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May 28, 2005


A preview for the CountRy, I presume you mean.

One thing we learned in the last election is the value of active local and state parties. Influxes of volunteers can't overcome a strong locally based effort. These kinds of issues can serve as a rallying point for state and local efforts.

The stem cell debate is particularly good not just because it is right and the public is with us, but because it highlights the anti-rational, anti-science character of the radical religious right and their allies. Most Americans care about the jobs and scientific leadership this endeavor will bring as well as the promise of relieving diseases. The junk science and illogic of the Bush/Romney/Dobson position is a paradigm for the kind of blinkered thinking the right falls into over and over.

Corruption as the inevitable product of one party rule is a useful theme too. But while a pitch for divided government will work in 2006, we will someday want it all too. Therefore, I think the key on the GOP and corruption issues is who the party really cares about--a party that sees government as a vehicle for rewarding the already rich and powerful is more dangerous when it gets absolute power than the party that cares about the little guy. The key is who each party cares about and who it takes care of. This is the distinction we must always draw when hitting on both the absolute power and corruption themes. The middle class and working classes need to feel that the Dems will look after their interests (and not at the expense of each other).

you mean Chicago vs Enron? ;-)

All politics is local... never truer... and there's a lot to be geleaned from this.

In coming months, we at TNH plan to spend more time looking at local and state issues to the extent we can.

Corruption and the arrogance of power is shaping up to be one of the Dems' main themes for 2006, but on the issue agenda, stem cells have to rank high. It's science vs going backward, and with the middle that resonates a heck of a lot more strongly than religious ideas about how stem cell research is killing babies.

it touches everyone... who doesn't have a relative or a friend with Alzheimer's, diabetes, etc...?

Perhaps a Minnesota Report is in order:

Friday business of the special legislative session stopped suddenly when Military Officers arrived to tell a leading DFL Senator that her son had been killed in Iraq. If you remember this week the Helicopter shot down North of Baghdad -- well Becky Lourey's 41 year old son was pilot. About 80% of the State Budget is still undecided because the Republican House and Governor and the DFL Senate have not reached agreement on major tax and program items. Bucky is a Farmwife from NE Minnesota, she raised 12 children, and got into state politics the year Paul Wellstone ran for the US Senate. She ran for enndorsement for Governor in 2002, came in second, and was planning to run again in 2006. She is a strong progressive. Many of us think this is the first case of an elected official to lose a son or daughter in Iraq. The whole Lourey Family is opposed to the Iraq war. The DFL Senate Leader who is also Chaplain for the State National Guard, Dean Johnson just shut the session down and told everyone to go home.

On a lighter note, it looks like next week Colleen Rowley will officially announce that she is running for DFL Endorsement for the 2nd Congressional District, currently held by John Klein. Rowley if you remember is the FBI agent who took whistleblower status and outed the DOJ and Muller cover-up of the Moussaoui pre-911 arrest and stalled investigation. She then became TIME Woman of the Year, and retired from the FBI last year. The district trends Republican by perhaps 4 points -- but I think Colleen fits the district well (Suburban-rural S-Central Minnesota), and she should have a decent chance. Look for formal announcement next week, but AP already has it, plus an interview.

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