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State DFL’s GOTV tour visits Hopkins

by JeffStrate on October 31, 2014 · 2 comments

Democratic Visions taped some of the action when the DFL’s Get Out the Vote Tour bus visited its Coordinated Campaign office in Hopkins.  State Party Chief Ken Martin, Lt. Gov. candidate Tina Smith, 3 CD congressional candidate Sharon Sund, State Auditor Rebecca Otto and St. Paul Mayor Chris Colemen pumped up the hard working gathered.  Other notables can be spotted behind the speakers.  From Hopkins, the DFL bus headed to Carleton College, Northfield, then to Eagan, Oakdale, Hmong Village on Saint Paul’s eastside and the DFL Office in Frogtown (St. Paul).   Rather than follow the bus of politicos, electeds and worker bees, Dem Vis retreated to its edit bay to assemble this video.  It runs about 9:30.


Attack Ads, Madison High and Jim Meffert

by JeffStrate on October 25, 2014 · 3 comments

Earlier today Dan Burns emerged from exploring the effluent of anti-Nolan ads in Congressional District 8 with an advisory that one of the operatives behind them was the owner of our favorite sh*t eating grin of dental veneers, former St. Paul Mayor and U.S, Senate recount wrestler/litigator Norm Coleman.


Coleman attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn. During my road running days I jogged past his alma mater a few times when training for my mid-pack goals in 10 K and marathon races. That part of Brooklyn can produce scrappy weasels as well as top shelf, pragmatic visionaries. “America’s Senator,” Bernie Sanders (VT), Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Senator Chuck Schumer (NY), former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and 4 Nobel Prize recipients graduated from Madison High in Brooklyn.


You are not worthy Denfield, Eden Prairie, Roosevelt, Saint Paul Central and Centennial Highs. But in terms of the Franken-Coleman re-count results, Blake School in Hopkins, Al’s alma mater, has parity with Madison High.


But I wander. Dan Burns sheds light on the darkness in CD 8 and considers something I haven’t thought much about: The Ventura Effect –  “Whoa! Beer Bong Guy for Congress?” Cool! I’m gonna VOTE!!”


Jim Meffert making a point on Democratic Visions in 2010

Jim Meffert making a point on Democratic Visions in 2010

Now back to negative attack ads.  Former DFL Congressional District 3 candidate Jim Meffert anticipates that attack ads will increase in frequency until November 4.   Meffert tells Eric Black at MinnPost that the negative ads are actually targeted at iffy voters to discourage them from voting for the likes of, say,  Rick Nolan. I don’t recall many if any negative ads during Meffert’s 2010 challenge to then frosh Congressman Eric Paulsen. Meffert had real appeal to we suburban voters but did not garner the big bucks to be competitive. There was little need for the right wing to negatively attack Mr. Meffert at a level now being seen in the CD 8 race.


The Junk Yard Democrats are always game to toss a dark, musical spitball at Mr. Paulsen.  Like Eric, Tommy, Norb and Doug live in Eden Prairie.  Here again is your link to view “He Talks the Line.”   This time around, the Junkers are supporting Sharon Sund.  So am I.

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Bill Maher in Northfield

by JeffStrate on October 18, 2014 · 1 comment

Bill Maher with new best friends at the Grand Event Center, Northfield on October 7, 2014.

Bill Maher at the Grand Event Center in Northfield on October 7, 2014 to tape his Flip-a-District scheme for his HBO series.

Our colleague Bill Sorem at the Uptake informs me that Bill Maher’s “Flip-a-District” show that was taped in Northfield and premiered on HBO Friday October 17 is available free here for non HBO subscribers.

Click on the link, close the window over the page. Then click on the “Minnesota Town Hall” icon below the SPREAD THE WORD banner. A promo trailer is listed as, “Bill Maher in Northfield.”


This episode of Real Time with Bill Maher was produced at the Grand Event Center in Northfield which elder Carls, Olys and townies knew as the Grand Theater. When I lived in Northfield, The Grand offered respite from the academy with flicks like “Help,” “The Train,” “Ship of Fools,” and “The Sand Pebbles.”


