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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Conservative Coming Out Day

I'm not sure why the Queer Student Cultural Center people got so upset about Conservative Coming Out Day at the University of Minnesota. If I'd known about the day, I'd have gone to hear Jason Lewis speak.

Andy from Eleventh Avenue South writes:

Conservatives that host Conservative Coming Out Days on campus fail to see that their own support for anti-gay and lesbian laws, policies, and positions is the reason why gay and lesbian people have to 'come out' in the first place. For many GLBT people, conservatives are the political enemy; they are the people responsible for the difficulties GLBT face. To use an emotionally charged right of passage in such a casual and flippant way is a slap in the face to many GLBT people.


My experience is different. I've experienced anti-gay animus from liberal groups. Labor is slowly changing on this issue, but is especially anti-gay. I haven't seen much effort by the gay groups to confront labor on this issue. Gay groups have been much more successful with corporate America. I don't much like the Human Rights Campaign does politics. They raise lots of money, but accomplish little. They have accomplished significant things with getting corporations to offer better and fair benefits to gay and lesbian employees. Generally domestic partner benefits have not come about from labor negotiations, but rather through highly valued people at companies demanding those benefits. Companies provide the benefits to be competitive.

What I find interesting, and rather disturbing, is that campus concervatives are picking up on the "who is more oppressed" game that has been played by the left with the laundry list of oppressed groups.

It certainly is a fair exercise to look at the sponsoring groups of this:

Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), Campus Conservative Cultural Program (formerly Campus Republicans), Minnesota Republic newspaper, and Students for a Conservative Voice.


The question being, do they have on-campus faculty advisors - or a local office that works with them? Do they get student service fees? Do the same individuals serve on the boards of multiple organizations?

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American Hot Sausage is Up Again

Here.

Dennis Prager at the Minnesota Family Council: Allowing Gay Marriage will mean that marriage between People and Pets will be Next

The Minnesota Family Council was giving out CDs of this address at the Republican Convention.

He's also hawking CDs on his site about this (way overpriced).

There's no doubt in my mind, there will be a move to marry one's pets? Why not have marriage?


That reminds me.

Bizarre Sex Habits of The Extreme Right-Wing
Reported by Ellen - May 6, 2005

Last night, anti-abortion extremist Neal Horsley was a guest on The Alan Colmes Show, a FOX News radio program. The topic was an interesting one - whether or not an internet service provider should allow Horsley to post the names of abortion doctors on his website. Horsley does that as a way of targeting them and one doctor has been killed. In the course of the interview, however, Colmes asked Horsley about his background, including a statement that he had admitted to engaging in homosexual and bestiality sex.

At first, Horsley laughed and said, "Just because it's printed in the media, people jump to believe it."

"Is it true?" Colmes asked.

"Hey, Alan, if you want to accuse me of having sex when I was a fool, I did everything that crossed my mind that looked like I..."

AC: "You had sex with animals?"

NH: "Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule."

AC: "I'm not so sure that that is so."

NH: "You didn't grow up on a farm in Georgia, did you?"

AC: "Are you suggesting that everybody who grows up on a farm in Georgia has a mule as a girlfriend?"

NH: It has historically been the case. You people are so far removed from the reality... Welcome to domestic life on the farm..."

Colmes said he thought there were a lot of people in the audience who grew up on farms, are living on farms now, raising kids on farms and "and I don't think they are dating Elsie right now. You know what I'm saying?"

Horsley said, "You experiment with anything that moves when you are growing up sexually. You're naive. You know better than that... If it's warm and it's damp and it vibrates you might in fact have sex with it."


During his MFC speech, Prager said that he believes that everyone is bisexual, but most behavior is heterosexual.

His concern is that state approval of gay marriage, would mean that there would be more gays. He is invested in continuing the social stigma against gays.

Then he says "this is not an attack on the gay person". Yeah, right.

Friday, December 01, 2006

AFA Theocrats Go After Ellison

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November 29, 2006

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A first for America...The Koran replaces the Bible at swearing-in oath

What book will America base it's values on, the Bible or the Koran?

