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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Wants to Shut the Press Up

Politico:

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday morning ripped MSNBC over reporter David Shuster’s suggestion that Chelsea Clinton was “sort of being pimped out” by the campaign.

“I found the remarks incredibly offensive,” Clinton told reporters in this snowy town outside Bangor. Earlier, she sent a letter to NBC brass that called for swift action against Shuster, who was suspended Friday by MSNBC.


What is this though?

Now, within days of the South Carolina primary and less than two weeks to Feb. 5, she is putting herself in the spotlight as rarely ever before. The Clintons' only child was the focus of a profile on NBC's "Today" show this morning. That was followed by a fundraising e-mail sent out under her name. In the email, Chelsea offers a Clinton donor the chance to sit with her while they watch her mother debate.

"I've been campaigning with her across the country -- and I'm definitely planning on being at the next debate. Would you like to join me? The campaign is picking an online supporter to watch the January 31 debate in Los Angeles with me and to meet my mom. I know she'll be thrilled to meet you -- she is so grateful for how much every supporter has done for her campaign," the e-mail says.

The e-mail appears to be part of a plan to soften Hillary Clinton's image, an approach which has become more evident since her early loss in the Iowa Caucus. Things that once appeared to be off limits are now in bounds.


Commenters aren't too sympathetic to Hillary Clinton:

Location: machesney park, IL
Party: Democrat

Reply #: 4
Date: Feb. 9, 2008 - 3:02 PM EST
David Schuester did nothing wrong except to question the way the Clintons were using Chelsea. I am so sick and tired of the Clinton campaign bullying the media and having their overwrought supporters find something wrong with everything that is not 100 percent glowing in regards to the Clintons. If they get this bent out of shape now, if she becomes the nominee, what is she going to do when the right goes after them with a whole lot worse. I see women screaming sexism in everything little innocent remark and look and acting like a bunch of spoiled and demanding children. As a feminist democrat, I find these tactics and over sensitive and demanding foot stomping to be nauseating. I certainly do not expect or want special treatment because I am a woman and I resent these women demanding such because of Hillary. Chelsea is a 27 year old woman. She is not a little girl and when her mothers campaign pimps her out like last week when they had that win a date with Chelsea what else can it be taken as. I support David Schuster and i resent this attempt to bully and repress the press from being able to be able to critique and say what people are thinking in real life. What the Clintons are trying to do is force the press to do nothing but say glowing things about them and never anything else and it will repress any real coverage because the media will be too afraid to give honest coverage. Boo to MSNBC for caving in and to the press in general for letting the Clintons bully and push them around.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Mole Going to the Monitor

Steve Perry:

Note from underground: Changes…
By Steve Perry
February 5, 2008
09:16 am

Dear Mole readers and friends,

The rumors, first reported last week by David Brauer and Brian Lambert, are true: Beginning on February 19, I will be joining Minnesota Monitor. The Mole is going on hiatus starting today, likely to re-emerge as a personal site with a more arts/culture orientation.

It’s been a lot of fun doing the Daily Mole during the past three months-plus. I want to thank all of you for the interest and support that allowed us to build from 2000 or so page views a day during the early part of public beta to 8,000-10,000 a day over the last few weeks–all without paid promotion or mainstream media exposure.


Hopefully the Mole will help give the Monitor a more edgy feel.

Huckabee Girl

Idiocy from Congress

PZ Myers calls this the action of "demented fuckwits":

Responding to complaints from the Religious Right, Congress has passed legislation mandating that the phrase "In God We Trust" be moved from the edge to the back or front of the new presidential dollar coins.

President George W. Bush signed the measure into law Dec. 26. It was tucked into a $555 billion domestic spending bill after having been pushed by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). Brownback and other Religious Right conservatives have been complaining about the new coins since the series started last year.


I wonder how the Minnesota Delegation voted on this.

Creationism vs Evolution Debate

PZ Myers debates a creationist on KKMS.

PZ was criticized for being too hard on the creationist. He reflects on the strategy needed for such debates:

If I have one combination strength and weakness, it is that I am not an expert debater. I am not going to be smooth on the podium, I am not going to charm the audience, and I am not going to make elegant ripostes. What I'm going to do is be blunt, and when my opponent says something stupid, I'm going to say, "That's wrong," and then I'm going to explain why it's wrong. If it makes me look like a dick, that's OK — I'm not in a popularity contest.

