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Dayton Offers MN GOP Hobson’s Choice: Protect Rich Or Bust Unions

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 14, 2011

As you may have heard by now, the Minnesota state shutdown is likely to come to an end soon, as Governor Mark Dayton offered the state Republican leadership a Hobson’s Choice:

Dayton offered to accept their June 30 budget proposal, which delays school payments and doesn’t tax the rich, on these three conditions:

– They dump all the ALEC-inspired social/policy agenda bullshit (including their own version of Scott Walker’s union-busting bill), crap which they’d spent the entire session pushing and which they’d tacked onto the bill

– They drop their plan to cut state employee numbers by 15%

– They approve a $500 million bonding bill to put people back to work in Minnesota.

In other words, he challenged them to show, once and for all, their true priorities.

And guess what? They’ve tentatively agreed to it.

That’s right, folks: The Republican Party of Minnesota not only jettisoned their union-busting, their stem-cell research ban, their mandatory picture voter ID demand, as well as their anti-stimulus stance and their deficit hawkery, just to make sure Governor Dayton didn’t raise taxes on the richest .03% of the population.

That should tell you something. So does the fact that Michael Brodkorb and other Republican leaders, who would have been filling their Twitter feeds with boasts about making Dayton cave if they really liked this deal, have done no such thing today. They now have to sell this to their freshman Tea Party goons, and that’s going to be difficult.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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A Quick Note of Correction

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 6, 2011

Governor Dayton is not currently asking for higher taxes on all millionaires, only on those who make $1 million or more a year — the 7,700 individuals mentioned.

Karl Northman
, a stalwart of the old and lamented Table Talk, set us all straight:

The problem with the number of millionaires is a problem with Star-Tribune reporting. Dayton’s final offer was to raise the taxes on people earning more than a million dollars a year. The Strib managed to refer to that as “millionaires” – but in normal usage, a millionaire is someone with a million in assets – a vastly larger group. I believe his original proposal (that he ran on, and held firm on for a long time, was for tax increases on the top 2%, which I recall as being in the neighborhood of $250K a year.

As soon as I read the article, I knew that was going to be one of those stupid copy-editor tricks that never goes away.

The Strib today published a letter from a reader pointing out their mistake.

Thanks, Karl!

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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MN GOP Legislators, Leaders Melting Down As Voters Ream Them Out Over Shutdown

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 5, 2011

What happens to Michael Brodkorb when he comes into contact with reality.

State Republican legislators have been getting reamed out by their constituents this weekend over forcing the state to shut down:

As Republican Sen. Ted Daley hustled up Yankee Doodle Road in the lineup for Eagan’s Fourth of July parade, some of his constituents wondered loudly why he wasn’t at the state Capitol 10 miles to the north trying to end the state government shutdown that was in its fourth day.

“Go get your job done!” shouted Bill Egan, a 52-year-old salesman who said he’s disgusted by the standoff between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republicans who control the Legislature.

The pressure caused by the growing public anger with Republicans over forcing the shutdown (and yes, the public does blame the Republicans for it, by a three-to-one margin) — coupled with the knowledge that, unlike Dayton, every single state legislator is up for reelection next year, and that the last time the state Republicans forced a shutdown in 2005, they lost control of the Minnesota House in 2006 — may well be what has caused several prominent Republicans who follow the Tony Sutton and Michael Brodkorb boorishness model to not only utterly lose their poo in public, but to think that losing one’s poo in public is somehow a strategically wise move.

The Republicans’s booing of Governor Dayton during his speech announcing the shutdown is one example. Here’s another example, courtesy of state senator Mike Parry (R-Waseca) via the Mankato Free Press: Read the rest of this entry »

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Mike Parry’s Vizzini Impersonation

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 10, 2011

Ever see the film The Princess Bride? Or read the book on which it’s based? If you haven’t, please do so. (By the way, this is one of the rare films that’s better than the book — perhaps because the book’s author, William Goldman, wrote the screenplay and knew what to cut and what to keep — so if you must choose between the two, choose the movie.)

One of the more memorable, and silly, characters in both book and movie is that of the self-described criminal genius Vizzini, who is not half as smart as he thinks he is. He is forever setting up allegedly foolproof plans that turn out to be not what he claims them to be, and whenever one of his plans fails, his usual response is to angrily declaim “Inconceivable!” As one of his henchmen, Inigo Montoya, tells him: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

There’s another person I know of who keeps trying to pull what he thinks are clever stunts that never quite work out the way he thinks they should, then keeps having rather entertaining public hissy fits as a result: That would be newly-elected Minnesota State Senator Mike Parry, a Republican from Waseca.

Senator Parry, whose first claim to, erm, fame was, as noted by Sally Jo Sorensen at Bluestem Prairie nearly a year and a half ago, a) getting caught making racist and homophobic Tweets on Twitter and b) getting caught trying to erase all record of them, is now in the news for trying to erase words written in a letter by the State Commander of the American Legion so as to make the letter seem to say something it doesn’t. Namely, he leaves out the bulk of the letter to make it seem as if the State Commander is straightforwardly praising Parry and other Capitol Republicans for their promise to hold veterans harmless in the state budget, when in fact the State Commander had made two suggestions to Parry as to how they could keep their promise — suggestions that neither Parry nor his fellow Republican caucus members seem interested in heeding. In fact, the full text of the letter indicates that the State Commander, Tom Lannon, made the suggestions as a way to hold Parry and Morrie Lanning, who chairs the House’s Veterans Committee, to the promises they made. That’s not the move of a man who’s overly confident that Parry or Lanning will keep their promises without compulsion.

