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Ventura names Barkley to succeed Wellstone
Star Tribune | 11-4-02 | N/A

Posted on 11/04/2002 8:50:10 AM PST by Temple Owl

Ventura names Barkley to succeed Wellstone

On the eve of the most hotly contested U.S. Senate vote in decades, Gov. Jesse Ventura threatened to throw the election into still more disarray today with the appointment of state planning commissioner Dean Barkley to complete the term of Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash on Oct. 25.

Ventura announced his plans for filling the vacant seat at 10 a.m. -- just as a scheduled debate between Democratic candidate Walter Mondale and Republican hopeful Norm Coleman began.

Barkley would "put the people's interest before the party's interest" in the Senate, Ventura said. He said his announcement had been triggered by the dispute over whether third-party candidates would be allowed in today's broadcast debate.

"Today, three very powerful institutions -- the DFL, the Republican Party and the media -- are conspiring to limit the hard-earned rights of ordinary citizens to rise up and compete for elected office without having to be a Democrat or a Republican," Ventura said.

Ventura earlier had said he would not appoint an interim senator until after the election on Tuesday.

© Copyright 2002 Star Tribune. All right


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
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Who is Dean Barkley? Anybody know anything about him?
1 posted on 11/04/2002 8:50:10 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Temple Owl
Good for you, Jesse.
2 posted on 11/04/2002 8:52:38 AM PST by Seruzawa
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To: Temple Owl
Apparently, he was with the Reform Party:

http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/bios.html
3 posted on 11/04/2002 8:54:39 AM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Temple Owl
Whew. For a second there I thought:


4 posted on 11/04/2002 8:54:58 AM PST by martin_fierro
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To: Temple Owl
RFrom Google:  
Dean Barkley was appointed director of Minnesota Planning by Governor Jesse Ventura in January 1999. A leader and one of the key developers of the Minnesota Reform Party, Barkley ran for the U.S. House in 1992 and the U.S. Senate in 1994 and 1996. An attorney since 1977, he practiced law at Palmer, Hanjani, Barkley and Barley in Loretto before coming to Minnesota Planning. He also is a director of the Minnesota Compact, which advocates clean campaigns, and has been a director of Common Cause. 
5 posted on 11/04/2002 8:56:18 AM PST by shortstop
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To: Seruzawa
How does he put together a staff for his Washington office
and all the regional offices in Minnesota when he only has
two months to serve? Who's going to go to work for him for
that short time? This whole thing is a joke!
6 posted on 11/04/2002 8:56:31 AM PST by Russ
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To: Seruzawa
So much for the "Ordinary Citizen." What happened did the garbage man refuse to lower himself to the Senate?
7 posted on 11/04/2002 8:57:08 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit
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To: Temple Owl
Dean Barkley, Director of Minnesota Planning
8 posted on 11/04/2002 8:57:54 AM PST by Reelect President Dubya
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To: Temple Owl
This guy is supposed to look after the interests of the STATE, not the people of the state. That's what they have the House for.

Good try, though, Jesse.

9 posted on 11/04/2002 8:57:58 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: Temple Owl
Doesn't this split the Senate now? Who's in charge?
10 posted on 11/04/2002 8:58:44 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Temple Owl
Will Barkley caucus with Republicans, Democrats, or neither? If he caucuses with Republicans, that puts them back in control from now until January, at least, regardless of the outcome of the Talent-Carnahan race.

However, the fact that this guy was with Common Cause disturbs me. That is a BIG red flag. I think he's likely to vote with the Dems.
11 posted on 11/04/2002 9:00:14 AM PST by TBP
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To: Russ
2 Months? You gotta be kidding! This election is going to be in the courts for YEARS, particularly if Mondale loses!
12 posted on 11/04/2002 9:00:52 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: martin_fierro
It's a slam dunk! Charles in charge!

Nothing good comes out of Minnesota. Ventura belongs as an announcer for the WWE.

I blame the stupid voters... they would vote for Hitler if given the chance.

13 posted on 11/04/2002 9:03:52 AM PST by johnny7
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To: HamiltonJay
Barkley can only serve until January no matter how this election turns out. He cannot continue after that time under
any circumstances.
14 posted on 11/04/2002 9:04:59 AM PST by Russ
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To: TBP
Any former director od common cause (www.commoncause.org) will caucus with the Dems. The guy is a lefty.
15 posted on 11/04/2002 9:05:37 AM PST by sittnick
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To: willgolfforfood
"This guy is supposed to look after the interests of the STATE, not the people of the state. That's what they have the House for."

Before the 17th Amendment, that was so. Now the Senate is nothing more than redundant.
16 posted on 11/04/2002 9:06:58 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: martin_fierro
Why ?? whew! Don't you know Charles Barkley is a Republican?!!