Lefty activists in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District had won Maher’s well-publicized national contest to enlist Maher (television’s smartest liberal comedian working without a platoon of writers) to defeat a deserving-of-defeat Republican congressional troglodyte.  CD 2 lefties won Maher’s challenge because of John Kline’s lock-stepping Republican record and a shrewd and creative pitch using social media and stunts like hiring a plane to tow a “Flip-a-District” banner over exurbia.


Lordy Lordy, would that CD 3 lefties trash their pale picnics, coffees and lets hug one another validation banquets to consider the kinds of events that the farm, suburban and college town libs south of Twin Town are up to.  They deal with Kline, we deal with Paulsen.  DFL endorsed Mike Obermueller may not upset Kline in the Second – he was totally ignored during Maher’s Northfield chat fest – but in a rambling manner the event lightened our heavy brows with wit, nudge-nudge winks, vinegar and sparring. For an hour we were not unlike the British during one of their election seasons. This in a state whose political spirit these days is largely muffled by political correctness snipers, patronizing candidate effluent, unimaginative political party managers, pollsters, strategists and blizzards of pornographic hate mailers.


Maher’s guests were not from the limp, local mainstream media “A” list of, political pundits – no Sarah Janacek, Larry Jacobs or the curiosity that is Ember Reichgott Junge.  Adolescents John Rouleau, executive director of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition and Katie Kieffer who has authored a book about Obama waging war against millennials on Maher’s red panel were anchored by grown-up Steve Sviggum, ex-Speaker of the House and famous Kenyon Norwegian-American and mumbler.  The blue panel counted the Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi; Minneapolis-based Daily Beast writer, Ana Marie Cox; and the mayor of her city, Betsy Hodges.


The blues prompted most of the cheers. Taibbi couldn’t contribute much but the fox that is Miss Cox, has a bite and is most cool.  Hodges has clearly recovered from the shell shock of being mayor and dealing, now as a mayor, with Kenwood NIMBYs, North Side transit equity troops and Met Council suits prior to the pro Municipal Consent vote on SW Light Rail.   I was impressed with her levelheaded, fact-based interjections into Maher’s gab cloud.


The exchanges meandered a bit in front of an overbearing, cheap, vinyl banner screaming: REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER but were good-natured entertainment and understood as such by Mr. Swiggum and the others.  The gambit did raise awareness of the deeds (and lack of them) of cipher John Kline.  Mr. Obermueller, in the HBO presentation, is not mentioned once and can now commiserate with CD3 DFL endorsed congressional candidate Sharon Sund who is not seen or mentioned once on the home page of the DFL CD 3 website.   None-the-less, Flip-a-District will very likely produce more interest in and votes for Mr. Obermueller.   Courage Sir.  And Sharon, you’ve got my vote!

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Video journalist Bill Sorem lenses demonstrations and press conferences normally shunned by mainstream media.  He posts mostly on The Uptake.

Video journalist Bill Sorem lenses demonstrations and press conferences normally shunned by mainstream media. He posts mostly on The Uptake.

Retired advertising executive Bill Sorem has become a familiar figure at demonstrations and protests staged by the likes of Native Americans, peace advocates, equity activists, minimum wage proponents, police violence whistle blowers and free Gaza campaigners. The issues of interest to Sorem, The Uptake (his primary internet publisher), Twin Cities Daily Planet and Democratic Visions, are underplayed by the Pioneer Press, the StarTribune, MinnPost, the community weeklies and local TV “journalists.” The latter, of course remain primarily concerned with amusing one another in their news studios, promoting themselves and the artistry of make up in the age of high def TV. Mr. Sorem’s takes on impaired mainstream coverage of local minority and controversial issues launch the autumn edition of Democratic Visions. His comments are supported by clips of his work including the July 18 Gaza-Palestine Solidarity march in Columbia Heights which boasted from 1200 to 1500 participants – an event you wouldn’t know about had you only been watching WCCO, KSTP, KMSP and KARE. Click here for the Bill Sorem segment.
Community activism themes continue in an Eden Prairie backyard coffee with Rebecca Lowen of Moms Demand Action (for gun sense), ISAIAH’s (Faith in Democracy) get-out-the-vote initiatives and the DFL’s coordinated campaign office in Hopkins.
Click here for the Moms Demand Action Segment.

Click here for ISAIAH press conference segment.  Courtesy of The Uptake.

