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“Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” UCLA Bruins football coach “Red” Sanders (later appropriated by Vince Lombardi)

 

When I look out at the coming gubernatorial elections, I see disaster unfolding before us like a gigantic black supercell slowly rolling in …

 

The future looks menacing. Progressives tend to be optimists. We have bright hopes for a better tomorrow. But I think we all need to consider carefully the cost of losing this election.

 

Obviously, I’m not a believer in Magical Blue Waves. I’m a believer in viable candidates, coordinated action, and the hard work it takes to persuade voters.

 

In voting to endorse a gubernatorial candidate, delegates to the 2018 DFL State Convention have a special obligation this year to fully consider all of the effects and consequences of their votes, not merely their political preferences. Yes, an endorsing convention is meant to show which candidates can capture party strength. I understand that. But this year we have to consider who is likely to win, who is unlikely to win, and who is likely to lose.

 

When you consider all of the effects and consequences of endorsing a candidate for governor, or of failing to endorse any candidate, I believe that Tim Walz is the clear choice and should be endorsed as the DFL nominee for governor. Here are six reasons to chew on:

 

  1. Electability = Walz

The candidate you like may not be the candidate best able to win the general election. Like them to your heart’s content, just don’t vote to endorse them unless you are sure beyond a reasonable doubt that he or she can win. You’ll still be able to like that person after they fail at the polls, the MN-GOP returns Pawlenty to the Governor’s mansion, all of the gains during the last eight years under Governor Dayton are reversed, and Minnesota turns into another Wisconsin.

 

The only candidate who I’m sure beyond a reasonable doubt can win is Tim Walz. How sure are you about your candidate?

 

Walz is gregarious and charismatic. Likeability has always been a major factor in elections because voters like to vote for people they like. Are the other candidates for endorsement likeable enough to get elected in the general? Will they capture the hearts and minds of independents and cross-over voters across the state? I’m quite sure Walz can do both. I have serious doubts about the other two candidates. If you have doubts, you need to re-think your support.

 
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Sandy_Hook_Gun_Tragedy_Tim_Walz_NRA_CandidateWhat is the difference between a dozen dead second graders and a dozen dead high school students?
 
The high school students’ best friends will be able to vote next year.
 
And no, I will not apologize for the strong words and horrifying imagery. It is time for strong words and horrifying imagery.
 
I am facing a number of different poltical choices this year. Some of them come in two weeks at the Minnesota DFL (Democratic Party) Convention in Rochester. I’m a delegate, and I will be casting my vote to endorse two US Senate candidates, the State Auditor, the State Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and the Governor. Recently, I was engaged in the endorsement decision for my US House District, and my local state House Representative is up for election.
 
Filtering out races that are fait accompli, there are three people running that I am firmly committed to NOT vote for, and to work against in any way possible, because of their contribution to America’s gun-hungry, gun-happy, gun-crazy culture.
 
They are, in order of geographical zone covered by their potential purview as an elected official:
 
Tim Walz, currently in the US House representing Minnesota’s first district, now running for the endorsement for Governor of Minnesota; Erik Paulsen, running for re-election to the US House, and Sarah Anderson, running for re-election to the Minnesota House.
 
I can not vote in early June for Tim Walz’s endorsement because for the last 12 years he maintained an A rating form the NRA, took their money, voted mostly as they told him to vote, and made numerous public statements in support of this gun culture.
 
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The Uptake’s Mike McIntee and political and media consultant Jack Rice weigh in on international politics, Iran, Korea, the current president, the Republican Party, Democrats and Minnesota politicians Tina Smith, Richard Painter and Tim Pawlenty.  Their discussion provides smart advisories for former Governor Pawlenty, Senator Smith and Painter, DFLers and GOPers. McIntee (AM950 Radio- weekdays at 4 pm) is arguably the most alert, informed and best interviewer working electronic media; Rice is at the top of his game as an informed, perceptive and articulate analyst. The May edition of Democratic Visions is the first of our high def offerings.

