Ladies and Gentlemen, yours truly – the ol’ TwoPutter – is guest hosting tonight’s “Matt McNeil Show” on AM-950 KTNF, The Progressive Talk Station! The show runs from 6:00 to 7pm. So, tune in your radio today to AM-950, or listen live on your computer, here.

We’ll be talking about the legislative accomplishmentsduring these last two years under President Obama – and there are a LOT of ‘em!

As noted yesterday in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Obama’s two very productive legislative years
By Lynn Sweet on December 22, 2010 11:30 PM

WASHINGTON — President Obama wrapped up a lame duck congressional session with strong victories on Wednesday, and flew off to Hawaii for a winter break to close out two very productive legislative years.

The Senate on Wednesday handed Obama his top international priority and ratified the New START nuclear treaty with Russia–making the win sweeter because 13 Republicans climbed on board. The House and Senate sprinted through a stalled bill to compensate 9/11 workers injured at the World Trade Center site. In the morning, Obama signed the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

The last weeks have seen a legislative blitz. A food safety bill, years in the making, is headed to Obama’s desk to sign. He recently signed a child nutrition bill and that tax compromise that forced Obama to extend Bush-era tax breaks for the very rich until 2012 in exchange for payroll tax deductions and unemployment benefits extensions.

As the Obama presidency nears midterm, there are other historic achievements that affect a lot of people: the health reform bill, new Wall Street regulations, creation of a consumer financial protection bureau, extension of unemployment benefits, the economic stimulus package, regulation of tobacco products and the popular cash for clunkers program. (more, here)

We’ll also be joined in-studio by Vanessa Blomgren to talk about her campaign to become Secretary for the DFL, and Ken Martin and his campaign to become Chair for the DFL!

And as always, we want your calls! Have a favorite legislative accomplishment? A question for Vanessa, or Ken? Call 952-946-6205 with your thoughts and opinions!!!

So tune in your radio today to AM-950, or listen live on your computer, here!

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

Ladies and Gentlemen, yours truly – the ol’ TwoPutter – is guest hosting tonight’s “Matt McNeil Show” (again!) on AM-950 KTNF, The Progressive Talk Station! The show runs from 6:00 to 7pm. So, tune in your radio today to AM-950, or listen live on your computer, here.

Hot topics include the current status on the Bush Tax Cut Extensions (if you haven’t called Senators Klobuchar (202-224-3244) and Franken (202-224-5641), call them NOW!!!); Governor-Elect Mark Dayton; and changes in DFL Caucuses in St. Paul.

And as always, we want your calls!!! Call 952-946-6205 with your thoughts and opinions!

I’ll be joined in-studio for a discussion with special guest Arron Olson, President of Minnesota Young DFL about the above, and more; State Rep. Paul Thissen will call-in for a discussion of changes down at the Capitol.

So, again, tune in the radio today to AM-950, or listen live on your computer, here.

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

With the DFL House Members now the Minority, some very good staffers were going to have to be let go – that’s the way it works and there’s nothing that can be done about it. Under the new leadership of Rep. Paul Thissen, the new staff leadership has been set.

And it’s a good one!

Before I talk about that, I’d like to express appreciation for the job that those that got let go due to the simple numbers game – in the minority status, there’s simply less jobs. Particularly, the loss of Andrew Wittenborg will be felt. That said, elections have consequences, and this last election resulted in severe consequences.

As I read the tea leaves, the additions of Zach Rodvold as Director of Legislative and Caucus Services and Carrie Lucking as Director of Public Affairs is a strong sign electoral politics is going to play a larger part in DFL House operations. And hey – it SHOULD play a larger part – when the GOP sticks Michael Brodkorb smack-dab at the top of their Senate Caucus staff, the reality is that fire must be fought with fire. The DFL House and Senate Caucus staffs have always – ALWAYS – primarily focused on policy first, while the GOP House and Senae Staffs seem to have always focused primarily on politics first. While those primary focuses unlikely to change (especially on the GOPer side of the aisle) bringing in Rodvold and Lucking shows a new commitment to electioneering.

I hope the GOP and their staffers enjoy their new digs in the Majority offices at the Capitol; these new hires indicate their stay in ‘em will be short-lived.

Rodvold was a key player in Amy Klobuchar’s 2006 campaign; Lucking did a fantastic job on Team Thissen during his run for governor. Both worked on Tarryl Clark’s campaign. These two are seasoned pros that know electoral politics. While some might quibble that Tarryl’s campaign didn’t turn out quite as we’d like it, the fact remains that you can learn a lot in an unsuccessful campaign. And let’s be real – if Jesus H. Christ ran as a DFLer against Bachmann this last election, He’d be tarred as a “tax & spend, liberal/leftist/socialist” and lose, too.

