Wednesday, November 30, 2005

BREAKING HARD: Some Guy Enters Governor Race

I got this URL in an e-mail from a friend.

At first I though this was a joke, but I guess this is real.

The name of the candidate is Scott J. Raskiewicz.



Vikings Sex Boat Update

The investigation into the Vikings' sex boat party on Lake Minnetonka lats month has been completed.

Stay tuned for information as it develops.

Leftist Blogger Engages In Blog Sabotage

I am calling on the Amy Klobuchar campaign to speak out against the actions of MN Publius. When MN Publius hacked into the old Dayton vs. Kennedy blog, it crossed the line of ethical blogging behavior.

MN Publius is well known to be the blogsphere's voice of the Klobuchar campaign.

Seriously. Grow up.

IMP Watch: Day 8

Has their baseless lawsuit and lack of support from liberal bloggers made them run silent?

Blame The Right

Check out this classic edition of Moron Mail over at Kool-Aid Report.

Because the right stands for family values, it was our fault that a lady with no income couldn't co-sign a loan.

Pawlenty on Immigration Reform

At a closed town hall meeting in Worthington yesterday, Gov. Pawlenty called for immigration reform.

If it's broke, fix it.

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WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Pawlenty called for reforms in immigration law and criticized the federal government for its failure to keep illegal immigration in check.
Pawlenty made his comments Tuesday in Worthington, after participating in a 90 minute closed-door meeting with local leaders that focused on the effects illegal immigration has on the community.


"It's not just a Worthington concern or Worthington problem," Pawlenty told reporters after the meeting. "These concerns confront many communities across Minnesota and across the country. We need to move toward a more legal, more orderly system."

Pawlenty was invited to Worthington by Mayor Alan Oberloh, who said the meeting was closed due to ongoing law enforcement investigations.

Pawlenty called the current immigration system "chaotic," and he criticized the federal government for failing to curb illegal immigration.

"Up until recently, at the federal level, these issues have been allowed to get out of hand," the governor said. "As a nation in general, we've been looking the other way when it comes to illegal immigration. I feel our federal policy-makers have been lax."

He welcomed President Bush's recent proposal to grant three-year work visas to undocumented immigrants, but he said the initiative was "overdue."

Pawlenty said his administration plans to offer immigration-related proposals in the 2006 state legislative session.

Oberloh added he wants to encourage illegal residents to make positive impacts in the city - something he said is difficult under the current climate.

"We'd like to have our immigrant population become part of the community and be here to the point where they don't have to be underground," he said. (Source: AP, Nov. 30, 2005)
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Back In Black II

$701 million.

This should make the next couple of legislative sessions very boring compared to the budget fights of years past.

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A $701 million projected surplus for the 2006-07 biennium was announced Wednesday by state officials -- the first budget forecast in the black for Minnesota state government since 2001. (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 30, 2005)
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Back In Black

For the first time since 2001 (ed. note to Democrats: Jesse Ventura was the Governor when the State's budget went in the red, not Pawlenty who took office in 2003) the state will be running a surplus.

The specific figures weren't released yet
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Moonbat of the Week

This week we have a tie for the Moonbat of the Week.

The first winner (in alphabetical order) is Sen. Mark Dayton who let us know that he's 90% ineffective in the Senate because he is 0-2 for what counts, majority and seniority. This would mean that a Sen. Klobuchar would be even more ineffective because she would be a member of the minority and be a minor member of the minority. Still with me? Good.

The second Moonbat of the Week award goes to the Kelly Doran campaign. The Doran campaign hit the panic button when they attempted to go after the more liberal section of the DFL. In the e-mail sent out to DFL activists, the Doran Camp's statements lead me to believe that they think MDE has a lot to say in the DFL endorsement process. Also, the Doran E-mail made a stronger case for Mrs. Doran to run than Kelly. She has given twice as much as he has to Democratic campaigns and organizations in the past three election cycles.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

It's A Bad Week If...

...you're a DFL candidate for governor.

Mike Hatch: He is still viewed as the bad guy in the Eibenstiener trial. How much negative press can this guy take?

Steve Kelley: His campaign got busted making a campaign document on a state computer and came up with the lamest excuse for it.

Kelly Doran: His campaign is trying to blame his inability to attract Democrats on MDE. This e-mail sent out by the Doran campaign left me thinking his wife was running for governor and not him.

The best part is that it's only Tuesday.

Jeopardy: John Kline Is Assured Victory Because This Person

The Question:

Who is Coleen Rowley?

We have a winner.

Don't believe me? Read the Star Tribune piece on her today.

Kelley Campaign Scapegoating

DFL Governor has posted the Kelley Campaign's Response to the bust made by MDE yesterday.

Too bad it is all B.S.

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Response to MDE’s “Breaking News”

MDE gave it a nice try, but got it wrong. There is no substance behind MDE’s “breaking news.”

The Kelley campaign is extraordinarily careful about separating Sen. Kelley’s Senate work from his campaign. The press advisory issued by the Kelley campaign this morning was sent on a personal computer by a volunteer who has never worked at the Senate. He did, however, create the document based on a sample press advisoryfrom the Senate as a template, a document that was in no way produced by or for the campaign using taxpayer resources.

It is good to see that the opposition is taking Sen. Kelley’s campaign seriously enough to “investigate” it. If in the future MDE ever wants accurate information on Sen. Kelley or the campaign, we’ll be happy to supply it. (Source: DFL Governor, Nov. 29, 2005)
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Come on. I bet if the computer records at the State Senate were examined, a much different story would be told.

IMP Watch: Day 7

The Sound of Silence leads me to believe they're going to drop this horse s**t suit.

Unhatched: Flip Flop of the Week II

This week's Mike Hatch Flip Flop of the Week is "Hatch Vows To Abide By DFL Endorsement in 1990."

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January 1990: Hatch Vowed To Abide By DFL Endorsement; Would Not Enter Primary. “Former state Commissioner of Commerce Michael Hatch announced Sunday that he’ll reluctantly challenge his ex-boss, Gov. Rudy Perpich, for the DFL endorsement for governor in the 1990 election. … State DFL Chair Ruth Stanoch said there’s a potential for a bitter DFL endorsing convention and primary election battle with Perpich, Hatch and possibly Senate DFL Majority Leader Roger Moe. Moe is expected to announce his candidacy this month. But Stanoch said that she’s confident the DFL Party will endorse a candidate at its state convention June 8-10, and that all the candidates will unite behind that person. Hatch said yesterday he would do so.” (Source: Star Tribune, Jan. 22, 1990)



March 1990: Hatch Reversed Himself; Would Enter Primary. “It became a sure thing Friday - DFLers will get to choose their nominee for governor in a contested primary this year. Challenger Michael Hatch guaranteed a primary battle yesterday by matching an earlier decision by Gov. Rudy Perpich. Hatch said his name will be on the Sept. 11 primary ballot, regardless of who is endorsed at the party’s June convention. Hatch, a former party chairman, had said he would abide by the endorsement. Yesterday he said he still expects to win it, but he said he had to go into the primary.” (Source: Star Tribune, March 17, 1990)

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Maybe this is why he qualified his statement this time around.

Jason Lewis Returning to Minnesota?

I have heard rumors for several weeks now that one of Minnesota's most loved radio personalities may be returning to Minnesota.

One of my Capitol sources said the same thing last night at a bar. No word yet if this is true, or when it would happen.

Pioneer Press: Bill Cooper: Pursuit of Eibensteiner was political persecution

This is from today's Pioneer Press.

It is yet another editrial, this time from former MNGOP Chairman Bill Cooper, on why Eibenstiener was never guilty.

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It's no secret that Ron Eibensteiner and I have had our differences. I actively supported Eibensteiner's successful opponent, Ron Carey, for Minnesota Republican Party chairman in June.

