Smart money was betting it wasn’t going to take long for the short knives to start slashing in the race to replace the cooked books regime of FEC Tony. Money placed that way is a winner! Recently deposed MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton – and make no mistake, Tony didn’t leave willingly – was MNGOP Treasurer back in the day when the back room book cooking was brought to light; for a quick primer, go read “A Key Element Of The Tostenson Memo”.

With that in mind, I went and checked some twitterlines o’ some GOPers that for various reasons I find interesting and/or amusing. First up, Andy Apliikowski of Residual Forces – let’s look!

OK, the link in that tweet takes you to Andy’s website, where Andy has a niftly little sreadsheet, listing potential candidates for the recently vacated MNGOP Chair position. Now, keep in mind Big E’s recent post on that vacated seat, “Michael Brodkorb slings mud at Tom Emmer and his supporters at the legislature”. That said, here’s what Andy says about one such potential candidate:

OK, apparently Andy doesn’t like Joe; likes to take little digs at him. I understand it goes way back, to when Repya was running for MN GOP Party Chair, and Andy was a volunteer. That was a particularly nasty campaign from those that liked the party’s status quo and didn’t like the reform-minded Repya. For background, see “Enemies Of The Party”. Andy has been, shall we say, “taken to task” by the Brodkorbs of the party, but he’s been working himself back into good graces of the last regime. And I’d venture taking cheap digs at Repya helps him do just that. Whatever.

Anyway, I did a quick twitter check on Repya, to see what others were saying. This one popped up, from Repya himself!!!

Ruh-ROH!!! Repya’s talking to someone – Luke Hellier – on Erik Paulsen’s local staff – and NOT his campaign staff; his official, local congressional office staff! Matter o’ fact, Luke – who used to be Brodkorb’s cut&paster at the notorious “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” slime machine “blog” – has the official title of “Constituent Services Representative.”

What got Repya’s dander up? Let’s look!

Oh, wait – seems Luke’s done scrubbed his twitterline!

Seems that since I started looking on the ol’ I’phone while running errands, the offending tweet done “magically” disappeared!

That’s ok; I already had a screen shot! Silly Luke…

Now, somefolk might think “hey – that’s not so bad.” Yeah, “right.” Keep in mind that although Paulsen postures about the need for “civility in politics”, he’s had two of the least “civil” folk I can think of, working for him: first, Brodkorb, back in the ’08 cycle, and now Hellier, on his district staff. And keep in mind Paulsen is a career politican – he rose to the position of GOP Majority Leader during the last 4 years of his 13 years in the State House.

Paulsen’s tight with the people that have been taking shots at Repya for years; shots for the simple reason Repya doesn’t – IMNSHO – like that GOP now stands for Greed Over Principles. And make no mistake; there is a high-stakes fight brewing in thee GOP over the direction of the party. Some people are going to get trashed. These opening shots at Repya will only get worse if he decides to rejoin the party and run. Smart money is betting against that, but with the Brodkorbs of the GOP, that doesn’t matter – smear ‘em and make SURE they don’t run is the standard operating procedure.

Hellier should know better than to tweet that – he’s on the taxpayer-paid payroll working for a Congressman. Paulsen should know better than to have a hack like Hellier on the official staff – but with Paulsen, it’s not what he says, but what he does that counts. Especially in matters of civility.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

I saw it over at MnPublius yesterday, DFL Chair Melendez has cancelled the December 11th State Central Committee meeting. This makes it even more important to make your voices heard in the upcoming local DFL Meetings prior to the February 2011 State Central Committee Business Meeting. Here’s why:

The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard.” — Paul Wellstone

I’ll start off by reiterating what I’ve said all along: social media is NOT the end-all, the be-all, the “s/he with the most twitter/facebook followers wins” – NOT at all; social media is simply one link in a chain that compliments all of the other links that get a (hopefully!) progressive message out. And in some races, social media wouldn’t make any difference whatsoever; such as in SD58 where Senator Higgins won with 80.27% of the vote, or SD59 where Senator Pogemiller took 78.12%, or SD60 with Senator Dibble taking 79.81%, or SD61 with Senator Berglin taking 88.46%. And it woudn’t have helped in 35-B, where GOPer Mark Buesgens, who cruised through a ditch on his way to a 67.47% re-election. On the other hand, how many tight races were decided for a GOPer by a mere number of votes? Former State Rep David Bly in 25-B comes to mind, as does former State Rep Maria Ruud in 42-A. Would a strong social media presence helped flip the very few votes needed to have kept them in office? We’ll never know; but what we do know is their GOPer opponents used social media but we didn’t — and we lost by nail-biters.

