Vote For Change, Vote Coleen Rowley

Local activists blog for congressional candidate Coleen Rowley (D)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Democratic Halloween!







Smell my feet,
but if you really want to give me a treat:
1) Make a donation of $25, $50, $100 or more to Coleen Rowley's campaign today!
2) Plan to spend one hour, two hours, or even a full day doorknocking and phonebanking for Coleen before Election Day!

John Kline snubs local Veterans

This event was a candidates forum at the Goodhue County VFW Monday night filmed by a Lakeville Dad. Filling in for Kline was his District Director Mike Osskopp, who was last seen yelling racial slurs at cars driven by Veterans at a Rowley event at the Rosemount VFW last month.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween scare

Not feeling too afraid this Halloween? How about a scare like these headlines from:

The Indianapolis Star (indystar.com), Oct. 29, 2006: Expert: U.S. debt a ticking bomb
NewsMax.com, August 3, 2006: U.S. Comptroller General Warns the Nation of Economic Calamity
The Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 5, 2006: The comptroller: Washington's prophet of fiscal doom
Pensito Review, Dec. 26, 2005: GAO Wants Bush Administration to Wake Up to Economic Problems
USAToday.com, Nov. 11, 2005: A 'fiscal hurricane' on the horizon
The Heritage Foundation Web Memo of Dec. 21, 2004: Walker's Warning: Nation's Top Accountant Worried About Financial Future

Yet George W. Bush, in spite of the recent report that the U.S. economy is the weakest it has been in 3 years, is out on the stump telling us the economy is "robust" and "vibrant". They point to the stock market as the key indicator of this great boom, though the majority of Americans do not earn their bread and butter in the stock market. We are in the slowest economic recovery in history, and the top bean counter in the country is warning of impending doom. Whom are you going to believe?

John Kline has voted for the Bush policies over 90 percent of the time, and if you are lucky enough to get to know his views, he will probably mimic the president's claims. He has served two terms in the House, and like the rest of the Republicans, has performed no oversight whatsoever. Along with digging us a hole in Iraq, they have dug us a financial hole we will be lucky to get out of, and will be our shameful legacy to the next generation. This GOP Congress has been borrowing like there is no tomorrow, and spending like there is a money tree in the back yard of the White House.

Afraid now?

Vote for change. Vote for Coleen Rowley for U.S. Congress.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Coleen Rowley Right Choice In MN 2nd District

Coleen Rowley received the endorsement of the ECM editorial board. For those who don't recognize the name, they run the 'This Week' newspapers in Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Farmington, Rosemount, Savage, and Prior Lake. Because these are the local 'neighborhood' newspapers, this endorsement has a lot of standing within the communities of CD2 particularly in the South Metro.

The endorsement cited Coleen Rowley's thrift common sense when it comes to the economy:
"A self-proclaimed former Republican voter, Rowley can’t be dismissed as a liberal tax-and-spender. Her call for repeal of Bush tax cuts to the top 1 to 2 percent of income earners comes at a time when economic forces are conspiring to fatten corporate profits and further enrich the wealthy while leaving the middle class in its place. Rowley says revenue from repealing the tax cuts should be applied only to reduction of the $300 billion national deficit, not new spending."

They continue with why Rowley is a stronger voice than Kline, because Coleen Rowley will speak out, did speak out, even when unpopular:

"The recent National Intelligence Estimate confirms Rowley’s pre-war assessment, as terrorism worldwide increased more than three times from 2003 to 2005.Of course, Rowley is best known for her post-Sept. 11 documentation of how FBI headquarters personnel in Washington, D.C., mishandled information provided by the Minnesota field office on now-convicted terrorist plotter Zacarias Moussaoui. Timid, she is not. A nation thirsting for change will be better served with Coleen Rowley in Congress than with John Kline. "

Also citing "The nation’s growing polarization and disenchantment" being mirrored in CD2's campaign, they stated: "Kline offers stubborn support for a status quo that produced the deadly quagmire in Iraq and tax cuts that ballooned the federal deficit as war costs mounted."

They go on to say "His [Kine's] uncritical embrace of the Bush team’s Iraqi campaign is troubling, especially for a Marine veteran." I would assume they are referring to Kline's blind support to Bush over veterans, military personnel and common sense as well as his judgement and assessment being impaired and incorrect when it comes to both the war and it's 'stay the course' continuance with it's negative burdens regarding national security and the budget.

Be afraid... be very afraid!

The GOP is desperately trying to convince us we should keep them in power for safety's sake. They say we are living in dangerous times, and that we should be very afraid. In spite of their record of being the least productive congress in American history, they insist we are safer under their leadership, yet urge us to continue to be fearful, because they admit that after five years of getting safer, we are still not safe.

