Friday, September 29, 2006

Wendy Wilde: Saturday Fun Event + Almost $50,000


Saturday morning, come join us and meet the candidates at the Brookdale Library! Wendy Wilde will join other local and state candidates from 9am to 11am.

WHAT: Candidate Meet & Greet
WHERE: Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center 55430
WHEN Saturday morning September 30, 9am-11am

A really big "thank you" to Don Carey for organizing this event!


We're almost there. We are now within $1000 of our $50,000 goal... and Saturday at midnight is the FEC filing deadline. If you can help with a $50 donation, please post it online at and click on Mom's money jar.

Thank you for supporting the hard work of our campaign staff and many volunteers! Let's take back Congress in 2006!

Paid for by Wendy Wilde For Congress, Bruce Brillhart, Treasurer
6950 France Avenue South Suite 108, Edina, Minnesota 55435
Telephone (952) 486-8746 email:

Mark Ritchie on Almanac TONIGHT!

Watch Mark debate on Almanac TONIGHT!

What: Secretary of State debate on Almanac
When: Tonight (Friday, Sept. 29) at 7:00 p.m. on TPT
Who: Mark Ritchie and the other candidates for Secretary of State

Watch Mark on Almanac tonight as he shares his vision for the Secretary of State's office and points out why change needs to be made.

For questions or more details call us at 612-229-1962 or email

To donate to the campaign visit our website at and click "Contribute."

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Rockridge Institute Needs Your Help!

We Need Your Help

In this issue:
1. Help Build Rockridge Nation
2. Biconceptualism
3. What Would Real Election Integrity Mean?

1. Help Build Rockridge Nation

"Liberalism needs strong, well-funded institutions fighting the rhetorical battle."
-Thomas Frank
Author, What's the Matter With Kansas

To our constituents:

We need your help.

Until now the Rockridge Institute has relied nearly exclusively on support from a relatively small number of major contributors. But in order to expand our service to the progressive community, we have to broaden our base of support.

Four years ago, hardly anybody had heard of framing, and we were just beginning to study how framing works in politics. Now, thanks to those contributions, framing is cited everywhere, and we have figured out the basics of how widely and deeply framing operates. We are releasing our results to the public in the form of a handbook.

The Progressive's Handbook, Thinking Points (, will be available this week, both at your local bookstores and online, for $10 retail - and will soon be available for free download from this site.

Thinking Points is a systemic overview of what every citizen needs to know about framing. It will be the cornerstone of our greatly expanded framing activities, to be conducted online and interactively.

A "must-read," says both Arianna Huffington and the ACLU's Anthony Romero. "Essential reading," says MoveOn's Eli Pariser.

Having achieved the goals of Rockridge 1.0, we are moving on to Rockridge 2.0.

First, we will be extending Thinking Points to cover the full spectrum of issues as they arise.

Second, and most exciting, we will be forming Rockridge Nation, a national speak-out network of people and organizations who want to use our materials as a basis for speaking out with an authentic voice in a proactive, well-framed, values-driven way.

We believe that an active grassroots national progressive voice will be absolutely necessary if we are to take country back from conservative rule. This is not just about elections or slogans. It is about how America thinks about its future and its politics. You can be a part of this.

But we need your help.

You have the power to change America's future. Please give what you can—either as a one-time gift or, better still, as a monthly recurring contribution—by clicking this secure donation link: Our future depends on you.

In return, you have our commitment that we will continue to speak for the progressive values and ideals that you hold dear.

Bruce Budner
Executive Director

George Lakoff
Senior Fellow

"The work at Rockridge seems to me to be the most hopeful effort to be undertaken in the last 50 years for reforming our political systems."
-Rockridge online contributor

"Behind every effective political or social movement, there is a guiding philosopher to articulate theory and, sometimes, strategy. For communism it was Karl Marx. For democracy it was Thomas Jefferson. And for secular progressivism, it is George Lakoff."
-Bill O'Reilly in Culture Warrior

2. Biconceptualism
Our new book, Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision, includes an explanation of the so-called political center. We have just posted Chapter 2, entitled "Biconceptualism," which examines this topic and why progressives can best appeal to self-proclaimed moderates by remaining true to their progressive values, in the Thinking Points section of our website. [The preface through chapter 2 are also available on the NE Minneapolis DFA-Link page:]

3. What Would Real Election Integrity Mean?
Learn about the challenges our voting system faces and how progressives can respond by reading this new article on the Rockridge website:

The Rockridge Institute

2105 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
First Floor
Berkeley, California 94704
United States

Election Integrity Action Alert

The MN Daily this week had a great op-ed: Voting machines need paper trail.

This week emergency contingency paper ballot legislation was introduced in both the senate & house. The national organization VoteTrustUSA has the details.


Citizens for Election Integrity-MN a group endorsed by local DFA Link Groups, sends the following action alert from their partner VoteTrust USA:


With only two days remaining before Congress recesses until after the November 7 election, and with the failures and malfunctions of electronic voting machines finally receiving real attention from the mainstream media, emergency bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate to make contingency paper ballots available in all touchscreen jurisdictions.
On Tuesday, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced S. 3943, the "Confidence in Voting Act" that would provide funding to jurisdictions for the printing of emergency paper ballots, and on Wednesday, Rep. Rush Holt introduced a similar mesasure, HR 6187, in the House.

This morning (Thursday, September 28) at 10 am the House Administration Committee will hold a previously scheduled -- and long awaited hearing on "Electronic Voting Machines: Verification, Security, and Paper Trails." The word on the Hill is that the Committee will discuss this emergency legislation during the hearing. VoteTrustUSA will be at the hearing, providing background information to Committee members, and hosting a press event after the hearing. This is our last, best chance to make a difference in the 2006 election!

It All Comes Down to You! Your Calls Make a Difference.

Call Your Representative NOW!

A flood of phone calls from constituents could be all it will take to break the roadblock at this critical moment. Pick up the phone NOW and call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Tell your Representative that Congress must pass HR 6187 before they adjourn, to make sure that every vote will count when voting machines malfunction or count votes incorrectly as they have in every primary this year. (DC contact information (phone, fax, email, web) to all of MN Representives can be found here.)

Then Immediately Call Both of Your Senators

As soon as you hang up with your Representative's office, call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 to speak with both of your Senators' offices. Tell them to pass S. 3943 before Congress adjourns to ensure that every vote will count in November. (DC contact information (phone, fax, email, web) to our MN Senators can be found here.)

Every moment counts, so please don't delay. Make those phone calls as if our democracy depended on it -- because that's what it comes down to today.

October Iraq for Sale Screenings in MN

Republicans don't want you to know

Find a Free Screening near You!

Over the past couple of weeks, as Robert Greenwald's new movie Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers has been screened in theatres across the country, the buzz has been fantastic. The New York Times review says:

"Mr. Greenwald compiles a horrifying catalog of greed, corruption and incompetence among private contractors in Iraq, focusing primarily on Halliburton, Blackwater Security Consulting and CACI International... the movie goes on to trace connections between the contractors and the Republican Party, assert the buying of influence and explores what it says are questionable accounting systems that encourage an exorbitant waste of taxpayer money. And that's just the first 30 minutes."

Halliburton, Dick Cheney and Republican leaders everywhere don't want you to see this movie, especially in October, just a few weeks before Election Day. That's why DFA groups around the country have set up almost 200 screenings of Iraq for Sale so you can see it FREE.

Search for a free screening nationwide:

Current MN Screenings Include:

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Luger Campaign Launches First TV Ad!

The Luger Campaign is proud to introduce our first television ad. Andy is an experienced prosecutor committed to tackling the challenges ahead, and this ad shows it. Visit to view the ad!

