Wednesday, November 30, 2005

United/Divided we stand

Just curious what people think, but it seems to me that we have a somewhat divided party in MN. I have heard around the rumor mill that some people are upset. We have an outstate/core metro tif going on and some tribal warfare going on in Minneapolis.

Just my two bits but people need to get over themselves and remember what the deal is. On the down side, if we screw this up we will get crushed by the right wing. On the up side we have a historic opportunity to gain ground in the next election. If that doesn't slap you silly, I have a few words people need to remember before they unleash a volley of friendly fire, Norm Coleman and Tim Pawlenty.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Support Our DFM Endorsed Candidates

Earlier this year, Democracy for Minnesota endorsed 3 races in Minneapolis. Volunteer activities and updates have been presented at our monthly meetups. We thank all of the DFM volunteers who have donated their time to these races. There is still time to volunteer with GOTV (get out the vote) activities during the next 30 hours. For more information, please contact the endorsed races below:

MoveOn Notes DFA's Minneapolis Endorsement

Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2005 10:41:46 -0800
From: "Adam Ruben, Political Action"
Subject: Election tomorrow! Check out these endorsements

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday. Find out where to vote below along with local endorsement info from Democracy for America.

Dear Minneapolis MoveOn member,

Tomorrow is Election Day: please make time to vote. In an off-year election, without presidential or congressional races at stake, voter turnout is expected to be low and a wave of progressive voters can make an unusually significant difference. That's what happened in Colorado last week where a measure to allow more funds for education and health care passed.

Our good friends at Democracy for America, which supports fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government, have asked us to share with MoveOn members the progressive candidates they have identified as worthy of support in this election. It is an exciting opportunity when there are strong progressive champions you can back in your area, and this is a chance for progressives to work together to create change. Keep in mind that candidates in state and local races often become candidates later for federal office.

Democracy for America recommends (the descriptive text below comes from them):

Re-elect R.T. Rybak for Mayor of Minneapolis.
Despite being outspent 4 to 1, Mayor R.T. Rybak won his 2001 campaign for Mayor of Minneapolis with a progressive platform of reform. He has balanced 5 straight budgets, developed a 5 year financial plan that has already paid down $17 million in debt, and made room for priorities like thousands of new affordable housing units and 4000 jobs for hard to employ residents. Mayor Rybak has also received the endorsement of Democracy for Minnesota.

We encourage you to spread the word and forward your personal endorsements for tomorrow to your friends and family. Finally, you can find out where to vote here:

Note that depending on where you live, you may not be in a precinct that votes for the candidate(s) above. Thank you.


–Adam, Justin, Marika, Tanya and the Political Action Team
Monday, November 7th, 2005

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Help re-elect R.T. Rybak, volunteer now

Dear DFMers,

The culture of corruption in Washington is getting worse every day. But across the country, a new generation of leaders is taking shape. These progressive leaders support open government and fiscal responsibility. They are working to bring new leadership to Minneapolis and hundreds of other places around the country.

Democracy for America is supporting R.T. Rybak for re-election as Mayor of Minneapolis. Mayor Rybak has delivered results - summarized in the recent Star Tribune endorsement:

"With its booming housing market, arts attractions and improving neighborhoods, Minneapolis is again a city people want to work in and live in. Despite big problems, there's much to celebrate, including R.T. Rybak's sound performance in his first term -- and the anticipation of a second."[1]

Mayor Rybak needs your help to get out his record of results and positive vision for Minneapolis -- and the best way for you to do this is to volunteer! The campaign headquarters are located at 5 W 15th Street between Nicollet and LaSalle Avenue near Loring Park.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Saturday, Nov. 5 - 10:00am At HQ to remind people when and where to vote
  • Sunday, Nov. 6 - 12:00pm At HQ to talk to supporters in key precincts
  • Monday, Nov. 7 - 8:00pm At HQ to help literature drop in key precincts
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Election Day! Visibility, literature dropping and knocking on doors

RSVP to Nick by calling: 612-871-3044 or go to

Democracy for America is dedicated to helping leaders like Mayor Rybak and the rest of the DFA-List. They set an example for Washington to watch -- and follow.

Please help R.T. for the last days of his campaign in any way you can.

And don't forget to vote on Tuesday, November 8th.

You can find your polling place at:

Thank you for all you do.

Chris Warshaw

Field Director

Democracy for America

You can invite your friends to join DFA by clicking here:

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[1] "Editorial: Rybak has earned a second term. McLaughlin hasn't made the case for change," Star Tribune Sunday, Oct. 30 th 2005. Click here to see the full article at