He is absolutely right that you can't just call your opponent ignorant and be be done with it. You also have to show why he's ignorant, in plain and simple terms that don't require a lecture in advanced molecular biology to get across. Simmons' failure wasn't just that he sucked as a debater, but that he was actually and demonstrably ignorant of a subject in which he claimed sufficient expertise to be able to write a whole book on it. Failing to point out how ignorant he was would have been a profound mistake — it would have allowed him to continue to occupy the lofty pedestal of a scientific authority, and the debate would have been about which of the two of us was nicest and friendliest and least threatening to the audience's predispositions, and he would have won.

I say the answer is to be honest to yourself, and recognize that most scientists, including myself, are not going to be golden-tongued orators. All we can do is present the evidence and the ideas bluntly, and backed up with the authority of our knowledge. We're going to make the communications people cringe, and we're going to annoy all the experts who want to tell us what to say and how to frame it, but I'm afraid we're going to have to ignore most of their advice, because it doesn't work. It hasn't worked for years. It assumes the opponent merely has a difference of opinion and isn't a lying faud.

Here's a suggestion for how to think about these kinds of debates. You're a professor. The creationist is your worst student ever, the one who skipped all the classes, never did any homework, and just bombed on the final exam. He's in your office now, trying to scam you out of a few extra points so he can pass the course. We've all been in this situation; what do you do?


  • Call him an idiot and kick him out of the office?

  • Charm him with kind words and generous reassurances that no, he really asn't failed, he's merely made a few minor errors that require him to retake the course to get credit?

  • Grant him his arguments and change his grade to give him a passing C- in the course?

  • Lead him step by step through all of his mistakes, demolish his final exam all over again, and tell him in plain terms that he has not met the standards of the course and has failed?



The correct answer, of course, is #4. And the student always goes away thinking you are a real dick, but those are the breaks.

Ethanol - More Harm than Good?

Strib:

As the rush to petroleum substitutes gains momentum, a U study says a switch to biofuels would increase greenhouse gas emissions.

By TOM MEERSMAN, Star Tribune

Last update: February 7, 2008 - 11:22 PM

Renewable fuels such as ethanol have long been hailed as a cleaner-burning alternative to fossil fuels and a potent way to reduce the climate-changing gases pumped out of car tailpipes.

The 2007 Energy Act signed by President Bush last December doubles the nation's use of corn-based ethanol. Ethanol production in Minnesota, a pioneer of the technology, is expected to double during the next three years.

But research by Minnesota scientists is challenging the underpinnings of the biofuel rush. Ethanol and similar products may do more harm than good because of the changes they bring to the landscape, some scientists say.

The exploding demand for ethanol, soy diesel and other products is causing farmers to clear forests, grasslands and peat lands on a massive scale, unleashing far more carbon dioxide than is saved by the lower emissions of the biofuels, the study said.

"If we keep moving to get large amounts of energy by growing it on newly cleared land, which is what's happening around the world, we're going to be releasing much more greenhouse gas than the benefits we get from those biofuels," said David Tilman, ecology professor at the University of Minnesota and one of the study's authors.

The study, published Thursday in the online version of the journal Science, was funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota. Another study published Thursday in Science, with estimates from economists at Iowa State University, concluded that corn-based ethanol could double greenhouse gas emissions, rather than reducing them, during the next 30 years because of the dramatic changes in land use.

Ethanol industry officials called the latest studies a simplistic analysis that does not include the economic benefits for those who grow biofuel crops in the United States and abroad, or the environmental cost of continuing to rely on petroleum.


This sort of thing makes me wish I hadn't allowed my subscription to Science to lapse.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Republican Fundraising Fraud Probe Has Connections to Michele Bachmann

Not surprising. Kudos to Andy Birkey for getting the story.

The tendrils of an internal audit and subsequent FBI investigation of the National Republican Congressional Committee has reached Republicans in Minnesota. Last week, NRCC Chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla., announced that "accounting irregularities" that "may include fraud" have resulted in an outside investigation by the FBI.

