Saturday, May 06, 2006 

Big Day in CD5

If you aren't already aware, the CD5 DFL convention is going on right now at St. Louis Park High School. State Rep. Keith Ellison is leading after the first ballot. Liveblogging at Minvolved, Power Liberal, and CD5 Live.

UPDATE: Ellison has extended his lead on the second ballot, leading Gail Dorfman and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer by 49-35-15%, respectively. Mike Erlandson is out of the running for the endorsement, though he will campaign in the primary.

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Friday, May 05, 2006 

Corrupt Pols, Take Note

Unlike the GOP, Democrats investigate their own.

Thursday, May 04, 2006 

Curt Weldon Coming to Minnesota

I stumbled across this a few hours ago and could not believe my eyes. Here's the story: Rep. Curt Weldon (PA-07) is coming to Minnesota to fundraise for Rep. Jim Ramstad.

From today's "GOP Newsline" e-mail:
3rd Congressional District Breakfast with Congressman Jim Ramstad and Congressman Curt Weldon

Join the Third District Republicans for a breakfast to celebrate Congressman Jim Ramstad's birthday with special guest speaker Pennsylvania Congressman Curt Weldon author of the book on Able Danger, Countdown To Terror.

Date: Saturday, 7 a.m., May 6, 2006

Location: Medina Ballroom
500 Highway 55, Hamel, MN 55340

Reserve your place today for $35.00 per person call Margaret Cavanaugh at 952-884-0919 for details
Don't feel bad if you hadn't heard of the good congressman before reading the poorly-written bit above, because he's not a particularly high-profile person outside of Pennsylvania. Maybe he should be, though, because you might be surprised to learn that the people of the Pennsylvania 7th have elected a guy who seems to be more than a little crazy.

Congressman Weldon's issues are many and varied, and a very big hat tip to Swing State Project for their research on this guy. To begin with, a brand-new post from SSP points out that Weldon has some interesting campaign expenditures. Namely, he's been spending campaign money on landscaping as well as some highfalutin hotels and restauraunts - some in other countries. If that's not an improper and illegal use of campaign funds, I don't know what is. So, Weldon appears to be among the legion of corrupt Republican officials in Washington, but that's nothing too special these days. Next up is a good old fashioned conspiracy theory: Weldon and his campaign believe that the CIA is out to get him. He believes that authoring "Countdown to Terror", the very book that the MNGOP's e-mail mentions, put him in the CIA's sights last year. Now, he believes that the CIA is supporting his excellent Democratic opponent, Joe Sestak, because a former analyst contributed to Sestak's campaign. That's a smoking gun if there ever was one. Perhaps the craziest thing of all, though, is that Weldon participated in the "coronation" of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon "as humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent" in 2004. No, seriously. You can read about it, if you have the fortitude, but this is some seriously freaky stuff. Weldon's office went on to lie about his attendance. And yeah, some Democrats were there too, and that's no less wrong, and I don't know why they're still in office.

The three impressive displays above aren't all, though. If you still aren't convinced that this is a messed-up individual, what's coming next is worst. The worst is that Weldon went after his opponent's family for some temporary living arrangements because Sestak's five year-old daughter had terminal cancer. Weldon went so far as to tell Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, where he should have sent his daughter for treatment. If that doesn't disgust you, nothing will.

This, ladies and gentlemen, this is what Rep. Ramstad and the Republican Party are bringing to Hamel, Minnesota tomorrow. A corrupt, conspiracy-theorizing, Messiah-crowning, dishonest Pennsylvania congressman. A man who told a political opponent he was wrong in where he chose to bring his daughter to save her life. A man who is unfit to serve as dogcatcher, much less in Congress. A man who will lose to Joe Sestak in November with a little help from a lot of good people. A man who cannot be allowed to continue holding an honorable office that he does not deserve.

Do you support Weldon's statements, beliefs, and actions, Rep. Ramstad? Do you support them, Mr. Carey? By inviting Weldon to Minnesota and promoting his appearance, Ramstad and the GOP have implied that they do. Call the Minnesota GOP today at 651-222-0022. Ask them. Call Rep. Ramstad's campaign at 952-738-9100. Ask him. Let them know that Curt Weldon is un-Minnesotan. Support Wendy Wilde in MN-03 and Joe Sestak in PA-07. This stuff is as wrong as wrong can be, and we cannot stand idly by.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006 

Down to the Wire

Things in the Legislature are beginning to get down to the wire: a couple of the most important conference committees of the session are meeting today and there's some interesting movement on the stadium bills. House Republicans and Gov. Pawlenty are going to shoot the Senate's proposal down so fast...

Once again, apologies for the few and far between posts, but I've got some material in the pipeline, so you can expect some relatively groundbreaking stuff within the next week.

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