Minnesota's in the Middle

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Twins have money to spend

The trade of Juan Castro June 13th (the day after the incredible run started) along with the trade today of Kyle Loshe, puts the Twins in position to take on 6 or 7 million in salary and not spending a dollar more then they intended opening day. I believe the Texas Rangers are on the hook for a portion of Alfonso Soriono's salary leaving whatever team trades for him on the hook for under $10 million a year. Add to that the revenue he would generate and financially it works for this year. Give up Torii Hunter to get him, and suddenly it makes financial sense long term.

Give them Torii Hunter, Scott Baker, and one or two of these guys (Boof Bonser, Glen Perkins, or the prospect they recived for Loshe), print the playoff tickets, and stick a guy hitting .290 with 32 HR's between Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in the lineup. Reward the fans for their incredible support this weekend which also created considerable revenue.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

When are family members fair game?

According to the Pioneer Press, Pat Kessler, and most others in the media, in every imaginable circumstance.

In my opinion the only time they are actually fair game is when they are under 18 and commit an uncommon crime. Even then they should go unnamed. Knowing Rod Grams child was out of control was important information, knowing Morgan Grams was out of control was not.

I love the idea that because someone appears in a campaign commercial they are fair game. The explanation that they have to examine the credibility of those who say good things about candidates doesn't fly here. Isn't the fact someone is a child of a candidate reason enough not to care to much what they say? Peter Hutchinson’s daughters support Peter Hutchinson, Mark Kennedy's kids support Mark Kennedy, Robert Fitzgerald's mom supports Robert Fitzgerald, if it was any other way that would be a meaningful story. We need to select our politicians based on the quality of candidate and person they are not on what their parents do, or what minor infraction their adult children got caught doing.

In concluding the article justifying the medias sick fascination with the problems of politicians family members, the Pioneer press took it upon themselves to not only chart all the cases in recent years where they created news about politicians family members, they also including photos. And they wonder why people have no respect for the media? These people can and were held accountable for their actions without the media's help. The media has next to no place in these situations.

For those of you that do things at the last minute

Show up at the Crystal Frolicks this afternoon around 12:30 and march with Tammy Lee. Parades are always fun especially when your in them.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Note to Devon/Week in review

I now know your opinion (I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you actually believe what you type). Thanks for commenting. unfortunately if you want others to see your opinion from here on out you will have to get your own blog. You've written the Independence Party off, but lets be honest here you will be supporting the DFL this November and hope like heck the Independence Party fails.

Now for the week in review

Sunday: John Binkowski marches in the Stillwater Lumberjack days parade along with almost 50 supporters. At the same time Robert Fitzgerald appears on at issue with Tom Hauser saying all the things he needs to say to bring support his way and make it clear he is a legitimate candidate.

Monday: The Survey USA poll comes out showing Fitzgerald and Peter Hutchinson at 8%.

Thursday: Tammy Lee hosts a fundraiser introducing her first nine television ads. Over 70 people attend and the response is great.

Friday: Robert Fitzgerald is featured in a Star Tribune front page piece regarding the conflict in the mid East. His stance separates him from his two opponents (a critical element in any three way race). Meanwhile, Independence Party chair Jim Moore calls out Mike Hatch for using his office of attorney general and office materials, and who knows what other tax payer resources to promote his campaign.

Today: While not featured on the front page John Binkowski separates himself from his opponents in a similar Star Tribune piece. The media also begins to bite on Jim Moore’s release on Hatch with a front page article.

In light of the events to end the week the 8% we see for Hutchinson and Fitzgerald now feels borderline negative, as we await the next poll for more positive news.

Devon I like you am a partisan, but your know it all attitude will get no more exposure on this blog. You've had your say, and heck if you didn't keep hacking away at it in such a short time frame you would have been free to comment on this blog your partisan line the entire campaign. I hate to do it, but for the first time on this blog I have to reject comments. I will however allow you to comment once again if you get your own blog, and open yourself up to a little give and take

Thats not good enough

A letter to the editor suggest that because Tim Pawlenty admits his mistakes he is a good governor.

A stand-up guy

Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Hutchinson said, "This is [Gov. Tim Pawlenty's] M.O., to stand up and admit he made a mistake and say he'll do better" (Star Tribune, July 26).

In my book, taking responsibility for past decisions, reassessing the current situation, and applying lessons learned in moving forward are all hallmarks of an effective leader.

Pawlenty should be honored to be accused of demonstrating them. Would Hutchinson have us expect anything less from our governor?


It is a good thing the Governor can admit his mistakes, however the mistakes themselves are a major problem. We don't let people out of jail because they say they won't do it again. Employers don't give employees this many 2nd chances. This is like the good for you former smokers or alcoholics get, yes it's good, but those that never had the problem while never getting the same praise are more deserving of it.

For those of you still confused

For those of you still confused by the fact the Independence Party doesn't fade away, or somehow merge with the DFL (as they allege our candidates are identical to DFL candidates) we have this. As long as DFL endorsed candidates don't have the most basic level of respect for the people they serve, the Independence Party will be here, and it will thrive. The arrogance of the Attorney General is embarrassing.

The history of "third parties" coming for an election cycle or two and then fading includes one basic element we don't see in Minnesota. Usually when a "third party" emerges and gains support the other parties change their ways. There are very few examples of major parties ignoring the voters for so long when a "third party" is challenging, but there will be a point of no return for the DFL. The people of Minnesota aren't going to put up with this for much longer before they decide that the "third party" is one of the two parties they will give strong consideration towards supporting, while the major party will be viewed as a "third party" and eventually fade away.

I care more about the greater good then I do about my political party, the Partisan in me however says keep it up Mike Hatch, keep it up DFL. We thrive off your arrogance.

Friday, July 28, 2006

July Governor's race prediction

2 weeks ago the Minnesota poll came out and it didn't look good for Peter Hutchinson. Monday a poll came out showing him at 8%. The Republicans and Democrats thought that was about right, except the fact Robert Fitzgerald also polled at 8% confused them. Over the last week it has become clear to me the fears created by the Minnesota poll, are only that fears, reality is both Hutchinson and Fitzgerald continue to get their name out and convert more and more voters. I'm not sure he will match Robert Fitzgeralds victory in November...Mid thought I have to change that as I hear David Strom countinue to say great things about Peter Hutchinson on KSTP Radio, which is a critical element to Hutchinson matching Fitzgeralds victory.

