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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Hillary Clinton Raising Money for Amy Klobuchar

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Oh give me a break.... K v M is pointing out that this is being held at the home of a gay couple. Oh, scarey... Amy Klobuchar is very willing to be very supportive of gay issues, when she is at fundraisers hosted by gays. She tries to avoid the issue in the mainstream media. She told me when asked, that she would probably not include her position on the Federal Marriage Amendment on her website.

The question is whether Klobuchar is getting bad advice from Hillary Clinton on this topic. Hillary is well liked by the HRC black tie crowd. Rank and file gays aren't particularly fond of her. Pam Spaulding calls her "SHillary".

I don't get it. If Amy Klobuchar's campaign was smart, they'd bait Kennedy's campaign into doing some anti-gay lit-pieces, then expose them to a wider audience. Heck, if her campaign was smart, she'd say she takes the position Dick Cheney and Laura Bush take on the Federal Marriage Amendment.

I hope a group like Twin Cities Pride sponsors candidate debates for the Senate and Governor race - plus the 6th District race, then they should invite all the candidates in the major parties.

Rovian Implants

Captain Ed is having a caption contest for his photo of meeting with Karl Rove.

Oh, let's have more fun at my expense. Let's make this a Caption Contest. Be sure to put your entries in the comments section -- no e-mail entries, please! -- and I'll pick a winner by Sunday night.

Gary at Kennedy v Machine has his post up here.

Someone, I think Brodkorb, asked what the political implications of the current Israeli conflict were for 2006. Rove was uncomfortable analyzing the conflict through a political prism but acknowledged it did serve to remind people we are still very much in the midst of a global war against Islamic fascism. Later in the evening Rove suggested that Secretary of State Rice's mission to the region this weekend will have less to do with demanding an Israeli ceasefire and more to do with providing humanitarian aid to the innocent Lebanese.

In the end, Rove's strength is his attention to detail:

When I asked him about GOTV, Rove recounted that the victory in West Virginia in 2000 was the result of a massive organizational effort that no one thought possible at the time. He demanded that the W. Virginia GOP build an infrastructure on the ground. By winning the traditionally Democratic state, Bush carried the presidency. Similar efforts will be essential moving forward and he said that Ron Carey was well on his way to replicating that model in Minnesota.

As Ed noted on Captain's Quarters, Rove seems to have a new zest for politics now that his legal challenges are behind him. Reports late last year were that he would be disappearing back to Texas after the mid-terms. Yesterday he hedged on that and seemed to suggest he had the appetite for another big campaign.

Later yesterday evening at a Mark Kennedy fundraiser, after some extended remarks on the shores of Lake Minnetonka about the Senate race and some presidential anecdotes, Rove excused himself for a late dinner with Governor Pawlenty. I glanced at the Governor's gifted young press spokesman Brian McClung, who was seated next to me, for any clue as to the nature of the late night tete a tete.

McClung was poker-faced.

Actually Rove's legal challenges are NOT behind him. There's a civil suit pending.

Andy Aplikowski has a photo of the Roving parrots over at Residual Forces.

Meeting of the Roving Parrots

The Drama Queen has a photo of the meeting with Karl Rove. I'm sure Avidor will weigh in on the Photo.

Karl Rove and the Roving Parrots, Michael Brodkorb, Ed Morrisey, Andy Aplikowski, Gary Miller and RPM Communications Director Matt Drake

Karl Rove and the Roving Parrots, Michael Brodkorb, Ed Morrisey, Andy Aplikowski, Gary Miller and RPM Communications Director Mark Drake. Some of the faces are cut off. Flash describes who is who:

MDE is in the Back left (Red Tie) to Karl's Right, Light blue shirt next to State Flag is Captain Ed I believe. We see the Back of Gary (KvM) in the Foreground. I'm pretty sure the cut off face with the G4 Mac is Triple A. I am not sure who's shoulder that is in the lower left foreground.


I'm pretty sure the shoulder belongs to Mark Drake.

It would be more interesting if they had audiotaped the interview. Andy Aplikowski live blogged it.

UPDATE: I hear from a source that after after performing his usual incantations, he'd accomplished what he came to do.

Karl Rove's Mission Accomplished

Mission accomplished!

Is Bill Luther Running a Serious Campaign for Attorney General?

I noted earlier that Bill Luther had missed two debates for the AG race. I asked whether he was planning to pull out of the race. Flash, who supports Luther commented:

Bill has to build a campaign from scratch with no money. He is busy organzing his team and preparing for this race. As the front runner, there is no need to jump at every debate offer out there. Give him time, and watch him become the state's next Attorney General.

07.22.06 - 11:40 am

It doesn't make much sense to me to give up two good free media opportunities. I know that Bill Luther's strength is dialing for dollars. I don't tend to use money raised when I rate serious candidates. I look at their performance in debates, and whether they are out there at events meeting voters. I also look at whether they are able to draw volunteers.

Flash is a huge fan of Bill Luther, and so he's got at least one very dedicated and persistant volunteer. Flash started a blog promoting Bill Luther. The blog does not currently accept comments. I'm not sure whether this is a temporary or permanent thing. It's not clear whether the blog is an authorized, or unauthorized part of the Luther campaign.

Mark Kennedy Votes AGAINST Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Mark Kennedy opposes federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. While he supports adult and cord blood stem cell research, when most people talk about stem cell research, they commonly are thinking of embryonic stem cell research. I got a press release from the DSCC today which discussed Mark Kennedy's voting record on this issue, and pointed out that when Mark Kennedy's congressional office issued a press release on the topic a few months ago, the release suggested that Kennedy supports stem cell research.

Press Release-Kennedy Lauds Minnesota Advances in Stem Cell Research


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Mark Kennedy spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives today, to congratulate the University of Minnesota and BioE for their promising research in adult stem cells. The following is the text of his speech:

"Mr. Speaker, stem cell researchers at the University of Minnesota and BioE, a company in my home state, have reported that they have successfully differentiated cord blood stem cells into lung cells.