Today, Politico reports that Christopher J. Ward, a former treasurer at the NRCC, is the focus of the investigation. Ward was also treasurer for the Minnesotans for a Republican Congress Committee, a PAC benefiting former Rep. Mark Kennedy; the MN 06 Congressional Victory Committee, a PAC benefiting Rep. Michele Bachmann; and the Senate Majority Committee, a PAC benefiting Sen. Norm Coleman.


From Politico:

The NRCC’s accounting problems were discussed during two high-level conference calls between senior GOP lawmakers on Friday and Monday night, according to Republicans briefed on the calls.

“There is a sense that this could be very damaging to the committee,” said a Republican insider close to the GOP leadership.

The precise details of the suspected accounting irregularities and their possible fallout are not entirely clear. NRCC officials and top GOP leaders are being tight-lipped in large part because the FBI is investigating the matter. An outside lawyer advising members and staff has warned everyone at the committee to keep quiet.

Minnesota Republicans - Marching into Oblivion

Let's review the last month:

Mike Huckabee's victory in poorly attended Iowa caucuses puts a gleam in the eye of Ron Carey.... He makes an ill-advised early endorsement, irritating the less crazy members of party he is paid to lead. The current 'It Boy' of the flat-earth creationist crowd pulls about 20% in the meaningless preference poll taken at the caucuses.

'True conservatives', whatever that means, got worked up over the Mormon, working phone banks to call people like me 6 times in 6 days, using (very) old contact lists. The Mormon triumphs with 42% of the meaningless votes at the caucus, yielding one of his few victories on Super Tuesday. He bows out of the race during a Thursday CPAC appearance.

Meanwhile, McCain supporter Governor Pawlenty lectured a Burnsville caucus audience about the danger of purist litmus tests, making the party smaller instead of larger.

In case anybody wonders about my own experience, I'm a living example of somebody who lost a sense of fitting into the party after the 2004 election, and I don't expect to return anytime soon.

The Drama Queen Gets the Vapors

He's shocked, SHOCKED I tell you that Tim Walz has endorsed Senator Obama for President.

The commenters respond:

“WASHINGTON — Rep. Tim Walz has become the fourth U.S. House member from Minnesota to line up behind presidential contender Barack Obama, who carried the state handily in Tuesday’s Democratic caucuses.

Walz, a freshman congressman from Mankato, cited Obama’s overwhelming support in his southern Minnesota district in announcing his endorsement Wednesday. ‘As a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, I will honor their decision and support Senator Obama,’ Walz said.”

Imagine that - an elected official, honoring the sentiment of his district.

Then again, it’s no wonder you don’t get it, Michael - you’re a republiCon, in John Kline’s district. Kline could give a rat’s ass less what his constituents think.

# Big Kahuna Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Not sure this matters since it will be Hitlery. ;)

In all honestly Osama, er I mean Obama has done exactly what anywhere to get the attention he does? ;)

Hillary’s husband is right, the guy is a fairy tale of a candidate. As Hillary says, she would be ready day one, obviously Osma, er I mean Obama is not by her comments.
# Pete Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Did anyone say they didn’t know if they should support Mitt or John because they didn’t know what either of them had done for southern MN? Nope! So instead of trying to deflect it to the republicans how about answering Michaels question. Thanks guys (and pudd-less)
# TwoPuttTommy Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Punky, if you can’t keep up, just say so.
# DJ Danielson Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Wow, really stretching for material today, Michael?

You better get on Ron Carey to produce some more press releases!
# Pete Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Pudd-less, as I thought you don’t think. You lose another round and appear to be in a bit of a daze. Keep trying little guy, someday when you sober up you will see the error of your ways (unless you OD before then).
# MDE Exposer Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

In the republiCon world, Walz indeed flip-flopped, but Norm “I’m A Democrat!” Coleman is a man of principle.

Go figure.

Not much to figure, TPT. Norm signs Mikey’s paychecks.
# Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Anyone? Can anyone answer what has Obama done for southern Minnesota? Walz didn’t know if Obama would be a good candidate for southern Minnesota, my question is what has changed in a year?
# Tim Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

“It’s a flip-flop and I’d still like someone to answer what has Obama done for southern Minnesota”

How arrogant can you get MDE?

