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Saturday, October 28, 2006

MCCL and the Auditor/SOS Office

From Minnesota Campaign Report:

I'm curious as to what MCCL thinks the offices of Secretary of State and State Auditor have to do with their radical right-wing agenda?

Conversely, why are Pat Anderson and Mary Kiffmeyer the only candidates for those offices who answered MCCL's questionnaire? Pandering to the right wing, perhaps? While running for watchdog offices that are supposed to watch out for everyone in Minnesota?

Now Outfront Minnesota also sent questionaires to these candidates. Rebecca Otto answered this questionaire, and she said she opposes the Bachmann amendment. Her voting record says otherwise, and Outfront knows this.

Bruce Kennedy says:
October 27th, 2006 at 9:11 pm

I received the questionnaire. I responded that none of the issues related to the SOS office. Their rule is if you don't limit your answer to yes or no, then you didn't respond.
Actually, there was one question about mail voting which I answered. But they didn't post that question in the voters' guide.
I also told Planned Parenthood and NARAL that I didn't make abortion policy. There are many groups that don't know or don't care that the SOS does not vote in the legislature. I finally developed a form letter for these people which I shared with the other candidates. Here's the end of it: "Please do not interpret my refusal as a slight to your organization. But I feel it is important for a candidate, especially one for Secretary of State who promotes civic virtue and informed voting, to avoid making claims that cannot be fulfilled or to misrepresent the limits of the office. And I disapprove of my opponents when they don't make the same point. If your questions pertain to the office I seek, I will happily respond. Otherwise, I urge you to eliminate this office from your published responses." Seeing no change in the MCCL guide, I posted this to my website:

Linda Higgins says:
October 27th, 2006 at 8:22 pm

The MCCL is forever mucking around in election committees in the MN House and Senate. I've seen good discussions go sour right after all the prolife senators get little yellow notes from the MCCL lobbyists. They killed the June primary bill. They killed the IRV bill. They go to extreme lengths to protect the status quo, since they evidently believe they have figured out the system to get their folks elected.

These issues have nothing to do with the MCCL mission.

6th District Debate

Michele Bachmann, John Binkowski and Patty Wetterling debate on TV on KSTP. The debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. You can view the debate here.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Marilyn Musgrave Tries to Get Michael Schiavo Thrown Out of Debate

Michael Schiavo writes about this here.

[J]ust minutes after taking my seat, I noticed a flurry of activity around my seat including about four uniformed police officers who were - I would learn later - called in by Musgrave staffers and asked to remove me from the building.

At this point, I had made no speeches, I had no signs, had made no attempt to disrupt or cause any commotion. I only came into the auditorium, spoke to a dozen or so reporters and took a seat.

To their credit, the police refused the Musgrave campaign's appeal to have me removed.

There's more to come, but I still can't get over even that part. A sitting member of Congress asked the police to remove me - a taxpaying citizen - from a public debate. Obviously, I misunderstand the concept of a political debate. I thought a debate was a place to share ideas, answer questions, defend your record and tell citizens what you've done and what you will do. Marilyn Musgrave believes, I have to gather, that debates are places to have the police remove people who don't agree with you.

After the police talked with obviously irritated Musgrave staffers and the debate organizer, the Musgrave campaign complained that my seat, next to the timekeeper, was inappropriate because - get this - Marilyn Musgrave would have to look at me. In an effort to appease the Musgrave camp, the debate organizers moved the timekeeper to the other side of the stage - about 15 seats away.

If you need to re-read that again, it's okay. A member of Congress who took to the floor of our Congress to speak about my wife, my family and my values made the debate timekeeper move so she wouldn't have to look at me. Just amazing....

But underneath it all I'm left with something I can't get past. Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, as I said, had no problem at all in speaking about me and my family on the floor of Congress. Yet she can't bring herself to even look at me. She has to seek help from the police to have me removed from a public debate.

It's crystal clear that Marilyn Musgrave not only can't admit she's wrong, she can't even face the consequences of her own actions. She must believe that if she runs away fast enough or surrounds herself with enough people who tell her she's great, it never happened.

