Yesterday, we had the mystery of how the co-chair of Veterans’ Voices could give an award to himself. The mystery is solved. Trista Matascastillo, the Program Officer of Veterans’ Voices asked us to publish this clarification (Bolding is added):
As a Veteran myself, and protective of Veterans’ and our stories I find it important to offer some clarification about the Veterans’ Voices Award. So, on behalf of both myself, and The Minnesota Humanities Center I’d like to clarify some inaccurate details included in this blog post. Ted Daley is one of 30 Veterans who was nominated for and will receive the 2014 Veterans’ Voices Award. Mr. Daley did not nominate himself nor did any of the awardees. The Minnesota Humanities Center received over 80 nominations for the 2014 Veterans’ Voices Award. This year’s awardees were selected from an impressive group of highly qualified candidates. Thirty awardees – 20 On the Rise (ages 40 and under) and 10 Legacy (ages 41 and over) – were chosen by two independent review panels of Veterans based on their nomination write-up to receive the 2014 Veterans’ Voices Award.. The Humanities Center is honored to recognize these extraordinary men and women for their contributions to community.
Veterans’ Voices is a long-term initiative that draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the stories and contributions of Veterans. This initiative amplifies, honors, and recognizes the stories and contributions of Minnesota Veterans in their own voice through plays, art, discussion groups, and the Veterans’ Voices Award. For a full list of this year’s Awardee’s please check our website; www.mnhum.org/vets.
Ted Daley served as a co-chair for the 2013 Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony. He is not a co-chair for our 2014 event. Al Horner and Sakinah Mujahid are the Co-Chairs of this year’s event.
We agree that Veterans’ Voices is awesome and it is really sad that Ted Daley is misrepresenting his relationship to this group!
Could Senator Daley be trying to deceive people? What does his Facebook say? It says Daley is still a state senator when he lost his Senate Seat to Jim Carlson two years ago. The claim is on the same Facebook page that Daley is bragging about his 2014 Veterans Voices award.
I’m at the DFL state convention, and I’ll be live blogging it, which means I’ll be posting updates below. The video above is an introduction similar to this, just for kicks. Feel free to subscribe to my channel. I may post video updates if opportunity arises, but I’ll generally be where people are trying to talk or people are trying to hear, so no promises, but I’ll see if I can show some of what goes on at a convention. Otherwise I’ll be posting what’s happening, maybe with an opinion since I’m allowed to do that. It’s a blog you know, and I’m not pretending to be a reporter or to be without biases. Jump to a preview of what’s going to happen.
Late Saturday update: The Saturday portion of this live blog got very long and made the front page a long scroll, and there are other posts worth reading. So I’m putting the “read more” below this paragraph, and the time stamped updates start on the jump. As expected, life required my presence at home, but I plan to live blog Sunday too, if I can get The Uptake’s stream working for me (quickie update: it worked). I suppose it depends on traffic, but I should have a better connection anyway. The mining resolution is expected to be the controversial part of the platform debates. Guess we’ll watch and see. Some things, like the constitution changes, might be inside baseball, but leave a question in the comments and I’ll try to answer.
When does the advocacy of violence become terrorism and a crime? That is a good question to apply to the latest Republican candidate for US Senator, Monti Moreno. Moreno is a bison farmer and former hair salon owner, who just declared his intent to run for US Senator.
In a Democracy, one accepts the vote of the people. But Moreno is saying, “You see if you can’t do it by ballot, you’ve got to do it by bullets.” So who is Moreno going to kill? It sounds a lot like the logic behind the Boston Marathon bombing. Persuasion by bullets is not a democracy.
Maybe somebody should ask Moreno when and how he plans to take back the country by bullets.
At tonight’s news conference Moreno was much less animated than he was at the 1996 Republican state convention. He was seeking the party endorsement to run against then U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone. Moreno took to the podium wielding a musket to emphasize his opposition to gun control.
“You see if you can’t do it by ballot, you’ve got to do it by bullets,” shouted Moreno. “Do you think these guys who wrote this Constitution and the Bill of Rights wrote it so they could go deer hunting? Do you think they did it so they could go duck hunting, man? They did it so we can take out country back.”
The image to the right is from Republican David Hann’s campaign website (link here for full view). It seems in May 2010, Hann held a Press Conference announcing the beginnings of an ethics complaint about a DFLer who had ethics problems — and is now out of office. This image of Hann’s website shows links to a press conference Hann, along with Republican Senator Geoff “I only lied because I had to” Michel, held — and it’s worth remembering what Hann had to say at that time. Let’s look!
