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  • Did U.S. Army use mind-control methods on Al Franken, other senators?

    02/25/2011 5:15:04 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 35 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-25-11 | Lolita C. Baldor and Pauline Jelinek
    WASHINGTON — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is ordering an investigation into charges that an army unit trained in psychological operations was improperly told to manipulate American senators to get more money and troops for the war. A senator allegedly targeted said today that he's confident there will be a review of the facts, but played down the idea that he was manipulated. The staff of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, head of the effort to train Afghan security forces, ordered the information operations unit to compile profiles, voting records and other information on visiting lawmakers to leverage in a...
  • Michele Bachmann and the politics of Minnesota

    02/20/2011 3:32:01 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 19, 2011 | JAMES LILEKS
    Minnesota is confused. Minnesota confuses everyone, if they bother to look. One year it’s a governor who would sooner saw off the arm he uses to cast a fishing rod than raise taxes; the next it’s Al Franken, who would raise taxes to subsidize auto-amputations. (Your body, your choice.) The state that elected Paul Wellstone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. In 2010, the House and Senate of the local legislature flipped to the GOP; the people also elected a Democrat governor, Mark Dayton, who promptly proposed taxes on the “rich.” He understands what it’s like to struggle, having sold off...
  • Requiring ID to vote could leave some behind at polls

    01/17/2011 5:13:20 PM PST · by NCjim · 79 replies
    WRAL ^ | January 17, 2011
    Raleigh, N.C. — Republican lawmakers say requiring identification at the polls is a common-sense way to prevent voter fraud, but critics argue the move would open the door to discrimination. House Bill 430 would require voters to present some sort of identification, such as a driver's license or Social Security card. Currently, people have to show identification only when they register to vote for the first time. "People coming from out of state are somewhat flabbergasted of how little ID is required," incoming House Minority Leader Paul Stam said. The incoming Republican leadership at the General Assembly plans to follow...
  • Kent Kaiser: Save money, improve election integrity. Let's get going on photo ID for voting

    12/30/2010 7:24:23 AM PST · by rhema · 18 replies · 7+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/29/2010 | Kent Kaiser
    There's one thing that the 2010 election and the recent recount in the governor's race made clear: It's time to stop arguing about whether we should institute photo ID for voting and time to start discussing how best to implement it. Readers might have heard about how the "reconciliation" process became a point of contention in the recount. With a photo ID system, coupled with the electronic poll books that photo ID would allow us to use, this issue would go away. There would be no extra "voter receipts" floating around, and voters would receive their "receipts" or ballots only...
  • Al Franken Reads The Bible To Prove Tax Cuts Should End

    12/03/2010 4:04:26 PM PST · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | December 3,2010 | annem040359
    Why is Senator Al Franken,(D/MN) using the Bible in regards to ending tax cuts? And at one of the IMPORTANT HOLY SEASONS in the Christian faith calendar year? Is it to “use” both the Bible, and in a special, the Christian scriptures and the Advent/Christmas seasons to try to find where it says “tax cuts” and the need to end them, according to Senator Franken. Senator Franken, I do not see any citing of tax cuts or what you believe is the so-called need to end them. As a matter of fact, DOES IT NOT SURPRISE ANYONE, it sure does...
  • Mark Ritchie's Communist Party Connection Exposed; Trevor Loudon's Mark Ritchie File 5

    11/30/2010 6:14:49 AM PST · by unspun · 18 replies
    Gulag Bound (New Zeal blog & other venues) ^ | November 30, 2010 | Trevor Loudon
    Mark Ritchie File 4 hereMinnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is regarded as a "non-party friend" by the Communist Party USA. So highly does the Communist Party regard Mr. Ritchie, that he has been allowed to attend an high level "not to be publicized" Party meeting in Minneapolis. Some of the Communist Party members at this meeting, later supported Ritchie in his Secretary of State election campaigns. One of them, labor leader Mark Froemke, went on to support two of Ritchie's Democratic - Farmer - Labor - Party colleagues - Al Franken and Mark Dayton in their respective election campaigns....
  • Emmer asks court for help in Minn. gov's race