Ravenstar
17 posted on 11/04/2002 9:12:34 AM PST by Ravenstar
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To: Temple Owl
Barkley ran against Wellstone in 1996, as an Independent. I think I also heard him say that he had run in 1992, also for the Senate. I know I've heard his name, but I'm danged if I can recall where.
18 posted on 11/04/2002 9:13:19 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Temple Owl
Uh, uh...uhhh...uh, uhh.. he has to be better than Uhhhhh, Mondull.
19 posted on 11/04/2002 9:14:06 AM PST by J. Semper Paratus
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To: TBP
My guess is that he votes for neither.
20 posted on 11/04/2002 9:15:15 AM PST by Guillermo
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To: Fred Mertz
Doesn't this split the Senate now? Who's in charge?

That's a good question.

If it does split the Senate, then the Republicans are in charge via Cheney. The outcome of the election in Missouri may be what makes it or breaks it.

It will be interesting to see what happens. There could be a window here where some judicial appointments will get through, but I dunno. This is without precident.

21 posted on 11/04/2002 9:16:53 AM PST by The Other Harry
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To: Temple Owl
Let's put it this way: because Jesse said he wouldn't make himself, he named Barkley. He's one of Jesse's closest advisors. Naming him is about the same as naming Ventura.
22 posted on 11/04/2002 9:17:27 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: TBP
He stated his intention to remain an Independent. In fact, he mentioned caucusing "all by myself in the bathroom," an interesting notion that is reputed to cause hair to grow on one's palms.

From what I can tell, he claims to be a "social liberal and a fiscal conservative." That usually means a liberal posing as a conservative. I suspect he's cut from the same cloth Ventura is -- mostly a reactionary nutbag with a mild libertarian bent and a left-winger's appetite for other peoples' money.

He doesn't help the Democrats, but he doesn't help the Republicans either.

23 posted on 11/04/2002 9:17:38 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Temple Owl
Just wonderin...
Does a short-term appointed Senator receive all the retirement rights of a duly elected full-term senator..I.E...pension etc. ??
24 posted on 11/04/2002 9:18:05 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: Temple Owl
"I'll do what I can do to help the people in the state of Minnesota," Barkley responded. "I'll caucus by myself in a bathroom, if I have to."

If that is true, he'll be meeting with a lot of D@rats who prefer the bathrooms to the cloak rooms to mix and meet(SIC).

Jesse must be really pi$$ed at the whole process. Too funny.

Go - Jesse - go!!!

25 posted on 11/04/2002 9:18:21 AM PST by jws3sticks
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To: TBP
Heard Barkley say he may caucus with Jeffords. That's enough to give me shivers!!!
26 posted on 11/04/2002 9:20:26 AM PST by bullseye1911
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To: Temple Owl
A fellow named Alben W. Barkley was Truman's Vice President, known back then as "the Veep." I wonder if they are related? These days most politicians seem to get their jobs through nepotism.
27 posted on 11/04/2002 9:20:34 AM PST by Cicero
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To: martin_fierro
Nothing to fear with that choice, either...Charles is more conservative that liberal.
28 posted on 11/04/2002 9:25:21 AM PST by Nephi
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To: Temple Owl

"Will the senator from West Virginia yield?"

29 posted on 11/04/2002 9:25:34 AM PST by tictoc
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To: Temple Owl
Who is Dean Barkley? Anybody know anything about him?

A liberal ex-Democrat. He jumped on Perot's Reform Party bandwagon in an attempt to win a Senate seat. Getting trounced in two Senate elections by the Republican and Democratic candidates made him the senior Reform Party official in the state when Ventura came along. Ventura appointed him to state office, and made him one of his key advisors. Barkley was responsible for recommending a series of liberals for Ventura to appoint.

Ventura feels indebted to him for helping his administration get off the ground.

30 posted on 11/04/2002 9:31:41 AM PST by Snuffington
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To: Cicero
These guys are not conservatives. He will sell out any true conservative, betcha, betcha. I guarantee you also no matter how the congress goes there will be a caveat as to conservative measures being implimented. A year from now do not expect any change in this country.
31 posted on 11/04/2002 9:32:07 AM PST by Digger
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Not to be redundant, but:

Now the Senate is nothing more than redundant.

32 posted on 11/04/2002 9:38:13 AM PST by antidisestablishment
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To: stylin19a
Just wonderin... Does a short-term appointed Senator receive all the retirement rights of a duly elected full-term senator..I.E...pension etc. ??

Yes, but the "short-term" will not qualify him for much. Indeed, unless he had other years of federal service (military or civilian) it doesn't give him anything but a footnote in history and an interesting addirion to his resume'.