"This potential breakthrough would extend the promise of stem cell research to the treatment of many respiratory conditions. And, just this past February, researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered the potential application of cord blood stem cells in nerve tissue regeneration.

"This research reinforces the importance of the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act we passed last year, and why we must fully fund the stem cell research it authorized.

"This research out of my home state of Minnesota reminds us that stem cell research that respects life is already being used to provide astonishing miracles for devastating diseases."

Since coming to Congress, Kennedy has supported research to find cures for diseases by more than doubling medical research funding, including adult stem cells.

DSCC pounces on Mark Kennedy today:

For Immediate Release

July 21, 2006

Contact: Phil Singer, 202-485-3123

ob·fus·cate (bf-skt, b-fskt)
tr.v. ob·fus·cat·ed, ob·fus·cat·ing, ob·fus·cates

To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: "A great effort was made... to obscure or obfuscate the truth" (Robert Conquest).
To render indistinct or dim; darken: The fog obfuscated the shore.


Today's Word: Oppose.

Today's Case: Stem Cell Research

Suppose you are a politician who is against something most folks are for. Well, you could tell everybody about it. That would be the right thing to do. But suppose you are the kind of politician who will say anything to get votes. What do you do? Well, you do what Mark Kennedy does: you pretend to be for something while you vote against it, and then issue statements designed to obscure your position in order to trick people into voting for you.

Today's case in point: stem cell research. Last year, Mr. Kennedy voted against --that means opposed-- HR-810, which would allow about-to-be-destroyed stem cells to be used in research for life saving cures for diseases ranging from Diabetes and Alzheimer's. This is President Bush's position, by the way. You remember President Bush, don't you? He's the guy Kennedy votes with all the time, but leaves out of his speeches because he has, well, job approval issues.

So this week the nameless guy Kennedy leaves out of his speeches issued the first veto of his Presidency, on HR-810, that pesky stem cell bill. And what did Mark Kennedy do? Of course, he voted to sustain that veto. That means opposed, too.

That's what Kennedy did. Not once, but twice. Not just last year, but this week.

But you'd never know it from listening to him.

After he voted to sustain what's-his-name's veto of the stem cell bill, Kennedy called stem cell research "a great scientific advancement." And he didn't stop there. "We need to ensure," Kennedy intoned, "that we continue to explore this ground-breaking field for curing diseases in a way that is consistent with our values as a society." [Mark Kennedy Press Release, 7/19/06]

It's a pattern. Here's Mr. Kennedy on the floor of the House Representatives on May 17 of this year:

"Mr. Speaker, stem cell researchers at the University of Minnesota and BioE, a company in my home state, have reported that they have successfully differentiated cord blood stem cells into lung cells.

"This potential breakthrough would extend the promise of stem cell research to the treatment of many respiratory conditions. And, just this past February, researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered the potential application of cord blood stem cells in nerve tissue regeneration."

Sounds great.

Problem is, Mr. Kennedy is against stem cell research.

He just hopes you don't figure that out.


Mark Kennedy isn't opposed to all stem cell research - but he is opposed to embryonic stem cell research. He does not oppose the type of stem cell research that his press release describes. His press release is misleading because it doesn't mention his opposition to embryonic stem cell research.

My question is whether Mark Kennedy is consistant, and also opposes In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). His votes against stem cell research doesn't save any embryos. The embryos are still destroyed. His votes just don't allow these embryos to be used in research.

So Why Did the Strib Publish the Entenza Story two weeks ago?

Michael Brodkorb broke this story close to a year ago. At the time, reporters asked Entenza about it, and dropped the story because they could not get substantiation. Persistant digging, and commitment from the Strib would have gotten the story in the press soon after Brodkorb's original posts on the topic.

So someone must have leaked the Strib more information. The question is who? The Republicans wouldn't have the motivation to leak the story at the time it came out, because it would have been better for Republicans if Entenza was on the ballot, and the story would come out in October before the election.

There's been long time bad blood between Matt Entenza and Mike Hatch. My guess is that people connected to Mike Hatch got the story out there.

UPDATE: Commenter STEA adds -

Word is that Hatch gave the Star Tribune a 3 hour interview where he told them everything in hopes of bringing down Entenza. So no "leak" just Hatch being a bully.

STEA has generally been commenting here when I've been critical of Matt Entenza.

Friday, July 21, 2006

The Drama Queen Gets More Ink

Pat Lopez tells all at the Strib.

That's why he came down to Keegans last night.

So far, Brodkorb stands out on the blog scene in part because of his information-based approach and prolific posts.

He is hard-wired into the heart of state Republican politics, thanks to years spent toiling in its trenches.

He started as a researcher for the state Senate Republican caucus and later moved to the state party ,where he indulged in his secret passion: opposition research on DFLers.

He lost his job with a change of party leadership and went to work as a consultant for Weber Johnson Public Affairs. The Weber is Joe Weber, brother to former congressman Vin Weber, now a confidant of the Bush administration. The company's past clients include Pawlenty, Sen. Norm Coleman, Rep. John Kline and a host of corporate giants.

Brodkorb now juggles his Weber Johnson duties, the Kennedy campaign and his blog, often writing online material at 2 a.m.

His compulsive posting --four to five hours a day -- has produced some fallout in his personal life. In the fevered rush of the past few weeks, Brodkorb finally stretched the limits of his wife's patience. (His blog is, as most are, what could generously be called revenue-neutral.)

Sarah Brodkorb imposed 10 minutes of housework for every post. So between dispatches on the state's hottest political stories, Brodkorb has been folding laundry, scrubbing dishes and watering the lawn.

There have been other penalties. He got sued in January for claiming that Hubert (Buck) Humphrey approached DFL congressional candidate Coleen Rowley for work while he was still working for New School Communications. That case is ongoing.

Brodkorb says he is serious about his work, as most bloggers are, and he wants people to know that bloggers are pretty normal folk.

"We have families, lives, responsibilities," he said. "We're not just guys sitting in the basement in our underwear eating Hot Pockets and watching 'Xena (Warrior Princess).' We're making relevant contributions to the political conversation."

Sarah Brodkorb is a delightful person. She came down to Keegans with Michael.

