4/14/2006 09:57:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
DFL GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES CELEBRATE TAX DAY
Hatch, Lourey & Kelley Have Long Records Supporting Tax Increases
"Mike Hatch, Steve Kelley and Becky Lourey all have long records supporting tax increases. Tax hikes will end economic growth and kill jobs in our state.
"While every day may be tax day for Hatch, Lourey and Kelley, Minnesotans aren't interested in the tired old DFL tax and spend agenda.
"As Minnesotans finish filing their returns and express frustration with high taxes, DFLers continue to push for tax increases which will harm our economy and destroy jobs."
-Ron Carey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota
DFL CANDIDATES HAVE LONG SUPPORTED TAX INCREASES
Attorney General Mike Hatch:
2006: Mike Hatch Refused to Say Whether He Would Raise Taxes to Pay for His Agenda. "After the speech, Hatch dodged reporters' questions on issue that might have overshadowed his desired message. He declined to say whether he would raise taxes to pay for his campaign promises, whether he supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage or whether he would call a special legislative session to act on proposed baseball and football stadiums." (Bill Salisbury, “Mike Hatch Makes His Run Official,” Pioneer Press, October 25, 2005)
1990: Mike Hatch Announces, Says He Will Not Raise Taxes. "Hatch, who has had a statewide volunteer organization drumming up support for him for a year, said his campaign will focus on two issues - improving economic opportunity for Minnesotans and restoring Minnesota values. . He promised to be a hands-on governor who will not raise taxes or cater to special interests groups." (“Hatch Joins DFL Governor’s Contest,” UPI, January 22, 1990)
1990: Mike Hatch Pledged No New Tax Increases; Proposed Three New Tax Increases. "Hatch has sent mixed messages. In announcing his candidacy last winter, he declared: 'I won't raise taxes.' But since then he has proposed at least three new taxes. One is the payroll tax he proposed to finance health care for the uninsured. Hatch said that tax should be offset by lower premiums for existing health plans. The other taxes he proposed are those on toxic chemicals and non-recyclable packages that are designed to discourage pollution." (Bill Salisbury, “The Perpich, Hatch Face Off: Where Gov. Rudy Perpich And Former Commerce Commissioner Mike Hatch Stand On Major Issues As They Campaign For The Sept. 11 Primary,” Pioneer Press, August 26, 1990)
1990: Mike Hatch Proposed Payroll Tax Increase. "DFLer Mike Hatch is the first candidate for governor to propose a way to provide health care to the estimated 375,000 Minnesotans who don't have health insurance. Hatch also is the first candidate who is courageous - or foolish - enough to propose a tax increase to pay for it. His plan would cost large companies $2 per employee each month - a proposal certain to spark business opposition. Hatch says he would offset any tax increases with cost-cutting measures." (Bill Salisbury, “Hatch Offers Plan To Help Uninsured Get Health Care Tax[;] Would Expand State-Sponsored Insurance Pool,” Pioneer Press, July 15, 1990)
Senator Becky Lourey:
2006: Becky Lourey Advocates Increasing Gas Tax. "Both [Kelly] Doran and [Becky] Lourey voiced support for a gas tax increase like the one Pawlenty vetoed last year. It would have added 10 cents to the 20-cent-a-gallon tax in effect since 1988." (Conrad deFiebre, “Race For Governor; DFLers Spare Each Other, Saving Barbs For Pawlenty,” Star Tribune, March 8, 2006)
2006: Becky Lourey Claims Minnesotans Tell Her To Raise Their Taxes. "While they offered no specifics on how to pay for education and other state programs, Lourey says many people support a tax increase. 'As I've been campaigning, wealthy Minnesotans have said to me, "please, please, raise our taxes. We believe in public education. We know that it is the melting pot for our state," ' Lourey said." (Laura McCallum, “Hatch Keeping Low Profile As Competitors Score Points At Business Forum,” Minnesota Public Radio Website, February 8, 2006)
2002: Becky Lourey Said '04-'05 Deficit Couldn't Be Solved Without A Tax Increase. "Two DFL candidates, state Sen. Becky Lourey of Kerrick and Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe of Erskine, said the state’s projected $3.2 billion budget shortage projected for 2004-05 can’t be fixed without tax increases. 'I'll be very candid with you, in order to replenish the budget reserve and deal with the structural problem in ‘04-05, we're going to have to raise taxes,’ Moe said. Lourey said the balancing would have to come from 'reserves, decreases in spending and increased tax revenues.'" (Dane Smith, “Tax Issue Divides DFL, GOP Gubernatorial Hopefuls,” Star Tribune, March 1, 2002)
2002: Becky Lourey Said She Wants To Raise Gas Tax. "Moe thanked business leaders for creating a ‘middle ground’ and pushing the idea of a gasoline-tax increase dedicated to transportation and said he supported that plan. Lourey said she also supports a gas tax increase." (Dane Smith, “Tax Issue Divides DFL, GOP Gubernatorial Hopefuls,” Star Tribune, March 1, 2002)
2002: Becky Lourey Campaigned On Raising Taxes. "And while Dutcher and Moe are rather vague on exactly how they would pay for increased costs of public programs, Lourey said she favors rolling back the recent income and property tax cuts for high-income Minnesotans." (Dane Smith, “(Mostly) Civil DFLers Gear Up For Convention,” Star Tribune, April 28, 2002)
Senator Steve Kelley:
2006: Steve Kelley, Becky Lourey, and Former Candidate Kelly Doran Voice Support For Gas Tax Increase. "Real estate developer Kelly Doran and state Sens. Steve Kelley and Becky Lourey all said they would push to expand coverage and reduce the costs of health care, a mounting problem for many businesses. All said they would accelerate state spending or ‘investment’ on highways and mass transit, and all indicated they would likely approve a gasoline tax increase to relieve what one them called a 'congestion tax' on businesses." (Dane Smith, “3 DFL Candidates Mostly Agree At Business Forum,” Star Tribune, February 9, 2006)
2005: Steve Kelley Introduced A Bill Without A Funding Source, Said Tax Increases Are One Way To Pay For It. "Republicans and DFLers from both the House and Senate on Friday announced an education budget plan they say would pump $750 million into Minnesota schools over the next two years. ... 'This bill does not contain a funding source,' said Sen. Steve Kelley, DFL-Hopkins, the bill's primary Senate author, at a Capitol news conference called to announce the plan. 'It sets out a funding priority for the state. At this stage of the game we don't know where the funding's coming from.' Proposal backers say funding will probably have to come from increased fees and taxes of some sort. But no one identified the specific sources. 'I know how we're going to fund this is critically important,' Kelley said. 'I think tax increases need to be in the mix.'" (Norman Draper, “Bigger Education Budget Proposed,” Star Tribune, February 26, 2005
|W|P|114503384735117089|W|P|MN GOP: DFL GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES CELEBRATE TAX DAY|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/14/2006 10:30:00 AM|W|P|Ayman|W|P|you suck4/14/2006 02:16:00 PM|W|P|MN Politics Guru|W|P|If "No New Taxes" is what Republicans plan on running on this year, good luck with that!