Regardless of my differences, I feel it is appropriate, as a former Republican chairman, to express my views on his recent trial and acquittal for campaign finance violations.

These charges against Eibensteiner were a McCarthy-like attempt by Attorney General Mike Hatch to persecute, not prosecute, Eibensteiner for his political activities on behalf of Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Republican Party. Hatch used the vast power and resources of his office to punish a political enemy, Eibensteiner, on trumped-up charges.

Here are the facts:

• Hatch's personal friend and DFL lobbyist, Ron Jerich, directs corporate political contributions to both Democrat and Republican national committees from a Florida insurance company (American Bankers Insurance) in trouble with Minnesota regulators. Jerich was a lobbyist for the company. The corporate contributions were made to the national committees, rather than the state parties, because corporate contributions are illegal in Minnesota.

These contributions were supposedly made to defeat gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny, who said he was likely to retain Jesse Ventura's commerce commissioner — whom the insurance company would have liked to replace.

• Hatch previously pursued a settlement that would have the insurance company make a charitable contribution to a "pet" health organization rather than pay a fine. The strategy failed when the commerce commissioner determined that it was illegal.

Hatch had settled other cases in a similar manner in the past, which led to a law to stop this practice. Hatch was unhappy about the failure of American Bankers to make this charitable contribution but later denied that he proposed that settlement. The legislative auditor described Hatch's attempt to divert the settlement as "confusing, deceptive and ultimately ineffective."

• Hatch was at Jerich's house for an event to help DFL candidates when he saw a bust of Ronald Reagan. Jerich said he received the bust and a thank-you letter for the donation from Eibensteiner.

• Hatch took the letter, apparently without Jerich's permission, and had his staff leak it to the Pioneer Press (and where is the outrage about government officials leaking data to the press for political purposes?).

• Eibensteiner never met Jerich or the individuals associated with the insurance company, and had no involvement in the settlement or the political contribution. All Eibensteiner did was sign a poorly written form letter drafted by staff to Jerich thanking him for the contribution.

• After the legislative auditor found no wrongdoing by the Pawlenty administration, Robb Leighton, a former DFL state representative and Hatch ally, sent the legislative auditor's report to DFL activist Lee Bjorndal, who sent it to the Mower County Attorney and suggested he investigate whether there was a violation of Minnesota's ban on corporate campaign contributions.

• There is no evidence the contribution to the national party was transferred back to Minnesota. National Republican officials testified that no corporate contributions were transferred to Minnesota. While American Bankers made donations to both the national party organizations, no investigation or charges were ever filed against the DFL or its chairman for the contribution to the national Democratic Party. Only Republicans were investigated and prosecuted

Hatch transferred state money from his budget to Mower County to help pay for the investigation and prosecution of Eibensteiner and testified at the trial. In exchange for dropping the charges against it, American Bankers paid $1 million to the county that was to be used to pay for the continued actions against Eibensteiner.

• After the not guilty verdict, Jerich stated, "This thing should never have been brought to trial in the first place. There's no doubt in my mind that Hatch perpetrated the whole thing to get at Republicans."

This is a pure and simple case of a government official, DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch, using the vast power and finances of his office to persecute a political enemy. It is part of a disturbing pattern. Hatch is now progressing with a similar persecution against the current Republican Party chair, Ron Carey.

Political assassination by public officials at taxpayer expense is dangerous stuff and should be condemned by all Minnesotans.

Cooper of Wayzata is a former Minnesota Republican Party chairman. (Source: Pioneer Press, Nov. 29, 2005)

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Kelly Doran: A Man Without A Party

Kelly Doran, who was given the name DINO Doran (Democrat In Name Only) by DFLGovernor, sent out an interesting e-mail to his supporters within the DFL. (Which must have been a very tiny list)

Here it is via BrokenNails:
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TO: Kelly Doran Campaign Supporters and DFL Friends
FR: Tonya Tennessen, Communications Director, Kelly Doran for Governor
RE: Attack letter mailed to DFLers from a Mr. Larry Wright
DT: November 28, 2005

A letter was sent out to some DFLers, including members of the DFL State Central Committee, designed to attack Kelly Doran and accuse him of not being a Democrat. The author sites contributions Kelly Doran has made to Republican and Independence Party candidates as the reason not to trust him.

This isn’t new information. Kelly Doran has been on the record saying he has given money to candidates not in the Democratic Party.

The Republicans first launched this supposed “attack” on their blog “MinnesotaDemocratsExposed,” hoping DFLers would take the bait. Republicans are very afraid of a match-up of Tim Pawlenty and Kelly Doran, and they have been actively pushing this point.

Kelly Doran is not a partisan extremist – instead he offers new ideas and a fresh approach.

As a Democrat, Kelly Doran can work with people of all parties and will put principle ahead of politics to move our state forward.

It’s up to the people to decide if they want to elect another partisan extremist, or if they’re tired of gridlock politics. Kelly Doran has a proven track record for getting things done.

This is the kind of destructive politics that distracts us from our shared DFL goal of defeating Tim Pawlenty.

Other campaign contribution information excluded from the letter include:
Kelly and Maria Doran have given $10,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee after getting out of the U.S. Senate race.
Kelly and Maria Doran have given $5,000 to the DFL Senate Caucus
Kelly and Maria Doran have given $2,000 to John Kerry’s campaign for President
Kelly and Maria Doran have given $2,000 to the Democratic National Committee
Kelly and Maria Doran have given thousands of additional dollars to federal, state and local DFL candidates.
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I have a few questions for the sinking Doran campaign.

First off, when did MDE become involved in the DFL endorsement procedure?
Secondly, why was Doran's wife included on the list of money given to Democratic candidates? Is it because he hasn't given nearly as much as his wife?

From my research, Maria Doran has given $8,850.00 to the Democrats (since the end of the last quarter) while her hubby has given a mere $4,100.00 in the same time frame.

Don't believe me? (Political Money Line)
Maria Doran:

Kelly Doran:

Come on Kelly, throw in the towel.

*** UPDATE ***

DFLGovernor is back and chimes in on this. DFL Governor and MN Lefty Liberal.

Inside Minnesota Politics Watch: Day 6

It has been six days since the news of the looming IMP v. MDE lawsuit was released.

Much has happened since then, including the return of Trillin.

What hasn't happened is anything new from Inside Minnesota Politics, otherwise known as IMP(otent). I have sent them an e-mail, but have gotten no response as of yet. IMP has yet to update their website as well.

KvM: More on the Budget vote

Gary at KvM has a great post on Democrats going after Democrats on this month's budget vote.

Steve Kelley's Ethics Violation

I find this to be hillarious.

I think that Sen. Becky Lourey should file an ethics complaint against Sen. Kelley for this action.

That would really heat up the DFL gubernatorial race.

It Was Kelley!

MDE has the update.

[Imgae Here]

According to MDE, Sen. Hottinger spoke out against a Republican Senator who sent out a campaign e-mail from the Senate. I hope he speaks out against Sen. Kelley.

MDE: DFL Gubernatorial Campaign Using Taxpayer Resources

Who could it be?

Attorney General Mike Hatch, Sen. Steve Kelley or Sen. Becky Lourey?

I doubt Doran since he's not an elected official.

Dayton on the Senate

Sen. Mark Dayton was profiled in today's St. Cloud Times. It is a very interesting read. I'll give you some highlights.

