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|Celebrating budget shortfalls
For the benefit of a national audience, Minnesota's Republicans won the state house in 2014. The Democrats hold the senate and we have a Democratic governor. The legislative session just ended ...
|This guy wants to be president: movie quotes as counterterrorism policy
Is this a ten-year-old acting tough on the playground, or an actual US senator seeking a major party nomination for president? The latter, sad to say. Marco Rubio thinks quoting movie lines is the ...
|Poll shows GOP primary voters find crazy at least plausible
Artist's conception. Not actually a Republican priary voter So this is a bit scary. From a poll of likely Republican primary voters , and ...
|This guy wants to be president: being like George edition
Guess I was wrong. I figured when Jeb Bush said, "What you need to know is that who I listen to when I need advice on the Middle East is George W. Bush," that was as disqualifying a statement ...
|This Guy Wants to be President: tin foil hat edition
Republican presidential candidates should have known they would be asked about Jade Helm 15, the military exercise in several southwestern states that has the nutty wing of the Republican Party, ...
|Thugs and messaging fail
cross-posted at MN Progressive project The Democratic Party of the my senate district recently started a book club with the intention of focusing on messaging and explaining Democratic values (no, ...
|Micro Moneyball: getting the most out of our ground game
Democrats rely on a ground game more than Republicans. Or maybe we do more on the ground because we're better at it. I suspect ground game tactics are appealing because their cost is lower than ...
|Macro Moneyball: countering GOP gerrymandering
Gerrymandering isn't the only thing giving Republicans a guaranteed majority in the US House and a bunch of state legislatures, but it is most of it. Clearly, what Democrats have been doing to ...
|Applying Moneyball to political campaigns
I recently read Moneyball , the Michael Lewis book that is ostensibly about baseball, but really is about politics. OK, it's really about baseball, specifically about the Oakland Athletics during ...
|This guy wants to be president: the Etch-a-Sketch is back
I never thought we'd get to use this again when Mitt Romney dropped out of the 2016 presidential race: Turns out we can, as long as we solve the problem of which 2016 ...
|This guy wants to be president: troubles with truth edition
Just so we're clear, the "troubles with the truth" in the headline aren't necessarily lies. There can be more subtle forms of obfuscation, denialism, and even inadvertent honesty. Or just plain old ...
|Bob Menendez and a prediction on the next conservative conspiracy theory
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project , with a bit of editing for a national audience. Sen. Bob Menendez, indicted yesterday on bribery charges, has just been removed from the foreign relations ...
|Congress has its own email problem
An AP reporter did some digging and found out Congress doesn't have any rules for saving official email . Members of Congress who are demanding Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails are largely exempt ...
|This guy wants to be president #47Traitors edition
If you don't know what #47traitors refers to, it was a top trending hashtag in Twitter recently, refering to the 47 Republican senators who signed a letter to the Iranian government telling them not ...
|Hillary mishandling email controversy
When the news broke of Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for her official email when she was secretary of state, my first thought was a recollection of the Bush White House staffers getting ...
|This Guy Wants to be President --- Exxon edition
I might as well own up right away that the headline is a bit misleading, as only one of these stories involves Exxon. Well, someone has to be in Exxon's pocket. The Koch brothers surely can't ...
|Gun nuttiness at the Mall of America
Artist's conception. Not actually Tony Cornish State Rep. Tony "Yee-haw Bang" Cornish, lover of all things bullet-throwing, had his own take on the recent call by Al Shabab for attacks on western ...
|This guy wants to be president first repeat champion
Bobby Jindal is our first repeat champion. Here's a long read on how JIndal screwed up Louisiana, albeit with a complicit GOP legislature. Even conservatives with a last dreg of pragmatism are ...
|This guy wants to be president 3
Remember back when even some Republicans wanted to be known as environmentalists ? Granted, remembering Ronald "trees pollute" Reagan, it looks like George Bush Sr. was already an anomaly. In case ...
|This guy wants to be president 2
Though there's "2" in the title, there's three this time. "2" just means this is a follow up to the first one . And check the hashtag #ThisGuyWantsToBePresident . Feel free ...
|This guy wants to be president
You're right, if you looked at that headline and thought that could apply to maybe anyone in that clown car called the GOP presidential nomination. It's also that case that like it or not, we're ...
|Conservatives don't get we don't care about the size of government
It's understandable that conservatives don't get how liberals and conservatives talk past each other about the size the government should be. It's the obsession of modern conservatism, and in their ...
|Why are campaigns doing something we know doesn't work?
