11/30/2005 07:14:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|MN Publius has certainly shown their true colors today. I have just been informed that MN Publius hacked into Kennedy vs. The Machine's old blog domain and potentially destroyed seven months of archived posts. Kennedy vs. The Machine is one of Minnesota's premier blogs and since the Democrats can't beat them, they have decided to try and erase their work. The only "mistake" Kennedy vs. The Machine made was they produced a credible political blog that offered a daily rebuttal to The Machine's message. I hope Amy Klobuchar's campaign is proud of MN Publius. BTW: I am not joking about calling your parents.|W|P|113340788962277933|W|P|GROW UP, MN PUBLIUS OR WE WILL CALL YOUR PARENTS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 08:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|You've tried to tie MN Publius to the Klobuchar campaign at least two times today. KvM is doing the same. But surely both of you know that the only connection the MN Publius bloggers have to the Klobuchar campaign is that they might support her. Isn't that a bit, I don't know... dishonest?11/30/2005 09:41:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DFLblog.com|W|P|Cry me a river. This was a mistake and you make it out to be somehow connected to Amy Klobuchar being afraid of old posts attacking Mark Dayton. Give me a break, and grow up, he apologized for it. It clearly was a mistake and not done out of malice.12/01/2005 08:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|MDE, you're clearly a regular reader of MN Publius. When do you plan on acknowledging Matt's apology and his efforts to rescue the old DvK posts?12/01/2005 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|You just did it for me.12/01/2005 11:44:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Patrick|W|P|Wow, high standards. Relying on an across-the-aisle commenter to set the record straight on your own blog.12/01/2005 03:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Douglas|W|P|Saying MN Publius "hacked" DvK is a bit of a stretch in my opinion, as they didn't do anything technically clever. It would be more accurate to say they noticed something and exploited it. I'm willing at this point to accept their explanation and apology.12/01/2005 04:20:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Actually that's a copout, MDE.... Why not put this as an update to your post.12/01/2005 06:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|At least you can comment on my blog, unlike visitors to Minnesota Republican Watch.12/01/2005 07:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|...Or Kennedy V Machine Or John Jordan's Blog for that matter.12/02/2005 05:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|...Or Kennedy V Machine Or John Jordan's Blog for that matter.

Ouch! Told to "grow up" by a 16 year old. I lost sleep over that one, Andy.

(I operate a local web site where I freely allow posting for registered users. I decided a while back ago to turn off replies on my jj blog. Free country, right? Or don't they teach you that in 10th grade?)12/03/2005 08:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|I like how John Jordan attacks my age and grade in school instead of attacking my positions or my message.

Are you refering to your local website where you photoshop the pictures of people you disagree with?

I realize you have the right to do that, but you have to realize how others might find that slightly immature, regardlesa of how old they are or what grade they're in.11/30/2005 07:01:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is from one of the bloggers behind MN Publius: "If you read carefully I never say that the ad campaign was 'just for Minneapolis' I repeatedly said that the campaign would be launched in Minneapolis, which is entirely correct." Here is the funny thing: MN Publius wrote the campaign would be "launching in Minneapolis," just once, not repeatedly like they claimed. Here is another funny thing: It is incorrect to claim the ad campaign will be launched in Minneapolis. The ad campaign is for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I am begining to wonder if the bloggers behind MN Publius actually read MN Publius. Based on the accuracy of their posts, who would blame them? |W|P|113340676459654451|W|P|UPDATE: MN PUBLIUS WAY OFF THE "MARK" #5|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 06:45:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|MN Publius is trying to answer questions I never asked and responding to statements I never made. It's just this simple: The ad campaign was not limited to Minneapolis as MN Publius claimed: "As reported here yesterday, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (an office of the White House) held a launch event in St. Cloud yesterday announcing a new anti-meth ad campaign to be run in Minneapolis. The odd thing is that the campaign is for Minneapolis but the OoNDCP picked St. Cloud as the city for the launch event." MN Publius lied. It's just that simple. |W|P|113340549248394893|W|P|UPDATE: MN PUBLIUS WAY OFF THE "MARK" #4|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 02:34:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|1. What the heck is a "politically correct" plumber? 2. The DFL received a fine from the Campaign Finance and Public Dislosure Board for accepting a contribution from the Pile Drivers Local 1847. There is a union for pile drivers? UPDATE: One of my best friends sent me this comment in response to my question about a union for pile drivers: "Hulk Hogan gave the nastiest pile drivers. I think I saw him at a union meeting during a recent episode of 'everybody loves hogan.'" |W|P|113337591149559841|W|P|GENERAL DFL OBSERVATIONS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 10:43:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Republican Minnesota|W|P|I could make a bunch of great jokes about a pile drivers' union.

But I want to keep this blog clean.11/30/2005 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|There is a union for pile drivers?

It's Ventura's wrestling union.11/30/2005 02:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|I remember the Nixon plumbers... they didn't do a very good job though...11/30/2005 01:36:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| MN Publius has now elisted the help of Minnesota Republican Watch to (this is good so pay attention) attack me by claiming I lied in my post which exposed lies in a post from MN Publius. You cannot claim that an event to announce an ad campaign to combat meth was completely organized and frabricated to assist a candidate for the U.S. Senate and then try to claim the event had merit. This is from MN Publius: "It seems as though the event was intentionally moved to St. Cloud so that Rep. Mark Kennedy could headline the event (which he did) and not face the ethics charges that the House threw at him when he tried to attend a Hmong event this summer in Minneapolis on Congressional dollars. Although the event yesterday was held in Kennedy's district, it amounts to a use of public taxpayer dollars for a campaign event." "What made it an obvious choice to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy was that an ailing Congressman with a failing Senate Campaign needed a publicity stunt. Why pay for a publicity stunt when you can get it for free with taxpayer dollars!?" MN Publius did drag this event through the mud with a total disregard for the truth and in the process they questioned the ethics of everyone involved in planning this important ad campaign. MN Publius and Minnesota Republican Watch have no answer to my post which exposed one of most inaccurate posting I have ever read on a blog. I am surprised and disappointed that two blogs I have considered worthy advisaries can't find a way to debate Republicans without resorting to lies. Minnesota Democrats Exposed: We ALWAYS let the truth speak for itself! |W|P|113338860087034272|W|P|UPDATE: MN PUBLIUS WAY OFF THE "MARK" #3|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 01:05:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| I post an accurate counter response to a post on MN Publius and what do I get in return? A flimsy answer which ignores most of my material and my logo edited. Is this really the best you can do? |W|P|113338479118357385|W|P|UPDATE: MN PUBLIUS WAY OFF THE "MARK" #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 01:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Is your logo in anyway copyrighted? If so, perhaps you could take legal action against them for messing with it.

Just a thought, since legal action seems to be what we do to people now days.11/30/2005 01:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|Shouldn't it be, douches'?

Sean11/30/2005 06:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Minnesota Democrats\Moron Douches

Isn't this a simple matter of regional dialect?11/30/2005 12:30:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|MN Publius has responded to my post, but ignored most of the material. MN Publius does do a good job of finding spelling mistakes, but they do a horrible job of finding facts. |W|P|113338283718102457|W|P|UPDATE: MN PUBLIUS WAY OFF THE "MARK"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 10:49:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|MN Publius, an extension of Amy Klobuchar's campaign for the U.S. Senate, has launched another silly attack on Congressman Mark Kennedy. Their latest attempt at smearing Congressman Mark Kennedy and his campaign for the U.S. Senate involves a recent event in St. Cloud to announce a new ad campaign to combat the use of methamphetamine (meth). I would think a blog such as MN Publius would concerned about the growing use of meth in Minnesota. Sadly, it seems MN Publius is only concerned about dragging an important public service campaign aimed at reducing the use of meth through the mud. According to the St. Cloud Times, the location was picked because of a growing problem with meth in that region, not to provide a campaign event for Congressman Kennedy. MN Publius also claims: "The odd thing is that the campaign is for Minneapolis but the OoNDCP picked St. Cloud as the city for the launch event..." What is actually happening, according to the St.Cloud Times, is a media campaign targeting the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The media campaign targeting the Minneapolis/St. Paul area would included paid tv, radio and newspapers advertisments. In reality, the Minneapolis/St. Paul television market covers almost 80 percent of Minnesota and parts of Western Wisconsin. With a total disregard for the facts, MN Publius falsely claims the ad campaign is limited just to Minneapolis. If the ad campaign is limited to Minneapolis, an event in St. Cloud to announce the ad campaign must be orchestrated to aid Kennedy's campaign for the U.S. Senate. To make matters worse, MN Publius uses headlines like "UPDATE: KENNEDY METH EVENT SCANDAL" and "KENNEDY ETHICS SCANDAL UNRAVELING!" The only thing "unraveling" is MN Publius' limited credibility. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. If MN Publius wants to report on the actual missuse of taxpayer resources, I suggest my post on Steve Kelley's campaign.

|W|P|113338015744314595|W|P|MN PUBLIUS WAY OFF THE "MARK"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 02:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|I'm glad we have the White House here to tell us we have a problem with Meth. It's never been in the news anywhere... I'm sure we will have the same strong support from Marky Mark on Meth that he gave to the Sugar Beet farmers with CAFTA...11/30/2005 06:47:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Minnesota Republican Watch hasn't been updated in a week, yet previously they attack the Republican Party of Minnesota for not updated www.mikeunhatched.com. Unhatched! has been updated almost daily with a new hit on Mike Hatch and it will continue to be a pain in the ass to Hatch's campaign for the 2006 election. If Unhatched! was not getting under Hatch's skin, he wouldn't have mentioned attack websites in his most recent fundraising letter. |W|P|113336284037395328|W|P|MINNESOTA REPUBLICAN WATCH MIA|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/30/2005 11:28:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|The major difference of course being that MRE is probably run by a volunteer (as the website has nothing to do with the DFL) who has other obligations and probably a social life to boot, but the state republican party has people whose job was to work the site. I mean if Mike Hatch's career is so full of flip-flops and mistakes shouldn't you be able to update almost daily between now and the election? And if you're gonna pay some staffer (Eric H... put down the fundraising envelope!) to do it, shouldn't it get done?

Sean11/29/2005 02:01:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I tip my hat to Republican Minnesota and DFL Governor: "The Kelley campaign is extraordinarily careful about separating Sen. Kelley's Senate work from his campaign. The press advisory issued by the Kelley campaign this morning was sent on a personal computer by a volunteer who has never worked at the Senate. He did, however, create the document based on a sample press advisory from the Senate as a template, a document that was in no way produced by or for the campaign using taxpayer resources. It is good to see that the opposition is taking Sen. Kelley's campaign seriously enough to investigate it. If in the future MDE ever wants accurate information on Sen. Kelley or the campaign, we'll be happy to supply it." UPDATE: Kelley's campaign just admitted they used material from the Minnesota Senate for the campaign. Please note the yellow text. |W|P|113330246014988643|W|P|KELLEY'S CAMPAIGN RESPONDS TO MINNESOTA DEMOCRATS EXPOSED|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/29/2005 12:09:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

HATCH FLIP-FLOP OF THE WEEK: VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2 Hatch Vows To Abide By DFL Endorsement In 1990

January 1990: Hatch Vowed To Abide By DFL Endorsement; Would Not Enter Primary. "Former state Commissioner of Commerce Michael Hatch announced Sunday that he'll reluctantly challenge his ex-boss, Gov. Rudy Perpich, for the DFL endorsement for governor in the 1990 election. ...State DFL Chair Ruth Stanoch said there's a potential for a bitter DFL endorsing convention and primary election battle with Perpich, Hatch and possibly Senate DFL Majority Leader Roger Moe. Moe is expected to announce his candidacy this month. But Stanoch said that she's confident the DFL Party will endorse a candidate at its state convention June 8-10, and that all the candidates will unite behind that person. Hatch said yesterday he would do so." (Betty Wilson, “The Fight’s On: Hatch To Challenge Perpich For DFL Endorsement,” Star Tribune, January 22, 1990) March 1990: Hatch Reversed Himself; Would Enter Primary."It became a sure thing Friday - DFLers will get to choose their nominee for governor in a contested primary this year. Challenger Michael Hatch guaranteed a primary battle yesterday by matching an earlier decision by Gov. Rudy Perpich. Hatch said his name will be on the Sept. 11 primary ballot, regardless of who is endorsed at the party's June convention. Hatch, a former party chairman, had said he would abide by the endorsement. Yesterday he said he still expects to win it, but he said he had to go into the primary." (Betty Wilson, "DFL Primary Battle Set In Race For Governor," Star Tribune, March 17, 1990) Source: Republican Party of Minnesota press release |W|P|113329494405021231|W|P|HATCH FLIP-FLOP OF THE WEEK: DFL ENDORSEMENT 1990|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/29/2005 01:23:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Do we need anymore proof that this guy is in it for one thing: himself? He steals thank-you notes, leaks confidential case information to the press to smear is opposition, how can the DFL even go near this guy? Are they serious???11/29/2005 09:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Five months into his first year as governor, Tim Pawlenty had this to say about a state-sponsored casino in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio:
"It's not a proper function of government, to be running and owning and profiting from gambling operations. That's not really part of our Constitution, or the vision that our founding fathers had for our state."

