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30 Minutes with Ken Martin

by JeffStrate on January 13, 2017 · 0 comments

State DFL Chair Ken Martin and Tim O’Brien take measure of the 2016 election and the future of Democrats in Minnesota and the nation on this half hour Democratic Visions special. Martin and DFL Vice Chair Marge Hoffa took office in 2011 and are seeking a third term as DFL Party leads. Martin and Hoffa have a campaign website.

 

As of the publication of this post, only former State DFL Associate Chair Donna Cassutt (2005-2011) is challenging Martin. Cassutt served with state party Chair Brian Melendez who announced his retirement two days after the guberantorial vote recount that confirmed in December 2010 Mark Dayton’s win.   Cassutt has a campaign venue on Facebook.

 

Democratic Visions is an independent community access CableTV and internet program handcrafted by southwest suburban, lefty volunteers. I’m in my ninth year of producing the thing.

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State DFL Party Chair on Democratic Visions

by JeffStrate on October 22, 2015 · 0 comments

Ken Martin and Tim O'Brien

DFL Party Chair Ken Martin and host Tim O’Brien discuss lefty stuff on the current  edition of Democratic Visions.

Ken Martin, Chair of the State Democratic Farmer Labor Party, and Tim O’Brien discuss challenges that Minnesota Democrats are facing during the build-up to the 2016 campaign season on the autumn edition of Democratic Visions.

The 25 minute long discussion is posted on YouTube.   I’ve listed its cable TV schedules below.

Martin, who became politically active as an Eden Prairie High School student when he volunteered for Paul Wellstone’s first U.S. Senate campaign, is optimistic about DFL prospects in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Republican Congressman John Kline is not seeking re-election to represent the 2nd District, which Martin points out, is a swing district trending left. Regardless of who wins the Republican nomination, Martin feels either DFLer Angie Craig or DFLer Mary Lawrence can win in what he feels could be the most expensive congressional race in 2016.

 

Regarding the presidential race, Martin advises, “We can’t rely on their (the Republicans’) incompetence to deliver the Presidency.” Martin supports Hillary Clinton, but as Chair of the State DFL Party, says that “We’re Democrats. We don’t do a coronation.” In Minnesota, all Democratic Primary presidential candidates and their campaigns will have equal access and be welcomed to debates.

 

Both Martin and O’Brien also weigh in on next year’s local Minnesota Legislature races and the use of social media in making political connections.  In a related segment, I present my disdainful take politicians who grin for selfies and a humorous advisory from YourTango.com on Facebook etiquette. “Facebook Manners” is a clever, internet video parody of the kind of instructional films that were shown to teenagers during the Eisenhower era.

ON CABLE

EP, Mtka, Edina, Hopkins, Richfield, Comcast Channel 15 —
Sundays at 9 p.m., Mondays at 10:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Bloomington – BCAT Channel 16 — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Minneapolis – MTN Channel 16 — Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays 3:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. Program is streamed at the MTN website during cablecasts.

Champlin, Anoka, Ramsey, Andover – QCTV Channel 15 — Fridays 8 a.m.,Saturdays 6:00 a.m., 10,30 a.m.,10:30 p.m.
Dem Vis is hand made by unpaid volunteers from Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Bloomington.  Our program is not supported or endorsed by any political party, political action committee or special interest group.

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Sure, that headline is an overgeneralization. I’m sure new state chair Keith Downey cares about finding a way back into politics or he wouldn’t have run for chair. I mean he doesn’t care about the effects of the policies he wants to put in place. That’s how you can recognize an ideologue: they care that their policies are ideologically correct, and the actual effects are irrelevant.

 

I dug up the post I wrote about Downey last September, to see if there was any material in there still relevant. Obviously his bills died and he’s not in the legislature to propose them anymore, but in terms of how the new chair thinks, pretty much the whole post still applies.

 

State Rep. Keith Downey, the GOP Senate candidate in district 49, is probably best known for his 15×15 plan, mandating a 15% reduction in the state’s payroll by 2015. What’s so magical about 15%? It’s the same as the last two digits in 2015. 15 … and 15. See? Isn’t that clever? All the same thought that went into Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan, which I believe was borrowed directly from a pizza pricing campaign. I’m not sure if Downey got his plan from a pizza sale, or a price war among sandwich shops.

