Archive for the ‘Al Franken’ Category

This must be ‘Bad Breath Week’ for Democrats. This week’s Onions and Orchids is filled with onions for the Democrats. Here’s another example:

Onions: To the 3 Stooges — Governor Dayton, Senator Franken and Congressman Nolan. Will the lies never stop. These 3 will do everything they can to destroy the mining industry in Minnesota. Their Sierra Club masters will see to that and pump all the money they can into their campaigns. The sad part is that your union leadership is supporting this effort under the cover of being a Democrat. Remember that a socialist is not a Democrat and a real liberal embraces all ideas and views. All you young miners should be watching the news. Your leadership has betrayed you and the future of your families. If any of these 3 are re-elected, plan on retiring from Walmart. Whether you have a job or not, your union elite will still get a check, expense account and a car thanks to you. Also, I hope you keep an eye on the Highway 53 route; there are a few surprises coming. (Submitted by a Real Democrat and Retired Miner.)

The question miners have to ask themselves is whether they can afford another term from Larry, Moe and Curly. The median household income for Eveleth is $35,500. That’s $23,626 less than the statewide average.

The union leadership hasn’t pressured the Three Stooges into going to bat for the miners. You can’t be pro-union if you don’t fight for union jobs. Supporting the right to organize is what these politicians specialize in. That isn’t what these Rangers need, though. They need high-paying union jobs.

There’s no question that Gov. Dayton, Sen. Franken and Rep. Nolan will fight for the environmental activists. That’s what they’ve consistently done throughout their political careers.

The decision facing Rangers is straightforward. A vote for Larry, Moe and Curly is a vote to end mining. Unlike the Three Stooges’ act, this isn’t a laughing matter.

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This post on the Hill’s campaign blog asks whether Al Franken is vulnerable. Here’s Larry Jacobs’ opinion:

“Al Franken’s gonna have a fight on his hands. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” said Larry Jacobs, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota and director of its Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.

The Democrats’ most frequent defense of Franken is that he’s “kept his head down and worked hard.” That’s fine if your expectations are to edge out potted plants in terms of competence and productivity but it’s pathetic if you’re hoping for a leader like Minnesota used to expect from its senators.

“I think people had a lot of doubts about whether he was going to be a serious senator or not,” said a Minnesota Democratic operative, adding there is “no doubt about that now.”

This DFL operative must not have watched Franken during his questioning of Sonia Sotomayor during her confirmation hearing:

This supposed serious senator focused on his love of a TV show. Perry Mason was a great show but it doesn’t belong in a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. Then again, Franken isn’t a great fit on the Senate Judiciary Committee because a) he isn’t a lawyer and b) he isn’t that bright.

He’s capable of reading things from a script but anything more than that is a struggle.

“For a guy who made a living with improvisation and speaking his mind at will, it’s almost unbelievable how on message he’s been,” Jacobs said.

First, Al Franken wasn’t that funny as a comedian. Second, Franken was one of the nastiest, most mean-spirited talk show hosts in Air America’s history. He’s exceptionally mean-spirited and hyperpartisan, which explains why he’s voted in lockstep with President Obama and Sen. Reid. He’s voted against building the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is hurting farmers:

“The Keystone pipeline needs to be built, I am here to tell you, and it should have been built last year, not delayed another several months as we are seeing under this current Administration,” Westrom said. Without the pipeline, oil producers are using an increasing number of railcars to transport their supply, which is squeezing out farmers and propane suppliers.

“[Grain] elevators from the south end of the 7th District to the north tell me they are still going to have last year’s crop when this year’s crop comes in, and they can’t get enough extra cars to ship it out,” Westrom continued. “That’s unacceptable. We need to build energy and infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline. That’s something I will advocate for.”

It’s rather nasty that Franken fought for environmental activists instead of for farmers. What is Franken’s rationale for that? Is he that beholden to the anti-energy environmental activists?

That isn’t what a man of the people does, though it’s what a man of the special interests does. From all accounts, Franken has done a decent job with constituent services. Then again, I haven’t heard of an elected official in recent Minnesota history who hasn’t done a decent job with that.

Franken, then, shouldn’t be judged on constituent services. Rather, he should be judged on whether he’s voted for things that’ve made Minnesotans’ lives better. Obamacare certainly didn’t make life better for Minnesotans. It took a pretty good health care system and turned it into a one-size-fits-all program where a federal bureaucrat tells Minnesotans what they must do.