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He said the Republican caucus is "more egalitarian" than the Democratic caucus in terms of leadership opportunities, and notes that Minnesota's freshman Republican Sen. Norm Coleman chairs two subcommittees while he heads none. (Source: St. Cloud Times, Nov. 28, 2005)
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"He's eccentric," said Mark Drake, a spokesman for the Minnesota Republican Party. "He was badly damaged by his decision to shut down his office. He's never established himself within the Senate." (Source: St. Cloud Times, Nov. 28, 2005)
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Dayton has one of the Senate's most liberal voting records, receiving a 91 percent life rating from the liberal group Americans For Democratic Action. That compares to the group's 90 percent life rating for Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. (Source: St. Cloud Times, Nov. 28, 2005)
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It's no wonder he knows he won't be reelected. Click here for the full story.

Political Blunders

Yesterday's Star Tribune contained a story on seven political blunders, three nationally and 4 here in Minnesota. Check it out.

Two of the blunders were bad for Republicans, five for the Democrats.

My favorite was Gov. Wendell Anderson's self coronation as a United States Senator. That move gave us Gov. Rudy Perpich, who, since he passed away, has been remembered as one of Minnesota's most beloved governors. Although, history tells us a different story.

Another reason why this was my favorite on the list is that Gov. Perpich has given the Republicans plenty of good stuff to say about his 1990 opponent: Mike Hatch. The goods.

What happened to DFL Governor?

Last week, Trillin made his/her return to the blogsphere. Today, it appears as if DFL Governor, who runs DFL Governor and MN Lefty Liberal has deleated the blogs. I have tried to log on to these sites several times with no success.

Could DFL Governor have been Trillin all along?

Trillin is back

MDE's old rival and staunchest supporter has come out of hiding to bat for MDE.

Trillin's new blog is aptly named "Common Sense Minnesota."

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Perlstein and Bell: Eibensteiner was the victim

This was in today's Star Tribune. The title says it all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we're guilty.

Mitch Pearlstein, Minneapolis, is founder and president emeritus of the Center of the American Experiment. Peter Bell is chair of the Metropolitan Council.

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Connecting the Dots: Hatch, the Eibensteiner Trial and the Pioneer Press

MDE is reporting a rumor that the Hatch 2006 campign may have a new campaign Secretary. (Let me stress that this is a rumor)

Ok. so let me get this straight.

In 2003, Mike Hatch, Minnesota's Attorney General stole potential evidence in a court case from a friend's house, instead of informing the authorities. This was the event which started the investigation that turned into another embarassing loss for Hatch.

A Pinoeer Press reporter, Tim Huber, claimed that Ron Eibensteiner told Huber that Eibensteiner had arranged the contribution in question to be sent to Minnesota.

Now, Huber may become Hatch's new campaign Secretary.

Funny, isn't it?

Where's IMP?

It has been four days since the news of IMP's suit against MDE broke. Neither Peter Idusogie nor Mike McIntee have spoken out about this.

Maybe its because THEY HAVE NO CASE.

The Money Race

The DNC is lossing 2-1 in the 2006 money race.

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Now, the latest financial numbers are prompting new doubts. From January through September, the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $81.5 million, with $34 million remaining in the bank. The Democratic National Committee (DNC), by contrast, showed $42 million raised and $6.8 million in the bank. (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 22, 2005)
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And I thought Terry McAuliffe was our best secret weapon.

Black Friday Blogging

I have recovered from early morning shopping and will begin posting again.

If you have not yet sent an e-mail to Inside Minnesota Politics asking tem to drop their suit against MDE, please do so. Their e-mail address is insidemnpolitics@mac.com.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

MDE's Legal Troubles III

I am calling on all my readers to e-mail Inside Minnesota Politics demanding they stop this baseless lawsuit against MDE. Their e-mail address is : insidemnpolitics@mac.com

To all the bloggers out there, I hope you post something asking your readers to do the same.

I have posted a copy of what I'll be sending Inside Minnesota Politics as soon as I post this.

Once again, thanks for all your help.

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Dear Inside Minnesota Politics-

I am writing to you asking that you drop your suit against Minnesota Democrats Exposed. This is nothing more than a partisan witch hunt. The blogshpere has spoken. Bloggers of both side are supporting MDE. For the sake of anonymous bloggers everywhere, I ask you to drop your lawsuit.

Respectfully yours,
Republican Minnesota

Happy Thanksgiving from RM




Gobbles!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

"I Support MDE"

I felt those who support MDE should be able to show their support on their blogs.



By putting this image on your blog, you are showing your support for MDE in the baseless lawsuit she/he faces.

Feel free to post this on you own blog. I won't sue, unless of course you are with Inside Minnesota Politics.

MDE's Legal Troubles II

MDE had just gained bi-partisan support. So far, MNLeftyLiberal and NSP have come to his aid, along with several right wing bloggers. (Myself included)

It just dawned on my that Peter Idusogie (the guy who runs Inside Minnesota Politics) is the Joe McCarthy of the blogsphere.

Special Elections Review

SD 19
Amy Koch (R) 51.83%
John Deitering (DFL) 31.46%
Del Haag (IP) 16.61%
Wtire-In 0.1%

Voter Turnout was 12.7%
(Source: Secretary of State, Nov. 23, 2005)

SD 43
Terri Bonoff (DFL) 54.44%
Judy Johnson (R) 45.50%
Write-In 0.6%

Voter Turnout was 20.9%
(Source: Secretary of State, Nov. 23, 2005)

Bottom line is that we lost a Senate seat and voter turnout was poor in both elections. I'm going to predict right now that Judy Johnson, should she run in November next year, will beat out Bonoff. Koch's seat will still be our in 2007.

MDE's Legal Troubles

Although I am not a lawyer, I know this is how copyright laws work.

The Federal Copyright Act of 1976 has outlined 5 exclusive rights granted to all copyright holders.
A property right in an original work of authorship (such as a literary, musical, artistic, photographic or film work) fixed in any tangible medium of expression, giving the holder the exclusive right to reproduce, adapt, distribute, perform, and display the work . (Source: Black's Law Dictionary, 7th ed. Page 337)


The above definition is from Black's Law Dictionary, the foremost legal dictionary in the United States.

So the big question is, did MDE infringe on the exclusive rights granted to Inside Minnesota Politics under the Federal Copyright Act? The answer is NO!

You see, there is a little thing called Fair Use. With Fair Use, there are certain exceptions to the rights of the copyright holder. These exceptions are for purposes of commentary, criticism and parody. As long as there is a citation on the source of the protected work being used under Fair Use, permission is not needed from the holder.

MDE was offering commentary on what was seen in the image. He properly cited it and he did not post the image for financial gain.

The bottom line is that Inside Minnesota Politics is trying to take MDE to court just to find out his identity. This case is clearly a win for MDE because of Fair Use. If I were with Inside Minnesota Politics, I'd save my money and buy a clue.

Special Election Update

We won one and lost one.

I'll have more information later today.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Computer Bug My Ass

On a broadcast Monday on CNN, Vice President Cheney appeared with a large "X" over his face. Their excuse, it was a technical error. (Source: Drudge Report, Nov. 22, 2005)

Yesterday, MDE had a post on MPR posting a poor image of the VP in a story on his speech.

Unhatched goes weekly

The Republican Party of Minnesota announced today that it will offer up the "Mike Hatch Flip Flop of the Week." The Flip Flop of the Week (HFFHW)will be released every Tuesday.

This week's HFFOW is about Mike Hatch breaking his pledge not to run against Gov. Perpich. (Click here for the post)


Now there are two reasons to look forward to Tuesdays.

What Would Wellstone Do?

Sisyphus, one of my favorite bloggers, has the answer.

Another Special Election

Gov. Pawlenty has called the special election to replace Sen. Dave Kleis, Mayor-elect of St. Cloud, on Dec. 27, 2005. Star Tribune feed.

MN Publius is claiming that Gov. Pawlenty is playing politics with playing games. MDE, as always, is quick to respond.