 
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Downey endorsed for Chair of MNGOP

by The Big E on January 11, 2013 · 0 comments

Please please please please please please please?

Former Rep. Keith Downey threw his hat into the ring to replace Pat “Enron Accounting” Shortridge as the Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.

I whole-heartedly endorse Downey. He lost his bid to move up from the House to the Senate in 2012 plus he was the chair of Kurt “Mister Bills” Bills disastrously-run Senate campaign against Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The first reason I think Downey would make a great MNGOP Chair is his lack of political acuity and strategic thinking is what passes as “great thinking” in the modern Republican party. The “brain donors trust” over at the local conservative blog Let Freedom Ring think he’s great:

It’s bound to sound corny that Rep. Downey is one of the great thinkers of the GOP and the conservative movement. If Rep. Downey is elected to be the next chairman of the Minnesota GOP, the GOP’s message discipline would significantly improve. Keith Downey is a great conservative who knows why he believes what he believes.

But Amy Koch’s lover, Michael Brodkorb, provides the best reason why Downey really ought to be the next MNGOP Chair:

It’s widely accepted that Downey has his eyes on higher office – he didn’t rule out running for governor in 2014, while he was campaigning for the state senate in 2012. Becoming chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota is not stepping stone to run for higher office and based on the “strategery” Downey provided to Bills’ campaign, it’s clear Republicans in Minnesota haven’t learned many lessons from the 2012 elections.  For Republicans who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for 2014 to be a great year, Downey becoming chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota isn’t a good start.    

Republicans have seen Downey’s leadership and political judgement at the helm of a statewide campaign and it was a disaster.  Turning the keys to a major political party to him is allowing history to be repeated.
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2012 was great for the DFL and I’d like it to happen again.

ENDORSE DOWNEY!

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Mr. Eastwood, The Empty Chair Speaks Back and Wins

by Grace Kelly on August 31, 2012 · 0 comments

Conservatives can only debate empty chairs because when we talk back, they can not handle it.

Talking back, yeah!

Eastwood says, “This administration hasn’t done enough to cure that [unemployment].”

The empty chair says, “This administration, yeah, the Republican congress that BLOCKED every possible action to help unemployment because of their declared purpose to do anything to get Obama unelected.”

Eastwood says, “And now it may be time for someone else to solve the problem.”

The empty chair says, “Yep, it is time to a elect a super majority of Democrats to both houses of Congress. Then we will clean up your messes like we always have. We will clean them up even though that is much harder to clean them rather than making messes like the Republicans do.”
Eastwood says, “I thought why close Gitmo, we spent so much money on it”

The empty chair says, “Money, money is everything with guys. There are people, rights, justice and the constitution involved. Oh yeah, you all think that constitution is something that you should salute, not read.”

Eastwood says, “I thought that someone had the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City.”

The empty chair says, “Yeah, that is the idea of due process, courts and justice. You are so afraid of your shadow that you can’t even face the people you accuse even when they are under guard and in shackles. They might even speak a little truth at you. So you have to speak to empty chairs.”

Eastwood says, Ramble, ramble “Iraq war” ramble, ramble “Russians” ramble “home tomorrow.”

The empty chair says, “Geepers, you can’t even get a complete sentence out when you are talking to an empty chair. Yeah, Obama is still cleaning up your messy wars. Of course, you have not been able to figure out why we just can’t quit and go home. You can’t figure out why it takes time and great effort to clean up any of your Republican messes. And you don’t want to hear it. That is why you talk to an empty chair.”

Eastwood says, “I never thought that it was good for attorneys to be president anyway. They are always taught to argue and weigh both sides.”

The empty chair says, “Yeah, the only argument that you can win is with an empty chair. Gosh that weigh-both-sides thing, that would almost be like that considering facts and logic thing. Better to talk to a silent chair. Oops, I am not silent, am I?”

Eastwood says, “Time for a businessman, a stellar businessman.”

The empty chair says, “A businessman would have provided real services and goods, whereas Romney just liquidated American businesses and shipped American jobs to places like China. He pocketed the money from the sale, getter richer. With that kind of president, none of us will have jobs.”

Eastwood says, “We own this country… It is not you owning it. The politicians are just employees of ours.”