I'm going for it what the hell

Peter Hutchinson 34%
Pawlenty 33.8%
Mike Hatch 27%
Ken Pental 1.1%
Walt E. Brown 3.1%

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Tammy Lee comes out swinging

Bush bashing works on the 5th CD crowd. And Tammy Lee does it in a way that makes it very clear she is no Keith Ellison or Mike Erlandson tax and spend liberal. Check out her Web site to see the first few of the nine commercials she introduced at tonight’s jam packed fundraiser.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

CD 6 prediction

The reace in the 6th CD is a tough one to call. It does lean Republican, but that doesn't mean those folks are ready to support Michele Bachmann. Patty Wetterlings results 2 years ago tend to suggest the voters don't want her. John Binkowski is out there running hard, and if he can bring the level of support he had in Stillwater across the district he will be a contender.

Even as we close in on the final 100 days of the campaign it's still a matter of a bunch of if's that will determine the final results in the 6th. I'm confident that John Binkowski can meet his share of it's but unless things play out in the other campaigns the way I hope it might not matter.

My prediction for July Bachmann retains most Mark Kennedy voters in getting 48% of the vote. Patty Wetterling is rejected once again with 37% and John Binkowski picks up the remaining 15%.

The Star Tribune at it again

Mike Hatch must be outraged at the Star Tribune today, or does Hatch only care when it's his family. I won't discuss the issues of politicans families so you'll have to find this latest story on your own. Or better yet choose to ignore it as it doesn't matter.

Get out the Homer Hankies

It's that time again the playoff bound Minnesota Twins are set to head back to the Metrodome in front of sell out crowds the rest of the season starting with the series against the other best team in baseball this weekend. After finishing the sweep of the White Sox this afternoon the Twins move to 35-8 the last month and a half coming back from over 10 games behind in the Wild card race.

Meanwhile down at Triple A Matt Garza pitches another shutout as he prepares to replace Carlos Silva down the stretch. Oh and did I mention Torii Hunter is about to come off the DL, of course given they are 10-1 without him they really won't improve much.

Good stuff

The Robert Fitzgerald campaign has put up video of his speech to the 5th CD earlier this summer. It's a great introduction to those that know very little about him.

Craig Westover writes a piece on John James.

Also a reminder about Tammy Lee's event at here office (9 West 14th Street, Minneapolis) tomorrow night where she will introduce her first nine ads.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Will there be one more IP candidate?

A candidate who filed prior to the deadline so far has been denied a spot on the primary ballot by Mary Kiffmeyer. Kiffmeyer's claims this is due to an alleged legal technicality forcing the candidate to file in Hennepin County rather then the SOS office. Mary Kiffmeyer herself handled this candidates application, took his check and apparently did not mention this technicality. It is well established Mary Kiffmeyer has limited understanding of election law, so this matter will be decided by those that actually know and respect the law, the courts.

In any event if she thought this was the law it is her duty to inform every candidate when they come in to file what additional hoops she is creating to limit access to our democratic process. Rumor has it a staffer in the Secretary of State office has resigned over this case.

More details as things develop.

One last thing Joel Spoonhiem for Secretary of State.

US Senate prediction

Do the #'s 37,34 and 28 mean anything to you? Those are the final #'s in the 1998 Governors race in which the Democrat started with a significant lead, the Republican had mediocre support, and the Independence Party candidate was in the background until the final weeks. If you look inside the poll #'s it is apparent that Amy Klobachar does not have solid support, Mark Kennedy should remain stable throughout the race, and Robert Fitzgerald has the potential to see the climb.

He's no Ventura, but he has enough to offer to get the dumb guy vote (lets vote for the guy that’s not even old enough, lets vote for the guy with the crazy bus), and has a Ventura like ability to get people behind him who take their politics seriously.

The recent Survey USA poll confirms this race is wide open, and thus I am ready to make the prediction I've always wanted to make.

Robert Fitzgerald 37%
Mark Kennedy 34%
Amy Klobuchar 28%

Survey says?

Robert Fitzgerald 8%, Peter Hutchinson 8%, it's time for the debate invites the IP is here to stay. The IP's traditional presence in the Governors race isn't going away simply because there’s a couple heavy weights, and you ain't seen nothing yet in the US Senate race as Robert Fitzgerald takes on two not ready for prime time candidates. Nothing would help the Independence Party team of candidates more then getting behind all the federal candidates along with team Minnesota. If Robert can just get the group around him that John Binkowski had in Stillwater this race is over and Robert is our next US Senator, and he and Binkowski will deliver thousands upon thousands of young people Peter Hutchinson's way.

I'm supposed to be impressed?

So Amy Klobuchar didn't give special treatment to a Democrat who couldn't seem to follow the law? Somehow that’s the critical information she delivers in her first campaign ad? That’s like Keith Ellison claiming he has paid some of his parking tickets. Doing what the law requires you to do is the absolute minimum requirement for someone seeking a spot in the United States Senate, however all we know is Amy did that in one instance. Clearly she must consider giving special treatment part of her job, otherwise she wouldn't have brought it up in such a high profile way. By trying to convey the fact she is not corrupt she makes it clear that if and when she wants to be corrupt she knows exactly how to do it. There’s a reason young people can't stand her.

Monday, July 24, 2006

5 questions for Chris Pfeifer

Chris Pfeifer running for House of Represent ivies in 3A has said he's willing to answer some questions so here they are. Feel free to add any questions in comments

1. Are you for spending tax payer money of any kind for a Vikings stadium?
2. What is your campaign strategy, fundraising, lawn signs, internet?
3. Would you compare yourself more to Jesse Ventura, Tim Penny, or Peter Hutchinson?
4. Are you open to raising taxes?
5. Where can the most effective budget cuts be made?

While Chris has committed to this these questions are open to all candidates seeking Independence Party endorsement.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Stillwater Parade

What an awsome turnout for John Binkowski at Lumberjacks, close to 50 folks showed up to march with John, including his brother Mike who dressed up as Abe Lincoln riding along side on a motor bike. As Poka music played in the trailing vehical we kept up the clapping and the enthusiasim the entire route which is an easy thing to do when you have about 30 people in their 20's leading the way. Who says politics isn't fun? Thats right I'm talking to you, Robert Fitzgeralds mom. Speaking of Robert Fitzgerald I think I'm going to relax after finishing up this post and watch his big time TV debut from this afternoon.

No reports on any fights between the Bachmann and Wetterling camps by the way, although I heared Bachmann got sprayed down pretty good by a hose.

