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Needing Help Doesn't Make You A Wild Animal
Two years ago, a Republican state legislator repeated Rush Limbaugh talking points and compared low-income Minnesotans to wild animals. Rep. Mary Franson compared feeding folks on food stamps to feeding wild animals.This was not an accident or a slip of the tongue - Rep. Franson actually sat down and taped this as part of a legislative update for her constituents.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5eJIcoOWtMRep. Franson's comments were hurtful, wrong-headed and offensive to many Minnesotans. Needing a bit of help to get by in tough times does not mean you're a wild animal. In fact, no human should ever be called a wild animal.As Minnesotans, we believe in the golden rule: do to others as you would have them do. That means lending a helping hand to those less fortunate, not making a mockery of their struggles.Rep. Franson took down her legislative update video when she saw how many Minnesotans found it offensive, but refused to issue a video apology, even after we delivered letters to her office from over 2,500 Minnesotans demanding that she apologize.We need leaders who will stand up for low-income and middle class Minnesotans. Rep. Franson, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservative extremists who repeat these hurtful comments should be ashamed of themselves.
GOP Extremists Host Fundraiser for McFadden
For months, investment banker Mike McFadden has been dodging voters. Recently, he even ran away from a voter's question about his stance on an issue. That's right- ran away. Literally.But this week, McFadden is coming out of his shell for a big fundraising event. In Washington DC. With a bunch of GOP extremists.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hosting the fundraiser along with 15 other past and present Republican Senators, including Norm Coleman.How extreme is this group? Well, these are the GOP extremists who shut down our federal government, voted to turn Medicare into a voucher system and worked to protect tax breaks for corporations outsourcing jobs.So, as you can tell from that list, this group doesn't have the best interest of middle-class workers in mind. McFadden would be just another peg in their wheel of conservative priorities that protect businesses and hurt the middle class.And this is the group McFadden is hanging out with instead of answering questions from Minnesotans. That is very, very wrong for Minnesota.
We Don't Need Any More Cuts-Only Budgets
Gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert wasn't in the legislature when Republican extremists shut down our government to protect tax breaks for big corporations. But he just chose one of those extremists as his running mate.By picking State Rep. Pam Myhra as his running mate, Seifert is basically endorsing the state government shutdown that put thousands of hard-working Minnesotans out of work.That's not even the worst part, though. Rep. Myhra actually said she preferred the 2011 Republican budget that Gov. Dayton vetoed because of its drastic and reckless budget cuts over the compromise budget that ended the state shutdown.Here's a quick look at the budget Seifert's running mate "preferred":
- Deep cuts to Minnesota colleges - which would mean higher tuition for Minnesota students
- Deep cuts to in-home care for aging Minnesotans, which would make it more expensive to keep aging seniors in their homes and force many into costly nursing homes
- Hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts from Minnesota hospitals, which would have put tens of thousands of good-paying health care jobs at risk
- Allowed big insurance companies to deny women health care coverage for mammograms, maternity care, and doctor-prescribed birth control
I chose a balanced approach to our budget; one that includes both significant cuts, but asked the top two percent of Minnesotans to pay more to ensure our quality of life and the services millions of Minnesotans rely on...Instead, you chose to present me with an all-cuts approach, one that has serious consequences for Minnesotans, and that I do not believe is in line with our shared commitment to build a better Minnesota.A Seifert-Myhra Administration would be nothing more than the same failed cuts-only approach Republicans have been trying for decades. We've seen that Minnesota has been on a rollercoaster of budget deficits for years, but under the leadership of Gov. Dayton and our progressive legislature we've managed to responsibly balance the state budget while investing in our shared priorities, like education and caring for our older relatives.We can't go back to the same old failed policies of the past. It's time to keep Minnesota moving forward and build on the progress we've already made.
Meet Marty Seifert's Anti-Progress Running Mate
Gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert chose his running mate today: a state legislator who opposes the progress that has aided Minnesota's economic recovery.If State Rep. Pam Myhra had her way, tuition costs would continue escalating for college students, and those who need a bit of help to afford a quality education would be unable to get it. Rep. Myhra voted against freezing tuition for college students, helping undocumented students receive in-state tuition, and assisting low- and middle-income students in paying for college.Rep. Myhra doesn't just stand in the way of progress for college students; she's refused to help Minnesota students of all ages. Rep. Myhra voted against investing in our children's future, including efforts to make sure our earliest learners are ready for school.Rep. Myhra is on the side of big corporations and the rich instead of standing up for working class families. Rep. Myhra voted against asking the rich and big corporations to pay their fair share of taxes just like Minnesota's working families.Rep. Myhra even voted against giving the folks who make sure our aging relatives get quality care a five percent raise - their first pay increase in four years.Rep. Myhra has already voted against raising the minimum wage for the first time since 2005, which would give over 350,000 Minnesotans a raise. It's no wonder Seifert picked her, since he also opposes giving hard-working Minnesotans a raise.A Seifert-Myhra Administration would do nothing more than drag Minnesota back into the past, when our state budget was balanced on the backs of working families and our schools struggled just to get by.