Plans for a Safe Hennepin County
Last week, Andy joined elected officials and community leaders to discuss his plans for a safer Hennepin County. Andy will focus on dismantling gangs, targeting repeat offenders, and building effective re-entry services. Read Andy’s speech and press release on (Click on the “Latest News” button, then select “Andy Luger and Hennepin County Community Leaders Spell Out Safety Agenda.” The link at the bottom will take you to the speech.)

MN Campaign Report
This week Andy Luger sat down with MN Campaign Report bloggers to talk about his vision and goals for the Hennepin County Attorney's office. Visit to read the interview in its entirety.

Join us for food, fun, and doorknocking at our Election Day Countdown Celebration.
When: Saturday October 7, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: CD 3 Coordinated Campaign Office, 6950 France Ave S, Edina
Please email to RSVP for this event.

Join Andy in door knocks taking place across the county.
When: Every Sunday, 12:45 p.m.
Where: Luger HQ, 1200 Mainstreet, Hopkins

Doorknocking isn't your thing? We are also making phone calls:

When: Every Monday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: 6950 France Ave, Edina- Ste 108

When: Every Tuesday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: 6950 France Ave, Edina, Ste 108

When: Every Wednesday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Greene Espel, 200 S. 6th St, Ste 1200, Minneapolis

When: Every Thursday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Luger HQ, 1200 Mainstreet, Hopkins

It’s not too early to start thinking about Get Out The Vote efforts! Email if you are willing to help us on Election Day [November 7] by making phone calls or with visibility efforts.

We've received an overwhelming number of requests for Luger Lawn Signs and our THIRD order has just arrived! Please contact us at or 952-938-2999 to request a sign – or let us know if you’re willing to help distribute signs throughout Hennepin County.

Contribute to the Luger Campaign!
We’re in the final stretch of the campaign and we need your help! Andy has been working hard to raise the dollars necessary to reach out to voters on the phone and at the door. Now, your financial contribution of $500, $250, $100 or whatever you can afford will help keep our TV ads on the air! To make a financial contribution safely and securely on our website, visit and click the “Contribute Online” button.

As always, thank you for your time and support,
The Luger Campaign Team

Prepared and paid for by Luger for Hennepin County Attorney

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

America Votes National Day of Action (9/30)

Saturday, September 30th, America Votes - a historic coalition of the largest grassroots progressive organizations in the country - is sponsoring a National Day of Action, a day for hitting the streets and talking directly to voters about the importance of this years elections.

Democracy for America is part of this coalition and invites you to join the day of action as we work to take back the MN House!

No matter which issue concerns you most this year - the direction of our nation, the mess in Iraq, our weakening economy, skyrocketing health care costs, the state of our environment, choice, workersrights, civil rights - you can make a difference with America Votes on September 30th. America Votes unites the entire progressive movement and ensures that we all work together for our common goals.

The Minneapolis Day of Action event is scheduled from 10am-1pm. Jeff Blodgett, former Wellstone campaign manager and executive director of Wellstone Action, will be the featured speaker. Following the speeches there will be a massive phone bank at Clean Water Action. A volunteer canvass will also go to SD51A to doorknock for DFL Endorsed Candidate Scott Kranz.

Update: Check out the Minneapolis Flyer (it's a PDF). The Minneapolis event is also listed on the DFA Link Events Page.

There is also a Day of Action event in Duluth from 10am-2pm. Speakers include: Pastor Kathy Nelson and Mary Theurer, executive director of AFSCME Council District 5.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Minneapolis Instant Runoff Voting Update

The Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign (MBBC) is working hard to educate voters on the charter amendment on the November 7th ballot. Be sure to check the MBBC's web site as they have a boat load of upcoming events and constantly update the site. The MBBC is also looking for volunteers to participate in small lit drop routes all over the city. To learn more about how you can help, click here.

The former Mayor of Minneapolis, Don Fraser, also wrote a wonderful Op-Ed supporting Instant Runoff Voting in the Star Tribune.

The Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign has a great IRV educational video on their site and it was recently added to you tube. You can watch it here:

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Luger Campaign Update

The Luger campaign is in high gear as we count down to Election Day!

But we still need your help talking to your friends and neighbors about the reasons why Andy is the right candidate to be the next Hennepin County Attorney! You can help us by knocking on doors, making phone calls, and lending a hand with our GOTV efforts. By pledging 2–3 hours of volunteer time once a week, you can make a huge difference in the success of this campaign and help Andy win on November 7!

Here’s how you can help!

Join us for food and fun, and door knocking at our Elections Day Countdown Celebration.
When: Saturday October 7, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: CD 3 Coordinated Campaign Office, 6950 France Ave S, Edina
Please RSVP for this event by sending an email to

Join Andy in door knocks taking place across the county.
When: Every Sunday, 12:45pm
Where: Luger HQ, 1200 Mainstreet, Hopkins
Help us call people across Hennepin County and help Andy win in November!

Door knocking isn't your thing? We are also making phone calls:

When: Every Monday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 6950 France Ave, Edina- Ste 108

When: Every Tuesday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: 6950 France Ave, Edina, Ste 108

When: Every Wednesday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Greene Espel, 200 S. 6th St, Ste 1200, Minneapolis

When: Every Thursday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Luger HQ, 1200 Mainstreet, Hopkins

It’s not too early to start thinking about our Get Out The Vote efforts! Send a message to if you are willing to help us on Election Day [November 7] by making phone calls or with visibility efforts.

We've received an overwhelming number of requests for Luger Lawn Signs and our THIRD order has just arrived! Please email us at or call (952-938-2999) to request a sign – or let us know if you’re willing to help distribute signs throughout Hennepin County.

As always, thank you for your time and support,
The Luger Campaign Team

Prepared and paid for by Luger for Hennepin County Attorney

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Who Wants Mark Ritchie as the Next Secretary of State?

We all do, right?

Things are getting exciting over here at Ritchie HQ and if you agree that Minnesotans need a Secretary of State we can trust, then we need your help! We've got projects every day and voters to talk to every night and we would love to have you join us. (We'll give you chocolate!)

To sign up for any of the options below, e-mail us at or call 612-229-1962.

We're Dialing Away!
We have phone banks every Sunday from 1-4 and 5-8, and Monday-Thursday nights from 6-9pm. Voter contact is critical to get Mark's name out to the state and remind voters how important this race is.

Please join us for a shift or two or three before the General Election.

More callers equals more people learning who Mark is and what he will do to ensure fair elections. Join us! And don't forget, chocolate!

Doorknocks are coming!
Starting Sept. 30 the Ritchie campaign will be hitting the doors fast and furious with the help of our dedicated volunteers.

This is one of the best ways to contribute to Mark, and it's the most fun as well because you get to talk to voters face to face and tell them why Mark is so great!

Sign up for a shift or two or three before the General Election.

Get Your Name in Print Explaining Your Support!
We are continually wanting people to write in to their paper to talk about why they support Mark and many other topics.

Contact us and we can help you figure out where to submit a letter and what it should be about.

Help Us Enter All the Info We're Getting
We have data entry daily and other easy tasks at the office. We use a simple system for data entry that we can easily teach to you. If chatting with voters or writing letters just isn't your thing, you can help us by coming by for part or all of a day. We'll keep you busy, and the office is where we keep the chocolate!

We only have approximately 50 days to get Mark elected and every day is critical. Once again, send an e-mail to or call 612-229-1962 to sign up to volunteer right now!

Join the Wilde Bunch doorknocking Saturday!

Please join our dedicated Wilde Bunch volunteers and staff as we join the statewide DFL doorknocking on Saturday! Choose a CD 3 location and time near you and help us get the word out about our great candidates! Please wear your Wendy Wilde for Congress tee-shirt!

