Hat Tip: my niece, Celba.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
I invited Joe Repya and Michael Brodkorb to meet and clear the air once and for all on an unfortunate dust up that occurred at the GOP State Central Meeting last Saturday.
In brief, Repya's campaign hired Wally The Beerman to distribute GOPJoe bottled water. Wally commandeered a cart that belonged to Ron Carey's campaign and intended to use it to carry Joe's water into the convention hall. Michael was Carey's campaign manager. Michael asked Wally and others in the Repya camp to relinquish the cart. Wally did not relinquish the cart. Michael physically repoed the cart, inadvertently dumping some of GOPJoe's water on the floor.
Drew tried to negotiate a truce. It didn't work. There is usually at least one such dustup at GOP conventions.
Posted by lloydletta at 8:30 PM
5. Minnesota (R): Sen. Norm Coleman's (R) path to reelection may get more rocky if retired Lt. Col. Joe Repya decides to run against him in next year's Republican primary. Coleman would obviously be favored, but anything that diverts attention and resources away from the general election is troublesome for the incumbent. Of course, there is also a line of thinking that a challenge from his ideological right could help Coleman appeal to the moderate and independent voters he'll need to win a second term. While comedian Al Franken and attorney Mike Ciresi are both running credible campaigns for the Democratic nomination, a recent independent poll pointed out the challenge before them: Coleman bested Franken by 22 points and had a 23-point lead over Ciresi. (Previous ranking: 5)
The latest foot-stomping and whining from his campaign.
Life is unfair, even when you're pro-life.
To: Friends of Senator Brownback
From: Rob Wasinger, Campaign Manager, Brownback for President
Subject: Romney Faith & Values Vice-Chair launches vicious personal attack on Senator Brownback
Date: June 15, 2007
As you know, Senator Brownback has made extraordinary progress in consolidating support from both fiscal and social conservatives in the crucial straw poll and caucus state of Iowa. In addition, our support in the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina continues to grow daily, and a national movement of conservatives is quickly growing in support of Senator Brownback and his vision and agenda for America.
It comes as no surprise that an opposing campaign would stoop to levels of desperation and personal attack in order to try and stop our growing momentum. But unfortunately, that is exactly what the Mitt Romney for President campaign has done.
Just two days after Mitt Romney announced Jason Bonham, State Director for Legacy Network in Illinois, as a Vice Chairman of his National Faith and Values Steering Committee, Bonham used his position in order to launch a vicious, personal attack on Senator Brownback.
In a post written on MyManMitt.com, of which Bonham is a managing director, Bonham wrote that Brownback is "lousy," a "bottom feeder," and a "bozo."
Like many of you, I work for and support Senator Brownback because he is a hardworking, honest man with Midwestern values who wants to do what is best for the future of this nation. For a national Vice-Chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to launch into a barrage of vicious, personal attacks is completely unacceptable.
I hope that you will continue to stand by Sam. As his momentum increases, I expect we will face more vicious, false, and personal attacks against Sam.
Rest assured, Senator Brownback will continue to fight for conservative values such as protecting the unborn, defending traditional marriage, fixing our abysmal tax system, winning the war on terror, and securing our borders. And ultimately, when it comes down to defending the sanctity of human life and marriage, Brownback and Romney are polar opposites.
While other campaigns condone personal, vicious attacks, our campaign will continue to fight for what you want: Senator Brownback and his conservative values in the White House.
PS--Please stand with Sam today and donate $25, $50, $100, $500, or even $2,300 to keep our Republican Party proudly pro-life!
Note the order in which Saint Sam's priorities are listed:
3. Tax policy
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I found this posted on the DailyKos blog.
PRESIDENT Bush and Vice President Cheney make reference to "Massachusetts liberals" as if they were referring to people with some kind of disease. I decided it was time to do some research on these people, and here is what I found.
The state with the lowest divorce rate in the nation is Massachusetts. At latest count it had a divorce rate of 2.4 per 1,000 population, while the rate for Texas was 4.1.
But don't take the US government's word for it. Take a look at the findings from the George Barna Research Group. George Barna, a born-again Christian whose company is in Ventura, Calif., found that Massachusetts does indeed have the lowest divorce rate among all 50 states. More disturbing was the finding that born-again Christians have among the highest divorce rates [...]