Well, Marilyn, it did happen. You were wrong. And that you don't have the decency to admit it or even face me - even to disagree with me - is more than cowardice. It's un-American and disgusting....

Minnesota Daily LTE

By yours truly. What do you think?

Has the Drama Queen Lost Steam?

Rahelio at American Hot Sausage explains.

AHS: How did MDE go from source to the mainstream media to blogland laughingstock?

In this critical time of hotly contested races nationally and locally that might shift power from the Republican monopoly to a Democratic plurality, you would think all the dirt that's unfit to print would be pouring over our flatscreens. If ever there was a time to release compelling information about Democrats who have crack parties with underage Cocker Spaniels and make cross-species porn while fondling nubile marijuna plants, it would be now.

So, why is Minnesotadumbassexposed pulling up goose eggs on everything? With Broddie's obsessive compulsive "research" abilities you'd think he'd deliver the goods now more than ever. This is the moment of truth. It's money shot time. This is the day to give the opponents a facial, and the Brodslayer is usually the skiptracing punk to do it. But, dare we say, he's become a bit impotent lately? We're please, relieved, and giddy about it.

The Republican Party of Minnesota needs retards like MDE to screen public records with a partisan eye, a lack of conscience, and a misanthropic intent. With an enormous idea deficit (stay the course, cut taxes - dividends, estate, capital gains, God is a republican) they have little else going for them other than personal destruction of others.

Brodkorb's blog has always been of uneven quality. He is sometimes an excellent source of political gossip. All too frequently he posts GOP press releases with nothing really original and new.

The Entenza-Hatch spy v spy story is his biggest story.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

HRC Fires Staffer Behind Anonoblog Exposing Mark Foley Emails

Gay Patriot has the story.

Now the New York Times has picked up the story.

Tammy Lee, an "Empty Vessel"?

At the Minneapolis Upside Down blog, Loosestrife takes a critical look at the 5th CD candidate.

Tammy Lee on Gay Issues

Andy Birkey interviewed her here.

A Few of the Many Reasons Why CD5 Residents Should NOT Vote for Ellison

I posted over on Minnestoa Monitor and was questioned about my statements. Since someone asked, I figured I would let everyone know some of the reasons why Keith Ellison should not go to Congress.

I've read every bill Mr. Ellison has ever authored and the record is littered with irresponsible legislation. Perhaps people should realize that the legislative record, upon which Ellison touts himself, isn't impressive. In fact it is detrimental to us all. Step away from partisanship and blind faith in the DFL and realize that two other true progressives are running in this race and Keith Ellison isn't one of them. I am in the process of getting some audio files together too, but with my two jobs I have been pretty tied up. If anyone wants to help, email us at and I'll get back to you.

Each of these bills can be found at:

1. 2005-2006 Legislative Session he authored a bill that would remove the state's ability to crack down on people who are delinquent in paying child support.

SEE HF 1288: Driver's license suspension for nonpayment of support repealed.

2. 2005-2006 Legislative Session he authored a bill that would
decriminalize making false reports of police brutality. He authored a bill that would make it easier for people to attack the police due to diminished legal consequence.

SEE HF 2951 False information relating to police misconduct criminal provision repealed.

3. 2003-2004 (I had the wrong year on the previous post) Legislative Session he authored a bill that would remove the penalty for open alcoholic drinks inside a motor vehicle.

SEE HF 2875 Driver's license; specified misdemeanor traffic offenses provided that do not constitute grounds for driver's license revocation or suspension.

4. 2003-2004 Legislative Session he supported an amendment to the science standards that would have allowed Intelligent Design to be taught as a science.

SEE HF 2558 No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 state affirmation provided and social studies and science rigorous core academic standards rulemaking and implementation authorized.


2005-2006 Regular Session

Primary Author of 62 Bills. 58 stuck in committee, 2 stuck after 2nd reading and only 2 passed

He piggy backed on some other legislators and was Coauthor of 144 Bills. 126 Stuck in committee. 5 stuck after 2nd reading and 13 passed.