The following year, he was pushing for a state sponsored gaming facility.

In August of 2004, the Governor publicly promised to discuss partnership opportunities with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, then 55 days later appeared in election-time ads that inflamed anti-Indian resentment and urged Minnesotans to vote Republican if they wanted a share of tribal gaming revenues.

Pawlenty also reneged on his profoundly stupid ‘no new tax” pledge to the Tax Payers League of Minnesota and the delegates to the Republican endorsing convention. He flip flopped the moment he sponsored a 75 cent cigarette tax thinly disguised as a “health user fee”.

He lied to his own party, cheated during the election and tried to screw over the Indians (that hasn't been done enough). It appears that pawlenty is in this for himself.

He has shown us that you can say whatever and do something completely different AND cheat (campaign finance violations late in the campaign) and still become governor. If you’re a Republican.

Are these guys serious?11/30/2005 04:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|He steals thank-you notes,

Oh c'mon - you know he's that "law-abiding" guy the DFL'ers worship..er...adore.11/29/2005 06:03:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I was sent this link by a DFL activist. It is an online survey by Minnesota Network for Progressive Action for DFLers to vote for which candidates they are supporting in 2006. I will have another post about this online survey later this morning. Enjoy! |W|P|113327346239859592|W|P|MDE EXCLUSIVE: ONLINE DFL CANDIDATE SURVEY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/29/2005 05:39:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is the post that started all the trouble for Kelly Doran. This is great: "This isn't new information. Kelly Doran has been on the record saying he has given money to candidates not in the Democratic Party. The Republicans first launched this supposed 'attack' on their blog 'MinnesotaDemocratsExposed,' hoping DFLers would take the bait." Source: Kelly Doran for governor email |W|P|113327262466884812|W|P|UPDATE: MDE INVOLVED IN DFL ENDORSEMENT FIGHT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/28/2005 04:42:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Thanks to Republican Minnesota, I have learned that Minnesota Democrats Exposed has become actively involved in the fight for the DFL endorsement for governor. Developing....|W|P|113322517008808521|W|P|MDE INVOLVED IN DFL ENDORSEMENT FIGHT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/28/2005 01:18:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have been contacted by a member of the media (via-email) regarding my post on Kelley's campaign. The reporter seemed interested, but you never really know until a story is published. |W|P|113321326777990360|W|P|UPDATE: MDE BREAKING NEWS: KELLEY FOR GOVERNOR USING TAXPAYER RESOURCES FOR CAMPAIGN #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/28/2005 12:59:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Republican Minnesota has great post on Steve Kelley's campaign using taxpayer resources for campaign purposes. |W|P|113321170334703284|W|P|UPDATE: MDE BREAKING NEWS: KELLEY FOR GOVERNOR USING TAXPAYER RESOURCES FOR CAMPAIGN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/28/2005 08:07:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Click on the picture to view the document properties of Kelley's press release
Earlier today, I received an official Steve Kelley for Governor press release from one of my numerous DFL sources. I reviewed the document properties of the attached Word file and discovered the press release was prepared with a copy of Word from the Minnesota Senate.
In the past few months I have posted numerous examples of DFLers using taxpayer resources for campaign purposes, but this is by far my favorate. Steve Kelley, a DFL State Senator and candidate for governor, likes to portray himself as a technology wizard, a true junkie of computer gadgets. I thinks it's hilarious that a simple computer search catches his campaign using taxpayer resources for campaign purposes. Last year DFL State Senator John Hottinger filed an ethics complaint against a Republican Senator for using a state computer to send out an campaign email. Hottinger was quoted by the Associated Press as saying: "The strict separation of campaigning from our responsibilities of governing must be upheld in order to keep the public's trust." An ethics complaint should be filed against Senator Kelley and this matter should be investigated with the same force and determination exhibited last year in the investigation of the Republican senator.
|W|P|113319406608015052|W|P|MDE BREAKING NEWS: KELLEY FOR GOVERNOR USING TAXPAYER RESOURCES FOR CAMPAIGN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/28/2005 08:56:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Well, Trillin and DFL GOvernor will probably need talking off of the ledge.

I don't care. He's not much of a factor in the Gov race anyway. Hopefully he'll do the right thing.

After the ruling comes down on this- I'm ever confident that Tim Pawlenty will still hold the record for the highest fined paid for campaign cheating.11/28/2005 09:41:00 AM|W|P|Blogger wtm|W|P|"I'm ever confident that Tim Pawlenty will still hold the record for the highest fined paid for campaign cheating."

Uh, no I believe that honor belongs to the House DFL campaign field staff...er, I mean, 21st Century Democrats, when they received that $600,000 whopper last year.11/28/2005 09:50:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|These people need to get some serious designers for their logos. This would be among the worst ever, if not for Hatch's.11/28/2005 10:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|It was 300,000 dollars for the 21st Century Democrats of Washingon DC. Yes they were fined for their work here, but their organization and people are not Minnesota based. If it was the House DFL Caucus or Matt Entenza then you would have something.

Pawlenty's total fine came to about $800,000. Call the CFB yourself. He is the champion.

His fine was so large that it forced them to scale back on the inaugral party and accept a loan from no other than the very generous and law-abiding Mike Hatch.11/28/2005 11:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|His fine was so large that it forced them to scale back on the inaugral party and accept a loan from no other than the very generous and law-abiding Mike Hatch.

Isn't that the law enforcement official who admitted in court to stealing his own friends thank you card? Is that the "law abiding" guy to whom you refer?11/28/2005 08:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Young-DFLer|W|P|This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.11/28/2005 07:42:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have just been provided with another example of DFLers using taxpayer resources for their campaigns. This time it's a DFL candidate for governor. I will post the information in the next 30 minutes. |W|P|113319282343003616|W|P|MDE BREAKING NEWS: TAXPAYER RESOURCES USED BY DFL CAMPAIGN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/28/2005 06:50:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|If you didn't read Minnesota Democrats Exposed over the long holiday weekend, 16 new posts should keep you busy for a few hours.|W|P|113318954796657428|W|P|I WAS BUSY BLOGGER|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/27/2005 06:14:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Now I am a dick, morally bankrupt, and acting weak and scrared. Silly DFLers, name calling is for kids.|W|P|113314469711688451|W|P|THE SHARKS ARE CIRCLING #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/27/2005 11:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Not cool, but let's remember that there's a reason that Powerline doesn't have a comments section.

Partisan politics are always going to send people overboard.11/28/2005 07:21:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|I take it you've never read FreeRepublic right?

Sean11/27/2005 11:33:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Click on the pictures to view the dates of every special election since 1971
By now, most of you should have read about the DFL and Senator Johnson's complaints about the timing of when Governor Palwenty has ordered special elections. Please read these quotes from Senator Johnson's press release last week. "It's clear from the governor's actions that his highest priority when considering special elections is low voter turnout. It is difficult to understand someone who claims they believe in democracy and then makes decisions that ensure the fewest number of people participate in the process." "Gov. Pawlenty has minimized the Christmas holiday and shown a blatant disregard to our families, all in the name of partisan gamesmanship. His decision is disrespectful to the voters, university students, and the local taxpayers who must pay the election bill." Minimized the Christmas holiday? His decision is disrespectful to the voters? Senator Johnson and the DFL don't want you to know that DFL governors have also ordered special elections to be held near Christmas. Governor Wendy Anderson ordered a special election two days before Christmas in 1974. Anderson had previously ordered a special election to occur just nine days earlier. Governor Rudy Perpich ordered a special election six days before Christmas in 1978. Governor Rudy Perpich ordered a special election three days before Christmas in 1986. Governor Rudy Perpich ordered a special election five days before Christmas in 1988. Senator Johnson and the DFL really don't care about the timing of special elections, but they do care about lowering the expectations that DFLers can win these seats. |W|P|113311998648327515|W|P|DID DFL GOVERNORS RUIN CHRISTMAS?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/27/2005 12:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Toby|W|P|Yes, and every single one of those elections elected an Independent-Republican. You would have a better case to make if DFL governors held them close to Christmas or Thanksgiving to help their own party. Christmas elections are also in the minority (6 out of 72 special elections, per your highlighting) and should be avoided at any cost. In this case, TimPa could hold the election in January or February if he wanted, but chose not to because it wouldn't help his party as much (a Christmas election has elected Republicans 100 percent of the time, according to your own evidence).11/27/2005 01:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|MDE -

Actually posted something on this on my new blog. Came to the conclusion that this is a non-partisan problem as both sides do it. I think everyone’s energy is best placed looking for a common solution to de-politicize the election process and return it to its original neutral state11/27/2005 03:44:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The issue isn't who won the election, the issue is when the elections were held.

The DFL is acting as if there has never been a special election near Christmas.

There is clearly precident.11/27/2005 11:15:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Mitch Pearlstein and Peter Bell: Eibensteiner was the victim in this sorry case

Permit us to add a coda to the recent acquittal of former Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Ron Eibensteiner on charges he orchestrated an illegal campaign contribution in 2002. ("Coda" is a fancy word for, "We're grateful our longtime friend and colleague was acquitted on every single count against him, though we remain steamed that he and his family had to fend off such a baseless and unfair prosecution to begin with.")

Did this sorry episode reinforce the fact that state and federal campaign finance laws rival state and federal tax codes for the confusion they cause and the lack of respect they engender? Obviously. Yet complexity was never a germane point in this case, as Ron was never confused about the law's prohibitions and he never did anything wrong.

Oh, we need to amend that. He did, in fact, sign a form letter without reading it first. Given that the two of us have signed thousands of form letters in our lives, we trust it's not unreasonable to assume that maybe, just maybe we've affixed our names to pieces of paper we should have crumpled and tossed instead. There for the grace of good staff work -- and the fact that no one ever purloined any of our form letters from someone else's home -- we've been spared. Ron, unfortunately, was not nearly as lucky.

This last point raises profound questions about prosecutorial overreach. We're both big on law and order. But it's profoundly useful every once in a while to grasp the extraordinary power of county attorneys and other prosecutors -- not only to bring down outlaws -- but also to bring low and hurt perfectly innocent people.

Put aside the emotional roller coaster to which Ron and his family were recklessly subjected, and just follow the real money crime at issue: How much do you think it cost Ron to defend himself against charges that never should have been brought in the first place?

A final and fair question for us would be: Is this letter spurred in any way by the fact that Ron Eibensteiner is a very good friend, and we're not the least bit happy whenever years of generosity and civic-mindedness by very good friends are overshadowed for no just purpose?

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we're guilty. Source: Star Tribune, November 27, 2005

|W|P|113311924159697535|W|P|OP-ED ON THE CASE AGAINST EIBENSTEINER|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/27/2005 09:17:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Are we supposed to believe the Minnesota DFL and Senator Johnson are concerned about when special elections are held when the DFL posts stuff like this?|W|P|113311182511439101|W|P|DON'T TAKE THE DFL CONCERNS FOR TIMING OF SPECIAL ELECTIONS SERIOUSLY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/28/2005 10:00:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|This is a classic11/26/2005 09:12:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I am hearing rumblings from my numerous DFL sources that Mike Hatch's campaign is planning what is beening described as a "rally" for next weekend in Southern Minnesota. Stay tuned to Minnesota Democrats Exposed for details. |W|P|113302553318331751|W|P|HATCH RALLY ON THE HORIZON?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/26/2005 11:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|"numerous DFL sources"

Statments like that makes me feel OK about kicking the crap out of the losers that have run my party into ground. No doubt its one of them feeding this info to MDE.

I got an idea of who it is and they just happen to have a blog listed under 'wrong blogs'.11/26/2005 07:19:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Mike S|W|P|People that ran the party into the ground like Mike Hatch and his "electable" forerunners Skip Humphrey and Roger Moe?11/27/2005 12:22:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Mike Hatch? More votes statewide than anyone else in 2002, yes that includes Norm and Timmie Pawlenty. Only standing DFLer left statewide that year. He knows how to win, clearly I wasn't speaking about him.

Skip Humphrey? Nine elections, won eight. Half of them statewide (by the way, Skip is not on the ballot this year and hasn't been for almost eight years- step into the 21st).

Roger Moe? The longest serving senate Majority Leader in the Country. Also, not on the ballot this year.