Thank Sen. Franken, too, for Minnesota spending $160,000,000 on a broken website, too.

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One of my favorite reads each week is the Mesabi Daily News’ Onions and Orchids column. Here’s the highlight of this week’s edition:

Onions: Smelly ones to the same old same old by our Minnesota union executives endorsing Al Franken and the new Democratic Party. The Steelworkers, Carpenters, AFL-CIO, AFSCME … once again bow down to the party they send our dues to. The new Democratic Party would not endorse mining in northeast Minnesota a few monthThe s ago when they attempted to construct a platform to run on. Franken has done nothing for the real working middle class at all. He votes against things like Keystone Pipeline and has not strongly supported mining. He supported the minimum wage increase but that in reality does nothing to the working middle class being more of a political move than a real help to anyone. Franken has gladly gone along with everything Obama has pushed for, including Obamacare. Unions are supposed to support its members and the work they are trained to do. Our unions once again let us down supporting a candidate like Franken who is part of the elite left against mining, logging, fossil fuels, etc. He has no real clue about what a middle class family endures watching our median income drop by almost 18 percent over the past six years. Think on your own and vote your conscious. Our way of life depends upon it.

A few days ago, Ken Martin said that Republicans would forget about the Range the day after the election. I wrote this post to highlight the fact that the DFL has forgotten the Range the day after each of the last 5 cycles. The closest Al Franken’s gotten to supporting miners is telling them he’s pro-union.

That’s BS.

You can’t be pro-egg and anti-chicken. You can’t be pro-jobs and anti-businessman. In this instance, you can’t be pro-mining and pro-environmental activist. That’s who Al Franken is.

The writer is right. The “new Democratic Party” didn’t endorse mining at this year’s state convention. That necessarily means they’re anti-mining. Saying that you’re for mining “if it can be done in an environmentally safe way” is code for saying ‘I don’t have the spine to tell Conservation Minnesota and the Sierra Club to take a hike.’

That’s Al Franken. He’s spineless. He’d rather have environmental activists send him campaign contributions than fighting for good paying mining jobs. That isn’t opinion. It’s what he’s done the last 5+ years.

As for the “new Democratic Party”, they’re owned by Alida Messinger, Conservation Minnesota and the environmental activists living comfortably in the Twin Cities. They don’t just run the DFL. They own the DFL. They’re the people who’ve antagonized the blue collar workers of the Range.

Check back later this weekend for more on the “new Democratic Party.”

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Bill Hanna’s article highlights what’s wrong with today’s DFL:

Gov. Mark Dayton says a far-reaching Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Superior National Forest regarding potential copper/nickel/precious metals ventures is totally unnecessary. So, too, do Minnesota U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and 8th District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan.

It would be a waste of time and money and energy, say those Democratic office holders, because it would duplicate what is already being done as far as environmental review for both the PolyMet and Twin Metals projects. And Congressman Nolan goes further to say the issue was already settled with the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Act in 1978 that allowed mining in the Superior National Forest.

But it’s not that clear, according to a U.S. Forest Service official. There is not even a timeline set up to decide whether the USFS will drop the PEIS request by environmentalists or move ahead with it. In a telephone interview with the Mesabi Daily News on Thursday, USFS Public Affairs Officer Kris Reichenbach in Duluth said there “is no immediate reason to push this” one way or another.

“This is not something to rush into. We are still evaluating our options. We are not at a point of making a decision. I am not aware of a timeline,” Reichenbach said.

What’s wrong with today’s DFL is that Democrat politicians’ voices aren’t as powerful, apparently, as the environmental activists’ voices.

It’s time for Dayton, Franken, Klobuchar and Nolan to hold a press conference on the mining issue. It’s time they told the environmental activist wing of the DFL that they’re putting a higher priority on creating high-paying jobs than they’re putting on preserving supposedly pristine wilderness like this:

These environmental activists aren’t fighting to save pristine wilderness. They’re fighting to control people’s lives.

Apparently, these Democrat politicians won’t stand up to them and tell them to take a hike. Apparently, these Democrat politicians think it’s more important to not ruffle the environmental activists’ feathers than it is to create jobs on the Iron Range. (Might that be because they want the environmental activists’ campaign contributions?)

In the end, it’s my opinion that these sorry excuses for politicians will flap their gums for a little while. They won’t ruffle the environmental activists’ feathers. Then they’ll exit stage left (where else?) once people stop paying attention.

