That was the scene at the entrance to last Saturday’s MnGOP Convention. Dusty Trice, noted and intrepid blogger and my “go to” in-the-field reporter for my radio show, has video – it’s beyond the fold.

A little background (as I’ve written about here and here and here):

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya was so disgusted by the (s)election of FEC Tony and MudSlingerMike (a/k/a, “The MSM”), that he published an op/ed in the PiPress on the reasons he was leaving the Republican Party, now led by FEC Tony and MudSlinger Mike (a/k/a, “The MSM”). While that Op/Ed is no longer available on the PiPress website, comments on that Op/Ed are. Nathan Hansen, GOP Deputy Chair of CD-4, did comment – here’s what he had to say:

I am Deputy Chair of the Fourth Congressional District and one of the newer anti-war Republican activists. It’s difficult for words to describe how happy I am that you are leaving our Party. The roots of your “neconservative” philosophy lie in Straussian Trotzkyite Communism. “Corporate money” influencing our Party? Nothing compared to the damage your military industrial complex (that Eisenhower warned us about) has wreaked on our Party and our Country.

I hope you will find a happy home among your fellow communists. Your days of endless illegal wars and military industrial complex domination of our party are over.
Obama is ramping up his War in Afghanistan and continues to illegally bomb Pakistan. Perhaps you can join him to satiate your bloodlust. (emphasis added) (PiPress)

That’s comment number 15 from the link, above.

Well, there’s a lot – a LOT – of veterans of the Viet Nam War that remember being greeted none-to-nicely, upon arriving “home.” Some of ‘em remember bein’ spit on – yes, literally SPIT ON – upon arriving home from rice paddys. And Nathan Hansen’s comments reminded them exactly of that – reminded them of bein’ SPIT ON.

As written before, how did ol’ FEC Tony handle Nathan Hansen figuratively spitting on Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya in particular, and all – ALL – veterans in general?

Well, again – as I wrote: GOPer Party Official Trashes Veteran Joe Repya And Is Rewarded.

And that “reward” was a prestigeous committee chair assignment at last Saturday’s GOP Convention.

Now, to be fair, it should be noted that prior to the GOP Convention, Nathan Hansen did a non-apology apology.

Yeah, “right.”

That “Me-a Not-a Culpa” was B as in “Bull” and S as in “(stuff)” then and it still is now. Nathan Hansen may have apologized to veterans at the GOP Convention, but as of this writing, he still hasn’t apologized to Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya, and he still has his B as in “Bull” and S as in “(stuff)” law suits going against veterans Joe Salmon and Richard Glasgow.

Which, of course, leads to the following conclusion: somehow, I don’t think Nathan Hansen’s ties to FEC Tony and MudSlingerMike (a/k/a “The MSM”) are going to be forgotten anytime soon.

Oh – and Dusty Trice’s video, of the Veterans protesting the MN GOP? Let’s look!!!

Say, Michael? You never served, nor did Nathan. Well, neither did ol’ FEC Tony, neither. Here’s something y’all should know: veterans got long memories.

(crossposted and comments welcome at MnProgressiveProject.com)

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There was a lot – a LOT! – going on last weekend, and yours truly – the ol’ TwoPutter – and Dusty Trice will be talking about it today 5 to 6 pm on AM-950 Radio, “The Voice Of Minnesota!”

We’ll again be guest hosting for Mike McIntee’s “Quick on the Uptake” show. Dusty was in St. Cloud on Saturday covering Bachmann MotorMouth Overdrive’s “Town Hall” and subsequent T-Bag Event – I look forward to talking with Dusty about what happened. Feel free to call in and ask Dusty a question yourself! For a sample of what Dusty saw, click on the YouTube, below!

Plus, one lucky caller will win a copy of Bill’s exceptional comic book: False Witness! The Michele Bachmann Story (Part 1). The AM-950 call-in number is (952) 946-6205! Well, maybe two callers will win – ya never know!!!

So, tune in your radio today to AM-950, The Voice of Minnesota!

Or, link here to listen to it via computer!

Well, as long as we’re watching one of Dusty’s YouTubes, and as long as the subject is Michele Bachmann, let’s watch another!!!

(originally published at MnProgressiveProject.com)

There’s a new episode of “Democratic Visions”, produced by DFL SD-42 in the southwest ‘burbs – you can tune in Comcast Channel 15 in Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield and Eden Prairie on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Sundays at 9 pm. This new episode features Janet Robert of AM-950 radio (“The Voice Of Minnesota!”), State Public Defender John Stuart, and a segment honoring the 10th anniversary of the death of state legislator Willard Munger – Minnesota’s “Mr. Environment.” Or, you can just watch, below the fold – let’s look!