Of all the gubernatorial candidates with hats in the ring for the top spot on the ticket, Team Thissen was a close second to Team Entenza for effective use of social media. Look for the DFL House Caucus to do a much better job in all facets communications. I don’t see a “staff shake-up” – I see two additions to staff that bring a lot of talent and experience in areas where talent and experience were lacking. I see this as good news.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2010
St. Paul, MN

HOUSE DFL CAUCUS ANNOUNCES SENIOR STAFF
Staff brings extensive experience both inside and outside the Capitol

The Minnesota House of Representatives DFL Caucus today announced their senior staff for the upcoming Legislative session. The Caucus staff includes individuals with solid experience both inside and outside the Capitol.

Veteran DFL legislative strategist Mike Charboneau will serve in the role of Executive Director of Caucus Operations, pearheading legislative and floor strategy for the Caucus. Kate Perushek, who previously worked for Representative Paul Thissen on the Health and Human Services Committee, will serve as the Executive Assistant to the Minority Leader. Joanna Dornfeld, previously a Committee Administrator for the House Finance Committee, will now fill the role of Executive Assistant to the Caucus.

In addition, the House DFL Caucus is also turning to new faces who bring significant statewide political experience to the capitol. Zach Rodvold will join the Caucus as Director of Legislative and Caucus Services. Rodvold most recently served as Campaign Manager for Tarryl Clark’s race in Minnesota’s Sixth
District. Prior to that, Rodvold served as Minnesota State Director for Senator Amy Klobuchar and brings an extensive background in issue advocacy and electoral campaigns.

“I’m excited for this new challenge and I know that I will have to meet a high bar set by my predecessors,” said Rodvold. “The House DFL Caucus staff has helped its elected members keep their commitment to Minnesotans by standing up for middle class families, a better future for our children, and an economy
that works for everyone. That work will continue in the next session and I look forward to it.”

Rodvold’s colleague and former Communications Director for the Clark campaign, Carrie Lucking, will round out the House DFL Caucus Staff as Director of Public Affairs. Lucking also previously worked for Representative Thissen, serving as Communications Director for his gubernatorial campaign, and is a licensed teacher.

“I am glad to support the members of the House DFL Caucus in standing up for middle class families by joining their fantastic team,” Lucking said.

Regarding the hires, Representative Paul Thissen said, “I want to express deep thanks to all the wonderful people who have served our caucus and Minnesota well over the past years. With these hires, the House DFL Caucus will continue our tradition of bringing together an effective, efficient, and experienced staff that will help us best represent Minnesotans. I am thrilled that the Caucus is adding new faces to our already strong team and look forward to working together on behalf of all Minnesotans in the upcoming session.”

Rodvold and Lucking officially begin work on January 4th but will spend time in December transitioning into their new roles.

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

I read the article from yesterday’s ArmyTimes.com with interest; it’s been a topic of disagreement/discussion at the VFW Post where I’m a member for quite some time. Here’s the lede:

Traditional vets groups turn to social media
By John Ryan – Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Nov 21, 2010 8:28:29 EST

Some traditional veterans’ groups have updated their recruiting campaigns, using social media to attract younger veterans.

Groups have opened Facebook and Twitter accounts and written blogs to connect with roughly 4.3 million veterans who have served since the Persian Gulf War — and to replenish a steep decline in membership.

Lost membership and dues have forced groups like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to close down some social clubs across the country, as about 1,650 veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars die each day.

Organizations have turned to Internet-wired veterans to help keep their national networks of posts intact, community and soldier programs running, and their voices relevant on Capitol Hill.

But organizations founded before 1990 are losing the social media battle to recent upstarts such as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, according to figures on Facebook.
(rest of story at ArmyTimes.com)

What can we – as Progressives that embrace social media – learn from it?

The point to me, as a Member of the VFW, is that it doesn’t matter that the older Veterans don’t do social media; it DOES matter that younger Veterans do. And to reach them – to get your message to them; to have a conversation with them – you simply have to communicate with them in the form they are most comfortable with.

We’ve had this discussion for months and Months and MONTHS at the local VFW: older veterans that say they don’t want to implement social media because THEY don’t use social media.

That the older Veterans don’t use social media doesn’t matter to the younger Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan; these returning Veterans do use social media. And the VFW and the American Legion have found out the hard way that if they won’t use social media, the younger veterans will join the Veteran Organizations that are – such as the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Let’s take that example and compare it to a discussion we social media types have been trying – TRYING – to have with DFL Powers That Be; “Powers That Be” that have been discouraging DFL candidates from using social media while at the same time, the GOP has been encouraging candidates to be using social media.

