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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Peterson, Erhardt Defeated for Republican Endorsement

Neil Peterson is planning on running in the primary against the endorsed candidate Jan Schneider. Ron Erhardt is running as an independent. Keith Downey got endorsed by the Republican party. The issue of overriding the governor on the transportation bill was what got Peterson not endorsed.

Both Peterson and Erhardt voted in favor of allowing municipalities to offer domestic partnership benefits.

Hat Tip: True North.

Anti-Gay Activist Judy Lindsay at 56% First Ballot

I called into the Patriot to ask about the results for 37B convention. Anti-gay activist Judy Lindsay is at 56% in the first ballot.

Jon Elrod: Fighing back against the GOP

I was alerted to the candidacy of Jon Elrod, for Indiana's 7th Congressional District seat. He is bucking the party and supports full equality and marriage for gay couples. He defends himself when called a RINO by pointing out his government philosophy and his pro-life stance.

I donated $50 to him today. If you can spare some, please help him out.

To all of our Democrat friends and readers, please consider giving him some money as he goes into the primary. Even if you don't vote Republican, wouldn't you like to see a pro-gay Republican get an endorsement over an anti-gay candidate?

Plus, when all is said and done, he's a pretty good looking candidate as well. :-)

Friday, March 07, 2008

Anti-Gay Activist Judy Lindsay Up for Republican Endorsement in 37B tomorrow

Judy Lindsay has run against Ozment in the past, and blocked his endorsement. He defeated her in a primary. Ozment now is on record in the Pioneer Press saying that should the party endorse Lindsay, they could lose the general election.

Who will succeed senior House Republican Dennis Ozment?

Ozment, a GOP moderate who is bowing out from his Rosemount-based district after more than two decades, isn't saying whom he'd like to see in his seat. At Saturday's endorsing convention, however, he plans on making his reservations about former challenger Judy Lindsay as clear as rainwater.

"Judy's an extremist. Everybody knows my opposition to Judy. She doesn't support education," Ozment said Wednesday.

"She's just not electable," he continued. "If they would endorse her, I'm afraid the Republicans would lose that seat."

Lindsay, 50, of Rosemount, is taking Ozment's anti-endorsement in stride. She spent more than eight years on the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board, winning re-election in 1999 with the official backing of the Republican Party and strong opposition from teachers' unions.

"I'm the only one that has a record," said Lindsay, noting that two other candidates seeking the GOP endorsement have never held public office. "I'm the only one that's proven that I'm electable."

On Saturday, Republicans and DFLers will gather in Apple Valley and Rosemount, respectively, to pick their preferred candidate for House District 37B, the seat Ozment has held for 24 years.

Ozment, a former Minneapolis fire captain, announced in January he would not run for re-election. His departure has drawn at least five political contenders, some of whom might never have dreamed of running against

Along with Lindsay, the Republican hopefuls include retired teacher Deb Kaczmarek and David Ganfield, a retired Apple Valley firefighter. Ozment said either one would do a good job.

Judy Lindsay is an extremist. She testified at the legislature in favor of overturning the human rights act as it applied to gays. During her testimony, she claimed that homosexuality causes bipolar disorder. Previous Lloydletta's Nooz posts on this topic are available here and here.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Al Franken Doesn't Pay Work Comp for Employees

Michael Brodkorb got the scoop, and has pushed it out to the mainstream media. He's also done his trademark repetive breathless posts on the topic. Liberal Talk show host, Ed Schultz said today that Franken needs to get out in front of this story. Now from the Hill:

Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken owes the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board $25,000 for not providing workers’ compensation insurance for his employees between 2002 and 2005.

Franken moved back to Minnesota, the state he grew up in, in 2005. Notices were reportedly sent beginning that year.

Spokeswoman Jess McIntosh said the company penalized, Alan Franken Inc., comprised only Franken and his wife, Franni, but occasionally hired a couple workers.

“We’re trying to figure out exactly where the point of contention is ourselves, but we know that the state says Alan Franken Inc. had 17 employees at that time, and that’s not true,” McIntosh said, adding that the campaign’s accountant was looking into the matter.

A commenter on Minnesota Democrats Exposed claims:

Alan Franken Inc. had WC coverage from the state fund from 3/29/05-7/3/07.
The 3\29/05 policy was a renewal policy.
You do know what renewal means don’t you.
So the whole time the state of New York is “sending” him automated notices for non-coverage, he was sending them checks for WC coverage.
That’ll do Sheeple, that’ll do

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

St Cloud Times on Mary Kiffmeyer's Run

Larry Schumacher reports here.

Former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer said Monday she's challenging Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, for the Republican Party endorsement for his House of Representatives seat.

"We've got to move into the issues. We've got to get out of the other stuff," Kiffmeyer, a Big Lake resident, told the Times. "The district needs to move forward now and we're not doing that."

Kiffmeyer was referring to Olson's conviction last summer on a domestic assault charge and his subsequent expulsion from the House Republican caucus by his peers.

Area Republicans meet Saturday for their district convention in Becker but are expected to endorse a candidate in early May.

That endorsement convention should be interesting.

Republicans Mark Lumley of Becker and Corrine Gintz of Elk River already have announced their candidacies for his seat, as have DFLers Steve Andrews of Big Lake and Bruno Gad of Clear Lake.

Olson, in his 16th year as a state representative, said he welcomed the competition, but held out the possibility he would run as an independent if not endorsed by the party.

"It's an option I would consider," he said. "I think the party is losing its way."

