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!

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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!





Mary Kiffmeyer and Katherine Harris

22 10 2006

kiffharris.jpgThere has been a great deal of talk about how partisan May Kiffmeyer has been in her roll as Secretary of State, and just for a reminder of this I found this very interesting invitation for a fundraiser for Mary back in 2001. She invited her buddy Katherine Harris, the infamous Bush crony who handed him his controversial win in the 2000 election, which I have to point out sent us down the destructive road we are currently in with the bungled war and corrupt congress and administration. Some could argue if it were not for these highly partisan Secretary of States our county would be much much better off now.

We need to send a message to the country that we do not want these type of overly partisan people in charge of our state elections. It is time for a change and time to send Mary packing.

Mark Ritchie will bring respect and integrity back to the Secretary of State’s office, and take it away from people like Katherine Harris and Mary Kiffmeyer.





Mary Kiffmeyer – Primary Shmimary

11 09 2006

Yes, she has done it again! After another letter and press conference by Mark Ritchie, Mary Kiffmeyer (you know the one who is supposed to be the current Secretary of State) fixes another oversight (well mostly). This letter basically calls for the Secretary of State to fully state the oath the legislature called for.

After Mark Ritchie’s letter Mary Kiffmeyer sent out a memo to the county auditors which includes most the language the legislator insisted on, however, instead of implementing this change automatically, or at least as instantly as she could, she says that the new language will be printed on the rosters after September 11th. This means instead of reprinting the Rosters with the proper Oath for the Primary Election, the old oath – the one which does not comply with state statues will stay on the rosters and be the oath primary voters swear to.

I guess Mary does not think that Primary elections are all that important. Now that is what I want to see in a Secretary of State, someone doesn’t bother to make sure the rules are followed in our elections. This is shameful and plain lazy.

Now, gentle reader, you may say – well, it may take time for all this to happen, maybe she had to hand out some coffee to someone, or go shoot off a cannon – you know the important stuff. So, just in case you are wondering what the proper oath on the rosters for primary voters should be, here it is in full:

I certify that I am at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States; that I reside at the address shown and have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding this election; that I am not under guardianship of the person in which the court order revokes my right to vote; have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote, and that I have the right to vote because, if convicted of a felony, my felony sentence has expired (been completed) or I have been discharged from my sentence; and that I am registered and will be voting only in this precinct. I understand that giving false information is a felony punishable by not more than five years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.

If this one is in place at your polling location, you can thank the local office for going the extra mile, and Mark Ritchie for bringing attention to it – just not Mary Kiffmeyer, who doesn’t think primary elections are important enough to have proper Oaths to swear to. I am glad at least Mark believes in the value of Oaths.

Oh, and even though she did try to do what Mark wanted (and the laws says), she didn’t fully update the oath either, here is what it should say – maybe Mark will have to send her another letter…

According to Senate File 2743, the sections on guardianship and felony status should be changed so that they read as follows:

that I am not under a guardianship of the person in which the court order revokes my right to vote; and that I have the right to vote because, if convicted of a felony, my felony sentence has expired (been completed) or I have been discharged from my sentence.

It may not be that big of a change, but ehhh, its just an Oath right?





Mary Kiffmeyer – those darn internets

7 09 2006

Mary Kiffmeyer, knowing so much about the internets and all, said recently in the Rochester Post Bulletin (registration required)

When I took office, the Web site was an 8-by-10 picture of the former secretary of state. We have dramatically changed the information that is available on the Web site and the phone lines and things like that…

How neat, unfortunately for her, her web-history is wrong, and even though she does not understand these things, it can actually be proven how wrong she is. Heck, most computers did not have a screen much bigger than 8×10 back in 1998, and the website was quite detailed for the day. If she hadn’t improved the site much since then, then she would be completely incompetent (rather than just mostly incompetent). Yeah Mary! You kept your head above water, but why the need to lie about your predecessor?

Why is this important? Because she has been criticized for not providing the full information that is required in state statues on the SoS website, and she keeps updating the site depending upon what Mark Ritchie criticizes her about.

Mark Ritchie is trying to help people have greater access to the voting booth. But I guess Mary is just going to have to keep taking Mark’s ideas in order to do to her job. Hopefully she won’t have that stressful job much longer.

More on this soon…