Where’s Erik Paulsen?

Our Representative in Congress hasn’t held a public town hall since September 6, 2011. There’ve been last minute meetings announced on social media shortly before they happen, tele-town halls where questions can be vetted before being forwarded, appearances at local businesses and school, robocalls that come to you saying he’s sorry you weren’t there to take his invitation to the tele-townhalls — but no traditional town hall.

It’s been 2,291 days since Rep. Paulsen’s last public town hall.

January CD3 DFL Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for our next candidate forum:

What:  DFL Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

When:  Saturday, January 13, 2017, registration Starts at 8:30 AM, forum begins at 9:00 AM

Where:  Hennepin Technical College Auditorium, 13100 Collegeview Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Please submit your questions in advance here.  Deadline for submissions midnight, Sunday, January 7, 2018.

10 Thoughts After the Alabama Senate Election

The following article by Nathan L. Gonzales was posted on the Roll Call website December 13, 2017:

Supporters of Democrat Doug Jones celebrate his victory over Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election Tuesday night in Birmingham, Ala. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of the best parts about covering elections is that there is always a result. After all the prognosticating, projecting, discussing and arguing, there’s a winner. But determining the true meaning of victory and loss can be difficult.

There will be plenty of time to analyze the Alabama Senate special election (at least until the next special election on March 13 in Pennsylvania’s 18th District), but here are some initial postelection thoughts:

This was a historic victory for Doug Jones. Of course, Roy Moore had some unparalleled flaws as a candidate, but Jones overcame a 20-point deficit in partisan performance to win. The last Democrat to win a Senate race in Alabama was Sen. Richard C. Shelby in 1992, and he’s now the state’s senior senator as a Republican. Tonight’s upset will be talked about for years to come. Read More

Palestinian leader rejects US role in peace process

The following article by Zeynep Bilginsoy and Sarah El Deeb was posted on the Associated Press website December 13, 2017:

ISTANBUL (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an international summit Wednesday that the United States was unfit to mediate the Mideast conflict, marking a major policy shift after decades spent courting American goodwill.

He announced the shift, which came in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, at a summit of Muslim leaders that condemned the U.S. move and called for world recognition of a Palestinian state with its capital in east Jerusalem. Read More

Heeding Bannon in Alabama election, Trump gambles and loses

The following article by Josh Dawsey and Ashley Parker was posted on the Washington Post website December 13, 2017:

Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12 defeated Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election. Here were the reactions. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

President Trump lost in Alabama on Tuesday. Again.

This time, Trump threw his support behind Roy Moore, a polarizing, wounded Republican accused of dating and making sexual advances on teenagers — and found himself presiding over a stunning repudiation of Republicans in the Deep South that could have wide reverberations for his agenda and the party he leads. Read More

GOP’s fear and loathing of Hillary Clinton cost you $100 million

NOTE:  With the increasing chorus of Republican congress members calling for Special Prosecutor Mueller to be fired, we’re looking back at their investigations into Hillary Clinton, which ran on and on and on and cost the American taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and resulted in absolutely nothing.

The following article by James Williams was posted on the Newstalk Florida website July 29, 2016:

Republican’s hate Hillary Clinton because she is smarter than they are

PHILADELPHIA — The conventions are over and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton watched as her party did a wonderful job of showing her to be human. A wife, mother, grandmother, someone who loves life and doesn’t mind that she has a boisterous laugh.

Clinton is smart, and likes to play hard ball with the boys and that is something the Republican’s in and out of Washington hate. Let me say that Hillary Clinton is not a saint, nor has she always made the wisest choices, but she is a political survivor in a man’s world.

Truth is that the Republican’s in the House and the Senate have had two decades of defining Hillary Clinton as un trustworthy and un truthful. They have done it spending more taxpayers money on battling her than any other political figure in history. Read More

Trump’s Combative Denials Again Draw Him Into the Sexual Harassment Debate

The following article by Michael Tackett was posted on the New York Times website December 12, 2017:

President Trump listened to Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks in a signing ceremony for the Space Policy Directive 1, a return to the moon for American astronauts, at the White House on Monday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump put himself once more at the center of the sexual harassment debate on Tuesday, repeating his contention that the women who have accused him of misconduct fabricated the allegations and describing Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, one of his leading critics, as a “lightweight” who “would do anything” for campaign contributions.

In derisive morning Twitter posts, the president responded to three of the women who had come forward on Monday to renew their charges from last year that Mr. Trump had sexually assaulted them before he entered politics, and to Ms. Gillibrand after she called on him to resign on Monday. Read More

GOP Congressional Investigation into Democrats

As the Republicans on the committees investigating Russian interference into our 2016 are now putting party over the good of the country in increasingly serious ways, we though a look back at their Benghazi investigation might help people put things into perspective (and point out some of the falseness of their position as the party of “fiscal responsibility”).

Note that they spent $7.8 million. We like using the zeros to help people visualize the size of the expenditure: $7,800,000.

Here is a December 12, 2016 article by Mary Troyan from the USA Today website:

House Benghazi committee files final report and shuts down

WASHINGTON — The special congressional investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi is officially over now that the panel filed its final report the day before the House adjourned for the year.

The Select Committee on Benghazi initially released its findings in June but remained in place for months afterward trying to declassify supporting documents like emails and interview transcripts for public release. Read More

The House passed a dangerous gun bill

The extremely conservative U.S. House of Representatives has passed a terrible bill. It would actually make it legal for more dangerous and untrained people to carry loaded, hidden guns in more public places in every state. Only six Democrats voted yes. This government body would allow concealed-and-carry permit holders from other states that have lax gun-violence prevention laws to carry in Minnesota. Many of these states don’t even require permits to carry a gun. These Republicans are bending to the will of the gun lobby and considering a bill that will weaken our gun laws and make us less safe.

It’s hypocritical of Republicans who argue against federal government overreach to undermine the rights of states to set their own rules against gun violence. America’s worst gun laws would become law of the land. The Supreme Court has said states can regulate guns for lawful users. Read More

This poll gave Americans a detailed case for and against the FCC’s net neutrality plan. The reaction among Republicans was striking

The following article by Brian Fung was posted on the Washington Post website December 12, 2017:

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo)

On the eve of a pivotal vote that would deregulate the broadband industry, a fresh survey from the University of Maryland shows that large majorities of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — oppose the government’s plan to repeal its net neutrality rules for Internet providers.

The results paint the picture of an electorate that is largely at odds with the GOP-led Federal Communications Commission, whose chairman, Ajit Pai, plans to vote Thursday to lift key rules for corporations such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. The move would permit such companies to speed up some websites, and slow down or block others, as Internet providers seek new business models in a rapidly changing media and technology environment. Read More