Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Vote for MN Map Changers!

Vote for the following MN Map Changers Now:

Tim Walz (MN-01)
Coleen Rowley (MN-02)
Wendy Wilde (MN-03)
Patty Wetterling (MN-06)

Change the Map with Mark Warner

The 2006 elections will be an opportunity for Democrats. For the first time in many years, Democrats have a strong chance to win majorities in both houses of Congress. Forward Together PAC has already contributed to more than 50 campaigns in more than 30 states. They are now opening up the process and MN has the chance to get some support!

You can help them choose the next group of candidates they'll support. They are looking for fresh faces with fresh ideas - and for solutions-oriented Democrats with a focus on the future - candidates who will help us change the political map. Which candidates are you supporting? Register and vote to tell them who your Map Changers are!

Hurry! Round 2 voting ends on June 29th! Vote for your Top 10 today! Each of the 10 finalists will each receive a $5000 contribution from Forward Together PAC, and advance to the final round.

To learn more, please go to:

What people are saying on Map Changers:

Sheri Garner
MN-01 Tim Walz
A great candidate ready to create positive change in southern Minnesota and the rest of the country! He's poised to defeat long-standing Republican Congressman, Gil Gutknecht, and needs our support. Check out his website,

Eva Tompkins LaBonte
MN-02 Coleen Rowley
For her courage and unwavering honesty in being a whistleblower; for knowing the difference between right and wrong and striving to do the right thing, for the benefit of the country, even when challenged by her superiors & put under great pressure.

M Kohn
MN-03 Wendy Wilde
This will be a tough race and she needs all the support she can get.

Jeannine Lee
MN-06 Patty Wetterling
A terrific individual who has turned personal tragedy into positive change. Running against a republican who plays on people's fears under a label of "values".

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Monday, June 19: National Call-In Day to Renew the Voting Rights Act

Mark Your Calendar! On Monday, make 3 toll-free calls to protect the right to vote for all American citizens! Monday, June 19 1-866-808-0065

Call House Leaders and Your Representative Toll-Free to Urge Passage of H.R. 9 A Bipartisan Bill to Renew and Restore the Voting Rights Act

Last month, congressional leaders introduced a bipartisan bill to renew and restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The bill, The Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006

(H.R. 9 - S. 2703) is critical to ensuring that the VRA continues to work effectively to combat discrimination and that the gains that have been achieved for minority voters are not rolled back. Momentum is building in Congress and around the country to renew and restore the VRA.

But while the House bill (H.R. 9) enjoys the support of more than 150 Republicans and Democrats was approved by the House Judiciary Committee with overwhelming support (33-1), there is a small handful of vocal representatives who have tried to delay or thwart renewal of this cornerstone civil rights law

House leaders, including Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), have been important allies in the effort to renew and restore the VRA and have indicated that they intend to bring H.R. 9 to the floor next week. But they need to hear from you about the importance of ensuring that it passes without amendment.

On Monday, join civil rights activists and community leaders from around the country in making a toll-free call (1-866-808-0065) to Reps. Hastert and Boehner. Urge them to use their leadership positions to bring H.R. 9 to the floor "as-is" and to ensure that H.R. 9 passes without amendment. Then use the same toll-free number to call your representative and urge him/her to fully support H.R. 9.

Please forward this alert to others and encourage them to set aside a few minutes on Monday to make their three toll-free calls as well!

***And Take Action Today, too!***

If you haven't yet signed the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights' Pledge to Protect Voting Rights, add your name

Visit for more information about H.R. 9 - S. 2703 and the Voting Rights Act.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Vote for MN DFA All-Stars!

This month, Democracy for America is hosting an online vote to determine which Congressional candidate will receive our next DFA-List endorsement. All of the candidates in the competition are running for either a Republican-held seat or an open seat. We are excited to have two candidates from MN included on this list: Tim Walz (MN-01) and Coleen Rowley (MN-02)

Results are updated hourly and can be seen at Blog for America. Voting for the first round will begin on Wednesday, June 7 and close on Friday, June 16 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. The top five candidates will advance to an instant run-off round starting on June 19 to determine DFA's next DFA-List candidate. (Be sure that your vote gets counted for the right person and email if it doesn't)

To vote go to:

I'll try and get an update from Coleen Rowley (MN-02) after the state convention but below is note on why you should support Tim Walz (MN-01):

Tim Walz is running in the 1st Congressional District in Southern Minnesota. He is an award-winning public educator and the founder of a nonprofit organization that facilitates educational trips to China for local students. Tim served in Operation Enduring Freedom with his National Guard unit and retired last year at the rank of Command Sergeant Major. In Congress Tim will be an independent leader for southern Minnesota. He will work to ensure America both invests in students and fulfills promises made to veterans.