So in summary, Keith has authored bills which are detrimental to child protection and public safety. He voted to bastardize the science standards and in the last legislative session he got two of his own bills passed (a success rate of 3%). This isn't what we need in congress.

I've done a in-depth review of all the candidates, their positions, their histories and looked at their qualifications. Keith Ellison and Alan Fine are NOT qualified candidates.

Mark Stenglein Replaces Alan Fine in the Personal Rapid Transit Pod Squad

Although Alan Fine is idiotic enough to put the nearly dead Taxi 2000 Corporation on his web site, he doesn't have any chance of getting elected. Incumbent Hennepin County Commisioner Mark Stenglein however is on record supporting PRT. Here is a hilarious letter from Mark Stenglein to Bill James, the President of the "Intelligent Transportation Corporation":

Dear Mr. James,

Intelligent Transporatation's approach to the energy of out communnity is one whose time has come. Computerized networks can automate repetetive travel such as transporting children to and from school, shoppers to and from retail centers, to and from work.

Since Stenglein's letter is dated November 15, 2005, it's safe to say that PRT's time came and went.

Intelligent Transportation and Taxi 2000, both Minnesota companies, seem to be leading the world in automating transportation networks.

Does Stenglein really believe that? Bill James runs his pretend PRT company out of his suburban home in Burnsville. James made his "J-Pod" prototype in a garage using plywood, metal tubing, carpets for the seats and duct tape... DUCT TAPE!!! If Stenglein had the sense to ask his staff to Google Taxi 2000 he would have learned that Taxi 2000 was hardly on the cutting edge of anything after suffering a corporate shake-up and a nasty lawsuit. By the time Stenglein wrote this letter, Taxi 2000 was already washed-up. Taxi 2000 hasn't had anything new added to its website's news page since 2004. A dead company website means a dead company.

Until I rode in the Taxi 2000 vehicle I did not understand the power and simplicity of automating personal transit. It would be a shame for Minnesota to not leverage its lead position again as a "Physical Internet" is built.

That last statement is enough to conclude that Stenglein is either delusional or just plain stupid. I hope Mark Stenglein is defeated on November 7th.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hennepin County Board votes to give themselves a raise.

Yup, it really happenned. After the Hennepin County Commnissioners voted to stick Hennepin County residents with paying for the new stadium, the Hennepin County Board also voted to give themselves a raise (for a job well done?). The increase is 4% in 2007 and 4% in 2008. Hmmm, I wish my property taxes were going down 4% in 2007 & 4% in 2008.

New annual pay for County Commissioners will be $90,276 for 2007, and $93,888 for 2008, per Star Tribune 10-25-06 page B8. How many Hennepin County residents working full time earn that large of a salary? What will the Commissioners decide that we need in Hennepin County next (for entertainment purposes) and stick us tax payers with the cost of building?
I'd rather pay to keep libraries open, police on the streets, and medical care available for those in need.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Another Great Letter to the Editor in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal

The letter writer is from Perham, a rural community in Otter Tail County. The overall political orientation would be conservative.

Ask who is talking about issues voters really care about

When you vote on Nov. 7, keep in mind the following:

l. The barebones budget for a family of four in Otter County is $40,380 according to the JobsNow Coalition. (This allows nothing for retirement planning, vacations, and the like.)

2. For a family of four with two working parents to be able to meet that budget, each parent would have to make $9.71 per hour.

About 37 percent of the jobs in Otter Tail County pay less than that amount. And that amount is about $3.50 per hour over Minnesota's minimum wage.

3. The cost of health care has increased by over 50% in the past five or six years.

4. The cost of attending a public college or university in Minnesota has increased by over 35 percent while Pawlenty has been governor.

These are some of the stark realities that we face in our area. While both parties say that they care about these things, their actions say otherwise.

It is the Republicans who have been saying for several years “no new taxes.”