The Associated Press, using data supplied by the US Census Bureau, found that the highest divorce rates are to be found in the Bible Belt. The AP report stated that "the divorce rates in these conservative states are roughly 50 percent above the national average of 4.2 per thousand people." The 10 Southern states with some of the highest divorce rates were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. By comparison nine states in the Northeast were among those with the lowest divorce rates: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Yeah, homos are the reason that heterosexual marriages aren't lasting.
Posted by Markh at 3:26 PM
A friend of mine who lives in Northampton, Massachusetts just sent me the following bit of news:
A joint session of the Massachusetts legislature has just defeated 151-45 a proposal to put a constitutional ban on gay marriage to the voters, eliminating any chances of getting it on the ballot in November 2008.
For a vote to go on the ballot, it has to receive 50 votes in TWO consecutive sessions, so this effectively kills the measure.
The current governor has lobbied hard to defeat the resolution. Mitt Romney is the one who filed a legal challenge when the legislature adjourned last year without voting.
The best proof that these bans aren't necessary is Massachusetts. Is there any serious evidence that life in Massachusetts has gone to hell since same sex marriage was legalized?
Posted by Markh at 12:40 PM
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Outgoing reporter Conrad Defiebre writes the article.
Saying his failed bid to become state Republican chairman nevertheless showed dissatisfaction in the party ranks, Iraq war veteran Joe Repya said Wednesday that he is considering a 2008 reelection challenge to fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman.
"I've received numerous calls and have been approached by a number of people who have asked me to consider running," Repya said in a prepared statement. Over the next two months, he added, "I am going to sit down with conservative grass-roots people throughout the state and assess if that is a viable option."
He said he has four speaking engagements around Minnesota in the coming weeks and expects to line up more following a week of fishing in the Brainerd lakes area.
Repya, 61, of Eagan, was an adviser to Coleman during the latter's victorious 2002 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Repya wouldn't specify any complaints about Coleman's performance in the office, but touted his own credentials as a "Reagan Republican" who favors smaller, less intrusive government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, personal responsibility and traditional family values.
He also called himself a "political nobody" who after a seven-week campaign as "GOP Joe" gained 43 percent of the vote of the state Republican Central Committee on Saturday in a losing effort to unseat state party chairman Ron Carey.
"Joe's been a friend," said Coleman campaign spokesman Cullen Sheehan, who declined to comment further because Repya hasn't yet entered the race.
Coleman, a former DFLer who switched parties while serving as mayor of St. Paul, began his Senate term as a reliable supporter of President Bush but recently has edged away from him on more votes, including a move for a no-confidence resolution on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
This will all be interesting. I'll catch up with Joe Repya after he's done some of these speaking engagements to see where he is at.
Pam Spaulding has more.
Can any of these GOP candidates pass the religious test set by the powers that be in the fundie wing of the party? I'm having a good laugh as former Tennessee Senator and L&O actor Fred Thompson is the latest one to get roughed up.
A while back Daddy Dobson charged that the possible GOP presidential candidate wasn't a "real Christian" to which Thompson responded that he was a member of the fundamentalist Churches of Christ, which opposes divorce, believing that sexual infidelity is the only grounds for divorce and remarriage. Dobson later claimed his remarks were "mischaracterized", but that didn't end the questioning of Thompson's faith.
Professor Mark Elrod of Harding University (a Chuch of Christ-affiliated college) asserts that Thompson is a lapsed member, and isn't "filling out an attendance card at a Church of Christ on Sundays." Elrond hasn't been able to find any evidence that Thompson has an active membership and any local congregation in Tennessee.
Go read the whole thing on Pam's blog..
When James Dobson was quoted in US News challenging Fred Thompson's faith, he later backed down by going to Worldnet Daily and whining that the evil "secular media" misquoted him.
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared to throw cold water on a possible presidential bid by former Sen. Fred Thompson while praising former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also weighing a presidential run, in a phone interview Tuesday.
"Everyone knows he's conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for," Dobson said of Thompson. "[But] I don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression," Dobson added, saying that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party's conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Thompson, took issue with Dobson's characterization of the former Tennessee senator. "Thompson is indeed a Christian," he said. "He was baptized into the Church of Christ."
In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith."
