Monday, October 30, 2006

Blog For America Gets a Face Lift

Check out the new look and feel to DFA's Blog for America: http://www.blogforamerica.com.
To make sure that you visit the revamped site, there will be a special MN post featured today announcing the national endorsement of Tim Walz (MN-01).


BFA, as it's lovingly called, is merging features with our wonderful DFA-Link tools. Speaking of the DFA Link, we now have over 540 MN members on the site and we expect more new members.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Star Tribune Endorsement: Andy Luger for Hennepin Attorney

The Luger Campaign is excited to announce today’s endorsement from the Star Tribune! Andy’s vision and plan for the office of Hennepin County Attorney were highlighted throughout the article.

“The coming years offer challenges a world apart from those of the 1990s, and Hennepin needs a forward-looking county attorney to face them. That's where Luger…could prove indispensable. Well aware that today's petty crime ripple can become tomorrow's tidal wave, Luger is keen to act now to keep community waters calm.”

“Having spent a long time mulling the county's most worrisome crime trends…Luger has a plan.”

“In short, Luger is perfectly situated to serve as the next Hennepin County attorney – and voters should not hesitate for a moment to send him to work.”

To read the full article, click here: http://www.startribune.com/561/story/766635.html

Now, there are only 12 days until the election! Here’s how you can help elect Andy Luger as our next Hennepin County Attorney!

Contribute. We need your help to keep our TV ads on the air and mail delivered to voter’s doors.
http://andyluger.com/index.asp?Type=CONTRIBUTION&SEC=%7b4521C672-171C-4D4C-A448-BA48E378571F%7d

Volunteer. We’re lit dropping and phone banking every Monday – Thursday until election day. Call (952.938.2999) or email our campaign at hassan@andyluger.com for details.

Election Day. Take Election Day off and help us Get-Out-the-Vote for Andy Luger! Email us at hassan@andyluger.com and let us know you can help.

The momentum has been with us throughout this campaign – and we need your help in these final days to keep it up!

Thank you for your continued support,

Gia Vitali
Campaign Manager
Luger for Hennepin County Attorney
www.andyluger.com

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Rebecca Needs Your Help

Calling all supporters! Rebecca needs your help today!

In the closing days of this campaign, we expect several papers around the state to endorse her opponent as their "token" Republican. The thinking goes like this: the State Auditor race is not a policy position, and it has something to do with taxes, and that's (supposedly) a Republican issue, so throw them a bone since we're endorsing a lot of Democrats.

To counter this, we need you to write a letter to the editor and email it to all your local and major city papers TODAY. You can find your local papers’ email addresses here: http://www.mnnews.com/

Below are 7 talking points to choose from.

Please keep your letters SHORT (150 words or less). Keep them CORDIAL. Make them PERSONAL--why you care about Rebecca's race. And be certain to include your name, address, and phone.

Please email a blind copy of your letters to me at shawn@rebeccaotto.com and let me know where you sent them so we can track to see if they are printed.

Finally, please do this TODAY so they will still get in.

Help us make Rebecca the first woman Democrat elected to the office!

Best,

Shawn Otto
_____________________________________

7 talking points to choose from:
(more info on Rebecca's website: www.rebeccaotto.com)

1. Rebecca is endorsed by all three of the last State Auditors of both parties - Arne Carlson, Mark Dayton, and Judi Dutcher. Between them they have 24 years of experience, and there's a good reason why they are all endorsing Rebecca.

2. Judi Dutcher, who has been both a Republican and a Democrat, perhaps said it best. "We need to rebuild the reputation of the office and restore a non-partisan approach which is not guided by politics but by sound auditing principles. Rebecca Otto has a non-partisan approach that is similar to mine."

3. The State Auditor is supposed to be a non-partisan position. For the first time in our history we have a highly partisan state auditor. For example, she was the first one to recommend cuts to local government aid, doing the bidding of the Minnesota Taxpayer's League but driving up property taxes. Recently, in an election year, she released a report that said schools had $87.5 million more revenue and 1,675 fewer students that the Department of Education showed, making school finances look rosier. Distorting numbers for politics is wrong.

4. Rebecca has a long track record of being bipartisan. She united legislators of 3 parties behind her call for a truly balanced state budget.

5. Rebecca has caught the current auditor making millions upon millions of dollars in errors - repeatedly. One was over $180 million - which is the size of the annual budgets of Duluth and Bloomington - Minnesota's third and fourth largest cities - combined.

6. When confronted about this, the current auditor has either denied wrongdoing, accused Rebecca of making mistakes, or minimized the errors in the press. But then she's gone back and secretly changed her reports to Rebecca's numbers, which is a violation of the generally accepted accounting principles she's supposed to be enforcing. If she can change the numbers after the fact, it bcomes difficult to rely on any report she issues. The State Auditor is supposed to be ensuring financial integrity, not calling it into question.

7. Rebecca is working to strengthen community and school finances by opposing state or federal policies (like the cuts to LGA) that weaken communities and schools, and supporting ones that strengthen their finances. That's the appropriate job of an auditor.


PS: Please help us finish fundraising. We have to raise $5,000 by the end of the week. Click here to help:
https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/227/donate.asp?formid=DONATE

Watch Rebecca’s “Bipartisan Bio” TV ad here:
http://www.rebeccaotto.com/Media/bio_ad.htm

Watch Rebecca’s “Living Green Values” TV ad here:
http://www.rebeccaotto.com/Media/living_green_values.htm

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

Ellison Extra: STAR-TRIBUNE ENDORSES KEITH!

Dear Friend,

If you haven’t already heard it, today the Minneapolis Star-Tribune endorsed our Keith Ellison for Congress! (http://www.startribune.com/561/story/764051.html)

We’re extremely pleased that the Star-Tribune has recognized some of Keith’s finest qualities, ones we’ve known about all along: his ability to get results for his constituents, his knack of getting along with a wide range of people, and his talent for bring people together.

The endorsement is also huge step forward toward sending Keith to Congress, where he will prove to Washington what he’s already proved to the 5th District – that he is a progressive fighter who delivers for people and for principle by building bridges and bringing people together.

Be sure to let your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers know about this great endorsement. It’s a clear statement that now more than ever, Keith is the right choice, in the best of our Minnesota traditions, for our progressive 5th District. He’s already been there for us, for our values and for our ideals, and he will be there every day for us and for our hopes for our families and neighborhoods, our district, our country, and our world.

This is what it’s all about.

Selections from the endorsement are below:

“The race to succeed Martin Sabo in Congress has turned into such a brawl of personal revelations and unseemly attacks that voters must be feeling starved for substance. When they do look at issues of substance, however, we think they'll prefer state Rep. Keith Ellison.”

