P|Actually now it says Governor and it did about an hour after you made your remark. At elast his site is decent looking, better than Kelley's, no offense.9/21/2005 11:31:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Kelly Doran said his billboards advertising his now defunct U.S. Senate campaign will stay up for the rest of the month. Shouldn't he take them down? |W|P|112732760778385201|W|P|DORAN'S BILLBOARDS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/21/2005 11:22:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|1. Doran will seek the DFL endorsement. 2. Doran hasn't decided if he will adbide by the DFL endorsement. 3. Doran is not going to seek public financing for governor. He will spend what it takes. 4. Doran want to raise the gas-tax. Stay tuned for more updates. |W|P|112732718361755748|W|P|UPDATE: DORAN FOR GOVERNOR|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/21/2005 05:51:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Sept. 21. 1 p.m. KELLY DORAN MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT CAMPAIGN FUTURE: U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Doran will make an announcement regarding the future of his campaign. Location: State Capitol, Room 125, St. Paul Contacts: Tonya Tennessen (651) 269-8077|W|P|112730731007135123|W|P|IT'S OFFICIAL!|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/21/2005 09:33:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|Doran - a very nice guy - is a candidate looking for an office to run for. He's really got nothing different to add to any process. He's a typical DFL'er. Probably not as wacko left as some others, but he's still a left-wing DFL'er trying to look different. He couldn't get any traction in the Senate race and saw an opportunity in the Governors race. Not because Pawlenty is vulnerable, but because Hatch hasn't entered the race. Bottom line, he's an opportunist and voters will see through that.9/21/2005 09:40:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|If you would bother to read anything about Doran, you would realize that he is a very conservative democrat. He has the money to fund his campaign himself. There is still enough time in either the senate race or the governors race. Let's just wait and see what he says this afternoon, but you John, seem to be very new at this.9/21/2005 11:29:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Andy, you might want to know who you are cocking off to here. John Jordan is a former state representative from Brooklyn Park and has been involved in politics since 1997…which would have made you about 5 years old at the time. Not only has he been interested in politics probably longer than you’ve been alive, he knows MANY of these candidates personally. John also said that he ISN’T probably as left as others, meaning he is a more moderate/conservative democrat.9/20/2005 11:32:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

I am sure I didn't report this first, but I had to be close.

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Doran may switch to governor's race

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Kelly Doran is dropping out of the Minnesota Senate race to run for governor, a high-ranking Democrat told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Doran, a DFLer, planned a news conference in St. Paul today. The campaign would only say that he planned "an announcement regarding the future of his campaign for Minnesota." Spokeswoman Tonya Tennessen declined to comment Tuesday.

But AP's source said Doran had told him he will announce the run for governor without specifying the reason. He spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the official announcement wasn't scheduled until today. Doran did not immediately return a phone message left at his home in Eden Prairie Tuesday.

In the governor's race, Doran joins a DFL field that already includes state Sen. Steve Kelley, nonprofit founder Bud Philbrook and, probably, Attorney General Mike Hatch. They'll fight for the right to take on Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty next year.

As of June 30, Doran, a wealthy real estate developer, had contributed $250,000 to his Senate campaign, while raising an additional $57,000 from individuals. He finished the reporting period, the last one on file, with $22,000, his Federal Election Commission report shows.

The move would leave the Senate DFL race with three candidates: Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, children's safety advocate Patty Wetterling and Ford Bell, president of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Source: Associated Press, September 21, 2005

|W|P|112728476855426281|W|P|RACE FOR GOVERNOR GETS A NEW CANDIDATE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/20/2005 04:34:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed has confirmed that Kelly Doran will have a press conference tomorrow to announce he is running for governor.|W|P|112725948104437040|W|P|UPDATE: MDE BREAKING NEWS: DORAN FOR GOVERNOR|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/20/2005 04:48:00 PM|W|P|Blogger a. k. agikamik|W|P|Interesting, MDE, what's your source?9/20/2005 05:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|This explains why Kelly Doran was missing during the latest podcast interview with Inside Minnesota Politics.

Good find.9/20/2005 07:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Inside_source|W|P|Anyone else notice that MDE
beat Checks and Balances by a FULL 2 HOURS on the story!!

Toole is a Democrat hack and even HE can't beat MDE!!

Great job MDE!9/20/2005 10:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Pawlenty pushed McElroy out - I've got the story (from a well placed capitol source) here.

MDE - are you the person who posted as Michael Nelson using a hotmail account on the St Paul Issues list last spring?

My guess is your real name is Michael.9/21/2005 05:51:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|I spoke with Dan later in the same day this happened. Unless he was lying to me - which I doubt very much - he wasn't "pushed out" and it didn't happen the way that other web site claims. I think Dan was just burned out from the 80 hour weeks and it literally was a mutual decision.9/21/2005 06:46:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|You don't think McElroy would lie to protect Pawlenty? Are you familiar with this thing called politics?9/21/2005 09:31:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|Do your friends lie to you?9/21/2005 10:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Hi John - noticed your blog started in June. You aluded to a site you had prior to the blog. What's the link to that site.

The thing that supports the rumor being true is that notice of the press conference didn't go out from the Governor's Office until after the press conference started. The conference was scheduled to start at 10:00 AM - and the media advisary didn't go out until 10:07.9/20/2005 02:37:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Based on information provided to Minnesota Democrats Exposed, I can report that Kelly Doran will announce tomorrow/soon that he is switching races and running for governor. Stay tuned for more information.|W|P|112725308325955372|W|P|MDE BREAKING NEWS: DORAN FOR GOVERNOR|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/20/2005 10:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Shawn Towles had that on Checks and Balances also.9/20/2005 01:28:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Survey USA's 50 state monthly tracking poll results were released today -- Tuesday, Sept. 20. According to this poll, Governor Pawlenty's approval rating has rebounded to 54%, the same approval rating he held in the SurveyUSA poll released on May 10, prior to the end of the regular legislative session. Their entire survey is at: here Governor Pawlenty tracking numbers at: here|W|P|112724827824554688|W|P|PAWLENTY'S NUMBERS GO UP!|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/20/2005 05:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Senate District 63 DFL|W|P|I'm just wondering...what Democrat is being exposed here? Has Pawlenty switched parties?9/20/2005 11:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Seven years? ##

CHRIS COLEMAN'S CAMPAIGN AND SUPPORTERS BUCK ST. PAUL CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS

St. Paul DFL Hasn't Filed Campaign Reports In Seven Years; "Recall Randy" In Over One Year

St. Paul - After learning that the St. Paul DFL Party has not properly filed campaign finance reports with Ramsey County for more than seven years and that the St. Paul DFL is paying for and producing lawn signs that are potentially illegally coordinated with mayoral candidate Chris Coleman's campaign, the Campaign for St. Paul's Future today demanded an investigation by local authorities and asked the Coleman campaign to disclose and return all contributions received from the St. Paul DFL.

According to public information available at Ramsey County's election office and confirmed with County staff, the St. Paul DFL has not filed the legally required campaign finance disclosure reports in over seven years. The St. Paul DFL last filed their reports with the Ramsey County election office on February 2, 1998, which covered the period of January 1 to December 31, 1997.

"St. Paul voters should be alarmed that the DFL and Chris Coleman are flaunting campaign finance laws," said Campaign for St. Paul's Future spokesman Michael Brodkorb. "By going nearly seven years without properly reporting to voters how they are raising and spending campaign funds, the St. Paul DFL has violated the spirit of good government. By coordinating with groups like this, Chris Coleman has disappointed voters who really care about reforming the behind-close-doors, good ol' boy political process," added Brodkorb.

Chris Coleman was endorsed by the St. Paul DFL on April 30, 2005. Since receiving their endorsement, Coleman's campaign has been coordinating campaign expenditures such as lawn-signs with the St. Paul DFL. Because the St. Paul DFL did not file the legally required Pre-Primary Report due on September 2, 2005, it is impossible to determine if the St. Paul DFL has exceeded the contribution limit to Coleman’s campaign.

Also, Committee 2 Recall Randy.org has not filed the legally required campaign finance disclosure reports in over one year according to public information provided by the Ramsey County election office and confirmed with County staff. This committee maintains a website (www.recallrandy.org), accepts online-contributions, and distributes "Republican Randy" lawn-signs, yet the committee has never filed a campaign finance report listing the committee's contributors and expenditures.