Click here for the segment on the DFL’s Coordinated Campaign office in Hopkins.  Share this video with every one.

And click here for a remix of “He Talks the Line” a satirical music video about Congressman Erik Paulsen by the Junk Yard Democrats. The bit is foot-noted with a pitch for his Congressional District, progressive challenger, Sharon Sund.


Michelle Alamoradi and Andy Driscoll, co-hosts of Civic Media MN's "Truth to Tell" on KFAI radio.

Michelle Alamoradi and Andy Driscoll, co-hosts of Civic Media MN’s “Truth to Tell” on KFAI radio.

An in memoriam tribute to the late Andy Driscoll rounds out the program. Driscoll, the long-time St. Paul progressive who co-hosted KFAI radio’s Truth to Tell with Michelle Alamoradi, used public access television and community radio to amplify the voices and issues of whistle blowers, minorities and political reformers.  This segment features a never before seen video from my personal archive of  Driscoll commenting on iconic activist Marv Davidov as well as Driscoll’s forgotten but once celebrated, award-winning KTCA-TV documentary “Power Play.”   Click here for the Andy Driscoll Segment.
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Click here for full half hour autumn edition of Democratic Visions.

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The spring edition of  our progressive-friendly political and public issues program includes sequences we taped at the Congressional 3, DFL Party Convention on May 3 in Brooklyn Park; my perspective of Eden Prairie’s recent Southwest Light Rail municipal consent hearing; Senator Al Franken’s heartfelt response to the passing of Jim Oberstar; a Mary Stanik commentary on Minnesota’s Sunday liquor store law and Eden Prairie’s Joan Howe-Pullis.  The DFLer will face either GOP incumbent Jennifer Loon or Mrs. Loon’s right wing challenger, Sheila Kihne, to represent House District 48B, the south half of Eden Prairie.


Loon and Kihne will face off in a Republican primary.   Loon, now a Deputy Minority Leader in the Minnesota House, was just one of four Republicans who voted for legalized same-sex marriage.   Mrs. Kihne is reported by Politics.MN to have campaigned against legalized same-sex marriage.   Eden Prairie progressive, first responder/scribes, Two Putt Tommy Johnson and Bill Lapadat will likely be writing about the formerly self-fashioned “Activist Next Door” blogger.


Mrs. Kihne has exhibited in your face, right-wing swagger over the years at Eden Prairie School Board, City and commission meetings and hearings.  My Democratic Visions perspective on the light rail hearing in Eden Prairie includes sound bites of the self-confident, self-imvolved. wacky right edge of Eden Prairie politics.  Mrs. Kihne is among them.


Jennifer Loon is reported by Minnesota Politics to have lined-up an all star team of GOP supporters and will not take the summer off.  DFLer Joan Howe-Pullis is a first time office seeker but is no wallflower and is assembling a savvy, top-shelf, Eden Prairie campaign team.


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DFL state convention live blog

by Eric Ferguson on June 1, 2014 · 9 comments

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.



A week ago, Sharon Sund was endorsed by acclimation during the early part of the DFL 3rd Congressional District  Party’s convention in Maple Grove.  Party activist and former CD3 Chair, George Greene nominated Sund.  The seconding and the voice vote took a few additional seconds putting Sund in the ring with G.O.P.  incumbent Eric Paulsen.

Sund photo


Two years ago, Brian Barnes won the DFL  CD3 Party endorsement over Sund.  Barnes went on to lose to the conservative Eden Prairie Republican.

Sund’s early endorsements include Congressman Keith Ellison, MN 2020 founder and former State Rep Matt Entenza, Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, former State Rep. Betty Folliard, State Rep. Mike Nelson (40A), and Democracy for America.   I have assembled video that I had lensed of Sharon’s endorsement and post-endorsement speech into a segment for the next edition of Democratic Visions.  The segment contains only a portion of Sharon Sund’s speech.

Sharon Sund’s campaign website is here.

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Sharon Sund declares for MN-03

by Dan Burns on March 13, 2014 · 2 comments

408967_340087496011239_1347143292_nMaybe this did the trick. Whatever, most excellent news indeed.

Businesswoman Sharon Sund announced her second challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen on Thursday…
“As your congresswoman, I will work tirelessly to ensure that all families have access to a world-class education, quality health care, and a healthy environment, and all of us have a voice in the decisions that impact our lives,” she said in a statement.

