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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Al Franken to be in Delaware for Chris Coons (Radical Leftist Alert)

    10/04/2010 11:37:32 AM PDT · by MarkLevinFan · 22 replies
    The Bearded Marxist ^ | 10-4-2010 | TBM
    Senator Al Franken will be in Delaware on Thursday to rally support for Chris and he wants to meet you! We’re hosting a meet-and-greet for campaign volunteers on Thursday at 2 pm in New Castle. Can you make it? Space is limited, so the first 100 people to RSVP by Tuesday at 10 am will be added to the guest list. Click here to RSVP. Senator Franken will talk to volunteers about why our race is so important and how volunteers can make the difference on November 2. I hope to see you on Thursday!
  • Al Franken: Health reform has made a difference for Minnesotans (extreme barf alert)

    09/23/2010 12:02:51 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 29 replies
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 9-23-10 | AL FRANKEN
    Just six months after President Obama signed health reform into law, Minnesotans are already beginning to reap its benefits. During the health care debate, I met with Minnesotans of all stripes -- doctors, nurses, seniors, small-business owners, middle-class families. One thing I heard over and over is that people felt like they were paying more and more for insurance without getting real health security in return. It seemed as if the insurance companies always found a way to get out of delivering the benefits they promised -- and that you paid for -- when you needed them.
  • Craigslist Sex Trafficking Money in Democrats' Coffers

    09/22/2010 7:47:57 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 22nd 2010 | Emily Miller
    Craigslist has made tens of millions of dollars off sex ads, which have facilitated child sex trafficking, and part of that money is in Democratic campaign coffers. President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) and Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) are among the politicians who have accepted the $83,800 in donations that Craigslist founder Craig Newmark donated to Democrats.
  • Miller concerned Murkowski will 'pull an Al Franken'

    08/27/2010 3:48:37 AM PDT · by wmileo · 140 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/10 | Jordan Fabian
    Joe Miller, the Republican candidate who is poised to knock off Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in a primary contest, said Thursday he is concerned she will launch a protracted legal battle to save her seat. Miller, an Iraq war veteran who received the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), emerged from the election Tuesday night with a narrow lead over Murkowski, an incumbent who assumed the seat from her father. But officials are still counting absentee ballots in the close race and a lawyer for the GOP Senate campaign committee is heading to Alaska to assist the senator....
  • Franken slams mosque opponents

    08/19/2010 11:04:16 AM PDT · by Qbert · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/19/2010 | Elise Viebeck
    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) weighed in on the controversy over a proposed mosque near the World Trade Center site Wednesday, calling the recent opposition to the project "one of the most disgraceful things that I've heard."  Franken was born in Manhattan, and lived there again while writing for "Saturday Night Live" over a period of 20 years. "I don’t know how many of you have been to New York, but if a building is two blocks away from anything, you can’t see it," he said of the mosque's proposed site. "It’s a community center. They’re going to have a gym....
  • FORMER SNL Cast Member: What a [Expletive] Franken is (VIDEO)

    08/13/2010 7:50:30 AM PDT · by Erin Brown · 42 replies · 3+ views
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | August 13, 2010 | Stupac
    This isn’t quite a candidate for an “E! True Hollywood Story,” but it is a little of insight into what goes on behind the scenes, and on set, of the show “Saturday Night Live.” Friends, rivalries, relationships – most of it is folklore. However last night on HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show,” Rob Schneider let loose on guest host Shaun Robinson and shared how he really feels about former fellow SNL cast member and writer, and current Democratic Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.:
  • Unmasking ACORN: Former Leaders Reorganize with New Groups

    08/11/2010 11:16:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | 8/11/10 | Tina Korbe
    ACORN might have disbanded, but the risk of vote fraud in the November 2010 elections is still real. “Desperate men and women will do desperate things to maintain power when the public threatens to take that power away from them,” said David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union. “That means that, more so than in other years, [some candidates] are going to be relying on whatever kind of assistance they can get from whatever quarter that assistance might come.” That assistance will come from ACORN-like groups, Keene explained at yesterday’s Bloggers Briefing at Heritage. Keene said the people who...
  • Al Franken's Gaffes: The former TV comedian isn't ready for prime time in the Senate.