Tammy Lee grand opening

This Thursday the Tammy Lee campaig has their offical office grand opening, It will be your chance to view Tammy's five TV ad's, and have a good time with Tammy her staff and supporters. It will also be your oppurtunity to tell her staff you plan on marching with Tammy the following Sunday July 30th at one of my favorite parades, Crystal Frolicks.

At Issue at 2 PM Channel 5

For those of you wanting to see Robert Fitzgerald on at Issue don't worry you didn't miss it, because of golf it will air at 2 PM this afternoon. You'll want to record this historic program. After November 7nd you can probably get 10 or 12 bucks on Ebay for the first TV appearance of the nations youngest Senator. If thats not investing in our future I don't know what is.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

So your saying theres a chance?

Conrad Defiebre story on the Attorney Generals race is among the most IP favorable articles of this election cycle. Got to love when the opening sentence suggest John James might win the race. Maybe he's reading this blog as he echoes some of my thoughts regarding the DFL's chances in this race.

The lesser races

I have written little about Joel Spoonhiem, John James, or Lucy Gerold. Part of it is that those races are tough to get a feel for, and also I haven't had an opportunity to see them in action. I can't say to much about those candidates beyond what I already have, so instead I'll take a closer look at those three races.

Of course last week the media focused in on the Attorney General race but only on the DFL side. I personally like my attorney generals to be those focused on law before politics, and I think that might become a factor in the race if Steve Kelley is the nominee. There is a feel that this is the DFL's race to lose, but I'm not so certain, Jeff Johnson and John James aren't household names, but neither is Steve Kelley this race will come down to the campaigns the candidates run, and the overall trends.

The race for secretary of state is one that begs for Instant run off voting, as I'm guessing more then 50% of the voters are ready to throw Mary Kiffmeyer out, but I'm guessing the vote between Bruce Kennedy, Joel Spoonhiem, and Mark Ritchie is split just enough to keep Kiffmeyer around. The good news is the challenge those three opponents give her will be a very public review of the job she has done, and will really strike people as typical Democrat and Republican politics especially if Ritchie falls into her trap and starts making partisan promises.

State Auditor, this is the race that typically has people saying what the heck does this person do. Pat Anderson will have a difficult time getting over the local government aid issue, and will be lucky to be reelected. Lucy Gerold and Rebecca Otto are fairly well known and should both do well. Again this is a race that will be about the campaign they run and the overall trends, I would expect the #'s to fall closely in line with the #'s in the governors race.

The team concept that Peter Hutchinson is using was great for candidate recruitment, I don't think we could have gotten the candidates we did without the team concept. It remains to be seen if it's a good way to run a campaign.

Star Tribune on blogs

A story on political blogs appeared in todays Star Tribune. It pretty much said nothing, although it was good to see that the Star Tribune still only knows two parties exist. If I cared about the personal life of bloggers I'd either hang out with more of them, or read their blog. Really couldn't care less when a blogger does laundry.

The funny thing about blogs is they shouldn't matter, we are all amatures, we don't check our facts before we click submit, and for the most part we don't care to find both sides of a story. Still after reading this article I'm left wondering why more bloggers don't get hired by newspapers.

July predictions

We now have a few polls out showing Peter Hutchinson and Robert Fitzgerald are in the single digest. That of course doesn't change the fact that 100 days is a long time in the average voters mind. My predictions this month will not be greatly effected by those polls.

That being said I'll start out away from the polls with the race in CD 5. The Keith Ellison news only intensified this month, but it doesn't change the fact that there are to many mediocre opponents for the endorsed candidate to lose in the primary.

No surprises in filling guarantee Jay Pond, Tammy Lee, and Alan Fine move on to the November ballot. This race is all about the #'s of Jay Pond and Alan Fine as there will only be so much anti Democrat vote to go around, and neither is capable of gaining upwards of 35% of the vote which would be the absolute minimum to win the race. I don't see much from Fine although as a Republican he has 10-12% coming his way as long he doesn't do anything stupid. Pond is the more difficult candidate to gauge. This of course is a district that leans left and thus a Green can do very well, however it's easier to vote for a Green when the Democrat is going to get 65% of the vote anyways. I haven't heard any good things about Pond so it would stand to reason he would do worse then he did in 2004 when he received 5.74% of the vote.

Last month I had Ellison at an unbeatable 50%, but it looks like he has fallen farther. How far he will go who knows, but my June prediction

Jay Pond 4%
Alan Fine 14%
Keith Ellison 47%
Tammy Lee 35%

While it's a long shot if the #'s tighten up like that the Republicans might want to see a Democrat knocked off bad enough that Alan Fine drops out of the race, but with the other state wide races they probably won't want to give anyone extra incentive to stay home, or do anything to drive up turnout from the 5th district

Friday, July 21, 2006

Rondell White

I made up a post during the All-Star break regarding my preseason Twins prediction. Because of a glith it didn't get published and I never got around to publishing it later. I feel obligated to post my thoughts on Rondell White as a week and a half later his story has completly changed.

Preseason: DH Rondell White not as big of a name as the other options but possibly the best of the free agents available should have a solid season even if he misses a handful of games here and there due to injury.

All-Star Break: Rondell White was the reason the Twins faded so quickly I still have hope for him to have a stretch where he can hit .350 for a few weeks, but if he does that for some other team after the trade deadline that’s fine with me.

Today: One of many reasons this team has a shot to win the world series.

I'm almost about to do it

I'm almost about to predict that there will be campaign stops in late October at the Metrodome on a day other then Sunday. The play of the Twins the last month, the resurgence of Rondell White and the incredible dominance of Pat Neshek (it took Travis Haffner to finally foul off one of his pitches tonight) lead me to believe the winning ways have no end in sight, it appears the Twins will move within 3 games of the Wild Card tonight, meaning instead of needing to sweep the White Sox every chance we get to stay in the running 1 out of 3 will be acceptable.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Whats going on in the campaigns

I'd like to give an update on the development of the major Independence Party endorsed candidates.

Tammy Lee: Tammy Lee is in a great position as long as she can continue to raise money and introduce herself to the voters she will get all the media she could ask for after the DFL primary. She is about to launch her first campaign commercial, and is taking full advantage of the parade circuit. She is also well connected in Washington, in media, and in the business community. There is no doubt she will continue to tap into those contacts in ways that might surprise her opponents.