The MN Publius kids were interviewed also.

It's a good article.

I am troubled by this:

Without the need for confirmation that hobbles traditional journalists, Brodkorb, Schlough, MNPublius founder Matt Martin and a handful of others have prompted mainstream reporters across the Twin Cities to check their sites regularly and to scramble to create their own.

I am not one who claims that blogs are replacing the mainstream media. I hold higher standards and expectations of reporting from newspapers than I do for stuff written on a blog. I don't have the resources to do the shoe leather reporting that good reporters do. I go to blogs for gossip and opinion. It's the same thing I used to do on the phone with other political people. The difference is blogs have broader reach.

The wrong way for reporters to react to blogs is to - in the interest of getting it first, to cut corners and be less concerned with fact checking and getting it right.

Is Bill Luther Pulling Out of AG Race?

There have been two debates of AG candidates - one on Almanac. Bill Luther didn't show up to either. Is he seriously going to run.

David Francis's son missing in the Mountains

Pioneer Press here.

Family financing search for son
Officials call off rescue effort for mountain climber because of lack of resources; Parents seek help
Pioneer Press

Jon Francis' family knows he reached his goal — the peak of Grand Mogul in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains.

He had climbed about a dozen mountains in the range before, but this was his biggest one yet. So the 24-year-old signed his name in the book that sits at the nearly 10,000-foot peak and wrote: "Glory to God."

That is the last the Stillwater Township family knows of his whereabouts.

The law-enforcement search for Francis, who was working at a Bible camp near Ketchum, Idaho, was called off Tuesday night for lack of resources, leaving frustrated family members to search on their own with two hired guides and four volunteers Wednesday.

"We need help," said Francis' mother, Linda Francis. "It's just very difficult, because we have no manpower, and there's so much area to cover. We just want our son — we just weren't willing to give up after two and a half days."

State Senate candidate David Francis, Jon's father, thinks his son had trouble descending the steep, rugged mountain and still is alive.

He said his family needs helicopters and more guides so they can send more volunteers to search.

"We want our son off that mountain," Francis said. "We're frustrated. We went from a search-and-rescue to a family-financed affair."

Jon Francis works as a youth minister at Ascension Lutheran Church in Ogden, Utah, but has spent the last four summers working as a counselor at Luther Heights Bible Camp in Idaho.

He told camp co-workers he planned to return from his hike later Saturday, but he did not show up. They reported him missing Sunday afternoon.

Authorities found Jon Francis' vehicle in a parking lot at Redfish Lake, where he boarded a shuttle to the hiking area. Searchers took to the air and ground and used dogs around Grand Mogul Mountain on Sunday but found no sign of him.

Francis graduated in 2000 from Stillwater Area High School, where he was a member of the cross country, track and Nordic skiing teams. He received his bachelor's in 2005 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he was active in youth ministry.

David Francis, who is running as a Democrat for the state Senate District 52 seat, said he and his wife knew his son had a gift for ministry when he worked with the homeless when he was in high school. "We're so pleased that he decided to pursue that as a career," David Francis said.

Friends gathered Wednesday night at Stillwater's Episcopal Church of the Ascension, where the Francis family worships, for a prayer vigil to support them.

Many also were calling congressional and governors' offices in Minnesota and Idaho with pleas for help or pressure to restart the law-enforcement search.

"People ask me, 'Well, why can't you get helicopters up there?' " David Francis said. "I know the Forest Service has helicopters, but I can't force them to take to the air."

Megan Boldt can be reached at or 651-228-5495.

As soon as I find out where people can send donations to help the Francis family, I'll post the information. Also, I encourage readers to call Governor Pawlenty's office to ask him to do what he can to encourage the Forest Service to do the right thing.

Ken Avidor and I interviewed David Francis a while back and posted a video of the interview.

UPDATE: I called Governor Pawlenty's Office and they are on this case, and have been discussing the issue with the Francis family. The Governor has been in touch with the Idaho governor - and I understand now there are resources going to this search.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

HRC Raising Money for Amy Klobuchar

The Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group is raising money for Amy Klobuchar. They have a fundraising page for her here.

As the Hennepin County Attorney, the chief prosecutor for Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, Amy Klobuchar has a long record on fighting hate crimes. Her office successfully prosecuted an individual who desecrated a Minneapolis church with anti-gay messages. Klobuchar also worked directly with the Minneapolis Hate Crimes Response and Prevention Network to combat violence motivated by hate. In 2000, joined by prosecutors and police officers from around the country, Klobuchar introduced President Clinton at a White House event in support of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. "Hate crimes are different," Klobuchar said at the event. “They affect not just individual victims, but entire communities.”

Klobuchar supports the Employment Nondiscrimination Act and funding to address HIV/AIDS. She opposes the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment and supports civil unions.

Congressman Mark Kennedy (R-MN-6), Klobuchar’s opponent, has amassed an extremely anti-GLBT record in the U.S. House. In contrast to Klobuchar’s record, Kennedy has consistently voted to oppose strong hate crimes legislation. He is also a co-sponsor of the Marriage Protection Amendment. Earning consistent 0’s on HRC scorecards, Rep. Kennedy has not sided with HRC on a single vote, co-sponsorship, or pledge since coming to Washington.

This seat has become the top priority for national Republicans and allied interest groups. President Bush has already flown to Minnesota to raise nearly $1 million for Kennedy, who would continue to be a rubber stamp for the Bush agenda. While Klobuchar is ahead in the polls, the President has helped Kennedy lead Klobuchar in fundraising. The race will be extremely close and Klobuchar will need the strong support of the GLBT community. With the balance of power of the U.S. Senate in question, it is essential that we keep this seat in fair-minded hands by electing Amy Klobuchar.

Mark Kennedy, along with Collin Peterson (DFL, Minnesota) were the two original co-sponsors of the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment. As Lloydletta reported earlier, a lit piece Kennedy sent out to Republicans listed protecting the "sanctity of marriage" from including gays as his top priority in congress. That was higher priority than national security.

HRC will be holding a Minnesota Fundraiser for Amy Klobuchar. Here's the information:

Save the Date!