Dear Eva,

Please take a moment to read the following TownHall.com column by Dennis Prager, who is a Jew. After reading the column, take the suggest action at the bottom of this email. After you have read it, please forward it to your friends and family.

America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on
By Dennis Prager - Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran.

He should not be allowed to do so -- not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.

First, it is an act of hubris that perfectly exemplifies multiculturalist activism -- my culture trumps America's culture. What Ellison and his Muslim and leftist supporters are saying is that it is of no consequence what America holds as its holiest book; all that matters is what any individual holds to be his holiest book.

Forgive me, but America should not give a hoot what Keith Ellison's favorite book is. Insofar as a member of Congress taking an oath to serve America and uphold its values is concerned, America is interested in only one book, the Bible. If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don't serve in Congress. In your personal life, we will fight for your right to prefer any other book. We will even fight for your right to publish cartoons mocking our Bible. But, Mr. Ellison, America, not you, decides on what book its public servants take their oath.

Devotees of multiculturalism and political correctness who do not see how damaging to the fabric of American civilization it is to allow Ellison to choose his own book need only imagine a racist elected to Congress. Would they allow him to choose Hitler's "Mein Kampf," the Nazis' bible, for his oath? And if not, why not? On what grounds will those defending Ellison's right to choose his favorite book deny that same right to a racist who is elected to public office?

Of course, Ellison's defenders argue that Ellison is merely being honest; since he believes in the Koran and not in the Bible, he should be allowed, even encouraged, to put his hand on the book he believes in. But for all of American history, Jews elected to public office have taken their oath on the Bible, even though they do not believe in the New Testament, and the many secular elected officials have not believed in the Old Testament either. Yet those secular officials did not demand to take their oaths of office on, say, the collected works of Voltaire or on a volume of New York Times editorials, writings far more significant to some liberal members of Congress than the Bible. Nor has one Mormon official demanded to put his hand on the Book of Mormon. And it is hard to imagine a scientologist being allowed to take his oath of office on a copy of "Dianetics" by L. Ron Hubbard.

So why are we allowing Keith Ellison to do what no other member of Congress has ever done -- choose his own most revered book for his oath?

The answer is obvious -- Ellison is a Muslim. And whoever decides these matters, not to mention virtually every editorial page in America, is not going to offend a Muslim. In fact, many of these people argue it will be a good thing because Muslims around the world will see what an open society America is and how much Americans honor Muslims and the Koran.

This argument appeals to all those who believe that one of the greatest goals of America is to be loved by the world, and especially by Muslims because then fewer Muslims will hate us (and therefore fewer will bomb us).

But these naive people do not appreciate that America will not change the attitude of a single American-hating Muslim by allowing Ellison to substitute the Koran for the Bible. In fact, the opposite is more likely: Ellison's doing so will embolden Islamic extremists and make new ones, as Islamists, rightly or wrongly, see the first sign of the realization of their greatest goal -- the Islamicization of America.

When all elected officials take their oaths of office with their hands on the very same book, they all affirm that some unifying value system underlies American civilization. If Keith Ellison is allowed to change that, he will be doing more damage to the unity of America and to the value system that has formed this country than the terrorists of 9-11. It is hard to believe that this is the legacy most Muslim Americans want to bequeath to America. But if it is, it is not only Europe that is in trouble. (End Commentary)

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You can send these messages, and put your own text in there. I wrote Senator Coleman asking him to ignore the bleating of the AFA nutcases.

Andy from Residual Forces comments on this, between posts plotting his mutiny against GOP party chair, Ron Carey.

Theocrats Go After Keith Ellison

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Keith Ellison's tacky move, when he decided to skip the President's reception for new members in favor of an AFL-CIO event. Now Ellison is in the news again. This is because Ellison has decided to take his oath of office on the Qur'an. The Strib's title is: Oath on Qur'an: Provocation or act of faith?