I'm not naming names because embarrassing candidates or campaigns isn't the point. I'm not saying this explains any results necessarily. It might make a couple percent difference which might have ...
|Cuba inertia is not forever
The thing about inertia is that it isn't indefinite. It lasts only until acted upon. So sanctions on Cuba have been sustained by inertia , but now have encountered a countervailing force, a ...
|Minnesota looking more like the rest of the country
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project . Democrats held all statewide offices in 2014, and no congressional seats flipped, but the Republicans took 11 state house seats and flipped it. 10 were ...
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|Post-election observations Minnesota-centric
This is largely Minnesota-centric, since that's where I helped with campaigns and I'm a local Democratic Party chair, but I know there are politics geeks who like getting into how things work in ...
|MN-SOS Dan Severson wrongly denies saying voters should stand in the cold for two hours
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project During Friday's debate of secretary of state candidates on Almanac, Dan Severson repeated his his idea of an express lane for voters showing photo ID. Such ...
|MN-SOS Dan Severson goes full tin foil hat at tea party meeting
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project . The Minnesota secretary of state race seems to be a tie between a Democrat who has written much of our election law and has been a champion of expanding ...
|The importance of local races
Before she was in Congress, Michele Bachmann was a state senator, and before that, pertinent to the title of this post, she was on her local school board. The fact I don't have to explain who she is ...
|These legislative candidates would arrest anyone implementing Obamacare
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project . This survey referred to below has been conducted for other states too. They didn't ask just in Iowa. I'm referring to ...
|MN-SEN: McFadden benefits from allegedly involuntary donations
Receiving involuntary donations: something else Romney and McFadden appear to have in common cross-posted at MN Progressive ...
|MN-07: Torrey Westrom does double denial
Torrey Westrom is a state senator in the reddish-purple SD12. He's the GOP nominee challenging US Rep. Colin Peterson in CD7, and presumably he'll be seeking reelection to his senate seat in 2016 (...
|MN-Auditor: Republican campaign implodes
cross-posted at MN Progressive Project with some editing for a national audience, thus the extra bits of background. State Auditor Rebecca Otto might as well be allowed to pick her opponents. ...
|MN-02: Bill Maher, John Kline, Mike Obermueller and student debt
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project . I suppose that would likely be guessed at from the links. It's a Minnesota-centric blog that has covered John Kline's malfeasance on student debt and for-...
|Scottish independence the wrong way
If you're thinking a post on Scotland's independence referendum seems like an odd topic for a US-centric blog and you don't see how it applies to anything that interests you, fair point. I quite ...
|MN-SOS: Pay attention to secretary of state
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project , and edited for a national audience. Democrats still sometimes ignore elections or secretaries of state (SOS), despite Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004. If you don'...
|The forgotten guns of August
cross-posted at MN Progressive Project , thus the Minnesota tangent August marks the ...
|MN-Gov: Honour stakes claim to being most conservative candidate
Minnesota's primary is Tuesday August 12. There are four Republicans considered serious candidates for governor. The race is thought to be a toss-up. Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project . MNGOP ...
|MN-Gov: Republicans having meta-argument over frac sand mining
h/t Politics.mn So there's the underlying issue of frac sand mining, and the issue of who correctly construed who, as Republican gubernatorial campaigns go after each other. For the part of the ...