Does the GOP do any polling these days? Do they honestly think that this is the message that voters are going to respond to?4/14/2006 08:41:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"We doubt there will be many blacks who publicly support Republicans in the future." Checks and Balances
In fact, there are numerous African-American candidates for statewide office in 2006:
Ken Blackwell - GOP candidate for governor in Ohio.
Keith Butler - GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate in Michigan.
Michael Steele - GOP endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.
Lynn Swann - GOP endorsed candidate for governor in Pennsylvania.|W|P|114503143433875485|W|P|CHECKS AND "NO" BALANCE #2|W|Pemail@example.com/14/2006 02:14:00 PM|W|P|North Star Politics|W|P|Can you find numbers showing that more than, say, 25% of these candidates' African-American electorates support them?
I doubt it.4/14/2006 08:13:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I've come to expect shoddy writing and poor analysis from Checks and Balances, but this is a new low:
"Republicans have already lost any inroads they made with the African-American constituency with their handling of Hurricane Katrina. We doubt there will be many blacks who publicly support Republicans in the future.
It seems like the Republican playbook may need some new pages." Source: Checks and Balances|W|P|114502812166209784|W|P|CHECKS AND "NO" BALANCE|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/14/2006 09:26:00 AM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Ummm, recent polls show African Americans support Bush at about 2%. Whatever the margin of error, it comes out to about zero.
As a group, its no secret that African Americans, while maybe lining up some of the social issues with Republicans, vote against Republicans at larger numbers than any other.
Bush was making huge inroads through the Faith Based initiatives but, as Towle pointed out, he lost a lot after Katrina. You can't deny that.
Why is it a new low?
I think you're being very Minnesotan defensive about this. It's a reality.4/14/2006 06:21:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"[Senator Dick] Day is hardly alone in employing a relative who is paid through campaign funds.
Ryan Kelly managed father Randy Kelly's mayoral campaigns in St. Paul. And Attorney General Mike Hatch, a DFLer, hired his nephew, Joe Hatch, as a campaign "contractor,'' paying him more than $67,700 between 1999 and 2003.
In his gubernatorial campaign this year, Hatch's niece Kari Erickson is on the payroll.
Ruth declined to comment on the Hatch or Kelly examples." Source: Associated Press, April 14, 2006
|W|P|114502177448734959|W|P|DFL FIRES DUD AT DAY #2|W|Pemail@example.com/13/2006 10:39:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|If the DFL has a problem with taxpayers money being used on campaigns, then they should return the $4,262,148 of taxpayer money the DFL state party, caucuses, and candidates have recieved to fund their campaigns.
|W|P|114495522682106896|W|P|DFL CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/13/2006 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Abrogans|W|P|Actually, the press release criticizes the taxpayer money going into his wifes pocket not that it is used on campaigns.
What exactly is the number "$4,262,148", as the link only point to the MN Campaign Finance Disclosure Site.
Your link about the DFL Press release on Dick Day was also improperly linked. It was and still is link to the press release titled "STATEMENT OF DFL PARTY CHAIR BRIAN MELENDEZ REGARDING SENATOR DEAN JOHNSON".4/13/2006 02:02:00 PM|W|P|Demrock6|W|P|The link just goes to the home page. That is like stating a fact and directing people to Google for the source. I noticed Kennedy doing alot of that stuff. I am just saying.4/13/2006 09:50:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This may be the dumbest press release I have ever read.
If I had the time, which I don't, I'd find numerous examples of DFLers hiring family members to work on their campaign committee. I know Mike Hatch has hired family members to work on his campaigns.
After waving the white flag, I knew it was only a matter of time before the DFL would continue their desperate and dishonest attacks on Republicans.
"If the Republican Party wants to play games, they can go right ahead. While they play at politics, the DFL Party will work at government. We’ll see whose product Minnesota voters are more interested in." Source: DFL Party press release, March 24, 2006
|W|P|114494928945462384|W|P|DFL FIRES DUD AT DAY|W|Pemail@example.com/17/2006 02:25:00 PM|W|P|TwoPuttTommy|W|P|“Ethical Journalism”, and other urban myths.
Judging by the title of this post, “DFL Fires Dud At Day”, the real message of the alleged “story” in the Strib goes unrecognized again.
A press release is issued on Thursday; a “story” is run on Friday morning. What do readers actually know after reading the Strib's story? Readers know that there was an allegation, and a denial, and that’s about it. In other words, this “story” raised more questions than it answered. Here’s my main question I asked after reading this alleged piece of "journalism": "Is there any basis for the allegation of impropriety?" let alone the follow up: “are there any Democrats doing the same thing?”
This “story”, as reported by the Strib, is but one more shoddy example of what passes for journalism these days: "He said; she said" with no real journalism, and any follow-up merely consisting of “more of the same”.
IMNSHO, the Strib should have investigated the issues raised, and then either a) decided there was merit and offered Senator Day an opportunity to respond, or b) decided there was NO merit, and ignore it.
Both options “a)” and "b)", of course, would require actual journalistic effort.
Which, of course, is probably why the Strib went with option c), which is: publish a "he said; she said" article, and who cares if more questions are unanswered than answered? After all, a bomb has exploded, allowing more opportunities for lazy, shoddy journalism!
The c) option, which appears to be the preferred option taken by the vast majority of the media, only encourages more bombs to be tossed. Until ALL parties express their outrage at what passes as “journalism”, we can only expect more bombs to be thrown. Why? The media is going to run with them, regardless of merit.
This type of "journalism" has led to the collapse of credibility of the media.
Tommy Johnson4/12/2006 01:14:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"'We are challenging the archaic system known as the State DFL from the little county that could,' [Michael ]Meuers said Tuesday. The Beltrami DFL will claim that the state has no jurisdiction over delegation selection for congressional districts, only the state convention, and that the county is sending eight delegates as apportioned — six living in the 7th District and two in the 8th District." Source: Bemidji Pioneer, April 12, 2006
Click here to read why.
|W|P|114487374364962848|W|P|LOCAL DFL "CHALLEGING THE ARCHAIC SYSTEM KNOWN AS THE STATE DFL"|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/15/2006 07:39:00 PM|W|P|ImpeccableLiberalCredentials|W|P|Both DFL Rep. Frank Moe and candidate for State Senate Mary Olson are going to be wearing albatrosses around their necks for how they lined up behind Meuers on this one...
Especially being that Frank Moe had a different sense of the propriety of the chair and the integrity of the process earlier during the challenge process.
See http://impeccableliberalcredentials.blogspot.com/2006/04/defending-frank-moe-from-any.html4/12/2006 11:06:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This comment was just left on Minnesota Democrats Exposed:
"By the way, this blog hasn't talked about on Saturday when there was a mic'd Klobuchar staffer, middle-aged guy in a pink shirt at the podium, at the Barack Obama rally who was heard saying Ford Bell looks like the Unabomber. I am certain a video is floating around of this."
If anyone is aware of this incident, please let me know.
|W|P|114486539357039666|W|P|ANYONE SEE THIS VIDEO?|W|Pemail@example.com/12/2006 07:00:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The executive director of the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fun Association received a "golden parachute" for running a pension fund that has $1 billion in unfunded pension obligations.