Peter Hutchinson/Team Minnesota: they have fundraising down, and they are very well staffed in Minneapolis and are running a creative energetic campaign. They need to break out in the media, break out out state, and break out on the issues. The recent poll #'s well not unexpected really leave me asking questions about how he gets his message out and becomes a player in this race. In large party I think the fact that people like Pawlenty hurts him from both ends. The way to win this race is to beat Pawlenty down, and pain Hatch as the guy causing the fight, and there is no doubt many opportunities will present themselves. I question some aspects of the team concept, as it doesn't allow John James Lucy Gerold and Joel Spoonhiem the level of exposure they need, a perfect example of that is the fact I was about to submitt this before I decided I needed to add this sentance mentioning them by name.

Robert Fitzgerald: Robert has no fundraising background, and is really only now able to establish himself coming out of endorsement. Robert from the start has had great ideas that will benefit the campaign such as Gus the big Red bus and is now getting Gus out around the state. The recent poll shows a huge opportunity among young people as they have overwhelmingly rejected the DFL endorsed candidate (it's a cheap shot to call someone the DFL endorsed candidate these days right?), in the end I think it's safe to say less then 50% of the young vote will go Republican, if these young people don't vote Klobuchar Fitzgerald may pick up some support. Robert has a Jesse Ventura type scenario sitting in front of him. He can get young stupid voters who decide they want to vote for a know nothing typical My Space user, while at the same time he can convey an understanding of the issues we face, and a courage to address those issues the way they should be even if it's politically unpopular. Robert is the only candidate that I can see riding a wave of momentum all the way. Both Peter Hutchinson and Tammy Lee may get momentum, and they can become competitive and even win, but at some point they're going to level off and possibly fall back.

John Binkowski: John is much like Fitzgerald only now getting the real experience, he doesn't have the gimmicks of Robert's Bus, or the fundraising of Tammy Lee, or the background of Peter Hutchinson. He is in the truest sense of the world a long shot, but given the alternatives the Democrats and Republicans offer in the 6th he has a duty to us all to run and run hard. He has the passion and energy that it will take. It's just a matter of adding something to that.

I will campaign with John and Tammy in the coming weeks and hope to join Roberts tour sometime soon, I hope to be able to report good things as the time for momentum is now.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Candidate open space

Just wanted to give any (endorsed or not) Independence party filed candidate or supporter a chance to pitch the campaign and ask for support. One rule nothing overly negative on current or past endorsed Independence Party candidates, that stuff is for the DFL.

Also I'm always looking for a few new bloggers to get started, if you support the Independence Party send me an E-mail and we might just be able to get you in on Minnesota's in the middle. Or if you can help with the look of Minnesota's in the Middle I'd love the help. Just hit the 5,000 viewer mark today, looking to hit 25,000 by election day.

Pawlenty to lose some support

Walt Brown has filed as a member of the quite raising taxes party. Don't think I'll see any Democrats cry about this one. In 2002 a similar stunt was used by Democrat Sam Garst in the 2nd district congressional race and it was good for 4.33% of the vote.

Best bet is this guy is a Democrat, if thats the case I'll be waiting to hear Mike Hatch shame the guy.

The other last day of filing

A few more names popped up today listed as having filed today the 19th.

First of all 58B we went from no candidates to two in Karen Lee Rosnar and Mary Gaines. Gaines appears to be a volunteer for the November Coalition working to end the war on drugs. Ronsar is part of the North Loop Neighborhood Association.

In 63B Gary Statnan filed, a quick Google search shows he gave to both Jim Gibson and Jim Moore's Senate campaigns so he's probably worthy of an endorsement.

Wellstone endorsement

Looks like Tammy Lee got the best kind of endorsement, cash, from David Wellstone. In the 5th CD that can only help. I'm told he may be willing to make his support more public. Add to that the poll the recent poll that shows all of the Democrat candidates are disliked by 5th CD voters and this race is looking to open up.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald taking off

Robert Fitzgerald didn't really start his campaign until about the first of July waiting to make sure he won endorsement, and then getting a few things together post convention. Given that Robert was very happy with his 3% polling.

Robert has a style that will play well, but he just needs the opportunity to present himself to a wide audience. That opportunity will present itself this Sunday on KSTP's At Issue airing at 9 AM on channel 5. Robert has started to travel the state hitting all the parades and festivals, and Gus the big Red Bus has really been a hit. The bus is going to create a Wellstone like swell of optimism and exposure for Robert to take advantage of. The opportunity exists in this race no matter how rich his opponents add buys are.

A few E-mails does the trick

I mentioned earlier my frustration with the Star Tribune not mentioning John James in the Entenza story. The most recent update gives him a full paragraph. I think I mentioned the phone # to subscribe to the Star Tribune in an earlier post. Thanks to anyone that made the effort to send an E-mail their way.

Final Independence Party Filers

5 more filed this afternoon. I don't know anything about the first 3

Senate District 21 Brian Betzman
Attorney General Jual Carlos Carlson
Senate district 17 Bill Neuman
Governor Pam Ellison (principled, energetic, but not ready for prime time)
State Rep 4A Adam Steele (full of rage, irrational) no chance at endorsement

That gives us 4 candidates for Attorney General, 3 US Senate candidates, and 2 candidates for Governor with everyone else unopposed. 7 candidates for State House and 7 for state senate (both Adam Steele and Bill Dahn both can put a big NO ENDORSEMENT next to their names already leaving us with 6 real candidates for both state house and senate).

We also have 3 candidates for congress unfortanatly again 1 with a clear NO ENDORSEMENT next to his name in Doug Williams. As well as a candidate for State Auditor, and Secratary of State.

It should also be noted Bruce Kennedy is a small i for SOS who will be more then welcome in this party at the end of the campaign, Greg Mikkelson is running for congress again this time as a Republican in the 1st district and will be welcomed back. I'm also hearing good things about small i Kevin Kelleher in SD 31. Overall a dissapointment in #'s and quality on the local level, but with Tammy Lee and Peter Hutchinson leading the way we have a good crop of candidates for the big media races. It's a make or break year for this party, and be it 20 candidates or 230 candidates we need to see at least one victory or the party will have to reevaluate itself heading into 2008. Right now theres no reason to be to high, but no reason to be to low either. We have something to work with, now we just have to work it.

5th district voters dislike everyone

A Survey USA poll on the 5th CD candidates shows each and everyone has a higher unfavorable rating then favorable. Whats more with the large % of unfamiliarity with all candidates the highest favorable rating is Ember Reichgott Junge at 14% to 16% against. Tammy Lee comes in at 6% favorable and 9% against. It's tough to put to much stock in a poll when 69% either don't know or have no opinion on the most well known candidate. The bottom line is the people of the 5th district don't pay much attention and tend to be negitive.