Voters need to quit buying Paulsen’s sleazy con, pretending to be a “moderate” while compiling a voting record that has been, at least for the past couple of terms, as bad as any Tea Partier’s. Just, get this guy out of Congress. And Sund is exactly what this country needs a lot more of in D.C. You can click on the first link in this post, to find out a lot more about that.

Here’s her campaign website. I’ve added today’s press release, below the fold.



An Open Letter to Sharon Sund

by gregladen on February 3, 2014 · 14 comments

Sharon Sund

Sharon Sund

This is an open letter to potential CD3 congressional candidate Sharon Sund. There is no declared candidate in this district at this time, but there is an increasing interest in recruiting Sharon to run against Erik Paulsen.

UPDATE: There is a petition to recruit Sharon to run: “Ready for Sharon!”

Dear Sharon,
Three years ago I decided to get involved in the Minnesota Third Congressional District election. I had been involved in previous races, supporting various DFL candidates through the caucus, primary, and election process. But this time I decided to explicitly seek out a candidate who was science oriented, who would make issues like climate change a campaign priority and not just an add-on, and volunteer my time. I was pleasantly shocked and amazed to quickly discover that you were seeking the DFL nomination and that you were explicitly pro science, and that you had a degree in an area of science and had worked as a scientist yourself.
You may remember that I contacted you to find out more, to verify what it said on your web site, and that we chatted. Not only did it become clear that you really were a science oriented candidate, but that you were also a progressive with experience organizing progressive campaigns (such as support of the Affordable Care Act) and an experienced fund raiser. In short order I volunteered for your campaign, and eventually became staff on that campaign, and at the same time, we became friends.
Working on that campaign was a great pleasure for me. One of the things I remember most is the internal policy of that campaign to always be honest, always play fair, always respect other members of the DFL. The idea was to win the nomination, but if not, to remember — and these words were often said by staffers, volunteers, and by you — that we are all Democrats. We did not gain the nomination at the convention, but the very first thing (after a bit of crying and hugging and such) after that was to concede gracefully, to shake the hands of the winner and his team, and to wish them well.
Now it is time to consider the next Congressional election. I am asking you to run again, to declare candidacy for Congress of the United States for Minnesota’s Third District. Here are some of the reasons I think you should do this.
1) Pragmatically speaking, you’ve run before so running again will not be easier but it will be done with important experience under your belt.
2) The support you gained during the last run has not diminished, and in fact, may have increased. I’ve spoken with many members of the old team, including volunteers and other supporters, and it is my impression that they stand ready to help again. In fact, I would say that as a group we are eagerly chomping at the bit.
3) It need not be said that the need for a science oriented and savvy member of Congress is urgent, but what should be noted is that increasingly science policy, especially as it relates to climate change and green energy, is now a key campaign issue nationally. During the last election there were a handful of races where these issues figured as large as any other issue, and this promises to be more true this coming November. As has been pointed out by my friend Shawn Otto, the number of scientists or science-experienced members of Congress can be counted on one or two hands, but the number of science related issues that are critical to our nation is myriad. In fact, most of the key economic, security, and infrastructure issues we face are science related. Congress needs you.
4) As much as we all respect any elected official who represents us, our current member of Congress, Erik Paulsen, is not a science supporter. This is odd because he seems to have proclivities in that direction. But he is a cookie cutter member of the conservative wing of the GOP, and as such, votes against good science policy and supports the War on Science faithfully. The Third District is a science district. Our local industries are mostly science and technology related (including food, fertilizer, medical device, high tech, and so on). I am very proud that my wife, Amanda, who is a science teacher, coached the Wayzata Science Bowl team this year, and they are going to the National Competition in Washington, DC to seek a win for their school. You need to go to Washington DC to pursue a win for our environment and economy.
5) You have abundantly and clearly demonstrated that you are a person of integrity and good will. What you tell people — voters and potential constituents — is what you feel and know to be true, and you speak with clarity and sincere honesty. You are also a careful and thoughtful listener.
6) Your own personal experiences have gained you wisdom in all of the important policy areas. You worked in green energy, you worked as a manager, you have been an activist supporting important core-DFL social causes. If you go to Congress in Januraly 2015, you will hit the ground running.
7) You are respected by your peers and colleagues, and by the grassroots volunteers, officers, and others in the district’s DFL party.
8) You will be an all inclusive and fair minded representative of the entire Third District. One gets the impression that our current representative is rather selective in who he listens to. I see you as doing nothing less than welcoming all opinions, hearing all voices, and doing your best to represent all of our people.
9) You understand nuance and complexity in the issues of the day. Even Third District Democrats, who tend to be well informed and are often highly educated, may sometimes have canned opinions of many issues, especially the issues that they are not directly involved in. But all issues have multiple aspects, and have to be addressed with attention to detail, internal conflict, uncertainties, and with thoughtful consideration. This is one of the things you are good at. Only the best of the best in Congress now seem to understand this. Your going to Washington will improve the quality of our government, and its ability to make good policy.
10) In many ways you are the Third District. Your lived experience, professionally, in education, as a member of a wonderful family, and as one who has put so much of herself behind important issues, touches on almost every one of the diverse lifeways we represent.
11) Not so much about you, but about the election: Over the last several months it has become increasingly apparent that this is a “winnable” district for the DFL. Another thing I remember about the last campaign (and previous campaigns) is something that rather annoyed me at the time. So often I would hear people recite the same exact set of phrases and numbers about how the Third District is not winnable. It never has been. People have always done this and have never done that. Bla bla bla. But this year, most of those factors have given way to a strong sense that change is needed. Recent elections have shown a shift in the district that foreshadows a DFL win if the right candidate is put forward. You are the right candidate, and this is the right time for you to run.
I’ve written recently about why Erik Paulsen needs to be replaced. Now, I’m suggesting that you should be our Congresswoman. These can be thought of as two separate things. But together, they signal an opportunity that should be grasped. You need to run for Congress, Sharon.
And now, a side not to everyone else: No matter whom you support or which issues are most important to you, get out to your caucus on Tuesday!
Your Friend
Greg Laden