Obviously, I’m making the case for use of social media; big surprise! – I do social media. And I can tell you at the local level, where GOPers knocked off Maria Ruud, and re-elected GOPer State Senator David Hann and State Rep Jenifer Loon – turning SD42 completely red (for now), social media played a big role in knocking off the GOPer-endorsed candidates for Mayor and City Council. GOPers won locally at the state level while in the same election they lost at the city level.

That said, the importance of getting a message out simply has to include face-to-face, neighbor-to-neighbor conversations. A candidate in a tight campaign has to make personal connections to get their opinions, their positions, their message out – that’s a link in the chain that has to – has to – be strong.

Which gets me to my point – you, dear and gentle reader, have to get your opinion out too – and if you live in Otter Tail County, Todd County, Freeborn County, SD-32, SD-38, SD-54, SD-56, or SD-61 — tonight’s your night to show up and be heard. If you saw things that went well, TELL your local Elected Leaders what worked! If you saw problems, tell them what those problems were. If you think the DFL’s communications program needs improvements – or, hey! if you think it doesn’t – TELL your local elected officials. Your local elected officials need your honest feedback.

Your local elected officials need your input – and while social media and emails and phone calls are are fine and good, nothing will ever replace the need for the good ol’ fashioned “look ‘em in the eye and tell ‘em how you feel.”

So just do it.

Details of where to do that tonight, below the fold. List of ten questions you may want to cut and paste and print, here.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Otter Tail County DFL Party Monthly Meeting
When
Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
Where
TBA

SD54 DFL Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Basswood Room of Fire Station No. 1 near the Roseville City Hall campus – 2701 Lexington Ave, Roseville

SD38 DFL Central Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Eagan Community Center, Lone Oak Room

SD61: Central Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where
Hosmer Library 347 East 36th Street, Lower Level Meeting Room Minneapolis

SD56 Central Committee
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Woodbury Davanni’s — located at Valley Creek and Radio Drive Woodbury

Todd County DFL
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Where
at Randy Brown’s Law Office, Highway 71 Long Prairie

SD 32 Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Freeborn Co DFL Mtg
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 8pm
Where
7pm, Albert Lea Union Center

Upcoming Meetings You Can Attend

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Maple Grove Links Forum
The Brooklyns DFL Community Forum
When
Mon, November 22, 6pm – 9pm
Where
Houlihan’s, 12725 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 (map)
Description
THE MAPLE GROVE DFL LINKS Joint Meeting with the Brooklyns DFL Community 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program David Schultz – Author, Political Analyst, Hamline University Professor Review of the Election – What comes next?

DFL SD40 Central Committee Meeting
When
Mon, November 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Oxboro Library – 8801 Portland Ave. South, Bloomington

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

SD 22 DFL Mtg
When
Tue, November 23, 7pm – 8pm
Where
7pm, Royal Loon in Slayton

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Social Luncheon for MN DFL Senior Caucus
When
Wed, November 24, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where
Riverside Perkins Family Restaurant, I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Edina Democrats
When
Mon, November 29, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where
Party Room, Davanni’s Pizza and Hoagies 5124 Gus Young Lane, Edina, MN 55436 (map)
Description
EDINA DEMOCRATS 6:30 p.m. Visit with Fellow Democrats and Order Food, 7 p.m. Program David Schultz – Author, Political Analyst, Hamline University Professor Review of the Election – What comes next?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Lake Country Progressives
Tonka Progressives
When
Tue, November 30, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where
Ridgedale Byerly’s Community Room, 13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 (map)
Description
The Lake Country Progressives Joint Meeting with the Tonka Progressives Ridgedale Byerly’s Community Room 13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 Tuesday, November 30, Social Hour 6:30 p.m. Program 7 p.m. Eric Black – Writer for MinnPost

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

SD47 Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, December 1, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
Sammy’s Pizza, 9750 Schreiber Terrace, Champlin, MN

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Crow Wing County DFL monthly meeting
When
Thu, December 2, 6pm – 7pm
Where
Brainerd Library

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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When And Where To Be Heard

On November 17, 2010, in DFL Events, by tommy

While many of the DFL Senate Districts have had their November meetings, and discussed what happened and – more importantly – what didn’t, there are many more coming up. Big E posted a list of Ten Questions To Ask Your Elected Senate District Officials yesterday; I’m recommending committed progressives cut and paste and print the questions and bring them to your local upcoming meetings. And feel free to add questions of your own!