Here’s Two Putt Tommy over at MN Progressive Project on the subject, and here Sally Jo Sorensen is good enough to provide the full text of Commander Lannon’s letter.

In this day and age, it’s, well, inconceivable that anyone would think one could get away with the sort of ridiculous spinning that Mike Parry’s trying. But then again, this is the guy who thought he could erase his racism and bigotry from his Twitter history and get away with it.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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Payola Man Armstrong Calling Others ‘Peculiar’? That’s Hilarious

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 22, 2011

Wow, the Republican Party sure is providing a lot of good belly laughs lately.

The latest one comes courtesy of none other than Armstrong Williams, who you may remember from his being caught acting as a secretly paid scribe for the Bush administration while pretending to be an independent voice. (Hmmmm, now why does that sound familiar? Oh, that’s right — Michael Brodkorb and James “Jeff Gannon” Guckert. But anyway.) You may also remember him, he who is publicly celibate and conspicuously unmarried, as having been sued for sexual harassment by Stephen Gregory, and for having tried to make a pass at David Brock. Any of these things would have served, were he an ordinary human, to keep him banned from public life forever, especially if the political payola had been done on behalf of a Democratic administration. But since he’s a Republican, well, it’s OK for them, you know.

Anyway, this charming human being, this Armstrong Williams, has decided that Minnesota’s governor is “peculiar“.

What, has he sexually harassed someone and had to settle out of court? No. Has he pretended to be an independent journalist whilst serving as a right-wing partisan puke funnel? No.

Well, then, what has he done? Oh, he wants to make the rich pay for the decades-long free ride they’ve had. That of course is a terrible, horrible, no good very bad crime as far as the millionaires paid to shill for billionaires are concerned.

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Sergeant Schultz Media Calls RW Bigot/Disruptor “Citizen”, Ignores His Activism

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 7, 2011

Our Sergeant Schultz legacy media knows nothing and sees nothing, it would seem. Continuing the tradition of ignoring the unsavory actions and connections of right-wing fringeoids like Michele Bachmann, the local media is pretending that a similarly loony anti-gay bigot and political activist is just a plain old “citizen”:

Governor Dayton is earning high marks for his civility to friend and foe alike at yesterday’s event, but the legacy media’s wan performance in identifying those who sought to disrupt the bully pulpit is another matter.


It’s approaching journalistic malfeasance for the press to lack the curiosity to ask a simple “five W” question about “who” that young man at the podium might be. It’s their duty to ask such questions, a responsibility implied in the freedom of the press.


After all, this “ministry” is no stranger to the political storyline that led to Dayton’s election; Jake MacMillian/ McAulay’s fellow “minister” Bradlee Dean played a strong supporting role last year. Dean’s radio approval of kindred spirits in murderous homophobia was a key piece in the “Target supports an anti-gay politician” narrative that led many to boycott the retailer.

Sally has more over at BSP — including this news that even though the legacy sloth media have yet to pick up on Jake MacMillian/McAulay’s ties to right-wing bigotry, at least one member of the local conservative blogosphere was alarmed enough by his poor showing at the podium to try and pretend that his appearance wasn’t orchestrated.

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Dayton To GOP: Show Me Your No New Taxes Budget

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 4, 2011

In which the new governor politely but firmly throws down:

Newly sworn-in Governor Mark Dayton was quick to issue a challenge to Republicans during his inaugural address.

“To those who sincerely believe the state budget can be balanced with no tax increase – including no forced property tax increase – I say, if you can do so without destroying our schools, hospitals, and public safety, please send me your bill, so I can sign it immediately.”

Note the mention of forced property tax increases. That was a GOP specialty during the last two decades, when they either controlled the Governor’s Mansion and one of the two legislative houses or had a large enough minority to obstruct anything they didn’t like.

Go get ’em, Marky Mark!

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Congratulations, Governor Dayton!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 7, 2010

After the Minnesota Supreme Court shot down Emmer’s last gambit earlier today, it was inevitable that he would concede. The pleasant surprise here is that he faced reality as quick as he did:

@uptakemn UpTake Minnesota
Tom Emmer to concede #mnrecount and Gov’s race to Dayton tomorrow at 10:30 am in Delano says @KSTP . MNSUPCO opinion sunk Emmer. #stribpol

Our first Democratic governor in over two decades — and he’s a real Democrat, too.

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Want To See The Challenged Ballots In MN-GOV For Yourself?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 4, 2010

Here they are:

Thanks, Mark Ritchie, for allowing us to see what a jerk Tom Emmer is being.

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Emmer Workers Told To Challenge More Ballots

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 1, 2010

File this under “Things that Don’t Surprise Me One Bit”:

Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith says she has heard Republican recount leaders urging their workers to challenge more ballots in Minnesota’s Gubernatorial recount. She says the challenges made by Republican Tom Emmer’s campaign have been “a bit unnecessary”. Over the past two days in Hennepin County alone there have been close to 1,000 ballot challenges that were ruled “frivolous”. All but a handful of those frivolous challenges were made by the Emmer campaign. She showed the press some of those challenged ballots which included one with a fully filled in oval for Mark Dayton. The Emmer campaign challenged the ballot questioning the “voter intent”.

Watch the video at The UpTake.

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