AM950: Minnesota’s Progressive Talkers

Minnesota’s Public Defender Crisis

Willard Munger Legacy

Link here for previous episodes, featuring guests such as:

Steve Kelley
Amber Greves
Mark Dayton
Maria Ruud
Ron Case
John Marty
Paul Thissen
Terri Bonoff
Ahmed Tharwat
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

“Democratic Visions” – watch it!

(originally published at MnProgressiveProject.com)

Mike McIntee is very busy today, working on a special project, so he asked yours truly, the ol’ TwoPutter, to take over hosting duty today at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on AM-950 radio’s “Quick On The UpTake” show.

I’ll be joined in-studio by Coleen Rowley, and we’ll be talking about health care, torture, and we’ll finish with a tribute to Ted Kennedy. So dial your radio to 950 on the AM bandwidth, or link here to listen on your computer.

And we’re happy to take your phone calls – especially during the Ted Kennedy segment, where you can offer your own tribute to America’s “Liberal Lion.”

The Call-In Line is (952) 946-6205; and again, to listen live on your computer, link here.

(crossposted from MnProgresiveProject)

It’s a busy week – as usual. Lots of stuff coming up; including The National Civic Summit on Thursday and Friday and the 7th Annual Pigstock at Windbeam Farm.

I’m especially looking forward to the Camp Wellstone Alumni Reunion this Thursday during the National Civic Summit; fellow Camp Wellstone Alumni can register here

Where does a concerned citizen, that wishes to participate, go to keep up with all the festivities? Well, the ol’ TwoPutter knows one such place – let’s look!

Here’s that link from the video.

(crossposted from MnProgressiveProject)

The July 2009 edition of Democratic Visions begins its month long run on Comcast Channel 16 tonight, Sunday July 12 at 9 pm in Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina and Richfield. The program also can be seen on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Each of July’s segments are also posted on our Democratic Visions YouTube Channel. The Al Franken segment is a shortened version of a video Jeff Strate produced last year but now includes exclusive footage of Al’s victory rally on July 1 in St. Paul. That footage was lensed by yours truly, the ol’ TwoPutter.

First up, below the fold, is the Steve Kelley segment, followed by Minnetonka Council Member Amber Greves’ segment, with Jeff’s Al Franken segment finishing out the show.

It’s a good show – so watch tonight if you can, or go get some popcorn and watch right now!

(crossposted from MnProgressiveProject)

(Editor’s note: TwoPuttTommy is on vacation; this post was originally published on May 27th, 2008 at MnBlue. While TPT discusses then-Party Chairman Ron Carey, Current Party Chairman Tony Sutton was Party Treasurer.)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

“And we anticipate filing some amendments…”

…is an exact quote from a July 20th, 2007 letter from the Republican Party of Minnesota to the Federal Elections Commission.

“SOME” amendments?

How about SEVENTY amendments!!!

One for each month of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and the months of January through November of 2007.

Is that “some”?

Ladies and Gentlemen, under Ron Carey’s “stewardship” in leadership roles, the RepubliCan Party of Minnesota has been paying fines to the FEC, going back to 2001 and a fine of $16,000. Since 2002, the FEC has repeatedly and continually asked for clarification of those monthly reports because, well, they simply don’t add up nor make sense.

And since Ron Carey began criticizing Al Franken’s bookkeeping problems, demanding Franken answer questions, republiCon Ron began ducking questions and re-filing amended monthly reports to the FEC for a period covering almost SIX YEARS. And who knows? There may be even more amended returns coming up. After all, what’s republiCon Ron gonna say about the latest batch of amended returns – “Well, sure, we’ve amended a bunch of previously amended reports, but THIS time, we got ‘em “right”!!!”

Hey – if they didn’t get ‘em “right” the first time, nor the second, why would anyone believe republiCon Ron got ‘em “right”, this time?

Think about that – since 2002, the Republican Party of Minnesota has not gotten a single month’s report done correctly. Not a single one.

How’s THAT, for a track record?

Now, one thing to remember, is this: the whole time republiCon Ron was in front of a microphone, piously criticizing Franken’s paperwork, he KNEW that those seventy amendments to the previously amended reports were going to be filed.

He KNEW.

Yet he hypocritically ripped Franken anyway.

Why?

Unfortunately, that’s a question that can’t be asked, because although republiCon Ron is fond of demanding Franken answer questions, answering questions isn’t something Ron likes to do, himself.