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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lawsuit Alleges Norm Coleman Ally Funneled $75,000 to Colemans

Strib. Norm bravely ran away from these reporters a few days ago.

A Texas businessman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Minnesota multimillionaire Nasser Kazeminy used his Houston marine company to funnel $75,000 to Sen. Norm Coleman last year via a Minneapolis insurance company that employs the senator's wife.

Coleman adamantly denies the claims in the lawsuit. "This is a vicious, defamatory attack on the senator and his wife less than one week before the election," Cullen Sheehan, Coleman's campaign manager, said Thursday.

The company, Deep Marine Technology, is controlled by Kazeminy, a close friend of Coleman's and a longtime campaign contributor.

The allegations about Coleman were among the claims in the suit over corporate practices filed Monday by Deep Marine's former CEO, Paul McKim, who founded the company in 2001. The suit was withdrawn later Monday during a flurry of settlement negotiations but was refiled Thursday after those talks failed, said Casey Wallace, a lawyer for McKim. Robert Weinstine, listed in the lawsuit as Kazeminy's Minneapolis attorney, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

This reminds me of Joe Biernat, Brian Herron and Dean Zimmerman.

'Minnesota Majority' Jumps Further into Crazy-Land

From the Star Tributne

Callers question registered Minnesota voters' eligibility

October 29, 2008

Minnesotans should beware intimidating phone calls about their voting practices from people purporting to be with his office, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Wednesday.

The calls in question apparently are being made by the conservative nonprofit Minnesota Majority as part of an effort to uncover voting irregularities.

A St. Paul man received one such call Tuesday evening and contacted Ritchie's office the next day, something that others should do if they're called, Ritchie said. A recent call suggesting that a registered voter had to re-register has been referred to the Anoka County attorney's office for investigation.

Ritchie said that such calls have no connection whatsoever with his office. "Voter intimidation will not be tolerated in Minnesota," he said.

Larry Johnson got a call at his Highland Park condo at about 8 p.m. Tuesday from a woman who said she was calling about issues of concern to the Secretary of State's office. She proceeded to ask Johnson about his former residence in downtown St. Paul, where he lived three years ago.

"You know you can't vote in two places," Johnson quoted her as telling him. "I said, 'Wait a minute.' She kind of questioned my integrity. The insinuation was ... she's telling me that the secretary of state might think I might be one of these guys perpetrating voter fraud."

The woman told Johnson she worked for Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority.

Davis did not respond to inquiries Wednesday, but posted a comment on the group's website responding to Ritchie's press conference by saying Minnesota Majority has been researching inconsistencies in voter rolls.

"Voters with apparent duplicate registration records have been contacted by Minnesota Majority volunteers with a simple request to confirm the accuracy of their voter registration information," Davis wrote. "We feel these false allegations [of voter intimidation] are designed to simply deflect attention away from further scrutiny of what appear to be serious irregularities with Minnesota voter registration records."

Ritchie said that the Ramsey County attorney's office and the U.S. Attorney are looking into Johnson's complaint.

Reports of possible voter intimidation should be directed to the county attorney or the Secretary of State's office at 877-600-8683, he said.

I hate the name this bunch of kooks gave themselves - 'Minnesota Majority'.

Majority of what? I would suggest that the majority of Minnesotans are not paranoid conspiracy theory types. They're like cartoon characters... think 'King of the Hill'.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Norm Coleman Speaks to the Fringe

Hot Air has the footage. There's also footage of Michele Bachmann.

David Brauer from Minn Post asks why Norm Coleman would go to this event at this stage in the campaign?

Norm Coleman wants to keep his job by demanding convicted felon Ted Stevens resign his, everyone reports. But Stevens says he won't resign. Did anyone ask if Norm would vote to expel the Alaska senator in that case? I can't find it in anyone's copy. The PiPress' Rachel Stassen-Berger notes Coleman won't return $12,000 from Stevens donated for the 2002 race because it's already been spent. Well, how about disgorging an equivalent amount now?

Bizarrely, Coleman shared a stage with Michele Bachmann last night, Stassen-Berger reports (leaving out the bizarre reference). That's a swing-vote getter! Al Franken has a slightly more appealing cross-promotional event Thursday, noted here.

Colbert Inteviews a Real Socialist

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Why is Norm Coleman the "Moderate" Headlining a Fringe Event With Michele Bachmann?


GOP to hold rally with Coleman, Bachmann in Mpls.

Radio hosts Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and Hugh Heweitt—all with AM 1280 The Patriot—will be hosting an event to promote the upcoming Nov. 4 election.

Guest appearances include Sen. Norm Coleman, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and other candidates running on the GOP ticket.

The even begins at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, located at 1111 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, and is free and open to the public.

This is just one of six stops across the nation the ‘Talk the Vote’ tour will be making.

The event was apparently full. Did anyone go?

Dennis Prager is the guy who wrote that Keith Ellison shouldn't be allowed to take his oath of office on the Koran.

Norm Coleman is trying to have it both ways on Michele Bachmann. When speaking to mainstream media, he distances himself from her. He fails to mention his key role in getting her to where she is now:

In 2000, she turned her sights to the state Senate, running against Gary Laidig, a 28-year incumbent Republican, in the party's primary. Laidig was viewed as a centrist, and Bachmann's hard-right platform divided longtime GOP diehards. But Bachmann, with a war chest of $43,000 to Laidig's $23,000, won the party's endorsement. (Norm Coleman, then still mayor of St. Paul, stumped for her.) She went on to defeat DFLer Ted Thompson in the general election. "A lot of political types didn't think she could win," Thompson recalls now. "But she had name recognition because of that school board run.

Since Michele Bachmann got elected, she's targeted other moderate republican legislators and tried - sometimes successfully (in Kathy Tinglestad's case), other times unsuccessfully (in Paul Koering's case) to get them defeated in their district conventions.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ronnie Musgrove Should Be Asked: Which of your marriages are you trying to defend

From the comments in my Pam's House Blend post (cross posted here) on Ronnie Musgrove the anti-gay democratic senate candidate.

on woman at a time at least (0.00 / 0)
"believes marriage is between one man and one woman", and then another woman after that....

Musgrove and his wife divorced after 24 years of marriage.[1] The results and settlement of the divorce were sealed by the judge at the request of the Musgroves.[2] Musgrove married Melody Bounds on August 4, 2007[3].