Edina / Bloomington
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Normandale Park (Picnic tables near the Bandstand)
84th and Chalet Rd, Bloomington
To RSVP, contact Kari at 952-929-4035 or

Eden Prairie
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Purgatory Park in Eden Prairie
To RSVP, contact Lori at 952-929-4035 or

9:30 a.m. Training
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Purgatory Park in Eden Prairie
To RSVP, contact Lori at 952-929-4035 or

Lake Country
9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Home of Marjie Vigoren
5249 Main St E
Maple Plain, 55359
To RSVP, contact Joe at 763-242-6483 or

Maple Grove
10:00 a.m. - Noon
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
CD3 Field Office
8501 Wyoming Ave N
Brooklyn Park
To RSVP, contact John at 952-929-4035 or

Brooklyn Park / Brooklyn Center
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
CD3 Field Office
8501 Wyoming Ave N
Brooklyn Park
To RSVP, contact Scott at 763-425-7883 or

Paid for by Wendy Wilde For Congress, Bruce Brillhart, Treasurer
6950 France Avenue South Suite 108, Edina, Minnesota 55435

From Keith: Thank you for your amazing support!

Dear Friend,

What a whirlwind it’s been since our victory on September 12! Since last Tuesday it's been so exciting to be able to show off to the local, state, and national media that have contacted us the amazing grassroots coalition we’ve built here in the 5th Congressional District. And we haven't stopped working hard in the last week to keep out in front of voters as we continue to put forth our positive message for the November 7 general election.

Still, I didn't want to let another moment go by without thanking each and every one of you for the incredible support, heart-felt encouragement, and tremendous effort you put into our victory. It was awe-inspiring to see the difference that real people at the grassroots can make to counter negativity and raise hope! I’m told we had around 900 volunteers on Election Day alone who helped raise turnout dramatically in some parts of the district and bring thousands of new primary voters to the polls.

We'd love to hear your stories from September 12! Tell us how you knocked on people's doors and helped bring them to the polls, what you heard or saw that day or the night before, or how you felt when you voted or we won, so that we can share them with everyone else. Send us an email by Friday to and we'll send them out in a special edition of the Ellison Extra.

We can be proud that this is the kind of campaign we have run. This just goes to show once again that this election has not been about whether I would get to Congress; rather, it’s been about the kind of democracy we want to build and the kind of future we want to make for ourselves.

If you were able to join us at our victory party at the Blue Nile on Tuesday night, you know it was amazing! I’ve been so touched by the number of people who have shared with me since then how beautiful it was to celebrate with people from every faith, race, age, and circumstance. The feeling of good will, fellowship and shared commitment to a better future was magical. No one wanted to go home! (If you couldn’t be there, you can still catch part of it at or Thanks to Chuck Olson for filming!)

I promise you that for the next 50 days, we will continue to run a positive campaign. We will run the campaign that talks about peace as our guiding principle, that talks about human rights, that talks about universal health care, that talks about economic and environmental justice. Above all, we will be the campaign that stands boldly and unapologetically for the principle that everybody counts.

But once again, we cannot do this without your grassroots help. I hope you will continue to be involved with our campaign and to volunteer as much time as you are able to create our future together. Please give us a call.

I am humbled by the faith you have shown in me. I thank you again for all the work, energy and love you have shown our campaign.

With deepest gratitude,

Friday, September 15, 2006

Murtha to rally veterans and raise funds for Tim Walz

Murtha to rally veterans and raise funds for DFL congressional candidate Tim Walz

Rally will kick off Veterans for Walz organization

Congressman John Murtha and Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede will join Tim Walz on Sunday, September 17, 2006 in Rochester, Minnesota, for a rally.

What: Rally with Congressman John Murtha in honor of Tim Walz

When: Sunday, September 17, 4pm

Where: At the home of Home of Sarah and John Pacchetti, 930 8th Ave. SW, Rochester

The event is open to the press and to the public.

Veterans for Walz was founded to support Tim Walz in his bid for U.S. Congress. The veterans will have boots on the ground at events, will door knock key precincts, and will telephone fellow veterans to discuss Tim's candidacy. Co-chairs of Veterans for Walz are Bob Montague, Tim Eggenberger, and John Borman. If you would like to receive Veterans for Walz e-mails in the future, please respond to Tim Eggenberger at

Congressman Murtha is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and an outspoken critic of the Bush Administration's handling of the war in Iraq. Elected in 1974, Murtha continues to serve the people of Pennsylvania in Congress today. Murtha is the recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and is the ranking minority member on the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense.

Walz, a retired Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major, has also been critical of the President and of his opponent for his failure to understand the situation. Although Walz and Murtha have differing opinions about the best way to resolve the situation in Iraq, they do agree that the Republican plan is not working.

Walz is endorsed by VETPAC and today received the endorsement of Veterans and Military Families for Progress. VMFP is a an organization made up of members from across the country, and from across the breadth of rank and military services, who served, are serving, or are members of families of those who have heeded the call to serve their country in the U.S. military.

In a release, VMFP said, "Walz’s strong commitment to the issues that are critical to veterans, active serving members and their families is unsurpassed. His public support for mandatory full funding of the Veterans Administration and his declared determination to fight for Concurrent Receipt of Pension and Disability give veterans and their families hope that at long last a Congressman will vote in such a way as to keep faith with those who have served and sacrificed."

To see a list of veterans and other organizations endorsing Tim Walz, visit Press inquiries should be directed to Walz Communications Director Meredith Salsbery, 507-351-7730.

Prepared and paid for by Tim Walz for U.S. Congress.

Murtha Coming to Town for DFA Link Candidates

Congressman John Murtha (PA-12) is coming to MN on Sunday, September 17th to show support for our DFA Link Candidates! Congressman Murtha is a 37-year Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who has served in the U.S. Congress since 1975. He has taken the lead in Washington by proposing to redeploy American troops in Iraq with a resolution widely known as “The Murtha Plan."

The events are open to the public and everyone is urged to attend.

Congressman John Murtha and Congressman Jim Oberstar (MN-08) will join candidate Coleen Rowley (MN-02) on Sunday at Noon in Rosemount, Minnesota for a rally. Details are on the DFA Link. A full press release for this event can be found here. Our newest DFA Link group, Parade Brigade Minnesota, is a proud co-sponsor of this event.

Congressman John Murtha and Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede will join candidate Tim Walz (MN-01) on Sunday at 4PM in Rochester, Minnesota for a rally. Details are on the DFA Link. This event is sponsored by a new group called simply Veterans for Walz. These veterans will have boots on the ground at events, will door knock key precincts, and telephone fellow veterans to discuss Tim's candidacy.

Thank Yous from Kelley and Lourey

Thank You

Dear Friends,

A heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers who helped carry this campaign forward. I feel honored and privileged to have had the experience and to have earned your support.

I am confident that we ran a strong, positive campaign. I am proud of my campaign team and my volunteers who put their hearts into making a difference through politics. It was a pleasure to travel the state and meet so many fellow Minnesotans who are working for a change.

The DFL has a strong, progressive vision based on opportunity and justice. We as Democrats must work together to make this vision a reality for Minnesota.

Steve Kelley


Becky Lourey - Primary Election Night Remarks

It is amazing how far we have come this summer in building friendships and coming together for a cause. Tim Baylor and I have always said that this campaign isn't about ego - and every one of you has taken that sentiment that to heart. And in our hearts, we know this was a great team with a strong spirit against all odds. This campaign has grown and benefited so much from the hundreds of volunteers who have put forward a brilliant and determined effort. You are striving for a new style of leadership, a new vision, a new day. All I can say to each and every one of you is thank you - thank you -- thank you! Read the complete statement here.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ritchie Reader -- September 14

Yes, Mark Won!
Minnesota's primary was Tuesday, and Mark won big! According to the final numbers, Mark got over 70% of the vote. Now comes the fun!

