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Franken: Open Internet Is An Independent Producer’s Last Best Hope

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 15, 2011

Why I like my junior senator, part #2792374973:

Net neutrality means that content-a web page, an email, a download-moves over the Internet freely, and it moves at the same speed no matter what it is or who owns it.

So an email from President Obama and an email from your Tea Partier uncle come in at the same speed. You can buy a song from an indie band just as quickly as you can buy a song from a band on a major label. And if you start a website for your small business, your customers can have their orders processed just as easily with you as they could if they were buying from a multi-national conglomerate.

We take this basic fairness-this equality, this, shall we say, neutrality-for granted, because that’s how it’s always been. The Internet is democratic. Not capital-D Democratic, although, for that annoying uncle of yours who still insists that government has never created a job, the Internet was developed by the government at public expense.

No, what I mean is that the Internet is small-d democratic. Everyone has the same say. If you want to be heard above other people-if you want your argument to prevail, or your song to be popular, or your product to sell-the only way to do it is to have a better argument, or a catchier song, or a more useful product.

I think this is a good thing. I think most people think this is a good thing. And that’s why your Tea Partier uncle might hear that Al Franken is fighting for net neutrality and say something like, “Leave the Internet alone!”

And that’s exactly what I want. We have net neutrality right now. And we don’t want to lose it. That’s all. The fight for net neutrality isn’t about improving the Internet. It’s not about changing the Internet at all. It’s about ensuring that it stays just the way it is.

It’s the big corporations who now own the physical infrastructure that makes the Internet work, the pipes through which content is distributed-the tubes, if you will-who want to change the Internet by ending net neutrality.

Read the whole thing. It’s excellent.

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Mason Bails On Emmer: File This Under “Rat-&@#ers Leaving A Sinking Ship”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 13, 2010

This little bit of news is most interesting:

A top consultant who helped Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman win elections says he has left the campaign of GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.

That would be Tom Mason.

And who is Tom Mason? Let valued FDL commenter (and longtime DFLer) Sara explain:

By the way PW — did you notice that Tom Mason walked out on the Emmer Campaign? I always laugh at the mention of Tom Mason’s name, it reminds me of that fantastic 1990 Wellstone ad, where he taps the BMW in the Boschwitz staff parking area, and says “nice car” — that was Tom Mason’s car. Just the name makes me laugh. For those not into ancient DFL symbols and all — Tom Mason managed Rudy Boschwitz’s campaigns in 84 and 1990 and again when Boschwitz got a return match against Wellstone in 1996 — and he ran Coleman’s campaigns in 2002 and 2008. Mason is the author of the strategy of turning Paul’s Memorial Service against the DFL in 2002 in the wake of the plane crash. Nothing I like more than hearing on MPR that Mason, who was running Emmer’s campaign this year, has decided to sit this one out.

Ah, yes. In other words, Tom Mason is very likely the reason you’re reading this right now.

Let me explain: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Al Franken, blogs and blogging, blowback, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, Minnesota, ratf*cking, rats deserting the sinking ship, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer | 5 Comments »

Minnesoda-6 strikes oil

Posted by Charles II on June 19, 2010

Bachmann challenger Tarryl Clark is on the airwaves with this one.

Meanwhile, the Bachmann campaign is not taking this lying down. They are standing up against the world’s greatest menace: rude, adolescent-minded writers for Playboy and their hip-hop counterpart:

Michele Bachmann’s Husband To Supporters: Don’t Let Them F*** Her
Megan Carpentier | June 18, 2010, 6:35PM49

Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, issued an urgent appeal to supporters Friday: we cannot let the assaults on her virtue stand!

The Bachmanns are concerned about a concert in Minneapolis entitled “F*** Michele Bachmann,” which they apparently think is a reference to the organizers’ desire to engage in coitus with Mrs. Bachmann rather than a desire to see her out of office. To help them get over the pain and despair, they would like their supporters to send them money.

Because of course if we can silence rude people by putting conservatives in power, you will never have to look at an oil-stained pelican again.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Minnesoda news, Al Franken speaks (via John Cole):

Posted in 2010, Al Franken, Michele Bachmann, Minnesota, Tarryl Clark | 1 Comment »

My Senator Knows His Geography

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 9, 2009

Watch him draw — freehand, from memory — maps of the United States.