KvM: Kennedy blogs from Iraq

KvM has text of Rep. Kennedy blogging from Iraq. Rep. John Kline, a former Marine Colonel and member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Hottinger Resigns

Sen. John Hottinger of the St. Peter/Mankato area has decided to not seek another term in 2006. Sen. Hottinger played a pivotal role in passing Gov. Pawlenty's budget in 2003. (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 22, 2005)

Not a smart move if you want to remain in the leadership on the DFL Caucus. He was quickly replaced by the 2nd mot opportunistic DFLer, Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson.

Who's the first you ask? I thought that was obvious.

Good Luck

RM wishes good luck to the endorsed GOP candidates in today's special elections.

SD 43 - Judy Johnson

SD 19 - Amy Koch

Monday, November 21, 2005

More on At Issue

MDE has more on the Eibenstiener interview.

Is Mike Hatch setting a bad example?

The following is a quote from Ron Jerich, a former firend of Attorney General Mike Hatch. It appeared in today's Star Tribune.

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"Mike's eyes lit up," Jerich says. "I couldn't understand his interest. He knew I raised money for both political parties, and Eibensteiner's letter was a simple thank you." Jerich thought nothing more about the letter until later that evening, when he searched all over but couldn't find it. It wasn't until months later, Jerich says, when Hatch publicly admitted taking the letter, that "it dawned on me that Mike had taken the letter when I wasn't looking." (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 21, 2005)

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Now I'm no legal scholar, but I think that evidence collection is up to the police. Maybe Mike Hatch should try out for the next C.S.I. series.

Special Elections: SD 43

Judy Johnson, mayor of Plymouth is the Republican endrosed candidate. She has been the mayor since 2003 and has served in Plymouth's city government in various capacitites since 1998. She has also been endorsed by:
*Minnesota League of Conservation Voters
*TwinWest Chamber of Commerce PAC
*Minnesota Chamber Leadership Fund
*Minnesota Realtors PAC

www.voteforjudy.com

At Issue: Eibensteiner Strikes Back

In a lively appearance on KSTP's "At Issue," Ron Eibensteiner outlined Mike Hatch's role in the politically motivated case against him. Eibensteiner made clear that Hatch was involved in the case from beginning to end. I particularly liked when host Tom Hauser noted that Hatch had refused to appear on the show to discuss the case.

What are you afraid of, Mike?

** UPDATE **

The video is now up on the "At Issue" webiste.. Enjoy.

Special Election - SD 19

The endorsed Republican Candidate is Amy Koch. She is a native of the Buffalo area and is an Air Force veteran. Amy was also a Russian linguist for the NSA.

www.voteamykoch.com

H.R. 1606

This is what it says:

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109TH CONGRESS
H. R. 1606
1ST SESSION

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to excludecommunications over the Internet from the definition of public communication.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
APRIL 13, 2005

Mr. HENSARLING introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to exclude communications over the Internet from the definition of public communication. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Online Freedom of Act”.
SEC. 2. MODIFICATION OF DEFINITION OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

Paragraph (22) of section 301 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 431(22)) is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: "Such term shall not include communications over the Internet." (Source: Gov Track, 2005)

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This bill failed to get the 2/3 majority required to pass.

I just wanted my readers to know how the Minnesota Congressional Delegation voted:

Yeas:
Rep. Gutknecht
Rep. Kennedy
Rep. Kline
Rep. Peterson

Nays
Rep. Oberstar
Rep. Ramstad

No Vote
Rep. McCollum
Rep. Sabo

Source: Clerk of the House of Representatives, 2005)

I really wish the Rammer would have ben on the right side on this one.

This was mentioned in Star Tribune this weekend.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Grab Your Jackets, Hell Has Frozen Over

I have just been informed that the dark-horse candidate for U.S. Senate, Harrold Shudlick, is airing radio ads on AM 1280.

I will have more as this develops.

Does anyone else feel that chill?

Judging Amy II

Seeing that MDE is busy dealing with his lawyer, I felt it my duty to get some facts out.

While scrolling through the vast archives here at Republican Minnesota, I came across the story of a $10,000 per couple fundraiser President Clinton held in Minnesota.

The following selection is from a 2000 Pioneer Press article.

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His first stop was a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser, at which 60 people paid $10,000 per couple to attend the intimate luncheon and reception at Key Investment Inc. near the top of the US Bank building. (Source: Pioneer Press, "Clinton's visit short, jam packed, June 11, 2000)
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You may be saying,"But RM, things were different then. We weren't at war."

Well, I have two things to say about that.
First off, does it really matter? Ms. Klobuchar and the DFL are complaining about the cost of the fundraiser. In reality, the fundraiser held by the DNC in 2000 cost 5x more than the Kennedy fundraiser is reported to cost. (And that's before we count inflation)

Secondly, Pres. Clinton had protesters at one of his fundraisers that day. I'm guessing Rep. Kennedy will have them too.

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Across the street, about 75 protesters from peace and justice groups waited before Clinton arrived, chanting in opposition to the drug war in Columbia, which they said helps right-wing interests and other causes. (Source: Pioneer Press, "Clinton's visit short, jam packed, June 11, 2000)
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Here's the e-mail I got from Ms. Klobuchar:

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Dear Republican Minnesota,

"Turn Up the Heat" on President Bush. Contribute today!

On December 9, President George W. Bush will be coming to Minnesota. Will he be coming to talk about the high costs of home energy for Minnesota families? Or the record-high profits of the oil companies? No. He will be in Minnesota for the anointed Republican candidate, Mark Kennedy, for a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser and will pose in photos for donors who raise $10,000.

While George W. Bush and Mark Kennedy are rubbing elbows with their well-heeled donors, our campaign is focused on creating solutions for people, for a change. Last week, we launched our first ads of the campaign. Our internet ads and radio ad "Raking It Up" takes on the Big Oil companies, who have been earning record corporate profits while the price of gas went up to nearly $3 per gallon this summer. Thank you for ensuring we are able to run our ads across the internet and on the airwaves of Northeastern Minnesota.

But stopping the "gas price gouging" is only one component of what we need in a comprehensive energy plan.

It's time for a true national energy strategy that will promote "Energy Freedom and Opportunity" for all Americans. This past Monday, I spoke at the University of Minnesota to outline some of my ideas for such an energy strategy. And the response was overwhelming. Minnesotans realize we need a change.

We've already had to contend with skyrocketing prices at the gas pump, and now we face the prospect of record-high heating costs this winter. And in the long-term, a growing dependence on foreign oil threatens America's prosperity and national security.

But homegrown renewable energy like ethanol and wind power promise to transform our economy, reform our foreign policy, protect our natural resources, and renew and restore our rural communities. Here's what I think we need to do:

Gas Price Gouging Penalty. Oil companies should be subject to financial sanctions for price gouging and market manipulation. They should be required to use their enormous profits to provide relief for consumers and to make greater investments in renewable energy.

Ethanol, Biodiesel and Biomass. I want to take Minnesota's new 20% standard for ethanol content in gasoline and extend it to the national level, while also supporting biodiesel and other biomass fuels.

Wind Power and Renewable Electricity Standards. Minnesota already has a 10% renewable electricity standard that calls on utilities to supply a minimum percentage of their electricity from renewable sources like wind power and solar. We should elevate this standard to the national level -- and then require that 20% of the electricity generated by 2020 come from renewable sources.
Energy Efficiency and Vehicles. Incentives should be strengthened for both the manufacture and purchase of hybrid and flexible-fuel vehicles that offer better fuel economy and rely more on renewable energy like ethanol and biodiesel. The federal government's cars and trucks should be converted to a fuel-efficient fleet by 2010.


