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Travelin' Norm

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 05/05/05 13:43

Check out this blog post over at Clever Pleasantry on Norm's "foreign" travel paid for by others. A small bite:

All told, Sen. Coleman has taken 36 privately funded trips. Most of them were paid for by PACs or lobbying groups.

My question would be whether or not his staff has been on some of these trips (and how many went.) I?m sure they have. Do they have to claim any expenses? Email Kevin Diaz and ask him to find out.

Coleman?s travel is completely unique in the Senate. His predecessor only made 15 privately funded trips during his last 2 years in the Senate; something Coleman has more than doubled.

The Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dick Lugar, has made 17 privately funded trips since the beginning of 03.


Senator Dayton has one privately funded trip in the same time period. Norm outpaces every member of the Foreign Relations Committee. His staff response is that his duties on this committee require travel. But virtually none of these privately funded trips is out of country.
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Feudal (or is it futile?) System

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 05/02/05 21:30

By Dave Mindeman

Scene 1: The Middle Ages. The landowner has all the rights and your voting rights increase as you acquire more property. Tax collections, payment, and grievances involve only the landowners. The property owner's tenants have no rights. If taxes increase, the rent on the land increases. If the tenant objects, a new tenant is found. The Tenant's increased expenses reduces his ability to make a living and it's without redress or representation.

Scene 2: The 2005 Republican House Caucus and Governor. Proposals on the table -- "Truth in Taxation"-- meaning property owners, and only the owners, will get the right to weigh in on proposed property tax increases. Postcards with objections can trigger a referendum. Landlords get a postcard for EACH unit of property. Landlords get more than one card, tenants get none. In Minnesota, at least up until now, tenants could get some relief in a renters' credit as an umbrella against escalating tax triggered rent increases. The GOP Caucus has proposed slashing that credit by 25% affecting 270,000 Minnesotans; 1/3 of them earning incomes less than $46,000 per year. If the taxes go up, the rent goes up. If the tenant objects, a new tenant can be found.

Any similarities between Scene 1 and Scene 2 are purely coincidental.
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In Case You Take it All Too Seriously...

Posted: 05/01/05 23:45, Edited: 05/02/05 07:52

by Dave Mindeman

When the current government power brokers get you down, I guess you have to start thinking about how absurd it all is. Here are a few Right Wing Slants on definitions in the news. I'm sure you can think of others so feel free to post them in the comments section below. Here goes:

Current Republican definitions:

Checks and Balances: send us a check and we'll take care of the balance.
Bi-Partisan: The inclusion of any Democrat who agrees 100% with us.
Moral Value: How much the Christian Right contributes to the RNC in a year.
Judicial Discretion: Judges deciding cases in our favor.
Filibuster: What Republicans can do and Democrats can't.
Energy Bill: Waste management.
Budget Deficit: How we pay for things.
Ethics: Rules of conduct with moving definitions depending on what Tom Delay does.
Lobbyist: same as Budget Deficit above except insert the word "personal" before things.
Marriage Amendment: What we keep bringing up when we need to change the subject.
New Ideas: Old stuff we couldn't bring up before because we didn't control everything.
Faith Based Initiative: A means of funnelling government money into religious institutions while getting around the ACLU
Enemy Combatant: uh, we made that up.
Guantanamo: Cuban property for prisoner interrogation purposes; American property for all other purposes.
Fortune 500 Companies: our political base.
Libraries: places we can subpoena records from because W has never been there.

You get the idea. Its a strange planet we are on... time to go see Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-- it may make more sense.
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