The empty chair says, “Truer words were never spoke. The super rich 1% own this county. And they plan to spend, spend, spend on this election until they own every elected office. Again, the Republican party shows that it is only for the super rich 1%.”

Eastwood says, “When someone does not do the job we have to let them go… We don’t have to vote for who really don’t want.”

The empty chair goes, “Yeah, we can get rid of the Republican congressman, we can get rid that Republican supreme court and we can get rid of Republican ideas.  Romney is way more unpopular than Obama, so when ‘we vote don’t have to vote for who really don’t want’, we will vote for Obama.”

There was a sense that this whole speech was rush written and rush prepared. They didn’t even take time to comb Eastwood’s hair so it didn’t stick up in weird ways looking like a clown.  The audience had to finish Eastwood’s speech for him.

The empty chair was better prepared.

I am putting a copy of this note on an empty chair in front of my house. Even our empty chairs are going to talk back this year.

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Smart money was betting it wasn’t going to take long for the short knives to start slashing in the race to replace the cooked books regime of FEC Tony.  Money placed that way is a winner!  Recently deposed MNGOP Chair Tony Sutton – and make no mistake, Tony didn’t leave willingly – was MNGOP Treasurer back in the day when the back room book cooking was brought to light; for a quick primer, go read “A Key Element Of The Tostenson Memo”.

With that in mind, I went and checked some twitterlines o’ some GOPers that for various reasons I find interesting and/or amusing.  First up, Andy Apliikowski of Residual Forces – let’s look!

OK, the link in that tweet takes you to Andy’s website, where Andy has a niftly little sreadsheet, listing potential candidates for the recently vacated MNGOP Chair position. Now, keep in mind Big E’s recent post on that vacated seat, “Michael Brodkorb slings mud at Tom Emmer and his supporters at the legislature”.  That said, here’s what Andy says about one such potential candidate:

OK, apparently Andy doesn’t like Joe; likes to take little digs at him.  I understand it goes way back, to when Repya was running for MN GOP Party Chair, and Andy was a volunteer.  That was a particularly nasty campaign from those that liked the party’s status quo and didn’t like the reform-minded Repya.  For background, see “Enemies Of The Party”.  Andy has been, shall we say, “taken to task” by the Brodkorbs of the party, but he’s been working himself back into good graces of the last regime.  And I’d venture taking cheap digs at Repya helps him do just that.  Whatever.

Anyway, I did a quick twitter check on Repya, to see what others were saying.  This one popped up, from Repya himself!!!

Ruh-ROH!!!  Repya’s talking to someone – Luke Hellier –  on Erik Paulsen’s local staff – and NOT his campaign staff; his official, local congressional office staff!  Matter o’ fact, Luke – who used to be Brodkorb’s cut&paster at the notorious “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” slime machine “blog” – has the official title of “Constituent Services Representative.”

What got Repya’s dander up?  Let’s look!

Oh, wait – seems Luke’s done scrubbed his twitterline!  

Seems that since I started looking on the ol’ I’phone while running errands, the offending tweet done “magically” disappeared!

That’s ok; I already had a screen shot!  Silly Luke…

Now, somefolk might think “hey – that’s not so bad.”  Yeah, “right.”  Keep in mind that although Paulsen postures about the need for “civility in politics”, he’s had two of the least “civil” folk I can think of, working for him:  first, Brodkorb, back in the ’08 cycle, and now Hellier, on his district staff.  And keep in mind Paulsen is a career politican – he rose to the position of GOP Majority Leader during the last 4 years of his 13 years in the State House.

Paulsen’s tight with the people that have been taking shots at Repya for years; shots for the simple reason Repya doesn’t – IMNSHO – like that GOP now stands for Greed Over Principles.  And make no mistake; there is a high-stakes fight brewing in thee GOP over the direction of the party.  Some people are going to get trashed.  These opening shots at Repya will only get worse if he decides to rejoin the party and run.  Smart money is betting against that, but with the Brodkorbs of the GOP, that doesn’t matter – smear ’em and make SURE they don’t run is the standard operating procedure.

Hellier should know better than to tweet that – he’s on the taxpayer-paid payroll working for a Congressman.  Paulsen should know better than to have a hack like Hellier on the official staff – but with Paulsen, it’s not what he says, but what he does that counts.  Especially in matters of civility.

