2/28/2006 01:35:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I was just contacted by a DFL campaign for governor inquiring about this post with Hatch's quotes from his interview yesterday on MPR. I would expect Hatch's words to be used againt him.
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|W|P|114116315292765757|W|P|UPDATE: HATCH BELITTLES ENDORSEMENT PROCESS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/28/2006 03:35:00 PM|W|P|Blogger stp_283|W|P|Is Ole jumping on this one?2/28/2006 01:26:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|These quotes are from Hatch's appearence on MPR. "And what's complicated about it is you get this precinct caucus process which basically is three-four months of intramural debate which tends to divide rather than unite a political party, then you have a primary extraordinarily late in the season by September. And the way the process has worked over the last thirty years - the endorsement doesn't mean much, I mean, there's only been one endorsed non-incumbent candidate that's won either governor or us senate in the last generation and that's Paul Wellstone." "You go through a number of different problems going through this process debating with Democrats, while the Republican is, pretty much, allowed to go pretty much unscathed. You can't have the dialogue with the governor if you're sitting there with three others having a debate." "My focus has been the governor. My focus has been the problems facing the state of Minnesota. I have not been able to take the time to get into an intramural dialogue with these other three. It's something I can't do, I don’t have the resources to be able to that if I'm expected to win an election in November and frankly I also want to be able to do my job as attorney general."
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|W|P|114115865033122908|W|P|HATCH BELITTLES ENDORSEMENT PROCESS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/28/2006 01:08:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|There is a very interesting discussing going on here about Hennepin County's "wilfull and deliberate violation of Minnesota Statute 624.714, Subd. 23."
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|W|P|114116161667461853|W|P|DID KLOBUCHAR APPROVE?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com3/01/2006 12:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Large Angry Liberal|W|P|ummmm if the hennepin COUNTY library has a question legal question about a minnesota statute and its application. Then they should be able to consult with the COUNTY ATTORNEY.3/02/2006 09:11:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Joel|W|P|The HCL put up the unlawful signs at the direction of the County Attorney's office. And, after they got caught redhanded, having violated the requirements of the law, the Hennepin County Attorney's office reversed themselves.

The problem isn't a failure to consult; the problem is that the unlawful signs were put up at the direction of the County Attorney's office, and that a citizen was then, in accordance with those signs (but in contravention to Minn. Stat. 624.714 Subd. 23) rousted at the direction of the library, acting, as they say, "under color of authority."

Glad to clear that up.3/02/2006 01:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Large Angry Liberal|W|P|why the hell would someone what to bring a gun into a library? Second i have been to libraries in mower, nobles, murray, freeborn, olmsted, ramsey, dakota, and hennepin counties since the c and c law was passed, all have no guns allowed signed clearly posted3/02/2006 02:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Joel|W|P|Let's start off by your interesting information that each and every one of these libraries is violating the law. (Government entities aren't allowed to ban lawful carry -- again, read the law.) Do you find it troubling when government agencies violate the law? (Again, see Minn. Stat. 624.714, and particularly Subd 23.)

I guess somebody would want to do it for the same reason that many permit holders carry pretty much everywhere (except where it's unlawful): because a personal safety issue can happen anywhere, of course.

Do remember that the first well-documented defensive gun use by a permit holder after the carry law passed happened on a very nice streetcorner in Eden Prairie, on a nice spring afternoon. Not the sort of place somebody would expect to need a gun for self-defense.

Me, as somebody who teaches this stuff, I tell people that if you're thinking of going to a place where you expect to need a gun for self-defense, reconsider the trip.

By the way, there is no "c and c" law or "conceal and carry law" in Minnesota. See http://www.concealandcarry.com .3/02/2006 04:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Large Angry Liberal|W|P|i do not dispute that the second amendment is not important ( that is why it is the second one) I disagree with you in calling AK incompetent or worse, as outlined by the numerous libraries and other government buildings that I have been in that ban guns on their premises. Under subd. 23, the Ramsey County Courthouse would not be allowed to ban handguns inside its building. It is against the law by MN Statute to have a handgun in a courthouse. But subd. 23 makes no mention of being modified or modifying that statute. Additionally, one could make the arguement that subd. 23 only controls the procedural criteria, NOT THE GEOGRAPHICAL PARAMETERS, of issueing a permit (i.e. who gets it, and how they get it) and may allow a governmental entity to prevent the carrier from bringing the weapon into a building predominately used by children and the elderly (library). I think that if the issue where to be litigated the county would have to pass a strict scrutiny test, where as most gun legislation gets a intermediate, or reasonable relation test. I think we can agree on that?3/03/2006 05:12:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Joel|W|P|Well, let's see if we can clear up some facts for you.

Reread the entire statute, 624.714, again. It lists the places and have the option to exclude permit holders, and the criteria for excluding permit holders.

Government buildings don't qualify, certainly including the courts. Government officials can't modify the criteria -- that's what Sub. 23 is all about.

(The County Attorney's office, by the way, is terrified that this case might be litigated -- they know that they'll lose. The word quickly went out not to create any discoverable paper or email trail about this. Feel free to call them about this case and see what they have to say; they'll stonewall you, because they're very nervous about having been caught out.)

It is against Minnesota law to have a gun in the courthouse UNLESS it's carried by (among other folks), a permit holder who has given notice to OR gotten permission from the sheriff in charge of the courthouse. (See Minn. Stat. 609.066.)

I suggest giving notice; it's easier. See p. 130 of the standard (if only by process of elimination) book on the subject of carrying a handgun in Minnesota, which has the snappy title of "Everything You Need to Know About (Legally) Carrying a Handgun in Minnesota." I'm not going to say that the book is good, or bad -- I wrote it, and my opinion is not objective.

That any help?

While I don't want to hijack a discussion from our host, this is the sort of thing that we often discuss at the Twin Cities Carry Forum -- see http://forum.twincitiescarry.com -- and people with strong feelings on any side of the issue, including you, are invited to participate.3/03/2006 01:45:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Joel|W|P|Just a quick followup, the relevant statute on carrying in a courthouse:

Subd. 1g. Felony; possession in courthouse or certain state buildings. (a) A person who commits either of the
following acts is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both:

(1) possesses a dangerous weapon, ammunition, or explosives
within any courthouse... this subdivision does not apply to ...
persons who carry pistols according to the terms of a permit issued under section 624.714 and who so notify the sheriff...2/28/2006 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Senator Dayton is an embarrassment. ## Minnesota's Dayton: "The Mayo Clinic is worth a hell of a lot more than the whole state of South Dakota." Washington, DC - Senator John Thune today condemned Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) for his derogatory remarks against the state of South Dakota. In a FORTUNE article, published online yesterday, Senator Mark Dayton launched an unprovoked attack against the people of South Dakota when he said, "[t]he Mayo Clinic is worth a hell of a lot more than the whole state of South Dakota." "Senator Dayton's comments are unconscionable, offensive and wholly unbecoming of a United States Senator, and will not go unchallenged," said Thune. "These misguided comments are unfortunate considering that instead of siding with special interests, Senator Dayton could be working in a constructive manner to grow our region's economy and create thousands of jobs." The dispute stems from Senator Thune's successful effort to improve a Federal railroad loan program in the transportation reauthorization bill, which was signed into law last August. Interestingly, Senator Dayton voted twice for the very provision that Senator Thune advocated, yet today, Senator Dayton is vocally opposing this program. Senator Dayton also cosponsored S. 919, legislation that was nearly identical to Senator Thune's rail provision. Just yesterday, Senator Dayton removed his name from S. 919 after this office pointed out that Dayton himself voted for Thune's provision and sponsored similar legislation. "I have worked on rail issues my entire professional career, both in the public and private sector, and make no apologies for my efforts to work with South Dakota companies to create high-paying jobs in South Dakota and to improve our economy," said Thune. "Our neighboring Senator needs a reality check. Unlike Senator Dayton, we may not all be millionaires in South Dakota, but we understand the value of hard work and appreciate real-world experience. Senator Dayton would also be well served to know that the p eople of South Dakota understand that job creation and growing the economy have a direct impact on the lives of working families. "I call on Senator Dayton to stop these destructive attacks against South Dakota and make an attempt to improve the lives of middle-class families in our two states," said Thune.|W|P|114115922481991941|W|P|BREAKING NEWS: THUNE CONDEMNS DAYTON'S DEROGATORY COMMENTS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/28/2006 12:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|How can you defend South Dakota? They don't even have Reagan on Mount Rushmore yet... oh yeah I forgot all those businesses from Minnesota are moving there...2/28/2006 01:42:00 PM|W|P|Blogger a.nony.mous|W|P|Is he wrong?