The Human Rights Campaign's
Twin Cities Fundraiser

for U.S. Senate Candidate

Amy Klobuchar

Thursday August 17, 2006

Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street

Sponsorship Levels:
Platinum: $2100
Gold: $1000
Silver: $500
Bronze: $250

To donate and join the host committee, contact Kirk Rice ( or 202-216-1562) or Kevin Layton ( or 202-216-1532) by July 25.

To learn more about Amy Klobuchar, please contact

Invitation to follow.

Now will we see a bunch of posts from Kennedy v Machine ranting about how the gays are raising money for Amy Klobuchar?

Mark Kennedy and Michele Bachmann campaigned together at the recent Patriot Radio Picnic last weekend. After Karl Rove raises money in Stillwater for Michele Bachmann (11:30 AM at the Water St Inn), he will be raising money for Mark Kennedy in the western burbs for Mark Kennedy.

Keith Ellison in His Own Words

Strib here.

Keith Ellison: The value system that's behind my candidacy
It's about family, faith and a need to work for social justice and the common good.
Keith Ellison

Published: July 19, 2006
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John Borger and Leita Walker: Free speech, judicial elections and fair judges

Debra J. Saunders: Valerie Plame's lawsuit takes a page from Paula Jones

Andrew L. Haas: A crash course for the elderly

Keith Ellison: The value system that's behind my candidacy

Bill Clinton's view of how parties differ

A great deal has been written about me in the press and on political blogs recently. I would like to take this opportunity to speak directly about who I am, rather than have others tell my story.

My passion for social justice comes from my family. My parents worked hard to instill a sense of purpose and pride in me. I grew up hearing the stories of my grandfather who worked with the NAACP in Louisiana, organizing for voting rights at a time when those who stood up could be lynched, and sometimes were.

Our family proudly tells of the time when a young attorney, Thurgood Marshall, stayed in their home, long before he became a Supreme Court Justice.

My grandfather's work helped to inspire my commitment to justice and equal rights. I have always tried to live up to his example as an attorney representing the poor and as a state legislator from north Minneapolis.

As a young man I was outraged and frustrated by the racism and injustice I saw in my community and the world around me. Those experiences propelled me to become a social activist, using my words and actions to draw attention to the very serious problems of inequality, racial injustice and poverty in our society.

As I matured, I had to confront my anger and face it down. I eventually realized that it is easy to be a critic pointing out problems and failings, but it is a far more difficult thing to be part of creating the solution.

As my father used to say, "Any jackass can kick a barn down; it takes a carpenter to build it back up."

Eventually I understood what my father had been telling me, and I committed to being one of the carpenters.

I began to help create a world where everybody counts and where there are no throwaway people.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Oh Quit Whining Already

It's getting old. Why not focus on making Mark Kennedy a better candidate rather than pissing and moaning about the bad poll result from the Strib.

From K v M:

LTE on the Minnesota Poll

The Strib ran this Letter to the Editor bravely at the very bottom of the LTE page online.

minnesota poll

Predictable result

A July 19 letter writer argued that the gap in the Minnesota Poll on the Senate race between DFL Amy Klobuchar and Republican Mark Kennedy was no surprise. On that point, we agree. The Minnesota Poll has shown a bias in favor of DFL and liberal candidates for a generation, as shown by wide advantages for unsuccessful DFL candidates in the past.


I'm also interested to see if they run the commentary piece on it I sent in as well. Chances are? Not.
Filed under: Miscellany, The Machine, Klobuchar — By: Andy Aplikowski — July 19th, 2006

We'll here more whining about media bias if the Strib doesn't publish those words of wisdumb from Triple A. Here's a hint Andy.... The Strib gets lots of letters to the editor and counterpoints. They don't always publish them. My problem with the strib isn't that they don't always publish my letters to the editor or columns.

My problem is when I've written their Readers Rep about poor fact checking on a story, and I don't get the courtesy of a response beyond an auto response. The Pioneer Press is much different on that score - and when you write the Readers Rep there, you get a personal response, and they let you know the action that has been taken on your comment.

Eric Black from the Strib posts the start of a fundraising email from Mark Kennedy campaign manager Pat Shortridge:

We have a fundamental question facing us for the next three and a half months: Who is going to choose our next United States Senator, you or the Minneapolis Star Tribune?

Just when you think the Star Tribune can't get any farther into the other camp. Then they go and serve up one of their famous Minnesota Polls."

Stick a fork in it, Pat.

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

Ralph Reed gets defeated in Republican Primary in Georgia. Pam Spaulding has the results.

More at NPR: Reed it and Weep., July 19, 2006 · The Jack Abramoff scandal has claimed another Republican: Ralph Reed.

The former head of the Christian Coalition, Reed, as chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, brought the state GOP from irrelevance to dominance – it now controls the governorship, both U.S. Senate seats, and a majority in the state legislature. Reed wanted a piece of the action for himself. His goal, which was once thought of as a slam dunk: the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Georgia.

And he seemed to have everything lined up. Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose views on abortion and gays are not even on the same page as Reed's, came in to campaign for him. Zell Miller, a conservative Democrat who may be the most popular pol in the state, worked tirelessly for him. But it wasn't enough.

Reed was soundly defeated in Tuesday's primary by a conservative state senator, Casey Cagle. Cagle focused on Reed's connection with Abramoff, the convicted lobbyist whose relationship with Reed goes back to when they were both with the College Young Republicans. As a longtime favorite of Christian conservatives, Reed's clean-cut image took a beating when it was revealed that he took millions of dollars from Abramoff to lobby against various gambling initiatives in the South. Reed's goal is one that was shared by many religious conservatives. But when it was revealed that the money came from Abramoff's gambling clients, Indian tribes that felt threatened by competition, Reed was thrown on the defensive and never recovered. Cagle won with 56 percent of the vote.

In my opinion, this wasn't about corruption. Ralph Reed's base has no problem with corruption. It was the gambling issue that did him in. Ralph Reed was also portrayed as supporting forced abortions. This was due to his lobbying work.