Try again, thanks for playing.11/26/2005 08:21:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|My old friend Trillin has a post on my legal troubles. Welcome back Trillin!|W|P|113302215749329196|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #29|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/26/2005 07:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Martin Andrade has a post on my legal troubles. I appreciate his candor and fairness. |W|P|113302139616704329|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #28|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/25/2005 07:41:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have been informed from an "unimpeachable sourch" that Tim Huber with the Saint Paul Pioneer Press is rumored to be Mike Hatch's new campaign press secretary. After the trial of Ron Eibensteiner in Rochester/Mower County, it should be of no surprise to anyone that Huber and Hatch have a very close relationship. This type of job switch between news outlets and DFL campaigns is not new. A few years ago a former MPR staffer, Karen Louise Booth, was hired to be communications director for the Minnesota DFL Party. Brian Lambert, who also worked for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, was hired by Senator Dayton. Lambert later became involved with Steve Kelly's campaign for governor. I will stay in close contact with my source and keep you informed of any developments. UPDATE: A dedicated reader of Minnesota Democrats Exposed thought I should link to this story so people would have a better idea who is Tim Huber.|W|P|113293477734529016|W|P|SOMETHING FROM THE RUMOR MILL: HATCH'S NEW CAMPAIGN SECRETARY?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/25/2005 09:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|So the DFLers got people trying to play politics who use to be in journalism. The other half of that is that there are journalists who used to be partisan Republican operatives. Cindy Brucato on KSTP worked Arne Carlson and spent years as a GOP communications consultant. State Representative Kurt Zellars spent his entire career from the time her graduated from NDSU as a republican hack in communications before getting elected to the state house. KARE 11 Rick Kupchella's wife Leslie is the spin meister for Norm Coleman. Republican elected officials have well known hacks operating their message vehicles as well. Tony Sutton, former Executive Director of the GOP over in the Auditor's Office. Tim Pawlenty with Brian McClung. Bill Walsh over at the Department of Education. And, lets not forget that great recycling machine of GOP losers, the Center for the American Experiment. That's the organization that the Star Tribune found the never reporter turn columnist Kathy Kersten. KSTP radio and TV has more former Republican operatives turn 'news people' than any other.

It's even rumored that MDE, now blogging news with a point(some would say a slant), is a former GOP operative too.11/25/2005 06:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Inside_source|W|P|I am amazed at how bitter and angry some liberals are. I guess losing a presidential election by
over 3,000,000 votes does that.

Come on seriously, the man testifies in a trial against the former GOP chair. He then ALLEGEDLY becomes a campaign staffer for a DFL candidate for Governor. Red/Blue, Republican/Democrat, who cares? Can anyone objectively say that doesn't smell like a rat?

It is almosr as bad as, lets say, a national TV host on Fox News, writing a children's book on morality and then, being forced to settle a lawsuit for sexually harassing a female employee who audio tapes his phone calls asking for sex.

See conservatives have crazy people too, we just don't let them work on our campaigns.11/25/2005 06:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Marty|W|P|Sorry DFL Dork, but the media is liberal, they voted 2-1 in favor of Kerry in '04, which means that the Dems will have the advantage finding quality media people in the near future

Source11/26/2005 06:46:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Marty,
Why call me names? From your picture, you're a four-eyed, bad shirt wearing, effed-up haircut doughboy tha got hit with the ugly stick front and back. But, that would be mean and not on subject.

According to your own bio- You're in the 'liberal' media. Now what exactly is the liberal media?

New York Times? With their major and senior journalists very cozy with this White House- doesn't seem too likely.

ABC? Let's see, the simple fact that they distribute Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly eliminates them.

Washington Post? Bends over backwards to keep their less than adaquate conservative colunmists equal to the good ones.

NBC? Let's see, there's joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan, William Safire and several Wall Street Journalists who find the broadcast to be good enough for their outlets.

I know I could go on but it's never about facts with you guys, only what sounds right that can make you a victim:"Boo-Hoo, the media is against us. Yes Rush Limbaugh is the most heard radio program and Fox News Channel is the number one cable news channel, our message is still being drowned out by the liberal media! Wahhh!"

You and I know you pulled that stat out of your cavernous ass, but for s and g can you link or name that study you quote?

No?11/26/2005 10:29:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Marty|W|P|I actually kinda like that shirt.

And "DFL Dork" was too good a line just to sit on, I understand that ad hominem attacks are off topic. But occasionally they can lighten the dull and statistics heavy world of politics. I actually don't know you at all, so it's wrong for me to judge how "dorky" you are. Sorry. Maybe you'll start blogging and I'll be able to judge firmly one way or another later.

I am convinced though that you are an echo chamber. Syl Jones used the same argument about conservatives in media in a column he wrote in the STRIB almost a decade ago. I remember because it is the only Jones column I have ever read. I've also seen it in Al Franken's works and James Carville's works.

Naming conservatives in the media is a form of fallacy. It's anecdotal, it doesn't prove anything. Of course there are going to be conservatives in media. However, for the most part the media is liberal. I cited my source on that too, and there are plenty of others.

Just click on that link called "Source" in my earlier comment post and it will take you to NewsMax.com that had an article reporting on a U of Connecticut study. I used that article as my source.

So, where's your source on conservatives in the media? What are the percentages? I will tell you that Talk Radio is for the most part conservative, that TV is mostly liberal, and that print media is mostly liberal. The media from which a majority of Americans get their news is liberal.

It's fact. I did cite my source, and I'll site another:

Pew Research Shows that media is liberal11/26/2005 12:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Gary Matthew Miller|W|P|Marty is way wrong. It's 52% to 19% Democrat. Try this: http://www.mrc.org/biasbasics/biasbasics3.asp#TV%20and%20Newspaper%20Journalists

But that's journalists more broadly. Among campaign journalists outside D.C. Kerry only had a 3 to 1 lead. But among inside the beltway types Kerry led 12 to 1: http://www.mrc.org/biasbasics/biasbasics3.asp#Campaign%20Journalists11/26/2005 04:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Da Polga|W|P|Who cares how they vote? I want to know how they REPORT!

Ever since the cries of the "liberal media" from the 90's, all reporters have been terrified of appearing liberal. So they just appear to be chicken-shit.

I remember the media tearing Clinton apart or nothing, and tearing Gore apart for even less. Those bastards turned the Wellstone Memorial into something that it was NOT by airing four second clips and telling people to judge a 3 hour memorial by them. They didn't call the "Swift Boat Veterans" out for the fakes they were. And I strongly believe they have failed from every angle at covering the Iraq War.

If there is a liberal media, I have failed to see it.11/26/2005 05:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Marty|W|P|Da Polga, maybe the media just isn't liberal enough for you?

Here's a blog post talking about this study that shows that the media does report with a liberal bias.11/26/2005 09:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Da Polga|W|P|Perhaps my problem is less with the media and more with the scum that I see thrown at the Democrats. I suppose that, combined with my party's severe backbone inefficiencies, are far worse that the inability of the media to call the Republicans on their smears.

That's a very impressive poll that you dug up, by the way.11/25/2005 06:55:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Around in the World in 80 Days has posted on my legal troubles. Again, this is truly remarkable.|W|P|113293126829345376|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #27|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/25/2005 06:46:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Anti-Strib has a post on my legal troubles. It's true: "These guys are wicked smart, and just plain wicked."|W|P|113293043822056184|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #26|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/24/2005 08:19:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Another liberal blogger, Northern Debater, has come to my defense. Thanks Northern Debater, I am glad you can see this issue without partisan blinders.|W|P|113284930011815257|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #25|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/25/2005 07:10:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Jason|W|P|That this issue is crossing party lines is very, very cool.11/25/2005 09:39:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Don't mind the issue crossing lines, but Northern Debater seems to be a horses ass in this case, because aside from MDE, reading the other blogs in support, they still use the wide brush to paint us all on the Left as being off the mindset of IMP.

It's what I argue on here all the time, they say we're one thing while its in the average person's face that we are clearly not.

How many blogs on the Right have gathered in support of anyone's trials or wrongs on the Left?

011/25/2005 05:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Northern Debater|W|P|Gee Thanks StPaul_DFLer, I appreciate you almost taking the time to fully read the end of the post which states,

"While I don't support a word MDE has ever said, I support his right to say it."

I don't agree with him painting the liberals as anything. I merely say that IMP's suit has absolutely no merit and that it is a SLAPP suit by definition.

While it is true that I doubt any of the Republican blogs would come to my defence were I outed or sued, I also don't see republican actors suing people or constantly trying to reveal my identity--your arguments hold very little merrit.11/25/2005 05:46:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Northern Debater|W|P|Gee Thanks StPaul_DFLer, I appreciate you almost taking the time to fully read the end of the post which states,

"While I don't support a word MDE has ever said, I support his right to say it."

I don't agree with him painting the liberals as anything. I merely say that IMP's suit has absolutely no merit and that it is a SLAPP suit by definition.

While it is true that I doubt any of the Republican blogs would come to my defence were I outed or sued, I also don't see republican actors suing people or constantly trying to reveal my identity--your arguments hold very little merrit.11/26/2005 06:53:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|My argument is that you only have to follow the links to blogs that are provide for all of the supporters to see that they think of all liberals as being in the same mindset as IMP. Clearly that's not the case, but it doesn't matter. EVERYTHING in life is Left or Right to some them and you do yourself no good points with them because you want to tag along and tap dance with them. You're still a dirty liberal in their eyes and part of the problem.

Going out of your way for them is worthless and foolish.

While I'm for MDE doing whatever he wants to do, I also know that the GOP bloggers will take care fo him and this case will go nowhere(there is no precedence and no demostrated damage done with the temporary use of the photo. Plus, he complied when asked. No case). He will stay anonymous.11/26/2005 08:33:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Mindset?


You flatter yourself to think that we credit a dink like you with a mind at all.11/26/2005 11:47:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|See what I mean.
Little tommie Swiftless is indictive of that group. Old, bald on top (underneath the Easy-Rider Doo Rag)with a mullet, short with a big mouth and empty head.11/26/2005 01:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Northern Debater|W|P|First I appologize for the second post of my comment, my browser was having trouble- secondly-

St Paul--i don't see why you are so upity about this... i have a feeling if MDE and I met in peson, and had coffee, we would be pleasent and enjoy eachother's company. There is more to life then hate, this is about disagreeing on a point of view about how government should or shouldn't be run. To rush to conclusions, and to treat people as hostile as you do, only defeats the purpose of us all working together for a better America.

Now go relax and enjoy the long weekend.11/24/2005 07:50:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|People's Republic of Minnesota has two posts on my legal troubles. Also, Republican Minnesota has created a graphic for bloggers to show their support. Thank you for your assistance and happy Thanksgiving.|W|P|113284765712831366|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #24|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/24/2005 06:20:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have many things to be thankful for this year. I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. MDE|W|P|113284224906177151|W|P|HAPPY THANKSGIVING|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/24/2005 06:03:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Another blogger on the left, Minnesota Blue, has come to my defense. Thank you Minnesota Blue!|W|P|113284129146945442|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #23|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/24/2005 05:23:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A blog with an awesome logo, Shock and Blog, has a post on my legal troubles.|W|P|113283868941185759|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #22|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/24/2005 05:17:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

The eloquent wordsmith blogger known as First Ringer has a post about my legal troubles. This guy is really good.

|W|P|113283845433606779|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #21|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 07:56:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|It's almost 11 p.m. and I am exhausted, but I thought I would give you an update. Today my attorney spoke with representatives from Domains by Proxy. As I wrote yesterday, Domains by Proxy is very happy that I am taking this matter seriously by hiring an attorney. My attorney has been provided with the paperwork representatives from Inside Minnesota Politics sent to Domains by Proxy demanding my identity be revealed. My attorney is waiting to hear from them directly. I have asked the bloggers from Republican Minnesota to monitor the generous contributions to my legal defense fund. I want another set of eyes verifying the amount that is donated to ensure there are no concerns or questions about how the money is spent. I am unaware of any disclosure laws relative to my situation. Stay tuned for more information. |W|P|113280785231527243|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #20|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 10:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jason|W|P|I think I speak for everyone behind you in saying that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sounds like you're on the right track so far.11/24/2005 07:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger DFLblog.com|W|P|I'm pretty sure that as an individual, there is no need for disclosure, I believe you just need to report this as income when you file your taxes.11/24/2005 08:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|I think jason meant to say thoughts and hopes, not prayers. You're actually asking the Lord to help keep MDE's identity anonymous? Seems selfish, especially on day like this. How about praying for better communications and understanding between people so that maybe, just maybe, the hatred and actions behind that hatred between the way we divide (politicas, class, race, and geography) ourselves will lessen?11/23/2005 06:35:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Always Right, Usually Correct has a post on my legal troubles and they have exposed Inside Minnesota Politics' lack of objectivity.|W|P|113280043769108960|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #19|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 07:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jason|W|P|What a pathetic bullying situation this has become. They took issue with something you posted, you corrected it and they're still after you.

For what it's worth, I'm spreading the word, too: Help out Minnesota Democrats Exposed11/23/2005 01:33:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The Democrats think they smell blood. |W|P|113278194877936079|W|P|THE SHARKS ARE CIRCLING|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 03:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Trillin|W|P|Once again, I shall post what I have posted before. While I do not believe that for some reason I would speak for all Democrats, I do believe that there are a few who would agree with what I have to say.

So to MDE, perhaps this is a visit from the ghost of Thanksgiving past...

Anonymous political commentary has long been a hallmark of American freedom. From the early days of this nation, revolutionary political thinkers often published anonymously for a variety of reasons, most often to protect themselves and their families from reprisal.