    08/10/2010 4:17:34 PM PDT · by rhema · 54 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/11/10 | John Fund
    Former TV comedian Al Franken continues to demonstrate why he's not ready for prime time in the Senate. Last week, GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was giving a serious speech on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. He noticed Senator Franken, who was in the presiding officer's chair in front of him, gesticulating and making faces at him as he criticized Ms. Kagan. "Senate aides said they were shocked that Franken would flout the decorum of the chamber during such a solemn occasion," reported The Hill newspaper. After he had finished, Mr. McConnell made clear he wasn't...
  • Minnesota Court Of Appeals Rules Against KSTP In Ballot Case (Coleman/Franken)

    08/10/2010 11:39:54 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies · 2+ views ^ | 8/10/10 | Josh Simeone
    Rejected absentee ballots are private information, with that ruling the Minnesota court of appeals says KSTP-TV can't look at them. That reverses a ruling by a Ramsey county judge that allowed KSTP and four other Hubbard broadcasting stations to get access to unopened, rejected absentee ballots from the 2008 election. Last year, a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation uncovered absentee ballots that had been wrongly accepted and rejected. The station sued to examine the 13-thousand that were never counted in the election to continue it's investigation. The appeals court says the law states clearly that sealed absentee ballots are private data...
  • Franken most foul (Al becoming "notorious" for bizarre behavior)

    08/09/2010 2:07:09 PM PDT · by mojito · 129 replies
    Power Line ^ | 8/7/2010 | Scott Johnson
    When there is a local angle to a national story, the local press usually has a field day with it. That hasn't proved to be the case with the story regarding Minnesota Senator Al Franken's outrageous behavior in the Senate during Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's speech opposing the confirmation of Elena Kagan on Thursday. The Star Tribune ran one perfunctory story by reporter Kevin Diaz and let it go at that. I spent the lunch hour yesterday on the phone with knowledgeable sources on Capitol Hill seeking additional information and background on the Franken incident. It didn't take much...
  • Mad Lib of the Day: Al Franken Invoking Pelosi in South Dakota

    08/09/2010 8:32:41 AM PDT · by toma29 · 8 replies
    Useful Info Nation Blog ^ | 8/09/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    Today's Mad Lib of the Day was a tough choice between Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, a representative from South Dakota and Stuart Smalley. The struggling Herseth-Sandlin brought a more liberal Smalley in to campaign for her in a mostly red state. And apparently Smalley has a problem breathing in the political atmosphere of a state that is ready to throw Herseth-Sandlin out of office. From South Dakota Politics: Al Franken: a vote for Herseth-Sandlin is a vote for Nancy Pelosi Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin brought Al Franken to Pine Ridge this weekend. Why you ask? Good question, says I. Franken is a very...
  • Franken apologizes to McConnell for rudeness

    08/06/2010 8:58:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | August 5, 2010 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday for being rude to Sen. Mitch McConnell as the Senate's top Republican was winding up a solemn debate on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Franken, a liberal Democrat from Minnesota, was presiding over the Senate as McConnell explained his opposition to President Barack Obama's high-court nominee. A Senate GOP aide said Franken made theatrical gestures and whispered under his breath as the Kentucky senator spoke. It was distracting enough that McConnell went up to the former comedian afterward and said, "This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al."
  • McConnell scolds Franken for making faces from dais during his speech

    08/05/2010 4:54:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    McConnell scolds Franken for making faces from dais during his speech By Alexander Bolton - 08/05/10 06:00 PM ET Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) scolded Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on the Senate floor Thursday for allegedly mocking him while he delivered a solemn speech on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. The dust-up came seconds after McConnell delivered a speech on Kagan’s nomination shortly before the Senate voted to confirm her to the high court. Franken, who was presiding over the chamber from the dais, gesticulated and made faces while McConnell explained his opposition to Kagan, according to witnesses. The...
  • Al Franken Was Making Faces While Mitch McConnell Was Talking About Kagan Today.