“Critics have tried to paint the Minneapolis DFLer as a radical and a divider. That simply doesn't square with the view of people who know him. Colleagues at the Legislature describe a congenial and productive lawmaker. Fellow lawyers say Ellison is a hardworking and talented attorney. During two terms in the Minnesota House, he has authored bills on lead paint abatement, voter fraud, retail crime and a healthy range of other issues, often building bipartisan alliances in the process. His trademark is bringing people together, and he has a gift for enfranchising the disenfranchised, a talent that Minnesota needs.”

“We are mindful that Ellison has a history of carelessness that is more than personal peccadillo -- unpaid parking tickets, late taxes, missed deadlines for campaign finance documents. He has promised to run a tighter ship, and he will have to if he wants to secure the confidence of Fifth District constituents and survive the brutal politics of Washington. But his talent, legislative track record and passion for a better society justify the voter's gamble on his future.”

http://www.keithellison.org/

Three Former State Auditors Endorse Rebecca

Thanks to your many contributions, we've been making history! We've expanded our media buy and are now running on broadcast TV or cable in several key parts of the state.

Please help us finish fundraising. We have to raise $5,000 by the end of the week. Click here to help!
https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/227/donate.asp?formid=DONATE

This went out to the press tonight:

3 former state auditors of both parties endorse Rebecca Otto for State Auditor
October 24, 2006

SAINT PAUL – In an unusual, perhaps unprecedented, move, the last three state auditors, of both parties, have endorsed Rebecca Otto for the post. Between them, they encompass twenty-four years of experience in the job. Judi Dutcher, Mark Dayton, and Arne Carlson all say they are backing Otto because of the partisanship of the current auditor, and Otto's non-partisan track record.

"We need to rebuild the reputation of the office and restore a non-partisan approach which is not guided by politics but by sound auditing principles," Dutcher said. "Rebecca Otto has a non-partisan approach that is similar to mine."

Dutcher was elected twice to the post as a Republican, but is now the DFL-endorsed candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Carlson, who held the post for three terms from 1979 to 1991 before serving two terms as Governor, says he's switched his support from Republican Pat Anderson to Otto over concerns about how partisan Anderson has become. A Republican himself, Carlson said Anderson's predecessors made a point of avoiding partisan behavior, and that it is important that the state auditor be independent-minded.

"I think that independence has been lost," Carlson said.

"Rebecca Otto is dedicated and hard-working," said Dayton, who held the post after Carlson and before Dutcher. "She will make a great state auditor."

If Otto wins on November 7, she will be the first woman Democrat to be elected to the job.

Contribute to help Rebecca air these ads more:
https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/227/donate.asp?formid=DONATE

Watch Rebecca's "Bipartisan bio" TV ad here.
http://www.rebeccaotto.com/Media/bio_ad.htm

Watch Rebecca's "Living Green Values" TV ad here.
http://www.rebeccaotto.com/Media/living_green_values.htm


Contact Info for Rebecca:
651-433-2982
rebecca@rebeccaotto.com

Join Keith Ellison at the Wild Rumpus Room

Lynnell Mickelsen and Tom Braun
invite you to a little
one-on-one with Keith Ellison

Sunday, October 29, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2720 W 43rd Street
Third floor, above Wild Rumpus
Enter front middle door and follow the signs--elevator at rear entrance of building.

...Come for the conversations, celebrate the community, and stay for the free-throw contest!

"It ain't over 'til you take the ball(ot) to the HOOP!"

Co-hosts:
Mark Anderson and Julie Costin
Stu Abraham
Michael and Susan Boucher
Bruce and Maggie Drew
Kaye and Brad Englund
Sara Fischer
Dan Froelich
Bryce Hamilton
Betsy Hodges
Frank Hornstein
Lisa Kimball
Larry LaVercombe
John Madole
Lynn Mitchell
Deborah Morris-Kahn
Jack Newton
Myron Orfield
Heidi and Brian Rich
Julie Ristau
R.T. Rybak
Rosie Turner
Ellen Young
Jay Walljasper

Questions? Call Anna at 612-522-4416.
Can't attend our party, but would still like to help Keith?
Donate to the campaign: http://www.keithellison.org/donate.htm

The Star Tribune and PB & J

The Star Tribune endorsed Mark on Saturday!
In their article, “Mark Ritchie is best,” the Star Tribune editorial board wrote, “After eight years of distractions, diversions and general retreat from the scrupulous professionalism of Joan Growe, the secretary of state's office needs Mark Ritchie and his steady emphasis on ensuring that all Minnesotans can vote with ease -- and with confidence in the system's fairness and security.” Read the endorsement on our website:

http://www.markritchie06.net/

PB & J
What does PB & J stand for? Phone Banking and JIM (the name of the map we’ve put on the wall where we track how many phone calls our dedicated volunteers have made). We’re making good progress, but we need your help! We’re calling every day, and we’re flexible with your schedule. We also need help with data entry. It's easy and fun to do. Two weeks left, contact us to volunteer today! Call us at 612-229-1962 or e-mail info@markritchie06.net.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Urgent info from the Walz campaign

We’ve received numerous complaints in the last two days from citizens across the 1st District. Paid telemarketers are making blatantly false accusations about Tim Walz’s position on taxes.

Many times these callers do not identify themselves at all. They are often pushy and frightening, especially to some of our elderly voters. Sometimes the telemarketers have identified themselves as being from groups such as the NRCC, RNC, and Republicans for Gutknecht.

Know your rights when it comes to calls like these:

1. You have the right to hang up!

2. You have the right to know who is calling and what organization they are with.

3. You have the right to insist that they remove you from their call list.

4. You have the right to ask questions about the source of the information they claim to provide.

If you receive a suspicious call, you may be able to record it by hitting the “record” button on your answering machine. If you choose to do so, you should inform the caller that you are recording the call. Providing these recordings to the Walz campaign will help us shed light on the effort to smear Tim Walz.


Know your facts!

The non-partisan, non-profit organization Project Vote Smart condemned Gil Gutknecht this week for distorting Tim’s position on taxes in his advertisements. In its statement to the press, Project Vote Smart said,

“Gil Gutknecht, a candidate for the 1st Congressional District in Minnesota, has attacked his opponent, Timothy Walz, with misleading information and used Project Vote Smart’s name to give his accusations credibility. This kind of negative campaign activity is precisely the sort of tactic that the Project attempts to counter with its factual database. By using the Project’s name to give credibility to these attacks, Gil Gutknecht is cheating the public out of their need for trusted, abundant, accurate, factual information.

“The Project prohibits the use of its name and programs, including the National Political Awareness Test (NPAT), in partisan political advertising. All candidates in Minnesota have been notified of this policy in writing. Additionally, this policy is posted prominently on the Project Vote Smart website.