"The dispute over the compensation package surfaced as a House panel approved merging the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association with the larger state Teachers Retirement Association. Under the deal, the state fund would absorb nearly $1 billion in unfunded pension obligations to Minneapolis teachers.
With plans for the merger progressing, the Minneapolis teachers pension board in March extended the contract of its executive director, Karen Kilberg, a year beyond the date when the fund would cease to exist under the merger. It also granted her a six-month severance. The entire package is worth $215,000." Source: Star Tribune, April 12, 2006
Kilberg is going to collect a paycheck until July 1, 2007, from an organization that will probably no longer exist in a month.
Did Kilberg deserve this special treatment? Hell no!
"But during 10 years when Kilberg directed the fund, it earned less from investments than most large government pension funds in Minnesota, according to calculations by the commission. The Minneapolis fund earned $218 million less from 1994 to 2004 than it would have earned had it performed as well as the State Board of Investment, which handles money for the Teachers Retirement Association.
The fund also paid out extra benefits to retirees without regard to whether it could cover the long-term costs, swelling future pension obligations. Combined with an annual 2 percent boost, the bull market led to yearly increases for retired Minneapolis teachers of 6.2 percent to 9.7 percent between 1997 and 2001." Source: Star Tribune, April 12, 2006
Tags: Rebecca Otto, Pat Anderson|W|P|114485156412495858|W|P|MINNEAPOLIS TEACHERS PENSION E.D. GETS "GOLDEN PARACHUTE" FOR DOING BAD JOB|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/11/2006 04:31:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Congressman Mark Kennedy beats Amy Klobuchar in fundraising for the third straight reporting period, but MN Publius thinks Kennedy is "losing steam."
"He's [Kennedy] losing steam whereas everyone else is gaining momentum." Source: MN Publius
"Republican congressman Mark Kennedy has raised more money than Democratic rival Amy Klobuchar for the third straight reporting period in their battle for the U-S Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton.
Kennedy raised about nearly one-and-a-half (m) million dollars in the first quarter of the year. Klobuchar, the Hennepin County attorney, raised more than one-and-a-quarter (m) million dollars.
Kennedy finished the period with about 3-point-4 (m) million dollars, compared to two-and-a-half (m) million dollars for Klobuchar.
Overall, Kennedy has raised about 5-point-1 (m) million dollars, while Klobuchar has pulled in 3-point-7 (m) million dollars." Source: Associated Press, April 11, 2006
And yes MN Publius, your spin does "sound like political damage control."
|W|P|114479900819473486|W|P|ONCE AGAIN THE KLOBUCHAR SPIN MACHINE IS IN OVERDRIVE|W|Pemail@example.com/11/2006 06:29:00 PM|W|P|Brian|W|P|Why must it seemingly be a competition about who can suck in the most private dollars? In a democracy, candidates should run based on their issues not on who has more money to run a dirty campaign full of mudslinging TV spots. Nothing like buying a senate seat.4/12/2006 10:54:00 AM|W|P|bobby_b|W|P|"Nothing like buying a senate seat."
You have an ill-disguised contempt for the electorate.
Your assumption must be that the winner is the one who shows the most people the most commercials - that the voters are merely shallow, uninformed sheep who are easily hypnotized by cute graphics and short slogans. After all, that money must be buying something, right?
Maybe, though, you confuse cause and effect.
Maybe the higher total donations come from a larger base of supporters. This would seem to be the case if the per-donation amounts were roughly equal, right?
But, wait . . they're not, are they? Donations to Republican candidates historically tend to be much smaller per donation than those to Democrat candidates. Republican candidates tend to attract small, individual, "real people" donations, while Democrats attract the big, "fat cat" donations.
So, maybe you should rethink this whole "buying the election" theme. Seems to me that the attempted purchase is by the Democrat rich.4/12/2006 01:32:00 PM|W|P|Evil Democratz|W|P|Kelly Doran proved that spending lots of money doesn't equate to buying votes.4/13/2006 09:26:00 AM|W|P|rew|W|P|Oh, Michael, you cut the article off before the good part:
"Although Kennedy out-raised Klobuchar, the first quarter represented a big increase for Klobuchar and a small decrease for Kennedy. "4/11/2006 11:27:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I've been informed by a source close to Gail Dorfman's campaign that Laura Nevitt has joined the campaign. Nevitt was the state director for Howard Dean's campaign in Minnesota and also worked on Ford Bell's U.S. Senate campaign.
|W|P|114478052994301481|W|P|FORMER DEAN STATE DIRECTOR JOINS DORFMAN CAMPAIGN|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/11/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Pete Calhoun|W|P|Wow. Nothing sinks a DFL campaign faster than Laura Nevitt. In 2004 she somehow managed to lose 3 campaings in a single year: Dean, Wetterling and Kerry.4/11/2006 12:41:00 PM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|Well, honestly, it was 2, not 3. Kerry won Minnesota.4/11/2006 02:43:00 PM|W|P|Laura Nevitt|W|P|Hey there MDE - just thought if you were going to talk about me - I would chime in.
First off - let me say thank you for giving me so much power and weilding such influence - I didn't realize I had it in me.
But seriously - tell me how a Surrogate Advance person who came in at the end of a campaing can sink an entire Presidential campaign, how a Political Director who left months before the campaign ended can sink a Congressional race and a State Director who's candidate dropped out before caucuses even arrived here and whose campaign fell apart in an entirely different state is responsible for its complete demise?
But hey, you want to give me that kind of power - I will take it - thanks!
Whatch out other CD5 candidates - I seem to weild magnificant powers of influence.
Lastly - thanks for the plug and a good laugh.4/12/2006 09:05:00 AM|W|P|Jake Calhoun|W|P|Laura Nevitt recently worked for the Ford Bell campaign. She must be done sinking that campaign too.
By the way, this blog hasn't talked about on Saturday when there was a mic'd Klobuchar staffer, middle-aged guy in a pink shirt at the podium, at the Barack Obama rally who was heard saying Ford Bell looks like the Unabomber. I am certain a video is floating around of this.4/11/2006 10:25:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
How many DFL party officers and staff members live under the same roof at Brian Melendez's house?
|W|P|114477907621965846|W|P|DFL ANIMAL HOUSE?|W|Pemail@example.com/11/2006 12:31:00 PM|W|P|Pete Calhoun|W|P|My guess is Melendez plus five.4/11/2006 08:48:00 PM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|I don't get this one. Brian is a bachelor. One DFLer in his house- himself.
What an I missing here?4/11/2006 10:08:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
STOP THE NAZIS! This picture is from the immigration rally in St. Paul last Sunday.|W|P|114477532094824734|W|P|STOP THE NAZ? #2|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/11/2006 10:37:00 AM|W|P|a.nony.mous|W|P|Unless you can somehow prove that woman is a Democrat, I don't see what this has to do with Democrats or exposing them.4/11/2006 11:09:00 AM|W|P|Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|It exposes utter stupidity. My favorite South Park moment of all time is when Cartman held up a Bush is a Nazi sign, looked at it quzzickly and said, "Booosh is a nay-zee." HA!4/11/2006 11:14:00 AM|W|P|Evil Democratz|W|P|Yeah, MDE! Since we'e seen so many Republicans protesting with signs calling people Nazi's, this could be a radical, right wing, conservative Christian, you know.
