Lives in St. Louis Park
Tufts University (Political Science)
University of Minnesota Law School
Wife and kid
Legislator since 2004
Chair of House Elections Committee
Assistant Majority Leader under Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Treasurer of DFL House Caucus
“I’ve been in the trenches fighting for voting rights for years,” said Rep. Steve Simon. “The heart and soul of the Secretary of State’s job is protecting voting rights.”
“When I had my first debate with Mary Kiffmeyer (current State Senator, former MN Secretary of State) over the so-called “Voter ID” constitutional amendment, it was going to pass with 70% support,” Simon continued. “But as we talked about the amendment, we got people thinking. In the end the support was a mile wide but an inch deep.”
“Just like the marriage amendment, we went from being on the defensive to winning to going on the offensive,” he said. “If I never accomplish anything else, on my tombstone, it could read ‘he passed the No Excuses Absentee Voting law.’ I really think that voting at your kitchen table is that much of a step forward.”
The DFL-controlled legislature passed a bi-partisan No Excuses Absentee Voting bill. Gov. Dayton has set a requirement that he’ll only sign election bills that have bi-partisan support. Simon was the bill’s chief author.
“We dodged a bullet,” Simon explained returning to the so-called “Voter ID” amendment. “Most conservative states passed laws instituting their restrictive Voter ID requirements. But we would have been forced to pass the harshest laws in the country. No exceptions. For example, there was no exception for people living in assisted living. Even the conservative states’ laws allowed for assisted living exceptions. We were going to write it in permanent ink.”
The logic-defying insanity continues …
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will not give up her quest to stop Obamacare. Her latest tactic is unique; she’s going to sue President Obama.
You probably recall how Obama promised that we could all keep our health insurance plans under Obamacare. Many are getting canceled because they suck so bad. Either because co-pays are too high or they cover too little. NPR reports that many of these people who are getting their insurance canceled are finding much better plans under Obamacare.
You probably also recall that Obama reversed this by executive order so that Americans can keep their crap plan.
But that won’t stop Bachmann:
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann may be readying a new line of attack on the federal health care overhaul by filing suit against President Barack Obama for his reversal on letting some Americans keep their health coverage.
Politico reported last week that Bachmann, R-Stillwater, is talking with other, unnamed lawmakers about the move. The report was based on Bachmann’s remarks at an event sponsored by the conservative Heritage Foundation.
(St. Cloud Times)
Let me get this straight. Bachmann is going to sue Obama because he tried to appease Republicans like Bachmann who shrieked about Americans losing their insurance. If she wins, then Americans are forced to lose their crap insurance plan … something that Bachmann said was bad? Have I got her logic right?
I think I just gave myself a headache.
On February 26, 1857, the United States Congress passed an Enabling Act that permitted residents of the Minnesota Territory to vote on whether they wanted to become a state and join the Union. One provision of that act called for representatives of the people to assemble in convention to draft a state constitution that would become the foundation for state government.
On August 29 of that year, fifty-three Republicans and fifty-one Democrats approved a version produced in conference committee and a few weeks later, on October 13, residents of the territory subsequently accepted the Constitution of the State of Minnesota by majority vote in a special election.
In its original embodiment, Article 1, Section 1 of the Minnesota constitution stated: “Government is instituted for the security, benefit and protection of the people, in whom all political power is inherent, together with the right to alter, modify or reform such Government whenever the public good may require it.” That language remains mostly unchanged and intact to this day. My understanding is that, unlike the Preamble to the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 1 carries the force of law.
Both history and common sense tell us that the drafters of the Minnesota Constitution, as well as the residents in the territory who accepted it, and surely the US Senate who ratified it, all would have understood Article 1, Section 1 to mean living persons – particularly with regard to the phrases ‘… the people, in whom all political power is inherent …’, since there was at the time no other meaning in law that could be construed.
How can we know this? Because our historical documents show us that the two acts by the federal government that created our state — the Enabling Act by the US House and the ratification of the Minnesota Constitution by the US Senate — pre-date by several decades any precedents in law that supported the 2010 decision by the US Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC.
||Stewart Mills III
Fleet Farm heir Stewart Mills III is not just a conservative family values Republican. According to City Pages, he’s also the life of the party. It’s not enough to have earned his money the old-fashioned way (inherit it), he represents the kind of family values the Republican Party is known for: Axl Rose impersonations.
Mills the Third is running unopposed and will likely face Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL-MN) in the MN-08 race in 2014.
But Mills the Third isn’t just an Axl Rose Impersonator, he’s also a beer bong aficionado. Who knew he was so talented? Here he is on his knees practicing his version of Republican Family Values:
And it’s not like this is back from his partying Junior High, High School or College days. According to City Pages, these are from Christmas 2008.
Oh … one more thing: he likes to lick women.
Sen. David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) could very well be in some real trouble. A federal PAC for which he is Treasurer paid a former State Senator to work on Minnesota legislative races. This is illegal.
This isn’t Hann’s first ethical lapse. There seems to be a pattern of disregard for ethics and law.
While chairing the committee that oversaw Minnesota’s health insurance industry, he took a job with an insurance firm. Then he tried to hide it. The other legislator who took the same job, resigned under pressure.
He was one of the leaders who knew about the affair between Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and former sleaze-blogger, Deputy Party Chair and Communications Director for the Senate Majority Caucus. He lied about what he knew and when he knew it. He was never closely questioned by MN’s media.