Olson denied that his recent legal troubles and loss of status within the House had diminished his ability to represent the district, which includes Clear Lake, Becker, Big Lake and Zimmerman.

He pointed to his votes against the Northstar commuter rail line and for tax cuts as examples of serving his district's interests.

Well he's got Andy Aplikowski's approval.

Kiffmeyer was elected Secretary of State in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 before losing to Mark Ritchie in 2006.

She said she wasn't worried the presence of Olson and another Republican on the ballot this fall could allow DFLers to win in what has historically been a Republican district.

Running for re-election every two years, Olson has never received less than 57 percent of the vote.

There is something in the water in that district.

Anti-Gay FRC Promoting Michele Bachmann

From their Daily Bleating:

No Foster Child Left Behind
When Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) talks about the needs of at-risk children, people tend to listen. Having raised 23 foster kids themselves, the Bachmanns know better than anyone what it takes to give kids the chance they need to succeed in life. For years, she and her husband have worked to give children the stability they need to excel in education after being bounced from school to school. Now she plans to bring that same hope to children across the country through H.R. 4311, the School Choice for Foster Kids Act. Building on a 1999 law that provides $60 million a year in education and job training vouchers for older foster children, Rep. Bachmann's bill takes the program a step further. H.R. 4311 would allow states to offer vouchers not just to teenagers but to kids of all ages. Her proposal would go far in raising the grades and reducing the dropout rates of foster children. "We should allow families to choose the school that is best equipped to serve their foster child," Rep. Bachmann said. Take it from the expert! Join us in encouraging your congressman to co-sponsor H.R. 4311 and give children with a troubled past the opportunity for a brighter future.

The DB reader noted:

Ways and Means Subcommittee Testimony by Michele Bachmann

Either way, this testimony is a slap in the face for the hardworking teachers and schools who really do care about kids, even foster kids.

1. No where in the "testimony" does she mention that Minnesota is an "Open enrollment" state. If she wanted to get her foster kids to "their school", I am sure, with social worker approval, she could have driven them herself. It's all a matter of priority. It's the foster parent's responsibility to act as the advocate for the foster child, and that means speaking up when things could be better for that child. If you can't be an effective advocate, you have no business being a
foster parent.

2. Siphoning off the few dollars which are available to social services to subsidize private schools is just plain wrong. It also takes dollars away from the public school system, which is probably the intent, anyway.

3. I can't find coverage of this in any MSM outlet, but it has been
picked up by the the Heartland Institute and FRC.

Recall Michele Bachmann has gotten $50,000 and counting from people who signed the Alliance for Separation of School and State (ASSS) pledge.

More Dump Bachmann posts on Michele Bachmann's relationship with ASSS are here.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Good Quote from Neil Peterson

Strib on the moderates who voted to override the Governor's Veto:

The six representatives who broke party ranks didn't act in concert, said Rep. Neil Peterson of Bloomington, although each was aware that others were considering supporting the override.

"The hardest part for me was the public lashing from the governor," he said. "It's hard not to take it personally."

In an interview, Peterson expressed concern about being expected to "march in step" to the caucus: "If that's the case, they might as well send a duck to do the job instead of me."

This is the reason I've always had problems with pledges.

It also looks like Ron Carey visited the convention of one of the three conventions in Heidgerken's district. So MN Publius's report that Dorothy Fleming was visiting conventions that weren't hers, but Carey wasn't to let delegates know their options of non-endorsement weren't true.

State Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey said his reading of the situation shows that many voters are upset with the gas-tax increase, particularly Republicans for whom lower taxes and smaller government are core beliefs.

"People do expect their local officials -- Republican or Democrat -- to stand on a key philosophy to gain support of the party," he said.

In his rounds of local party conventions last weekend, Carey visited one of three in Heidgerken's district west of St. Cloud, partly to make points about the veto override.

"It's not my job to call for the ouster of a representative," Carey said. "But I can let [delegates] know what their options are."

Abler Goes After Jason Lewis

He introduced - tongue in cheek, a Haircut tax. I think he wanted to take another shot at Jason Lewis:

c. Boring hair tax. Hair styles deemed incredibly boring shall be assessed a tax
1.11 in addition to any other taxes or credits established by this section. As a standard, the
1.12 current hairstyle favored by talk show host Jason Lewis shall be noted as the standard for
1.13 a boring hair style.

Deputy Chair Dorothy Fleming Drives 3 Hours to Cottonwood County Convention

MN Publius has the scoop.

A very good source at the Capitol tells us that MN GOP Deputy Chair Dorothy Fleming (who apparently uses the moniker “Deputy Dot”) made an appearance out at the Cottonwood County Republican Convention (Cottonwood County makes up just over a third of Override Sixer Rod Hamilton’s district). Fleming’s appearance will remind some of MN GOP Chair Ron Carey’s visit to Kathy Tingelstad’s endorsing convention, but there is one very notable difference. Carey lives in Tingelstad’s district, Fleming does not live in Hamilton’s. In fact, according to her website, Fleming lives in St. Anthony. Per Google Maps, its over a three hour drive from St. Anthony to Cottonwood County.

Deputy Chair Fleming went all the way out to Cottonwood County to express her deep opposition to the endorsement of Rod Hamilton for another term. But according to my source, the activists in the room didn’t take too kindly to the State Party sticking their nose into this particular issue. Apparently, Fleming was booed and heckled during her speech. In fact, she was “all but booed from the stage.”

It would be interesting to get some more stories on this one. A capital source is likely to be someone who is allied with Hamilton.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

DU on Kiffmeyer's Run

Check it out.