"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added. "Dr. Dobson wasn't expressing a personal opinion about his reaction to a Thompson candidacy; he was trying to 'read the tea leaves' about such a possibility."
Thompson has said he is leaving the door open for a presidential run and has won plaudits from conservatives who are unenthusiastic about the Republican front-runners. A Gallup-USA Today poll, released Tuesday, showed Thompson in third place among Republican and Republican-leaning voters, behind former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain.
While making it clear he was not endorsing any Republican presidential candidate, Dobson, who is considered the most politically powerful evangelical figure in the country, also said that Gingrich was the "brightest guy out there" and "the most articulate politician on the scene today."
Posted by lloydletta at 8:15 PM
My apologies to Bruce and Dan if it may seem that I’m hogging their blog today, but I wanted to share this video I made. The term “homophobia” certainly isn’t perfect and is often misused for political purposes, yet there are cases where it does fit. When it comes to violence and real bigotry against gays, I have no problem calling a spade a spade and religious beliefs are not an excuse to avoid the truth of the matter. This video was put together out of frustration with so-called Christians who claim to love gays while continuing to spout nothing but pure hatred against us. It might seem like a general indictment but isn’t intended as such. I know that not all Christians are like this, I am just weary of those who are filled with such hatred which seems to go against what their faith is all about. Believing something is a sin is one thing, treating others with malice and hatred in the name of God is something entirely different. All the people shown in this video were driven to suicide or were murdered because they were gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Is this what the “love of Christ” is supposed to be about? Somehow I don’t think so…
Posted by lloydletta at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Retired Lt. Col. Joe Repya (R) lost a race for the state Republican Party chairmanship last week, after which speculation began to percolate that he would challenge Coleman.
Yesterday, in a statement, Repya confirmed that he is mulling a run. He said he will travel around the state and talk to people about the viability of a bid during the next two months.
“I’ve received numerous calls and have been approached by a number of people who have asked me to consider running against Norm Coleman for U.S. Senate,” Repya said. “I am making no decisions at this time. I am going take 30 to 60 days to decide what my political future is going to be.”
In a brief phone interview with The Hill, Repya declined to comment further or offer his motivation for the potential challenge. Observers say he would likely challenge Coleman from the right.
Coleman has been one of the most centrist Republicans in the Senate this year, most recently voting with six other GOPers to bring a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to a vote.
Coleman’s campaign manager, Cullen Sheehan, said, “Joe has been a friend,” but declined to comment further until Repya makes an announcement.
The Hill also quotes David Schultz:
David Schultz, a political expert at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., said Coleman is getting stronger now and suggested that a primary challenge from the right could actually help him burnish his centrist credentials.
Coleman is well ahead of his top two potential Democratic challengers, comedian Al Franken and attorney Mike Ciresi, in the most recent polling. He led both by more than 20 points in a Minnesota Public Radio poll last month.
But a Repya candidacy could force Coleman to spend resources that he otherwise would have spent in the general election, Schultz said.
“This is Norm Coleman’s race to lose,” Schultz said. “The Republicans are pretty united behind Coleman. They want this one statewide and nationally. [Repya’s] entry into the race makes what I think is a fairly certain victory at this point a little bit more complicated.”
Actually that's not the case. The Republican base has never trusted Coleman, so a challenge from the right will hurt him. Kevin Ecker is an example of one such Republican base activist who will be supporting a challenger to Coleman.
I’ve received an invitation to participate in a teleconference with you Tuesday evening. I thank you for the invitation to be able to share a fairly informal chat with you. Fortunately for you, I will be unable to attend due to work obligations since our customer is in town and I’ll be tied up babysitting meeting with them.
I say fortunately because I’m struggling to come up with questions I could ask you that don’t start with “Senator Dumbass, Are you fucking stupid?” and then ends with suggestions that I’m fairly certain are anatomically impossible, although I’m sure there are porn stars that have tried.
Actually it is a pity because it’s obvious that it is criticism you need to hear, as you appear blissfully unaware of how most of the public feels about immigration. Plus my participation would advance the field of four-letter words by leaps and bounds.