In fact, the organizers of Committee 2 Recall Randy.org have purchased 1000 "Republican Randy" lawn-signs:

"The Duddingstons said that they've given out about 200 of their 1,000 'Republican Randy' signs and that they're getting inquiries about obtaining large quantities of the signs and hinted they're happy to get more.” (Source: City Hall Scoop; "Recalling Recall Randy"; August 18, 2005; accessed at www.cityhallscoop.com on September 20, 2005)

Chris Coleman attended a fundraiser at the home of David Duddingston on August 25, 2005 (Source: City Hall Scoop; "Chris Coleman speech: 'This is greatest city in the world'"; August 30, 2005; accessed at www.cityhallscoop.com on September 20, 2005). David's brother Daniel Duddingston is chair of the Committee 2 Recall Randy.org.

"The Committee to Recall Randy.org should spend less time reminding people about 'Republican Randy' and spend more time remembering to file the legally required campaign finance disclosure forms," said Brodkorb.

"In all fairness, maybe Chris doesn't know the background of the groups he's been taking money from and coordinating with, but we are hopeful that he will condemn their illegal campaign behavior and bring this race back to higher ethical ground," added Brodkorb.

The Campaign for St. Paul's Future is reviewing all legal option available to force Chris Coleman's campaign, the St. Paul DFL, and the Committee 2 Recall Randy.org, to abide by St. Paul's campaign finance and election laws.

"Just because there is a statue of Chris Coleman's father inside the State Capitol, doesn't mean he or his campaign allies can operate with a total disregard for St. Paul's campaign finance and election laws," said Brodkorb. "If candidate Chris Coleman thinks he can ignore the law now, imagine how Mayor Chris Coleman will govern St. Paul if he is elected," concluded Brodkorb.

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|W|P|112724302366846080|W|P|WHAT IS THE ST. PAUL DFL HIDING?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/20/2005 12:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Nice catch MDE, I'm all over this one as well.

Saint Paul City hall moonbat league Vice-Chairman shoots the messenger, but fails to address the facts:

Is this Campaign for Saint Paul Future group the one financed by BruceLarson?

"North End entrepreneur Bruce Larson has funded a 'Campaign for St.Paul's Future,' and independent organization that, according tospokesman Michael Brodkorb, will be 'focusing on Chris Coleman's recordas a City Council member and the positions he's taken as a mayoral candidate.' Source: Pioneer Press Sept. 15, 2005

The same Bruce Larson who paid for full page ads for the Mayor's StreetBeats? The same Bruce Larson who put up Kelly Campaign Signs on several buildings including the North End Law Enforcement Center? The same Bruce Larson who hosted several events/fundraisers for RandyKelly Hmmm... let's see the full financial disclosure.


Lee Helgen
Councilmember - Ward 5

Yes Lee, the same Bruce Larson who will appear on Randy's campaign finance disclosures...you know the same disclosures that your party doesn't bother with.

What was that about stop digging...?9/20/2005 12:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Where does Coleman's dad have a statue in the Capitol?9/20/2005 12:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|If Randy's not the definition of a "good old boy" I don't know who is...9/20/2005 02:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Abrogans|W|P|Huh... This seems a bit duplicitive as they already have to file with the state.

After taking a look at the ordinance, it seems to only apply to ramsey county offices. The St. Paul DFL most likely needed to report due to the fact that they more than likely gave to county candidates, however, this really should have no impact on the Coleman Campaign as he is not running for a county office.9/21/2005 08:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Abrogans|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.9/21/2005 08:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Abrogans|W|P|After look a bit closer, I am even more confused. The Ramsey County Ordinance on Campaign Finance requires filings for county offices, however it is silent on city offices. The city of St. Paul also has a campaign finance ordinance that requires candidates to file with the city clerk not with the Ramsey County Elections Office, however, the Ramsey County Elections Offices has a document on their site stating that the mayoral candidates must file with the county.

Can anyone explain? Has the county notified the committees? Is their and investigation?9/19/2005 06:03:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Steve Kelley refered to a Republican propsal for a Pledge of Allegiance requirement in schools to the rituals of Nazi Germany. |W|P|112713526105234813|W|P|MORE EVIDENCE OF KELLEY WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/19/2005 05:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Yes, making the point that Steve Kelly doesn't always work with Republicans and, gasp, often disagrees with Republicans will obviously make your point that he NEVER works with Republicans!9/20/2005 11:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|Remember how Steve Kelly helped with the deal that ended the shutdown?

Oh wait, that didn't happen!9/19/2005 05:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is a great example of Steve Kelley working with Republicans.|W|P|112713491954794839|W|P|EVIDENCE OF KELLEY WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/18/2005 12:38:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I received my second email earlier today from my DFL source in the 6th Congressional District. I was forwarded an email sent out by Scott Mortensen about abortion. Mortensen must think he is running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. Baby killers and Bible thumpers? I also thought his comment "...standard operating procedure in the DFL right now is to avoid this discussion like the death plague of candidates," was very enlightening. I will make sure that MCCL gets a copy. ## To: minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com From: xxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:48 AM Subject: FW: Mortensen for Congress Abortion MDE: This is a shocking email from someone who was an assistant minister. I understand his concern about the abortion issue, but why call it "a divisive Bible thumper issu[e]"? Bible thumper!!?!! -----Original Message----- To: xxxxxxxxxxxx From:"Scott Mortensen" Date: Fri Sep 16, 2005 Subject: Mortensen for Congress Abortion We will face the abortion questions in this race, as every other candidate in the 6th is anti-choice. I would like your thoughts on how to best approach this subject. Of course, standard operating procedure in the DFL right now is to avoid this discussion like the death plague of candidates. Yet, when we end up facing the Repubs if not sooner, this is going to be an issue. Check this thread out. Dan emailed it to me. This is how average people are talking about this. We need to develop a strategy on dealing with the issue, and turning it our direction. I know what my arguments are, but I'd like to hear yours, and perhaps I can learn from you. As I will be the first to admit this is one of the most challenging issues we'll face in the sixth and it will be used against us. Basically, it's all the repubs have anymore are the divisive Bible thumper issues. They are such miserable failures everywhere else, they will undoubtedly turn to the baby killer approach in the general election. If we get Bachmann, it most certainly will happen. But I have a suspicion, even ET might get into us with this. Check it out: Link |W|P|112707446281910259|W|P|TINKLENBERG vs. MORTENSEN #2: ABORTION SHOCKER FROM MORTENSEN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/18/2005 03:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Yup, this must be Janet Robert. Janet is rather obsessed about the abortion issue.

It's hard to imagine the Tinklenberg campaign being stupid enough to send stuff to an anonymous blog - especially something like this.

Remember that Janet Robert - who supports criminalizing abortion lost to Kennedy - big time 65-35 (30 points).

When it was Kennedy v Wetterling it was 55-45 - 10 points.

Wetterling opposed criminalizing abortion.9/18/2005 04:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|You seem rather confident without having any first-hand knowledge.9/18/2005 04:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|I don't have first hand knowledge. As I say - if it's Janet Robert - the Tinklenberg campaign can distance themselves saying she's doing all this on her own. If this is from the Tinklenberg campaign, it suggests very bad judgement on the part of that campaign.9/18/2005 07:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Nice work outing your source.9/18/2005 08:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|I have VERY good reason to believe that it's not coming from the Tinklenberg campaign.9/18/2005 08:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|NK - are sources from the Tinklenberg campaign denying they are leaking to MDE?9/19/2005 12:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|Wait a minute...I thought the issue was a woman's right to privacy, not a right to choose.

No wonder the DFLers skirt the abortions issue, they don't have a semblence of a message when it comes to abortion.9/21/2005 10:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Republican Minnesota - what should we do about abortion then? Criminalize it? What penalties should the woman face?9/18/2005 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

This quote is complete bulls***:

"Minnesotans are looking for leadership that can bring people together and I've demonstrated that I can work with democrats and republicans to get a consensus on how to solve Minnesota's challenges and come up with solutions to move us forward."

I want examples of Kelley working with Republicans.

##

State Sen. Steve Kelley stumping for Governor

Growing up in the 1960s Sen. Steve Kelley heard one statement over and over: If you don't like the way things are you should work to change them.

For 13 years, Kelley (DFL-District 44) has been doing just that in state government and in June he announced his intention to run for governor.

"I have a passion for public service and I can see the enormous potential Minnesota has," Kelley said. "The governor has been wrong on a number of policies that will lead to holding Minnesota back.

"I thought he was wrong in 2003 when he decided to cut funding on early childhood education and state colleges and universities, and then this year he proposed to cut 30,000 people from MinnesotaCare in order to finance schools," he said. "Minnesota doesn't have to make that choice. In the end we didn't have to cut those people in order to fund education. (It shows) the

governor's vision for Minnesota is too short sighted and wrong for the state."

Kelley was in Albert Lea Friday for the Freeborn County DFL Annual Spaghetti Supper at the Union Center.