Earlier this week the Minnesota Monitor wrote a story about the topic that got cited in the Strib. On Tuesday, Robin Marty from Minnesota Monitor responded to theocrat Dennis Prager's bigoted Townhall column on this topic. I have a beef with the Headline they chose: Ellison's Oath On Koran Roils Conservatives. A better headline would be "Ellison's Oath On Koran Roils Conservatives". Limited government conservatives are not interested in these sorts of controversies. The Leviticus crowd types - such as Dennis Prager, are.

The Strib's coverage on this clearly show this divide among the theocratic conservatives and the libertarian conservatives:

"Mr. Ellison, America, not you, decides on what book its public servants take their oath," radio talk show host and author Dennis Prager wrote in his online column this week. He said that American Jews routinely have taken their oath on the Bible, even though they don't believe in the New Testament, and that if Ellison refuses to do so, "don't serve in Congress."

But Eugene Volokh, a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the Constitution authorizes people not to swear their oath at all, protecting atheists and agnostics.

"Why would Muslims and others not be equally protected?" he wrote for National Review Online.


The National Review is hardly a liberal mag.

Ellison's decision drew support from one prominent conservative firebrand, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, who champions a fence along the border with Mexico and who says that unfettered immigration endangers American culture.

"He wants to take his oath on the Qur'an, that's fine," Tancredo said. "I think whatever you believe is necessary for you to uphold your obligations to the Constitution, that is fine with me."

In his weekly column, Prager said Ellison's act is "an act of hubris that perfectly exemplifies multiculturalist activism." He warned that allowing Ellison to use the Qur'an could pave the way for a racist to use "his favorite book" to take the oath of office.

"When all elected officials take their oaths of office with their hands on the very same book, they all affirm that some unifying value system underlies American civilization," Prager wrote. "If Keith Ellison is allowed to change that, he will be doing more damage to the unity of America and to the value system that has formed this country than the terrorists of 9/11. It is hard to believe that this is the legacy most Muslim-Americans want to bequeath to America."


It's too bad the Star Tribune didn't call Michele Bachmann for comment.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Upcoming Circus

The Republican State Central Committee will be meeting on December 9. Andy Aplikowski is calling for a mutiny to turn out Chair Ron Carey.

So I am calling for the State Central Committee to remove Ron Carey. He was the chair who presided over the decimation of our party this last election. He mitigated our defeat instead of fighting for victory. He didn’t help out candidates statewide and in Congressional Districts. The help given to the lucky chosen ones, did more harm than good as far as I am concerned.

Just what the heck did the Republican Party stand for last election?

Turn out was dismal in Minnesota, and it is becoming clear that many loyal demographics and moderates either stayed home or voted FOR DFLers. Sure the national sentiment was bad because of what Republicans were doing in DC, but the same was true for Republicans in St. Paul.

Since the state party, lead by Carey, had allowed the elected officials to stray from our values (principles if you like) the voters no longer saw what Republicans as a whole were really for. The DFL played the GOP like a fiddle. All the state party had left to muster as a message was: We’re not as bad as them. That won’t win elections. Especially so many statewide races and with the entire state legislature up for election. We needed the state party leader to lead, instead he followed, just like his predecessor.

Therefore I am recommending the State Central Committee to use this portion of our Constitution and By Laws.

Article IX; Section 3; Part B;

3. Any state party officer may be removed by a two-thirds vote of those present at any meeting of the State Central Committee.

4. In the event of a vacancy in the office of state chair, the deputy chair shall carry out the duties of the chair until a new state chair is elected and the State Central Committee shall meet within thirty (30) days thereafter to elect a new state chair. In the event of a vacancy in the office of deputy chair or secretary-treasurer, the state chair may appoint an acting deputy chair or secretary-treasurer subject to ratification by the State Executive Committee within thirty days after the appointment, to carry out the duties of the vacant office until a new officer is elected. The State Central Committee shall elect a new deputy chair or secretary-treasurer at its next regularly scheduled meeting or, if such meeting is scheduled within thirty days after the vacancy occurs, at the second regularly scheduled meeting after the vacancy occurs.