Everyone is running for Attorney General

Looks like the 5th district DFL won't be the only crowded primary. Bill Luther, Steve Kelley, are the biggest names of the field of DFL candidates who will challange John James and Jeff Johnson in November.

This race will have the same dynamic as the 5th CD race as funds will be limited in the DFL and spending will be heavy prior to the primary. With the two big fields both being on the DFL side it will have some effect on fundraising for all DFL candidates, not enough to be noticable, but if the race for Governor or US Senate is close $10,000 might be relevent. It doesn't appear their will be a credible challanger for any other major party candidate. Filing just closed I'll check the update and see what we have.

Call to action

John James is the Independence party endorsed candidate for attorney general. The Star Tribune staff doesn't seem to care. It's time to make them care. cdefiebre@startribune.com 651-222-1673, rdsmith@startribune.com • 651-292-0164. The # to cancle subscriptions to the Star Tribune 612-673-4343.

Still no Pam Ellison

Looking at her web site it appears she still intends on running, but taking it to the afternoon of the final day is a little goofy.

Dick Bulluck, Jim Daly

Dick Bulluck has filed for Attorney General under the IP. In 2002 he challanged the unendorsed Dale Nathen and lost 55-45 it appears the race between the two this time around will be for second.

Jim Daly runs in Senate District 29, I have no information on him.

Matt Entenza out

While it looks like the big bully wins again. Minnesotas biggest jerk Mike Hatch has chased Matt Entenza out of the race for Attorney General, leaving John James and Jeff Johnson as the major party endorsed candidates left in the race. While Matt Entenza's baggage was clear, the DFL will now face another Walter Mondale situation where they will be to rushed to think things through. If they can't get an endorsement right, where they have months to prepare, they won't cover the baggage of the shotgun candidate.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Tammy Lee files/final day of filling hopes

The last of the Independence party endorsed candidates filed today. Tammy Lee running is running a strong campaign to pick up the pieces from the DFL mess in the 5th CD and pull off the upset.

There's at least one reasonable candidate I expect to file, and the last day usually brings us some of the more interesting surprises. I'm hoping for a few, especially a real candidate for congress in the 2nd CD. The recent polls might make the Independence Party look a little more 3rd party like, and a little less major party like, but it is the only real option for those that seek an efficient government and a level playing field.

When the debate on global warming is dumbed down to citing the daily temperature we know we have no leadership. When the debate on social security is dumbed down to the point where we can't try to solve the problem because there are some aspects of any solution that aren't all that enjoyable we know we don't have real leadership. When the transportation debate isn't about unclogging our roads, but instead using phrases like Choo-Choo and using observations from a glance at a light rail car to back up our opinion we know we don't have real leadership. Lifes problems aren't simple to solve, but they become easier to solve if you actually look at reality instead of playing political games. We need more leaders and less politician. A leader is born, a politician is a very experienced individual who lacks leadership. Robert Fitzgerald is a born leader as are Tammy Lee, John Binkowski and Peter Hutchinson.

James "Red" Nelson

Red Nelson filed to run for state house in 50A. Red has been around politics for 50 years and truly understands how to get things done. Serving on the Met Council under Jesse Ventura he did good things for the people of 50A, he has gained a lot of respect locally and will run a strong campaign.

This is a winnable race for the Independence Party, and a great district for a straight ticket of Robert Fitzgerald, Tammy Lee, Peter Hutchinson's Team Minnesota, and James "Red" Nelson.

Federal candidates need your support

Robert Fitzgerald at 3% in the polls is only 28% behind Mark Kennedy who has spent nearly 1,000 times as much thus far. Robert Fitzgerald is also polling near Peter Hutchinson. While that is mostly because the Hutchinson campaign is not where we want it to be it gives people a chance to evaluate the best way to support the Independence Party. This party has had a presence in the Governors race, but the core of this party cares about federal issues, where each and every Independence Party candidate has had clear vision of something much greater.

Tim Pawlenty has been an OK governor, Mike Hatch would be an OK governor although he would make Jesse Ventura look like the pope on the jerk meter. We absolutely need to strive to do better, and that requires that we elect Peter Hutchinson, but on the federal level we have a different story. Mark Kennedy has been a pathetic congressman, and the Democrats in Washington have shown no signs of following the advice of Tim Penny or even Bill Clinton bringing back fiscal sanity and a vision for the future. What’s worse? The prospects of Michele Bachmann and either Keith Ellison or Mike Erlandson. None of those three posses a single quality that makes for a good leader.

Without doing whatever it takes to elect Robert Fitzgerald, Tammy Lee, and John Binkowski we fail to live up to the standards a democracy such as ours requires. John Binkowski and Robert Fitzgerald are about to jump start their fundraising efforts. Tammy Lee has done well for herself the last few months raising over $50,000 Lets hope we can see that $50,000 level matched by Fitzgerald and Binkowski sooner then later, and Tammy Lee can roll past the $100,000 mark at the same time.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Poll #'s

The 5% Peter Hutchinson received in the recent Minnesota poll well not a major shock is a set back. While nobody thought he had reached the high teens the 5% has been his low end in every poll to date.

There is some positive among those that know who he is the favorable opinion outweighs unfavorable 3 to 1 and he has the money to improve name recognition to a Tim Penny or Jesse Ventura level. At the same time Mike Hatch favorable/unfavorable rating is 51/21. That tends to suggest there is a strong priority from a large segment to get Pawlenty out of office. If Hatch still has unfavorable ratings under 30% by October 1st I would be shocked.

We're approaching the point in the campaign where we need to see movement, but it's still to early to say he won't be a factor. You have to think Mike Hatch will now have the courage to try to keep Hutchinson out of the debates, but Pawlenty will probably keep him in.

It should be reminded that both Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty were double digits behind in polls as late as October, so in large part you have to look behind the #'s to see the full story. And as always polls always have some element of human error that. In any event it was good to see the first local poll as it will get this election on people's radar, and will get more people to find out more about the candidates

Friday, July 14, 2006

Alan Fine is a shmuck

Alan Fine's campaign site links to me today because of a comment I made in regards to Michele Bachmann and Keith Ellison, where I stated I would much rather elect Alan Fine and Patty Wetterling or better yet Tammy Lee and John Binkowski.