Elected to the House of Representatives in 1992, Kelley spent four years there before he was elected to the Senate. He is chair of the Senate Education Committee and vice chair of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee. In 2000 he ran for U.S. Senate.

"During that time I have had an opportunity to work on education and I've come to see that as the most important issue for Minnesota's future prosperity," he said. "Thinking about those issues made me realize the governor has the strongest influence on the future of education in

the state."

He wants to improve the quality of childcare and early childcare education because, "it is still the best investment we can make."

He also wants to set a goal for all students to graduate from high school and to better prepare them to be successful in college.

Kelley said finding a solution to rising healthcare costs was another issue important for the state. Kelley's solution is to create a healthcare plan that would cover all of Minnesota in an affordable way.

"As governor I'd be working with Minnesota's doctors and healthcare institutes to work out the details," he said. "It could provide opportunities for businesses to have their own additional coverage and it would be good for employers if they need help with health care costs if they are competing around the globe."

This is Kelley's first time running for governor and he said he felt confident about his campaigning strategies for the next year.

"We have to be thoughtful on how to structure the campaign but one of the things I learned at the state fair is there is a lot of dissatisfaction across the state," he said. "It is time to have a majority governor. We haven't had that in the last two elections."

For more information on Kelley go to www.stevekelley.org.

"Minnesotans are looking for leadership that can bring people together and I've demonstrated that I can work with democrats and republicans to get a consensus on how to solve Minnesota's challenges and come up with solutions to move us forward." Source: Albert Lea Tribune, September 18, 2005

|W|P|112707026223731589|W|P|KELLEY WORKS WITH REPUBLICANS? NICE TRY STEVE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/18/2005 03:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|He probably has worked with folks like Ron Erhardt, Dan Dornan, Ray Cox and other moderates.9/18/2005 03:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Aside from being an incredibly misshapen man, Steve Kelley is not nonpartisan. I was at the press conference this year where he announced his "education plan" a.k.a. Steve's chance to get on TV for bashing the governor.

The one thing he would have in his corner to protect this boldfaced lie is that he is a fairly nice fellow.9/18/2005 09:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger R-Five|W|P|These appeals to "work across the aisle" and "bring us together again" annoy me almost as much as the MSM repeating them mindlessly. They never stop to ask: how did all that reaching across the aisle for President George W. Bush? And just who's doing all this dividing?9/19/2005 06:01:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Jukebox Hero|W|P|Yeah, I highly doubt Kelley works with Republicans on anything that is controversial. I'm guessing that if I look it up, the only timesKelley voted with Republicans has been when 85% + of legislators voted for a bill.9/19/2005 07:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|"Minnesotans are looking for leadership that can bring people together …”

"It is time to have a majority governor. We haven't had that in the last two elections."

In other words, a fully Democratic Minnesota government can SAY that they are reaching across the isle, but are REALLY just pushing their own agenda through because they can.

If this happens, everyone had better keep one hand of his or her wallets at all times!9/17/2005 10:30:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Sorry for the delay as I am still verifying the information. I should be able to post the information late tonight. MDE|W|P|112697840497136389|W|P|UPDATE: MDE EXCLUSIVE: RECENT STOCK TRANSACTIONS OF ENTENZA/QUAM|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/18/2005 09:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Any update on the Entenza-Hatch rumor? It seems that there's been no press coverage of this - so this must be another rumor that you've posted with no good backup.9/19/2005 07:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger HeWhoIsNotHim|W|P|What happened to this?9/21/2005 10:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|What happened with these stock transactions?9/16/2005 10:19:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
My good friend at Republican Minnesota posted a copy of Mike Hatch's most recent fundraising letter. Hatch's irresponsible and innacurate letter shows exactly what type of campaign for governor he will run. Republican Minnesota was the first blog to announce Yecke's departure from the 6th Congressional District race and now Republican Minnesota is the first blog to post a copy of Hatch's fundraising letter. Great job Republican Minnesota and keep up the awesome work!
|W|P|112689115937329150|W|P|HATCH'S MOST RECENT FUNDRAISING LETTER|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/16/2005 11:56:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Lucy N|W|P|What's mysteriously absent from this letter (like all of his fundraising pieces) is a single, compelling reason why anyone should support him as a candidate for governor. His lame attempts to convince people that Minnesota is in dire straights are simply distractions -- and pathetic ones at best. When is he going to stop manipulating the truth and tell voters what he really stands for?9/16/2005 01:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Man! I sure hope we have a lot of people who moved up from Tennessee to the Socialist Republic of Minnesota, and that they read this letter!9/16/2005 08:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Inside_source|W|P|Mike Hatch is not running for Governor.

You heard it here first.9/16/2005 09:19:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|What a disaster. I don't know what he's planning on doing, but perhaps it would be a good idea to announce it. I wonder if he's going to wait until after the convention to step into the race. Does he really have the skill to do that? It dosen't look like he does, but I wouldn't put it past him.9/17/2005 01:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Rick Mons|W|P|Out of curiosity, what is the inaccurate information in Hatch's letter? Not trying to be argumentative (yet, at least) but always think if the allegation of "inaccurate" is used, there should be some offering of specific(s).9/18/2005 09:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Wow, you got a copy of a Hatch's fundraising letter... kudos... we should just surrender now...9/16/2005 06:40:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I received this email from Coleen Rowley's campaign staffer Ellen Stankiewicz: EStank5428@aol.com: We know who you are! ## Does Coleen Rowley's campaign have nothing else to do other than threaten a blogger? As I have said before, I will never reveal my identity. I don't care if Rowley's campaign has a press conference to "expose" my identity. I will never reveal my identity. I don't think Rowley's campaign remembers what happend the last time someone "exposed" my identity. The email I received from Rowley's campaign confirms the success of my blog.|W|P|112687883210406369|W|P|ROWLEY'S CAMPAIGN MUST BE SCARED|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/16/2005 08:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|When will people learn to make annonymous Hotmail accounts before sending threats? I don't know, probably around the same time inner city minority communities will realize that the Democratic party takes their votes for granted and is ruining their culture.9/16/2005 08:30:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|TPO said...
When will people learn to make annonymous Hotmail accounts before sending threats?

They DON'T learn...they are democrats!9/16/2005 08:51:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|yep those darn Democrats ruining "their" culture... why don't they wake up and realize tax cuts for the rich are a great idea and are more important then funding head start. when will they realize that they don't deserve health insurance or a chance to go to college...9/16/2005 09:02:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|ReaganBlows said...
yep those darn Democrats ruining "their" culture... why don't they wake up and realize tax cuts for the rich are a great idea and are more important then funding head start. when will they realize that they don't deserve health insurance or a chance to go to college...

There is that entitlement mentality!9/16/2005 09:13:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Reaganblows,

Democrats have run our inner cities for how long now? 40 years? Since the surbaban exodus began in the 1950s? Since Goldwater?

You would think that after such a long time these great liberal policies would be producing fantastic results.

Been to north Minneapolis lately?

Maybe after all these decades of urban decay it's time we give the other side a try. Let's re-emphasize the importance of family; help put these kids in a good school where they can get the tools they need to go to college, get a job and advance; encourage ownership of homes and businesses, because if you own something and you earned the money you bought it with you are more likely to stand up to the drug dealers, the murderers and the gang bangers that threaten your neighborhood. Let's give them real rolemodels - fathers, teachers, preachers, businessmen/women - who set an example of how to succeed and maximize America rather than the rap stars and thugs they emulate now.

Or, we could just keep handing them everything they need and continue to stand by and watch another generation of urban youth get sucked into the endless circles of poverty, crime and gangs. We could keep holding those oh-so-effective peace vigils every time someone gets killed. We could keep preaching about having to fight against the man and all that other 1960s-era, Black Panther bullshit.

We could, brace yoursevles here, GIVE THEM MORE THAN JUST ENOUGH TO ENSURE THEY RE-ELECT US.

It's a noble thought. I hope you liberals can handle it.

By the way, I think I'll change my handle to "wellstonefucksgoats" to keep with the tone of respect offered by the left.9/16/2005 09:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Yeah who deserves to get an education or basic healthcare... they should be lucky they have a pot to piss in... Like Barbara Bush said sleeping in the Astrodome must be like heaven...9/16/2005 09:22:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|If the Republicans would drop the stereotypes and actually give a rat's ass about poor people you maybe would get some votes there... but hey it's their own damn fault they are poor and they don't vote for us anyhow, so why bother?9/16/2005 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|ReaganBlows said...
If the Republicans would drop the stereotypes and actually give a rat's ass about poor people you maybe would get some votes there... but hey it's their own damn fault they are poor and they don't vote for us anyhow, so why bother?

