Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Major MN Hitters - Bolo Punch ALEC

This one came out as a biggy in Minnesota.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a Democrat, joined former Gov. Arne Carlson, a Republican, and former U.S. Rep. Tim Penny, a Democrat-turned third-party member, in strongly denouncing the proposed constitutional amendment on Tuesday. They said it was an unneeded attack on a fair and honest system, a cookie-cutter plan that came from a national campaign stoked by moneyed conservatives.


"It comes from the Koch brothers,'' said Carlson, referring to David and Charles Koch, owners of Koch Industries and major funders of a number of conservative causes nationally.

"This is an outside force, coming to Minnesota, telling us how our Constitution ought to be designed," added Carlson.

"Minnesota has the best record of openness, of honesty, of voter participation, of any state in the union," said Mondale. "This is a clean, solid, exemplary state. This constitutional amendment is designed to discourage voting."


Carlson and Mondale said they became involved after reading about the proposed amendment and the push to get it on the ballot. Carlson blamed the issue on the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of conservative legislators and business leaders that offers model bills to state legislators. Kiffmeyer is listed as the state chair for ALEC in Minnesota.

AND - Swallow your coffee first - I don't want you spitting on your computer screen and keyboard:

Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, a former election judge and secretary of state who has long pushed the amendment, said it is a homegrown movement to improve Minnesota's voting system. "I have no clue what the Koch brothers are," she said.

"It's ludicrous that I'm a blind little follower. ... My position on photo ID was an independent decision of my own, legislation that I worked on in my own way."

She is so slooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww
She hasn't figured out yet that the world knows that Voter ID is ALEC and because she is the STATE CHAIR of ALEC - well.............

No clue WHAT the Koch brothers are??????
Oh, Mary - can you see Russia from your porch in Big Lake?


“Carlson blamed the issue on the American Legislative Exchange Council,”

That statement REALLY bothers me – because it is the reporters interpretation.  
 If Arne does blame ALEC – then give us a DIRECT QUOTE saying that.

The reason that I question this – is that I think the use of "blame"
 is journalistic license of the reporter.  
 I don’t think that Carlson used the word blame.

Well, I don’t think Arne would blame ALEC for anything.
HE WAS A MEMBER – may still be who knows?

You see Good ol’ Arne has pretty much been given a pass – because he is the Minnesota Republican past Governor that most people really like - a moderate/conservative Republican.

When Common Cause of Minnesota released their report on ALEC – the Governor’s name was not listed  – cause Minnesota Nice is really strong here in the state of Minnesota.

Well, I’m not feeling so generous
I lost respect for this man over a year ago because of his affiliation with ALEC.

In 2001 and 2005 Carlson was listed in the Alumni section of the ALEC Leaders of States.

In 1995 – He was a confirmed speaker for the ALEC Annual Meeting  (Paul Weyrich was a confirmed speaker that year also.)

In 1997 – He was a keynote speaker at the ALEC Annual Meeting
In 1998 – in the ALEC 25th Annual Meeting materials he was noted as "those who were involved in ALEC in its first few years" - we're talking 20 - 25 years of involvement at that point!

Somewhere - just somewhere along that line - he should have realized what was happening to that organization that he was so involved with.

Somewhere along that timeline -  - as a "Leader in the States" he should have come forward and said something or done something to stop what ALEC was becoming, what they are and tried to curtail what ALEC was doing to the United States.

Somewhere along the line - he should have done something and to me - this is a too little, too late!

Somewhere in the back of my mind I wonder if he is still a member.

Somewhere along the line I wonder if Carlson and Weyrich ever talked about this:

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