Mayo Clinic: Half as many UNIQUE patients as total SD residents (320,000 to 700,000)

Employs 24,000 people, which I think would make it the largest employer in the state of SD if it were there

SD: A whole lot of nothing.

And we didn't even talk about the smaller clinics they operate around Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa as well as their two sattalite clinics in Arizona and Florida, or their unique system of paying doctors a salary instead of a glorofied commission.

As well, the Mayo has been the site of the care of many of the most notable people alive.

Mayo does equal better than the entire state of SD.2/28/2006 01:54:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|It's funny, too funny.

C'mon, you can't be getting your shorts in a bunch because of this. A little inter-state rivalry. It's like when those disillusioned souls in Minneapolis make comments about our wonderful (and safe) Saint Paul.2/28/2006 09:22:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|St. Paul- Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey today issued the following statement regarding the release of today's state economic forecast. "Today's strong forecast is fantastic news for Minnesota. With Governor Pawlenty leading the way through accountability, our state's forecast now shows an increased surplus of $181 million. This $181 million comes on the heels of the $1.04 billion surplus announced last November. "The DFL spin machine can't change the fact that Minnesota is on the right track under Governor Pawlenty."|W|P|114114738197424348|W|P|MNGOP REACTS TO STATE BUDGET SURPLUS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/28/2006 09:13:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Some Democrats in Minnesota are so hateful and angry they are already getting excited about the possibility of the Republican National Convention being held in Minnesota in '08 so they can protest. "On the other hand, this very blue city can be counted on to stage massive and excellent protests. I'm SO on it if those fuckknobs decide to hold their hatefest here." Source: Democratic Underground|W|P|114114716198769646|W|P|DEMOCRATS IN MINNESOTA READY TO PROTEST IN '08|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/28/2006 11:03:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Whereas if the DNC comes here, it will likely occur without any significant incident.

It's class versus the classless.2/28/2006 11:23:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Northern Debater|W|P|Just like military funerals?2/28/2006 12:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger The Lady Logician|W|P|" I'm SO on it if those fuckknobs decide to hold their hatefest here."

There is so much irony in this statement and in sooooo many levels...2/28/2006 02:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|Let's see, who proclaims to love America, while kicking the crap out of Americans every chance they get?
-All of the legislation aimed at supporting unequal treatment of gays(marriage, adoption, military service, discriminatory treatment)have all been created and supported by republicans.
-With the Dixiecrats(most who became Republicans), they fought the Voter Rights Amendment and Civil Rights Amendment. Actually, they have fought every single peice of legislation that addressed inequality.
-Fought against the ERA which would have made it a federal issue to discriminate against women in the job/salary/housing circles.
-Outsourcing to countries that are suspect in the way they treat their own citizens, reject democracy and have been in cahoots with terrorists- is a bigger priority that encouraging American businesses to hire Americans.
-I don't think I have to mention the feelings they have toward the poor.

You're right, Republicans (especially John Jordan) are the most caring non-hateful people on earth.2/28/2006 09:02:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|All agree on amendment effect DFL senators are insisting they support Minnesota's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA, 1997), which defines marriage as one-man, one-woman. Moreover, they insist this popular law is safe and secure and that, therefore, the constitutional amendment sought by many (including most Republicans) is simply unnecessary. Two disparate groups disagree with DFL on the security of DOMA: those who support marriage uncompromisingly and gays who seek a redefinition of marriage. If you will tolerate the expression, these are strange bedfellows indeed. In the same bed, of course, they fight over who gets the covers. One considers existing law to be inadequate and the other recognizes it as vulnerable. In light of these realities, I find it difficult to believe that DFL senators truly believe what they say. The first group fears existing law is inadequate to protect marriage against constitutional challenge, and the latter are confident it can be overturned as unconstitutional. Pro-marriage people fear existing marriage law might be overturned, and gays are confident it will be. The most recent piece of evidence I find that those who advocate same-sex marriage are convinced DOMA is not safe is what they are willing to pay to overturn it. A week ago Out Front Minnesota announced (actually, admitted) it is prepared to spend $7-8 million to defeat any attempt by the people of Minnesota to amend the state constitution to define marriage, as state law does now, as one-man, one-woman. If these gay activists actually agreed with the DFL, they would not allocate any sum to defeat an amendment. If the constitution should also so define marriage, it would make no difference to them. To have same-sex marriage disallowed doubly is no worse for them than to have it singly disallowed, as now. Except, of course, if you are confident DOMA can and will be declared unconstitutional. Then you will want to spend as much money as necessary to defeat an amendment. They possess the resources, because statistics reveal gays have above average financial assets and, also, are more willing to spend in their own social causes. According to Senate majority leader Dean Johnson (DFL-Willmar), DFL senators respect existing law and personally support marriage as one-man, one-woman. I accept it he does, but I know different about others. He assures us DOMA will not change. What he fails to explain adequately is why it is so terribly important not to allow the people who elect the senators to vote on it-or even why DFL will not allow it out of committee so voters could know the extent to which they represent constituents. The Star Tribune supports the DFL position and offers its editorial position: "This question should not be one decided by popular vote." I find this assertion to be a truly astounding editorial position for a newspaper to take in America, i.e., the people should be denied the right to decide our own state constitution. Outrageous. It also praises Sen. Johnson for his "political courage" in reporting that 34 of the senate's 38 DFLers are "prepared to vote no." I praise his honesty and challenge him to use his considerable leadership skills to persuade these 34 to tell their constitutes at home what they told him in closed caucus. They are not doing this. The same paper refers to DFL tactics as "a roadblock between [the] proposed amendment and the November ballot." I look for legislative leadership, not political subversion. DFL senators, it seems to me, attempt to gain the votes of pro-marriage people by affirming DOMA as being an adequate safeguard for marriage. At the same time, they attempt to gain the votes of the same-sex marriage advocates by preventing a constitutional amendment that actually would protect it-against their designs. How can they pull this off? By preventing the bill from reaching the floor of the senate where their individual votes would become known. For their partisan political purposes, they cannot afford to allow this. So, it seems to me that everyone knows if DOMA is to survive, the constitution must be amended. One-man, one-woman advocates and same-sex marriage advocates agree, although for opposite reasons. DFL senators agree, but they won’t admit it for their own reasons. Source: Austin Daily Herald, February 28, 2006|W|P|114114662159734970|W|P|POLITICS OF GAY MARRIAGE AMENDMENT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/28/2006 08:40:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I encourage the dedicated readers of Minnesota Democrats Exposed to call in to Midday to ask Kelly Doran questions. How do you propose to pay for your health care plan? How do you think you’ll fare in the DFL straw poll at the caucuses? What do you think of Mike Hatch’s idea about suing Sudafed and other pseudoephedrine producers? Now that you’ve switched races, who do you like in the DFL senate race? |W|P|114114501726917240|W|P|DORAN ON MPR TODAY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/28/2006 08:27:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Flip-Flop of the Week: Volume 1, Issue 15 Mike Hatch Flip-Flops on Rudy Perpich's Record on International Trade
1990: Hatch Mocked Rudy Perpich For Seeking International Trade Opportunities For Minnesota. "Hatch said he's running for governor, not for trade representative, and solutions won't be found in Eastern Europe. Perpich said for his challenger to 'ridicule trying to build international trade" would mean Hatch's defeat." ("Perpich, Hatch Hold First Debate," Post Bulletin, August 24, 1990) 2006: When Asked Who Was Minnesota's Best Governor, Hatch Cited Perpich And Praised His Legacy On International Trade. "Best One? Well, I'm biased, I think that Wendell Anderson, Rudy Perpich, I think they did very well. ... Rudy Perpich did a very good job. He was very focused on the economy. He was very driven by that. International trade, he made us think bigger than we were." ("Midday with Gary Eichten," MPR Radio, February 27, 2006)
|W|P|114114406046488843|W|P|HATCH FLIP-FLOP OF THE WEEK: RUDY PERPICH'S RECORD ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/27/2006 01:28:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"It is also notable that 83% of the attendees supported someone other than reputed front-runner Mike Hatch. Hatch's weakness, combined with Kelley's victory, suggests that the DFL is ready to unify early behind a candidate who can defeat Governor Pawlenty, rather than simply support the best known candidate." Source: Kelley for Minnesota e-mail, February 27, 2006 |W|P|114107600211131504|W|P|KELLEY FIRES ANOTHER SHOT AT HATCH|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/27/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/27/2006 08:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger knm1773|W|P|Folks, the real straw poll will be at the DFL precinct caucuses. A poll at a fundraiser is in no way indicative of the level of support a candidate may or may not have statewide. I know that Steve Kelley's campaign had put a lot of energy into organizing for the fundraiser. The real test again will be how they come out at the caucuses, because it is there that the endorsement race will start.