Simply put, the GOP Leadership views social media as a tool while current DFL Leadership views social media as a social disease.

And just as VFW and American Legion National Leadership has come around and are now embracing social media because they’ve been forced to; the younger upstarts are man eaters that are eating the oldster’s dinner.

It’s clear to me that the GOP is using social media to reach our younger Veterans. If we want to complete for these younger veterans, we’re going to have to use social media to do so. We simply must have DFL Leadership that understands this – starting with the Chair.

The younger Veterans insist on it – as the VFW and American Legion have found out.

And does anyone doubt that the younger non-veterans insist on it, too? It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a college kid reading a dead-tree edition of a newspaper….

It’s really rather patheic, that the old-school Veterans Organizations are getting with the program before the od-schoolers on Plato and elsewhere are.

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

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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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Two Putt’s Take On The Mid-Terms

On November 11, 2010, in Candidates, Media, Videos, by tommy

The following was filmed on November 3d, 2010 – the afternoon after the 2010 Mid-Term Elections for the “Democratic Visions” cable access TV program – produced by the Senate District 42 DFL.

(direct link to YouTube)

Democratic Visions ON CABLE
Comcast Channel 15 – Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield and Eden Prairie Sundays at 9 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Bloomington Cable Channel 16 – on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.

MTN Channel 17- Minneapolis Sundays at 7 p.m. When MTN’s webmaster gets around to it, repeats will be posted in “TV Guide” at http://www.mtn.org/.

Democratic Visions has become Minnesota’s best and most supportive broadcast/video venue for Progressives and Democrats. The program is produced by Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Edina volunteers for DFL Senate District 42.

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

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A Blast From The Past

On November 6, 2010, in Dirty Politics, by tommy

In 2003, Al Franken wrote LIES And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.

In my copy, in the chapter titled “Who Created the Tone?” Al wrote:

“(T)urning the public arena into a wasteland of personal destruction takes an entire army of like-minded ideologues hell-bent on shredding the already tattered standards of decency that once permitted a reasonable discourse on matters of import.

The left, sadly, has no such army. Our attack dogs are a scrawny, underfed pack of mutts that spend half the time chasing their own tails and sniffing each other’s butt. The right, by contrast, appears to have a well-oiled puppy mill for pit bulls, bred to kill and trained to go for the jugular. Or the balls.” (from LIES And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)

Al wrote that in 2003. Who can tell me what – if anything – has changed in the last 7 years?

(cross posted from Mn Progressive Project; comments welcome there)

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… are being made over and Over and OVER.

Yesterday, The Big E wrote an Open letter to the DFL State Central Committee.

In the comments, one particularly caught my eye:

We lost. It was a wave year. No one is as good as they look when they ride a wave, and no one is as bad as they look on the low end of a wave. Let’s settle down and analyze what worked and what didn’t after emotions have passed.

While it was a wave year nationally, it didn’t have to be a wave year here.

And I agree that we need to settle down and analyze what worked and what didn’t – as a veteran, I’m going to take a minute of your time, Gentle Readers, and explain why.

In the military, back in the day when I was in, after each and every mission, immediately afterwards was a non-personal, cold, detached and hard look at what went right, what went wrong, and what needs to be changed so what went wrong doesn’t happen again. Iit was called an “After Action Report” (AAR) – and it was mandatory. It still is.

This report was mandatory, because people’s lives were at stake – the soldiers, and surrounding civilians.

This is what should have been happening over on Plato Blvd – but hasn’t. Things have not changed; the national wave wasn’t avoided.

It should have been happening because people’s lives are at stake – the homeless, the poor, the middle class and their jobs and their homes and the education of their children, our elderly….need I go on?

People’s lives are at stake.

And if we don’t take a cold hard look at what went right, what went wrong, and fix what needs to be fixed those lives are still at stake.

What I see happening with regards to Plato is not – NOT – a “circular firing squad” — I see a “circling the wagons” by people that have refused to recognize mistakes and making the necessary corrective actions.

Because the problems that haven’t been fixed have been talked about, over and Over and OVER.

One lesson of insanity is doing the same thing over and Over and OVER and expecting different results.

People can be part of the problem and ignore what went wrong and blame “tidal waves” and “tsunamis” and whatever else they want to call the avoidance of accountability.

I’m not into that; I’m into a non-personal, cold, detached and hard look at what went right, what went wrong, and what needs to be changed so what went wrong doesn’t happen again.

(Cross posted from Mn Progressive Project; comments welcome there)

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