The quotes the Fine campaign latch on to are as follows

Minnesota's in the Middle article cites the merits of electing
Alan Fine as someone who will provide "leadership in
Washington" and "respect of the law."

Printed July 11, 2006 by the main contributor to Minnesota’s in the Middle (blogsite focused upon supporting the Independence Party: http://minnnesotamiddle.blogspot.com/)

I must note that at the time I wrote that I didn't feel right about using those words in the context of Alan Fine, but decided they work for Patty Wetterling, John Binkowski, and Tammy Lee, and Fine does not rise to the level of an Ellison or Bachmann so hey 3 out of 4 ain't bad.

I must remind my readers of Fines recent comments about his 2002 bid for the Independence Party US Senate nomination. He said he has always been a Republican, and only ran with the Independence Party because he knew he couldn't beat Norm Coleman. I contend that he ran as a Republican this time around because he knew he couldn't beat Tammy Lee.

If the Tammy Lee campaign wants to use my quotes about leadership and respect for the law thats great, because she is the type of candidate those type of words best describe. Heres some better quotes for Alan Fine "not a complete jerk" and "better then Michele Bachmann".

Fridays Independence Party filers

Team Minnesota

Peter Hutchinson for Governor
Maureen Reed for Lt. Governor
John James for Attorney General
Lucy Gerold for State Auditor
Joel Spoonhiem for Secretary of State

All of course are endorsed, and have great credentials.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The good the bad and the ugly

Three more candidates filed to run with the Independence Party today.

The good Robert Fitzgerald, the best Independence Party US Senate candidate ever.

The bad Dale Nathan for Attorney General. I appreciate Dale working within the Independence Party over the years, but he just isn't what we want in an attorney general.

The Ugly, the unfortunate return of Doug Williams for congress in the 2nd district. His views somehow made their way onto the radio last year and KFAN's Dan Cole did a full hour on how pathetic of a candidate he is. I hope like hell the media does not pick up on this.

If your a rational Independence party supporter in the 2nd congressional district please file and knock this guy off in the primary, I'll help raise your filing fee.

5th congressional DFL primary

The DFL delegates at their convention rejected Instant run off voting, and although the rules for Septembers primary would be unaltered by the approval of IRV it is a very important aspect of the 5th CD primary vote.

Of course we now all know the trouble endorsed candidate Keith Ellison has created for the party. It's to the point where it is safe to predict he will not receive 50% support in the primary, and those that vote for someone else will in large part also be voting against Ellison. Unfortunately for those that reject Ellison their vote will be split between 3 options, Mike Erlandson, Paul Ostrow, and ember Reichgott Junge, not to mention a few other inactive candidates that have filed.

While it may turn out Mike Erlandson gets the vast majority of that vote and can eclipse 50% it is more likely that Jung gets upwards of 10% and Ostrow gets upwards of 5% meaning it would only take 42.5% of the vote for Ellison to win.

If Ellison wins the primary it will then become a battle between Tammy Lee and Alan Fine to become his main challenger (again a case where it would be nice to have IRV voting). Should it be Tammy Lee, who has significant DFL ties, the opportunity for upsetting the DFL becomes real. While the district is heavily DFL the primary is or should be 100% DFL. The opportunity for Ellison to eclipse 42.5% in November is significantly less then it is in the primary. To even suggest 42.5% as an over under for the 5th CD Democrat would have been unheard of even a month ago.

The best thing that could happen for the DFL is for Jung and Ostraw to withdraw and give Erlandson the primary victory, but this is the DFL and that won't happen. Nor will this DFL embrace Instant Run off Voting even if the shocker of all shocker comes in November and the DFL does not win the 5th.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lewis Stein for 57A

Hooray an Independence party local candidate with a good web site. This is the kind of web site all local candidates should have. Local races are viewed much differently then state wide races, and all candidate information should be straight and to the point and Lewis does that. He has well defined stances on the issues and although I personally am not excited about some of them it appears he will be able to easily gain endorsement.

Roger Kloster for 46B

Looks like we have the first candidate that emerged out of the passing of the Twins Stadium. Roger Kloster has filed to run with the Independence Party for house of representitives in 46B. Roger seems to be passionatly against the stadium. Beyond that I know very little, but I'm all for anyone thats anti stadium.

The 5 greatest thing you can do

The 5 greatest things you can do for the Independence Party.

1. Give, be it time or money the party and candidates need your support. The Political Contribution Refund program provides you an opportunity to give the first $50 to any state candidate or party unit with a full refund. Candidates are marching in parades now on a weekly basis and want everyone they can get to march with them, office volunteer hours are in high demand, heck even if your not going to commit to an hour of labor head to an office, do a little work tell a few jokes and keep the spirits high.

2. Letters to the newspaper and media outlets each and every time they fail to mention Independence Party endorsed candidates in instances they mention both the DFL and Republican endorsees.

3. Get a T shirt or bumper sticker promoting Independence Party candidates and wear them proud. The more support people see for the party the easier it will be to get them on board.

4. If your a college student make sure you have a Independence Party student organization on campus. If not do the paper work and file one and get it started early this fall, you won't have to make a major commitment as other students will likely take charge once you get things started.

5. Vote Independence party. Vote in the primary vote for all IP endorsed candidates, vote in November again for all endorsed IP candidates. By voting Robert Fitzgerald or Tammy Lee you help support Peter Hutchinson and vice versa. This is more then a bunch of candidates, this is a movement, and that is best demonstrated by all candidates fairing well.

Campaign of issues

I received a comment from someone who I have no reason not to believe was the son of US Senate candidate Stephen Williams. The comment explained his fathers reasons for running in the primary, notably that he did not see enough in Robert Fitzgerald not to run.

Fair enough endorsement or not there is always room for criticism or disagreement. The main criticism seems to be that Robert's campaign is not focused on the issues. This is absolutely true if you go to Roberts campaign site you get a very limited feel for what he is focused on and how he seeks to accomplish whatever goals he has. This will be something Robert will need to improve on in the upcoming months, but by no means will it lose him significant support if a complete set of his positions are not up by next week or even next month.

I have had the privilege of spending hours talking to Robert Fitzgerald, listening to his speeches on several occasion and witnessing his interaction with voters, the latter of which I also have had the privilege of witnessing from Stephen. This experience has given me the confidence that Robert has a full understanding of the issues in front of him, is easily able to convey his stance on a moments notice, and seems to be in line with what most Minnesotan's want.