Research & Development. The federal government must provide greater support to public-private partnerships to jump-start research and development on renewable energy technologies. We've already seen examples of this work here in Minnesota, like the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment and the Energy Alley Research Workgroup.

As we have seen through the information age and the technology boom, an emerging renewable energy revolution will create new industries, generate millions of high-tech jobs, and bring sweeping productivity advances throughout the economy.


If you'd like to read more of my ideas about a national energy strategy, click here to check out a copy of the speech I delivered at the University of Minnesota on Monday. And if you like what you see, I hope you'll helps us "Turn Up the Heat" on George W. Bush.

Contribute to our campaign supporting our "Gas Price Gouger" radio ads. We're over halfway to our $25,000 goal. Please help put us over the top.
Thank you for your support.

Amy Klobuchar

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I find it funny that Ms. Klobuchar calls Rep. Kennedy the "annointed candidate." I know a few DFLers who say the same about her.

Judging Amy

I am as upset about rising energy prices and record high fuel profits as the next guy, but I don't get this.

If fuel costs are so high, shouldn't I be saving my money to pay my energy bills instead of giving to Ms. Klobuchar's campaign?

Dear Republican Minnesota,

We're almost there. Contribute today!

We're just about there!

Last week, we set a goal of raising $25,000 to take our "Turn Up the Heat" campaign to the airwaves. Your response has been overwhelming.


Thanks to all of you who are fed up with Washington's
do-nothing approach to high energy prices, we've raised nearly
$25,000. Because of your support, we're running our ads for an additional week, and the people of Minnesota are hearing our message.

Give Amy the critical support she needs to continue to reach out to
voters. Donate to her campaign today.

High energy prices are hurting Minnesota families. It's time to
take a stand against the multinational oil companies who are raking in record profits. Minnesota is a national leader in the production of homegrown renewable energy. Wind farms, ethanol -- we're leading the pack when it comes to the production of clean, efficient and unlimited energy. And since it's produced right here at home, it strengthens our economy and reduces our dependence on foreign nations.

We've heard all the excuses from Washington about why they're doing
nothing to lower energy prices. The time for excuses is over -- we need new leadership.

Contribute to Amy's "Turn Up the Heat" campaign today. Help
us raise $25,000 so that we can keep the pressure on Washington and stand up to the big oil companies earning record profits off our hard-earned paychecks.

Join Amy's team, and contribute to her campaign today. Help us
reach out to voters so they can hear our message for change. It's time to put people first again.

Sincerely,
Jessica Vanden Berg
Campaign Manager
Klobuchar for Minnesota

Reps. Kennedy and Kline to visit Iraq

Rep. Kline and Rep. Kennedy are a part of a U.S. delegation to Iraq. They'll also be going to Kuwait and Germany. (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 18, 2005)

Note to fellow bloggers

Yesterday, MDE shared with us some potential legal problems over an image. MDE may be facing a lawsuit over the use of said image.

Because Intellectual Property Law is a legal topic with which I have much interest, I thought I'd give my readers and my fellow bloggers at Inside Minnesota Politics a quick lesson in Fair Use. Now I'm not a lawyer, but I think this is how it works.

“Fair use is a copyright principle based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism." (Source, Stanford University, 2003)

I believe MDE was providing commentary on the actions in the image. He did source it as well, so there really isn't much for Inside Minnesota Politics to complain about. Besides, if they had a problem with it, they should have asked MDE to take it down before wasting money on a lawyer.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pawlenty in China Update

This is from the AP wire:

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday his trip to China gave him a new
sense of urgency about how America has to get its "rear in gear" when it comes
to retraining U.S. workers to compete in the global market.

Pawlenty said America's work force can no longer rely on manual labor jobs,
which are going to China. He said workers have to acquire more technical skills.

"Strong-back jobs have faded away, and we need to prepare people for
strong-mind jobs," Pawlenty said in a lunch speech to the American Chamber of
Commerce in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

Pawlenty, who spent the past six days in China, said he was struck by the
pace of economic change in the country.

"I come back with a very acute sense of urgency for our country to get its
rear in gear," he said.

Pawlenty said he also became more aware of air pollution in China.
"I don't know how in the long run you have a successful economy when you
suffocate your people," he said.

He said Minnesota has the cleanest air in the U.S.

Pawlenty also told Minnesota reporters traveling with his delegation that a
high-ranking Chinese official wants to lead an investment mission to Minnesota.

Pawlenty said Ma Xiuhong, vice minister of commerce, discussed the idea
with him on Tuesday in Beijing. The trip would reciprocate the governor's
current trade mission.

"I thought it was a significant development and a promising development,"
the governor said Thursday in Hong Kong. Xiuhong told him small- and
medium-sized Chinese companies likely would be represented in the mission.

One Chinese company, Laiwu Steel, already has a major investment in
Minnesota. It owns a 30 percent stake in United Taconite, which has a plant in
Forbes and a mine in Eveleth.

The governor said developing foreign investment in Minnesota was the second
priority of his mission, behind helping Minnesota companies find ways to sell
goods and services in China. (Source: AP, Nov. 17, 2005)

Slow news day

What can I say?

A slap in the face to the Kelley camp

jbnr51 at DFL Governor is complaing that Steve Kelley wan't mentioned in the MNGOP Press Release on Becky Lourey's announcement.

Maybe it was because the guy has about as much of a chance as Ole Savior, the perennial candidate.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

More Proof of Hatch's Involvement

I saw this on Unhatched today:

"Much of the Mower County case has remained shrouded in secrecy. The complaint was filed by an anonymous county resident. No details have been revealed about why the complaint was filed there or what connection there might be to a small, rural county on the Iowa border, which contains a major meatpacking plant and tends to vote Democratic. It is known that Hatch's office provided $10,000 to the Mower County attorney to hire a special prosecutor for the case- the first time the office has done so, according to Chief Deputy Attorney General Kris Eiden." (Patricia Lopez and Dane Smith, "Jury Indicts State GOP Chief; The Four Gross Misdemeanor Counts Center On Corporate Campaign Gifts," Star Tribune, October 3, 2003)


Looks like the bloggers at MNGOP Watch have one less thing to complain about now.

Weather Update

I'm still waiting for the big one to hit the Metro area.

0 points for each station.

Very Superstitious

I noticed something very interesting today on Becky Lourey's fundraising letter. Her office is located at 1821 University Ave. in St. Paul.

This building is known as the Griggs Midway building.

Who else has their campaign office in the Griggs Midway building? Why, it's Kelly Doran.

You're probably asking yourself: "RM, what does this have to do with superstition?"

Glad you asked.

Let's look at some of the other gubernatorial races that were housed in the same building:
Norm Coleman: 1998
Jon Grunseth: 1990

We all know how those turned out.

Could this be a kiss of death for these campaigns?

Jobless Rate Falls

From the Star Tribune:
Minnesota added 2,600 jobs in October; jobless rate fell to
3.7%

Minnesota payrolls grew by 2,600 jobs in October, including 2,100 broadly spread across the state's manufacturers, according to monthly figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went down from 3.9 percent to 3.7 percent -- both measures reversing September's report when jobs were down and unemployment was up.

Some of the strongest growth in manufacturing was in computer and electronics, and "miscellaneous" -- two-thirds of that being medical equipment manufacturing, said Steve Hine, the department's labor market research director.

Government employment rose, as schools filled 1,600 jobs. Among the sectors that lost jobs were information and "other services," a hodge-podge as varied as auto repair shops and religious organizations, he said. (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 16, 2005)

MDE Exclusive: Hatch's new fundraising letter

MDE has obtained the latest Mike Hatch Fundraising letter.

Page 1

Page 2

Apparently, Mike Hatch needs "your financial support to fight off negative attacks."

We'll, the truth can hurt sometimes.