To some degree they have succeeded. The results of their “success” include hundreds of millions of dollars in increased "fees," the dramatically higher cost of a higher education in Minnesota, real estate taxes that are up by 58 percent from 2002, fewer people on Minnesota Care, and so on.

Republicans seem to prefer to distract us from these realities by directing our attention to “values.”

But, as we have been recently reminded, no group — not even the most outspokenly righteous Republicans — has a corner on virtue and values.

Republicans are just as flawed as everyone else. As Al Franken has been fond of saying recently to the Republicans, “don't lecture me on values!”

Some evangelical Christians have begun to voice some concerns regarding what is happening in their churches.

Evangelical pastor Gregory Boyd (of the Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood, Minn.) wrote in the October 22 Minneapolis Tribune that “the evangelical church in our country has been hijacked by politics.”

Self-described “values voter” Dick Armey, Republican Majority Leader of the House of Representatives in Washington until about 2002, has recently said that “too many of our Christian leaders fail to recognize the temptation to power and the danger it holds for our society and our faith.” (He referred to evangelical leader James Dobson as a “bully.”)

So, when you vote, think about the economic realities that we face and how overwhelming they are for many. Democratic candidates are collectively more willling to address those realities which have such a negative impact on the opportunities that are truly available to our children and on the long-term quality of life in Minnesota. Republicans, on the other hand, seem still to be collectively controlled and driven by a social agenda that polarizes us and distracts us from those issues that our political system is really designed to address.

To quote Republican “values voter” Dick Armey once again, “the Republicans are talking about things like gay marriage and so forth, and the Democrats are talking about the things people care about, like how do I pay my bills.”

Remember that when you vote on Nov. 7.

John Minge


KKMS Interview with Michele Bachmann Available on Podcast

Christian World View with David Wheaton:


Take a drink every time you hear Michele Bachmann tell a lie.

We could use volunteers to transcribe this.

Mark Stenglein's Anti-Gay Record

Adapted from a post to Minneapolis Issues:

Posted 14 Oct 2006 20:08 by Eva Young

From a Lavender Magazine editorial on Stenglein during his 2001 mayoral run:

Of greatest concern to the GLBT community, however, is Stenglein's vote on domestic partner benefits. When a resolution came before the Hennepin County Board urging Gov. Jesse Ventura to authorize and extend domestic partner benefits to all Minnesota public employees, Stenglein's deciding vote sank it.

Lavender recommends that no member of our community support Stenglein's bid for mayor of Minneapolis.

From City Pages:

That's queer, we thought gay men were very clean.

Hennepin County commissioner Mark Stenglein buys a broom, rents a street sweeper, and runs for mayor of Minneapolis on a "clean up the city" platform. He then refuses to march in the Twin Cities Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Pride Festival.

From a Mark Brunswick Strib article in October 2001:

Despite contentions otherwise, Stenglein said the growing number of gay candidates will have an impact on the city's direction.

"Sooner or later there will be a gay agenda that emerges, and it won't be the same as the one for middle-class, two-parent, heterosexual families," he said.

Scott Benson, who ran for City Council for the first time, responded to
Stenglein on the Minneapolis Issues list:

Therefore, I was taken aback by the comment attributed to Mark Stenglein in this article: "Sooner or later there will be a gay agenda that emerges, and it won't be the same as the one for middle-class, two-parent, heterosexual families." The absurdity of this comment should be obvious, but in case it isn't, think about it for a moment. Imagine Mr. Stenglein implying that another group of people seeking public office had some sort of secret agenda that was contrary to that of the majority. Perhaps Mr. Stenglein, speaking of a group of Jewish officeholders, could just as well have said: "Sooner or later there will be a Jewish agenda that emerges, and it won't be the same as the one for middle-class, two parent, Christian families."

As my mother might say, Mr. Stenglein, I'm embarrassed for you.

A current county commissioner told me that Mark Stenglein also made a habit of giving anti-gay stump speeches when he ran for Mayor in 2001. A former county commissioner told me that Mark Stenglein is rabid on the topic of gays.

