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Name: JeffStrate
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About me: Small government liberal.
 

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  1. MN-08: Mills calls district voters a bunch of dumb rubes

    Mills is, I suspect, actually Dana Carvey getting more mileage from his Garth Algar character in a video venue other than Wayne’s World. Glady’s alarmist TV spot on her “Second Amendment rights” tells me that the same comically, low level of production savvy commanded by Wayne for his cable access show is being marshaled by Stewart Mills’ campaign. However, with Mills Fleet Farm TV spots, he has an advantage over Rick Nolan. Nolan’s “America the Right Way” spot is fearfully lame and at north country gun shop regulars – “Washington can’t seem to see it but we sure do in Minnesota. Stop wasting tax dollars on so called nation building over seas and other programs that don’t work. Fix those that do.” he voices over scenes of himself canoeing in God’s Country. And then BAM … Rick fires a rifle with a scope – purchased at Fleet Farm? Rick and his ad firm are apparently employing 8th District, bait/gun shop vernacular with the line “fix those [programs] that do.” Why fix programs that do work? Rick, you’re not making sense. Who would have thought in less than 28 seconds, the DFL hope against “Garth goes to Washington” is a fatherly, plain speaking, really likeable guy who’s premier TV/YouTube spot manages to combine canoeing, rifle shootin’ and slammin’ our nation’s programs overseas — all of em, it seems. I live in MN’s Third CD and am spared the Nolan Mills dilemma (base only on their respective TV spots).

  2. What Otto Winning Over Entenza Really Means

    Grace, I believe that your windup conjecture about Entenza entering the race for State Auditor as amounting to only an impulse buy is correct. Rebecca Otto has the smarts, quiet measured demeanor, vision for this office. She also has a damn good record. Matt Entenza has the charisma and the bucks. What he didn’t have is a support group to dissuade from his follied gambit before the filing deadline.

  3. The Other Way to Keep the Minnesota House and Senate

    You are surely helping find a way and are doing it with out need of these smart phone apps one asks questions of: “Where is St. Paul?” for a robot voice answer: “You’ve taken a wrong turn.”

    Dems and progressives in Minnesota have much to celebrate and, for starters, so too do hundreds of thousands of folks who now have health care. Nice piece above.

  4. Sen. Al Franken remembers Jim Oberstar

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    COMMUNITY VOICES | Jim Oberstar remembered by Senator Al Franken
    By Jeff Strate, Community Voices
    May 06, 2014
    Hours before Senator Al Franken was to address the convention of Minnesota Congressional District Three Democrats at Maple Grove Junior High School, he learned that his adviser and friend, former Congressman Jim Oberstar had died at home in Maryland, peacefully in his sleep. Saturday May 3rd was to have been just a rip-roaring, lets-get ‘em fired-up for the coming election rally and endorsement fete. With the endorsement of Sharon Sund to dethrone Eric Paulson, it certainly was that. But the convention also became a venue of tribute to and affection for one of the most effective, citizen-centered politicians to ever come from Minnesota and to ever sit in The House. Jim Oberstar from Chisholm had served 17 successive terms in Congress and was one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and infrastructure.
    Legendary columnist and sports writer Jim Klobuchar (also from The Range) shared his thoughts and read a letter to the gathered about Jim Oberstar sent by his U.S. Senator daughter, Amy. Southwest suburban DFL leader Steve Kelley and others payed their respects. When Al and Frannie Franken entered the auditorium, the cheers and applause swelled, tapering off a full minute later. The junior senator from Minnesota searched for words and then, after a pause, found them. The video here posted will also appear on the next cable cast version of Democratic Visions in a few weeks.

  5. Who's running for Minnesota Attorney General?

    Responding to your suggestion, I checked out the MNGOP candidates page. All of them, excepting State Senator Julianne Ortman, wear that Rod Grams smile.

  6. Mary Franson sued for defamation by ex-boyfriend

    Ohhhhh my. And we thought that the competitive nature of DFL House District 60B was captivating. Question: Why do local party units endorse candidates who are in the midst of personal disintegration; have little idea of how to really serve their constituents; have forgotten that elected office is only temp work; and think that our government falls with out them?

  7. Too much "Free Speech" is a Crime - or should be

    Thanks for the perceptive analysis and the Rose video discussion with Wallace. An internet, chat room, suicide enabler is not an angel of any kind.

  8. Clinically depressed motivational speaker advises Republican and Democratic power players

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the alert. Perhaps an a site manager corrected the bad spelling. “Lorna Landvik” is what my wife’s books say and what the article now shows it to be. Regards.

  9. So long and thanks for all the fish

    The Big E will be on the next edition of Democratic Visions, the cable TV/ YouTube program I produce with volunteers in southwest ‘burbs. Eric will be missed, Michele Bachmann will not be missed. The “Big E” wins. He has smartly refused to post “selfies” (smart phone photos of himself) here or on Facebook. But on TV pundit segments he is one of the Metro area’s most electric, insightful, bemused and vinegary personalities. His radar for GOP and right wing irony is still in sharp focus. He will not be leashed when we tape his segment later this week.

  10. Nonferrous Mineral Mining in Minnesota: An Issue of Science Policy

    Thank you Greg. The real “true costs” of copper mining should always include the actual irreparable damage to the environment regardless of what ever restorative measures science and technology may be considering or predicting. There are more ways to make a buck and create jobs than raping the earth. I am disappointed that so many of our labor unions and local and state officials choose not to be creative or to engage creative entrepreneurs in building jobs on the range. I very much approve of State Auditor Rebecca Otto’s “No” vote on the Minnesota Executive Council’s action.

