Monthly Archives: May 2010

Dakota Native Americans Occupy Ft. Snelling

 

By Bill Sorem

It started as a peaceful, passionate rally against Arizona law SB170 in support of Hispanic Minnesotans and in support of the Dakota people claim to Fort Snelling. One group left from the Whipple Building on the airport grounds, the other came across the bridge from Mendota. After the rally a group entered the visitor’s area of the Fort and refused to leave. There was no violence. Outnumbered by police officers and threatened with confinement over the long weekend, the group left and promised to return. Continue Reading →

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Obama:Why We Have Memorial Day

Key quote from President Obama:
Our calling on Memorial Day is different. On this day, we honor not just those who’ve worn this country’s uniform, but the men and women who’ve died in its service; who’ve laid down their lives in defense of their fellow citizens; who’ve given their last full measure of devotion to protect the United States of America. These are the men and women I will be honoring this weekend, and I know many of you are doing the same. Continue Reading →

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Obama: Gov’t will supply whatever is needed to deal with BP oil crisis

Key quote from President Obama:
 
Today, there are more than 20,000 people in the region working around the clock to contain and clean up this spill. We’ve activated about 1,400 members of the National Guard across four states. Nearly 1,400 vessels are aiding in the containment and cleanup effort. And we deployed more than 3 million feet of hard and sorbent boom, including an additional 100,000 just yesterday for these parishes in Louisiana that face the greatest threat.  
Now, I’ve made clear to Admiral Allen and I did so again today that he should get whatever he needs to deal with this crisis. Continue Reading →

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Senator John Marty Responds to Gay Marriage Attack Ad

Senator John Marty responds to a NOM, National Organization for Marriage Attack ad, accusing him of “Imposing Gay Marriage on Minnesotans”. Instead, Senator Marty thinks its governments role, to stay out of telling “who should and should not marry”. NOM is spending $200,000 to run the ad. Transcript:
Craig Stellmacher: Senator Marty, I watched this commercial at home last night on You Tube also.  And they say you’re trying to impose gay marriage on Minnesota.  What do you want to say to that?    Senator John Marty:  I say that’s pretty sad interpretation on their part.  My marriage is something they say they would really respect.  My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years now.  Our son’s graduating from college.  Our daughter is in divinity school. Wonderful kids, wonderful family.  The kind of thing they say they respect.But they’re not about respecting families and marriage.  They’re out preventing other marriages.  They’re the ones who want to impose their will on others. Continue Reading →

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Obama:BP “Fully Accountable” For Disaster – Full Video

Key quote from President Obama:
“As far as I’m concerned, BP is responsible for this horrific disaster, and we will hold them fully accountable on behalf of the United States as well as the people and communities victimized by this tragedy. We will demand that they pay every dime they owe for the damage they’ve done and the painful losses that they’ve caused. And we will continue to take full advantage of the unique technology and expertise they have to help stop this leak.” Continue Reading →

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Emmer: No Details, No Debate

Don’t expect to see Tom Emmer on a stage with a group of other candidates running for Governor soon. The Republican endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor indicated that he will not debate his DFL opponents until after the August primary.  Emmer was the only candidate for Governor not to particpate in a Monday debate on homelessness, healthcare and jobs sponsored by the Joint Religious Legislative Council.  
When pressed for details of his plans for government reform, Emmer said he did not have details, but planned to listen to people as he toured the state. Continue Reading →

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Despite Primary Challengers, MN GOP Claims United Front

 
Dozens of Minnesota Republican candidates and leaders filed their candidacies today, followed by a meeting with reporters during a press conference at the State Office Building. The theme was MN values and a united party and new and incumbent candidates all spoke to it. Speakers included the GOP party chair and candidates for Speaker of the House, and House Majority Leader. Despite the claim of party unity, two Republican candidates are running against the endorsed Gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Leslie Davis and Bob Carney Jr. say their names will be on the August primary ballot. Continue Reading →

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Obama Pushes Small Business Jobs Package

White House press release:

Today, at an event honoring Small Business Owners of the Year from across the country, the President urged Congress to pass a Small Business Jobs Package, including a proposal he put forth in early February to create a new Small Business Lending Fund to provide small businesses with the tools to access capital so they can grow and hire. Continue Reading →

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Emmer notable by absence as all other MN Governor candidates debate homelessness