And I’d like to ask one more thing. In DFL Chair Melendez’s letter, posted at Bluestem Prairie yesterday, the Chair’s very first sentence is:

“I have been taking the time since Election Day as an opportunity for listening and learning.”

Here’s the thing: If your Senate District has already met, was Chair Melendez there? When you go to one of the upcoming meetings – below – does the Chair show up to listen?

Because if he’s not listening to the grassroots, just who exactly is he listening to? Hey, we know he’s not listening to the blogs; just before the election, at a presser, he told the capitol press corps he doesn’t read ‘em…

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

SD34 DFL Discussion Group
When
Wed, November 17, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where
Chanhassen Library, Wilder Room

SD34 DFL Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where
Chanhassen Library, Wilder Room

Pine County DFL meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Hinckley, MN

SD44: Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where
SLP City Hall – 1st floor Community Room: 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park

SD45: Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Crystal City Hall located at 4141 Douglas Ave N, Crystal, MN

SD60: DFL Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Painter Park at 34th & Lyndale Ave S.

CD3 CC MEETING
When
Wed, November 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Minnetonka Community Center

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Otter Tail County DFL Party Monthly Meeting
When
Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
Where
TBA

SD54 DFL Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Basswood Room of Fire Station No. 1 near the Roseville City Hall campus – 2701 Lexington Ave, Roseville

SD38 DFL Central Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Eagan Community Center, Lone Oak Room

SD61: Central Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where
Hosmer Library 347 East 36th Street, Lower Level Meeting Room Minneapolis

Updated! SD56 Central Committee
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Woodbury Davanni’s — located at Valley Creek and Radio Drive Woodbury

Todd County DFL
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Where
at Randy Brown’s Law Office, Highway 71 Long Prairie

SD 32 Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Freeborn Co DFL Mtg
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 8pm
Where
7pm, Albert Lea Union Center

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Maple Grove Links Forum
The Brooklyns DFL Community Forum
When
Mon, November 22, 6pm – 9pm
Where
Houlihan’s, 12725 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 (map)
Description
THE MAPLE GROVE DFL LINKS Joint Meeting with the Brooklyns DFL Community 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program David Schultz – Author, Political Analyst, Hamline University Professor Review of the Election – What comes next?

DFL SD40 Central Committee Meeting
When
Mon, November 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Oxboro Library – 8801 Portland Ave. South, Bloomington

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

SD 22 DFL Mtg
When
Tue, November 23, 7pm – 8pm
Where
7pm, Royal Loon in Slayton

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Social Luncheon for MN DFL Senior Caucus
When
Wed, November 24, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where
Riverside Perkins Family Restaurant, I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Edina Democrats
When
Mon, November 29, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where
Party Room, Davanni’s Pizza and Hoagies 5124 Gus Young Lane, Edina, MN 55436 (map)
Description
EDINA DEMOCRATS 6:30 p.m. Visit with Fellow Democrats and Order Food, 7 p.m. Program David Schultz – Author, Political Analyst, Hamline University Professor Review of the Election – What comes next?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Lake Country Progressives
Tonka Progressives
When
Tue, November 30, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where
Ridgedale Byerly’s Community Room, 13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 (map)
Description
The Lake Country Progressives Joint Meeting with the Tonka Progressives Ridgedale Byerly’s Community Room 13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 Tuesday, November 30, Social Hour 6:30 p.m. Program 7 p.m. Eric Black – Writer for MinnPost

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

SD47 Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, December 1, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
Sammy’s Pizza, 9750 Schreiber Terrace, Champlin, MN

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Crow Wing County DFL monthly meeting
When
Thu, December 2, 6pm – 7pm
Where
Brainerd Library

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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I’ve now sat through three “what went right, what went wrong, and what needs to be fixed” sessions in the field. All of them occurred over 1 week removed from Election Night. The first was a baker’s dozen in a coffee shop called by activists and atttended by a winning State Rep, a SD Chair, and the campaign manager of a losing candidate; the second a well-attended and official SD Central Committee Meeting , and last night the Drinking Liberally Hopkins Chapter – with over 30 participants including 3 unsuccessful candidates. Notes were taken at all. An informal survey was taken last night. The title of this post, “Tone Deaf” is from an actual statement at one of the three (and no, it wasn’t mine); it read: ” Tone deaf from caucus messaging on candidates.”

And “tone deaf” could just as easily been placed at the foot of Plato too; there were lots of comments about poor mailers sent out from Plato that didn’t message the reality of the local races.

All three gatherings of the faithful primarily focused on the “what went wrong” aspect; there simply wasn’t enough time to get through the “what went right” and no time for the “what changes are needed.”

