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Kline's New Instructions

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 01/07/06 12:52

by PDW58

John Kline came a little late to the leadership shake up party. His call for a change in leadership rings a little hollow, because he is a stooge for a larger plan.

His suggestion that Rep. John Boehner be considered for Delay's post is an orchestrated favor called in. Boehner has been plotting a power grab ever since he was booted out as chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1998.

But let's digress a little and discuss the money behind all this...the Freedom Project PAC. This PAC is run by Boehner and has been utilized extensively to fund Congressional campaigns to keep Republicans in power. John Kline, who serves on the Education and Workforce Committee with Boehner, has been a recipient. Since his first successful election in 2000, Kline has received the maximum PAC contribution from the Freedom Project of $10,000 per cycle (over $35,000 total so far). Boehner has cultivated a mentor like relationship with Kline from the beginning of the Minnesota congressman's career.

Boehner's PAC follows the pattern of Delay's money raising prowess. They browbeat the K Street lobbyists for money in exchange for access. Boehner has even boasted about how efficient his PAC has been, moving money to candidates with little administrative overhead.

In 2004, a published investigation reported that Boehner's PAC received $274,000 from Student Loan bankers and for-profit colleges. Smaller sums ended up as donations to other committee members. Strangely enough, the education bill that went through his committee seemed to reflect all the suggestions coming from those lobbies. Nothing "illegal", but influence nevertheless.

Boehner also has ties to the Indian tribes involved with Jack Abramoff. The Kentucky Post quoted Boehner's office:

"Congressman Boehner has never received a personal contribution from Jack Abramoff and is not aware of any money having been received by his leadership PAC or his re-election committee via Jack Abramoff," said Boehner spokesman Don Seymour."

But their investigation said differently:

"But according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Boehner's political-action committee got plenty from four tribes represented by the lobbyist. The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana gave $15,000 to Boehner's leadership PAC, the Freedom Project. The other contributions came from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, which gave $9,500; the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which donated $7,000; and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, which gave $1,000."

In response to that revelation, Boehner's office said Wednesday it is looking into the contributions and would donate them to charity if it determines that they were connected to Abramoff.

So today Delay announces he is out....now watch Boehner make his play; if Boehner becomes majority leader, then we are back to business as usual.... K Street Lobbying style.

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Pat Robertson's the Name - Judgment's My Game

Category: US Politics
Posted: 01/06/06 18:19

by Dave Mindeman

The media must love Pat Robertson. On a slow news day, he is a God send -- literally. Disasters happen for reasons and those reasons have been whispered to the ear of the Rev. Robertson. I realize that nobody reading this, takes this guy seriously, but the really scary thing is --somebody must be!

Rather than point out the obvious absurdity of Robertson's recent pronouncement on Prime Minister Sharon, I thought I'd just give you a replay of the Robertson's great statements of the past....

Robertson Interprets the Constitution:
There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore.
Pat Robertson, address to his American Center for Law and Justice, November, 1993.

The Reason for September 11
We have imagined ourselves invulnerable and have been consumed by the pursuit of ... health, wealth, material pleasures and sexuality... It (terrorism) is happening because God Almighty is lifting his protection from us.
Pat Robertson, Thursday, September 13, 2001

Who Should Run the Government
Individual Christians are the only ones really -- and Jewish people, those who trust God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob -- are the only ones that are qualified to have the reign, because hopefully, they will be governed by God and submit to Him.
Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, January 11, 1985

Some Christians are OK, Some are Not
You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don't have to be nice to them.
Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, January 14, 1991

Watch Out for Feminists
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.
Pat Robertson, fundraising letter, 1992

They Say What??
N.O.W. is saying that in order to be a woman, you've got to be a lesbian.
Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, December 3, 1997

Sorry Ladies... the Voice of God
I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that's the way it is, period.
Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, January 8, 1992

Can We Really Do That?
Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It's no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.
Pat Robertson, interview with Molly Ivins, 1993

There is more...so much more... but there is only so much of this stuff you can take. Pretty sad commentary to think that Republicans HAVE to listen to this guy and the rest of his audience of about a million people are listening... because they want to? ARE THEY INSANE!
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Libel Suits Amongst Blowhards...

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 01/05/06 12:54

by PDW58

The libel lawsuit that Blois Olson has brought against the Minnesota Democrats Exposed blogger, Michael Brodkorb, is one of those legal actions in which you wish they could both lose.

The suit revolves around information MDE managed to get about the 2nd Congressional District campaign of Coleen Rowley. Brodkorb, a former Republican Party employee, had alleged, on his blog, that Olson had criticisms about the Rowley campaign because they had refused to utilize his firm. The reality of this situation is that the only difference between these two characters is the party labels they assume.

You have to wonder what kind of sources Brodkorb is using. It sounds like the information he dug up was reasonably accurate, although the motives he assigns are speculative. Obviously, he has snake-like ties to people -- supposedly Democrats-- who are willing to divulge information that should be kept within a campaign.

As for Olson, well here is a guy who obviously has no clue about how a campaign should be run. He ran a Congressional campaign himself, you know. In 1996, he managed the losing campaign of Mary Rieder, running as a Democrat against Republican Gil Gutknecht in the 1st District. Most Democrats from that area think Olson blew a campaign that had at least a 50-50 chance. But he moved on quickly and utilized the connections he made from that campaign to bluff his way into Almanac stints and now, the co-editor of Politics in Minnesota. He collaborates with Republican gadfly, Sarah Janacek.. and again, it is hard to tell the difference in how they operate. Both are big believers in their own hot air.

So there you have it... a Democratic operative who beats up Democratic candidates suing a Republican operative who will say anything, do anything, and dig up anything that can hurt Democratic candidates.

A legal match made in heaven ... or hell, depending on your perspective.
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