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On Stanley Hubbard and #Pointergate

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 11/15/14 01:20

by Dave Mindeman

MPR had an interview with Stanley Hubbard of Channel 5 about #Pointergate. In their news post they listed highlights of the interview....allow me to translate:

Hubbard on whether KSTP should apologize:
This isn't something we did. You can blame the police and you can yell at them. Don't blame us. We're only reporting the news, and we will continue to report the news. We're very sorry if somebody was offended. The facts are the facts. We only report the facts, and the facts are that multiple police agencies said this was a bad thing.


Translation: The "Facts" were nobody else would report it....so we had to.

On feedback KSTP has received on its reporting:
A lot of positive -- boy, the day of we had positive phone calls and emails, yes ... by the general public.


Translation: My GOP donor buddies thought it was great.

On whether or not KSTP has reached out to Mayor Hodges:
We tried to but she wouldn't talk to us. And if she'd talk to us in the first place, this story might not have ever come about.


Translation: If we insisted on talking to her, she might have given us a logical explanation....and that would ruin the story.

On future coverage on the topic by KSTP:
I think we're doing a story next week, because every time we check the facts we find out more.


Translation: When we dig ourselves a hole, dammit, we keep digging.
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Talking About Women's Bathrooms At The State Capitol

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 07/11/14 20:16, Edited: 07/11/14 20:19

by Dave Mindeman

The MN GOP sent out one of those bulk emails trying to promote the GOP version of a "we're good for women" newsflash.

I thought this was kind of funny....

We have come a long way from the days when there were no womens restrooms at the Minnesota Capitol.

Well, have we? Current GOP politics wants to go right back to that era.

The bathroom thing came up because the GOP e-mail mentioned the first elected woman State Senator in Minnesota, Rochester's own and IR Republican Nancy Brataas.

In 1975, Nancy Brataas was elected Minnesota's first woman Senator. Brataas, a Rochester Republican, first became involved in her local party by helping with grassroots organizing. She was Republican state party chair from 1963 to 1969. Brataas' election to the Minnesota Senate six years later was so revolutionary that there was a need to build a separate restroom for women at the State Capitol.

My wife and I lived in Rochester many moons ago, but we actually knew Nancy Brataas. Not well, but enough to have a political conversation. She was a very popular Republican Senator in Rochester and championed the local sales tax which has helped Rochester prosper. When she retired, she endorsed Sheila Kiscaden as her successor and proceeded to fight a number of battles within her own party over MCCL endorsements and a takeover by social conservatives. As you know, Sheila Kiscaden ended up moving to the Independence Party and later she became a Democrat to continue her legislative work in representing Rochester.

Unfortunately, Nancy Brataas passed away recently. A real representative in the old school sense in which she always worked across the aisle and looked for consensus on issues. And she was once denied Party endorsement because of her pro-choice views. The internal battle for the local GOP led to Rochester being a DFL stronghold in later years.

So it is interesting that the GOP would use her name to promote their record on women.

The Republican Party is not the party of women. It has worked to limit women's reproductive choices. They have blocked legislation on equal pay. And they still have problems dealing with the definition of rape or finding solutions for rape in the military.

The GOP may try to namedrop the name of great Republican women, but those same women could not be a part of today's GOP.

THIS is the face of Minnesota's GOP:

http://www.mnpact.org/sblog/upload/white%20guys.jpg
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CBO Report - Debunktion Junction and Asking Kline To Read

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 02/06/14 14:05, Edited: 02/06/14 14:14

by Dave Mindeman

Look like we have to debunk more Republican junk. This time it is their interpretation of the CBO report. Here is the quote that started a big controversy....

The reduction in CBO's projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about 2.5 million in 2024.

Carefully notice the wording. It does not say jobs are lost. It does not say lay-offs. It does not say unemployment.

What it is saying is that workers can choose to leave the labor force and many will.

I know that this premise is true because I am one of them.

Obamacare releases workers from having to continue working simply because they require health care. Now, continuing to work is a choice for them. It gives them an option they did not have and many of us are making that choice.

Leaving the labor force is not a bad thing. It allows the individual to stop staying in the healthcare trap if they have the resources to do so. It opens up a job for a new worker. It gives workers a bit more leverage to negotiate with their employer in regards to their value.

But Republicans did not read this report in real terms. They read it to get new talking points. They extrapolated it to jobs. Lost workers for employers is really a jobs issue. Obamacare was messing with employment. It's a disaster. They want repeal - and political points.

The political rhetoric becomes so difficult when you can't just accept information at face value. Now we have to explain the information in ways that Republicans can understand, without jumping to the conclusions they want.

When you hear any Republican analyst say Obamacare is going to cost the country 2.5 million jobs - debunk it!

Note: Already have to debunk John Kline. Here is a quote:

"The President's health care law is destroying full-time jobs," said Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House education and workforce committee. "This fatally flawed health care scheme is wreaking havoc on working families."

Congressman Kline - Do you read anything yourself or do you just wait for the GOP memo? Facts are real, John Kline, and you are NOT using them.
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