I would shudder to think of this nation without “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine. His words and thoughts rallied hundreds to the cause of liberty, freedom and equality during the Revolutionary War, and was instrumental in keeping the moral of the Continental Army up during the bleaker days of the struggle.

When he wrote this historic pamphlet, he sighed it anonymously. Fear of reprisal, and his belief that as a free man, he had the right to protect his own identity gave him his foundation for this belief.

Today, our children are taught of his bravery and patriotism.

So maybe someone knows who MDE is, but I for one do not care. Debating who he is or is not detracts from the real debate. How do we better our state? How do we continue to provide a quality education to our kids? How do we insure safe affordable healthcare to all? How do we keep the state’s economy going?

The next election in Minnesota is sure to be a pivotal and monumental moment in out state’s history. All eyes in this country will rest on us here. Who will win the Dayton Senate seat, and how will it affect the political landscape in the US Senate. Will Coleen Rowley or Tim Walz win in upsets? Who will replace Mark Kennedy? Will Tim Pawlenty be able to hold onto the Governorship? And will the State House or Senate flip?

Perhaps we are all best off not worrying about who is writing these blogs, and instead focus on what they are saying. The “gotcha games” grow old and dull. And as we saw in the last election, the electorate of Minnesota has no more use for them.

Yours in anonymous political dissent.

Trillin11/23/2005 06:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|MDE I just went to make good on my pledge, but the paypal link says it's broke.

I'll hit it again tomorrow morning.11/23/2005 06:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Jason|W|P|The DUmp... Most people there pride themselves on their anonymity. For anyone their to support ending your anonymity is ridiculously hypocritical. Thankfully, though, you won't have to worry about their influence at all. They're nothing but a bunch of blowhards who make little to no difference in the real world.11/23/2005 01:26:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Membership certainly does have benefits! The Minnesota Organizations of Blogs have been tremendous! |W|P|113278128206415346|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #18|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 12:49:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Shot in the Dark has now posted on my legal troubles with a very creative headline. |W|P|113277942572335578|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #17|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 01:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger DFLblog.com|W|P|MDE, since I seem to have problems posting on your blog under my regular name, I've created this new one in an attempt to actually get through.

I've posted on the DFLblog in defense of you in the lawsuit issue.

Hope things work out for you, and happy Thanksgiving.

-Toby11/23/2005 12:17:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Savage Republican has a post on my legal troubles. The support I am receiving is beyond my imagination!|W|P|113277715062185428|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #16|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 11:25:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Kennedy vs. The Machine has sacrificed their visibility to stand with Minnesota Democrats Exposed. This is an amazing gesture.|W|P|113277409567299529|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #15|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 10:34:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I have a link on the top of my website to donate to my legal defense fund. Please consider donating or posting a link on your website.|W|P|113277112665617908|W|P|MINNESOTA DEMOCRATS EXPOSED LEGAL DEFENSE FUND|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 04:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony|W|P|I don't know how we could do so on our show so any ideas that you have are welcome...

We would like to do this story on Sunday and would like any input from you. You can e-mail me at tony at racetotheright.com. I will then give you MY privacy protected e-mail address.11/23/2005 10:30:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Almost on the Range has posted on my legal troubles.

|W|P|113277062669525627|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #15|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 06:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Erik|W|P|MDE, I also posted remarks about your troubles on www.duluthcitizensblog.com. It is a widely read blog/message board among Duluth's conservative community.

One more thing- Thank you for really raising my number of hits with your link!11/23/2005 08:58:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|My friends on the left are coming to my defense! MN Lefty Liberal and North Star Politics have posted on my legal troubles.|W|P|113276529388844048|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #14|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 08:48:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Fraters Libertas has a post of my legal troubles. I have many things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Thanks guys, I really appreciate the help.|W|P|113276449298530687|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #13|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 08:21:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I am not working today. I decided to stay home and blog. While I will continue to update my fellow bloggers on my legal troubles, I will also continue exposing Minnesota Democrats.|W|P|113276314220171969|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #12|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 09:02:00 AM|W|P|Blogger LearnedFoot|W|P|MDE - check your e-mail.

LF11/23/2005 07:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Republican Minnesota has a post on my legal troubles. Although they are not attorneys, I trust their advice.|W|P|113276243342918779|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #11|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 07:28:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|EckerNet has posted on my legal troubles. I think their headline is great!|W|P|113275986457501488|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #10|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 07:18:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Cake Eater Chronicles has posted on my legal troubles. Wow, this is amazing.|W|P|113275931132984686|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #9|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 07:11:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Former Representative John Jordon has a post on my legal troubles. I am truly humbled by the support and I again thank everyone who is helping my cause.|W|P|113275881529648746|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #8|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 06:58:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Coldhearted Truth has posted on my legal troubles. Again, great points and I can't thank them enough.|W|P|113275827052230669|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #7|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 06:50:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Residual Forces has posted on my legal troubles. This is simply wonderful and can't thank them enough.|W|P|113275761583558247|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #6|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 06:39:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Psycmeistr's Ice Palace has posted on my legal troubles. I really appreciate their assistance!|W|P|113275696285661337|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #5|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/22/2005 07:50:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Bogus Gold has a post on my legal troubles that raises some good points. Thanks Doug, I really appreciate your help and guidance.|W|P|113271825948381139|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #4|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/23/2005 06:19:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|This is really a good way to ignore the fact that Republicans lost one more seat in the Senate last night. What makes it better is, historically Republicans do well in special elections (isn't that right John?).

Sean11/22/2005 07:34:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|My friend Swiftee at Pair 'o Dice has a post on my legal troubles. I wish he was an attorney. |W|P|113271739810792706|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #3|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/22/2005 06:26:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The guys at Kool Aid Report are coming to my defense! With these guys on my side, I can't lose.|W|P|113271299819229774|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/22/2005 06:07:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I want to thank Kennedy vs. The Machine for their post on my legal troubles. |W|P|113271186787359756|W|P|UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/22/2005 03:27:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I need your help. My right to blog anonymously is being challenged through legal maneuvering by Inside Minnesota Politics. Today, representatives from Inside Minnesota Politics contacted Domains by Proxy to again request that my contact information be provided so I can be sued for copyright infringement. I thought this matter had been resolved when I removed the picture in question. But the DFLers behind Inside Minnesota Politics have decided to continue pursuing their lawsuit. This is not about my use of a picture that I properly sourced, but rather it's about Democrats tired of being exposed on Minnesota Democrats Exposed. Through a frivolous lawsuit, Democrats are trying to force Domains by Proxy to reveal my identity. Democrats who can't challenge my fact-based message are now resorting to lawsuits to end my right to blog anonymously. So this is where I ask for your help. 1. Tomorrow I will try and establish an anonymous legal defense fund. If I can establish a defense fund, I would ask that you provide a contribution link on your website. 2. If I can't establish a legal defense fund without revealing my identity, then I may ask for pro bono help from a lawyer. 3. Blog on this subject. Blog to protect my right to remain anonymous. Blog to protect the rights of all of the other bloggers who blog anonymously. I am not going down without one hell of a fight. I will fight this lawsuit with all of my available (and unavailable) resources. But, the future of Minnesota Democrats Exposed is being challenged and I need your help. Please stay tuned to Minnesota Democrats Exposed for legal developments. MDE |W|P|113270408917415143|W|P|A MESSAGE FROM MDE: I NEED YOUR HELP|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/22/2005 05:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|MDE, the MOB boasts a couple of lawyer-members, and I can't think of a better use of their talents.

I'll be contacting our "legal department" tonight.

And after we put these asshats' case into a body bag, I suggest you file a counter suit.

In the meantime, I've got a lot of pictures to copy and paste tonight!!11/22/2005 05:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|I contacted Inside Minnesota Politics for comment on this one. Being anonymous does not make you immune to lawsuits.11/22/2005 05:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I never said it did.11/22/2005 05:28:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|Maybe you can provide contact information so we can deluge the Domains people with emails.

They should not be able to provide any information without a fully vetted court order. If they release your private information short of that, you have a case against them.

Hold them to the lette of their policies. Make them think long and hard about the damage they'll cause to you if they release your information.

As to the DFL'ers who are doing this, they're nothing but a bunch of losers. These bozos fear you and that fear of truth and facts is what is driving them.11/22/2005 05:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Thanks Swiftee, I appreciate your assistance.11/22/2005 05:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Representative Jordan: Thanks for the tip and your comments.

I will post contact information for Domains by Proxy.11/22/2005 05:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Question for Eva: "How far did you have to stick your head into the toilet to contact them?"

Answer: "Not far..we share the same cesspool."11/22/2005 05:43:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Back at ya Swiftee. I used the publicly available email address on their site. Why don't you contact them too.... Maybe you'll get an exclusive.

Let Hindrocket do the work pro-bono for you, MDE. I'm sure he'd love the opportunity.11/22/2005 05:49:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Swiftee|W|P|Nah, you have the exclusive use of your own lunatic antics ol' girl.

Are you going to issue a press release? LOL!11/22/2005 05:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Notorious B.I.L.|W|P|MDE

Swiftee, as always, is right. You should actually take the threat of a lawsuit (that in my non-legal opinion is baseless) as a compliment. These whack-jobs are afraid of you, and rather than let you keep exposing the truth about them, they are attempting to silence you in the only way they can. Why do you think it is so important for these losers to co-opt the courts? They cannot win in the arena of ideas, and their tactics are getting more and more desperate.11/22/2005 05:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Notorious B.I.L.|W|P|MDE

Swiftee, as always, is right on. These people are afraid of you and they are attempting to silence you in the only way they know how. Why do you think it is so important for these losers to co-opt the courts and appoint activist judges? It is because they cannot win in the arena of ideas and their tactics are becoming more and more desparate.11/22/2005 06:01:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|Further thoughts while I watch/listen to some awful "music" on the American Music Awards. :)

The so-called victims have to prove damages. You displayed a fully sourced photo and didn't gain financially from doing so.

On the other side, they do not charge to use their web site and didn't lose any money or reputation from you using the image.

Thus, I cannot think of any damages they suffered.

You were given a "cease and desist" and upon receipt you removed the image.

I can't imagine a judge on the planet issuing a court order demanding the release of your private information based on such a flimsy case. If it were me, I'd present exactly that argument to the domain people and suggest that if they release your information under these circumstances it is they who should fear a lawsuit, not you.

I'm not an attorney and don't play one on TV. But I've seen a lot of smoke over the years and this is a tiny puff with lots of wind behind it. No substance.11/22/2005 07:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lady Logician|W|P|Hang in there dude. You know that the Dems only answer to dissent is to squash it! Like the others, I hope that our residential MOB legal minds will rush to the rescue. Meanwhile, I am cross posting this and my post on this to all of my conservative discussion groups. We'll do all we can to help you out.11/22/2005 08:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Lady Logician: Any help you can be in advertising my legal troubles would be greatly appreciated.

I also thank you for your inspiring comments!

MDE11/22/2005 10:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Leo Pusateri|W|P|Hang in there, MDE...

I have blogged on this as well..

I have a couple brothers in law who are attorneys (not copyright, but one is a patent attorney).. I will contact them tomorrow and ask their opinions.

Meanwhile I have blogged about this at the Ice Palace.

John Jordan seems to be making a lot of sense with what he posted...

In the words of Dan Rather,

Courage!11/22/2005 10:09:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Leo Pusateri|W|P|Hang in there, MDE...

I have a couple of brothers-in-law who are attorneys...

I will ask their opinions tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I have also blogged about this on my site.

Mr. Jordan seems to be making a lot of sense here.

In the words of the esteemed Mr. Rather, "Courage."

Warmest regards,

-Leo-11/23/2005 06:34:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|MDE- good luck to you. As you know, I don't give a shit who you are and if you want to remain anonymous, your choice. Start a legal defense fund under the name of the website MDE. That will give you cover through the ordeal. It wouold be an attorney representing MDE, a faceless company. I enjoy showing you up for your wrongness and it would be a shame if you couldn't do that.

For you other whack jobs: Apparently InPols does not like MDE and chose this route. It has nothing to do withh the inability to refute and defeat the stories posted here, hell Sean and myself debunk most of this on a daily basis.

John- the AMA was some pretty good music with pretty good performers.

Lady Logic- How could you even choke those words of hypocrisy out. "You know that the Dems only answer to dissent is to squash it!" Do you read any political news beyond Minnetonka? That has been the Modus Operandi of the Bush Administration, House Republicans and RNC since they've been in power. Too many examples to list and of course like John jordan, you won;t provide one to suppoort your point.

This is one group going after MDE, not the Dems. not that truth will get in your way of making a point.11/23/2005 07:40:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Demrock6|W|P|Doesn't everyone already know who MDE is? Does it even matter whatsoever? No, who cares.

I hope Inside Minnesota drops this thing.

I wonder if it is even true or if MDE is just trying to stir the pot? Attacking a reputable blog.