 

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30 minutes with Paul Thissen

by JeffStrate on January 18, 2018 · 0 comments


 
Minnesota legislator Paul Thissen hopes to win the DFL Party endorsement for his 2018 bid for Governor.  Rep. Thissen, a progressive Minneapolis Democrat, and host Tim O’Brien discussed the up-coming legislative session and campaign season on December 29, 2017 at our studio in Bloomington.  The former House Speaker and DFL elder provide an engaging and informed take on what’s ahead.

 

Democratic Visions is handcrafted by southwest suburban, lefty volunteers.  We specialize in one-on-one conversations and occasionally conjure up satire and commentary.

 

Democratic Visions is looking for female commentators and interviewers to become part of Minnesota’s most appealing political issues program.   For more information, contact me, Jeff Strate, via Facebook.

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Strib pimps its beloved Tea-Paw for governor

by Dan Burns on October 15, 2017 · 0 comments

AMES, IA - AUGUST 11:  Republican presidential candidates (L-R) former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty take the stage for a debate in the Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University August 11, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. This is the first Republican presidential debate in the state ahead of Saturday's all important Iowa Straw Poll.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sunday morning, in an openly, shamelessly fawning front-page article. The Strib has always loved TBag with great, powerful love.
 

Like a singer trying so very hard to persuade an adoring crowd that there are no more encores, the former governor’s efforts to hush all the talk about a return to politics seems a little less than completely sincere to both fans and foes. While perhaps genuinely undecided, Pawlenty has had private discussions about the prospect with donors and political supporters.
 
Meanwhile, talk of another run by the two-term Republican has preoccupied the state’s political insiders for months.
(Star Tribune)

That second paragraph is gross exaggeration. But, whatever.
 
Here is the reality of what went on in Minnesota when Tim Pawlenty was governor. The full report, accessible from the linked page, is conclusive and damning. The worst governor in the state’s history, hands down.
 

– Minnesota’s performance relative to the national average in terms of unemployment rates and employment growth (since 2001) has deteriorated.
 
– Somewhat smaller-but still significant-deterioration was observed on the three income and pay measures.
 
– On all three education indicators-pupil-teacher ratio, students at or above “basic” level in math and reading, and per capita state and local spending on education-Minnesota’s performance declined relative to other states.
 
– Minnesota’s position in terms of road miles in poor or mediocre condition fell sharply relative to the rest of the nation; the miles of roads in poor or mediocre condition in Minnesota more than doubled from 2002 to 2007.
 
– On the other four factors examined in this report (homeownership rates, health insurance coverage, bridge deficiency percentage, and poverty rates) there was no evidence of a statistically significant decline in Minnesota’s performance relative to other states. Nor was there evidence of improvement.
(MN 2020)

Actually, the one interesting thing in the Strib article, and I don’t know how it got past the editors, is the all-but-open admission that Minnesota’s existing crop of declared GOP gubernatorial candidates is a feeble, even miserable, bunch. It’s about a third of the way down.
 
If you’re late to the game here, Pawlenty, the worst kind of self-serving political hack, sometimes tried to act like some sort of conciliating “moderate” during part of his governorship. But when the Tea Party came along he sucked up to it with the worst of them. That’s where the nicknames used above come from.
 
Pawlenty has a gargantuan ego, one that outweighs his very mediocre intellect and abilities by an even greater ratio than is the norm for right-wing politicians. Undoubtedly he’s never gotten over the humiliating end to his presidential effort, when he got his tail kicked by Michele Bachmann – yes, Crazy Michele Bachmann – in the Iowa straw poll in 2011, which made him a national laughingstock. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he tries to erase the memory of that, next year, with a winning gubernatorial run.
 

Donald Trump is in the White House. Politically, any awful thing is possible, these days, no matter how unlikely it might seem out of the gate. It’s important to accept the reality of that, and deal with it accordingly. Don’t let claims that this a**hole was anything other than an atrociously wretched, failed governor go unchallenged, anywhere, if you want any advice from me.
 

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