  11. Why Erik Paulsen Has To Be Replaced As Minnesota's Third District Representative

    I appreciate Gregladen’s essay and Mac Hall’s clarification of Eric Paulsen’s record. The absence of any viable candidates to run against my Eden Prairie colleague has sparked alarm in my progressive fibers since last autumn. The lack of a monied, charismatic, principled and moderate candidate at this late date suggests that among the many exemplary and toiling worker bees at DFL Congressional District Three (all unpaid volunteers) are no folks who ever socialize, do business and play golf with or share private phone numbers with those who can win our home grown, conservative Opie.

    We are a nation of avoiders and deniers regarding climate change. Shawn Otto has appeared twice on Democratic Visions talking, for the most part, about the denier issue deniers and the “false equivalencies” that the major media have provided them. Here are the links –
    Climate Change Deniers –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WswX02MUwac&feature=c4-overview&list=UU-ztphfNHO0GzJSNvaIQ25A

    Science and National Politics
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDb_E_xpgRE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDb_E_xpgRE

  12. David Hann's incompetence to continue unabated

    Big E, How did you get that photo of me that you’ve placed next to David Hann’s photo in this commentary?

  13. The Maplewood Race that Could and Did

    Thank you Grace,
    I will request that this article be linked to from DFL Senate District 48’s website. As you know, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka are on the edge of Michelle Bachman and West Metro Tea Party Patriot districts and have lost some close ones when we should have won. This is inspiring and a good read.

  14. Kline and Paulsen just as culpable as Bachmann for shutdown

    Mrs. Kihne is a right wing resident of Eden Prairie who inserts herself into various school issues. Mrs. Pugh, a resident of Chanhassen, is the co-founder of the Southwest Metro Chapter of the Tea Party. Here’s some bad news – http://www.mnpact.org/sblog/blog.php?id=3858

  15. The Fatal Flaw of Removed Decision Making

    Grace, you have posted an outstanding essay. Apple, of course, benefits from confederates in other countries that also tolerate bad work conditions and toxic processes and we consumers don’t think much about the toxic parts and billions of batteries that power the parts.

    But owning stuff, buying stuff and permitting self worth to measured by our stuff is an addiction as appealing as watching the flicker of cooking fire in a neanderthal’s cave or a snort of cocaine on a Wayzata verandah. We’ll keep buying and, except perhaps for an occasional realistic take on our situation by folks like yourself and National Geographic, keep avoiding if we’re lefties and denying if we’re Republicans.

  16. The public doesn't know how bad the Iraq War was

    Thank you for pointing us to a truer analysis of the dark side of America. The wounded and permanently disabled Iraqis and U.S. contracted mercenaries and technical advisors body and disabled counts are seldom mentioned on normal national or local news programs. Americans also don’t want to know about the truth in Iraq is that many prefer the tiresome, templated TV news stories of this soldier and that soldier coming home for a Main Street parade of flag waving, good-hearted and well meaning neighbors and friends.

    They all want to be patriotic … but they are duping themselves and not paying for the soldier’s re-introduction to life back home or proper medical and psychological help.

  17. michele bachmann: successors and strategy

    Mr. Prendergrast, I love your advisory: “that means next election is very likely the best shot that dems will have (for years to come) 1) to bust out a wing nut conservative seat in congress and 2) bust up a breeding ground for wing nut politics here in minnesota. deny them the 6th, and the wingnuts look more unelectable — and that’s sending them back down the road to marginality.” Jim’s been lookin’ kind a tired of late but he’s running again. That’s a very good thing.

  18. Dred and Harriet Scott's Minnesota Connection

    Many thanks Dog Gone.

  19. Rothenberg Political Report lists Bachmann in 2014 flip list

    This makes for good reading on an irritatingly cold and blustery Saturday. The challenge as always with celebrity congress people like Mrs. Bachmann is with low information voters. We almost jumped that hurdle with Mr.Grave’s impressive campaign but her investors bought more TV time. One of Mr. Grave’s challenges this next time around, even if Mrs. Bachmann decides not to run, will be to speak as a real person and not as the product of image and campaign managers.

  20. From CNN's Reliable Sources

    Good points Greg.

  21. Bachmann to attend Thatcher's funeral?

    I am alerting my confederate scolds in Leicester, London and Leeds. This is could be very good.

  22. NRA stooge claims that background checks will lead to Rwanda-like genocide

    The NRA pimps are seldom held up to serious challenge by the mainstream press & teleprompter readers or by the fractured, garrulous Babylons of niche soap boxes we now navigate on the internet — this venue, of course, excepted. I am no longer sure what the public attitude is.

  23. Provisions that would end Family Foster care may be out of Health Omnibus bill

    Good article. I am an angered when legislators dodge questions and fail to assign their aides to respond to voters.

  24. Tony Cornish believes Jesus would carry a gun

    Nicely written. I laughed and cried. I was at the capitol today for the first time in over a year. The house was in session so I climbed the impressive stairway to the public gallery above the Republican side of the aisle. Who should be speaking from the floor about DFL abuse of house procedures? Well Mrs. landslide Mary Franson from up north. This is truly a house divided.

    I am advocating for the replacement of human killing weapons with the employment of wit, humor and charm as a means of defusing threatening situations. Its worked in the past. I’ll try some on Cornish next time I see him. But first I’m gonna wear a broad brimmed hat like Quentin Crisp.

  25. Well howdy!

    Congratulations Big E and Joe. The new look is clean and mean. Now get lunch ready for your respective kids.