I have recent experience with Mark Stenglein on this topic. Stenglein stopped by the SD 58 Republican convention last year. I asked him to co-sponsor a resolution to put
Hennepin County on record in opposition to Michele Bachmann's marriage amendment. Mark Stenglein asked me to get the support of the convention on this prior to asking him. I thought he was elected to be on the county board - and to make those decisions.

Greg Gray, Stenglein's opponent has a good record in the legislature on these issues. Gray told me he'd introduced a resolution to put the county on record in opposition to the Bachmann amendment.

Saint Cloud Times: "Huhtala pushes for bipartisan solutions"

The Saint Cloud Times editorial board endorsed Jim Huhtala today. The SC Times editors also scold Mark Olson for declining to respond to the editorial board's survey and for promoting PRT.

Published: October 24. 2006 1:00AM

This is part of a series of endorsements from the Times Editorial Board regarding the Nov. 7 elections. Our View represents the majority viewpoint of the board and is based on information gleaned from interviews, surveys and media coverage.

Today's endorsements cover legislative District 16.

To read unedited responses from these candidates to an editorial board questionnaire, go to and click on the icon accompanying this Our View.

Voters in legislative District 16 have interesting, difficult and even extreme choices to make on Election Day.

But there is one choice that's easy. It's voting for Jim Huhtala in the House District 16B race.

Why? For starters, Huhtala, a DFLer, embraces moderate stances on issues such as education funding and fair and reasonable tax policies.
More so, though, we believe he is the candidate most in touch with constituent needs in the fast-growing district, which includes Clear Lake, Becker, Big Lake and Zimmerman. For example, he supports the Northstar Corridor commuter rail line. He also says he is willing to put aside partisan bickering to make progress at the Legislature.

Which brings us to his opponent, seven-term Republican Mark Olson. He declined to respond to this editorial board's survey, noting that he didn't believe it was important to his re-election.

The relevancy of this board's endorsements is certainly subjective. What's not, though, is any candidate for public office refusing requests from constituents for information on what they stand for and how they might vote.

That's especially true for Olson, who in 14 years of legislative service has cast more than his share of truly confusing votes and taken some bizarre stands on issue. Tops on the list: He opposes Northstar but supports personal rapid transit, a yet-unproven transit system involving individual cars on yet-to-be-built tracks.

Transit issues aside, whether it's arrogance or incumbency or both, any time a politician adopts the attitude of being unwilling to share views with constituents, it's time for a change.

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Rep. Mark Olson: "A Very Special Legislator"

From the "Minnnesota Politics: Blog:

"Mark Olson is a very special legislator. Extremely far right, he is like a pit bull who will grab onto issues and not let them go. Some of his issues are weird, like Personal Rapid Transit."

I recorded this video last night at the Senate 16 forum in Princeton:

Read more about Rep Mark Olson at the Dump Mark Olson Blog.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Julie Risser Gets OutFront Minnesota Action Endorsement

Green candidate Julie Risser let me know she's gotten the Outfront Minnesota Action endorsement.

She's also got the endorsement of Spotty who writes at the Cucking Stool.

Spot asked Julie Risser for the party she would caucus with if elected Senator in Senate District 41. In a comment to that post, Julie said she would caucus with the DFL.

You know, boys and girls, that Spot has been supporting Andrew Borene for the seat. Regrettably, Andrew withdrew. What to do?

Vote for Geoff Michel? Don't be ridiculous. He still need retiring.

Vote for Andrew Borene, who will still be on the ballot? A sentimental choice, but useless in advancing the ball for progressives in 41.

Or, boys and girls, you can do what Spot is going to do. Vote for Julie Risser.

Spot has been critical of Julie, but Spot's a big dog, at least big enough to admit circumstances have changed and that he's changed his mind.

Julie is so much better than Michel on many issues. She has the endorsement of, among others, the Sierra Club and Outfront Minnesota. In the days before the election, Spot hopes to review Michel's record and why Julie deserves to beat him.