Hatch also cites three websites set up by Pawlenty to launch negative attacks. Of course he calls these attacks "inaccurate." I can only think of one websit tied to the Republican Party. The only two others I can think of are MDE and RM. Of course, Gov. Pawlenty had absolutly nothing to do with setting up MDE or RM.

As for anything on these website being inaccurate, I can only say that is not true. I only report what is in the news or what I know to be true. Like this.

More on the Eibensteiner case

I thought I'd share with you my favorite parts from the Ron Eibensteiner aquittal articles.

Both Eibensteiner and the state Republican Party said the case was a political
smear campaign and singled out Attorney General Mike Hatch, a Democrat who's
running for governor next year, as the perpetrator. (Source: AP, Nov. 15, 2005)


From Mike Hatch's former friend and ally:

"This thing should have never been brought to trial in the first place," Jerich
said. "There's no doubt in my mind that Hatch perpetrated this whole thing to
get at the Republicans." (Source: Star Tribune, November 16, 2005)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Hatch gets another setback

Mike Hatch lost yet another case. Too bad for him it was personal.

WCCO Feed.

Lourey in the Race

State Sen. Becky Lourey has made it official.

Lourey has amassed a solidly liberal voting record in 15 years as a legislator, and she recently gained added prominence as a protester against the Iraq war. (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 15, 2005)


One question now remains: Who will feel the impact of this more, Steve Kelley, Kelly Doran or AG Mick Hatch?

Mike Hatch is a native, born and raised in Duluth. Doran recently picked up a few 8th District, including stealing at least one delegate from Hatch. Steve Kelley, the liberal candidate, will sure have to fight to keep his delegates with Lourey now in the race.

Lourey is sure to pull many liberal and 8th District delegates into her court. Any way you split it, it's a bad day for the men in the race.

White House 2008

Rasmussen Reports has listed the latest results for who should be the GOP nominee in 2008.

In related news, Sen. Coleman will be bring Sen. George Allen to town next month.

Weather Person Update

Well, as you can plainly see, it didn't snow in the Twin Cities last night and has not yet begun to snow yet today.

So far, all the weather teams in the Twin Cities area score a 0.

Monday, November 14, 2005

And now for something completely different

As we all know, winters in Minnesota can take on many different forms. Some are mild, other cold while some can freeze your innards. Some are dry, while some winters are filled with so much snow, you need to shovel out your garage before you can get to your snow blower.

With the first snowfall of the season upon us, I’ve had one thing on my mind all day: Who is the most accurate Twin Cities weather person?

In order to solve this question, I will include regular, non-political, posts on this subject.

Here’s how it works:
In the event of hyped-up weather forecasts, I will look at the following forecasts: WCCO, KARE 11, KSTP and FOX 9.
I will post a summary of each of these forecasts based on what their websites say either at the close of the 10 p.m. news, or just before the morning shows end.
After the storms have subsided, we’ll compare the actual results with the forecasts. Whichever weather person was most accurate by the end of February is the winner.

WCCO (Paul Douglas)

Monday Afternoon/Evening: Cloudy with rain and snow likely. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Lows 30 to 35. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Tuesday - Snow or rain in the morning...then snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 3 to 4 inches. Highs around 35. East winds 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night - Colder...breezy. Snow in the evening...then a chance of snow after midnight. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. Storm total snow accumulation of 6 to 7 inches. Lows around 20. North winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to northwest 20 to 25 mph after midnight.

It will not snow again until Wednesday evening.
(Source: WCCO Nov. 14, 2005)

KARE 11 (Ken Barlow and Jonathan Yuhas)


Mon...Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs 40 to 45. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tue...Snow. Snow accumulation around 4 inches. Highs around 35. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

(Source: KARE 11, Nov. 14, 2005)




KSTP (Dave Dahl)

Monday Afternoon: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 45. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Monday Evening: Cloudy with rain and snow likely. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Lows 30 to 35. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Tuesday:
Snow or rain in the morning...then snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 3 to 4 inches. Highs around 35. East winds 5 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night:
Colder...breezy. Snow in the evening...then a chance of snow after midnight. Snow accumulation of 2 to 3 inches. Storm total snow accumulation of 6 to 7 inches. Lows around 20. North winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to northwest 20 to 25 mph after midnight.
(Source: KSTP, Nov. 14, 2005)



FOX 9 (Janie Peterson)

Monday Evening: Rain showers mix with snow … less than 1” accumulation.

Tuesday: Periods of snow (occasionally mixing with a little rain) & becoming quite breezy … 2” – 5” additional accumulation. Expect another 1” – 2” Tuesday Night. NW Winds, 15-25 mph.

(Source: FOX 9, Nov. 14, 2005) http://www.fox9.com/weather/default.asp

Hatch Campaign Suffers Another Setback

Mike Hatch, who has flaunted his Duluth upbringing since he first began running for governor in 1990, lost out on a few Duluth-area endorsements this weekend.

Who did the Iron Rangers endorse? None other than Kelly Doran.

I bet Hatch is asking how this happened.

MDE is also reporting that one State Senator who initally backed Hatch is one of those who is backing Doran.

Hatch Campaign Suffers Another Setback

Mike Hatch, who has flaunted his Duluth upbringing since he first began running for governor in 1990, lost out on a few Duluth-area endorsements this weekend.

Who did the Iron Rangers endorse? None other than Kelly Doran.

I bet Hatch is asking how this happened.

MDE is also reporting that one State Senator who initally backed Hatch is one of those who is backing Doran.

Hatch on Divisivness

In today's Pioneer Press, Mike Hatch has said "Tim Pawlenty has done more to divide this state than any politician I have known." (Source, Pioneer Press, Nov. 14, 2005)

Ironic, isn't it? Mike Hatch has done more to divide the DFL party than any politician in the history of the DFL party.

Of course, Gov. Pawlenty fires back with this:

He said Hatch earned his reputation as a street fighter in 1990, when he "tried to knee-cap (Gov.) Rudy Perpich" by challenging him in the DFL gubernatorial primary after Perpich gave Hatch a plum Cabinet job as commerce commissioner. (Source, Pioneer Press, Nov. 14, 2005)

Is Howard Dean affraid of a little one-on-one?

Drudge is reporting that on yesterday's Meet the Press, DNC Chairman Howard Dean did not want to go toe-to-toe with Mehlman.

Mehlman brought up Dean’s unwillingness to appear alongside him during the show: “I was hoping that Chairman Dean would be on sitting next to me this morning. Maybe we can do that on a future program. Look, he's somebody I've enjoyed getting to know. We meet in a lot of green rooms….” (Source: Drudge Report, Nov. 13, 2005)

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Is Rowley's ship sinking?

MDE is reporting on a few possible DFLers looking at Kline's seat.

Maybe she shouldn't have told the DCCC to buzz off.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Moonbat of the week

Of course there were many to choose from this week, but one person stands out above the rest, Ms. Klobuchar.

In an e-mail sent out yesterday, she claims that the Bush administration is failing our brave veterans. Little does she know, the Pres. Bush has done more in terms of increasing veterans funding than the Clinton adminstration.

And that is the Moonbat of the week.

Happy Veteran's Day

Don't forget to thank a veteran today.

Please keep our soldiers in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

China or Bust

Gov. Pawlenty has departed on his trade mission to China.

Pawlenty's trade mission is to include 218 Minnesota government officials and business executives participating in 93 separate events in four cities over six days. (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 10, 2005)

Kennedy on ANWR

This is a great example of how Rep. Kennedy is not one of the right wing extremists the Democrats will try to paint him as.