“I think all of us in public office, we need to exercise the best judgement that we can to make sure that what we’re doing, uh, doesn’t send the appearance to the public that we’re, uh, seeking any kind of special treament or doing things that are of benefit to us personally.” — Republican Senator David Hann, 20 May 2010
OK, why bring that up, now? Well, because of what Hann said about HIS behavior, just the other day: From Minnesota Public Radio:
“What I did was perfectly legal and legitimate,” Hann said. “I did not have a license at the time I did that, was not contemplating having a license at the time I did that. After the fact, I got a license, [which] would no different than anybody in the state of Minnesota who decided to get a license after the law was passed.” — Republican Senator David Hann
OK, working hand in hand with an owner of an insurance company – John Tyler – while working in the legislature as Chair of the committee that affects said insurance company owner, and then going to work for said insurance company owner after getting legislation passed affecting said insurance company owner may be “perfectly legal and legitimate” – but it sure gives the impression of, as Hann stated in May of 2010: “…doing things that are of benefit to us personally.”
Because, Hann’s behavior reeks of “…doing things that are of benefit to us personally.”
Since December of 2011, Hann has been involved in three things that really reek: the sacking of then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch; the infamous Lunch Hour Lit Drop; and now getting licensed to sell health insurance, taking a job with an insurance company who he worked with for God only knows how long on health insurance issues, and taking a board position with a health insurance trade association.
When the Legislature convenes in January, the Senate’s Ethics Committee needs to take a long hard look at David Hann and the timeline of what he’s done.
Assuming, of course, he doesn’t resign first…
After all, if Hann wants to walk through the ol’ Legislator-to-lobbyist revolving door so common today (except in Hann’s case, it’d be “Legislator to now-employee-of-business-owner-he-helped), he shouldn’t let the door smack him on his way out.
I’m thinking if he doesn’t, Hann will get smacked by an Ethics Committee investigation.
The House should take a long hard look at Gottwalt, too.
GOP Senator Hann’s problems started with his involvement in The Gang Of Four; which is a scandal because four Republican State Senators called the media to attend a press conference in December of 2011, smiled at the camera — and one of them, for sure, proceeded to lie through his teeth. As of this date, we don’t know what Hann knew, when he knew it, nor what his role in this scandal is – and he ain’t talking.
We’ll skip to late last month, when the story broke about Hann’s apparent concealment of who he works for/what he does. What we know is Hann has a license to sell insurance and works for a company that sells insurance – Boys & Tyler Financial. Fox9 covered this story; that’s where the image to the right came from. It’s a statement Hann sent Fox9; Hann says was “too busy campaigning” to talk to the reporter. Hann’s been ducking reporters ever since.
And here’s something David Hann is probably NOT going to want to talk about either. That facebook image, to the right? That’s Brad Biers’ page. Who is Brad Biers? According to the State Senate HHS website, Biers is the HHS Committee Administrator; a Committee David Hann Chairs. And what does Biers say, in his facebook post?
“All of my political clients won last night! A Sincere Congratulations to Sen. David Hann, Sen. Paul Gazelka, Sen.-elect David Osmek and Rep.-elect Marion O’Neill. These are four of the finest public servants Minnesota has to offer.
Election cycle 2014 begins. Contact me for winning ideas and and strategies anytime.”
RuhRoh… Committee Chair David Hann’s Committee Administrator has David Hann as a political client???
No doubt about it: a State Senate Staffer – Brad Biers, wages paid by taxpayers – is also doing political work for not only his State Senate Boss, David Hann – he’s also done it for three other elected officials and he’s looking for more.
And not only is he looking for more, he’s looking for more at “anytime.” Let’s look at that facebook post, again:
Election cycle 2014 begins. Contact me for winning ideas and and strategies anytime.
Including the time he’s supposed to be doing the taxpayer’s work??!?
Ladies and Gentlemen, that reeks. Don’t know if it’s illegal, or if it’s against Senate Rules, but I intend to find out.
In the meantime, in addition to all the unanswered questions Hann has regarding his role in The Gang Of Four, The Lunch Hour Lit Drop, his conflict of interest with regards to what he does for a living, Hann can now add the work his staffer did to the list.
The endorsement came in the form of a Letter To The Editor in the local paper; published 18 October 2012.
Now, that’s a nice letter, talking about the great job (“huge contributions”) Hann is doing – seen by the residents that subscribe to the local paper right before election day. But nowhere does Mr. Tyler, of Boys and Tyler Financial, disclose that there might just be a slight conflict of interest: Hann works for Tyler.
One would think the voters of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, in Senate District 48, should know that.
Should Hann be re-elected, Hann will go back to the State Capitol, in the Legislature, where he’s the Chair of Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee. Why is that committee important? Because it oversees and writes legislation affecting the health insurance industry; the industry Mr. Tyler’s company (Boys & Tyler Financial) is in, which is the company Hann works for. How convenient – for them.
