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Two remarkable DFL women

by JeffStrate on April 4, 2018 · 0 comments

The April Edition of Democratic Visions begins with MN State Representative Laurie Pryor (DFL, HD 48A) and The Uptake’s Mike McIntee.  The two discuss the current legislative session, sexual harassment, gun violence and some Hopkins School District girls who are making a difference.   And then, North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy and BelAhdan’s Ahmed Tharwat talk about her bid for the DFL endorsement to run for Congress in Minnesota District 8.  Yes, Kirsten is that rare DFL candidate with an easy to take sense of humor!   Democratic Visions is handcrafted by southwest suburban Democrats and lefties  through Southwest Suburban TV and Bloomington Community Access Television.  We also have a YouTube Channel and are seen on public access channels in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Richfield, Hopkins, Edina, Minnetonka, Champlin, Anoka, Rogers and Andover.



West suburban DFL candidates looking good

by JeffStrate on September 23, 2016 · 1 comment

Pundits and political operatives are looking closely at several west suburban state legislative races that could be extremely close.   The current edtions of Democratic Visions are featuring DFL endorsed candidates running in Senate Districts 36, 44 and 49 and House District 48A.

Four suburban DFL Candidates

Deb Calvert, Laurie Pryor, Melissa Franzen and John Hoffman

Laurie Pryor may be a freshman candidate in her bid to replace retiring State Represenattive Yvonne Selcer, but she knows most every school, business center and residential cul-de-sac in District 48A (northern Eden Prairie and Southern Minnetonka) from a decade of organizing for local and congressional DFL candidates.   Deb Calvert, another issues informed and politically savy candidate, is running to replace Senator Terri Bonoff in Senate District 44 (northern Minnetonka, southern Plymouth and Woodland). Bonoff, as we know, is running a competitive race with right wing enigma Eric Paulsen in the Third Congressional District.     Senator Melisa Franzen is seeking a second term in Senate District 49 (Edina, west Bloomington and a few eastern precincts of Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.   These DFLers do not have strong Republican opponents but huge amounts of money are being spent on legislative races that can be won or lost by fewer than 40 votes.   Calvert, Pryor and Franzen are interviewed by Ted O’Brien in Democratic Visions September Program One here.


Senator John Hoffman is being challenged by Republican Brooklyn Park Mayor John Lunde in Senate District 36. But the personable and effective Hoffman has helped deliver funding for schools, highways and parks in the north suburban district and is strong on environment and jobs.   His district includes all of Champlin, and parts of Coon Rapids and Brooklyn Park.
Hoffman appears in the first segment of Democratic Visons’s second September program which also includes humorist Jon Spayde’s Professor of Negativity, author-comedian Lorna Landvick and a pro-Hillary, Junk Yard Democrats music video that splashes DFLers with home grown whimsy. Oh yes, Mike Gelfand splashes vinegar on distracted drivers and his romantic relationships.   Click here for program two.
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by MsTigerHawk on December 31, 2009 · 0 comments

The DFL gubernatorial candidates all have the same basic platform. After all, they are all DFL. So how are DFL voters going to decide which one to vote for? The endorsements are all over the place. I’ll bet the delegates who will attend the DFL convention in Duluth in April will be all over the place too. It’s time for each candidate to try to break away from the pack and tell the voters why we should vote for you. What makes you different from the others? All I’ve heard so far is a bunch of doubletalk and general ideas of what you’re going to do once you’re governor. Voters are smart enough to understand whatever you tell us as long as it’s the truth. What is different about you and your ideas? Or doesn’t it matter which of you becomes governor? Maybe it’ll all be the same no matter which DFL candidate we choose.

Do you have a precise plan with a time schedule for getting Minnesota back on track? If so, what is it? For example, you could say unemployment in Minnesota will drop to such and such percentage by such and such date. Every book you read on success and every course you take on success tells the importance of having specific goals. What are your specific goals? What is your time frame for meeting each specific goal? A goal is something to strive for. If it’s too general, nothing will get accomplished. This election is the future of each Minnesotan. Tell us what your plans are and why we should vote for you. I’ll tell you this: if you don’t have a specific plan, you’ll never make it to the Governor’s Mansion.


By Christopher Truscott
Cross-posted at my personal blog

The other night a good friend asked me which of the 11 DFL candidates should drop out of the race for governor.

Of course, I immediately began rattling off the names of people who aren’t likely to be the party’s nominee, let alone the next governor. Ole Savior. Tom Bakk. Tom Rukavina. Steve Kelley.

Then I stopped and reconsidered. With a little more than two months to go until the precinct caucuses, it’s not time to start voting people off the island. Sure, it’s a fun game for political people, but it’s the wrong game at the wrong time. If anything, the current field may still be short by one candidate.

The next governor is going to inherit a state in crisis. Under Tim Pawlenty’s “leadership” we’ve moved backwards each year. By 2011 we’ll have a deficit of somewhere between $4 billion and $7 billion. All the quick fixes are exhausted. We need a governor who recognizes the need for an all-of-the-above solution-tax hikes and deep budget cuts-and that’s a tall order given the sway the anti-tax crowd and labor unions have at the Capitol.

Doing what needs doing is going to require transformational leadership. Standing up to the interest groups who helped elect you is tough and I’m not sure there’s a person in the talented DFL field who’s willing to push back against those needed to help him/her break the party’s two-decade losing streak in gubernatorial races. And even if there is, the next question is whether there’s somebody who can lead the public to support the unpopular measures needed to get our state back on the right track.

To a certain extent, Gov. Pawlenty is a transformational leader. That’s not a typo. He routinely polls well and people generally trust him even though they’re usually rejecting his policies. When he was elected in 2003, Republicans held an 81-53 majority in the House and were a respectable minority in the Senate. Today, three election cycles later, the DFL has a dominating 87-47 edge in the House and is veto-proof in the Senate. Pawlenty-ism has been rejected from International Falls to Albert Lea, but the governor was re-elected and maintains a decent level of support even as he checks out on his job in favor of a 2012 presidential campaign. We’ll need that kind of strength again.

There’s no leader-Pawlenty-esque or otherwise-in the Republican field. The GOP’s candidates are simply playing the “who’s the craziest?” game and it looks like House Minority Leader Marty Seifert is going to emerge as the winner. Meanwhile, with each passing day, it appears less likely the Independence Party will field a candidate who can wage a legitimate campaign. The door is still open for the DFL, but after watching a couple debates it’s quite clear nobody has broken through yet.

The same tired liberal mantras of tax the rich, close loopholes, green energy and spend more money might help someone win the party’s endorsement or primary, but to win the election and then actually govern we’re going to need much more. If the current field of DFL candidates can’t provide a glimpse of it soon, then it’s time to start looking for someone else rather than debating who needs to step aside.