The controversial oil drilling provision known as ANWR (ArcticNational Wildlife Refuge) was successfully removed from the House version of the deficit reduction bill at the request of Mark Kennedy and others who had concerns over the long-term effects of drilling. A supporter of finding long-term energy solutions such as ethanol, hydrogen and bio diesel, Kennedy has long opposed drilling in Alaska.

Earlier this week, Kennedy had told members of the Republican leadership that if the ANWR provision was included in the bill they stand to lose his vote.

Kennedy, who grew up in the resort town of Pequot Lakes, believes we need to move beyond the extremes on both sides of the environmental debate and restore some common sense to our environmental policy. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.” (Source: Mark Kennedy 06 Release, Nov. 10, 2005)

Can you say fluff piece

Of cousre we all know that the Democrats would go around fluffing up Cloeman's victory. Is anyone suprised about this piece?

I'm not.

My parents had even more children than they had friends, so I was shoved to the baptismal font and made the godfather, renouncing Satan and Republicans on Chris' behalf and promising to look after his spiritual welfare. Afterward, I was dumped off at the Uptown Theater on Grand Avenue where the big kids watched "The Guns of Navarone" while the new baby stayed home and talked politics with the grownups. (Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 9, 2005)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Chuck Schumer: Still Hot on Bryd

What is with it with this guy?

It might just be me, but even if I was a Democrat, I wouldn't go around talking up a former KKK member turned United States Senator.

From the DSCC today:

Dear XXXXX XXXXXXX,

I cannot thank you enough.

For the past week, Senate Democrats have been asking for your help to beat the DSCC's goal of raising $365,000 by November 7. That day marked exactly 365 days before the 2006 elections and our next chance to change the balance of power in Washington by taking back the Senate.

Once again, you have come through, raising $370,580.94 and exceeding the fundraising goals we set. You have shown our opponents that they are up against a formidable force in the DSCC.

Thank you so much.

You know that Senate Democrats are the absolute last line of defense for the America we know and love. We are all that stands in the way of the hard right agenda endorsed by George Bush and the rubber-stamp Republicans in Congress. You know that the best way you can stop this extremist ideology is to support the DSCC and our campaign to take back the Senate.

And, after yesterday's gubernatorial elections, we have the momentum. Not only did Jon Corzine retain the governorship in New Jersey, but Tim Kaine won a hard fought election in Virginia, one of the most "red" states in the Union. These results show that the political tide is turning our way, but there's still plenty of work to be done over the next year.

Your support is crucial to our success. Thanks to you, we are ready to defend the seats held by Democratic stalwarts like Sen. Robert Byrd in West Virginia and Sen. Maria Cantwell in Washington. We are ready to elect impressive Democratic challengers like Bob Casey in Pennsylvania or Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

I also want to say thank you to Sen. Ron Wyden who generously agreed to match dollar for dollar every contribution we received during our online fundraising drive. His generosity literally doubled the impact of your contributions. Ron Wyden is a great Democratic Senator and now, thanks to him and to you, we're in prime position to elect even more Democrats in 2006.

We'll use the contributions you made over the last 10 days to take our campaign directly to the most vulnerable Republican incumbents. We are hiring the best staff and developing the most advanced media and grassroots strategy our party has ever seen. Every dollar you contribute will be targeted precisely to the candidates that need it most. Your DSCC is going to make you proud.

One year from now, I'm certain that I'll be writing again to say thank you - thank you for being part of our winning campaign to take back the Senate.

Sincerely,
Charles Schumer
Chair

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Is the DSCC cold on Minnesota

I got this e-mail this morning from a reader. It was sent yesterday by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). the e-mail highlights several races in 2006, yet makes no note of Minnesota. One can't help but wonder if the DSCC isn't too keen on the DFL's Queen Making. The DSCC seems to think that a former KKK member is better for fundraising than Ms. Klobuchar.

Dear XXXXX XXXXXXX,

After seeing how successful he was demanding answers about pre-war intelligence last week on the Senate floor, don't you want to see Harry Reid setting the agenda for the United States Senate every single day?

Don't you want to stop Rick Santorum from voting on Supreme Court justices for another six years?

Don't you want to stop Katherine Harris from casting her first vote as a United States Senator to "stay the course" in Iraq?

On November 7, 2006 - exactly one year from today - we have a chance to say yes to all those questions. We can take back the Senate and make Harry Reid the new Majority Leader. We can defeat Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania and send Bob Casey to Washington. We can reelect Bill Nelson in Florida - and we won't need a recount to do it. What we will need, however, is your help.

The DSCC has set a goal to raise $365,000 by midnight tonight to jump-start our
year-long campaign to elect a Democratic Senate. That's $1,000 we can spend every day to hold right-wing Republicans accountable for their actions and to deliver the Democratic message directly to the voters. We are almost at our goal. We only have about $100,000 to go. Your support could put us over the top. Please make a contribution today.


Click here to make a secure contribution of $50, $75, or more. If
you give by midnight tonight, Sen. Ron Wyden will personally match your
contribution dollar-for-dollar, effectively doubling your gift.

Sen. Wyden is committed to our efforts because he knows that taking back the Senate is the most important political cause you can contribute to right now. He knows that only a Democratic Senate will enact an agenda focused on building opportunity and providing security for every American.

The DSCC is the only organization that can make up for the millions of special interest dollars Republicans funnel to the campaign budgets of their top-tier candidates like Jon Kyl in Arizona or Conrad Burns in Montana. Democratic incumbents like Robert Byrd in West Virginia and Maria Cantwell in Washington can only compete toe-to-toe for every single vote with your help.

When you support the DSCC, you help us close the money gap so we can elect Democratic challengers like Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Harold Ford, Jr. in Tennessee. Together, we can elect a Democratic Senate that will change the corrupt and poisonous environment the Republicans have created in Washington. Please
make a contribution by midnight tonight.

Click here to make a secure contribution of $50, $75, or more. If
you give by midnight tonight, Sen. Ron Wyden will personally match your
contribution dollar-for-dollar, effectively doubling your gift.

Remember, the DSCC is the only national party organization that gives more money and material support directly to the Democratic Senate campaigns most in need
than any other political organization. We can make Harry Reid the new Majority Leader in 2006. We can beat Rick Santorum and Katherine Harris and put a stop to George Bush's right-wing agenda.

But we have a lot of work to do over the next year. Making a contribution today is a great way to get started.

Sincerely,
J.B. Poersch

Executive Director

P.S. Tuesday,
November 8, is an important Election Day in key states like California, New
Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia. New York City, San Diego, Detroit and many
other cities and towns will also hold municipal elections tomorrow. Don't
forget to go out and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket if there's an
election where you live.

Is Paris Burning?

Attacking a nursery school? I don't care what time of day it happened. there's something wrong with that.

Rioters also attacked a police station with gasoline bombs in Chenove, in Burgundy's Cote D'Or, Hamon said. A nursery school in Lille-Fives, in northern France, was set on fire, regional officials said. (Source: AP, Nov. 8, 2005)

Monday, November 07, 2005

Democrats onn Democrats

Thanks to KvM to bringing this to my attention.

MG at Norwegianity is upset over the Steeleworkers endorsement of Klobuchar.

Murderapolis

Let me get this straight.

So a man gets beaten late Wednesday evening and is found clinging to life a few hours later. A man "apparently" took the victim's belongings and was arrested.

The supposed theif was let go Friday by police and may face criminal charges.

The victim then dies of his head injuries on Saturday, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Why didn't Ms. Klobuchar charge him with anything?

(Source: Star Tribune, Nov. 6 2005)

Friday, November 04, 2005

Jimmy Carter calls abortion what it is

Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday condemned all abortions and chastised his party for its intolerance of candidates and nominees who oppose abortion.