Obama, Hillary, McCain, Huck, none of them represent Southern Minnesota, so why should they do specific favors for someone’s congressional district?

In your world apparently, you have to make secret deals with a candidate to bring home the pork, before another candidate should be worthy of your support.

This is seriously one of the worst posts and responses you have ever written. Do you feel okay today?
# TwoPuttTommy Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Maybe ol’ Multiple-Choice Mitt fallin’ on the sword has Michael in a funk….
# Northeast Eric Says:
February 7th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Is this blog still relevant?


Oh what a world, what a world. Will the Drama Queen have breathless updates to this: Walz flip flops on Obama 2, etc.

Steve Sarvi at Drinking Liberally Event

I had time to briefly get clarifications on some of my questions that I asked his campaign by email earlier.

On Don't Ask, Don't Tell, he indicated he thought the policy was outdated, but when asked about signing onto repeal legislation (so far both 6th District DFL candidates, Oberstar, McCollum and Ellison are signed onto the Military Readiness Enhancement Act), he said he could not commit to that at this time. He did say he would vote in favor of the Employment Non Discrimination Act and legislation that would include gays for hate crimes prosecution.

On stem cell research, he said he believes there are ways to do this without "involving fetuses." This is a misinformed statement. Fetuses are at a different stage of development than embryos. The embryos used for embryonic stem cell research are at an early stage of development known as the blastocyst stage. This is before the cells have differentiated into different types of cells - nerves, skin, heart, muscle, etc. He was asked about stem cell research by two people - myself, and someone else attending the event. If he takes the President Bush position on embryonic stem cell research (opposition to federal funding of this), it does not save embryos. Instead the blastocyst embryos get discarded. I didn't ask him a follow up question about whether he also opposes in vitro fertilization - which is the process that produces these embryos.

When he spoke, he spoke about his experiences serving in the military, and as Mayor of Watertown.

Sarvi was received well by this liberal audience.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Alan Keyes Listed on the Republican Presidential Ballots

On his show tonight, the Drama Queen wasn't too happy about this. Check the results out here. This is more excellent work by the state party under the leadership of Ron Carey.

UPDATE: Michael Brodkorb called to inform me he was "puzzled", and not "unhappy" about this. He was unclear about what criteria would be used for candidate selection for that ballot.

The people who appeared on the Republican ballot were:

Mike Huckabee
Alan Keyes
John McCain
Ron Paul
Mitt Romney
Write-in

What a Whiner

James Dobson from Focus on the Family:

As voters in 24 states head to the polls today to choose a presidential nominee, Dr. James Dobson released a statement to The Laura Ingraham Show today. He stated his personal opinions of this critical election:

"I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, voted for embryonic stem-cell research to kill nascent human beings, opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, has little regard for freedom of speech, organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters in judicial hearings, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.

"I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has sounded at times more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP caucus in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry's running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does NOT make the medicine go down. I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.

"But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should Sen. McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can't vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life. These decisions are my personal views and do not represent the organization with which I am affiliated. They do reflect my deeply held convictions about the institution of the family, about moral and spiritual beliefs, and about the welfare of our country."

Around noon today, Dr. Dobson talked to national talk-show host Dennis Prager. He made it clear he was not endorsing anyone.

"Dr. Dobson's statement speaks for itself," said Gary Schneeberger, vice president of media relations for Focus on the Family Action. "He made it as a private citizen, and it reflects his personal opinion of Sen. McCain's candidacy and record. People can read into it what they like; all I see is his own personal 'straight talk' regarding why he can't vote for one candidate."

Where Does Norm Coleman Stand on Civil Unions

A commenter on Minnesota Democrats Exposed claims:

While Norm does state he is against gay marraige, he is not against unions that offer same benefits.


I contacted the Coleman for Senate campaign for comment.

Early Early Returns: Romney and Huck Neck and Neck

You can check things out here.

The Mormon Campaign - One more for the road

I wasn't disappointed when I checked my home voice mail this afternoon... call #6 from the Romney phone bank came through.

Go Mitt!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Rasmussen Poll of Minnesota Voters: VP Tim Pawlenty Would Be a Drag on the Ticket

Fox:

2. How do you rate the way that Tim Pawlenty is performing his role as Governor? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

16% Excellent
29% Good
29% Fair
24% Poor
1% Not Sure

6. If Governor Tim Pawlenty was selected to run as the Republicans Vice Presidential nominee, would you be more or less likely to vote for the Republican Presidential candidate?