This kind of behavior occurs in less that 00.05 percent of all races nationally. It is our policy to condemn this misuse of Project Vote Smart’s name and reputation and to alert the public to any misuse of our name or programs for negative political activities.”

Click here to read the truth about Tim’s position on taxes:
http://www.timwalz.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7bF4087AC5-328C-4413-893C-AA89215E9960%7d&DE=%7bB3A2CEAF-7612-4BCC-800F-67D1768FD3A4%7d

Prepared and paid for by Tim Walz for U.S. Congress. http://www.timwalz.org/

Ritchie Action Alert!

Vote for Mark-TODAY
That's right, we need you to vote for Mark today. Mark is one of 9 candidates in the running to receive a $5,000 donation from Senator Russ Feingold's "Progressive Patriots Fund." The winner will be chosen by who gets the most votes. Please go vote for Mark today and e-mail your friends to tell them to as well!
http://www.progressivepatriotsfund.com/pickapatriot/vote-2.html

See Mark on TV- TOMORROW
Tomorrow night (Saturday) at 8:00 p.m. on Channel 45, Mark and the other candidates for Secretary of State will appear in a taped debate. The debate will be taped tomorrow morning, and is sponsored by KSTP and the League of Women Voters. Tune in and support Mark!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ritchie Reader -- October 19

Come See Mark and Governor Howard Dean
Mark is taking part in a rally today at 2:30 with Governor Howard Dean and other DFL candidates at the Coffman Union Theater at the U of M. They'll be rallying students and then door knocking in the dorms. Come join the fun! Go to www.standupnow.mn for info.

Check out the TV Ad!
Mark's TV ad has been on the air for half a week, and it's getting rave reviews. Catch it on KARE 11 and FOX 9, our website, and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnCtC7GU3AE ). This very positive and upbeat ad is narrated by former Secretary of State Joan Growe. To help us keep it on the air until Nov. 7, click here to donate:

https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/214/donate.asp?formid=CONTRIB

Albert Lea Tribune Endorses Mark
One of the largest papers in southern Minnesota, The Albert Lea Tribune, endorsed Mark on Wednesday. They said,

"...Mark Ritchie wants to bring respect and integrity back to the office, and it's high time. The people who seek the office belong to a political party, but the office holder should act nonpartisan. Minnesotans recall the fair, evenhanded ethic secretaries of state followed for decades. We believe Ritchie will follow that ethic."

You can read the article on The Albert Lea Tribune's website: http://www.albertleatribune.com/articles/2006/10/18/opinion/opinion1.txt

Mark has been supported by a number of newspapers in this race. Check out our website!

http://www.markritchie06.net/

The Great Grassroots Campaign
With less than 20 days until the election, we need your help more than ever to get Mark's message out all across the state. Please volunteer one shift over the next two and a half weeks and help us call as many undecided voters as possible. Contact us at 612-229-1962 or email info@markritchie06.net if you can help with phoning or in any other way.

Spend Election Day With Us
Please consider taking all or part of Election Day off so you can help us get people to the polls. We'll be joining a coordinated effort to call, doorknock, and drive thousands of voters to the polls. Contact us at 612-229-1962 or info@markritchie06.net for more information.

Your door-knocking for Coleen Rowley has helped close the gap!

Polls are showing that District 2 is no longer "safe" Republican!

Your door-knocking has helped make the difference as we continue to close the gap for Coleen Rowley.

In just 19 days, Coleen has gained 12 points. Join the district-wide door-knocking campaign and help all our Second Congressional District candidates this weekend as well as any day or evening!

You have proven that one-on-one contact with voters is critical to winning this election. Join us in door-knocking or literature dropping through the rest of October. A few hours of your time and enthusiasm will make the winning difference for Coleen on Election Day!

A complete list of October events is available on the NE Mpls DFA blog: http://www.dfalink.com/blog_post.php?id=62433. November door-knocking dates and times to follow!


Contact Information:

Josh Brand, Field Organizer: 40a, 37b, 57a
412-973-9867, jbrand@dfl.org

Melissa Jamrock, Field Organizer: SD 34, 28a
414-403-4128, mjamrock@dfl.org

Michael Beckel, Field Organizer: 26b, SD 36
719-331-0610, mbeckel@dfl.org

Danielle Most, Field Organizer: SD 38, 57b, 35b
651-303-6367, dmost@dfl.org

Peter Polga, Field Organizer: 37a, 35a, SD 25
952-992-9393, ppolga@dfl.org


ALSO ... JOIN COLEEN'S BANNER BRIGADE!
Gather with Coleen's "Banner Brigade" on overpasses on Tuesdays during rush hour. Assemble at 4:30 pm at Burger King on Cliff Road off I-35E. You'll enjoy the thousands of honks and waves from voters passing under our banners.


SAY IT WITH A YARD SIGN!
We still have yard signs at the Rowley home and the Northfield Office. Call (507) 664-3850 to get a sign.

To sign up or for more information please contact us!
952 686-7735; office: (507) 664-3850
e-mail: coleen@coleenrowley.com
http://www.coleenrowley.com/


PAID FOR BY COLEEN ROWLEY FOR U.S. CONGRESS
Coleen Rowley for Congress
P.O. Box 241598
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dean Rock's the U: Location Change (Bigger Venue)


Due to the high demand, the Dean visit to the U of MN Campus has moved to a larger venue. Thanks to the UDFL blog, Standupnow.mn and the facebook team for noting the update.

Please join Howard Dean (Chairman of the Democratic National Committee), Keith Ellison (Minnesota's next US congressman from 5th district), and Mark Ritchie (Minnesota's next Secretary of State) at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater on Thursday October 19th!

Invite your friends and bring your friends --- this will be an awesome event and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Howard Dean!

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006
Time: 2:15pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Coffman Memorial Union Theater (directions, map, & parking info)
300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455-0110
Questions Email: esteban@standupnow.mn

CD5: Musical Chairs and Debates

Keith Ellison (MN-05), local DFA Link endorsed candidate, took part in two debates last night:

1) Air America's Minnesota Matters live radio debate at Rossi's in Downtown Minneapolis
2) Jewish Community Relations Council's debate at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park

Polinaut and MinMon had interesting event recaps. MPR now has the audio up of the later debate. The Air America debate audio can be found here. The republican candidate skipped the first debate at the last minute (without an explanation) so a photo of him was placed in his seat. At the second debate the green candidate was stuck in the audience, despite attempts from the the democrat and independent candidates to have him join them on the stage. It looks like seating at debates is becoming a campaign issue.