It's like the current denial of the catchphrase "Stay the course", a stance John Kline continues to support, in spite of recent comments from Republicans informing us we need to change the course, and U.S. generals calling for a complete change in leadership to do so.

After denying that "Stay the course" was even mentioned, White House shill, Tony Snow, admitted on FOX to "finding" eight instances where the phrase came out of the president's mouth. Keith Olbermann on MSNBC found 29 quotes, and let's not forget the times Condi, Don, and Dick used it as well. The defense of this one is that he may have said it, but we were getting the wrong idea, so it wasn't really what he meant.

So, now not only do we, the voters, have to figure out if we really are safer, but also if those in the GOP mean what they say and say what they mean, or mean what they say but don't say what they mean, or maybe don't mean what they say, but say what they mean. Yikes. Who's on first, What's on second, and I Dunno – third base!

Okay, we're no longer "staying the course", but we will continue to stay in Iraq until the job is finished, whatever that is, and victory is achieved, whatever that means. Apparently the American public can't be trusted to know these things, because we are either too stupid, don't understand, or the GOP fears we'll give the secret away to the enemy, probably while talking to Aunt Martha in Des Moines, who is definitely part of a secret terrorist cell. I suppose that's why they decided to give the president the ability to label any one of us legal American citizens as enemy combatants, and put us in the new system of U.S. gulags.

Well, I have to admit that I am afraid, but not of external terrorists bent on destroying American democracy, after all, we've managed to survive revolution, civil war, world war, cold war, threats of war, and a myriad of armed and unarmed conflicts to become the most powerful nation on the planet. My fear is that those who swore to protect, defend, and uphold the Constitution are doing a better job of destroying American democracy than any outside threat we could have imagined.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Coleen Really Is The Only Choice

Rep. John 'stay the course' Kline or Agent for Change Coleen Rowley.
This week the Star Tribune made their choice for Coleen Rowley.

"...the big coup of today's endorsements was the thumbs up the paper gave to Blue America heroine Coleen Rowley over right-wing extremist and fanatic John Kline, by far the worst member of the Minnesota congressional delegation.

The Star Tribune doesn't savage Kline the way he deserves to be. Instead, their endorsement of Rowley is all about why she would make a better representative for MN-02. "we cannot endorse [Kline's] steadfast, increasingly strained, defense of the Bush administration over policies that have produced destructive budget deficits, mired the nation in a disastrous war and tarnished the nation's image as a defender of human rights and the rule of law.

Republicans have tried to paint Rowley as some sort of loose-cannon liberal. We don't see it: She was a career FBI agent, including a stint in New York investigating drug dealers and mobsters, and voted for George W. Bush in 2000 on the belief that he would govern as his father had. She would balance the federal budget by letting the Bush tax cuts expire exactly the way a GOP Congress wrote them and would reform immigration law by following the Senate Republican blueprint. She would move toward universal health insurance though a cautious strategy of state experimentation, and she would wind down the war in Iraq by following the sensible outline of Rep. John Murtha, the Pennsylvania veteran who has endorsed her. While Rowley is short on political experience, she has proved herself a quick study and avid learner. Washington needs a change in course, and the Second District is a good place to start."

Crooks and Liars is focusing on Coleen, trying to get the Blue America ActBlue total for her up from $15,000 to something her ace ground operation can deploy in two weeks to balance out the gigantic corporate warchest Kline has amassed by voting 100% of the time for Big Business interests over the interests of his constituents. He's, by far, the most out-of-touch member of the Minnesota delegation and the one who has most richly earned defeat.

John Kline = Schoolyard Bully

John Kline-Schoolyard Bully

Bush's administration has a SOP of fear, coverup, intimitation, and personal attacks. They've become the school yard bullies and every child knows it. It's time to throw John Kline out and vote for change. Vote Coleen Rowley.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

September Fund: Bush ad

Vote Change! Remember the Kline votes lockstep with the Bush Administration. Vote for Coleen Rowley.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Kline Rev's Up His Lie Machine

(Sigh).

Well, folks, here we go again. John Kline's campaign must be worried about the latest polls, because he's spun up to full speed again with his inaccurate and irrelevant smears.

First, two mailers were sent out stating that Rowley "wants to give Social Security benefits to illegal aliens." This is just another instance (I've lost count now) of Kline setting up straw men to knock over. Obviously, Coleen Rowley has no desire or intention to grant Social Security money to illegal aliens.

Nobody on either side of the aisle has ever proposed any such thing. How could we even accomplish that if we did want to? Illegals don't exactly register their identities with the federal government, which is sort of what makes them illegal.