|Democrats need to watch their language
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project , edited for a national audience No, that title doesn't mean Democrats need to stop swearing. Ever been to a Democratic Party meeting, at least the ones I've ...
|The new rule on Iraq is shut up
There should be a rule for everyone who wants to comment on Iraq in 2014. Show what you were saying in 2002 and 2003. If you were supporting the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq then, STFU now.
|David Brat a real life SNL sketch
Watch this video of David Brat ( h/t Salon ) particularly starting 2:30 in, where he has a classic response to a serious policy question.
|MN-Gov Scott Honour’s running mate unclear on some voter fraud
Scott Honour is a candidate in the Minnesota GOP gubernatorial primary. Candidates for governor and lt. governor run on the same line, like president and VP, and the gubernatorial candidates get to ...
|MN-Gov Los Angeles private equity guy seeks to buy his own Minnesota governor
So someone with a private equity firm in Los Angeles which employed MNGOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour* decided to buy Honour a governorship . Well, I guess having your own governor is a ...
|Cosmos not really about lead
The Cosmos first broadcast on April 20th wasn’t really about lead. It was partly about lead obviously, and about determining the age of the Earth, but you’d have to be unacquainted with ...
|MN-Sen McFadden's Lazard royally robs British taxpayers
MNGOP senate candidate Mike McFadden, challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Al Franken, is running ...
|Federal judge shows only fools think the parties are the same
This was said about a campaign finance law: “As other histories tell us, attempts to purify the public square lead to places like the Guillotine and the Gulag.” That wasn’t said on some ...
|Keith Ellison and the broken edge of the bottle
"You see the red? That's the Republicans. They're lower than us by a lot. But guess what. That line, it waves up and down, but it's pretty steady. Don't you think so? Look at our line. It looks like ...
|John Kline enters Maher flip a district
Finally, some national attention for Rep. John Kline, (R – for-profit education industry). Kline is chair of the House Education Committee, and his record, well,
|MN-06 Emmer up big in internal poll
cross-posted at MN Progressive Project , with some editing for non-Minnesotans h/t Daily Kos Elections . The Tom Emmer campaign has released internal poll results for the Republican primary showing ...
|Obamacare trutherism is a thing
cross-posted at MN Progressive Project Yes, Obamacare trutherism is a thing. Conservatives don't believe it can possibly work, so all the good news is lie. There's the national version, that the ...
|State Senator decides responding to lawsuit is optional
cross-posted at MN Progressive Project , with some editing for a national audience Some people respond to personally difficult situations by avoiding the other party to the situation. Due dates get ...
|Stop fighting about global warming
Let me be clear as possible about that headline. No, don't stop fighting global warming. Don't stop trying to do something about it. Yes, stop fighting about it. Stop wasting time with science ...
|Cuba sanctions sustained by inertia
Really, it's inertia. Why do we maintain sanctions on Cuba? Because we maintain sanctions on Cuba. That might sound trite on first reading, but we're not maintaining sanctions because the ...
|Minnesota Democrats outdraw Republicans at precinct caucuses
The Minnesota Democrats (DFL - Democratic farmer Labor Party) outdrew the state Republicans at the Feb. 4th caucuses, roughly 14,500 to 14,100. That's actually a big deal. If you're shrugging at ...
|Young voters both encouraging and discouraging
Just to steer clear of the false balance thing implied by the title, more encouraging than discouraging. But yes, a bit of both. The youth vote has become vital to Democrats. We've been winning ...
|3.5 million too much to spend to give kids lunch in school
This is a national issue thanks to callous school staff in one school dumping kids' lunches in the garbage when they can't pay, and it turned out schools in my state, Minnesota, do this too. Cross-...
|Here is what will happen in 2014
Cross-posted at MN Progressive Project , which hopefully explains the Minnesota-centricity of some of this. For the national audience, "DFL" means Democratic Farmer Labor Party, the Democrats in ...
|Do we care that Republicans stop accepting evolution?