Feel like you've missed out by not being there? What to see who attends the next round of debates and where they will be seated? There are two more debates this week that you can attend:

Wednesday, October 18

CD5 Candidate Debate hosted by MPIRG
(Minnesota Public Interest Research Group)

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
University of MN
Room 250 Anderson Hall, 257 19th Ave SE, Minneapolis

Thursday, October 19

CD5 Candidate Forum hosted by the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Radisson Hotel
35 S. 7th Street, Minneapolis

Pick a Progressive Patriot: Vote Today to Protect the Vote


The Progressive Patriots Fund is holding a contest to choose five Secretary of State candidates to receive financial support. (See below for details.) Please go to http://www.progressivepatriotsfund.com/pickapatriot/vote-2.html and vote for Mark Ritchie, then tell all your friends to do the same. Voting ends at midnight on October 23.

Joelle Riley
NE Mpls DFA organizer

-----------------------------------------------------

Since the 2004 election, thousands of people have contacted me about the need to protect the integrity of our voting system through fair and verifiable elections. I tell them that one of the biggest steps we can take to protect our votes is to elect strong qualified candidates to the office of Secretary of State. In places like Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000, Secretaries of State were able to determine the number of voting machines allotted to each precinct, what type of voting machines are used, and how provisional ballots would be counted. That's why today we begin a new round of "Pick a Progressive Patriot" focused on supporting candidates for Secretary of State.

http://www.progressivepatriotsfund.com/pickapatriot/vote-2.html

I won my first State Senate race by 31 votes after an extensive recount. I understand firsthand the importance of electoral integrity. Recently I have co-sponsored legislation to demand a paper trail for all federal elections. I have also worked to provide funding for states to have paper ballot backups and also to randomly verify the accuracy of voting machines. But right now, the most important thing we can do to protect democracy is to elect fair and just Secretaries of State, and that's why I want your support determining which candidates we should support.

Please take the time to vote for your favorite candidate. Whoever receives the most votes will receive a $5,000 contribution to his or her campaign. We'll also be giving smaller contributions to candidates in second through fifth place to help their campaigns – $15,000 in all. So please take the time to help us determine how we should distribute these contributions.

http://www.progressivepatriotsfund.com/pickapatriot/vote-2.html

Thank you for your support – voting will be open until Midnight on October 23, so make sure you tell your friends as well!

Sincerely,

Russ Feingold
United States Senator
Honorary Chair, Progressive Patriots Fund

DCCC: MN-01 Race Jumps to the #1 Spot

The momentum for Tim Walz (MN-01), our DFA Link candidate with the most local endorsements is simply amazing. I will be visiting the 1st CD this weekend and will blog about my volunteer experience for Tim Walz.

DFA is watching this race but if you want DFA to take action (a national endorsement) they need to hear from DFA Link members. Show your support for Walz to DFA by adding your name to the Walz DFA Link candidate page
. Not yet a member of the DFA Link? Join over 530 MN DFA Link members at www.dfalink.com.

I can't keep up with all of the local and national news on the MN-01 race but bluestemprairie can. Thank you to all of the MN Bloggers who are part of the DFA Link for covering the DCCC story so well.

Below is an excerpt from a recent BSP post on the DCCC's support for Tim Walz for all of our DFM readers:

[WASHINGTON POST: GUTKNECHT HEADS NEW LIST OF DCCC TARGETS
An article in today's Washington Post suggests that the Fighting First has become number one on the Dee-Trip's new list:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) has privately signed off on targeting a new group of GOP incumbents who were once considered safe for reelection, starting with Rep. Gil Gutknecht in rural Minnesota, officials said.

Fundraising is an issue, as the article's headline indicates: "Funding Constrains Democrats;Party Chiefs See Chance to Take 40-Plus Seats With TV Push."

We ordinarily urge readers to contribute to Tim Walz directly or via ActBlue, but this might be a time to throw some coin at the DCCC to help pay for those ads in MN-01. Contribute through October 20 (Friday) and your dollars will be matched 3-to-1 by Democratic leadership.

News of this race is busting out all over. Last night, we posted about the New York Times coverage of the Walz-Gutknecht race, with a strong dose of local coverage thrown in. ]

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Campus Canvass with Howard Dean


This is an update to our previous posts: 1 & 2

The location has been finalized and more candidates will be participating, including local DFA Link endorsed candidate, Keith Ellison (MN-05) and National DFA List candidate, Mark Ritchie (MN-SOS). Rep. Phyllis Kahn (59B), who represents the campus area, will also take part on the canvass. Howard Dean and all of the participating candidates are strong supporters of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), which means that we'll have Minneapolis IRV lit at the canvass. To volunteer for this important campus canvass, email esteban@standupnow.mn.

Below are the latest details: (updated 10/18)

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006
Time: 2:15pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Coffman Memorial Union Theater (directions and map)
Questions or to RSVP Email: esteban@standupnow.mn

MN DFA Link Milestone!


In MN our goal was to get 500 people to join the DFA Link before election day. As of today we are up to 525 MN DFA Link Members. Welcome All! Have you been to the DFA Link lately?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

More Iraq for Sale Screenings


Last weekend DFA sponored a half dozen Iraq for Sale screenings in Minnesota and hundreds of events around the nation. DFA's coalition partner, MoveOn.org PAC, is sponsoring (~20) local screenings around the state this weekend (10/14-10/15) as part of their Call for Change Program. Event listings can be found here. DFA is a proud co-sponsor of the Call for Change Program and DFM will post more MN Call for Change events on this blog in the future.

There is also one last large DFA sponsored screening next week:

10/19 Screening in St. Paul with the Parade Brigade Minnesota DFA Link Group and the MN DFL Veterans Caucus at the UAW Union Hall.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Tim Walz Baby News!

It's been a nice day for DFA Link Endorsed Candidate, Tim Walz (MN-01). Walz was featured on Air America (Nationally) early this afternoon and was done in time for the birth of his second child. You can see a baby picture on his web site: http://www.timwalz.org.

update: Walz grassroots organizing stories (via the article in the nation), were featured on the DNC blog on Friday!

DFL Fundraiser with DNC Chair Howard Dean

Please join the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party for an evening with DNC Chair Howard Dean in support of the MN DFL Party
Thursday, October 19, 2006
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
at the home of State DFL Chair Brian Melendez

Event details and ticket information can be found here.

As mentioned earlier, Dean will be on the University of Minnesota campus on Thursday for a student GOTV rally and afternoon campus canvass kick off.

Dean also plans to participate in an afternoon roundtable discussion with local party leadership regarding party building. The topic of the roundtable will be the DNC'scommitment to the leadership and members of our growing number of minority caucuses and the outreach plans to these specific underrepresented communities.

Democracy for Minnesota hopes to have event reports from all 3 of these Dean related events.

Daily Kos - Act Blue Launches Wendy Wilde $20 Challenge

A post on Daily Kos today challenges Wendy supporters to donate $20 to our campaign via Act Blue. If 10 people donate $20 the writer will triple the contribution.