If the Democrats would stop taxing the shit out of my HARD EARNED MONEY, then I would be more than happy to give more money to the poor. The problem with you tax and spend liberals is that you don't understand that the goverment is the LEAST productive method by which to distribute things.9/16/2005 09:50:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|sharkbait is right. Whenver you take from one person and give to another, the person getting taken from will resent the person receiving what gets taken.

I would also confront the notion that Republicans hold "stereotypes." When I grew up in rural America, I certainly had stereotypes about what the inner city was like. Now that I live in it, I find my stereotypes have largely proven true. I envisioned people walking down the street rapping or speaking a form of English I don't understand, wearing shitty clothes and on and on. Well, come to find out that's exactly how it is in lots of places!

I wish it would change, I hate seeing some of these people who you can just see in their eyes they have no hope for a better tomorrow. So many decades of left-wing domination and neglect have sucked the last breath right out of the American dream for so many people. People they claim to care about.

Mark my words, someday there will come a person who recognizes the fraud propelgated by the left and this person will be too credible within the community for you to make your assinine, hateful claims. The person will be taken seriously and everyone who has manipulated the inner city for their own political gain for so long will be left wondering "what the hell happened, when did everything go so wrong, how did we lose our power, WHEN DID THESE PEOPLE GET SO SMART?"

For the people I see, I hope that person comes soon.9/16/2005 11:46:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I was just reminded that Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent.

Does that concern me? Nope.9/16/2005 01:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Minnesota Democrat Exposer said...
I was just reminded that Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent.

Does that concern me? Nope.


She would be STUPID to use her FBI contacts to "expose" you, then an argument could be made about her abusing resources for political gain and REALLY raise into question her ability to represent us.9/16/2005 07:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony|W|P|Rowley's campaign needs to stop playing super-sleuth and start working on a message.

BTW, there are not many in the FBI that would help her...so that is not a concern.9/18/2005 09:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|"Now that I live in it, I find my stereotypes have largely proven true. I envisioned people walking down the street rapping or speaking a form of English I don't understand, wearing shitty clothes and on and on. Well, come to find out that's exactly how it is in lots of places!"

This is unbelievable! I thought you had a little more intelligence then that...9/20/2005 12:26:00 PM|W|P|Blogger MNInsider|W|P|"This is unbelievable! I thought you had a little more intelligence then that... "

S 5th St. and Hennepin Ave.
5:00pm
Weekdays

Stop by, prove the Party Opposite right.9/15/2005 11:44:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Sorry for the lack of posts today. I have been researching information provided to Minnesota Democrats Exposed in a series of emails I started receiving late last night. I will post the information I received later today.|W|P|112681038924235823|W|P|MDE EXCLUSIVE: RECENT STOCK TRANSACTIONS OF ENTENZA/QUAM|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/15/2005 01:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|I can't wait to see what dirt you uncover.9/16/2005 06:36:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|As someone who would love to see the Entenzas go down in a figuritive ball of fire, I am breathlessly waiting for what you have. I hope it's good! And true!9/15/2005 06:40:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The quote from Delmonico about Rybak not leaving his house without a police escort is brutal. ## Majority of Primary Voters Agree: Anyone But Rybak Minneapolis, MN - Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President John Delmonico today congratulated primary voters for taking the Federation's advice and voting for Anyone But Rybak. "The primary election is a story about a man who's lost touch with the city of Minneapolis," commented Delmonico. "It's obvious Mayor Rybak is in trouble when - with all the powers of city hall at his disposal and a fund raising lead of thousands of dollars - he can't get a majority at his convention and then can't get a majority in the primary. That's two strikes as of today and the third strike could be coming in November." In the week prior to the election, the Federation ran a radio commercial criticizing Rybak on his lack of focus on crime and public safety and urged primary voters to vote ABR: Anyone But Rybak. Delmonico said that Rybak's weak 44 percent showing in the primary, less than ten points ahead of his nearest competition, proves that voters are fed up with the Rybak administrations cuts in the police force and disorganized response to a public safety emergency. "Mayor Rybak doesn't have to be concerned about crime because he doesn't leave his house without a police escort," explained Delmonico. "But voters are sending a message that they want more cops, more focus on public safety and a concrete plan to bring the police department back up to strength. They also want some initiative out of city hall, and not more waiting for Santa to come down the chimney with money from the state or federal government." Delmonico observed that Mayor Rybak has only eight weeks before the general election to convince voters that he received their message on crime and is going to do something about it. "It's obvious voters are worried about crime. The candidate who addresses that concern and convinces voters that he's going to get tough on crime, is the candidate who will be the next mayor." Since 1972, the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis has represented police officers up to the rank of captain who are employed by the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Currently the Federation has more than 800 members and is the largest non-affiliated law enforcement union in the state of Minnesota. The Federation Board of Directors consists of 10 elected members (nine from the Minneapolis Police Department and one from the Park Police Department), each serving a two-year term. The Federation president serves full-time, along with one other designated board member. The rest of the board serves part-time, while remaining full-time members of the police force. # # # # Source: Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis|W|P|112679203559269132|W|P|MINNEAPOLIS POLICE: RYBAK HAS LOST TOUCH WITH THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/15/2005 06:51:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Exposing Minnesota Democrats is one thing and very interesting. But repeating the bashes of others, which seems to be a lot of what is done on this site lately, is boring. I already heard what the Police had to say about Rybak, why do you need to repeat it? If you don't have anything original to post, don't post.9/15/2005 09:22:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|I second what that dude said... and this is the tackiest spin control I've ever seen. In a solid three way race Rybak trounced Mclaughlin by almost 10 points, while no Coleman this bodes very well for Rybak.

A question for the officer... would you really prefer Farheen Hakeem to RT?

Sean9/15/2005 10:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|If you don't have anything original to post, don't post.

If I were MDE, I'd say to you - "get your own damn web site". Or "don't like it, don't let the virtual door hit you on the way out."

Jeez, Louise. It's one thing to post opinions on issues. It's quite another to whine about something like this.

Related to Rybak, sadly, the MPD is accurate. I've known R.T. for perhaps ten years, used to work him him in fact before politics, so I like him a lot. But he's not been a friend to police or crime prevention. I really thought he'd do a better job in this area.9/15/2005 10:50:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|My point was that we come here looking for unique and genuine information, but it seems like this is increasingly more of a re-posting of information already available in several other places.

There is nothing unique about this site that will draw visitors here if the information is available from so many other sources.9/15/2005 11:29:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|the party opposite said...
There is nothing unique about this site that will draw visitors here if the information is available from so many other sources.

Then, like Mr jordan said...don't let the virtual door hit your ass on the way out!

And, Sean...
In a solid three way race Rybak trounced Mclaughlin by almost 10 points...

I wouldn't say that 15% of the eligible voters showing up is a trouncing.9/15/2005 02:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|My point was that we come here looking for unique and genuine information, but it seems like this is increasingly more of a re-posting of information already available in several other places.

I understand the point. But if that were an issue, Associated Press couldn't exist.

MDE might post information available elsewhere, but it's the often unique perspective, or inside information he/she can add later that makes that information relevent to this web site.

To me it just came off as someone whining because they didn't get some daily fix.9/15/2005 08:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger pinkmonkeybird|W|P|I'm of the ABR crowd. Only problem with this philosophy is that it allows yet another Democrat, McLaughlin, to take the office.

I suppose there is some solice in knowing that if McLaughlin should win the office, he'd better not make the same mistake on law enforcement and public safety as RT did, or he'll be next to get the axe.9/16/2005 01:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Problem is McLaughlin won't win. I'd like to see Rybak get defeated but I don't think the choice of McLaughlin is any better.

I also think that the Police Federation is on par with the teachers unions. They represent their members - and this includes the bad apples.

Delmonico is especially pathetic.9/14/2005 02:12:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"As the nation remembered the fourth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Coleen Rowley once again joined with liberal extremists to in an effort to back away from America's commitment to fighting terrorism around the world. The voters of the Second Congressional district agree with President Bush and Congressman John Kline that real threats need to be confronted with real solutions." Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey
  • On September 11, 2005, Coleen Rowley spoke at the Department of Peace Conference in Washington, DC with such liberal luminaries as Representatives John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich.
  • The Department of Peace Conference convened to support legislation creating a cabinet-level agency called the Department of Peace.
  • The bill, introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, proposes taking at least two percent of the Department of Defense budget to create an additional federal bureaucracy.
  • The Department of Peace would take away money used to defend the United States from terrorists, and use it to create another bureaucratic office.
  • Money would be taken away from the Department of Defense to fund programs such as a Peace Academy and prisoner rehabilitation.
  • The creation of a Department of Peace is a naïve and unreasonable approach to dealing with the problems of the 21st Century including international terrorism.
(Source of information on the Conference and the proposal: http://www.dopcampaign.org/; and http://www.kucinich.us )
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Source: Republican Party of Minnesota press release. This is a great hit on Coleen Rowley.|W|P|112673236893966501|W|P|MN GOP: DFLER COLEEN ROWLEY JOINS FORCES WITH LIBERAL EXTREMISTS ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9-11|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/14/2005 02:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|I thought you were an honest and truthful 'exposer' of Democrats, and not a voicebox for the already very loud Republican party... no?