Now I have heard that there will be an attempt by leadership to block new business from the floor. They can't do that, unless they drafted some pretty sneaky rules. Chances are they won't let them be seen by anyone who is not loyal until moments before they are adopted. If you are a Delegate or Alternate, be prepared to fight for your party. Don't let them swindle you into thinking they did all tehy could, and they’ll do better next time.

It is time for real leadership in our party. I feel we need someone else to lead this party if we are to change the course from mitigating defeats to majority status. Yes our state party chair shouldn't believe that this state is a 60-40 DFL - GOP state. If our own leaders don't believe, how the heck can they lead us back to victory? As I have said before, I have no one in mind, I just know that what we have now is not going to work. There is too much personal ambition from some, and too much followship from others. This party should be lead by someone who isn't trying to use it for their own goals.


Aplikowski made Bloghouse:

Just two days after the election, Andy Aplikowski declared war on the Minnesota Republican Party.

What makes this surprising is that Aplikowski -- who blogs at Residual Forces (1) and was one of the bloggers at Kennedy vs. the Machine (2) -- is a member of the GOP. In fact, not just a member but the chairman of the Senate District 51 Republican Party. But, in assessing the wreckage left in the wake of the midterm election, he poured his heart out at Residual Forces. He has a very bleak assessment of future of the party in Minnesota.

"[The party] is broken, and if we don't completely change the way it works and who is running it, we're never going to win another election in this state let alone the country. ... The state party picks and chooses who they want to support too, and the [losses] by [Senate candidate Mark] Kennedy, [Attorney General candidate Jeff] Johnson, [Secretary of State Mary] Kiffmeyer, and [State Auditor Pat] Anderson are all owed to the state party in my mind."

It wasn't a one-day rant for Aplikowski. He has continued to beat the drum. And in his cross hairs is Ron Carey, the state party chair. In a later post, he declared, "We hitched our, check that, Ron Carey hitched our wagon to [Gov. Tim] Pawlenty. He, as he just said before, decided Johnson, Kiffmeyer, and Anderson couldn't win. He focused everything on Pawlenty. The very same Pawlenty who has abandoned more Republican values than you might care to remember. ... From trying to redefine Republican conservatism to handpicking which candidates will win, yes, dare I say king or queenmaking, Ron Carey blew it. The buck has to stop somewhere."

If those sentiments are shared by many in the Republican Party, it could mean a split between the leadership and the faithful.

Some bloggers have already taken notice and signed on to Aplikowski's crusade. "[L]et's get to the fisticuffs, slap each other silly for a few weeks and then emerge with a plan that reflects conservative ideals," wrote Hammerswing75 (3). "I can already feel a bad vibe growing that 'moderation' is grabbing the reins before we've had our healthy brawl. Not a good idea. If the electorate didn't like Republican Lite they aren't going to like Republican Lite -- Now Without Spine!"


I talked to another BPOU leader in the 6th District - and there is talk that Phil Krinkie might be open to being drafted to run for party chair.

The Kind of Republican I was, the type of Independent I am

As many people know, I used to be a member of the Republican Party because I believed in the ideals of personal liberty, non-intrusion of government in personal life and responsibility within government spending. The Minnesota Republican Party and the National GOP abandoned those ideals long ago and I couldn't stay with the Republicans any longerl; however, the DFL is way to socialist for me. Right now the IP is the best fit, it may change, but it's good right now. I would describe myself as a Social Progressive who believes in the capitalism and small business. It's probably one of the reasons I shouldn't seek elected office in Minneapolis, however, I am contemplating a challenge to my local representative in 2 years, it all depends upon what the legislature does between now and next November.