How did evolution, in the biological sense, come to be a partisan issue? Let's start with a recent poll by Pew Research showing that such is happening . h/t TPM . 60% of Americans accept it, at ...
|Require a damage deposit from sulfide mining
(Fair warning, this is rather Minnesota-centric, unless someone wants to start sulfide mining [copper or nickel] in your state too. In that case, not so distant. Cross-posted at MN Progressive ...
|Poll suggests GOP outreach not reaching
Republicans spoke after the 2012 election of recognizing their large gap with some Democratic-leaning demographic groups (DLDGs) and their poor long-term electoral prospects as a consequence. ...
|Reframing the minimum wage
There was a recent poll showing Americans 76% support an increase in the minimum wage. This last election, New Jersey voters raised their state minimum wage in a constitutional amendment that also ...
|Strategy and opportunity with marijuana legalization
A recent Gallup poll found that a majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization for the first time, and supporters skew towards the younger end of the age spectrum. TPM gets a hat tip and ...
|GOP went after TriCare during shutdown
During negotiations on reopening the government, Republicans wanted cuts to the Tricare program , which provides health insurance to service members and veterans: Later that night, in staff-level ...
|Chill out on healthcare web site
You’d think this wouldn’t need saying, but healthcare.gov is not the entire Affordable Care Act. It’s an important part, but just a part, so to the liberals freaking out, trying chilling ...
|Can Democrats win in 2014?
There are two things everyone thinks they know about midterm elections: 1, the president's party always loses and 2, a president's second midterm is worse than the first. I suppose the phrasing ...
|Don't give me some sugar because I'd rather have my money back
What would you think of somebody who took out a loan, used something valuable as collateral, and when the collateral dropped in value by the time the loan was due, refused to pay the loan and made ...
|Kristol memo reveals conservative mindset
Talking Points Memo dug up a memo Bill Kristol wrote 20 years laying out how and, what I found more interesting, why, Republicans should oppose Bill Clinton's health care reform ...
|Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis
The links would probably give it away anyway, but cross-posted on MN Progressive Project . It's mid-September 2013, and we're celebrating the financial crisis of ...
|Republicans going nuts over Syria
Who knew Groucho was a Republican? Whatever it is Obama's for, he's against it. "Like Shakespeare said to Nathan Hale, I always get my man!" There, a knowledge of history to fit in well with today's ...
|Syrian war crimes trials or missiles
map of Syria showing which side holds which area I'm skeptical of suggestions of ad hoc war crimes trials as a way to respond the chemical weapons attacks in Syria, partly because they're so far ...
|Syria isn’t Iraq and Obama isn’t Bush
To be sure, President Obama will explain whatever decision he makes regarding Syria with a credibility problem, partly of his own making and partly inherited. The self-inflicted part can be summed ...
|Appealing to seniors as a 2014 strategy
Might Democrats have a chance of defying history and picking up seats in a midterm election? They might, according to the Democracy Corps Battleground survey . The gist of their survey is they ...
|US Rep. Erik Paulsen: poor people, whatever, just pay up
Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-MN03, is working on something (OK, let's grant that right there he's differentiating himself from most of his caucus). Specifically, he thinks impoverished people in the third ...
|Learning how to register voters and make the elephant unhappy
Registering new voters is probably the best way to make the elephant unhappy, given that non-voters who turn into voters tend to vote for the donkey. I'm the chair of the DFL of SD63 (DFL stands for ...
|Minnesota GOP SOS candidates tell a couple whoppers
cross-posted at MN Progressive Project . For non-Minnesota readers, the incumbent DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor Party) Secretary of State (SOS) Mark Ritchie isn't running for reelection, leaving an ...
|When we have our first female president
Hopefully the blatant racism we've seen since Pres. Obama's election disabused all of us of the notion that overcoming prejudice enough to elect a president from a disadvantaged group mean prejudice ...
|Republican strategy after gutting the VRA
After writing a bunch of posts on Democratic electoral strategy and why progress has been made on some issues but not others, I started wondering if I could do that the other way around. I started ...