Speaking of Fun
We're doing two big fundraisers next week. Join Mark and special guest Jennifer Brunner (the fabulous Democratic candidate running to replace Ken Blackwell as Ohio's Secretary of State) at 1900 LaSalle (the Van Dusen Event Center) on Wednesday September 20 at 5:30-8. The next night (September 21), we have another event in St. Paul. Check your email or call us at 612-229-1962 for more details. Not many more days left to enjoy the fun, so come on!

National Folks are Tuning In
Mark's race has been getting more and more national attention and support. Democracy for America (DFA) joined Governor Vilsack's Heartland PAC and the Secretary of State Project in endorsing Mark. Check out these great groups online for more details.

The Stories that Matter
From time to time, we hear heartwarming stories about this campaign, elections, and the power of the vote. These make our day and remind us why it's so important to get Mark into office. We'd like to start featuring these stories on our website to share with you, but we need more stories! Please send us yours to, and we'll post them on our blog "Inside the Campaign" ( Check it out!

Make New Stories
We need more volunteers to do research, letter writing, door knocking, phoning, mailings, and joining us at parades and events! If you can help one hour, one day, or the entire next month, call Mary B today at 612-414-6899 or email

Help Us Stay FocusedThe less time we have to spend fundraising, the more we can spend talking to voters. Help us stay focused on spreading Mark's message about the importance of having fair and open elections to Minnesotans all across the state, by contributing $25, $50, or up to $250 right now! Remember all Minnesotans can get their first $50 donation of the year back from the state. Go to and click "Contribute" to ensure Minnesota has clean elections in 2008.

Rebecca Otto Fundraiser

Please join special guest

Senator Mark Dayton

At a fundraiser honoring Rebecca Otto
DFL Candidate for State Auditor

"Rebecca is dedicated and hard working. She will make a great State Auditor."
-US Senator Mark Dayton

Friday, September 29, 20066:30-8:30pm

At the home of Rick & Barbara Kahn
2895 Ella LaneMinnetonka, MN 55305

Suggested Donation of $100 but ALL are welcome
Maximum of $500 per individual and $1000 per couple.
Contribute to Rebecca at
Donations eligible for the Minnesota Political Refund Program.

Rebecca Otto pledges to work to ensure accountability at all levels of government - not just local government - by advocating for sound fiscal policy both locally and at the state capitol. She will stand up against bad state fiscal policy that weakens school and local government finances or forces property tax increases.

Rebecca’s 7 charts—How “No New Taxes” is distorting state fiscal policy

Local Press: read what local papers around the state are saying about Rebecca Otto

Meet Rebecca


News & Hot Topics

Contribute to Rebecca

Add your name as a public supporter

Rebecca's Contact Info:
tel 651-433-2982

Message paid for by Otto for Auditor
12697 N 177th St, Marine on St Croix MN, 55047

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Primary Results

We are still waiting on the AG race but in CD5, DFA Link Endorsed Candidate, Keith Ellison has won the primary. We'll post the other updates here later.

Live Blogging on the Primary

No not us. DFM members are out in the field today helping candidates and I'm too sick to venture out right now with my laptop. If you do need your fix of live blogging from the many campaigns check out:
If there are any bloggers in greater MN live blogging from campaigns, please post them in the comments and I'll add them to this post.

About Last Night...

I'm home sick yet again today (yes, I voted) but I thought I'd provide some quick event recaps from yesterday. Please note that we hope to have information and photos from the St. Paul DFA Iraq Forum later in the week.

1) On Blog for America this weekend, we mentioned that Tim Walz (MN-01) had his 3rd debate scheduled for 9/11. BSP has the update, including links to the youtube footage of the debate.

2) The CD5 DFL GOTV Rally and Litdrop went well according to MNBlue:

About 250 people turned out for midnight madness for Keith. A whole mess of folks talked to pump up the crowd. Frank Hornstein, Robert Lilligren, Peggy Flanagan, Patricia Torres Rey, Steve Kelly and R.T. Rybak. Rybak might've had the best line of the night:
"Look around the room tonight, because we're going to make history in electing the first African-American to Congress from Minnesota. There's going to be a whole lot of folks who weren't here that are going to say they were. So take a close look around ... we're the one's who are going to make history."
[Ok, so many of us were there in spirit but we can all do our part today to make history. -eb]

3) DFM wasn't the only political blog to go purple last night. Rew over at Powerliberal has a great recap of the MN Vikings first win.

Monday, September 11, 2006


In this issue:

1) Wendy Wilde receives major new endorsement!

2) Your invitation to our Primary Election Victory Party

3) 2 house parties & 2 parades this week

4) ELECT MOM yard signs are here!

5) Our campaign is getting more muscle!


1) Minnesota AFL-CIO endorses Wendy Wilde for the United States House of Representatives in Congressional District 3. Wendy is a candidate who will stand up for the interests of working families, not only in her campaign, but after she is elected. The endorsement evaluated Wendy's positions and record on issues of importance to workers and their families.

Besides winning the DFL endorsement with a 98.5% vote after a lengthy debate in May, Wendy has also been screened and is endorsed by the United Food and Commercial Workers local 789, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, and Teamsters Joint Council 32 DRIVE. Wendy Wilde is supported by the Minnesota Women's Campaign Fund. Blog endorsements: American Hot Sausage Co. and Wonkette.


2) Join us Tuesday night for our Primary Election Victory Party at Don and Laura Carey's house in Brooklyn Park.

Join us at 8pm when the polls close for munchies and great democratic friends.

1316 77th Way, Brooklyn Park, 55444

Here's a mapquest link:


3) House parties & parades this week:

THURSDAY September 14:
Hosted by Sunday Alabi
Brooklyn Park
for address and to RSVP call Betsy 952 486-8746

FRIDAY September 15:
Hosted by John and Ruth Buuck
for address and to RSVP call Betsy 952 486-8746

SATURDAY September 16 parades:

lineup 11:30am - need 6 walkers (parade rules)

lineup noon - unlimited walkers & sign carriers
(cookout for parade volunteers at John DeSantis's house afterward)


4) ELECT MOM yard signs are here!

4x2 foot signs... great visibility locations wanted... smaller signs and bumper stickers available too.

Call Betsy at 952 486-8746 or email


5) Our campaign is getting more muscle!

Thanks to your support, Wilde For Congress is pleased to announce the addition of Nate Williams as our Financial Director. Nate's campaign experience includes working for Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, and New Mexico Representative Bill Richardson. Nate will help build our financial strength to get the word out about Wendy Wilde to the voters of the MN-3 Congressional District.

Contact Nate at 952 486-8746 or email

Paid for by Wendy Wilde For Congress, Bruce Brillhart, Treasurer
6950 France Avenue South, Suite 108, Edina, Minnesota 55435

Ellison Daily, Part 1 - Less Than 36 Hours to Make Our Future Happen

Dear Friend,

Our campaign has rounded the final stretch and the finish line is in sight! We feel great about our vital grassroots energy and extremely positive voter response – but IT'S NOT OVER YET. There are just two things left we need to do: VOLUNTEER and VOTE.

As we bet you know by now, there are two more chances for you to put your enthusiasm for Keith and for our progressive future out there in the world:

Join hundreds of us as we make sure everyone in Minneapolis wakes up in the morning to a reminder to vote for Keith! Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Mayor R.T. Rybak and CD5's own Mark Ritchie, the DFL-endorsed candidate for Secretary of State, will be there to get us pumped!

From 9:00 am– 8:00 pm tomorrow we will be running Get-Out-The-Vote operations from two centers:

Capri Theater
2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis

American Indian Center1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis

We will make sure that ALL of our supporters, no matter what neighborhood or community they come from, have the chance to MAKE THEIR VOTE COUNT.