Also on KvM they said that Inside Minnesota Politics attacked and put a negative spin on the CD6 forum...... you can listen to it unedited. That is like saying C-Span edits live floor debates.

Best of luck MDE, honestly. From the Demrocker to the Demexposer.11/23/2005 08:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger The Lady Logician|W|P|MDE - posted and cross posted. Also check your email. I sent you some reference material...

St-Paul - It's really easy to say. Take a look at what the Dems did to Murtha's critics. The critics would go OUT OF THEIR WAY to say that they admired the man but not the idea and all the left could do was scream about how the right was "attacking Murtha personally". Guess what guy? Criticizing an idea or a policy point is NOT A PERSONAL ATTACK!11/23/2005 09:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger bobby_b|W|P|Hey, MDE:

You're familiar with Mn Stat 544, right?

The Anti-SLAPP?

Check it out. It might be a stretch, but I think it would fly here.11/23/2005 11:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kurt (aka Noodles)|W|P|What a sophomoric move. Post going up shortly in support. If they really persue legal action let me know where to send the check.11/23/2005 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|LL:
They attacked Murtha. If you're too lazy or stupid to see it, then you are in the 17% of the lost. Poor Jean Schmidt. I guess the stateside Col in the Marine Reserve who said she was lying on him was wrong too?

Put the Kool Aid down for a second. Or keep drinking, who cares?11/23/2005 08:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Badda-Blogger|W|P|Does anyone know if the Michael McIntee from IMP the same MM who worked for Conus Communications... one of the former Hubbard companies?

Just curious.

Hey MDE,
Good luck... I'd post a topic on my blog, but I'm not sure it would boost your traffic. ;) I'll put something up in the next two weeks for sure, regardless of how little it helps.

More importantly, I'll be making a donation some time after Thanksgiving.

Speaking of which, have a great Thanksgiving... to you and all your visitors.11/24/2005 03:19:00 PM|W|P|Blogger mondocognito|W|P|M. D. E.,

1) Post on topic published,

2) donation given, and

3) sidebar donation link established (for the long haul).

Thanks for the work you do.11/24/2005 09:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tracy|W|P|You have the support of the Guys at Anti-Strib. Democrats can't intimidate bloggers with threats of lawsuits.11/25/2005 06:40:00 AM|W|P|Blogger mondocognito|W|P|M.D.E.,

1) Post published,

2) contribution made, and

3) sidebar contribution link put in place (for the long haul).

Thanks for the work you do.11/26/2005 11:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Tracy,
(notice the reference to Democrats, not just IMP. We're suppose to jump on board with this?)

You're wrong, there has been intimidation and it worked. Those of us with an iota of legal education can't see a real case here. MDE hasn't been served with anything, yet the reactionary actions have created a legal defense fund, a coalition of bloggers sort of excommunicating IMP, rallying the troops with a few bandwagon DFL bloggers.

I'd say they intimidated this whole blogging community quite well.11/26/2005 03:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Intimidated? Who is intimidatin who? I could share with you an email I received from Mr. McIntee if you want to talk about intimidation.11/27/2005 12:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|MDE
If you're talking post the threat of a lawsuit, of course he's going to back pedal. Couple of reasons:
1. It hurts their business to be called a liberal mouthpeice or highly partisan.
2. it hurts their credibility when they get chastised by 'friends' on the Left.

With all of the rallying behind you and excommunicating of IMP, surely they are intimidated now.

But, they called out the first bluff and you guys mobilized like there was an attack on the 38th parallel on the DMZ in Korea.11/22/2005 11:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Last Thursday, Matt Entenza's attorney general campaign sent out an email to their entire distribution list. But instead of adding the addresses to the BCC line in the email, the list was mistakenly added to the CC line. Since the email was sent, Entenza's entire campaign email list has been floating around in cyberspace. Entenza should reconsider removing this paragraph from his campaign website: "Minnesota families fear that their privacy is no longer private, that their identity can be stolen, that telemarketers steal from our seniors and the vulnerable. They see the Enrons where white collar criminals put private interests ahead of the public interest.

I've spent my life working for a safe, secure Minnesota."

Thanks to Entenza's campaign, the Minnesotans who signed up to receive updates about the campaign via their email addresses should be concerned their privacy is no longer private.

Nice work, Minnesota's Watchdog!

|W|P|113269053491587048|W|P|THANKS TO ENTENZA, EMAIL ADDRESSES NO LONGER PRIVATE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com3/02/2006 09:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger BoneQuark|W|P|Must be the work of some republican sabotuer no doubt!11/22/2005 11:14:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

I have never been more proud of House Speaker Steve Sviggum. This is the exact type of speech Republicans need to give to Minnesotans.


Sviggum speaks to Beltrami Country Republicans

House Speaker Steve Sviggum, in launching the race this week to recapture two local seats Republicans lost in 2004 to "liberal, leftist extremists."

Sviggum was the keynote speaker Tuesday night at a Beltrami County Republican fund-raiser at Bemidji State University's David Park House, where about 35 people heard stump speeches from six candidates for various offices.

Among them, former Rep. Doug Lindgren, R-Bagley, said he would try to recapture the seat he lost in 2004 to Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids. And Bemidji's Ridgewood Baptist Church Rev. David Myers announced his campaign against Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji.

Also, Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, signaled a re-election campaign in 2006 by asking to return her to St. Paul for a shot at capturing the majority in the Senate from the Democrats.

"We are so close," she said. "The way the (Republicans) take the majority is for me to keep this seat, and … the DFL does not like me representing Bemidji.

Sviggum, R-Kenyon, has his eyes set on recapturing the House 2B seat, where Sailer beat Lindgren, and House 4A, where Moe beat three-term incumbent Rep. Doug Fuller, R-Bemidji, who isn't seeking a rematch in 2006.

"The House needs two more members from northern Minnesota on the majority side of the aisle," Sviggum said.

He lumped Moe and Sailer with their caucus leader, Minority Leader Matt Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, as "three peas in a pod and that is not Bemidji. … We exchanged the two Dougs (Fuller and Lindgren) for two liberal, leftist extremists, and that’s not Bemidji."

He described Entenza and Twin Cities liberals as "pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-gay marriage, big spending, big taxing," adding that "Sailer and Moe, with a smile on their face, vote with them 90 percent of the time. You give your vote away to the liberals in Minneapolis and St. Paul."

Sviggum said if he told Bemidjians that the urban liberals from the Twin Cities were running Bemidji, "Paul Bunyan would be blushing, and Babe the Blue Ox would turn pink. And that’s what's taking place."

Bemidji needs a more true representation of the principles and values of Bemidji, the Republican leader said. Balance needs to be brought to St. Paul, away from extreme leftist positions.

He asked local Republicans if they remembered what they learned in kindergarten and Sunday school: "Share what you have, play fair, clean up your own mess, put things back where you find them, don't take things that aren't yours, treat people the way you want to be treated … it's a pretty good philosophy of life and it's a pretty good Republican philosophy."

It means balance both in life and in government, he said.

"You cannot and you should not govern from the extreme, radical left," Sviggum said, adding that it should also apply to the extreme radical right. "There’s got to be some room for compromise and cooperation. The radical left have forgotten hard work, individual responsibility, risk, reward, the market, the American dream, the American experiment.

"They've forgotten it, they're whacko, they're left and they're gone,” Sviggum said. “You can't govern from there."

He called the DFL strategy "cynical," as the DFL Senate stymied budget efforts by confronting Republicans in 2004 and 2005 because they didn’t face an election.

The Bemidji area missed $33 million in bonding projects in 2004 because the Senate didn't pass a bonding bill, while House Republicans faced re-election that fall, he said. And this year, DFLers forced a special session and government shutdown just to embarrass GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty, he said.

"From the beginning, it was going to be a special session," Sviggum said. "Their strategy was to embarrass the governor, to someway reduce the popularity that he had."

In the upcoming session, the cornerstones of Republican philosophy have to be faith, family, freedom and work. He labeled debate on a constitutional amendment ballot question that gay marriages be banned in Minnesota as "very, very important."

That also appears to be one of the key campaign issues for Myers, who hopes to unseat Moe next year.

"Frank Moe has done a good job representing his constituents," Myers said. "But he's dangerous if we leave him there."

Important to Myers is the Marriage and Family Act, "which defines marriage as one man and one woman. If you send me to St. Paul, I will work very hard … to try to bring that before the voters."

Moe will not support the act because state law already bars it, Myers said. "He's not going to come out and say that he's for gay rights, because Frank is a middle-of-the-road kind of guy. But I'm not a middle-of-the-road kind of guy … it was the law of the land in Massachusetts

it's the law of the land until the Legislature decides it's not."

It needs to be part of the State Constitution where lawmakers can’t tamper with it, he said.

"We need to try to stop abortion wherever we can," he added. "I will work hard to try to stem the tide. Whenever I get the opportunity to push it back, I’ll do that."

Myers has never run for public office, but said he's worked on several campaigns. He retired four years ago from the U.S. Navy, where he had a 22-year career as a diver.

Lindgren said he enjoyed his only two-year term in the Legislature, and wants to return. His family runs a Bagley service station while he teaches auto mechanics at Northwest Technical College.

"I've got to do it," he said. "Once you get this in your blood, you can't get it out. … I loved my two years being a representative, and I’m going to do it again."

Ruud plans to seek a second, four-year term. Now in the Senate minority, she said she felt hamstrung and that the GOP needs to wrest control of the chamber.

"It was very clear from Day 1 that we were headed toward shutdown," she said of the past session. "There was never an agenda to get anything done."

Even the night of the shutdown, an agreement was close, but Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, adjourned the body, she said. "When you hear the governor shut down the state of Minnesota, it's not true. Sen. Dean Johnson shut down the state of Minnesota.

"Those of us who believe in government and believe we are there to do what’s best for the state of Minnesota, really couldn't believe that politics could be more important than policy and the good of the state," Ruud said. It's difficult for a minority member to get bills passed, Ruud said, adding that many bills she wanted passed had to be put through DFL authors in order to pass.

"I passed 70 percent of the bills I introduced last year, but the sad thing is most of them don't have my name on them anymore because I'm in the minority," she said.

"It's not all about who gets credit, but I would love for my bills to have my name on them, and the only way we're going to do that is for the (Republicans) to take the majority,” Ruud said.

She urged those at the fund-raiser for their help, especially in letting her know of events to attend locally, and alluded that she has been snubbed from some events.

"If you seen an event, like yesterday's (Monday's), that I should be invited to, or that I should attend, I need you to tell me,” she said."It's obvious I'm not going to find out about those events."

Let her know because she’ll be there, Ruud said. "I've been in Bemidji three, four times a week

I've been here, I've represented this city. … I think I've proven to you I can work hard."

Ruud referred to a meeting Monday between a delegation of Russian local government officials and with Moe, Sailer and Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, at which the visitors learned about state government and politics.

Kath Molitor, Beltrami County Republican Chairwoman, said that Ruud was not invited, even though she was in Bemidji on Monday.

"We need our senator in Bemidji, not someone else's senator," Molitor said. "Why wasn't Carrie invited to talk politics with the Russians? This has got to stop."

Sviggum said that he and Pawlenty plan to spend a day in Bemidji doing a variety of activities on Jan. 6. Source: Bemidji Pioneer, November 22, 2005

|W|P|113268761448000207|W|P|SVIGGUM: "YOU CANNOT AND YOU SHOULD NOT GOVERN FROM THE EXTREME, RADICAL LEFT"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/22/2005 12:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|35 people were all they could attract? Many years ago, I remember a photo of 60 showing up to protest Norm Coleman. The local GOP ridiculed that 60 for being a very vocal but tiny minority.

So, what does that say for the Speaker of the House when he can only gather 35 people in a 70,000 voter senate district on a university campus of 5000? out of that 35, how many were campaign supporters of the people present?

35 is a joke. He's got more staffers in the caucus than that.11/22/2005 12:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Yep, Steve Sviggum is the Karl Rove of Minnesota... with a mastermind like that running things who even needs to campaign...11/22/2005 01:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|The Republicans message for all the storm and bluster seems to be failing to draw much of a crowd these days. In the 6th there was a forum with about 55 people (Mike McIntee and a few Democrats were there as well) and that forum included all of the announced candidates who wanted to take Screech's seat, so you've got to figure Michelle Bachman's strangely effete husband and her brood were there as well as other campaign staffers, leaving an actual crowd of oh... 3 or 4.