    Via the Hill: McConnell grew increasingly angry as Franken made fun of him before a crowded public gallery and Senate aides lining the chamber walls. Senate aides said they were shocked that Franken would flout the decorum of the chamber during such a solemn occasion. After McConnell finished his remarks, he walked up to the dais and rebuked him. “This is not ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Al,” McConnell said, making reference to Franken’s career as a writer and actor on NBC’s long-running comedy show, according to a witness who overheard the exchange. A spokeswoman for Franken did not immediately return requests...
  • LA city councilman indicted on felony voter fraud [ Democrat ]

    A Los Angeles city councilman and his wife were indicted on a total of 24 felony counts stemming from allegations he lived outside his district, prosecutors said Wednesday. Richard Alarcon, 56, faces 18 charges of perjury, voter fraud and filing a false declaration of candidacy. His wife, Flora Montes De Oca Alarcon, is charged with six counts including perjury and voter fraud. They both pleaded not guilty and were released on their own recognizance. It was not immediately clear how much prison time they would face if convicted but it could be "substantial," said Jennifer Lentz Snyder, a deputy district...
  • Franken warns that GOP Congress would bring 'truly dangerous agenda'

    07/25/2010 7:34:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Franken warns that GOP Congress would bring 'truly dangerous agenda' By Bridget Johnson - 07/25/10 09:48 AM ET Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), addressing a convention of liberal bloggers and activists Saturday evening, implored the left to fight to stay in power in the midterm elections. "If Republicans take back Congress they'll implement a truly dangerous agenda," Franken told the Netroots Nation gathering in Las Vegas. "Everything is on the table from repealing healthcare reform to privatizing Social Security." Franken singled out two Republican Senate nominees: Rand Paul in Kentucky, for his questioning of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Sharron...
  • Discharged Gay Veteran Confronts Reid at Blogger Summit (The Networks Nation Gang with Al Franken)

    07/24/2010 9:29:37 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies
    TheNation ^ | July 24, 2010 | Ari Melber
    “I wish things were as bad for progressives as progressives think they are.” That was one epiphany for Phillip Klein, a conservative writer for the American Spectator, after palling around with liberal bloggers for several days at the fifth annual Netroots Nation in Las Vegas this weekend. Klein was marveling at the melancholy suffusing the conference, given the Obama administration’s undeniable legislative accomplishments to date. The health care bill “alone,” he said, “is more than any liberal has passed since LBJ.” Now Klein could just be, in web parlance, concern-trolling for his political opponents. But his view coincides neatly with...
  • Pawlenty: Investigate felon votes in Senate race

    07/15/2010 6:14:06 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies · 2+ views ^ | 7/14/10 | Kevin Diaz
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty jumped into a growing controversy Wednesday when he said that a conservative interest group may have found "credible evidence" that voter fraud involving felons tipped the narrow 2008 U.S. Senate race toward Sen. Al Franken. Pawlenty's remarks, in a television interview, gave a boost to a study released by Minnesota Majority that purports to have found that more than 1,000 felons voted illegally in the bitterly contested election. The group's claims have been broadcast by Republicans in Minnesota and elsewhere, reigniting a debate over a cause long championed by Republicans: use of voting safeguards such as photo...
  • Coleman won't pursue 2008 voting probe

    07/15/2010 5:39:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 42 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 7-15-10 | ap
    Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says investigations into felons voting illegally in the 2008 election won't cause him to try to change the outcome. Coleman lost his Senate seat to Democrat Al Franken after a recount and court contest that lasted eight months. On Wednesday, the Republican said there will always be "a cloud of doubt" and the allegations add to that, but he hasn't sought legal advice on his options and doesn't intend to. Prosecutors in Minnesota's biggest counties are investigating a conservative watchdog group's allegations that ineligible felons voted or registered to vote illegally in 2008. Earlier Wednesday,...
  • Watchdog: Feds Were Asleep at the Switch When Minnesota Felons Went to the Polls

    07/14/2010 7:57:16 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies · 3+ views
    fox news ^ | 7/14/2010 | fox news
    The group that uncovered evidence of large-scale illegal voting by felons in Minnesota's contested 2008 Senate race says the whole mess might have been prevented if the federal government had just done its job. The federal government is required under the Civil Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act to make sure that states purge their voter rolls of ineligible voters — the dead, those who have moved, felons, undocumented immigrants, etc. — and to ensure that elections are administered and conducted fairly, said Dan McGrath, executive director of Minnesota Majority. But the conservative watchdog group's review of Minnesota's...
  • What Al Franken's Election Tells Us

