When Erik Paulsen first ran for Congress back in 2008, in his campaign announcement speech he said, and I quote: “Quite frankly, today, Congress as an institution, is broken and if elected I intend to help fix it.” (link to full announcement speech below)

So what did Paulsen do, once elected? Join the GOP Caucus Leadership Team. Well, “get selected” is actually more accurate. Here’s the complete MinnPost story, when Paulsen’s selection to the Congressional GOP Leadership Team occurred – and when you look at the date of the story, remember that Paulsen had only been elected few short months before:

Paulsen joins Republican Whip Team
By Cynthia Dizikes 01/23/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Freshman Rep. Erik Paulsen today was named to the Republican leadership team. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) selected the Minnesota Republican to serve on the Republican Whip Team, an uncommon assignment for a first-year member of Congress.

Paulsen said he was “honored” to be a part of the team.

“Our country faces many challenges,” Paulsen said in a statement. “And I look forward to helping develop constructive solutions for the people of the Third District.”

As a deputy, Paulsen will help Cantor manage the legislative program on the House floor.
(emphasis added)(MinnPost.com)

OK, two points: 1) I normally don’t re-post other people’s work complete and verbatim (to wit: above); but that one is so short, how not to? and 2) Between November 4th, 2008 (Election Day) and January 23, 2009 (day of story, above), GOP “Leadership” in Washington, D.C. had seen enough of Erik Paulsen to know that he was one of theirs.

Let’s repeat that last line from that January 2009 story, shall we?

As a deputy, Paulsen will help Cantor manage the legislative program on the House floor.

And what a “legislative program” they’ve had! For instance, knowing full well that repeal President Obama’s Health Care Reform didn’t stand a chance in the Senate (let alone survive Obama’s veto pen), the “leadership” Paulsen belongs to has voted to repeal said law slightly less times than Doan’s has pills.

Even more offensive for women, or those married to women, or those who have friends that are women, or those that have daughters, mothers, grandmothers, etc is Paulsen’s “manage(ment of) the legislative program on the House floor” – as pertains to H.R. 3, which Paulsen voted for and passed. H.R. 3 is in the news these days because of the ignorant and offensive remarks of Paulsen’s fellow GOP Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who recently claimed that, more or less, some forms of rape were “legitimate rape” (and therefore, a raped woman would have no need to rid herself from a rapist’s impregnation).

So, as a “leader” of the House GOP in Congress, that’s Paulsen’s deal. Unless, of course, he wants to NOW walk away from a leadership position he was picked for in January, 2009, and a vote he helped pass in May, 2011?

This is just the tip of the iceberg, Ladies and Gents: Paulsen, as a “Leader” in the Congress (that has, as of today, a 13.8% approval rating), has responsibility for each and every vote that has passed the House Of Representatives in Congress since John Boehner took over as speaker in January, 2011.

For instance, Paulsen’s tied to Paul Ryan at the top of the ticket, who wants to turn Medicare into “Coupon Care”. If that’s not changing “medicare as we know it” – what is??!?

The bottom line – Erik Paulsen, as a “leader” in today’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives, IS today’s GOP House of Representatives.

(cross posted, with full 2008 Paulsen Announcement Speech, at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there also!)

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(OK, Strate wrote the post – and directed the YouTube! But hey – I’m in it, so I’m posting it, too!)

by: JeffStrate
Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 13:39:39 PM CDT

DFL Senate District 48, March 24th Convention video with the Junk Yard Democrats watching and reacting to Right Wing World Television. Plus DFL SD 48′s Senate and House endorsements. Eden Prairie and Minnetonka rock!

(direct link to YouTube)

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

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Dr. Maureen Hackett has received the endorsement of the DFL Veterans Caucus, and I’m proud to report we’re holding a fundraiser for her this Sunday, with General (Ret.) Harry Sieben leading the charge – details after the fold.