29% More likely
35% Less likely
30% No impact
6% Not sure


Is Jason Lewis's constant mitching having an effect? This doesn't sound like other poll results for Pawlenty.

If this trend holds, Pawlenty is losing his teflon.

Very interesting discussion on this going on here.

Minnesota Monitor Covers Al Franken's Anti-Gay "Jokes"

Here.

Republicans hope that by disseminating jokes made by Al Franken, the comedian turned Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, they can undermine his campaign to unseat Republican Norm Coleman. Michael Brodkorb, a Republican operative and sole writer of the blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed, has been delving into Franken's past to find instances where Franken has made light of the struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The few instances he has found have been heavily promoted -- even included in a video for Coleman's campaign.

The jokes have also put off a few GLBT members of the DFL.

At a recent forum held for the GLBT community by attorney Mike Ciresi, one of Franken's opponents for the DFL nomination, it was clear that some found Franken's humor objectionable. Former DFL state Sen. Allan Spear, who made headlines in the early 1970s as one of the nation's first openly gay elected officials, introduced Ciresi. Spear said that unlike comedian Franken, Ciresi takes GLBT issues seriously. Spear cited the attacks on Franken by Republicans using Franken's past jokes against him as a real problem -- and a reason for the community to support Ciresi and defeat Franken for the chance to replace Coleman.

I asked Jeremy Hanson, an openly gay longtime activist who co-hosted the Ciresi forum if the jokes influenced his decision to support Ciresi. He said he agreed with Spear. "Part of the reason I'm supporting Mike Ciresi for U.S. Senate is because I know he takes seriously the challenges that GLBT people face and I know that as our senator he will take seriously the fight for GLBT equality and justice," he said in an interview. "It's unfortunate when GLBT people are needlessly used as fodder for political satire or humor."

With a choice of DFL senatorial candidates, including Franken, who overwhelmingly support the issues important to gays and lesbians, voters have to ask themselves: Is this a real issue or a distraction? Are the jokes irrelevant to the campaign? Or do they tell us something about the man who would be senator?

Some notable jokes being spread by the Republicans include a 1976 appearance at Harvard in which he joked that a campus club was dominated by homosexuals and said he was glad a gay member of the club had been murdered. The Harvard Crimson newspaper reported that after Franken spoke, his smile " became so broad it pushed his eyes shut. He couldn't stand it any longer. 'Put that in, put that in,' Franken laughed, leaning over the desk. I'd love to see that in The Crimson." In other words, he was trying to be outrageous.

Republican operatives are also citing an off-color remark that Franken made about Elton John and a comment after watching presidential candidate Pat Buchanan rail against GLBT people: "No one likes a gay bashing joke better than me, but this was serious." The editing of the clip obscures the fact that Franken was responding to Buchanan's tirade with sarcasm.

Franken faced questions about his sense of humor in late January when he appealed for support of the Stonewall DFL, the party's GLBT caucus. Held at the Hennepin County Government Center, in front of the Stonewall screeners and several audience attendees, Franken retold his Elton John joke. The original joke goes like this:

"Actually, and this is totally true, for the first six months after 9/11, I put three baseballs in my carry-on bag. I am blessed with an unusually accurate throwing arm and wanted more than anything to thwart a hijacking by beaning a terrorist. How American is that?! I imagined The New York Post headline: 'Franken Beans Hijacker: Terrorist Hit In Face With More Balls Than Elton John.'"


Andy points out later in the article that Republicans are being "disingenuous".

The stances of the three DFLers differ considerably from those of Coleman. The Republican broke with the party line to vote for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, which was strongly supported by the Democratic candidates and GLBT groups. But Coleman supported the Defense of Marriage Act, which seeks to block gays from marrying. As mayor of St. Paul in the 1990s, Coleman refused to acknowledge Twin Cities Pride, the most important GLBT community event each year. Franken happily marched in the parade that Coleman refused to recognize.