I know several people who are going to participate, and I’m sure they’ll fill me in. But I’m not sure any of them have the same finesse and style of conversation that I tend to use. I’ve been told my approach to verbal confrontation is akin to the Russians “Scorched Earth” policy, although I’m sure given the topic I could probably step it up to Nagasaki. So I’ve fairly certain my absence will be noticed.
So yes, while it’s a pity that I won’t be able to attend, I’m fairly certain it’s for the better. Mostly since I was hoping to put new siding on my house this summer, so I’m not sure I can afford bail right now.
Pissed off voter
P.S. - You can stop requesting money from me. The only time/money/etc I’m giving for the 2008 Senate race is likely to go to any primary challenger you might have.
UPDATE: Ecker reports on the Coleman teleconference here.
While at the GOP convention, I got a copy of a press release from Warren Limmer. I've seen a press release from Jeff Johnson on another blog.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Johnson, 612-708-4804
Jeff Johnson Launches Campaign for Hennepin County Commissioner - Former state representative and attorney general candidate to seek seat being vacated by Commissioner Penny Steele
PLYMOUTH, Minn., Wednesday, June 6, 2007 — Jeff Johnson, a former three-term state representative from Plymouth and the 2006 Republican candidate for Minnesota attorney general, today announced that he will run for the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in 2008.
Johnson, an attorney and small-business owner, will seek the seat representing the northwestern suburbs that is being vacated by Commissioner Penny Steele, who announced earlier this year that she will not run for re-election.
"I have been a strong supporter of Commissioner Steele," Johnson said. "Penny’s clear voice and courage have always been inspiring. I would like to continue her legacy as a strong voice for fiscal discipline and accountability in Hennepin County."
"Northwest Hennepin County is one of the fastest growing areas of Minnesota," Johnson added. "We face challenges in property taxes, crime, transportation and social service spending. I have a track record in the Legislature of tackling all of these challenges with common-sense, conservative solutions. I will bring this track record and governing philosophy with me to the Board of Commissioners, where I will be a relentless advocate for Hennepin County taxpayers."
Johnson, 40, served three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including four years as an assistant majority leader and two years as chairman of the Civil Law & Elections Committee.
Johnson was a very active and successful state representative:
● He played a critical role in combating Minnesota’s methamphetamine drug epidemic, authoring a sweeping law which — in just six months — put approximately 75 percent of the meth labs in the state out of business.
● He authored the law last year that dramatically restricted the power of government to take private property through eminent domain.
● He authored a law prohibiting children under age 17 from buying or renting extremely violent and sexually-explicit video games.
● He authored the most significant tort reform measure in Minnesota in decades, a law that reformed the state’s joint and several liability system to reduce frivolous and costly lawsuits.
● He authored legislation to require publicly funded libraries to install filters to block pornography on all computers used by children.
● He led the fight to keep the Interstate 394 "sane lanes" open and toll-free for all drivers during non-peak hours.
● He authored legislation to cut Minnesota’s capital gains tax rate and was named a "Best Friend of the Taxpayer" on multiple occasions by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.
Outside of politics, Johnson is a small-business owner, a private-practice attorney specializing in employment law, a youth soccer and baseball coach and a Sunday School teacher. He lives in Plymouth with his wife, Sondi, and their two sons, Thor and Rolf.
District 7 of Hennepin County encompasses Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Greenfield, Hassan Township, Independence, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetrista, Mound, Rogers, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius and portions of Plymouth, Orono, Hanover and Rockford.
Paid for by Johnson for Commissioner
From the MN Sun:
Senator Warren Limmer seeks Hennepin Commissioner seat
(Created: Thursday, June 7, 2007 11:45 AM CDT)
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"After hearing enthusiastic support from family, friends, citizens, and civic leaders, I am greatly encouraged," said State Senator Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) as he announced his bid for next year's election for the Hennepin County Commissioner seat vacated by retiring Republican Commissioner Penny Steele.
"Having represented most of the commissioner's district over the years in the Minnesota legislature, I would find it a great honor to bring a reform-minded tone to county government," said Limmer.
Complimenting the outgoing Commissioner Steele, Limmer said, "We must continue the same tough-minded scrutiny of government that Penny Steele's leadership brought to the office. We all should thank her for excellent service to the people of our western suburbs."
Senator Limmer currently serves as the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and holds the leadership position of Senate Minority Whip, working as the Senate floor debate leader on issues such as tax reform, education, transportation and criminal law.