However, I digress from my point. After two looks at his website and a few emails I've received, here's the guy I wish could win the Republican endorsement, Michael Charles Smith. I may not vote for him, depending upon who the Democrat is, but at least I would feel like I could pick between two good candidates. Yes, I am young and idealistic, but it was young and idealistic people who had a vision and created this country. Hopefully I can help make it better.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Kate Parry, Katherine Kersten, Anders Gyllenthal and Inconsistent Attitudes on Plagiarism

Peter from Swanblog commented when I mentioned Spot's post going after the Strib's reader's rep for inconsistent concern about plagiarism, Peter Swanson stopped by and commented:

As the "victim" of the alleged plagiarism, I must protest. I posted Jim Lodoen's e-mail verbatim. Kersten got the same e-mail, probably through another source (SCSU Scholars' Janet Beihoffer, I believe). Then Kersten interviewed Lodoen himself. So the quotes match up because in one, Jim Lodoen was writing. In the other, Jim Lodoen is speaking to a reporter. Lodoen stays on message. That's all.
Peter Swanson



Spot has now addressed this in a final comment:

Okay grasshoppers, everybody committed to the story that Katie was only copying Lodoen's emails? Final answer? You're sure?

Your chivalry is commendable, but copying emails and passing them off as material from an interview is plagiarism. Spot doesn't care whether Katie got the emails from Peter or Lodoen: it's still plagiarism. And that's what Katie did.

Anders recognizes that, and that's why he wrote the little waltz he gave to Kate Parry.

If it's not plagiarism, Spot could go out and interview George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or maybe even Aristotle. They all wrote lots of stuff!

If you guys really want to debate this further, Spot would be willing to work it into a dialog sometime.

Your friend, Spot
Spotty

Bonnie Bleskachek and Gary Dean Zimmermann and Mark Olson

Memories....

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(Detail taken from 2005 Zimmermann campaign ad in Lavender.)

Former Mpls Councilman and convicted felon Gary Dean Zimmermann, recently appeared on MTN Metro Property Rights Action Committee show proclaiming his innocence and giving his advice to landlords on how prevent crime... I asked him a few questions at the end of the show:



Zimmmermann and Olson worked a lot together a few years back. Here They are at City Hall:

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Zimmermann said last week that he expects to be sentenced for his bribery conviction in January.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bad Management from Mayor RT Rybak

MAYOR R.T. RYBAK
News Release
November 27, 2006

Mayor Rybak Calls for Chief Bleskachek's Removal Rybak Letter to City Council Expresses Lack of Confidence, Recommends Removal

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is recommending that Bonnie Bleskachek be removed from her appointed position as Fire Chief. In a letter to the City's Executive Committee, Mayor Rybak said that he no longer has confidence in Ms. Bleskachek's ability to lead the Fire Department.

"It is vitally important to our citizens that Minneapolis has a well-managed Fire Department," Mayor Rybak said in his letter. "I am not confident that Ms. Bleskachek can lead the Fire Department in a way that best positions the Department to protect the citizens of Minneapolis."

The Executive Committee will discuss the Mayor's recommendation at a meeting tomorrow, Nov. 28. The Executive Committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee before advancing to the full City Council as soon as Friday.

# # #

-------------------
Jeremy Hanson
Communications Director
Mayor R.T. Rybak
350 South Fifth Street, Room 331
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-673-2100 phone
612-673-2305 fax
jeremy.hanson@ci.minneapolis.mn.us


This is long overdue.

This has cost the City way too much money. Hopefully people won't assume Bleskachek's unprofessional conduct is typical for lesbians. Did anyone hear the Jason Lewis show when this story came out? I didn't - but I'm sure Jason had a field day.

The many newspaper articles about the whole sordid mess read like lesbian pulp fiction. That's all good when it's pulp fiction. It doesn't belong in the Fire Department.

There's some interesting discussion on the Minneapolis Rumors List.

Posted 27 Nov 2006 19:45 by Paul Schersten

It almost makes want to conjecture that certain people within the very liberal Mpls DFL were so excited about appointing the very first lesbian in the nation to lead a big-city fire department, they just may have overlooked evidence of her unethical behavior that was available at the time.

I better not say that, though. I'm pretty sure it would be racist, if I understand things correctly.

Paul Schersten


He clarified later on. Did he hear about it from people?