    11/17/2010 12:21:27 PM PST · by daler · 28 replies
    Mpls Star & Sickle ^ | 11/17/2010 | Martiga Lohn, Associated Press
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Republican Party of Minnesota took the governor's race to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking to shrink the ballot pool in the undecided contest between Democrat Mark Dayton and RepublicanTom Emmer before a recount begins after Thanksgiving. A person with direct knowledge of the filing told The Associated Press that the GOP was asking the high court to force election officials to remove ballots in all precincts statewide where more votes were cast than the number of voters recorded.
  • Students may face felonies over illegal voter vouching

    11/08/2010 4:25:59 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 39 replies · 1+ views
    MN Daily ^ | 11-8-10 | Evelina Smirnitskaya
    Members of Students Organizing for America, a group of students aligned with the Democratic Party, may face a criminal investigation and possible felony charges after confrontations with an election judge over voter vouching during Tuesday’s election. Ginny Gelms, the interim elections director in Minneapolis, said she will submit a report to the Hennepin County attorney’s office and the Minnesota Secretary of State‘s office today. The offices will investigate a possible incident of improper vouching. Gelms said she was told by the University Lutheran Church precinct’s chair election judge there were two incidents of individuals trying to vouch for people they...
  • Franken Gets Bump From 171 Found Ballots (2008 flashback)

    A newly discovered group of ballots is giving a slight boost to Democrat Al Franken's chances in the disputed Minnesota Senate race, but it still isn't enough to undo the incumbent's persistent lead. Ramsey County officials found the 171 ballots yesterday, just as they were wrapping up their recount. After the votes were tallied, Franken gained 37 votes on incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman's lead. Through yesterday, Coleman's margin was 303 votes. However, the numbers can still shift as the last counties wrap up their work this week.
  • 2 Worthington men charged with ineligible voting

    11/03/2010 5:36:05 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 11-3-10 | Justine Wettschreck
    Just two days before the statute of limitations ran out, on the very day that the nation was at the polls for midterm elections, the Nobles County attorney's office filed charges against two people for voting in the 2008 election while ineligible. Monica Duarte Duchene, 36, and Ryan Scott Marsh, 30, both of Worthington, were charged in Nobles County District Court of voting at a time when they were ineligible due to a prior felony conviction which had not been discharged. Duchene was convicted in December 2007 of third-degree arson and sentenced in February 2008 to five years of probation,...
  • Dayton (D) lead less than a half point with 99% of pcts. in

    11/03/2010 3:33:27 AM PDT · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 38 replies · 2+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/3/2010 | By DENNIS J. McGRATH, RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and BAIRD HELGESON, Staff Writers
    The Minnesota governor's race is so close it has come to this: another recount appears almost certain. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, DFLer Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by less than one half of 1 percent -- 43.67% to 43.24%. For any race where the margin is less than one half of 1 percent, there is an automatic recount, as happened two years ago in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. "It looks like it's recount part II: And this time it's personal," said state Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton.
  • After Election Day, Here Come The Lawyers

    11/02/2010 11:28:22 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 2 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 11/2/2010 | Ed Carson
    Football coaches want to win in the air or on the ground. Many have almost open disdain for the kicker. But when the game comes down to the wire, he often is the the difference between an amazing victory or an agonizing defeat. Political campaigns have their own air (TV and radio ads) and ground (get-out-the-vote and other efforts) strategies. The vast majority of races will have clear winners. But in those instances where a few dozen or few hundred votes separate the contenders, the fight will move to the courtroom.
  • Union Accused of Voter Fraud Involving Mentally Handicapped

    11/02/2010 8:17:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/2/10 | Staff
    Authorities in Crow Wing County are investigating possible voter fraud involving people with mental disabilities. An affidavit, filed Monday by Brainerd resident Montgomery Jensen, claims a large group of mentally handicapped people were told whom to vote for by mental health staff members and that staff filled out the ballots themselves without the disabled voters close by. Jensen said he came to the Crow Wing County Auditor's Office in Brainerd at approximately 4:40 p.m. Friday to fill out an absentee ballot, because he wouldn't have time to vote there on Nov. 2.
  • 'I.D. Me' group testing polling-place law (MN)