In August 1999, political organizer Ralph Reed's firm sent out a mailer to Alabama conservative Christians asking them to call then-Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.) and tell him to vote against legislation that would have made the U.S. commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands subject to federal wage and worker safety laws.

Now those seven-year-old words are coming back to haunt Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition and a candidate for the Republican nomination to be Georgia's lieutenant governor.

"The radical left, the Big Labor Union Bosses, and Bill Clinton want to pass a law preventing Chinese from coming to work on the Marianas Islands," the mailer from Reed's firm said. The Chinese workers, it added, "are exposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ" while on the islands, and many "are converted to the Christian faith and return to China with Bibles in hand."

A year earlier, the Department of the Interior -- which oversees federal policy toward the U.S. territory -- presented a very different picture of life for Chinese workers on the islands. An Interior report found that Chinese women were subject to forced abortions and that women and children were subject to forced prostitution in the local sex-tourism industry.

Don't let the door hit ya on the way out, Ralph.

What Did the Attorney General Know and When Did He Know It?

Politics in Minnesota quoted by the Drama Queen:

Last fall we were fed this story about Entenza’s research on Hatch. Understanding the hardball political style of both parties, we didn’t think much of it. But we must tell you the information we gleaned from a closely placed aide to Hatch reminds us of good old fashioned politics. Here it is:

Once Hatch found out about the research, he invited Entenza to lunch to discuss things. At this lunch, where Warren Spannaus was also present, Hatch grilled Entenza about why the research had been commissioned, and told him that if he continued in this vein he would make Entenza's bid very difficult.

We're now seeing that Hatch followed through. Source: The Politics In Minnesota Weekly Report, July 19, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Comments from the Peanut Gallery

I commented to Mark's post about Jason Lewis coming back to Minnesota and got this response:

Eva are you schizophrenic? Jason Lewis is one of the biggest anti-gay bigots in this country. You are all over Mike Hatch for not being pro-gay enough and then you're glad that Jason Lewis is coming back. I stopped listening to everything on AM1500 specifically because of Jason Lewis' anti-gay bullshit. He's a duplicitious, hypocritical, slimy reptilian bastard and by making the statement above you have proved Schoolsout point. You are a Republican Hack. We're all still waiting for the Log Cabin Endorsements. Where are they?
Jason Freaking Lewis got kicked out of the Republican Nominating Convention because he was so adamantly opposed to Tim Pawlenty because Tim Pawlenty was too frickin liberal. Lewis was one of the chief reasons Pawlenty had to renounce his vote for the glbt civil rights amendment. You are unbelievable. Hack Hack Hack
Where are the LCR endorsements? Put up or shut up.

I don't know of any Log Cabin Republicans endorsements for this election cycle. I am the past President of Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota - but am currently a member of the organization and not the spokesperson. If people are interested in what's happening with LCR/MN, I'd suggest getting ahold of the organization directly at

I was at the state convention during the Pawlenty/Sullivan battle. I do not remember this story about Jason Lewis. I'd be interested in evidence that this occurred.

I called in to Jason's show when he made some of his statements about gays - and he was always fair - and gave me the opportunity to present my views. That's more than many talk show hosts do - left or right. Jason also had me on as a guest on his show once for an hour - after I challenged him on gay issues.

Do I agree with Jason Lewis's politics? No. He's too far to the right for my taste. Do I find him to be an entertaining talk show host? Yes.

I assume Quiche is a Mike Hatch supporter.

Governor Pawlenty Does Fundraiser for Rick Stanek

Rich Stanek is running for Hennepin County Sheriff. Here's the text of an invite I got in the mail:

In November 2006.... There will be a new Sheriff in Town

Please Join
For an event in support of
Rich Stanek

Tuesday July 18th at
107 3rd Av N
Minneapolis MN

Boardroom Reception 4:30-6:00
$250 per person
Private reception with Governor Pawlenty
and Rich Stanek
Cocktails and Hors d-oervres served.

Reception 5:00-7:30
$100.00 per person
Remarks by Governor Pawlenty
at 5:30. Music, Cash Bar and Hors d'doevres

Federal Marriage Amendment Goes Down in the House

Roll Call here. 34 Democrats voted yes, 27 Republicans voted no.

In Minnesota, Ramstad, Kline, Peterson, Kennedy and Gutnecht voted yes. Sabo, Oberstar and McCollum voted no.

Don't let the door hit you, Matt!

From the Star Tribune

Entenza drops out of race

Buffeted by questions about his honesty and investigations into his wife's multimillion-dollar stock options, DFL endorsee Matt Entenza dropped out of the race for state attorney general Tuesday.
With wife Lois Quam, a top executive of UnitedHealth Group, at his side, Entenza stood on the steps of the State Capitol and said he was withdrawing despite his confidence that he still could win the election to succeed Attorney General Mike Hatch, the DFL endorsee for governor.

"But with so little time and so many attacks, from anonymous faxes to attacks on my family, it is impossible to fight these attacks and win this race without it taking a serious toll on the people and the party we care about the most," he said.

Entenza, who recently stepped down as minority leader to concentrate on his campaign, has been under heavy fire for almost a week.

His troubles began with the revelation that he had hired a Chicago opposition-research firm that investigated fellow DFLer Mike Hatch, the current attorney general who is the party's endorsee for governor.

The hail of criticism has been directed not so much at Entenza's original action but at explanations and defenses that his critics are saying are distortions or lies.

Entenza issued a statement Monday, saying that "over the last few days my opponents have tried to land a few hits, but it is nothing compared to the hits the people of Minnesota have taken every day under this Republican administration."

State Rep. Jeff Johnson, R-Plymouth, the Republican candidate for attorney general, bluntly accused Entenza not only of changing his story as details emerged, but of outright lying. "I think he lied probably several times this last week," Johnson said Monday.

Johnson said Entenza initially didn't tell the truth when he told reporters more than a year ago that there was no truth to rumors that he was doing opposition research on Hatch.

Johnson also said Entenza has tried to deceive the public on the motive for his research, the extent of the digging and the cost.