In the meantime, let Spot just say that he recommends Julie for the Senate seat in District 41 and hopes you will vote for her.

More Letters to the Editor about the Stadium

My parents live in Fergus Falls, which is represented in the Legislature by Republicans Cal Larson (Senate) and Bud Nornes (House). They both supported the Twins stadium swindle. I had a letter to the editor published in the local newspaper. The headline isn't accurate..... the newspaper editor seemed to misunderstand the letter. Hopefully the readers will get it.

I was born in Fergus Falls, and live in Minneapolis. With parents and many other relatives in Fergus Falls, I visit frequently.

My family enjoys a lively discussion of current events, and I know of the recent struggles Fergus Falls has faced with school facilities and funding decisions.

Just be thankful you are given the opportunity to vote.

Your Republican representatives in the legislature, Bud Nornes and Cal Larson, voted for a 30-year sales tax in Hennepin County to fund a capital project for private owners, namely the Minnesota Twins.

State law requires that local option sales taxes be approved by referendum, unless the Legislature allows an exception. Hennepin County voters were denied a right to vote on this tax. We had it forced down our throats, thanks to the support of rural legislators like Larson and Nornes.

Bud Nornes is on record with the Taxpayers League as a ‘no new taxes’ pledge signer. What happened?

Here's the real irony — building and supporting a school is a constitutionally-required function of state government.

Building a playground for grown men to play a child’s game is not a function of government, by any definition.

Vote these fake conservatives out of office on Nov. 7. They raised the taxes on one-fourth of the state's population, for something government shouldn't even be doing.

Mark Hanson


Brad Finstad Responds to Stadium Criticism

From the New Ulm Journal

Finstad: Achievements beyond Twins

By KEVIN SWEENEY Journal Editor

NEW ULM — Ask Rep. Brad Finstad (R-Comfrey) about his proudest moment as a legislator and the answer might not be what you expect.

Finstad, who is seeking re-election to District 21B and is opposed by Democrat Bob Skillings, gained much media attention this past legislative session as the chief author and main ramrod of the Minnesota Twins baseball park legislation.

The legislation allows the construction of a new ballpark, financed by a .015 percent sales tax in Hennepin County. The controversial bill waives the usual local referendum on the sale tax issue, infuriating many Hennepin County voters.

But the experience of passing this major piece of legislation isn’t his proudest moment, said the two-term Republican last week.

The Positive Alternatives Act was a bill he authored to set up a $4.5 million annual grant program to make sure crisis birthing centers were able to offer pregnant women “life-affirming alternatives to abortion,” said Finstad.

“That was a lightning-rod issue that didn’t get a lot of media attention that I was able to get probably a record amount of Democrats to co-sponsor,” said Finstad. “Again, that was a feat and a task to make sure I could balance the political sensitivity to get that passed. ... It passed, was signed by the governor and is now law and is saving lives. It’s probably one of my proudest accomplishments as a legislator.”

Still, the main image of Finstad in the 2006 legislative session was sitting before committee after committee, defending the Twins bill and staving off last-minute amendments designed to derail it. He has become a target for some Hennepin County residents who have written letters calling for local voters to unseat him, and some local voters are wondering why he devoted so much time and energy to it.

Finstad said he decided to take on the job after hearing the debate raging since he was in high school, and seeing it dominate his first three years in the House.

This past session, Hennepin County and the Twins had put together what they considered a workable deal, and came to the Legislature asking for its approval.

Finstad said he was asked by the House leadership to carry the bill, and he agreed to do it.

“My first two years in the House I think I established myself as someone who would work hard on the issues I took on, was able to work with folks from all over the state and on both sides of the aisle, and that was noticed, through the Twins, through the Hennepin County commissioners, and the House leadership, and I was asked to do it. “They felt confident I would be someone who would run with it and get the job done.”

Finstad said he didn’t know why a Hennepin County legislator couldn’t have carried the bill.