This one he did in 1987:

This one he did last Friday at the Minnesota State Fair:

I am impressed.

Posted in Al Franken, Good Things, Just for fun | 2 Comments »

Watch Al Franken draw the Lower 48

Posted by Charles II on August 16, 2009

Mudflats has an amazing demonstration here.

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Wednesday Afternoon News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 1, 2009


— The burst of the suburban/exurban housing bubble that was holding up the US’ economic house of cards has had one good effect: Many core cities are starting to grow again as the suburbs empty out. In the meantime, those cities that aren’t growing are getting rid of their depopulated outlying areas. The general effect is the same: More people concentrated in less space, with corresponding reductions in carbon and other footprints.

Idiotic wingnut Senator James Inhofe calls Senator-elect Al Franken a “clown”. Considering that the word “clown” originally meant “ignorant and uneducated doofus”, and considering that Al Franken graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in political science whereas Inhofe got his BA from the University of Tulsa, I think we might be seeing a bit of projection here.

— And just for fun: Play him hence, Lute Cat!

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Coleman Concedes (aka John Cornyn pulls the plug)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 30, 2009

Guess watching $145,000 a week circling the drain — money that could have been saved up and used to protect vulnerable Republican Senatorial candidates in 2010 — finally started to bother John Cornyn and the NRSC.

Here’s some music for Senator Al Franken:


Posted in Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate | 1 Comment »

Senator Franken

Posted by MEC on June 30, 2009

The Minnesota Supreme Court has announced its decision.

At long last: Congratulations, Senator Franken!

Now we just have to wait to see whether Governor Pawlenty will certify the election, or whether he lied when he said he’d comply with the state court’s decision.

As for whether Norm Coleman will file a federal appeal: I hope he doesn’t, but every fundraising dollar spent on a pointless lawsuit is a dollar not available to future Republican canadidates.

Posted in Al Franken | 4 Comments »

So How Screwed Is Norm Coleman?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 2, 2009


He was screwed from the beginning, says Rick Hasen:

4. The reason Coleman is having a harder time is that he’s got a tougher road to success:

a. The state Supreme Court is going to deter to the factual findings of the trial court, and those factual findings favor Franken.

b. The state Supreme Court’s existing precedent in terms of treating absentee ballots strictly as a matter of fraud-prevention favors Franken. A change in that standard now, as I’ve argued, would create a due process argument for Franken by constituting a change in the rules of the election after the fact.

c. Even if the court accepted some of Coleman’s arguments in the abstract—such as that there were some votes illegally counted by some jurisdictions (or alternatively, some ballots accepted under a looser “substantial compliance” standard)– that doesn’t mean Coleman would win his case. He’d have to show that there were enough problems to make a difference in the outcome of the election (a point the Justices expressed a great deal of skepticism about, in their discussion of the failure of the offer of proof).

d. On the merits, the Justices mentioned ways of distinguishing other cases in which there were due process problems, such as when voters relied upon rules of the game that were changed later. There was an interesting discussion of whether Bush v. Gore eliminated the requirement that a challenger prove intentional discrimination to make out an equal protection argument. It was the only line of argument that I saw potentially helping Coleman, but it did not appear to be enough to overcome the Justice’s skepticism.

Hasen later cites a whole bunch of other folks who think that Franken’s going to win going away.

The irony is of course that Team Coleman wants to overturn Andersen v. Rolvaag, the Minnesota case law on recounts, by using Bush v. Gore, when Andersen v. Rolvaag is not only settled case law all the way up to the US Supreme Court, but is actually the lead precedent cited in Bush v. Gore!

Posted in Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate | 4 Comments »

Why Norm’s Chances Were Always Slim At Best

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 14, 2009

From the Minnesota Independent:

Coleman’s equal protection argument is “not trivial,” writes Guy Charles, a University of Minnesota law professor temporarily teaching at Duke University:

But as judges and legal academics like to say, that argument proves too much … Unfortunately for Coleman, his prospects always depended upon a miracle. He wanted before and wants now more ballots to be counted. But the more ballots that are counted — by election officials, the Canvassing Board and the trial court — the better Al Franken does.

Nate Silver said much the same thing last week: Read the rest of this entry »

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