Clearly, though – far from being “defeatist”, these activists are bound and determined to take the fight to the GOP – but after making changes in the DFL that are necessary to win in 2012. While comments ran the gamut from SNAFU’s in the Coordinated Campaign and recognizing the good things the CC also accomplished to the need for “testicular fortitude” in our leaders – starting with President Obama and working down. Suffice it to say that Harry Reid is not well-loved by the grassroots. Still, the majority of comments fall in the “messaging” category. One unsucessful candidate shared that Plato gave the advice to ignore Twitter and Facebook; I’d venture to guess that wasn’t the only candidate given such sage advice.

It’s important for activists to let the local leadership know what they are seeing, thinking, and feeling. While many SD’s have already held Central Committee meetings since the Debacle On The Duece, many have not – check the DFL Event Calendar to see if there is still time to attend your SD Central Committee Meeting. If there is, go – if not, send an email or make a call; your elected DFL Local Officials need your input as they get ready for the State DFL Central Committee Meeting on December 11th.

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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Dusty Trice got the scoop! Here’s what Dusty has to say about his video, as posted on YouTube:

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Paul explains why the MN GOP suddenly needs his help: “They Want My Money.”

The MN GOP blocked Ron Paul from speaking at their 2008 convention in Rochester, MN. But on Sept. 25, 2009 the MN GOP sponsored an appearance by Dr. Paul at Northrup Auditorium in what was billed as a joint town hall with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

What’s behind the MN GOP’s sudden change of heart? According to Ron Paul, “They want my money. They want to get a little bit of influence from our supporters, too.”

I think this says a lot about Ron Paul, who’s been a consistent voice for what he believes in, so much so that he was willing to forget the past troubles with the MN GOP.

I also thinks this speaks volumes about the MN GOP. Their leadership realizes that they have alienated roughly 15% of their party. Now they realize that Michele Bachmann is actually in trouble and the only way to save her is to turn to the person they publicly shunned and beg for his money and help.

The MN GOP is exploiting Ron Paul because they are terrified without his support they will lose and lose big.

On a side note, I’d like to thank Congressman Paul for taking moment to speak with me. (DustyTrice)

Let’s watch!!!

I’ll have my own thoughts about Dusty’s breaking story later, for now, link here for Mary Lahammer’s May 30th, 2008 report from the 2008 MnGOP State Convention – the footage of the floor scuffle between a Ron Paul supporter and a McCain suporter is “must see TV” – great job by Mary Lahammer and the Twin Cities Public Television team!!!

(cross-posted from MnProgressiveProject)

The Party Faithful have spoken, and it’s a new day for the state GOP. Tony Sutton takes the reins, and is faced with the formidable task of cleaning up the mess left by the last administration that ran the Republican Party of Minnesota. Especially the mess left by the last Treasurer, who – not coincidentally – was Tony Sutton!

And just how big of a mess did Treasurer Tony Sutton leave for Chairman Tony Sutton? A quick check of FEC Records show that on January 15th of this year, Chairman Ron Carey and Treasurer Tony filed an amended report for September and October 2008. On January 16, they filed an amended pre-General Election report. On January 20th, they filed an amended post-General Election Report.

All in all, those amended reports are another pathetic example of the incompetence and failure of the Ron Carey Regime, which “featured” Tony Sutton as Treasurer. But have no fear; it gets worse.

On March 16th, 2009, Carey and Sutton re-re-filed an amended report of the previously amended October 2009 report.

Got that? They couldn’t get it “right” the first time; they tried and failed to get it “right” the second – and didn’t. But have no fear; it gets worse.

Worse? Yes, because on the same day they had to amend a previously amended report – October 2008 – they also had to amend the previously amended pre-General Election Report. But have no fear, it gets worse.

Worse? Yep! Surely, you’re not surprised? After all, this IS republiCon Ron and FEC Tony we’re talkin’ ’bout… and on March 19th, 2009, they had to re-re-file an amended report of the previously amended August 2009 report! But have no fear, it gets worse!

A little over a month ago, on May 22nd, 2009, RepubliCon Ron and FEC Tony had to amend the pre-General Election for the third – THIRD – time! Same day, same clowns had to amend the post-Election Report for the second time! And just to show that when it comes to incompetence the unDynamic Duo of republiCon Ron and FEC Tony has no peer, they also re-amended the 2008 Year End Report.

Folks, this level of pathetic incompetence is beyond bizarre. And it bears looking into. So, stay tuned, and have no fear – it gets worse.

(crossposted from )

This one speaks for itself…

And this was the week that ended the day before the election of Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton and Republican Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb.

(crossposted from MnProgressiveProject)