Here we go… 08 anyone?

12 11 2006

If you want a quick hit of the upcoming Presidential hopefuls for 08 here is a good list from CQ Politics

• Democrats: Bayh | Biden | Clark | Clinton | Daschle | Dodd | Edwards | Feingold | Gore | Kerry | Obama | Richardson | Vilsack

• Republicans: Allen | Brownback | Frist | Gingrich | Giuliani | Hagel | Huckabee | Hunter | McCain | Pataki | Rice | Romney | Tancredo

Hat Tip: Tagen Goddard’s Political Wire





The Governor’s Race & My Election Summary

9 11 2006

First I want to state that I am very pleased with the outstanding victories here in MN and across the nation. This was an Historic Victory, we won the State and National House, we won the State and National Senate, and we all should be proud for the work we did to ensure this very needed course correction.

We still have problems though. If government were an orchard and politicians the farmers, people like Tim Pawlenty and George W. Bush are the types of orchard farmers that do not understand how to prune their trees in a way that yields a healthy crop, they have actually given up on proper conservation and don’t believe we need healthy trees at all, and have embraced the ideology that the only way to prune a tree is by its roots, and if that means the trees die, who cares – they only get in the way of the strip mall that they want to put there anyway. Our infrastructure, our cities, and our health will continue to be under attack from them and their administrations, but now we can fight back and try our best to keep our values front and center so we can continue to fight for the common good, and keep our trees well pruned and bearing a healthy bounty for all the people of Minnesota, and hopefully all the people of the United States.

There is going to be a great deal of talk about the Governor’s race and why exactly Mike Hatch was unable to capitalize on this year’s democratic momentum. We all will have our takes, and it is doubtful we all will agree, but for my own take I want to start with the core of the problem as I see it.

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No More “Pretty Pawlenty”

4 11 2006

I thought it might be good to think of some reasons on why exactly Tim Pawlenty is such a horrible Governor and thus should NOT be reelected. I came across this wonderful post by James Clay Fuller entitled “Take gnarly Hatch over pretty Pawlenty” which should be a must read for every voter in Minnesota

Here are a few excerpts on “Pretty Pawlenty”

In 2002, Pawlenty intended to run for the U.S. Senate, but Dick Cheney telephoned and told him to step aside for Norm Coleman and he did. (Both Coleman and Pawlenty jump to orders from the White House as quickly and unquestioningly as a West Point cadet for a general.) Pawlenty then chose to run for governor. There always has been a strong implication that Bush/Cheney will provide something better for him at some point.

From 1998 to 2002, Minnesota state and local taxes dropped. Since Pawlenty took office, and Republicans gained control of the Legislature, income and sales taxes of the middle class have increased substantially and are continuing to rise, but taxes paid by very high-income individuals have continued to decline. The rich have been given breaks on both income and property taxes and pay considerably smaller percentages of their income in taxes than do middle class taxpayers. (StarTribune and other sources.) Middle class suburanites, the core of Pawlenty’s support, haven’t figured this out.

Most importantly, Pawlenty pledged himself to dance to the tune of the Minnesota Taxpayers League, a small group of very rich people, and to refuse to allow any new taxes or raises in taxes of any sort under any circumstances. He actually signed such a pledge. The rich tax dodgers pumped money into his campaign.

Here are a few good points on “Gnarly Hatch”

The Democrats are running the state’s attorney general, Mike Hatch, for governor. Hatch is one of those rarities these days, a genuine populist.

He has fought, usually successfully, against insurance company and HMO ripoffs of the public, and hammered at health care executives who have drained hundreds of millions of dollars from the system for their personal treasuries while slashing services and raising the costs of health care for individuals and families. He took the lead in the national campaign to make tobacco giants pay for at least some of the damage they have done to society and to individuals.

He’s also fought, usually successfully, to make the state’s big polluters clean up their acts and the ground and water they have despoiled, and to make corporations follow the law in protecting workers’ health and safety.

If you believe the public needs protection against the rich, powerful and conscienceless, he’s your guy. And, in fact, it’s hard to find anyone whose personal holdings are less than a few million bucks who would deny he’s done good things for the citizens of Minnesota

So despite Mike Hatch being a bit “gnarly” he is the genuine populist this state hungers for, and which the common Minnesotan needs to set things back on the right coarse. As cliche as it sounds, Minnesota needs a change, and the only one who can bring that change is Mike Hatch. For the sake of the common good, please vote Mike Hatch on November 7th.





Bill Clinton for Mike Hatch!

3 11 2006

Bill Clinton speaks strongly for Mike Hatch in the final days of this historic election

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The Final Push!

3 11 2006

Taking a note from Joe at MNCR, I started to reach back into the cobwebs of my own memory to two years ago to what I was doing in that election. On election day of 2004 I was helping a GOTV center train doorknockers as they went out to encourage people to go vote. The energy in the room, in the entire state, was exhilarating. We knew we were going to win Minnesota, but only if we kept pushing, kept working hard all day. And we did. From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. we sent out hundreds, if not thousands of people to knock on doors all over the state, we were on the phones constantly, and in the end, we won MN, but lost the Country.

Minnesota rejected Bush and his policies back in 2004. Minnesota knew then what the Country knows now, that the Republican controlled government was on a destructive path and we had to try to change the coarse. We knew Iraq was a quagmire before the rest of the country, Katrina was not a surprise because we knew that the philosophy of the GOP wants to make government small enough to drown in a bathtub, and Katrina is the real example of that metaphor. We knew that the middle class was being squeezed in favor of the super wealthy and the common good was being lost with all the corruption and greed in Washington.