They should all be astronomy majors because they’re only good at taking up space. If families want DFL politicians to fight for them, they’re out of luck. These DFL politicians won’t fight for people if they aren’t part of a special interest group.

It’s sad that these DFL politicians will fight for special interest groups but they won’t fight for families. This isn’t Hubert Humphrey’s DFL.

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The first thing I thought after reading this article is ‘what will Al Franken do with this information’?

An environmental group gathered in Duluth on Thursday to express its opposition to precious metals mining, or what it calls sulfide mining.

Environment Minnesota has been collecting petitions all summer. The petitions ask President Obama to oppose all development of precious metals mining, or what they call sulfide mining, including the Twin Metals Minnesota mine in the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Field Manager Kieran Manzella said the Boundary Waters wilderness is too special to lose.

“It’s really not something that we’re willing to risk, no matter the benefit that these companies are trying to ply other Minnesotans with,” he said. “The tradeoff is not there, and this isn’t some place that we can actually risk putting on the line for these mines.”

The group is concerned about pollution and drainage from the mine causing contamination. They’ve collected 15,000 petitions to send to the president.

Will Sen. Franken stand with Iron Range miners? I wrote this post to highlight his campaign’s quote:

“Senator Franken supports mining. He’s fought to protect mining jobs by fighting illegal dumping and ensuring that we use more American made steel. He believes the PolyMet project will create jobs and that it will be done in an environmentally responsible way,” said Ryan Furlong, Franken campaign spokesman.

Will Sen. Franken speak out against this DC-headquartered organization? He should but that doesn’t mean he will

Yes, you read write when I called Environment Minnesota a “DC-headquartered organization.” Here’s Environment Minnesota’s staff. Isn’t it interesting that 4 of the 5 staffers are based in Washington, DC?

Let’s return, though, to WDIO’s article. Specifically, let’s highlight this statement:

Field Manager Kieran Manzella said the Boundary Waters wilderness is too special to lose. “It’s really not something that we’re willing to risk, no matter the benefit that these companies are trying to ply other Minnesotans with,” he said.

Think about that. A DC-headquartered Democrat front group is opposed to the creation of high-paying mining jobs. It isn’t just that they’re opposed to mining. It’s that they spent this summer collecting 15,000 signatures to their petition that they want to give to President Obama.

We’ve already seen that it doesn’t take much for President Obama and Senate Democrats to stop projects that environmental organizations oppose. In fact, Sen. Franken has repeatedly voted against approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Sen. Franken’s staff said that he “supports mining” and that he thinks “the PolyMet project will create jobs and that it will be done in an environmentally responsible way.” Here’s the perfect opportunity for him to prove his support for PolyMet. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity for him to show some leadership on the issue.

It’s one thing to say that you support mining right before an election where you’ll need a strong turnout of the Range’s mining families. It’s another to actually take a leadership role in making PolyMet a reality. Thus far, Sen. Franken hasn’t shown any leadership on PolyMet.

If he doesn’t step into that leadership position this time, then Rangers will know that Sen. Franken’s support is just talk from a cheap politician who’ll say anything to get re-elected.

The Range doesn’t need a senator who doesn’t stand up to environmental activists headquartered in DC. They need a senator who won’t hesitate to stand up to these Democrat front groups.

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While writing this post, I thought about the Democratic Party’s disgusting tactics. First, here’s what caught my attention:

But his billionaire friends at Hubbard Broadcasting won’t air an ad that uses his own words to call him out.

And here’s the kicker: the owner of Hubbard Broadcasting, Stanley Hubbard, is a major donor to Mills’ campaign and a friend of the Koch brothers. When a media station owned by someone who has maxed out to a candidate is keeping voters from knowing where that candidate stands, something’s not right.

TakeAction Minnesota is one of the DFL’s front organizations. They, along with organizations like the Alliance for a Better Minnesota and AFSCME PEOPLE, specialize in smearing Republican candidates. In this instance, they’re unloading both barrels on Stewart Mills.

There’s more to this than just a smear campaign.

That’s bad enough but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s remember that Al Franken enthusiastically signed a letter to the IRS telling them to crack down on TEA Party organizations. We know that the IRS and other government agencies made life a living hell for Catherine Engelbrecht.

The DFL, like the Democratic Party nationally, is the party that’s deployed ‘weaponized government’ to harass people that don’t agree with them. They used the IRS, OSHA and the ATF to harass TEA Party organizations. They’ve used the EPA to intimidate private property owners.