Meanwhile, a St. Paul attorney with a familiar surname in DFL Party history became the first to file a primary challenge. She is Jennifer Mattson, granddaughter of former Attorney General Robert Mattson Sr. and daughter of former State Auditor and state Treasurer Robert Mattson Jr.

Mattson said she saw an "irreconcilable conflict" in Entenza's pursuit of the attorney general's office, which under Hatch is investigating $30 million in stock options granted to UnitedHealth Group, where Entenza's wife, Lois Quam, is a top executive.

In a letter to Entenza, Mattson said his handling of the Hatch inquest and the conflict of interest posed by his wife's income "are now the dominant issues."

"Not only is your own election highly questionable, but you are endangering the entire DFL ticket," she wrote.

Entenza's campaign counterattacked with a statement accusing Mattson of "viciously attacking Matt's wife," who is being "dragged through the mud simply because of where she works."

Mattson's inexperience also was addressed. Entenza's campaign manager, John Van Hecke, cited Entenza's 20-year record as a white-collar criminal prosecutor, an assistant attorney general and as a consumer advocate while in the Legislature.

An anonymous attack against Entenza on Monday came in the form of a packet of documents, including photocopies of campaign records and cancelled checks from Quam and Entenza's joint account, that were faxed to several Capitol reporters. Entenza's name was blacked out on the checks.

The person who faxed the documents claimed that they demonstrate that Entenza didn't tell the truth when he told reporters in December 2004 that he and his wife contributed about $600,000 to Democratic campaigns and liberal groups.

The mystery attacker's documents indicate that Quam gave at least $55,000 more to Democratic committees in South Dakota, which then sent the money back to Minnesota and to the DFL House caucus, which was led at the time by Entenza.

DFL Party chair Brian Melendez said the information in the attack appeared to be accurate but that nothing illegal was done.

In his written statement Entenza said, "We have a lot of Democratic friends in a lot of places, and we are always happy to help them."

Meanwhile, the names of several high-profile DFLers have been circulating as possible alternative candidates to Entenza, with indications that some party insiders are seeking recruits.

The deadline for filing for office is the end of the workday today.

This guy was a poor excuse for an effective legislator, and was a worse candidate for statewide office. Good riddance

Monday, July 17, 2006

Opposition Research

Rachel Stassen Burger has an excellent story about the practice of opposition research. The story was written as a response to the story about Matt Entenza hiring a PI to do opposition research on Mike Hatch.

Digging up foes' dirt is status quo in politics
Most candidates don't brag about it, but they do it
Pioneer Press

Opposition research: Few gird for political battle without it, but most don't openly talk about it.

Most candidates and parties spend considerable time delving into the records and backgrounds of political rivals. They do it in-house or hire outside organizations to compile opponents' public statements, voting records, court records or any other public details that could woo voters away from their adversaries.

The results show up in the media, campaign ads, mailings and debates — anywhere the campaigns can get their messages heard and seen by voters. ...

While Entenza's explanations drew headlines, the notion that a candidate engages in opposition research raises few eyebrows among political insiders.

"If somebody tells you they don't do opposition research, they're either lying or they're not doing their job," said Jess McIntosh, a research and communications director for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. "It's something that happens on both sides of the aisle. It's something that's been happening for years."

Michael Brodkorb, who worked in opposition research for the Minnesota Republican Party from March 2002 until June 2005, concurs.

"It's just a quiet function of a campaign," he said. "It's trying to find a way to responsibly define your opponent in a way that contrasts well with your message."

Brodkorb now runs Minnesota Democrats Exposed, an independent blog that first published information about Entenza's inquiries last year and uncovered this week that Gragert's work went beyond Entenza's original description of the information he requested.

"Opposition research is aboveboard," said Brodkorb, who is a part-time consultant to U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy's Senate campaign.

But that doesn't mean all campaigns want to be seen as doing opposition research.

"There are people who are really nervous about it," said Terry Cooper, a Virginia-based political researcher who has worked for Republican campaigns in 49 states, including Minnesota.

He did some work for former Sen. Rod Grams' unsuccessful bid for re-election.

Sometimes Cooper's clients are so fearful of the negative perception of opposition research that they pay him through third parties so his fees — about $20,000 to $30,000 for a congressional race — don't draw notice in publicly disclosed campaign-finance reports.

Not everyone is similarly cautious. According to a Center for Responsive Politics search performed for the Pioneer Press, so far this year federal campaigns have reported nearly $2 million in "research" expenditures, which may or may not all be opposition research and could include polling-related research. Campaigns have reported $84,607 in spending on "opposition research."

While Cooper accepts his clients' wariness as part of the business, he sees opposition research as part of what keeps voters informed about the nature of their election choices.

"Why do opposition research?" Cooper asked in a presentation about the practice. "Opposition research is voter information services!"

But for all the cheering, Cooper does say that appropriate opposition research has its limits. Digging through public documents — from voting records to parking tickets to civil matters — is all fine as long as the information gathered has to do with the candidate's "qualification for performance of the job in office," he said.

What falls within that limitation can be debatable. Does a candidate's philandering reflect on his or her qualifications? What about treatment for depression or alcoholism?

Depending on the nature of a campaign and the research, those can be offered up by thorough diggers.

But it is clearly not appropriate, Cooper said, for researchers to dig into information about opponents' children or family.

"Stay away from family members," he said.

That doesn't mean the behavior of family members doesn't work its way into the public sphere.

Political junkies remember Billy Carter's misadventures and how they were reflected on President Jimmy Carter. During the 2000 Senate race, the arrest of Morgan Grams, Rod Grams' son, made news a few months before Grams lost his re-election bid. And opposition researchers had little to do with Minnesotans learning four years ago about the Governor's Residence parties hosted by Tyrel Ventura, son of then-Gov. Jesse Ventura.

Those stories were spread by the news media — not opposition research.

Often a research effort begins by digging up information not about the opposition but about one's own candidate to prepare for what may come from the other side of the ballot, researchers and political operatives said.

It will then move on to compile information about everything in opponents' public records, from speeches to job performance to candidates' experience with the courts. Even housing and divorce records may be fair game. Sometimes the investigation will be surreptitious, but Cooper and others say being open about the investigations can also play to a campaign's advantage.