In the run-up to the 2012 elections, Hann was associated with a Lunch Hour Lit Drop. Hann was a leader in the caucus and was surely aware of Republican staffers breaking the law and campaigning on state time.
Here’s the details on the latest illegal activity:
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus is, according to Michele, not well. Apparently, he’s got several conditions that need attention. She claims they will be without insurance because of Obamacare.
Republicans made sure that all Representatives and Senators must enroll in Obamacare. So is she concerned that Obamacare will literally kill them or is she just playing politics in her latest cable TV appearance? To what depth is she willing to plunge to score a political points?
Apparently, she’s no longer scared that Obamacare will kill her and Marcus.
“Are you kidding? I’m not going to waste an hour on that thing,” the Minnesota Republican said when Wolf Blitzer asked her on CNN on Thursday if she’d signed up on the exchange website. “I lost my health insurance under Obamacare. And so now I’m forced to go into the D.C. health exchange. I’m waiting until they fix this thing. I’m not going to sit there and frustrate myself for hours and hours.”
It’s all about the inconvenience?
I have noted Sen. David Hann’s incompetence over the years. From botching simple tasks like dumping a nominee to demonstrating his mastery of failed messaging to boasting he increased spending (doesn’t the MNGOP want to reduce it?) to leading the fight against marriage equality, his reputation is becoming legendary.
And that’s setting aside his corruption. He works for the health insurance industry and is the ranking Republican on the Senate committee that oversees the industry.
As Senate Minority leader in the Minnesota Legislature, he gets to hire a staff to help him. His new hire may cement his incompetence as legendary. Even his fellow conservatives are not impressed with his hires.
Yesterday Republican Senate minority leader Sen. David Hann told staff and fellow senators that he had hired as Director of Research Bill Walsh. Together with the current Communications Director, Brad Biers, he will be responsible for the republican senate caucus messaging.
The cumulative effect of Sen. Hann employing these two men, who simply do not know what they’re doing, is akin to hiring Captain Smith to be at the helm of the Olympic had he survived the voyage of the Titanic. Smith’s a known quantity, to be sure, but what on earth would be the substantive case on the merits for bringing him aboard? Apparently in the republican senate and house caucuses, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt but a job offer, no matter how mediocre or outright incompetent the friend. Super.
Is her candidacy doomed?
Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivirajah used last nights Sixth District Congressional debate at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN to differentiate herself from the field. She stated that she didn’t think the Republican Shutdown was a good idea.
This is Michele Bachmann’s district. Bachmann was “giddy with glee“ about the GOP Shutdown. It was probably one of her last grasps for the limelight before she retires.
How dare Sivarajah denigrate one of her greatest accomplishments!?!
Sivarajah dissented from [Grover Norquist minion Phil] Krinkie and [State Sen. John] Pederson on the shutdown, faulting House Republicans for what she called their “failed strategy” on the issue. She said Republicans should have allowed the media focus at that time to be on the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov and other elements of the health care law.
(St. Cloud Times)
Is Sivarajah going moderate in the MN-06 crazy-off?
Labels Obamacare creators geniuses
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Fox News Tuesday to talk about the implementation of Obamacare. She trumpeted it’s failings and failed to mention how Congressional Republicans did all they could to sabotage it and mess up the implementation.
Bachmann, a self-proclaimed constitutional scholar, economist, historian, foreign affairs expert and conspiracy theorist is also an expert on the psychology of young Americans and can predict the future. Wow, is this woman talented.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said ObamaCare was never going to work from the get-go, and dubbed lawmakers who’ve supported it “geniuses.”
“The system was never going to work and these geniuses here in Washington, D.C., who decided ObamaCare was a great deal, they didn’t figure on something called human nature,” Bachmann said on Fox News’ “On the Record” Tuesday night.
During the interview, Bachmann was asked if young Americans were faced with the choice of an iPhone versus health insurance, which would they select.
“You buy the iPhone … are you kidding me? Of course they will,” she replied.
Asked if Bachmann knows anyone who’d buy the insurance instead, she said, “Who in their right mind would buy it? OK well flip a coin. I could pay a $95 penalty or get my iPhone? I’m getting my iPhone because I don’t think they see the reality of paying a penalty anyway if they are ever going to have to do it.”
Young people would rather go to Fort Lauderdale over spring break, buy the iPhone and have Internet access and a frappe at Starbucks, she said.
And if the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, Bachmann is going to be wrong.
After the Republicans crashed the economy in 2008, millions more people needed government assistance. Many received aid so that they could eat. When Democrats controlled the House and Senate in 2009, they temporarily increased SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, funding. That extra funding sunsets today.
With the holidays approaching, Republicans need to ask themselves an important question: who would Jesus starve?
“They dine at lavish restaurants, eating steak, vodka and even caviar,” [Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)] added, showing food props to members of the House. “They receive money to do this. That’s right, they don’t pay out of pocket for these meals.”
“Let me give you a few examples: One member was given $127.41 a day for food on his trip to Argentina. He probably had a fair amount of steak,” the California Democrat continued. “Another member was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar. That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days.”
Republicans now control the House and have no interest nor any incentive to restore this funding. While their per diem for food is nearly as much as many families get from SNAP for a month.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) might have summed up Republican attitudes best when she argued last spring that the sequestration cuts “didn’t go far enough.”
These cuts hit home today. The economy may have rebounded for the 1%, but many Americans are still suffering.
So Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Republican Party.