33 posted on 11/04/2002 9:40:39 AM PST by ExSES
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To: Temple Owl
This is a slap in the face to all Republicans in Minnesota. Hopefully, this third party is already dead. But if this move ends up helping the democraps, a lot of people are going to be pissed! GO, COLEMAN! For victory & freedom!!!
34 posted on 11/04/2002 9:42:09 AM PST by Saundra Duffy
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To: Saundra Duffy
This is a slap in the face to all Republicans in Minnesota.

I interpreted Ventura's appointment as a slap in the face to the Republicans, Democrats, and the media in Minnesota. It was a typical Ventura move…it shouldn't have surprised anyone.

I must admit that I was slightly disappointed that he didn't select the infamous garbageman. That would have been the ultimate slap in the face.

35 posted on 11/04/2002 9:59:41 AM PST by Scuttlebutt
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To: Snuffington
The good thing is that he cannot be a bad as Wellstone, the Democrats answer to Princess Diane.
36 posted on 11/04/2002 10:05:29 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Direct election of senators, along with the income tax and prohibition were the worst Constitutional amendments ever. At least the country had the good sense to repeal prohibition. But direct election of senators pretty much killed both what remained of states rights after the Civil War, and their ability to act as a brake on federal power. The income tax funded the huge growth of the federal government in the 20th Century. Today, the states are little more than subsidiaries of the federal "mega-corporation."
37 posted on 11/04/2002 10:06:08 AM PST by Wolfstar
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To: Saundra Duffy
I disagree. Jesse is an independant, what did you expect him to do ?
38 posted on 11/04/2002 10:06:50 AM PST by John Lenin
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To: Scuttlebutt
I've never been a Ventura fan (bet some of you were, at first) but would you have preferred that he appoint a big D Demonrat?
39 posted on 11/04/2002 10:06:52 AM PST by iconoclast
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To: Russ
This whole thing is a joke!

Oh, and like the US Senate isn't already a big joke?

40 posted on 11/04/2002 10:07:01 AM PST by Seruzawa
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To: Temple Owl
Temple,

This move sucks period. If the GOP gains control, Coleman is one of the seats that on taking the oath would give the GOP ASAP. It also can be done w/ the MO seat. But Jesse just pissed on that, a pox on both you house so I will screw you both.

With all due respect to his service as a Navy Seal, this bald headed moron just ticks me off more and more with every political move he makes, I can't wait for him to leave the stage, what a jerk.

41 posted on 11/04/2002 10:08:19 AM PST by taildragger
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To: Seruzawa
I guess you got me on that one...
42 posted on 11/04/2002 10:13:09 AM PST by Russ
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To: Wolfstar
Direct election of senators, along with the income tax and prohibition were the worst Constitutional amendments ever.

Bump

43 posted on 11/04/2002 10:14:51 AM PST by Protagoras
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To: Temple Owl
Help me out here....

Doesn't this mean that the Senate is now composed of 2 Independents; 49 DemocRATS; and 49 Republicans? Since the Vice President cas't the "tiebreaking" vote...does this now mean that the Republicans control the Senate?

Personally, I look for the RAT Jeffords to make the switch fully to DemocRAT late this week.

44 posted on 11/04/2002 10:15:30 AM PST by grumpster-dumpster
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To: taildragger
With all due respect to his service as a Navy Seal, this bald headed moron just ticks me off more and more with every political move he makes, I can't wait for him to leave the stage, what a jerk.

I completely agree. Yet, I would rather have him as Governor of Pennsylvania than Ed Rendell who really makes me sick.

45 posted on 11/04/2002 10:17:02 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Seruzawa
Oh, and like the US Senate isn't already a big joke?

Sure it is, it's just not a funny joke. The joke is on us.

The joke is on anyone who thinks anyone in the Incumbent Party cares about their rights or the constitution.

46 posted on 11/04/2002 10:18:12 AM PST by Protagoras
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To: Wolfstar
So the 16th, 17th, and 18th amendments were the worst?

My mother says the 19th was the worst.

47 posted on 11/04/2002 10:27:15 AM PST by You Dirty Rats
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To: iconoclast
"…but would you have preferred that he appoint a big D Demonrat?"

Not at all. As I tried to say, I would have preferred that he appointed the independent "garbageman" that received all the publicity. I think it would have been a proper signal to the politicians/media.

48 posted on 11/04/2002 10:38:44 AM PST by Scuttlebutt
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To: martin_fierro
Hes a Republican you know.
49 posted on 11/04/2002 10:58:27 AM PST by weikel
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To: Temple Owl
Give 'em hell, Jesse!

The Ventura Press Conference is worth a listen. He says that the people who organized the Senatorial candidate debate held over the weekend (which Mondale skipped) should have stuck a cardboard cutout of Mondale on the set and asked it questions.

50 posted on 11/04/2002 11:37:04 AM PST by ravinson
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