Posted 28 Nov 2006 09:08 by Paul Schersten

Incidentally, I do want to clarify: I have no basis beyond semi-reasonable conjecture that pertinent information about our soon-to-be-former fire chief was available in any meaningful sense at the time she was appointed in 2004. It seems possible that something was sufficiently available that might have given pause, especially if the candidate were of the more traditional male variety. But from what I've read, it might be equally reasonable for the Mayor's office to have concluded that the disputes in question - for example, as revealed in a 2002 custody dispute - were of a personal nature and should not stand in the way of an appointment.

In addition, I wan't really referring to only the Mayor's decision to appoint here; I was referring to a culture and the way people might not want to rock the boat as Ms. Bleskachek's caerer advanced over the past few years. It's a phenomenon that can happen in any political context, too, I assume, liberal or not.

As I assume was clear, the main topic of my little comment was another one
entirely.


The Drama Queen is all over this one.

Developing...

Monday, November 27, 2006

It Seems Like Kiffmeyer Will Be Running for Olson's Seat

She's quoted in the Sherburne County Citizen:

Chair of the Sherburne County Republican party Mark Swanson said the party would follow their basic political organizational constitution in the event a special election becomes necessary. It would fall to them to nominate a new Republican candidate.

"I can't say anything about that," Swanson said. "He (Olson) has talked to our organization."

When asked if he still supported Olson, Swanson said, "No comment."

While there is no official comment, the likely candidate would be Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who lost her bid for reelection this year.

Kiffmeyer, who lives in Big Lake Township, upgraded election technology while in office and points out that Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout. She has not ruled out running in a special election.

"I am open to anything," she said.

Olson, who is scheduled to reappear in court to answer the charges Dec. 12, spent two nights in jail asked for forgiveness from God, his wife, his family and the public when he was released last week.

Olson declined to enter a plea to the charges and appeared without an attorney. The court appointed an attorney for him. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from his wife and family and their home. He was permitted to retrieve his personal belongings.

Olson denies allegations he has been abusive to his legislative aides in the past, specifically throwing a typewriter at a secretary after his first term in office and yelling at his legislative aide in 1997.

Sviggum took away his secretary after the first incident and recommended Olson receive counseling after the second. He attended only two meetings. No legal charges were filed.

Olson initially said this was the first time he had heard these allegations.


If Kiffmeyer runs, someone will have to pull up the text of that infamous dildo ban bill her husband authored when he was in the legislature.

There's more at Dump Mark Olson.

Arianna Huffington to Speak at Minnesota Women's Political Caucus Annual Luncheon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 08, 2006

Contact: Erin Moline
Ph: 651-228-0995
Email: emoline@mnwpc.org

It's winter in Minnesota. Time to turn up the heat.
28th Annual Lucheon with Arianna Huffington

What: Minnesota Women's Political Caucus 28th Annual Luncheon

Speaker: Arianna Huffington, columnist, author and political pundit

When: Friday, December 8, 2006

11:30 a.m. ~ General Registration

Noon - 1:30 p.m. ~ Program / Lunch

Where:
The Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis (612-376-1000)

1001 Marquette Ave. S. (corner of 10th St. S. & Marquette Ave. S.)

Tickets:
$150 ~ 1 ticket (includes MWPC membership)
$125 ~ 1 ticket (price for non-members)
$100 ~ 1 ticket (price for MWPC members)

RSVP: RSVP by Friday, December 1

Call 651-228-0995 or RSVP online.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Spot Fisks Kate Parry's Inconsistent Concern about Plagiarism

Here. Upshot, when evidence is given to Strib about plagiarism by Katherine Kersten, editor Doug Tice circles the waggons and defends Kersten.

Kiffmeyer Hinting at Olson's Seat

Strib:

Looking ahead -- Kiffmeyer could be back in elected office sooner rather than later. Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, has been charged with domestic assault of his wife and urged by House GOP leaders to resign if he's guilty. Kiffmeyer lives in the same solidly Republican district in Sherburne County and could run in a special election to succeed Olson. "I'm open to looking at anything," she said.

Meanwhile, she has 13 grandchildren and one on the way in January to keep her busy.

Mark Olson Case Gets Picked Up by Pam Spaulding

Here.

Archives of Mark Olson's history of violent behavior are posted on a DU thread here.