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The Strib Finally Joins Outstate Minnesota Papers In Noticing The Huge Costs And Problems Of ALEC’s Voter ID Amendment

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 9, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised this week to see that the StarTribune had finally, nearly six months after papers in Greater Minnesota first sounded the alarms, deigned to notice what a mess the proposed ALEC “Voter ID” voter suppression amendment would make of both elections and county budgets. Despite my misgivings, a friend of mine tried posting variations of the following over in the comments sections at the Strib, but for some reason — possibly a reluctance to credit my friend Sally Jo Sorensen with anything, much less the story of the year — those comments never made it past the Strib’s comment minders. So here is what the StarTribune won’t tell you:

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Glad to see that the StarTribune is finally on this story.

Greater Minnesota counties and the news media that serve them are in a panic over the huge holes that this vote-suppressing ALEC Amendment will blow in their budgets, which have already been stressed by Republican budget cuts — first by Tim Pawlenty, then by the Republicans in the state legislature.

The Fergus Falls Journal said “no” to it back in March of this year: http://www.fergusfallsjournal.com/2012/03/23/city-voter-id-costly-mandate/

Last month, it was Rice County, which will get socked for $120,000: http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2012/08/faribault-daily-news-photo-id-amendment-voting-system-overhaul-could-cost-rice-co-120000.html

Then, it was Kittson County, which has fewer than 5,000 residents, who will somehow have to shoulder $720,000 in extra costs levied by this amendment that does nothing to stop the sort of fraud its creators say it would stop: http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2012/09/voter-restriction-amendment-would-cost-kittson-county-730000-mfu-president-doug-peterson-on-amendmen.html

Then the Marshall Independent weighed in against it, asking “Why are we even bothering with this?”: http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2012/09/marshall-independent-editorial-slams-voter-suppression-amendment-why-are-we-even-bothering-with-this.html

Now even the deeply conservative McLeod County Chronicle rejects it, stating “Blatant political maneuvering should have no permanent place in Minnesota’s constitution”: http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2012/09/mcleod-co-chronicle-editor-on-photo-id-amendment-blatant-political-maneuvering-should-have-no-perman.html

Here’s the irony: When Tim Pawlenty was governor, he vetoed, with the backing of Minnesota Republicans in the legislature, a plan by Mark Ritchie that would actually have dealt more effectively with fraud — and for far less money — than this current Kiffmeyer-backed ALEC-crafted amendment. The reason given? Kiffmeyer said it would cost too much. Seriously: http://www.bluestemprairie.com/bluestemprairie/2012/07/if-mary-kiffmeyer-couldnt-smell-fraud-when-it-was-right-under-her-nose-how-are-we-to-trust-her-and-m.html

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The Republican StarTribune

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 21, 2012

When reading a recent blog post by Nick Coleman, this passage jumped out at me:

Charles W. Bailey, my first editor, ran the Minneapolis Tribune from 1972 to 1982, when he fell on his sword rather than carry out the wishes of the bean counter in the publisher’s office, a small-time Republican pol from Massachusetts named Donald Dwight who had been that state’s Lieutenant Governor but who would spend a long time hiding in his Star and Tribune publisher’s office ducking a subpoena from a Massachusetts corruption probe.

But but but all the conservative wingnuts out there say that the Strib just hated Republicans until DJ Tice came along! How can this be? Does this mean that wingnuts are liars, stupid, or both?

Nick’s response:

The Cowles family came from respectable Iowa business roots; they were good Burghers who thought that what was good for business was good for Minnesota. Altho the Strib might have been considered “liberal” on some social issues, such a Civil Rights and the women’s movement, it was never ahead of the curve on those issues but rather plodded along supporting change, as long as it didn’t go too far. Meanwhile, all the time, the Strib supported policies and politicians good for Dayton’s and Cargill and 3M and…good for the StarTribune. A friend of mine who used to work at the newspaper with me told me he had counted more than 150 fervid editorials supporting new stadia for pro sports franchises. I would bet that number is well over 200 by now. The right-wing attacks on the “Red Star” were never based upon reality but reflected the mouth-foaming views of the crazies who wanted to silence the StarTribune’s criticism of the extremists who were taking over and still control the MN GOP. Those efforts to gag the paper have, in large measure, succeeded.