Republican Tom Emmer was the only party endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor to skip last night’s debate about homelessness in Minnesota. The two hour debate sponsored by the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition was a lively substantial discussion of housing, jobs and healthcare.  
Emmer Press Secretary Chris Van Guilder said Representative Emmer was attending the GOP endorsing convention for the seat he held in the Minnesota House and then had other campaign events to attend.  
Debating were:
Mark Dayton (DFL), Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL Endorsed), Matt Entenza (DFL), Rob Hahn (IP), Tom Horner (IP Endorsed), John Uldrich (IP), Leslie Davis (Republican), Bob Carney, Jr. (Republican).  
During the debate, Davis announced he would name his Lt. Governor pick on Tuesday at 2pm. Continue Reading →

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Obama:Gov’t, Business, Illegals All Need To Take Responsibility

Key quote from President Obama: I’m also going to fight — have been fighting and will keep on fighting for comprehensive immigration reform that respects our nation’s heritage. (Applause.) We have to respect our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And that means that everybody is going to have to take responsibility. Government has a responsibility to secure the border and enforce laws. Washington has an obligation to set clear, common-sense rules, including rules that no longer punish and divide families that are doing the right thing and following the law. Continue Reading →

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Obama Appoints Oil Spill Commission, BP & DC Too “Cozy”

 

President Obama announces that he has signed an executive order establishing the bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling with former two-term Florida Governor and former Senator Bob Graham and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency William K. Reilly serving as co-chairs.   Continue Reading →

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Gunyou Knows E-85

DFL candidate for Lieutenant Governor John Gunyou answers the question no one asked, what is E-85? Last election Lieutenant Governor candidate Judi Dutcher appeared to not know the answer to that question and Republicans used it to help defeat Mike Hatch who was running for Governor. Gunyou is expected to be endorsed this weekend as Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s DFL running mate. Continue Reading →

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MoveOn Visits Rep. Ellison’s Office

Concerned Twin Cities voters gathered at Congressman Keith Ellison’s office to think him for his continued support on critical issues and to ask him to vigorously pursue the crimes of Goldman Sachs. This was part of a national MoveOn effort that day to bring attention to the serious Goldman Sachs problem. Continue Reading →

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Supreme Court Nominee Kagen Meets Sen. Franken

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan met with Senator Al Franken (D- Minnesota). Kagan is making courtesy visits to Senators and Franken is on the Senate Judiciary Committee which will hold hearings on Kagan’s nomination.After the meeting, Sen. Franken released the following statement:“I enjoyed my meeting with Elena Kagan very much. I found her substantive and engaging. I was impressed by her remarkable career and it’s clear she would bring some much-needed variety to the court. We had a great, lengthy conversation about many areas of law, the confirmation process, and her views on the role of the Supreme Court.” Continue Reading →

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Senator John Marty thinks the Democrats caved to Pawlenty.

A principled Senator John Marty thinks the Democrats caved in–in negotiations with the Governor at the end of session. I talked to Senator John Marty today, I was very curious to hear him describe if he would, the end of session negotiations.  We had talked four days earlier, and he was very afraid that the Democrats and the Legislature would cave in in the end of session over health care, education and taxes with the Governor.   I watched the negotiations into the night, from the perspective of the hall way right outside the Governors office with the press.  It went to the end, and then that was extended and a special session was called at 12:01 a.m.  I went home at 3:30 a.m. and came back for more hours later. Continue Reading →

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Rep Garofalo’s Tirade On MN House Floor

 

Representative Pat Garofalo (R- Farmington, MN) accuses Education Minnesota of lying it its TV ads and says it’s leader Tom Dooher should “run and hide”. Education Minnesota’s ads say a change that Garofalo wanted to make in state teaching requirements would lower the standards for Minnesota teachers. Education Minnesota stands by the ads and does not expect an apology from Representative Garofalo

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No Stadium/Special Session For Vikings

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty says any legislation to help the Minnesota Vikings build a new stadium will have to wait until 2011…which is after their lease in the Metrodome expires. Pawlenty said he would not call a special session to address a Vikings stadium. Continue Reading →

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Do The Math- DFL Says Gov. Pawlenty Misfocused

Minnesota House Majority Leader Tony Sertich notes that the money Minnesota would receive from Federal Medicare Assistance (MA) is 20 times larger than the money it could get from the Federal “Race To The Top” education program. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher says the state should consider exercising its option to join the program that would send Minnesota $1.4 Billion dollars and said she would authorize the program if elected Governor. Continue Reading →

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Gold Bullion In The Basement Of Medicare Recipients

Representative Jim Abeler talks about the MA (Medicare Assistance) provision that the Minnesota House is about to vote on:

“I want to remind you who is going to get into this program. And this follows a national plan that was adopted this year with great duress at the federal level. And there is no asset limit. And there is no residency requirement. And so that means the person moves in with a whole basement full of gold bullion or a nice boat or a car and they’re going to get medical assistance and you’re going to pay half of it. Continue Reading →

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