Monthly Archives: October 2008

I Am The Zombie Media

You’ve heard of “gonzo journalism”? Welcome to “zombie journalism.” It ain’t easy being a citizen zombie journalist. For one thing, you need lots of BRAINS. Also, you need MORE BRAINS. Continue Reading →

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I Am The Zombie Media

You’ve heard of “gonzo journalism”? Welcome to “zombie journalism.” It ain’t easy being a citizen zombie journalist. For one thing, you need lots of BRAINS. Also, you need MORE BRAINS. Continue Reading →

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Analysis: Carefully Parsed Responses Key Clue In Coleman Funding Scandal

Senator Norm Coleman and his staff have been less than completely forthcoming in their responses to questions about Coleman’s financial relationship with wealthy businessman Nasser Kazimny.  Court documents from a case in Texas now reveal why the campaign and Coleman may have been choosing their words so carefully.  
Kaziminy is named as a defendant in a lawsuit that alleges he forced the President of a company he owns to falsify records and funnel $75,000 to Senator Coleman through Hays Companies, an insurance broker in Minneapolis and then to his wife Laurie Coleman who is listed as an employee at Hays.  
You may recall that Kaziminy’s name came up earlier this month in connection with allegedly buying expensive suits for Coleman.  When asked about that allegation, Coleman and his campaign gave the same carefully worded yet vague reply no matter what question was asked:
 
“The Senator has reported every gift he has ever received”. You can watch that same answer be given about a dozen times at a Coleman campaign news conference.  The Senator gave a similarly worded response when asked about a report in Harper’s Weekly online edition that Kaziminy had purchased suits for him before he was elected Senator. 
 
If the allegations in the lawsuit are true, you can now see why the wording of the response is important.  
First the suits.  If the information Harper’s Weekly has received is true — the DFL says a Neiman Marcus employee has corroborated the information  — then SENATOR Coleman has reported every gift he has received.  But that leaves open the possibility that PRIVATE CITIZEN Norm Coleman has not reported those gifts. Continue Reading →

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Analysis: Carefully Parsed Responses Key Clue In Coleman Funding Scandal

Senator Norm Coleman and his staff have been less than completely forthcoming in their responses to questions about Coleman’s financial relationship with wealthy businessman Nasser Kazimny.  Court documents from a case in Texas now reveal why the campaign and Coleman may have been choosing their words so carefully.  
Kaziminy is named as a defendant in a lawsuit that alleges he forced the President of a company he owns to falsify records and funnel $75,000 to Senator Coleman through Hays Companies, an insurance broker in Minneapolis and then to his wife Laurie Coleman who is listed as an employee at Hays.  
You may recall that Kaziminy’s name came up earlier this month in connection with allegedly buying expensive suits for Coleman.  When asked about that allegation, Coleman and his campaign gave the same carefully worded yet vague reply no matter what question was asked:
 
“The Senator has reported every gift he has ever received”. You can watch that same answer be given about a dozen times at a Coleman campaign news conference.  The Senator gave a similarly worded response when asked about a report in Harper’s Weekly online edition that Kaziminy had purchased suits for him before he was elected Senator. 
 
If the allegations in the lawsuit are true, you can now see why the wording of the response is important.  
First the suits.  If the information Harper’s Weekly has received is true — the DFL says a Neiman Marcus employee has corroborated the information  — then SENATOR Coleman has reported every gift he has received.  But that leaves open the possibility that PRIVATE CITIZEN Norm Coleman has not reported those gifts. Continue Reading →

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Analysis: Carefully Parsed Responses Key Clue In Coleman Funding Scandal

Senator Norm Coleman and his staff have been less than completely forthcoming in their responses to questions about Coleman’s financial relationship with wealthy businessman Nasser Kazimny.  Court documents from a case in Texas now reveal why the campaign and Coleman may have been choosing their words so carefully.  
Kaziminy is named as a defendant in a lawsuit that alleges he forced the President of a company he owns to falsify records and funnel $75,000 to Senator Coleman through Hays Companies, an insurance broker in Minneapolis and then to his wife Laurie Coleman who is listed as an employee at Hays.  
You may recall that Kaziminy’s name came up earlier this month in connection with allegedly buying expensive suits for Coleman.  When asked about that allegation, Coleman and his campaign gave the same carefully worded yet vague reply no matter what question was asked:
 
“The Senator has reported every gift he has ever received”. You can watch that same answer be given about a dozen times at a Coleman campaign news conference.  The Senator gave a similarly worded response when asked about a report in Harper’s Weekly online edition that Kaziminy had purchased suits for him before he was elected Senator. 
 
