As noted by fellow MPP Blogger The Big E (Justice Page Got It Right), all four Pawlenty Appointees ruled as the majority today on lawsuits concerning Constitutional Amendments on November’s ballot. For this discussion, I’m going to focus on the decision regarding the ballot names for the amendments, and then discuss the Voter Suppression Amendment. Joining Justice Page in dissent on ballot names was Justice Paul Anderson (not to be confused with Pawlenty’s republican pick, G. Gordon “Barry” Anderson). Both of their dissents were blistering; I prefer Justice Paul Anderson’s – read them both here.

Be that as it may, the Pawlenty Appointees held court. So, now what? There’s only three things that can be done to limit the damage the GOP’s Voter Suppression Amendment will do, and I’ll count them down: 3) Take back the State House and the State Senate. The rules on how the Amendment are still to be written; the GOP basically said, to all of the objections: “Trust us.” Yeah, “right.” Trust the GOP, which as a party is so financially incompetent they can’t pay their rent??!? And that’s just for starters. Always remember this: You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different 2) Get rid of one of the four Pawlenty Appointees by voting for Dean Barkley, who is running against G. Gordon “Barry” Anderson. 1) Beat the damned Amendment in November.

For several reasons why this Voter Suppression Amendment is so noxious, here’s a recent interview of State Representative Steve Simon:

(cross posted at MnProgressveProject.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)

I saw the flier in the local paper delivered yesterday, “Election Integrity Forum” hosted by the SouthWestMetro GOP “TeaParty” – so I went. And anybody that doesn’t think the TeaBagger “movement” (at least here locally, and there’s strong indications from last night the whole dam state) hasn’t been co-opted into a pet project of the GOP is an idiot or a liar. Or both.

I checked out their website, and there’s an icon:

Click Here to Get Your Sample Ballot!
FOLLOW THE LINK, THEN ENTER YOUR ADDRESS to get a Sample Ballot for your precinct
with our recommended candidates filled-in!
Take with you on Election Day!

So I clicked. And – surprise! – all the “recommended candidates” are GOPers.

So I went up to watch; at the start time, there were a little over 30 in the room; late arrivers probably doubled the attendance.

Anyway, my tweets from the TeaBagFest follow; enjoy! And then go do som GOTV stuff; the election’s next Tuesday!!!

OK, go to the bottom and scroll up. I’d put it in earliest to latest, but I got GOTV stuff to do, and so do you. So when you’re done with this, go book some GOTV activities and Get Out The VOTE!!!

“We’re trying to get our TeaBagger memebership up; did you hear our ad on the Rush Limbaugh Show?#YouCantMakeThisStuffUp about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

Minnesota Voters Alliance now speaking; now trashing League Of Women Voters; says they filed IRS complaint. #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® 
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Wersal trashing current Mn Supreme Court Justices; TeaBaggers here apparently don’t know which party appointed ‘em. #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

‘Scuse me, supposed to be “Wersal” – (cheney)in’ spelczecher… #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






For a non-partisan non-political “party” the TeaBaggers sure seem mighty partisan. MnSC Candidate Weasel speaking now. #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® 
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Severson pumping crowd to vote for Wersal; now pushing Photo ID. TeaBaggers love it! Next GOPer up? about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® delete

Dan Severson: “Lori Swanson is a crook; Mark Ritchie is a crook!” Now trashing RINO’s. But hey – I’m in a room of Patriots! #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

End of Barden Campaign flick asks “why won’t Swanson investigate ACORN?” Hmmm…. tough one; crowd can’t answer. #StribPol about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






Barden calls for boycott of Strib; calls to shut Strib down and calls Strib crooked. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® 
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WOW! If Swanson is half as crooked as Barden claims, she’d have to be a GOPer!!! #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® 
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Barden: “Very serious corruption in current Attorney General’s Office” – now trashing media for not covering. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

Chris Barden; “Attorney General controls elections!” Of course, requisite ACORN bashing… #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

I wonder where Chris Barden was during the Bush years? TeaBaggers seem to love him, especially his Tentherism. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

“Normie wuz ROBBED!” seems to be universal belief. Dan McGrath tells vigilantes to follow busses from polls. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






Dan McGrath tells the vigilantes to not confront/talk to anyone suspected of fraud; hope Gertitol Set has hearing aids turned up #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






Dan McGrath – Minnesota Majority – speaking about lawsuit they filed and voter fraud. “We’re like neighborhood watch” #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete

Attendance less than 40 at TeaBagger “Election Integrity Forum” – mostly retirees. If there were snacks, they’d be prunes. #StribPol about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Delete






@prairielive TeaBaggers hate gov’t so much, they’re meeting at the taxpayer-financed EP Community Center #YouCantMakeThisUp about 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® in reply to prairielive

Here were some campaign signs to take home at this “non-partisan” TeaBagger rally: