Help Get Out The Vote (GOTV)
This will be the last edition of PPD before the election. It is jam packed with context for the election and a listing of our local candidates. If you feel inspired to make sure we have a future other than one for corporations and the super rich as the Romney-Ryan ticket aspires for our country, check out Be Engaged. If you have never helped in a campaign before, join the fun. No better time than the present to become involved. Be Engaged lists ways to help GOTV. That is what it is all about from now until the election on Nov. 6th. Go for it!
Reminder to Vote
Democrats voted in 2008. In 2010, Democrats stayed home and we lost our Minnesota House Representative by 107 votes. If we all go to vote and vote the Democratic ticket, right down to the local level, we could have Democrats representing us in the Minnesota Senate and House. We could also have Democrats representing us in Congress, in both the House and the Senate. The numbers say it is possible, we need to go and vote and vote the entire Democratic ticket!!!
Our Highly Credentialed Business Savvy Local Democratic Candidates
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
What is not to like about the Senator? She has a proven record of serving all of her constituents with even-handedness and a dash of humor. more
Brian Barnes Congress 3rd CD
He is our Democratic congressional candidate for Congressional District 3, a bright and articulate candidate, very open to listening to you, and would serve us well. His opponent has a voting record to match Michelle Bachmann. (Enough said.) Erik Paulsen ran as a moderate to match his predecessor, Rep. Jim Ramstad. You cannot be a moderate Republican in congress today and receive monetary support from the Republican party. Paulsen's voting record proves he is not a moderate. Democrats have not voted for the Democratic candidate or we would have replaced Rep. Paulsen by now. Brain Barnes will represent us well on the issues. more
Laurie McKendry MN Senate SD 48
She is running against Sen. David Hann. She is a most amazing candidate. If you have not had an opportunity to talk with her-do so. She will work to represent all the people in SD 48. Her business credentials include starting successful businesses, and is a real job creator. She is a listener, eager to work on solutions, and willing to reach across the aisle.
Her opponent, Sen. David Hann, signed the "no new tax pledge" with Grover Norquist, removing his ability to fully attend to the needs of the state. He has shown his interest in social engineering by offering a bill requiring some in the process of divorce, to wait two years for completion, and he is a supporter of limiting the civil rights of same sex couples. After years of study, he will not yet back the funding for the SW Light Transit. The MN Legislature needs to vote yes on the SW Light Transit next year or the federal funding set to come here, will leave MN and be disbursed to another state. more
Yvonne Selcer MN House 48A
She is so highly credentialed that the Republicans have been left with using the tactic of misleading voters in their plan to keep the office. Selcer has teaching experience, and the real business experience that all republicans like to tout. In addition, she has served on the Hopkins School Board when they found they had financial problems. The school board, under her terms as treasurer and chair, not only solved the finical issues, but it has received recognition for their fiscal accountability that they put in place.
Her opponent, Rep. Kirk Stensrud, as the Star Tribune stated (Nov. 1st 2012) "... says that cutting state taxes will spur business growth sufficiently to pay for themselves on state balance sheets. Those ideas draw more from ideology than evidence." The Star endorsed Selcer.
If you have been the recipient of any of the misleading negative ads against Selcer, and you have a question about anything, contact Selcer directly. She is happy to talk with you about her real accomplishments and what she stands for. Seems her opponent cannot run on what he has accomplished. more
Tori Hill MN House 48B
She is running in the most Republican area of the district against Rep. Jennifer Loon. Tori has served as a sales manager in Fortune 500 companies and has served her community well by her participation on many civic boards. With her business organization, community service, and her willingness to listen to all constituents, she too will serve SD 48 well. more
Ron Case Eden Prairie City Council
Our city council candidates do not typically run with a party designation. Ron has served Eden Prairie City Council for 4 terms and deserves to return to continue serving us. He is open yo listening to all residents. He has worked tirelessly to do what is best for Eden Prairie and help to make it the successful community it is.
Note: Would like to make it clear that he is a "vote no on the marriage amendment" as opposed to how his view was stated in the EP News article. more
Jan Callison 6th District Hennepin County Commissioner
Hennepin County Commissioners also do not run with party affiliation. Jan has served as commissioner since 2004. Among other things, she has worked hard on the SW light rail and has not forgotten us in dealing with the fiscal responsibilities of the board.. As a lawyer and with her civic service, she has come to the Hennepin County Board well qualified to serve her constituents. more
Help in the days remaining
You can click on "more" above and go directly to the candidate's website for more information. You can also go to "Be Engaged" to volunteer directly with a campaign. In our area we have a site for coordinated campaign activities that include all of the above candidates, but for the Obama-Biden campaign. A direct link to campaigning locally is given. Please contact the campaigns, or go to the coordinated campaign, and help us get out the vote. We have precious few days remaining.
Who would vote for anyone to be President who lies? How can we trust him? How can heads of state trust him?
Romney's Latest Lies, His Former Lies, and Why We Must Not Put Liars in the White House Robert Reich
Romney goes off-road with the truth Dana Milbank
31 Myths in 41 Minutes Igor Volsky
"The Great Deformer" David Stockman, Ronald Reagan's Budget Director, "Takes a Scalpel to Romney's Claims As A Job Creator".
Newsweek October 22, 2012
Mitt Romney is not a job creator. He was "not a business man: he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses."
"Needless to say, having a trader's facility for knowing when to hold'em and when to fold'em has virtually nothing to do with rectifying the massive fiscal hemorrhage and debt-burdened private economy that are the real issues before the American electorate. Indeed, the next president's overriding task is restoring national solvency-an undertaking that will involve pain, sacrifice, and denial and that will therefore require "fairness" as a defining principal. And that's why heralding Romney's record at Bain is so completely perverse." David Stockman
Vote No on Amendments to MN Constitution
Voter ID Amendment
“This attempt to prevent voter fraud is itself the only voter fraud taking place.” Sarah Silverman
Minnesota already has a state law prohibiting same sex marriage. Why then are Republicans insisting it be place in the Minnesota State Constitution? They are so fearful the state law may be changed that they are willing to use the Constitution to deny people the
more than 1,100 federal benefits and approximately 515 state benefits enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples.
Definition of Politics
“Rightly understood, politics is no game at all. It is the ancient and honorable endeavor of creating community in which the weak as well as the strong can flourish, love and power can collaborate, and justice and mercy can have their day.” Parker J. Palmer, Healing the Heart of Democracy,Prelude.
Why We Should Vote for President Obama.
And vote for Democrats up and down the Democratic Party ticket.
Not only do we need to return Pres. Obama to the White House, but we also need to vote for all of our Democratic candidates. We need to provide a Democratic majority in our state legislature and in Congress in order for us to accomplish what we need in jobs, economy, education and health care to highlight a few areas. A reminder, the Republicans' plan for Pres. Obama's first four years was to obstruct to keep him to a one term president. Remember too, they placed their obstructionist agenda ahead of our needs as Americans in a very dire time. What could have happened and could happen yet, with a Democratic majority?
If a refresher as to what Pres. Obama has actually accomplished for friends and family who do not remember, here is a quick list.
Check the top 50 achievements of President Obama. view
Context for 2012 Election
Context helps highlight the impact of our vote, what we are voting for, and consequences if Democrats do not show up to vote.
What is at stake? Fairness for all Americans. The value of fairness is the one value that could bring all Americans together.
The following list demonstrates some areas where fairness is what is missing and why we need to be engaged.
Supreme Court Appointments
Roe v Wade
Medicare as a Voucher
No New Tax Pledge
Supreme Court Justice appointments, of which there could be two between 2013-2016, will either allow for more corporate favored rulings or rulings once again that protect all Americans over corporate power. We have seen the current Supreme Court in action with their Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in a 5-4 ruling. This decision gives corporations the right to spend unlimited amounts of money to support or oppose candidates for elected office. (Big Money 2012 Big Sky Big Money) The court has declared as Mitt Romney has, corporations are people. The result is America is up for sale to the highest fundraisers. Find in depth explanation of what is at stake. Everyone hates Citizens United.