What Kline seems to be basing his accuasation on is the mere fact that most Democrats (and many Republicans including the President) support the McCain/Kennedy immigration bill, and that most Democrats voted to table an amendment that would strip naturalized citizens of some of their benefits.

Did you follow that? Let me lay out the Kline logic for you once more. See if you can spot the numerous problems with the math.

1. An amendment is offered to the immigration bill. That amendment, if passed, would deny citizens of this country credit for the taxes they paid into Social Security during their naturalization process.

2. A solid bi-partisan majority votes against that amendment.

3. The Democrats were part of that bi-partisan majority voting against the amendment!

4. Rowley is a Democrat!

5. Therefore, Rowley wants to give Social Security to illegal aliens.

Since I don't accept that Kline or his campaign are stupid enough to actually believe that ridiculous conclusion, I can only characterize it as an outright lie, which he hopes the voters are stupid enough to believe. Please get to the polls on Nov. 7th and prove him wrong.

If you want to read more, here is a link to FactCheck.org debunking this meme, and one to the Rowley Campaign's response.

Secondly! I've just learned that Kline appeared on Fox 9 News this morning, and once again put forth the assertion that the Communications Director for Rowley's campaign, an unpaid volunteer staff member, wants to legalize meth-labs. I've addressed this idiotic statement once already, but let's look at the Kline-logic again. Again, see if you can spot the problems with his argument.

1. Bailey (the staffer in question) writes on a personal blog in 2003 that he favors decriminalization of recreational drugs, which would allow them to be regulated and taxed, and make the trafficking of drugs by bad men with guns unprofitable. He is not the only one who thinks so.

2. Therefore, Bailey wants to see a meth-lab on every block.

3. Therefore, Rowley must want to see a meth-lab on every-block! Even though she is on record as being adamantly opposed to legalizing drugs in any way, and even though a 5th grader could understand that the opinion of one unpaid staffer, expressed years before the Rowley campaign existed, does not reflect the policy of the candidate!

Does John Kline really think so little of his constituents as to believe they will fall for this crap? Well, maybe he's on to something. I could play this little game too.

John Kline wants to blow up your children with an I.E.D! Outrageous I say!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Things Are Looking Up

According to the latest SurveyUSA polling Coleen Rowley has gone up several points against John Kline.

Today SurveyUSA released a poll showing John Kline with 50% support, Coleen with 42% support, Independence Party candidate Doug Williams with 5% support, and 2% undecided. The poll's margin of error is 4.4%.

Let's keep door knocking, talking with family members, friends and neighbors about Coleen and her stand on issues. With a few weeks left to go, Coleen can win! All we have to do to win this one is work hard every day. And maybe throw a few more dollars in the pot.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Murtha puts the lie to G.O.P's "Defeatocrats" remarks

Just wanted to share this op-ed piece by Rep. Murtha, who has endorsed Rowley and holds similar views on the administrations mishandling of Iraq. It's a worthwhile read.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Coleen's first Ad

There's a lot of power in the truth!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

WHERE IS JOHN KLINE ON THIS?

You know him. That brave marine who stands up for the American Way?

That guy who expects everyone else to be squeaky clean?

Well, when it's his campaign contributors who are in trouble, maybe the rules are different....

When someone finally got mad enough to out Foley for hitting on underage kids, suddenly a lot of Righteous Republicans are kinda quiet....

Seems that the 'Publican leadership knew 'bout Foley 'way back in 2001. "Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class, told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor."
(http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=2514259&page=1)

It's difficult to tell, at present, whether there was an active coverup, or "merely" an acute case of "see-no-evil" going on. By last fall, however, hard evidence had surfaced that Foley was behaving badly.

That's when Rodney Alexander (R-FL), learned from a staffer that a page he had sponsored was the recipient of some "overly friendly" emails from Foley.

Alexander contacted "House Leadership" -- that would be Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House, and either Tom Delay or Roy Blunt (D-MO). He also talked with Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, and John Shimkus(R-IL), chair of the Republican Page Board. Majority Leader John Boehner(R-OH) has admitted publically that he knew by the spring of 2006.

Yet none of these men contacted law enforcement or child protective services. In fact, "[d]espite all of this, Boehner allowed Foley to remain chair of the House caucus devoted to protecting children from sexual predators. Not only is this disturbing, it doesn't make any sense."
(http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2006/9/30/122426/005/215#c215)

Or does it?

Over the last 9 years, Foley has given the National Republican Congressional Committee, chaired by Reynolds, at least $525,000. Interestingly, the $100,000 donated this last July is the ONLY contribution Foley's committee has made this year.