Sean Broom11/22/2005 02:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Speaker Sviggum is coming unhinged. Reps. Moe and Sailer "liberal, leftist extremists"? He's lost all perspective. Moe and Sailer are widely known to be two of the most moderate members of the House. Check NSP soon for a post on this subject.11/22/2005 10:48:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Click on the pictures to view the Hatch Flip-Flop of the Week.

|W|P|113268531195472121|W|P|HATCH FLIP-FLOP OF THE WEEK #1|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 08:00:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Since MN Publius is complaining about Governor Pawlenty's disdain for democracy because of when he scheduled special elections to fill legislative seats, I thought I would offer some historical perspective. In 1994, Dave Kleis was elected in a special election on December 29 to fill the legislative seat vacated by Joanne Benson when she was elected lieutenant governor. 11 years later, the special election will be held on December 27 to fill the legislative seat vacated by Dave Kleis. Just like in 1994, the 2005 special election will be held on the last tuesday in December. Nice try, MN Publius. |W|P|113263300198899017|W|P|BLAME OPTAZ, NOT PAWLENTY FOR TIMING OF SPECIAL ELECTION #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 08:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Zack|W|P|MDE, who was governor is 1994. What was his partisan affilation? What the hell is your point?11/21/2005 09:05:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|My point is that you are wrong about your post. You expect a special election to be called before there is an open seat.

As I said: Nice try.11/21/2005 09:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|Mary Kiffmeyer is worried about this one as well. http://www.startribune.com/stories/587/5738444.html11/21/2005 09:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Inside_source|W|P|Looks like the DFL is already trying to create an excuse for losing this upcoming special election.

Given the drubbing the DFL mayor took in the St. Cloud election (notice, not a special election), it appears the GOP in that area is well organized.11/21/2005 11:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger stp_283|W|P|It does seem a little unfortunate that both of the mentioned special elections were after college students went home for winter break...

I think that plays a bit into the decision, eh?11/22/2005 07:02:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Brent Metzler|W|P|It does seem a little unfortunate that both of the mentioned special elections were after college students went home for winter break...

What? College students can't vote by absentee ballot? I didn't know that. It's good too know for the future.

Brent11/22/2005 07:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|The whole thing could have been avoided if Opatz had stepped down sooner, or at least set up some sort of reasonable timetable for his resignation so everyone wouldn't be left guessing.11/22/2005 07:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|I am not surprised, this is typical of T-Paw... hiring a record number of hacks to his administration... calling an election when nobody will show up, instead of waiting until January... what really matters is who wins that seat in 11/06 though...11/22/2005 09:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|College students are also highly likely to commit voter fraud. With same-day registration, students can show up, register and vote even if they are registered in another city or even state.

So really, calling the election during winter break should have no effect, because students who can vote - those who live in St. Cloud year-round and therefore qualify as local voters - will be there anyway and those registered at their official addresses outside St. Cloud will not be able to become St. Cloud residents for the day.

You would think the left would be happy that this obvious threat to the legitimacy of our elections is removed. Instead they are upset because their tried-and-true methods of election rigging were spoiled.11/26/2005 12:04:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|party opposite,

Your accusation makes about as much sense as denying middle aged white males the right to teach because stats show that they are the majority of sex offenders.

Its ridiculous. You can't 'pre-emptive' strike some crimes. Crime is not a crime until its done and proven.

Many college students vote on the campus where they spend nine out of twelve months in the year. Most campuses reside on two or more precincts and/or wards to keep student from electing one of their own. This is a trend started in the 1970's after the voting age was lowered to 18. The complete and only goal was to disenfranchise young adults from being represented in the process.

Holding a local election when the campus is cleared does exactly the same thing. Sure they can go home and vote, except the ordinances of Saint Cloud are more likely to affect them than back home. Before you yap about taxes, take a trip to Saint Cloud and see who's working throughout the community.

It's BS. The GOP know that places where intellect are allowed to flourish are not good areas for them. Take a look at the Red and Blue map for reference.11/21/2005 07:35:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Under the headline "One Term Timmy's Political Games", MN Publius attempts to make the claim that Governor Pawlenty "hates democracy" because of when he scheduled special elections to fill open legislative seats. "What is especially damning about this decision is that Pawlenty had the opportunity to schedule several of these elections concurrent with the general election on November 8th. For instance, Rep. Joe Opatz, who's resignation has caused the Dec. 27th special election in House District 15B, announced that he would leave the House this summer!" Source: MN Publius, November 21, 2005 Governor Pawlenty can't schedule a special election for a open seat that doesn't exist. Representative Joe Opatz will resign his seat on December 15, five weeks after the general election on November 8th. It would be impossible for there to be a special election to fill an open seat before there actually is an open seat. If the bloggers behind MN Publius are upset at the timing of the special election then they need to blame Opatz, who waited months to resign. |W|P|113263191008057325|W|P|BLAME OPTAZ, NOT PAWLENTY FOR TIMING OF SPECIAL ELECTION|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 09:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Zack|W|P|Opatz may have resigned effective Dec 15, but we knew when he was going to resign for months. The election could have been held on Dec 15 (which is a Tuesday), for instance, or after the new year. What do you have to say about the timing of tomorrow's special? You've been silent on that one.11/21/2005 09:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I am unaware of a problem with tomorrow's special election.11/21/2005 09:30:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Zack|W|P|Tomorrow's special is two days before Thanksgiving. It could have (and should have) been scheduled for the same day as the general.11/22/2005 07:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|People have been guessing for months at when Opatz would resign. He was waiting until the most politically opportune time to do so and got one upped by the governor.11/22/2005 08:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|When I talked to Judy Johnson about this at her endorsing convention - before the election was scheduled, she thought that the election should have been on Nov 8....

Republicans wouldn't have lost this seat if they'd let Martha Robertson alone.11/21/2005 06:10:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Politics is often called the "art of compromise", but Hottinger saw advantages for DFLers in not compromsing. ## "I didn't want Democrats voting for a terrible budget," he [John Hottinger] said. By avoiding "compromising and blurring things," he added, the accord set the stage for the DFL's gain of 13 seats in the 2004 House election. Source: Star Tribune, November 21, 2005 ## Hottinger's proud of his no compromise attitude, but then he complains about partisan gridlock at the State Capitol.

"But he said those efforts were greatly hampered by a Minnesota political culture that swung sharply negative during his time in St. Paul.

'It's strategic game-playing as opposed to policy discussion,' he said. When both sides concentrate on personal attacks, he added, 'the only thing the public understands is that we're all bad people.'" Source: Star Tribune, November 21, 2005

|W|P|113262620256135657|W|P|NO COMPROMISING FOR HOTTINGER|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 02:25:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Look at the picture MPR used for the story about Vice-President Cheney's speech on Iraq intelligence.|W|P|113261195122513832|W|P|CERTAINLY NOT FAIR AND BALANCED|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 02:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|I don't know about that. I can understand a web site using a photo like that to attract viewers and attention. It worked, right? :)

Look at the Murtha photo a few inches down on the page. He looks like a wild-eyed sort of guy, too.11/21/2005 03:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|I dunno... it seems fair enough to me, if only because he had the temerity to imply the things he did about people like Paul Hackett and John Murtha while Cheney's experience in Vietnam was sitting at home and getting D-dubs.

If you act like the grinch it's only fair that people make you look like one.

And, Mike, just so you know some guy used the name 'H.R. Haldeman' on the Superman post, something that I think you've erased peoples posts for before.

Sean11/21/2005 01:24:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| Hatch accused of 'legal terrorism' A jury in Mower County acquitted former Republican Party Chairman Ron Eibensteiner of violating campaign finance laws. Eibensteiner was accused of accepting a corporate contribution. Corporate contributions are illegal in Minnesota. Just days after the verdict, Eibensteiner appeared on AT ISSUE. He accused Attorney General Mike Hatch of orchestrating his prosecution. The former chairman of the state Republican party accused Hatch of "legal terrorism," "quarterbacking" the case against him, and called Hatch's staff "legal storm troopers." Hatch had no comment on the case. Despite the accusations, Eibensteiner said he does not harbor any ill will towards Mike Hatch. Source: KSTP, November 21, 2005 |W|P|113260842603332876|W|P|THE EIBENSTEINER STRIKES BACK #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 12:02:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P| Hottinger is not resigning, but he will not seek re-election. ## MANKATO, Minn. (AP) D-F-L Senator John Hottinger says he won't run for re-election next year.

Hottinger says he's announcing his decision now, so others interested in running have time to make plans.

Hottinger is a St. Peter lawyer who was first elected in 1990. He served as Senate majority leader in 2003.

While he's enjoyed his time in the Legislature, Hottinger says the divisiveness of recent sessions has made the Legislature a less happy place.

As he put it, "We have to find ways to talk to each other.'' Source: Associated Press, November 21, 2005

|W|P|113260347566712784|W|P|HOTTINGER WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 11:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

This is from the Associated Press:

3 p.m. State Senator John Hottinger, DFL-St. Peter, will make an announcement regarding his political future.

Location: State Capitol, Room 125, St. Paul

Contacts: Sen. Hottinger's office, (651) 296-6153

|W|P|113260328929559805|W|P|IS HOTTINGER RESIGNING?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 09:23:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Fundraiser note raised a ruckus

Ron Jerich, a Minnesota lobbyist with DFL ties, was at his home in Mendota Heights in

October 2002 as the election season was reaching fever pitch. Jerich was waiting to go door to door for DFL candidates with 20 volunteers. He had no idea that he was about to become a pawn in what he considers an attempt by Minnesota's top legal officer to target political opponents.

Attorney General Mike Hatch, whom Jerich describes as a longtime friend, was among the door-knockers gathering at Jerich's home. Jerich says he showed Hatch a form letter from Ron Eibensteiner, then chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.

The letter thanked Jerich for a donation that one of his corporate clients had made to a national Republican committee.

"Mike's eyes lit up," Jerich says. "I couldn't understand his interest. He knew I raised money for both political parties, and Eibensteiner's letter was a simple thank you." Jerich thought nothing more about the letter until later that evening, when he searched all over but couldn't find it. It wasn't until months later, Jerich says, when Hatch publicly admitted taking the letter, that "it dawned on me that Mike had taken the letter when I wasn't looking."

Last week, Hatch spokeswoman Leslie Sandberg said Jerich gave the letter to Hatch.

Eibensteiner is convinced that Hatch saw the letter as political gold, and waited for an opportunity to use it to maximum advantage.

About five months later, Hatch's office provided the letter to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, according to Hatch's own testimony. It served as the basis for a story suggesting that Eibensteiner might have broken campaign finance laws and that the administration of Tim Pawlenty -- by then the new governor (and Hatch's political rival) -- may have entered into a sweetheart deal in settling charges against Jerich's corporate client, a Florida insurance company.

At a subsequent state Senate committee hearing in March 2003, Hatch testified that he had shown the letter to state Commerce Commissioner Glenn Wilson and urged him to avoid such a settlement, though Wilson vigorously denied this. A legislative auditor's probe in May found no evidence of wrongdoing by the Pawlenty administration, though it did criticize aspects of the settlement. Meanwhile, the report pronounced some of Hatch's behavior in connection with the case "troubling."

Some months after this, Jerich's purloined letter surfaced again, becoming the principal evidence in a criminal case against Eibensteiner.

The case featured many curious elements. Its venue was Mower County, something of a DFL stronghold along the Iowa border. "Mower County was targeted as the venue of the complaint," says Bill Mauzy, Eibensteiner's attorney, "and the presentation to the grand jury was results-oriented for an indictment against the insurance company and the Republican Eibensteiner."

Hatch was a star witness against Eibensteiner, who describes the attorney general as "consumed with rage and vindictiveness on the stand."

The jury took three hours last week to reach a verdict of not guilty.

"The story here," Mauzy says, "is the abuse of office of the attorney general to satisfy his own ambitions and go after his political enemies."

Sandberg, Hatch's spokeswoman, declined to comment on the attorney general's role in the case.

Mauzy's is a serious charge, but Hatch has for years been making serious charges in this matter that have not been found to have merit.

"Ron Eibensteiner did nothing wrong," Jerich says. "Now he's faced with trying to salvage his good name. I want my letter back."

Eibensteiner sees things a little differently. "It wasn't my reputation that was lost at that trial," he says. "It was Mike Hatch's." Source: Star Tribune, November 21, 2005

|W|P|113259414106406751|W|P|MIKE HATCH IS A THIEF|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/21/2005 10:07:00 AM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|If any of the media outlets have the balls to dig into the testimony from the trial and report on the truths of what really happened here, Mike Hatch's decade long campaign for Governor would finally come to an end.11/21/2005 01:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|I think that highlighting Eibensteiner's description of Hatch is a little untoward; don't you Mike? I mean if some (preferrably nutral) journalist would have described Hatch like that it would carry a little bit of water. But the defendant? But of course bias has never gotten in your way.

I think that this is a bad scene for Mike Hatch. Gotcha' politics only serves to screw those who bring it, or those who don't deserve it (Bob Livingston).