It isn’t a stretch to think that the DFL might organize a boycott of KSTP. Further, it isn’t a stretch to think that Sen. Franken’s friend Chuck Schumer might ask the FCC to look into KSTP’s broadcast license. They unleashed the IRS against the TEA Party. Why wouldn’t these senators use other government agencies to harass their political enemies?

Just the threat of a boycott by the DFL would have a chilling effect on stations. Having advertisers leave their station because TakeAction Minnesota and other DFL front groups is a threat stations would have to take seriously.

While this would be the first time that TakeAction Minnesota has organized a boycott against a business, it’s old hat for AFSCME:

Last month, Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar Store in Union Grove, Wis., was asked to display a pro-union sign in her window. Ms. Bobo, a self- described conservative Republican, refused and received a letter from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees asking her to reconsider. “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do [sic] a public boycott of your business,” the letter said.

It isn’t coincidence that AFSCME PEOPLE (Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality) is running the same defamatory ad that got pulled from KSTP and WDIO.

Why would anyone think that these thugs wouldn’t attempt to intimidate businesses into not criticizing DFL front groups when they run their smear campaigns? Contrary to Mitt Romney’s statements, these aren’t “nice people we simply disagree with.” These Democratic front groups are despicable, dishonest people that can’t be trusted because they won’t hesitate to use government as a weapon against their political enemies.

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Bill Hanna, the editor for the Mesabi Daily News, recently did a phone interview with GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden/ Here’s the link to Hanna’s article. Here’s the key portion of Hanna’s interview with Mr. McFadden:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden says federal regulation is “government at its worst.”

And he said the June decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to overrule its own previous decision on a water quality variance for Mesabi Nugget is emblematic of that problem.

“This is a classic example of how broken government is right now. We should be good at regulation … identify an issue and move quickly to correct it if needed … but we’re horrendous at it,” McFadden said in a telephone interview last week.

The environmental activists that run the EPA and the Minnesota DNR thrive on overregulation. It’s what gives radical environmental organizations like MCEA, the Sierra Club and Conservation Minnesota the opportunity to extend the length of these reviews in the judiciary.

Let’s face facts. The MCEA, the Sierra Club and Conservation Minnesota are integral parts of the DFL. Without their activism and contributions, Democrats couldn’t survive.

Clearly, the EPA’s decision to overrule its own decision was a political decision. It wasn’t a scientific decision. It’s how the DFL plays its game of supporting miners publicly, then undermining miners without getting their fingerprints on the knife that stabbed the miners. Further, it’s proof that the EPA’s chief responsibility is to thwart industry by shifting the goalposts to meet its political needs.

Hanna also ‘interviewed’ Sen. Franken via email. Here’s what Franken’s campaign had to say:

U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s re-election campaign was asked by email to comment on McFadden’s claim that there is too much and too heavy-handed regulation in Washington.

While he didn’t respond specifically to that issue or to McFadden’s contention that the senator is tied too closely to environmental special interest groups, his campaign did voice strong support and for the future of PolyMet.

“Senator Franken supports mining. He’s fought to protect mining jobs by fighting illegal dumping and ensuring that we use more American made steel. He believes the PolyMet project will create jobs and that it will be done in an environmentally responsible way,” said Ryan Furlong, Franken campaign spokesman.

Franken doesn’t support mining. He hasn’t lifted a finger to make PolyMet a reality. He’s sat quietly by while his friends in the environmental movement trampled Polymet’s attempt to safely create hundreds of mining jobs.

If Sen. Franken enthusiastically supports mining, why didn’t he talk about it during his rambling 26-minute acceptance speech at the DFL State Convention? If Sen. Franken enthusiastically supports mining, why didn’t he mention it on his campaign’s issues page? Sen. Franken talked about green energy, health care, jobs and the economy, veterans, education, seniors, agriculture and rural issues, equality and civil rights and, finally, consumers, privacy & net neutrality.

Noticeably missing from Sen.

Here’s proof that it’s a safe project:

The project is currently in the comment review period of the supplemental draft environmental impact statement, which has now been going on for several months. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources commissioner has called the PolyMet SDEIS a “solid document” and even the EPA gave it good marks. If the SDEIS is certified by the lead government agencies, the permitting process can begin.

This isn’t about science. It’s about environmental activists taking extraordinary steps to prevent mining. The regulatory regime isn’t meant to protect natural resources. It’s there to help environmental activists thwart mining companies.

Mr. McFadden is asking the right questions:

McFadden said there are far too many federal regulations dealing with natural-resource based projects such as PolyMet and far too many regulators involved.