And, this year, Foley's normally safe 'Publican seat was being challenged by a Dem who could afford to bankroll his own campaign. In other words, without Foley, that nice safe seat might flip. Much more sensible to hush things up until after the elections, and then replace Foley with a safe team player.

So those who knew decided to keep quiet for the Good of the Party. (Party being more important than country or pages--or even the law of the land, of course.)

And the Foley cover-up began....

Who broke the news?

Although many would like to point to the Democrats, there is considerable evidence that this sexual predator scandal, like most others, was uncovered not by the responsible adults, but by the victims themselves.

workingmansblues calls it "Revenge of the Interns", and builds a strong case. (http://mrdtalk.com/story/2006/10/1/215628/679)

Congressman or priest, the storyline doesn't change.

The whole sordid tale matches, main point by main point, a tale told at Daily Kos by another victim in a different time and place. "Bob Johnson" offers "The Foley case: I've seen this before...personally"
(http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/2/1486/24115)

In the beginning was
1) the incident. Then came
2) the sympathetic but unhelpful parents/authorities. Next,
3) the early whispers and
4) the minimizing non-response by authorities. Eventually comes
5) the mainstream publicity and
6) still nothing being done by the authorities until
7) the victim gets fed up. The victim
8) contacts a hungry reporter with lots of juicy details and
9) the perp is finally outed, and
10) forced to resign in disgrace, while
11) still not facing much of anything for legal consequences.

Always, in the final chorus, there are two voices. One speaks for the victim and calls for justice. The other demurs, minimizes, and enables the next round of abuse.

Today, Coleen Rowley spoke for the victims, joining members of Congress from both parties in a call for the resignation of the officials who allowed the abuse to continue for months after learning of it.

John Kline spoke for the enablers, telling Talking Points Memo yesterday that he stood 100% with Hastert; he doesn't believe that Hastert knew. (http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/010121.php)

For what it is worth, Kline's record shows that has received the following campaign contributions since 1999: $164,576 from Tom Reynolds, $36,574 from John Boehner, $36,000 from Dennis Hastert, $22,686 from Roy Blunt, and $500 from John Shimkus.

I am a Veteran

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Both my grandfathers were veterans – Grandpa Nels was in Europe the day the Armistice was signed ending WWI. My father-in-law served on the sub USS Grenadier in WWII. My brother and I served peacetime.

I am writing this to you on behalf of Coleen Rowley – who was born on an Army base at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Her father and father-in-law both served in the military; her brother retired a year ago from the Air Force; her brother-in-law, a West-Point Graduate, is retired from the Army; and her daughter is in her senior year of Naval ROTC.

Like you, like me, Coleen Rowley is intimately familiar with the military, with veterans, and how veterans issues affect veterans families.

This is why I am writing you this letter. There are only 36 days left until the election – and I am asking for your support and help.

I am especially asking for your help in door knocking for Coleen Rowley; to let voters see that veterans and family members of veterans support Coleen Rowley – because Coleen Rowley supports veterans and veteran’s families.

I’m Tommy Johnson, and I’m a Veteran For Rowley

Monday, October 02, 2006

Kline Declines Debate

Coward.
St. Paul Pioneer Press | 10/02/2006 | Kline declines League debate with Rowley

The Kline campaign informed the League of Women Voters last week that the congressman is declining its invitation to participate in a three-way debate Oct. 14, in the thick of the election season.

No, I am not surprised. Kline here shows just how enmeshed he is with the Corruptican..., err, Republican party. This local display of cowardice is simply a reflection of that which is wrong at the national level.

In an early evening e-mail to reporters Friday, the Rowley campaign knocked Kline for "making little visible effort to make his positions known."

"Either John Kline does not have the courage of his convictions or he's very afraid of the voters in the 2nd District," Rowley said in the statement.

In a quick rebuttal, Kline spokesman Troy Young said Rowley was trailing in the polls and called her news release "the act of a desperate campaign on life-support."

"We're debating at least five times," Young said. "We debated twice before Labor Day."

The Kline campaign, however, was unable to explain why the candidate was refusing to participate in the most visible televised forum of the election season. The League, a nonpartisan political group that does not endorse candidates, has a 28-year tradition of sponsoring high-profile debates and political talks.

And Kline is not the only local Republican to channel the national shortcoming:

Hoyt, of the League of Women Voters, said U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht, a Republican who represents southern Minnesota, had also declined an invitation to debate DFL challenger Tim Walz.

The MN GOP is stuck with having to live down their support of a president that is unpopular, dishonest, and clearly incompetent.

<snark>Awwwww, breaks my heart.</snark>

Cross posted at Rook's Rant.