Your $20 can make a big difference! With barely 3 weeks to election day, we still need funds to get the mass media out to as many voters as possible. Every penny you donate will go toward literature, lawn signs, and advertising.

Here's the Act Blue link to make your contribution to Wendy: http://webmail.registeredsite.com/agent/mobmain?mobmain=1

The first run of radio ads brought a large number of emails and phone calls from new potential supporters who are unhappy with Washington and looking for new leadership. Can you help us reach more voters who want change to tell them about Wendy?

Thanks! Hope to see you Sunday at the Wilde Music Fest at the Narrows North in Maple Grove.


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

Wilde Music Fest - This Sunday, October 15, in Maple Grove!

The Wilde Bunch Presents: Wilde Music Fest

Sunday October 15, 4:00 - 9:00 pm
The Narrows Saloon North, 9375 Deerwood Lane No. Maple Grove. (formerly Polaskis Palace)

Live Music by:
Three Sheets to the Wind
THE ROADIES
Cigarette Muffin

With a special appearance by Moondog from the Wendy Wilde show, singing "The Emperor's Got No Clothes"

$25 suggested donation (but you can always give more!)

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Spread the Word:
To organize a Banner Brigade
contact Betsy at 952 486-8746.

Lawn signs are going fast! Call for yours now: 952 486-8746.

Contribute online: http://www.electmom.com/id5.html

Thank you for all your support!

Meet Keith Ellison at the Golden Valley Country Club

Meet Keith Ellison
at the Golden Valley County Club
7001 Golden Valley Road

Sunday, October 15th 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Sam & Sylvia Kaplan
Former Rep. Betty Folliard
Marcy Shapiro
Ted & Martha Lofstrom

Invite you to an afternoon with our next Congressman
Keith Ellison

featuring
Music by SpiritJazz and Jelloslave
Art by Donald Walker
Desserts & coffee will be served
~cash bar available~

Co-hosts
Senator Steve Kelley
DFL Chai Brian Melendez
DFL Associate Chair Donna Cassutt
CD5 Chair Dave Lee
Chair Larry Fonnest SD45
Chair Joel Jensen SD44
DNC Member Jackie Stevenson
Elaine Wynne & Larry Johnson

Tickets
$50 * $100 * $250 * $500 * $1000
(receive a complimentary print by the artist
with a contribution of $250 or more)
Tickets available at: www.keithellison.org
or call Anna 612-522-4416

Click here to RSVP!
https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/266/donate.asp?formid=golden



Prepared and Paid for by Keith Ellison for Congress * www.keithellison.org

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Polls!

Kos has the lowdown on the polls. Why it's worth a read....the comments have a lot of chatter about the MN-06 and some great support for MN-01.

MN-06
Wetterling: 50 (DFA Link Endorsed Candidate)
Bachmann: 45

MN-01
Gutknecht: 48
Walz: 47 (DFA Link Endorsed Candidate)

Polinaut (MPR's Political Blog), mentions the poll and focuses on the national spotlight on MN-06.

BSP notes that Gutknecht told the press that the race is close. Even The Nation is taking note of Walz's positive grassroots campaign.

MNCR says: More Foleygate bounce in the Sixth? Steady progress in the First?

Sounds like at least two MN red districts will turn blue in November!

Howard Dean to Visit the U of MN!



What: Howard Dean Rocks the U
Host: standupnow.mn
Type: Causes - Rally (the event is on Facebook)
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006
Time: 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: TBA
Details crossposted over at the UDFL Blog.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Four Weeks to Victory! (An Andy Luger Update)

Dear Friends,

As a federal prosecutor, Andy handled a variety of complex cases ranging from drug trafficking and gang-related cases to child abuse and white collar crime. Andy's second TV ad begins airing today, and shares his experience prosecuting one of the most notable white collar criminals in U.S. history. Click here to view the new ad.

Election Day is just 4 short weeks away. For an update on Luger campaign activities, read below!

Candidate Forum
Andy will join his opponent tomorrow afternoon for a candidate forum sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Association. Join them as they discuss the important issues facing our criminal justice system.

Hennepin County Bar Association Forum
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
12:00pm - 1:00pm
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390, Minneapolis

Volunteer on the Luger Campaign!

DOOR KNOCKING
Door Knock with Council Member Glidden
When: Saturday, October 14 at 12:45 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Campaign HQ, 1200 Mainstreet, Hopkins

When: Every Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Campaign HQ, 1200 Mainstreet, Hopkins

Email hassan@andyluger.com to let us know if you are able to help with a door knock this weekend.

PHONE CALLING
When: Every Monday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: 1428 West 28th Street, Minneapolis

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

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

STILL NEED A LAWN SIGN?
Please email hassan@andyluger.com or call (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, click here: http://andyluger.com/index.asp?Type=CONTRIBUTION&SEC=%7b4521C672-171C-4D4C-A448-BA48E378571F%7d

As always, thank you for your support,

The Luger Campaign

Prepared and paid for by Luger for Hennepin County Attorney
www.andyluger.com

Ritchie Reader -- October 10

Are You Registered? Have You Signed Up To Vote Absentee?
October 17 is the last day to pre-register to vote in Minnesota. Yes, you can register on Election Day, but it is best to get on the list beforehand. Ask your friends, family, and colleagues to make sure they are registered and if you need more info go to our website: http://www.markritchie06.net/register/. If you are planning to help turn out the vote on Election Day, you might want to vote early via an absentee ballot in case you will be out of your precinct.

Watch for Our TV Ad
We are starting our TV commercials on October 16. We have an exciting ad to kick this off, but we need your help to get and keep it on the air. Every dollar that you contribute will help us buy more TV time in key markets. Help us reach many more Minnesotans by making a contribution, go to http://www.markritchie06.net/ and click on "Contribute."

Calling All Introverts and Extraverts
We are running an aggressive grassroots campaign throughout the state—phone banking every night, door knocking on the weekends, and working many of the key public events. We've put a giant map of Minnesota on the office wall to track our progress. We're filling it in every night to show how many calls we've made and how much of Minnesota is hearing from Mark. We're up to Rochester, and we’ve got to get to International Falls by Election Day!

We need your help to fill in the state. There are lots of different activities for all kinds of volunteers—introverts and extroverts, doorknockers and lit droppers, smooth talkers and data enterers. To help for one hour, one day, or a month email info@markritchie06.net or call 612-229-1962.

Getting Out the Vote
We are going to need every volunteer possible on the weekend and Monday before the election, along with Election Day. If you can take one or more days off to help us, please email info@markritchie06.net or call 612-229-1962.