Roe v Wade
The many statements by the scientifically ignorant Republican congressmen on rape, gives us pause as does the Republican Party Platform which is against abortion for any reason. The Romney-Ryan ticket might allow abortion for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. However, Romney and Ryan are for overturning Roe v Wade, and if they are the ones appointing new Supreme Court Justices, they could achieve this. They would do away with a woman's right to privately determine her health care with her doctor. Paul Ryan with 62 other Republicans, have further written a personhood law which would in effect, limit some contraceptives and invitro fertilization.
Medicare a Voucher Program
The further social engineering Republicans plan is to do away with the program we have paid into, Medicare. In place of an earned benefit, our Medicare will become a voucher system because a corporation and a CEO somewhere have to make money off of us. This is in Ryan's budget passed by the House. A Republican Senate, and House and President, could mean the end of Medicare.
Obstructionism was/is the plan of choice of the Republican powers that be to defeat the very popularly elected Pres. Obama. As Sen. Majority leader McConnell said, his only job was to make the president a one-term president. The book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper,
explains the meeting the night of Pres. Obama’s inauguration, where the plan was hatched to be obstructive to the president. Draper further tells the story of how, why, and what the obstruction looked like during Obama’s Presidency. Sober. Sad for all Americans as to the missed opportunity to help all Americans out of economic problems. Where might we be today if Republicans had chosen to work together to get us out of our economic woes? Pres. Obama should be given kudos for what he has managed to achieve in spite of the 112th Congress.
Myth Pres. Obama had a majority and got nothing done. Pres. Obama majority lasted from the time Sen. Al Franken was seated in June 2009 and the time of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death in Aug. 2009.view
Myth Pres. Obama cannot work with Republicans. Refer to obstruction above. Not only was Pres. Obama willing to work with Republicans, he nearly drove liberals to their wits end by continuously offering the olive branch to Republicans to work together when the Republicans refused time and time again. Now we know why they refused to work with the President.
As a part of the plan to obstruct Pres. Obama, the filibuster has been an overwhelming success for the Republicans since 2007 to a total of 360. Jay Bookman and Ezra Klein offer insight as to what has been happening to us as a result of the Republican obstructionism through the filibuster and cloture. The charts presented by Ezra Klien and Jay Bookman are very revealing.
Ezra Klein at 05:11 PM ET, 05/15/2012
Washington Post, WONKBLOG
"The History of the filibuster, in one graph
Jay Bookman at 10:44 am May 15, 2012
New York Times Opinion
The U.S. Senate, supposedly “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” has all but ceased to function. Judges aren’t being confirmed, executive appointments aren’t approved and basic legislation cannot be passed because of egregious abuse of the filibuster. The situation has become intolerable."
No New Tax Pledge
Republican law makers take the No New Tax Pledge at Grover Norquist’s instance. In return, they receive support for their campaigns. This pledge is another obstacle that has led to the gridlock in Washington D.C. The lawmakers taking the pledge cannot raise the taxes on the wealthiest who are in the position to do the patriotic thing and give a little more when our country is in need.
| Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.
In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU? ALEC Exposed
A word that does not trip off the tongue easily. However, it is a word all of us should recognize and more importantly, know what it means. The definition is government controlled by the wealthy class. Are we there?
October 19, 2012
Bill Moyers and guests discuss..." how the super-rich have willfully confused their self-interest with America’s interest, Bill is joined by Rolling Stone magazine’s Matt Taibbi, who regularly shines his spotlight on scandals involving big business and government, and journalist Chrystia Freeland, author of the new book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else."
"Following the conversation, Bill shares his thoughts on corporate executives who — enabled by the Citizens United ruling — are strong-arming their employees to vote as they say, from the Murray Energy CEO who reportedly made his workers spend unpaid time at a pro-Romney rally; to David and Charles Koch, who sent anti-Obama and pro-Romney materials to the 45,000 employees of their subsidiary Georgia Pacific; to ASG Solutions boss Arthur Allen, who sent an intimidating email to his employees."