“I’m tired of environmentalists presenting false choices. The EPA kowtowed to the environmentalists (on the Mesabi Nugget variance issue). The company and the MPCA worked closely with the EPA and went through all the proper channels. And then the EPA revoked their own ruling without good reason. Why?,” McFadden asked.

Rangers need to ask themselves 2 straightforward questions. First, is this their grandparents’ Democratic Party? Next, and most importantly, how would the miners know that Al Franken will fight environmental activists for the miners’ right to safely mine?

I’d argue that this isn’t the Rangers’ grandparents’ Democratic Party. In the 1950s, Democrats were industrialists. The 21st century’s DFL is anti-blue collar, anti-industrialist. Finally, I’d argue that proof doesn’t exist that Franken will fight environmental activists so that mining can once again make the Range a hotbed of prosperity in Minnesota.

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Alison Lundergan-Grimes’ speech at the Fancy Farm Picnic wasn’t a speech as much as it was an 8-minute long temper tantrum:

The highlight of Ms. Grimes’ temper tantrum came 6:10 into her speech. Here’s what she said:

Now I want you to put aside the partisan attacks and you’ll see that one of us represents the Washington establishment and one of us represents Kentucky.

That’s rich. Ms. Lundergan-Grimes speech is one negative attack after another, one temper tantrum after another. It makes sense that the candidate making the hyperpartisan attacks would then tell the people to “put aside the partisan attacks.” The only other notable thing Ms. Lundergan-Grimes said was “Sen. McConnell, you seem to think that President Obama is on the ballot this year. He’s not.”

That’s Ms. Lundergan-Grimes feeble attempt to distance herself from the Democrats’ agenda. When Ms. Lundergan-Grimes wasn’t throwing an on-stage hissy fit, she was talking up President Obama’s and Sen. Reid’s agenda item-by-item.

I haven’t paid much attention to this race but after watching Ms. Lundergan-Grimes’ temper tantrum, it’s easy to understand why Sen. McConnell has criticized her. Her stump speech is high on energy, high on partisan whining and short on talking about a pro-coal agenda.

Ms. Lundergan-Grimes tried talking up her pro-coal credentials once. She even hired a British actor to wear a hard hat in her pro-coal ad. While defending herself, she said that she’d stand up to Harry Reid. When he held a fundraiser for her and other Democrat candidates, though, she was silent as a mouse.

Of course, she talked about labor’s right to organize. Al Franken’s doing the same thing here in Minnesota. Both stop short, though, of saying they’re pro-mining. They’re both trying to win the labor vote without being pro-labor on mining.

Here’s a hint to Ms. Lundergan-Grimes: you can’t be pro-labor and anti-mining. You can be one or the other. You can’t be both.

The US Senate doesn’t need another Elizabeth Warren. There’s already one too many of them in there. Barbara Mikulski and Barbara Boxer don’t need another companion pushing a hyperliberal agenda.

Kentucky needs a senator who will stand up to Harry Reid and President Obama. Kentucky needs a senator who’s fought the EPA’s anti-coal regulations.

Ms. Lundergan-Grimes didn’t stand up to Harry Reid when she had the chance and she certainly didn’t stand up for coal miners. That’s why Ms. Lundergan-Grimes is wrong for Kentucky.

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TakeAction Minnesota, which is a major part of the DFL’s fundraising network and a significant part of the DFL’s GOTV operation, thinks that felons should vote:

All Minnesotans should be able to have their voice heard on Election Day. We call on the Minnesota legislature to restore voting rights to Minnesotans who are on probation for a felony conviction.
Why is this important?

50 years ago this summer was a breakthrough moment in the Civil Rights Movement. It was the ‘Freedom Summer’, 1964, and thousands of people put their lives on the line to register voters. As a result, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.

Flash forward to this very summer right here in Minnesota, where more than 60,000 of our neighbors, colleagues, friends and family members still don’t have an essential civil right. The right to cast a vote on Election Day.

These Minnesotans are living, working, and paying taxes in our communities but will have to sit and watch as their neighbors head to the polls this fall. And like in 1964, the voices being shut out are disproportionately African American.

Last year, a bill was introduced in the state legislature. Now, during the anniversary of the Freedom Summer, we’re calling on legislators to restore this civil right.

