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Sen. Klobuchar Gets Ultimate Super Bowl Party Invite

Category: Amy Klobuchar
Posted: 01/29/09 21:45, Edited: 01/30/09 02:04

by Dave Mindeman

Saw this little blurb in a Politico article...

A few chosen members of Congress of both parties will receive the ultimate in White House wooing this weekend when they join Obama Sunday night in the residence to watch the Super Bowl. The list is an ideologically diverse one. Politico has learned it will include, among other opposites, conservative Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and liberal Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

Aside from the idea that Amy might prefer the title, Senator, rather than "liberal".....I wonder what's going on?

So, what exactly does Obama need to be "wooing" Amy about?

Maybe Obama wants her to spin some of those down home stories and bring around those good ol' country boys?

or maybe he wants her to explain to the DC school system that snow doesn't bring education to a standstill?

or maybe he wants to give her a break from double Senatorial duties?

or maybe they want to discuss strategies on expanding broadband?

or..... maybe its just that Sasha and Malia think she's cool?

Anyway, how cool is it to watch the Super Bowl (probably on a movie size screen) with the POTUS?

Watch what you say, Amy, he's a Steeler fan....

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Sen. Klobuchar...High Profile in Denver

Category: Amy Klobuchar
Posted: 08/26/08 18:50, Edited: 08/26/08 18:51

by Dave Mindeman

She's been all over Denver. Heavy demands on her time as she scampers from venue to venue. No...it's not Hillary Clinton. I'm talking about Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The National Journal Convention Daily did a fluffy story about Klobuchar's first speech.

The Journal article got cutesey at times:

But the freshman senator--a former prosecutor whose Minnesota-nice demeanor belies her toughness--stood her ground when they tried to cut the reference to her 1985 shower curtain. "I said no, it's true!" Klobuchar said. The two-decades-old shower curtain--one of the items she packed in her Saturn when she moved her family to Washington after the 2006 election--stayed in the script.

And she got some compliments:

They liked her energy and reminded her to move around a little as she speaks--not a problem for Klobuchar, because she always likes to move her hands when she talks.

But even more interesting were the listings in the Denver area Convention Schedule:

8:30 AM -- A hot ticket for a warming planet. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, John Podesta of the Center for American Progress, and the Clinton Foundation's Ira Magaziner talk business and the environment at the Rocky Mountain Roundtable. ($55 ticket and sold out).

10AM --An all-star panel discussion on equality and the economy, including Sen Sherrod Brown, Ohio, Rep. Donna Edwards, Maryland, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota, NY Times columnist Paul Krugman, and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.

2PM -- Remember what the Democrats were losing four years ago? Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Carolyn Mahoney, and former Rep. Harold Ford are ready to fight back. They will be talking with MSNBC's Tucker Carlson, Daily KOS founder Markos Moulitsas, and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers at a panel discussion moderated by NBC News Chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams. Sponsored by the Common Good USA.

6PM -- Women of the Senate speak at Convention. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is included.

9PM -- Stars Chevy Chase and Debra Winger host; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Govs. Janet Napolitano, David Paterson, Bill Richardson, and Bill Ritter and dashing but scandalous Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, and Gavin Newsom of San Francisco appear at a post-gavel reception sponsored by civil-discourse non-profit Common Good and the Hispanic Institute.

Hmmmmmm....

That's pretty high visibility. Environment...economy...women's issues, and even rubbing elbows with prominent Latinos.

All coincidence? Or is our folksey Senator Klobuchar planning on a bigger future?

She seems to be making the most of her Colorado stay.
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Will Sen. Klobuchar Stand For The Rule of Law?

Category: Amy Klobuchar
Posted: 06/24/08 23:57

by Dave Mindeman

Russ Feingold and Chris Dodd are willing to filibuster the FISA bill if it comes to the floor with telecom immunity.

Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that the Senate this week will consider the compromise legislation that would reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) this week.

?This is a deeply flawed bill, which does nothing more than offer retroactive immunity by another name. We strongly urge our colleagues to reject this so-called ?compromise? legislation and oppose any efforts to consider this bill in its current form. We will oppose efforts to end debate on this bill as long as it provides retroactive immunity for the telecommunications companies that may have participated in the President?s warrantless wiretapping program, and as long as it fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans.

?If the Senate does proceed to this legislation, our immediate response will be to offer an amendment that strips the retroactive immunity provision out of the bill. We hope our colleagues will join us in supporting Americans? civil liberties by opposing retroactive immunity and rejecting this so-called ?compromise? legislation.?


They need 41 Senators to block the bill.

Will Amy Klobuchar stand with them?
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