Sean9/14/2005 03:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I am an honest and truthful "exposer" of Democrats. The Republican Party of Minnesota sent out a great press release on Coleen Rowley and it would be foolish for me not to post it. I did source the information as coming from a Republican Party of Minnesota press release.

I also get information from the DFL and I post it on a regular basis.

Earlier this week I was called a "tool" for the DFL, so I must be doing something right if now you are complaining about me posting a press release from the Republican Party.

MDE9/14/2005 03:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DFL Governor|W|P|I think it's safe to say that MDE is a tool, plain and simple.9/14/2005 03:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|I agree, this isn't a news story with quotations from semi-objective, credible sources; it's a press release from the GOP that seems to be pretty scared of the Rowley campaign...9/14/2005 03:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DFL Governor|W|P|Yeah. If I were Kline, I'd be worried now. She's gaining national attention. The GOP attacks prove they want her out ASAP.9/14/2005 06:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Inside_source|W|P|As a resident of the 2nd congressional district...

Please oh please nominate Colleen Rowley. John has had 4 tough election campaigns in a row.

In an off year election in the MOST conservative congressional district in the state, the DFL is going to run an anti-war candidate.

Wow. With adversaries like these, who needs friends?9/14/2005 09:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Well it might be a nice release if it was actually true...

If Republicans were so concerned about fighting terrorism they would not have invaded Iraq in the first place and they would find out what the heck happened to the $9 Billion dollars that is unaccounted for in Iraq!

There is no way Bush can ever say the word "fiscal responsiblity" with a straight face again... let alone "compassionate conservative" with this New Orleans mess...9/15/2005 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger PleaseGodNotHillary|W|P|"If I were Kline, I'd be worried now."

You can't possibly be serious? One quick look at the demographics (party ID)and voting patterns of the 2nd District will tell you this baby is a solid Republican seat. Absent some catastrophic scandal, it is John's for as long as he wants it.11/20/2005 08:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger David Bailey|W|P|M.D.E.:

While I applaud your integrity for explicitly identifying the Republican Party as the source of this information, I question your judgement in posting uncritically, and in fact emphasizing the most misleading points in it.

If you had followed the links you provide to the text of Dennis Kucinich's legislation, you would discover that the bill would not take any money from the Department of Defense, but rather that the Department of Peace budget would be set at an amount no less than 2% of the Pentagon's. Unless you believe that all non-defense spending comes out of the Pentagon's budget, the third, fourth and fifth bullets are misleading at best, and outright falsehoods at worst.

If you think a Department of Peace is a bad idea, that's fine, but I would expect one who claims to be 'honest and truthful' to be a bit more careful about promoting partisan falsehoods on one's site.9/14/2005 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Another baseless DFL complaint filed against Governor Tim Pawlenty has been dismissed by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. |W|P|112672328013202737|W|P|BREAKING NEWS: CAMPAIGN FINANCE COMPLAINT AGAINST PAWLENTY DISMISSED|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/14/2005 12:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DFL Governor|W|P|That's a bunch of BS.9/14/2005 12:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|What's BS is the complaint. Typical John Marty non-sense.9/14/2005 01:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|DFL Governor, you are WAY off base.

As a former employee of Polaris Industries, I have attended MANY rides that the company promotes. Each and EVERY ride that I have attended was what is refereed to as a WAY OUT ride. It is an opportunity for the general public to try out machines the for themselves.

The machine was not given to Pawlenty…
When John Q Public damages a machine, they are NEVER charged for the damage…

So…Pawlenty never got anything special out of the deal. So, the only think that is BS is the whining that you are doing about this NON-issue.9/14/2005 09:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|What is interesting though is we now know that Timmy can't ride an ATV, can't hunt (Mr. Stumpslayer), and can't throw (Channel 4 Dunk Booth)... He better stick to Mini-golf9/15/2005 04:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|What is interesting though is we now know that Timmy can't ride an ATV, can't hunt (Mr. Stumpslayer), and can't throw (Channel 4 Dunk Booth)... He better stick to Mini-golf

Have you ever seen John Marty attempt to do any of those things? He makes "Timmy" look like a professional athlete.9/15/2005 06:25:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Jerry Plagge, Jr.|W|P|Let's put T-Paw and Marty on the ice rice together. The could be funny.9/14/2005 08:08:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I know for a fact the Republican Party of Minnesota did nothing to specifically help St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly (a DFLer) in yesterday's primary election. But the Republican Party of Minnesota did help the GOP endorsed Lori Windels in the St. Paul School Board primary election. Kelly, a former St. Paul legislator for 27 years and incumbent mayor for the last 4, only received 1221 more votes than Windels in yesterday's primary election. While Kelly is a DFLer, Republicans in St. Paul have been supportive of his candidacy. If the Republican Party of Minnesota hadn't helped out Windels, Kelly may not have survived the primary. If I was Kelly, I would try and get the endorsement of the Republican Party of Minnesota so his candidacy can be helped by their political operation. |W|P|112671225003004290|W|P|DID COATAILS OF SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE HELP INCUMBENT MAYOR?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/14/2005 09:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|For once I agree with you. Kelly is a GOP candidate that calls himself a DFLer. He isn't hard-core conservative, but being endorsed by Normy, endorsing Bush (and did he also endorse TimPa?) is a call for help. I don't know if he plans to switch parties like Normy so he can jump the queue to run as a GOPer for a state-wide office or if he is just an idiot. There really is no way he could possibly be re-elected as a DFLer. Not that his chances would be that much better as a GOP candidate, though.9/14/2005 10:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|"There really is no way he could possibly be re-elected as a DFLer."

Heh, that's been pretty much the story for "true-blue" DFLers for the past 15 years or so too.9/14/2005 11:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Who knows, Kelly's chances might well be hurt by running as a GOP candidate. We're talking about St. Paul here. It would certainly make the distinction between Coleman and Kelly all the clearer.9/14/2005 11:21:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MN Campaign Report|W|P|One word describes that primary, however: resounding. Say what you will, it would be difficult for even DC-seasoned GOP spin doctors to find a way to explain a loss that big, even in a primary. It's possible that Kelly would pick up a few more votes by switching and seeking the GOP's endorsement, but you're still talking about a city that voted nearly 70% for John Kerry in '04.9/14/2005 11:22:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|I wouldn't count on the Republican Party of Minnesota for anything. They don't give a damn about anyone but themselves. Witness their utter lack of support for the state House candidates last year.9/14/2005 12:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Brent Metzler|W|P|jbnr51 said...

One word describes that primary, however: resounding. Say what you will, it would be difficult for even DC-seasoned GOP spin doctors to find a way to explain a loss that big, even in a primary.

bmetzler:

I think that's called deferred success. Isn't that what Hackett's loss in OH was called? Only Hackett's loss was permanent. Kelly still has a long campaign left ahead of him.

-Brent9/14/2005 06:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Kelly lost big time - and there's no spinning this one.

Kelly might well have been able to get away with switching parties and endorsing Bush (similar to Norm Coleman), but running as a Democrat and endorsing Bush is problematic. Norm Coleman won reelection in St Paul - but when he ran for Governor, he came in 3rd in St Paul.

I have a hard time believing it's just the Bush endorsement that hurt Kelly. My guess is that his money stream being so heavily from outside St Paul also hurts him - especially if he's not spending time campaigning directly to the people of St Paul.

Independent expenditures by the GOP (or associated groups) in Minneapolis generally hurt republican candidates. Cases in point - a hit piece by the state party going after Gail Dorfman backfired and hurt Peter Bell's campaign. Push polling calls for Stenglein backfired and hurt his Mayoral candidacy. Not to mention Mark Stenglein made the monumental mistake of hiring Brian McClung as his campaign manager.9/17/2005 04:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Lucy N|W|P|Lloydletta:

Try shaving your lady-moustache and losing 200 pounds before taking a shot at anyone.