We knew all this and fought a valiant fight, and we Won what we could win here in MN.

Now we are entering the final few days of the 2006 election cycle. We are on the verge of an historic change in this country. A change to embrace the common good, a change to put some oversight back into Washington, a change to bring integrity back into our government. Our DFL candidates in Minnesota all hold the best interest for us all in their hearts and we must work twice as hard as we did in 2004 to instill this needed change into our state and national government.

We can do this, we can win bigger than we won in 2004, and this win will actually bring the change we desire because this win is more fully in our hands. We can send 1 fantastic US Senator to Washington with Amy Klobuchar, we can send 8 DFL US House Representatives to Washington with Tim Walz, Coleen Rowley, Patty Wetterling, Wendy Wilde, Collin Peterson, Jim Oberstar, Betty McCollum, and Keith Ellison. We can dramatically change our state government with Mike Hatch, Mark Ritchie, Lori Swanson, Rebecca Otto, plus all the state legislators who will help return our state back to sane are reasoned leadership.

With all your help, we will win and win big. If you have not already please sign up to do what you can in these final days.

Click HERE to add your energy to this historic election!





Mary Kiffmeyer – Smut, hate and lies

2 11 2006

The number of questions about Mary Kiffmeyer just keep growing.

Kiffmeyer accepted a $250 contribution from Peter Hafiz (PDF), the owner of Deja Vu — the strip club (warning link contains pornography). Again, from the party of “Family Values.” That doesn’t sound like “family values” to me.

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From a Mark Ritchie press release:

Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer continues to misstate her record on Election Day Registration. Kiffmeyer challenged Mark Ritchie, the DFL candidate for Secretary of State, on his statement that she has been quoted attacking Election Day Registration in books and newspaper articles, and that she had promoted a change to a new system requiring voters to register to vote at least thirty days before the election.

Kiffmeyer said, “That is absolutely not true, and you know better than that. And it is just that type of negative campaigning that is just plain wrong.”

In the Secretary of State debate sponsored by the League of Women Voter’s and KSTP, Secretary Kiffmeyer went even further by saying, “There’s absolutely no truth to that I have ever spoken anywhere, including our state, against any of our policies”

Despite these recent claims, Kiffmeyer has been quoted repeatedly around the country criticizing Election Day Registration.

In Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, Kiffmeyer said that she is “tired of hearing her state’s same day registration extolled,” and she compares Minnesota elections to holding a party and not knowing how much food to buy because no one sent in an RSVP. “Some precincts run out of ballots while others are overstocked.” (pg. 140)
Kiffmeyer was quoted in an opinion piece in the Times Republican (Iowa) as saying, “We have long lines because of same-day. People get frustrated and leave.” (“Same Day Voter Registration Addressed,” 11/21/05)
In an article in the Los Angeles Times, Kiffmeyer said that Minnesota has had mixed results with Election Day Registration. She admitted that it has led to higher turnouts, but also said that Same Day Registration has led to long lines and confusion at the polling places. She said that she suspects that Same Day Registration has led to more voter fraud and advised, “You need to have integrity with your access. It is just as important and I highly recommend that California be careful about maintaining its integrity.” (“Voters Consider Signups at the Polls,” 10/1/02)
Kiffmeyer told the Star Tribune that she would not recommend election voter registration to other states. “Pre-registration is the standard in most states, and that’s the norm. It’s much easier when you have a cutoff date for registration” (Sabo introduces national same-day voter registration bill, 9/25/03).
According to the Senate District 41 Republicans, Kiffmeyer said that voter fraud would be significantly reduced in the state if we switched to a 30-day pre-election registration period like most states. (“The Homegrown Optimist,” 2/24/04: http://www.sd41gop.org/febuary_24_fcm_dinner.html)

“Given these documented statements, it clear that Secretary Kiffmeyer has spoken out against Minnesota’s policy,” said James Haggar, campaign manager for the Ritchie campaign. “If she does support Election Day Registration she should stop attacking it outside of our state.”

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And then some extremist statements from Kent Kaiser one of Mary Kiffmeyer’s main campaign staffers talking about why homosexual individuals should not be allowed in leadership positions with 4-H: Saint Paul Pioneer Press; December 18, 1996

This unhealthy and immoral lifestyle is being forced upon her.” Kaiser said that children shouldn’t be exposed to homosexuals but that parents who want their kids to participate in 4-H won’t have any way to protect them against such exposure. “If she’s a leader and a gay person wants to serve as a junior leader, she should be able to say ‘no, we don’t want a young person in Hamburg to be exposed to that lifestyle,” said Kaiser. “She’s being told she doesn’t have the right to weed out the bad elements like that.”

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So, she hires staffers who hate gay people (which begs the question does she feel they have the right to vote?), takes money from smut profiteers (now that is an unhealthy and immoral lifestyle), and lies about where she actually stands on same day registration.

It is way past time for a change, and way past time to go straight down your ballot and vote for every Democrat you can. This level of partisan Republican hate, perversion and dishonesty has to stop and it is time to throw out the Republican’s Culture of Corruption.

Vote Democrat on November 7th!





New SoS Ad

1 11 2006

Seeming to build upon past relationships with partisan hacks that like to manipulate elections this new ad makes a cut and dry look at how important the Secretary of State is to the integrity of our Government.

Mary Kiffmeyer, Katherine Harris, George Bush, we have had enough!

Vote Mark Ritchie!