Often, sophisticated campaigns will conduct polls to see how the results of the research play with voters. The results will then go into a "research book" and be used throughout a campaign as needed.

"We do have a research book on Mike Hatch," said Ron Carey, chairman of the Minnesota Republican campaign.

But Carey, who called on Entenza to release his research on Hatch and also to reveal any suspicions he might have about Hatch, refused to make public the Republican research on Hatch. He did not say whether the book includes polling.

"We are going to be releasing it as appropriate," he said. "We have to use it in a politically smart way."

For the most part, opposition research is, well, boring, Brodkorb said.

"You're sitting there looking through the votes ... newspaper clippings," he said. "It can be a very dry process."

I'll agree with the caveat to stay away from people's families.

Peter LaBarbera Up Late at Night Writing the Gay Blogs

Pam Spaulding has the scoop. LaBarbera wasn't happy that the Planet Out Blog picked up on Wayne Besen referring to LaBarbera as Porno Pete. I have contacted LaBarbera to request an interview.

... ("Porno Pete"), why didn't you contact me first? Or do you always run with the most vicious smears just because a prominent gay activist uses them? Usually I get fair treatment in the gay press; not this time.

Yes, I once researched gay events, and still do occasionally, by attending them to get firsthand info. I sometimes went undercover so as not to get kicked out by "tolerant" gay activists (what are they trying to hide?), but other times I went openly, such as at the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Ass'n, where I once spoke at a panel debate opposite gay journalists dealing with whether the media has a pro-gay bias.

No, I do not "collect" porn--never have--and I am not interested in or enjoy gay pornography. Frankly, it's pretty sick stuff, in my view. And no, I am not a homosexual nor did I ever struggle with those desires. (Isn't it funny how gay activists accuse their opponents of being homosexual as if that's the biggest slur they can come up with?)

Wayne Besen relied on the false testimony of a former "ex-gay," Wade Richards, who worked a while for Americans for Truth before we (foolishly) urged him to speak at a press conference. Besen attended the event and apparently helped to recruit young Wade back into the gay life. [Gee, Wayne has some serious powers of persuasion, doesn't he? LOL!] Wade knew full well that my interests were as a critical researcher, but he wanted to strike back at me, so he accused me of collecting gay "porn."

Yes, I have purchased numerous gay magazine subscriptions and books over the years as part of my efforts to research the movement--just like some gay researchers peruse the writings of the Family Research Council or Dr. James Dobson. (Should we accuse "Ex-Gay Watch" of secretly supporting Christian conservatives because they spend a lot of time and energy researching them?)

Pam Spaulding has the complete letter at the Blend.

Mike Hatch and the Gay Community - Comments

Schoolsout and DavidD debate in the comments:


So, we are still waiting. Are the Log Cabin Repubs going to endorse ANYBODY for this election cycle in Minnesota???

Why are you soooo concerned about the Dems. Perhaps, Eva, you ought to be looking into your own mirror and come clean about the lack of support from your GOP party on GLBT issues.

Typical stuff from a Republican party hack like Eva Young.
schoolsout | 07.17.06 - 11:07 am | #

I believe that the whole point of LCR and Eva's political activism, is to call out Republican's who are weak on GLBT issues, but moreso, to promote those who are not. We fully acknowledge that the Republican Party is weak on GLBT issues, but at least they don't lie about their intentions.

My party, the IP, is good on these issues in both platform and candidacy. You cannot get an endorsement without supporting equal civil rights for all.

This isn't the case in the DFL. You can be endorsed and not even follow the party platform on GLBT issues, and moreover, people like Schoolsout will blindly follow.

However, in the typical fashion of closed-minded liberals, Schoolsout closes his/her eyes, puts his/her fingers in the ears and resorts to name calling.

Maybe if you stepped beyond partisanship and listened, you could add substance to the political discourse of our State. However, you are a prime example of why people like me won't vote democratic. I agree with some of the ideals, however, I'd rather stick to my principles and vote third party where people are willing to discuss disagreements in an adult-like fashion rather than an elementary school-yard manner.

I stopped by and commented over at MN Publius's post trying to spin the Minnesota poll results as positive for Mike Hatch:

lloydletta Says:

Mike Hatch's achilles heel vis a vis Lourey in the primary, and Hutchinson in the general is with gay voters. Hatch is hoping to send Judi Dutcher out to address the gay community. But gays aren't stupid.

Hatch's positions on gay issues are identical to Pawlenty (he said so himself in the Pioneer Press). Hatch opposes gay marriage, won't take a position on the Bachmann amendment, and opposes discrimination against gays. Pawlenty voted to include gays in the human rights act. He later said he regretted the vote because this included transgender individuals - he did not have problems with protecting gays from discrimination.

The question is whether Lourey will agressively use this issue against Hatch in the primary. If she does - it will hurt Hatch.

Hutchinson isn't going anywhere.

Posted at: July 17, 2006 07:43 AM
Dan Says:

lloydletta, it really is time for you to stop lying about Mike Hatch. You are bending over backwards to make Hatch look anti-gay, and to make Pawlenty somehow look tolerant. Hatch opposes the gay marriage ban amendment, while Pawlenty supports it.

Becky Lourey is great, but she is totally irrelevant at this point. She will also put the good of the party ahead of her own intersts.

Peter Hutchinson, will do everything in his power to help elect Pawlenty. The guy has mainstream Democratic positions, but was too much of a coward to run as a Democrat. He also may have too big an ego to drop out so as to help the candidate who shares his views.

Posted at: July 17, 2006 10:06 AM
Sundog Says:

Well, I dunno anything about GLBT politics, but I don't think lloydetta is a stoodge for T-Paw. Unless I'm mistaken, I can remember some pretty poignant words from about his suppport of the Twins stadium bill over at her blog.

Posted at: July 17, 2006 05:49 PM
lloydletta Says:

Dan - please give me a source where Hatch has said he opposes Michele Bachmann's amendment. Hatch has never been willing to say publicly he opposes the Bachmann amendment.

