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  • Senate Dems call on Obama to resettle 65,000 Syrian refugees

    05/24/2015 5:33:19 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/2015
    A group of Senate Democrats is urging the Obama administration to allow at least 65,000 Syrian refugees to settle inside the United States. While the United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, we must also dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement, the group of 14 lawmakers led by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Thursday. The group letter noted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) wants to resettle 130,000 Syrian refugees over the next two years and has thus...
  • New wave of Islamic immigration planned for U.S. (Some call it open invitation for jihadists)

    03/22/2015 6:53:18 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | March 22, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The number of students graduating with STEM degrees already far exceeds the number of STEM jobs available but powerful interests in the business community are pushing Congress to allow more foreign skilled workers into the country. Congress is considering new immigration laws that would flood the U.S. with guest workers from the Middle East and Asia, a plan some are calling an open invitation for jihadists to walk right through Americas front door. Critics say lawmakers including top Republican leaders are playing with fire and could jeopardize national security with the proposals to double or even triple...
  • Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) Admits Her Staff To Blame for Scuttling of Trafficking Bill

    03/19/2015 3:31:28 AM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | 3/1/8/2015 | Jake
    Last Friday, I wrote about how the Democrats were putting abortion before helping victims of human trafficking. The Democrats incredible defense was that they had not read the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act to find the language inserted by the GOP relating to abortion. Now, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a Democrat from Minnesota and the bills leading Democratic sponsor, admits that it was her staff, not the Republicans, who should be blamed for the scuttling of the bill. Per the Daily Caller; Klobuchar admitted Tuesday one of her staffers did see the language weeks ago. The staffer had seen...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 14 September 2014

    09/14/2014 5:04:58 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 143 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 14 September 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows September 14th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C; Michael Hayden, a former CIA and National Security Agency director.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Secretary of State James Baker; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Secretary of State John Kerry; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Education Secretary Arne Duncan.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; Harkin; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Rep. John...
  • Records were falsified at Minneapolis VA, former workers say

    09/04/2014 9:10:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 4, 2014
    MINNEAPOLIS Two former employees of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center allege they were pressured to falsify patient appointment dates and medical records to hide delays, a television station reported. In a report that aired Wednesday night, the ex-employees told KARE-TV that in some cases, they were told to falsify medical records by writing that patients had declined follow-up treatments when, in reality, they say the veterans had never been contacted. The former VA workers fear that patients' lives may be at risk because they say some cases involved suspected colon cancer. "Some of them were getting missed altogether," said...
  • Something Incredible Happens When a Citizen Asks MN Dems Simple Obamacare Question

    02/21/2014 1:52:14 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 20, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    During a town hall-style agricultural symposium in Mankato, Minn., on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers were left speechless after a citizen asked a very simple question about Obamacare.Screengrab via KEYC-TV The question: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?”Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz, both of Minnesota, seemingly didn’t know how to respond. In fact, the room erupted in laughter after the two just stared at each other. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who also attended the meeting, was the only one prepared to respond.“I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that,” he said,...
  • Michele Bachmann: Minnesota Democrats need to keep their Obamacare promises

    12/04/2013 5:18:11 PM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/3/13 | Michele Bachmann
    It has now been two months since the Obamacare rollout began, and what do Minnesotans have to show for it? And more importantly, what are Sen. Franken, Sen. Klobuchar and Gov. Dayton doing to fix these cascading problems? Already more than 5 million Americans are losing their existing health care plans, including low-income college students; 140,000 of the 5 million people nationwide receiving cancellation letters are from right here in Minnesota. So far, we have only heard about the millions of individual policies that have been canceled, but it is estimated that somewhere between 50 million to 100 million people...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 28 April 2013

    04/28/2013 4:48:53 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 75 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 28 April 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows April 28th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): en. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): en. Dan Coats, R-Ind.; Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Bennie...
  • Duck Hunting Shotgun Proven To Be more Dangerous Than A Huldra AR-15