We all wish that politics was as simple as Stephen Williams would desire, where you read a few position statements from all the candidates and make your decision, but the delegates of the Independence Party are all to aware you have to back up your grasp of the issues with a willingness to learn, a willingness to build relationships, and a willingness to represent Minnesotans from all walks of life. Robert Fitzgerald won endorsement because he is a complete candidate. A candidate with the potential to compete, and a candidate the Independence party can be proud of. This 29 year old never misses an opportunity to take on great responsibility, and he will take the race for US Senate as his greatest responsibility to date.

I do hope that Williams continues to challenge Robert Fitzgerald on the issues, as the issues are what will make or break this campaign. While Robert can probably expect to coast to victory in the primary he shouldn't and won't take that attitude. He takes the opposition very seriously and that opposition has the opportunity and responsibility to make certain we get the most out of Robert Fitzgerald.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Chris Pfeifer for 3A

Chris Pfeifer has filled to run with the Independence Party for House of Representives in 3A. I know nothing about him and his website appears to be under construction although it does lead me to believe he is working with two other candidates in senate district 3.

A google search comes up with a 2005 high school basketball player from Hopkins. I have no way of knowing if that's the same person.

Ford Bell drops out

Ford Bell has scheduled a press conference to announce he will not run in the primary for US Senate, leaving Amy Klobachar unchallenged in the primary. It will be interesting to see if any of Bells supporters jump over to Robert Fitzgerald's campaign.

Dump Michele Bachmann

I usually don't directly attack members of other parties, as for the most part I see the good with the bad, and can respect what they do. In the case of Bachmann I could easily tolerate her social policy given I do like her fiscal policy, except for two things. She is an ineffective legislator even on issues where the public is strongly behind her, and she bends the rules to the point where she feels the public needs to pay for her cable so she can watch a few city council meetings, or will have her campaign staff shadow her opponents in parades. The only reason Michele Bachmann gets away with these cheap tricks is because she is a women, and very few people are willing to challenge a women the way they would challenge a man.

We are on the verge of electing the worst of the worst in Michele Bachmann, and Keith Ellison. Two people that show very little respect for others, are ineffective legislators, and who will absolutely have their fingers crossed behind their back as they take the oath of office. What I wouldn't give to instead elect Patty Wetterling and Alan Fine, or John Binkowski and Tammy Lee, and not only have leadership in Washington, but also respect of law.

Monday, July 10, 2006

First endorsed candidate files

Today we saw the first of the endorsed candidates file. John Binkowski is ready to take on Patty Wetterling and Michele Bachmann for the 6th congressional seat. I have written about John since the day he was endorsed in March. Much like Robert Fitzgerald the first impression was wrong. He is ready to take on the challange, and is worthy of any support you can give him.

When did Tammy Lee exit the race?

looks like Dane Smith and the Star Tribune continues to intentionally ignore the Independence Party endorsed candidate in the 5th CD.

While I don't think Keith Ellison’s irresponsible actions should mean all candidates get investigated, if your going to acknowledge that the Republicans are fielding a candidate then you need to acknowledge a candidate from a party that actually has some hope of winning.

parking tickets a political issue?

It's amazing that Parking tickets has became a relevent topic in the 5th congressional race, but Keith Ellison's blatent disrespect of the law is inexcusable. 40 parking tickets on it's own is pathetic, but Ellison takes his disrespect of the law much further by refusing to read the ticket and act upon the laws that are clearly printed on the ticket. Thats just plain disrespect of the law and his fellow citizens and should not be tolerated by the public.

We also find out he was late in filing his campaign finance report so he has a clear pattern of sloppines. It looks like he beat the deadline for filing for office so he isn't going away? This race looks like it's going to get more and more crazy, hopefully opening a larger and larger opening for Tammy Lee. The primary should end Ellison's campaign, but when the DFL primary voters (both Democrat and Republican activist) combine forces there is no stopping him from moving on to the general election.

Update on Fridays filers

First off a correction on George Bateman he is running for State Rep. in 57B, not secretary of state. This is the same office he ran for in 2004 as a Green receiving 2.29% of the vote which is pretty good for a Green in a Republican District, hopefully he will fit in with the Independence Party, most Greens outside of the city do to a large extent. Lucky Rosenbloom was very recently a Republican. He has had his share of controversy, and seems to lean toward the conservative side of the Republican party, his campaign won't work in Minneapolis and chances are it won't work within the Independence Party, although it's tougher to say that in his case then others.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

US Senate challanges

With the emergence of a second challanger to Robert Fitzgerald, a third that I expect, and 10 more days o filing it is clear that some of these folks think Robert Fitzgerald is an easy target. While an increasing # of challangers should water down the potential for an upset, you never know where some of thse challanges might come from. On first glance Robert brings forth this kind of reaction, in fact the first contact I had with Robert was to this effect.

This could very well be a good thing. Every year a couple crazys looking for an oppurtunity to make a name for themselves file under the IP. If they can all can be pulled into the US Senate race they will not be able to represent us in any way come November. As for higher quality candidates challanging Robert that won't happen. If you were a quality candidate you knew the time to run as an IP candidate came prior to the endorsing convention. Some may be better then others, but the media will not give an IP challanger any play so Robert has no worries.

Fridays Independence filers

Just getting back from a long weekend I finally have had a chance to look at Fridays filers. We have two that I expected Margaret Davis for Senate District 33 and Ron Lischied for State Representative District 59B. We also have two out of the blue filers challenging endorsed candidates. MILES W. COLLINS Joining Stephen Williams to challenge Robert Fitzgerald for US Senate, and GEORGE BATEMAN challenging Joel Spoonhiem for Secretary State. Then there are RAHN V WORKCUFF for 59B and LUCKY ROSENBLOOM for Senate District 61 whom I currently know nothing about.

I will try to find out some stuff about the four unknowns tomorrow, but I can give a brief review of Lischied and Davis. Ron Leschied is one of the most loyal members of the Independences Party, serving as the parties fundraising chair the last two years, he is an experienced candidate having run for office several time in the past, and he takes the challenge of running from the Independence party very seriously. I know less about Davis, but I have heard her speak. She is a passionate women who is focused on local issues. Depending on how the district feels about those issues, and the handling of current leadership, there may be an opportunity available for her. This is her first run and it will be a learning process. How fast she learns may very well determine if she may be one of the better fairing Independence Party candidates of 2006.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

First Independence Party filers

I talked about both of these earlier in the week. Stephen Williams for US Senate and Bill Dahn for Senate district 64. Stephen Williams of course lost the endorsement to Robert Fitzgerald, but is clearly a competent guy he simply is not at the same level as Robert Fitzgerald. Williams will always have a place in the Independence Party.