Brian Barnes Wins 1st Round Endorsement in MN-03

by TwoPuttTommy on April 15, 2012 · 3 comments

Yesterday at the Minnesota DFL Congressional District 3 Convention in Edina, Delegates selected Brian Barnes on the very first ballot.  Going into the Convention, I had been predicting Barnes in two, maybe three ballots.  I think what pushed the few undecided Delegates over to Barnes were the introduction speech by Randi & Phil Reitan and then Barnes’ speech – which had almost everyone in the auditorium standing and yelling and clapping!

I’m tellin’ ya – it was a Barnes-Burner!!!  

What was pleasantly surprising, and demonstrates the unity of the opposition to career politician Erik Paulsen, R=Bachmann, is Sharon Sund’s gracious concession speech calling for just that – unity.  This unity was demonstrated by how many of her supporters stayed to the very end of the concession – LONG after their candidate had lost.  

Why such unity? A – both sides ran good – and clean! – campaigns; B – both sides understand the horrible representation in the 3rd CD by career politician Erik Paulsen, R=Bachmann. Indeed, one thing Sharon Sund repeated often: “Erik Paulsen may say he’s a moderate – but he votes like Michele Bachmann.”

And indeed Paulsen does – let’s look!

OK, the key statistic in that screen shot is “Bachmann votes with party: 91%; Paulsen votes with party 93%’

Yes, Gentle Readers – Paulsen toes the party line even more than Bachmann!

And how closely do those two vote alike? Again, let’s look!

Michele Bachmann and Erik Paulsen have voted together 2723 times on roll call votes since January, 2007 in votes where neither abstained, representing a voting similarity of 92%


So when someone asks”Well, how did Paulsen vote on that issue?” – clearly, an accurate response is:  “Hey – just check Bachmann’s voting record!!!”

The .gif to the right (and with Paulsen, it’s apropos it’s WAY to the right) is courtesy of the amazing Tild – and as the above demonstrates, it’s entirely accurate.  This election is about a far-right career politician – Erik Paulsen – and the not only far-right but far-WRONG Republican Party that represents the Top 1%, and a Progressive Candidate – Brian Barnes – that will represent The 99%.

Link here to contribute $$$ to Brain Barnes – every buck counts when the object of the mission is to retire a corporate-controlled, career-politician like Erik Paulsen, R=Bachmann.