    01/13/2013 1:23:42 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    youztube ^ | 1-10-13 | stuart mills
    This is a video letter to Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan, and Senators Amy Klobucher, and Al Franken. This video proves that a duck hunting shotgun is more destructive and lethal than a AR-15 modern sporting rifle.
  • Democrats urge delay for job-killing Obamacare tax

    12/13/2012 9:58:59 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 11, 2012 | Byron York
    Sixteen Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act are asking that one of its fundraising mechanisms, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices scheduled to take effect January 1, be delayed. Echoing arguments made by Republicans against Obamacare, the Democratic senators say the levy will cost jobs in a statement Monday, Sen. Al Franken called it a job-killing tax and also impair American competitiveness in the medical device field. The senators, who made the request in a letter(PDF) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are Franken, Richard Durbin, Charles Schumer, Patty Murray, John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand,...
  • MN Senate race-Jack Shepard "Operation Chaos" question

    08/11/2012 8:03:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    me ^ | 8-11-12 | TurboZamboni
    How's this work? (voting in the Dem primary) Does Shepard's "Operation Chaos" plan have a chance to further Kurt Bill's odds and oust Klobuchar? Anyone heard his ad on Twin Cities radio?
  • In new ad, Bills likens underdog Senate bid to Wellstone's

    08/10/2012 7:29:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-10-12 | staff
    Kurt Bills' campaign released an online ad Monday, July 30, that mimics nearly shot for shot the landmark 1990 campaign ad entitled "Fast Paced Paul." That offbeat ad introduced Wellstone, then a virtually unknown college professor, to Minnesota voters. Initially seen as a sure loser, Wellstone upset incumbent Republican Rudy Boschwitz that year. Bills -- a high school economics teacher also largely unknown to state voters -- is encouraging a comparison as he challenges the popular and well-funded Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar. The version from Bills, "Quick Kurt," can only be viewed online.
  • Most Expensive Bill of the Week

    11/08/2011 6:26:30 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    The Bill: S. 1769, Rebuild America Jobs Act Annualized Cost: $8.1 billion ($40.7 billion over five years) Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sponsored the Rebuild America Jobs Act to rebuild and improve the nations infrastructure. The bill establishes short- and long-term national development priorities through new construction programs.
  • Defections by Senate Dems hamper Obamas message on jobs

    10/23/2011 9:16:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/21/11 | Bob Cusack
    Democratic defections and a united Republican front are hampering President Obamas message on the economy. Last week and again Thursday night, there were a couple Democratic defections on Obamas jobs measure. And despite a veto threat from the White House, 10 Democrats voted for a GOP alternative. The lack of a united front is complicating a key part of Obamas reelection strategy of running against Washington, and Congress in particular. Obama has been lambasting the politics of Capitol Hill, and some say a few stray Democratic votes will prevent that message from resonating with voters in 2012. Others claim that...
  • APNewsBreak: 2012 dropout Pawlenty a no for Senate

    08/17/2011 12:41:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:27 PM EDT | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday definitively ruled out a 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate after ending his Republican bid for the White House a few days ago. Some Republicans, including state GOP chairman Tony Sutton, were hoping Pawlenty would get right back into the ring and take on freshman Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar next year. "I don't know what I will be doing next," Pawlenty said in an email to The Associated Press. "However, I will not be running against Amy in 2012."
  • Pawlenty Rules Out Senate Run After Ending Presidential Bid

    08/17/2011 1:49:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Aug. 17, 2011 | Joshua Miller
    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination this week, will not take on Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in 2012. Pawlenty told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he did not know what his future plans would be, but he would not be running against Amy in 2012. Pawlenty told ABCs This Week on Sunday that he was ending his presidential campaign after placing third in the Ames straw poll in Iowa the day before. I wish it would have been different. But, obviously, the pathway forward for me doesnt really exist....
  • Lawmakers Pushing Bill That Could Land YouTube Lip-Synch Artists Behind Bars (Now???)