If the allegations in the lawsuit are true, you can now see why the wording of the response is important.  
First the suits.  If the information Harper’s Weekly has received is true — the DFL says a Neiman Marcus employee has corroborated the information  — then SENATOR Coleman has reported every gift he has received.  But that leaves open the possibility that PRIVATE CITIZEN Norm Coleman has not reported those gifts. Continue Reading →

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A Wolf Guards New Mexico’s Henhouse

By Stuart Overbey –Elections in New Mexico have been rife with problems. Now it comes to light that a private company has been in charge of programming the voting machines on the front end, and gathering the data on the back end. And, they’re not talking. Continue Reading →

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Contrast In styles: Minnesota candidates meet the press

There was no mystery as to who the media star was after two Minnesota Public Radio hosted congressional debates. In a chaotic scene, reporters crowded around 6th District Republican incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann after her debate with DFL challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg. One Bachmann supporter proudly yelled to the press “she is a pitbull in lipstick!” Inside the lobby of MPR, a much more subdued scene had Tinklenberg taking questions from a gaggle if reporters for over ten minutes. By the time 2nd District Republican incumbent Rep. John Kline finished his debate with DFL challenger Steve Sarvi, most of the press had vanished. Continue Reading →

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Be a Vote Chaser with The UpTake!

Protect the Vote With Your Camera Phone – Here’s How
 
The UpTake, a video-based journalism website, empowers everyday citizens to get involved in media and politics, both through viewing and creating online content, as well as by becoming citizen journalists.  Praised by Minnesota Public Radio, Wired.com, The Boston Herald and others for their instant live-streaming coverage of protester/police scuffles at the Republican National Convention, The UpTake has made ground-breaking progress in citizen journalism.  Through the use of cellphone cameras The UpTake is able to broadcast the news the moment it happens.  
Do you have a video-enabled camera phone? Here’s how you can help protect the vote on election day! Join The UpTake and the “Video the Vote” coalition’s effort to make sure every vote counts. Reports of voter intimidation and disfranchisement are already coming in from around the country. Continue Reading →

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Franken Sued By Sen. Coleman

Al Franken now has another thing in common with the late Senator Paul Wellstone. They’ve both been sued by Senator Norm Coleman shortly before an election. Franken is running against Coleman in a very expensive US Senate race in Minnesota. Today Coleman’s campaign announced the Senator is suing Franken and his campaign for running ads that are false. The suit is being filed with a Minnesota Office Of Administrative Hearings under a state law that makes disseminating campaign material that is knowingly false. Continue Reading →

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Franken Sued By Sen. Coleman

Al Franken now has another thing in common with the late Senator Paul Wellstone. They’ve both been sued by Senator Norm Coleman shortly before an election. Franken is running against Coleman in a very expensive US Senate race in Minnesota. Today Coleman’s campaign announced the Senator is suing Franken and his campaign for running ads that are false. The suit is being filed with a Minnesota Office Of Administrative Hearings under a state law that makes disseminating campaign material that is knowingly false. Continue Reading →

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Franken Sued By Sen. Coleman

Al Franken now has another thing in common with the late Senator Paul Wellstone. They’ve both been sued by Senator Norm Coleman shortly before an election. Franken is running against Coleman in a very expensive US Senate race in Minnesota. Today Coleman’s campaign announced the Senator is suing Franken and his campaign for running ads that are false. The suit is being filed with a Minnesota Office Of Administrative Hearings under a state law that makes disseminating campaign material that is knowingly false. Continue Reading →

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MN Secretary Of State Accuses Right Wing Group Of Voter Intimidation

Who’s making intimidating phone calls to voters in Minnesota? The answer might surprise you. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie released an affidavit describing a phone call linked to Minnesota Majority a far right-wing issue advocacy group.  The caller indicated that the voter in question was listed twice on the public voter rolls.  The voter (who moved addresses but kept their telephone number) asked who the caller reported to.  They indicated Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority.  Davis co-founded Minnesota Majority with Republican Mary Kiffmeyer – the former MN Secretary of State before Democrat Mark Ritchie.  
In response to the allegations Davis issued a statement on the Minnesota Majority website that says in part:
 
“Minnesota Majority has been conducting research into what appear to be inconsistencies in Minnesota’s 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. We believe these research activities to be in complete compliance with all state and federal laws.”  
Ritchie has turned the case over to county prosecutors to investigate further. Continue Reading →

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MN Secretary Of State Accuses Right Wing Group Of Voter Intimidation