I am predicting that not only will Mike Hatch win the straw poll, but he will do it walking away. His support is broad and statewide. He is the only candidate running, that is not a regional or single issue candidate.

Every indicator: money, endorsements from organizations, elected official support, and party activist support has Mike Hatch leading at this point in the campaign. No other campaign has put together the level of support that Mike has, clearly he is doing something right.

For all those people spinning for other candidates: put up or shut up! The test begins next Tuesday!2/28/2006 07:26:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|The race for governor doesn't matter right now. It's the race for the DFL nomination that matters, and he's not winning that.2/28/2006 08:43:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Does the DFL want a candidate that can only win the nomination? As a delegate the most important element in my decison will be: Who can win in November?

John Marty, Skip Humprhrey and Roger Moe peaked in June. Mike Hatch is leading the general election race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/28/2006 03:47:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|Mike Hatch is exactly what Skip and Roger were:
Popular elected long time office holders that had all of the connections and the money network. Now, where did that get the DFL? Third place in 1998(is there a more famous name in Minnesota politics than Humphrey?) and no cigar in 2002.

When will the DFL learn that the same ol, same ol will reel in the same ol results. In this case, Governor Pawlenty wins another four years.

"Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator."- that's the problem. They (GOP) are gunning for him already. Hatch is being coy and laying low but he's taking a beating from other DFLers for dissing their events and the Republicans because he's the frontrunner. By the time he makes a move they will have defined him and someone not for Minnesota and we'll nominate him because of the rhetoric like above, and we loose. Again.2/27/2006 09:26:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Mike Hatch just plugged Senator Becky Lourey's candidacy in his interview on MPR. I don't have time to write more right now, but in my opinion, Hatch wants Lourey to be his running mate.|W|P|114106187797660377|W|P|IMHO: HATCH WANTS LOUREY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/27/2006 11:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger mn_politik|W|P|Why would she even consider accepting that...she is currently beating him for the endorsement.

He sounded so bad today on Mid-day. Stick a fork in him, he is done.

Maybe he will go sue some more people to try and win...uh oh!2/27/2006 11:58:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Mike S|W|P|When you are trying to get a running mate you don't plug their own candidacy. Sounded more like he knows his ship isn't sailing and he's looking for a life boat.2/27/2006 01:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|What is IMHO?2/27/2006 01:34:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|In My Humble Opinion2/27/2006 03:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|Isn't this where Tony M. tells us "Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator."?

It would be a smart move for Hatch to partner up with Becky or Steve. They are doing to work with the base that will be needed in a three-way general.2/27/2006 05:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/28/2006 11:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|except for the straw poll.2/27/2006 08:51:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Mike Hatch is not listed as one of the attendees at tomorrow's debate at the University of Minnesota. |W|P|114105932794947599|W|P|IS HATCH SKIPPING ANOTHER DEBATE?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/27/2006 08:44:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey today unveiled a new video encouraging Minnesotans to contact their legislators and ask for an up-or-down vote on the marriage amendment. The video will be mailed to thousands of Minnesotans later in the week. "Having an up-or-down vote on the marriage amendment enjoys broad bipartisan support in our state. This new video encourages citizens to get involved and ask their senators for an up-or-down vote on the marriage amendment," Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey said. "It's time for the politicians in St. Paul to allow for up-or-down vote on whether to have a marriage amendment to our constitution. We hope Minnesotans who support an up-or-down vote on the marriage amendment will call their senators and have their voices heard," Carey added.|W|P|114105875966749046|W|P|MN GOP UNVEILS NEW VIDEO ON STATE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/27/2006 08:10:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|I wonder this video will include the touching signs carried at the 2004 anti-gay rally at the MN state capitol.2/28/2006 03:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|Why do you guys want an up or down vote?

More work toward dividing Americans and willingness to tap into hate to get you message out.2/28/2006 08:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|According to Bob Collins at MPR, it seems like the video has spyware on it. Do you know anything about that, Michael?2/27/2006 08:35:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A 'Girlie' Office? Belittling the auditor I was dismayed to read Sarah Janecek's Feb. 23 commentary in which she referred to the state auditor's office as a "girlie" office. To make her point, Janecek felt that she had to dump on two of the statewide offices held by women. Quite frankly, her rhetorical flourish was demeaning to the office and the important role of the state auditor. The state auditor has oversight over the $20 billion spent annually by local governments in Minnesota. The office serves as the taxpayers' watchdog for waste, fraud and abuse. To write that this office is somehow "girlie" is uninformed, to say the least. PAT ANDERSON, ST. PAUL; MINNESOTA STATE AUDITOR
Source: Star Tribune, February 27, 2006
|W|P|114105830012394402|W|P|ANDERSON: JANECEK'S COMMENTS WERE DEMEANING|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/27/2006 07:14:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I encourage the dedicated readers of Minnesota Democrats Exposed to call in to Midday to ask Mike Hatch questions. Ask questions about immigration, DOMA, abortion. How he would have solved the budget? Would he raise taxes? Is he going to stay in the race? Why does he keeps skipping debates? |W|P|114105372412740256|W|P|HATCH ON MPR TODAY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/27/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/26/2006 12:08:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|10. The ambulances that Hatch keeps chasing rarely make a stop at the DFL candidate forums long enough for him to participate. 9. Hatch is too busy turning the '90 upside down on his old "Hatch for Governor '90" bumper stickers. 8. Unlike the other candidates in the race, Hatch has "a job to do." [Hatch used this as an excuse for missing previous debates] 7. Hatch is at home waiting for Patty Wetterling to change her mind again and agree to be his running mate. 6. Hatch couldn't remember if he is for or against attending debates. 5. Hatch is too busy flipping a coin to determine his abortion position. 4. Hatch is too busy changing the year on the "Hatch for Governor in '94" buttons to '06. 3. Hatch doesn't want to tarnish the office of Attorney General by engaging in partisan-politics. 2. Hatch is too busy trying to figure out a way to sue Kelly Doran, Steve Kelly and Becky Lourey to keep off them ballot in the name of "consumer protection." 1. He is too busy changing half of the "Hatch for Governor in '06" buttons to "Hatch for Attorney General in '06". |W|P|114098449659871074|W|P|TOP TEN REASONS MIKE HATCH KEEPS SKIPPING DEBATES AND FORUMS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/26/2006 02:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|I seriously doubt Hatch's delegate counts if he does this poorly in a straw poll. Does his campaign have any organization to it?2/26/2006 07:12:00 PM|W|P|Blogger a.nony.mous|W|P|It appears that Hatch will not be attending a UDFL debate: www.udfl.blogspot.com2/26/2006 09:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Northern Debater|W|P|You know what you forgot to bring in that top ten list?
Thats right, the funny!2/27/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/26/2006 08:40:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"Mike Hatch (WHO NO SHOWED!): 67" Source: Broken Nails
|W|P|114097215889936067|W|P|HATCH DIDN'T ATTEND STRAW BALLOT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/26/2006 10:38:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MN55408|W|P|Not only did Hatch not show, he had no table with staffers and campaign material set up as did the other candidates. And plenty of Doran, Lourey, and Kelly signs plastered on every wall but not a single Hatch one.3/01/2006 09:57:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Does that crap win elections? NO IT DOESN"T.

Money, delegates and voters win elections. Based all real indicators (not emotion-driven visability in DFL circles) Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor.2/26/2006 08:27:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Checks and Balances has the complete results. Below are the results for governor. DFL Governor Steve Kelley 144 Becky Lourey 117 Mike Hatch 67 Kelly Doran 36 Russ Koch 2 Undecided 33 I know Hatch is the percieved front-runner, but Kelley and Lourey should be complimented for their showing. |W|P|114097149846603929|W|P|COMPLETE RESULTS FROM DFL STRAW BALLOT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/27/2006 05:21:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|This thing didn't mean anything. Perhaps Becky and Steve should focus on raising money for the general election rather than going to this insular event.