“All I know is it takes political courage and leadership skills to take on a tough issue and work with it and move on for the betterment of the state,” said Finstad. He rejects criticism that someone else should have done it. “I figure you can sit on the sidelines, or roll up your sleeves and get the job done. That’s the approach I took. I was sick of hearing about it, I was sick of the issue, and I wanted to get it done in a way that the constituents have told me for the last four year that they wanted it to get done.”

“My position going into it was to protect the state taxpayers,” said Finstad, “to make sure we’re not competing with any state general funds, you know, education or nursing home funds with the stadium funds, make it site specific and do it in a way that’s a long-term fix so that we’re not doing this every two, three, four, five years.”

Finstad said the Twins issue wasn’t the only issue he worked on, despite appearances.

“To be clear, I have worked on a lot of issues in the past four years, or specifically, in the last session. I’ve carried bills ranging from agriculture to education to pro-life legislation to health care legislation. It just so happens that the media, and the 13-year debate in the state seemed to all come to a head with the Twins bill.”

Finstad said he has learned, during his four years in the House, how to get along and that hard work pays off. He and other legislators who entered the House four years ago have been dismayed by the politicking and bipartisan bickering, and have been working to reduce that.

“My approach is to put the politics aside and work on the policy,” said Finstad.

Finstad hopes to continue using the experience he has gained to push for issues important to his district.

Keeping young people from moving away by providing good paying, career jobs, and by making it possible for them to get into farming is important for people of the district, Finstad said. He has been working on adapting the JOBZ program to the township level to create “Livestock Opportunity Building Zones.”

Finstad is interested in health care, especially finding ways to empower health care consumers and help them shop around for better care.

On education, he wants to look for ways to amend the state’s K-12 school district financing formula so that districts with declining enrollment aren’t continually penalized.

“Declining enrollment is here, it’s all over the state, and we need to deal with it,” Finstad said. “It’s not enough to throw more money into the formula and have declining enrollment districts, most of them in rural Minnesota, continue to lose revenue.”

The problem with his rationale (and the Governor's) is the underlying belief that building a stadium to benefit private investors is a government responsibility. It is not.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Can We Ask Political Candidates to Take Spelling/Grammar Tests?

Here is actual text from Mark Piepho's website. (I bolded some fields for fun.)

He's the Republican running for Mark Hottinger's open Senate seat.

Mark is solid fiscal conservative who will hold the line on taxes and seek to insure more efficient delivery of government services. Mark knows that just like families and businesses, State government must live within it means.

Mark will work to ensure excellence in our schools and greater accountability in Minnesota's educational system He will Ensure our rural , out state schools get there fair share of state dollars.

(Mark..... did you want to say 'ensure' or 'insure'?)

Mark knows that a safe and efficient transportation system is essential to business vitality and our quality of life in Southern Minnesota. He was focus his attention of Highway 14 Completion.

Mark is a strong 2nd amendment supporter, and he will always vote to protect Minnesotan's right to keep and bear arms, as our founding fathers intended.

Mark believes that traditional marriage must be protected in Minnesota's constitution.

Mark will work for a strong rural economy with ethanol, bio-diesel, and wind generation leading the way.

Is he kidding with this? Steve Sviggum's office should have sent him correctly spelled talking points (there is nothing original here), so that the website page could be a cut and paste.

If a private employer saw a job application/resume/cover letter with this many errors, this candidate would not be considered.

Reservations Being Taken For Independent Senior Housing Project

News Release
For Immediate Release

PRG (Powderhorn Residents Group, Inc.)
2017 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: Carrie Williams-Noren

GLBT Generations
Contact: Barbara Satin

October 15, 2006

Reservations Being Taken For
Independent Senior Housing Project

Senior housing in an environment welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people takes a step closer to reality in the Twin Cities. Persons 55 and older will begin registering for space in the Spirit on Lake Co-op Housing project to be constructed at 13th and Lake Streets in Minneapolis.

The independent living development features 41 units of high quality cooperative housing which will have a wide range of prices. The City of Minneapolis has already committed a significant amount of funding toward creating low-to-moderate income units within the project.

