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What are YOU voting for? : Part V

October 27, 2010 by barbara

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This is not an issue that matters much to high rollers -- though there are some Dem elites who seem to care in principle. Which is good. Take, for example, Mark Dayton....

For the rest of us -- and our numbers are legion -- Social Security is not a frou-frou add-on. It is near and dear to our bank accounts. And guess what? We didn't plan our lives intending to need SS to eke out an after-age-62-existence. But stuff happens. Illness. Injury. Divorce, Death. Job loss. Home foreclosure.

Ever try to find work in the post-Bush economic wasteland? The job market is not a pretty place, particularly for cash-strapped Read more.

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On the local scene: Pay attention to substance!

October 26, 2010 by barbara

Guest post by Alan Anderson

One week. Then we have an essential job to do. We will go to the polls to choose important legislators and leaders.

It’s a particularly ugly election climate this year with outside groups spending four times more than they did in 2006. Much of the money goes to TV ads and flyers. And most of the messages are nasty and filled with untruths or hyperbole, i.e., inflated claims.

This is the truth:

- The economy is coming back, despite Republicans claims.

- The Dow is at 11,200 points—its highest level since spring. It was at 6,500 early in the Obama administration.

- Profits for most companies are up, with Minnesota companies Read more.

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What are YOU voting for? : Part IV

October 25, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

For nearly all of my adult life (and believe me, that's a long, long time!), I have hoped for a health care system that is worthy of America and serves all of our people well. I have seen what happens to folks who don't have health care insurance.

In spite of Republicans who reflexively vote "NO!" on anything that could possibly be viewed as a Democratic success (even when the majority of Americans favor it), we got the first real run at real health care that is comprehensive and just.

Republicans are clear that if they control the legislature, one of their first crusades will be to take down the health care program just because....well, because they can.

I am voting to keep health care momentum going, and to cement the gains we've finally, finally made.

How about you?

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What are YOU voting for? : Part III

October 24, 2010 by barbara

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If we continue to devalue and fail to support public education, Minnesota will lose more economic ground, ergo more jobs, ergo our significant technology and medical device industry advantage. Education, as you know, is key to Minnesota's future success.

I'm voting for Democrats because they get it.

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What are YOU voting for?? : Part II

October 22, 2010 by barbara

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I'm voting for jobs and thanking the universe that my Democratic colleagues are working hard on this, compared to Tea Baggers shrieking in the streets and Republican legislators voting no on everything that matters because....well, because they can and they seem to think it's cute. It's not.

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What are YOU voting for? : Part 1

October 21, 2010 by barbara

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Counting today, there are just thirteen (13) days until the November 02 election.

In the Minnesota governor race, we have one genuine Democrat (mild-mannered Mark Dayton), a faux Republican (brash Tom Emmer, who makes Tim Pawlenty look conservative), and dapper Tom Horner, a lifelong Republican masquerading as an Independent. Read more.

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This is what integrity looks like

October 18, 2010 by barbara

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"To me, the definition of community is we all do better when we all do better. Whatever happened to community?"

In these last days before the November 02 election, I think it is important for us to take a breather from the sound and fury. I think it is important for us to see what real leadership and integrity looks like. I think it is important for us to listen to Paul Wellstone's words about what we can and must do to help our country step back from the abyss.

Do I still miss this man? I do.

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When does it end -- or does it?

October 10, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

My friend Suzanne and I were talking about Target the other day – “Target” being our home-grown retail giant. “Target” being the Dayton Hudson offspring we loved without reservation until we learned it dumped a big chunk of money into an organization that funneled it into Tom Emmer’s political campaign.

That’s the day Suzanne and I stopped shopping Target. We were not alone, and it believe me, it wasn’t a snap decision. For starters, some of us have shopped Target since it opened its first store in Roseville in 1962. So, yes, as I keep reminding you, we are older than primal ooze. But now we’re disappointed in our corporate role-model-gone-missing. Deeply disappointed.

Some say Target’s trickle-down donation means that the company embraces Emmer’s clear opposition to gay rights. Maybe so. Others believe the Target funding illustrates the deplorable Supreme Court decision to allow humongous corporations to make political donations as though they were just plain folks.

Either way, Target came crosswise of a significant number of its previously loyal customers. And this time, we decided to walk the walk, as is said ad nauseum, even when the shoe fits.

Staying out of Target has been harder than staying on a diet. Read some more.

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A touch of class on the Clothesline

October 08, 2010 by barbara

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Okay, this is hilarious. Up first is Christine O'Donnell's "I am not a witch" ad, to wit:

Next up, a -- oh, let's just call it an earthy parody of the bizarre ad:

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