Why should we volunteer? Congresswoman Maxine Waters made it personal for us yesterday in a barnstorming rally at North High School: She's been traveling the country this year because she and her progressive colleagues NEED more strong voices, uncompromising values and bold visions in Congress in order to move our country toward the progressive future we must have.This is why she spent so much time in Connecticut this summer helping Ned Lamont defeat Joe Lieberman, because she saw in Ned just that kind of honest, forward-looking Democrat Washington needs.Congresswoman Waters told us how extremely pleased she was to come to the Fifth District yesterday to support a progressive, truth-talking, uncompromising Democrat in the tradition of Paul Wellstone. And she told us she supports, us, too, as we seize the historic opportunity to send Keith to Congress.

It's FINALLY time to VOTE! TOMORROW – September 12 – is the day we get express our fundamental right to choose our future. Don't let someone else choose your future for you – VOTE!

You may vote anytime between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm tomorrow. Remember: your employer is legally obligated to allow you to take one-half hour off work anytime before 12:00 noon in order to vote.

Not sure where to vote? It's easy to find out! You can check quickly online at Or just call us at 612-522-4416 and we'll be happy to tell you.

If you're not registered to vote – because you've never voted before, you moved recently, or you've gotten "off paper" – YOU MAY REGISTER TO VOTE AT YOUR POLLING PLACE TOMORROW! It can be as easy as showing up at your polling place with state-issued ID that shows your current address! Click here ( ) to read all the ways in which you can register at the polls tomorrow.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: If for any reason you believe you have been unfairly denied your right to vote , CALL 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Oh, wait, we forgot one more thing:

You didn't really think the only two things left were volunteering and voting, did you? After 8:00 pm tomorrow there's one more thing to do – party with us! Join us tomorrow night starting at 8:00 pm at the Blue Nile, 2027 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis – just east of Cedar/Minnehaha/Franklin Ave. LRT station. We GUARANTEE a GOOD TIME!


What: Get Out the Vote Rally and Lit Drop

When: TONIGHT! 9:00 p.m. There will be a short rally and then lit drop

Where: American Indian Center- 1530 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis

Mark will be speaking at the rally and then dropping lit. High turnout is crucial for Mark both tomorrow and in November! Join Mark and hundreds of others to GET OUT THE VOTE!!!

Chris Stewart for School Board Update

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The election for Minneapolis School Board has been mostly quiet. Let's change that by making some noise!

We have a lot of work to do if we're truly going to win this November. By winning, I mean bringing people into the fight for public education!

Let's harness the excitement surrounding tomorrow's primary election and use it to better Minneapolis Public Schools.

Let's kickstart the movement to improve schools

The summer is over. Kids are back in school. Politicians are filling our mailboxes with pro-education literature. This is the best time to turn attention back to Minneapolis Public Schools.

Winning for us is starting a movement and expanding the base of people who work to improve public education. We're asking that you stand up, show up, and act up for Minneapolis Public Schools.

There are several ways that you can help:
· Volunteer your time
· Door knock on your block for Chris Stewart
· Request a lawn sign
· Organize a house party
· Make a contribution

Whatever you like to do, just reply to this email or visit to let us know how you'd like to help.

Click here to learn more about Chris:

Your time and support can truly help us create a better Minneapolis!
I hope to see you soon!

Chris Stewart
Candidate for Minneapolis Public School Board, DFL and Labor endorsed

phone: 612.229.8586

The Last Big Push for Keith Ellison!

We really need your help for an hour or two early on Tuesday morning. If you can be at the Capri Theater at 2027 West Broadway between 7 and 9 AM, we can really use your help! We'll start you off with some terrific Bean Scene coffee and send you to do a quick route of GOTV doorhangers. Then you can go off to work!

Wear comfy shoes!

Please come help!!!!!

Senator Linda HigginsDistrict 58, Keith's home district

Five Years After 9/11: Drop the War Metaphor

Language matters, because it can determine how we think and act.

For a few hours after the towers fell on 9/11, administration spokesmen referred to the event as a "crime." Indeed, Colin Powell argued within the administration that it be treated as a crime. This would have involved international crime-fighting techniques: checking banks accounts, wire-tapping, recruiting spies and informants, engaging in diplomacy, cooperating with intelligence agencies in other governments, and if necessary, engaging in limited "police actions" with military force. Indeed, such methods have been the most successful so far in dealing with terrorism.

But the crime frame did not prevail in the Bush administration. Instead, a war metaphor was chosen: the "War on Terror." Literal - not metaphorical - wars are conducted against armies of other nations. They end when the armies are defeated militarily and a peace treaty is signed. Terror is an emotional state. It is in us. It is not an army. And you can't defeat it militarily and you can't sign a peace treaty with it.

Read the full article at

Primary GOTV Help Needed!

Tomorrow is the big day here in CD5! If you have not already signed up to help, please call the Ellison campaign at 612-522-4416 and get plugged in. The DFL coordinated campaign, our local campaigns, etc., are all working together in this effort.

Monday, September 11, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Ellison Phone Bank. RSVP to Allison at 612-978-3168.

Monday, September 11, 9:00 p.m.: "Midnight Madness" GOTV (get-out-the- vote) lit drop. Meet at the American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue. No need to sign up, just come on over.

Tuesday, September 12: VOTE! (Or even better yet, vote on Monday and help volunteer as much as possible on this day!) Encourage everyone else you know to vote for our DFL-endorsed candidates!

Tuesday, September 12: three GOTV shifts: 9:00 a.m.–noon, 1:00–4:30 p.m., and 5:00–8:00 p.m., out of the following locations:
American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave
Capri Theatre, 2027 W Broadway
Lyndale United Church of Christ, 810 W 31st St

Please sign-up for a shift(s) by calling Korla at 612-251-1430 or call the Ellison Campaign HQ at 612-522-4416.

Thanks for all of your help!


Vote for Mark on Tuesday!

Make sure to vote for Mark Ritchie on Tuesday in the Primary Election! It is essential that we have a high turnout on Tuesday to show that Minnesotans support Mark's commitment to protecting our right to vote!

If you need information about who is eligible to vote and how to register at the polls (since it is now too late to register before Election Day), check the "Register to Vote" page of our website:

To find out where your polling place is, go to our website ( and put your zip code in the box under "Find your polling location" on the left hand side of the page.

If you need any other information, please contact us at 612-229-1962 or

Letter to Progressives: Why Keith Must Win

Tuesday, September 12, is the big day. On Tuesday, Democrats from CD 5 will pick the replacement for 28-year incumbent Martin Sabo. At this point, the race is too close to call between frontrunners Keith Ellison, Ember Reichgott Junge, and Mike Erlandson.

On this election eve, I want to express why I feel why this primary is so important, why it represents far more than the political futures of just these candidates.

First, Keith is a grassroots candidate. The others are not.

You have seen Keith for years at community meetings and events. He speaks at large peace rallies, has fun at Minneapolis Gay Pride, marches for immigrant rights, and quietly attends vigils for victims of violence. If you have been on the streets or at community meetings, you have seen Keith.

Keith’s rivals have their own positive experiences, of course. Reichgott Junge spent a number of years in the Minnesota Senate and had some legislative success. Erlandson has spent much of his adult life working for Martin Sabo and has certainly picked up some knowledge of D.C. shenanigans. These experiences have very little to do with grassroots organizing work, or actually with any lengthy experience in actually listening to people.

How will you feel if you see grassroots candidate Keith Ellison lose the primary to someone with better insider connections or just more money? What could you say about the power of the people in electoral politics?

Second, Keith is the endorsed candidate. The others are not. This race has been going on for over six months. Citizens participate in the very inclusive endorsing system by going to caucuses and sending representatives on to endorsing conventions. Thirteen candidates participated in speeches, debates, and Q & A sessions in the hope of winning the DFL endorsement. At the CD5 convention, the delegates found a candidate that we could all support and agree on: Keith.

What will the endorsement process mean if a well-financed rival can buy the primary a few months later? Who will then be willing to mobilize at the precinct caucuses? What sort of persuasion will get citizens to spend their Saturdays at the various district conventions? Why bother, if expensive television ads can replace the role of the citizen-activist in the party?