    06/09/2011 12:24:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/9/11 | Pete Griffin
    Record labels are clamoring for a chance to have their artist lip-synch alongside 16-year-old YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill in, of all places, his bedroom. But could a proposed amendment to the federal copyright infringement law potentially land Cahill, or any person lip-synching copyrighted material in a YouTube video, behind bars? Senate Bill 978, a bipartisan measure introduced last month by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.), is backed by supporters who say it closes glaring loopholes in current copyright infringement law created by the realities of the digital age. As technology rapidly evolves,...
  • Amy Klobuchar Less Than Popular (MN Vanity)

    07/05/2010 11:56:37 PM PDT · by astyanax · 8 replies
    me ^ | today | me
    While visiting relatives I attended the 4th ff July parade in Crosby, MN. I found it rather encouraging that the same crowd which stood and offered their respect when the flag and veterans passed by was less than enthused when Amy Klobuchar followed shortly thereafter. Even with her sycophants marching alongside and attempting to encourage "spontaneous" applause (i.e. they would start clapping approximately every one block) her reception was less than "warm"... If I had only known she was attending, I would have brought a sign: "Less "Twilight", more Constitution!"
  • Senator Ask Kagan About Twilight During Hearing!

    07/01/2010 7:29:48 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 36 replies
    www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | July 1, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    Its getting absurd. The first time I heard it, my mouth dropped open at the sheer stupidity of Senator Klobuchars line of questioning. You had an incredibly grueling day yesterday and you did incredibly well but I guess that means you missed themidnight debut of the third twilight movie last night I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward vs Jacob or the vampire vs the werewolf? Sure, I know that a little bit of levity is needed every now and then. But we are facing the lifetime appointment to one of the most important seats...
  • Sen. Klobuchar asks Kagan: Team Edward or Team Jacob?

    06/30/2010 3:36:23 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies · 1+ views
    washington post ^ | 6-30-10 | wapo
    "I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward versus Jacob... [but] I know you can't comment on future cases." -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), brazenly courting the Twi-hard vote, in her questioning of Elena Kagan at the confirmation hearing Wednesday. See the Klobuchar-Kagan video at 44.
  • Franken takes on Roberts court

    06/29/2010 7:36:05 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 64 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/28/10 | Jeremy Herb
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken used his opening remarks at Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearing to take sharp aim at what he says is an activist tilt by the high court. "There is such a thing as legislating from the bench," said Franken, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee in charge of the hearing. "And it is practiced repeatedly by the [Chief Justice John] Roberts court, where it has cut in only one direction: in favor of powerful corporate interests, and against the rights of individual Americans." U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who also sits on the committee,...
  • Franken and Klobuchar join attack on campaign finance ruling

    04/29/2010 6:07:59 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies · 308+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/29/10 | Kevin Diaz
    Minnesota Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar joined a Democratic assault on the U.S. Supreme Courts controversial Citizens United ruling on Thursday, signing on to a bill that would slap new regulations on political expenditures by unions and corporations. Readying for the fall elections, the two Minnesota Democrats are joining Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and others in an effort to blunt the impact of the landmark decision that removed restrictions on independent spending in elections by corporations and other special interests. The bill appears to lay down a marker in an election year in which Democrats will...
  • Protest at Klobuchar office

    04/13/2010 9:43:16 PM PDT · by DrDavid · 4 replies · 386+ views
    StarTribune.com aka Red Star ^ | 13 April 2010 | Carlos Gonzalez
    About 50 protesters gathered outside the Minneapolis offices of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Tuesday, demanding that she vote against a $33 billion supplemental appropriation for the war in Afghanistan.
  • Klobuchar(D-Mn) Road Trip to Focus on Jobs, Energy & Innovation

    01/11/2010 11:14:34 AM PST · by Son House · 5 replies · 642+ views
    KTTC.com ^ | Jan 09, 2010 | KTTC.com
    MINNEAPOLIS (January 9, 2010) U.S. Senator Klobuchar will travel throughout Minnesota the week of January 11 to highlight the job creation potential of energy efficiency and homegrown energy, especially with small businesses. Klobuchar is co-author of the American Renewable Energy Act, which would establish a national renewable energy standard (modeled after Minnesota's "25 by 25" law) to stimulate innovation and investment in homegrown energy. She also serves as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion. During the week, Klobuchar will visit businesses and hold events in Cohasset, Cloquet, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Moorhead, Park Rapids, Rochester...
  • A Democrat Senator lies in a health care interview (Minnesota's OTHER embarrassment)