That’s why you’ll never see at the Strib stories like this one about ALEC’s fingerprints being all over the MN GOP caucus’ legislation, at least not until the Strib’s forced to cover them; just as they were late to the party on the Fall of the House of Sutton, they have been bringing up the rear on the Sviggum conflict of interest scandal too.

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The Great and Powerful Brodkorb Has Spoken!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 1, 2011

Pay no attention to the boor behind the curtain!

Earlier this week, Doug Tice, the conservative editor of the StarTribune, published what was the mother of all chastisements to his fellow Republicans, Minnesota Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton and his deputy Michael Brodkorb, warning them to stop with the boorish behavior or risk seeing Governor Dayton eat their lunch in the budget battle: “Sutton’s methods could help tilt the balance of public opinion in the governor’s favor at a time the GOP majority can ill-afford to lose support.”

Unfortunately for Messrs. Sutton and Brodkorb, they didn’t take the hint from Tice et al — Hey, bozoes, shut up or Dayton wins! — because Brodkorb has just asked for, and been granted, space in the Strib to dig his and Sutton’s holes even deeper, accusing Governor Dayton of icky behavior but somehow failing to quote anything by Governor Dayton, much less anything anywhere near as icky as the tripe Sutton and Brodkorb spew, one of whom was quoted at length and in context by the StarTribune’s editorial writer.

Tild of Tildology.com reveals the boor behind the curtain

Furthermore, much as humbug artist and former “independent blogger” Brodkorb would like to wish it otherwise, the StarTribune isn’t the only Minnesota paper whose editors are horrified at the Sutton-and-Brodkorb act. Bluestem Prairie’s Sally Jo Sorensen’s reeled off a list of three major papers in Greater Minnesota who have scorched the Republican strategy, and the Republicans’ Fantasy Budget, in words that make the Strib’s seem downright gentle in comparison.

Face it, Broddie: Not even the Twin Cities media will be eating out of your hand much longer.

(Crossposted to MyFDL and Renaissance Post.)

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Neil Gaiman Is Worth 45,000 Matt Deans

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 4, 2011

Witness as, in the course of his attacks on the popularly-mandated Minnesota Legacy Amendment, a man not worthy of being Neil Gaiman’s bootscraper struts like a little peacock, attempting to lob ridiculously ripe stinkbombs at one of the finest living novelists in the English language:

House Majority Leader Matt Dean said he reminded Urdahl of the “importance of making sure he has [Republican] caucus support” for Legacy funding for arts and cultural heritage projects, an area of spending that Dean acknowledged had rankled some Republicans. “MPR, it’s safe to say, has been a concern in the past,” said Dean.

Dean also singled out a $45,000 payment of Legacy money that was made last year to science fiction writer Neil Gaiman for a four-hour speaking appearance. Dean said that Gaiman, “who I hate,” was a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.”

What is your major malfunction, Matt Dean? I mean, really? Are cheap shots wrapped in non sequiturs your strong suit, or what?

Are you jealous that Gaiman’s fantasy writings are much better than your party’s fantasy writings — such as that pathetic excuse for a budget bill your party had Accenture write? And for this they put you in charge of the House? And as for your partners in crime at the StarTribune, who are trying to stick up the state’s taxpayers for $791 million for a new Vikings stadium (that works out to 17,577.77 four-hour appearances by Neil Gaiman, or 17,250.77 more appearances than the Vikings will make in that stadium during its likely thirty-year lifespan), they should be ashamed of themselves for their hypocrisy as well as their facilitating your idiocy.

What’s next, attacking Terry Pratchett?

(Crossposted to MyFDL and Renaissance Post.)

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