Carter condemns abortions culture

"I never have felt that any abortion should be committed -- I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors," he told reporters over breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, while across town Senate Democrats deliberated whether to filibuster the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. because he may share President Bush and Mr. Carter's abhorrence of abortion.

"These things impact other issues on which [Mr. Bush] and I basically agree," the Georgia Democrat said. "I've never been convinced, if you let me inject my Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion."

Mr. Carter said his party's congressional leadership only hurts Democrats by making a rigid pro-abortion rights stand the criterion for assessing judicial nominees.

"I have always thought it was not in the mainstream of the American public to be extremely liberal on many issues," Mr. Carter said. "I think our party's leaders -- some of them -- are overemphasizing the abortion issue."

While Mr. Carter has previously expressed ambivalence about abortion, his statements yesterday were "astonishing," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute at Concerned Women for America.

"He has long professed to be an evangelical Christian and yet he had embraced virtually all the liberal political agenda," said Mr. Knight. "Maybe with Jimmy Carter saying things he never uttered before, more liberals will rethink their worship of abortion as the high holy sacrament of liberalism."

Running for president in 1976 -- just three years after the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision -- Mr. Carter took a moderate stance.

"I think abortion is wrong and that the government ought never do anything to encourage abortion," he said during that campaign. "But I do not favor a constitutional amendment which would prohibit all abortions, nor one that would give states [a] local option to ban abortions."

In Washington to promote his latest book, "Our Enduring Values," Mr. Carter acknowledged he made mistakes in office.

"I can't deny I'm a better ex-president than I was a president," said Mr. Carter, who in recent years has traveled the globe with his wife Rosalyn, "trying to help hold 61 elections" in developing countries.

He has been outspoken in condemning Mr. Bush's policy toward Iraq. "I think all Christians -- and certainly all Baptists -- are different," Mr. Carter said yesterday. "I have a commitment to worship the Prince of Peace, not the Prince of Preemptive War."

But he praised Mr. Bush's policy toward war-torn Sudan, and declared that the best treatment he has received since leaving the Oval Office was from the first President Bush, and the second-best treatment he got was during the Reagan administration, especially from Secretary of State George P. Shultz. The worst treatment he's received, the former president said, was from President Clinton.

Mr. Carter said his party lost the 2004 presidential elections and lost House and Senate seats because Democratic leaders failed "to demonstrate a compatibility with the deeply religious people in this country. I think that absence hurt a lot."

Democrats must "let the deeply religious people and the moderates on social issues like abortion feel that the Democratic party cares about them and understands them," he said, adding that many Democrats, like him, "have some concern about, say, late-term abortions, where you kill a baby as it's emerging from its mother's womb."

(Source: Washington Times, Nov. 4, 2005)

Viking scandal update

Those crazy Vikings are at it again. Instead of renting out hookers and boats, Brian McKinnie and Mewelde Moore allegedly were dumping evidence from the infamous boat cruise.


One week after several Vikings players held a lewd party on a Lake Minnetonka boat, two players were seen throwing trash in a dumpster at a construction site in Eden Prairie. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS obtained exclusive access to the trash - and the information it revealed.

Bryant McKinnie and Mewelde Moore were seen throwing bags of trash in the dumpster. The eight bags contained what appeared to be remnants of a party, including aluminum tins of food, beer and champagne bottles, fireworks, disposable camera boxes, hallowed out cigars, something that looks like a marijuana bud, sexual and feminine hygiene products and Victoria's Secret underwear.

There was also a drink receipt with Bryant McKinnie's credit card number and boarding passes with his name on them, as well as a list of women's names.

The list was titled "Incoming Flights (pickups)" and was written on a piece of Minnesota Vikings paper. It contained women's names, airlines and flight times. The names 'Iris and Liris' are at the top, followed by 'Nivie + 5', 'Ayana and Dionne and Aisha', 'Sandra' and 'Tanika plus 3'. The total is 16.

One of those names is familiar to a vice investigator from Atlanta.

He says Ayana Angel is well known for operating all over the U.S. On her Web site she describes herself as a courtesan, which the dictionary defines as a prostitute with upper class clientele. The site also directs visitors to her starring roles in several triple x-rated movies.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS found her living in a nice suburb of Atlanta.

"I really was legitimately going to go," Angel says. "Actually, I didn't go because they had a similar situation here with some other football players. But it's something they do every year."

Angel says every year Vikings players bring in girls from Atlanta for a rookie party. "They're mostly strippers that they fly up and - given the situation - if you pay them, they'll do extracurricular activities," Angel says.

According to Angel, the price is roughly $1,500.

Angel says that the women are often paid in cash. "As the girl, you really don't care who paid you."

When 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked McKinnie about women being paid for extracurricular activities, he responded "That's a lie. No lady on this list told you that. No woman would say, 'Yeah, I'm a prostitute.'"

McKinnie did admit to dumping the garbage in the construction dumpster, but he says it is from a birthday party he had two weeks prior to the boat party.

McKinnie's lawyer denied that there was any evidence of marijuana, and McKinnie says the women on the list were just friends. He describes them as everyday working women.

Moore would not talk about the list or the boat cruise. He did admit to dumping garbage with McKinnie, but says it was just his home garbage that wouldn't fit in the barrel.

The garbage is now in the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the items.
(Source: KSTP, Nov. 3, 2005)


McKinnie said it was his garbage, Moore claims it was his…that's almost as great as Moore debunking the allegations of the party.

Be sure to Tivo part two of the KSTP exclusive tonight.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

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This goes back to my post on Amy Klobuchar's comments which hint at her supporting tax payer funded abortions.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Kennedy and Free Speech

Rep. Mark Kennedy voted to protect free speech.

It's really to bad that more members of Congress didn't get behind this bill.

Kennedy Votes to Protect Free Speech

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Mark Kennedy voted today for the Online Freedom of Speech Act, aimed at protecting bloggers from the heavy hand of federal regulation. This bill recognizes that the online political dialogue enhances public debate, and should be allowed to flourish. New technologies continue to make it easier for Americans to be active in politics. Congressman Kennedy made the following statement upon its failure on the floor:

"I'm horribly disappointed that this important measure failed to pass. This bill was designed to protect the free speech rights of Americans whose only alleged crime is wanting to use the Internet to express their opinions.

"I disagree with the mainstream media elites who seem to think that an unregulated media is dangerous, unless it is them who are being regulated. What is disturbing and dangerous to me, and to the constituents I represent, is the ease with which so many advocate government regulation of speech.

"Bloggers are everyday citizens. They are our neighbors, friends, and coworkers who want to be able to share their ideas without asking permission from a gatekeeper in the mainstream media and certainly not from a government official. They are the historical descendants of Founding Fathers like Thomas Paine and other pamphleteers who contributed enormously to our democracy.

"We are trying to spread a message of hope, opportunity, and freedom around the world. I supported this legislation so that we don't lose the ability to have that message shared among the American people, and I am frankly disappointed that a majority of Members don't see it that way."

Background on the Online Freedom of Speech Act:

* When Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act in 2002, it listed several types of public communications (such as mailings and billboards) which the FEC should regulate. The Internet was not included in the list.

* The FEC was directed by law to write several regulations pertaining to the bill, and logically interpreted that public communications rules did not apply to the Internet.

* A federal court struck down that rule earlier this year and instructed the FEC to regulate the Internet. The new rulemaking is currently underway.

* Other rules, such as for official campaign activity, will still apply. Campaigns must report all of their spending, including the use of their staff and production of materials. This is just as true for spending done on the Internet. For instance, when campaign staffers produce a video for the Internet, it is already regulated.

* Regulation would be an enforcement nightmare since the Internet is so immense and diverse. Websites also change quickly, further complicating regulation.

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(Source: Press Release, Rep. Mark Kennedy MN-6, Nov. 2, 2005)