In order to win in November the DFL candidate will need to earn votes from more than just folks in his or her own party. When thinking in terms of the full spectrum of general election voters, Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/26/2006 07:28:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Steve Kelley won with 144 votes to Becky Lourey's 117.|W|P|114096777489583555|W|P|UPDATE: DFL STRAW BALLOT TONIGHT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/25/2006 03:39:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The tickets for tonight's event were $10, but the organizers of the events have waived the fee. February 25, 2006 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Local 879 UAW Hall 2191 Ford Parkway Saint Paul, Minnesota Check back later tonight for results.|W|P|114091099192342454|W|P|DFL STRAW BALLOT TONIGHT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/26/2006 08:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|Fee waived my ass. It was $10.00 to get a ballot to vote. Pay to vote. Well, I guess we handed you your next headlines- "Democrats Bitch About IDs but, Have No Problem Charging a Fee"

What a crappy event.2/25/2006 07:12:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"Last week the Republican candidates for this congressional seat joined us live. This week we invited the DFLers running in the 6th. Elwyn Tinklenberg accepted our invitation, Patty Wetterling did not, so Tinklenberg sits down with us to discuss his campaign." Source: TPT|W|P|114088172841237778|W|P|WETTERLING REFUSES INVITATION TO APPEAR ON "ALMANAC"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/25/2006 10:15:00 AM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|How come your comment to the post on Democrats trying to connect the Phelps gang to the Republicans doesn't work?

Patty is going to need to show up at debates if she expects to win this thing.

Elwyn Tinklenberg scored points during that interview - though when asked about the gay marriage issue, didn't address the real question - which is - are the reports that he supports the Federal Bachmann Amendment true?

Here's my take on the connection between the funeral protestors and Bachmann amendment supporters.2/25/2006 10:39:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Andy Smith|W|P|I don't care how progressive, or pro-choice, or liberal I am, I'm supporting Tinklenberg. Wetterling is just coming off as a loser.2/24/2006 06:44:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"The Minnesota Republican Party, Governor Pawlenty, Representative Mark Kennedy, Speaker Steve Sviggum, State Senator Michele Bachmann and State Representative Dan Severson are leading this agenda in our state. Surely, yesterday's events in Anoka show us that such an agenda is best left out of the public realm." Source: DFL Party But Governor Pawlenty and State Representative Dan Severson both condemed yesterday's protest: "Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who said he was 'disgusted' by confrontational anti-gay picketers at a soldier's funeral in Anoka, on Friday said he'd support a bill to limit protests at such events. 'I was appalled by the behavior and message and insensitivity of the protesters,' Pawlenty said at a news conference. He also expressed his anger during his weekly Friday morning radio show." Source: Star Tribune, February 24, 2006 ## "Several Minnesota lawmakers have introduced bills here in advance of the legislative session, which starts Wednesday. One, proposed by Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, would require that protesters at all funerals be required to stay at least 300 feet away from mourners. 'People have a right to demonstrate, but they don't have a right to infringe on the rights of a family trying to mourn the loss of a loved one,' Severson said. 'That too is a fundamental right.'" Source: Star Tribune, February 24, 2006 |W|P|114083621578307783|W|P|DISGUSTING: DFL TRIES TO CONNECT PAWLENTY, MN GOP TO ANTI-GAY MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/24/2006 07:16:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Where does Sheila Kiscaden come into this? Even your tagging is dishonest.2/24/2006 02:31:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Tom Erickson, Ryan Flynn, Sen. John Kerry, and Chris Tiedeman
Last evening at Edison Arena, the political battles of Republicans and Democrats were confined to a sheet of ice.
Senator John Kerry, in town for a DFL fundraiser, played a game of hockey with Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Pictured above with Senator John Kerry are some of the best Republican operatives in Minnesota who stopped by the arena to watch the late-night game.
This is not the first time Tom Erickson has been pictured on Minnesota Democrats Exposed. Erickson and his brother were viciously attacked at the Minnesota State Fair in 2004 by union thugs.
I had to cover the face of one guy with a large pink circle because he is so ugly and children who read Minnesota Democrats Exposed would have nightmares if I posted his face.
|W|P|114082027238519638|W|P|WHO SAYS HOCKEY IS A ROUGH GAME?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/24/2006 04:32:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|HAHA
That ugly blocked out face no doubt belongs to Shawn Towle, author of the online political rag cheksandbalanses.com

So who won? Did the Democrats score more and the Republicans have the game awarded to them anyway?2/24/2006 08:51:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|lolol.... that doesn't exactly look like a circle.... let us know who won.2/24/2006 12:18:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"The Cook state senator also said he has told Hatch that Lourey would be formidable. 'The last time I talked to Mike (Hatch) about three months ago I told him, 'Don't ignore Becky Lourey.' 'He pretty much blew me off. I think she'll get the endorsement at the June convention,' [DFL State Senator Tom] Bakk said." (Bill Hanna, “Oberstar Endorses Lourey for Governor," Mesabi Daily News, February 23, 2006) |W|P|114081231946641129|W|P|THEY SAID IT: TOM BAKK SAYS MIKE HATCH WON’T GET THE DFL ENDORSEMENT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/24/2006 01:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|This is the same Senator Bakk that freaked out in 04 becuase he thought a lack of Kerry lawn signs was going to hurt the DFL on the Range. In the end, Kerry ended up doing very well in Duluth and the Iron Range. He was wrong then and he will be proved wrong again.

Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/24/2006 04:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|The thing is, Bakk is backing Kelly Doran. He's got no ax to grind. Hatch being dismissive is dangereous. People were dismissive of him in 1998 and he went on to take the office without the endorsement. I wish Hatch would start thinking more politically when he open his mouth. That support is huge but it far from being solid.2/26/2006 03:00:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|The 800 pound gorilla did very poorly at the straw poll. If Hatch is doing so well on the range, how come Oberstar endorsed Becky Lourey?2/24/2006 07:42:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

Senator Kerry meets some of his fans last night at the hockey rink.|W|P|114079573053561494|W|P|KERRY MEETS SOME FANS LAST NIGHT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/24/2006 12:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|...so?2/23/2006 12:44:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Sarah Janecek has a long history of bashing Republicans in the media and today's attacks should be added to her list. Said Durenburger "Has A Huge Liability": "'He's done a terrific job as a senator, but he has a huge liability,' said Sarah Janecek, a well-known lobbyist and IR activist from Minneapolis. 'It's time for someone else to run. [A Durenberger candidacy] would be handing the Democrats the seat. A lot of people think this but few are willing to say it.'" Source: Star Tribune, October 10, 1992 Says Gutknect's Opponent in '94 "Fits The District Well": "In any other year, according to IR political strategist Sarah Janecek, [John] Hottinger would be a formidable candidate. 'He's a good legislator, he fits the district well, and he's got Tim Penny's endorsement.'" Source: Star Tribune, October 31, 1994 Says Kline is "Desperate for Media Attention": "Republican strategist Sarah Janecek isn't sure how Kline's call for Clinton's resignation will play: 'I'm still at a loss. But one reason he did it is because he was desperate for media attention.'" Source: Star Tribune, October 17, 1998 Thinks Young Voters "Are Going Bush-Dayton" in 2000: "Sarah Janecek, a longtime Republican activist and coeditor of the newsletter Politics in Minnesota, said she is hearing from many Republican legislative candidates that Grams is still lagging far behind Dayton in their districts. Janecek added that she thinks 'an amazing number of younger voters are going Bush-Dayton.'" Source: Star Tribune, November 2, 2000 Says Jason Lewis is "Much Too Conservative For Me": "'He's much too conservative for me,' says Sarah Janecek, a Republican and a co-editor of Politics in Minnesota newsletter. 'But there is a place for people who try to be ideologically pure like Jason. It's good radio and gets people going.'" Source: Pioneer Press, November 12, 2000 Likes Amy Klobuchar: "'I've known Amy for many years, and I like her,' said Sarah Janecek, a Republican, lobbyist and co-editor of Politics in Minnesota. 'She had the good fortune to beat Sheryl Ramstad, and she has the good fortune to be Hennepin County attorney at a time when there are a lot of very high-profile crimes.'" Source: Star Tribune, August 31, 2003 Criticized Bush for Slow Reaction to 9/11 Attacks: "So tell me: What do you think is the most damning part of the film ['Fahrenheit 9/11.']? SJ [Sarah Janecek]: The most damning is the most compelling: The seven minutes that Bush stays in the Florida classroom reading "My Pet Goat" after being told a second plane had hit the World Trade Center." Source: Star Tribune, July 18, 2004 Called Jim Oberstar "One of The State's Best Politicians": "'Jim Oberstar is one of the state's best politicians,' said Sarah Janecek, the Republican coeditor of Politics in Minnesota. 'He's great with the grass-roots, but he's also the ultimate Washington insider. He inherited a machine, and he's grown it.'" Source: Star Tribune, October 12, 2004 Said Wetterling Was "By Far The Best Choice" in the 6th Congressional District: "'In a Republican district like the 6th, she was by far the best choice,' said Sarah Janecek, a Republican lobbyist and co-editor of the Politics in Minnesota newsletter. 'The appeal there is that Patty Wetterling has lived every suburban mom's nightmare.'" Source: Associated Press, October 14, 2004|W|P|114072740697018030|W|P|A HISTORY OF FRIENDLY FIRE FROM JANECEK|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/23/2006 07:57:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|How much has Sarah carried water for Republicans for policies that she really didn't personally agree with? I've seen her do that alot.