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Mike Rothman, a name that people had be throwing around as a potential candidate for DFL State Chair, just let the DFL State Central Committee know that not only has he decided to not run for Chair at this time, but that he is endorsing Ken Martin’s candidacy.

I have decided to support Ken Martin for chair. Being chair requires a strong leader, one with skills in management, fundraising, organization, and a significant time commitment. I believe that Ken, with our support, will succeed and help the State DFL Party move forward.

It will be interesting to see if anyone else decides to run for State DFL Leadership.

In other DFL Leadership news:

So far, no one has announced a run for Secretary to the SCC.  Outgoing Secretary Susan Rego announced quite a while ago that she would not be seeking another term.

DFLer Tom Hamilton, current CD5 Treasurer, has announced a run for State Treasurer, coming on the heels last Friday of current State Treasurer Lori Sellner deciding to take that position off her already busy plate.  She will remain CD1 DFL Chair.

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I saw it over at MnPublius yesterday, DFL Chair Melendez has cancelled the December 11th State Central Committee meeting.  This makes it even more important to make your voices heard in the upcoming local DFL Meetings prior to the February 2011 State Central Committee Business Meeting.  Here’s why:

The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard.” — Paul Wellstone

I’ll start off by reiterating what I’ve said all along:  social media is NOT the end-all, the be-all, the “s/he with the most twitter/facebook followers wins” – NOT at all; social media is simply one link in a chain that compliments all of the other links that get a (hopefully!) progressive message out.  And in some races, social media wouldn’t make any difference whatsoever; such as in SD58 where Senator Higgins won with 80.27% of the vote, or SD59 where Senator Pogemiller took 78.12%, or SD60 with Senator Dibble taking 79.81%, or SD61 with Senator Berglin taking 88.46%.  And it woudn’t  have helped in 35-B, where GOPer Mark Buesgens, who cruised through a ditch on his way to a 67.47% re-election.  On the other hand, how many tight races were decided for a GOPer by a mere number of votes?  Former State Rep David Bly in 25-B comes to mind, as does former State Rep Maria Ruud in 42-A.  Would a strong social media presence helped flip the very few votes needed to have kept them in office?  We’ll never know; but what we do know is their GOPer opponents used social media but we didn’t — and we lost by nail-biters.

Obviously, I’m making the case for use of social media; big surprise! – I do social media.  And I can tell you at the local level, where GOPers knocked off Maria Ruud, and re-elected GOPer State Senator David Hann and State Rep Jenifer Loon – turning SD42 completely red (for now), social media played a big role in knocking off the GOPer-endorsed candidates for Mayor and City Council.  GOPers won locally at the state level while in the same election they lost at the city level.

That said, the importance of getting a message out simply has to include face-to-face, neighbor-to-neighbor conversations.  A candidate in a tight campaign has to make personal connections to get their opinions, their positions, their message out – that’s a link in the chain that has to  – has to – be strong.  

Which gets me to my point – you, dear and gentle reader, have to get your opinion out too – and if you live in Otter Tail County, Todd County,  Freeborn County,  SD-32, SD-38, SD-54, SD-56, or SD-61 — tonight’s your night to show up and be heard.  If you saw things that went well, TELL your local Elected Leaders what worked!  If you saw problems, tell them what those problems were.  If you think the DFL’s communications program needs improvements – or, hey! if you think it doesn’t – TELL your local elected officials.  Your local elected officials need your honest feedback.

Your local elected officials need your input – and while social media and emails and phone calls are are fine and good, nothing will ever replace the need for the good ol’ fashioned “look ’em in the eye and tell ’em how you feel.”

So just do it.  

Details of where to do that tonight,  below the fold.  List of ten questions you may want to cut and paste and print, here.