    12/21/2009 4:03:38 PM PST · by GOP_Resurrected · 14 replies · 621+ views
    Fox News Sunday ^ | 12/20/2009 | Transcript
    I know, Rats lying in this debate is fish in a barrel, but I thought this one especially egregious. Amy Klobuchar is one of the dimmer bulbs in the Senate. She claimed yesterday to Chris Wallace in response to a question about the broad unpopularity of this bill, that Medicare was even MORE unpopular when it was passed, with only 28% supporting it. This struck me as pretty far fetched, given the lopsided vote for it. Sure enough, she had the numbers exactly transposed. Stupidity or mendacity? You decide.
  • Klobuchar(D-MN) Presses Geithner on Small Business Lending

    11/21/2009 9:37:59 AM PST · by Son House · 3 replies · 442+ views
    Hometownsource.com ^ | November 19, 2009 | Hometownsource.com
    Washington, D.C. While chairing part of todays (Thursday, Nov. 19) Joint Economic Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar questioned U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner about the Administrations plans to reform the financial regulatory system. When Wall Street gets a cold, Main Street catches pneumonia, said Klobuchar. Small businesses are the engines that drive job creation in this country, and they need better access to credit. I want to make sure small businesses can keep their doors open and start hiring again. My number one priority is jobs, jobs, jobs. Last month, Klobuchar and 32 other Senators wrote to President...
  • Sen. Klobuchar on Range:Stimulus bill needed for Jolt to Economy[3.5 mil jobs, 90% private sector]

    10/19/2009 5:16:25 PM PDT · by Son House · 19 replies · 584+ views
    Mesabi Daily News ^ | February 20, 2009 | By BILL HANNA
    HIBBING U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., traveled to the Range on Thursday armed with some upbeat job statistics that she hopes and believes will result from the $879 billion federal stimulus/spending bill signed into law earlier this week. But when the lawmaker, with family Range roots, arrived to speak at the Hibbing Community College in the late afternoon she had to add a new, unpleasant job number to her speech 590 layoffs at the Minntac taconite mine in Mountain Iron. These are real people and this is a real story of layoffs and pain. Its difficult but important...
  • Amy Klobuchar: Who needs privately funded travel when taxpayers will buy political trips you need?

    10/16/2009 7:55:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies · 881+ views
    Politics in Minnesota ^ | October 15th, 2009 | Sarah Janecek
    Incendiary headline? You bet. Here's the story, which, not inconsequentially, was brought to my attention by both U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar fans and foes. Wednesday night, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce held its 139th annual dinner meeting, with nearly 1,100 people in attendance at the DECC. The keynote speaker was Klobuchar, who started the day casting votes in DC but came to Minnesota Wednesday evening solely for the Duluth speech. Apparently there were plane delays, and Klobuchar finally arrived in Duluth via helicopter, just a few minutes late. She hurried to the podium and gave a 20-minute speech, hurried...
  • Klobuchar: Fill out census form Bachmann is shunning (Hag Alert)

    07/22/2009 3:23:32 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies · 681+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 7/22/09 | BOB VON STERNBERG
    US. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pushing her Minnesota constituents -- hard -- this week to fill out the 2010 Census, saying federal dollars and congressional representation are at stake. That puts her at odds with Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann, who set off a firestorm a month ago, when she said she wouldn't fully fill out the census form, saying it's an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. Although Klobuchar did not specifically criticize Bachmann's statements, she said today that she wanted "to get countervailing views about the census and privacy issues." She continued: "People are welcome to their own views, but...
  • Female Senators Stand Up for Sotomayor; Witness List for Hearing Released

    07/09/2009 11:34:30 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies · 652+ views
    Roll Call ^ | July 9, 2009 | Jessica Brady
    A trio of female Senators tried to rally support for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday, but they dismissed the need for outside womens groups to get involved in the confirmation process, which kicks off next week. Things are going well. Theres no need to get involved, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said during a press conference, also attended by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Womens groups have been largely absent from the public debate over Sotomayor, who is just the third woman appointed to serve on the nations highest court, and if confirmed, would be one...
  • Senate Blocks Pro-Tiller Resolution Glorifying Abortion Industry