Dahn is a completely different story, he is best known for his constant attacks and threats to Jesse Ventura for which Dahn still proudly acknowledges on his web site. I hope like heck an actual member of the Independence party runs in Senate District 64 so this jerk is not given a forum to continue to try to discredit and embarrass my party.

Connie Bernardy to retire

House seat 51B (parts of Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Blaine, and Mounds View) is suddenly up in the air as Connie Bernardy has decided not to run for re-election. While I don't intend to jump into the race I suppose I've gone from a 1% chance of ever filling for political office to 5%. With no incumbent I don't want to see this opportunity wasted for the Independence Party. Bill Loesch is the likely Republican candidate.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The politics of North Korea

Chances are we will not be bombing North Korea anytime soon. Not because they haven't crossed the line. Not because Osama Bin Laden, and Iraq are still greater threats then North Korea. Not because our military is spread to thin. Not even because we think we can talk out our differences. The real reason we won't aggresivly go after them is because they are actually capable of fighting back, potentially on our own soil.

Every decision president Bush makes in regard to North Korea will be a good one, he knows the price to pay for a mistake is potentially well beyond what any rational American would find forgivable. For the sake of politics there may be a debate on North Korea, but the real leaders in Washington will support the president, because they know he isn't willing to risk failing us.

The real political debate emerging out of this is on Iraq, and the complete farce of a war it is in comparison to the real threat we face from North Korea. We went to Iraq in large part because we needed to show that we didn't put up with the games Iraq played and North Korea is now playing. Of course it was a play as Iraq was no threat and we can not and will not treat North Korea the same way. The nation building we now see in Iraq is a nice gesture given we used there nation to display our muscle. But now that the significance of the Iraq war is lost, we must look at the price we pay to be in Iraq and where our militaries priorities need to be. I'll leave it at that as I don't have all the answers, and there may be a threat in Iraq that is not public knowledge, but we all had the opportunity over the last few days to see what a real threat looks like.

SOS candidate link

The first candidates should start to appear sometime today, I'll get you a little information on all candidates who file under the Independence Party, as they come in. In the meantime it looks like a small i independent has filed for congress in the 8th district.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Filing period begins

While the 4th of July holiday is delaying the newsworthy aspect of the filing period it is important to note as it truly is the most significant part of any election cycle outside of November 7th. It's the one time when party’s mean nothing, endorsements mean nothing, credibility means nothing.

If your Fred Smith and want to run for US Senate in the Werewolves of London party go for it grab a couple thousand signatures and your in. If your Sue Jeffers you can finally decide what route you will be taking in your attempt to get 15% of the primary vote, or 1% of the November vote (I say really muck things up and file as a Democrat). If your a retired legislator, you have two weeks to prove it. Even the basic action of Tim Pawlenty, Mike Hatch, Peter Hutchinson, Amy Klobachar, Robert Fitzgerald, and Mark Kennedy filling under the party and for the office they were endorsed for is an important event as once in a rare while it doesn't go according to plans. Sue Jeffers spitting in the face of those who endorsed her (or should I say blowing smoke) is a good example on a smaller scale.

It will be an interesting two weeks especially for the Independence Party as this is another one of those times where the pundits are staring in this direction, and will shape their opinion on the party as a whole in large part on who files.

Independence day

I could take a lot of cheap shots at our current leaders, but instead I will give you the original document.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred. to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock
New Hampshire:Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts:John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut:Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York:William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey:Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania:Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware:Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland:Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina:William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina:Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia:Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Monday, July 03, 2006

Annoying inconsistency

A Star Tribune article on the 2nd quarter fundraising came out. The focus is the 5th CD DFL race as that is the most competitive race going these days. The interesting aspect of that race is that with multiple DFL candidates actively raising and spending money for the primary the other candidates have a fair chance of entering September ahead of the eventual DFL candidate in cash. Greg Gordon knowing this contacted the Alan Fine campaign, who apparently are not excited enough about the #'s to release them yet. Gordon unfortunately did not appear to contact Tammy Lee.

That’s an understandable mistake given it's a holiday weekend and Gordon is operating out of Washington. At least it's understandable until he mentions Minnesota's three major parties in the US Senate race. I've heard woops, or sorry we'll make up for it next time, or your candidate just isn't credible enough for coverage (clearly not the case with Tammy Lee), but at this stage in the race the time for media excuses is over. Candidates are endorsed, and actively campaigning, they shouldn't have to waste a second requesting that they be included in articles like this.

No contact information is listed for Greg Gordon (edit: thanks to an almost instant comment ggordon@mcclatchydc.com) in the online version of the article, but the Star Tribune needs to be held accountable for this failure. I would encourage all of you to write letters to the editor questioning the inconsistency. And if you can, write another check to the Tammy Lee campaign, even if the newspapers aren't going to talk about her fundraising she will still be allowed to spend the money to win the seat in November.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Primary challanges

We know Pam Ellison is headed for the primary, all indications are Steve Williams will challenge for US Senate, but in the next 2 and a half weeks I would expect around the 5 primary challanges for state wide races, as well as the two congressional districts which the Independence Party already has endorsed candidates.

A quick run down

US Senate Adam Steele was seen protesting outside the Independence Party convention, upset he was not given a forum to spew his hate rhetoric. He has filed for state Senate in the past, but has expressed his intent to run for US Senate this time around.

Attorney General Dale Nathen has a great passion for his interpretation of the law, but in the past that has gotten him in some trouble, and thus his endorsement was denied in 2002. He intends to run again this year although I believe his intention is to run as a small i independent.

Then we have people like Leslie Davis and Bill Dahn who will file for something, it's just a matter of what party and what office they pick this year. Of course you never know when a new name will be added to that list, or an old name that we had hoped was a one time candidate files again.

The good news is we have endorsed candidates for all the high profile races, who all will overwhelmingly win in the primary, the bad news is until the primary these folks will in a small way represent the party, and of course the other bad news is as of now we don't have credible candidates in the 6 other Congressional races as well as many of the State House and Senate races. Based on the top of the ticket I would expect the pleasant surprises to overshadow these sorts of candidates more so then we've seen in the past, however sometimes logic is not a good predictor for what will come of the filling period.