The project is being developed by PRG (Powderhorn Residents Group), a non-profit community development corporation with 30 years of experience creating affordable and special needs housing, in collaboration with Spirit of the Lakes Church and GLBT Generations

Interested individuals can make reservations for space within the housing development by making a $200 refundable deposit. Registrations can be made through the PRG website.

Additionally, registrations will be taken at special informational meetings on the project scheduled for Monday, October 23, Thursday, November 16 and Thursday, December 14, 2006 at Spirit of the Lakes Church at 7:00 p.m. Spirit of the Lakes on the Northwest corner of 13th and Lake Streets

“Submitting a reservation now puts people in line for actual unit selection in spring 2007,” said Kathy Wetzel-Mastel, PRG project manager. She hopes groundbreaking will take place in fall 2007 when all of the financing has been put in place.

“This project stems from a vision that Spirit of the Lakes Church has had to use its property for a greater community good,” said Roger Youngs, former co-leader of the church and a member of the project team. “When we approached PRG about developing senior housing on this site as well as building a new church facility as part of the effort, they were optimistic and enthusiastic about making that happen.” The church portion of the development will have separate ownership and private financing.

“This project us a win for everybody: Powderhorn Park and Midtown Phillips neighborhoods, which recently completed a land use plan aimed at addressing underutilized parcels of land and increasing the number of people who actually live on Lake Street; the church; the GLBT community and the growing number of aging people in the community,” said Wetzel-Mastel.

Spirit of the Lakes Church was founded in 1988 as a congregation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians. The United Church of Christ invited the church to join the denomination in 1991. It moved into its current 13th and Lake Street location, a former garage, in 1993.

The church became interested in the needs and issue facing GLBT people as they age and three members of the church, including Youngs, formed GLBT Generations, an organization aimed at educating the community and providing services so that GLBT seniors would be able to age in a safe, secure and respectful environment.

GLBT Generations, now separate from Spirit of the Lakes, is involved with the housing project as adviser to PRG on issues relating to GLBT aging.

“Generation’s role is to help PRG connect with the GLBT community as well as being a reference source to public and private funding and rule making groups that may need help in understanding and responding to the complexities facing GLBT people as they age,” said , a co-founder of GLBT Generations and its current board chair as well as a member of the project team.


Should Minnesota Flush Away Our Resources?

New Lloydletta Contributor: Michele M

Hello everyone,
My name is Michele M, and I am a photographer for Lloydletta's Nooz. You may have seen my photos from time to time on Lloydletta's Nooz and Dump Michele Bachmann.
I have covered the 6th CD Convention where Michele Bachmann was endorsed, as well as the debate between Michele Bachmann, Patty Wetterling & John Binkowski in Woodbury, MN. I have my photos available on Flickr. Stop by my Flickr photo site.

What Michele Bachmann thinks we need more of....

94 West as it passes over Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue

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(more freeway lanes & no funding for light and commuter rail....)

Do we really want Minneapolis freeways to look like Los Angeles freeways?

Gil Gutknecht Drinks the Michele Bachmann Koolaid

As mentioned earlier, Gil Gutnecht is campaigning hard for the anti-gay creationist vote. He's got a photo of himself with James Dobson on his website:


He made the trip to St Paul from his home district in order to get this photo.

Avidor illustrates this well.

The James Dobson, Gil Gutnecht, Michele Bachmann Unholy Trinity

Will Gil give a speech at Living Word Christian Center next?

I don't think this will help him in Rochester. In the clips of the Mankato debate on Almanac, it was clear that Gil Gutnecht wasn't able to attack Tim Walz about the Federal Bachmann amendment. You can listen here. The Walz-Gutnecht clips to start at about 21:00.

Gil Gutnecht uses Paul Wellstone's vote for DOMA as a way to defend his support. Walz claimed that Wellstone felt that vote was a mistake. Walz said he agrees with Gutnecht that marriage is an important institution. He said his marriage to his wife was not affected by the Massachusetts judicial ruling. The audience laughed.