In Case You Missed It
After skipping out on two debates, the current Secretary of State came to a televised debate on Minnesota Public Television. Check it out here: http://video1.tpt.org:8080/ramgen/almanac/show/2005.rm?start=29:32 (RealPlayer is required to view this video.)


http://www.markritchie06.net/

Mark Ritchie launches the "Ritchie Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign"

Start Spreading the News!

Here is your chance to make a difference and help elect Mark Ritchie our next Secretary of State!

We are launching the "Ritchie Neighbor to Neighbor Campaign." We have said all along that we are running a grassroots campaign and what better way to get Mark's name out there then by talking with your neighbors!

What we are asking each of you to do is call, email, or write a note to at least five people who are not strong Democrats. Tell them why you support Mark Ritchie and think he will be a great Secretary of State. If you would like a suggestion of what to write about, contact us at info@markritchie06.net or 612-229-1962. Our goal is to have people talk to as many people as they can about Mark and get his name and message out there, so make sure to help us out!

Don't forget that one person's vote can make a difference!!!

Phonebanks ContinueWe are phoning Sundays through Thursdays for swing voters. We need your help to reach 11,000 voters! Our phonebanks run Sundays 1-4 and 5-8, and Monday through Thursday 6-9 at 2829 University Ave SE in Minneapolis.

Chris Stewart for School Board Update

Friends, we need your help more than ever!

You may thing the school board race is a done deal. It's not. There are 6 candidates running for 4 school board seats. Do you know who the serious candidates are?

Unfortunately, there may be name confusion between Chris Stewart and another candidate.

Help us win big!

We must raise awareness of the DFL endorsed candidates for Minneapolis school board.

We need help deploying lawn signs, dropping lit, and getting our positive message out to the public.

It's the last month of our campaign and your help is critical for a big win!

There are several ways that you can help:
 Request a lawn sign immediately
 Volunteer your time to our campaign
 Door-knock on your block for Chris Stewart, or drop literature
 Organize a house party to introduce friends and neighbors to Chris Stewart
 Make a financial contribution to help us get a last-minute mailing out

Whatever you like to do, just visit http://www.betterminneapolis.com/contact.html to let us know how you'd like to help.

Click here to learn more about Chris: http://betterminneapolis.com/

Let's work together for better schools and a better Minneapolis! Contact us today!

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

email: chris@betterminneapolis.com
phone: 612.229.8586
web: http://betterminneapolis.com/

DFA Link, Night School, and Bloggers Oh My!


Looking for something to do tonight from 7:30-8:30 CT?

Try the DFA Night School! Tonight's lesson is all about GOTV. Can't make it but want to cram for the elections? All of the DFA Night School resources are on-line.


The DFA Link is fun and easy to use and the DFA Night School group is just one example. Our goal is to have 500 MN members on the DFA Link by the November Elections (hint we are really close). Have you joined the DFA Link yet? Already a DFA Link member? Now is the time to invite your friends.

MN Bloggers have also joined the DFA Link and are blogging about local DFA Link endorsed candidates. We'll be spotlighting some of these local bloggers from time to time, especially on busy news days.

mncampaignreport (MNCR):

Top Stories for Joe Today Include:

A New Focus on Down Ballot Races: Secretary of State Project and DFA-List Candidate, Mark Ritchie (MN-SOS) are mentioned.

MN-01: Gutknecht Attacks Ads, Walz Camp Responds: On the surface the AFSCME ads in CD1 and Gil's attack that are the focus of this post, however, it's the response by the campaign team of Tim Walz (MN-01) to this latest rant that steals the show:

"The Congressman's staff needs to spend less time worrying about his fashion and more time trying to solve America's problems. For the sake of our voters and our soldiers, I sincerely hope they're able to turn their attention from expensive men's clothing to the extremely expensive war we're fighting in Iraq."

Now that's a campaign that can stay on message! With action like this, no wonder Tim Walz is the MN Candidate with the most local DFA Link endorsements!

MNCR also does interviews and Joe's latest is with another local DFA Link endorsed candidate, Wendy Wilde (MN-03). You can read the interview here. Wendy's "elect mom" campaign is helping turn CD3 blue. She's doing her part to make the area welcoming and safe to be a democrat again. Go to her web site to find out how you can help.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Democracy for America Recap


1) DFA revamped their homepage today...check it out here. Democracy for Minnesota (DFM) is listed under the coalition partner tab by state. Mark Ritchie (MN-SOS), is also listed as one of the Nationally Endorsed DFA-List Candidates under the candidate tab.

2) Keith Ellison (MN-05), a local DFA Link Endorsed Candidate, was mentioned in Blog for America's Sunday News Round Up. They linked to the NY Times Article: Democrat Poised to Become First Muslim in Congress

3) On 10/4 Blog for America linked to Patty Wetterling's latest ad on the Foley/Republican scandal. Wetterling (MN-06) is also a local DFA Link Endorsed Candidate and on Saturday delivered the Democratic response to President Bush's weekly radio address.

Thank you to DFA for supporting our efforts in MN!

PS: Back in September, Blog for America had a great post about our Iraq War Forum, our primary GOTV with Keith Ellison, and our Fighting Dem and Netroots darling, Tim Walz (MN-01). Tim Walz is the only MN candidate with 4 local DFA Link endorsements.

Wilde Times Friday, October 6, 2006

Pledge to Restore Integrity and Trust in Congress
See Thursday, October 5, 2006 Star Tribune, bottom page 12, for story.

Wendy Wilde visited Jim Ramstad's Minnetonka office today to invite him to join her in a non-partisan show of leadership by signing a pledge to Restore Integrity and Trust in Congress. The 4 points included in the pledge are:

1.) The immediate resignation of Speaker Dennis Hastert, Representatives Reynolds and Boehner, and any other congressional representatives or staff who had knowledge of Congressman Mark Foley's sexual predatory behavior and failed to disclose it and report it to the proper authorities.

2.) A full criminal investigation by an Independent Counsel of the Foley scandal and the failure to investigate by House leadership and the Page Board.

3.) The adoption of a new policy in the Congress for transparent oversight and higher standards in administration of youth programs such as the Congressional Page and College Intern programs.

4.) The return of higher House ethics standards for investigations and oversight that were weakened on January 4, 2005, when the House of Representatives voted to ease the standards.


On the Air! Radio and TV.
We have gotten some fun and positive response to our radio spot flights running this week! We are also getting an increase in inquiries from people who appear to be newly interested in learning more about our candidate for Congress.

The spots have been airing on the WCCO AM830 morning show from 5–9 am and on select shows on Air America AM950, including Franken (11 am–2 pm) and Minnesota Matters (5 pm–6 pm), and will run Saturday and Sunday on Ring of Fire (5–6 pm).