 

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Otter Tail County DFL Party Monthly Meeting
When
Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
Where
TBA

SD54 DFL Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Basswood Room of Fire Station No. 1 near the Roseville City Hall campus –  2701 Lexington Ave, Roseville

SD38 DFL Central Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Eagan Community Center, Lone Oak Room

SD61: Central Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where
Hosmer Library 347 East 36th Street, Lower Level Meeting Room  Minneapolis

SD56 Central Committee
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Woodbury Davanni’s — located at Valley Creek and Radio Drive Woodbury

Todd County DFL
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Where
at Randy Brown’s Law Office, Highway 71 Long Prairie

SD 32 Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Freeborn Co DFL Mtg
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 8pm
Where
7pm, Albert Lea Union Center

Upcoming Meetings You Can Attend

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Maple Grove Links Forum
The Brooklyns DFL Community Forum
When
Mon, November 22, 6pm – 9pm
Where
Houlihan’s, 12725 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 (map)
Description
THE MAPLE GROVE DFL LINKS Joint Meeting with the Brooklyns DFL Community 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program David Schultz – Author, Political Analyst, Hamline University Professor Review of the Election – What comes next?

DFL SD40 Central Committee Meeting
When
Mon, November 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Oxboro Library – 8801 Portland Ave. South, Bloomington

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

SD 22 DFL Mtg
When
Tue, November 23, 7pm – 8pm
Where
7pm, Royal Loon in Slayton

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Social Luncheon for MN DFL Senior Caucus
When
Wed, November 24, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where
Riverside Perkins Family Restaurant, I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Edina Democrats
When
Mon, November 29, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where
Party Room, Davanni’s Pizza and Hoagies 5124 Gus Young Lane, Edina, MN 55436 (map)
Description
EDINA DEMOCRATS 6:30 p.m. Visit with Fellow Democrats and Order Food, 7 p.m. Program David Schultz – Author, Political Analyst, Hamline University Professor Review of the Election – What comes next?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Lake Country Progressives
Tonka Progressives
When  
Tue, November 30, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where
Ridgedale Byerly’s Community Room, 13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 (map)
Description
The Lake Country Progressives Joint Meeting with the Tonka Progressives Ridgedale Byerly’s Community Room 13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 Tuesday, November 30, Social Hour 6:30 p.m. Program 7 p.m. Eric Black – Writer for MinnPost

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

SD47 Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, December 1, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
Sammy’s Pizza, 9750 Schreiber Terrace, Champlin, MN

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Crow Wing County DFL monthly meeting
When
Thu, December 2, 6pm – 7pm
Where
Brainerd Library  

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When And Where To Be Heard

by TwoPuttTommy on November 18, 2010 · 11 comments

While many of the DFL Senate Districts have had their November meetings, and discussed what happened and – more importantly – what didn’t, there are many more coming up.  Big E posted a list of Ten Questions To Ask Your Elected Senate District Officials yesterday; I’m recommending committed progressives cut and paste and print the questions and bring them to your local upcoming meetings.  And feel free to add questions of your own!

And I’d like to ask one more thing.  In DFL Chair Melendez’s letter, posted at Bluestem Prairie yesterday, the Chair’s very first sentence is:

“I have been taking the time since Election Day as an opportunity for listening and learning.”

Here’s the thing:  If your Senate District has already met, was Chair Melendez there?  When you go to one of the upcoming meetings – below – does the Chair show up to listen?

Because if he’s not listening to the grassroots, just who exactly is he listening to?  Hey, we know he’s not listening to the blogs; just before the election, at a presser, he told the capitol press corps he doesn’t read ’em…

Upcoming meetings, below the fold.

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

SD34 DFL Discussion Group
When
Wed, November 17, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where
Chanhassen Library, Wilder Room

SD34 DFL Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where
Chanhassen Library, Wilder Room

Pine County DFL meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Hinckley, MN

SD44: Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where
SLP City Hall – 1st floor Community Room: 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park

SD45: Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Crystal City Hall located at 4141 Douglas Ave N, Crystal, MN

SD60: DFL Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, November 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Painter Park at 34th & Lyndale Ave S.