Join General Harry Sieben
and the DFL Veterans Caucus
in an afternoon of support for

Maureen Hackett, M.D.
3rd Congressional District Candidate

Sunday, March 28


Hopkins VFW Post 425, Fireside Room
100 Shady Oak Road
Hopkins, MN 55343

Trista Mastacastillo, Tommy Johnson, John Wexler
Cheryl Poling, Lou Ellingson, Nancy Gertner

Dr. Hackett has the proven track record of standing up for our veterans, working with our veterans and their families on a day to day basis and will work for us in Washington, DC. Come show your support!

Suggested Contributions
Benefactor $50, Supporter $25, Volunteer Commitment Hours

Contributions of any size and kind are welcome.

If you cannot attend,
Please support Dr. Hackett online at

Or send a check to: Hackett for Congress
PO Box 4099
Hopkins, MN 55343.


(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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When I go to a GOPer event – press conference, Convention, whatever – I go look for the registration/check-in, and ask to register. Sometimes they’re friendly about it; often they’re not – like on February 27th at the GOPer SD-42 Convention, which caused me to tweet this:

TwoPuttTommy GOPer Officals vow to to toss me if I don’t behave; Peter Adolphson says he’ll stick me in the bowels of the Church. Joke?
9:34 AM Feb 27th via web

So, why am I bringing this up today? Because the GOPer’s Tracker tried to sneak in late – and avoid registering – at today’s DFL CD-03 Candidate Forum; and he acted like a complete jerk.

Now, at the last DFL CD-03 Candidate Forum, in Brooklyn Park, the GOPer Tracker – AND a GOPer Blogger, Chris from RocketsRedGlare – cheerfully abided by Forum Rules and were allowed to freely film.

Today’s Candidate Forum, in Minnetonka?

Not so much.

This guy clearly believes what today’s GOPer Leadership does: rules and regulations don’t apply to them.

This guy was such a jerk that he refused to stop filming and go register; a DFL Official had to go and bring a registration pad to him. If I had acted like this jerk did, who knows? I mean, what if former GOPer State Representative Peter Adolphson (see above tweet) wasn’t kidding?

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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..the CD-3 GOPers are holding their endorsing convention at the Ramada Mall Of America (used to be the Thunderbird) this Saturday, April 19th.

As many reading this know, the DFL was gracious and welcoming to GOPer guests to the DFL CD-3 endorsing convention; we even let the GOPers film the event. It would be interesting to hear how friendly (or not) the GOPers are.

I’d go, but I’m goin’ to play golf. A lot of golf. Days of golf. You get my point.

Anyway, doors open at 8:30; registration closes at 9:30, and one of the agenda items is, and I quote:

“1. Consideration of endorsement for Third District Congress”

Now, this is interesting – “consideration”??!?

Yes, “consideration.”

It seems the ol’ Hustler, Erik Paulsen, isn’t feeling quite sure about his endorsement. At least, that’s one conclusion on why the endorsement for his state representative seat wasn’t on the order of business when the SD-42 GOPers met earlier. The actual endorsement for the state rep. seat isn’t until April 29th – and, just for giggles, let’s look at what the GOPers got, on their webpage:

Upcoming Conventions

HD42B Endorsing Convention, Eden Prairie High School, Tuesday, April 29, 2008 – Convention begins at 7 pm (Registration from 6pm to 7:15 pm). We are endorsing for the seat that is being vacated by Representative Erik Paulsen. The two announced Republican candidates are Jenifer Loon and Kathy Veurink. For more information: www.sd42.mngop.com

So, speculation is that the ol’ Hustler wanted to make sure he got the endorsement to challenge for The Rammer’s seat, BEFORE they gave away the endorsement for his old job. At least, that’s the way I see it.

I mean, how embarassing would that have been for The Hustler; to give up his state seat and then get denied for the new seat??!?

Oh – and one more thing that sticks out on that GOPer notice – the endorsing convention is only for 42-B; seems the GOPers haven’t been able to marshall up a sacrificial pachyderm in the 42-A race. They got two that want to take a run for The Hustler’s seat, but no one brave enough to take on Maria Ruud?

So, there we go – for sheer entertainment value, we got the GOPer CD-3 tomorrow, and the GOPer SD-42 on the 29th. I can’t make tomorrow, but I’ll be there on the 29th!!!

(this post originally published at MnBlue.com)

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