To vote for Tim Walz, please go to:

The Latest Round of NE Mpls DFA Group Endorsements

The NE Minneapolis DFA Group had a busy evening full of speakers plus new and returning faces. Thanks to all who participated in the dialogue. The Group decided to support the efforts of the St. Paul DFA Group in organizing an Iraq War Forum in the next 6-9 weeks. We also noted that there are now 16 MN DFA Link campaigns (welcome to Wendy Wilde who joined the DFA Link on Wednesday!) on the DFA Link.

Endorsements are not simple statements of support from local groups. An endorsement is a commitment from members to donate time, money, and resources to electing candidates. Once endorsed, group members organize activities on behalf of candidates. Volunteer opportunities for the candidates are announced at meetings and/or on the DFA Link, this blog, etc. Stay tuned for more updates from our local group endorsed candidates!

The latest round of endorsements from the NE Minneapolis DFA Group include:

Monday, June 05, 2006

A Message from NE Minneapolis Democracy for America Organizer Joelle Riley

The NE Minneapolis DFA-Link group's next meeting is this Wednesday, June 7. Our main focus this month is considering endorsements for U.S. Senator and Governor. All of the DFL campaigns for these offices have been invited to stop in and talk with us.

We also will discuss the possibility of organizing an Iraq War forum.
If you are interested in being involved with such an event, please
bring your ideas!

7 PM Wednesday, June 7
Diamonds Coffee Shoppe
1618 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis
(a few blocks north of Broadway on Central)

I hope to see you there!

NE Minneapolis DFA-Link organizer

P.S. So far, our group's endorsed campaigns have done very well:

Andy Luger Now Endorsed by the Hennepin County DFL and the NE Minneapolis DFA-Link Group!

Did you know that we had more voting delegates at our Hennepin County DFL convention today than the MN GOP State Convention had for their endorsement of Kennedy! (source for the GOP #'s: Minvolved).

Andy Luger received the Hennepin County DFL endorsement for Hennepin County Attorney on the first ballot. The NE Minneapolis DFA-Link Group also endorsed Andy Luger for Hennepin County Attorney at their May DFA-Link Meeting.

You can show your support for Andy Luger on his DFA-Link Candidate page.

On the first ballot for Hennepin County Attorney of 995 eligible votes, which would make 60% endorsement threshold at 597, 994 ballots were cast:

725 votes for Andy Luger (73%)

269 votes for Mike Freeman (27%)

Mike Freeman conceded for the day but stated again that he doesn’t expect a primary for this non-partisan office and will be running for office in November against the DFL and local DFA-Link Group endorsed candidate, Andy Luger.

Andy Luger will need the support of all DFA-Link members to win in November. To learn more about Andy Luger, please go to:

It sounds like most voters will unify behind our endorsed candidates, including Andy Luger, and win elections November. I know that DFA-Link members will be a part of that effort. Please join us today by responding to this invitation to Andy Luger’s DFA-Link Campaign Page.

To view the press coverage on this race, please see the this Star Tribune article.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Eileen Weber (HD57-B) Wants to Debate Now

All politics is local!

I've challenged incumbent Republican Representative McNamara to a series of debates starting now instead of October. He doesn't want to do it. Please see the story at:

The story came out yesterday and was on the front page, above the fold, and people were more familiar with me last night when I was doorknocking in Hastings. There was also an LTE from me on the topic in the same paper. One guy practically cheered when I got to his door and said I was running against McNamara, and I got some sign spots.



Eileen Weber
DFL-endorsed House candidate, 57B

To learn more about Eileen, please go her DFA Link Page or her campaign page. Please note that Eileen has been both adopted and endorsed by the The Saint Paul Democracy for America Group.