Oh, that's right. I don't think I've ever seen anyone BUT a Democrat protesting with "Nazi" signs.
I think the odds are here that this is a lefty DFL'er or worse, a Greenie.4/11/2006 12:06:00 PM|W|P|Demrock6|W|P|Speaking of Nazi's one is running for office in Montana, as a republican.
From National Public Radio:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=53363094/11/2006 12:29:00 PM|W|P|Pete Calhoun|W|P|Is MDE opposed to stopping Nazis?4/11/2006 01:43:00 PM|W|P|Evil Democratz|W|P|One can run as anything they want but it doesn't mean they are Republicans or Democrats.4/12/2006 08:10:00 AM|W|P|Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Nazi is a party. You can't be a Republican and a Nazi, just like you can't be a Republican and a Democrat.4/11/2006 08:17:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
"WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) launched a new website, http://www.DonkeysWantYourMoney.com. The site highlights the tax-hiking records of Democrat Senate candidates across the country. The site includes state-specific data on the benefits of tax relief, direct quotes from the Democrats who opposed the tax cuts, and of course, numerous votes Democrats have taken in opposition to tax relief." Source: NRSC press release
|W|P|114476865909147050|W|P|NRSC LAUNCHES "DONKEYS WANT YOUR MONEY"|W|Pemail@example.com/11/2006 07:51:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Ted Mondale sounds rather defensive.
"A group of Minnesota counties is asking for its money back from a former politician whose software company promised to put government records on the Internet.
The company, Nazca Solutions Inc., is headed by Ted Mondale, former state senator, ex-chairman of the Metropolitan Council and son of former Vice President Walter Mondale.
'Since when is it news that a software company is late with an application development?' Mondale said Monday. 'Don't tell me -- I know.'
One of Nazca's clients, a group of eight Minnesota counties including Wright and Carver, has moved to end its contract and is asking for a refund of more than $240,000 from privately owned Nazca.
'When we signed the contract, what was being sold to the counties was pretty much a complete product,' said Lisa Meredith, executive director of the group, the Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative. 'I don't think the development was nearly as far along as what was presented to the counties.'" [Excerpt] Source: Star Tribune, April 11, 2006|W|P|114476776221357219|W|P|TROUBLE WITH TEDDY'S SOFTWARE?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/11/2006 05:38:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
I bet you can guess the last letter. This picture is from the immigration rally in St. Paul last Sunday.|W|P|114475910532344948|W|P|STOP THE NAZ?|W|Pemail@example.com/11/2006 08:41:00 AM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Yes, NAZ. Nutty American Zealots.4/11/2006 09:26:00 AM|W|P|ReaganBlows|W|P|Nuveen Arizona Premium Income Municipal Fund Inc. (NAZ)...yep I've had enough of that one too!4/11/2006 02:00:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The mean nasty bill that would require a welfare waiting period for new Minnesota residents and prohibit welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards to buy cigarettes or alcohol passed the House of Representatives.
Please watch a clip from yesterday's debate on the provision to prohibit welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards to buy cigarettes or alcohol. DFL Representative Neva Walker tries to justify why welfare recipients should be able to buy booze and cigarettes with taxpayers' money. |W|P|114474603723658910|W|P|WALKER: WELFARE RECIPIENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE A DRINK ON OUR DIME|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/16/2006 08:50:00 PM|W|P|Lance Rimpi|W|P|Oh, how I wish you would win the lottery, so that you can make this into a television ad....
This clip is among the best (of many great) public services your blog has done.4/10/2006 04:49:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Below are two demands from the Pulse of the Twin Cities from "our" next congressperson.
"Demand that we close down the torture and concentration camps."
"The stories of My Lai type massacres are coming in almost daily. It is clear that the U.S. forces are a cause of the internal strife, not a solution. "
It doesn't get much crazier. Click here to read more.
|W|P|114471416059349107|W|P|PULSE LIST OF DEMANDS FROM SABO'S REPLACEMENT|W|Pemail@example.com/10/2006 02:11:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"Amy Klobuchar often condemns 'Washington celebrities,' but she gladly collects $100,000 from John Kerry's political machine and campaigns with Barack Obama.
"Klobuchar's oft-stated claim that the Gear Daddies are the only celebrities to support her is preposterous. When coupled with accusations from her own employees that she has presided over 'a hostile work environment,' it's clear Klobuchar's credibility problem will continue to grow." - Ron Carey, Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman
|W|P|114470379808136831|W|P|MN GOP: KLOBUCHAR RAKES IN $100K FROM "WASHINGTON CELEBRITY"|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/11/2006 07:48:00 AM|W|P|AnokaRight|W|P|How many of these criminals who are robbing and shooting up Minneapolis have prior convitions and were let out early? Hmmm Amy?4/10/2006 01:04:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
I didn't wake up today and decide to expose DFL candidate for governor Ole Savior. But earlier today I was sent the above picture and only after I posted it was I informed the vehicle belongs to Ole.
Ole is running for governor, but that hasn't stopped him from advertising the campaigns of two of his opponents - Steve Kelly and Mike Hatch on the back of his vehicle.
It's not very often you see a candidate put his opponents bumper stickers on his automobile.It gets even better.
I was reviewing Ole's campaign finanace report and found that he bought a Ford Explorer with campaign funds.
The vehicle pictured above is a Ford Explorer. Is it the same vehicle purchased by the campaign?
The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has issused an advisory opinion campaign's purchasing vehicles.
"If you determine that Minnesota Statutes 211B.12 allows for the use of campaign funds to purchase, lease, or rent a vehicle you will need to report all expenditures of campaign funds for that purpose to the Board. If an automobile is rented, the committee will need to ensure that either the vehicle is used only for campaign related purposes, or provide asystem to accurately monitor the cost of using the vehicle for non-campaign related purposes. This monitoring is necessary to ensure that campaign funds are not converted to personal use."
"If a committee purchases a vehicle for campaign use, the issues related to reporting the expenditures incurred and monitoring the use of the vehicle are the same as those described above when renting an automobile. In addition, a vehicle purchased by a principal campaign committee is an asset of the committee that must be accounted for upon the sale of the vehicle, or the termination of the committee. The method of disposing of the vehicle and the amount the vehicle is sold for must be reported to the Board. A principal campaign committee is responsible to ensure that all physical assetsof the committee, including a vehicle, are either used for campaign purposes or the committee is reimbursed at an appropriate rate for their use. This responsibility does notend when a given campaign or election cycle is complete."
Ole never reported how the vehicle was used, as required by law, to ensure that campaign funds have not been converted to personal use.|W|P|114469947259551738|W|P|OLE'S CAMPAIGN VEHICLE?|W|Pemail@example.com/10/2006 02:55:00 PM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|Oh come on man...its Ole, lets all leave the guy alone. He means well, he wants to help, but I think "exposing" him is a bit much. Fine, if I say it is my car, can we all just drop it? :)4/10/2006 03:33:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"We do not train to be merciful here, mercy is for the weak. A man confronts you in the street he is your enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy." - John Kreese Cobra Kai Sensei, "The Karate Kid"4/10/2006 05:22:00 PM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Ummm, Michael. We're political opposites supporting the same country.
