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Elizabeth Warren: Ted Cruz would have repealed the Declaration of Independence (VIDEO)


Elizabeth Warren  2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner

Senator Elizabeth Warren was in Minnesota last weekend to support Senator Al Franken. She gave a speech at the 2014 Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, and what a speech it was! Below is a video of some excerpts.

It was her first time speaking at a major Democratic Party state dinner, and she proceeded to make mince meat out of Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, the Tea Party and the national GOP.


Elizabeth Warren takes on Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz at the 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, her first state Democratic Party dinner.

Elizabeth Warren:

They voted to repeal Obamacare forty-seven times! Forty-seven times?! I know the Republicans don't have a lot of other ideas to talk about, but wow! Forty-seven times?!?

We get it, guys, you like to repeal things. We got it forty-six votes ago.

This whole thing is mindless. Cruz said there's no point in even looking at a major new proposal or piece of legislation that has been put forward by Democrats. So if a proposal has President Obama's name on it, or Chris Dodd or Barney Frank's name on it, he votes "no." If the proposal actually gets passed into law, Cruz will be there to lead the tea party chant: "Repeal. Repeal. Repeal. Repeal."

I sometimes think that if Ted Cruz had been around for the Declaration of Independence, he would have tried to repeal it, because Jefferson was a Democrat. If he'd been around for the Federalist Papers, he would have tried to toss those out too, because Madison spent too much time talking to Jefferson. And don't even get Ted Cruz started on the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. As we speak, he's off somewhere strategizing on how to repeal the salad course!

Maybe if Paul Ryan wants to instill a culture of hard work, he should start with Ted Cruz and his fellow Republicans and get them to actually look at our proposals. Who knows? Maybe if they weren't determined to say, "No, no, no," we could build a bridge... and I mean that literally. Maybe we could build some of the things we need to build in this country.


Ron Paul supporter to challenge Sen. Al Franken in 2014 election



Move over businessman Mike McFadden (R), you've got company in the primary.

Via The Hill:

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has an unexpected new challenger: Longtime Minnesota state Rep. Jim Abeler (R). [...]

The longtime legislator has a libertarian streak, and backed Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign. He also has bucked party leaders in the past, working with Democrats to override a gas tax veto from then-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and earning support in the past from Minnesota's teachers union.

Franken can take 'em. Per the article, he's doing just fine thankyouverymuch.


Video- Bachmann vs. Franken: Minnesota Pols Dish Up Rivalry at ‘Hotdish Off’



Those silly Minnesota Republicans want to oust Sen. Al Franken


Senator Al Franken is up for re-election and Republicans would love to replace him with one of their own. Good luck with that, because it won't be easy. He has solid poll numbers (at about 50 percent) and he's worked hard at his job, avoided the spotlight, and maintained a Very Serious demeanor instead of indulging his former Saturday Night Live wacky, zany side.

Oh, and he plans on sticking around.

Via The Hill:

Minnesota Republicans acknowledge he’ll be difficult to defeat. [...]

Another factor: Minnesota’s state Republican Party, while in better shape than it was a year ago, remains in disarray. The party still has a large level of debt, though it’s slowly paying it off, and Ron Paul backers hijacked the party’s conventions last spring and nominated one of their own over the establishment’s preferred candidate to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). That candidate, state Sen. Kurt Bills (R), won just 31 percent of the vote.

Michele Bachmann has been mentioned as a possible candidate. You can stop laughing now:

Multiple Republicans warned that a Bachmann campaign could be disastrous for them, since she’s popular with the base but not well liked statewide. The former presidential candidate and Tea Party favorite barely won reelection this year in the state’s most Republican district, and an October poll from the Democratic Public Policy Polling showed her favorability rating statewide at just 33 percent, with 55 holding unfavorable views of her.

Okay, you can start laughing again.

To see who the other possible candidates are, please click over.


GOP Voter Fraud Hucksters Latest Lie: Felons Made Franken U.S. Senator


Please share this, it's right up my alley, as you probably know by now. Cross-posted from AlterNet with permission. Read all the gory details at the link:

A new book by discredited partisans is meant to rile GOP voter vigilantes.

Right-wingers are in a tizzy over excerpts from a new book by two of the GOP’s leading voter-fraud hucksters alleging that Minnesota’s Democratic Senator Al Franken would not have won a statewide recount in 2009 were it not for ex-felons voting illegally. [...]

The problem with this assertion—from a new book by The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund and George W. Bush Justice Department attorney Hans von Spakovsky—is that it is not just factually wrong  [...]

Bonnifield sent a questionnaire to every Minnesota county prosecutor and found not one allegation of voter fraud was prosecutable beyond the issues facing the ex-felons—there was no double voting, underage voting, voter impersonation, coercion of  elderly or disabled voters, or non-citizen voting.  [...]

In a state where 2.9 million people voted in November 2008, even if there were 243 illegal voters—and that includes people who have not yet been proven guilty—less than one-thousandth of 1 percent of the state’s electorate registered or voted illegally.  [...]

But beyond arguments over voter ID, there is a bigger point. Republicans increasingly have been trying to tilt the rules surrounding all aspects of voting in recent elections—from restricting voter registration drives, to rules validating voter registration applications, to presenting more specific forms of ID to get a ballot, to toughening the rules for counting provisional ballots given to people who lack that ID, to suing afterwards if the vote count is close. All of these tactics are in play in the 2012 presidential election.

Beyond ignoring the facts, the implicit racism in this latest charge may be its most repugnant feature, as many felons are presumed not likely to be white.


1994 SNL VIDEO: Al Franken, Norm Macdonald talk Mitt Romney vs. Ted Kennedy


Al Franken Talks About Mitt Romney in 1994 from Andrew Kaczynski on Vimeo.

Thanks to our buddy Andrew Kaczynski for digging up this vintage 1994 video from "Saturday Night Live".

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VIDEO- Sen. Al Franken: "Imagine a world where the corporations with biggest checkbook can control what you see & how fast you access... the Internet."


Thanks to the wonderful @ReasonVsFear for grabbing this video in which Senator Al Franken talks about Net Neutrality:

"Imagine a world where the corporations with the biggest checkbook can control what you see and how fast you access content on the Internet."

"...A free and open Internet... that's all we're asking for."

"Net Neutrality will protect the innovators... "

"...A free and open and equal Internet... It's also about speech... [It's] what helped fuel the Arab Spring... it has become the soapbox of the 21st century... the printing press and the library of the 21st century..."

He addresses "misinformation" in the "debate" about Net Neutrality" at about 3:33 in the second video.