"Government's primary role is to protect its citizens," said Limmer. "This role can be applied to safety on roads, a responsive and prepared criminal justice system, and a limit on the size and intrusiveness of government."
The Minnesota Taxpayers League has repeatedly recognized Warren Limmer as a top ranked Senator for his efforts to reduce Minnesota's burdensome tax policies and cut wasteful government spending.
Senator Limmer has also repeatedly received the "Guardian of Small Business Award" by the National Federation of Independent Businesses; as well as earning recognition from the Legislative Evaluation Assembly nearly every year of his service in legislative office for application of constitutional principles to everyday governmental decisions.
Known as a tireless campaigner, Limmer says he is looking forward to the upcoming 2008 election year. "The county commissioner district is almost double the size of our current state legislative district and there is no time to lose in making new contacts in the remaining portions of the western suburbs of Hennepin County."
In his private life, Warren Limmer is active in residential and investment property sales. He and his wife, Lori, live in Maple Grove with their three children.
Senator Limmer currently represents Dist. 32, which includes the cities of Corcoran, Dayton, Greenfield, Hanover, Hassan, Maple Grove and Rogers. Hennepin County Commissioner Dist. 7 also includes the cities of Champlin, Independence, Maple Plain, Minnetrista, Mound, Plymouth and St. Bonifacius.
Posted by lloydletta at 7:26 PM
# James Says:
June 12th, 2007 at 10:05 am
What is the latest on Joe Repya thinking he can beat Norm?
This guys ego is so massive that he thinks this is actually in the cards?
You were just rejected by the state central committee, and you think you have what it takes to beat Norm? You are clearly delusional!
# Drew Emmer Says:
June 12th, 2007 at 11:35 am
I am sorry I posted yesterday inaccurately that Joe Repya was planning on running against Amy Klobuchar. When Joe told me that Saturday before his departure from State Central I ASSumed he was talking about taking A-Klob out.
I naively didn’t even consider that Joe would set out to unseat Norm. Perhaps a few months of R & R will change his mind about where his talents would be best employed for the good of the cause.
# otterscrubber Says:
June 12th, 2007 at 11:46 am
Drew … Props for the correction and apology
# Rinos4Repya Says:
June 12th, 2007 at 12:06 pm
Joe Repya is completely and wholeheartedly delusional, as James mentioned above.
Every dime that is spent by the Coleman campaign, and the NRSC on this no-talent ass clown is money that might as well be flushed down the toilet that should be used to destroy Al Franken next year.
(Closed Circuit to Repya: I am really sorry that your ego took a massive bruising on Saturday, but I think you are smarter than to completely make yourself irrelevant by running against Norm)
Polinaut gets the same story from Joe Repya as I got earlier this am.
Joe Repya, a retired U.S. Army officer, says he's thinking about running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican against GOP incumbent Norm Coleman. When asked if he's considering a run he said:
"I've received numerous calls and have been approached by a number of people who have asked me to consider running against Norm Coleman for U.S. Senate. I am going to take the next thirty to sixty days to travel around Minnesota since I am currently going to be speaking at a number of Republican event. I am going to sit down with conservative grassroots people throughout the state and assess if that is a viable option. I am making no decisions at this time. I am going take thirty to sixty days to decide what my political future is going to be."
When asked if he thought Coleman was conservative enough for the party, Repya said "The statement I gave you is the only statement that I am making."
I'm sure ANWR, Immigration, and Coleman's vote of no confidence for Gonzalez won't help him with the increasingly restive base.
Monday, June 11, 2007
That’s right, this source tell us that Repya is thinking about taking on Norm Coleman in a primary battle. In fact, my source, who is very well connected in local GOP politics, said that they “would be surprised if he didn’t run.”
Now, who is the source for MN Publius?
# Big Kahuna Says:
June 11th, 2007 at 11:48 am
Probably the most crooked politician ever in MN! Moua is so far left she makes Ellison seem mainstream.
If you think she was kidding about the donations amount try living in her area and not be a minority. You will find very quickly she is a special interest politician.
What pisses me off about her is her total lack of concern for the law. She has been pushing voting for illegals and has helped many homeless vote DFL for years. She is one who trades ciggs and food for votes, she just has yet to get caught!