This is just ad hominem argument - when you don't like what someone says, attack the person, rather than the argument.

The Republican party needs to be about moderates AND conservatives.... I also found it interesting that you were after about something she said about Durenburger. Now Durenburger is persona non grata with the base.2/24/2006 05:20:00 AM|W|P|Blogger MN1|W|P|Thank you! I wondered when Republicans were going to notice Sappy Sarah who claims to be Republican on the basis of occasional comments on national security. I've noticed her subtle effort to establish her own ideology (certain candidates are a "good fit") and emolliate the right's ideology for many years. I like how she throws in pro life Oberstar just for good measure so we can't say she is pro choice, even though Oberstar is the only pro life dem she has annointed like this

MN12/24/2006 11:22:00 AM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|Now Durenburger is persona non grata with the base.

I like Dave and I'm part of "the base".2/24/2006 03:24:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Toni|W|P|Sara wouldn't even be considered a Conservative Democrat in Tennessee. I couldn't listen to her when she was on the radio.2/24/2006 04:58:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|Nice photo Toni- Grrrwow!

John, that was 1992 after the mess in Washington and the early shifts of moderates like Dave, Gene Taylor and George Pillsbury losing control to the rising conservative movement.

Sara is Blois Olson's business partner. They way you guys feel about her, is the way we feel about Blois. I'll trade you.2/23/2006 09:25:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|On Kennedy v. The Machine, State Audior Pat Anderson has responded to Janecek's "twisted gender politics". |W|P|114071649992636247|W|P|UPDATE: MORE FRIENDLY FIRE FROM JANECEK|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/23/2006 08:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Kennedy v. The Machine has another wonderful commentary exposing another attack on Republicans from Republican Sarah Janecek. According to Kennedy v. The Machine, a senior Republican strategist called Janecek's commentary "the dumbest thing I've read in 20 years of political involvement." I agree, but this has to be a close second. Who would pay over $1500 to travel to New York with Janecek? |W|P|114071535659113292|W|P|MORE FRIENDLY FIRE FROM JANECEK|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/23/2006 08:46:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

I certainly don't have a head of hair like Fabio, but what's the deal with Hatch's hair? After seeing this picture of Hatch, I think he may have had cosmetic work done. Mr. Hatch, if you did get a plug job, can I have your doctor's number? |W|P|114071320122816856|W|P|MDE FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE CASE OF HATCH'S HAIR|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/23/2006 11:04:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|I doubt he got a 20% discount like Normie did from his Dental industry friends.

Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/23/2006 08:33:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This is a rather hypocritical statement from a guy who keeps skipping debates: "Your editorial speculated about whether I would support meth-related programs as governor. I really have to ask if the board gets out very often." Source: Mike Hatch, February 23, 2006 |W|P|114071280391382870|W|P|HATCH NEEDS TO GET OUT MORE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/23/2006 11:03:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Mike Hatch is leading the race for Governor according to every available indicator.2/23/2006 08:21:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Unless you've been hiding in a cave for the past few years, you know that Minnesotans disagree about the Iraq war -- about whether our military should be there, and how the war is going. Unless you've been hiding in a cave for the past few years, you know that Minnesotans disagree about the Iraq war -- about whether our military should be there, and how the war is going. The members of Minnesota Families United, a grass-roots group made up mostly of the relatives of soldiers who have died in Iraq or are serving there, welcome debate on the war. Marine Lt. Col. Bob Stephenson of Woodbury is the group's co-chairman. When he returned from Iraq in March 2005, he was shocked at what he viewed as inaccurate and overly negative media coverage of the war. But Stephenson took it in stride. He says he put his life on the line in Iraq precisely to protect freedom of speech. So he is baffled by the reaction of the DFL Party and some in the media to a TV ad about the war in which he recently appeared. The DFL has branded the ad "un-American, untruthful and a lie." The DFL isn't bothering to present its version of the facts in an ad of its own. Instead, party chairman Brian Melendez launched a campaign to silence Stephenson and others who appeared in the ad. He demanded that the ad be pulled from the airwaves, so Minnesotans couldn't hear its message and make up their minds themselves. Earlier this week, I sat down with some folks from Minnesota Families United. What do they think of the fact that the DFL has branded their co-chairman an "Un-American liar"? Stephenson, it turns out, is a 23-year Marine. He volunteered to serve in Iraq at age 43. The decision to go was tough, he says, because he has seven children, ages 14 years to 9 months, and his wife was pregnant with the youngest when he left. "It was rough for my wife, but she supported me," Stephenson told me. "Our country is at war. I couldn't just sit back and let other guys fight to protect our nation." I talked, too, with Merrilee Carlson of St. Paul, chairwoman of Minnesota Families United. Her son, Army Sgt. Michael Carlson, died in Iraq in January 2005 at age 22, while preparing to take out two bomb factories before Iraq's first election. Carlson feels personally tarred by the DFL's "un-American" label. She appears in a new, follow-up TV ad, where she joins the parents of other fallen soldiers to urge support for America's mission in Iraq. Carlson began to seek a forum for her views after Cindy Sheehan, a war critic whose son died in Iraq, became the center of a media circus in Crawford, Texas, last August. "She was giving the impression that most families of fallen soldiers believed, like her, that our troops died for nothing," she says. "Mothers like me had to find a way to get our voices heard." Stephenson knows that many DFLers don't share Minnesota Families United's perspective. "But the DFL is supposed to be the party of free speech, of diversity and tolerance," he said. "To demand that our ads be pulled off the air seems to contradict their fundamental principles. It leads me to suspect that their political agenda is so intense that they're willing to discard core beliefs to gain a partisan advantage." And if the DFL is trying to stop vets like Stephenson from speaking out, the effort has been counterproductive. Carlson says that more than 300 families have joined Minnesota Families United since the controversy arose. Are Stephenson and Carlson un-American? I suggest that the DFL itself deserves that label, for attempting to silence the speech of fellow citizens with whom it disagrees. If Republicans employed the same tactic, the media would be howling. But the silence here has been deafening. I guess free speech doesn't apply to un-American folks such as Bob Stephenson, and his supporters in Minnesota Families United. Source: Star Tribune, February 23, 2006|W|P|114071194895184192|W|P|THE DFL'S ATTACK ON TV WAR AD IS HYPOCRITICAL|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/23/2006 08:32:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Can't the Strib find a better "Colmes" then this?2/23/2006 02:07:00 PM|W|P|Blogger BoneQuark|W|P|"Stepping in it" appears to be a common trait for Dems in Minnesota. Shame on them.3/01/2006 04:39:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Alise|W|P|I am unsure how anyone could call a man who has served as a Marine for over 23 years and a woman who has lost a son protecting our country yet still supports his efforts un-American. I am so grateful for the men and women out there like the chairwoman and co-chair of Minnesota Families United. It takes so much courage to leave children at home to fight a war and to let a child leave home to do the same. But I am equally as impressed with the courage these men and women in Minnesota Families United have to speak out on behalf of our troops and their mission. As our troops ensure the Iraqi citizen's freedoms, these men and women also remind us of our own freedom - one of which is the freedom to speech. I am relieved to hear that a postive and true message is being aired in Minnesota. I hope it will soon travel down to all national and local media outlets. Thank you Sgt. Col Stephenson, Mrs. Carlson and all of our troops and their families. We support you all!2/22/2006 02:40:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Kennedy v. The Machine has a great post about Politics In Minnesota's "non-issue" description of the Klobuchar/AFSCME battle. |W|P|114064835212851850|W|P|KENNEDY v. THE MACHINE TAKES ISSUE WITH "NON-ISSUE" DESCRIPTION|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 02:06:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"By suggesting that those who disagree with him on a public policy issue support violence, Dean Johnson has crossed a serious line. "Dean Johnson's comments demonstrate a complete lack of judgment. Minnesotans deserve a vote on this issue, not over the top attacks from Dean Johnson." Source: Ron Carey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota Dean Johnson Suggests Gay Marriage Opponents Support Violence. "Referring to a tense scene two years ago in which armed police escorted him out of the Capitol past gay marriage opponents, Johnson said: 'I do not wish to have this state Capitol become downtown Baghdad on the gay marriage issue.'" (Don Davis, "Johnson Promises Marriage Vote In Committee," West Central Tribune, February 22, 2006)|W|P|114064619857393308|W|P|BREAKING NEWS: STATEMENT BY THE MN GOP ON DEAN JOHNSON'S COMMENTS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 02:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Is it "nasty" to tell the truth? Brigadier General Johnson has served our Armed Forces honorably in war-torn areas around the globe. Reverend Johnson is an American hero. Have you been to Baghdad, Michael? Senator Johnson has and if he wants to compare this culture war to other wars of choice that the GOP has instigated, he has earned that right.2/22/2006 03:08:00 PM|W|P|Blogger a.nony.mous|W|P|Republicans only respect our men in uniform if they vote for them.2/22/2006 04:52:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|If there were no risk of violence, why would police have had to escort Sen. Johnson out of the Capitol?2/22/2006 06:11:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Grow up, Tony. The Senator made a ridiculous comment aimed at stirring up support amongst the left-wing base and everyone knows it. To compare any event at the State Capitol with a war zone is utterly foolish.2/22/2006 08:36:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|Take a look at the photos from the 2004 Bachmann amendment rally. "Death Penalty for Homosexuals" was one sign that was very prominent.