    07/14/2010 11:28:55 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 46 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    For those who claim that vote fraud isn't a problem, Al Franken's election to the Senate demonstrates not only that vote fraud exists but also that it can alter elections and indeed the laws of the country. Murderers, rapists, and robbers may not be the people we want providing the crucial votes that determine what America's laws should be.
  • Man Who Pleaded Guilty On Drug Charge Gets To Vote (MN Activist Judge)

    09/12/2008 10:16:03 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies · 251+ views ^ | 9/12/08 | AP
    Twenty-four-year-old Javontez Lavel Ross pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing several bags of suspected heroin with intent to sell. But he asked Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan to postpone his sentencing so he could vote in the Nov. 4 election......... The judge granted his request, calling the contest a "historic election." She set his sentencing for Nov. 12.
  • Senator From Stir

    07/13/2010 7:13:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 13, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Elections: A new study says Minnesota's freshman senator squeaked out a recount victory with illegal votes cast by convicted felons. Is this why Democrats are trying so hard to have all felons vote? An 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, has found that at least 341 felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Minnesota Senate race. This was the campaign that culminated with a six-month recount that gave the victory to former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken over incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. The final recount vote in the race showed Franken...
  • Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota

    07/13/2010 10:35:47 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    FOXNews ^ | July 12, 2010 | Ed Barnes
    The six-month election recount that turned former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota's Twin Cities. That's the finding of an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman. The final recount vote in the race, determined six months after Election Day, showed Franken beat Coleman by 312 votes -- fewer...
  • 30 people charged with election fraud in Ramsey County (MN)

    07/13/2010 5:57:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 29 replies · 3+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 7-13-10 | jason hoppin
    The Ramsey County attorney's office has charged 30 people with election fraud in connection with the 2008 general election, a top official there said Monday. The charges are the result of an ongoing investigation that included 746 referrals, mostly from an election reform-minded conservative group, Minnesota Majority. The investigation currently occupies four taxpayer-funded staffers within the county attorney's office, with Phil Carruthers, director of the prosecutions division, saying he wants to add two or three part-time investigators. "It's a huge project," Carruthers said. The news surfaced after long-standing, and largely discredited, allegations that Minnesota's 2008 U.S. Senate election was tainted...
  • Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota, Study Finds

    Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota, Study Finds July 12, 2010 The six-month election recount that turned former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota's Twin Cities. That's the finding of an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman. The final recount vote...
  • Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota, Study Finds

    07/12/2010 10:47:48 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 63 replies · 2+ views
    Foxnews ^ | July 12, 2010 | Ed Barnes
    Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota, Study Finds By Ed Barnes July 12, 2010 The six-month election recount that turned former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota's Twin Cities. That's the finding of an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman. The final...
  • Al Franken Caught Dozing Off During Kagan Testimony

    06/30/2010 1:23:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 28, 2010 | Jon Bershad
    There are few things more important to our country, our society, our very way of life than the United States Supreme Court. Therefore, the selection of a new justice is one of the most interesting news stories possible. Every few years, we, as Americans, get to sit back and literally watch history being made in front of our very eyes. We get to see our country’s future being written. We get to- Oh my God! Is Al Franken falling asleep? He totally is! During Elena Kagan’s opening remarks today, Sen. Franken had a bit of a hard time keeping...
  • Watchdog Groups Says Convicted Felons Are Voting Illegally (MN)

    06/29/2010 9:14:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies ^ | 6/29/10 | Katie Lynn
    It's against the law for convicted felons to vote on election day, but a watchdog groups says hundreds of felons not only registered to vote, but cast ballots. The group Minnesota Majority says they spent the last 18 months matching felony criminal records with voting records. Group member Dan McGrath says they found 289 convicted felons in Hennepin County and 52 in Ramsey County voted illegally during the 2008 election. McGrath claims nothing is being done to stop or correct the incidents. He blames the Secretary of State and local county attorneys for being slow to prosecute voter fraud cases.
  • Senator Sketcher (Al Franken)

    06/29/2010 2:01:09 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 29, 2010 | annem040359
    Today during day two of the Elena Kagan confirmation hearings, Senator Al Franken, (D/MI), who is very much a well-known critic of those who are conservative USA Senators. One weapon he does use, Sen. Franken sure knows how to draw them.