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NYTimes: Economic Crisis Shapes the Senate Contest in Minnesota [Oct. 27th, 2008|01:03 am]
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RED WING, Minn. — Senator Norm Coleman kicked off the final stretch of his re-election campaign on Main Street in this old railroad town about two weeks ago with a new theme: The Hope Express.

But the express had not even left its first stop when it hit a bump in the road in the form of tough questions from a crowd of Coleman supporters gathered in a hotel dining room.

Norman Sampson, a retired banker, asked why Mr. Coleman and his peers had not “blown the whistle” on the bad lending practices that led to the recent financial meltdown on Wall Street because, he said, “everyone knew what was going on.”

On the contrary, insisted Mr. Coleman, a first-term Republican.

“This one we didn’t see,” he said. “Who could imagine that a mortgage on a house in Red Wing, Minn., would be tied into and have an impact on the collapse of banks in London?”

Mr. Sampson, a fellow Republican, shot back, “A lot of us did.”
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what do you think? [Oct. 26th, 2008|03:03 am]
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Independent judgment, exercised on behalf of the best interests of the country and state, is what we hope to see from our U.S. senators. With that hope in mind, this newspaper recommends the reelection of Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman.

The more independent, pragmatic Coleman emerged when he helped speed money to Minneapolis for a new Interstate 35W bridge; when he promoted tax credits for renewable energy investment; when he pushed for larger Pell Grants for needy college students; when he stood up to President Bush on extending publicly subsidized health insurance, including MinnesotaCare, to more poor children and their parents.

He showed good judgment most recently when, despite a tide of constituent opposition, he voted to authorize spending $700 billion to inject capital into banks and thaw a credit freeze. He rightly judged that quick action was needed to avert serious damage to the nation's economy.

Coleman didn't begin his Senate service as an agent of bipartisanship. But that's the note on which he wound up his six-year term and which he has sounded repeatedly in his reelection campaign. We like the trend we've seen and believe Coleman is capable of taking it further.
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what do you think? [Oct. 26th, 2008|03:02 am]
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WaPo: Comedian Becomes Serious Contender [Oct. 25th, 2008|03:47 pm]
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Al Franken settled into the Wagon Wheel Cafe and for 45 uninterrupted minutes talked with a handful of Minnesota farmers about the promise of cellulosic ethanol, the impact of the sinking dollar on crop prices and his pledge to secure a seat on the Agriculture Committee if he is elected to the U.S. Senate.

Then the Democrat worked the diner crowd, shaking hands and asking for support like a seasoned statesman, betraying no hint that he was once a longtime writer and actor on "Saturday Night Live" and a sharp-tongued liberal talk-radio host.

Nevertheless, after Franken left, Jodi Dickey dismissed his candidacy, saying it was "like Tina Fey running for office." But then the undecided voter thought a bit more about the state of the country and reconsidered. "Actually, maybe that's not such a bad idea."
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Time: Races to Watch: Franken May Get Last Laugh in Minnesota [Oct. 23rd, 2008|01:15 pm]
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If this were a normal election year, Norm Coleman probably wouldn't have much trouble winning a second term representing Minnesota in the United States Senate. Granted, Coleman is a Republican, and Minnesota tends to be a Democratic state. But both classifications are deceptive.

A former popular mayor of St. Paul, Coleman was a Democrat before he switched parties in 1996, and he remains a fairly moderate Republican today. And for all its history as a bastion of liberalism, Minnesota morphed into a quirky swing state in the mid-1990s, bestowing statewide office to politicians of every stripe, from doctrinaire conservatives (Rod Grams) and old-school liberals (Paul Wellstone) to flaky, funky former professional wrestlers (Jessie Ventura). Al Gore and John Kerry both beat George W. Bush in Minnesota, but by surprisingly slim margins. And in the 2006 mid-terms, when Democrats were knocking off incumbent Republicans across the country, Minnesotans dared to be different by re-electing their Republican governor, Tim Pawlenty.

Even in this annus horribilis for the GOP, until a month ago Coleman looked like he might coast to victory over his unlikely Democratic challenger, comedian-turned-author-turned-liberal-radio-host-turned-politician Al Franken. In the most expensive Senate race in the country, Coleman portrayed himself as ordinary, wholesome and dull — which he not unreasonably assumed would go over well in a state culture known, with both affection and derision, as Minnesota Nice. For Coleman's purposes, being safe and boring seemed especially wise when contrasted with the loud, funny, inexperienced and sometimes offensive Saturday Night Live alumnus he was running against. Franken is very smart, but he's the opposite of boring. And given his resume, he couldn't exactly sell himself as safe.
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<3 amy klobuchar [Oct. 21st, 2008|12:50 am]
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What do you think? [Oct. 16th, 2008|09:48 am]
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Debates & Drunkeness IV [Oct. 15th, 2008|03:26 pm]
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Just a reminder - The last Presidential Debate is tonight at 8pm.

We'll be watching it downstairs at the 508 Bar, which is at 508 1st Ave N, downtown. It's conveniently located at the end of the Light Rail Line. So hop on the train tonight, and join us! We'll start gathering about 7:00 for cocktails and discussion.

Hope to see you there!

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What do you think? [Oct. 15th, 2008|11:27 am]
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What do you think? [Oct. 13th, 2008|03:33 pm]
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