We have begun hearing from new interested voters, outside the usual active Democratic circles, who are learning about Wendy from the literature, radio ads, lawn signs, and banner brigades! Thank you for helping us raise the funds to raise the voters' awareness in the 3rd CD.


3rd CD Challenge
Cheryl Poling has challenged supporters to match her $250 contribution for cable TV ads. Visit http://www.electmom.com/id5.html to contribute online or mail your match to Wilde For Congress, 6950 France Avenue So. Suite 108, Edina, MN 55435. We can also take credit card numbers over the phone—call 952 486-8746.


More Mass Media News
Wendy is being scheduled for a mid- to late-October debate with Jim Ramstad organized by the League of Women Voters. It is a closed studio taping, no audience allowed, and broadcast dates and times are not yet set.

MPR has invited Wendy to tape an interview in mid-October. The air date has not yet been announced.

Channel 5 KSTP TV has invited Wendy Wilde to speak for 2 minutes, live, on October 19 during the 6 pm news.


The Wilde Bunch Presents: Wilde Music Fest
Sunday, October 15, 4:00–9:00 pm
The Narrows Saloon North, 9375 Deerwood Lane No., Maple Grove (formerly Polaski’s Palace)

Live music by:
Three Sheets to the Wind
THE ROADIES
Cigarette Muffin

$25 suggested donation (but you can always give more!)

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Campaign Calendar
Sat. Oct. 7: 3rd CD Lit Drop
Edina/Bloomington
10am-4pm
6950 France Ave So.

Eden Prairie/Minnetonka
10am-4pm
Purgatory Park

Lake Country
9:45am-2pm
Caribou Coffee, hwy 101 at hwy 6

Plymouth/Minnetonka
3-6pm
1315 Oakview Lane, Plymouth

Brooklyn Park/Brooklyn Center/Maple Grove/Champlin
10am-530pm
8501 Wyoming Ave No


Sat. Oct. 7: 3rd CD Potluck Dinner
Brooklyn Park Campaign office
8501 Wyoming Ave No
after the lit drops
Info: Mary Marquardt 763-566-2674

Amy Klobuchar
4pm
The Lookout Grill, 8672 Pineview Lane No, Maple Grove


Sat Oct 7: Wellstone premiere
8pm
History Theatre, St. Paul


Sun Oct 15: Wilde Music Fest
A night of music and friends
4pm-9pm
Narrows North, Maple Grove


To organize a Banner Brigade, contact Betsy at 952-486-8746.


Election Night, November 7, 2006
We will have a suite at the DFL event at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul. The Wilde Bunch wants to share election night with all the other DFL campaigns at DFL HQ. Please come and join us all November 7.

CONTRIBUTE ONLINE
http://www.electmom.com/id5.html
Thank you for all your support!

Northeast Community Town Hall Forum

Representative Keith Ellison
candidate for U.S. Congress
invites you to a

Northeast Community Town Hall Forum

6:30–8:00 pm Thursday, Oct. 12
Logan Park park building, 690 13th Ave NE
(one block N of NE Broadway off Monroe Street)

* Promote safe & livable communities
* Ensure affordable health care
* Support high-quality schools
* Protect the environment in Northeast and beyond

Please bring your questions! Be heard!

Let Keith work for you in Washington.
Vote Tuesday, November 7!

If you have questions, call Mary at 612-522-4416.

Prepared and paid for by Ellison for Congress • printed in house • www.keithellison.org

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Star Tribune's Top Ten Reasons for IRV

Editorial: Minneapolis should try voting by number

Top 10 reasons (most of them serious) to vote YES on the instant runoff voting charter question on the November ballot.

10) If you like majority rule, you need a new voting method. The one Minnesota uses now is plurality rule.

9) Third parties -- and fourth, fifth and sixth parties -- are here to stay. Without a change, pluralities, not majorities, will decide the winners in more and more elections.

8) Rank three or more candidates in order of preference, and you've cast a guilt-free ballot. You can vote for your favorite without worrying that you've actually helped elect your least favorite.

7) Getting the whole state to switch to an untested new way of voting is nigh unto impossible. Instant runoff voting needs a test.

6) Long-ballot Minneapolis, where just about everybody except the dog catcher is elected, is a great IRV testing ground. If instant runoff voting can make it there, it can make it anywhere.

5) A new way of voting will take some explanation. Where better to do that than in the city that may be the Public Meeting Capital of the World?

4) Instant runoff voting would eliminate the city primary, which isn't the great exercise in democracy it's cracked up to be. Only about one out of seven of the city's registered voters came to the polls on Sept. 13, 2005, to decide which candidates would advance to the ballot two months later.

3) Keeping more candidates in the running in October will enrich the political stew. The ideas they tout will get wider exposure.

2) Instant runoff voting will inspire candidates to appeal for those important second-choice votes. That should stifle at least some of the smear tactics Minnesota is seeing too often today.

1) If kids can learn to paint by number, grownups can learn to vote by number.

Source: Minneapolis StarTribune, Published Oct. 9th, 2006

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Max Cleland Returns to Support Tim Walz (MN-01)

MAX CLELAND TO CAMPAIGN WITH DFA LINK ENDORSED CANDIDATE TIM WALZ (MN-01)

The Walz Campaign sent out a press advisory about former U.S. Senator Max Cleland's campaign tour through southern Minnesota with Tim Walz. Now you too can join in the fun!

Public Schedule for Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Mankato:
Coffee & Donuts with Max Cleland and Tim Walz
7:30-8:30am North Mankato Police Annex
1001 Belgrade Ave
North Mankato, MN 56003

Waseca:
Coffee & Conversation with Max Cleland and Tim Walz
10-11amState Street Bistro
118 South State Street
Waseca, MN 56093

Winona:
Coffee & Conversation with Max Cleland and Tim Walz
2-3pm Winona American Legion
265 E 3rd Street
Winona, MN 55987

Austin:
Fundraising Rally with Max Cleland and Tim Walz
6:30-8pm
Austin American Legion
809 12th St SW
Austin, MN 55912

PS: Don't forget to watch all of the amazing Tim Walz ads, which are now linked on the front page of Walz web site. (Walz ads are also on you tube.)

Nice Week for Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley had a great week and now you can too. On Monday he was joined by DFA Link Endorsed Candidate, Keith Ellison (MN-05). Today's show included Howard Dean. In case you missed it, the links to the podcasts, transcripts, etc. are listed below. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Wilde Times Oct 2, 2006 - Thank you! $50,723 and Radio Spots too!

We raised $50,723 by Saturday! Thank you!

Your contributions put us over the top of our $50,000 goal on Saturday. It is exciting to see CD-3 Democrats building a strong campaign challenge!

If you didn't make the deadline, we want you to know that every penny contributed from today forward will go directly to more radio ads, more literature, and more lawn signs so we can get the word out to the voters. 2006 is the year to clean up Congress!