Who’s making intimidating phone calls to voters in Minnesota? The answer might surprise you. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie released an affidavit describing a phone call linked to Minnesota Majority a far right-wing issue advocacy group.  The caller indicated that the voter in question was listed twice on the public voter rolls.  The voter (who moved addresses but kept their telephone number) asked who the caller reported to.  They indicated Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority.  Davis co-founded Minnesota Majority with Republican Mary Kiffmeyer – the former MN Secretary of State before Democrat Mark Ritchie.  
In response to the allegations Davis issued a statement on the Minnesota Majority website that says in part:
 
“Minnesota Majority has been conducting research into what appear to be inconsistencies in Minnesota’s 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. We believe these research activities to be in complete compliance with all state and federal laws.”  
Ritchie has turned the case over to county prosecutors to investigate further. Continue Reading →

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MN Secretary Of State Accuses Right Wing Group Of Voter Intimidation

Who’s making intimidating phone calls to voters in Minnesota? The answer might surprise you. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie released an affidavit describing a phone call linked to Minnesota Majority a far right-wing issue advocacy group.  The caller indicated that the voter in question was listed twice on the public voter rolls.  The voter (who moved addresses but kept their telephone number) asked who the caller reported to.  They indicated Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority.  Davis co-founded Minnesota Majority with Republican Mary Kiffmeyer – the former MN Secretary of State before Democrat Mark Ritchie.  
In response to the allegations Davis issued a statement on the Minnesota Majority website that says in part:
 
“Minnesota Majority has been conducting research into what appear to be inconsistencies in Minnesota’s 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. We believe these research activities to be in complete compliance with all state and federal laws.”  
Ritchie has turned the case over to county prosecutors to investigate further. Continue Reading →

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Election Protection: Know Your Rights!

When you go to the polls, it’s possible that someone might challenge your right to vote. If that happens, what should you do? With the help of the ACLU we get a demonstration of how to handle some of the situations that could come up. This demonstration was based upon the laws in Michigan. Laws vary from state to state and sometimes even from county to county. Continue Reading →

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Election Protection: Know Your Rights!

When you go to the polls, it’s possible that someone might challenge your right to vote. If that happens, what should you do? With the help of the ACLU we get a demonstration of how to handle some of the situations that could come up. This demonstration was based upon the laws in Michigan. Laws vary from state to state and sometimes even from county to county. Continue Reading →

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Final Colorado CD4 Debate- Markey V Musgrave

Betsy Markey is trying to become the first Democrat to win Colorado’s 4th Congressional District seat in decades.  Republican Marilyn Musgrave is trying to win her fourth term in what has become a very close race.  We pick up their final debate from October 21st, 2008 where they are talking about the financial rescue plan passed in Congress. Both are opposed to it.   You can find a play-by-play of the debate here from The Colorado Independent. Below we have the rest of the debate by topic including closing arguments. Video by Corinne McDermid
 
 

 
Related Coverage:
National Republicans pull funding from Colorado CD4 Race. Continue Reading →

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Final Colorado CD4 Debate- Markey V Musgrave

Betsy Markey is trying to become the first Democrat to win Colorado’s 4th Congressional District seat in decades.  Republican Marilyn Musgrave is trying to win her fourth term in what has become a very close race.  We pick up their final debate from October 21st, 2008 where they are talking about the financial rescue plan passed in Congress. Both are opposed to it.   You can find a play-by-play of the debate here from The Colorado Independent. Below we have the rest of the debate by topic including closing arguments. Video by Corinne McDermid
 
 

 
Related Coverage:
National Republicans pull funding from Colorado CD4 Race. Continue Reading →

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Inside McCain’s Florida Campaign

Central Florida McCain Chairman Lewis Oliver on ACORN, paid volunteers, republicans limiting hours and locations of polling stations in Florida, and voter turn out tactics used by the McCain campaign. Video by Sam Mayfield Continue Reading →

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Inside McCain’s Florida Campaign

Central Florida McCain Chairman Lewis Oliver on ACORN, paid volunteers, republicans limiting hours and locations of polling stations in Florida, and voter turn out tactics used by the McCain campaign. Video by Sam Mayfield Continue Reading →

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Inside McCain’s Florida Campaign

Central Florida McCain Chairman Lewis Oliver on ACORN, paid volunteers, republicans limiting hours and locations of polling stations in Florida, and voter turn out tactics used by the McCain campaign. Video by Sam Mayfield Continue Reading →

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“Conned” by “Obama Mania” – How McCain Can Win

Despite polls that show Barack Obama ahead, one McCain stratagist sees a scenerio that will give victory to John McCain.  Lewis Oliver is the Chairman of McCain’s campaign in Central Florida.  He says little things such as Palin on Saturday Night Live and gaffs by Joe Biden have given McCain momentum and undecideds will break towards the candidate who looks like he is going to win. Continue Reading →

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