If ever a politician that deserved to be publicly hanged for her wrong doings it is Moua!
Dumb bitch can barely speak the English language.
# Ted Says:
June 11th, 2007 at 12:20 pm
“Dumb bitch can barely speak the English language”
Your always such a classy guy Kahuna… and the Republicans wonder why they don’t get more of the minority vote.
# Big Kahuna Says:
June 11th, 2007 at 2:00 pm
Ted the dumb bitch can hardly speak the language and she is not out for what s best for her area she is in it for the power she holds and the money she can extort from her Hmong group.
She reigns with an iron fist and you best grease her palms or she will do what she can to make your life miserable. Pure example of voter fraud in my opinion as she is big on non registered voters so she can bus in loads of them to vote for her even though they do not live in her district.
Fat lazy opportunist = Mee Moua!
It seems that Big Kahuna can barely write in English. His posts are riddled with grammatical errors.
Big Kahuna Says:
June 11th, 2007 at 3:53 pm
What Moua does she should be in jail not a DFL leader. Oh wait we are in MN where crooked DFL’ers are welcome. :)
I bet at least 25-30% of the votes for Moua are false votes of people who do not live in her district. God forbid we ask for ID when voting as we might keep one false vote for a DFL’er from being cast!
People are not stupid for the most part and many understand when it comes to voter fraud the DFL takes the cake. Whether it is free ciggs, food, or booze the DFL has no shame as to the extent they will go for votes.
My guess is Andrew or Ted have never met and talked with Mee Moua? I have and she IS the reason I left Minneapolis. Well that and the ever intelligent Mr. Rybak. ;) The thing that does piss me off is these people do not care for the city nor care to try and fix a damn thing! It is just status quo with these folks and all they can do is tell us how bad Republicans are.
I am ashamed to say I once voted DFL but was not long before I came to realize what a mistake that truly was. people are leaving the cities in droves and those left are looking for ways out! It does not matter where you have a democRat run city there will be massive crime and short on public safety services.
My city does not cry for more money for police and Fire when state aid is not what they wanted. Yet I have more police in my rural city per person than Mpls does. We tend to fund what is NEEDED first and then worry about rooftop gardens and such later.
Name a DFL run city and I will point out the higher crime, higher taxes and less quality services that most would actually like to see.
Moua is a classic class warfare DFL’er. She is much like Wellstone in the fact she gets nothing done for her district. Look at the paper today! Once again it will be a Republican who will get Wellstones issue of Mental health issues fixed and a quality bill passed. Guess we should start to see “What would Ramstead do” bumper stickers.
Kahuna is doesn't know his geography. Moua represents a district in St Paul, not Minneapolis.
Posted by lloydletta at 10:11 PM
Here are the non-voters on the Gonzales resolution
Senator Stevens voted 'present' on the roll call. That wasn't one of the valid choices....
Present - 1
Not Voting - 7
08 Prez candidate, Judiciary committee
08 Prez candidate, Judiciary committee
08 Prez candidate
Still recovering from a medical problem
08 Prez candidate - was he in Iowa with Tim Pawlenty?
08 Prez candidate
Among the non-voters, we have 5 candidates for President.
And we have 3 members of the Senate Judiciary committee.
4 Republicans did not vote. 4 Democrats did not vote. If Biden, Dodd, and Obama had been on the floor today, the result would have probably been the same (except they'd be on record).
Posted by Markh at 7:18 PM
A cloture vote on 'No Confidence' for Atty. General Alberto 'I don't recall' Gonzales failed today in the US Senate.
I'm happy to report that both Minnesota Senators voted in favor of the resolution.
Coleman, Klobuchar vote for no-confidence resolution
By Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press
Last update: June 11, 2007 – 5:31 PM
WASHINGTON — Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman voted in favor of a no-confidence resolution in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, which his fellow Republicans blocked from a final vote on Monday.
"My vote today reflects my lack of confidence in the attorney general's continued leadership," Coleman said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. "However, I am dismayed that the Democratic leader is scheduling a politically motivated vote that accomplishes nothing."
The state's other senator, Democrat Amy Klobuchar, also voted in favor of the resolution, which fell seven votes short of the 60 votes required to move it to a formal debate. The vote was 53-38.