P.S. Please tell us about all the winning campaigns you've worked on.9/14/2005 07:39:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Why is R.T. Rybak sending 21 Minneapolis police officers to New Orleans to help with Katrina efforts when Minneapolis crime rate is out of control? |W|P|112670882875428519|W|P|FAIR QUESTION|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/14/2005 07:49:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Good personal friend of mine, and the rest of the Ramsey County SWAT team, left today for New Orleans.

If they had to shoot, their orders were to shoot to kill.9/14/2005 08:03:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have no problem with Ramsey County/St. Paul law enforcement going to New Orleans to help. Minneapolis needs their officers.9/14/2005 08:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|Yeah, because the crime rate in Minneapolis is about on par with the problems in New Orleans...9/14/2005 08:14:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Yeah, heaven forbid we help these people in New Orleans, it's their own damn fault, right?9/14/2005 08:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Micah said...
Yeah, because the crime rate in Minneapolis is about on par with the problems in New Orleans...

Maybe not, but I think that we should follow some of the dem talking points and take care of business in our own backyard before we start sending out resources elsewhere!

ReaganBlows said...
Yeah, heaven forbid we help these people in New Orleans, it's their own damn fault, right?

In some cases, yes, it is their own fault. It's been a little over a week since Hurricane Katrina, and already people have forgotten!

From today’s Star Tribune
Hurricane Ophelia slouches toward landfall, but some shrug off danger
NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Hurricane Ophelia edged toward North Carolina early today, but many in the storm's path shrugged at the threat of flooding rain and wind even as officials urged them to evacuate.9/14/2005 08:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|My point is that our crime problem pales in comparison to all the problems they have down there. Should we not try to help the hungry in the third world until every stomach is filled here?

21 officers is symbolic of Minneapolis' commitment to helping other cities that need it. We aren't sending them all there and we aren't going to see a crime spree as a result. They aren't gone for good. I don't know what part of Minneapolis you live in, but your perception of crime in the city seems to be a bit dramatic.9/14/2005 08:56:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|micah said...
21 officers is symbolic of Minneapolis' commitment to helping other cities that need it. We aren't sending them all there and we aren't going to see a crime spree as a result. They aren't gone for good. I don't know what part of Minneapolis you live in, but your perception of crime in the city seems to be a bit dramatic.

You are correct, it is symbolic...but I also have to question Rybak’s motives. After a 44% to 35% win over McLaughlin, one has to wonder if this isn’t a political move for the polls sake because the remaining 21% out there is now up for grabs.

You are correct, we are not sending our full force, but time will tell if crime increases…I sure hope you are right though!

And you are also right, they aren’t gone for good, unless they get shot and killed or pick up some disease while they are down there…but we also don’t know when they will be back…again, I sure hope you are right that crime doesn’t pick up.

And, I DON’T live in Minneapolis, too dangerous for me to raise my family…I DID however live in Minneapolis, and work in Minneapolis for quite a few years to know that I don’t EVER want to live or work there again. I never had my car broken into before I lived there, nor have I since I moved out of there…but while I lived there, it was broken into 3 times in one year.

Maybe my attitude seems dramatic to you, but I don’t appreciate the things that I have worked so hard for to be just taken from me…be it theft out of my car or government’s hand in my wallet.9/14/2005 09:24:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|Your car getting broken into was not because there were 21 fewer cops in the city than there should be, that is a hazard of living in any major city, one just needs to take better precautions. Anyway, I highly doubt this is Rybak's grab for higher numbers since every other city in the country is doing the same thing.

There are only two or three neighborhoods in the city that I would consider "dangerous" enough to not want to raise a family there. The rest of the city is fantastic. How's the culture out in White Bear Lake?9/14/2005 09:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Don't live in White Bear Lake...never have, so I couldn't tell you. But, I can tell you that the culture in Rogers is GREATLY different than MANY of the places I've lived inside the 494/694 beltway.

One of the ways you can tell this is by the way we voted in 2004.

Another way you can tell the culture is different is that the City still encourages it's citizens to use common sense and doesn't legislate every last detail.

Wanna dig a fire pit, go right ahead...cannot be any bigger that 3x3x3 without a burning permit...how close to a free standing structure? Use your common sense.

Try to find that in Minneapolis, or elsewhere inside the 494/694 loop.9/14/2005 09:38:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|I love seeing Republicans get all shrill and reactionary.

And, I DON’T live in Minneapolis, too dangerous for me to raise my family…I DID however live in Minneapolis, and work in Minneapolis for quite a few years to know that I don’t EVER want to live or work there again. I never had my car broken into before I lived there, nor have I since I moved out of there…but while I lived there, it was broken into 3 times in one year.

Now, not quite sure where you lived, or what you did with your car, but I've lived in Minneapolis now for a grand total of 5 years, and not once has my car, or the car of any of my roomates or significant others been broken into. I think a friends car was broken into a few years ago, but he left his car stereo face in and a case of beer on the back seat, and one friends car had her wheels stolen and those are the only two incidents I can think of going back to 1999 of vandalism against any property that I owned or lived in in Minneapolis.

My car was keyed in Excelsior though.

But in response to it being to dangerous to raise your kids in, I can only guess the mothering you give to your sheletered children. I look forward to raising my children in the amazing culture we have availiable to us in Minneapolis.

Finally to the Anonymous poster, I'm just curious what is 'out of control'?

And to follow up, is it really midnight in America? And do you always have to use the politics of fear to try and get people to vote?

Oh, how I long for the days of the optimism of the Reagan revolution, not the impending doom apocalyptic crap being spouted off by theological fundamentalists.

Sean Broom9/14/2005 10:31:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|1) Sean...are you trying to tell me that your apartment life in the Tower Hill Neighborhood of Prospect Park is indicative of what life is like in the rest of Minneapolis? If you are, then you and Mark Gisleson from Norwegianity have been smoking too much weed together, and I would suggest you quit immediately!

I had a car stereo, with it’s face removed, attempted to be stole…so I removed it and put back in the stock stereo which was then successfully stolen almost 2 weeks later. (I suspect it was the same person who didn’t realize that I switched out my stereo.) And then, I had someone break in my car; pop the steering column, but didn’t get my car started, and left it.

This was a Ford Probe…the stereo theft was in a parking ramp, during the day, in downtown Minneapolis and the attempted car theft was done in off street parking in Uptown.

2) You’re damn right I shelter my 2 ½ year old, and I will continue until he is old enough to make his own intelligent decissions. I FULLY expect him to be liberal in his youth, and as long as he has reasons to back that up, I’m fine with it. But, in the imortal words of Winston Churchhill, “Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain

Minneapolis, and Minnesota in general, are wonderful places, and while I will certainly take my children to as many different corners of it, does not mean that they are suitable places for them to be raised. I have traveled all over the world and feel that it is extremely important for my children to do the same…so don’t think that my sheltering now is any indication of what the future may bring.

And, last, but certainly not least..
” And do you always have to use the politics of fear to try and get people to vote?”
Hello? Kettle, this is pot…your’re black!

The DFL is always yelling that the sky is falling!

-Oh, we can’t let people have permit to carry concealed weapons! They’ll shoot their eye out!
-We need more than $0.46 out of every $1.00 collected by the state to go to public education because it just isn’t enough! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
-If you elect George Bush, then your sons and daughters will be forced to go to fight an “unjust” war!

Liberalism, the haunting fear someone, somewhere, can help themselves.9/14/2005 11:15:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|Rogers, Minnesota. I think I've been there twice, all I know is that they have cheap hotel rooms there; good place to take your girlfriend when you're in high school, if I seem to recall...

Of course you need regulations for fire pits in Minneapolis! I understand that way out there it isn't exactly dense like it is in Minneapolis. Rural areas always have fewer regulations.9/14/2005 11:21:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|I wouldn't exactly call Rogers rural...at least not so much any more...

But, you are correct...the higher the population, and the higher the density the population, the more regulations.

I do have to say, having grown up in Maple Grove, that when I was told to use my common sense, I was rather shocked...but in a plesent way.9/14/2005 11:46:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|Oh... shark bait, see you even know where I live, but still I'm not concerned about you doing something to me, why? Because I'm not paranoid and I believe in the rule of law.

But, while your Google people search turned up my current address you don't know where I've lived in Minneapolis otherwise. So, good try and all, but bad execution. Sure you can feel free to make assumptions, but pal, that only makes an ass out of you and mption.

