On June 3rd, 2007, Dan Browning and Pat Doyle broke a story that rocked Minnesota’s political world and would have repercussions we’re still feeling today; it dealt with the now-infamous “Tostenson Memo”. Written by long-time MN GOP Finance Director Dwight Tostenson, it detailed the financial shenanigans – “Cooked Books” if you will – of the party, and became the basis for the Federal Election Commission’s near-record $170,000 fine last year. The GOP is still paying that fine off (unlike their rent). That newspaper story came out just before the MN GOP’s State Convention, the current chair, Ron Carey, was being challenged by a guy named Joe Repya on, boiled down, a “clean up/reform the party” platform.

Joe lost, Ron (and, status quo) won, and the Party’s problems Joe was running to correct: got worse.

The 2008 MN GOP State Convention in Rochester is mostly remembered for the shabby treatment of Ron Paul and his supporters. Paul was a bona fide candidate for the GOP nomination for president, even though he didn’t have a (deleted, for censors) chance in (deleted, again) of getting it. Doesn’t matter; as a party member, he should have been allowed to speak – Ron Paul wasn’t.

And then there’s the treatment of Ron Paul’s supporters at the Convention. Well, leading up to it, too – as you can read by linking here for but one account. There’s plenty more out there, like this one.

One significant event at that 2008 MN GOP State Convention isn’t remembered so much; fortunately, one Convention Delegate caught it on tape – let’s look!

Oh, and pay very, Very, VERY close attention to what then-Chair Ron Carey says, “right” at the very end!!!

(direct link to YouTube)

To recap that video: there’s a white-wash/cover up concerning the GOP’s FEC Reports; Joe Repya asks two pointed questions; Tony Sutton goes ballistic; Ron Carey bloviates! And what exactly did Carey say, “right” at the end?

“At the end of the day, those that are criticizing us are to be shamed – because the truth will get out and the truth shall set us free.”

WHAT??!?

And then, in compete violation of Robert’s Rules, State GOP “leadership” ended the convention.

Shameful. Sadly, today’s GOP has no shame. It’s like I always say: You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different.

Today, Joe Repya has an op-ed in the Star Tribune; it’s entitled “End of the state GOP as we know it?”

I’d recommend everyone read it, and remember: the problems Repya was talking about five years ago, back in 2007? Repya was correct.

I’m still wondering, though – isn’t it about time a prosecutor started taking a hard look at the problems Repya has been talking about all these years?

Stay tuned!

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

Some Thoughts On GOPer Voting Fraud

On March 21, 2012, in Dirty Politics, Videos, by tommy

Jodi Boyne is the Public Affairs Director for the Minnesota House GOP, and she sent that tweet out just a few hours ago. On a straight party-line vote, Republicans voted to place a State Constitutional Amendment to enshrine Voter Suppression on the ballot this November.

I, of course, retweeted it – with #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement” preceding the “RT”!

Why? Because, Gentle Readers, the Republicans are hoping to disenfranchise as many people – students, elderly, the poor, etc etc etc – as they can. They want to put into the Great State of Minnesota’s Constitution a way to prohibit participation; something a little more subtle than the disenfranchisement they’ve been sticking to Ron Paul supporters already. And if they’ll do it to Ron Paul – ostensibly, a fellow Republican – you know dam sure they’ll do it to you.

So, what have they been doing to Ron Paul supporters? From Georgia, let’s look!

(Direct Link To YouTube)

OK, that one is a little long, but: if the GOP is doing everything they can to suppress the votes of people ostensibly within their own Party; why wouldn’t they suppress votes from people outside of their party?

And it’s not just Georgia. Just last month, in February 2012, there was a vote counting scandal in the Main Republican Straw Poll. Just the other day, Republicans actually had Ron Paul supporters arrested in Missouri for trying to follow the rules and get their people elected. And let’s not forget about the GOP’s vote counting scandal in Nevada; check out the links at the end of that story!

This kind of internal party suppression stuff isn’t new; I wrote about the 2008 Republican State Convention: “Fear And Loathing In Rochester”.

So when you have a PR Flack like Boyne pushing a Republican talking point – “Minnesotans deserve to know their votes count” – you can be dam sure that that’s NOT what it’s about.

And the scandals involving the Ron Paul 2012 Suppression are just another example of what I always say” “The Republican Party is morally bankrupt, intellectually dishonest, and institutionally corrupt.”

But hey – don’t just take it from me; remember what former RNC Chair Michael Steele said?

“You have absolutely no reason – none – to trust our words or our actions at this point.”

True then, true today, and you can bet it’ll be true tomorrow too.

This Republican Voter Surpression Amendment MUST be stopped.

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

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)