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MN GOP Inside Your Computer

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 03/01/06 13:52, Edited: 03/01/06 15:53

by Dave Mindeman

The Minnesota GOP isn't satisfied with having a general idea of how their base feels about the wedge issues. No, they want to know what each individual's opinion is. Now, they can do that right on the home computer.

The Center for American Progress and MPR's Polinaut have reported on a CD/DVD being sent to "identified" Republicans as a general survey. Without explicitly saying so, people answering the survey have their data transmitted online to a collection site.

I imagine that most people will assume this is happening, but what they don't know, that the article pointed out, is that the site is not secure and that some personal information can be accessed. Anyone with some computer savvy can decompile the program on the CD/DVD to find the site. (Probably fixed by now...) Mailing lists could be downloaded directly into a spreadsheet.

This is why a full disclosure disclaimer stating that data collected is being stored by the sender, would be the ethical thing to do. But as we are well aware, the MN GOP and ethics are not compatible!
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34% --Guess Bush Needs a Wedge

Category: US Politics
Posted: 03/01/06 01:00

by Dave Mindeman

A new Zogby poll of soldiers stationed in Iraq was released and an overwhelming margin of 72% say the US troops should leave within the next year.

Another astounding finding of the poll concludes that 90% of these same soldiers think the Iraq War is retaliation for Saddam's role in 9/11.

The Bush administration can't even tell the truth to its own military!

With a current 34% approval rating... and rebellious Republicans protesting the latest political snafu in the port deal with Dubai, and military support ebbing..... you wonder what keeps this President afloat.

Answer ... WEDGES.

Do you think its accidental that the Marriage Amendment keeps coming up in state after state? Do you think Samuel Alito is a Supreme Court Justice strictly because of qualifications? Do you think fundamentalists just act spontaneous when distractions are needed?

Bad news for the President means division and name calling will be the norm on the political scene. We can't have solutions because that would end the covering activity of the hard right. Activation of the people who can think only one way and on one subject. It is the essence of Hard Right politics and it is the fuel needed for Karl Rove's political survival.....and ultimately the George Bush brand of "compassionate" conservatism.
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The Abortion Debate is Legislative!

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 02/26/06 23:19

by Dave Mindeman

For too long, abortion rights activists have ignored the place where their fight is headed..... the State Legislatures. The national choice organizations have been so fixated on the national debate that they have lost precious ground where it really matters. The State Houses.

In Minnesota, we need to fix this now. We are oh, so close, to controlling both houses of the legislature -- and Governor Pawlenty can be made vulnerable. What is needed from choice organizations is a concerted effort to support pro-choice candidates in the legislative districts.

Too often, in the past, NARAL, Emily's List, and others have restricted their efforts to Congressional candidates, Senators, or Governors. The real target should be controlling the individual state legislative bodies.

As this debate moves forward, the erosion of Roe will not come in a grand finale in the US Supreme Court.. no, it will come with restrictive legislative language..state by state... chipping away at settled law. Who controls the state legislatures will determine the agenda here... local legislative candidates are the key.

The opportunities to make Minnesota a "safe" choice state are NOW..this year... we can't sit back and hope for the courts to protect this fundamental right.... too many years of Republican control have made that avenue questionable.

We have to stop thinking in terms of the way things were in the 60's and 70's... we need to fight on the battlefield we have been drawn into. Volunteer for the races that will matter in the future of pro-choice -- your local state representatives!
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