Secondly contrary to popular belief that is not a Winston Churchill quote. How do I know this? Because, unlike how I am sure you imagine me, I'd bet that I know more about Winston Churchill than you do (having been the only second grader I know of to wear a shirt bearing his bulldog like visage to school). And anyone who knows about Churchill, knows well enough that he was a conservative at 20 and a liberal at 30.

http://www.winstonchurchill.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=112


-We need more than $0.46 out of every $1.00 collected by the state to go to public education because it just isn’t enough! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

How exactly is that fear mongering? I can see if someone wants to call it irresponsible liberal spending, and I'll happily chalk that up to a disagreement over the importance of a comprehensive public education. But for you to somehow say it's fear mongering seems like you're grasping at straws.

-Oh, we can’t let people have permit to carry concealed weapons! They’ll shoot their eye out!

I can't say I know many Democrats who've gone to the polls over that. Do you? I'd say I am more uniquely qualified to say so, as I am one, but if you can refute me I'd be pleased as punch.

Sean Broom | So, now that you're my internet stalker baby, you want me to send you my phone number?9/14/2005 12:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Hell, I can't even keep my grill on my porch in Minneapolis. City code prevents operating a grill w/in 25 (or perhaps 50) feet of a building entrance.9/14/2005 01:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|So, now that you're my internet stalker baby, you want me to send you my phone number?

Don't use Google people search, use 411.com...and I've got your phone number...don't worry, don't plan on calling or visiting. Do you know why? Believe it or not, I value your opinion. While I may not agree with where you stand or all of what you say, but I do value what you have to say.

When I listed where you live, I could have certainly included your address and phone number, but I didn't. I just thought it was an important part of the debate for people to know where you were coming from when you said that Minneapolis was safe. You happen to live in a little corner of Minneapolis that is VERY nice…but the vast majority of people in Minneapolis cannot say that. I feel that your reply put you in the minority.

You will have to check you email for the rest…9/14/2005 02:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|And... again, just because I live in Prospect Park doesn't mean that I haven't lived in Northeast, or North, or Chicago & Lake.

And, when you look at the crime numbers in Minneapolis, I suffer from higher rates of nuisence crime than most of the people in Minneapolis (basically because of my proximity to the U) but, the violent crime rate, B&E's and auto theft is about the same in roughly half of the city, higher in another quarter, and what we would actually consider 'violent' or out of control in less than a quarter of Minneapolis.

Sean9/14/2005 06:38:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Now that the primary election is over, I will be focusing more attention on the St. Paul and Minneapolis mayoral campaigns. This is DFL infighting at its best!|W|P|112670525076554791|W|P|DFL INFIGHTING AT ITS BEST|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/14/2005 07:25:00 AM|W|P|Blogger nk2134|W|P|MN Lefty Liberal is reporting:

DFL Senate Candidate Debate:

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005
3:00 PM
Valley View Middle School
6750 Valley View Road
Edina, MN 55439

Do you know anything about it?9/13/2005 06:50:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I received a tip from a dedicated reader of Minnesota Democrats Exposed about a recent stock transcation of Matt Entenza's wife. Here is something interesting I noticed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sept. 3: UnitedHealth Group Inc.: Lois Quam, officer, sold 173,200 shares Aug. 8 at $51.18 per share; option related; holds 24,169 shares. Lois Quam is of course the wife of House Minority Leader Matt Entenza. You do the math. $8,864,367. How many House seats will that buy? That seems like way too much for a measly Attorney General campaign, could a run at the Governor's Office be in order? Do we have a dark horse candidate for US Senate here in Minority Leader Entenza? Looks like Entenza is getting some petty cash ready for a run for statewide office.|W|P|112662106419663821|W|P|BREAKING THE PIGGY BANK OPEN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/13/2005 07:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|I wonder how DFL activists and voters will react to Entenza's wife's money. Will they vote for a man who's entire campaign seems to be funded by a woman who has sqeezed every dime she can from HMO enrollees?9/13/2005 08:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|As my old roommate used to day, "Dudes, we all in the wrong business."9/13/2005 10:40:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|Hate to rain on your parade, but in Minnesota, just like in federal elections, you can only spend your own money on elections. Unless that stock was jointly held, his wife can only donate as much to his potential campaign as anybody else.9/13/2005 10:53:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I am aware of the law and this didn't stop him from donating over $300,000 in 2004.9/13/2005 10:55:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I am aware of the law and this didn't stop him from donating over $300,000 in 2004.9/13/2005 10:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger HeWhoIsNotHim|W|P|I believe that the law gets muddled if the money is put into a jointly held account. I could be wrong though.9/13/2005 02:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|This slimeball gets around election laws by donating the money to PACs and 527s which then mysteriously spend tremendous amounts of money helping Minnesota House candidates. Because of Minnesota's weak disclosure laws, it is nearly impossible to know his spending habits until after the election.

And then, if buying himself the speaker's chair isn't sick enough, he joins with his DFL co-conspirators in the Senate to kill a bill in 2005 that, while it wouldn't have prevented Entenza-sized donations, would at least tighten the disclosure rules so voters would know who is paying the people knocking on their doors.

Most DFL legislators are nice people, as are most of the GOP. But there are a few on each side that are real assholes. Matt Entenza tops that list.9/13/2005 08:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger wallstreethelper|W|P|Read closer. The trade was option related. She did not realize a net ammount of over $8.8 million. She exercised 173,200 shares, which were OPTIONS, netting her an undisclosed sum.

The formula works like this...

Sale price - Strike Price = Realized Gain

For more on options, visit http://biz.yahoo.com/opt/education.html

Lets try to get our facts straight before slandering the opposition.9/14/2005 06:39:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|She would then need to pay capital gains tax on her realized gains.

This is small potatoes compared to Kelly Doran selling a $30 million shopping center to free up cash for his campaign.

Honestly, which is worse, Entenza financing his campaign with his family's money, or someone like Mark Kennedy who’ll have to go from boardroom to boardroom hustling for $4,200 checks?9/12/2005 03:45:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is the first installment of my "insider" information posts with material provided by a DFL source in the 6th Congressional District. ## 1. Like Coleen Rowley in the 2nd Congressional District, Scott Mortensen is proud to be the anti-war/peace-at-all-cost candidate in the 6th Congressional District. According to my DFL source, most DFLers in the 2nd and the 6th believe a Bobby Kennedy '68-type congressional candidate simply can't win. 2. Mortensen was born and raised in Southern Minnesota and has lived in the Twin Cities for about 20 years. There is a growing interest in his voting record and how often he has exercised his right to vote. 3. Mortensen's campaign has claimed "we do not have Washington consultants telling us how to run our campaign", yet they are trying to hire Ken Christensen, a fundraising/political consultant. Christensen's win-loss record is being reviewed and more information will follow IF Mortensen's campaign actually scrapes together the money to hire Christensen. |W|P|112657217125095687|W|P|TINKLENBERG vs. MORTENSEN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/12/2005 07:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Was this from the Tinklenberg campaign? Janet Robert? Was your original 2nd district source Bill Luther?9/12/2005 07:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|It shows the Tinklenberg campaign is getting worried by Mortensen. Perhaps this is the reason:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/12/11313/13889/12/2005 07:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Nice try, but I will not disclose the identity of my source.9/12/2005 11:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|One possibility: Luther = CD 2 stuff/ Robert CD 6 stuff.

Tinklenberg has been overheard heard telling people that Scott Mortensen hasn't been voting much.9/13/2005 06:49:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|Eva, I think you've spent too much time in those DB meetups. The paranoia is getting to you.9/13/2005 07:16:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Can your "insider" tell us when both of these guys are going to figure out they don't have a chance at winning and to get Wetterling back in the race?9/13/2005 07:37:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I didn't ask that question.9/13/2005 07:50:00 AM|W|P|Blogger goonie-goo-goo|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.9/13/2005 07:56:00 AM|W|P|Blogger goonie-goo-goo|W|P|I see you did a ton of research to find out #3 above. Did you go to his website and find out that for yourself? Is your 'inside' source Google?9/13/2005 08:18:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I didn't do the research. The information was sent to me in an emai.9/13/2005 08:33:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|exposing Democrats Exposed Exposer: I like your name.9/12/2005 01:25:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|As promised, my DFL source for the Coleen Rowley fundraising letter provided my contact information to the campaign in the 6th Congressional District they are supporting and today I received my first email with "insider" information on the other, less popular DFL candidate. I will post the information later today. |W|P|112655819907148875|W|P|COMING SOON: TINKLENBERG vs. MORTENSEN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/12/2005 02:38:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Isn't there a concern that you will just be a tool of the DFL for its own ends?9/12/2005 03:13:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The name of my blog is "Minnesota Democrats Exposed." I expose Democrats and I don't care where I get the information.9/12/2005 07:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Yup, you are being a tool for the DFL. they want Tinklenberg to be the candidate - and they want to stop the Mortensen campaign from getting off the ground.9/12/2005 07:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I run a blog called "Minnesota Democrats Exposed", yet I am a tool for the DFL?