Thanks for pointing this article out. Is Tom Neuville pushing to increase taxes on Hennepin County residents for the stadium boondoggle - from the article, it sure sounds as if the answer is yes.2/22/2006 08:37:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|PS: Dean Johnson scored a point big time with this one. Republicans made a huge mistake when he was pushed out of the party....2/23/2006 06:59:00 AM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|Whenever you have people at rallies holding "Death Penalty for Gays" signs, you have an environment prone to violence.2/23/2006 07:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger DJ|W|P|American Hero??? You're kidding right?

As far as I know Johnson, aside from his annual 2 week guard commitment, hasn't been on active duty once in his entire life. I question if he has ever been to Baghdad. There are numerous elected officials in the Minnesota legislature that have served longer and seen more action than Deano Supremo, they just don't exploit it like he does.

Maybe he's served state side before, but either way the comments were ridiculous as he has no idea what it's like in Baghdad for our troops right now as he's never seen any action like that before. He's eventually going to realize he can get only get away with putting up his Lutheran Minister/Brigadier General tag for political purposes for so long before he starts getting called on it by others who have also served.2/23/2006 08:05:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|I don't believe a word this guy says. Remember last year - $30 billion ought to be enough to fund state government. Of course, two years ago he uttered his infamous "we don't need anything from this session" and promptly went home to blame Republicans for not doing anything. He can't be trusted, he's a majority leader in name only.2/22/2006 11:26:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

The chart above makes the below quote even more accurate. "It appears Kelly Doran is just about the only person who wants to see Kelly Doran as governor." Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey, January 31, 2006 |W|P|114063636090469642|W|P|A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 10:54:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|My guess was right. "The Becky Lourey for Governor Campaign has a 'major announcement' scheduled on Thursday at the Wyoming Library. We have heard that Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN8) would be announcing his support for Lourey this week and believe these two items coincide." Source: Checks and Balances, February 22, 2006 |W|P|114063490284725894|W|P|CONFIRMATION OF OBERSTAR ENDORSEMENT|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 10:09:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"DFL candidate for Governor Becky Lourey will receive a major endorsement from a Minnesota elected official tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 23) at 1 p.m. The press conference will be held at the Wyoming City Library, 26855 Forest Blvd., Wyoming, Minn." Source: Becky Lourey for governor press release, February 22, 2006 My guess is Lourey will be endorsed by Congressman Jim Oberstar. |W|P|114063225287277332|W|P|BREAKING NEWS: LOUREY TO RECEIVE MAJOR ENDORSEMENT FOR GOVERNOR THURSDAY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 07:57:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I spoke with 9 Republican insiders yesterday and I asked them to predict who will win the DFL straw ballot on March 7. I won't identify the Republicans I spoke with, but here are the results. Hatch - 47% Lourey - 22% Kelley - 21% Doran - 7% Hatch - 51% Lourey - 23% Kelley - 14% Doran - 12% Hatch - 50% Lourey - 19% Kelley - 18% Doran - 13% Hatch - 50 (+) % Lourey - 23 Kelley - 20% Doran - 7 < % Hatch - 55% Kelley - 20-5% Lourey - 20% Doran - 5 < % Hatch - 45% Lourey - 25% Kelley - 15% Doran - 15% Hatch - 50% Lourey - 23% Kelley - 17% Doran - 10% Hatch - 40% Lourey - 30% Kelley - 18% Doran - 12% Hatch - 47% Kelley - 28% Lourey - 20% Doran - 5% |W|P|114062557695802877|W|P|REPUBLICANS GUESS WHO'S WINNING THE DFL GOVERNOR'S RACE|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 09:26:00 AM|W|P|Blogger johnnie78|W|P|And the relevance of this is???

As a Dem, I predict Pawlenty will with the GOP nomination. Oops, I forgot. He's not running yet.2/22/2006 07:25:00 PM|W|P|Blogger D.N.H.|W|P|Johnnie, your comment is dumb. Then again what do you expect from a democrat.

I hope that Hatch does win the nomination. It will make it easy for Pawlenty to win re-election.2/22/2006 07:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Hatch is leading this race according to every available indicator.2/22/2006 10:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger lloydletta|W|P|I think Hatch is in trouble in the DFL. He has no grassroots ground game. He's avoiding debates where he mingles with delegates. Remember Steve Kelley has been at this for a year, I think Kelley is going to be a strong contender for endorsement. The question is whether other candidates - aside from Hatch, will attempt to block endorsement. All candidates except for Kelley will go to the primary.2/22/2006 07:41:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"Referring to a tense scene two years ago in which armed police escorted him out of the Capitol past gay marriage opponents, [Senate Majority Leader Dean] Johnson said: 'I do not wish to have this state Capitol become downtown Baghdad on the gay marriage issue.'" Source: West Central Tribune, February 22, 2006|W|P|114062352110114003|W|P|JOHNSON'S RHETORIC ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE GETS NASTY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 02:29:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Is it "nasty" to tell the truth?Rev. Johnson has served our Armed Forces honorably in war-torn areas around the globe. He is an American hero. Have you been to Baghdad, Michael? Senator Johnson has and if he wants to compare this culture war to other wars of choice that the GOP has instigated, he has earned that right.2/22/2006 07:05:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Governor Pawlenty launched a new statewide effort to crack down on non-compliant sex offenders and a DFL State Senator complains it may be too tough. "Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, a member of the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee, said posting 17,000 offenders seems excessive given that most of them were classified by state authorities as posing low or medium risk for committing more sex crimes. And she questioned the effectiveness of posting identities of roughly 1,400 people with unverified addresses. 'If we don't know where they are, we aren't going to alert the public to their whereabouts,' Berglin said." Source: Star Tribune, February 22, 2006 BTW: Berglin has endorsed Mike Hatch's campaign for governor. |W|P|114062253611175540|W|P|DFL SENATOR AGAINST BEING TOUGH ON SEX OFFENDERS|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 12:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger AnokaRight|W|P|Why do the dems always want to protect the worst kinds of crminals?2/22/2006 06:23:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"I honestly don't know what Coleen's position is on any policy issue other than the war." ## State Sen. Marko will challenge Rowley for DFL endorsement A state senator from Cottage Grove has announced that she will seek DFL endorsement for the seat in Congress representing the Twin Cities' southern suburbs. Sharon Marko will challenge Coleen Rowley in Minnesota's Second Congressional District. Rowley won national attention for her whistle-blowing role within the FBI after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Second District is represented by Rep. John Kline, a Republican from Lakeville. "I honestly don't know what Coleen's position is on any policy issue other than the war," Marko said. Her own campaign, Marko said, will focus on "security for families and communities, and not just our borders: security through affordable access to health care and a good, solid education." Rowley campaign manager Joe Elcock said: "If she thinks she brings something to the race, that's great. We've been working eight months now and think we have some really strong support in the district." Elcock said the Rowley campaign will stay focused on Kline, corruption in Washington and budget deficits. The challenge comes amid signs of fundraising weakness on Rowley's part. She reported raising $89,750 in the last quarter of 2005, against Kline's $180,000, and having $84,000 in the bank compared with Kline's $465,000. Marko, 52, was first elected to the Minnesota House in 1994 and is in her first Senate term. Source: Star Tribune, February 22, 2006 |W|P|114062008637872407|W|P|MARKO MAKES IT OFFICIAL|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/21/2006 03:08:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|