That a Republican operative and the Republican Party of Minnesota are circulating these jokes -- as well as demanding GLBT community members respond to them -- is disingenuous. The Republican Party of Minnesota has an abysmal record when it comes to GLBT equality, and the statements made and policies pushed by the party damage the community. The hypocrisy makes it that much harder to have a discussion of the jokes themselves -- and adds nothing to the debate over the policy issues at stake in the election.

The omission of context further discredits the Republicans strategy against Franken. For example, Franken's jokes in support of the community are omitted. He once joked during a discussion of marriage equality that being gay was much harder than being black. "It's harder being gay -- because you don't have to tell your parents you're black," he quipped.

He also took on former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich over the issue of marriage equality and Gingrich's own admitted infidelity, asking: "Newt, don't you want for a gay couple what you had with your first wife? Don't you want what comes with that -- that bond of fidelity that you had with your second wife?"


I think it was a good step that Al Franken responded directly to this question on camera.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Good Riddance

The chief author of the stick-it-to-the Hennepin County Taxpayer Stadium Boondoggle, Brad Finstad is retiring. Finstad was known for the twins stadium bill and also for grandstanding with anti-immigrant rhetoric. He will be missed by the Dare2sayits of the world.

Farheen Hakeem's Message to the Greens

A Lloydletta reader forwarded me this. Farheen Hakeem is running for Green Party endorsement for the 61B seat.

Money Quote:

When it comes to dirty campaign tactics, we can always out work them and out smart them!


=====================================

From: farheen@farheenhakeem.org
Date: January 13, 2008 10:50:39 AM CST
To: discuss@mngreens.org, Mpls-5thDistrictGreenParty@yahoogroups.com
Cc: mplsgreens@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [M5DGP] Dirty Democratic tactics


Hey All,

I did not have e-mail for an entire 36 hours because of a server upgrade.
During this time I have been getting attacked by the democrats, and it
ain't pretty.

Ed Felien will be writing a retraction for his sloppy story in Southside Pride. But because of it, I have learned about some dirty tactics that the democrats have been conducting.

Eric Pusey, City Council Ward 8 Elizabeth Glidden's husband, has been calling me asking me questions about my campaign. Being the honest person that I am, I was open and transparent with him about all of my campaign aspects. I know that he was a democrat, but I did not assume that he was taking any sides about the race.

Well I was very wrong. He did not disclose that he was working on Jeff Hayden's campaign. Of course, when I found out, I confronted him about it.

The lesson learned from all of this is: Ed Felien is a sloppy journalist and Eric Pusey is not to be trusted.

Unfortunately, my list of democrats that I can trust is getting shorter by
the minute.

Here are things that you can do to help:

1. Start threads on the Minneapolis Issues list stating something proactive about me in the subject line. Ken Avidor and Jim Graham know that if they write something negative about me in the subject line, it shows up on google hits and frames me to look bad.

2. Call Eric Pusey at 612-503-3062 and state how disappointed you are about not disclosing that he was working on Jeff Hayden's campaign. Tell him that you thought he had more integrity than that, and losing Farheen's trust is not something to take lightly.

3. Volunteer to pass out lit on February 5th at DFL caucuses. E-mail volunteer@farheenhakeem.org to sign-up.

When it comes to dirty campaign tactics, we can always out work them and
out smart them!

Farheen
Candidate for State Rep 61B
Seeking Green Party endorsement

The Romney campaign is obsessed with my phone number

I've now had three live conservations and two voice mail messages from the Romney campaign, starting on Thursday. The latest was a voice mail message left shortly before noon on Sunday, 2/3.

The script has been amended - in the rant about John McCain not being a true conservative, 'leaders' like Rush Limbaugh and bat-shit crazy former senator Rick Santorum are cited as fellow McCain-haters. With friends like that.....

The Mormon must have more volunteers than names to call. I haven't been to a GOP caucus since 2004, and have no intention of participating this week.

Bob Olson Interview

From the Hillary Clinton Campaign

Join Hillary for a "Solutions for the American Economy" event in Minneapolis
When

Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where

Augsburg College -- Melby Hall
725 23rd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
General Area:
Description

Join Hillary for a "Solutions for the American Economy" event in Minneapolis this Sunday at 4 p.m., doors open at 2 p.m.
Host

Minnesota For Hillary