… are very comfortable with where we are.”

Say WHAT??!?

Our guys, obviously, are very comfortable with where we are.” — House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove — 30 June 2011, 8:30pm

Well, actually that’s true – because “their guys” are The Top 2% of wage earners; their guys are their Boardroom Base; their guys are the guys this recession hasn’t even hit.

Here’s Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton explaining last night exactly why the GOP chose to shut down the great state of Minnesota today:

“I cannot accept a Minnesota where people with disabilities lose part of the time they are cared for by personal care attendants so that millionaires do not have to pay $1 more in taxes.

I cannot accept a Minnesota where young people cannot afford the rising tuitions at the University of Minnesota or a MnSCU campus, so that millionaires do not have to pay $1 more in taxes.

I cannot accept a Minnesota where elderly widows are denied the at-home services that permit them to remain healthy and able to live in their own homes. Or a Minnesota where local governments have to further slash their firefighter and police forces. Or a Minnesota where special education is being cut, so that millionaires do not have to pay $1 more in taxes. That is not Minnesota.” – Governor Mark Dayton, 30 June 2011

GOP: “Our guys, obviously, are very comfortable with where we are.”

Governor Dayton: “I cannot accept a Minnesota where (fill in GOPer slash ‘n burn) so that millionaires do not have to pay $1 more in taxes.”

Will you stand for the GOP’s Boardroom Base, which includes “guys” like Target Corp CEO Gregg Steinhafel?

Or will you stand with the workers in the middle class?

Pick your side, Ladies and Gentlemen – pick your side.

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

Over at MnPublius, Jeff wonders “how many (constitutional) amendments they’ll (the GOP) ultimately put on the (Minnesota) ballot” and that by doing so, the GOP is over extending themselves.

Overextending themselves with, for instance, today’s State House Hearing on the GOP’s proposed Constitutional Amendment to use the Constitution to limit freedom and cement RightWingNutBigotry into stone. And that’s just one “for instance.” As bad as the GreedOverPrinciples party is here in Minnesota, we have a Gov. Dayton preventing this state going down the Wisconsin GOPer wHoleBunchOfCraziness.

The image to the right is “Today’s Most Popular Articles” from Madison’s The Daily Page. What started in February, in Wisconsin, is still going strong. Six Wisconsin GOPers face recall action. To be sure, GOPers are targeting Wisconsin Democrats, even going so far as allegedly offering Shots For Signatures. What hasn’t been seen on the GOPer side is people – as in people in the streets. Like at Hudson, on March 15th, and there were hundreds protesting GOPer Governor Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker – and eight – EIGHT – there to support him. People are still out and about and making their voices heard; the following YouTube was made from scenes from the Wisconsin Capitol from April 25th to the 29th. (I got the link from First Draft via email notification Crooks&Liars).

“The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard.” And what the GOPers have started – in Minnesota, in Wisconsin, in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and elsewhere – is far from over.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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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)

Wellstone Action Rallies The Base

On November 9, 2010, in Al Franken, Candidates, by tommy

Last Sunday night, Wellstone Action (as usual) held a post-election round up; the turnout was great as they packed the Parkway Theatre in South Minneapolis. Rather than a round-up, though, this year it morphed into a series of speeches to rally the faithful. And it felt good; going in the slits on the ol’ TwoPutter’s wrists were still scabbing over; at the end, the scabs were heaing.

Mark Dayton started the speechtacular off; followed by Al Franken, Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Jim Hightower (dressed appropriately in Texan garb complete with what had to be at least a 50 gallon hat), down through newly elected State Rep Rena Moran.

All told a progressive/populist story, all told of stories that didn’t get told – all talked of how the messaging didn’t get out. Because it’s a good message; Senator Franken decimated the “government can’t creat jobs!” TeaBagger argument. Just killed it. But, if a tree falls in a forest, and nobody hears it, did it make a sound?

Afterwards, I asked a lot of attendees what they were walking away with; virtually all were talking about a re-dedication to “getting the messaging out.” When asked how to do just that, they all talked about door-knocking, phone banking, one-on-one conversations, yada yada yada to tell the progressive story. None seemed to see that that’s all good and well; (indeed, the story can’t be told without it); but that and that alone simply isn’t enough.

No one seemed to realize how the GOP has taken technology and social media by storm to propagate the “Obama is a Muslim” and “Obama was born in Kenya” and “Get your gov’t hands off my Medicare” and “Norm Coleman was robbed” and “Mark Ritchie rigged the last one for Al and is going to do it again for Mark Dayton ” and…. well, Gentle Readers, you should get the point.

Here’s my point: in the seven days since the election, everyone seems to be talking about the fact that there is a messaging problem; no one seems to be talking about how to fix the messaging distribution infrastructure so the message gets out.

I’ll be very clear: the GOP looks at social media as a tool; on our side, social media is looked at as a social disease.

Hey – everyone knows social media is NOT the end-all; NOT the be-all. Social Media is simply a link in the chain.

It’s a link the GOP is exploiting, because from my vantage point, it’s the progressive’s weakest link.

There’s a problem here, Gentle Readers, and it needs to be fixed.

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