"Minnesotans should be proud that they have a public servant and leader like Randy Kelly standing guard."|W|P|114056331814757555|W|P|MDE FROM THE ARCHIVES: HATCH ENDORSES RANDY KELLY|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/21/2006 05:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Paul|W|P|A Democrat endorsing a Democrat? Big deal. Let's talk about that turncoat Norm Coleman, former liberal Democrat and Wellstone campaigner. At any rate, Hatch praised Kelly in 2000. It was after 9/11 that Kelly took is swerve to the right.

Is this all ya got?2/21/2006 05:19:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Paul|W|P|You do publish critical comments, don't you?2/22/2006 07:06:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|This was in 2000! It doesn't use the word "endorse" or "mayor." He is simply praising the work of a fellow Democrat.

No Democrat that supported Randy Kelly prior to the summer of 2004 will get in trouble for statements like this.2/22/2006 07:54:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Green tea|W|P|So ? A lot of Democrats supported Randy Kelly..and that was no secret..2/21/2006 02:25:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Who goes to a DFL function and says it doesn’t matter if you’re a DFLer?? ## DFLers unite in Bemidji U.S. Senate DFL candidate Amy Klobuchar, showing her Iron Range roots, says Republican U.S. Rep Mark Kennedy "will be taking a slow-moving Zamboni out of Washington, D.C.," after Nov. 7. Klobuchar, speaking Monday night to the Beltrami County DFL's Presidents Day fund-raiser, noted that Kennedy, the GOP heir apparent candidate for the Senate post, has had campaigning in Minnesota for him Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, presidential Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as President Bush on Air Force One, and now even political adviser Karl Rove. "The more people he brings in, the better we do in the polls," Klobuchar said, indicating a 6-point lead but not citing the poll source. "The only celebrities we’ve had are the Gear Daddies Band of Austin, Minn., whose most famous song is 'I Want to Ride the Zamboni.'" When the campaign is over, she said, it's Kennedy who will be taking the Zamboni trip home from Washington. She brought the 200 DFLers to their feet, capping a long line of DFLers to speak and enjoy a ham dinner at the Bemidji Eagles Club. That crowd included her long-shot opponent for DFL endorsement, Twin Cities veterinarian Ford Bell, who had canceled but made last-minute arrangements to attend. Through a scheduling quirk, both candidate Klobuchar and her father, retired Twin Cities newspaper columnist Jim Klobuchar, showed up although neither knew it until they met face to face. The elder Klobuchar has been campaigning statewide for his daughter. But while introducing his daughter, he didn’t miss the opportunity to reminisce about the days he covered Minnesota Vikings training camps at Bemidji State University held for the team’s first six years in the state in the early 1960s. He added that he's bringing his annual summer "Bike with Jim" tour on June 17 to Diamond Point Park, going to Kelliher the next day. "There really isn't any magic formula for winning elections," he said. "One of the things you do is right at the beginning is to pick a good candidate and then run with it. You have good candidates in this hall here today, you have to mobilize Democrats and you have to come hard and every day." The public does not believe the government, he said. "What it wants is a person it can trust," he added, telling the gathering that his daughter is one. But Democrats have to appeal to more than the traditional base, said Amy Klobuchar. They have to reach out to moderate Democrats, independents and even left-swinging Republicans. "The people of this state of tired of talking about what's right and what's left," she said. "They want to talk about what's right and what's wrong." It's right that Social Security be guaranteed but wrong to make the program a gamble, she said. It's right to invest in our troops and bring them home safely but wrong to go to war without a plan. "They know that it is wrong to give an oversize amount of tax cuts to the wealthiest among us and it’s right to invest in our kids," Klobuchar said. "When you start being willing to draw a line in the sand as Democrats, and talk that way, they will listen and we will win." Bell, who has doggedly remained in the endorsement battle nearly sewn up by Klobuchar, labels health care and the war in Iraq as his key issues. A single-payer universal health care system is needed, and the troops need to be pulled home by year’s end. While about 2,300 Americans have been killed in Iraq, more than 100,000 Iraqi citizens have died, Bell said. "The people in Washington will tell us that around the next corner, with a little more money and a few more troops and a little more time, lies victory. "Those are false prophets," Bell said. "What lies around the next corner is more death and more destruction. I am the only candidate in this Senate race who is committed to getting our troops out of Iraq by the end of this year. It's time to bring home our troops." Americans support their troops, but they also support the truth and that truth is that there is no end point in sight, he said. Rising health care costs is the top domestic issue Bell hears while campaigning, and only national health insurance will solve the problem. "I believe that in the 21st century in America, health care is a right and not a profit center for a few," Bell said. "Our health care system in this country is not sustainable. We have 46 million Americans without health care." The fund-raiser also drew the attention of two of the four major DFL gubernatorial campaigns. Both real estate developer Kelly Doran and Sen. Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins, called for a change in St, Paul - one that ousts Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Doran of Eden Prairie, who was introduced by his lieutenant governor running make, Sen. Sheila Kiscaden, DFL-Rochester, said he's running for six reasons: four of them are his four children, a fifth is for the children of Minnesota, and the sixth, "we're going in the wrong direction and we need to change the direction we’re going for all of our kids' sakes." Minnesota needs to grow its economy, Doran said, suggesting as a successful businessman, he knows how to grow things. "I've created thousands of jobs." Affordable and acceptable health care tops his policy agenda, and he intends to have Kiscaden spearhead that issue, with her legislative experience in health issues. Education, especially investments in pre-K education, plus transportation investments also are on the agenda. "What I've really learned about this state, that it doesn't matter if you're a Democrat, it doesn’t matter whether you're an independent, it doesn't matter whether you're a Republican," Doran said, "what the people of this are looking for is leadership. They want a leader in this state who is going to be trustable, be honest and get results. "We don't have that in our current governor," Doran said. "I come from a business background, and you don’t rehire somebody who hasn’t performed." "I think we are seriously off track in Minnesota, and don't think we're going to get back on track without new leadership," said Kiscaden, now a DFLer after being pushed out of the Republican Party and into the Independence Party, but caucusing with Senate DFLers. "It's really coming back to my roots," she said of joining the Democrats, which was the party of her family. Kelley, who is the public education expert in the Senate, would focus his agenda around kids - from investing more in early childhood programs, to providing quality education for those in high school, to lessening tuition burdens of college students. He also told of the Senate DFL's efforts to turn back the policies of Republican Pawlenty. "What's important about our future is our kids' future," Kelley said. "I know I'm standing up not only for them, but also for a better future for every Minnesotan." And Senate DFLers have been standing up for kids the last three years. "Tim Pawlenty tried to send us Intelligent Design in our science classes, and we sent that back," Kelley said. "He tried to send us vouchers to undermine our public schools, and we sent those back. And then he tried to send us Cheri Pierson Yecke - and we sent her back." Yecke, who had education experience in the Bush administration, was Pawlenty’s nominee for education commissioner, but the DFL Senate refused to confirm her, ousting her from office. "With help of all the Democrats in this room, in 2006, we're going to send Tim Pawlenty back," Kelley said, gaining a roar from the crowd. Kelley called for Democrats to offer a united message, including having candidates abide by the endorsement process. That might be lacking in his own race, however, as he's the only candidate so far to pledge to do so. Aside from Doran, who will enter the primary, Attorney General Mike Hatch and Sen. Becky Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, have been mum on the issue. "It’s so important for our candidates to abide by the DFL endorsement,"he said of the opportunity to present a united front early. "If we're going to win this year, we need to be united in June, not in September." The best thing to end the contentiousness in St. Paul, he said, is to elect a DFL governor and put DFL majorities in both the Senate and the House. Also speaking were two candidates - Mark Ritchie and Christian Sande - who are seeking the DFL endorsement to run against two-term incumbent GOP Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer. Both said she has run the office with an iron-fist, and has made the office a partisan battleground. Both said that while being Democrats, if elected, they would restore integrity to the office. Sande, an elections law lawyer, said Kiffmeyer has been turned back in her efforts to restrict voting by not allowing tribal IDs to vote, and a new effort must be mounted to stop legislation to require a photo ID, which would further restrict voting. "We have not had a single case of a voter illegally voting where a photo ID would fix it," Sande said. "We need to tell legislators with these proposals that we know what they are doing, that they don’t like the way people are voting, not that they are fixing a problem." Ritchie, who led a massive non-profit organization national get-out-the-vote effort in 2004, said that "it is time to put someone with integrity in the office of secretary of state.” County auditors "are fed up" with Kiffmeyer, he said, adding that it will take money to unseat an incumbent. He believes he's got the start, with $100,000 and major endorsements from labor and legislators. "We also have to put together a Democratic party ticket that the public says, yes, the Democrats are ready to govern," Ritchie said. "This is the year where we put forth a unified message." Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, emceed the event, which also heard from Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, Senate 4 candidates Irene Folstrom and Mary Olson, both of Bemidji, and House 4B candidate Ron Berry of Walker. Source: Bemidji Pioneer, February 21, 2006 |W|P|114056178069386590|W|P|DORAN TO DFL PRIMARY VOTERS: IT DOESN'T MATTER WHICH PARTY YOU BELONG TO|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 07:08:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|The Bemidji Pioneer writes the longest stories I've ever seen. They must really be trying to fill some news-print. That weird Steve Sviggum a few monthes ago was very long as well.2/21/2006 11:30:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"For one thing, they [Coleen Rowley's campaign] didn't graft Kline's face onto a picture of a Nazi, they photoshopped it onto a picture of a character from a bad 1960's sitcom." Source: The Kline Record But according to Coleen Rowley, it was a Nazi uniform: "'I'm going to say that ... it was in bad taste. ... This was a Nazi uniform and I didn't grasp that impact, and I apologize for any bad feeling that he got from that,' she [Coleen Rowley] said in a phone interview." Source: Star Tribune, January 31, 2006 I want to thank the blogger behind The Kline Record for blogging about this subject again. I am sure Rowley's campaign doesn't feel the same way. |W|P|114055039786478705|W|P|ROWLEY: IT WAS A NAZI UNIFORM|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/21/2006 12:27:00 PM|W|P|Blogger North Star Politics|W|P|Klink is, obviously, NOT A REAL NAZI. That was clearly the point of the quote. When are you going to stop taking quotes out of context and actually, you know, start exposing Minnesota Democrats?2/21/2006 12:56:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|it's true. Rowley compared Kline to a bumbling character from a tv sitcom.