Third, we must beat back the power of racism and religious sectarianism.

This campaign has been a dirty, Rovian experience. Attacks on Keith’s race (African-American) and religion (Muslim) have passed from Keith’s rivals to Republican blogs to the pages of the Star Tribune. Keith has endured references to being in the company of “looming but silent black men in dark suits.” He has been attacked for not paying parking tickets and for a garage that needed paint.

By lightly coding the racism, it has been possible for some voters to act on racist assumptions without examining them. Two race myths have been used. The false association with the Nation of Islam has allowed some to believe that he might be a Dangerous Black Man. The parking tickets and missed deadlines references allow some to believe that he might merely be an Irresponsible Negro.

The reality, of course, is that Keith is one of the warmest and most personable people you will ever meet, neither dangerous nor lazy. Those who know him best and longest speak with admiration about how he stood up to anti-Semitism and gay-bashing, even at the height of his work with the Million Man March or during his most passionate U of M law school days.

The question for me, however, is whether or not race and religion should be a legitimate factor in Minnesota campaigns in 2006. Aren’t we beyond that? Shouldn’t we be having at least a few discussions about policy issues concerning war, healthcare, civil liberties, and the environment?

Fourth, we must undermine the power of money.

Reichgott Junge has received large contributions from Republicans and insurance industry executives (while claiming she will reform health care). Erlandson accepts money from defense contractors and Iraq war profiteers (while claiming to be a peace candidate). Keith gets his money from unions, the DFL, and friends. They all get money from law firms and lawyers. You can check the documents at

Who do you want your next U.S. Representative to be answering to?

Fifth, Keith Ellison will broaden the base. The others will not. Keith’s win will give encouragement to Northside residents, who have been beaten down by decades of racism, violence and neglect. Keith’s win will encourage electoral participation by his supporters, including Somalis and other immigrants, the peace community, the environmental community, and the progressive religious community.

Now try to imagine how Mike Erlandson and Ember Reichgott Junge could possibly reach out to underrepresented communities. I can’t. Can you?

Last, Keith Ellison is the very best candidate for all progressive issues.

Many of you have seen Keith at your meetings, or heard him talk at your rallies. You know where he stands. Clearly, he will be one of the very strongest advocates in Congress for ending the disastrous war against Iraq, as well as standing up against any new wars that the imperialistic neocons might be planning. Clearly, he will advocate intelligently for education, the environment, GLBT rights and civil liberties. He brings to that work inspiring words, intelligence and thoughtfulness, accurate information, and his own charismatic charm.

Did you know that only two legislators, both Republican, passed more legislation than Keith in the Minnesota House? Many people would consider that body as a hostile work environment for Democrats, but Keith worked very well there. He has an extremely rare combination of passionate convictions and personal warmth, so he is able to take strong moral stands while working with those across the aisle. He has the strength to stand up to the Bush agenda, yet do so with humanity, warmth, and class.

During all the smears against Keith, have you ever heard stories about any angry outbursts or even defensiveness? Keith doesn’t storm out of meetings or call his opponents names. He takes passionate positions for justice, yet he doesn’t make enemies. Consider the contrast with his rivals in the primary. All the pretty slogans in the world won’t get us better policy. All the best insider connections in Washington won’t compensate for thin-skinned peevishness and a wounded sense of entitlement.

What we must do:

Vote on Tuesday. If you don’t know your polling place, go to or call 311 for Minneapolis info. If you’ve moved and you’re not registered, prove your current address by either bringing a state ID with your new address, an old-address state ID with a current utility bill or cell phone bill, or go to the poll with a registered neighbor. (Other methods are found at

Call your friends in the Fifth Congressional District. Remind them that polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm, and that lines are usually short for primaries. Talk to them about how crucial this particular vote is. Call them right away, before you forget.

On Tuesday, greet friends with, “Hi! Did you vote yet?” Suggest to the coffee server or receptionist or clerk to do the same.

This is history. Let’s make it.
Charles Underwood

What Are You Doing Tonight?

Here are a few options for tonight:

1) Attend the St. Paul DFA Link Iraq War Forum:

WHAT: As the Iraq War continues to garner attention as one of the most significant issues of this election cycle, the St. Paul DFA Link Group is hosting a special Iraq War Forum on 9/11. The primary purpose of this forum is to open up a discussion, as opposed to a debate, to this critical issue that concerns us all. The forum will consist of a panel of four experts, a moderator, and audience questions.

Panelists include: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer - Univ. of St. Thomas Peace and Justice Studies professor * Edward Morrissey - Heritage Foundation conservative blogger and radio show host * Phil Steger - Friends for a Nonviolent World director * Lou Ellingson - Swift Boat retired Navy captain and small business owner * Moderator: David Perry - Faculty member in the Macalester College Department of History

WHEN: Monday, September 11th - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Macalester College - Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

2) Attend the CD5 DFL Monday Night Midnight Madness GOTV Rally and Lit Drop:

When: Monday, September 11, starting at 9:00 pm (after the Vikings game)

Where: American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis 55404 (at the corner of Bloomington and Franklin)

What: Featuring remarks Betty McCollum, R.T. Rybak, Mark Ritchie, and Keith Ellison. After the rally we'll going out in groups to leave literature in every neighborhood that will remind voters Tuesday is Primary Day!

3) Watch/Listen to the 1st Vikings game of the season. (6-9PM)
*try ESPN, or some form of radio since it's likely that Bush will cut into the air time of the game on the local station starting at 8pm

Quick Weekly Wrap Up

Just in case you missed it here is a weekly wrap up:
  1. DFA posted a MN Grassroots update on Blog for America. The main topic of the post was the war and had links and weekend updates for the both Keith Ellison (MN-05) and Tim Walz (MN-01). The post higlighted the Iraq War Forum to be held tonight over at Macalester College, which is hosted by the St. Paul DFA Link Group the J&S Bean Factory DFA Link Group.
  2. Bloggers in MN, like MNCR, have caught on that Mark Ritchie is now on the special DFA List of Secretary of State Candidates. BSP wants readers to help DFA Link endorsed candidate, Tim Walz (MN-01) earn the DFA List endorsement.
  3. DFA Link endorsed candidate for Hennepin County Attorney Andy Luger noted that he has outraised his opponent 3 to 1.
  4. Endorsements keep rolling in for candidates who are facing Tuesday's Primary. DFA Link endorsed candidate for Attorney General (AG), Steve Kelley had his latest endorsement from the DuluthNewsTribune. Keith Ellison (MN-05), who has been a DFA Link endorsed candidate since May, was endorsed last week by the American Jewish World plus the Sierra Club North Star Chapter and Clean Water Action.

Don't forget to vote tomorrow in our statewide primary!

Sunday GOTV Recap

Many of our DFA Link endorsed candidates came out for the Primary GOTV Rally hosted by the Black Democrats of Minnesota. Speakers included Keith Ellison, Steve Kelley, Andy Luger, and others. There were actually 3 events yesterday and you can see those photos here. (photo of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) and our next Congressman from MN-05, Keith Ellison)

Friday, September 08, 2006

Our First 2006 National DFA List Endorsement: Mark Ritchie

Mark Ritchie
Mark Ritchie -- Minnesota. Mark emerged as a national leader on voting rights issues in 2004 when he headed the National Voice Coalition. This nonpartisan Get Out the Vote campaign that coordinated the work of over 1000 groups nationwide and resulted in 5 million new registered voters. Mark is a champion in the fight against voter suppression, and is an ardent proponent of a voter verified paper trail. As Secretary of State, he will be a leader in removing unfair and discriminatory barriers to civic participation.

