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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Twin Brodkorb Girls Born Yesterday

You can follow the story over at MDE.

Congratulations to the happy mother, father and twin girls.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Open Letter to Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher About Rep. Mark Olson

Enough is enough...

Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher,

I was at the Sherburne County courthouse and watched as Olson was sentenced.

Rep. Mark Olson's wife Heidi talked about the impact of the trial on her and her family in the courtroom and outside for the media.

In this video Heidi says Olson slimed her to keep his job. She describes herself as "collateral damage".

Heidi isn't the only collateral damage Rep. Mark Olson has wreaked in his long tenure in office. He verbally and physically abused staff. He verbally abused Rep. Greiling during the last session.

Olson has abused the citizens of this state by conspiring to defraud the taxpayers with his bogus "personal rapid transit" scam. I have a document that pretty much exposes his role in that scam and I would willing to testify about his role in the scam.

Republicans have begun to question whether transit and bicycling projects should be funded in the wake of the 35W bridge collapse. They call such projects "frivolous"... yet, 24 Republicans including Phil Krinkie and Mary Liz Holberg voted for Mark Olson's PRT amendment to the bonding bill in 2006. PRT has been described by Professor of Transportation, University of Pennsylvania Vukan Vuchic as "imaginary" and infeasible".

I feel very strongly about Republicans voting for an imaginary and infeasible transportation concept when real transportation needs were not being met... My daughter crossed the 35W bridge every day to school and crossed that bridge the day it collapsed.

Conspiracy to defraud the State of MInnesota would be grounds for removing Olson from office.

Mark Olson should not get away with what he did to his wife and what he did to the citizens of Minnesota. He should not keep his job.

Thank you,

Ken Avidor

Here's a list of the representatives who voted for one of Rep. Mark Olson's PRT amendments. It was voted down 26 to 107 on April 12, 2006:

Anderson, B.
Hosch (DFL)
Marquart (DFL)
Nelson, P.

... and speaking of Mark Olson and "collateral damage"... from a December 7, 2003 Strib article on capitol punishment:

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

My 8 week Old Kittens

Anthony with Laurel

Anthony with Laurel

Celia reading Harry Potter with Laurel

Celia reading Harry Potter with Laurel

Laurel (l) and Thistle (r)

Laurel (l) and Thistle (r)

I just love having kittens around the house again.

Rep. Mark Olson Sentenced Today

(cross-posted at Dump Mark Olson)

Rep. Mark Olson was sentenced today...

The West Central Tribune:

ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) - State Rep. Mark Olson was sentenced to two years on probation and must pay nearly $400 in fines and court costs but will not have to serve jail time for his misdemeanor domestic assault conviction, a judge said Thursday. Sherburne County District Judge Alan Pendleton also stayed a 90-day jail sentence.

Here's video from the courthouse in Elk River. Rep. Mark Olson's soon-to-be-ex-wife Heidi has the last word:

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Adopted Kittens

Last weekend I adopted two 8 week old kittens from the humane society. At first the little boy was under the weather - he had a fever, and a limp and wasn't eating. I took him to the vet and found out this was likely a reaction to the vacine - it's something called "limping kitten syndrom."

I'll have photos of these characters up later this week. Now I can do Friday Kitten blogging.

50 More Cops Now!

I have been working with a core group of concerned Minneapolis citizens to bring about improvements in public safety and we are beginning our "50 MORE COPS NOW" campaign. Since the collapse of the 1-35W bridge there has been an increase in the frequency of murders and shootings in our city. This is coming off the month of July where there were no reported murders. What is wrong with our city government?

-David Joseph De Grio-
NE Minneapolis, Windom Park Neighborhood

See the press release below.


August 15, 2007

For Immediate Release


While we pull together as a community in response to the bridge collapse, we must remain diligent in addressing the pressing public safety problems in the City of Minneapolis . Today, Mayor Rybak took that step and we want to challenge him and the City Council to make good on earlier promises to keep the city safe with the addition of 50 more police officers.

50 More Cops Now:

We support the police federation in their campaign to bring more cops to Minneapolis . We believe that the mayor’s first priority should be to keep the promise he made one year ago. The city’s police department should be restored to 893 sworn officers, the number of officers that existed just four years ago, before the city’s drastic cuts to police department staffing. Even though the mayor promised to restore the department to 893 officers, and the city council budgeted the funds to achieve that commitment, we now stand 50 officers short of the goal. By year end, with no plans to hire additional officers, the department is likely to be at least 65 officers short of the goal.

Making Tax Dollars Work for Citizens:

Blaming cuts in local government aid (LGA) as the culprit for the police officer shortfall is misleading. While our parties may have disagreements regarding LGA, there is no doubt that Governor Ventura stood up for LGA in 2002 on the grounds of accountability. It is ironic that LGA is now being used for finger pointing and denying accountability. The mayor continues to refer to annual losses of $30 million per year in state aid. The truth is that there was one cut in LGA aid ($20 million cut to LGA in city’s general fund) – that occurred in 2003 when the state budget faced a huge deficit. Although the city has not received as much LGA as it would have liked – or as much budgeted by the state at the high water mark of 2003 – there have been no LGA cuts since 2003.

The city's increase of the property tax levy by $72 million in 2007 compared to 2002 more than makes up for any disappointment in LGA funds received.

Citizens Deserve Benchmarks:

We call on the Mayor and City Council to immediately set in place benchmarks and publish a timeline for hiring new police officers . The Mayor and City Council should set a timetable to make good on their commitment to build the police department up to 893 sworn officers in 2007. We have had enough rhetoric about public safety being first priority. Enough words; the citizens of Minneapolis deserve definitive actions. This means 50 more cops by year end.


Peter Tharaldson
CD5 Independence Chair

Carleton Crawford
CD5 Republican Chair

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Michael Brodkorb Removes Terroristic Threat From MDE

But some of Brodkorb's fans got upset at DU and Dump Bachmann instead.

(cross-posted at Dump Bachmann)

Why Does Michael Brodkorb Allow Terroristic Threats on His Blog?

(Cross-posted at Dump Bachmann)

From DU:

The following comment was posted to paid Republican operative Michael Brodkorb's website Minnesota Democrats Exposed this morning:

zeebus Says:
August 14th, 2007 at 7:57 am
where are those abortion clinic bombers when you need them?

NARAL could use a few pipe bombs…

Brodkorb monitors his website continuously, and yet allows this terroristic threat to remain. In fact, Brodkorb has posted to his own website several times since this terroristic threat was posted on MDE. I can only surmise from Brodkorb's inaction that Michael Brodkorb endorses abortion clinic bombers. Nice political consultant the MN GOP, Norm Coleman, Michele Bachmann and John Kline have.

Where's the FBI when you need them?

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Brodkorb was a consultant for Michele Bachmann last year.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The (Crumbling) Bridges of Hennepin County

Looking forward to the August 31st groundbreaking at the Twins Stadium site? While you are waiting here's a quick look at the county's crumbling infrastructure...

Franklin Avenue Bridge:

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Franklin Avenue Bridge (close-up):

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A bridge over the Greenway:

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Bridge over the Greenway (close-up):

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