We are not enemies that need to 'play' Green Beret.
Relax. You'll get your glasses foggy and hair greasy.
This excludes your fellow PairODice blogger.
Leave Ole alone. What do you want to do? Have him thrown in jail? I know Pawlenty is looking to find someone to take the title as the biggest individual cheater in Minnesota Campaign History but, Ole is not the way. Set your sights higher. It's like Quail hunting on a farm.4/10/2006 05:24:00 PM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|Again, it's Ole....4/10/2006 05:25:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|The Cobra Kai speech was a joke.4/11/2006 09:31:00 AM|W|P|ReaganBlows|W|P|I am still waiting for the Ole Savior Exposed website.4/11/2006 02:32:00 PM|W|P|Irish|W|P|Typical DFL response when caught violating a Minnesota Statute,
“can we all just drop it?”
Now if this would have been a Republican, the battle cries for
an invetiagtion and inditment would be heard through Minnesota.4/11/2006 08:55:00 PM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Hey Irish, go after Ole' if you want (thanks MDE, why don't you go after someone's mother for speaking about their kid's campaign in church next?),
it won't change the fact that Tim Pawlenty is biggest cheat and liar in Minnesota history when it comes to violating those particular statutes. By far.4/10/2006 12:35:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|This comment was just left on Minnesota Democrats Exposed.
You guys really hate Minneapolis don't you?
No, I don't hate Minneapolis. But Minneapolis is run by the DFL and you can't find a better example of what Minnesota would be like if the DFL ran the state.
|W|P|114469795973150758|W|P|"YOU GUYS REALLY HATE MINNEAPOLIS DON'T YOU?"|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/10/2006 01:20:00 PM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|Wrong.
My beloved St Paul is also ran by the DFL and so is Duluth. Saint Cloud was for two decades until three months ago.
What the hell makes Minneapolis the best example of what the state will be like if we ran it? Looks like you actually have few models to choose from. You going to tell me that the population of state is closer to Minneapolis or those cities that I named plus many more suburban and rural towns?
If you were older than 25, you'd know that when the DFL did run this state, we were leading the nation in good things. We were an example of the good life.
Should I point to Rogers or Maple Grove as an example of Republican ran cities? TIF spending up the ass and personal bankruptcies running amok.4/10/2006 01:43:00 PM|W|P|Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|We still leading the nation in good things. I love Minneapolis so much I live there. But the city - all aspects of the city - is a reflection of its people, and they are overwhelmingly liberal.4/10/2006 04:09:00 PM|W|P|MN Politics Guru|W|P|So what is so horrible about how Minneapolis is run? Can you come up with something a bit more concrete than the fact that the city wants a "green roof" on city hall? That's about all you seem to harp on4/10/2006 05:31:00 PM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|My thought - and I live in Minneapolis, that a one party town does lead to a badly run city. That's true on the other side in some of the suburbs where Republicans tend to win no matter what.
I don't have problems with the green roof. It has a longer life for the increased investment.
I do resent the $400.00 per month car allowance that the drama queens on the city council gave themselves.4/10/2006 09:05:00 PM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|But - if you want to talk about the real deadbeats when it comes to LGA, it isn't Minneapolis, it's the rural areas. I don't mind LGA going to rural economically challenged areas, but I do resent the rural legislators sticking Hennepin County Taxpayers with the stadium tax.4/11/2006 10:55:00 AM|W|P|Andy Smith|W|P|lloydletta,
Rural Minnesota (where I happen to live) wouldn't see any of the supposed economic benefits of the stadium. If the Hennepin County Taxpayers want a stadium, let them pay for it because. Why should someone living in the North Western corner of the state, who will probably never visit the stadium, pay the same as someone living within walking distance of the stadium?4/11/2006 12:59:00 PM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|Must suck when a 16 year old takes you to school.
Good point Andy!!4/11/2006 09:01:00 PM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|back to the main point:
With the Republicans in charge of the federal bureaucracy, Congress, White House, and federal Courts, we can all see what direction they will lead this state in if they get that kind of control. Misplaced priorities, uncontrolled spending, pitiful job creation and no points of success except the fact that they are in office.4/10/2006 08:29:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
This car was parked outside the State Office Building eariler today. The picture was sent to me by a dedicated reader of Minnesota Democrats Exposed.|W|P|114468297315911875|W|P|THIS CAR MUST BE OWNED BY AN UNDECIDED VOTER|W|Pemail@example.com/10/2006 08:51:00 AM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|When did I give you permission to put up a picture of my car?4/10/2006 09:03:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|If this is really your car and you would like me to remove it, please let me know.
For some reason, I don't think it is.4/10/2006 09:13:00 AM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|:P4/10/2006 09:52:00 AM|W|P|MN Campaign Report|W|P|Actually, rumor has it that that vehicle belongs to one Ole Savior.4/10/2006 10:03:00 AM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|For the record....I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO not Ole Savior4/10/2006 12:12:00 PM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|It's true, it belongs to Ole Savior. This one is much better on the eyes than the last one.
By the way, I was in Lino Lakes not too long ago and saw one your people with so many pro-life/Coleman/Pawlenty/Bachmann (and my all time favorite about Heston being 'their' President)stickers on a bumper up to the window that it had to be a traffic violation.4/10/2006 07:22:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|
Not much watching being done by Lourey Republican Watch.
Tags: Tim Pawlenty, Steve Kelley, Mike Hatch, Kelly Doran, Sheila Kiscaden, Becky Lourey, Russ Koch|W|P|114463975430116426|W|P|WHAT IS "LOUREY REPUBLICAN WATCH" WATCHING?|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/10/2006 12:13:00 PM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|maybe there just isn't much to see when watching Republicans.4/10/2006 06:58:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"'We're beginning to give instructions to department heads to get budgets for 2004, and we'll certainly incorporate LGA decisions in that,' said Minneapolis Finance Director Patrick Born. The city's 2003 budget won't change because the city already adjusted to Pawlenty's proposal, primarily by cutting police and fire spending." Source: Star Tribune, June 8, 2003|W|P|114467778546381939|W|P|MDE FROM THE ARCHIVES: MINNEAPOLIS ADJUSTS BUDGET BY CUTTING POLICE AND FIRE SPENDING|W|Pemail@example.com/10/2006 12:15:00 PM|W|P|StPaul_DFLer|W|P|You guys really hate Minneapolis don't you?4/10/2006 06:50:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Firefighters rally against proposed layoffs; They want Minneapolis to tap budget reserves
Union leaders say they're wondering why Minneapolis won't use a portion of the millions of dollars it has beyond its required reserves to avert layoffs in the police and fire departments.
But city officials say they wonder why the unions can't understand that such a move would be a Band-Aid for an annual budgetary ailment.
Firefighters from across the state and their families were among about 200 people who gathered Monday across the street from City Hall to bring public attention to the issue.
Meanwhile, in St. Paul, about 150 police officers and firefighters representing departments from Rochester to Duluth held a rally opposing proposed cuts in state aid to local governments, known as Local Government Aid ( LGA).