|The IRS metascandal and zero accountability
I get it. The IRS scandal is petered out. Over. Old news. Nothing more to see here. Darrel Issa and Peggy Noonan: one congressional chair, one pundit, and zero accountability for the phony ...
|Gun nuts plan to disrupt Open Streets
I know gun owners hate the term "gun nuts", but this is exactly the sort of thing that makes the term a fair description of some gun owners . Minneapolis and St. Paul have events called "Open ...
|Republicans prevent former felons being informed of voting rights
This diary was cross-posted at MN Progressive Project , and has been edited to make it comprehensible to non-Minnesota readers. Different states have different laws on restoring former felons' ...
|The part 5 I never intended to write
Be wary I suppose of taking up a subject at length, because it might not ever quite ...
|Giving advice to Republicans on student loans
Rep. John Kline, MN-2, whose student loan bill addresses the debt problem by jackingup interest rates. I rarely offer advice to the Republicans. I have better things to do than play concern-troll. ...
|Why did marriage equality come so quickly?
You already know this if you've been hanging out in the liberal blogosphere or lefty social circles, but for everyone else, a recent topic of discussion is how the issue of marriage equality ...
|The red get redder and the blue get bluer
cross-posted at MN Progressive Project That headline sums up ...
|Has economics found its Andrew Wakefield?
The economic blogosphere lit up a couple weeks ago when the 90% debt cliff, pretty much the only empirical basis austerians have for imposing austerity during a weak economy, blew up. It reached the ...
|Republicans unclear on what bike lanes are
For Minnesota's latest entry in the reality show known as "GOP state legislators are the craziest people", a bill just passed the State Senate regarding bike lanes. Republicans don’t understand ...
|Democrats need to do better with white voters part 4
What do I mean by "Democrats need to better with white voters"? And what do I mean by "part 4"? The latter is easy to answer. It turned into a multi-post subject, ...
|Finance CEO considers challenge to Al Franken
Al Franken might have his first GOP opponent. MPR reports that Lazard ...
|Gun nut politicizes cultural event
"So Mom, what were you and that one guy talking about?" "He was telling me that he was carrying a concealed gun and a woman gets raped every two minutes." Those aren't exact quotes, but that's the ...
|How are Republicans doing at that outreach thing?
To answer the question of the title, it's hard to know what's going on that we don't see, but what we do see is, um, well, let's say there are reasons some people think the Republican definition of "...
|A surge of Iraq revisionism on the 10th anniversary
Perhaps the effort on the right to make the second war with Iraq appear to be some sort of success is just a visceral refusal to acknowledge having brought about the deaths of hundreds of thousands ...
|A taxing compromise on Keystone XL
President Obama is proposing funding $2 billion for green energy research out of fees for drilling oil and gas on public land. There should be something for both climate hawks and science deniers to ...
|The devil made me blog it
No, I don't buy that the actor playing Satan in the new episode of "The Bible" shown on The History Channel last night was supposed to be Barack Obama. I happened to see it, and didn't catch that ...
|Democrats need to do better with white voters part 3
I hadn't planned on getting to a "part 3", but neither is it surprising that this turns out to be a large subject. It's counter-intuitive to say Democrats need to win more white voters when so much ...
|Republcans are getting it -- sort of
Consider this article by Robert Draper in the New York Times Magazine a must-read if you want to know how Republicans are responding to the 2012 election. There's good news and bad news. Good news:
|Maybe DCCC has learned from 2010
There are two bits of good news. The DCCC plans to make the 2014 campaign about the minimum wage. That they're two smart picks is one bit of good news. Those look like great choices for the 2014 ...
|Of course McCain is right the surge wasn't biggest blunder since Vietnam
Of course Sen. John McCain was right when he said, “whether he [defense secretary nominee Chuck ...
|Dear AP: Climate change is not a social issue
Minnesota Public Radio reprinted an AP article on last night's State of the ...
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