It's only fitting that Mark Ritchie (MN-Secretary of State), should be the first candidate from MN to join the 2006 National DFA List as he was the first state-wide candidate endorsed by MN DFA activists. See the full list of DFA List Secretary of State Candidates here. (Update: DFA now has the direct link to the announcement)

Ritchie now joins Mayor RT Rybak, who was our 2005 National DFA List Candidate.

MN Bloggers and DFA Link members are also working hard to help earn another important National DFA List endorsement in MN for Congressional Candidate Tim Walz (MN-01). You can do your part by going to Tim Walz's DFA Link campaign page and adding your name and comments to his supporters list.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Celebration in Support of our next Secretary of State

A Celebration in Support of our next Secretary of State

Mark Ritchie
DFL Candidate for Secretary of State

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
5:30-8:00 p.m. (Remarks at 6:30)
The Van Dusen Mansion
1900 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis
Drinks and Appetizers
$50 Suggested Donation (more if you can, less if you can't)

Betsy Allis, Amalia Anderson, Dick Anfang, Don Arnosti, Jeremy Aufderheide, Peter Bachman, Patricia Baldwin, Harriet Barlow, Scott Benson, Joel Bergstrom, Shayna Berkowitz, Jim Bernstein, Daniel and Karla Bigham, Eileen Bloodgood, Daniel Boivin, Sandra Boone, Dana Borowski, Aviva Breen, Mary Breitenstein, Sean Broom, Amy Brugh, Brett Buckner, Stacey Burns, Donna Cassutt, Pam Costain, John and Sage Cowles, Alex Cutler, Cynthia Daggett, Marilyn Daggett, Hetal Dalal, John Daniels, Lisa Daniels, Rep. Jim Davnie, Sen. Scott Dibble, Adam Duininck, Darcy and James Dungan-Seaver, Sarah Duniway, Sheila Ehrich, William Elwood, Sarah Farley, Peggy Flanagan, Kathleen Fluegel, Bonnie and Steve Francisco, Arvonne and Don Fraser, Beth Fraser, Dave Frederickson, Ann Friedrich, Paula Fynboh, Alan and Laurie Gaschott, Nancy Gaschott, Matt Gladue, Elizabeth Glidden, Naiche Graves, Michael Guest, Barbara Gutkin, James Haggar, Carolyn Halliday, Lindsay Hanson, Jack Harris, Bernie and Vickie Hesse, Oran Hesterman, Mark Hiemenz, Sen. Linda Higgins, Kathy and Kent Hiltsley, Rep. Bill and Laurie Hilty, Arthur Himmelman, Betsy Hodges, Kate Hoff, Alan Hooker, Rep. Frank Hornstein, Sen. John Hottinger, Anne Johnson, Jean Johnson, Larry Johnson, Barb and Rick Kahn, Jeremy Kalin, Sam and Sylvia Kaplan, Diane Katsiaficas, Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Matt Klaber, Jackie Krammer, Michael Krouse, Doug Kress, Rod Krueger, Lucinda Kurtz, Amy Lange, David Lee, Lydia Lee, Jim and Susan Lenfestey, Cara Letofsky, Juanita Lewis, Ben Lilliston, Ann and Don Luce, Wade Luneberg, Alyssa Macy, Ruth Brooke Markowitz, Bill McCarthy, Jason McGrath, Ana Micka, Lynnell Mickelsen, Jane Miles, Skylark Miles, Lisa Miller, Marian Moore, Cynthia Moothart, David Morris, Mark Muller, Nancy and Patrick Mulloy, Kathleen Murphy, Michael Nicholls, Jim Niland, Tracy Nordstrom, Kelly O'Brien, Scott Persons, Alana and Thom Petersen, Sue Ponsford, Beth Popalisky, Corinne Rafferty, Sen. Jane Ranum, Ralph Remington, Sen. Ann Rest, Janet Rice, Julie Ristau, Niel Ritchie, Charles Rounds, Jorge Saavedra, Chris Saffert, Betsy Scheurer, C.R. Schult, Ashley Schweitzer, Jill Schwimmer, Dick Senese, Dan Shaw, Cindy and Jim Smart, Archie and Tina Smith, Allan Spear, Rick Stafford, Isis Stark, Luchelle Stevens, Jason and Shireen Stone, Aaron and Nena Street, Julie Strother, Dave and Jenny Thomas, Marcus and Megan Thygeson, Betty Tisel, Junjiro Tsuji, Rosie Turner, Kat and Steven Vann, Jay Walljasper, Kurt Waltenbaugh, Larry Weiss, Mattie Weiss, Kevin Whelan, Dale Wiehoff, Phyllis Wiener, Ann Wiesner, Medora Woods, Elaine Wynne, David and Wendy Zwick, and Winnie Zwick

We're proud for you to meet and be inspired by Mark Ritchie, one of Minnesota 's progressive leaders of the future.

As Secretary of State of Minnesota, Mark will ensure fair and honest elections and restore public trust in our election system.

We hope you’ll join us!

RSVP appreciated to
To learn more about Mark, sign up as a supporter or contribute to the campaign, visit

Ellison Daily, Part 2 - The Real Truth About Our Man Keith - It's Finally Getting Out There!

Our dynamic, historic campaign is on the final roll before the election next Tuesday, September 12, and the media are beginning to give our grassroots campaign the attention we deserve ! On Tuesday the Star-Tribune published a solid article about Keith’s momentum, as well as a Letter to the Editor from Keith, and in Thursday's paper they highlighted a very strong Letter to the Editor on Keith's behalf. (And you know, even though our favorite "Running Man" is no longer on the cover, we can't get enough of last week's City Pages article - . Read it again and pass it on!)

Then after you've read our press and feel our passion and momentum, there are two important things left for you to do:

1) VOLUNTEER ON ELECTION DAY or anytime before! Not sure where you fit or what you can do or what you want to do? Call Trayshana at 612-722-5233 or email her at trayvolunteer@keithellisonorg - she'll hook you up!

2) VOTE FOR KEITH on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12! Not sure about your polling place? Call the campaign at 612-522-4416 or search at (Mary Kiffmeyer notwithstanding).

** Tuesday's Star-Tribune article about Keith by Rochelle Olson -
Our favorite part of the story talks about Keith’s background, his family’s passion for justice and how he translated his life experience into public service.

“His affinity for the underdog came from an upbringing steeped in civil rights, human rights and racial equality. He was often told by his mother about how his maternal grandfather -- who died before he was born -- organized black voters in rural Louisiana more than 50 years ago. His father was a United Auto Workers member who paid his own way through medical school by working on the assembly line. ‘We never had the lights turned off. We always had food in the house, but service was important. Justice was important,’ Ellison said.

“He grew up Catholic, but converted to Islam while studying economics at Wayne State University. He was drawn to the law, especially litigation and defense, out of a desire to see that ‘vulnerable people, poor people, politically unpopular people have a fair shake.’

“About 10 years ago, he complained to his wife about a lack of progress on an issue at the Legislature and she surprised him, he said, by challenging him to do something about it. ‘It's easier to shake a tree than to gather up all the berries and make jam,’ Ellison said.”

**In Tuesday's Strib letter to the editor Keith wrote about Donald Rumsfeld’s despicable comments comparing opponents of the disastrous Iraq war to Nazi “appeasers.”

Cut from the letter before publication was the fact that Keith takes comparisons to the Holocaust personally: he has visited Nazi concentration camps in Europe, and was one of the leaders in the Minnesota House in bringing a censure motion against former Rep. Arlon Lindner, who made homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks in public, denying that gays, lesbians and others were victims of the Holocaust. (You can read Keith's fuller statement about Indefensible Secretary Rumsfeld at .)

Voters of the 5th CD know that it’s not enough to for candidates just to call for Rumsfeld’s resignation, and to do so only since they entered the race. Rumsfeld’s resignation alone will do nothing to get us out of Iraq, end torture, or make our troops and Iraqis safe. And we know that we cannot send any more Democrats to Washington who stick their fingers in the wind before they take a stand.