After a brief program on the Capitol steps, the uniformed protesters dispersed to lobby legislators. "We want to make sure the governor and legislators understand that strong public safety counts and LGA cuts will hurt," said David Titus, president of the St. Paul Police Federation.
In anticipation of the cuts in state aid proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the Minneapolis City Council has approved plans to save $3 million this year by laying off 55 firefighters, effective Friday. The Police Department expects to lay off 14 officers and 42 civilian employees, for a savings of about $7 million.
Several firefighters at the Minneapolis rally wore placards around their necks with numbers that signified their seniority and likelihood of being let go Friday. They carried signs calling for support and painting a grim picture of residents' lives with firefighters working three to a truck, instead of four.
"Last year you needed us 53,278 times. Now we need you," one sign read. "We would never let you go," read another. "House on fire. Kids trapped. Call 911," read a third, but the emergency number was scratched out and the last line was altered to say, "Call Pawlenty."
Fliers handed out to people at the rally asking residents to contact city officials and demand that they use some of the city's reserve funds to prevent firefighter layoffs. "CALL and DEMAND a reduction in proposed LGA cuts for 2003 and 2004," the fliers read.
Harold Schaitberger of Washington, D.C., general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, said city officials are saying money is not there to prevent the layoffs.
"They're wrong," he said. "God forbid they be 'dead' wrong."
In 1999, the city struck a $40.5 million deal to sell its stake in the Minneapolis Hilton and Towers hotel near the downtown Convention Center. The proceeds were invested in the stock market and have lost about $10 million in value.
Other city agencies looking to diminish their financial woes have looked to the fund for help, but its shrinking value is part of the argument against using it now, Council Member Barbara Johnson said. And the money doesn't bring an annual return to departments looking to manage an annual budget, she said.
The firefighters took their message to City Hall, where they demanded to meet with Mayor R.T. Rybak. Instead, Deputy Mayor David Fey spoke with them, explaining that Rybak was at a University of Minnesota news conference about the Saturday night riot that followed the Gophers' NCAA hockey championship. "You mean the incident where we put out the fires? We know all about that," Capt. Mike Dahlberg shouted.
Fey told the protesters that the city understands their concerns, but that they need to take their message to Pawlenty. His proposed cuts to local government aid are to blame for the layoffs, Fey said.
Johnson, who heads the City Council's Ways and Means Committee, said she agrees with the firefighter and police unions that keeping the departments well-staffed is a high priority, but that looking to the Hilton fund isn't the answer.
"We have to find a solution, but this isn't it," she said. "It is clear that we need an additional ongoing source to fund the departments. Other cities have looked at increases in sales taxes. We may have to look at that."
Johnson also has proposed tapping into the city's Neighborhood Revitalization Program fund's annual interest as a source of income to supplement public safety budgets. "I don't want to live with downsized police and fire departments," she said. Source: Star Tribune, April 15, 2003|W|P|114467745492525175|W|P|MDE FROM THE ARCHIVES: FIREFIGHTERS WANT MINNEAPOLIS TO TAP BUDGET RESERVES|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/10/2006 11:02:00 AM|W|P|Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Shouldn't that investement be making money now that the stock market is doing great? After 1999 was a tough time to have stocks, but you'd think a decent investment would have earned it back and then some by now.4/09/2006 01:48:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|A new green roof and a very generous car-allowance for city council members is just a start.
I'll be posting more examples over the next few days.
This City Council isn't one bit shy about traveling first class
Hard-driving Minneapolis City Council members obviously are spending a lot of time hustling to meetings.But on Friday, these public servants got out of their cars long enough to take care of themselves for a change.
On an 8-5 vote, they doubled their car allowance from $200 a month to $400. The justification is that council members use their cars to attend a lot of meetings with the public.
That's right. They're potentially giving each member $4,800 a year for the good of the people. That's $62,400, should everyone participate.
We all know that this council - 12 DFLers and one Green Party member - is in touch with people with real jobs.
So, surely they understand that most workers don't get paid $71,000 a year as the council members do. They must know that downtown workers typically pay $150 a month for parking while council members pay nothing. And they must know that most working stiffs don't get a hefty car allowance; they're reimbursed for the actual miles they drive for work.
Currently, the IRS reimbursement standard is 44.5 cents a mile. Using that measure, council members would have to drive about 900 miles monthly to justify a $400 stipend. That's a lot of meetings; 900 miles is roughly 100 round trips a month between City Hall and the Sabathani Center in south Minneapolis. Or about 45 round trips a month from the council chambers in Minneapolis to visit colleagues at St. Paul City Hall.
If our council members average 30 miles per hour while driving to all of these meetings, they're spending about 30 hours a month in their cars.
When do they rest?
Until December, council members could get reimbursed for their mileage by drawing from their discretionary office funds. In the last meeting of 2005, the old council voted to give itself a $200-a-month car allowance and to move away from the inconvenience of actually having to submit for mileage. The old council also set the stage for the plump bump to the $400.
Opposing the increase were Paul Ostrow (who pointed out this could cost taxpayers $250,000 over four years), Gary Schiff and council newcomers Cam Gordon, Elizabeth Glidden and Betsy Hodges.
Supporting the increase were Barb Johnson, Don Samuels, Robert Lilligren, Sandy Colvin Roy, Scott Benson, Lisa Goodman and newcomers Diana Hofstede and Ralph Remington.
Benson says he'll take only $200 a month, despite his vote in favor of the larger amount. He says he's curious to find out if foes of the increase will turn down the money.
Hofstede, who supported the $400-a-month allowance, said council members don't have to take the money."You can take all or you can take nothing," she said, adding she hasn't decided how much she'll take.
A final thought: Apparently, not one of these public officials mentioned using public transit.
Too bad. A monthly bus pass which allows unlimited usage would have cost taxpayers only $104 a month. Source: Star Tribune, February 14, 2006|W|P|114461639716427116|W|P|NO MONEY TO FIGHT CRIME? LOOK WHERE MINNEAPOLIS SPENDS MONEY|W|Pemail@example.com/09/2006 05:37:00 PM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|I don't mind the green roof - but the City Council should have known better about the car allowances for the 13 Drama Queens.4/10/2006 05:13:00 AM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|Comment left on the DFLers website:
There is waste in Minneapolis.....
Just as there is in many cities. I'd agree with Pawlenty about the NRP program - which is pork ridden and unaccountable spending.
We have the library board begging some of these NRP neighborhood groups for funding for the libraries. There is something wrong with this picture. I'd much rather my tax dollars going to have decent library hours than to that black hole otherwise known as NRP.
Where I disgree with Pawlenty is that police and fire ought to be the only functions of Minneapolis City goverment. Good parks and libraries are key to a high quality of life (much more so than that stadium boondoggle).
The Minneapolis City Council had a self-inflicted wound here - they had no business giving themselves a $400/month car allowance.
Oink, oink, oink....4/08/2006 12:11:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|I'm sitting in the bleachers watching a sporting event on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. It must be my lucky day because I am sitting behind three women talking about politics.
Below are highlights of what I have heard.