CD3 CC MEETING
When
Wed, November 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Minnetonka Community Center

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Otter Tail County DFL Party Monthly Meeting
When
Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
Where
TBA

SD54 DFL Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Basswood Room of Fire Station No. 1 near the Roseville City Hall campus –  2701 Lexington Ave, Roseville

SD38 DFL Central Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Eagan Community Center, Lone Oak Room

SD61: Central Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where
Hosmer Library 347 East 36th Street, Lower Level Meeting Room  Minneapolis

Updated! SD56 Central Committee
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Where
Woodbury Davanni’s — located at Valley Creek and Radio Drive Woodbury

Todd County DFL
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
Where
at Randy Brown’s Law Office, Highway 71 Long Prairie

SD 32 Committee Meeting
When
Thu, November 18, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Freeborn Co DFL Mtg
When
Thu, November 18, 7pm – 8pm
Where
7pm, Albert Lea Union Center

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Maple Grove Links Forum
The Brooklyns DFL Community Forum
When
Mon, November 22, 6pm – 9pm
Where
Houlihan’s, 12725 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369 (map)
Description
THE MAPLE GROVE DFL LINKS Joint Meeting with the Brooklyns DFL Community 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program David Schultz – Author, Political Analyst, Hamline University Professor Review of the Election – What comes next?

DFL SD40 Central Committee Meeting
When
Mon, November 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where
Oxboro Library – 8801 Portland Ave. South, Bloomington

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

SD 22 DFL Mtg
When
Tue, November 23, 7pm – 8pm
Where
7pm, Royal Loon in Slayton

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Social Luncheon for MN DFL Senior Caucus
When
Wed, November 24, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where
Riverside Perkins Family Restaurant, I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Edina Democrats
When
Mon, November 29, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where
Party Room, Davanni’s Pizza and Hoagies 5124 Gus Young Lane, Edina, MN 55436 (map)
Description
EDINA DEMOCRATS 6:30 p.m. Visit with Fellow Democrats and Order Food, 7 p.m. Program David Schultz – Author, Political Analyst, Hamline University Professor Review of the Election – What comes next?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Lake Country Progressives
Tonka Progressives
When  
Tue, November 30, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where
Ridgedale Byerly’s Community Room, 13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 (map)
Description
The Lake Country Progressives Joint Meeting with the Tonka Progressives Ridgedale Byerly’s Community Room 13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 Tuesday, November 30, Social Hour 6:30 p.m. Program 7 p.m. Eric Black – Writer for MinnPost

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

SD47 Central Committee Meeting
When
Wed, December 1, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
Sammy’s Pizza, 9750 Schreiber Terrace, Champlin, MN

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Crow Wing County DFL monthly meeting
When
Thu, December 2, 6pm – 7pm
Where
Brainerd Library  

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“Tone Deaf” and other comments from the field

by TwoPuttTommy on November 17, 2010 · 16 comments

I’ve now sat through three “what went right, what went wrong, and what needs to be fixed” sessions in the field.  All of them occurred over 1 week removed  from Election Night.  The first was a baker’s dozen in a coffee shop called by activists and atttended by a winning State Rep, a SD Chair, and the campaign manager of a losing candidate; the second a well-attended and official SD Central Committee Meeting , and last night the Drinking Liberally Hopkins Chapter – with over 30 participants including 3 unsuccessful candidates.  Notes were taken at all.  An informal survey was taken last night.  The title of this post, “Tone Deaf” is from an actual statement at one of the three (and no, it wasn’t mine);  it read:  ” Tone deaf from caucus messaging on candidates.”

And “tone deaf” could just as easily been placed at the foot of Plato too; there were lots of comments about poor mailers sent out from Plato that didn’t message the reality of the local races.

All three gatherings of the faithful primarily focused on the “what went wrong” aspect; there simply wasn’t enough time to get through the “what went right” and no time for the “what changes are needed.”

Clearly, though – far from being “defeatist”, these activists are bound and determined to take the fight to the GOP – but after making changes in the DFL that are necessary to win in 2012.  While comments ran the gamut from SNAFU’s in the Coordinated Campaign and recognizing the good things the CC also accomplished to the need for “testicular fortitude” in our leaders – starting with President Obama and working down.  Suffice it to say that Harry Reid is not well-loved by the grassroots.  Still, the majority of comments fall in the “messaging” category.  One unsucessful candidate shared that Plato gave the advice to ignore Twitter and Facebook; I’d venture to guess that wasn’t the only candidate given such sage advice.

It’s important for activists to let the local leadership know what they are seeing, thinking, and feeling.  While many SD’s have already held Central Committee meetings since the Debacle On The Duece, many have not – check the DFL Event Calendar to see if there is still time to attend your SD Central Committee Meeting.  If there is, go – if not, send an email or make a call; your elected DFL Local Officials need your input as they get ready for the State DFL Central Committee Meeting on December 11th.

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