Instead, we know that the 5th CD deserves a candidate who has always spoken out against the war, since before it began and before it was trendy to do so. We know we deserve a candidate who will respect and protect our right to speak out when the government is wrong, as so many of us have done in relation to this war, and has a strong record of doing so. And that's Keith Ellison.

** Thursday's LTE about our campaign's grassroots momentum -

The author makes the great point that 1) our candidate is the only one who will fight for real people in Washington, and 2) opposing campaigns know that at this point, their only chance of stopping our positive, passion-driven, volunteer-fueled effort is by flinging mud.
But hey - we're not afraid of a little dirt, and next Tuesday it will all be washed away by the water of hope and truth!

Endorsements from the Heart

Today we have three more passionate endorsements of Keith that we want to bring to your attention (well, really more than three, but read on). We find these endorsements particularly powerful because they clearly come from the heart as well as the mind. Each in its own way encapsulates the reason we believe so strongly in Keith and are fiercely committed to making history through our campaign.

1) The first is not a single endorsement, but rather an impressive group of endorsements from elected officials across our district. Look through this list of some of the most accomplished and dynamic public servants anywhere and we bet you’ll find at least one of your personal favorites:

State Rep. Paul Thiessen (63A)

State Sen. Scott Dibble (60), State Rep. Frank Hornstein (60B), Minneapolis City Councilmembers Ralph Remington (Ward 10) and Betsy Hodges (Ward 13)

State Rep. Jean Wagenius (62B)

State Rep. Jim Davnie (62A)

State Sen. Linda Berglin (61)

Minneapolis City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8)

Minneapolis City Councilmember Betsy Hodges (Ward 13)

Now this is a diverse group, to be sure; but they agree on the essentials that matter most to CD5 when making the once-in-a-generation choice of a new member of Congress. Some brief selections:

“He has devoted his career to serving the public interest, fighting for social justice and working with coalitions to address the issues we face today.” (Elizabeth Glidden)

Keith has gotten “good ideas passed into laws that will help real people. The DFL has been in the minority for Keith’s and my entire time in the House. But he has not allowed that to be an excuse.” (Paul Thiessen)

“He was the first candidate in the race to oppose the war, and has done so with passion and vigor that is needed now, more than ever, in Washington.” (Scott Dibble, Frank Hornstein, Ralph Remington, Betsy Hodges)

“He digs down into the real life experiences of his constituents and finds inventive legislative responses…I trust no one more in this race to stand up against the dangerous excesses of the Bush Administration.” (Jim Davnie)

“Those of us who were serving in the House when Keith was first elected knew from the beginning that he was a different kind of politician…Keith is not a ‘go-along-get-along’ politician and never will be.” (Jean Wagenius)

2) Joel Jensen is not an elected official, but he is the DFL Party Chair in Senate District 44 (St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Golden Valley), one of the most politically aware and engaged districts in the whole state. His very thoughtful endorsement of Keith ( is all the more powerful as he admits up front that he and others have had reservations. Some excerpts:

“Based on his whole life history and certainly his history as a legislator and community activist, this is what I know - Keith Ellison will not sell out his fellow citizens, he will pay attention to what really matters and he will not lie down for the powerful corporate interests that exert a growing and malignant influence on our government. Nothing I have seen, read, or heard would indicate otherwise.

“Keith will speak truth to power, but beyond that he will speak with principle to power. When Keith says that “there are no throwaway people” and that “everybody counts”, I believe that is exactly what he believes and that these words reflect precisely the principles he will fight for in Congress. That is pretty rare.”

3) Finally, some of you may read a lot of political blogs, and others of you may not read any. We’ve found quite a few really great ones, so many that we could never link to them all. Even so, one post we read today really stood out for us, so much so that we really wanted you to know about it (“Why Ellison?” on

We admit this isn’t an endorsement in the traditional sense, but there’s no denying it’s a powerful exhortation to the voters of CD5 to trust their collective gut and go with the candidate who touches their most passionate beliefs about how the world should be. All we really have to say about it is, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Quick teasers:

“I want Keith Ellison in Congress, a Black, Catholic-raised Minneapolis Muslim fireball who knows street kids and criminals as well as Sam Kaplan and Walter Mondale.”

“I want Keith Ellison's heart in the room. There will be plenty of other people who know how to cut the deal.”

“I look at Keith Ellison, and I see a man focused on being a servant.”

Tim Walz is on the air!

Tim’s first radio ad is on the airwaves throughout the First District this week and it’s a big hit! We are on the air 3 weeks earlier than planned and we intend to stay up. Because he is on the air before his opponent goes negative, Tim will be defined by Tim, not by his opponent.

Check out our ad, "Hearing Hope," at And while you’re there, check out our upcoming events!

We need your continued support to be heard by a majority of southern Minnesota voters. Our research shows that when people hear Tim’s positive message, independents and swing voters swing hard to Walz.

Early, frequent, and continuous media will make the difference in this race.

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We’ll be up early….we’ll be up continuously… determine how frequently.

In other news, the Democratic National Committee chose Tim Walz and Eric Massa of NY to give the Democratic response to George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld’s recent “stay the course” entreaty. Tim’s fiery denunciation of the administration’s failure in Iraq drew national attention, and was followed by a call for a vote of ‘no confidence’ for Rumsfeld by the U.S. Senate. Times are changing, and on November 7, we will take control of our country and put it back on the right track.

Please contribute today, as much as yo u are able. This week we hit the 60 day mark – the hard work of the last 20 months comes down to 60 days. If Tim’s message is heard by the voters, I am certain we will be the victor on Nov. 7.


Kerry Greeley
Campaign Manager
Tim Walz for US Congress

P.S. To donate, visit or send your check to Tim Walz for US Congress, PO Box 938, Mankato MN 56002.

P.P.S. Tim Walz and Gil Gutknecht will debate again on Sept 11, 2006 in Rochester. The event is sponsored by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. To purchase tickets, visit

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Luger Out-Raises Opponent 3-to-1

Andy Luger’s Support Overwhelming - Fundraising Goals SurpassedDFL and Labor endorsed candidate out-raises opponent by a 3-to-1 margin

Hopkins, MN – DFL and Labor endorsed and first-time candidate for Hennepin County Attorney Andy Luger released his 2006 fundraising numbers today. Support for a new generation crime fighter for a new generation of crime shows in the numbers.

The Luger campaign reported raising $339,567 in 2006 with $219,972 cash on hand. To date, Luger has raised $456,000, compared to Mike Freeman’s $141,000 – a 3-to-1 margin.

“As a first time candidate you are judged on a variety of tasks along the campaign trail – fundraising is one of them. We set our goals high this year, and blew past them. We thank the thousands of supporters who have been with us to date. They have given us the energy, ideas and funds necessary to win in November,” Luger said of his fundraising boost.

Luger went on to say, “But, fundraising strength is only one important indication of support for the campaign. I am very pleased that such a broad cross section of Hennepin County voters -- from business and labor leaders to lawyers and community leaders -- have all decided to support my campaign financially. These fundraising numbers clearly indicate that our campaign has the broad support and momentum necessary to win this race.

Andy Luger is a former federal prosecutor who launched his campaign for Hennepin County Attorney over a year ago. Luger’s priorities as County Attorney include dismantling gangs, targeting repeat offenders, aggressively prosecuting domestic abuse and white collar crime, and investigating and prosecuting crimes against vulnerable adults. In addition, he has vowed to take a leadership role in creating an innovative and effective prisoner re-entry program in Hennepin County to reduce recidivism.

Candidates are required to file an annual report in non-election years. At the end of 2005, Luger had raised $117,000 compared to $37,000 from his opponent. He overwhelmingly defeated his opponent for the DFL endorsement this past June.


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