1. People should tear "W" stickers off cars.
2. Better yet, wouldn't it be fun to drive around in a car without insurance and smash into the back of cars with "W" stickers.
3. One of the women recently took a trip to South Carolina and they saw the Confederate Flag. They were so offended, they left the conference. The woman said she "now knows what it must have been like to see the Nazi flag flying during WW II."
It's damn near impossible to not hear what they are saying.|W|P|114452481322753311|W|P|THEY LIVE IN ANOTHER WORLD|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/09/2006 12:36:00 PM|W|P|Evil Democratz|W|P|These same people like...
1) Have a John Kerry and Wellstone! stick on their cars. (Get over it!)
2) Preach "non-violence" and think we should pull our of Iraq.
3) Talk the talk of "diversity" but can't tolerate the very thought that others might have different views from their own.
In other words, what we have here are a trio of hypocrites.4/09/2006 04:19:00 PM|W|P|Jason|W|P|Sometimes it'd be nice to have some sort of recording device handy for moments like these, wouldn't it?4/08/2006 10:11:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"John Kline's political resume consists of one dubious qualifying entry: He carried the Gipper's briefcase." Source: mnpACT
Congressman John Kline was not a valet. He was military aide to President Carter and President Reagan. He didn't carry anyone's briefcase; he carried the President's Emergency Satchel or "Nuclear Football" for two presidents.
You don't have to agree with Congressman Kline's politics, but don't cheapen his military service.
|W|P|114451903852703364|W|P|KLINE WAS NO VALET|W|Pemail@example.com/08/2006 01:01:00 PM|W|P|Jason|W|P|What a bunch of dishonest jerks! I made sure to leave them a comment. Wonder how long it'll take them to delete it.4/08/2006 09:41:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Is Trillin actually the world renowned professor Stephen Hawking? Trillin is certainly no dummy, so I guess it's makes sense.
Trillin could also be Joshua from the movie "WarGames."|W|P|114451500614633609|W|P|THE VOICE OF TRILLIN|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/08/2006 11:08:00 AM|W|P|Trillin|W|P|I can neither confirm nor deny if I am rich, smart or a computer4/07/2006 01:46:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Klobuchar Ends Opposition to Campaigning with "Washington Celebrities"
St. Paul - "With her decision to campaign with liberal Washington insider Barack Obama, Amy Klobuchar has abandoned her oft-repeated opposition to campaigning with what she has termed 'Washington celebrities.'
"Like Mark Dayton, Barack Obama has been a rubber stamp for left-wing Washington special interests. Like Mark Dayton, Obama has marched in lockstep with the hard-left of his party by opposing the nominations of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
"Minnesota doesn't need another Mark Dayton in the US Senate."
- Ron Carey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota
Klobuchar Rails Against "Washington Celebrities." "I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our entire grassroots network of contributors and volunteers. Your energy and dedication will help us succeed against the big money behind the Republican machine. ... Our efforts have proven that those Washington ‘celebrities’ are no match for the homegrown celebrities supporting our campaign, including the Gear Daddies band from Austin, Minnesota." (Amy Klobuchar For US Senate Website, http://www.amyklobuchar.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BEFC896C2-1F5F-4514-A10B-04B2AF89ABCD%7D, Accessed April 7, 2006)
Klobuchar Campaigns With "Washington Celebrity" Barack Obama. (“Minnesota; Obama to Attend Rally For Klobuchar Saturday,” Roll Call, April 5, 2006)
|W|P|114444276039644891|W|P|WHEN DID OBAMA JOIN THE GEAR DADDIES?|W|Pemail@example.com/07/2006 05:57:00 PM|W|P|MN Politics Guru|W|P|A first-term senator is a "celebrity"? "Left-wing Washington special interests"? BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!
You know, there once was a time when I would read the GOP Newsline and there would be valid criticisms of some of the things that DFLers were doing. Nowadays, though, Republicans can't seem to come up with anything better than this, or the Minneapolis "green roof", or other such nonsense.
Worried about the upcoming elections much?4/08/2006 02:34:00 AM|W|P|Douglas|W|P|When Amy Klobuchar was at Drinking Liberally, she said "Mark Kennedy had President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, and Karl Rove. We had the Gear Daddies."4/07/2006 12:25:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Think Kerry is liberal? Get a load of Obama
If Obama were to go to the Senate, he would be the most liberal senator in that body
Tuesday, after I voted, a Barack Obama volunteer pumped my hand and thanked me for the kind article I wrote about the state senator, which Obama put on his campaign Web site. Interesting, I said. I wrote that I liked Obama personally, and while I wouldn't vote for him, he has "an understated charisma." I wrote that, like the old song says, "There's something in the way he moves me." All during the primary campaign I wondered what it is. Now I know.
Before we get to that: Obama is the most liberal -- let me say definitively the most extremely liberal candidate -- to run for the Senate in Illinois history. If he were to go to the Senate, he would be the most liberal senator in that body. You want a comparison? Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, has just been judged the most liberal senator in the United States, according to the latest ratings by the National Journal, which has just ranked all the senators on 32 economic, 15 social policy and 15 foreign policy issues. Kerry is rated No. 1 in 2003, and his Massachusetts colleague, Sen. Edward Kennedy, is No. 11.
Now, as liberal as Kerry is, he voted for the war in Iraq; Obama would not have. Moreover, once the troops got to Iraq, Obama would not have supported the $87 billion the president requested for reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, which also supported the troops there. Kerry says he would have supported it if it were accompanied by a tax hike to pay for the $87 billion. Obama's position has been a flat no -- and once again is to the left of Kerry. In opposing the funding for troops, Obama was the only candidate in the Illinois Democratic field (an extremely liberal field) to take the position. Underscoring the extremism of his position:
Even Wisconsin's Russ Feingold and Illinois' Dick Durbin, severe critics of the war, voted for this troop assistance.
In addition, if elected, Obama may well be the only senator in the United States who is pledged to cut U.S. missile defense system research by as much as $10 billion. In addition, he would cut the Javelin Missile program by $440 million. He has stated flatly that the war on terrorism is not his immediate priority. When the Sun-Times asked what his top priority is, he responded "health care." (GOP nominee Jack Ryan said it is the war on terrorism.) Asked by this newspaper whether he would vote to make permanent the Bush tax cuts, Obama declared no. He has spoken about the need to provide tax relief for "working" or "middle class" families but has not defined what income brackets he means.
It is clear that the nomination of Barack Obama gives the Illinois Senate contest a national dimension. Obama himself has certified it by declaring -- almost alone among the Democratic candidates -- that he will run his campaign in opposition to President Bush. That means the issue here will be whether we support the war or cut and run.
The election will be of major significance, but not, as the media suggest, because Obama is an African American. Blacks have served in the U.S. Senate before, including one from Illinois. Obama wants it to be a referendum of Bush's war on terror. So let it be. An Obama win will be seen as an affirmation by voters of Illinois -- ranking with the election in Spain -- that the war is wrong and we should pull out, a pretext of radical change in the nation's anti-terrorism course.