    06/23/2009 12:47:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 1,114+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/23/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Senate yesterday blocked a resolution praising the "crucial services" of abortionists and condemning violence against them in the wake of Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller's murder last month.The resolution, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), decried violence against "providers of health care services to women" and asserted, "there is a history of violence against providers of reproductive health care, as health care employees have suffered threats and hostility in order to provide crucial services to patients."The resolution failed to gather adequate support after Shaheen...
  • Caption McCain, Graham, Klobuchar, and US Amb. to Vietnam at Truc Bach Lake near the "Hanoi Hilton"

    04/09/2009 7:06:29 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 723+ views
    VietNamNet ^ | 2009-04-08
  • Caption McCain, Graham, and Klobuchar in Hanoi

    04/07/2009 9:20:07 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 955+ views
    AFP / Radio Voice of Vietnam / VietNamNet Bridge | 2009-04-07
  • Klobuchar traveling in Asia with Sens. Graham and McCain [two Democrats and a RINO]

    04/06/2009 1:42:19 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 474+ views
    Minn Post ^ | 2009-04-06
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is traveling in Asia this week with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. According to news reports, the group met with Donald Tsang, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, and pro-democracy activists. The senators also are scheduled to visit Vietnam, Japan and China.
  • Klobuchar throws support to Obama (MN)

    03/31/2008 8:23:43 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies · 283+ views
    KARE11.com ^ | 3/31/08 | John Croman
    US Senator Amy Klobuchar, one of Minnesota's superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention, is committing to Senator Barack Obama. She becomes the ninth of the state's 14 known superdelegates to go with the Illinois Senator, with three committed to his rival Hillary Clinton and two still uncommitted. The DFL party will choose two more superdelegates at the state convention in June. The choice would be hard enough for those who know the candidates as Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, but for someone who knows them as Barack and Hillary it's even tougher. "As my 12-year-old daughter says 'Awkward, mom, awkward,'...
  • Second Female Senator Endorses Obama

    03/31/2008 2:44:44 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 14 replies · 490+ views
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 3/31/08 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - campaign_minute Democratic Sen. Barack Obama secured the backing of a second female senator on Monday as a top supporter of rival Hillary Rodham Clinton raised expectations for Obama in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary. Freshman Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who recently voiced concerns about the rancorous tone of the Democratic primary, said she was forced to choose after the difficulty of remaining uncommitted. "Between Barack and a hard place, I chose Barack," she told reporters in a conference call. "He's able to dissolve the hard cynical edge that has dominated our politics under the Bush administration."...
  • Star Tribune editorial writer to join Klobuchar's-D staff (What liberal media?)

    10/31/2007 9:11:23 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 3 replies · 119+ views
    Star Tribune.com ^ | 10/30/07 | Kevin Diaz
    WASHINGTON - Veteran Star Tribune editorial writer Dave Hage announced Tuesday that he is leaving the newspaper to become communications director for first-term Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. Hage, 52, will take over Klobuchar's fledgling press operation, which has seen some turnover since she took office in January. Her first communications director, Semonti Mustaphi, left to work for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Hage, a Minneapolis native, joined the Star Tribune in 1979. He started as a suburban reporter, then wrote about labor, business and the economy. From 1991 to 1995 he was an economics correspondent for U.S. News & World Report...
  • Blaming begins in Minneapolis bridge collapse

    08/03/2007 5:58:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,651+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/07 | Todd Melby
    MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Politicians trying to account for one of the worst bridge collapses in U.S. history cast blame ranging from engineering faults to the Iraq war on Friday, while divers tried to reach the bodies of more victims in the Mississippi River's treacherous waters. As investigators probed Wednesday's collapse that killed at least five people, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said outside experts would review the decisions of state engineers to shore up problems with the heavily-traveled 40-year-old bridge in central Minneapolis. Engineers had decided to periodically inspect the steel superstructure beneath the Interstate 35W bridge and bolt on reinforcing...
  • Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar is in Iraq