Sean11/20/2005 07:50:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|It seems Tom Rukavina is upset with State Senator Tom Saxhaug for jumping ship to support Kelly Doran for governor: "'[Tom] Saxhaug had told [Mike] Hatch he was supporting him and then he shows up at that kick-off,' Rukavina said." Source: Mesabi Daily News, November 19, 2005 Please read my post from last week on this subject. |W|P|113250206581566164|W|P|HATCH'S CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR LOSING SUPPORT #2|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/20/2005 07:35:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|DFL State Senator Tom Bakk made it clear why he is supporting Kelly Doran instead of Mike Hatch: "'Kelly [Doran] doesn't bring all the baggage to the campaign that [Mike] Hatch does. To win, we will need some support from the business community and I think with Hatch that would be tough. He's taken plenty of businesses on and so support for him will be problematic,' the Cook senator said regarding Hatch's litigation against several companies, especially in health care." Source: Mesabi Daily News, November 19, 2005|W|P|113250168121683159|W|P|DFL STATE SENATOR: HATCH'S BAGGAGE A PROBLEM|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/19/2005 01:14:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|In the short history of Minnesota Democrats Exposed, I have rarely posted material unrelated to exposing Minnesota Democrats. But the teaser trailer for "Superman Returns" is too good to pass up. P.S. Recognize the voice heard in the trailer? |W|P|113243542754464970|W|P|COMING SOON|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/19/2005 06:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Segretti|W|P|come on, mde... stick to exposing the liberals, not exposing your dorkiness...11/19/2005 06:48:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|come on, mde... stick to exposing the liberals, not exposing your dorkiness...

C'mon, indeed. Leave MDE alone. Don't like him talking about a passion, don't read it. To post a personal shot like that was uncalled for and immature.11/19/2005 07:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger H.R. Haldeman|W|P|Is this an apt SAT analogy?

Superman : Clark Kent ::

MDE : ???11/19/2005 08:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Something those of us from all across the political spectrum can agree on.11/18/2005 07:19:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

I just received this email from a dedicated reader of Minnesota Democrats Exposed.


From: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 7:04 PM To: minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com Subject: FW: Hopkins Schools S.O.D. MDE, I received this email. It has big implications for SD43 DFL Candidate Terri Bonoff, who has been touting her impact on Hopkins Education [.]

The Superintendent of the district (Michael Kremer) who had the message sent out on his behalf seconded Terri's nomination at the SD43 DFL BPOU convention and her campaign manager is the treasuer of the board! ****** Below is an email I just received stating that Hopkins Schools were operating at Statutory Operating Deficit (SOD) for 2004-2005. This is huge. Explains why all three School Board incumbents did not run this year. It's also potentially huge considering Terri Bonoff and Barb Klass have been Co-Chairs of the LAC over the past five years or so. Furthermore, Barb Klass has also been a current school board member (has been for many years) and as you also know, Barb Klass is also Terri's campaign chair. ----- Original Message ----- From: To: LAC Steering Comm Group Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 07:02 Subject: 2004-05 Audit Dear Members of the LAC Steering Committee (this message is from Superintendent Michael Kremer), Recently, we learned that Hopkins School District 270 is in statutory operating debt (SOD), which is based on the preliminary findings of the fiscal year 2005 (2004-05 school year) audit. This audit is still being completed and will be presented to the Hopkins School Board, Thursday, Dec. 15. We discussed this situation with the School Board publicly, Thursday, Nov. 17, and wanted to share it will all of you as soon as possible also. The preliminary audit findings indicate that the District ended fiscal year 2005 with a negative unreserved general fund balance of -$4,329,464, which is a –5.4 percent of operating expenses. Under Minnesota law, a school district enters statutory operating debt when it spends in excess of a –2.5 percent unreserved general fund balance. At no time is statutory operating debt acceptable. As your superintendent, I accept full responsibility for this situation, and want to assure you that over the next weeks we will be aggressively working to develop a plan to correct it. As you know, the Hopkins School District has had six consecutive years of difficult budget decisions, resulting in more than $18.2 million worth of reductions. The Citizens Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) and School Board have recommended sitting on the edge of statutory debt since 1999. For the 2004-05 school year, the District intentionally adopted an unbalanced budget fully expecting to end the fiscal year with a negative fund balance. This was done to maintain the District's educational program as much as possible in the wake of no additional funding from the state, and being prevented from seeking additional operating levy authority from residents. There is risk involved with having no fund balance, but the District intentionally chose to spend money on programs and services for kids. However, that negative fund balance slipped further than expected, and now the situation needs to be corrected. Due to multiple employee turnover in the District's Business Office, the increasing negative fund balance was not detected until this year’s audit of the 2004–05 budget. Had we known about it earlier, we would have done something about it earlier. Some of the corrective work has already started with a series of recommendations from the District's Citizens Financial Advisory Committee. This volunteer group annually reviews the District's financial picture, and recommends expense limits to the Hopkins School Board. This year's recommendations include: * Suspending the School Board's policy of maintaining an unreserved general fund balance of between 3 percent and 5 percent of operating expenditures in order to maintain the quality of the District's programs and services, and establishing a goal to work within current policy parameters within five years. * Being clear of statutory operating debt status within three years. * Completing annual audits by October 1st of each year. * Creating and implementing an improved financial monitoring system, allowing budget managers to review revenue and expenditure data in a just-in-time manner. This includes generating reports for all budget managers on a monthly basis, and negotiating appropriate budget adjustments. * Providing comprehensive fund balance reports to the Board on a monthly basis, and updating the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee on a quarterly basis. * Suspending the Program-Based Budgeting system for fiscal year 2007 (covering the 2006-07 school year), and directing the superintendent to work with staff to prepare a draft of a budget to deliver to the full Board in late December, and to share with the community for review and comment thereafter. * Restructuring the Business Office to meet current District needs. * Continuing to seek alternative non-traditional revenue flows, creating new positive revenue streams into the District, not reducing expenditures. CFAC members have already looked at multi-year budget simulations designed to gradually bring the District out of SOD in three years. The District's plan to remove it from SOD must be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education for approval before Jan. 31, 2006. After Thanksgiving, I will begin developing a draft 2006-07 budget with the District's budget managers. This draft budget will be presented to the School Board on Dec. 15. It then will be presented to District staff, parents, and other community members in a series of meetings to be conducted during January. Information about this budget draft will be available on the District's Web site, and in a news release sent to local media. The District also will establish a budget comment voicemail line and email address that people can use to provide their feedback as well. Throughout the budget considerations and decision-making, the District will strive to maintain its educational programs and services. Our top priority will be to minimize the impact of any additional budget adjustments on classrooms and our education programs. We remain focused on delivering the best, top quality, education program. This is our commitment to our students and their parents, our staff, and our community. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal. I will be doing everything humanly possible to keep principals up-to-date with the best information available. Please remember, that the budget profile aligned with SOD is 2004-05. We have been blessed with good news since that time such as a successful referendum, new state aid, and Q-Comp, and our budget picture heading toward 2006-07 has improved considerably. So please don’t hesitate to ask questions, and know that we will provide you with updated information when it becomes available. Thank you. ******

|W|P|113237038356925129|W|P|BONOFF'S EDUCATION RECORD QUESTIONED|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/19/2005 01:25:00 AM|W|P|Blogger indep|W|P|this has absolutely nothing to do with the election. bonoff has been a leader in securing funding for the district. the only thing this letter shows is that the Tim Pawlenty has cut education so much that even a district with such high standards as hopkins cant secure sufficient funding. if hopkins cant make the grade how are we to expect urban and rural mn to have sufficient money to keep our kids competitive. we need a senator such a bonoff that will be an advocate to ensure emails like this never have to be sent in our great state11/18/2005 04:24:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|North Star Liberty has been doing an outstanding job of following (and exposing DFL shenanigans in) the special election in SD 43.|W|P|113236046150519326|W|P|DFL SHENANIGANS IN SD 43|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/18/2005 03:53:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|According to highly placed sources in St. Paul, former Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Ron Eibensteiner appeared in studio today for a taping of Channel 5's "At Issue." The vindicated Eibensteiner addressed the politically motivated case brought by DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch and the dismissal of all charges against him. Developing...|W|P|113235830962397848|W|P|EIBENSTEINER ON "AT ISSUE"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/20/2005 07:26:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|That was too long. What's your point MDE?11/17/2005 05:33:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Does the Minneapolis Police Chief have nothing else to do than defend Amy Klobuchar's horrible record as Hennepin County Attorney? This is *ucking ridiculous! ## MINNESOTA: WHO KNEW THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE CHIEF READS THE; Hotline? Minneapolis Police Chief William McManus faxed a letter to the Hotline, referencing our 11/2 edition, which quoted an NRSC release stating that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (D) "blasts" Hennepin Co. Atty. Amy Klobuchar (D). Rybak, at a 10/30 debate:"70% of the people who committed homicide in Minneapolis last year were on Hennepin County probation. The county and the city need to work together, but the county needs to step up" (11/1). McManus, in his letter: "Your publication recently reported on suggestions from some quarters that the Minneapolis Mayor criticized the Hennepin County Attorney when he cited a statistic from a study of Minneapolis homicide suspects in 2004. ... Even though a review of the Mayor's comments shows that he never even mentioned the County Attorney or the work of the County Attorney's Office, I would like to clarify the record because the statistic in question has been misinterpreted. For the record: Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar has a very good reputation with law enforcement. In particular, she has a strong record on the prosecution of repeat and violent offenders. ... The County Attorney's Office does not run probation and is not responsible for supervising offenders on probation. That is the job of the Community Corrections Department. ... In the final analysis, only 11 of the 60 individuals charged for Minneapolis homicides in 2004 were on probation for felony cases. A review of these 11 cases shows that they were handled appropriately by the County Attorney's Office. I hope these points will help to correct the record" (11/14). Source: The Hotline, November 17, 2005|W|P|113227767267998129|W|P|MINNEAPOLIS POLICE CHIEF PLAYS POLITICS INSTEAD OF SOLVING CRIMES|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/17/2005 06:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Well,
The Cheif clears up all of the bullshit the Right was running with and admits that she is good with law enforcement and you guys want to know why does he have time to do this?

Just like the Washington Republicans, kill the messenger if the mesaage debases yours.

Too funny, but good for you MDE for even posting what is close to a retraction.11/17/2005 06:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|MINNESOTA: WHO KNEW THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE CHIEF READS THE; Hotline?

He spent a lot of his career as a DC cop up to Deputy Cheif of police in DC.
e may have an understanding of politics, afterall, his departments funding rise and fall with the politicians at the head.

Or, the Klobuchar folks saw this and figured what would be the best strategic way to handle the smear. Having the Cheif of Police set the record straight works well.11/17/2005 09:02:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Maybe, just maybe, the police chief of the city of Minneapolis believes that the best thing for his department and the citizens of Minneapolis in the reduction of crime would be a Sen. Klobuchar. Mr. McManus is apparently looking for a safer Minneapolis, and he's also apparently not willing to let Republicans take cheap shots at his department's partner in stopping crime.

What this says is: looking for a safer Minnesota? Vote Amy Klobuchar for Senate.11/18/2005 09:16:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Abrogans|W|P|I look at it as more of a rebuttal to your inaccurate statements than a defense of Amy Klobuchar.

Are you just mad because this particular wad of mud wont stick?11/17/2005 03:35:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I was at a funeral today and during a break between events, I checked my voicemail. I had received a phone call from the Office of the General Manager for Domains by Proxy informing me I was facing a lawsuit for copyright infringement. I was told on the message that I needed to contact Domains by Proxy ASAP. I returned the call and was told that a representative from Inside Minnesota Politics had contacted Domains by Proxy because I used a picture from their website. The representative from Domains by Proxy that I spoke with was very professional and helpful. The picture I used showed a hat being passed at Mike Hatch's announcement speech for governor. Click here for post with the picture removed. In my opinion, the representative from Domains by Proxy was surprised I had not been contacted directly by Inside Minnesota Politics regarding my use of their picture. If I had been contacted by a representative from Inside Minnesota Politics, I would have removed the picture from my blog without incident. I informed the representative from Domains by Proxy that I was at a funeral, but that I would remove the picture tonight. According to the representative from Domains by Proxy, my removal of the picture would end the problem. For the record, I did source the picture and provide a link to Inside Minnesota Politics. But rather than contacting me directly to remove the picture, representatives from Inside Minnesota Politics decided to file a lawsuit. In my opinion, the goal of this legal action was to force Domains by Proxy to reveal my identity. I am a fan of Inside Minnesota Politics, even though it is run by DFL activists. In the future, if anyone has a concern about my use of a picture, don't waste your money hiring an attorney. Just send me an email and I will address your concerns in a timely and professional manner. It would be mistake for anyone to think I am intimidated by threats of lawsuits. I removed the picture because it was from Inside Minnesota Politics, not because a representative from Inside Minnesota Politics tattled on me and I am scared. Even as I type this post, I can't stop laughing about the fact a representative from Inside Minnesota Politics didn't contact me directlty about the picture. Just relax kitten, it's going to be O.K. |W|P|113227178930558837|W|P|A MESSAGE FROM MDE: COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/17/2005 06:40:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|It's amazing just afraid of you they are, MDE. They'll stop at nothing to try to neuter you.

Take it as a compliment of you good work.11/18/2005 09:09:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Abrogans|W|P|Here's a thought. Why don't you simply get permission before using copyrighted material?

That is how it supposed to work. Take a look at the law books if you don't believe me.11/18/2005 11:24:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Abrogans|W|P|By the way, your original comments were reckless and baseless, unless you had some actual knowlege that someone stuck of wad of money into those plastic top hats.