We know by this screen shot that Tyler and Hann were scheduled for another health care forum, on 17 October 2012.
Tyler and his employee, Hann, have been involved in working on health care legislation for at least a year. What we don’t know is how long Hann has been an employee of Tyler. In fact, Tyler’s Letter to the Editor failed to disclose Hann even is an employee.
Last week, when the David Hann scandal began to unfold, the first story (“Conflict of Interest? David Hann, GOP Health Insurance Salesman”) contained the screenshot to the right. And that’s because that screenshot is what started this story. Here’s what that tweet says: “News Today at MAHU forum: Sen David Hann, (R-MN) has license to sell insurance, has joined Boys & Tyler Fiancial, & is now on a MAHU board”
But one thing bothered me last week, from that tweet: “…& is now on a MAHU board.” When I confirmed the tweet with Ms. Brase, I asked her which board at the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters she was referring to. The reply was the announcement was made by the MAHU President, Alycia Riedl; it was noisy and Ms. Brase didn’t catch which board – so I should contact Ms. Riedl for specifics. So I did.
Phone call and two emails. Followed it up with a phone call today; got a “no comment; I won’t talk to you but I will talk to a reporter.”
Heads up, reporters reading this!
On a hunch, I called the registered lobbyist for MAHU – and just got off the phone with him. The Lobbyist confirmed David Hann is on the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters Board of Directors. Not just a committee of MAHU, which would be bad enough, but “the” board of directors.
So we have a State Senator chairing a committee overseeing a trade association he’s on the board of, and has a lobbyist to lobby, well, him??!?
Well, maybe not specifically “him” but certainly his employer, Boys & Tyler Financial. Well, and his co-worker at Boys & Tyler Financial, and colleague at the State Capitol, Steve Gottwalt.
All this done with what appears to be an effort to conceal what industry Hann works in and who his employer is.
If the Legislature were in session, one would expect an ethics complaint (or two) would be filed.
This summer, Senator Terri Bonoff spoke with Democratic Visions host Tim O’Brien mostly about education. Democratic Visions is Minnesota’s best looking and sounding TV venue for lefties. It is produced by volunteers through DFL Senate District 48. Here’s the link to the Senator Bonoff segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
Today is Primary Day in Minnesota, and the most interesting races are those where right wing conservatives are getting primaried by the even farther right wingers (GOPers Julianne Ortmann and Connie Doepke being primaried examples). So I checked in on Twitter this morning, and noticed a tweet by the guy to the far right (pun intended), State Senator Roger Chamberlain. Look real closely at his twitter picture, and especially his bio: Senior tax accountant at Ameriprise.
Let’s look at a couple of his tweets, from this morning: Seems right winger Chamberlain has a problem with the contract state employees just agreed to. Of course, to be fair, Chamberlain isn’t the only GOPer taking shots at state workers; Pat Garofalo takes the 1% side too. Anyway, here’s what Chamberlain says in the first tweet: Private sect unemployed,underemployed, pay freezes & cut
Well, that depends on which “private sector” one is referring to! For instance, how has the 1% done lately? Let’s look!
Minnesota’s top CEOs saw their pay rise 26% in 2011 Article by: JOHN J. OSLUND and PATRICK KENNEDY , Star Tribune Updated: July 30, 2012
After falling for two consecutive years and holding flat in 2010, median total pay for Minnesota’s 100 highest-paid CEOs jumped by 26 percent in 2011 to $1.19 million, hitting seven digits for the first time since 2007.
Stock options and restricted stock tend to drive the headline-grabbing paydays of chief executives. But the Star Tribune’s 2012 Executive Compensation Report also shows that CEOs had reasons to smile about their cash compensation — salaries and bonuses. Seventy-one of the top 100 CEOs got a salary bump in 2011. The median raise: 4.6 percent.
Overall cash compensation — salary plus bonus — rose for the second consecutive year. Median cash compensation for the 100 highest-paid CEOs was up 8.5 percent to $768,749 — the highest level since 2007. . . Payday highlights . . Largest bonus: Ameriprise Financial CEO James Cracchiolo, $11 million. He’s had the biggest bonus in our annual survey for the past three years. (more, here)
What was that last line, again?
Largest bonus: Ameriprise Financial CEO James Cracchiolo, $11 million. He’s had the biggest bonus in our annual survey for the past three years.
Yep – the CEO where Senator Chamberlain works.
Taking shots at state workers, while the head honcho where he works has “had the biggest bonus in our annual survey for the past three years” – that’s GOPer State Senator Roger Chamberlain.
And it’s today’s example of why GOP now stands for Greed Over Principles.
Let me be very clear: Today’s GOP is all about taking care of #1 — and if you work for a living, #1 ain’t you; it’s the 1%. Period. End of story.