    03/18/2007 4:14:27 PM PDT · by Son House · 28 replies · 1,387+ views
    WKBT, WI La Crosse New Channel 8 ^ | Mar 17, 2007 | WKBT, WI
    Klobuchar says the soldiers she spoke with are stoic about their mission, but are eager to come home. The Minnesota Democrat, who has opposed the escalation of the war, says she favors a surge in diplomacy, a gradual pullout of troops and a transferring of authority to the Iraqi government.
  • Ellison, Klobuchar sworn in (Minnesota Politics PING)

    01/04/2007 3:00:28 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 38 replies · 783+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 1/04/07 | Kevin Diaz - Staff Reporter
    Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was sworn in this afternoon, holding his left hand on a leather-bound volume of a Qur'an that was once owned by Thomas Jefferson. In a day of firsts, Ellison was sworn in by Nancy Pelosi of California, the first woman House speaker. Ellison held his right hand in the air, placed his left hand on two brown leather-bound volumes of the Qur'an, which were held aloft by his wife, Kim. The historic moment was played out in wood-paneled chamber of the Capitol before hundreds of journalists from around the world, including Al...
  • POLL: Pawlenty, Hatch still deadlocked (MN Governor & Senate Numbers)

    10/24/2006 8:55:25 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 14 replies · 716+ views
    In a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS/SURVEY USA poll, the race between Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Attorney General Mike Hatch remains deadlocked. A separate poll shows that Amy Klobuchar has widened her lead over Mark Kennedy...
  • Klobuchar leads by 16 in Minnesota; Chafee down 9 in Rhode Island (Rasmussen poll)

    10/08/2006 2:38:07 PM PDT · by okstate · 34 replies · 1,626+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 8 October 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    Rhode Island Senate: Lincoln Chafee (R) 42% Sheldon Whitehouse (D) 51% Undecided 7%500 Likely Voters, poll taken Oct 6http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2006/senate/ri/rhode_island_senate_race-17.html Minnesota Senate: Amy Klobuchar (DFL) 56% Mark Kennedy (R) 40% Undecided 4%500 Likely Voters, poll taken Oct 5http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2006/senate/mn/minnesota_senate_race-15.html Minnesota Governor: Mike Hatch (DFL) 50% Tim Pawlenty (R) 46% Undecided 4%500 Likely Voters, poll taken Oct 5http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2006/governor/mn/minnesota_governor_race-57.html
  • Survey USA Minnesota Poll: Pawlenty (R) up one for Governor, Klobuchar (D) up 8 for Senate

    09/28/2006 6:09:24 PM PDT · by okstate · 6 replies · 811+ views
    Survey USA ^ | 28 September 2006 | Survey USA
    Pawlenty, Hatch Tied in MN : In an election for Governor of Minnesota today, 9/28/06, Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty and DFL challenger Mike Hatch tie, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KSTP-TV Minneapolis, KAAL-TV Rochester, and WDIO-TV Duluth. 40 days to the 11/7/06 election, it's Pawlenty 45%, Hatch 44%. Other candidates get 9% of the vote. Pawlenty leads by 16 points among men and trails by 12 points among women, a 28-point "gender gap." Republicans pick Pawlenty 15:1. Democrats pick Hatch 8:1. Independents prefer Hatch by 4 points. The most affluent voters pick Pawlenty by 14 points. The...
  • Klobuchar gaining strength (Mason-Dixon poll, Klobuchar up 15)

    09/25/2006 11:18:47 AM PDT · by okstate · 16 replies · 744+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 25 September 2006 | Tom Scheck
    THe Mason Dixon poll, conducted on behalf of Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, is similar to other independent polls released on the race last week. Both candidates are polling well among their core supporters but Klobuchar also has strong support from independent voters. St. Paul, Minn. The poll interviewed 625 registered voters in Minnesota between September 18 and September 20. The poll found that a little more than half of those polled -- 52 percent -- support Democrat Amy Klobuchar. Thirty-seven percent support Republican Mark Kennedy. Independence Party member Robert Fitzgerald and Green Party member...
  • Klobuchar holds big lead over Kennedy in another poll (Humphrey Institute, Klobuchar up 16)