We're on the Air!
We have the coolest radio ads in the world, a fun little song by the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Ricky Lee Jones. You can hear it and get to the video at www.electmom.com

Our first flight of radio ads will run this week as follows:
Tuesday-Saturday this week 5am-9am on WCCO AM830
Tuesday-Sunday on Air America Minnesota AM950, on Franken, Minnesota Matters, Big Brain Radio, and Ring of Fire.

LIT DROP this weekend!
Please join the Wilde Bunch as we team up with CD-3 state candidates for lit drops this weekend. Contact Betsy O'Berry at (952) 486-8746 or email: betsy@wildeforcongress.com to sign up to get the word out across CD-3.

Adopt a Spot
You or your group can help us buy radio ads...also called SPOTS. The top rate for radio is $330 per spot. The Maple Grove Links have already "Adopted a Spot." Can you or your group collect $330 to "Adopt a Spot" too?

Lawn Sign Spots
Contact our office to have a lawn sign delivered to your house, or a bumper sticker sent in the mail. (952) 486-8746

36 Days to Election Day
Visit http://www.electmom.com/id5.html to contribute online now.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Countdown to Election Day: A Celebration!

Let’s get together for food and fun, and a little door knocking:

When: Saturday October 7, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: CD 3 Coordinated Campaign Office
6950 France Ave S, Edina
Please email hassan@andyluger.com to RSVP for this event.

If you are not able make it to the Countdown to Election celebration, you can still help by volunteering at one of these other events. Here is what we have going on:

DOOR KNOCKING
We’re door knocking every Sunday afternoon out of the Luger Campaign Headquarters (1200 Mainstreet, Hopkins) at 12:45pm. To sign-up to help make a difference in this race, please email hassan@andyluger.com.

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

PHONE CALLING
We are making phone calls across the County to share Andy's vision for Hennepin County and we need your help!
What: Phone BankWhen: Monday and Tuesday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Where: CD3 Coordinated Office, 6950 France Ave S, Edina

What: Phone Bank When: Wednesday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Where: Greene Espel, 200 S. 6th Street, Suite 1200, Minneapolis

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

GOTV EFFORTS
It’s not too early to start thinking about our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts! Please take a moment to look at your calendar and pencil in some time to help with visibility on Election Day or phone calls the week leading up to the election! Your efforts will help ensure great turnout numbers for Andy at the polls on Election Day! Email hassan@andyluger.com to volunteer on November 7.

STILL NEED A LAWN SIGN?
Please email us at hassan@andyluger.com or call (952-938-2999) if you would like a lawn sign or if you would like to help distribute signs around Hennepin County.

Thank you for your time and support,
The Luger Campaign Team

Mark Ritchie Phonebanks Need Volunteers!

Hi there,

As a supporter of Mark I am hoping you can help us reach 11,000 voters before the election!

We are calling 11,000 swing voters twice before the election, and I need 10 phoners per shift. The phonebank shifts are:

Sundays 1–4 pm and 5–8 pm
Monday–Thurs 6–9 pm

Ritchie Headquarters is at 2829 University Ave SE, Mpls. It’s a 9-story white building with windows that look like TV screens. It is between the U of MN and KSTP TV.

Any and all time you can give would greatly be appreciated. I am trying to get volunteers to commit to 1 day a week for the 5 weeks left, or more if you can. Every phone call we make gets Mark's name out there, and with only approximately 25% name recognition now we really need it!

Please email this to your friends, family or co-workers, anyone who would be able to help us make the calls.

If you can help, please contact me at maryb2279@juno.com or 612-414-6899.

MaryB

Ritchie: Sending out an SOS

Minnesota voters are sending out an SOS for a new SOS. We're receiving email after email and call after call about the need for change in the Secretary of State's office. People are tired of partisanship in the office and they want someone who will champion democracy and work to protect voters and restore trust in the system.

Thankfully their calls for change are being answered. Mark Ritchie is working day and night, traveling the state and talking to voters. He's answering the call and tirelessly fighting for voters.

But we've got to make sure Mark gets elected. So we're sending out our own SOS. We are calling on Mark’s supporters to commit to helping us get him elected. He can't do it alone, we need people to help bring his message to the voters. We're calling voters Sundays and Monday through Thursday evenings, and door knocking on Saturdays. Now is the time to volunteer for Mark; now is the time to fight for change; now is the time to help us answer the call and give Minnesota's democracy the help it needs!

Contact us today at 612-229-1962 or email info@markritchie06.net

Wilde Calls for Hastert Resignation

Edina, Minnesota. October 1, 2006

Wendy Wilde, DFL candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, called on Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to resign for his role in covering up the activities of the sexual predator Congressman Mark Foley of Florida.

"It is inconceivable to me that Speaker Hastert and other key members of the Republican leadership knew about Congressman Foley's inappropriate contact with teenage pages and yet continued to allow Congressman Foley to serve as Co-Chair of the House Committee on Missing and Exploited Children. As a high school teacher and coach, Speaker Hastert is a mandated reporter. It is inconceivable to me as a mother, and as the founder of a non-profit teen center, that Speaker Hastert would put kids at risk in the interest of political power. This is another example of the kinds of incompetence and secrecy which have no place in our democracy."

"It has become increasingly clear over the last several days that congressional Republican leaders have engaged in a pattern of denial, deceit and cover-ups to protect a sexual predator serving in the U.S. House of Representatives."

“The pattern of denial and secrecy rivals that of the Catholic Bishops who continued to cover up for predator priests in the face of overwhelming evidence of criminal behavior" she continued. "As a mother, youth volunteer leader, and citizen I am outraged and demand the immediate resignation of Speaker Hastert and all other House leaders who knew about this issue for the last eleven months. They failed to report it to the proper authorities and to take steps to protect the young men serving as congressional pages from this predator."

"I am also calling for my opponent, Congressman Jim Ramstad, to call for Speaker Hastert's resignation and for an independent investigation into Congressman Foley, the House Leadership, and the congressional page program. As a member of Congress for sixteen years, and having voted to weaken house ethics rules on January 4, 2005, Congressman Ramstad must accept the responsibility his position requires and demand true moral leadership within his party," finished Ms. Wilde.

Wendy Wilde is running for congress in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district and has almost thirty years experience as a radio broadcaster, including several years at Minnesota powerhouse WCCO and the local Air America station. Wilde is a mom and a community leader who founded and runs a non-profit teen center to keep local teens safe.


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

Ellison for Congress Open House

Please join the Ellison for Congress Campaign at our
Open House

4604 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis
(former Women's Cancer Resource Center)

Wednesday, October 4
5:30-7:30 pm

If you have any questions, please contact Trayshana at 612-722-5233