Most fundraisers have some sort of basket in which checks are placed. Instead of a basket they used top hats. I like it. Kind of cute.

You then take a copyrighted photo and place it on your website, so that you can smear someone without and proof. I think this sort of thing leaves a bad taste in everyones mouth.

I can't believe that you have the audacity to cry foul.11/18/2005 02:06:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tracy|W|P|Wow, a blogger copied a photo and made fun of it. That never happens! It called satire or political commentary.

There used to be a time when people believed in free speech, even people on the left. Then the right found a voice and the left decided that free speech wasn't so cool.11/18/2005 08:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|There was no copyright listed and I sourced the material. Mr. McIntee, your agenda in this instance is clear.11/18/2005 10:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|You know Tracy, a page down, MDE and fellow Rightees were complaining about the image of Snoopy's doghouse on one of her fundraising letters. This letter was a parody that it came from a dog. Parody Schmarody. The Rightees talked about contacting the Charles Schultz estate to see if she got copyright permission for her parody letter that had a picture of Snoopy's doghouse.

So a few posts later, MDE is called for and you guys try to play it down.

Sad. Typical. Boring.11/19/2005 05:46:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Be careful with the facts St. Paul DFLer, I never complained about the doghouse. I just posted the letter from Wetterling's dog.11/19/2005 07:17:00 AM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|My bad, MDE.

Upon further reveiw, it was not MDE but a couple of other posters of the Right-of-center persuasion.

I sure do get a lot of warning from you. Where's the love? For once, how about an attaboy? "Good job St Paul DFLer, too bad you're not on our team anymore!"11/22/2005 07:48:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Edwin|W|P|MDE, the fundamentals of copyright law appear to be beyond your understanding. One does not need to list a copyright in order to have one. For example, this post is copyrighted by default and owned by me. Obviously by posting this here I am giving you permission to publish it on your site, but if you were to write a book you could not use my entire post without my permission. The "fair use" doctrine would let you use some quotes. The fact that "no copyright was listed" is your excuse is a poor reflection on you.11/22/2005 08:03:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Edwin: I am not a lawyer, nor do I pretend to be an expert on copyright law.

Thanks for the clarification.11/17/2005 08:13:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|It has occured to me that if Mike Hatch is now claiming that he had nothing to do with the investigation/has no criminal jurisdiction of Ron Eibensteiner, etc. then isn't his original taking of the thank you letter from Ron Jerich's home just plain stealing? There was no subpoena, and apparently he wasn't acting under color of law, and the letter sure wasn't his (as Jerich would probably testify to, but has already stated publicly). He can't have it both ways... |W|P|113224408952204557|W|P|DID HATCH BREAK LAW BY STEALING LETTER FROM RON JERICH?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/17/2005 09:22:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|He could claim he was being sloppy and just misplaced the note in his pocket.11/17/2005 10:26:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Mary Allaire|W|P|Did you see Bill O'Reilly of Fox News yelling about sex abuse and week democrats.
He did it because Fox news was hit w/ people asking about www.powmadeak47.com.

The site was written by Todd Ouellette.11/17/2005 10:42:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Sean Broom|W|P|I have no idea what so ever about what that website stands for, is angry about or who they don't like.

Anyone care to translate?

Sean11/16/2005 12:41:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

I received this first-hand account of a converstion Mike Hatch had with two reporters last week in Rochester. The person who sent me this information witness the conversation and I consider this sorce "unimpeachable." ##

Mike Hatch had just testified and he then walks outside the courtroom into the courthouse sitting area and is immediately approached by two men. The two men identify themselves as "Channel 6 reporters." The following is the conversation reconstructed, to the best of my recollection. The two reporters will be reported as one individual.

Mike Hatch: "It would really be inappropriate for me to comment on the case at all - remember all the trouble we got into over [inaudible]. I can tell you this - everyone thinks this is all about me running for governor but it's not."

Reporters: "Can you say anything, how was it in there? What's the feel?"

Mike Hatch: "I think the jury's taken aback at the amount of money that the Republicans sent to Minnesota and to Pawlenty - I mean, it's a staggering amount of money. The defense was standoffish, I think they're going to have a hard time."

The reporters asked one or two further questions concerning courtroom dynamics.

Mike Hatch: "You know, and I was just talking about this in the office the other day, no one in the press had made the Austin/Austin connection. You know, Austin Texas and Austin Minnesota. It's the same program of Republicans sending money, and I think that people would be interested in knowing that and reading about the Austin/Austin connection."

Then he paced the floor for about 15 minutes until a young woman came out of the courtroom, and he left with her.


Notice how quickly Hatch went from saying he shouldn't comment to then commenting. Hatch is unbelievable.

|W|P|113217434515243812|W|P|MDE EXCLUSIVE: HATCH SPINNING IN OVERDRIVE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/16/2005 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger anon95|W|P|MDE breaks his word! "Exclusive" It couldn't have been more than a couple weeks ago you claimed you would "never" use the phrase again. How can you be trusted ever again after breaking your word so quickly after making the pledge? You have lost all credibility.11/16/2005 01:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I thought this was a safe bet.

Relax cupcake, it's going to be o.k.11/16/2005 01:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|Talk about overblowing something.

Try valium, it feels great. Not as good as morphine but either will help you in this condition.11/16/2005 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lady Logician|W|P|We could only hope that there is an Austin/Austin connection!!!! Preferably with similar results.11/16/2005 10:24:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Republican Party of Minnesota Responds to DFL Attempts to Downplay Hatch Role in Eibensteiner Smear "Mike Hatch has the DFL attack machine doing his dirty work for him now that his smear against Ron Eibensteiner has failed. While Mike Hatch may be running away from his dominant role in this shameful incident, no amount of DFL spin can change the facts of the case. "Mike Hatch has long tried to ruin those who hold different political views. His vilification of Ron Eibensteiner is part of a larger pattern of angry and destructive partisanship. "Through his obsessive and reckless conduct, Mike Hatch has brought dishonor upon the office of Minnesota Attorney General." - Ron Carey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota DFL Spin On Mike Hatch's Obsessive Role In Smear Of Ron Eibensteiner DFL Chairman Brian Melendez: "Our Criminal Justice System Is Set Up In Such A Way That The Attorney General Has Very Little To Do With Prosecution At This Level." "'Mike Hatch was a witness in the case. The Mower County attorney made the decision to prosecute. Hatch did not,' [DFL Chairman Brian] Melendez said. 'Our criminal justice system is set up in such a way that the attorney general has very little to do with prosecution at this level.'" (Mark Brunswick, "Former GOP Chairman Not Guilty Of Fund Charge," Star Tribune, November 16, 2005) Hatch Spokeswoman Leslie Sandberg: "It Wasn't Our Trial." "Hatch spokeswoman Leslie Sandberg said the attorney general's office would have no comment. 'It wasn't our trial,' Sandberg said." (Mark Brunswick, "Former GOP chairman Not Guilty Of Fund Charge," Star Tribune, November 16, 2005) Source: Republican Party of Minnesota press release|W|P|113216589642482731|W|P|DFL ATTEMPTS TO DOWNPLAY HATCH ROLE IN EIBENSTEINER SMEAR|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/16/2005 09:28:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|In Case You Missed It Former Hatch Ally Said Hatch "Perpetrated" Entire Investigation To "Get Republicans." "Contacted after the verdict was announced, Jerich, a former friend and ally of Hatch's, expressed anger that Hatch took and kept the Eibensteiner thank-you letter from Jerich's home after Jerich showed it to him: 'This thing should have never been brought to trial in the first place,' Jerich said. 'There's no doubt in my mind that Hatch perpetrated this whole thing to get at the Republicans.'"(Mark Brunswick, "Former GOP Chairman Not Guilty of Fund Charge," Star Tribune, November 16, 2005.) Soure: Republican Party of Minnesota press release|W|P|113216234831256992|W|P|HATCH "PERPETRATED" ENTIRE INVESTIGATION|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/16/2005 10:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Shark.bait|W|P|Let’s not forget another important lesson learned from all of this…Mike Hatch will do ANYTHING he can to gain more power, including screw over his friends.

Ron Jerich is a lobbyist known for close ties to powerful legislators, especially Democrats, and Hatch stole from him. Talk about burning your bridges!11/16/2005 08:43:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Terry Morrow of St. Peter will announce he is running for Ruth Johnson's seat. Morrow will have a press conference at 3:oo p.m. at the St. Peter Community Center. I found this article from Nick Coleman about protesters which quotes Morrow. ## Just what's happened to plain old dissent?; Peaceful protesters are no longer welcome at political events Three times in the last three weeks, I have recounted stories of partisan assaults on free speech: A trio of teenage brothers arrested in Duluth after a presidential campaign stop; a Coon Rapids man forced to fortify a display of his beliefs with concrete and steel after repeated acts of vandalism by opponents of his views; and a Mankato National Guard member - recently returned from duty overseas - threatened with arrest and interrogated about his political views before being admitted to a presidential campaign rally. There are probably many more such incidents to come. Minnesota is a "battleground" state in this year's election, and the emphasis is on "battle." And we're not alone: Free speech is in trouble across the country. Peaceful protesters are being forced away from political events; average citizens are being required to sign "loyalty pledges" stating that they support a candidate before being permitted to attend rallies; others have been arrested for simply wearing T-shirts expressing contrary views. Many of these incidents are not even reported. But there seems to be a pattern: Thursday's New York Times mentioned an incident during President Bush's July 13 visit to Duluth (the same event at which the three teens were arrested). It seems that Secret Service agents posted photos of men not welcome at the Bush rally. One was a local homeless activist. Another was a pointy-headed professor and Green Party activist named Joel Sipress who apparently ended up with his face plastered at security checkpoints just because he helped organize (openly and legally) an anti-Bush rally six blocks away. When the Secret Service puts your picture up, you get a little nervous. "It's troubling," says Sipress, 40, a professor of American history at the nearby University of Wisconsin-Superior who ran for the Minnesota Senate in a 2002 special election and got 37 percent of the vote. "There are periods in the history of this country in which dissent comes to be viewed as subversion. I don't think we're at that point yet, where people need to be in fear of speaking out. But there are signs we might be headed in that direction." He's got company. Another college prof named Terry Morrow agrees that free speech is taking a beating. Morrow, chairman of Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., is preparing a scholarly article on the subject for a law review. And he says the assault on speech is across the board, and all across the political spectrum. Morrow says that the presidential campaigns have adopted a three-prong strategy to suppress protest and sanitize their political events so that only true believers get near the candidates. First, many political events that once would have been considered public and part of an open campaign for the highest public office in the land are now dubiously held on "private" property. This allows organizers to screen attendees and keep out anyone not firmly on the bandwagon. Second, a "no-protest" zone is created around the event, an area where police and the Secret Service allow virtually no free expression whatsoever, which is why two teens in Mankato were barred from a Bush rally when an organizer discovered that one of them had a Kerry campaign sticker in his wallet. Finally, an ersatz "free-speech zone" is established off-site - out of camera range and sometimes behind barbed wire and fencing - where anyone who so wishes may go and howl at the moon, and with about the same effect. These anti-democratic strategies help guarantee Stepford-Wife crowds where candidates see nothing but adoring faces and anyone with a differing view who somehow makes it into the event and is foolish enough to raise his voice can be isolated and removed - as happened to a lone protester who infiltrated Bush's Duluth rally. If this is democracy, it is wobbling. "The very purpose of protest is to make audiences aware of the issues," says Morrow, who's on the free speech committee of the National Communication Association, a nonprofit group of educators and students. "By its nature, protest is meant to send messages that disturb an audience. That's essential to getting the message heard." But America has hung a new sign on this election: "Do Not Disturb." That explains why anyone who stands up in public holding a "No War for Oil" sign may get his free-speechifying backside busted, as happened to a guy named Brett Bursey in South Carolina during a Bush visit in 2002. The president and other candidates for the most important job in the free world absolutely must have careful and tight security. Those who object to true security measures should have their IDs checked carefully. But how did we get to the point where what's on your T-shirt -or even on your mind - can prevent you from participating in the public forum? Comedian Lenny Bruce used to say there was no justice in the halls of justice. Sadly, perhaps, there's no public forum left in public. "In a free society, dissent is a good thing," says Morrow. "It's good to let people speak their minds rather than being forced to bottle up their thinking. But we're not letting people relieve the pressure. And all that does is push some to violence." That's the "safety-valve" theory of the importance of free speech. But there's something even more precious that we may be losing when dissent is stifled and protest silenced. We may be losing the opportunity to change our minds. "If those who disagree never get to listen to the other side, they lose the opportunity to change their opinion," Morrow says. "What if someone listened, and changed their mind?" Always with the jokes, those professors. Change our minds? It's easier just to arrest the other guys. Source: Star Tribune, August 14, 2005|W|P|113216071305511609|W|P|PROTESTER TO RUN FOR HOUSE SEAT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com11/18/2005 04:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Or...Practinioner of the Bill of Rights run for office.