Sundog - you are exactly right. I called him Governor Pawlenty of Tax Increases for his efforts to increase taxes on the hapless Hennepin County residents.

Posted at: July 17, 2006 06:04 PM
Dan Says:

I went to the Minnesota Queer blogs, where your name pops up. It says that Hatch declined to support the amendment, and that he participated in the pride parade.

Look, I know that GLBT people have had to take a backseat for a long time. And I know that Hatch is not the strongest supporter -- if you want to point out where Lourey is better, that is fair. But don't misrepresent Hatch's positions and make them seem worse than they are.

Posted at: July 17, 2006 09:22 PM
lloydletta Says:

Hatch has not been willing to state a clear position on the constitutional amendment. It should be fairly easy for a democrat running for statewide to oppose the amendment. He hasn't said he supports the amendment, but he hasn't said he opposes the amendment either - so I stand by my claim.

Becky Lourey, Peter Hutchinson, Sue Jeffers, and Michael Cavlan all clearly oppose the Bachmann amendment.

If there was a SuperDOMA bill, similar to what got vetoed by Wisconsin's Jim Doyle, my guess is that Mike Hatch would sign the bill. That Wisconsin "SuperDOMA" bill was appalling.

I'd like to check out the Queer blog citation you talk about? Do you have a specific link?


He's Baaaaaaaack

Conservative radio talker Jason Lewis will make his reentry into Twin Cities airwaves August 7, when he debuts on KTLK (100.3 FM). Lewis will take over the Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. timeslot currently occupied by Brian Lambert and Sarah Janacek. Lewis left his top-rated KSTP (1500 AM) talk show in 2003 for a station in Charlotte, N.C. Lewis has already moved back to the Twin Cities, but will continue for the next few weeks to broadcast his talk show in Charlotte from Clear Channel headquarters in St. Louis Park. No word on what will happen to the liberal Lambert and conservative Janacek, whose stormy on-air exchanges have created some intriguing radio moments.

I'm glad to hear Jason is coming back to town. Lambert and Janacek had their moments, but often devolved into boring repetition and lameness.

Starting today, Dan Conry took over the 9-11 am spot formerly held by Pat Kessler. Conry used to have the 7-9 pm show. I just looked at the KTLK website, and the evening spot is listed as 'TBA'.

Comments on Mike Hatch's Lack of Support from Gay Community Leaders

From Lloydletta comments:

So, perhaps GOP party hack Eva Young could let us all know who the Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed for the upcoming races? Please be as specific as possible. We would all like to know which US Senate candidate, Governor candidate, and all House and Senate race candidates that have received their endorsements.

We also need to know which of these GOP candidates have put up the endorsement on their websites. If they are afraid to do so, perhaps it is an opening for their opponents, eh Eva??

Tick, tick, tick....we are waiting Eva.
schoolsout 07.16.06 - 6:26 pm | #

LCR isn't a bunch of pushovers like Stonewall. They would forego an endorsement before endorsing someone who would just use them. That's the difference between liberals and the rest of the world. We stand by our principles.

DavidD is exactly correct. Log Cabin Republicans gives principled endorsements.

More on Hatch's troubles with Gay Voters:

See also the google search results for "Mike Hatch gay".

Matt Entenza Gets Primary Opponent


Mattson to run against Entenza in DFL attorney general primary
Associated Press

ST. PAUL - A St. Paul attorney says she will run against state Representative Matt Entenza for the D-F-L nomination for attorney general of Minnesota.

Jennifer Mattson says she is challenging the party's endorsed candidate because he hired a Chicago firm to investigate the current attorney general, Mike Hatch, who is running for governor. She also said Entenza faces a conflict of interest if elected because the attorney general is investigating UnitedHealth Group's granting of stock options. Entenza's wife is a UnitedHealth executive.

Jennifer Mattson's grandfather, Robert Mattson, was once attorney general, and her father, Robert Mattson, was state treasurer in the 1980s.

I'm sure DFL Blogger Pollytick will be pleased.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Is Mike Hatch Ashamed to be seen with Stonewall DFL

When he met with the Stonewall DFL screening committee last month, Mike Hatch told them, he wasn't going to list any endorsements on his campaign website. What is interesting about this is that Mike Hatch still has an endorsement page up. It is currently not linked from the main page. I've copied the screen shot in case this disappears from the website. Hatch has no problem listing labor endorsements, but he clearly didn't want to publicly acknowledge Stonewall DFL's endorsement should he get the endorsement. I recognised two gay DFL activists (Rick Stafford and Javier Morillo-Alicea) on the Hatch endorsement list and no openly gay DFL elected officials. That speaks volumes.

Becky Lourey definitely has an opening here if she uses it. Peter Hutchinson has an opening here in the general.

Minnesota Poll on Governor's Race

The Minnesota Poll is published at the Strib. Governor Tim Pawlenty is slightly ahead (43%) of challenger Mike Hatch (41%).

The poll asked questions about the following candidates:

Tim Pawlenty (Republican)
Mike Hatch (DFL)
Peter Hutchinson (IP)
Ken Pentel (Green)
Becky Lourey (DFL)

Favorable/Unfavorable ratings here.

The IP's Peter Hutchinson is currently at 5%. Conventional wisdom is that more of Hutchinson's votes come from Hatch than Pawlenty. Hutchinson is doing more poorly at this stage than Jesse Ventura or Tim Penny.

The poll identified likely voters by self reports of voting history. I'm not sure why they don't cross check the voters against the SOS voter history file to get voter history.

This is bad news for DFL candidate Mike Hatch. Republicans are unpopular right now, but Hatch isn't selling.

Ofcourse the only poll that matters is the one on election day.

Drama Queen Picks Up on Hatch's Trouble with the Gay Community



Hatch's trouble with the gay community provides an opportunity for Becky Lourey's campaign to gain ground. I love DFL infighting!
posted by Michael B. Brodkorb at 10:03 pm

This is more than DFL infighting. With Peter Hutchinson in the race in the general election, Gays have the opportunity to flex some political muscle and show the DFL that the gay community will not be treated like an automatic teller machine for the Democrats.