Mike McFadden literally runs away from a question
Investment banker Mike McFadden's campaign for U.S. Senate has been off to a rocky start. For months, voters and reporters have trying to figure out where McFadden stands on the issues. His most common reply to basic questions was, "I'm still reviewing the issues."Then, McFadden dodged public debates and forums. The one debate he did attend was held by a super secret, super exclusive club with a $3,000 membership fee. To get in, you also have to pass a vetting process and be sponsored by a current member. Needless to say, not many Minnesotans heard McFadden speak that night.Now, MPR is reporting that McFadden literally ran away from a voter's question. Yes, ran.MPR writes:"Then came a question about his view on the Patriot Act and its power to hold people indefinitely without being charged. The GOP candidate for Senate left the room without answering, telling caucus-goers, 'I've got to run to another meeting.'"McFadden then reportedly tucked out of the room. A reporter attempted to follow up with McFadden in the hallway, in which he replied:
"Once again, my focus is on the economy, education and health care."Well, that doesn't even answer the question.The voter who asked McFadden about the Patriot Act was not impressed with McFadden's answer.
'"He ducked. He literally put his head down and walked out of the room and said I've got to go," Billson recalled.'Billson said he doesn't plan on voting for Mike McFadden.Running from voters is definitely wrong for Minnesota.
Louisiana Gov. Jindal headlines MN GOP dinner
The Minnesota Republican Party is hosting their annual fundraising dinner tonight, and their headliner is a familiar name in GOP circles: Republican Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal.Jindal is well-known for making the shortlist of Mitt Romney's options for Vice President. In the end, he lost out to Paul Ryan. Some say that Jindal didn't make the cut because he conducted an exorcism on a friend in college and then wrote about it.But what Minnesotans should know about Jindal above all else is that he has the wrong priorities. He believes women shouldn't make their own health care decisions, going as far as to compare women who receive abortions to criminals. He proposed bans on stem cell research and voted for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and woman.A leaked proposal from his administration showed that Jindal attempted to privatize healthcare for thousands of state workers, and he is well-known for his continual cuts to public education and healthcare.Jindal is also strongly opposed to raising the minimum wage. He doesn't believe that Louisiana should pay its workers any more than the federal minimum wage. Jindal also wants to eliminate income and corporate taxes in Louisiana, giving more breaks to the rich and big corporations.So, this is the guy that the Minnesota Republican Party invited to speak at their annual dinner. Jindal's extreme priorities are a stark contrast to the progress we've experienced in Minnesota under Governor Dayton: a balanced budget, a more fair tax system, all-day kindergarten, a tuition freeze for higher education, and many, many more accomplishments.Governor Jindal is doing almost the complete opposite of Governor Dayton. Is this the blueprint the MNGOP is encouraging their supporters and candidates to follow? Do the GOP candidates want to make Minnesota more like Louisiana? Because if so, that is very, very wrong for Minnesota.
Is Scott Honour Your Valentine?
Gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour apparently held a "Singles for Honour" event last week, which which was billed as a "life-changing" event with a relationship expert and a celebrity matchmaker.But Scott Honour's aiming to change the lives of the women attending these Singles for Honour events in more ways than just matchmaking.Honour opposes increasing the state's minimum wage, even though Minnesota is one of just four states with a minimum wage lower than the federal minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour would improve the income of 202,000 working women and improve economy security for 137,000 children whose parents are low-wage earners.Honour's position on the minimum wage shouldn't be surprising given his business history. Honour made his fortune the same way Mitt Romney did: by firing people and banking the profits.Consider this: A minimum wage worker in Minnesota currently makes $7.50 an hour. In contrast, Scott Honour made the equivalent of $850 an hour. So yeah, firing people for a living is pretty profitable, apparently, since Honour makes over 100 times what a minimum wage worker does.Honour also wants to make Minnesota a so-called Right-to-Work state, even though so-called right-to-Work states lead to higher unemployment and lower wages. In fact, employees covered by union contracts receive 28 percent more in wages and benefits than workers without unions. For female workers, the union advantage is 34 percent.Minnesota women only make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, which makes worker protections and pay equity that much more important.So ladies, the next time you think of going to a Singles for Honour event, or really any Honour event, remember the fact that Scott Honour wants to change your life for the worse before you make him your valentine.And if you see an awkward, Mitt Romney-type guy on Tinder, we suggest moving on to the next person.
Conservative U.S. Senate Candidates Campaign On Nothing
Want to know how the GOP candidates for U.S. Senate feel about the issues facing our state? So do we.It's no secret that Mike McFadden couldn't give you an issue position to save his life. And on the rare occasion he does, he flip flops. Which got us thinking: how do folks find out more about whether these conservative politicians share their values and priorities?The simple answer is to go on their campaign websites and see where they stand on the issues. But the U.S. Senate candidates apparently favor difficult, not simple.Why? Because none of the Republicans running for U.S. Senate have an issues page on their website. None. Of. Them. You'd think that between Mike McFadden, Julianne Ortman, Jim Abeler and Chris Dahlberg at least one of them would have an opinion...but no.Let's get some visuals! Maybe I'm crazy, but shouldn't politicians running for the U.S. Senate 1) actually have opinions on things and 2) actually, you know, tell them to Minnesota voters?Given this, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the last debate all these conservative politicians attended was closed to the public unless you've got an extra $3,000 to spend to become a member of a super-secret, super-exclusive conservative club.But seriously, Minnesota voters deserve to know where McFadden, Ortman, Abeler and Dahlberg stand on the issues that affect them, like raising the minimum wage and strengthening the middle class. What do these conservative politicians have to hide that they don't want Minnesota voters to know about?