Last month, Coleman called on Gonzales to resign, after learning that former U.S. attorney for Minnesota Tom Heffelfinger was on a list of prosecutors to be considered for dismissal. But until Monday, the senator had not said how we would vote on a no-confidence resolution on the attorney general.
In his statement, Coleman said the Senate has more pressing needs than the no-confidence resolution.
"Rather than wasting our time on such measures, we would be wise to instead focus on real priorities like reducing our dependence on foreign oil or securing our borders," he said. "America has real issues that need real solutions."
Klobuchar was a co-sponsor of the resolution.
"We have learned these past few months that our nation's chief law enforcement officer has politicized the independent nature of our U.S. attorneys and in some instances targeted them for removal — including former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger," she said in a statement.
"Deliberately targeting individuals like Tom Heffelfinger demonstrates a disregard for our justice system and displays the shortage of leadership at the highest levels of the Justice Department."
The resolution states: "It is the sense of the Senate that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the American people."
I'd agree with Senator Coleman that the vote (no matter which way it went) was symbolic, but I think it was useful to demonstrate the failure of yet another high profile cabinet member in Dubya's guv-mint.
There is much public hue and cry from Trent Lott, Dubya, and other Senate Republicans re: the purely political, symbolic nature of today's vote. Apparently they're forgetting resume-building, useless roll call votes from past Congressional sessions on non-starters like flag burning, Federal marriage amendments, etc.
I'd like to know who didn't vote..... South Dakota has a senator still out of commission, and Wyoming has an open seat due to a death, but that still leaves seven senators not voting.
Or perhaps, read it for the first time. Here is a quote from the Dear Leader re: Attorney General Alberto 'I don't recall' Gonzales:
"They can have their votes of no-confidence but it's not going to make the determination about who serves in my government," Bush said Monday. "This process has been drug out a long time. ... It's political."
'My government'???? WTF?
Note to Dear Leader.... OF COURSE its political. The November 2006 election meant something. And we keep hearing (over and over and over again) that US attorneys serve at your pleasure, which by definition makes it all political.
Posted by Markh at 10:18 AM
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I heard some buzz from a reliable source that there is a draft Repya movement.
Norm Coleman was conspicuous by his absence. My guess is that Coleman avoided this event because there were reporters from the mainstream media here, and he did not want to be taped giving the speech he'd have to give to the hard core base. He had Dan Williams speak on his behalf.
Norm Coleman's literature at the convention included an interesting bullet point:
- Looking for ways to increase border and port security and stop illegal immigration
During the convention, I heard alot of discussion about immigration. It is definitely a hot issue with these delegates.
This record isn't going to help his with his base. It will be interesting to see if Coleman includes "build that fence" red meat to his base in future speeches at party gatherings.
Leo Pusateri liveblogged the convention.
He did a good job.
10:34a... Doing the balloting right now, but I never heard the final credentials report for who is or isn't eligible to be seated, and how many delegates were actually being seated! (There was supposedly a credentials report earlier, but they were still seating ten minutes ago!
10:36am... Now the 3rd CD's ballots needed to be destroyed, since there was apparently one more vote than there were seated delegates.
This is the stuff that the Keystone Cops were made of.
10:42am... Annoucement and understatement: "There seems to be some confusion here."
All the ballots needed to be tossed, since the "At-Large" delegates were seated with their BPOUs rather than in the "At Large" delegate section. So here we go again.
10:45am... In the process of roll-calling and double-checking at-large delegates. Once this process is done, and the At-Large delegates are confirmed to be seated in the correct area, voting will re-commence.
10:53am....Still waiting. When the ballots are cast and counted, I'll be sure and do an on the spot post of the winner.
10:59am... Balloting is about to begin...
11:14am.. scratch that.... like trying to move a graveyard.
11:27am... YAAAAAaaaawwwnnnn... Still waiting.
11:39am... Ballots have been received; 40 spots were identified at large; but 46 votes were received. Right now they've supposedly certified the number of votes. There is a motion on the floor to re-certify the number of possible votes at 46. The vote has been railroaded taken and the new number of At-Large delegates has been revised as being 46.
12:05pm: Ron Carey is re-elected 195-150, with one abstention
That was all quite entertaining.
Posted by lloydletta at 12:03 AM