FREE SPEECH ZONE | County Commissioner Stenglein faces challenge to his DFL endorsement

The gymnasium was sparsely populated at the Hennepin County DFL District 2 endorsing convention on March 16 at North Commons Park. Though a few hundred delegates had been elected six weeks earlier at precinct caucuses, fewer than 70 delegates and alternates were seated. When the convention got underway around 6:30, it was brisk and mostly routine. Some DFL office holders and candidates for office were invited to speak to delegates and the rules were adopted.Then the Hennepin County Sheriff, Rich Stanek, who just days before had been endorsed by the Republican Party for a second term, addressed the delegates. Though it is highly unusual for a partisan convention to feature speakers from the other major party, there was surprisingly little objection.Next came the main agenda item: Endorsement for District 2 County Commissioner. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Protest At Minneapolis Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar

On April 13th, 4:00 p.m. at Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office on Washington Ave in Minneapolis there was another peace protest.This is this Indy Media journalista’s report of the event.There was a gathering of about 80 people there, along with corporate media represented by KSTP, Fox News Channel 9/29, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St Cloud Independent.The first thing noticeable was the rather large number of grey hairs present. I am not sure if there was anyone younger than 40 at this event, except perhaps Melissa Hill. There was the usual assortment of signs, white tee shirts with red hand prints, obviously signifying blood stained hands and other types of political theatre props.At this stage I decided to do some interviews. It was time to ask some muck-raking questions.I approached some of the protesters and leaders and asked the same basic question: Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.”What should the response of the peace movement be, if the Congress and Senate do decide to vote for the requested $33 Billion?” Continue Reading

DFL budget cuts hurt working poor, elderly, students, renters, disabled

As the DFLers in charge of the Minnesota Legislature return home for the Passover/Easter break, they may have some explaining to do to constituents about why the mini-budget bill they just sent to Gov. Tim Pawlenty hits the people they say they’re there to protect so hard. HF 1671 passed 76-55 in the Minnesota House of Representatives and 44-23 in the Minnesota Senate on Monday, and was presented to Pawlenty for his signature. The bill trims $312 million from a $1 billion deficit remaining in the state’s budget for the current cycle. Thanks to Minnesota Budget Bites, we have a better idea of how they do it, and it’s not a pretty picture for disadvantaged Minnesotans. For example, the bill makes the following cuts to traditionally DFL constituencies: * College students will no longer be eligible for financial aid if they go beyond eight semesters of study to earn their bachelor’s degree. Continue Reading

Convention season begins, with some metro legislative endorsing battles

Minnesota legislators retiring from their seats or facing endorsement battles should make for some interesting local party conventions in the Twin Cities area in coming weeks. House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, is stepping down from her House District 60A seat to run for governor, and the DFL endorsing convention for her seat is coming up at 9 a.m. Saturday at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. So far three DFLers, Marion Greene, Katie Hatt and Tom Nordyke have announced their candidacies. Rep. Cy Thao, DFL-St. Paul, is giving up his House District 65A seat, and a candidate forum featuring the four DFL hopefuls who want to replace him is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Middle School Auditorium in St. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Group praises Pawlenty for cutting funds for disabled, protecting the wealthy!

Minnesotans for Personal Responsibility applauds Governor Pawlenty for keeping his no new taxes pledge and cutting discretionary funds for adults with disabilities by 25%! Adults with disabilities who live in group homes will have their discretionary money cut to $89/month in Pawlenty’s budget, down from $121 – $129/month. All individuals should be more personally responsible!! The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton, still not evil

by Jeff Fecke, August 25, 2008 • Oh, that bitch Hillary Clinton, she sure burns my britches. Why, she’s actually going to have her name put in nomination at the DNC! That means clearly, she’s trying to destroy the party, unlike, say, Ted Kennedy, who did the same thing in 1980, or Jesse Jackson, who did the same thing in 1984 and 1988, or Jerry Brown, who got votes in 1992, or…well, anyhow, it’s evil when Hillary does it. And we all know her goal is to destroy the party from within, right?

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Superdelegate

Jackie Stevenson thinks everyone ought to join her religion. If she meets someone who hasn’t, she tries to convert her or him. But Stevenson’s religion isn’t a typical one: She is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat whose passion for her party is second only to her love for her family. An unconventional womanStevenson’s family consists of her two children, Scott Stevenson, 45, and Leslee Tejada, 44, and Tejada’s children, Fiona, 8, and Gianni, 6. Stevenson’s life partner, Jim, died nine years ago. Continue Reading

To Koryne Horbal . . .

and other “feminists” who say they’ll reject Barack Obama and write-in Hillary Clinton as their presidential preference:
“McCain promised that, if elected, he would follow President Bush’s model in choosing Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.
“That could establish a large conservative majority on the court for years. With conservatives in full control, the court would probably overturn Roe vs. Wade and the national right to have an abortion.”*
During their campaign for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton and many of her “feminist” supporters had no qualms about playing the “gender card,” the “race card,” the “assassination card” and finally the “petition card” to defile and defeat Barack Obama. Will she now allow her supporters to continue playing them, or will she truly back her party’s nominee?**
*”John McCain and Barack Obama: Two visions of the Supreme Court” www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-scotus19-2008may19,0,5298248.story
**”Feminist leader says no to Obama”www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story?sid=19416774 Continue Reading

The “assassination card”

Bill and Hillary Clinton have been widely criticized for playing the “race card” in their relentless campaign to recapture the White House. And now they’ve ignited a media firestorm by playing the “assassination card.” On Washington Week, reporter Karen Tumulty said this isn’t the first time they’ve played it; and on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, columnist Mark Shields said it was “absolutely reckless.”(1,2)
“We have seen an x-ray of a very dark soul,” wrote Michael Goodwin, a New York Daily News columnist. “One consumed by raw ambition to where the possible assassination of an opponent is something to ponder in a strategic way. Otherwise, why is murder on her mind?”(3)
Per an international Reuters report this is what she initially said:
“SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota. Continue Reading