    09/22/2006 11:50:41 AM PDT · by okstate · 14 replies · 781+ views
    Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | 22 September 2006 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS - Democrat Amy Klobuchar holds a commanding lead in the U.S. Senate race over Republican Mark Kennedy in a Humphrey Institute poll released Thursday night, the second poll released this week that gave Klobuchar a double-digit lead. But Klobuchar's lead of 52 percent to 36 percent for Kennedy was not quite as big as her 24 percentage point lead in a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll published Monday. Both polls were conducted before a flap surfaced Tuesday over her firing of a campaign spokeswoman who accessed an unreleased TV ad for Kennedy, a case that opened up a new avenue...
  • Klobuchar's Stumble: What will the Fallout Be in Minnesota Senate Race?

    09/21/2006 6:38:38 PM PDT · by no dems · 6 replies · 512+ views
    Powerline.com ^ | September 21, 2006
    Amy Klobuchar made the first serious misstep of her Senate campaign over the last few days, when her spokeswoman, and perhaps other staffers, viewed an unreleased Mark Kennedy ad that they got from a blogger who apparently hacked into Kennedy's consultant's web site, and Klobuchar waited four days to disclose the incident. Many will wonder how the episode is likely to affect the Senate race. The real significance of the incident lies, I think, in the fact that in order for Kennedy to win, voters must perceive the race as something other than a generic Democrat/Republican matchup. If voters don't...
  • Klobuchar aide loses her job for viewing leaked Kennedy ad

    09/20/2006 7:08:35 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 17 replies · 934+ views
    A high-level staffer on Amy Klobuchars U.S. Senate campaign lost her job and the DFLers race against Republican Mark Kennedy has veered into intrigue and controversy over the leak of an unreleased Kennedy TV ad. In a prepared statement, Klobuchar campaign manager Ben Goldfarb said that communications director Tara McGuinness last Saturday was contacted by a local blogger who sent her a link to the Kennedy ad.
  • (Minnesota)US Senate candidates go round on crime, health care

    09/20/2006 6:49:27 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 14 replies · 490+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 9/20/06 | Pat Lopez/Jay Weiner - Staff Reporters
    Printer friendly E-mail this story Save to del.icio.us Senate candidates Jeff Wheeler , Star Tribune U.S. Senate candidates Mark Kennedy and Amy Klobuchar went at it again Tuesday night, picking up where they left off at a raucous State Fair debate earlier in the month. In the quieter setting at Twin Cities Public Television studios in downtown St. Paul, Kennedy, the Republican congressman from Watertown, and Klobuchar, the DFL Hennepin County attorney, tangled over crime, Social Security, prescription drugs, health care and the deficit.
  • Five new Gallup Senate polls (Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Montana, Ohio, and Missouri)

    09/01/2006 10:36:01 PM PDT · by okstate · 25 replies · 2,391+ views
    Gallup ^ | 1 September 2006 | Gallup
    Pennsylvania: Rick Santorum (R) - 38% Bob Casey, Jr. (D) - 56% 600 Likely Voters Minnesota: Mark Kennedy (R) - 40% Amy Klobuchar (D) - 50% 790 Likely Voters
  • Minnesota Senate: In Competitive Race, Klobuchar Still Leads (Rasmussen, 47-40)

    09/01/2006 7:44:40 AM PDT · by okstate · 13 replies · 551+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 1 September 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    Though the Kennedy campaign has been throwing everything they've got at the DFL candidate, county attorney Amy Klobuchar is maintaining her edge in the race for U.S. Senate, now besting Republican Mark Kennedy 47% to 40% (see crosstabs). Independent candidate Robert Fitzgerald attracts 8% of the vote. Klobuchar's advantage has narrowed since our earlier August poll, but her current seven-point lead remains significant. For most of 2006, there have been only two or three points separating the major-party candidates. Based upon this poll, we are shifting the race from Democrat to Leans Democrat in our Senate Balance of Power summary....