On Election Day when the Obama volunteer greeted me with good words about my article, I was thoughtful. Something in the way Obama moves me. In it I wrote, "[h]e has the kind of quiet voltage when he walks into a room -- and when he spoke -- all quieted to hear what he had to say." I know what moves me now: Worry. Obama's victory would signify abandonment of our troops as with Vietnam, and write "failure" to all that has gone before. Source: Chicago Sun-Times, March 20, 2004
|W|P|114443820338653425|W|P|MDE FROM THE ARCHIVES: THINK KERRY IS LIBERAL, GET A LOAD OF OBAMA|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/07/2006 01:23:00 PM|W|P|a.nony.mous|W|P|Dear MDE:
Just so you know, the Republican Candidate mentioned in that article (Jack Ryan)had to drop out because it was revealed that he took his wife to 'sex clubs' and tried to make her have sex with people outside of his marriage.
So who would you rather have represent you, a pervert or someone who isn't as liberal as this article has made him out to be?
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0622041ryans1.html4/07/2006 01:25:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|You are missing the point of the article.4/07/2006 02:44:00 PM|W|P|Abrogans|W|P|What is your point? You certainly did not post one. You only regurgitated an old opinion column.4/07/2006 03:10:00 PM|W|P|a.nony.mous|W|P|I got the point of the article, in 2004 someone was speculating that Barak Obama was going to be the most liberal Senator in Congress. Do you think Barak Obama is the most liberal Senator in Congress? More liberal than Kennedy, Kerry, Dayton? The premise of this speculation has turned out to be false. What isn't false is that Jack Ryan is a pervert.4/07/2006 09:33:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Representative Kieth Ellison has chief-authored more bills about lead poisioning than he has about crime in Minneapolis.
Ellison has chief-authored twelve bills about lead poisioning and four bills about crime.
|W|P|114442893128413303|W|P|IS ELLISON MORE CONCERNED ABOUT LEAD OR CRIME?|W|Pemail@example.com/07/2006 11:11:00 AM|W|P|Waffle Tushie|W|P|Um, they are the same thing. Studies have "found that convicted juveniles were twice as likely as the controls to have higher bone-lead levels" (http://www.msccsp.org/publications/lead.html)
So, rather than dealing with the crime after it happens why don't we clean up the environment, get rid lead, and stop frying our kids' brains so they don't become criminals?4/07/2006 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Kevin from Minneapolis|W|P|Now lead causes crime? Wow. The stretches you people will take to let your mayor and city council of the hook are astounding.4/07/2006 12:35:00 PM|W|P|Waffle Tushie|W|P|Where the hell did I mention the Mpls City Council or Mayor? Acknowledging a link between exposure to lead and criminal behavior has nothing to do with them. I am not "letting them off the hook" by pointing out the connection. The City has a responsibility to work to get rid of lead as does the State and Federal Governments. And all those levels have a responsibility to work together to deal with current crime too. Personally I am very happy that my left-wing, liberal ass does not live in Minneapolis cuz it is a scary place. Not whose responsibility that is may be up for debate but maybe if some of Rep. Ellison's bills were passed and the amounts of lead frying our kids' brains were reduced we could look forward to a future with less crime?
Did you happen to look at the link to the research or were you too busy snacking on the paint chips yourself?4/07/2006 08:36:00 AM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|powered by Audioblog.com
|W|P|114442417816131522|W|P|THE VOICE OF MDE|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/06/2006 08:11:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|"'From our perspective, the last thing Minneapolis needs is more excuses,' [Brian] McClung said, adding that the city 'needs leaders, and not whiners.'" Source: Star Tribune, April 6, 2006
|W|P|114437966552702170|W|P|MCCLUNG: MINNEAPOLIS "NEEDS LEADERS, AND NOT WHINERS"|W|Pemail@example.com/06/2006 09:05:00 PM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|I always told Mark Stenglein that the biggest mistake he made when running for Mayor was to hire Brian McClung to manage his campaign. McClung knows nothing about running a successful campaign in Minneapolis.4/06/2006 09:25:00 PM|W|P|ReaganBlows|W|P|Timmy better dump this guy before the campaign season is in full swing...4/07/2006 06:11:00 AM|W|P|Evil Democratz|W|P|McClung is EXACTLY right. Rybak and other "city leaders" (a description that is so far from accurate it's funny) refuse to take their heads from their back ends and fix the problem. Instead they whine about it and blame the state for lack of funding.
They've got the money to hire cops. What they don't have is the GUTS to stand up to the hundreds of little DFL constituencies in the city who defend their pet programs. These pet programs are what is causing their so-called lack of funding, not LGA.4/07/2006 09:50:00 AM|W|P|bobby_b|W|P|What would be a good source of information if someone wanted to explore the truth or falsity of the claim that the city has parked lots of money in its neighborhood projects, at the expense of law enforcement funding?
I assume this is akin to the claim that the generic public entity always cuts those things most painful to its citizenry as a way of showing how important its funding is. Or is it more accurately termed as ED puts it, that the small fiefdoms have too much power?4/07/2006 01:11:00 PM|W|P|Evil Democratz|W|P|Um...the city budget? Duh.4/07/2006 03:27:00 PM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|I'd agree with Pawlenty's comments about the boondoggle known as NRP. Where I disagree is having police and fire being the only priorities for the city. In my view public works (fixing potholes, keeping street lights operational) and having libraries open are what affect me more in my day to day life. I live on that evil north side. I do NOT feel scared of crime in my townhome association.4/06/2006 01:38:00 PM|W|P|Minnesota Democrats Exposed|W|P|Former DFL State Representative and State Auditor candidate Rebecca Otto sent out a ridiculous press release attacking current State Auditor Pat Anderson for not noticing a $11,875,193.00 error on a report available on the Department of Education's website.
In the release, Otto claims she "was going over education revenue when I noticed the error." Right, Becky.
Otto's attempts to connect Anderson to this error is downright silly and potentially dishonest.
The public document Otto found on the website is NOT the information sent to the Legislative Auditor or State Auditor. In fact, the MN Dept of Education is well known for its accuracy when the budget forecasts are released in November and December.
Otto even questioned the size of the mistake in her own press release by saying "I don't think people need to be alarmed."
Rather than informing the Department of Education about this error, Otto sent out a press release attacking Anderson. Only through Otto's attacks, did the Department of Education become aware of the mistake.
It certainly benefited Otto's cause to attack Anderson and the Department of Education, rather than reporting the problem directly.
Otto was so busy planning her attack on Anderson, she didn't stop to think if Anderson's office was even provided with the numbers.
|W|P|114435956524984304|W|P|OTTO CHOOSES TO ATTACK ANDERSON, RATHER THAN REPORTING ERROR|W|Pfirstname.lastname@example.org/06/2006 07:39:00 PM|W|P|Markh|W|P|Great post
Rebecca Otta should do some research on exactly what the State Auditor does....
My first job out of college was as a staff auditor, when Arne Carlson held the post.
At the time, we audited county governments, the three largest city governments, and various pension funds. Several years have passed, but I don't believe that fact-checking information put out by other departments was in the scope of the auditor's job....4/06/2006 09:07:00 PM|W|P|lloydletta|W|P|Otto grandstands in the media in the best tradition of Michele Bachmann.