Come on.9/12/2005 11:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Why do you have DFL sources? They are using you for their own ends. Think about it.9/13/2005 06:46:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Next they'll be making crap up and sending it to you and when you publish and it turns out to be false they will say you have no credibility, which you won't (and actually really don't).9/14/2005 06:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|the party opposite said...
Next they'll be making crap up and sending it to you and when you publish and it turns out to be false they will say you have no credibility, which you won't (and actually really don't).

That is when he reveals his source, along with the actual email he received, and then points out that dems are so shady that they lie like sieves even about their own party, so how can you trust them?

If the dems are willing to leak info to try to ruin each others campaign, then so be it…all the better for the Grand Old Party!

Calling MDE a “tool” is just proving to those who read this blog that you and your party are REALLY short sighted!9/12/2005 07:55:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Amy Klobuchar may be the only person in Minnesota who thinks the crime rate in Minneapolis is something to brag about. If Klobuchar is bragging about lowering Hennepin County's serious crime rate, than she must think Minneapolis' crime rate (the largest city in Hennepin County) is acceptable.

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Klobuchar's Iron Range roots run deep Democratic U.S. Senate candidate's columnist father was from Ely

VIRGINIA - U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar doesn't have to worry about name identification - at the least on the Iron Range.

She knows the area well, and many in the area know the Klobuchar name well. Her father, former StarTribune columnist and author of many books, Jim Klobuchar, is an Ely native who retold many Iron Range stories in the column he wrote for about 30 years for the Twin Cities' largest newspaper.

But Amy Klobuchar has made a name for herself in recent years as Hennepin County attorney. Now she wants the Klobuchar name to have U.S. Sen. before it.

"I have a good feeling about support up here. There are a lot of relatives and a lot of friends. Over the Fourth of July, I made seven parades and the support was really nice. People are not happy with what's going on," said Klobuchar during a recent visit to Virginia.

Klobuchar is one of four Democrats seeking the party's nomination for the 2006 Senate election. Current Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton announced several months ago that he would not seek re-election. Klobuchar, missing children's advocate Patty Wetterling and longtime party activist Ford Bell have all said they would abide by the DFL Party endorsement. Twin Cities businessman Kelly Doran, however, has said he will run in the primary if he doesn't receive the endorsement.

Klobuchar has strong credentials on many core DFL issues that find favor with the liberal party activists who will be in the majority at the convention and will ultimately decide who will win the endorsement. But she is quick to point out that her campaign is not about the political extremes of liberal and conservative that often frame the two parties and many of their candidates.

She is pro-choice on the abortion issue, while also stressing the need to reduce the number of abortions and promote more adoptions. She is a strong advocate for labor and unions, while also pointing out that job creation is linked to ensuring that businesses have a fair playing field, especially in competition with other nations globally. She is a solid environmentalist, but also emphasizes that new technology and one of the nation's oldest resources - coal - can work well together on such projects as the Excelsior Energy coal gasification enterprise for the Iron Range, which she supports. She says the Iraq war was mismanaged from the start by the President George W. Bush Administration, but also says that while an exact date for withdrawal should not be announced at some point, now is not the time.

"I will not let this election campaign be about what's right and what's left. It is going to be about what's right and what's wrong," she said.

The best campaign promise she can make, Klobuchar says, is that she will always be trustworthy. "I believe that when you make promises you keep them; that when you tell someone something you are saying exactly what you mean and you are sincere about it."

Klobuchar points to her record as county attorney - an office she was elected to in 1998 and then re-elected in 2002 without opposition - as evidence that she follows through on what she says. Her campaign Web site offers specifics.

"As the County Attorney, my priorities have always been clear and upfront:

  • We've targeted career criminals and violent offenders for aggressive prosecution.
  • We've kept predatory sex offenders off the streets both by criminal prosecution and civil commitment.
  • We've focused on white-collar financial crimes and crimes committed against seniors and vulnerable adults.
  • We've worked more closely with schools to make sure kids are safe and to help them stay in the classroom and out of the courtroom."

Klobuchar says that focus has helped to lower the serious crime rate in the county by 20 percent since she took office.

Klobuchar lives with her husband, John, and 9-year-old daughter, Abigail, in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth. But her family's Iron Range roots run deep.

She said that once following a courtroom debate with another attorney, the lawyer told her she was "... nothing but a street fighter from the Iron Range. I took that as quite a compliment," she said.

And she also feels how her father introduces himself to groups where he speaks during the campaign is indeed another compliment.

"He now tells people, 'Hi, I'm Jim Klobuchar, Amy's dad,'" she said. Source: Mesabi Daily News, September 12, 2005

|W|P|112653804485922526|W|P|IS KLOBUCHAR CLUELESS?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/12/2005 09:40:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|Is there anyone that has the stats on Hennepin County's crime rates in the last ten years?9/12/2005 09:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Unreal...

The rapid decrease in the crime rate of the late 1990’s has tapered off.

Crime has decreased in Hennepin County over the past 12 years by one-third, with a notable portion of the decrease taking place between 1997 and 2000. Hennepin County's crime rate is higher than the national average, but in recent years the difference has diminished.
Source: Hennepin County Community Indicators Report, updated August 2004

It's wonderful that crime has dropped 20% since she has taken ofice, but it's still higher than the national average...get us below the average before you start to celebrate, Amy!.9/12/2005 09:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Republican Minnesota said...
Is there anyone that has the stats on Hennepin County's crime rates in the last ten years?

http://www.co.hennepin.mn.us/vgn/images/portal/cit_100003616/24/58/1127627292003CrimeFactSheet.pdf

1994-2003...best I could do on such short notice...9/12/2005 09:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|Well MDE, where are your figures on Minneapolis' serious crime rate since 1998?9/12/2005 09:51:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|This is also interesting:

A value of 200 means that the city has twice the crime rate as the average city. A value of 50 means that the city has half the crime rate of the average city. Minneapolis has a Relocation Crime Lab Index of 271 which is a higher crime rate than the national average.9/12/2005 12:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DFL Governor|W|P|Shark Bait:

Nice job on the citation. It's not an actual report. It is just what some company has to say, with no clue to how that number was created.9/12/2005 01:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Could Canada maybe annex the range or something? I'm tired of having to hear all the liberal blownuts that come down from there. They're nuts. Witness Tom Rukavina. What other legislator could get a DWI and still keep his job? Well, okay any urban liberal, but you get the point.

But I did meet a really hot girl from up there once, but that's cool cause I wouldn't care if she was Canadian.9/12/2005 07:41:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
This picture speaks for itself.
|W|P|112653608207864053|W|P|BUMPER STICKERS FROM HELL|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com9/12/2005 08:05:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Another favorite of mine is "The road to hell is paved with Republicans."

If you want to see a lot of these, walk 27th street from isles parkway to hennepin. You'll be surprised, but you' ll understand why Mpls is so messed up.9/12/2005 08:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Jerry Plagge, Jr.|W|P|Boy can I feel the love and compassion!9/12/2005 01:48:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kurt (aka Noodles)|W|P|Are those on an SUV? Nope, probably a Suburu.9/12/2005 02:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger sequel|W|P|That is an evil Jeep, gas guzzling planet destoying SUV!9/13/2005 07:13:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Nice9/13/2005 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Micah|W|P|These beat those stupid "Truth" fish eating the Darwin fish any day.9/12/2005 06:46:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|SCANDALAPOLIS Council member took bribes, affidavit alleges Minneapolis City Council Member Dean Zimmermann took $7,200 cash in exchange for support on zoning changes, according to a federal affidavit filed Friday. ## SCANDALAPOLIS #2 3 probes of City Hall in 5 years The investigation of Council Member Dean Zimmermann is the third federal investigation of Minneapolis City Hall in five years. ## SCANDALAPOLIS #3 Doug Grow: Did Green Dean take the long green? Dean Zimmermann, a crook? A corrupt public official? It doesn't seem possible. ## WHAT'S GOING ON IN MINNEAPOLIS? Can someone please tell me what the f*** is going on in Minneapolis (Scandalapolis)? There seems to be more corrupt politicians in the city than there are lakes. ## NEW AND IMPROVED MDE I am trying to make my blog more reader friendly by changing the layout and color-scheme. ## 2 + 6 = MDE My DFL source for the Coleen Rowley fundraising letter contacted me today to express their extreme happiness with how I presented the information. ## |W|P|112653389563988149|W|P|WEEKEND SUMMARY OF MDE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com