Why should convicted felons be allowed to vote before they’ve paid their debt to society? The people who can’t vote are felons who still haven’t completed their probation. Until these convicted felons finish that part of their sentence, they haven’t paid their debt to society. Further, it isn’t guaranteed that these felons will complete their probation without committing another crime.

I know what it is to stand before a judge, wade through a confusing probation process, not knowing when or if I could participate in my democracy again. Being afraid to vote for fear of being charged with a felony is not what Minnesota is about.

It isn’t that complicated. When a felon serves the last day of their probation, they’re eligible to vote. The Department of Corrections is required by law to tell these criminals when they’re eligible to vote again. That seems exceptionally straightforward.

In a state that has a proud voting tradition, the home of Hubert H. Humphrey the Chief Author of the Civil Rights Act, we can do better. Every Minnesotan should have the right to vote and have their voice counted.

That’s just a sympathy play. It isn’t an attempt to make a thoughtful appeal on the issue. It’s just meant to tug on ill-informed voters’ heart strings. This paragaph isn’t much better:

But just like during the summer of 1964, change won’t come if we don’t demand it. Add your name to our petition, and together, we can keep building on the dream of the Civil Rights Act.

The difference between this attempt and 1964 is that the leaders behind the 1964 civil rights movement weren’t convicted felons who’d committed violent crimes. They were simply men of conscience who made the case that people should be able to vote, regardless of the color of their skin.

The people pleading for the right to vote here are men who’ve had their rights stripped because they committed a serious crime against society. There isn’t a state in the nation that lets felons vote until they’ve paid their debt to society in full.

This is the Democrats’ latest attempt to increase voter turnout. It isn’t accidental that they mentioned that “the voices being shut out are disproportionately African American.” If I had to guess, I’m betting this is the DFL’s attempt to increase voter turnout for the governor’s race and the US Senate race, and, to a lesser extent, the other constitutional offices.

This isn’t about the next civil rights battle. It’s about doing anything to keep Democrats in power in St. Paul.

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Al Franken’s fundraising e-letters are getting more dishonest by the day. This is Franken’s latest dishonest e-letter fundraising appeal:

Dear Cindy,

There are tell-tale signs when a race is heating up. And all the signs in Minnesota point in that direction.

Polls have been getting closer and closer, prompting the Rothenberg Political Report to take Minnesota off its “safe Democrat” list. Outside money is funding attacks against Al. His opponent’s ads distort Al’s record of fighting for Minnesota families.

By themselves, each of these facts is alarming. Taken together, they can only mean one thing: the GOP is coming after Al big time, and he’ll need our help to fight back.

Team Franken needs to reach $200,000 in the next 3 days, and they’re about $15,000 off the mark right now. Help me help Al by contributing $5, or whatever you can, today.

Al is a middle class champion in the Senate. Which means he’s a special interest nightmare. That’s why a super PAC was formed with just one purpose: attack Al.

And in today’s post-Citizens United politics, where there is one super PAC spending money, there will probably be more.

There’s only one way to successfully beat back outside spending in today’s politics — solid grassroots support. That’s what Al needs right now.

And that’s why I’m writing today, to help Al get the grassroots support he needs and deserves. Give $5 or more to make sure Team Franken reaches $200,000 in the next 3 days.

Reading the signs is easy when you’ve been at it long enough. Fighting back against the special interests is hard.

Thanks for doing your part today.

Donna Brazile

Unles Ms. Brazile is talking about internal Franken polling, she’s lying. I’ve watched this race as closely as anyone who isn’t working for the Franken or McFadden campaigns. I’ve only seen a couple of polls on the race. I wrote this post about the KSTP-SurveyUSA poll, which was done in early June. We’re almost to the end of July. There hasn’t been another public poll since the KSTP-SurveyUSA poll.

For the record, I don’t doubt that it’s still a tight race.

Here’s another blast of dishonesty in this fundraising e-letter:

His opponent’s ads distort Al’s record of fighting for Minnesota families.

Thus far, Mike McFadden’s ads have focused on either policies or his biography. I might’ve missed something but I haven’t even seen any of Team McFadden’s ads mention Franken by name.

More importantly, though, Sen. Franken has fought for middle class families if they live in the Twin Cities. He hasn’t fought for middle class families on the Iron Range. In fact, Sen. Franken ignored the Iron Range on his campaign website and in his acceptance speech at the DFL State Convention in Duluth.

That isn’t the definition of fighting for the middle class on the Iron Range.

Based on what I’ve noticed, I’d say that Franken’s frantic fundraising e-letters specialize in dishonesty and paranoia. I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

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