    10/29/2010 12:25:45 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    pioneer dePress ^ | 10-29-10 | jason hoppin
    A conservative group said Thursday that it will ask a federal judge for a restraining order allowing "tea party" paraphernalia and buttons advocating for a voter ID law inside Minnesota polling places. The group, Minnesota Majority, said elections officials in the Secretary of State's office and in Hennepin and Ramsey counties have told election judges such items will not be allowed in polling places. While Minnesota law bars campaign-related political materials within 100 feet of a polling place, the group said their material isn't political. "This is one of those freedom issues I don't get," said Dorothy Fleming, one of...
  • Franken: On Nov. 3, breakfast should 'taste like victory'

    10/29/2010 11:41:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    The Hill [Washington, DC], ^ | 10/29/10 | Elise Viebeck
    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) penned a fundraising letter for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) on Friday asking voters to consider the morning after the election. In one scenario, Franken wrote, it's "8 a.m. You stumble out of bed. Make some oatmeal. Turn on the TV to find out what happened in that Senate race, the one that was too close to call all night. But you gave $5 to the DSCC … And, lo and behold, your favorite Democrat ... pulled it out by a few votes. Oatmeal never tasted so sweet."
  • Franken: 2010 Senate races could be as close as mine in 2008

    10/22/2010 1:15:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct. 22, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Friday asked Democrats to provide more donations to his colleagues, warning that several of his fellow Democratic senators could end up reprising the months-long recount that kept him from taking his Senate seat. Franken wrote in a fundraising e-mail for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) that some of his colleagues — like Sens. Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Russ Feingold (Wis.) or Patty Murray (Wash.) — could end up in races that are determined by just a few votes. "Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Patty Murray: Any of these great Democrats could end up in a race...
  • Hennepin Co. charges 6 with voter fraud(MN)

    10/22/2010 5:46:45 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 14 replies
    wkbt ^ | 10-22-10 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Six people in Hennepin County have been charged with voter fraud for allegedly voting in the 2008 election when they were ineligible. According to criminal complaints, all 6 of the accused are convicted felons who voted in the Nov. 4, 2008, election even though they knew they weren't allowed to vote because they had past convictions and hadn't had their right to vote restored. 3 of them face one felony count, and three others face two felony counts. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says it investigated a total of 110 allegations of voter fraud and ultimately submitted...
  • Growing Number of Homeless Pack Shelters

    10/14/2010 1:58:58 PM PDT · by Son House · 28 replies
    KTTC.com ^ | Oct 13, 2010 | Associated Press
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Some families have been turned away from emergency shelters in Ramsey and Hennepin counties because of the growing number of homeless. Ramsey County commissioner Toni Carter says more than 100 people couldn't get into shelters in August and September. Carter says county and community agencies have been trying to support as many families as they can, but the need is much greater... ...Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Kirk tells Minnesota Public Radio News she lied about being abused by her partner in order to be admitted, along with her 2-year-old daughter, to a suburban shelter for battered women....
  • Franken asks FEC to probe U.S. Chamber's funding after report

    10/06/2010 5:36:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    the hill ^ | 10/6/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Wednesday to investigate the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's funding for its political activities. Franken wrote FEC Chairman Matthew Petersen to ask for a probe into whether the Chamber is indirectly using money from foreign corporations to finance its political operations, which have largely targeted Democrats, this cycle. "I am writing to ask that you investigate these claims, enforce existing laws and regulations prohibiting foreign spending in American elections, and strengthen those very last through new regulations and policy guidance," Franken wrote.
  • Sen. Franken to stump for Delaware Senate nominee Coons

    10/04/2010 1:48:44 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10-4-2010 | Jordan Fabian
    Sen. Franken to stump for Del. Senate nominee Coons By Jordan Fabian - 10/04/10 03:53 PM ET Delaware Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons is seeking to boost his campaign this week with an appearance by a liberal Democratic senator. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a former comedian and liberal talk radio host, will stump for Coons on Thursday, according to the Delaware Democratic Party. The New Castle County executive faces GOP nominee Christine O'Donnell, who is backed by Tea Party groups, in the general election. Most polls show Coons leading O'Donnell by double-digits. Republicans viewed the race for Vice President Joe...