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  •  I wonder... (13+ / 0-)

    I wonder if the reason she continues to because the newspapers in her region don't actually report what she says>  I noticed another blogger reporting on this subject sometime lately.

    I am a 67 year old teacher...teaching computer applications in a Texas high school. I've already retired once but it didn't take.

    by 43yearsateacher on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 07:41:37 AM PDT

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    •  It's a huge problem here (22+ / 0-)

      Puddytat has written many times about the total failure of Wisconsin's media to commit journalism in covering our wingers.  If it lies, it flies in our pathetic mainstream media.  

      We got total silence about Scott Walker's dismal record as Milwaukee County executive before his election to Governor.  And everybody heard what a nice local good Catholic young man Paul Ryan was.  Etc. Etc. Et sodding cetera.

      It took a national campaign and national media to out Ryan as a lying, morally bankrupt weasel.  And we're hoping that national media now beginning to take notice of Walker will expose him for a lying incompetent weasel.  

      •  Not just Wisconsin media (7+ / 0-)

        People are busy, cynical, and distrust their neighbors, so they pick up only a few chunks of flotsam out of the media noise machine. We elect people to office, choosing from those with affluent donors, and assume that they will do a good job. Maybe that was true in 1800, maybe not, but it's less true today. We are surprised to see what they have done- in California we have an iron triangle of big unions, chamber of commerce and developers working together to milk the public. They have been very successful. It’s almost impossible to be elected to the LA City Council without union support. Then we learn that schools, healthcare, roads etc "must be cut back". Union members lose of course, but they continue to go whole hog for big construction projects, even when they build libraries for which there is no budget, as in San Jose. They love stadium construction even as it hollows out infrastructure and the social safety nets, because of taxpayer subsidies, which are often concealed with media collusion. Oakland had to lay off police officers because of debt incurred to placate the Raiders.

        Is it worthwhile for the media to monitor what local, state and national government actually do, how their promises and their actions are so divergent? A lot of boring stuff; no money in that.  Until we find a way to monitor what all these branches of government actually do and where the money goes, democracy is mostly hot air, just flotsam.

        Why are the NFL and the NRA, two destructive lobbying organizations tax-exempt? What kind of entitlement is that?

    •  That's not it (10+ / 0-)

      The newspaper has become a worthless rag like most these days, but she represents an area of mean - mean old conservative small town and rural in an area that has been until recently ethnically isolated and a suburban area that is relatively affluent but not with professionals  - more big truck to go up to the cabin on the weekend types.  Meanness is their choice.  Being uninformed, if they even are, is their choice.

      Minnesotans threw the Republicans out of both houses of the legislature and defeated their constitutional amendments.  

      She isn't in sync with the state or the metro area generally just with a rather odd congressional district.

      •  On the good news front, (8+ / 0-)

        Jim Graves, the centrist Democrat who ran against her last time is considering running against her again. He lost to her by only about 4,000 votes. He's well funded and well connected in the Democratic party.

        Her district is indeed blood red, a weird little coven of witchyness that sits on the edge of the Cities like a wart. But that's changing too. Know some folks who live out there and comment about the fact that there's some new blood out there, and it ain't red.

        Hope springs eternal.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:40:27 AM PDT

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        •  He strikes me as a bit odd but anyone is better (0+ / 0-)

          than she is.  I think that area got hit a bit more than the rest of the Twin Cities with the housing bust so maybe they're particularly sour.  Maybe the mood will change now.  

          •  His politics are certainly to the right (0+ / 0-)

            of yours and mine, but Democrats here who know him and have worked with him say he's a stand up guy.  And he has to be a very centrist Democrat to have a chance in that district.

            "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

            by StellaRay on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:54:42 AM PDT

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      •  I live in St Cloud. The western half of Bachmann's (1+ / 0-)
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        District voted for Graves, yet voted for the State legislators mostly Republican.

        It's the northern Mpls burbs that got her re-elected.

        I am proud that MN is overall a blue state. But it is very disappointing for how central MN is perceived by others due to Michelle Bachmann as our Representative. She has zero accomplishments to run on. She wins with the tactics of fear, hate, racism and bigotry.  And she calls herself a Christian - what a crock of b.s.  

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