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Saturday, August 08, 2009

RT Rybak Feigns Concern About Reelection

Mark H wrote earlier about getting a fundraising call from Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak. Now this comes in my inbox.

Dear Eva -

Last week I filed papers to run for Mayor of Minneapolis. With so many focused on elections a year or more from now, I am writing to tell you about the critical importance of the election this November in Minneapolis.

You’ve seen what we have done together: making major reductions in crime, putting thousand of people to work, leading major improvements in transportation, and giving thousands of young people hope through the Minneapolis Promise. (See more for yourself at

Every one of these accomplishments has significant impact on people throughout this region, and much work lies ahead to keep progress moving on these important fronts. But right now, we facing two serious, specific challenges to our work:

First, every one of these results we’ve achieved is challenged by the Bush recession and the Pawlenty budget cuts. I’m about to deliver a city budget for next year that continues our top priorities of public safety and creating jobs, but we are making very hard choices with serious consequences to make up for the cuts we are forced to take as a result of the broken state budget.

The second concern for my re-election campaign is that this fall’s election is uncharted territory for all of us – as one of the first major city elections in American history to use instant run-off voting (IRV). IRV means that voters will not simply select one candidate to vote for, but instead rank the candidates in preference order.

How will this new process affect the election? The truth is, we don’t know. With IRV and 11 other candidates on the ballot, each with at least some constituency, we can’t just coast through this election. We’re going to need to run as hard as possible to rise above any complications that occur as voters figure out IRV.

For all this, I need your help.

In a close-knit city like Minneapolis, personal contacts are vital. We need every friend of the campaign to knock on doors, call their neighbors, e-mail their friends, and generally help us spread the word about what’s at stake. Simply put, we need the grassroots out in force. And that means you.

I hope you’ll visit or give us a call at 612-227-9180 to join this vital grassroots campaign. Thanks so much for your support.


R.T. Rybak

P.S. My Mayoral re-election isn’t the only important thing I’m working on, but it is really important – especially with the tough choices we’re making, and with the uncertainty of a new election system. I’m campaigning hard for my re-election, and I hope I can count on your help.

Give me a break.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Michele Bachmann to Have an In Person Town Meeting August 27

Did Michael Brodkorb shame her into it?

MN Progressive Project:

Breaking News: Bachmann Town Hall Scheduled for August 27th!
by: TwoPuttTommy
Thu Aug 06, 2009 at 12:29:32 PM CDT

Breaking news! I just got off the phone with Rep. Michele Bachmann's Woodbury office; the Town Hall is scheduled for August 27th!

I was told while the location and place were not confirmed, the date is, and to keep checking Bachmann's website for details, or call the office - which is 651-731-5400.

Hat-tip to both Mark Brunswick at the Strib and Dusty Trice.

Stay tuned!

From the Strib:

While Ellison and McCollum have already held health care town meetings, each member of the Minnesota delegation plans to make health care a topic of discussion over the recess. But only one member, Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has committed to holding a traditional town hall meeting. McCollum said she expects to have more later this month.

Dusty Trice reports on Bachmann's offices giving conflicting information:

People are getting conflicting information from Congresswoman Bachmann’s office. Some have been told to call the DC office, some are being told that they aren’t aware of any upcoming town hall forums and some are being told that there is a forum tentatively set for August 27th? Keep calling 202-225-2331 or 651-731-5400 or 320-253-5931 until you get a solid answer.

I happen to disagree with Bill Prendergast's proposal for an online town meeting. Nothing replaces the face to face interaction - and online meetings can't be manipulated in the same way that teletown halls can. Since Michele Bachmann is evidently planning on a town meeting on August 27, I encourage readers to put this on your calendar, and go - even if you have to take time off work in order to do so.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

RT Rybak Rattles the Tin Cup

In the latest episode of 'How to Render a Fundraiser Speechless', I answered my phone earlier this evening, and listened to a spiel from somebody wanting me to contribute $75 to Mayor Rybak's re-election bid.

I let the caller finish their prepared speech, and then asked, 'who is the mayor running against?'

There was no answer to that question (3 months before election day). I suggested that perhaps the mayor is actually running for governor, and ended the call. He doesn't need my donation for the mayor's race.

It's a gutsy move, to make fundraising calls for a non-existent campaign.