What's sad is that Kline ran behind his uniform immediatly, yet forget those who currently wear that uniform when he voted to cut veteran benefits and to send our troops to war without ALL of the proper material.

Which is worse?
The very real vote of John Kline or the parody of his face on the body of a sitcom character?2/21/2006 02:33:00 PM|W|P|Blogger ReaganBlows|W|P|A bad 60's sitcom? Dude, how dare you mock the comedy of the great Hogan,Col. Klink and Schultz?2/21/2006 05:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger tikione|W|P|I always liked Colonel Klink...can't say the same for Colonel Kline.2/21/2006 08:55:00 PM|W|P|Blogger David Bailey|W|P|Mr. Brodkorb,

I infer from your final paragraph that you think it was a mistake for a Rowley supporter to mention Col. Klink again. Perhaps you think that it would be wiser for me to ignore the issue no matter how maliciously absurd Kline is in responding to it.

The thing is, I'm not a Rowley supporter who wants to twist all the facts to support her campaign; instead, I belive the facts support Rowley, and that's why I do, too.

The Klink photo was a mistake, but a small one for which Rowley immediately accepted responsibilty and quickly rectified. Kline's fundraising letter was much more malicious, much more personal, and much more sleazy than the Klink photo, and you know Kline is never going to apologize for it.

Which candidate has greater integrity?

In short, I believe the truth about Rowley and Kline --- both good and bad on each side --- supports my candidate. So there's no reason for me to hesitate writing about it. Surely as one who "let(s) the truth speak for itself!", you can appreciate that.

Thanks for the link.

P.S. Thanks to North Star and GOPNightmare for getting my back on this.2/21/2006 10:55:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Another blogger is questioning the vigor of Mike Hatch's campaign for governor.

"Mike Hatch has played his candidacy for governor pretty low-key so far, skipping several DFL gubernatorial candidate forums, the latest one was a week ago in Virginia. Is his heart in it or what?

MPR's Tom Scheck asked him about it Friday. He says, basically, he's waiting until the March 7 caucuses." Source: Polinaut |W|P|114054844566681597|W|P|HOW HARD IS HATCH TRYING?|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/22/2006 02:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Tony Muehlbauer|W|P|Hatch is leading this race be every indicator: Money, Delegates, and Polls.2/21/2006 09:59:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|St. Paul - Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey today issued the following statement regarding Becky Lourey's big government health care plan. "Becky Lourey's big government prescription would put more Minnesotans into government run health care and do nothing to stem rising health care costs. Minnesotans aren't interested in an antiquated big government plan that takes choices away from doctors and patients and creates more bureaucracy." |W|P|114054490908178253|W|P|MN GOP RESPONDS TO BECKY LOUREY'S BIG GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE PLAN|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com2/21/2006 11:52:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|I also love how she would place an "assessment" on businesses to help pay for it.

This from the same class of blabber mouths whose only defense on taxes is that the governor calls them fees.

Sometimes I wonder if these DFLers were plucked from the trees before they got ripe.2/21/2006 12:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Mike S|W|P|Her plan, if you read it, doesn't call for any new taxes. The state, cities, counties, people, buisnesses, etc can save money if they choose to by buying into the same pool. This client pool saves money by spreading out risk. Businesses only pay for it if they buy into the plan for their employees. Basically she is creating a new health care option for people and businesses that will be more affirdable than anything else out there. Read it yourself

http://www.beckylourey.org/issues/healthcaresecurityplan.html2/21/2006 12:59:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|Read the plan. Its actually an example of free market principles. Its' not a government managed program.
Of course reading the plan would leave guys like John Jordan and Party opposite the option of blaming Hillary or Bill for everything.2/21/2006 02:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger John Jordan.com|W|P|Of course reading the plan would leave guys like John Jordan and Party opposite the option of blaming Hillary or Bill for everything.

I was thinking that everything is W's fault these days. At least that's what you guys seem to think.2/21/2006 03:31:00 PM|W|P|Blogger GOPnightmare|W|P|No, John. It just seemed to be turing to shit on his watch. We already know, nothing is his fault.2/21/2006 08:09:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Hatch reaches for wrong tool It's early in the campaign season, but we think we've come across the first "What were you thinking?" idea to be proposed in the slew of legislative races. This gem comes from Attorney General Mike Hatch, who'd like to move across the hall at the Capitol and replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty. On Friday Hatch proposed going after about six large pharmaceutical companies that make pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, two ingredients used to make cold medicines that are also used to make methamphetamine, the nefarious, highly addictive drug that's destroying lives and communities from Bloomington to Bemidji. The purpose of the lawsuit would be to recover the government's costs for meth-related problems. That's a novel idea that may guarantee Hatch the tort bar's endorsement in the gubernatorial race. But it begs the question: What's next? Will Hatch propose suing GM to recover costs related to car accidents? After all, cars, like pseudoephedrine, are perfectly legal products with perfectly good, legal uses that are sometimes abused by the general public. How about hockey sticks? About 99.9 percent of the time they're used without incident on ponds and in arenas across the state. But if someone goes berserk with a hockey stick, will Hatch next target Christian Brothers, the Warroad maker of wooden hockey sticks? We could go on, but you get the point. As ludicrous as the proposed lawsuit is, our bigger problem is with Hatch's claim that the state's efforts to curb meth use haven't worked. The war on meth is one that could last decades. But there has been solid progress made over the past few years. Source: Pioneer Press, February 21, 2006 To Continue Reading: http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/editorial/13919833.htm |W|P|114053885610625765|W|P|EDITORIAL ABOUT HATCH: "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?"|W|P|minnesotademocratsexposed@hotmail.com